Quite honestly, eggs are one of the most perfect ingredients in the kitchen. They are used in everything from sweet to savory dishes. Even though they are widely versatile, there are times when you just want eggs.
The students had a tough time picking a great recipe to share. They feasted on quiche, frittata, and a Spanish Omelet before eating macaroons, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate mousse. At the end of the day, frittata won, as it is a great and simple weeknight meal.
This is a good way to clean out the fridge and use up any vegetables that might be going past their prime (looking at you, sad looking kale). You can mix and match the ingredients as you please -- bacon or ham (or not), cheese (any type), veggies -- zucchini, dark leafy greens, bell peppers, potatoes, broccoli -- all of these work well.
Arrange a rack in the middle of the oven and heat to 400°F.
Heat a 10-inch cast iron (or other non-stick oven proof skillet) over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until until crisp, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove the bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate and pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat.
Cook the veggies in the hot fat, starting with potatoes (if using). Allow the potatoes to cook until tender, about 5-8 minutes. Add the other veggies; cook until soft or slightly wilted for the greens. Add the garlic, red pepper flakes, and season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the bacon back to the pan.
In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, half and half, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
Pour the egg mixture over the vegetables and cheese. Bake until the eggs are set, about 15 minutes or until the center is set (not runny).
Serve with bread and a salad.
Last week after enjoying a full array of meat, poultry, and seafood, the recipe that won everyone over was Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry and Chipotle Sauce. What so great about this recipe? Well, it pairs savory, herb-crusted pork with a sweet and spicy sauce. Pork generally goes well with most fruit (ahem, pork chops and applesauce).
This is the type of recipe for a nice weeknight meal. Or better yet, show off your cooking skills by inviting a few friends over for a dinner party. Pork tenderloin only takes about 15-20 minutes to cook and the sauce can be made ahead of time. The sauce also goes well with roast turkey or chicken for an alternative to gravy. Thanksgiving dinner would be even better with this sauce, trust me.
Note on ingredients: Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce are found in a small can in the ethnic food isle of most grocery stores. Also, pork tenderloin is typically sold in packages of two.
Pork Tenderloin with Raspberry-Chipotle Sauce
Prepare the pork by preheating the oven to 375ºF. Combine the oil, garlic, sage, thyme, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Rub mixture over the pork tenderloin. Let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes.
Start the sauce by heating the oil in saucepan set over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and chipotle pepper. Sauté until the onions are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the raspberries and cook until the berries start to get mushy. Add vinegar and sugar. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until the sauce reduces by about half, about 20 minutes.
While the sauce is simmering, heat an oven-proof sauté pan (like cast iron pan) over medium-high heat. Sear the pork on all sides until nice and brown. Place the pan and pork in the hot oven and bake for 10-15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
Finish the sauce by straining it through a fine mesh strainer set over a bowl. Press the solids and scrape off any pulp on the bottom of the strainer. Pour the sauce back into a saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Turn the heat to medium-high and cook the sauce until reduced slightly. The sauce can be reduced to a glaze consistency if desired.
Serve the sauce over the pork tenderloin.
This week the students worked with dairy to make a whole host of delicious recipes. Most students tried their hand at making fresh cheese, including ricotta that was used in the recipe below. Even though this recipe calls for carrots, you can substitute other vegetables -- kale, chard, spinach, beets (these will bleed onto the cheese), broccoli, broccolini, etc.
This would make a perfect dish for a buffet, gathering, or even alongside roast chicken.
Carrot Tart with Ricotta and Herbs
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
Preheat oven to 425ºF. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, whisk together the ricotta and cream. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
In a skillet set over medium heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil. Add the shallot and sauté until it starts to brown, about 5 minutes. Add the carrots and sauté for 2-3 more minutes. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Set aside.
On a lightly floured surface, roll the puff pastry dough out to smooth out the creases. Transfer pastry to the sheet pan. With the tip of a sharp knife, score a 1-inch border around the puff pastry. Prick the bottom of the tart with a fork. Brush with the egg wash. Bake until golden brown and puffed, about 10-15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and spread ricotta mixture over the pastry, staying within the border. Scatter onions and carrots over the top. Bake until the carrots are tender and the onions begin to caramelize, about 30 minutes.
This week, NUTR 227 worked with a colorful array of fruits and vegetables. Out of the many recipes made, this one was a favorite, even though they had a tough time choosing.
You can make this without bacon, but note that bacon makes everything taste better (except for maybe ice cream).
Brussels Sprouts with Bacon & Balsamic Glaze
Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Heat a cast iron or oven proof sauté pan overmedium heat. Add the bacon and render down until crispy. Remove bacon from the pan and reserve. Add the Brussels sprouts to the pan and toss to coat well in the hot bacon fat. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
Bake the Brussels sprouts in the oven for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, garlic, honey, and red pepper flakes. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
When the Brussels sprouts have baked for 15 minutes, remove from the oven and pour the balsamic glaze over the sprouts and sprinkle with the reserved bacon. Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the Brussels sprouts are tender and golden brown. Serve warm.