Risotto is rich and comforting. This is delicious on it’s own or topped with vegetables. It reheats well in the oven so it’s worth making a full batch even if you don’t need that much. Continue reading
Stuffed dates create a big bang for the buck in terms of time investment. They take roughly 10 minutes from start to finish, but taste much more complex. I made these in 2 versions – 1 version used goat cheese and the second version used non-dairy cream cheese to accommodate someone with a dairy sensitivity. Either one works so use whichever you’d like.
Pistachios give a savoriness to the dates to counterbalance their sweetness. Pecans could be substituted, but the saltiness of the pistachios does seem to elevate the final product.
Alfredo gets a flavor boost with the addition of goat cheese and roasted red peppers. This recipe makes a large batch of sauce; I had about 1 1/2 cups left over. I stored it in the fridge and used it later the same week to make an additional batch of pasta.
When you need a one pot dish that’s ready in less than half an hour, this makes a great candidate. The ingredients are fairly flexible. I’ve made this with both chard and spinach with equally good results. Spinach gives a more mild flavor than the kale and chard is a much sharper green flavor.
You can also use canned tomatoes with other flavors mixed in if that’s what you have you have on hand. If you don’t have gnocchi, cook a box of pasta and stir it in – rotini works quite well.
Jalapenos seem to vary in spiciness from one pepper to the next so adjust the number you use (and whether you keep the seeds) to your own heat preferences.
The addition of liquid smoke and the breadcrumb topping make the flavor and texture more realistic to fried jalapeno poppers. It will seem like a lot of topping when you mix it up, but put it all on – it really helps with the flavor.
These cheese sticks help hit the spot when I’m craving something savory and indulgant. I normally use low-fat cheese sticks which seem to work just as well in this recipe. These aren’t quite the same as fried cheese sticks, but they are pretty close and definitely worth the calorie trade-off. The key is to freeze the string cheese before coating and baking so that it doesn’t melt into a pile of goo.
These purses are 1-2 bite appetizers that can have a variety of fillings as long as they are fairly dry. They can be made several hours ahead of time and served cold, warm, or room temperature. Make sure to follow the directions for working with filo dough because it’s fragile and dries out very quickly.
The Cabot Vermont Sharp cheddar really made this dish. I’ve tried with other cheeses and, while still outstanding, it isn’t quite as good.