Crockpot Spaghetti with Terranova Italian Sausage

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Spaghetti with Terranova Italian Sausage

I’m usually not a huge fan of Italian sausage, more of a meatball gal. Terranova’s Italian sausage has changed my mind. They don’t use a huge amount of fennel and have a perfect balance of spicy and sweet. I specifically go to Katie’s in Mid-City b/c they use Terranova’s sausage on their pizza (which is super tasty). Scott cooked up the sausages in his crockpot spaghetti recipe. So good……

Ingredients:

1 lb. Terranova Italian Sausage
Jar of your favorite marinara sauce
1 16 ounce can of diced tomatoes
1/2 cup beef stock
1/2 cup red wine
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup fresh chopped basil and oregano
1 small onion, diced
2 cups of mushrooms
1 tbsp red pepper flakes
1 package of spaghetti
salt
pepper

Directions:

Saute onion with red pepper in 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add all ingredients (except for spaghetti) into crockpot. Cook 6 hours on high and switch to low.

Prepare spaghetti according to package. Season sauce to taste.

Al Pastor Tacos

Tacos

Al Pastor Tacos

Because it’s almost 80 degrees in December, we decided grill out and enjoy the unusual New Orleans weather. It’ pretty tough to get into the “holiday spirit” in shorts so rather than eggnog, we made up some margaritas and had a BBQ. 

Ingredients

  • 1 large white onion, halved
  • 1 can of pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of chile powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, halved
  • 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 small chipotle chiles and 1 to 2 teaspoons adobo from canned chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 1 2 1/2-to 3-pound boneless pork loin, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • Corn tortillas
  • Lime wedges
  • Shredded manchego cheese

Directions

Coarsely chop 1 onion half.  Place chopped onion and 1 cup of pineapple in blender. Add orange juice and next 7 ingredients; puree marinade until smooth. Place pork in large resealable plastic bag. Add marinade and seal bag, releasing excess air. Turn to coat. Chill at least 4 hours and up to 1 day.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Prepare 2 pineapple skewers and grill pineapple until warm and slightly charred, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Grill pork with some marinade still clinging until slightly charred and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer pineapple and pork to work surface; chop pineapple into 1/2-inch cubes, discarding cores. Chop pork. Transfer to platter; toss to combine.

Meanwhile, finely chop remaining onion half and place in medium bowl. Add cilantro; toss to combine. Grill tortillas until warm and slightly charred, about 10 seconds per side.

Serve pork-pineapple mixture with onion-cilantro relish, sour cream, cheese and lime wedges.

Inspired by: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Tacos-al-Pastor-242132

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

Turkey and Sausage Gumbo

 This Emeril recipe was a great use of leftovers from Thanksgiving and a lot easier to make than seafood gumbo! We used stock from the turkey bones which I think added a robust flavor. 

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
2 cups sliced andouille sausage
2 quarts stock
2 bay leaves
Salt and cayenne
Creole spice
2 cups shredded cooked turkey meat
Steamed rice, for serving
Chopped scallions, for garnish

Directions
In a large soup pot slowly heat oil and flour together over low heat, stirring constantly, until it becomes a nutty brown color and is very fragrant; be careful not to burn. Add onions, pepper and celery and cook, stirring, 4 minutes. Add garlic and andouille and cook 5 minutes, until some fat releases from sausage. Add stock, bay leaf, 2 teaspoons salt, cayenne and Creole spice to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Add turkey and simmer 30 minutes more. Adjust seasonings and serve with hot steamed rice and a generous sprinkle of green onions.

Recipe Courtesy of Emeril Lagasse

Inspired byt: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/turkey-andouille-gumbo-recipe.html?oc=linkback
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/emeril-lagasse/turkey-andouille-gumbo-recipe.html?oc=linkback

Prime Rib Roast with Cauliflower Cheese

Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast

Saw this on sale at Rouses and we went for it. It was my first time cooking prime rib. It was a steal for under $12!

Ingredients:

Semi-boneless Prime Rib Roast (standing rib roast), at room temperature (very important)

Step 1Take the prime rib out of the refrigerator one to two hours before you plan to cook it. Blot it dry with paper towels, then pat sea salt or coarse kosher salt all over its surface; set it aside on the kitchen counter. This time period serves two important purposes: One, it brings the meat to room temperature so it cooks more evenly; two, it allows adequate time for moisture to be reabsorbed into the meat after the salt pulls it out and flavors it.

Step 2Set an oven rack one tier below the middle so your rib roast is approximately centered in the oven during cooking. Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit to preheat during the last 15 minutes of its time sitting on your counter.

Step 3Coat the surface of the beef to taste with freshly cracked black pepper or other desired seasonings, or let the flavor of the beef stand on its own. Other ingredients to use include dried rosemary or thyme, garlic or onion powder or a pre-mixed meat rub.

Step 4Place the prime rib on the rack of a sturdy roasting pan with the ribs down and the fat-side facing up. Put it onto the pre-set oven rack. Cook it for about 3 to 4 hours, with the cooking time varying considerably, depending upon the size of your rib roast. Starting at about 2 1/2 hours in for a three-rib roast or 3 hours in for a six-rib roast, monitor the internal temperature of the beef with an instant-read meat thermometer. Remove it from the oven as soon as it hits 135 F to cook it to medium, with a final temperature of 145 F, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Step 5Turn the oven temperature up to its highest setting — 500 or 550 F — while resting the semi-boneless rib roast on a serving platter. During resting, its temperature continues to rise, and its internal juices settle.

Step 6Put the meat back on the rack of the roasting pan and return it to the middle of the oven after about 20 minutes. Cook it for about 6 to 10 minutes, just until the outside develops a crisp browning. Take it out and return it to the platter before serving.

Tips

  • Some cooks prefer to cook a semi-boneless beef rib roast to a different temperature than that recommended by the USDA. If you want yours rare, take it out of the oven the first time at 110 F for a final temperature of 120 F; for medium-rare, take it out initially at 120 F for a final temperature of 130 F; for medium-well, take it out at 140 F for a final temperature of 150 F; and for well-done, take it out at 150 F for a final temperature of 160 F.
  • Use the meat’s drippings in the bottom of the roasting pan for flavoring a sauce or gravy.
  • “Semi-boneless” refers to the fact that a prime rib cut contains the rib bones but not any part of the backbone.

Cauliflower Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cauliflower (approx 1lb/450g)
  •  2 oz butter
  •  2 oz all purpose/plain flour
  • 1 level tsp mustard powder (optional)
  • Large pinch salt
  • 1 pint milk
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese or similar, grated plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • Freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

  • Heat the oven to 400F
  • Remove the green outer leaves from the cauliflower, cut a deep cross in the bottom of the stem then steam whole over a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and leave to cool. The cauliflower should not be cooked thoroughly, just lightly steamed and beginning to soften.
  • Place the butter and flour into a large saucepan. Over a low heat stir the butter and flour until the butter has melted and the flour is incorporated. Add the salt and mustard powder (if using) and continue stirring for 2 minutes.This is to cook out the floury taste and to soften the starch grains in the flour ready to make the sauce.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and add the milk in one go and whisk furiously until all a smooth sauce is formed. Continue stirring until the sauce is thickened and glossy (about 5 minutes) If the sauce is very thick add a little more milk, add sherry. The sauce should be thick but still a little on the runny side. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Break the cauliflower florets from the thick, central stalk taking care not to break it into tiny pieces. Place the florets in a greased baking dish large enough to hold all the florets in one layer.
  • Pour the thickened cheese sauce over the cauliflower ensuring all the florets are covered. Sprinkle with grated cheese and a good twist of black pepper.
  • Bake in the hot oven until the sauce is bubbling and golden brown on the top, approx 30 minutes.

 

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe

This is exactly why we love the Hollygrove Market box. I’ve never tried broccoli rabe and it was in the weekend box – we found a recipe online, sauteed it up and are new fans of the tasty and easy vege.

Ingredients
Kosher salt
1 bunch broccoli rabe, tough, non-leafy stems removed
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Half of a sliced onion

Directions
Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Set up a bowl of well salted ice water. Drop the broccoli rabe into the boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the boiling water and plunge immediately into the ice water. Once cool remove from the ice water and let dry. It can be used right away or held for future use.

Coat a large saute pan with olive oil. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add smashed garlic and crushed red pepper and bring to medium heat. Once the garlic is brown and aromatic, remove it from the pan and discard. It has fulfilled its garlic destiny. Add the broccoli rabe and toss around in the oil to heat up and season. Remember the broccoli is already cooked. Add more oil, if needed and season with salt if needed (it probably will).

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/sauteed-broccoli-rabe-recipe2.html?oc=linkback

 

 

Julia Child’s Coq au Vin

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Julia Child’s Coq au Vin 

All hail Julia! This tasted AMAZING. The only thing I would do differently is brown the chicken a bit more and use a better red wine. The chicken came out looking a bit purple..but delicious!

Ingredients
3 to 4-ounce chunk lean bacon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 to 3 pounds frying chicken, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper, plus additional for seasoning
1/4 cup cognac ( I used brandy)
3 cups young, full-bodied red wine, such as Burgundy, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, or Chianti
1 to 2 cups brown chicken stock, brown stock or canned beef bouillon
1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
12 to 24 Brown-Braised Onions, recipe follows
1/2 pound Sauteed Mushrooms, recipe follows
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
Fresh parsley leaves
Brown-Braised Onions:
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
18 to 24 peeled white onions, about 1-inch in diameter (I used frozen pearl onions)
1/2 cup brown stock, canned beef bouillon, dry white wine, red wine, or water
Salt and pepper
Medium herb bouquet: 4 parsley sprigs, 1/2 bay leaf and 1/4 teaspoon thyme tied in cheesecloth
Sauteed Mushrooms:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, washed, well dried, left whole if small, sliced or quartered if large
1 to 2 tablespoons minced shallots or green onions, optional
Salt and pepper

Directions
Remove the rind and cut the bacon into lardons (rectangles 1/4-inch across and 1-inch long). Simmer for 10 minutes in 2 quarts of water. Rinse in cold water. Dry. THIS IS IMPORTANT. REMOVES THE SMOKEY TASTE FROM BACON

In a heavy large heavy bottomed casserole or Dutch oven, saute the bacon slowly in hot butter until it is very lightly browned (temperature of 260 degrees F for an electric skillet). Remove to a side dish.

Dry the chicken thoroughly. Brown it in the hot fat in the casserole. (360 degrees F for the electric skillet.)

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Return the bacon to the casserole with the chicken. Cover and cook slowly (300 degrees F) for 10 minutes, turning the chicken once.

Uncover, and pour in the cognac. Averting your face, ignite the cognac with a lighted match. Shake the casserole back and forth for several seconds until the flames subside.

Pour the wine into the casserole. Add just enough stock or bouillon to cover the chicken. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic and herbs. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer slowly for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and its juices run a clear yellow when the meat is pricked with a fork. Remove the chicken to a side dish.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.

Simmer the chicken cooking liquid in the casserole for 1 to 2 minutes, skimming off fat. Then raise the heat and boil rapidly, reducing the liquid to about 2 1/4 cups. Correct seasoning. Remove from heat, and discard bay leaf.

Blend the butter and flour together into a smooth paste (beurre manie). Beat the paste into the hot liquid with a wire whip. Bring to the simmer, stirring and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.

Arrange the chicken in a casserole, place the mushrooms and onions around it and baste with the sauce. If the dish is not to be served immediately, film the top of the sauce with stock or dot with small pieces of butter. Set aside uncovered for no longer than 1 hour or cool, cover and refrigerate until needed.

Shortly before serving, bring the casserole to a simmer, basting the chicken with the sauce. Cover and simmer slowly for 4 to 5 minutes, until the chicken is heated through.

Serve from the casserole, or arrange on a hot platter. Decorate with sprigs of parsley.

Brown-Braised Onions:
When the butter and oil are bubbling in the skillet, add the onions and saute over moderate heat for 10 minutes, rolling the onions about so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect to brown them uniformly.

Braise them as follows: Pour in the stock, season to taste, and add the herb bouquet. Cover and simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet. Serve them as they are.

Bake them as follows: Transfer the onions and their sauteing fat to a shallow baking dish or casserole just large enough to hold them in 1 layer. Set uncovered in upper third of a preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 to 50 minutes, turning them over once or twice. They should be very tender, retain their shape and be a nice golden brown. Remove herb bouquet. Serve them as they are.

Sauteed Mushrooms:
Place the skillet over high heat with the butter and oil. As soon as you see that the butter foam has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add the mushrooms. Toss and shake the pan for 4 to 5 minutes. During their saute the mushrooms will at first absorb the fat. In 2 to 3 minutes the fat will reappear on their surface, and the mushrooms will begin to brown. As soon as they have browned lightly, remove from heat.

Toss the shallots or green onions, if using, with the mushrooms. Saute over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Sauteed mushrooms may be cooked in advance, set aside, then reheated when needed. Season to taste just before serving.

We placed the chicken atop mashed potatoes and served with green beans.

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chicken-in-red-wine-with-onions-mushrooms-and-bacon-coq-au-vin-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

For you Paleo or Atkins folks, this is a great alternative pizza crust. It’s a bit tricky and time-consuming, but satisfies a pizza craving. 

Ingredients:

4 cups raw cauliflower rice ( I made this by chopping up a head of cauliflower and placing in blender with a bit of water. Just pulse until cauliflower is the consistency of rice.)
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of salt

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. To make the cauliflower rice, pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until a rice-like texture is achieved or see directions above if you do not have a food processor.
  3. Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the “rice” and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.
  4. THIS IS THE SECRET: Once you’ve strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel. Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEZE all the excess moisture out! It’s amazing how much extra liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust. SUPER IMPORTANT!
  5. In a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices. (Don’t be afraid to use your hands! You want it very well mixed.) It won’t be like any pizza dough you’ve ever worked with, but don’t worry– it’ll hold together!
  6. Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper, or it will stick.) Keep the dough about ⅓” thick, and make the edges a little higher for a “crust” effect, if you like.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F. The crust should be firm, and golden brown when finished.
  8. Now’s the time to add all your favorites– sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you like. Return the pizza to the 400F oven, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
  9. Slice and serve immediately!

Inspired by: http://detoxinista.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-perfect-cauliflower-pizza-crust/ &