1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 small sweet pepper diced
3 carrot, chopped
6 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp smoked paprika
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp marjoram
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 small eggplants cubed
2 small squash (zucchini or yellow) cubed
2 bay leaves
1 mixed tomato qt or 3-4 large tomatoes chopped
In a casserole pot (or just a regular large pot) over medium heat, place enough oil to just coat the bottom. Add the onion, sweet pepper, carrot, and garlic. Let cook until fragrant. Stir in salt to taste plus the herbs and spices. Add/subtract/substitute herbs and spices to taste or for what you have on hand (ie: sweet paprika instead of smoked, or oregano instead of marjoram). Add the eggplant, squash, tomatoes, and bay leaves. Stir and bring to a bubbly almost boil. Reduce heat to low and let simmer until eggplant and squash are nice and soft. Keep an eye on it while simmering, stir occasionally and add a little liquid if it starts to get too dry (water, chicken broth, veg broth, wine, water+boullian, all good liquid options).
If desired, top with a mint and cucumber tzatziki-esk sauce (peeled/seeded/chopped cucumber, mint, plain yogurt, salt, pepper). Serve with buttered crusty toast, would be great with Sub Rosa toast or toasted pita. Could be made with any type of bean or served over rice instead of toast for a GF option.
Tasty, flaky little hand pies. The dough is easily made in your food processor!! Although it has a lot of steps, these are pretty easy to make if you have the time!
FOR THE DOUGH:
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour/320 grams, plus more for rolling the dough
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 pound/115 grams cold unsalted butter (1 stick), cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup/120 milliliters ice water, plus more as needed
Egg wash (1 large egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water)
FOR THE EGGPLANT-TOMATO FILLING:
1 medium eggplant (about 1 pound/455 grams)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced (about 1/2 cup/115 grams)
Kosher salt and ground black pepper
1/2 cup/115 grams strained diced tomatoes (from a can)
1/4 cup/25 grams grated Parmesan, plus more for topping
1 large egg, beaten
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
If using the eggplant-tomato filling, heat the oven to 425 degrees. Pierce the eggplant several times with a knife and roast on a parchment- or foil-lined baking sheet until the eggplant collapses and is completely soft, 35 to 40 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove and discard the skin; transfer the flesh to a strainer to drain and set aside.
Make the dough: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade attachment, add the flour and salt and pulse briefly to combine. Add the butter and pulse just until the butter pieces are the size of peas. Slowly add the ice water and process just until combined. Form the dough into 2 disks about 1 inch thick, wrap in plastic and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, heat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
If using the spinach-feta filling: In a medium bowl, combine the spinach, feta and Parmesan. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then add egg and flour.
If using the eggplant-tomato filling: In a medium-sized frying pan over medium heat, heat the olive oil. Add the onions, season with salt, and cook until beginning to soften but not brown, about 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and eggplant, breaking them up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the mixture begins to thicken and loses some of its moisture, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper and remove from the heat. When the mixture has cooled, stir in the Parmesan, egg and flour.
Working with one disk of dough at a time, on a lightly floured surface and using a lightly floured rolling pin, roll out the dough into a circle about ⅛-inch thick or slightly thinner. Using a 3 ½-inch/9-centimeter circle cutter, cut as many circles as you can from the dough.
Hold a circle in your hand and fill with 1 tablespoon of filling. Fold up the sides into a half-moon shape and pinch the edges closed to seal, crimping them if you like. Place the sealed bureka on the prepared baking sheet and repeat with the remaining dough.
Brush the tops lightly with the egg wash and sprinkle with a large pinch of grated Parmesan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until the crusts are golden brown.
FOR THE CORNMEAL BISCUITS
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fine cornmeal
2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
6 tablespoons cold, unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3/4 cup sour cream or plain whole milk yogurt
FOR THE RATATOUILLE
1 large eggplant 1 1/2 pounds cut into 1-inch chunks
3 small zucchini 3/4 pound, cut into 1-inch chunks
7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
3/4 pound Italian sausage, casings removed
1 large onion, cut into 1-inch chunks
1 red pepper, cored and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 large garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 pounds plum tomatoes
4 sprigs fresh thyme
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or basil
For the biscuits: In a bowl, whisk together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Using a pastry cutter or fork, cut in the butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Fold in the sour cream. Gently knead mixture until it comes together in a ball, adding a drop or two of milk if necessary. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
For the ratatouille: In a bowl, toss eggplant and zucchini with 5 tablespoons oil; season with ¾ teaspoon salt and ¾ teaspoon pepper. Spread vegetables in a single layer on one or two large baking sheets (do not crowd vegetables). Transfer to oven and roast, tossing occasionally, until golden, about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large, deep, preferably oven-proof sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Crumble sausage into pan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 7 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to transfer sausage to a paper towel-lined plate.
Return pan to medium heat and add remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Stir in the onion, pepper, garlic and remaining ¼ teaspoon salt. Cook until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and thyme sprigs; simmer gently until tomatoes are cooked and mixture is stew-like, about 10 minutes. Stir in the sausage, roasted vegetables and parsley. If you are not using an oven-safe pan, transfer mixture to a 2-quart gratin dish or baking pan.
Divide biscuit dough into six equal balls. Use your palm to flatten each ball into a ½ -inch-thick disk. Arrange on top of ratatouille mixture. Brush biscuits lightly with milk.
Transfer skillet or pan to oven and cook until biscuits are golden, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before serving.
A great way to use up any leftover cukes!
2 long Japanese eggplants (about 1 1/2 pounds)
2 long English cucumbers (or the equivalent in weight of Japanese or Persian cucumbers)
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt (more to taste)
2 teaspoons dark sesame oil
2 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
1 tablespoon minced ginger
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes (to taste)
2 tablespoons minced scallions or chives
Trim off the stem end of the eggplants. Cut in half lengthwise, then slice thin (about ¼ inch). Lightly salt, and toss in a colander. Allow to sit for 15 minutes while you prepare the other ingredients. Squeeze out excess water, then dry between sheets of paper towel.
Meanwhile, trim off the ends of the cucumbers. Cut in half lengthwise, then slice on the diagonal into ¼-inch thick slices.
Combine the rice vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, salt and sesame oil in a small bowl. Place all of the ingredients near your wok or frying pan.
Heat a 14-inch flat-bottomed wok or 12-inch steel skillet over high heat until a drop of water evaporates within a second or two from the surface of the pan. Add the peanut or canola oil to the sides of the pan and tilt the pan to distribute. Add the eggplant. Stir-fry for three to four minutes until cooked through. Add the ginger and red pepper flakes, and stir-fry for 30 seconds. Add the cucumbers and scallions or chives. Stir-fry 30 seconds. Add the soy sauce mixture to the wok, and stir-fry one minute until the cucumber just begins to wilt. Remove from the heat and serve.
Eggplant can easily be subbed for the squash here, or use both!
1 5.3 ounce container Greek Yogurt
Juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cucumber, peeled and shredded
1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
Pinch of salt
4 pita pockets
2 to 3 summer squash, ends trimmed and sliced lengthwise
2 cucumbers, peeled and diced
1 pint of cherry tomatoes, halved
Juice from 1 lemon
Pinch of crushed red pepper
1 tablespoon minced Italian parsley
1 teaspoon minced mint
To a medium bowl, add the Greek yogurt, lemon juice, shredded cucumbers, Italian parsley and salt. Mix until combined. Transfer to the fridge while you make the rest of the gyros.
Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F. Place the pita on a baking sheet and transfer to the oven to warm the pita.
To a small bowl, combined the diced cucumber, cherry tomatoes, lemon juice, a few pinches of salt, crushed red pepper, Italian parsley and mint.
Using a grill or grill pan, bring the heat to medium-high. Brush the squash with a bit of olive oil. Cook on each side for about 2 to 3 minutes, until the squash has softened slightly and you begin to see grill marks. Transfer to a plate and sprinkle with a few pinches of salt.
To assemble the gyros, grab the tzatziki from the fridge. Add a dollop to the center of the pita and spread it around into an even layer. Add a few slices of squash, top with a few spoonfuls of tomato and cucumber salad. Add more fresh herbs if desired.
Can be used for eggplant parmesan, or just as a tasty appetizer!
1 large egg
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup cornstarch
1 large eggplant, cut into ¼ inch slices
1 cup panko bread crumbs
High heat oil, such as canola or peanut
In a small shallow bowl, beat the egg with 1/4 teaspoon salt. In 2 more separate shallow dishes, pour the cornstarch and panko breadcrumbs. Dredge each slice of eggplant in cornstarch, coating it thoroughly then gently tapping off excess, then in egg mixture, then in the panko crumbs, pressing them to help them stick. Transfer coated eggplant to a wire rack and allow the coating to set 20 minutes.
Heat 1/2 inch of a high heat oil in a heavy bottom, skillet with straight sides 2 inches tall, to 375 degrees. Fry the eggplant slices in batches, for 1 minute on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Season with additional salt and pepper. To keep warm while frying multiple batches, lay on a cookie sheet in a 200 F oven.
A Moroccan treat, these eggplants can be indulged in with a cup of strong tea, or as a cheese plate addition.
2 lbs miniature eggplants
4 cups sugar (or use 3 cups sugar, 1 cup honey)
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 sticks cinnamon
1 tsp clove buds
2 tsp cinnamon, ground
2tsp cloves, ground
2 tsp dried ginger root, ground
Wash eggplants and pierce with a fork. Once all are ready place in a pot of filtered water and cook until water boils. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Allow the eggplants to cool before draining completely in a colander.
While the eggplants are cooling, squeeze enough lemons to make half a cup of lemon juice. Bring to a boil four cups of sugar together with the lemon juice, and add all the spices: cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Once the mixture comes to a boil and the sugar has completely melted - add the eggplants. Cook on low until the eggplants have absorbed about half of the syrup (takes between 1-2 hours).
If you are using the broiler method, you can add a few drops of liquid smoke to make up for the lack of smoky flavor from the grill.
2 pounds eggplant, larger ones are easier to handle, but small can be used as well
¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (more to taste)
¼ cup sesame tahini, stirred if oil has separated out
1 to 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
2 garlic cloves, cut in half
Salt to taste
Extra-virgin olive oil
Chopped flat-leaf parsley
Prepare a hot gas or charcoal grill. Pierce the eggplants in several places with a fork or the tip of a knife, and place over the hot coals. Grill, turning regularly, until soft and blackened all over. If you don’t have a grill but do have a gas stove, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Cover the top of your stove under the burner grates with foil to facilitate cleaning. Turn on your oven fan (so the smoke alarm won’t go off), and roast the eggplants directly over the flame, turning often until charred and softened. Small, thin eggplants will cook through this way, but larger eggplants must be finished in the oven. Wrap in foil, and place in the hot oven for 20 minutes until thoroughly softened. You can also roast the eggplant under a broiler until charred and softened. The flavor of the baba ganoush will not be as smoky.
Place the grilled eggplant in a colander in the sink, and allow to cool and drain. Peel and discard the black skins, cut off the stems, and let the eggplants sit in the colander to drain for another 15 to 30 minutes.
Puree the eggplant in a food processor fitted with the steel blade. Add the lemon juice, yogurt and tahini. In a mortar and pestle, pound the garlic to a paste with a generous pinch of salt. Add to the food processor, and blend with the eggplant. Add salt to taste.
Mound the puree in a bowl or on a platter, and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with parsley. Serve with pita bread.
1 pound of small, firm eggplants
1 TBSP soy sauce
1 TBSP rice vinegar
Juice of 1 lime
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp brown sugar
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 TBSP grated fresh ginger
1 ½ tsp toasted sesame oil
2 TBSP vegetable oil
2 TBSP chopped cilantro or basil
6 green onions, sliced diagonally
1 jalapeno, thinly sliced (optional!)
Cook the eggplants in a covered steamer over rapidly boiling water until tender, about 10 minutes. Let cool, then peel. Put the flesh in a fine meshed strainer to drain excess liquid.
Make the dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, vinegar, lime juice, salt and sugar. Add garlic, ginger, sesame oil, and vegetable oil.
Put drained eggplants in a bowl. Using 2 forks, shred the eggplants a bit, then pour dressing over and toss, coating well. Leave to rest for 10 minutes, then taste and adjust seasoning.
Just before serving, stir in chopped cilantro or basil. Pile eggplants on a platter and sprinkle with scallions. Garnish with jalapeno, if using, and cilantro or basil sprigs.
This recipe is easily adapted to use whatever veggies you have on hand! If you can get some eggs from one of our market neighbors, you’ll be set. Feel free to switch out the rice for other grains as well, or cauliflower.
3/4 cup short-grain brown or white rice, rinsed
1 ½ cups water
1 pinch sea salt
VEGGIES + EGG
2-3 Tbsp sesame oil, DIVIDED (toasted for more flavor, untoasted works, too)
3 cups packed mixed vegetables (such as finely shredded carrot, thinly sliced zucchini, or greens)
1 heaping cup bean sprouts (if you can’t find, sub more mixed vegetables)
2 stalks green onion, sliced on an angle
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbsp soy sauce
2 large eggs
2-4 Tbsp Korean Gochujang Sauce
Toasted or raw sesame seeds (optional)
To a medium saucepan, add cooking water, rinsed rice, and salt. Heat over high heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat to simmer, and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed and rice is tender and fluffy. Keep covered and set aside.
While the rice finishes cooking, heat a large skillet over medium heat (stainless steel or cast iron are best). Once hot, add 1 tsp of sesame oil or enough to just coat the pan.
Once the oil is hot, add vegetables one type at a time and cook in batches until lightly browned (1-2 minutes), seasoning each with a little minced garlic and a dash of soy sauce. Cooking in batches allows you to arrange vegetables separately over the rice for visual effect. Add more oil to the pan as needed between vegetables.
Arrange cooked vegetables in individual piles on a serving plate and cover gently to keep warm until serving.
To cook eggs heat the same pan over medium heat. Once hot, add a little more oil (sesame or otherwise), and carefully crack eggs. For sunny-side up (our preference), cover briefly with a lid to steam for 1 minute, then remove lid and continue cooking until whites are cooked but yolks are still runny. Turn off heat and set aside (uncovered).
Each week our CSA gets recipes along with their Shares. Here we've collected all the recipes from previous years.