Everyday Dorie: Pasta with Sardines, Fennel and Walnuts

February 11, 2022 at 5:15 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, pasta, savory things | 4 Comments
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pasta with sardines, fennel and walnuts

The thing about fishy-fish like sardines is that people either love ’em or hate ’em. I’m a lover, so sign me up for a big bowl of Pasta with Sardines, Fennel and Walnuts (or pine nuts, if you are sticking faithfully to the recipe). This very classic Sicilian dish also has capers, raisins, tomatoes and lemon in the mix. Although my husband is half Sicilian, the love of sardines doesn’t swim though his blood, so I made this one all for myself. I splurged on a fancier jar of olive oil-packed sardines because I wanted to use that oil in the saucy stuff that coated the pasta. The dish is salty, briny, oily, sweet, and acidic all at once. There is a lot going on, but to me, it all works so well. I have half a jar of sardines left, so I’m going to try another version of this recipe later in the week.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

 

Everyday Dorie: Cauliflower Tabbouleh

January 28, 2022 at 5:44 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, salads, savory things, veggies | 3 Comments
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cauliflower tabbouleh

Cauliflower– it’s so hot right now. Turns out that something once viewed as boring, pale and bland has the “caulipower” to transform itself into pizza crust, rice, tots, and a cream sauce substitute. No longer do we over-steam and under-season hacked up crumbly florets and toss them in melted butter so we can sadly choke them down; we gleefully and wildly slather cauliflower with every spice and paste we can get our hands on and roast it whole (one of my favorite ways to prepare it, btw) or deep fry it in nugget-form and drench it in delicious sauce. We even eat the leaves, which just a few years ago were generally regarded as trash. And now we make Cauliflower Tabbouleh out of it! I joke. I eat tons of cauliflower, and have nothing but supreme veggie respect for it. In fact, two weeks ago I got my teeth whitened and it sustained me for four days in a row, in the forms of pureed cauliflower-potato soup and cauliflower cheese pasta.

Back to the matter at hand…when I think of tabbouleh, I think of a salad that’s very heavy on the chopped herbs, with a little tomato and bulgur mixed through. An herb salad really, rather than a grain salad. This one of Dorie’s is definitely cauliflower-based– the cauliflower this time standing in for bulgur– but there’s room to mess around with ratios, mix-ins and seasonings if you’d like. I stuck pretty much to Dorie’s suggestion of chickpeas, raisins, almonds, mint and parsley mixed into grated cauliflower and tossed up in a lemony dressing. I made a nice big bowl of the stuff, and it was a good lunch for a couple of days.

Dorie recommends tasting the salad after it’s assembled to adjust the seasoning and then letting the salad sit for an hour or more before plating it up. I tasted mine yet again after it rested, as I find I usually like a little fresh lemon squeeze and olive oil drizzle right before serving.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see what we all thought.

Everyday Dorie: Stuffed Cabbage

January 14, 2022 at 12:01 am | Posted in breakfast things, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 2 Comments
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stuffed cabbage

Stuffed Cabbage is a recipe that might be more appropriate for a book called All Day Dorie than Everyday Dorie. Never mind the three hours of cooking time (hands-off, in the oven, no big deal), I think I probably spent close to two hours assembling the dish. No joke, I had to take a coffee break in the middle of it. But that’s ok– I did it on a cold, grey weekend day when I didn’t want to leave the house and was up for a kitchen project. 

I’d never made stuffed cabbage rolls before. I don’t eat ground beef or pork sausage, so I swapped these filling meats for ground chicken and turkey sausage. I couldn’t see how I could successfully get the cabbage leaves off the head in one untattered piece without blanching the whole head, so I just did that, rather than blanch the individual leaves as Dorie instructs. It was a process of removing a few leaves at a time and re-dipping the head in water to easily peel off the next layer, and I do have some leftover blanched cabbage still on the head, but I’ll use that in a soup or make okonomiyaki with it this week. I was able to fill and roll the leaves pretty easily and I skipped the step of securing them each with a toothpick. They were fine.

For the tomato sauce, I didn’t pay attention (i.e., I totally didn’t tread the instructions first) to the fact that the ingredients were supposed to go into the Dutch oven in layers along with the assembled rolls. Instead, everything for the sauce went into the pot at once and I snuggled all the rolls down into the mix. I was kind of irritated with myself, but figured that the cook time was so long that all would be fine. And it was! These are a delicious winter dinner (or a few dinners–even a half-batch was a big batch). I didn’t really know what to serve the cabbage rolls with, as they’re kind of complete on their own, with a meat and rice filling, veggies and a sauce.  I just went with a little cucumber and sour cream salad and sprinkled some crispy fried onions on top. I also meant to sprinkle the rolls with parsley, but after all that time putting them together, I completely forgot.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Spatchcocked Chicken

December 24, 2021 at 3:09 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 1 Comment
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spatchcocked chicken

It’s been a while since I’ve cooked a whole bird, but this Spatchcocked Chicken was a good excuse to haul out the roasting pan. Spatchcocking is a technique that involves cutting out the chicken’s backbone and flattening down the breastbone a bit so it roasts more evenly and quickly. I’m not the most nimble butcher, but it’s not really too gruesome a task (I used heavy kitchen shears to get the job done), and you can save that backbone to add to your future stockpot. Dorie had us rub up the chicken with butter and Middle Eastern spices (although you can take the flavorings whichever way you choose) and add some veggies to the pan before it all went in the oven. It came out pretty seductively bronzed and moist, and was a good reminder to make a roast chicken dinner more often.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Paper-Thin Roasted Potatoes

December 10, 2021 at 9:55 am | Posted in breakfast things, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 4 Comments
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paper-thin roasted potatoes

Paper-Thin Roasted Potatoes aren’t your typical roasties. If you have a mandolin hiding in a drawer, now’s the time to pull it out. Also get out the guard…fingertips are not part of the ingredient list here. Thinly sliced, oiled and seasoned potatoes and onions (or leeks in my case) are shingled down a sheet tray. They bake up crispy-curly-edged and, as Dorie says, like hot potato chips. I scaled back the recipe and set up just a half sheet pan of potatoes and leeks. I had some slices leftover, so I arranged them into a little cast iron skillet, which I just par-baked so I could easily finish it off the next morning for breakfast with some smoked salmon and an (unpictured) egg. I know my sheet tray is also unpictured (although I do have a few horrendously-lit nighttime photos on my phone), but I did take Dorie’s suggestion to add little bloops of sour cream here and there, along with a flurry of chopped scallions and cilantro, roasted red pepper bits and dashes of green Tobasco. So basically I turned a very elegant side dish into sheet pan potato chip nachos for Sunday night football, and they were awesome!

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

November 26, 2021 at 4:55 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, soups | 7 Comments
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roasted butternut squash soup

I feel like I’ve made squash soup every which way I can think of, but this Roasted Butternut Squash Soup has some flavorings that I, in fact, had not thought of before. The squash, along with onions, carrots and garlic are coated in a mix containing maple, cayenne and soy before roasting, and then later they’re all simmered in a gingery broth and pureed. The soup is spiced with cinnamon and star anise…since I don’t have any anise, I subbed these spices for Chinese five-spice. This was good and warming, and I loved these flavors with the squash. I tried to compliment them with my garnishes of scallions, chile crisp and toasted squash seeds.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Chicken and Winter Squash Tagine

November 12, 2021 at 8:21 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things | 7 Comments
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chicken and winter squash tagine

When the weather turns chilly, it’s nice to have a fragrant, braised meat and veg dish simmering away on the stove. This Chicken and Winter Squash Tagine is just that. Spiced with ras el hanout, this tagine is Dorie’s pantry version of a North African stew. Not that I have made so many tagines in my life, but I usually think of them as one-pot meals, so I turned her recipe into one. Rather than cooking down onions and browning off chicken in separate pots, I browned the chicken in my Dutch oven first. Then I removed it to cook down the onions…once they were melty-soft and spiced up, I added the chicken back into the pot along with slices of acorn squash to simmer until completely tender.

I had some homemade preserved lemon, so I swapped that in for the fresh zest and juice in the recipe. Because I love them in a tagine, some green olives went into mine as well, and next time, in order to thicken the sauce up a bit (which Dorie does warn us will be thin), I’ll probably add some chickpeas and a few spoonfuls of their starchy liquid near the end of cooking. All in all though, this was warming and tasty, and while Dorie says it’s best freshly made, I thought it was even more flavorful the next day.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Caramelized Onion Galette with Parm Cream

October 22, 2021 at 10:37 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 5 Comments
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caramelized onion galette with parm cream

I’m always up for a tasty savory bake, and this Caramelized Onion Galette with Parm Cream fits the bill. Galettes are effortlessly beautiful…they’re so easy to make, and the dough seems to tell you how it wants to be folded. This galette has a topping of sticky, slow caramelized onions with a hidden layer of mascarpone and Parmesan cream. With the buttery galette dough, it’s quite rich and luxurious, and lovely with a side salad and glass of wine. Note that the onions do continue to cook and darken in the oven, I don’t think mine went too overboard, but group members suggested taking them shy of full caramelization on the stovetop before assembling the galette.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see how the group liked this one.

Everyday Dorie: Pimento Cheese

September 17, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, savory things, snacks | 3 Comments
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pimento cheese

The recipe this Friday is actually one for Grilled Dry-Rubbed Rib-Eye Steaks. I’m not a red meat eater and I was too lazy to post about the Pimento Cheese last month, so I’m just gonna tell you about that right now. I’d never made pimento cheese before, but there’s nothing to it. Blitz some sharp cheddar (I had some orange and some white), mayo, pimentos and chile powder in the food processor, and there you have it. I actually used sour cream instead of mayonnaise and threw in otherwise useless little blob of cream cheese into the mix. Zippy and bright orange, this was great with saltines and a beer.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all of the steaks (I didn’t make) this week.

Everyday Dorie: Cowboy Caviar (salad or side)

September 10, 2021 at 12:01 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, salads, savory things, veggies | 5 Comments
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cowboy caviar (salad or side)

Cowboy Caviar is a fun name for a Southwestern-style bean and veggie salad. I used pinto beans in mine, which I love, but since the beans are the “caviar” here, maybe I should have used black beans instead to really give it that visual effect. The rest is a mix of chopped veggies…things like bell pepper, hot pepper, scallions, tomatoes, avocado and corn kernels. It all gets tossed up with a limey-cumin dressing to make a great salad or side dish, as the title says. I followed Dorie’s suggestion to scoop it up with tortilla chips. Makes me almost want to watch a rodeo.

For the recipe, see Everyday Dorie by Dorie Greenspan, and head over to Cook the Book Fridays to see all of our “caviars” this week.

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