Posts Tagged ‘side dish’

Unrecipe of the Week

December 27, 2011

This is an easy and tasty side dish that goes great with fish, chicken or meat, and could be the base of a vegetarian meal as well.

Cous Cous Pilaf

Chop one onion and saute it in butter over medium heat until it is soft and transparent, and just starting to brown.

Add 1 1/2 cups of cous cous, and 2 cups of chicken or vegetable broth. Cover, and cook on a very low heat for about 5 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Add a handful of chopped parsley, and about 1/4 cup of pine nuts.

Toss to combine, and enjoy!

photo: Glasshouse Images 

Unrecipe of the Week: Thanksgiving Edition

November 19, 2011

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and many of us are busily planning the big meal.

These muffins are a savory take on cornbread, and provide a nice balance to all of the sweet side dishes being served.

Corn, Cheddar and Sun-dried Tomato Muffins

Makes 12 large muffins

Combine ½ cup cake flour, 1 cup yellow cornmeal, 1/2 tablespoon baking powder, 1 ½ tablespoons sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, and ½ teaspoon black pepper in a large mixing bowl.

Add 6 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese, ¾ cup chopped reconstituted sundried tomatoes*, and ½ cup thinly sliced scallions and toss.

In a separate bowl, whisk together 1 ½ cups of warm milk, 1 ½ sticks of melted butter, 1/3 cup vegetable oil and 1 egg.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix well.

Fill greased muffin tins up to the rim with batter, and bake at 400 degrees until the tops start to brown, about 20-25 minutes.

Enjoy!

*Do not use oil packed sundried tomatoes. Buy the dry ones, and soak them in warm water for about 15 minutes or until they become soft and plump.

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week/Thanksgiving Edition

November 24, 2009

There are no candied sweet potatoes with marshmallows at our table! We try to stay traditional, with a tasteful twist. You’ll go absolutely bananas over these sweet potatoes that are easy to make and have a unique flavor that you will love!

Honey Banana Sweet Potatoes

5 medium sweet potatoes

4 bananas

2 sticks butter

1/4 cup honey

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup flour

1 1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Prick the sweet potatoes with a fork and roast for 30 minutes.

Add the bananas in their peels to the pan and continue roasting for another 10-15 minutes until both are very soft.

Set aside to cool.

Scoop out the insides of the sweet potatoes, peel the bananas, and add them to a bowl with 1 stick of butter, and the honey, and mix until smooth and fluffy.  Sprinkle with a little coarse salt.
Spoon into a greased, oven proof dish.

In a seperate bowl, mix the remaining stick of butter, brown sugar, flour and pecans. Rub with your fingers until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.

Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potatoes, and bake another 20 minutes until golden.

Enjoy!

note: The banana peels will turn black when cooked. This will not effect the taste.

photo: Glasshouse Images

Unrecipe of the Week

July 29, 2009

2117900178 HorizontalI love simple side dishes that pack lots of fresh seasonal flavors. This easy rice dish is enhanced with shallots, corn and the zing of fresh, aromatic mint.

Rice with Corn, Shallots and Mint:

Cook brown rice according to package instructions

Sauté corn kernels (OK, big confession: I use frozen corn here. It’s still healthy and way easier than cutting the kernels off the cob!!!) and a few shallots, sliced very thin in butter until the corn is cooked. This should only take a few minutes at medium heat.

Mix corn, shallots and rice together in a large serving bowl.

Mix in chopped mint leaves.

Serve warm or at room temperature.

Enjoy!

photos: Glasshouse Images

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