Taco Pizza

This recipe comes from Eating Well with a few minor tweaks. I found that 1/2 c a water was not adequate to bring the dough together so I added another 1/2 c. I also added a few more ingredients to the vegetarian delight!

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 c masa harina
  • ½ c sliced scallions
  • ½ – 1 c water
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 can black beans, heated and mashed
  • 1 c shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 2 c shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 medium ripe avocado, thinly sliced
  • ¼ c slivered red onion
  • ½ c pico de gallo or fresh salsa
  • 1/4 c crema
  • Sliced olives

Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat to 400°F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Beat eggs in a medium bowl.

Mix in masa, scallions, water, chili powder, garlic powder and salt. Spread evenly on the prepared baking sheet into a 9-by-11-inch oval. Bake the crust until lightly browned, about 10 minutes.

Spread beans on the crust and sprinkle with cheese. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 5 minutes more. Top the pizza with romaine, avocado, onion, pico de gallo, olives and cilantro. Drizzle with crema.

Serves 4.

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Asparagus Puff

This is from Patricia Wells The Provence Cookbook – it’s perfect for lunch or a light dinner.

  • 1 lb asparagus, cut into 1/2 inch pieces, lightly steamed
  • 4 oz Pancetta, cooked crispy and drained
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 c whole milk
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425.

Butter the inside of a 10 inch round dish.

Whisk eggs and milk, season with salt and pepper, add asparagus and pour 1/2 in the round dish. Sprinkle Pancetta over eggs, pour remaining egg mixture.

Bake for 40 – 50 minutes until set and golden on top.

Cut into wedges and serve.

Serves 6.

Lobster in Cream

This elegant dish is so easy you won’t believe it!

  • 2 lobster tails, shell on, cut down the middle
  • 1 c heavy cream
  • Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425.

Place lobster in a shallow baking dish. Pour cream into tail, season with salt and pepper. Bake 15 – 20 min until the shell is pink and cooked through.

Divide among shallow bowls, pour cream over and serve.

Spicy Chickpeas with Runny Eggs and Proscuitto

This is a great weeknight meal – it comes together quickly and tastes wonderful.

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 sprig rosemary (optional)
  • 1 15-oz. can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. tomato paste
  • 1 Tbsp sweet smoked paprika
  • 1 c heavy cream or almond cream
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 thin slices of prosciutto

Heat oil in a medium skillet over medium. Cook garlic and rosemary, tossing, until garlic is golden brown and rosemary crisps up slightly but isn’t browned, about 30 seconds for rosemary and 2 minutes for garlic. Add chickpeas, tomatoes, tomato paste, and paprika to skillet and cook, stirring often, about 10 minute. Mix in cream, season with salt and lots of pepper, and bring to a simmer. Crack eggs into chickpea mixture and season them with kosher salt. Cover and cook until white parts of eggs are set but yolks are still runny, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and drape prosciutto around eggs.

Serves 2.

Classic Skillet Cornbread

This is from Bon Appetite – it goes great with beef chili.

  • 2 1/2 c course ground cornmeal
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 2/3 c buttermilk
  • 2 tbsp butter

Preheat oven to 375.

Place a 10 inch cast iron skillet in the oven with the butter and melt.

Whisk together dry ingredients. Whisk together wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry and whisk into skillet.

Bake until golden 25 – 30 minutes. Let cook 5 minutes before cutting.

Serve with honey and butter.

Serves 6 – 8.

Crepes with Mushrooms

This recipe is from F&W – it’s a bit of work, and so worth it! The cream sauce is amazing!

FILLING:

  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 lb wild mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 garlic clove

• 1 tbsp chopped parsley

  • Salt & Pepper

SAUCE

• 1 tbsp butter

• 1 tbsp flour

• 1 c heavy cream, divided

• 1/4 tsp nutmeg

• Sea salt

CRÊPES

• 4 leggs

• 1 c milk

• 1 c flour

• Butter

• 1 tsp salt

• Salad

Make the filling:

In a large skillet, melt 2 tbsp butter over moderately high heat. Add mushrooms, thyme, and garlic. Cook until mushrooms are tender and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Stir in parsley and season with salt and pepper.

Make the sauce:

In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tbsp butter over moderate heat. Whisk in flour until combined. Gradually whisk in 1/2 c cream and simmer until thickened, about 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/2 c cream, nutmeg, and 1/2 c of the mushroom filling. Simmer over low heat, stirring occasionally, until no floury taste remains, about 7 minutes. Transfer to a food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Return sauce to pan and season with salt. Keep warm.

Make the crêpes:

In a medium bowl, whisk 4 eggs, milk, bread flour, melted butter, and kosher salt until smooth. Heat a 10-inch nonstick skillet or crêpe pan over moderate heat; brush with melted butter. Add one-fourth of the batter, swirling to coat the pan evenly. Cook until lightly browned on bottom, about 2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip crêpe and cook until browned.

Transfer to a plate and top with 1/4 mushrooms and salad greens. Drizzle with some mushroom sauce, and garnish with thyme, salt, and pepper. Repeat procedure to make 3 more crepes. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Chicken and Chopped Salad

This recipe is inspired by Skinny Taste. This one takes a bit more work, but it is worth it! The sauce is so good!

Chicken:

  • 1 lb chicken tenders
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 tsp olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • Salt and pepper

Pri Pri Sauce:

  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 2 jalapeños
  • 1 bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • Salt

Couscous:

  • 1 1/2 c chicken stock
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 c uncooked couscous

Chopped Salad

  • 2 c chopped cucumber
  • 1 c chopped tomato
  • 1/4 c chopped red onion
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tbsp parsley, chopped
  • Feta
  • Salt and pepper

For chicken: combine ingredients in a bowl and marinade chicken for at least an hour.

Then heat a grill on medium high and grill for 3 – 4 min per side until cooked through.

For Pri Pri sauce:

Combine ingredients in a blender and chill.

For CousCous:

Heat chicken stock until boiling, stir in olive oil and couscous and set aside for 20 min, use a work to fluff.

For Salad:

Combine lemon juice, oil and parsley in a small jar, shake to combine. Toss remaining ingredients in a bowl and drizzle with dressing tossing to combine.

To serve: divide couscous, salad and chicken among plates and serve with sauce.

Serves 4