Brussels Sprouts Gratin

Part 2 of my great vegetable side series!

 

Brussels Sprouts Gratin

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, and extra to butter dish
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups half-and-half
  • 1 1/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated Gruyere cheese
  •  Kosher salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1.  Boil the Brussels sprouts in salted water for about 5 to 8 minutes or until crisp-tender.  Drain and run under cold water to cool. spread over paper towels in a single layer and dry completely.
  2. Cook the garlic in butter over medium heat until fragrant, 1 minute. Sprinkle with flour, cook whisking for 1 minute. Slowly wish in the half-and-half. Simmer whisking often, until thickened, 6 to 7 minutes. Remove from heat and whisk in the 1 1/4 cup of grated Gruyere cheese. Fold in the Brussels sprouts. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Transfer to a buttered 3-quart baking dish. Top with the 3/4 cup of grated Gruyere cheese. Bake at 375F degrees for about 25 to 30 minutes until bubbly and golden brown. let it stand for about 5 minutes before serving.

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Orange Carrots with Yogurt-Parsley Dressing

Great vegetable side for your holiday dinner! Adapted from Country Living Christmas at Home.

 

 

Orange Carrots with Yogurt-Parsley

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 pounds small carrots
  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • Kosher salt
  • black pepper
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts

 

for the dressing

  • 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1 cup parsley
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • salt and pepper

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 425F degrees. Combine the carrots, orange juice, oil, vinegar and honey onto two rimmed baking sheets. Season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring and tossing the carrots, for about 25 to 30 minutes or until the carrots are tender.
  2. Process all the dressing ingredients in a food processor, scraping the sides of the bowl if needed, until smooth, for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Serve topped with dressing, pine nuts and parsley if desired.

 

 

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls

Part 2 of this week’s cooking with maple syrup. Adapted from Maple by Katie Webster.

 

 

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 whole leaves from 1 large cabbage
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dark pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

Directions

  1. Stack cabbage leaves in a large Dutch oven and pour the boiling water over top. Cover, set over high heat, and boil, rotating top leaves to the bottom. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until cabbage is just tender enough to be pliable, but not too soft that it tears. Drain the leaves on a work surface and let cool.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and salt, cook stirring often for about 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is soft and starting to brown. Add the beef, mushrooms, and pepper.  Using a wooden spoon to break up the meat, cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until the beef is browned and no pink remains. Add tomato paste and coat the mixture. Add the vinegar, syrup and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling onto each cabbage leaf and roll tucking in the sides. Arrange the rolls in the skillet with seam side down. Pour the tomato sauce over rolls. Cover and cook over medium-low heat. Cook for about 20 minutes. Uncover and add the mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook for about another 2 minutes., until cheese melts. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

 

 

Chickpeas with Chili, Garlic and Thyme

Part 2 of recipes by Nigella Lawson. This serves as a great healthy side dish. The chickpeas do have to be soaked overnight, otherwise it a a quick dish.

 

Chickpeas with Chili, Garlic, and Thyme

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 18 ounces dried chickpeas
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 onion, halved
  • 6 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • seas salt
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 2 large cloves of garlic
  • leaves from 4-5 sprigs of thyme
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • extra virgin olive oil

 

Directions

  1.  Make a paste with the flour, salt and baking soda with some cold water and add to the dried chickpeas. Add enough cold water to cover generously and let it soak overnight.
  2. Drain and rinse the chickpeas under cold water. Place in a saucepan with enough cold water to cover. Add the halved onion, sprigs of thyme, and olive oil. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and cover. Simmer for an hour and a half or until tender.
  3.  Uncover, salt to taste and reverse about 2 1/4 cup of cooking liquid. Drain the chickpeas and remove the onion and thyme sprigs. Set aside.
  4. Add the roughly chopped and seeded red chili pepper, onion, garlic, and thyme leaves to a food processor. Process to a pulp.
  5. Add oil and the chili pulp to a pan , sprinkle with salt and cook for about 10 minutes or until soft. Add the chickpeas and coat. Add half of the reserved liquid, cover and cook for a few minutes more. If dry add more of the reserved liquid.
  6. Place in a bowl and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and some  thyme leaves.

 

Salmon with Greens and Shitake Mushrooms

The perfect weeknight dinner! Quick, easy, healthy, and of course delicious. Adapted from Nigella Lawson’s cookbook, Nigella Bites.

 

 

Salmon with Greens and Shitake Mushrooms

  • Servings: 2
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 skinned salmon fillets
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • generous 1/2 cup shitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
  • 1 1/3 cup bok choy, roughly chopped, separate stems
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1.  Cook the salmon fillets over a griddle or non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Set aside onto warm plates.
  2.  Meanwhile, Fry the garlic in oil till warmth through, add the mushrooms with the bok choy stalks. stir for a minute, cover the pan and let it cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Uncover and add the bok choy leaves, soy sauce, and sesame oil. Cook for another few minutes or until the leaves have wilted.
  4. Pile on a plate and place the salmon on top. Add pepper to taste.

 

Provencal Spinach Meatballs

This was inspired by The French Slow Cooker cookbook by Michele Scicolone. I modified the recipe to adhere to stove top cooking time. It can be served over noodles or rice for dinner. Or it can be served over toasted brioche rolls lined with arugula for lunch.

 

Provencal Spinach Meatballs

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 large shallots chopped
  • 1 2-inch strip orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon piment d’Espelette or paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

 

Directions

  1.  Heat up the olive oil in a deep pan over medium -high heat. Add the shallots and saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add the white wine and simmer for a few minutes more.
  3. Add the tomato puree, orange zest, and piment d’Espelette. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer on low heat.
  4. Meanwhile, place the spinach in a towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  5. In a large bowl add the turkey, spinach, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and herb de Provence. Mix well and shape the mixture into 2-inch balls.
  6. Roll the meatballs lightly in the flour. Place it in the sauce.
  7. Cover and simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Or until the meatballs are cooked through. Stir occasionally.