Shakshuka is a delicious, single-skillet dish of eggs poached in a spicy, homemade tomato sauce, traditionally made in the Middle East and North Africa. It has been on my list of recipes to try for far too long, and now that I’ve finally gotten to it, I just can’t get enough. Add or substitute a can of chickpeas or a diced red or green bell pepper, and simmer along with the tomato sauce. This dish is quick and easy and will warm you right up if you happen to be in the middle of a March blizzard… Shakshuka By Holly Rodricks, inspired by countless recipes Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 1/4 cup Olive Oil 1 medium Onion, finely chopped 4 cloves Garlic, coarsely chopped 1 bag Spinach, sliced into ribbons 1 tsp. Paprika 1 tsp. Ground Cumin 1 tsp. Chili Powder Pinch of Cayenne to taste 1 28-oz. can Whole Tomatoes, crushed by hand 6-8 large Eggs 1 cup Plain or Garlic-Chive Chèvre (Goat Cheese) Salt and Pepper to taste Fresh Parsley for garnish if available, chopped coarsely Pita or fresh, crusty Bread (Optional) Instructions: Preheat oven to 425º. Heat Oil in large, ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add Onion and sauté until translucent. Add Garlic and sauté until aromatic, 1-2 minutes. Add spices and sauté for 2 more minutes. Pour crushed Tomatoes over Onion mixture and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer, stirring occasionally until sauce thickens, about 15 minutes. Stir in Spinach and season with Salt and Pepper to taste. Crumble Goat Cheese evenly over surface of sauce. Crack Eggs one at a time over sauce, spacing evenly. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 5-8 minutes, until whites of Eggs are set but yolks are still runny. Scoop into bowls, garnish with Parsley, and serve with Pita or fresh, crusty Bread for dipping!
While the title of this recipe might lead you to believe that only Guinness will do, I have found that just about any hearty stout does the trick and even add a few extra subtle flavor notes. This stew delivers, again and again. Slow Cooked Guiness Beef Stew By Holly Rodricks Feeds 6-8 (Depending on how hungry) Ingredients: 2 lbs. Stew Beef (or venison for all you hunters out there) 2 tbsp. Flour (Optional, but it really helps to sear in the flavor) 1 tbsp. Oil 1 tsp. Salt, plus more to taste 1/2 tsp. Pepper 1/4 tsp. Cayenne Pepper 3-4 tbsp. Bacon Grease 1 can/cup Tomato Sauce or pureed Whole Canned Tomatoes 2 Onions, chopped into large chunks 4-6 cloves Garlic, roughly chopped 1 1/2 cups Guinness or other Stout Beer 7 medium Carrots, sliced into thick rounds 5 medium Potatoes, cut into large chunks 1 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce 1 tsp. dried Thyme or 3-4 sprigs Fresh Thyme 2 Bay Leaves pinch of All Spice or Ground Cloves Instructions: In a small bowl, mix Flour, Salt, Pepper, and Cayenne. Toss Stew Meat in large bowl with Oil. Sprinkle Flour mixture over meat and mix with hands until evenly coated. In a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat, melt Bacon Grease and brown Meat on all side, approximately 1-2 minutes per side. Add Onions, Garlic, and Tomato Sauce/Puree. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes, stirring once or twice. Transfer Meat mixture into dutch oven or crock pot. Return skillet to stove and increase heat to high. Pour approximately 1/4 – 1/2 cup Beer into pan and swirl around until caramelized Meat juices lift off from bottom of pan. Pour Beer drippings into pot. Add remaining Beer, Carrots, Potatoes, Worcestershire Sauce, Thyme, Bay Leaves, and Allspice/Cloves and mix. Cook on low for 4-6 hours or until meat falls apart when pierced with a fork. Serve hot with fresh bread.
White Bean and Sausage Pasta Bake By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 lb. Flour City Pasta Tomato Basil Pappardelle 1 bag Baby Spinach, stems removed and leaves finely chopped (approximately 1 cup) 1 1/2 cups cooked Great Northern or Cannellini Beans (or 1 15-oz. can, drained) 1 (15 oz.) can whole Tomatoes, drained and broken up into chunks 3 cloves Garlic, finely minced 1 tbsp. Whole Grain Dijon Mustard 3 tbsp. Olive Oil, 1 tbsp. reserved 1/4 tsp. ground Cayenne 1/4 tsp. Pepper pinch of Salt 1/4 cup Heavy Cream 1/4 cup White Wine (Optional) 1/2 lb. Hot Sausage 1 cup shredded Mozzarella or fresh Ciliegine Mozzarella (The small cherry size) Instructions: Preheat oven to 400º. Bring water to boil and cook Pasta according to package instructions. While Pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk Garlic, Mustard, 2 tbsp. Olive Oil, Cayenne, Pepper, and Salt. In a large bowl, place chopped Spinach, Beans, and Tomatoes. Mix together with hands until evenly combined. Drizzle dressing over spinach mixture and mix by hand again until all ingredient are evenly coated. Drain Pasta and toss with remaining 1 tbsp. Olive Oil. Pour Pasta into 9×13″ casserole dish, forming an even bottom layer. Add Spinach mixture on top, spreading evenly. Drizzle Heavy Cream and White Wine over Spinach mixture. Snip end of Sausage and squeeze meat out to form little meatballs. Nestle these evenly throughout Spinach mixture. If using Ciliegine Mozzarella, nestle throughout Spinach mixture, similar to meat. Bake for 30 minutes. If using shredded Mozzarella, bake for 15 minutes. Then removed and sprinkle shredded cheese across top and bake for additional 15 minutes. Allow dish to set for 10 minutes, then serve hot!
What can I say about this one? Just thinking about it makes my mouth water. Sweetness, spiciness, and a wonderful tanginess collide to make the most delectable of dishes. Pan Seared Salmon with Arugula and Candy Striped Beets By Holly Rodricks Makes 2 servings. Ingredients: 2 Salmon fillets 1 cup Candy Striped Beets, peeled and diced large 2 handfuls Arugula 1/2 cup hearty Grain of choice, (Brown Rice, Cous Cous, Farro, Quinoa, etc.) 1 inch piece of fresh Ginger, grated or minced finely 1 Shallot, minced 6-7 tbsp. Olive Oil or Ghee, divided (or Oil of choice) 2 tbsp. Maple Syrup 1 tbsp. fresh Lemon Juice or 1 tbsp. Wine Vinegar pinch of Cayenne Pepper (Optional) Salt and Pepper, to taste Instructions: Preheat oven to 375º. Place diced Beets on rimmed baking sheet. Toss in 1-2 tbsp. of Oil until evenly coated and generously sprinkle with Salt and Pepper. Bake for 30-40 minutes or until fork-tender. While Beets are baking, cook Grain according to package instructions. When Grain is completely cooked but still hot, remove from heat, add Arugula, Salt and Pepper to taste, and a drizzle of Oil. Stir until mixed well and set aside. Generously sprinkle each side of the Salmon fillets with Salt and Pepper. Whisk remaining Oil, Maple Syrup, Lemon Juice, Cayenne, Shallots, and Ginger. When Grain is ready and Beets have just come out of the oven, place medium-sized skillet over high heat. Add liquid marinate to pan. Lay Salmon fillets into pan and do not disturb for 2-3 minutes, until side of fillet touching pan is caramelized and separates easily from skillet. Flip and cook for a remaining 2-3 minutes or until fillets reach desired level of “done-ness.” Plate Grain, lay Salmon on top, and sprinkle with roasted Beets. Serve and enjoy! *Image courtesy of: https://media.blueapron.com/recipes/479/c_main_dish_images/20141015-2124-16322-7749/Salmon_20with_20Candy_20Beets-0039_splash_feature.jpg
Another delicious selection from Sara Forte’s Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl & Spoon, that beautifully melds some of our favorite fall produce into one colorful and flavorful dish! Roasted Vegetable + Quinoa Bowl Adapted from a recipe by Sara Forte Makes 6 servings. Ingredients: 1 medium Fennel Bulb, halved and sliced into wedges 1 small Onion, sliced into thin wedges 4 Carrots, sliced 1″ thick on a diagonal 2 small Delicata Squash (or other Squash of choice), seeded and sliced into thick half moons 1/2 lb. Brussels Sprouts, halved 3 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil (I used a chile infused one for a bit of spice.) 3/4 tsp. Sea Salt fresh ground Pepper 2 tsp. Italian Herb Blend pinch of Cayenne 1 cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained 1 3/4 cup Vegetable Broth few big handfuls of Kale, stems removed and torn into small pieces 2 Tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar 1/3 cup toasted Pine Nuts (Optional) 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, to taste (For vegan version, skip this ingredient.) Microgreens, for garnish Instructions: Preheat the oven to 400º. Prepare all vegetables and collect them on large baking sheet. Drizzle the Olive Oil, Salt, a few pinches of Pepper, Italian Seasoning, and Cayenne. Toss to coat well and spread in a single layer on baking sheet, dividing into two sheets if over-crowded. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 20 minutes. Turn the heat up to 425º and cook another 20 minutes or until edges of vegetables are browned and crisp. While vegetables roast, cook the Quinoa. Put Quinoa and broth in pot. Bring to gentle boil, then down to simmer. Cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with fork, add Kale, and cover with lid to allow Kale to wilt a little. Once Quinoa has cooled, drizzle in Olive Oil, Red Wine Vinegar, and hearty pinch of Salt and Pepper. Toss to coat. Transfer to serving bowl. Top with the roasted vegetables, Pine Nuts, Feta Cheese, and Microgreens. Serve warm or at room temperature. *Image courtesy of: http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2014/10/22/roasted-vegetable-quinoa-bowl.html?rq=delicata%20squ.
I recently came across this recipe in a newer cookbook called The Sprouted Kitchen Bowl and Spoon, and I couldn’t contain my excitement, knowing that squash season was right around the corner. Don’t laugh – I get really excited about my food! Beautiful and simple – the recipe below is my adaptation. that melds together all the colors and flavors of Fall. Maple Spice Delicata, Fennel, & Kale Adapted from a recipe by Sara Forte Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 3 small Delicata Squash (about 1 – 1.5 lbs. total), skin on, halved and seeded 1 large Fennel Bulb, fronds reserved for garnish 2 tbsp. Extra Virgin Olive Oil, divided 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup 1 tsp. Whole Grain Mustard 1/2 tsp. Cayenne Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon 1/4 tsp. freshly grated Nutmeg Salt and Pepper to taste 1 bunch Kale, stems removed 3 tbsp. Onion, minced Instructions: Preheat oven to 400º. Position one rack in lower third and one in upper third of oven. Slice Squash into 1″ half moons. Slice Fennel down center. Cut out tough core. Slice into 1/2″ wedges. Spread Squash and Fennel on rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 tbsp. Olive Oil, Maple Syrup, Mustard, Cayenne, Red Pepper Flakes, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, and a few generous pinches of Salt and Pepper. Toss gently until evenly coated, adding another drizzle of Oil or Maple Syrup if mixture seems too dry. Roast on upper rack for 30-45 minutes or until Squash is tender and caramelized, tossing vegetables halfway through. While Squash cooks, rip Kale into large chunks and spread on second baking sheet. Drizzle with remaining Olive Oil, Salt and Pepper. At 30 minute mark, move Squash to lower rack and place Kale on top rack. Bake for 10 minutes until edges are crisp. Add minced Onion and gently toss all ingredients together. Serve warm. *Image courtesy of: http://www.sproutedkitchen.com/home/2013/2/6/maple-spice-delicata-fennel-kale-bowl.html.
These spring rolls just taste like summer. They’re cool, light, and crisp. I usually make the peanut sauce first, using a food processor, and the base of this sauce can double as a great salad dressing! Unfortunately, this is a perfect example of how I’m not much of a recipe follower. Use the suggested ingredients below in whatever quantities appeal to your taste buds. Let your stomach be your guide. Fresh Spring Rolls with Peanut Sauce By Bob Cat Ingredients: For the Sauce – Garlic Ginger Olive Oil Sesame Oil Herbs (Use whatever is available – Cilantro, Basil, Parsley, Thyme, Sage, Dill, Oregano, etc.) Apple Cider Vinegar Soy Sauce or Tamari Hot Sauce (I prefer Sriracha.) Lime Juice (Optional.) Spices (Salt, Pepper, Garlic Powder, Chili Powder and/or Cayenne, etc.)* 1-3 tbsp. Peanut Butter (Use to taste, depending on how peanut-buttery you like things.) Water (I usually add a splash to make it go further, but it depends on what kind of consistency you like.) *If you stop right here, this makes a really awesome salad dressing. For the Rolls- Veggies of choice, chopped finely (Whatever you have will do – Cabbage, Kale, Chard, Lettuce, Spinach, Onions, Peppers, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Radishes, Carrots, Beets, Turnips, Scallions, Avocados, etc.) Rice Noodles/Bean Threads, cooked (Optional.) Rice Wrappers, softened in a pan with a little hot water (You can find these at most grocery stores or health food stores in the Asian section.) Instructions: Lay Rice Wrapper flat. Load up with Veggies and drizzle with sauce. To create roll, bring bottom triangle of Wrapper up and lay on top of Veggies. Wrapper should stick to Veggies. Then, fold the two sides in, so edges stick to bottom piece of already folded wrapper. Finally, fold top triangle down. *Image Courtesy of: http://blog.eatnuts.com/recipes/appetizers/item/thai-spring-rolls-with-almond-dipping-sauce.