Appetizers

Green Beans & Prosciutto Thanksgiving Side

This recipe is a Thanksgiving twist on green bean casserole; Green Beans & Prosciutto. My sister, Emily, introduced it to our family as a healthy alternative.

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I was asked to re-publish it for your holiday table. It’s quick using simple techniques. And, as we say in our family, “It’s a keeper!” 

Here’s your recipe.

Ingredients

2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
4 very thin slices of prosciutto, julienne
1 of each: red, yellow, and orange bell peppers, sliced, seeded & julienne 
2 lbs. fresh green beans, blanched
1 - 2 Tbs pure maple syrup
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 C pecans, rough chop & toasted

Process

Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat. Add olive oil and prosciutto and sauté until soft but not crisp. Remove from pan and place on paper towel to drain. Add peppers and sauté until just barely soft.

Add the beans and prosciutto to the peppers and sauté until heated through, season with salt and pepper to taste. Drizzle maple syrup to taste. Toss all ingredients together.

Place on serving plate and garnish with toasted pecans. Serve. Yields up to 8 side servings.

A Thanksgiving Side Dish: Sauté of Chard, Purple Kale & Broccoli Rabe

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner can be a whole lotta fun and often times a stressor of sorts; what to make (excluding the obvious), how to make it, will there be enough food, will everything come out at the same time etc…etc…etc…  Over the years I’ve made it a point to simplify. Which means someone else has the responsibility of cooking the turkey and I the sides.

So last night Mike walked in from the garden with an armful of greens; a veritable bouquet of Chard, Purple Kale & Broccoli Rabe. 

Gorgeous! The purple stems are purple kale.

Mike, who is a good cook himself (he cooks the turkey), proceeded to prep the greens for cooking by chopping the stems very small so that they would cook quickly.  

He then continued on to the leaves with a rough chop (bigger pieces than the stems). And put all the prepped greens into a sauté pan.

Then onto the stove it went.  

A Sauté of Greens is a fresh, simple and quick way to complement the Thanksgiving Day Dinner; no matter who cooks it!

 

Here’s the recipe.

Ingredients

1 lb of your favorite green, rough chop (stems optional - chopped very small)
1 Tbls of extra virgin olive oil
2 tsp of kosher salt
1/2 tsp of fresh ground pepper

Process

Turn your stove burner to medium high.  Place a large sauté pan on that burner and add olive oil.  While olive oil is heating add your greens and sprinkle salt and pepper on top.  Begin turning the greens over and over until they begin wilting. Once they have cooked down, turn the stove down to low, cover and cook for 5 to 10 more minutes or until greens soften but still have a crunch (yes you must test).  Once done ladle greens out into a bowl and serve immediately.  

Yields 6 side servings.

Lunch Challenge: Tomato, Basil, Feta Salad A La Casa De La Pav Gardens

It’s lunchtime here on a slightly overcast Friday afternoon in our little neck of the ATX hood. I haven’t been to the market in about a week. I’m famished and have basically no food around. Really? The truth is I have a pantry full of ingredients and a fridge that needs a little stock rotation. And I don’t want to cook. So the challenge is getting something in my belly fast that’s simple and delicious! So here goes…found some feta in the cheese drawer, picked heirloom tomatoes and basil from the garden, have the ubiquitous salt, pepper & olive oil…I think that will work. Let’s do it!

Ingredients

1/2 medium size heirloom tomato, sliced 1/8”
Slice of Feta cheese, 1/8” slice 
Leaves of fresh basil stem 
Sprinkle of salt & pepper 
Drizzle of a good quality olive oil

Process

On a small salad plate, arrange slices of tomato and Feta so that they over lap. In between place a leaf of basil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Drizzle with olive oil. Done. Eat with joy!

Tips 
*Use your favorite tomato. 
*Tomatoes can be roasted. 
*Salad best during tomato season. 
*Nice to serve with a big hunk of crusty bread or garlic toast.

p.s. The yellow flowers are from our ever blooming fennel plants that have gone to seed.  They’re beautiful and delicious adding a wonderful little crunch along with a slight anise flavor.

Now, time to eat!!!