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Ricotta & Onion-Port Jam Flatbread

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When is pizza not pizza? When it is flatbread of course. Flat bread is one of my favorite go to foods. It can be served as part of a light dinner, as an appetizer or even a mid afternoon snack. All it takes is some flatbread—pre made or my preference of fresh homemade pizza dough– and the toppings of your choice. You can make them sweet, savory or a combination of the two. Top them with meat, cheese, fruits or vegetables. Really, anything can be a topping for flatbread so you can make individual ones to please your entire family or bake up a variety for a smorgasbord.

This flatbread is one of my favorites and is inspired by the Savory Simple food blog. I’ve used my own pizza dough and topped it with fresh ricotta cheese, crumbled bacon and homemade port infused onion jam. The jam is sweet, savory and decadent and the key to its success is cooking the onions slowly so they caramelize. You can make the jam earlier in the day if you prefer then top the flatbread with it when you are ready to cook. So go ahead and try this recipe then let your imagination decide which direction you go next. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

RICOTTA & ONION-PORT JAM FLATBREAD 

For the flatbread:

1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup onion-port jam

1 cup crumbled bacon

1/4 cup green onions, minced

For the Onion-Port Jam:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large yellow onions, peeled, quartered and sliced thin

1/2 tablespoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

1/2  cup port wine

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • Melt the butter on low heat in a large skillet.
  • Add the onions, sugar and salt.
  • Sweat the onions, stirring, until they begin to caramelize.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-low. Once the onions have begun to brown, pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of water into the pan to deglaze, using a spatula to scrape up the brown bits and stir them into the onions.
  • Repeat this glazing and deglazing process until the onions have been thoroughly caramelized and taste both sweet and bitter, approximately 25-35 minutes.
  • Add the port wine and balsamic vinegar to the onions and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring periodically, until all of the liquid has reduced and is coating the onions.
  • Taste and add a bit more salt if desired.

When you are ready to build your flatbreads:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. If your oven has a pizza setting, use that.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set aside.
  • Divide the pizza dough into four even portions and working one at a time on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a long oval.
  • Place each piece of dough on the prepared baking sheet taking care to make sure the edges are not touching.
  • Place 1/4 cup of the ricotta cheese on the top of each piece of dough and use a rubber spatula to evenly distribute it across the entire surface.
  • Divide the onion-port jam amongst the flatbreads, spreading it to cover as much of the surface area as possible.
  • Add the bacon and the green onions to each flatbread, evenly distributing them across the top of each one.
  • Bake flat breads for 15-17 minutes or until the crusts are browned and crisp and the toppings are beginning to bubble.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Yields: 4 flatbreads

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Green Vegetable Risotto

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Spring is in the air, well sort of. At least it is here in Belgium. And the calendar definitely says it is spring which means that the fresh baby vegetables are beginning to replace hearty root vegetables at the stands in the markets. So what better way to celebrate the new season than with this easy risotto that is filled with the best fresh vegetables that spring has to offer?

Marking risotto is more of a formula rather than an exact recipe. Rice is slowly cooked in a mixture of broth and white wine. When the rice is al dente, you stir in the add-ins of your choice which in this case is the freshest of the baby vegetables I found at the market. Feel free to substitute whatever vegetables you like or that look good. And the final touch is the creamy addition of both parmesan cheese and creme fraiche (you can substitute sour cream if you prefer) which adds a touch of tang while bringing the entire dish together.

Enjoy the risotto as a meal unto itself or alongside your favorite grilled meat. Just be sure to have the rest of your meal ready before you finish the risotto since it truly tastes best when eaten immediately.

GREEN VEGETABLE RISOTTO

3/4  c green beans, blanched and snapped into 1 inch pieces

3/4 c sugar snap peas

3/4 c asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces

1 cup dry white wine

3 cups low sodium chicken broth

1 small shallot, minced

 

1 green onion – white part only- mince

1/4 cup creme fraiche

1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

top with sliced green onion  (Green part)

 

  • Fill a medium sized pan with water and bring to a boil.
  • Add the green beans, snap peas and asparagus.
  • Cook for 30 seconds, drain in a colander and immediately rinse with cold water. Set aside.
  • Combine the broth and white wine in a large saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer over medium-high heat.  Reduce the temperature but keep the broth mixture hot.
  • In a large saucepan melt the butter over medium heat.  Add the shallot and saute until it is soft and golden.
  • Add the rice and stir to combine making sure each grain of rice is coated with butter.
  • Gradually add the hot broth to the rice by the ladleful, stirring to combine after each addition.  Continue to stir the rice often to keep it from sticking.
  • Continue adding the broth being sure to add the next ladle before the rice has cooked itself dry.  Repeat this process until the rice is tender to the bite.  You may not need to use all of the broth.
  • Prior to adding the last ladle of broth, stir in the vegetables and the green onion to the rice and stir to combine.
  • Off the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese and creme fraiche.
  • Top with sliced green onion.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Goat Cheese & Green Onion Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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If you love goat cheese and are of the mindset that everything tastes better with bacon, then these chicken breasts are for you. A simple filling of goat cheese and green onions turns ordinary chicken breasts into a fancy, yet fast and easy, week night dinner.  Yes, that’s right. You can have stuffed chicken breasts that seem fancy in the middle of the week.

I do love goat cheese but not all goat cheese is created equally.  Because the goat cheese really makes this dish, be sure to find one you like for this recipe. I prefer one from my local market that has a soft texture and is mild yet tangy. I did taste a lot before happening on this perfect variety though so don’t hesitate to do the same. But once you have your goat cheese, this recipe really comes together in a snap. And the results? Well, everything really is better with bacon so it’s sure to be a hit.

GOAT CHEESE & GREEN ONION STUFFED CHICKEN BREASTS

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

8 slices thick cut bacon

4 sage leaves

1/2 cup softened goat cheese

1 bunch green onions, minced

1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/2 teaspoon salt, divided

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a slip into the center of each chicken breast in order to form a pocket. Do not cut all the way through the meat.
  • In a small bowl, combined the goat cheese, green onions, Worcestershire sauce, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/4 teaspoon of the black pepper. Mix well.
  • Place a quarter of the goat cheese mixture into each chicken breast. The cheese may over fill the pocket but that is alright.
  • Place two sage leaves on the to of each chicken breast then wrap each breast with two slices of bacon.
  • Move the wrapped breasts to the prepared baking sheet then sprinkle with the garlic powder, remaining salt and remaining pepper.
  • Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and an instant read thermometer reads 170 degrees.
  • Allow to sit for 5 minutes before serving.

Serves 4

Ricotta & Onion-Port Jam Flatbread

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When is pizza not pizza? When it is flatbread of course. Flat bread is one of my favorite go to foods. It can be served as part of a light dinner, as an appetizer or even a mid afternoon snack. All it takes is some flatbread—pre made or my preference of fresh homemade pizza dough– and the toppings of your choice. You can make them sweet, savory or a combination of the two. Top them with meat, cheese, fruits or vegetables. Really, anything can be a topping for flatbread so you can make individual ones to please your entire family or bake up a variety for a smorgasbord.

This flatbread is one of my favorites and is inspired by the Savory Simple food blog. I’ve used my own pizza dough and topped it with fresh ricotta cheese, crumbled bacon and homemade port infused onion jam. The jam is sweet, savory and decadent and the key to its success is cooking the onions slowly so they caramelize. You can make the jam earlier in the day if you prefer then top the flatbread with it when you are ready to cook. So go ahead and try this recipe then let your imagination decide which direction you go next. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

RICOTTA & ONION-PORT JAM FLATBREAD 

For the flatbread:

1 recipe of your favorite pizza dough

1 cup ricotta cheese

1 cup onion-port jam

1 cup crumbled bacon

1/4 cup green onions, minced

For the Onion-Port Jam:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 large yellow onions, peeled, quartered and sliced thin

1/2 tablespoon sugar

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

1/2 cup water (more if needed)

1/2  cup port wine

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

  • Melt the butter on low heat in a large skillet.
  • Add the onions, sugar and salt.
  • Sweat the onions, stirring, until they begin to caramelize.
  • Turn up the heat to medium-low. Once the onions have begun to brown, pour approximately 2-3 tablespoons of water into the pan to deglaze, using a spatula to scrape up the brown bits and stir them into the onions.
  • Repeat this glazing and deglazing process until the onions have been thoroughly caramelized and taste both sweet and bitter, approximately 25-35 minutes.
  • Add the port wine and balsamic vinegar to the onions and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring periodically, until all of the liquid has reduced and is coating the onions.
  • Taste and add a bit more salt if desired.

When you are ready to build your flatbreads:

  • Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees. If your oven has a pizza setting, use that.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper then set aside.
  • Divide the pizza dough into four even portions and working one at a time on a lightly floured surface, roll the dough out into a long oval.
  • Place each piece of dough on the prepared baking sheet taking care to make sure the edges are not touching.
  • Place 1/4 cup of the ricotta cheese on the top of each piece of dough and use a rubber spatula to evenly distribute it across the entire surface.
  • Divide the onion-port jam amongst the flatbreads, spreading it to cover as much of the surface area as possible.
  • Add the bacon and the green onions to each flatbread, evenly distributing them across the top of each one.
  • Bake flat breads for 15-17 minutes or until the crusts are browned and crisp and the toppings are beginning to bubble.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before slicing and serving.

Yields: 4 flatbreads

 

 

Spring Vegetable Pasta

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By the time late spring rolls around I’m all about lightening up my dinners and taking advantage of the fresh vegetables that are popping up in the local markets. Pastas are always a go-to meal in my family and they serve as the perfect canvas for highlighting the best vegetables of the season. In this dish adapted from Cooking Light, fresh snap peas, carrots and radishes are the featured vegetables. Many people shy away from radishes thinking their flavor is to pungent but when they are sliced thinly then lightly sauteed in butter, they emerge sweet and tenderly crisp. Topped with lemon zest and a handful of freshly chopped dill, this dish is bright, flavorful and a true spring celebration.

Use the recipe as a suggestion and choose whatever vegetables you prefer. Really, your options are endless so pick a few vegetables that look good, add in the freshly chopped herb of your choice and enjoy!

 

SPRING VEGETABLE PASTA

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 cup thinly diagonally sliced baby carrots

1/2 cup thinly sliced radishes

1 cup low sodium chicken broth

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

8 ounces snap peas

1/4 cup thinly sliced green onion

1 tablespoon finely shredded lemon zest, divided

5 ounces cream cheese

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

10 ounce fresh noodles of your choice

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

  • Cook the pasta according to package directions. Drain into a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/2 cup of the pasta cooking liquid.
  • Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the carrots and radishes and sauté for 2 minutes.
  • Add chicken broth and 1/2 teaspoon salt; simmer 4 minutes.
  • Add the snap peas, green onions and half of the lemon zest. Simmer for 3 minutes or until liquid is reduced to 1/2 cup and vegetables are crisp-tender.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low and add the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, cream cheese, and pepper to vegetable mixture, stirring with a whisk until smooth.
  • Add the cooked noodles to vegetable mixture; toss to coat.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of the reserved cooking liquid; adding additional cooking liquid as needed to thin sauce to your liking.
  • Sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest and dill over pasta mixture.
  • Divide pasta mixture into 4 shallow bowls.
  • Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Coconut Milk & Lemongrass Chicken

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Roasted chicken is the ultimate in comfort food. There is something about the smells emanating from the oven that makes everything better. I also love just about anything made with coconut milk. So when I saw this Thai inspired take on roast chicken from The Kitchn I just knew that it would be good. And it was. Bathed in coconut milk, the chicken was so juicy and flavorful that I made a second chicken the next day because I couldn’t get enough of it.

COCONUT MILK & LEMONGRASS CHICKEN

1 whole roasting chicken (3 to 4 pounds)
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
4 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole pieces star anise
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro stems
1 large lemon, cut into eighths
1 stalk lemongrass, 5 inches of white part only, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
6 to 8 garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1 (16-ounce) can coconut milk
3 cups torn kale
2 green onions, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
Chopped cilantro, to garnish
Cooked rice, to serve

  • Pat the chicken dry and sprinkle it liberally with salt and pepper.
  • Preheatt the oven to 375° F.
  • Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven over medium heat, then add the oil.
  • Put in the chicken, breast side up, and let it sizzle for about 30 seconds. Carefully flip the bird and crisp the other side for another 30 seconds.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, put the chicken on a plate, and pour off the the fat in the pot.
  • Transfer the chicken back into the pot, breast side up, and add the cinnamon stick, star anise, chopped cilantro stems, lemon, lemongrass, garlic and coconut milk.
  • Cook, uncovered, in the preheated oven for 60 to 90 minutes (depending on size).
  • Spoon the sauce over the top of the bird to baste every 20 minutes or so. The chicken is done when an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 165° F.
  • Remove chicken from the pot and put it on a plate. Pull out and discard the cinnamon stick and star anise.
  • Put the pot with the sauce back on the stovetop over medium heat, add the kale and stir until just wilted, about 10 seconds.
  • Carve the chicken and serve each piece over rice with sauce spooned over the top.
  • Garnish with chopped scallions and cilantro leaves.

Serves 4-6

Cheddar & Parsley Baked Rice

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If you are anything like me, whenever you cook up a pot of rice you inevitably make too much. No matter how many people I am serving I always end up with extra rice. Every single time. Rice is one of those grains that is difficult to reheat; the texture changes and I usually end up with a sticky mess that no one wants to eat. My solution? Repurposing the rice into a completely new side dish.

I love this baked rice dish that I adapted from Food 52. More of a method rather than an exact recipe, this dish combines your leftover rice with herbs, greens and cheese to create a tasty rice dish that is both creamy and crispy. I used green onions, parsley, and Cheddar cheese but you could easily substitute whatever aromatics and cheese you have on hand. Not only does this dish make for a great accompaniment to meat at dinner, it is a nice addition to a brunch buffet table. And if you have leftovers,  simply reheat them the next morning in a frying pan with a little bit of olive oil. It will taste like a crispy risotto cake. Yum!

CHEDDAR & PARSLEY BAKED RICE

4 tablespoons butter

3 bunches green onions, white and light green parts thinly sliced

2 cups cooked white rice

3 eggs, lightly beaten

1 1/2 cups milk

2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup chopped parsley

Salt & pepper to taste

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease a round pie plate with either more butter or non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Melt the butter in a large saute pan set over medium high heat.
  • Add the green onions and cook until they are soft and golden with just a bit of crispiness.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, season with salt and allow to cool slightly.
  • Add the cooked rice and stir to combine. All of the rice should be coated with the butter and onion mixture.
  • Combine the eggs and milk in a medium sized bowl then add to the rice mixture, stirring to form a thick batter.
  • Add the shredded cheese and the chopped parsley, stirring well.
  • Season again with salt and pepper.
  • Transfer the rice mixture to the prepared pie pan.
  • Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until the rice has set.
  • Allow to cool slightly then slice into wedges.

Serves 6-8

 

 

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