Goulash was already family favorite in my house before I started using fresh heirloom tomatoes instead of their canned plum cousins. This recipe was birthed out of a creative stroke of inspiration and more heirlooms than I could keep up with before they spoiled. As the old saying goes, “Necessity is the mother of invention,” and so my summer goulash was born. The sweetness of the heirloom tomatoes gives this dish a fresh, lively new life, and it always seems to disappear just as soon as I make it! Summer Goulash with Heirloom Tomatoes By Holly Rodricks Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 1 lb. Ground Beef 3-4 medium-sized Heirloom Tomatoes, blanched, peeled*, cored, and chopped roughly 3-4 cloves Garlic, minced Pinch of Baking Soda 8-10 leaves of Basil, thinly sliced Salt & Pepper to taste 1 lb. Macaroni or medium-sized, textured pasta of choice (Rotini, Fusili, etc.) Freshly grated Parmesan Instructions: Cook Ground Beef in a large skillet over medium heat until almost done. Remove from pan with slotted spoon, and set aside. Use oil from Beef remaining in pan to sauté Onions until translucent and soft. Add minced Garlic and sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes, until aromatic. Add Tomatoes and Beef, and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Add Baking Soda, Sugar, Basil, and Salt and Pepper to taste, and increase heat to medium-high. Stir regularly, allowing to bubble for 15-20 minutes, or until tomato liquid thickens slightly and reduces by half. While liquid is reducing, cook pasta in salted water, and drain when cooked. Add pasta to skillet with all other ingredients. Mix thoroughly to combine. Serve hot, garnished with fresh Parmesan. *The tomatoes must be peeled to create the desired sauce in this recipe. To do this, fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water and bring to a boil. When the water is bubbling, drop your tomatoes in and let them sit in the boiling water for 30 second. Remove them with a ladle or tongs and put them in a sink full of cold water. Once they have cooled, the skins should peel right off.
Summer Minestrone Soup By Emily Burrichter Makes 4-6 servings. Ingredients: 6 cups Water 1 6 oz. can Tomato Paste 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning or 1 tsp. dried Oregano 1 Onion, chopped 1 bulb Garlic (6-8 cloves), minced 1 medium Zucchini or Yellow Squash, chopped 1/2 bunch greens of choice (Chard, Kale or Spinach), stems removed and cut or ton into small pieces 1 15 oz. can Kidney Beans 1 cup Penne or Rotini 1/3 cup finely grated Parmesan Cheese 2 tbsp. fresh Basil, chopped (Optional) Salt and Pepper to taste Instructions: In a stock pot, bring Water to boil and and Tomato Paste and Italian Seasoning. Add Onion, Garlic, Zucchini, and Greens to pot. Boil for 15 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Add Kidney Beans and Pasta. A couple of minutes before Pasta is done cooking, when it’s al dente, turn off heat and add Parmesan Cheese, Fresh Basil, and Salt and Pepper to taste.
If you don’t regularly eat raw zucchini or summer squash, we highly recommend it. If it’s sliced thinly and allowed to chill in a delicious dressing, it will become tender and flavorful with no cooking required! The zesty recipe below from local chef DeAnna Germano is a quick and easy example of this preparation and is perfect for the summertime. Lemon Poppy Squash Salad By DeAnna Germano, Chef4Rent Makes 2-4 servings. Ingredients: Salad – 1-2 large Zucchini or Squash, halved and sliced into noodles or half-moons 1 Red Onion 1 cup Heirloom Tomato, chopped Dressing – 2 large Lemons 3 tbsp. Poppy Seeds 1/2 tbsp. Dijon mustard 1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar 1/4 cup Sugar 1 cup Olive Oil 1/2 tbsp. grated Onion 1/2 tbsp. Garlic Instructions: Combine veggies in a large bowl. Mix all dressing ingredients until even * Image courtesy of: http://s479.photobucket.com/user/oneperfectbite/media/Blog%20Photos/SummerSquashSaladwithPoppySeedDr-3.jpg.html.
Starting to wonder what to do with all this summer squash? Our good friend and former NYC Chef Elias Kushner, now calls CNY home, and he has just the answer – Summer Ratatouille! Learn more about Elias and his food adventures on his website, What’s Edible, and follow him on Instagram! Summer Ratatouille By Elias Kushner, What’s Edible Makes 4 servings. Ingredients: 2 1/2 tbsp. Olive Oil 4 Cloves of Garlic – sliced thinly 1/4 tsp. Chili Flakes 2 medium to large Tomatoes, diced 1 small Onion, sliced thickly 1 Zucchini or Yellow Squash, diced finely 1 Cubanelle Pepper, sliced thinly in short pieces 1 large or 2 small Japanese Eggplants, diced (Optional) 2 tbsp. fresh Basil, roughly chopped 2 tbsp. fresh Oregano, roughly chopped 2 tsp. + 1 pinch Salt Black Pepper to taste Instructions: Heat Olive Oil in a large, tall-sided pan or stew pot over a medium-low heat. Add Garlic, Chili Flakes, and pinch of Salt and cook, stirring frequently until aromatic. Add Tomatoes and stir until combined. Cook on medium heat for approximately 5 minutes. Add Onions and stir. Let simmer for 2 minutes. Add Squash, Eggplant, Pepper, Salt, and Black Pepper and stir. Simmer on medium-low heat for 15-20 minutes or until liquid has thickened. Enjoy.
Looking for a recipe that uses just about all your CSA share ingredients at once? Guest Chef DeAnna Germano has just meal for you – a delicious skillet bake that is a medley of so many delicious vegetables in one dish that it makes our eyes twinkle and our stomachs rumble. Enjoy! Black Eyed Pea and Kale Skillet with Hot Tomato Oil by DeAnna Germano, Owner and Chef at Chef4Rent Makes 3-4 servings. Ingredients: 1 can Black Eyed Peas, rinsed 1 bunch Kale Leaves, rinsed and torn or chopped into bite-sized pieces 1 Zucchini or Squash, diced 1 Tomato, diced 1/4 cup Onion, diced 2 cloves Garlic 1 Japanese Turnip, finely diced 1 tsp. Crushed Red Pepper (or more, to taste) 2 tbsp. Olive Oil Pinch of fresh Parsley Pinch of fresh Sage Pinch of fresh Thyme 1/2 cup fresh Mozzarella, diced 1/2 cup Tomato Soup Instructions: Sauté onion in oil over medium-low heat until caramelized. Add garlic and sauté approximately 2 minutes, until aromatic. Add remaining veggies and sauté until tender. Add tomato soup, herbs and spices, and black eyed peas, and cook down – approximately 4 minutes over medium-high heat. Sprinkle diced mozzarella evenly over top, and broil for 10 minutes in oven, until cheese is melted and browned. *DEANNA GERMANO, is the owner and chef at Chef4Rent, a local caterer specializing in cakes, home meal deliveries, and special events. *Image Courtesy of: http://cdn-img.health.com/sites/default/files/migration/img/web/2013/02/slides/easy-kale-recipes-400×400.jpg