This is an absolutely incredible vegetarian stew. Traditionally, this dish is made with lamb or beef, but the author described this version as just as savory without the meat. I absolutely loved it. ❤
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Andy Baraghani. I substituted American globe eggplant for the smaller Japanese eggplant and incorporated Campari tomatoes. I also used fresh lime juice instead of dried black limes. We ate the stew over brown Basmati rice with warm naan on the side. Wow. 🙂
- 8–9+ T vegetable oil, divided (I used canola oil)
- 2 globe eggplants (about 2 lbs), peeled, cut into 1-inch rounds OR 6 small Japanese eggplants (about 2 lbs), peeled, halved lengthwise
- Kosher salt
- 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
- 1 tsp ground turmeric
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- freshly ground black pepper
- 4 T double-concentrated tomato paste
- 10 Campari tomatoes, cut into eighths OR 3 medium tomatoes (about 1 lb), seeds removed, coarsely chopped
- 2 cups stock (can substitute water)
- 3 to 4 cups water
- 3 lemon omani (dried black limes) or 2 T fresh lime juice (see Note)
- cooked basmati rice, parsley leaves, plain yogurt, and flatbread, for serving (I served brown Basmati rice, Greek yogurt & warm naan)
- Heat 6 tablespoons of oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high.
- Working in batches, cook eggplant in a single layer, adding another tablespoon of oil if pan looks dry, until deeply browned, about 3 minutes per side.
- Transfer to a paper towel-lined rimmed baking sheet; season with coarse salt. (I added an additional 4 tablespoons of oil to cook the second batch of globe eggplant slices.)
- Add 2 tablespoons of oil to same pot and cook onion over medium to medium-high, stirring occasionally, until softened and browned around the edges, 8 to10 minutes.
- Sprinkle turmeric and cinnamon over and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds.
- Stir in tomato paste and cook, stirring, until slightly darkened in color, about 2 minutes.
- Add tomatoes; cook, still stirring, until tomatoes have burst and mixture is very thick, 5 to 9 minutes.
- Nestle eggplant into sauce and season lightly with salt.
- Pour in stock and 3 cups of water; bring to a simmer.
- Pierce dried lemon omani with a paring knife and add to pot. (If using lime juice instead, add when dish is finished cooking.)
- Cook, gently stirring occasionally, until thickened and eggplant is almost creamy in texture, 40–50+ minutes. (I cooked mine significantly longer to achieve my desired thickness.)
- Divide rice among bowls; ladle stew over. (I served the stew over brown Basmati rice.)
- Top with parsley and yogurt and serve with flatbread. (I served it with warm naan.)
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Tags: Campari, cinnamon, dinner, dried limes, eggplant, globe eggplant, Japanese eggplant, khoresh bademjan, lemon omani, lime juice, Persian, rice, stew, tomatoes, turmeric, vegetarian
I have an overwhelming collection of tahdig recipes. I have always wanted to make this Persian rice dish!
The dish is named for the crispy layer of rice that forms at the bottom of the pot is known as tahdig, which means “bottom of the pot.” This version also has thinly sliced potatoes in the crispy layer. This was my first attempt, and although delicious, it was a little bit too crispy and dark on the top. I modified the cooking times in the recipe below.
This recipe is from Antoni in the Kitchen by Antoni Porowski. I used Yukon gold potatoes and seasoned the finished dish with sprinkled sumac.
Yield: Serves 8 as a side dish
- 2 cups white Basmati rice
- Kosher salt
- 1/4 tsp crumbled saffron threads
- 4 T (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, divided
- 3/4 tsp ground turmeric
- 1 small Russet or 1-2 small Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/16-inch thick
- 1 T coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 1 T dried cranberries, coarsely chopped, optional
- sumac, for sprinkling, optional
- Place the rice in a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon salt and cold water to cover by 1 inch; stir. Let stand for 30 minutes.
- Drain the rice in a strainer and rinse under cold water until the water runs clear.
- Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine the saffron with 1 tablespoon of hot water; set aside.
- Place the rice in a large saucepan. Add 8 cups water and 2 tablespoons salt and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until the rice is slightly softened on the outside, 3 to 4 minutes.
- Drain the rice in a sieve and rinse under cold running water, then shake well to remove excess water. Set aside.
- Cut out a round of parchment paper to cover the bottom of a 10-inch wide or other wide heavy pot with a lid, such as a Dutch oven. (I used a 10-inch enameled cast iron Dutch oven.) Line the pan with the parchment round.
- Add 2 tablespoons of butter to the pot and melt over medium-low heat, then remove from the heat and stir in the turmeric and 1/4 teaspoon salt.
- Arrange the potatoes, overlapping, on the bottom of the pan.
- Add the rice and 1/4 teaspoons salt to the bowl with the saffron water and gently stir to combine.
- Spoon the rice on top of the sliced potatoes (do not press or pack down). Using a fork, gently spread the rice in an even layer.
- Cook, uncovered, over medium or medium-low heat, until the mixture is fragrant, about 7 to 10 minutes. (I cooked it for 10 minutes over medium heat but would reduce the time to 7 minutes next time- possibly over medium-low heat.)
- Wrap a clean dishcloth or flour sack towel around the lid and tightly cover the pan, folding the cloth over the edges of the lid.
- Reduce the lowest possibly setting and cook, undisturbed, until the potatoes are crisp (you can peek by lifting up the mixture at an edge or two with a large serving spoon), 1 1/2 hours to 1 3/4 hours.
- Uncover and dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons butter.
- Remove the pan from the heat. Invert the dish onto a serving plate, then lift off and discard the parchment paper.
- Sprinkle with the parsley, cranberries, and sumac, as desired.
Posted in Recipes, Sides, Vegetarian
Tags: Basmati, dried cranberries, Persian, potatoes, rice, saffron, side, side dish, sumac, tahdig, turmeric, vegetarian, yukon gold
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I have another rotisserie chicken dish to share. Rotisserie chicken meat is used as a shortcut to prepare this delicious Middle Eastern dish. I also used store-bought pita chips in the topping. It was very quick to pull together on a weeknight- fast, crowd-pleasing comfort food. 🙂
The topping was the absolute highlight. Quite often, the bread is layered in the base of this dish. This adaptation reverses the sequence in which the finished dish is plated so that the bread and nuts provide a crispy contrast to the brothy base. Great.
The recipe was adapted from everylittlecrumb.com. I used fresh herbs and pita chips in the topping. I also modified the method and proportions and made the lemon-garlic-yogurt sauce ahead of time to heighten the flavors.
Chickpeas and/or roasted eggplant cubes can be substituted for the shredded chicken to make a vegetarian version.
Yield: Serves 6
For the Chicken & Rice:
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skin and bones removed, meat shredded
- 4 cups chicken stock, divided
- 1 cup white rice (I used Aahu Barah Basmati rice)
For the Topping:
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 2 loaves pita bread, cut into cubes (can substitute store-bought pita chips)
- 2 cups yogurt (I used a combination of whole milk yogurt and fat-free Greek yogurt)
- 2 large garlic cloves, crushed with a garlic press
- 3/4 tsp coarse salt
- freshly squeezed lemon juice from 1/2 lemon, or more, to taste
- 1/4 cup pine nuts or almond slivers, toasted
- 3 to 4 T chopped parsley and/or mint
- olive oil, for drizzling, optional
Prepare the chicken by shredding the rotisserie chicken meat.
In a sauté pan, warm the shredded chicken meat in 2 cups of the chicken stock; keep on low heat until serving so the chicken warms through.
- Cook the rice in the remaining 2 cups of chicken stock.
To Make the Pita Chips: Toast the pita bread in the oven by placing in a single layer on a parchment lined baking sheet, and drizzling well with olive oil and tossing to combine. Bake at 350 F for 8-10 minutes or until crispy and golden brown, and set aside. (I substituted store-bought pita chips, broken into cubes.)
Mix together the yogurt with the crushed garlic, salt, and lemon juice. Stir well to combine. (I made this in advance and kept it in the refrigerator.) Adjust the seasoning and amount of lemon juice, to taste, before serving.
Assemble by placing the rice in the base of a deep serving dish. Pour some- or all of- the chicken stock over the top, and scatter the shredded chicken evenly.
Dollop the garlic yogurt on top and smooth out, then top with the crispy pita chips.
Garnish with paprika, chopped parsley and mint, and toasted nuts. Drizzle with olive oil, if desired.
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Tags: almonds, Basmati, chicken, chickpeas, dinner, eggplant, fatteh, Greek yogurt, Middle Eastern, pine nuts, pita chips, rice, rotisserie chicken, sauce, vegetarian, yogurt
My friend has been sharing her beautiful homegrown tomatoes. Lucky me! They are more delicious than my CSA tomatoes. ❤
I try to use them in a special way and I love that this risotto uses fresh tomatoes in two ways- cooked and sliced as a colorful garnish. My homegrown basil and parsley were the icing on the cake.
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by David Tanis. I attempted to adapt the recipe to cook using my pressure cooker, as I usually do with risotto, but there wasn’t enough liquid for it to cook properly. Cooking this version in the traditional manner is the way to go. 🙂 By using boiling liquid, it was still a quick weeknight dish!
Yield: 4 servings
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Tags: Arborio, basil, carnaroli, dinner, Italian, parmesan, Parmigiano Reggiano, parsley, pecorino romano, rice, risotto, side dish, summer, tomatoes, vegetarian, white wine
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! I am planning on serving shepherd’s pie tonight, but, for those of you serving corned beef and cabbage, this quick dish will put any leftover cabbage to good use. 🙂
This recipe was adapted from The New York Times, contributed by Melissa Clark. We ate it drizzled with sriracha and additional soy sauce. I also served the leftovers with scrambled eggs instead of fried.
Yield: Serves 4 to 6
- 5 tablespoons neutral oil, such as grapeseed or sunflower, plus more as needed (I used canola oil)
- 3 slices thick-cut bacon, in 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 small bunch scallions, whites and greens separated, sliced
- 4 cups shredded cabbage (from about 1/2 small head)
- coarse salt
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- 6 cups cooked rice, white or brown, preferably day-old
- 2 ½ tablespoons fish sauce, plus more as needed
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce, plus more as needed for serving
- ½ cup kimchi, drained and chopped, plus more for serving
- ½ cup green peas (thawed, if frozen)
- fried eggs or scrambled eggs, for serving, optional
- toasted sesame oil, for drizzling, optional
- sriracha or other hot sauce, for serving, optional
- One day ahead, cook 2 cups of rice in 4 cups of water or stock. Once cool, store in the refrigerator overnight. (I used brown Basmati rice.)
- In a large nonstick skillet or wok over medium-high, heat 2 tablespoons oil until almost smoking. (I used a large 14-inch stainless steel skillet but a nonstick would have been preferable.)
- Stir in bacon, and cook, stirring constantly, until bacon is golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a heatproof bowl, leaving as much oil in the skillet as you can.
- Add scallion whites to the pan. Cook until soft, stirring frequently, 1 to 2 minutes. If the pan looks dry, drizzle in a little more oil, then stir in cabbage and a pinch of salt. Cook, continuing to stir frequently, until cabbage is soft, 2 to 4 minutes.
- Stir in garlic, and cook until fragrant, another 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to the bowl with the bacon.
- Add remaining 3 tablespoons oil to skillet and raise heat to high.
- Add rice, and a large pinch of salt, then toss thoroughly to coat with oil. Spread out rice in an even layer along the bottom (and sides if in a wok), and drizzle fish sauce and soy sauce over. Let rice sit until sizzling stops and it starts to crackle and crisp, 1 to 4 minutes. Toss, taste, and add more fish sauce or soy sauce if necessary.
- Fold in bacon mixture, kimchi and peas, then transfer to plates.
- Top with scallion greens, more kimchi to taste, and fried eggs, if using. (I served it with one fried egg per person.)
- Drizzle everything with toasted sesame oil and soy sauce, as desired, and serve immediately with hot sauce on the side.
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Tags: Asian, bacon, Basmati rice, brown Basmati rice, cabbage, dinner, eggs, fish sauce, fried eggs, fried rice, kimchi, peas, quick, rice, scallion, scrambled eggs, sesame oil, soy sauce, sriracha
I have one more butternut squash recipe to share. This creamy and hearty one-pot dish was an absolute crowd-pleaser. I used butternut squash, but this dish could also be prepared using Kabocha or acorn squash instead.
This recipe was adapted from Martha Stewart Living’s Everyday Food. I used butternut squash instead of Kabocha, substituted boneless, skinless chicken thighs for bone-in, used thyme instead of oregano, and increased the amount of garlic. I served the dish with roasted cauliflower.
Yield: Serves 6 to 8
- 3-4 T vegetable oil, divided
- 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
- coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 1 large white onion, diced medium
- 4 cups of large chunks (about 1 1/4 pounds) butternut, Kabocha, or acorn squash
- 4 large cloves garlic, minced
- 6 sprigs of thyme or oregano
- 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
- 1/4 cup dry white wine
- 3 1/2 cups chicken stock
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees, preferably on convection.
- In a large heavy pot with a tight-fitting lid, heat 3 tablespoons of oil over medium-high heat. (I used an enameled cast iron pan.)
- Pat the chicken dry and season with salt and pepper.
- In batches, cook chicken, “skin side” down, until deep golden and fat is rendered, 6 to 7 minutes. Flip and cook 1 minute more. Transfer chicken to a plate.
- Reduce heat to medium and add remaining tablespoon oil, if needed, to pot. (I didn’t add additional oil and used the chicken drippings in the pot instead.)
- Add onion and squash and cook until onion is translucent, 8 minutes.
- Add garlic and thyme/oregano and cook until fragrant, 30 seconds.
- Add rice and cook, stirring, until opaque, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add wine and cook, stirring, until completely evaporated, 1 to 2 minutes.
- Add broth, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; stir to incorporate. Then return the chicken to the pot, “skin side up.”
- Bring to a boil; cover, transfer to oven, and cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, 25 minutes.
- Let sit, covered, 10 minutes. Serve.
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Tags: acorn squash, arborio rice, baked risotto, boneless skinless chicken thighs, butternut squash, chicken, chicken thighs, dinner, kabocha squash, one-pot, rice, risotto, squash
Enough sweet treats! Now I am going to start sharing several comfort food dishes.
I could eat soup every night in cold weather. The starches released by cooking the rice in the stock thickened the base of this dish. The resulting soup tasted hearty and rich.
This recipe was adapted from Bon Appétit, contributed by Kat Boytsova. I modified the proportions, replaced most of the water with stock, and used olive oil, Italian carnaroli rice, and added parmesan rind.
The garlicky chile oil topping, which I doubled (it was recommended to have leftovers!), made this wonderful soup extra special. We ate it with a sourdough baguette and green salad.
Yield: 4 to 6 servings
- To Prep Ingredients: Peel and finely chop 1 onion. Peel and thinly slice the garlic cloves. Rinse rice in a fine-mesh sieve until water runs clear.
- To Make the Garlic-Chile Oil: (I made a double batch.) Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium. Add garlic and cook, swirling pan often, until golden brown, 3–5 minutes; the garlic will continue to cook and darken slightly after it’s off the heat, so be conservative here. Transfer to a small heatproof bowl, leaving 1 T garlic oil in pot. Stir the crushed red pepper flakes into garlic oil in bowl; set aside.
- To Make the Soup: Add the chopped onion to the 1 T of garlic oil that remains in the in saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent and beginning to take on some color, about 5 minutes.
- Pour in stock and water and stir to combine.
- Stir in rice, chicken thighs, 1 tsp salt, and parmesan rind, if using. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and bring to a gentle simmer. Simmer, uncovered, until chicken is cooked through, about 10 to 20 minutes, or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
- Using tongs, transfer chicken to a plate and let sit until cool enough to handle. Shred meat with two forks. Continue to simmer soup while you’re prepping the rest of your ingredients (this will concentrate the flavor of the broth).
- Strip kale leaves off of thick center ribs, discarding ribs. Rinse kale thoroughly in cold water, shake off excess water, then thinly slice leaves crosswise.
- Add kale and shredded chicken to pot. Continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until kale is bright green and chicken is warmed through, about 4 minutes.
- Remove pot from heat. Squeeze in lemon juice (being careful not to let any seeds fall in), season with 1 to 2 tsp salt, or more to taste, and stir to combine.
- Divide soup among bowls. Drizzle with reserved garlic-chile oil. Garnish with dill sprigs and a few grinds of black pepper.
Posted in Chicken (Poultry), Greens, Recipes, Soups, Stews, & Chowders
Tags: Arborio, boneless skinless chicken thighs, carnaroli, chicken, chicken thighs, Chile oil, dill, dinner, garlic oil, kale, red pepper flakes, rice, soup, Tuscan kale
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