A friend recently tried this out this Food Network recipe and let me try it, and it was so unique that I just had to share. A bright start to the winter, and one that perfectly highlights this week’s Winter CSA partnership with our friends at Food and Ferments. Enjoy! Turkey Sausage with Fennel Sauerkraut By Valerie Bertinelli, of Valerie’s Home Cooking Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 tbsp. Olive Oil 1 1/2 lbs hot or mild (or a combination) Italian Turkey Sausages – about 6 (Other kinds of sausage can be substituted.) 1 1/2 tbsp. Unsalted Butter 1/4 tsp. Caraway Seeds 1 large Fennel Bulb, trimmed, quartered, and thinly sliced 1 tbsp. Fennel fronds, for garnish 1 Gala Apple, cored and thinly sliced 1 lb. Sauerkraut, drained well Kosher Salt and freshly ground Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add Sausages and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 6 to 8 minutes. Add splash of Water, cover, and cook until the sausages are just cooked through, about 2 minutes. Transfer to plate to cool. Once cooled, slice into 2-inch pieces and reserve. Reduce heat to medium and add Butter and Caraway Seeds, stirring until the butter is melted. Add Fennel and Apple and stir until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add Sauerkraut and Sausage pieces and cook, stirring, until the Sauerkraut is hot, about 3 minutes. Season with Salt and Pepper and garnish with Fennel Fronds. Image courtesy of: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/valerie-bertinelli/turkey-sausage-with-fennel-sauerkraut.html.
Watermelon radishes tend to be abundant this time of yea. Sometimes it can be challenging to channel all that culinary creativity into a radish, even one this beautiful. Recently I stumbled upon another great food blog called Alexandra’s Kitchen– this happens to me a lot – that had such a unique take on watermelon radish salad that I had to share. Enjoy! (A little side note: Alexandra is passionate about helping people get the most out of their CSAs…lucky us!) Watermelon Radish, Orange, and Goat Cheese Salad Adapted from a recipe by Alexandra Stafford, of Alexandra’s KitchenMakes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1/2 small Red Onion 2 to 3 tbsp. White Balsamic Vinegar Kosher Salt and Pepper to taste 2 – 3 Watermelon Radishes, scrubbed clean (It is not necessary to peel Radishes.) 2 – 3 Oranges, Clementines, Grapefruit, etc. (I used Cara Cara Oranges, which are sweet, pretty, and delicious.) Handful of Walnuts, toasted and chopped Goat Cheese to taste (At Main Street, we can’t stop raving about 2 Kids Goat Farm. Visit their site to learn where their cheese is sold!) Chives, minced (Optional, but they add some nice color) Olive Oil to taste Instructions: To toast Walnuts, preheat oven to 350ºF. Place Walnuts on baking sheet and cook for 10 – 12 minutes or until slightly browned and fragrant. Dump Walnuts into tea towel and rub off skins. Remove Walnuts from towel, leaving skins behind. (If you wish to get more of the skin off, place Walnuts in a strainer and shake aggressively.) Mince Onion Place in small bowl. Cover with 2 – 3 tbsp. Vinegar. Add a pinch of Salt and set aside. Cut off one end of Radish. Leave other end intact to act as handle. Thinly slice on mandoline or by hand. (Note: Using a mandoline makes this step much easier and will create consistently thin slices.) Arrange Radish slices on platter. Fold some slices so they’re not all squished down in one flat layer. Sprinkle generously with Salt and Pepper. Cut off each end of each Orange. Squeeze each end over Radishes, then discard. Use a sharp knife to remove skin from oranges. Cut in between membranes to remove each slice. Squeeze remaining membrane all over Radishes to extract any leftover juice. Scatter Oranges over Radishes. Scatter Walnuts and Goat Cheese to taste over Radishes and Oranges. Pour macerated Onions and Vinegar over top. Drizzle Olive Oil to taste (1- 2 tbsp.) over top. Sprinkle with Chives. Let sit a few minutes (or longer — it benefits from a brief rest) before serving. *Image courtesy of: http://www.alexandracooks.com/2014/12/24/watermelon-radish-orange-goat-cheese-salad/.
Two of my favorite comfort foods are baked potatoes and greens and beans. This recipe combines the best of both worlds into a single warm and hearty dish that’s easy to make! The secret is open-roasting the potatoes, yielding a perfectly cooked inside with a wonderfully crispy exterior. For a bigger mix of flavors, try substituting sweet potatoes or even different kinds of greens or beans! Stuffed Baked Potatoes with White Beans and Kale By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 4 medium-large Potatoes (or Sweet Potatoes) 2 tbsp. + 1 tsp. Olive Oil 1 bunch Kale, stemmed and sliced into ribbons 1 1/2 cups (or 1 can, drained) Great Northern Beans, cooked 1 small Onion, diced 2 cloves Garlic, sliced thinly 1/4 tsp. fresh Rosemary, minced (Optional) Juice of 1/4 Lemon or 1 tsp. White Vinegar Pinch of Red Pepper Flakes Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: Place rack in center of oven and reheat to 400º. Scrub Potatoes and pierce multiple times with fork. Coat Potatoes with 1 tsp. Olive Oil. Sprinkle generously with Salt and Pepper. Place Potatoes in oven, directly onto rack. Place cookie sheet on rack below Potatoes to catch any drips. Rotate Potatoes every 20 minutes. It should take approximately 1 hours to cook fully. When Potatoes have 15-20 minutes left, place remaining Olive Oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté until soft and translucent. Add Garlic, Rosemary, and Red Pepper Flakes. Stir and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, until aromatic. Add Beans and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add Kale and stir occasionally for approximately another 5 minutes until bright green and wilted. Add Salt and Pepper to taste. Remove from heat and stir in Lemon Juice or Vinegar Remove Potatoes from oven. Plate and slice down the middle. Split open, stuff with hot Beans and Greens, and enjoy! *Image courtesy of: http://www.recipeshubs.com/thumbs/2270793-spicy-beans-and-greens-sweet-potato.jpg.
There’s nothing like a good recipe for Fried Green Tomatoes from a true Southerner, and this one is just the ticket. When he heard we’d have green tomatoes in, a friend of ours contributed his favorite preparation for us to share! Deep Fried Green Tomatoes By John Craddock, Farm Friend Makes 1 serving. Increase quantity to accommodate any sized group/number of tomatoes. Ingredients: For the Tomatoes – 1 Green Tomato, sliced into 1/4 – 1/3″ cross-sections 1/2 Fine Corn Meal 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour 1 tsp. Kosher Salt Buttermilk 1 Eggs Vegetable Oil for deep frying or 1/4 cup Oil of Choice for pan frying For the Sauce – 1 tbsp .Whole Grain Mustard 1 tbsp. Mayonnaise 1/2 tsp. Paprika Instructions: If deep frying, pre-heat 3-4 inches of Vegetable Oil in a fryer or in a saucepan on the stove top to 350º. Alternatively, heat 1/4 cup oil in skillet over high heat. Mix Flour, Cornmeal, and Kosher Salt. Whisk Egg. Dredge tomato slices in Buttermilk, flour mixture, Egg, and then flour mixture again. If deep frying, drop one slice at a time directly into fryer and cook until golden brown. If pan frying, lay slices into pan, cook on for 2-3 minutes, until golden brown, flip, and repeat on other side. Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving. While Fried Green Tomatoes are resting, mix 1 Mustard, Mayonaise, and Paprika and serve as a sauce. (May be prepared in advance, instead) Image courtesy of: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/fried_green_tomatoes/.
Many years ago, a friend of mine introduced me to this recipe, and I have never made another butternut squash soup since. It is the perfect balance of sweet, salty, and spicy flavors. It will fill you up and keep you toasty in this chilly weather, and it freezes well, too, in case you want to save some for a rainy day! Creamy Butternut Squash Soup By Holly Rodricks Makes 8 servings. Ingredients: 1 large Onion, diced 4 cloves Garlic, minced 3-4 tbsp. Oil of Choice 4-5 lbs. Butternut Squash, peeled and cubed 3 Carrots, diced 1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and diced 6 cups Chicken Stock (Vegetable Stock may be substituted for vegetarian version.) 2 tbsp. Honey 2 (8 oz.) packages Cream Cheese, cubed Salt and Pepper to taste 1/8 – 1/4 tsp. Chili Powder dash of Nutmeg Instructions: In a stock pot over medium heat, sauté Onions and Garlic in Oil until translucent. Add Squash, Carrots, and Apple. Mix together and cook covered until vegetables start to soften, stirring occasionally, approximately 15-20 minutes. Add Stock, Honey, Pepper, Chili Powder, and Nutmeg. Let mixture simmer until vegetables can be easily pierced with a fork, approximately 20-30 minutes. Use immersion blender to blend all ingredients in the pot. (If you don’t have an immersion blender, blend the soup in batches in a regular blender.) Add cream cheese and stir until melted and evenly mixed. Use immersion blender one more time, if necessary. Voila! Enjoy your soup hot, with whatever toppings suit your fancy–roasted Pumpkin Seeds, Sour Cream, fresh or dried Herbs, another sprinkling of Chili Powder, etc. with some fresh bread alongside! Image courtesy of: http://www.snixykitchen.com/2014/03/25/recipe-rewind-butternut-squash-soup-with-parmesan-crisps/.