Feuilleté Saumon Poireaux

Amazing recipe Anna Schaab brought back from her stay in France in early 2016, comprised of two types of salmon  and leeks in a cream sauce all wrapped up in a puff pastry.  Anna and William made it for us one evening after her return home and it is incredible.

550 g puff pastry (one package, thawed if using frozen)
2.2lb (1 kg) salmon filet, skin removed*
1 package sliced smoked salmon
500g leeks (3 large)
2 T butter, melted
1/2 a lemon, juiced
1/2 cup cream
1 egg, beaten
salt & pepper to taste


Clean and thinly slice the leeks. Mix with melted butter, then add lemon juice, cream, salt and freshly ground pepper. Combine well and set aside.

Take out the puff pastry and separate into two equal parts. Lay out the first on a baking sheet and brush with the beaten egg. Arrange 1/2 the smoked salmon on top, leaving 1/2 and inch border clear around edges. Pour some of the leek mixture over this and then place the prepared (skinless) salmon filet on top of this – you may need to cut the filet and arrange the pieces to fit like a puzzle. Be careful to retain the clear border. Pour the remainder of the leek mixture on top of the salmon, followed by the rest of the smoked salmon. Cover with the second piece of pastry and seal the edges. Brush with egg and place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Brush with egg once more before baking at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Lower heat to 350 degrees and back for 15 minutes more. Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before serving.


* Skinning salmon is advanced cookery – there are YouTube videos that can show you how. 

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Hot Italian Sausage Ragù with Gnocchi

2016: the year of the crock-pot! In Italian cuisine, ragù is a meat-based sauce commonly served with pasta. 

1 small onion, thinly sliced
6 cloves garlic, pressed
2 (28 ounce) cans whole peeled tomatoes
3 T tomato paste
1/2 c red wine
2 t basil
2 t oregano
2 bay leaves
1 t salt
pepper to taste
1 pound ground Italian sausage (hot not sweet)


1 bunch kale, roughly chopped
1 can white beans


1 pound gnocchi
2 T olive oil
Parmesan cheese
fresh basil


Put the tomatoes into the crock-pot and either cut them up or crush them by hand. Add the onion, garlic, tomato paste, wine and spices and mix together.

Roll sausage very small bite size balls (wedding soup size), add them to the crock pot and gently mix them in. Cover the crock-pot and cook on low for 6-8 hours.

Half an hour before serving, stir in the kale and white beans, turn heat to high, and cover.

Meanwhile, cook the gnocchi according to package directions and then toss with 2 tablespoons good olive oil and fresh grated Parmesan.

Serve gnocchi topped with ragù and garnished Parmesan and fresh basil if you have it.

Adapted from a recipe at Half Baked Harvest

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Original recipe at Half Baked Harvest – Crockpot Tuscan Sausage & White Bean Ragu with Buttered Gnocchi

 

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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Pasta with Clam Sauce

A good quick dinner. Connor likes this, William not so much. The original name of this recipe was “pasta with green clam sauce” but we usually omit the spinach so I’ll add that at the end as an option.

1/3 c olive oil
4 cloves garlic, pressed
2 bottles clam juice* or stock (8 ounce) – can replace one with chicken broth
2 cans chopped clams in clam juice (6 ounce each)*
1/2 c dried bread crumbs
1 lb vermicelli, spaghetti, fettuccine or linguini
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste


1. Put the water on for the pasta. When it boils, add the pasta and cook until just al dente. Before draining reserve 1 cup of the cooking water.

2. Heat olive oil in a saucepan over low-medium heat. Add garlic and saute for about a minute until just fragrant, don’t let it brown. Add the clam juice (and broth if using that). Drain the clam juice from the two cans of chopped clams and add that too. Now add the bread crumbs and reduce to a simmer.

3. Return pasta to its cooking pot over low heat. Add the canned clams and simmering sauce and toss to mix. Add enough of the reserved pasta coking water to make the pasta very moist. Season lightly with salt and generously with fresh ground pepper. Serve immediately.

IF YOU LIKE IT GREEN
Cook 1 ½ to 2 lbs spinach in a large pot of salted water for about 30 seconds, until just wilted. Remove from water with tongs or a slotted spoon and place in a colander in the sink to drain. You can now use this vitamin enriched water to cook your pasta.  Add the spinach to the pasta with everything else at step 3.

* We recommend Maine made!

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Adapted from “The Garden-Fresh Vegetable Cookbook” page 72

 

Homemade Paneer

William and Anna made this for us and said it was EASY!  It was certainly delicious. Adapted from full Saag Paneer recipe by Aarti Sequirea at foodnetwork.com 

Cheesecloth
8 cups whole milk
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (more may be needed)

Line a colander with a double layer of cheesecloth, and set it in sink.

In a large wide pot, bring the milk to a gentle boil over medium heat, stirring frequently to avoid burning the bottom.

Add the lemon juice and turn the heat down to low. Stirring gently, you should almost immediately see the curds (white milk solids) and whey (the thin liquid) separate. If the milk doesn’t separate add another tablespoon or two of lemon juice and turn up the heat slightly. Then it should separate. Stir in a motion that gathers the curds together rather than breaks them up.

Remove the pot from the heat and carefully pour the contents into the cheesecloth-lined colander. Gently rinse with cool water to get rid of the lemon flavor.

Grab the ends of the cheesecloth and twist the ball of cheese to squeeze out the excess whey. Tie the cheesecloth to your kitchen faucet and allow the cheese to drain for about 5 minutes.

Twist the ball to compact the cheese into a firm ball, then place it on a plate with the twisted part of the cheesecloth on the side (this will ensure your block of cheese is nice and smooth!) and set another plate on top. Weigh the second plate down with cans of beans or a heavy pot .Let it sit about 20 minutes in the fridge. While you start preparing Saag or other sauce.

Makes 12 ounces of cheese.

Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/aarti-sequeira/saag-paneer-spinach-with-indian-cheese-recipe.html?oc=linkback

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Shredded Tofu & Shiitake

Recipe shared by Theodate Lawlor at at a meeting of Greg’s Buddhist Sanga in November 2015, attributed to Melissa Clark, NY Times.

• 1 (15-ounce) package firm tofu, drained
• 2 tablespoons soy sauce
• 1 tablespoon Chinese Shaoxing or dry sherry
• Juice of 1/2 lime, plus lime wedges for serving
• 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
• 2 tablespoons peanut or grape-seed oil
• 7 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and caps thinly sliced (4 cups)
• ¼ cup sliced scallion
• 1 stalk lemongrass, trimmed, outer leaves removed, inner core finely chopped (optional)
• 1 (1-inch) knob of ginger root, grated
• 1 large garlic clove, grated
• 1 small red chile, seeded and finely chopped
• Salt, as needed
• ½ cup shelled edamame (defrosted if using frozen)
• ¼ cup chopped soft herbs, such as cilantro, chives or basil


1 Using the coarse holes of a box grater, shred the tofu. Spread tofu out on a clean kitchen towel to drain while you prepare the sauce and mushrooms.

2 In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, Shaoxing, lime juice and sesame oil.

3 Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat until it’s very hot, then add the peanut oil; it should thin out on contact. Once the oil is hot, add the mushrooms and cook, tossing occasionally, until most of the mushroom liquid has evaporated and mushrooms are browned and slightly crisp, 8 to 12 minutes. Stir in the scallion, lemongrass, ginger, garlic, chile and a pinch of salt. Cook until softened, about 2 minutes.

4 Carefully transfer the tofu from the towel into the skillet. Toss in the edamame and the soy sauce mixture. Cook until mixture is heated through. Season with salt as needed. Remove from heat and stir in herbs. Serve with lime wedges.

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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