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Mark Bittman’s Veggie Fried Noodles

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Secret Recipe Club reveal day is here!! This month I was assigned Tea and Scones, which is a baking blog that certainly lives up to its name. Many, many beautiful and drool-worthy scones recipes featured. And given my love of scones, you’d think I would have picked one to make, right?

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Well, I strongly considered it, believe me. Very, very tempted. But, I have been striving to eat much healthier the past few months, so when I also ran across this Mark Bittman recipe, which is incredibly healthy yet uber-delicious, well, I was sold.

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Once I reach my goal weight, I’m coming back to make one of your scones! I’m a huge fan of Mark Bittman, too, so I was very excited to see this recipe. I love that we’re using soba noodles instead of rice – nice creative twist there – and that this recipe fit perfectly with my current eating habits. And the dish was truly wonderful. It didn’t feel like a “healthy” dish, if that makes sense, it was just some good, clean eating. Very filling and satisfying, and one I would definitely make again.

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Definitely check out Tea and Scones, y’all! Enjoy!

{One Year Ago: Caramel Apple Layer Cake, Philly Strip Steaks with Provolone Sauce and Caramelized Onions}

Source: Tea and Scones

Ingredients:
8 ounces buckwheat (soba) noodles
1 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 cup chopped green onions
2 large carrots chopped
3 celery stalks, chopped
2 cups snow peas, or sugar snap peas, cut into halves or thirds crosswise
1/4 cup chicken stock or water (more if you need it, I didn’t.)
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 egg, beaten
black pepper
1/4 cups chopped peanuts for garnish

Directions:
Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt it. Cook the noodles according to package directions, but make sure they don’t get mushy. Drain the noodles and rinse under cold water. Toss them with sesame oil to prevent sticking.
While the noodles are cooking, heat the canola oil in a large, deep skillet or a wok over medium-high heat. Add garlic, ginger, and scallions. Cook for about 15 seconds.
Add the carrots, celery, snow peas, and stock or water and turn the heat to high. Cook, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender, about 5-10 minutes. If the mixture gets too dry, add more liquid a tablespoon at a time.
Stir in soy sauce and beaten egg(s) and let the egg lightly scramble in the pan. Add the noodles, sprinkle with pepper, and toss well. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Garnish with the peanuts and serve.


Eggplant and White Bean Meatballs + A Cookbook Giveaway!!!

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Thanks to a snafu with my local post office and a generous Amazon customer service agent, I wound up with two copies of The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman. So I’m giving away my extra copy to one of my lucky readers! The giveaway will run all week, until Friday, July 18, 2014 at 5 pm Eastern, and each day that I blog until Friday, I’ll be featuring a recipe from this wonderful book!

First up we have these amazing vegan meatballs. When I say these were amazing, I’m not joking. At all. For full disclosure, I’ll freely admit I was a little wary of these. I’d never before had meatballs that didn’t contain meat or at least poultry or fish. So there was a touch of trepidation at how they would taste, whether I’d screwed them up, etc, etc.

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I needn’t have worried one bit. They were so insane. Matt ate seconds the night I served them, and we argued over who was to get the last container of leftovers. They are that good.

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Whether you are vegan or not, or occasionally vegan, or whatever: try these meatballs – I guarantee you’ll make them again and again. And like any kind of meatballs, they are flexible. I served them simply, just in a bowl with some marinara (someone might have been too lazy to make pasta that night), but they would be so delicious over pasta or in a meatball sub.

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And stay tuned for three more VB6 Cookbook recipes! You can enter to win a copy of this lovely book in the rafflecopter below.

Source: The VB6 Cookbook by Mark Bittman

Ingredients:
3 tbs olive oil
1 lb. eggplant, unpeeled, cut into cubes no larger than 1 inch
1 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp fresh cracked black pepper
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tbs minced garlic
1 cup cooked or canned white beans
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 cup breadcrumbs
Pinch of crushed red chile flakes
2 tsp dried oregano
2 cups of your favorite marinara sauce

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 375 F. Use 1 tbs olive oil to grease a rimmed baking sheet. Set aside.
Add 1 tbs olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it is hot, add the eggplant and 1/4 cup water. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pieces shrivel a bit and are tender and beginning to color, 10 to 15 minutes. Transfer the eggplant to the bowl of a food processor.
Add the remaining 1 tbs olive oil to the pan and add the onion and garlic. Return to medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent, 3 to 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, drain the beans (also rinse them if using canned). Add the beans and parsley to the food processor bowl with the eggplant and pulse until well combined and chopped, but not completely pureed.
Transfer the eggplant mixture to a large bowl and add the onion and garlic mixture, along with the bread crumbs, chile flakes, and oregano. Mix to combine well.
Make sure your hands are clean and get them wet. Roll the mixture into meatballs, about 2 inches in diameter. You’ll wind up with between 12 and 16 meatballs. You will likely need to rewet your hands between each meatball or every other meatball.
As you form them, place the meatballs on the prepared baking sheet, evenly spaced apart. Bake undisturbed until they are firm and well browned, 20 to 30 minutes (start checking after 20 minutes, though you may need longer).
Meanwhile, warm the marinara sauce; and this is when you would cook pasta or toast hoagie rolls if desired.
Serve the meatballs with the marinara in a bowl, or in whatever other fashion you desire.

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Heirloom Tomato Sandwiches

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There isn’t much that can be said for this stunningly beautiful sandwich. Heirloom tomatoes speak for themselves. They are hitting their stride in my grocery store right now, and I can’t get enough. I’m thinking I’ll likely make this salad again soon.

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This sandwich is very few ingredients and couldn’t be simpler. I found it easier to eat open faced (personally couldn’t get my mouth around the whole thing!), so that’s how I’m writing it. Yet despite its simplicity, it just sings.

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Heirloom tomatoes have the most luscious texture. They are less acidic and sweeter than regular tomatoes, and when you bite into this sandwich, its juiciness rivals the most ridiculous cheeseburger out there. Just amazing. Enjoy this one guys!

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{One Year Ago: Rhubarb Scones, Shrimp and Avocado Ceviche}

Source: slightly adapted from Emeril’s Kicked-Up Sandwiches by Emeril Lagasse

Ingredients:
5 generous tbs mayonnaise
3 tbs chopped fresh basil or parsley
8 slices white sandwich bread
4-5 large heirloom tomatoes, stemmed and sliced into ½-inch thick rounds (make sure you get all different colors!)
Kosher salt and black pepper

Directions:
Combine the mayonnaise and basil or parsley in a small mixing bowl. Whisk until combined and smooth. Set aside.
Arrange the bread in a single layer on a baking sheet. Preheat your broiler to HIGH and position a rack as close to it as you can get without touching it. Slide the baking sheet in the oven and broil the bread just a few minutes until it is lightly toasted and slightly golden brown. Remove and let cool a few minutes.
Spread the mayonnaise liberally on the toasted sides of each slice of bread. Layer 2 tomato slices on each slice of bread. Season each tomato slice with salt and black pepper as you lay it on the bread. Serve immediately, 2 open-faced sandwiches per person.

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

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Happy Sunday evening! I’m so excited because I am finally returning to my themed weeks!! I’ve missed blogging this way. So this week’s theme is….. drum roll please…… ASPARAGUS!! Asparagus and I have become great friends over the past several years (of course I hated it growing up), and to me it’s the perfect vegetable to usher in the spring season.

asparagus shavings (for pizza)

We’re starting the week with a delicious and beautiful pizza, which I couldn’t get enough of; Matt felt the same, and I’m sure we both deserve a medal for allowing the other their fair share of leftovers. I know either of us could have easily hoarded them all for ourselves.

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Shaved asparagus pizza

This pizza will go down as one of my favorites, one I will probably make every spring at least once. You should too. Enjoy!

Shaved Asparagus Pizza

Shaved Asparagus pizza

{One year ago: Tomato Cornbread}

Source: adapted from The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Ingredients:
1 lb. fresh pizza dough
½ lb. thick asparagus
2 tsp olive oil
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 oz. goat cheese
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
5 oz. fresh mozzarella, thinly sliced
1 scallion, thinly sliced

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grease a round pizza pan and sprinkle with a touch of cornmeal if desired. Roll or stretch out your pizza to fit the pan. Par-bake it for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven, leaving the oven on.
Meanwhile, prep the asparagus. Do not snap the tough ends off the asparagus. Working with one spear at a time, hold it by its tough end and lay it flat on a cutting board. Use a vegetable peeler to shave the asparagus into long strips. Keep going until you physically cannot make it work anymore, then snap off the tough end. Discard the tough ends and place the shavings in a bowl. Toss them with the olive oil, plus salt and pepper to taste.
Remove the par-baked pizza crust from the oven. Crumble the goat cheese and place the crumbles evenly over the dough. Sprinkle the parmesan evenly over the crust, followed by laying the mozzarella slices on top. Pile the asparagus on top.
Bake the pizza for 10-15 minutes, or until the edges of the crust are browned. The asparagus might be lightly charred. That’s a good thing.
Remove the pizza from the oven and sprinkle with the scallions. Let rest about 5 minutes, then slice and eat!

Collard Greens, Mushroom and Cheddar Bread Pudding #SundaySupper

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Alright, alright, alright – Sunday Supper is back, y’all! Channeling my inner Matthew McConaughey for a second. Don’t worry though, I’m fully clothed and not stoned, so I suppose I’m not channeling him too much…

Collard Greens, Mushroom and Cheddar Bread Pudding

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Anywho… our theme this week is Eat Your Greens! Because this month is St. Patrick’s Day…. Which features the color green…. Get it? I thought it was rather clever, whoever came up with this one! I mean, the obvious choice would have been to do a St. Patty’s Day themed #SS, which would have been delicious, no doubt, but this is a very cute and healthy spin on things.

Collard greens, mushroom and cheddar bread pudding

So now which greens to choose? I went with collard greens. I love ‘em. Actually, I remembered a recipe I’d filed away in my “must-try-soon” folder, this savory bread pudding which originally called for kale. But I can’t use kale in my house; Matt says he is allergic to it. (Now, whether he’s actually allergic or whether he just doesn’t like it – well, that’s between him and his god, I suppose. Just kidding, sweetie!) But, seriously, I don’t cook with kale for his sake; no one wants the one we love to ever be miserable. So I simply made the substitution and neither of us minded one bit. It was incredibly delicious! I would highly urge you to try this one, using whichever dark greens you and yours prefer the most. Enjoy!

Collard Greens, Mushroom and Cheddar bread pudding

And don’t forget to check out the rest of the fabulous recipes from my #SS crew!

{One year ago: Classic Caesar Salad, Chocolate Pistachio Fudge, and Lemon Risotto}

Source: adapted from Homemade with Love by Jennifer Perillo

Ingredients:
Olive oil
½ a bunch of collard greens, leaves stripped from the stems and rough chopped
Kosher salt and black pepper
5 oz. Cremini mushrooms, chopped
1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
About ½ a loaf of round white bread, such as ciabatta or rustic white round loaf, cut into cubes
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups whole milk
4 oz. sharp cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 350 F. Grease an 8×8”baking pan and set aside.
Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add the collards and cook, stirring occasionally, until slightly wilted, 2-3 minutes. Add the mushroom and onion, and more oil if it looks dry. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring frequently, until the onion softens and the mushrooms lightly brown, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook 1 minute more. Remove from the heat and let cool 5 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs and milk together with a fork or whisk in a medium bowl.
Add the bread cubes to a large bowl. Add the collard green mixture, plus 2/3 of your shredded cheese. Stir together until combined. Spoon the mixture into your prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Pour the egg mixture over the bread mixture in the baking dish. Press the mixture with a spatula to make sure the bread is submerged in the custard. Sprinkle the last 1/3 of cheese on top.
Let the casserole sit at least 15 minutes, or up to overnight (covered with foil in the refrigerator, of course).
Cover with foil, if not already done, and bake 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake another 25-30 minutes until the cheese is golden and bubbly. Let the casserole sit 5 minutes before cutting into portions and serving. Leftovers work beautifully!

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Garbanzo Bean, Lentil, and Vegetable Stew

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Happy Friday everyone! Today we wrap up Winter Stew Week by being good and eating our vegetables, like mom said we should. In deciding what kinds of stew to make for this week, I wanted to be sure and have a vegetarian option in there, but of course didn’t want it to be bland. Or too light. I mean, it is stew after all. This legume-and-potato-filled bowl really fits the bill on all counts. Very hearty and filling, without weighing you down. And it comes together much more quickly than beef stew, yet tastes like it slow cooked all day. Win!

Garbanzo Bean, Lentil and Vegetable Stew

So now let’s recap Winter Stew Week.

First up, I could not do a theme of stew without including a classic beef version. This one was delicious, and included some dark greens for our health!

Red Wine Beef and Chard Stew

 

 

 

 

 

Next up, we ventured down South for a classic: Brunswick Stew! Easy, hearty, delicious.

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And yesterday we had a Spanish-inspired fish stew, which was light, healthy, and very scrumptious.

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I hope you enjoyed this week and this gave you some good ideas for what to make on those bitterly cold days when you need something earthy and cozy. Also, be sure you check out some other stew recipes from the blogosphere!

Garbanzo Bean, Lentil and Veggie Stew

Recipe Round-Up:
Cabernet Braised Short Rib Stew from How Sweet Eats
Guinness Beef Stew from The Texan New Yorker
Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken Stew from Tracey’s Culinary Adventures
Fish and Zucchini Puttanesca Stew from Closet Cooking
Spicy Calamari Stew with Garlic Rubbed Ciabatta Toasts from The Texan New Yorker
Crock Pot Chickpea, Butternut Squash, and Red Lentil Stew from Eat Live Run

Source: adapted from The Bon Appetit Cookbook, edited by Barbara Fairchild

Ingredients:
2 tbs olive oil
1 large onion, chopped
3 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
1 large sprig of rosemary
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tbs tomato paste
2 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp caraway seeds
½ tsp cayenne
Kosher salt and black pepper
4 cups vegetable stock
½ cup water
1 cup dried lentils
1 (15 oz.) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup chopped Yukon gold potatoes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 (10 oz.) bag of baby spinach

Directions:
Heat the oil in a large soup pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add the onions and carrot. Sauté until softened. Add the rosemary, garlic, tomato paste, coriander, caraway seeds, and cayenne. Stir for 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the stock, water, and lentils. Increase the heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover the pot, and let simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the lentils are mostly cooked. Add the beans, potatoes, and parsley. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes, until the potatoes are cooked.
Stir the spinach into the stew. Let it wilt, about 3 minutes. Taste for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if needed. Ladle into bowls and serve; but don’t forget to fish out the rosemary stem!

Broccoli Basil Soup

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Welcome, welcome! I’m extremely thrilled to post the very first installment of my new Week Of… blog series, where every week’s recipes revolve around a stated theme. Without further ado, this week’s theme is BROCCOLI!

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If you just groaned, it’s okay. I don’t judge you one bit. The reason I picked broccoli is because it seemed very appropriate for the beginning of the year, when people are making New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier. And while I’m not really making any per se, one of my food goals is (and has been) to like broccoli. While I’ve done very, very well at eating and liking my vegetables since my mid-twenties, broccoli is one that has kept not working for me. But it is so incredibly good for you that I feel I have to give it another try.

So that’s what this week is all about. Finding new and interesting ways to cook broccoli so that I might actually enjoy eating it! First up, we have soup. Reason being, the broccoli is pureed, so I cannot possibly complain about the texture (something I have vehemently done in the past).

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But instead of the more common broccoli cheese soup, I wanted to find a soup I would like that didn’t drown the vegetable in cheese (not that there’s anything wrong with that, of course). I’m always fond of basil, so this soup was really enjoyable for me. Win! Oh, and the goat cheese toasts on top didn’t hurt anything, either. Of course. But, in all seriousness, I did really enjoy this soup. I hope you will too, regardless of where you fall on the broccoli spectrum. And stay tuned, for on Wednesday I shall bring you broccoli in the form of a delicious Asian appetizer – you don’t want to miss it!

Broccoli Basil Soup

Quick recipe note: the recipe does not call for adding any dairy. I swirled in a touch of heavy cream to improve the pictures. While quite tasty, the soup without the cream is a shade of green that just doesn’t photograph well. You food bloggers know what I’m talking about. So I added the cream to change the color. Taste-wise, I actually preferred it without the cream. Go figure!

Source: slightly adapted from Cowgirl Chef by Ellise Pierce

Ingredients:
1 large head of broccoli, florets removed from the stalk
Olive oil
1 shallot, sliced
2-3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
4 cups vegetable stock
A good handful of fresh basil leaves
Kosher salt and black pepper
Small crusty bread slices, such as a sliced baguette
3-4 oz. goat cheese

Directions:
Prep the broccoli by chopping the florets into small-ish pieces. Then peel the stalks with a vegetable peeler, trim the ends and chop into 1-inch pieces.
Drizzle a little olive oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until softened. Next add the broccoli florets and stalks and stir a few times just to coat them with the oil and sauté just a tad. Add the vegetable stock. Cover the pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Once it boils, turn the heat down and simmer until the broccoli is tender but not mushy, about 15-20 minutes. Test the doneness – a sharp paring knife should slide easily into the stalk pieces.
When done, shut off the heat and add the basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Then puree the soup with an immersion blender or carefully in your regular blender, working in batches if need be.
Meanwhile, toast your bread slices and then immediately smear them with a generous amount of goat cheese.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve with 1 or 2 goat cheese toasts on the side.

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Pizza, Plus a Thanksgiving Round-Up

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Pizza

And here we are, once again: the week of Thanksgiving. Is everyone prepared? I’ve blocked out Wednesday to do all my cooking and baking, but things should be pretty low-key this year. I thought I would do a Thanksgiving recipe round-up, in case anyone needs some last-minute ideas the big day.

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I’m linking one of my favorites, my Stuffing Bruschetta. I shared this on a group board on Pinterest about a month ago, and it kind of blew up! So far almost 200 repins. I was shocked! I mean, the reason I came up with that dish is because I hate Thanksgiving stuffing (sacrilege, I know, I know). But I kind of assumed I was the only one. Are there really many others like me out there? Stuffing haters unite!

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Pizza

Since it’s still before Thanksgiving, I figure I can still share a pumpkin recipe. 🙂 This was incredibly tasty and easy to throw together. Perfect for a busy fall weeknight dinner. And here’s the Thanksgiving recipe round-up. Enjoy!

Pumpkin and Fried Sage Pizza

BREAKFAST/BRUNCH:
Apple Butter Doughnuts
Apple Cheddar Quiche
Apple Pie Bagels
Cornmeal Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Butter
Cranberry Apple Muffins
Cranberry Orange Waffles
Pumpkin French Toast
Pumpkin Muffins
Pumpkin Pecan Souffled Pancake
Pumpkin Scones

APPETIZERS/FIRST COURSES:
Apple Escarole Salad
Butternut Squash Latkes with Pine Nut Yogurt Sauce
Chipotle Pumpkin Chowder
Stuffing Bruschetta

MAIN AND SIDE DISHES:
Duck Fat Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
Fried Brussels Sprouts with Pecans and Capers
Gin and Orange Juice Braised Endives
Green Bean Casserole
Happy Accident Mashed Potatoes
Indian-Spiced Cranberry Chutney
Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Apples, Onion and Candied Pecans
Sweet Potato Biscuits
Truffle Butter Roast Turkey

DESSERTS:
Apple Pecan Cheesecake Cupcakes
Apple Pie
Apple Pie Ice Cream
Bourbon Pecan Pie
Butternut Squash Pie with Cinnamon-Brandy Whipped Cream
Caramel Apple Layer Cake
Chocolate Meringue Pie
Cranberry Chiffon Pie
Easy Cranberry Apple Cake
My Mom’s Apple Cake
Pumpkin Apple Cake
Pumpkin Cheesecake
Pumpkin Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Pumpkin Pecan Cake with Bourbon Brown Sugar Glaze
Pumpkin Pie
Pumpkin Pie Fudge
Sweet Potato Chocolate Chip Cookies

pumpkin and fried sage pizza

{One year ago: Barbecue Beef Chili and Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes}

Source: adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod

Ingredients:
1 lb. pizza dough, rested at room temperature for 30 minutes
Canola oil, for frying sage leaves
10 fresh sage leaves
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
Salt and black pepper, to taste
2 cups shredded Gruyere cheese

Directions:
Preheat your oven to 425 F. Grease a pizza pan. Stretch the pizza dough out to fit the pizza pan and use tines of a fork to poke holes all over the dough. Bake the dough for 8 minutes. Remove from the oven.
Meanwhile, fry the sage leaves. Heat 1-inch canola oil in a small pan over medium-high heat until surface is shimmering slightly. Add a few leaves at a time and cook until crisp, but still bright green, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a paper towel to drain. Season with salt.
In a small bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Spread pumpkin mixture evenly over the parbaked pizza dough. Top with the cheese.
Slide back into the oven for about 10 minutes, until the cheese is melted and starting to brown and the outer crust is golden. Remove from the oven, let rest about 5 minutes, then slice into wedges and serve.

Eggplant Parmesan Soup #SundaySupper

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Welcome to Sunday Supper! Our theme this week was One Pot Meals. A fantastic theme, of course; who likes doing dishes? We all need some one pot meals in our repertoire, meals we can bust out on those grumpy days where you know that calling for take-out will be guilt-inducing, but you really don’t want to cook an elaborate meal. This recipe is PERFECT for those days.

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So, no false advertising here – this is eggplant parmesan in a soup bowl. I’m serious, it’s soup, but it tastes exactly like eggplant parmesan! And since I’m a huge eggplant parm fiend, this soup delighted my little soul.

eggplant parmesan soup

Like I mentioned, I love, love, love a well-executed eggplant parmesan. But let’s be honest, eggplant parm is the complete opposite of a one pot meal. More like a use-almost-every-dang-pan-in-your-kitchen meal, right? It’s kind of a production to pull off. But with this soup, you get all those beloved flavors in an easy to make and easy to clean up soup. Perfect!

Eggplant Parmesan Soup

The only recipe note I have is to add the vinegar slowly and titrate up if desired. I added the entire amount called for, and while that tang is a lovely addition to the soup, I found it a tad strong and wished I had backed off a little. And be sure to check out the rest of the Sunday Supper crew! As per usual, I’ve linked to their amazing recipes as well. Enjoy!

Eggplant Parmesan Soup

Source: Flour, Too by Joanne Chang

Ingredients:
3 tbs olive oil
2 medium onions, chopped
3 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
2 large eggplants, chopped (no need to peel)
1 (28 oz.) can diced tomatoes, with juice
2 cups white sandwich bread, cubed
1 cup fresh basil leaves
1 ½ cups grated parmesan cheese
Up to 2 tbs red wine vinegar (I’d start with half of that, taste, and then add more if needed)
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Directions:
Set a large soup pot or Dutch oven over high heat. Add the olive oil and when hot, add the onions and garlic. Stir for 1 to 2 minutes, until the onions just start to soften. If they brown a little, back off the heat a tad. Add the eggplant and reduce the heat to medium. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 to 10 minutes, until the eggplants break down and start to become mushy.
Add the tomatoes. Fill the now-empty tomato can with water and add that to the soup. Bring to a simmer over medium heat and simmer about 5 minutes. Add the bread cubes and stir for 1 minute, or until the bread breaks down in the soup. Stir in the basil and parmesan, turn off the heat and let cool slightly.
Using your immersion blender, puree the soup until very smooth. Alternately, you can do this in batches in your regular blender. Bring the pureed soup back up to a simmer. Season with the vinegar, salt and pepper. If the soup seems too thick, thin with a little water.
Ladle the soup into bowls and serve immediately.

Check out the rest of the fabulous #SundaySupper team!

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“Put meat on your bones” Stews

“Make room for seconds” Main Dishes

“Can’t say no” Desserts

Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Tart

fried green tomato and pimento cheese tart

I have no words for how much fun this dinner was. And I wanted to share it before green tomatoes are no more for the season. I can always find some somewhere up here in early fall.

assembling tart

So let’s dissect this tart. First of all, there’s impossibly flaky pie crust, blind baked and cooled. Then we have a layer of thick pimento cheese, creamy, sharp and slightly spicy. And top of that, we have perfect, double dipped, fried green tomatoes. You cut a bite with your fork and you get all three layers together in one bite. It’s so awesome. It’s basically taking two favorite classics from the Deep South and combining them into a savory pie. How could it not be delicious?!

Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Tart

The only downside is that leftovers do not work. The tomatoes will go soggy on you. So you’ll just have to eat the whole thing! Ohhh darn! Enjoy!

Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Tart

fried green tomato and pimento cheese tart

Not too much in the way of recipe notes, just make sure your crust is completely cooled, or obviously, you’ll melt the cheese, which is not the point of pimento cheese. I prefer pimento cheese by roasting my own red bell pepper, but a 4 oz. jar of chopped pimentos will do just fine.

Fried Green Tomato and Pimento Cheese Tart

{One year ago: Chipotle Collard Greens}

Source: slightly adapted from A Year of Pies by Ashley English

Ingredients:
½ recipe of this pie dough, chilled

2 large eggs
2 tbs whole milk
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup cornmeal
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sweet paprika
1 tsp kosher salt
2 medium green tomatoes, cut into 4 slices each
¼ cup canola oil

8 oz. sharp cheddar cheese
1 roasted red pepper, diced
3 tbs mayonnaise
1 tsp sweet paprika

2 to 3 large basil leaves, thinly sliced, for garnish

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 F. Grease an 11-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface and fit it into the pan. Trim the overhang to 1 inch, if necessary, and then fold it inside the tart pan, pressing it against the fluted sides, to reinforce the sides of the tart. Prick the bottom of the crust 6 or 7 times with the tines of a fork. Place the crust in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
Line the crust with parchment paper and fill with pie weights or dried beans. Place the tart on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. Remove from the oven, lift the parchment off and inspect the color of your pie shell. If you’d like it cooked a little more or just browned, stick it back in the oven uncovered for another 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and let cool completely.
Prepare the tomatoes. Beat the eggs with the milk in a pie plate or other shallow bowl. On a large plate, mix together the flour, cornmeal, garlic powder, paprika and salt. Dip each tomato slice into the egg mixture, then the flour mixture, then the egg mixture again, and then the flour mixture again. Place the dredged tomato slices on a platter as they are completed.
Meanwhile, heat the canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the tomato slices and fry for about 5 minutes per side until lightly browned.
Remove the skillet from the heat and transfer the tomato slices with a spider or tongs to a paper towel lined plate. I found the spider to work much better than the tongs. If you don’t have a spider, I would use a slotted flat spatula.
Make the pimento cheese. Coarsely grate the cheese, then place it in the food processor along with the mayo and paprika. Process until smooth. Add the diced red pepper and pulse a few more times to combine.
Assemble the tart. Spoon the pimento cheese into the cooled tart shell, smoothing it level with a spatula.
Pick out the largest fried green tomato slice and set it aside. With a very sharp knife, cut the other tomato slices in half. Place the halved tomato slices all along the edges of the tart, then place the whole tomato slice in the center, as pictured. Sprinkle with the basil for garnish. Serve immediately.