Category Archives: Deb’s favorites

Malfatti

“Malfatti” translates to “poorly made” – these dumplings are rustic but delicious, and a long time favorite family recipe. Be careful in varying from the recipe or risk having your dumplings dissolve in their cooking water!

1 10 oz package frozen chopped spinach (thawed)
1 c ricotta
1/2 c grated Parmesan cheese
1 c. fine dry bread crumbs (no substitutions!)
1/4 c scallions minced
3 T fresh basil or 2 ½ t dried
2 eggs
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ t nutmeg


½ c flour


pasta of your choice
prepared tomato sauce
Parmesan cheese


Place the 1/2 cup of flour in a wide shallow bowl and set aside.

Press the thawed spinach in a colander to remove as much water as possible. Place in a large bowl and add cheeses, bread crumbs, scallions, eggs, garlic, basic and nutmeg. Mix well using your hands is messy but efficient. Divide into 16 equal portions and form each into 3″ log shapes. Roll each log in the flour and place on a small baking sheet and put it into the freezer for at least an hour.

When ready to eat, put on a pot of salted water and bring to a boil. Gently add malfatti and simmer for 3 minutes after they rise to the top. Serve hot over pasta with your favorite tomato sauce. Garnish with fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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Swiss Chard Quesadillas

Adapted from Vegetarian Times original recipe here: www.vegetariantimes.com/recipe/guadalajaran-swiss-chard-quesadillas/

2 T olive oil
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeño or serrano chile, minced
1/2 t cumin seeds
⅛ t oregano
¼ cup tequila or Cointreau
1 lb. Swiss chard, washed and trimmed
8 6-inch corn or flour tortillas (or use the larger size and fold in half)
1 cup grated swiss cheese or sliced

1. Heat oil in pot over medium heat. Add onion, and sauté 5 minutes, or until golden. Stir in garlic, chile, cumin and oregano, and sauté 2 minutes. Add tequila, and simmer 1 minute, or until liquid has evaporated. Stir in chard. Cover, reduce heat to medium low, and steam 5 minutes, or until chard wilts. Uncover, and cook 3 minutes, or until liquid has evaporated.

2. Place 1 tortilla in skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle with 1/4 cup cheese. Top with 1/4 chard mixture and second tortilla. Cook 2 minutes per side, or until browned. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Slice into wedges; serve.

via Vegetarian Times

Honey-Garlic Chicken Kabobs

Adapted from a recipe on Thriving Homehttp://thrivinghomeblog.com/2012/06/honey-garlic-chicken-kabob-marinade/

Marinade:
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup honey
fresh ground black pepper to taste
2 cloves garlic minced

To assemble on kabobs:
chicken breast cut in chunks.
vegetables cut in chunks: mushrooms, peppers, corncob sections, new potatoes (parboiled), carrots, broccoli etc.

Whisk all the ingredients together. Place chicken in a ziplock back and pour in the marinade. Refrigerate at least two hours.

Pre-heat grill to medium heat (around 350-400 degrees).

Pour marinade off the chicken and reserve. Arrange chicken and veggie on skewers. The original recipe suggests putting all the chicken on the same skewer, all the onions and peppers on one, etc. That way you can cook them as needed without over cooking. Brush the veggies with the reserved marinade and then grill for around 10-15 minutes.

Pellworm Oat Curry

A savory, delicious version of oatmeal.  I found this recipe in a book about Pellworm, given to me by the photographer Ulrich Mack. Pellworm is an island community off the coast of Germany.

1¼ c Irish oat meal (oat groats)
2 c broth, either vegetarian or chicken
2 c diced apples
2 c diced onions
1½ T lemon juice
1 T butter
1½ T curry powder
1/3 c each: unsalted cashews and almonds
salt & pepper to taste

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Rinse oats. Place them in a large sauce pan and heat, stirring frequently until grains begin to toast and burst. Add 1½ broth and bring to a boil. Simmer on low for 30 minutes, or until the groats are tender.  Remove from heat and cover.

Toast  the almonds in a small ungreased pan, cool and chop fine.

Chop the apples and toss with the lemon juice. Set aside.

Chop the onions and cook in the butter over medium heat 5-10 minutes. Add apples and cook 5 minutes more. Add curry and let that cook in a few minutes, stirring often. Add cashews and the remaining ½ cup of broth and cook until heated through.  Fold into oatmeal.

Sprinkle with almonds and serve.

Black Bean Corn Salad

I had a wonderful version of this at a party in Boston years ago. Been looking for the recipe ever since. This one adapted from from Divas Can Cook comes close.

SALAD
1 c frozen corn sweet corn
1 can black beans, drained
dice the following to a similar size as the corn
2 bell peppers, diced – choose two different colors for visual appeal
1 small red onion, diced
1 pint grape tomatoes, diced
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
3 T fresh cilantro, chopped

CHILI LIME DRESSING
1½ Tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 T olive oil
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
Pinch of cumin

1 avocado, diced (optional)
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Place salad ingredients in a large bowl. Wisk dressing ingredients together in a small bowl.
Pour dressing over salad and toss to combine. Refrigerate for at least an hour; it gets better as the flavors meld. Add avocado if desired, toss gently before serving.

photo credit divascancook.com

Dutch Baby

These are fun and delicious! How is it I never heard of a Dutch Baby until I was almost 50?  Most of them are sweet but this one makes a great simple supper.

1 c milk
4 large eggs
1/4 t salt
1 c flour
2 T olive oil
1 leek thinly sliced
3 cloves garlic minced or pressed
1 t dried dill or 1 T fresh, chopped
1 c grated cheese of your choice

non vegetarian option — add some ham or crumbled bacon or sausage

Whisk milk, eggs and salt in a medium bowl, then add flour, a little at a time, and keep whisking until the batter is smooth. Set aside.

Cut the end and top off the leek, and wash thoroughly. Cut in half lengthwise and then slice thinly.

Preheat oven to 425°.

Heat olive oil over medium heat in a 10 or 12 inch cast iron skillet. Add leeks and garlic and cook until soft. Add dill and cook a minute more.

Pour batter into skillet, transfer to oven and back until puffed and golden – around 15 minutes. Without removing the pan from the oven, carefully sprinkle cheese on top and cook a couple minutes more, until the cheese is melted and the Dutch baby is very puffy and golden brown. Serve immediately straight from the skillet.

Baked Tomato Sauce

My new favorite summer tomato recipe, adapted from the Smitten Kitchen.

4 T extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound very ripe cherry tomatoes, halved or the same amount of ripe garden tomatoes sliced thick or a combination of both
1/3 cup plain dry bread crumbs
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 pound pasta
1/4 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves, torn

Preheat the oven to 400°F. Grease a 13-by-9-inch baking dish with 2 tablespoons of the oil.  Place the tomatoes cut side up in the dish.

In a small bowl, combine the bread crumbs, cheeses, and garlic and toss with a fork to mix well. Sprinkle the bread-crumb mixture over the tomatoes, making sure that each cut side is well covered with the crumb mixture. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, and then the final 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Bake until the tomatoes are cooked through and starting to brown on top, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook until al dente. Time the pasta so it finishes cooking about the time the tomatoes are ready to come out of the oven.