Green Tomato Frittata
Combining fried green tomatoes and breakfast, this frittata is tart but creamy. A little time consuming!
1 pound green tomatoes
freshly ground pepper to taste
Cornmeal for dredging
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 garlic cloves, green shoots removed, minced
1 tablespoon slivered fresh basil
1 tablespoon snipped chives
8 large eggs
2 tablespoons low-fat milk
Core the tomatoes and slice half of them about ⅓ inch thick. Set aside. Peel the other half of the tomatoes by dropping them in a pot of boiling water for 30 seconds, then transferring to a bowl of ice water. Cut in half, squeeze or scoop out the seeds, and chop fine.
Season the sliced tomatoes lightly with salt and pepper, and dredge lightly in the cornmeal. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a heavy, nonstick 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, and fry the sliced tomatoes for two to three minutes on each side, just until lightly colored. Remove from the heat and set aside. If there is cornmeal in the pan, clean and dry the pan.
Heat the remaining olive oil in the pan over medium heat, and add the chopped onion. Cook, stirring, until tender, three to five minutes, and add a generous pinch of salt and the garlic. Stir together until fragrant, about 30 seconds, and stir in the chopped tomatoes. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes have softened and are beginning to stick to the pan, about 10 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Stir in the basil and chives.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs and milk together in a large bowl, and season with salt and pepper (I use about ½ teaspoon salt). When the chopped tomatoes have cooked down, turn the heat up to medium-high and pour in the eggs. Swirl the pan to distribute the eggs and filling evenly over the surface. Shake the pan gently, tilting it slightly with one hand while lifting up the edges of the frittata with the spatula in your other hand, letting the eggs run underneath during the first few minutes of cooking. Distribute the fried sliced green tomatoes over the surface of the frittata. Turn the heat down to low, cover and cook 10 minutes, shaking the pan gently every once in a while. From time to time, remove the lid and loosen the bottom with a spatula. Meanwhile, preheat the broiler.
Finish the frittata under the broiler for one to three minutes, watching very carefully to make sure the top doesn’t burn. Remove from the heat, shake the pan to make sure the frittata isn’t sticking (it will slide around a bit in the nonstick pan) and allow to cool for at least 5 minutes, up to 15 minutes. Loosen the edges with a wooden or plastic spatula. Carefully slide from the pan onto a large round platter. Cut in wedges and serve, or serve at room temperature.
Green Tomato Salsa
1 pound green tomatoes
2 to 3 jalapeño or serrano peppers (more to taste)
1/2 medium onion
Salt to taste
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 to 1/2 cup water, as needed (optional)
Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the green tomatoes on the baking sheet, stem-side down, and place under the broiler about 2 inches from the heat. Broil two to five minutes, until charred. Using tongs, turn the tomatoes over, and grill on the other side for two to five minutes, until blackened. Remove from the heat. When cool enough to handle, core the tomatoes and remove the charred skin. Quarter and place in a blender or a food processor fitted with a steel blade (I prefer the blender).
Add the remaining ingredients to the blender or food processor, and blend to a coarse puree. Transfer to a bowl, taste and adjust seasonings, and thin out with water if desired. Allow to stand for 30 minutes or longer before serving to allow the flavors to develop. You may wish to thin out after it stands.
Advance preparation: This will keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator but is best freshly made.
Mushroom and Lamb Sweet Potato Bowls
1 tsp. kosher salt, divided, plus more
1 large sweet potato (about 1 lb.), halved lengthwise
½ fennel bulb (about 6 oz.), thinly sliced, plus fronds (for serving; optional)
½ small red onion, thinly sliced
¼ cup apple cider, coconut, or unseasoned rice vinegar
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
½ lb. ground lamb (or beef, chicken or tempeh)
1 tsp. ground cumin
½ tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. Aleppo-style pepper, plus more for serving
8 oz. wild mushrooms, sliced into ¼" slices
½ cup plain full-fat yogurt
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
¼ cup mint leaves
Fill a large pot with about 1" water; season with a big pinch of salt. Set a steamer basket in pot. Cover pot and bring water to a boil. Add potato, cover, and steam until fork-tender, 20–25 minutes.
Meanwhile, toss sliced fennel, onion, vinegar, and ¼ tsp. salt in a medium bowl. Let sit, tossing occasionally, at least 10 minutes and up to 30.
Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Add lamb, cumin, cinnamon, 1 tsp. pepper, and ½ tsp. salt and press into an even layer. Cook, undisturbed, until well browned on the bottom, about 4 minutes. Break up into pieces with a spatula and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until browned, 1–2 minutes. Push mixture to one side of skillet and add mushrooms in an even layer; season with salt. Cook, undisturbed, until beginning to brown and soften, 3 minutes, then stir together with lamb mixture. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are golden brown, about 2 minutes more.
Whisk yogurt, lemon juice, and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil and ¼ tsp. salt in a small bowl.
Divide potato halves between bowls and mash slightly with a fork. Top with yogurt sauce and mushroom mixture. Lift fennel and onion out of vinegar with your hands and scatter over bowls; discard vinegar. Top with mint, fennel fronds (if using), and pepper.
1 pound okra (trimmed into 1 1/2-inch pieces lengthwise)
1 tbsp vegetable oil (divided)
1 tsp cumin seeds
1 medium onion (finely diced)
2 medium tomatoes (finely diced)
2 cloves garlic (minced)
1/2 inch ginger (minced or julienned)
1 green chili pepper (like jalapeno or serrano, minced, optional)
1 tbsp coriander powder
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp paprika (or cayenne for more heat. You can adjust this quantity up or down per your taste)
Juice of one lemon
1/2 tsp garam masala
Salt to taste
2 tbsp cilantro (finely minced, for garnish)
• Preheat oven to 375. Toss the okra with 1/2 tsp of oil and place on a rack on a sheet pan. Roast at 375 degrees for 8 minutes, tossing halfway through, or until the okra is almost tender. The okra should still look green, and should have a slight bite when your teeth dig into it. Set aside.
• Heat the remaining oil in a kadhai or wok or skillet. Add the cumin seeds and when they darken slightly, add the onions with a pinch of salt. Saute until the onions are translucent and begin to brown. Add the ginger and garlic and green chili peppers if using and continue to saute for a couple more minutes.
• Add the tomatoes, mix, then add the powdered spices -- coriander powder, turmeric, paprika or cayenne and garam masala. You want to saute the tomatoes only until they are very mushy and have let go of all their liquid, making a nice sauce.
• Add a cup of water to the tomatoes and onions and bring to a boil. Season with salt and add the prepped okra to the sauce. Stir to mix and continue cooking 3-4 minutes until the flavors meld together and the okra is cooked to your liking. Juice the lemon over top.
• Sprinkle on the cilantro and serve hot.
Black Bean and Pepper Tostadas
Serve with a side of salsa!!
3 medium bell peppers, thinly sliced (preferably at least one red and one yellow)
1 medium yellow onion, sliced
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more as needed
1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
4 thyme sprigs
2 (14- to 16-ounce) cans black beans, drained
1 cup canned diced tomatoes with their liquid
1 chipotle chile in adobo, chopped, plus 1 teaspoon adobo sauce
2 large garlic cloves, finely grated or minced
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon ground cumin
8 (6-inch) corn tortillas
Sliced avocado, for serving
Crumbled queso fresco or grated white Cheddar, for serving (optional)
Chopped cilantro leaves, for serving
Heat oven to 400 degrees and arrange racks in the top and bottom thirds of oven. On a rimmed sheet pan, toss together peppers, onion, ¼ cup oil, ½ teaspoon salt and sage, then spread vegetables out in an even layer. Top with thyme sprigs, and roast on the top rack until tender and lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes, tossing every 15 minutes or so.
On a separate rimmed sheet pan, toss together beans, tomatoes, ¼ cup oil, chipotle chile and sauce, garlic, oregano, ½ teaspoon cumin and salt to taste. Roast on the bottom rack, stirring every 10 minutes, until juices have thickened, 25 to 35 minutes.
Brush tortillas on both sides with oil, then arrange in an even layer on a third rimmed baking sheet (it’s O.K. if the tortillas overlap slightly). Bake until crisp, about 5 to 7 minutes. Immediately sprinkle with salt while they are still hot.
To make the cumin salt, grate the zest from the lime. In a small bowl, stir together lime zest, 1 ½ teaspoons salt, and remaining ¼ teaspoon cumin. Cut naked lime into wedges.
To serve, top tortillas with beans, peppers, avocado, queso fresco (if desired), cilantro and a squeeze of lime from the wedges. Let people sprinkle on lime-cumin salt to taste.
Cumin Scented Potatoes
1 1/2 pounds russet or Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, and submerged in a bowl of cold water to prevent browning
2 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon cumin seeds
1 small red onion, cut in half lengthwise and then into 1/2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon ground turmeric
2 teaspoons coarse kosher or sea salt
1 teaspoon cayenne (ground red pepper)
1 medium-size tomato, cored and cut into 1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems
Drain the potatoes and pat them dry.
Heat the oil in a medium-size saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they sizzle, turn reddish brown, and are fragrant, 5 to 10 seconds. Add the potatoes, onion, and turmeric, and stir-fry until the potatoes and onion are lightly browned around the edges, 4 to 6 minutes.
Sprinkle in the salt and cayenne, and stir once or twice. Pour in 1 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover the pan, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the potatoes are almost fall-apart tender, 18 to 20 minutes.
Stir in the tomato and cilantro, and cover the pan. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until the tomato is warmed through, about 2 minutes. Then serve.
Just Can’t Get Enough Gazpacho
From our market helper Tricia, who is also a health coach. For more healthy recipes or for healthy tips visit her website, http://triciaontrack.com/apps/recipe/
Overall, this recipe is easy, as long as you know how to chop vegetables. The peeling, seeding, and chopping of tomatoes can be time consuming and a little messy, so be prepared! If that seems daunting, you could substitute canned tomatoes. However, the flavor profile would be very different.
How to Peel a Tomato:
1. Fill a large pot halfway full of water and bring to a boil
2. Fill a large bowl with ice and water
3. Cut a small X on the bottom of the tomato
4. Drop tomato into the boiling water for 15 seconds
5. Move tomato to the ice water for 1 minute
6. Pat dry and peel!
**Chop all vegetables into bite-sized/small-dice chunks
3 pounds ripe tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 cup tomato juice (squeeze from the tomato leftovers or use bottled)
3 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 red/orange bell pepper, chopped
1 roasted red pepper, peeled and chopped
1 small red onion, chopped
1 small jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 heaping Tbsp minced garlic
3 Tbsp almond meal
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, juiced
1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce (can sub tamari)
1 tsp ground cumin
1/8 cup chopped fresh parsley
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl
2. Transfer about 2 cups of the mixture to a blender and pulse for 10 seconds
3. Return to bowl and stir
4. Transfer another 2 cups of the mixture to a blender and pulse for 10 seconds
5. Return to bowl and stir
6. Repeat process a few more times until desired consistency is reached. I like to have a good mix of chunky vegetables and puree.
7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours prior to serving. I like it best the next day, as the flavors have a chance to meld.
Serve with freshly chopped basil and sour cream or greek yogurt, if desired
Braised Chicken with Carrots
Use up your leeks, carrots, and celery with this absolutely delicious chicken recipe. If you feel weird about the loose coriander seeds, you can use ground or put the seeds into your spice bag in with the other herbs.
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 thyme sprigs
1 rosemary sprig
1 whole clove
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces, rinsed and patted dry
1 ½ teaspoons kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoons ground black pepper
¼ cup (4 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
4 large leeks, halved lengthwise, cleaned and thinly sliced crosswise
3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1 pound carrots, peeled, trimmed and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks
1 celery stick, diced
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
1 cup dry white wine
About 2 cups chicken stock
1 to 2 tablespoons grainy Dijon mustard, to taste
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or celery leaves, for garnish
Buttered noodles, for serving (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Place flour in a shallow bowl. Tie thyme, rosemary and clove in a spice sachet or square of cheesecloth.
Season chicken pieces all over with salt and pepper. Coat each piece evenly with flour; tap off excess. Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a large oven-proof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sear in batches, until browned all over, 5 to 6 minutes a side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to pot; reduce heat to medium. Add leeks and 2 tablespoons sage and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in the carrots, celery, garlic, coriander, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until vegetables begin to color, about 5 minutes.
Add wine and increase heat to high; simmer, scraping up browned bits from bottom of pot, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Return rabbit to pot. Add stock (it should come almost halfway up the sides of chicken pieces) and herb sachet (or herbs and clove). Transfer pot to oven and cook, partially covered, until meat is fork tender, about 2 hours.
Transfer rabbit pieces to a serving platter. If the liquid seems too thin, place the pot over medium-high heat and simmer until it thickens slightly. Discard sachet. Stir in mustard, to taste. Spoon sauce and vegetables over chicken. Garnish with parsley and celery leaves and remaining 1 tablespoon chopped sage. Serve with noodles, if desired.
French Carrot Salad
¼ cup grated or finely chopped red onion (optional)
2 to 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil or canola oil (or a mix of the two)
2 to 3 tablespoons buttermilk
2 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon curry powder
½ teaspoon ground lightly toasted cumin seeds
Salt and black pepper
1 pound carrots, peeled and grated
¼ cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
3 tablespoons capers, rinsed and coarsely chopped
Place the onions, if using, in a bowl and cover with cold water. Soak for 15 minutes, drain, rinse with cold water, then pat dry using a paper towel.
Meanwhile, make the dressing: Whisk together the oil, buttermilk, lemon juice, mustard, curry powder and cumin in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper.
Add the carrots, parsley, capers and drained onions, if using, and toss to coat. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Refrigerate before serving (I recommend making this 30 minutes to 1 hour ahead, then tossing again just before serving).
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.
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