Parsley, Red Onion and Pomegranate Salad

Parsly, Red Onion and Pomegranate Salad

1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
½ teaspoon sugar
½ teaspoon ground sumac
Kosher salt

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1 teaspoon pomegranate molasses or ½ tsp. honey
2 cups (lightly packed) fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves with tender stems
¼ cup pomegranate seeds

Toss onion, sugar, and sumac in a medium bowl; season with salt and let sit 30 minutes. Add oil, vinegar, and pomegranate molasses and toss to combine; let sit 5 minutes.

Just before serving, toss in parsley and pomegranate seeds; season with salt. Could add crumbled feta as well.

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Grill Lamb Pita Burgers

Grilled Lamb Pita Burgers

½ pound ground lamb, preferably shoulder
¼ medium onion, very finely chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
¼ cup crumbled feta
1 tsp ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
pinch ground cinnamon
½ teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 Tbsp cup olive oil, plus more for grilling

2-4 thick medium pita breads with pockets

Using a fork, mix lamb, feta, onion, parsley, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper, and oil in a large bowl. Cover and chill at least 1 hour.

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Hot Sauce

A Saveur recipe, modified by Merl and sent by Sharon.

1 lb. mixed medium-to-hot fresh chiles, stemmed and seeded if very hot (Merl recommends 1/2 jalapeños and 1/2 serranos; Saveur recommends red peppers like fresno, holland, or cayenne)
3 garlic cloves, peeled
1.5 tbsp. or more kosher salt, to taste
1/2 cup or more distilled white vinegar to taste

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Menu for week of Sep 12

Fried Eggplant

Sat: Fried eggplant with tomato sauce
Sun: Steak w/ tomato shallot vinaigrette salad and grilled corn
Mon: eggplant parm
Tue: white bean ragout
Wed: Composed Niçoise Salad

Corn, Chili, and Cheese Salad

Grilled Corn Salad

Easy and delicious Bon Appetit recipe. Also keeps well in the fridge for several days and, in some ways, improves over time.

4 ears of corn, husked
1 large shallot, thinly sliced into rings
1 red chile (BA recommends Holland or Fresno, but a Jalapeño will do), optionally deseeded, thinly sliced into rings
¼ cup fresh lime juice
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 oz. fresh Cotija cheese or queso fresco, crumbled
¼ cup cilantro leaves with tender stems

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Corn Fritters

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2 large eggs
¼ cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan
½ teaspoon kosher salt, plus more
2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears' worth)
2 scalliona, thinly sliced
1 jalapeño, seeded, finely chopped

2 tablespoons vegetable oil for frying

Sour cream and lime wedges (for serving)

In a food processor, pulse eggs to blend. Add flour, Parmesan, and ½ tsp. kosher salt and pulse until combined. Add corn, scallion, and jalapeño; pulse 3-5 times until a consistent, oatmeal-y texture.

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Green Gazpacho

Green Gazpacho

A really nice alternative summer gazpacho. If you don't like vinegar as much as I do, feel free to reduce the vinegar and/or lime juice proportions to taste. Courtesy of Bon Appetit.

¼ cup white wine vinegar
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice (about 1 lime)
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, plus an optional ½ cup or serving
½ cup olive oil, plus more for drizzling
4 oz. ciabatta or country-style bread, crust removed, bread torn into 1” pieces (about 2½ cups)

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Tomatina

Tomatina

2 tbsp Tanqueray No. 10 Gin
1 tbsp Amontillado Sherry
1 tbsp tomato juice
Juice of half a lemon
A few dashes Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Tabasco
Pinch celery salt
Salt and pepper to rim the glass
Slice of lemon and a cherry tomato to garnish

Shake all ingredients with ice, rolling to combine.

Rim martini glass with salt and pepper.

Strain the cocktail into the prepared glass. Garnish with a small slice of lemon and a cherry tomato.

Via http://www.supergoldenbakes.com/2014/08/cocktail-friday-la-tomatina.html

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Falafelesque Fritters

Falafel Fritters

I found this recipe on the internet. It was easy to make and pretty tasty. Also, I would imagine you can use almost any green, making this a relatively healthy year-round dish.

4 cups stemmed and torn collard greens or swiss chard (about 1/4 lb or 1 bunch)
1 15.5 ounce can chickpeas, rinsed and drained (or about 2/3 cup dry beans, soaked and cooked)
3 medium to large cloves garlic, chopped
2 Tbsp tahini
Juice of half a lemon
1/4 tsp cumin
1/4 salt
1/4 black pepper

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Menu for week of July 28

Cold Soba Noodles

Mon: Sushi with Sunomono and Seaweed Salad
Tues: Cold Soba Noodle Salad with Pork Dumplings
Wed: Tamarind Steak with rice and cucumber sunomono
Thus: Out
Fri: Thai Beef Salad with Leftover tamarind steak

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