Spiced Sliders

Spiced Sliders

As summer grilling season is in full swing and 4th of July is approaching quickly, we jumped at the opportunity to check out some of Grow and Behold‘s premium ground meats. Anna Hanau, co-owner with husband Naftali, offered us recipes for burgers of all sorts, toppings and condiments perfect for summer get-togethers and plenty of tips on how to make the juiciest burgers sizzle.

While we most often cover vegetarian dishes in restaurant reviews and recipes we offer, summer feels like the right time to share some great new ideas for mixing different types of meats while using ingredients we don’t often turn to.

Grow and Behold raises animals with an extraordinary concern for a healthy ecosystem that includes healthy soil and plants, healthy animals and healthy people. Their pastured meats are raised on small family farms in the Northeast where the strictest standards of kosher, animal welfare, worker treatment and sustainable agriculture are top priority.

Anna and Naftali Hanau

Anna and Naftali Hanau

We trust that every step of the process has been cared for by this young company (founded in 2010) with a visionary young couple we have come to know. If you’re going to eat meat, this is meat worth eating.

Scroll down for recipes and use discount code KosherLikeMe if you chose to order from Grow and Behold. They’ll take $15.00 of your first order of $100 or more if you use it before July 15, 2015.

Here are some great tips Anna shared with us:

Making Patties: Be sure your meat is fully defrosted before handling. Use a light touch, being sure not to overwork or squish the meat. Patties will be dense and tough if you do. Form loose patties without concern for perfectly round or flat shapes. Uneven patties will yield crispy edges. Smaller patties tend to stay together a little better.

Serving Size: 4 oz. patties (four patties per pound of meat) means someone can opt for two and they cook more quickly. 5 oz. patties (three per pound) are best seared over high heat and then moved to a cooler part of the grill to finish cooking. Kabobs will yield about 8 per pound (two oz. each).

Mixing meat with new flavors:

Lighten with veal and glaze with a fruity sauce or dip

Intensify by adding lamb, while balancing with baharat, cumin, cinnamon or mint.

Mix it up by using ground turkey and chicken, especially the dark meat which makes a rich burger without eating red meat. With ground turkey and chicken, add sundried tomatoes, chopped olives, water chestnuts, currants or cranberries to keep the mixture moist.

For more information on how Grow and Behold’s beef, lamb and Rose Veal are raised and pastured click here. Check their website for more ideas on how to use different cuts of meats, chicken and turkey. They have a recipe for every cut they offer!

Beef- Veal Burgers with Balsamic Cherries

Beef- Veal Burgers with Balsamic Cherries

This recipe allows the flavors of the meat to shine. Serve with balsamic cherries or mango salsa.

Recipe by Anna Hanau

This recipe is meat

Ingredients

    Burgers
  • 1lb Ground Pastured Beef
  • 1lb Ground Rose Veal
  • Balsamic Cherries (or Strawberries)
  • 1 cup ripe bing cherries, washed, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 2-3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, or more to taste
  • 1 teaspoon sugar, or more to taste

Instructions

  1. Combine meat gently and form into patties. Grill or pan-fry.
  2. Combine cherries with other ingredients and muddle fruit slightly.
  3. Let sit 20 minutes while you cook the burgers until flavor melds.
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Spiced Sliders with Date Ketchup

Spiced Sliders with Date Ketchup

Recipe adapted from Abigail Street, Bon Appetit (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/spiced-sliders-with-date-ketchup)

This recipe is meat.

Ingredients

    Sliders:
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 pound ground lamb
  • 8 oz. ground beef
  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon baharat (spice blend)
  • Date Ketchup:
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ½ small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup Medjool dates, pitted, chopped
  • ½ cup pale lager
  • 2 tablespoons Plum Vinegar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

Instructions

    Make the Date Ketchup:
  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Cook onion, stirring occasionally, until beginning to brown, 5–8 minutes.
  2. Add ketchup, dates, and beer; bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to prevent burning, until thick and slightly darkened, 20–25 minutes.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in vinegar.
  4. Let mixture cool slightly. Purée in a blender, thinning with water if needed, until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Let cool.
  5. Make the Sliders:
  6. Using your hands, gently mix onion, garlic, lamb, beef, parsley, and baharat in a large bowl
  7. season with salt and pepper.
  8. Form scant ¼-cupfuls of lamb mixture into twelve 2”-diameter patties.
  9. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  10. Place patties in skillet and immediately reduce heat to medium.
  11. Cook about 3 minutes per side for medium-rare.
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Lamb Kabobs with Cumin

Lamb Kabobs with Cumin

Recipe by Rachel Rosen & Naftali Hanau

This recipe is meat.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Grow and Behold Pastured Ground Beef
  • 1 pound Grow and Behold Pastured Ground Lamb
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon granulated garlic or 2-3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients together.
  2. Shape into cigars – oblongs shapes about 3” long.
  3. Juice one lemon over meat cigars before grilling.
  4. Heat grill to hot.
  5. Spray grate with grill spray.
  6. Grill cigars until done to your likeness (we recommend medium/rare)

Notes

Kabobs pair perfectly with tehina!

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Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

When The Nosher asked me to create a lentil-free veggie burger for summer BBQ’s I took the challenge on with gusto.

Check out this easy- on- your- tummy Sweet Potato Quinoa vegetarian burger on the Nosher here.

And while you’re there, enjoy the dairy free sides we’ve put together for you so that you can serve it all with more traditional meaty burgers at your next shindig.

Happy grilling!

 

Originally Posted in “Solution: This Veggie Burger
photo: Burning Bush

photo: Burning Bush

In advance of our round-up of favorite summer condiments for Father’s Day, we’d like to whet your whistle with this simple, thirst slacking, Burning Bush infused Burning Passion. Think: mid-week cocktail on the porch, in the park, or oceanside.

Not so hard, right?

Burning Bush, a versatile, kosher and gluten-free hot sauce, is a blend of organic tomato paste, chile peppers, white vinegar and a secret mix of herbs and spices from across three continents. It’s easy to use bottle is thoughtfully designed to cautiously dispense the heat one drop at a time, too.

Very wise.

Watch for our round-up of other favorite condiments on Thursday. We’ll have plenty of suggestions for how to spark your marinades, favorite hummus, grilled summer salads and all manners of simple dishes destined for outdoor dining.

The folks at Burning Bush are so excited about sharing their product with us, they’ve offered our readers a handy 10% discount when purchasing their hot sauce by clicking here . Simply insert code: KOSHERLIKEME for a your 10% discount.

 

Burning Passion

Burning Passion is a spicy blend of sweet and savory that'll leave you with a simmering smile and inner warmth. Warning: dispense drop by drop to control the heat.

Ingredients

  • 3 oz. Morad Passion Fruit Wine
  • 3 oz. Orange Juice
  • 1½ oz. Dark Rum
  • 1-2 tsp. Burning Bush

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice and shake vigorously.
  2. Strain into a cocktail glass with crushed ice.
  3. Garnish with an orange peel or wedge.

Notes

Other drinkable Burning ideas:

Alcohol free: Pour 5 oz. OJ, and 3 oz. tropical fruit juice over ice. Drop Burning Bush into glass until the burn feels just right.

Heat up your favorite shot of fine tequila, smokey scotch or dark bourbon with one teaspoon of Burning Bush.

Add Burning Bush to a traditional Mimosa.

Shake a few drops (you decide how much heat) into a classic Bloody Mary or a Bloody mocktail.

Enjoy the heat!

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photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

If you’re lucky enough to live anywhere near a farm that grows strawberries, be sure to venture out to pick your own. When you tire of having sweet, ruby tinged juice staining your fingers, and you can tear yourself away from eating every other berry you bend to pick,  head home to bake these easy and classic strawberry shortcakes.

Thank you, Christy Colasurdo and Tracey Medeiros, for sharing this recipe from their just released cookbook, The Connecticut Farm to Table Cookbook;  150 Home-Grown Recipes from the Nutmeg State, June 2015. This beautifully photographed book is a celebration of the local and seasonal. Although it highlights CT. chefs, the recipes are suitable for all die-hard locavores anywhere. (Note: this cookbook has plenty of vegetarian and kosher friendly recipes within, but it is not a kosher cookbook).

This recipe was contributed by the chef at Barberry Hill Farm, Madison, CT.

 

Photo with permission of the author

Photo with permission of the author

 

 

Strawberry Shortcake

8 servings

Strawberry Shortcake

This recipe comes from Barberry Hill Farm, CT via THE CONNECTICUT FARM TO TABLE COOKBOOK; 150 HOMEGROWN RECIPES FROM THE NUTMEG STATE by Tracey Medeiros and Christy Colasurdo.

"Here’s what you can do with that bumper crop of ripe strawberries you scored at the farm."

This recipe is dairy.

Ingredients

    Biscuits
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick, 2 ounces) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, chilled
  • 3/4 cup cold whole milk
  • Strawberries
  • 2 pounds strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups whipped cream

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. To make the biscuits: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Using a fork or your fingertips, cut in the butter until the flour mixture resembles crumbs.
  4. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and slowly pour in the milk.
  5. Stir until the dough just starts to come together. Do not overmix.
  6. Spoon or scoop about 1/4 cup of dough for each biscuit onto ungreased baking sheet.
  7. Press down gently on each biscuit. Bake until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
  8. Toss the strawberries with the sugar and refrigerate 30 minutes before serving.
  9. To serve: Cut the biscuits in half horizontally and spoon the strawberries and their juice over each shortcake bottom.
  10. Top each with whipped cream and then the shortcake top.
  11. Spoon more strawberries over the top and serve immediately.

Notes

Biscuits may be made ahead.

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Originally Posted in “Classic Strawberry Shortcake
Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Contributed by Melissa Roberts

Made from buckwheat flour, soba noodles have a strong, nutty flavor and served hot or cold, are a terrific base for a stir fry or salad. A good alternative to wheat pasta if you follow a gluten-free diet, not to mention lower in calories, be aware that many varieties do contain wheat flour.

This isn’t a problem from a culinary perspective; however, if gluten is an issue for you, check the labels carefully. Pure buckwheat noodles have a more intense flavor than their hybrid cousins.

 This soba salad can be served alongside grilled meat or fish, topped with soft tofu or slices of hard boiled egg for a boost of protein. It can also be transformed into a one dish meal, tossed with poached chicken (how to poach chicken tip to follow). A cool suppertime option when the days turn hot and steamy.

Photo: Liz Rueven; Soba undressed

Photo: Liz Rueven; Soba undressed

A final word on the following recipe. We could go on about the health benefits of the miso in the accompanying vinaigrette, and there are many, but this queen of all umami flavors makes up a dressing that will become the workhorse of your condiment shelf. It keeps well when prepared in advance and enlivens anything in need of a flavor boost, especially steamed veggies.

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

serves 6

Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

Soba Noodles are a delicious, nutty base for salads and stir-fry dishes. If following a gluten-free diet, search ingredients for wheat in soba noodles. Buckwheat is a good gluten-free alternative.

This recipe was created by Melissa Roberts.

This recipe is Pareve, vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free (depending on the particular brand of soba noodles).

Ingredients

    For dressing
  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh peeled ginger
  • 3 tablespoons white miso
  • 2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • ½ cup canola oil plus 2 teaspoons for noodles
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • For salad
  • 1 ( 8 ounce*) package soba noodles (*Soba packages come in a variety of weights. Use any in the range of 8 to 12 ounces)
  • 6 radishes, thinly sliced, preferably with an adjustable blade slicer
  • ½ lb sugar snap peas, halved on the bias (or skip this step to keep things easier)
  • 4 cups baby spinach (3 oz)
  • 2 tablespoons toasted or black sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. Using a small food processor, finely chop ginger.
  2. Add miso, vinegar, soy sauce, and sesame oil and pulse to combine.
  3. Add ½ cup canola oil and run machine until dressing is emulsified.
  4. Add water, running machine to combine.
  5. At this point, the dressing can be kept chilled in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
  6. Add soba noodles to a large (5 to 6 quart) pot of boiling water until al dente (see package directions for time).
  7. Drain in a colander and run noodles under cold running water until cool. Drain completely and toss with remaining canola oil.
  8. Add noodles to a bowl with vegetables. Toss with enough dressing to coat and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Notes

To make dressing by hand, finely chop ginger and add to a bowl, then whisk in miso, vinegar, soy, and sesame oil. Add canola oil in a stream, whisking until emulsified. Whisk in water.

Salad can be prepared, without dressing, up to 3 hours ahead. Toss with dressing before serving.

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How to Poach Chicken

4 servings

This basic recipe for simple poached chicken will become a go-to favorite when preparing summer salads like the Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Vinaigrette.

Recipe is courtesy of Melissa Roberts.

This recipe is meat.

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • peppercorns
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 chicken breasts, skinless and boneless

Instructions

  1. Bring 4 cups water with 1 large clove garlic, a few peppercorns, 1 teaspoon salt, and a bay leaf to a boil over high heat in a medium saucepan.
  2. Add 3 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, and simmer gently, uncovered, for 7 minutes. Remove pan from the heat, cover it, and let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Remove 1 chicken breast to a plate and cut into the center to make sure the breast is cooked through. If it is, remove the remaining breasts to a plate. If chicken is still underdone, return it to the saucepan, cover, and simmer for 2 minutes more.
  4. Transfer chicken to a clean plate to cool before shredding or slicing.
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Originally Posted in “Soba Noodle Salad with Miso Vinaigrette

 

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

 

Marcia Selden Catering

Spring is officially (and finally) here.  If you’re on the East Coast, the local produce is starting to appear at Farmer’s Markets….Yay! If your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you tend to overbuy produce, you’re not alone.

Here are a few of Marcia Selden Catering’s top tips for storing that delicious spring produce to help keep things fresher longer.

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

 

Leafy greens should be washed and well dried in a salad spinner.  Then simply roll them in dry paper towels or clean linen dishtowels and store in the refrigerator.

 

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Scallions- There’s nothing worse than bringing home a bunch of scallions only to have them turn slimy when you need them most.  The best way to store them is white part down in about 2” of water in a glass or jar in the refrigerator.

 

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Avocados, tomatoes, mangoes, melons, apples, and pears will continue to ripen if left sitting out on a countertop. Once they are ripe, refrigerate. Items like bell peppers, grapes, citrus, and berries need to be refrigerated.

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

 

When storing bananas on your kitchen counter, be careful not to store them next to other fruits or they will ripen any nearby fruits. Additionally, pull the bunch apart to slow down the ripening process.

 

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Fresh herbs do best in a jar on the kitchen counter in a bit of water, ideally, loosely covered with plastic. If you want to store them in the fridge, place washed and dried herbs in a zip-loc bag or plastic container, left slightly open so that the air will circulate.

 

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

If you buy “bagged” vegetables, like Brussels sprouts, spinach or peppers… poke a few holes in the bag before refrigerating. After all, veggies like to breathe, too.

 

Chards are a wonderful springtime crop and there’s nothing worse than buying a beautiful head of Swiss chard only to have it turn, a day or two later.  The best way to store chard it to refrigerate it unwashed in a plastic bag with a couple holes poked in the bag for air.

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

Cucumbers go bad very quickly when they’re kept too cold.  Store them towards the front of your refrigerator so they warm up a bit when you open the fridge.

Celebrate spring with this perfect Spring Sweet Pea Soup!

Sweet Pea Soup

1 gallon

 Sweet Pea Soup

This quintessential spring pea soup is bright green and creamy smooth. It is a favorite of Marcia Selden Catering's clients. Thank you for this recipe, Marcia Selden Catering.

This recipe is dairy.

Ingredients

  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 large Vidalia onion chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 8 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 potatoes peeled & quartered
  • 3 lbs. fresh peas
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 vanilla bean sliced open the long way
  • 3 Tb. tarragon, chopped

Instructions

  1. Cook butter, onion and garlic until translucent.
  2. Add vegetable broth and potatoes.
  3. Bring to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer on low for 15 minutes.
  4. Add peas, cayenne, pepper and vanilla bean.
  5. Continue cooking for 15 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and add 3 TBSP fresh tarragon.
  7. Remove the vanilla bean.
  8. Puree till smooth.

Notes

This silky smooth soup may be served at room temperature of piping hot.

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Photo: Melinda Strauss

Photo: Melinda Strauss

I’ve decided to avoid breaking the calorie bank as we prepare for Shavuot this weekend. Maybe if I say it out loud and share it with y’all I will stick to my plan.

Since I suspect that some of you may be like-minded eaters as we try to drop those dreaded winter pounds, I’ve reconsidered our tradition of eating dairy kugels and blintzes by re-directing my focus.

No shame in eating pounds of cream cheese and sour cream once in a while but instead, we’ll be eating this lighter salad with local CT cheeses and an easy, no-cook prep (except for hard boiling the eggs).

Photo: Melinda Strauss

Photo: Melinda Strauss

Thank you, Melinda Strauss, of Kitchen Tested, for sharing this recipe.  Be sure to remember this Shaved Zucchini Salad with Honey Lemon Dressing when you run high and dry of ideas for anything zucchini-centric come September.

And if you really think it’s crazy to imagine NOT having kugel or blintzes as we celebrate Shavuot, head on over to Kosher Like Me on facebook where I’ll be sharing some over the top fantastic recipes and links to all sorts of decadence my friends have conjured.

 

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Feta & Goat Cheese

2 servings

Shaved Zucchini Salad with Feta & Goat Cheese

This super easy shaved zucchini salad is a great solution for lightening up a dairy meal. It's perfect as lower cal alternative to heavier Shavuot recipes like blintzes and kugels and will be great in the heat of summer when it only requires 10 minutes ofcooking as you hard boil the eggs.

This recipe was shared by Melinda Strauss, www.kitchentested.com

This recipe is dairy and gluten-free.

Ingredients

    Shaved Zucchini Salad
  • 2 large zucchini
  • ½ cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 2 hardboiled eggs, peeled and chopped
  • 2 Tbsp raw sliced almonds
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled feta
  • 2 Tbsp crumbled goat cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh mint, thinly sliced
  • fresh cracked black pepper
  • Honey-Lemon Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • ¼ tsp dried chili flakes

Instructions

    Shaved Zucchini Salad
  1. Wash the zucchini and slice them thinly with a vegetable peeler.
  2. Place the zucchini slices on two plates then scattered the plates with the sliced cherry tomatoes. I sprinkled on the crumbled feta and goat cheese, the chopped hard-boiled egg, the thinly sliced fresh mint and the raw sliced almonds.
  3. Sprinkle the salad with freshly cracked black pepper.
  4. Honey-Lemon Dressing
  5. Mix together the olive oil, fresh lemon juice, honey and chili flakes in a jar and shake the mixture until the dressing thickens, around 30 seconds.
  6. Lightly drizzle the dressing over the shaved zucchini salad and devour!
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Photo: Sang An

Photo: Sang An

Classic French Toast doesn’t take much to prepare. And we would never knock it as a great starter recipe for young kids wanting to thrill Moms with breakfast in bed on Mother’s Day.

In fact, it never crossed our minds to stray from the basic challah soaked, cinnamon laced, eggy breakfast fave that we all love. Paired with fresh summer strawberries and local maple syrup, we were always happy (we thought) to use up thick slices of delicious challah that were on the path to becoming stale by Monday.

Until we found a completely out of the box recipe for Savory French Toast with Seared Tomatoes and Za’atar Butter in Modern Jewish Cooking; Recipes and Customs for Today’s Kitchen by Leah Koenig.

Koenig’s latest cookbook is an adventure in Jewish cooking, with a respectful nod to our past and a delightful trajectory into a highly creative future.

While she includes lots of traditional favorites, like Cinnamon-Sugar Apple Pancakes (let’s call them irresistible and essential) and plenty more in ten subsequent chapters, the strength of her collection is in re-thinking old favorites and exploring new flavor profiles and ingredients that were not part of her family’s eastern European tradition.

In the breakfast section alone, she pushes beyond the classics with savory new ideas like Shallot, Leek and Ginger Omelet (wait!! freshly grated caramelized ginger in an omelette?!)  and Roasted Garlic Potato Blintzes (way beyond the bland mashed potato filling you may know and love) served with grainy mustard.

For anyone looking for a treasure of newly conceived ideas, treat your Mom or yourself to this highly creative, thought provoking and easy to follow, newly released cookbook.

Modern Jewish Cooking COV

Recipe and photos are from Modern Jewish Cooking; Recipes and customs for Today’s Kitchen, Chronicle Books, 2015. Photos: Sang An.

Note: This cookbook is not marketed as a kosher cookbook but it IS! YAY!

Savory French Toast with Seared Tomatoes and Za'atar Butter

2-3 Servings

From Leah Koenig, Modern Jewish Cooking; Recipes and Customs for Today's Kitchen, Chronicle Books, 2015:

"Here’s a secret: French toast does not always have to be sweet. (My head exploded a little when I realized that.) This decidedly savory take on French toast is fried in a fragrant compound butter packed with the Middle Eastern flavors of za’atar and lemon zest. And instead of maple syrup, it gets topped with seared tomatoes that melt into a delicious pool on top of the bread. Add a tangy punch to your breakfast by using thickly sliced sourdough, or go the decadent route and use challah. Make a double batch of the za’atar butter and use the extra to top veggies or sweet corn, or dress up pasta and baked fish."

This recipe is DAIRY

Ingredients

    FOR THE ZA’ATAR BUTTER
  • 6 TBSP/85 G UNSALTED BUTTER, AT ROOM TEMPERATURE
  • 1/2 TSP KOSHER SALT
  • 1/2 TSP FRESHLY GROUND BLACK PEPPER
  • 1 TBSP ZA’ATAR
  • ZEST OF 1 LEMON
  • 6 EGGS
  • 3/4 CUP/180 ML MILK
  • 1/2 TSP SALT, PLUS MORE FOR SPRINKLING
  • 6 SLICES BREAD, EACH ABOUT 1 IN/2.5 CM THICK
  • 2 RIPE MEDIUM TOMATOES, THINLY SLICED

Instructions

    Make the za’atar butter:
  1. Place the butter in a small bowl and mash with a fork.
  2. Add the salt, pepper, za’atar, and lemon zest and stir until fully combined.
  3. Transfer the za’atar butter to a ramekin or small bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for up to 1 day.
  4. Preheat the oven to 250°F/120°C.
  5. Whisk together the eggs, milk, and salt in a shallow baking dish.
  6. Working in batches, lay the bread in the egg mixture and let stand, turning once, until soaked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  7. Melt about 1 Tbsp of the za’atar butter until foaming in a large skillet set over medium heat. Fry half of the bread, turning once, until golden brown on both sides, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  8. Transfer to a small baking sheet and place in the warm oven.
  9. Repeat with 1 Tbsp of the za’atar butter and the remaining bread slices.
  10. Raise the heat to medium-high. Add the tomatoes to the skillet and cook, turning once, until softened and beginning to fall apart, 2 to 3 minutes total.
  11. Divide the French toast among plates, and top each serving with a couple of tomato slices, an additional pat of za’atar butter, and a sprinkle of salt to serve.
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Carrot Tagliatelle

 

If you thought you had to stay away from enjoying a big bowl of pasta because you’re trying to maintain a low-carb lifestyle, think again!  The genius chefs at Marcia Selden Catering are sharing their utterly delicious and incredibly healthy (yes healthy!) recipe for carrot tagliatelle with creamy chevre, peas and toasted pine nuts.

You can also add or substitute zucchini in this recipe.

If you don’t own a Japanese spiral slicer, you’ll need one for this recipe.  You’ll be happy you bought it, as there are so many other fantastic recipes you can make with this slicer.  Click here to buy one.

Carrot Tagliatelle with Chevre, Peas and Pine Nuts

4-6 servings

This easy spiralized veggie pasta is creamy with just a small amount of goat cheese. Consider buying LOCAL goat cheese for it's distinctive flavor.

Thank you, Marcia Selden Catering, for this healthy spring dish.

This dish is gluten-free and Dairy.

Ingredients

  • 6 peeled carrots or 4 zucchini
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1/2 C. crumbled goat cheese
  • 6 basil leaves, julienned
  • 1 C. frozen petit peas
  • 1/4 C. toasted pine nuts
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut carrots on the slicer using the tagliatelle (widest) blade.
  2. Blanch in salted boiling water for 1 minute.
  3. Heat oil in a large nonstick pan on medium heat. Cook garlic for 1 minute until it begins to brown. Drain carrots and add to pan. Season with salt and pepper and add frozen peas.
  4. Continue cooking for 1 minute, add goat cheese, basil and pine nuts and stir until goat cheese is incorporated into the pasta.
  5. Season to taste with salt and pepper before serving.
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Photo: Leaf and Ardor

Photo: Leaf and Ardor

Katy Morris

We’re kicking off our warm weather Seasonal Snippets column with lots of minty inspiration and a gluten-free, low fat recipe for Mint Salmon Cucumber Rolls.  With mint‘s uplifting and invigorating scent and all-around culinary versatility, it is a seasonal shoe-in!

While in ancient times, mint leaves were scattered on the floors of synagogues and home foyers as a symbol of hospitality, these days we prefer them on our plates and in our glasses to perk up everything from morning tea to savory dinners and cooling desserts. Here’s what you need to know.

photo: Leaf and Ardor

photo: Leaf and Ardor

 What are some of the benefits of using mint?

Cristina Copersino and Connie Pappas of Leaf & Ardor Co. love it as a soothing, natural digestive (perfect as an after meal tea). In addition, it has energy inducing and stress relieving qualities and is super high in vitamins A and C, trace minerals and antioxidants.

 

What’s the difference between spearmint and peppermint?

 

There are actually over 30 kinds of mint but the most popular are peppermint and spearmint. The former usually has purplish stems and smooth leaves while spearmint is milder and easier to cook with. Check out your local farmers’ market to see what kinds are available – you might find grapefruit mint, pineapple mint and much more!

 

What does a good mint leaf look like?

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

 

Similar to other fresh herbs, you want vibrantly green leaves with straight stems; stay away from wilting or yellowing ones or ones with any signs of blemishes.

 

What are some useful kitchen tips?

 

Once you pick out the best leaves from your local market, rinse the bunch in cold water to get any dirt or grit out.  Shake off any excess water or use a salad spinner to dry.

To store for later, simply wrap the leaves up in a damp paper towel and place in a ziplock bag. Then, pop ‘em in your fridge (be sure they don’t get squished) and they should be good up to two weeks (note: this method generally works well for most fresh herbs like cilantro as well).

 

Washed up and ready to go – how should I use?

Minty Salad- Photo: Liz Rueven

Minty Salad- Photo: Liz Rueven

 

While it makes a beautiful, eye-catching garnish on cold soups, scoops of ice cream or a atop a refreshing afternoon cocktail or smoothie, there are tons of other ways to use fresh mint to get the most out of its flavor – so don’t stop there.

 

Pairings: According to Connie and Cristina, mint pairs especially well with citrus fruits, melon, mango, ginger, fresh spring veggies like asparagus and green beans, other herbs like cilantro and basil, fresh fish (especially salmon – check out the great recipe below!), chocolate, and of course, green tea with matcha.

Ideas: Mint is super versatile and can be used as a simple add-in or a star player on your plate. Try Moroccan Mint Salmon Cucumber Rolls (recipe below) for a unique approach, but you can also simply toss fresh leaves in a green salad; puree it with other fresh herbs for pesto, spread or dressing; blend it in a fruit smoothie; use it to lighten up a rich sauce or chutney over a more savory meat dinner as well – the possibilities are endless.

 

Fun Fact: According to Greek mythology, mint was not only considered sweet tasting, it had medicinal power to clear the voice and cure hiccups. There’s even a little romantic intrigue afforded to this fragrant plant: Legend has it that  “Minthe,” once an intoxicating nymph, was Pluto’s lover. That angered Pluto’s wife, Persephone, who in a fit of rage turned Minthe into a lowly plant, to be trod upon. Pluto, unable to undo the spell, was able to soften it by giving Minthe a sweet scent, which would perfume the air when her leaves were stepped on.

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

For all you gardeners out there, think about planting some mint along your walkways where you can brush up against it (a natural cologne!) or step on its leaves to release its soothing fragrance into the air as Pluto hoped. On warm summer nights, these aromas are especially beguiling!

Also be sure to try their Minty Matcha Cocktail (or “Mocktail) Recipe here, which “incorporates matcha (green tea powder), fresh mint, honey, lemon, lime juice and either vodka or sparkling water for a refreshing and delicious spring/summer beverage,” says Connie and Cristina.

photo: Leaf and Ardor

photo: Leaf and Ardor

Think sultry Southern evenings, sipping Mint Juleps on a porch built for warm weather indulgences, and you’ll want to make mint a summer staple in your kitchen! Cheers!

Thank you once again to Connie and Cristina of Leaf & Ardor Co. for this creative recipe.

Photo: Leaf and Ardor

Photo: Leaf and Ardor

 

Moroccan Mint Salmon Cucumber Rolls

“This recipe uses salmon bites poached in Leaf & Ardor Moroccan Mint Green Tea. The salmon pieces are combined with julienned mango, shiitake, scallions, and cilantro, and rolled with slices of cucumber to create mini hand rolls. To complement the rolls, we’ve created a dipping sauce made with concentrated Moroccan Mint Green Tea, lime juice, and avocado. “

Recipe courtesy of Leaf and Ardor.

This recipe is pareve (dairy free) and gluten-free

Ingredients

    Poaching Liquid:
  • ½ cup Leaf & Ardor Tea Co. loose leaf Moroccan Mint Green Tea (note: USA-grown, organic peppermint and spearmint in all their mint blends)
  • 8 cups filtered water
  • 1 peeled, coarsely chopped shallot
  • ½ cup cilantro stems (and clean roots if available)
  • 1/3 cup peeled, coarsely chopped ginger
  • 2 teaspoons soy or tamari sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ lb salmon (skin removed)
  • Salmon Cucumber Roll:
  • Approximately 16 pieces of poached salmon
  • 16 or more cucumber slices (about 3 - 4 inches long), thinly sliced with a mandolin
  • 3 scallions, thinly julienned into 1 ½ inch-long pieces
  • 1 mango, julienned into sixteen 1 ½ inch-long pieces
  • 8 shiitake mushrooms, cut into thin strips
  • 16 cilantro leaf clusters
  • Avocado Dipping Sauce:
  • ½ cup ripe, mashed/pureed avocado
  • ½ cup Leaf & Ardor steeped Moroccan Mint Green Tea
  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt to taste

Instructions

    Poaching:
  1. Steep ½ cup Leaf & Ardor Moroccan Mint Green Tea for 10 minutes in 2 cups of below-boiling water (175?). Set aside until Step 4, when the tea is added to the poaching liquid.
  2. Cut fresh salmon into rectangular pieces, approximately 1½” x ½”.
  3. To a large saucepan add 6 cups water and a large tea infuser containing the shallots, cilantro, and ginger. Simmer on medium heat for 10 minutes. Turn heat to low allowing the mixture to cool.
  4. Add 1 ½ cups of Moroccan Mint Green Tea, salt, and soy or tamari sauce. (Set aside remaining tea to use in dipping sauce).
  5. Add salmon and poach on low heat for 2 – 4 minutes.
  6. Salmon Cucumber Roll:
  7. Roast the shiitake slices with a drizzle of olive oil at 375? for 10 minutes or until crisp. Add salt to taste and allow to cool.
  8. Onto one end of a thin cucumber slice, add all ingredients: salmon, mango, scallions, cilantro leaves, and roasted shiitake mushrooms.
  9. Roll and secure with a toothpick.
  10. Avocado Dipping Sauce:
  11. To the pureed avocado, whisk in the lime juice and tea.
  12. Serve with a fresh mint garnish.
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