Everyday Dorie: Carrot-and-Mustard Rillettes

March 25, 2022 at 2:46 am | Posted in condiments, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, salads, savory things, veggies | 6 Comments
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carrot-and-mustard rillettes

Carrot-and-Mustard Rillettes…hmmm…one of the stranger “things on toast” I’ve made. Rillettes are shredded meat confit, but there’s no meat to be found here. Instead we have toasted bread, spread with a Dijonnaise-type mix and topped with steamed carrots and Comté cheese cubes that have been tossed in more even mustard and some spices.

Strange, but good, and with just enough pungent mustardy heat to make you pay attention when you take a bite. I used some homemade sourdough and drizzled the assembled toasts with the good olive oil and then put on a floof of micro greens. A little, messy, but it was a nice change-up from the kale salads I make for lunch several times a week. Carrot toast may become a repeat thing around here.

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: 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: 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: 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: 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.

Everyday Dorie: Oven-Charred Tomato-Stuffed Peppers

July 23, 2021 at 8:51 pm | Posted in breakfast things, cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 6 Comments
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oven-charred tomato-stuffed peppers

I have a salad for lunch most weekdays, but sometimes I like to switch it up with something more exciting than a bowl of raw veg and vinaigrette. These Oven-Charred Tomato-Stuffed Peppers were the veggie surprise of the week. Stuffed with anchovy bread crumbs, lots of herbs and cherry tomatoes, these pepper boats get roasted on a bed of garlic and more herbs for the better part of an hour, till everything is soft and collapsed. I love that the dish emerges from the oven transformed and yet still so beautifully colorful. The stuffed peppers are sweet, juicy and flavorful. I sprinkled a little salty feta cheese on top.

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: Tomato Tart with Mustard and Ricotta

May 28, 2021 at 3:26 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, other savory, savory things, veggies | 4 Comments
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tomato tart with mustard and ricotta

This Tomato Tart with Mustard and Ricotta is a taste of the good summer things to come. It’s pretty much a quiche, with wilted greens and sliced tomatoes in a mustard-custard base and dollops of ricotta on top. I used red and orange tomatoes and threw in a few baby green ones to fill in the gaps. Pretty much everyone in the group noticed that the book’s photo doesn’t really look like what came out of our ovens. I think the food stylist had some tricks up his or her sleeve to make Dorie’s tart look a little less…yellow. At the very least, the ricotta in that photo was not baked and some of the greens were scattered about the top (the recipe instructions have you add them to the bottom of the tart, in which case, they’re all hidden by tomatoes and custard). I did make note of this and set aside some extra cooked spinach to arrange on top after my tart was baked. It was pretty in it’s own way, I guess, and it was totally delicious, even with early tomatoes from the grocery store. It certainly made a nice lunch and leftovers were good the next day with a little glass of white wine.

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: Spring Avocado and Berry Salad

April 23, 2021 at 10:36 am | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, salads, savory things, veggies | 8 Comments
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spring avocado and berry salad

This Spring Avocado and Berry Salad is just wow. I really did not expect to like it so much. My past strawberries-in-salad experiences have all pretty much involved limp leaves overdressed in a creamy goop. Bluck– I’ve learned to stay away. But not this one…this one has a balance of sweet and tart (strawberries and citrus), as well as cool and spicy (avocado and jalapeño). There’s no creamy parmesan peppercorn or whatever here. The dressing is a simple citrus vinaigrette. There really aren’t even any leaves, apart from some fresh herbs scattered about. The salad is so pretty, too, with the reds and greens and speckles of pink peppercorn. I’m a strawberry salad convert.

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: Meatballs and Spaghetti

January 22, 2021 at 9:11 pm | Posted in cook the book fridays, everyday dorie, groups, pasta, savory things, veggies | 7 Comments
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meatballs and spaghetti

Meatballs and Spaghetti. Yeah, that’s right. We all know who the star of the show is here. Meatballs, browned, then simmered in a long-cooked tomato sauce, served on a nest of spaghetti…this is classic comfort food, but it’s also a really special dinner. Cooking for just two, I’m usually scaling things way down, but for these, I made the full batch. We got two night’s worth of dinners and a day’s lunch, and I even had a few meatballs left to slice and top a pizza!

I don’t eat beef or pork, so I swapped a mix ground turkey and spicy turkey sausage meat here. I’m used to making meatballs with breadcrumbs or a panade, but instead these meatballs use two surprising “filler” ingredients– walnuts and oats. TBH, I couldn’t detect the oats at all in the finished meatballs, but the little walnut bits were quite nice (although my husband didn’t notice them at all until I pointed them out). The meatballs are first browned in a skillet and then simmered in an easy tomato sauce for up to an hour and a half. I only let mine bubble away for about an hour, since turkey is leaner than read meat, and the sauce was a nice consistency at that point anyway.

The meatballs and sauce were delicious, and it’s always fun to twirl a fork through long spaghetti noodles. I’ll make this again for sure!

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.

 

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