Posted in Italian, M&M Favorites, Pasta, Vegetarian, tagged egg, Flour, garlic, gnocchi, nutmeg, pasta, pecorino, sage, sweet potato on January 16, 2013|
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This may be the last pasta post for a little while, as I’m going to try to be a little healthier for as long as I can stand it. Sweet potatoes are a favorite around the apartment, and they make light and fluffy gnocchi with more depth of flavor than regular gnocchi. Combine them with some crisp sage and pecorino, and they become truly delicious little clouds.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
1 1/2 pound sweet potato (1 large sweet potato), pricked with a fork
8 ounce container of fresh ricotta, preferably local
3 ounces grated parmesan
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups flour
Roast the sweet potato in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes or microwave on high for 4 minutes a side until soft. Let cool. Meanwhile, let the ricotta drain in a sieve or coffee filter for two hours to remove some of the extra liquid.
Scrape the flesh from the potato skin and mash, it should be about 2 cups. Add the ricotta and combine. Add the salt, brown sugar, nutmeg, and half the flour. Combine well. Add the rest of the flour in parts until the dough becomes a ball. You may not need it all.
Dump it onto a board and form a ball. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for an hour up to a couple days.
Cut pieces off the ball and roll into ropes about a half inch thick with plenty of extra flour. Slice into inch long pieces. They can be kept in a single layer and frozen, store in some flour.
Sweet Potato Gnocchi with Sage and Pecorino
2 cups gnocchi, made as above (1 cup per person)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves
6-8 sage leaves
1/2 cup grated parmesan
Cook the gnocchi in heavily salted water for 2-3 minutes, until they aggressively float. Meanwhile, Saute the garlic in the olive oil on medium heat until it starts to brown. Remove the garlic and add the sage. Be careful, because they will pop a little at first due to the water content. Add the gnocchi along with a little pasta water and swirl to combine. Allow to cook for a minute together, and then off the heat, add the parmesan. Serve with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil over the top.
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Posted in Appetizer, Vegetarian, tagged butter, cheddar, cracker, egg, Flour, oat, salt, snack on January 2, 2013|
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I’ve had some rolled oats in the cabinet for a while, and I decided to try this recipe to use them up. It’s a healthier version of my cheddar parmesan crackers, and the oats give them a heft that makes them a more filling snack so you will eat fewer and get full faster. Perfect for the new year, as many try to balance out all the holiday eating.
Cheddar Oat Crackers
1/2 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup milk
3/4 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
4 ounces cheddar, grated
2 tablespoons cold butter, cubed
2 eggs, 1 beaten with a splash of water for egg wash
flaked sea salt such as Maldon
Soak the oats in the milk for a few minutes while you combine the flour, salt, and baking powder in a food processor and pulse a couple times. Add the cheese and butter and pulse until it starts to resemble sand. Add in the oats and 1 egg, and pulse until it comes together. Turn out onto a piece of plastic wrap and form into a disc. Refrigerate for 2 hours until chilled.
Roll out in two sections between two sheets of parchment paper as thinly as you can, to about 1/8″. Cut or use a ravioli cutter or cookie cutter to create crackers. Put them onto a silpat or parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush the crackers with the egg wash and sprinkle sea salt on top.
Bake at 375 degrees for about 12-14 minutes, until they start to brown. Let cool before removing and serving.
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Posted in Recipe Round Up, tagged basil, broccoli rabe, buternut squash, butter, carrots, cheese, crostata, dough, egg, fontina, garlic, gorgonzola, lasagna, olive oil, onion, orecchiette, pancetta, parmesan, pasta, pear, roasted, sage biscuits, sandwich, sausage, thyme on October 16, 2012|
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While we are in the midst of trying to sell the apartment, I’ve been falling back on old favorites. Last night, I made a version of this Puglian specialty, orecchiette with broccoli rabe and sausage and every time I make it, it brings me back to a night in southern Puglia. The meatiness of the sausage is comforting and warm on a cold fall night.
Fall always means lasagna time for me…I love making it for company too, because I can put it in the oven when they come over and spend time with people, rather than in the kitchen. My favorites for fall are mushroom and roasted carrot and butternut squash.
My favorite fall fruits are definitely pears, and I love to make crostatas with pears and gorgonzola this time of year. I make big batches of dough and freeze them for later, so I can just defrost and put together the filling when I’m running low on time.
Cold weather makes me really crave a good Sunday breakfast, and there’s no better breakfast than egg and pancetta sandwiches on homemade sage biscuits. I still have a couple of these tucked away in the freezer, and I can’t wait to have one this Sunday.
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Posted in Lunch, Vegetarian, tagged bradcrumbs, burgers, egg, garlic, goat cheese, lentil, mayo, mushroom, onion, Sriracha, vegetarian, veggie on September 17, 2012|
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If you’ve noticed that my posts have slowed down, it’s because we’re planning a move and I’ve been sidetracked on that project… but the upside is that I’m getting creative with recipes to use up pantry and freezer ingredients.
This week, I made veggie burgers to use up lentils and breadcrumbs in the pantry. Of course, fresh breadcrumbs would be so much better, but that wouldn’t use up the ones sitting on the shelf. The nice thing about veggie burgers is that you can really adapt the flavors to whatever you like. I added in a chopped chili pepper that was growing in our garden, and they are really spicy! I topped them with some sriracha mayo because they can always use some moisture (although I had ketchup on mine because I’m just not a mayo fan).
Veggie Burgers with Sriracha Mayo
1 cup cooked lentils (mine were leftover from a previous dinner, so they had diced carrots and onions in them as well), mashed a bit
2 cups diced mushrooms
1/2 onion, minced
1 teaspoon garlic, minced
1 chili pepper, minced
1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs (or dried, but fresh are better)
2 eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons goat cheese
1 tablespoon mayo
1 teaspoon sriracha
Saute the onion in a little olive oil to soften. Add the garlic, chili pepper and mushrooms and allow to soften and start to brown. Remove from heat and add to lentils in a large bowl. Add in the breadcrumbs, goat cheese, and eggs and stir to combine. Refrigerate for an hour, until cold.
In a small bowl, combine the mayo and sriracha and stir together. Reserve for topping.
Form mixture into patties and saute in some olive oil for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 15 minutes, until they are cooked all the way through. Serve on a toasted bun with the topping of your choice.
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Posted in Italian, Pasta, Poultry, tagged chicken, egg, fettuccine, Flour, garlic, lemon, olive oil, onion, oregano, parmesan, pasta, white wine on September 6, 2012|
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I finally got around to trying out the new pasta machine a couple weeks ago when we had some great friends over. It’s a bit of a project to make fresh pasta, but it’s worth it. Plus, you can add in anything you want flavor-wise, although I generally just make plain pasta because I like it best. Next time though, I might try spinach pasta. Or lemon pasta. I’m getting excited just thinking about it.
3- 3 1/2 cups flour (start with 3 and add flour to the right consistency)
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
Mound the flour on your board and create a well in the center. Add the rest of the ingredients to the well and start to stir with a fork from the inside out, gradually adding flour from the rim. Once you start to break down the rim, change to kneading with you hands. It will come together in a ball, and you want to knead for about 5 minutes. Let it rest in some plastic wrap for at least 15 minutes. Cut off pieces of dough to run through the pasta roller until it reaches your desired thickness. Fold the sheets and cut into your desired pasta size, for fettuccine it’s about 1/2″ thick. Flour well and set aside in 1 layer if possible.
Lemon Chicken and Fresh Fettuccine
Fresh Fettuccine (above)
4 chicken breasts, cut into pieces
1/2 onion, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 cup white wine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
zest and juice from 1 large lemon or 1 1/2 smaller lemons
Season the chicken pieces with salt, pepper, and the oregano. Saute in some extra virgin olive oil until they brown. Remove to a plate. Add the onion and garlic and soften. Add the wine and lemon juice and reduce a bit. Add the chicken back into the pan and stir to combine.
Meanwhile, cook the pasta in salted boiling water for 2 minutes, until it starts to float and becomes al dente. Remove to the saucepan with a little bit of the pasta cooking water. Combine and add the lemon zest, a splash of extra virgin olive oil, and some grated parmesan cheese. Plate and add more parmesan cheese on top.
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Posted in Dessert, tagged baking powder, batter, butter, cake, egg, lemon zest, milk, recipe, strawberry, Sugar, summer, vanilla on July 23, 2012|
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Strawberries are probably my favorite fruit. Or maybe blueberries. Either way, I overdose on all things strawberry when I see huge spreads of them at the farmers market.
At some point, I decided I wanted to try them in some cake and I found a recipe on Smitten Kitchen that I edited a bit. This one combined juicy strawberries with a light yellow cake, and my favorite parts were the slightly browned and crispy edges.
I imagine you could substitute all kinds of fruit for the strawberries, and I might just try it again with some peaches or nectarines.
1 stick butter
1 1/2 cups (188 grams) flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sugar
zest of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk
1 carton strawberries, hulled and halved (or quartered depending on the size of your strawberries)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line bottom of 10″ round pan with a circle of parchment paper.
Combine flour, baking powder, lemon zest, and salt in a bowl. In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar (reserving a tablespoon or two) until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add in the egg, milk, and vanilla and combine. Add the dry ingredients slowly, until just combined.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. Arrange the strawberries cut side down around the pan, pushing into the batter slightly. Sprinkle with reserved sugar.
Bake for 10 minutes, then reduce heat to 325 degrees and bake for an additional 50 minutes or until a tester comes out clean and the edges have started to brown. Let it cool completely before trying to flip and remove from pan.
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