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Project 52.1 – Orecchiette Salad with Roast Beef

January 7, 2017

This week kicks off Project 52 over here in the Twice Around kitchen- 52 weeks of 52 recipes from cookbooks in my collection.  To start off this challenge, I knew exactly which book to call upon first.  Food Network Magazine’s, Great Easy Meals: 250 Fast and Fun Recipes. (Available here for purchase)  It’s been a book that has lived on my shelf since it came out in 2011; one I’ve read and flipped through countless times, but also one that I can’t recall ever actually making a recipe from!    I took a few minutes and flipped through, and my eyes stopped on this Orecchiette Salad with Roast Beef.  Simple, easy, and ready in under 30 minutes made it a perfect weeknight recipe to try out.  I went ahead and doubled it up, and put two portions away for the next day’s lunch, before adding the dressing.   Do yourself a favor if you make this, and do the same because this one’s a winner, and the left overs will make your coworkers jealous the next day.

Orecchiette Salad with Roast Beef

Total Time: 25 min  Prep:15 min   Cook: 10 min

Yield: 4 servings

Level: Easy

Ingredients

Kosher salt
8 ounces orecchiette pasta
1 cup bocconcini (small mozzarella balls), halved
1 cup marinated artichoke hearts, quartered
8 small sweet marinated peppers (such as Peppadew), quartered    **Edit – I used fresh, small sweet peppers, sliced into rounds, and sauteed. **
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint or basil
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground pepper
4 cups baby arugula
6 ounces deli-sliced roast beef, cut into strips
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Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the pasta and cook as the label directs; drain but don’t rinse.

Meanwhile, combine the bocconcini, artichokes, marinated peppers and mint in a serving bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and salt and pepper to taste and toss. Add the pasta and toss again.

Just before serving, stir in the arugula and roast beef. Season the salad with pepper.

Per serving: Calories 500; Fat 22 g (Saturated 7 g); Cholesterol 49 mg; Sodium 548 mg; Carbohydrate 51 g; Fiber 3 g; Protein 26 g

(Courtesy Food Network Magazine)

Ease of Preparation : 5 out of 5.
Taste: 4.5 out of 5.
Visual: 5 out of 5
Final Verdict: Add it to the rotation

Salty Turtle Pot de Creme

May 28, 2015

  

(please forgive the quality of this picture – I was enjoying a quiet moment before diving in to some new baby recipes)

Remember that decadent caramel sauce from a few days ago?  Tonight I’m sharing one of my favorite new uses for it- Salty Turtle Pot de Cremes. Pot de Cremes sound super fancy and intimidating, but believe me when I say this.is.easy.  The entire recipe goes into a blender!!!  The hardest part of these is waiting for them to set up!  

I first fell in love with pot de Cremes after watching an episode of “The Kitchen” around Valentine’s Day.  Geoffrey Zakarian was whipping up some silky and delicious chocolate versions, and I had been looking for something special for Valentine’s dinner since DH and I would be staying in with our littlest valentine.  

(Chocolate pot de Cremes from Food Network )

These looked impressive, but I needed to jazz some up with love of my own, and I wanted to see if I could simplify the steps and ingredients.  After some tweaking here and there, I came up with what I feel is the perfect blend of salty and sweet.  Rich and almost sinful, and so easy that you’ll make excuses to have them around! 

Salty Turtle Pot de Cremes

  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 9 oz bittersweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs
  • 1tsp vanilla 
  • 1 tsp instant coffee
  • 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • Flaky sea salt
  • Caramel sauce 
  • Chopped turtle clusters

In a small saucepan, scald the coconut milk. ( basically, bring it to the brink of a boil) Combine chocolate chips, eggs, vanilla, coffee, and chili powder in a blender and blend until smooth (about 30 to 45 seconds). Slowly add in the scalded milk- not too fast, or you’ll end up with scrambled chocol eggs! Blend again until smooth and combined.
In 4 ramekins, spoon 2 tbsp of caramel sauce into the bottom.  It will be a bit thick, and that is okay.  All the better, actually!  Pour your chocolate mixture on top and cover.  Chill for 4-6 hours or overnight until set.  Top each with flaky salt and chopped turtle clusters.

This recipe is also delicious with fresh raspberry jam in place of the caramel and topped with a few fresh berries, whipped cream, and chocolate shavings. 

Really, with the base recipe, the possibilities are endless.  Try it out and let us know- How will you whip it up?  

Parmesan Chicken with Linguine in a Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce

June 6, 2014

IMG_0894 Wow- that’s a long title, but it really says it all… golden brown crusted chicken, bright bursts of flavor from sun-dried tomatoes, and a luscious cream sauce.  Best of all, it’s on the table in about 40 minutes start to finish.  If I can make this on a crazy Monday after work, I know you can too!  Go on, impress your family, or save it and really impress some weekend dinner guests!

Starting off with the chicken, create a breading station.IMG_0885  I use paper plates for easy clean up!  In one plate, you’ll need some flour seasoned with salt and pepper.  In the second, crack and whip up an egg.  In the third, combine equal parts bread crumbs with grated Parmesan cheese.  If you have massive chicken breasts, like mine were, go ahead and pound them out a bit- they’ll cook quicker and more evenly.  Then just move your chicken through the breading station, starting with flour, and ending at the bread crumb mix.    IMG_0889Once breaded, pop them into a hot skillet that’s been coated with a swirl of olive oil.  Brown the chicken about 3 minutes on each side. (Note: the second side usually takes a bit less time because the oil is hot and sizzling!)    Transfer to a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.

About halfway through the cook time of the chicken, you can start your sauce.

Sun-dried Tomato Cream Sauce:
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 pint heavy cream
1 tbsp minced garlic
2 tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp italian herb paste (usually found in your grocer’s produce section- it’s in a tube)
1 cup grated Parmesan/ Asiago cheese blend
2 cups chopped baby spinach
1 cup julienned sun-dried tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Start with 2 tbsp butter.  Melt over medium low heat, and once melted, stir in 2 tbsp of flour. Slowly stir in 1/2 of the pint of heavy cream, along with 1 tbsp minced garlic, 2 tbsp tomato paste, and 2 tbsp italian herb paste.  Stir over low heat, gradually increasing to medium heat.  Add in 1 cup of the Asiago/ Parmesan cheese blend, 2 cups of baby spinach, and 1 cup of julienned sun-dried tomatoes.  Continue to stir occassionally, adding the remaining 1/2 pint of heavy cream bit by bit.  If sauce seems thin, add a smidge more cheese.
Add salt and pepper to taste, and reduce heat to low.  Stir occasionally and continue to simmer on low until chicken is finished cooking.

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For this recipe, I used Bertolli’s fresh linguine found in my grocer’s deli department, but you can use any pasta that you like!  I served it up with the bed of pasta, topped with cream sauce, and then topped with sauced chicken on top of that.  I was really longing for a nice glass of white wine to go along with it, but lemonade was on the menu for me!  If you make this- have  it with the wine for me!
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Enjoy!
J

**Disclaimer: This meal is by no means healthy…but it is healthy for your soul, so eat up in moderation!**