Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage, Tomatoes and Spinach



Gnocchi with Turkey Sausage, Tomatoes and Spinach

Top with shredded parmesan cheese, if desired

-1 package store bought gnocchi, cooked to package directions
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 onion, diced
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 lb Italian turkey sausage
-1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
-1 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
-1/4 c heavy cream
-1/2 lb spinach

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add onion, saute, stirring often, 5 minutes. Add garlic, saute 1 additional minute. Add turkey sausage, crumbling the meat from the casings. Cook while breaking up with a wooden spoon until sausage is cooked through. About 10 minutes. Add tomatoes and their juices. Add salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add cream. Add spinach a few handfuls at a time stirring and adding more spinach as it wilts down. Once all of the spinach is wilted add cooked gnocchi, stir and serve.

Kheema (Indian Beef and Peas)




Kheema (Indian Beef and Peas)

Serve this over rice of your choice- we like basmatti and garnish with cilantro, if desired.

-2 Tbsp canola oil
-1 onion, diced
-1 inch knob ginger, peeled and minced
-4 cloves garlic, minced
-1 lb ground beef
-1 (15 oz) can diced tomatoes
-2 Tbsp curry powder
-1 tsp turmeric
-1/2 tsp cumin
-1 Tbsp sugar
-1 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp cayenne
-1 russet potato, peeled and cubed
1 cup frozen peas

Heat oil in medium pot over medium heat. Add onion and ginger, saute 5 minutes. Add garlic, saute 1 additional minute. Add beef, cook breaking up with a wooden spoon until well browned. Drain off fat. Add diced tomatoes, curry powder, turmeric, cumin, sugar, salt and cayenne and stir. Add potato, continue to cook, stirring intermittently, until potato is tender, about 10 minutes. Stir in peas, cook 5 additional minutes and serve.

Wilted Spinach Salad


Wilted Spinach Salad

This is one of my favorite salads. It's simple, yet elegant. You can serve it with cloves of roasted garlic, toasted pine nuts, or curls of parmesan cheese.

-2 Tbsp olive oil
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1/2 pound spinach
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
-juice of 1 lemon

Heat oil in pan over medium heat. Add garlic, saute 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add spinach a few handfuls at a time, stirring as it cooks down and adding more when you have room. Once all of the spinach is incorporated and wilted remove from heat, add salt, red pepper flakes and lemon juice and serve immediately.

White Bean Soup


White Bean Soup

This is my altered version of Shauna Niequist's Magical White Bean Soup from her book Bread and Wine. This soup base is vegan, glutenfree, quick, easy, inexpensive yet delicious and elegant. I like to leave it chunky, but it would be just as good pureed smooth. 

For The Soup
-2 Tbsp olive oil
-1 onion, diced
-1/2 pound carrots, diced
-1 bulb fennel, diced
-4 celery ribs, diced
-1 Tbsp dried rosemary
-1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
-6 cans white beans in liquid (cannellini or great northern beans)
-salt and pepper to taste

For The Vinaigrette
-1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
-1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
-1/4 teaspoon salt
-1/4 teaspoon pepper
-1/4 cup olive oil

For Serving
Prosciutto, torn into ribbons
Parmesan, curled into strips with a vegetable peeler

Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, fennel, and celery, and allow to soften, 10 to 15 minutes. Add beans in their liquid, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cover and cook for 20 minutes at a gentle boil. Taste, add salt and pepper, taste again-- keep in mind that you'll get a good amount of salt from the toppings. Cook for an additional 20 minutes, or longer if you have time.

While the soup cooks, make the vinaigrette. Place all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until evenly incorporated.

To serve, ladle soup into bowls, drizzle with vinaigrette and top with parmesan and prosciutto (if desired).

Cherry Clafoutis


Cherry Clafoutis

This is one of my favorite desserts. It's simple yet elegant. It's not overly involved or overly sweet. Most importantly, it's delicious!

-3 eggs
-1/2 c sugar
-6 Tbsp butter, melted and cooled slightly
-1 c flour
-1 c milk
-1/2 tsp almond extract
-2.5 c frozen cherries, thawed

Beat the sugar and eggs together with a whisk until they lighten in color. Gradually add butter, beating to incorporate. Add the flour and whisk until everything is evenly incorporated into the batter. Next slowly pour in the milk a little at a time. Add the extract, mixing well.

Place the cherries in a greased round baking dish or cake pan (9 or 10 inches in diameter). Pour the batter over the fruit. Bake at 400 25 to 30 minutes, until slightly browned and almost completely set in the middle. Let sit at least 15 minutes before serving in wedges. Dust with powdered sugar if desired.

Cream Cheese Blueberry Galette


Cream Cheese Blueberry Galette

I took the quick and easy route on this one using store bought pie dough for the pastry. You can easily substitute your favorite pie crust recipe for the store bought variety. This is one of my favorite desserts. It's pretty, easy yet elegant, not overly sweet or heavy and  is delicious!

-1 store bought refrigerated pie crust
-2.5 cups frozen blueberries, thawed and drained
-1/3 cup plus 2 Tbsp granulate sugar, divided use
-4 tsp cornstarch
-1 (8 oz) package cream cheese
-1 tsp vanilla extract
-1 egg, plus 1 egg yolk

Place the pie crust on top of parchment paper on a sheet pan. 

Toss the blueberries, 1/3 cup sugar and cornstarch in a bowl. 

With a mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, egg yolk and the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar in a separate bowl.

Spread the cream cheese mixture over the dough, leaving a 2-inch border. Top with the blueberries. Fold the edge of the dough over the filling working your way around the entire circle a few inches at a time.  Brush the crust with the beaten egg and sprinkle with a little extra sugar. Bake at 425 until the crust is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Let cool slightly before slicing.

Beef Stroganoff


Beef Stroganoff

I like to serve this over whole wheat egg noodles but you could do it over rice, potatoes or any pasta of your preference. Garnish with parsley if desired.

-1 Tbsp olive oil
-1 lb flank steak, sliced into strips, across the grain
-2 Tbsp butter
-1 onion, diced
-1 (16 oz) package mushrooms, sliced
-2 cups beef broth
-5 Tbsp flour
-1 tsp thyme
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/2 tsp pepper
-1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
-1 Tbsp dijon mustard
-1/2 cup sour cream

Heat oil in medium pot over medium heat. Add flank steak, saute, stirring often, 3-5 minutes, until the strips are cooked rare ( somewhat browned, but still have some pink to them).  Set steak aside and drain off juices from meat. Add butter and onion to the pan, saute 5 minutes. Add mushrooms. Saute 5 additional minutes. Whisk together broth and flour, then pour into pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring everything. Once broth has thickened add salt, pepper, Worcestershire and dijon and stir to combine. Add beef back to the pot and turn off the heat. Stir in sour cream and serve.