The key to this recipe is cast iron, which will sear the frying peppers evenly to the charring point in a way that non-stick or other types of pans just can’t do. If you haven’t ventured into the wide world of skillet cooking, I highly recommend it! Parmesan Skillet-charred Frying Peppers Adapted from a recipe by Casey at Food Fanatic Makes 2 servings. Ingredients: 4 large Frying Peppers, cut in half lengthwise and seeded 4 tbsp. Oil of Choice (I recommend using an oil with a higher smoke point, such as Coconut or Avocado Oil, or even Lard or Clarified Butter, a.k.a. Ghee.) Garlic Salt and Pepper to taste Freshly grated Parmesan to taste Instructions: Place cast iron skillet over medium-high heat until blazing hot. Reduce heat to medium and add Oil.* Using tongs, Lay Peppers in oil, cut side down. Sprinkle generously with Garlic salt and Pepper. Cook for 5 minutes without moving. Steam will build up underneath each piece, allowing them to cook and become tender. Flip Peppers and cook undisturbed for 5 more minutes, until skins start to blister and char. Continue to flip and cook peppers until blackened to your preference. Transfer hot Peppers to serving dish and smother with Parmesan while still hot. *In this recipe, it’s key to give the peppers room. In order to keep them from being crowded, you may have to divide both oil and peppers and cook in two batches. *Image courtesy of http://www.huffingtonpost.com/food-fanatic/charred-peppers_b_3931056.html.
This is easily one of my favorite seasonal meals. It’s a mix of just about every summer veggie I can get my hands on, topped with zesty grilled chicken. AND it’s a great way to throw something together out of all the odds and ends of your CSA share at the end of summer. If there are certain vegetables you prefer more than others, I encourage you to tailor the recipe to your tastes. Particularly as the seasonal offerings change, you can make substitutions based on what’s available. No matter what, I promise you’ll be coming back for seconds! End-of-summer Fiesta Salad By Holly Rodricks Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: Quick Chicken Marinate – 2-3 Chicken Breasts (or 1.5 – 2 lbs. chicken or other poultry), cut into tender-sized strips 1 tsp. Onion Powder 1 tsp. Garlic Powder 1 tsp. dried Oregano 1 tsp. dried Basil 3/4 tsp. Salt 3/4 tsp. Pepper 1/3 cup White Wine* 1 tbsp. Lemon Juice (Optional) 1 tbsp. Olive Oil Grilled Veggies – 3-4 Zucchini, sliced diagonally lengthwise into long, flat pieces 3-4 Colored Bell Peppers, seeded and quartered Any other veggies of choice that you enjoy grilled Olive Oil Salt and Pepper to taste Salad – 1 bag Spring Mix (or 1 head Lettuce, chopped) 1 small Cucumber, sliced 1 pint Cherry Tomatoes, halved, or 1 Heirloom Tomato, chopped bite-sized 1 Avocado, sliced (optional) 1 cup Black Beans, canned or cooked 1/2 cup Monterrey Jack Cheese, shredded Salsa of choice Instructions: Mix all marinate ingredients together and allow to sit for 5 minutes until dried herbs re-hydrate a bit. Add Chicken to marinate and toss to evenly coat. Allow to sit for a minimum of 20-30 minutes, or as along as a full day. (I like to get the Chicken in the marinate in the morning before heading out for the day, and grill it when I’m home for dinner.) While Chicken is marinating, toss Zucchini and Colored Peppers in olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover and let sit for as long as Chicken marinates. Grill marinated Chicken and vegetables. When done, set aside to cook slightly. Fill salad bowls with Spring Mix and layer with Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Avocados, and Black Beans. Sprinkle with Monterrey Jack Cheese. Slice cooled Chicken and grilled veggies into thin strips and lay over salad. Top with heaping spoonful of Salsa and enjoy! *If you don’t have any White Wine on hand, substitute equal parts Vinegar and Water adding up to 1/3 cup and add 1 tsp. Sugar.
Once upon a time…I spent a few summers leading trips with teenagers in the back country of some national parks. A co-worker introduced me to pizza made on a pita. (It can also easily be done on a tortilla.) It was such a hit with the kids and so easy to make. It has since become a regular in my rotation. Pita Pizza By Bob Cat Ingredients: Pita Sauce (This time of year, why not use some of those fresh tomatoes?) Veggies of choice (Onion, Pepper, Broccoli, etc.) Cheese, shredded Instructions: Spread Sauce on Pita. Layer with Veggies and Sprinkle with Cheese. Bake for about 10 minutes at 350º or until Cheese is melted. *Image courtesy of: http://www.mygreekdish.com/recipe/greek-style-15-minute-pita-pizza-recipe/.
Every year, around August, the squash starts to grow faster than we can eat it, and we have to get creative with our preparations. The solution? Squash noodles! Spiralized Squash “Pasta” If you’ve been thinking about getting a spiralizer, it’s a really a great tool for using up all that Squash you get in your CSA boxes. You can turn the Squash into veggie PASTA! Add some fresh veggies or sauteed veggies, plus some tomatoes (fresh or in sauce form), and you’ve got yourself some really awesome pasta. *Image courtesy of: http://www.twirlybites.com/spiralize/spiralized-zucchini/.
First it was squash…then tomatoes…and now, we’re heading straight into beet season. In anticipation, one of our wonderful, former farm chefs sent us this delectable recipe for Beet Burgers. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture! Enjoy! Beet Burgers By Briel Driscoll Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 1 Onion, diced 1 bunch Kale or 1 bag Arugula or Spinach, chopped 1 cup of cooked Grains, such as Brown Rice, Quinoa, Millet, etc. (This is a great way to use up any leftover grains you have hanging around.) 1 bunch raw Beets, shredded 1 (15 oz.) can Beans of Choice 1/3 cup Corn Flour 1 tbsp. Olive OIl 2 tsp. Cumin 1 dash Cayenne Pepper Salt and Pepper to taste 1 Tomato, sliced (optional) Instructions: Sauté Onions for 5 minutes in olive oil until translucent. Add chopped Greens, and cook 3 more minutes until Greens reduce. Add Grains, Cumin, Cayenne, Salt, and Pepper to taste, and sauté for a few more minutes. Add sautéed mixture to large bowl with rest of ingredients, and smash with hands until evenly combined and desired consistency is reached. If there is too much moisture, add more Corn Flour. Form mixture into desired burger patty sizes. Grill or cook in pan until each side is browned. Enjoy with a slice of Tomato, and serve burger-style!