My hubby and I ate very differently when we started dating. With me being raised in New England and my hubby from the deep South, we grew up on different foods. My family ate a lot of comfort foods (meatloaf Mondays anyone?) and from my Italian and Polish roots. My hubby grew up on casseroles, catfish, and whatever game came home from hunting trips.
So when we started dating, it was easy to impress him with what I considered old-standbys, like pasta with meat sauce and chicken parmesan. He was not quite as open-minded about trying new vegetables, however. To this day, I still remember making him these Roasted Brussels Sprouts and hearing the doubt in his tone when I served them. It’s a Brussels sprout, and you know those have a bad reputation. He was convinced that they were going to be terrible.
Hubby didn’t expect to love roasted Brussels sprouts as much as he did. Today, he not only requests this side dish, but he peeks into the oven to see how much longer until they’re done.
Brussels sprouts really do get a bad rap. But when you roast them perfectly, they’re amazing. Crispy on the outside, just under al dente on the inside. The recipe below is my favorite way to make them – very simply, seasoned only with a healthy sprinkling of kosher salt and pepper. If you want to get fancy, you can throw a few slices (probably 6-8 for the recipe below) of diced, raw bacon in there when cooking. My hubby loves it when he finds a bacon surprise in one of his favorite vegetable dishes. 🙂
These Roasted Brussels Sprouts are just one of the healthy, green recipes the #SundaySupper tastemakers have put together for you, for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. Be sure to scroll to the bottom of this post for more inspiration on healthy options for your St. Patty’s Day.
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
By Books n’ Cooks
- 4 lbs. Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed, halved, with outer leaves discarded
- 1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 Tbs. kosher salt
- 1/2 Tbs. freshly ground black pepper
Preheat an oven to 450F.
In a large Pyrex or baking dish, toss Brussels sprouts with oil until mostly coated. Sprinkle with half of the salt and half of the pepper. Toss. Sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Toss.
Bake for 1 hour, stirring every 20 minutes. Brussels sprouts should be cooked throughout but not be soft, and leaves will be beginning to get crispy.
Check out more fabulous healthy, green recipes for your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations below, from the #SundaySupper tastemakers.
- Get Your Greens Smoothie by Hardly A Goddess
- Green Breakfast Omelet Bites by Momma’s Meals
- Green Eggs and Ham by Feeding Big
- Green Scrambled Eggs with Ham by Cricket’s Confections
- Kuku Sabzi – Persian Herb Frittata by Caroline’s Cooking
- Matcha Overnight Oats by Brunch-n-Bites
- Southwest Breakfast Spinach Wrap by The Freshman Cook
- Super Green Smoothie by Simple and Savory
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- Chicken Paillard Arugula Truffle Salad by Family Foodie
- Gambian Spinach with Peanut Sauce by Tara’s Multicultural Table
- Grilled Lettuce and Steak Salad by Sunday Supper Movement
- Pan Roasted Cod on Spinach Basil Risotto with Lemon Butter Sauce by Positively Stacey
- Poached Cod with Pesto Wine Sauce by Life Tastes Good
- Potato Leek Skillet Pizza by A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
- Sautéed Garlic and Parmesan Chicken With Spinach by My Sweet Savings
- Skinny Reuben Wraps with Homemade 1000 Island Dressing by For the Love of Food
- Tequila Chicken Salad by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Brussels Sprout and Kale Salad by Pies and Plots
- Green Goddess Bibb Salad by Palatable Pastime
- Pixie Dust Salad with Avocados, Pixie Tangerines and Radishes by Shockingly Delicious
- Quinoa Tabbouleh by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Sesame Wedge Salad with Key Lime Vinaigrette & Pickled Green Tomatoes by Gourmet Everyday
- Shades of Green Salad by A Day in the Life on the Farm
- Zucchini Carpaccio Salad by The Bitter Side of Sweet
- Colcannon by Wholistic Woman
- Green Goddess Dip by From the Bookshelf
- Grilled Cabbage with Spicy Lime Dressing by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Irish Cabbage by Turnips 2 Tangerines
- Miso Roasted Broccoli by Life Currents
- Pistachio Parmesan Oven Fries by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Books n’ Cooks
- Soy Glazed Sugar Snap Peas by Food Lust People Love
- Spinach Tots by A Mind “Full” Mom
- Warm Brussels Sprout Slaw by Jersey Girl Cooks
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Despite it being 90° here some days, September is the start of fall for me. I start craving fewer fresh fruits and less grilling. Instead, I become eager for the weather to cool off so that I can indulge in heartier dishes and simple roasts paired with roasted vegetables. Entertaining is a breeze as I throw dishes into the oven to cook slowly, while I enjoy cocktails and easy appetizers with my guests.
This weekend Sunday Supper is celebrating the start of fall with some of their favorite fall recipes. This roasted veggie tart isn’t exactly a quick appetizer, but it’s not difficult at all. And with all of the roasted vegetables, it just screams fall to me. If it’s a little too involved for your fall entertaining, then I’d encourage you to pair it with a side salad and give it a try for a light brunch or lunch.
Recipe Note: I used about 1 c. of butternut squash, carrot, leek, and bell pepper for this recipe, but I encourage you to pick the veggies and ratios according to your own preferences.
Roasted Vegetable Tart
Adapted from Fine Cooking, Issue 131
Ingredients for the Filling:
- Olive oil
- 4 c. fall vegetables, ½-inch dice (i.e. butternut squash, carrot, leek, bell pepper, cauliflower)
- 1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 1 Tbs. finely grated lemon zest
- 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme
Ingredients for the Crust:
- 1 1/3 c. all-purpose flour; plus more for rolling
- ¾ c. cold unsalted butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 oz. cold cream cheese, cut into 1-inch pieces
- ¾ tsp. kosher salt
Ingredients for the Assembly:
- 4 oz. fresh goat cheese, softened
- 1 large egg, beaten
Make the Filling: Ensure rack is in the center of the oven and preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, toss all ingredients to combine. Spread in a single layer on a heavy baking sheet or roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake until tender, 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven, uncover, and allow to cool slightly.
While vegetables are cooling, make the crust. Increase oven temperature to 400°F.
While oven is coming to temperature, place flour, butter, cream cheese, and salt in a food processor. Pulse until the dough starts to come together.
Sprinkle flour over a clean counter. Transfer dough to counter and gently knead with clean hands, once or twice, to bring dough together.
Assemble the Tart: Sprinkle a little more flour onto a large piece of parchment paper. Place dough on parchment paper and roll out, to a rough 16-inch round.Dough should be about 1/8-inch thick. Gently brush excess flour from parchment paper. Carefully lift parchment paper, with the dough still on it, onto a clean baking sheet.
Spread the goat cheese on top of dough, leaving a 1/2 inch border. Top the goat cheese with vegetables. Pile a little extra in the center.
Fold edges of the dough over the filling to create pleats, about 1½-inches wide. Brush pleated dough with beaten egg.
Bake until golden brown, 35-40 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool, at least 10 minutes before serving.
Serve warm or at room temperature.
Store leftovers in the fridge.
Check out A Guide to Apples plus Best Fall Recipes Ideas for #SundaySupper and this week’s recipe collection:
- Apple-Currant Dutch Baby Pancake by The Weekend Gourmet
- Apple Swirled Pumpkin Yeast Bread by What Smells So Good?
- Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread by Party Food and Entertaining
- Giant Brown Sugar Cinnamon Pop Tart by Pies and Plots
- Sweet Potato Buttermilk Biscuits by Tara’s Multicultural Table
Appetizers and Sides
- Pumpkin Cornbread Muffins by Pancake Warriors
- Pumpkin Spice Roasted Sweet Potatoes by Love and Confections
- Roasted Veggie Tart by Books n’ Cooks
- Acorn Squash Stuffed with Roasted Veggies & Couscous by Momma’s Meals
- Butternut Squash Lentil Curry Soup by Food Done Light
- Curry Beef Pies by Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
- Fantasy Rice by The Petit Gourmet
- King Prawns in Red Sauce – Mauritian Style Creole Sauce by Peachy Tales
- Pasta with Creamy Butternut & Bacon by Cooking Chat
- Pork Chops with Apple Dijon Sauce and Arugula Salad by Crazy Foodie Stunts
- Pork Chops with Glazed Apples and Vegetables by The Complete Savorist
- Quinoa and Sausage Stuffed Acorn Squash by Feeding Big and More
- Roasted Tomato Soup with Bacon/Tomato Grilled Cheese Sandwich by A Gouda Life
- Salt Roasted Salmon over Roasted Butternut & Yam Soup by Lifestyle Food Artistry
- Sheet Pan Roasted Chicken, Delicata Squash and Olives by Foodie Tots
- Sweet Potato French Bean Lentil Salad by Food Lust People Love
- Sweet Potato Alfredo Sauce by Sew You Think You Can Cook
- Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup by Eating in Instead
- Whole Roasted Chicken with Vegetables by Life Tastes Good
Desserts and Cocktails
- Apfelkuchen by Curious Cuisiniere
- Applesauce Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Swirls by Cindy’s Recipes and Writings
- Apple Gingersnap Refrigerator Dessert by Recipes Food and Cooking
- Autumn Bellini by An Appealing Plan
- Autumn Spice Cookies by Desserts Required
- Caramel Apple Napoleons by The Crumby Cupcake
- Caramel Apple Pie Bundles by The Freshman Cook
- Caramel Apple Streusel Muffins by The Redhead Baker
- Caramel Apple Swirl Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream by Cupcakes & Kale Chips
- Cheesecake Swirl Pumpkin Muffins by Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
- Chestnut and Pear Cupcakes with Caramel Buttercream by Caroline’s Cooking
- Dark Chocolate-Espresso Pumpkin Tiramisu by Brunch with Joy
- Dutch Apple Pie by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Pumpkin Cheesecake with Butterscotch Drizzle by Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch
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- Pumpkin Crisp by Cosmopolitan Cornbread
- Pumpkin Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting by Fantastical Sharing of Recipes
- Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake by Flour On My Face
- Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Cookies by Palatable Pastime
- Roasted Maple Pears by Amee’s Savory Dish
- Spiced Pear Cake by Simply Healthy Family
- Spiced Pumpkin Bread by Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
- Sweet Apple Skillet Cake by Nosh My Way
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I’ve spent the past couple of weeks trying to get used to being back at work full-time. It’s been an adjustment all around. How do I manage to balance work with not just home life – cooking, cleaning, being a wife – but also being a mom? It has been a challenge for sure, but my husband and I are beginning to find our routine, even if that means me going to sleep right after the baby to compensate for her new wake-3-times-a-night habit.
This new schedule has meant that I’m focusing on simpler meals in the kitchen. We’ve been doing a lot of grilling and pairing whatever we grill with fresh and easy sides. This southwest quinoa salad is one of our new favorites. The slight kick from the jalapeno is balanced with sweetness from the mango and red bell pepper. Feel free to toss in a little more mango and veggie than the quantities listed below, I know I do.
Southwest Quinoa Salad
Adapted from The Plant-Powered Diet by Sharon Palmer via Skinny Taste
Yields 6 1-cup servings
- juice from 1 lemon
- 1 1/2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. chili powder
- 1/4 tsp. ground tumeric
- 15 oz. can low-sodium black beans, rinsed & drained
- 3 c. cooked quinoa
- 1 c. fresh or frozen corn
- 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
- 1 c. fresh mango, chopped
- 1/4 c. red onion, finely chopped
- 1/2 c. fresh cilantro, chopped
- 1 small jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
Whisk together lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cumin, chili powder, and tumeric in a small bowl. Set aside.
Combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Pour dressing over salad, stirring to combine.
Serve immediately (at room temperature) or refrigerate until serving.
The day of my evening baking marathon with K (lemon limoncello cupcakes and cosmo cupcakes for S’s birthday), I played hookey from work. I have more vacation time than I know what to do with, so I decided to stay home, read, and play in the kitchen. I knew I wanted to do something fun for our girl’s night, but substantial enough to go with the cocktails I knew we’d be drinking (Limoncello Cosmos, as it turned out!). And, not having the guys there meant that I was able to go meatless. Thus, the Tomato Mozzarella Tart!
I had it both hot and at room temperature. While it was best straight out of the oven, it was also great at room temperature. It was pretty much as expected – sweet tomato, burst of flavor from the basil, warm gooey cheese… it was fantastic! Serve with a side salad as a light meal or, in tartlet form, as an appetizer.
Tomato Mozzarella Tart
- 1/3 c. fresh basil leaves
- 1-2 cloves garlic (or 1 tsp. minced)
- 1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 8 Tbs. unsalted butter, chilled
- 4-5 Tbs. very cold water
Ingredients for the Tart Filling:
- 8 oz. fresh mozzarella, sliced
- ripe tomatoes, sliced
- kosher salt
- fresh ground black pepper
- 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1-2 Tbs. minced fresh basil
Make the Crust: Pulse basil and garlic in a food processor until finely minced. Add flour and salt, pulsing until just combined. Add in butter, cut into 1-in. chunks. Pulse until ingredients are incorporated and mixture is in small, pea-sized crumbles. Add water, 1 Tbs. at a time, pulsing in between each addition. Stop when dough forms a ball. Remove from processor, flatten into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least one hour.
After an hour (or whenever you’re ready to bake), preheat oven to 425° F. Lightly flour a wooden cutting board or counter and remove dough from fridge. Roll out dough into a 12-in. circle. Lay dough over a 9-in. round tart pan and press into sides, removing excess dough from top. (I used an 8-in. tart pan, and used the extra dough to create 4 tartlets.). Cover with aluminum foil or parchment paper and fill with baking beads. (I didn’t have any baking beads, so baked without weighing down crust. It came out fine, the only difference was that bottom puffed up a bit.) Bake for 10-12 minutes. Remove baking beads and foil, and bake for another 5 minutes, until crust is just set and slightly golden.
Finish the Tart: Remove crust from oven for the second time. Lower oven to 375° F. Arrange sliced mozzarella and tomatoes over crust. Season with salt & pepper and drizzle with olive oil. Top with freshly grated Parmesan and minced fresh basil.
Return to oven and bake for another 15 minutes. Rotate pan and use a paper towel to sop off any extra moisture that has formed. Cook for another 15 minutes. Crust will become golden brown and mozzarella with be bubbly and lightly browned. Remove from oven and let rest 5 minutes before serving.
Have I ever mentioned that my hubby is a picky eater? While he’s gotten much more adventurous since we moved in together 3 years ago, there’s still a number of items I can’t make for him. No tomatoes or bell peppers, unless they’re hidden so he can’t see them. No light vinaigrette in salads (Ranch and honey mustard are his favorites). Squash… not so much. Maybe on the rare occasion when we’re grilling. Polish stuffed cabbage? Hell no.
So what do I do when I want to make dishes using tomatoes (like this Greek Pananella) or another one of the banned items? I try to save them for potlucks with friends, but when that doesn’t pan out, or I get impatient, I call a good friend. K has offered to move in, just so I have someone a little less picky to cook for. Thanks K, but I’ll just invite you over for dinner weekly. 🙂
With an invitation to a friend’s secured and all of the ingredients in the house, I gave these roasted tomatoes a whirl. I loved the way roasting the tomatoes made them slightly sweet and super soft. The basil pesto was a burst of flavor. I imagined eating one of these atop a slice of crunchy French bread or making these as a side to a roasted or grilled fish for an extra punch of flavor. The best part? This recipe can easily be adjusted to serve 1 or 12.
Roasted Tomatoes with Pesto
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa How Easy Is That? (p. 179)
also on Food Network
- 2 – 2 1/2 lbs. large red tomatoes
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 2 tsp. dried oregano
- kosher salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 c. pesto
- 1/2 c. freshly grated or shredded Parmesan cheese
With the tomato stem facing up, slice tomatoes into 1/2-in. thick slices. Place slices in a single layer on a baking sheet. Brush with olive oil and sprinkle with oregano, kosher salt (~1 tsp.), and pepper. Bake for 10 minutes, until tomatoes are beginning to soften, but still hold their shape.
Remove baking sheet from oven. Top each tomato slice with a bit of pesto (~1/4 – 1/2 tsp. on each) and then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to the oven for another 7-10 minutes, until Parmesan begins to brown and the tomatoes look softened.
Remove from oven and sprinkle with a little more salt (if desired). Serve hot or at room temperature.
A month ago, I went to a week-long class for professional development. I was shocked when I arrived on the first day, and was told that they’d be serving us lunch. That’s completely unheard of for most of the professional development courses I am encouraged to attend. What was even more shocking… the food was actually good! No tasteless, unidentifiable entrees that are usually on cafeteria buffet lines (at least where I am), but rather carving stations for ham and turkey, a beautiful salad bar with fresh veggies and berries, pitchers of water flavored by the fresh fruit sitting on top… I couldn’t believe my luck, getting into such a class. I enjoyed great lunches all week, but the star, for me, was the fresh gazpacho I had on the first day.
Ever since, I’ve been craving gazpacho but a little hesitant to make it since I’ve never done so before and didn’t have a tried and true recipe on hand. I tried to satisfy my craving with Greek Panzanella, and then the following week with an improvised Greek salad (diced tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers with a little Italian dressing over them). However, I was still craving the freshness of the Gazpacho – a light treat for the warming weather. An added bonus – a great way to get in extra veggies.
Never having made Gazpacho, I was hesitant to change Ina’s recipe too much, as I’ve loved everything that I’ve tried of hers. However, I wanted to make this a little healthier by the olive oil (I used extra-virgin olive oil) in half. I also cut the amount of white wine vinegar by half. (Both changes are reflected below) Even with these minor adjustments, the soup was wonderful and super easy to make (what’s not easy about throwing everything into a blender and then refrigerating?).
Adapted from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (p. 79) and on Food Network
Yields 10 serving (1-1/2 c. each)
- 8 plum tomatoes
- 2 English cucumbers, seeded but not peeled
- 3 red peppers
- 2 red onions
- 6 cloves garlic
- 46 oz. (6 c.) tomato juice
- 1/4 c. white wine vinegar
- 1/4 c. olive oil
- 1 Tbs. kosher salt
- 1 1/2 tsp. black pepper
Roughly cut the tomatoes, cucumbers, red pepper, and red onions into chunks, about 1-inch large. Add tomatoes to a food processor fitted with a steel blade and pulse until coarsely chopped but not pureed. (I left mine a little chunkier, but continue to pulse if you prefer a smoother consistency.) Do the same with the cucumbers, red peppers, and red onions, processing each vegetable individually.
Combine chopped veggies with remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Stir well and cover. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours, to allow the flavors to blend, before serving.
Optional Garnishes: Dollop of sour cream, homemade croutons, sprinking of Parmesan or feta cheese
First impressions about Brussels sprouts…. and go….
Let me guess. First thought is “ew.” Followed by something like, “who eats that?” I used to think the same. When we were little my mom would steam them, stinking up the kitchen. My youngest brother was the only one of us fooled into eating the “baby trees” (no, wait, that was broccoli…. well, it was something like that).
Anyway, then one day, when I was in high school or college, my mom roasted the Brussels sprouts until they were crispy. The veggies were non-stinky, so I gave them a whirl. I was officially a convert. Roast ’em and you’ll get a slightly sweet taste and crunchy texture. Throw on some salt and maybe some bacon, and it quickly became one of my favorite sides, and the only way I’d eat Brussels sprouts.
Then this recipe came long. The Brussels sprouts were cooked pretty much the same – sliced instead of halved but roasted until crispy. Tossed with pasta, pecans, and a very light Gorgonzola-cream sauce, this recipe is sure to win over Brussels sprout-haters. Give it a try. Even a doubtful coworker cleaned his plate.
Pasta with Brussels Sprouts, Gorgonzola & Pecans
Adapted from Fine Cooking No. 102 (p. 107)
- Kosher salt
- Freshly ground back pepper
- 4 c. (20 oz.) Brussels sprouts, trimmed
- 3 1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. dried pasta, such as shells or orecchiette
- 1 1/2 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1/2 c. coarsely chopped pecans
- 2 large shallots, minced
- 3/4 c. heavy cream
- 1 c. Gorgonzola, crumbled
Position an oven rack in the lower third of the oven. Place a heavy rimmed baking sheet on the rack and heat the oven to 500°F. You want the baking sheet hot before you roast the Brussels sprouts.
Meanwhile, fill a large pot with water and a bit of salt, for the pasta. Bring to a boil over high heat.
Prepare the Brussels Sprouts: In a food processor fitted with the slicing disk, slice the Brussels sprouts. When the baking sheet is heated, remove from oven. Place Brussels sprouts on baking sheet, and use a large spoon to toss with olive oil, 1 tsp. kosher salt, and 1/2 tsp. black pepper, until Brussels sprouts are coated. (You can also toss the Brussels sprouts, oil, salt, and pepper, in a large bowl, and then spread on the baking sheet, if you prefer.) Make sure Brussels sprouts are spread out in a single layer before roasting, until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes (stirring halfway through).
Cook the Pasta: As Brussels sprouts are roasting, cook pasta according to the box, draining once cooked.
Make the Sauce: In a skillet over medium heat, melt 1/2 Tbs. butter. Add pecans, cooking until pecans are toasted and butter is browned, about 3 minutes. Be sure to stir frequently. With a slotted spoon, remove pecans and place on a plate. In the same skillet, melt the remaining butter. Cook shallots until softened, another 3 minutes, still stirring frequently. Add cream and bring to a simmer. Remove from heat, and add 3/4 c. Gorgonzola, stirring until melted.
Put it Together: In a serving bowl, toss pasta, pecans, Brussels sprouts, and Gorgonzola-cream sauce. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 c. Gorgonzola. Serve warm.
This year was the first time I’ve participated in a CSA (community supported agriculture). I love that I’m supporting local farmers and providing them with a reliable source of income. However, I do have mixed feelings on the program. I love the CSA I belong to – I love the variety of fruits and veggies I get, and the quality. However, I don’t like not knowing what I’m going to get each Tuesday. It makes it hard for me to plan, since I do so much planning and cooking on the weekends.
That being said, getting some unexpected surprises has helped me broaden my horizons and test out new recipes. For instance, I’ve mostly only had butternut squash, although I’ve had acorn squash a few times. Every time, I prepare it in the same way – halved, scoop out the middle, and roast it with butter and brown sugar in the middle. This recipe is close, but the rosemary and white wine add a lighter flavor (as opposed to pure butter and sugar). An added bonus? My squash-adverse hubby actually liked this recipe. One more point for Fine Cooking.
Acorn Squash with Rosemary & Brown Sugar
Adapted from Fine Cooking No. 107 (p. 24)
- 1-2 lb. acorn squash (unpeeled), halved lengthwise, seeded, and cut into 8 wedges
- 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
- 1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 c. dry white wine
- 3 Tbs. packed dark brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. chopped fresh rosemary (be sure to use fresh – dried rosemary isn’t nearly as good!)
- 1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Wash the squash and cut it in half. Scoop out the seeds and then slice the squash along each ridge, so that the squash is in wedges.
Heat a 11-12 in. sauté pan over medium heat. Add butter and oil. When melted, add squash, arranging in a single layer. Cook until all sides are golden-brown, flipping as needed, about 10 minutes total.
Add wine to pan, scraping bottom to get up any bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Sprinkle brown sugar, rosemary, lemon juice, salt, and pepper over squash.
Cover and lower heat. Summer until squash is almost tender, about 10 minutes.
Raise heat and cook for another 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken and squash will be tender. Season with more salt and pepper to taste, and serve hot.
When I told K that Greek Panzanella was on the menu for this week, she offered to move in. I mean, since the hubby doesn’t share the same taste in vegetables that I do, I need someone else living here to help eat tasty dishes that he doesn’t like. Well, K, you get to keep your place, share my dish, and even go home with a doggy bag. As soon as we tossed everything together, she and I were picking out the pieces of from this Greek salad well before the rest of the meal was on the table. Hope you enjoyed the left overs and get a chance to make this real soon!
PS – This dish be prepared ahead of time, and tossed together 30 minutes prior to serving.
Adapted from Barefoot Contessa on Food Network
Ingredients for the Salad:
- Olive oil
- 6 c. French bread cut into 1-inch cubes (about 3/4 a baguette)
- Kosher salt
- 1 1/2 bell peppers, in a large dice
- 1 cucumber, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices, then quartered and seeded
- 1 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1/2 a red onion, in a large dice
- 1/2 lb. feta cheese, cut into cubes (or 8-oz. crumbled feta)
- 1/2 c. calamata olives, pitted (optional)
Ingredients for the Vinaigrette:
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. dried oregano
- 1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
- 1/4 c. red wine vinegar
- 1 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 tsp. ground black peppers
- 1/2 c. olive oil
Prepare the Salad:
Brown the bread cubes, either in a large saute pan on the stove (medium heat, tossing frequently for 5-10 minutes) or on a baking sheet in the stove (450F for 10 minutes, stirring halfway through). Bread cubes should be drizzled with olive oil (about 3 Tbs.) and salt before toasting. Set aside to cool slightly.
Place cucumber, onion, peppers, and tomato in a large bowl, while setting aside the feta, olives, and toasted bread.
Make the Vinaigrette:
Whisk together all ingredients except olive oil. Add olive oil slowly, still whisking. Pour 3/4 of vinaigrette over vegetables and set aside.
30 minutes prior to serving, toss vegetables with bread, feta, and olives. Allow flavors to blend. If needed, add remaining vinaigrette.
Serve at room temperature.
I was really happy to see Pink Parsley Catering picked Scalloped Tomatoes for one of this month’s Barefoot Bloggers recipe. I had seen Ina make it earlier this year and have been wanting to try it, but my hubby doesn’t eat tomatoes. Glad I got the excuse to make this, even if I was eating it all by myself. It reminded me of warm bruchetta – the crunch of the bread and Parmesan with the wonderful basil and tomatoes. Another great one from Ina!
Note: I did edit the dish to serve 2 instead of 6, and used slightly less tomatoes than called for (reflected below).
Adapted from the Barefoot Contessa
- olive oil
- 3/4 c. dense bread cut into 1/2-inch diced (I used day old French bread with crust but Ina calls for a French boulle without the crust)
- 4 plum tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch dice
- 1 tsp. minced garlic
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
- scant 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- scant 1/4 c. julienned basil leaves
- scant 1/3 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Preheat oven to 350F.
Heat 1 Tbs. olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add bread cubes and stir to coat, drizzling a little more olive oil if needed. Cook about 5 minutes, stirring periodically, until cubes are evenly browned. Then add tomatoes, garlic, sugar, salt and pepper, stirring to combine. Continue to cook for another 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in basil.
Pour tomatoes into a shallow baking dish. Sprinkle with Parmesan and drizzle with 2 tsp. olive oil. Bake 30-40 minutes until top is browned and tomatoes are bubbling.