Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Shaved Turnip Salad with Prosciutto

Serves 4

4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive o4 teaspoons red wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 small turnips, about 5 ounces, peeled
8 cups arugula, wild if possible
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into bite-size pieces.
In a small bowl, whisk the vinegar and salt until the salt dissolves. Whisk in the honey, oil and pepper. Using a mandoline or sharp knife, slice the turnips into paper-thin rounds. In a large bowl, combine turnips, arugula and prosciutto. Toss with the dressing. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.

Sesame Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)

Serves 4 as a side dish

1 pound broccoli rabe (rapini)
2 medium shallots
4 large cloves of garlic
2 teaspoons of sesame oil
3 tablespoons rice vinegar
Soy sauce
Chop the stems off the broccoli rabe and pull off the leaves and flowerets. Chop into smaller pieces, if desired. Peel and finely sliver the shallots, and mince the garlic. Heat a large sauté pan over medium heat and film the bottom with the sesame oil. Add the garlic and shallots and turn the heat to low. Cook the onion and garlic very slowly over low heat until they soften and turn golden - about 8 minutes. Add more oil if they begin to look crispy. When they are soft and fragrant, turn the heat to medium high and add the broccoli rabe, stirring constantly. You want the leaves to wilt evenly. Pour in the vinegar and enough soy sauce to dampen the leaves. Cook, stirring, until the soy sauce evaporates somewhat and the leaves are wilted enough for your taste. This might take anywhere from two to five minutes. Remove from the heat, taste and adjust seasonings as necessary. 

Bok Choy and Green Garlic Saute

Serves 2-4

1 head bok choy
3 stems green garlic
1/4 lemon (juiced)
pinch salt and pepper
1 T olive oil
Chop the green garlic into thin slices. Discard the root end and the tips of the leaves. In a hot skillet, add 1 T. of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the green garlic and sauté on medium high heat until the greens are caramelized and browned. Add the chopped bok choy, salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Stir. Turn down the heat to low. Cover the pan and let cook for 1-2 minutes or until the bok choy wilts but still has some crispness to it. Serve hot.
Variation: You can add your radish greens to this sauté too! Add them when you add the bok choy. Radish greens need to be mildly cooked to soften the spiky hairs on the leaves, but they are delicious and nutritious!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Honeyed Carrots and Oranges

Serves 8

2 pounds very small carrots, scrubbed; or regular carrots--trimmed, peeled, and cut into thin sticks 
1 orange, cut into 8 pieces 
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
kosher salt and black pepper
2 tablespoons small dill sprigs
Heat oven to 375° F. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toss the carrots and orange with the oil, honey, 1 teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Roast, tossing once, until tender, 30 to 35 minutes. Sprinkle with the dill.

Baked Tomatoes, Squash, and Potatoes

Serves 8

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 small tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium yellow summer squash, sliced 1/4-inch thick
1 medium Yukon Gold potato, sliced 1/4-inch thick
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Heat oven to 375 degrees. Heat oil over medium and cook onion until tender and lightly golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Arrange the onion on the bottom of a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Overlap tomato, squash, and potato on top of the onion. Season with salt and pepper, sprinkle with thyme and Parmesan, and drizzle with more oil. Bake covered for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until golden, 30 minutes more.

Parsley Root Fries

Serves 2-3

*Note: If you cannot find parsley root, this recipe is delicious with parsnips and celery root (celeriac).*
3 large parsley roots – about 1.5 lbs / 700 grams
high-heat cooking oil
sea salt
freshly ground black pepper
fresh rosemary (optional)
Preheat oven to 400°F / 200°C. Peel roots and cut them into french-fry sized sticks. The thinner, the crispier they will be. Toss with some oil, a few pinches of salt, pepper, and fresh rosemary if desired. Roast for 20 minutes, toss, and place back in the oven for another 5-10 minutes until golden on the edges with crispy ends and a tender center. Serve immediately with Roasted Tomato Ketchup. (See link for the ketchup.)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Squash Blossoms Stuffed with Ricotta

Serves 2-4

For tomato sauce:
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pound plum tomatoes, finely chopped
1/2 cup water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
For squash blossoms:
1 cup whole-milk ricotta (preferably fresh)
1 large egg yolk
1/4 cup finely chopped mint
2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided
12 to 16 large zucchini squash blossoms
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
3/4 cup chilled seltzer or club soda
About 3 cups vegetable oil for frying
Equipment: a deep-fat thermometer
Make tomato sauce:
Cook garlic and red pepper flakes in oil in a 2-quarts heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until garlic is golden, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, water, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.
Prepare squash blossoms: 
Stir together ricotta, yolk, mint, 1/3 cup parmesan, and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
Carefully open each blossom and fill with about 2 rounded teaspoon ricotta filling, gently twisting end of blossom to enclose filling. (You may have filling left over.)
Whisk together flour, remaining 1/3 cup parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and seltzer in a small bowl.
Heat 1/2 inch oil to 375°F in a 10-inch heavy skillet. Meanwhile, dip half of blossoms in batter to thinly coat. Fry coated blossoms, turning once, until golden, 1 to 2 minutes total. Transfer with tongs to paper towels to drain. Coat and fry remaining blossoms. (Return oil to 375°F between batches.) Season with salt. Serve with tomato sauce.