Recipes for November 2009

(From the week of 11/24/09)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Recipe From:
Makes 10 Servings

2 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes, (3 medium), peeled and cut into 2-inch chunks
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon honey
1/2 cup low-fat milk
2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
4 teaspoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped pecans

1. Place sweet potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil. Cover and cook over medium heat until tender, 10 to 15 minutes. Drain well and return to the pan. Mash with a potato masher. Measure out 3 cups. (Reserve any extra for another use.)
2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat an 8-inch-square (or similar 2-quart) baking dish with cooking spray.

3. Whisk eggs, oil and honey in a medium bowl. Add mashed sweet potato and mix well. Stir in milk, orange zest, vanilla and salt. Spread the mixture in the prepared baking dish.

4. To prepare topping: Mix flour, brown sugar, orange juice concentrate, oil and butter in a small bowl. Blend with a fork or your fingertips until crumbly. Stir in pecans. Sprinkle over the casserole.

5. Bake the casserole until heated through and the top is lightly browned, 35 to 45 minutes.

(From the week of 11/17/09)

Roasted Root Vegetables With Thyme and Marjoram Vinaigrette

Recipe From: Bon Appétit November 2002


Nonstick vegetable oil spray
9 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
2 tablespoons plus 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh marjoram
2 pounds medium yams (red-skinned sweet potatoes), peeled, halved lengthwise, then cut crosswise into 1 1/4- to 1 1/2-inch pieces
1 1/2 pounds carrots, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 pounds parsnips, peeled, cut into 3/4-inch-thick rounds (about 4 cups)
1 1/2 pounds rutabagas, peeled, cut into 1/2-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
2 medium-size red onions (about 1 pound), peeled, root ends left intact, cut into 1/2-inch-thick wedges

3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
Fresh parsley sprigs


Position 1 rack in top third and 1 rack in bottom third of oven and preheat to 425°F. Spray 2 large rimmed baking sheets with nonstick spray. Whisk 6 tablespoons oil, 2 tablespoons thyme, and 2 tablespoons marjoram in large bowl. Add yams, carrots, parsnips, rutabagas, and onions and toss to coat. Sprinkle vegetables generously with salt and pepper and divide between prepared baking sheets. Roast vegetables until tender and brown in spots, turning occasionally, about 50 minutes.

(Can be made 4 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature. If desired, reheat in 350°F oven about 15 minutes, or microwave on high until heated through, about 6 minutes, before continuing.)

Whisk balsamic vinegar, remaining 3 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons thyme, and 1 1/2 teaspoons marjoram to blend in small bowl. Drizzle over roasted vegetables. Sprinkle with chopped parsley and lemon peel. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired. Transfer to platter; garnish with parsley sprigs. Serve hot or at room temperature.

(From the week of 11/10/09) 

Barley with Mushrooms and Green Beans
Recipe From:
Makes 6 Servings

1 cup pearl barley
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup finely chopped red onion
12 ounces white or cremini mushrooms, stemmed and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/2 cup dry white wine
12 ounces green beans, trimmed and sliced 1/2 inch thick on the bias
2 cups mushroom broth
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh Italian parsley

1) Bring a medium saucepan of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat. Stir in barley,reduce heat to medium, and cook until al dente, about 15 to 20 minutes. Drain and set aside.

2) Heat 2 tablespoons of the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add onion, season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add mushrooms, increase heat to medium high, and cook, stirring rarely, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add wine and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

3) Add green beans and broth, season with salt and pepper, and cook until beans are fork tender and broth is slightly reduced, about 5 minutes. Stir in reserved barley and cook until heated through, about 1 minute. Stir in parsley and remaining 1 tablespoon butter and season with salt and pepper.

(From the week of 11/03/09)

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Wild Rice, Hazelnuts and Dried Cranberries
Recipe From:  Bon Appétit October 1998
Makes 6 Servings

7 cups water
2 cups wild rice (about 12 ounces)
3 small acorn squash (each about 10 to 12 ounces), cut in half, seeded
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter
2 cups finely chopped onions
2 teaspoons crumbled dried sage leaves
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons dried cranberries (about 3 1/2 ounces)
1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons chopped toasted hazelnuts (about 3 ounces)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Bring 7 cups water and rice to boil in heavy large saucepan. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until rice is tender, about 1 hour.Drain. Transfer rice to large bowl. Preheat oven to 375°F. Oil baking sheet. Place squash, cut side down, on sheet. Bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Cool. Using spoon, scoop out pulp from squash, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell; reserve shells. Transfer pulp to medium bowl. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F. Melt butter in large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onions; sauté until very tender, about 15 minutes. Add sage; stir 2 minutes. Add rice, squash pulp and lemon juice; stir until mixed, breaking up squash pulp into smaller pieces. Mix in 1/2 cup cranberries, 1/2 cup hazelnuts and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Divide rice mixture among reserved squash shells. Place in roasting pan. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Cover and chill.) Bake squash until filling is heated through, about 25 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 3  tablespoons cranberries and 3 tablespoons hazelnuts.

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