This is an incredibly full-flavored one-pan dish. I made it when my mom was visiting because she is such a fan of shrimp. She loved it! 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Ali Slagle. Fast and fabulous.
- 1 pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, patted dry
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon zest plus 1 tablespoon juice (from 1 lemon)
- 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 4 garlic cloves, minced, divided
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup orzo
- ⅓ cup dry white wine
- 2 cups boiling water, seafood stock, or chicken stock
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- In a medium bowl, stir together the shrimp, 1 tablespoon olive oil, the lemon zest, red-pepper flakes, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and half the garlic. Set aside to marinate (this step can be done up to 1 hour in advance).
- To a medium skillet, add the butter, the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and remaining minced garlic; heat over medium.
- When the butter starts to bubble, add the orzo and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook, stirring often, until the orzo is toasted, about 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent the garlic from burning.
- Carefully add the wine (it will bubble) and stir until absorbed, about 1 minute.
- Stir in the water or stock, reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until the orzo is al dente, about 12 to 16 minutes.
- Add the shrimp in a snug, even layer on top of the orzo, cover, and cook until all the shrimp is pink and cooked through, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit, covered, 2 minutes.
- Sprinkle with parsley and lemon juice, season to taste with salt and pepper and serve immediately.
Posted in Quick, Recipes, Seafood, Shrimp
Tags: dinner, fast, Italian, lemon, one pan, orzo, pasta, quick, seafood, shrimp, wine
This is a great dish to make with wonderful September tomatoes. I used a blend of my CSA tomatoes with grape as well as Campari tomatoes. It may possibly be my daughter’s (and even my husband’s!) dream salad- loaded with tomatoes, cucumbers, sourdough and fried cheese?!?! It was well received. 🙂
The recipe was inspired by a Greek horiatiki salad and is also similar to an Italian panzanella. Incorporating halloumi cheese makes it hearty enough to serve as a vegetarian main course. This recipe is from The New York Times, contributed by Julia Moskin.
Yield: 6 to 8 as an appetizer or side, 4 to 6 as a main course
For the Croutons:
- 1 pound slightly stale sourdough or country bread, thickly sliced
- 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- Kosher salt
For the Salad:
- 4 to 5 cups cucumber chunks, preferably thin-skinned, such as Kirby or Persian
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 to 3 pounds cherry tomatoes, halved, or ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into chunks (I used a blend of orange cherry, grape, and Campari tomatoes)
- 8 to 12 ounces halloumi cheese
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/2 cup excellent quality extra-virgin olive oil, plus more as needed
- 2 T thinly sliced red onion or scallions, plus more to taste
- 2 to 3 T coarsely chopped fresh mint or basil
- 2 T red wine vinegar, plus more as needed
To Make the Croutons:
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut each slice of bread into 1-inch-wide strips. Tear each strip into 1-inch pieces, removing the crust as you go if it is very thick.
- Transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet (or use 2 sheets, if necessary to prevent crowding). Drizzle with olive oil and toss until evenly coated.
- Bake until golden brown and crunchy on the outside, 10 to 20 minutes, rotating the baking sheet and turning the croutons halfway through so they brown evenly, and checking them every few minutes. (I baked mine for 12 minutes on convection.)
- Taste and adjust the seasoning with a light sprinkling of salt, if needed. Let cool on the baking sheet.
To Make the Salad:
- In a colander in the sink, toss the cucumbers with about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Place a bag of ice cubes or an ice pack on top to chill and firm the cucumbers. Let drain while you prepare the other ingredients.
- In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes with about 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss and set aside while you prepare the other ingredients.
- Slice the halloumi about 1/4-inch thick, then cut into bite-size strips.
- Smash and peel the garlic cloves and combine with 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil in a measuring cup to steep.
- Pour off excess liquid from the bowl holding the tomatoes. Add drained cucumbers, red onion or scallions, fresh herbs and 2 tablespoons vinegar to tomatoes and toss well.
- Remove and discard the garlic cloves from the extra-virgin olive oil, add the oil to tomatoes and mix well. (If desired, the salad can be made up until this point and refrigerated for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Drain off excess liquid in the bottom of the bowl before proceeding.)
- When ready to serve, add about half the croutons to the salad and toss so they can absorb the liquid.
- Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt, pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and vinegar.
- Cook the halloumi: Line a plate with paper towels and lightly coat a nonstick skillet with extra-virgin olive oil. Heat oil over medium-high until rippling. Working in batches, cook the halloumi strips on both sides until golden-brown and crusty, about 1 minute per side. Remove to the plate to drain.
- Taste and add more croutons to salad as desired. (If there are too many, the salad will be starchy; too few, and it will be wet.)
- At the last minute, toss in the halloumi, mix gently and serve immediately. (If desired, transfer to a clean bowl or platter for serving.)
Posted in Appetizers, Quick, Salads & Dressings, Sides, Vegetarian
Tags: appetizer, basil, croutons, cucumbers, dinner, Greek, halloumi, horiatiki, Italian, Kirby, lunch, panzanella, Persian, quick, salad, side, side dish, sourdough, summer, tomatoes
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This wonderful dish was lemony and rich with burrata. I must confess that the “burrata hack” I shared in my last post was not a true match to the real thing.
This recipe was adapted from Bringing it Home: Favorite Recipes from a Life of Adventurous Eating by Gail Simmons with Mindy Fox. I increased the garlic and decreased (gasp!) the burrata.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- Kosher salt
- 1 pound dried orecchiette (can substitute fusilli, cavatelli, gemelli, or conchiglie)
- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 T unsalted butter
- 4 large garlic cloves, very thinly sliced
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- 1 pound (about 1 large or 2 small bunches) Swiss chard, leaves sliced into 2-inch pieces, ribs and stems thinly sliced crosswise
- freshly grated zest from 3-4 lemons
- 3 T fresh lemon juice
- 3 T freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
- 8 oz burrata cheese
- 1/2 cup torn or sliced basil leaves
- coarsely ground black pepper
- In a large saucepan of well-salted boiling water, cook the pasta until al dente.
- Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the oil and butter over medium heat until the butter is melted.
- Add the garlic, pepper flakes, and 3/4 tsp salt. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the garlic is fragrant and golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
- Add half of the chard leaves and stems and continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the greens are wilted.
- Add the remaining chard leaves and stems, the lemon zest, and the lemon juice. Cook, stirring, until all of the chard is just wilted. Remove the pan from the heat.
- Reserving 1 cup of the cooking water, drain the pasta. Return the pasta to the pot.
- Add the chard to the pasta along with the reserved pasta water; cook over medium heat, stirring, for 30 seconds.
- Adjust the seasoning, to taste.
- Place in a serving dish and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
- Cut the burrata into chunks.
- Top the pasta with the burrata and sprinkle with the basil leaves. Additional lemon zest can be added as well, if desired. Serve.
Posted in Greens, Pasta, Recipes, Vegetarian
Tags: basil, burrata, chard, conchiglie, dinner, fusilli, Gail Simmons, gemelli, Italian, lemon, orecchiette, Parmigiano Reggiano, pasta, vegetarian
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We gobbled up the original version of this classic Italian dish when it was published in Bon Appétit. I had to try this summery version of the same dish. It was absolutely incredible.
This recipe was adapted from Half Baked Harvest.com. I used boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts, increased the amount of garlic, and substituted ciliegine mozzarella balls for the burrata. It is an amazing adaptation of the original recipe.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- 6 cloves garlic, grated
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 cup fresh basil, approximately, divided
- 10 thin slices prosciutto
- 3 large eggs, beaten
- 2 cups Panko bread crumbs
- 2 cups cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
- 3 T extra virgin olive oil, plus more for cooking
- 2 T balsamic vinegar
- 2 T fresh thyme leaves, optional
- zest of 1 lemon, optional
- 4 oz ciliegine mozzarella balls or 3 balls burrata cheese, torn
- Working one at a time, place the chicken thighs between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Pound to achieve even thickness.
- Place the eggs and Panko in separate shallow bowls. (I used glass pie dishes.)
- Rub the chicken with garlic (1 clove per chicken thigh) and season with salt and pepper.
- One at a time, press 2 basil leaves on top of each chicken thigh.
- Wrap 2 pieces (1 1/2 pieces if small) of prosciutto around each cutlet to secure the basil.
- Dredge both sides of the chicken through the egg and then through the Panko, pressing gently to adhere. Place the chicken on a plate.
- Make the marinated tomatoes: In a bowl, toss together the tomatoes, 3 tablespoons olive oil, the balsamic vinegar, 1/2 cup fresh basil (chiffonade), and a pinch of salt, as well as the thyme and lemon zest, if using. (I omitted the thyme and lemon zest.) Add the cheese, if using ciliegine. Toss to combine. Set aside.
- Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large skillet over medium-high.
- When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and cook until the bottom side is golden brown, about 3-4 minutes.
- Carefully flip the chicken and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 3-4 minutes.
- Transfer to a plate and lightly season with salt.
- Serve the chicken warm topped with the mozzarella/burrata and marinated tomatoes.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Recipes
Tags: balsamic vinegar, basil, boneless skinless chicken thighs, burrata, caprese, chicken, chicken thighs, ciliegine, dinner, Italian, mozzarella, panko, prosciutto, saltimbocca, summer
I have several weeknight chicken dishes to share. I’m starting with this classic Italian dish.
This is a home-cooked version of an incredible restaurant dish, substituting chicken for veal. Saltimbocca translates to “jumps in your mouth,” the perfect description for this amazingly flavorful prosciutto and sage wrapped meat.
The recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Aaron Crowder, Katie Jackson, and Nick Perkins. I substituted chicken thighs for chicken breasts and used a combination of parsley and cilantro instead of fresh mint. We ate it with sautéed broccoli rabe and roasted potatoes. The chicken was crispy on the outside and moist and tender on the inside. Delicious!
Yield: Serves 4
4 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 2 (8oz) skinless, boneless chicken breasts
3 large eggs, beaten to blend
2 cups panko
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
8 sage leaves
4 to 8 thin slices prosciutto (enough to wrap the chicken)
2 cups vegetable oil
4 scallions, very thinly sliced on a diagonal
8 oz sugar snap peas, strings removed, thinly sliced
1/4 to 1/2 cup parsley, cilantro, and/or mint leaves, torn if large
2 tsp finely grated lemon zest
1 T fresh lemon juice
1 T extra-virgin olive oil
flaky sea salt
lemon wedges, for serving
- If using chicken thighs, place a thigh on a cutting board between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Gently pound as thin as possible without tearing the meat, about 1/4-inch thick. Repeat with remaining thighs. (If using chicken breasts, place a chicken breast on a cutting board. Holding a knife parallel to board and working along a long side, cut through center of breast until you are ½” from the other side. Open like a book and place butterflied breast between 2 sheets of plastic wrap. Gently pound as thin as possible without tearing meat—about 1/4″ thick and 8″ wide is ideal. Repeat with remaining breast.)
- Place eggs, panko, and flour in separate shallow bowls (cake pans or pie plates work great).
- Season meat lightly with kosher salt.
- Working with 1 piece of chicken at a time, press 2 sage leaves onto both sides of meat.
- Wrap 2 pieces of prosciutto around each cutlet to make a belt that holds in the sage. (I used about 2 1/2 pieces per thigh.)
- Dredge in flour, shaking off excess.
- Dip in eggs, letting excess drip back into bowl.
- Coat in panko, pressing lightly to help it adhere, then shaking off excess.
- Place cutlets on a rimmed baking sheet.
- Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high until very hot (an instant-read thermometer should register 350°–375°).
- Carefully lower 1 breast along the side of the skillet closest to you and let it slide into oil so it’s lying flat. (I cooked 2 thighs at a time.) Swirl oil in skillet carefully so that cutlet is submerged and cook just until bottom side is golden brown, about 2 minutes.
- Using tongs, carefully turn and cook until golden brown on the other side, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack; season with kosher salt. Let sit 5 minutes. Repeat with remaining meat.
- Toss scallions, peas, herbs, lemon zest and juice, and olive oil in a medium bowl; season with kosher salt.
- Arrange chicken on a platter and top with pea salad. Sprinkle with sea salt; serve with lemons.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Pork, Recipes
Tags: boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken, chicken breasts, chicken thighs, cilantro, cutlets, dinner, Italian, lemon, mint, panko, parsley, prosciutto, sage, saltimbocca, sugar snap peas
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mom’s out there! ❤ I have a moment to share a recipe with you while my husband is making our celebratory pancake breakfast. 🙂
This is another dish from Food and Wine magazine’s 40th Anniversary Special Edition titled “Our 40 Best-Ever Recipes.” I’ve already made it twice because my son is obsessed! 😉
The recipe for this quick, easy and very tasty dish was adapted from British cookbook author Nigel Slater. I used a combination of sweet and hot Italian sausages. Fabulous!
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- Cook the pasta in a large pot of boiling salted water until al dente; drain.
- Meanwhile, heat the olive oil in a large, deep skillet. Add the sausage meat and brown over moderately high heat, about 5 minutes.
- Add the wine and simmer, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom, until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Add the cream, mustard and crushed red pepper and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Remove the skillet from the heat, add the pasta and basil and toss to coat. Serve at once.
Posted in Pasta, Pork, Quick, Recipes
Tags: basil, cream, grainy mustard, hot Italian pork sausage, Italian, Italian sausage, mustard, Nigel Slater, penne, pork sausage, rigatoni, sausage, shells, sweet Italian pork sausage, white wine, whole grain mustard
Happy Easter! I made this sweet and tender orange-scented bread to serve for breakfast with our hard-boiled Easter eggs. The texture was similar to panettone without the dried fruit.
As an aside, I have to share a photo of my Easter cat with his catnip carrot. ❤ We are all very festive in my house!
Because I live in fear of overbaking my sweets, I was disappointed that this loaf was slightly overdone after I had already significantly reduced the baking time in the original recipe. Don’t worry! We still gobbled it up, but, I modified the recipe below. The sweet orange glaze made it a crowd-pleaser.
This recipe was adapted from King Arthur Flour. I weighed all of the dry ingredients and used vanilla and orange extract instead of Fiori di Sicilia. I also reduced the baking time and tented the loaf during baking. Pretty.
Yield: One 10-inch round loaf
- To make the bread: Mix together the starter ingredients, cover the bowl, and let rest at room temperature overnight, or for up to 15 hours.
- Next day, combine the bubbly starter with all the remaining dough ingredients. Mix and knead, using a mixer or bread machine, until the dough is elastic and satiny. We don’t recommend preparing this dough by hand, as it’s quite sticky and challenging to bring together. (I used the beater until the dough came together and the dough hook for about 7 minutes on medium speed to knead the dough.)
- Grease a large bowl and let the dough rise for 1 to 2 hours, until it’s noticeably puffy. (I used a proofing oven.)
- Turn the dough out onto a lightly greased surface, divide it into three pieces, and shape each piece into an 18″-long rope. Braid the ropes together, and connect the two ends to form a wreath.
- Cover the wreath and allow it to rise until puffy, about 1 to 2 hours. Towards the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 375°F, preferably on convection.
- Bake the wreath for 10-15 minutes, then tent the loaf with aluminum foil and reduce the oven heat to 350°F and bake for an additional 8-15 minutes. The finished loaf will be golden brown, and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center will register at least 190°F. (I baked it at 375°F for 15 minutes, and 350°F for 10 minutes and the internal temperature of the loaf was 205°F.)
- Remove the wreath from the oven, and transfer it to a rack to cool.
- To make the glaze: Stir together the sugar and 2 tablespoons of the milk or orange juice. Add more liquid 1/4 teaspoon at a time, until the glaze is thin and pourable.
- Drizzle the glaze onto the cooled braid, then decorate with sprinkles, if desired.
Posted in Baking, Bread, Coffee Cake, Holiday, Recipes, The Piggy Pancake (Breakfast)
Tags: braided, bread, breakfast, brioche, challah, Easter, egg, Italian, orange, orange extract, panettone, sweet, vanilla, wreath, yeast