Saffron Chicken and Herb Salad

I’m so backlogged on posting!! This is another amazing dish from Ottolenghi’s Jerusalem. I grilled the chicken and it came out wonderfully. It is also great that next day for lunch.

1 orange, cut into 12 wedges
2 1/2 TBSP honey
1 TBSP white wine vinegar
1/2 tsp saffron threads
1 1/4 c water
2 lb skinless boneless chicken thighs
4 TBSP olive oil
2 fennel bulbs, sliced thin
1 c cilantro leaves, chopped
2/3 c basil, chopped
2/3 c mint leaves, chopped
2 TBSP lemon juice
1 jalapeño, sliced thin
1 clove garlic, minced
Salt and pepper

In a small saucepan combine orange, honey, saffron, vinegar and water, bring to a boil then simmer gently for an hour. Orange should be soft and liquid reduced to about 1/4 c. Pulse in food processor until smooth.

Mix chicken with 2 TBSP oil and salt and pepper. Grill over medium high heat until cooked through another 6 min per side. When cool enough, tear into nite size pieces.

Combine chicken, sauce and remaining ingredients in a large bowl.

Serves 6.

Panzanella Salad with Fennel


The best part of leftover bread is Panzanella Salad!

4 c country-style bread, torn into bite-size pieces
1 TBSP lemon zest
1/2 c olive oil, divided
Salt and pepper
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP red wine vinegar
1 TBSP chopped fresh oregano
3 c mixed hearty salad greens
1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 c chopped parsley leaves
1/2 cbgreen olives, pitted, halved
3 ozs Manchego, shaved
3 oz hard salami, thinly sliced

Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss bread with lemon zest and 1/4 cup oil on a rimmed baking sheet; season with salt and pepper. Bake, tossing occasionally, until crisp on the outside but still chewy in the center, 8–10 minutes. Let cool.

Whisk shallot, lemon juice, vinegar, and oregano in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Whisk in remaining 1/4 c oil.

Add greens, fennel, parsley, olives, cheese, salami, and bread to dressing; toss to combine.

Serves 4.

Scallops with Fennel


The fish monger at the local farmers market has the most amazing scallops! My other go to vendor had some gorgeous fennel – a little inspiration from F&W and a dish is born!!

1 TBSP olive oil
1lb sea scallops
Salt & pepper
2 TBSP butter
2 fennel bulbs, sliced thin, fronds reserved
2 TBSP capers, drained
2 TBSP lemon juice
2 TBSP parsley, chopped

Melt butter in a skillet, add fennel and capers; cook until crisp tender, about 2 minutes. Stir in lemon juice, parsley and chopped fennel fronds, season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a non-stick skillet over high heat. Salt and pepper scallops cook 2 minute per side until nicely seared.

Place fennel on plate top with scallops.

Serves 2.

Fig Stuffed Pork Loin


I spent some quality time cooking from Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc cookbook last weekend. This pork dish was out of this world! I served it with caramelizes sweet potatoes and roasted broccoli. I had some left over fig stuffing that I heated and served on the side.

2 lb pork tenderloin
2 tsp canola oil
1 large fennel, chopped
6 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 c shallot, minced
1 c fig jam
4 TBSP balsamic glaze
1/4 c chicken stock
2 tsp canola oil
1/2 c white wine

Preheat oven to 375.

In a medium sauce pan heat oil over medium heat, add fennel and cook for 5 minutes until softened. Add garlic and shallot, cook for 3 more minutes until softened. Stir in fig jam, balsamic and chicken stock, cook for 10 minutes until slightly thick. Set aside to cool.

Season your tenderloins with salt and pepper. Cut the tenderloin through the middle almost to through, you want to be able to open it like a book. Full cavity with stuffing, tie gently – you don’t want the stuffing coming out.

In a oven proof skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. Brown tenderloin on all sides. Add wine to the skillet and pop in the oven. Bake for 30 – 40 minutes until it reaches 130 for medium rare. Let rest for 10 minutes then slice.

Serves 6 – 8.

Fennel and Onion Pizza with Proscuitto


I adapted this from a recipe in the July 2012 issue of Food & Wine. I add some Proscuitto and used my dough. It turned out delicious!

8 oz pizza dough
2 TBSP olive oil
2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced
2 sweet onions, thinly sliced
1/4 c dry white wine
1 c chicken stock
5 oz Asiago, shredded
3 oz Proscuitto, ripped into small pieces

Preheat oven to 500 with pizza stone inside for at least an hour.

In a large pan, heat olive oil over mention high heat, add onions and fennel, cook for 20 minutes, stirring frequently. Add wine and stock, cook for an additional 40 minutes until liquid is absorbed.

Roll dough out thin. Spray or brush with olive oil. Top with onion fennel mixture, cheese and Proscuitto.

Bake for about 8 minutes until crust is golden.

Serves 4.

Fennel Gratin


Thanks to Epicurious for another amazing recipe!


Crumb topping:
3 TBSP butter
3/4 c panko
1 c Pecorino, grated
1 TBSP chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 1/2 tsp finely grated lemon peel

2 TBSP olive oil
1 onion, halved, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
3 large garlic cloves, minced
5 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cored, cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices
1/2 c low-salt chicken broth
2 TBSP chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 TBSP chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper

Lightly oil shallow 2-quart glass or ceramic baking dish. Heat 5 tablespoons oil in large wide pot over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; sauté until soft but not brown, about 5 minutes. Add fennel; increase heat to medium-high and sautéuntil fennel is slightly softened and beginning to brown, stirring frequently, about 18 minutes. Stir in broth and next 4 ingredients. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until most of broth is absorbed, about 5 minutes. Transfer to dish.

Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add panko; sauté until golden, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat; cool to room temperature. Stir Pecorino, parsley, and peel into panko.

Preheat oven to 425°F. Sprinkle panko mixture over fennel. Bake until gratin is heated through and topping is deep golden, about 20 minutes. Serve warm.