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.

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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

Shrimp Balls

These make a great light lunch – use the cabbage leaves to wrap up the shrimp balls.

Sauce:

  • 4 1/2 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp sliced scallions

Shrimp

  • 1 lb medium shrimp, peeled and chopped into small chunks.
  • 2 tbsp minced ginger
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chives, minced
  • 1 egg white
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • Salt
  • 8 Napa cabbage leaves

Combine ingredients for sauce and set aside.

Combine shrimp ingredients except cabbage and form into one inch balls.

Place cabbage leaves on a steaming rack, fill a pot with one inch of water. Place shrimp balls in and steam for 3 minutes, turning 1/2 way through.

Serve on cabbage leaves with sauce.

Serves 4.

Sweet Garlic Chicken with Kale

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 2 tsp kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 lemon quartered
  • 12 oz of baby kale
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c kalamata olives, halved and pitted
  • Red pepper flakes

Preheat oven to 475.

Season chicken with salt and pepper place lemon in the cavity. Roast chicken for 60 – 75 min until cooked through. Let rest 5 minutes, then carve.

In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp olive oil. Add garlic add the kale, olives, red pepper flakes and cook, tossing frequently until wilted.

Serve Chard with chicken.

Serves 4 – 6.

Paprika Chicken with Chickpeas and Baby Kale

This is a great one pan Sunday Dinner. The crispy Chickpeas and kale are wonderful!

  • 1 whole chicken, patted dry
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Pepper
  • 1 bunch Rosemary, thyme and sage
  • 1 Meyer lemon
  • 1 1/2 c Chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 6 c baby kale

Season the chicken with salt and pepper and let rest in fridge for at least 1 hour.

Preheat over to 450.

Place the chicken breast side on a large rimmed pan. Stuff the herbs in the cavity and tie the legs. Roast for 30 minutes.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Slice lemon in half lengthwise and slice into thin triangles. Blanch for 1 minute then remove to a paper towel.

In a small bowl combine lemons, Chickpeas, 2 tbsp olive oil, paprika and pinch of salt, toss to combine. Add to the chicken and roast for 20 – 30 minutes longer until chicken is cooked.

Remove chicken and carve it. Stir kale in with Chickpeas and stir to wilt.

Serves 6.

Roasted Sausage and Brocoli

I love one pan meals! I used two cos their is a lot of shrinkage with the broccoli! This is a great weeknight meal – set it, get the homework done and dinner is ready!!

  • 1 1/2 lb broccoli florets
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 tsp cumin seeds
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 lb Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 c yogurt
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Aleppo pepper
  • Toasted pine nuts
  • Fresh parsley, snipped

Preheat oven to 425. Toss broccoli with olive oil salt and pepper and spread on a baking sheet. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring a few times.

Coat sausages with a little oil and prick with a fork. Place on a baking sheet and cook 20 – 25 minutes – turning a couple times.

Mix yogurt and garlic and a few sprinkle of Aleppo.

Place sausage and broccoli on a platter sprinkle with Aleppo, pine nuts and yogurt sauce.

Serves 4.

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Shakshuka

I can’t believe I’ve never made this dish before – I have at least 3 cookbooks with similar recipes – it is a great weeknight meal. I made a few tweaks.

  • Olive oil
  • 3 – 4 jarred roasted red peppers, chopped
  • 1 onion sliced thin
  • Salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 lbs ripe tomatoes or canned tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 oz goat cheese, sliced
  • 6 eggs
  • Pita bread or flatbread

Heat oven to 375.

Heat oil in an oven proof 12 inch skillet. Add peppers and onions with a pinch of salt. Reduce heat to medium and cook stirring until the veggies are soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in spices and cook 1 minute.

Stir in tomatoes, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp black pepper. Cook partially covers until tomatoes are very soft and form a thick sauce, about 15 minutes. Stir in goat cheese. Crack eggs over the surface and bake for 7 – 10 minutes until eggs are just set. Serve with pita.

Serves 4.