Smitten Kitchen’s Brussels and Three Cheese Pasta Bake

From “Smitten Kitchen EVERY DAY”

1/2 lb. (or 225 grams) twisty pasta (such as cavatappi)
2 tbsp. butter, plus more for greasing the baking dish
1 tbsp. olive oil
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped or pressed
10 oz. Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced or shredded (about 4 cups)
1/2 lemon, zested (about 3/4 tsp.) and juiced (about 2 tbsp.)
3 Tbsp. flour
1 3/4 cups stock (vegetable or chicken)
1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan
1 cup coarsely grated Gruyère
1 cup coarsely grated Fontina (or Jack)

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Salt the water, add the pasta and cook until 2 minutes shy of al dente. Drain and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400°. Butter a 2-quart or 9-inch round baking dish. In a large deep skillet (or in the bottom of the pot where you just cooked the pasta), heat the oil over medium-high. Add the garlic and let it sizzle for 10 to 20 seconds, then add the Brussels sprouts.

Season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring often, until brighter green but barely wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the lemon zest and 2 tbsp. butter and stir until the butter melts, about 1 minute. Sprinkle the flour on top and stir until blended, about 1 minute more.

Add the stock, about 1/4 cup at a time, stirring constantly to blend between additions. Simmer the sauce until slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice, then the cooked pasta; stir to coat evenly.

In a medium bowl, mix the cheeses. Stir all but 2/3 cup of the cheeses into the pasta mixture; season with salt and generously with pepper. Scrape the pasta mixture into the baking dish and sprinkle with the remaining 2/3 cup cheese. Bake until bubbly around the edges and browned in spots on top, 25 to 30 minutes.

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Published in: on January 4, 2018 at 1:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

Warm Potato & Scallion Salad

slightly adapted from Alex Guarnaschelli’s The Home Cook

serves 4-6

2 pounds small Red Bliss potatoes
6 tablespoons sherry vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
6 cornichons (or dill pickle chips) cut into 1/4-inch pieces, plus 1 tablespoon cornichon liquid
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons canola oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
6 scallions (green and white parts), thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Arrange the potatoes in a single layer on a baking sheet and roast them in the oven until tender when pierced with a knife, 30-45 minutes, depending upon their size.

In a bowl that is large enough to hold potatoes, whisk together the sherry vinegar, both mustards, the cornichons and their liquid. Whisk in olive and canola oils. Season with salt and pepper. Stir the scallions into the dressing.

Remove the potatoes from the oven and allow them to cool for a few minutes.  Halve the potatoes and add them to the dressing and stir to break the potatoes up a little, but do not overmix. Season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

I made an almost-Nicoise by adding quartered hard-cooked egg and oil-packed tuna for a fantastic lunch.

Published in: on November 25, 2017 at 1:14 pm  Leave a Comment  

Brussels Sprout Salad with Apple, Cheddar, and Almonds

This recipe is from Cooks Country magazine.  They use hazelnuts, which would probably be good, but I always have almonds on hand.

Serves 8

3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 small shallot, minced
salt & pepper
6 Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 lbs Brussels sprouts, ends trimmed, sliced in half through stem end, then sliced cross-wise as thinly as possible
4 oz (1 cup) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 Granny Smith Apple, cored and cut in 1/2″ pieces
1/2 cup dry toasted unsalted slivered almonds, or roasted unsalted sunflower seeds

Whisk lemon juice, mustard, shallot, garlic and 1/2 teaspoon salt together in large bowl. Slowly whisk in oil until incorporated. Add the sliced Brussels sprouts, toss, and let sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

Gently stir in cheddar, apple, and almonds. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

Published in: on November 18, 2017 at 6:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

Smitten Kitchen Avocado & Cucumber Salad

Just slightly adapted

Serves 1

1/3 hothouse cucumber, washed and chopped into 1/2″ dice
1 small green onion, thinly sliced
1 small avocado, pitted and diced
2 Tablespoons mayonnaise
Juice of half a lime (except I don’t think I would use it all at first)
salt and Sriracha to taste
parsley or cilantro leaves to garnish

Combine cucumber, scallions and avocado in the bowl you will eat from.  Whisk together the mayo, lime and seasonings, adjusting to taste.  Drizzle salad with dressing (you may have more than you need) and garnish with cilantro or parsley.  Repeat again tomorrow.

Published in: on June 17, 2017 at 11:44 am  Leave a Comment  

Zucchini with Grape Tomatoes

serves 2

1 zucchini, quartered lengthwise, then sliced 1/8″ thick
1/4 onion, finely diced
6 grape tomatoes, halved
olive oil
fresh thyme leaves
salt and pepper
splash of white balsamic vinegar

Heat the olive oil in a small saute pan over medium heat.  Add the zucchini and onion and cook until the zucchini begins to soften and brown.  Add the cherry tomatoes, thyme, salt, pepper and vinegar and heat through.

Published in: on May 13, 2017 at 5:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

To Try: Jeanne Lemlin’s Asian Coleslaw

http://www.jeannelemlin.com/archives/538

Serves 8 as a side dish

6 cups finely shredded Napa cabbage
2 cups finely shredded purple cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup finely diced white onion
3/4 cup minced cilantro
3 tablespoons Chinese seasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons Asian sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

Combine the vegetables and cilantro in a large bowl. Sprinkle on the remaining ingredients and toss well.   Let sit at least 20 minutes before serving so the flavors can meld. Cover and chill any leftovers. Pour off any accumulated liquid before serving again.

Published in: on February 25, 2017 at 4:36 pm  Leave a Comment  

Easy French Onion Soup

Serves 4 as a first course

one yellow onion, thinly sliced, slices halved crosswise
olive oil and butter for the pan
2.5 cups chicken stock or broth
1.5 cups beef stock or broth
3 sprigs fresh thyme
sliced sourdough bread
Swiss cheese, sliced or grated

Saute the onion over medium heat until beginning to soften but not color.  Cover and continue to cook until very soft. Add the stock/broth and thyme and simmer as long as you can.  Remove thyme.

Toast bread.  Top with cheese.  Broil until bubbly.  Cut into 1″ squares.

Ladle soup into bowls.  Top with cheese toast squares (cheese side up).

 

Published in: on February 20, 2017 at 6:19 pm  Leave a Comment  

Chicken Tortilla Soup

Slightly adapted from “The I Heart Naptime Cookbook” by Jamielyn Nye

Serves 4

1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs, roasted
4 cups water
2 teaspoons Better than Buillon chicken base
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste
15-oz can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
14.5-oz can petite diced tomatoes with juice
2/3 cup frozen corn kernels
4-oz can diced green chiles
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped zucchini (optional)
Juice of 1/2 a lime
1 Tablespoon taco seasoning
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

Extras/Toppings:
crushed tortilla chips
small cheese cubes (pepper jack is great)
sour cream
avocado
pico de gallo

Put all the soup ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat until the chicken begins to fall apart.  When you are ready to eat, remove the chicken and cut down to bite-sized pieces.  In each soup bowl, put some chicken, chips and cheese cubes as desired.  Pour the soup over.  Add toppings as desired.

Published in: on November 30, 2016 at 6:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Tapas Salad

1 large russet potato
1 jar marinated quartered artichoke hearts, drained, patted dry on paper towels, and halved
4 large handfuls of arugula
pitted olives of your choice, sliced
10 grape or cherry tomatoes, sliced or halved
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 handful parsley leaves
2 Tablespoons sliced almonds, optional

Dressing:  Stir together 2 Tablespoons mayonnaise, 1-2 teaspoons white wine vinegar, minced/crushed garlic to taste, ground chipotle pepper to taste

Poke the potato several times with a fork and microwave for 4 minutes.  Let cool slightly, then cut into 1/2″ cubes, or 1/3″ batons.  Heat olive oil in a nonstick or cast iron pan until hot, and cook the potatoes until brown and crisp.  In another skillet cook the artichoke hearts until crisp on both sides.  Drain potatoes on paper towels.

Divide the arugula between two plates.  Top with the olives, tomatoes, potatoes, artichoke hearts, feta, parsley, almonds and dressing.

Published in: on September 3, 2016 at 6:17 pm  Leave a Comment  

Ground Beef & Green Beans

From Jane Brody’s Good Food Book

Sauce:
2 tsp cornstarch
1/3 cup broth (not hot)
1 Tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
1 Tbsp dry sherry or water
1 tsp cider vinegar

Main Ingredients
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 lb green beans, Frenched
2 tsp minced ginger
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 tsp hot red pepper flakes
1/2 lb lean ground beef

Optional:
sliced mushrooms, sauteed
julienne broccoli
cooked rice or noodles

In a small bowl, combine all the sauce ingredients.  Make sure the cornstarch is completely dissolved.  Set the mixture aside.

In a wok or large skillet, heat the oil for 30 seconds over high heat, and add the green beans.  Stir-fry the green beans for about 4 minutes – the beans should be tender-crisp and lightly charred in spots.  Remove the green beans with a slotted spoon, and set them aside.  (For Sean, add water and steam until softer.)

Do the same with the broccoli, if using.

Add the ginger and garlic to the pan, cook them for 30 seconds, and then add the pepper flakes and beef, crumbling the meat with a spatula.  Stir-fry the mixture just until the beef loses its pinkness.  Drain off all the excess fat from the pan.

Stir the reserved sauce once more, and add it to the meat.  Cook the mixture stirring it, for a few minutes until the sauce thickens.  Fold in the reserved green beans (and broccoli and mushrooms, if using), heat the mixture for 1 minute, and serve.

Published in: on July 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm  Leave a Comment