Roasted Rutabaga and Shiitake Reuben

Roasted Rutabaga and Shiitake Reuben

 

Olive oil

1 rutabaga, peeled and cut into ½ thick slices

1-2 Tb butter

4-6 medium sized shiitakes, stems removed and sliced into fourths

1 dollop honey

Sauerkraut or sliced swiss chard to taste

¼ lb emmentaler cheese

Honey-mustard dressing to taste

½ loaf focaccia, sliced in half

pickles

 

Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly coat bottom of glass (or other) baking dish with olive oil. Add rutabaga slices, so there’s no overlapping. Brush more olive oil on top. Cook for 45 – 50 minutes, then set aside

Heat butter in a pan on a medium-low flame, and add shiitakes, careful not to burn the butter. Cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Turn off flame and mix in honey

Spread honey mustard on bottom cut focaccia, add rutabaga slices, shiitakes, sauerkraut/chard, emmentaler, then top with focaccia.

If you don’t have a panini press, use this method: Take 2 large pans, about the same size, preferably the smaller one being an iron skillet. Heat the smaller one until it’s hot. Heat the other pan on a low flame and add butter. Add sandwiches, smearing butter, and add a tiny bit of butter on top of the sandwiches. Drop the hot pan, bottom-side down on top, keeping it level. Add a weight of some sort if it’s not an iron skillet (otherwise, grab oven mits and some patience). The weight of the pan (or the slight pressure you apply) will slowly press the sandwich. After about 3-4 minutes, it should be pressed, the cheese melted. Lift top pan, careful not to take the bread with it, and transfer to plate. Serve with pickles.

 

Orecchiette with salad turnips, spinach, shiitakes, and bacon

Orecchiette with salad turnips, spinach, shiitakes, and bacon

Serves two

10 oz orrechiette pasta

5 oz bacon (Llano seco is nice) or pancetta

¼ lb shiitake mushrooms

½ tsp balsamic vinegar

1 bunch salad turnips with their greens

5 cloves garlic

¼ lb spinach

¼ tsp red pepper flakes

6 sprigs thyme, de-stemmed or 2 Tb chopped parsley

1 Tb marsala wine or white wine

 Cook bacon in a skillet on a medium-low flame until browned. As bacon cooks, boil water, cook the orecchiette and strain. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon and place in a bowl. And shiitake stems to rendered fat and cook for 30 seconds, then add shiitake heads. Remove shiitakes after 5 minutes and place in the bacon bowl with ½ tsp of balsamic vinegar. Add turnip roots to bacon fat, then add garlic after two minutes, and then turnip greens and spinach after three more minutes. Stir occasionally until cooked down, about 8-10 minutes. Add red pepper flakes and thyme or parsley and stir. Add a splash of marsala or white wine. Heat for thirty seconds, then incorporate bacon and shiitakes. Finally, stir in pasta and enjoy.

 

Summer Squash & Shiitake Tacos

Summer Squash & Shiitake Tacos

3 summer squash (cousa, scallop, zucchini, etc.)

6 oz. shiitakes

~4 oz. olive oil

4 garlic scapes (or 2 cloves garlic)

2 Tb oregano

2 Tb cumin

2 Tb chili powder

¼ c balsamic vinegar

6 kale leaves, de-stemmed

1 avocado or sour cream

2-4 scallions, chopped finely

tortillas

Quarter zucchini and cousa squash lengthwise, and slice into ½ inch chunks. Cut scallop squash into thick pie-like slices, then halve if needed, so they’re roughly  the same size as the other summer squash. Separate shiitake stems from heads, and finely chop the stems. Halve or quarter the heads, depending on size. Mix together oregano, cumin, and chili powder in a small bowl.

Heat skillet at a medium heat and, after a minute, add oil to generously coat. When oil seems watery, add the finely chopped stems along with the summer squash (it may spatter) and stir for 1 minute. Add chopped mushroom heads for 3 minutes and stir occasionally. Add half the garlic scapes, and cook 2 more minutes Add a heavy splash of balsamic and a light splash soy sauce. Cook until absorbed, roughly 3 minutes, then add half of the dry mixture, and turn the flame down to low. The goal is to coat the wet vegetables and mushrooms in the dry mixture without it sticking to the pan. A small amount of vinegar or wine can help with any stickiness. Cook for 3-5 minutes, scraping the bottom of the pan frequently with a wooden spoon. At this point, you should have spice coated vegetables—turn off the flame.

In a large bowl mix the other half of chopped garlic scapes with the rest of the olive oil. Coat kale leaves in this mixture and place enough that will fit on a hot skillet or grill. Turn when necessary, until the whole leaves are crispy. Remove to cool, and cook the rest of the leaves the same way if needed. Slice into thick ribbons when cooled.

Heat tortillas and fill with summer squash and shiitakes, and top with kale and avocado or sour cream, and scallions.

 

 

Bacon, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Pot Pies

Bacon, White Bean, and Swiss Chard Pot Pies

Altered from pancetta, white bean, and swiss chard pot pies, The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook, by Deb Perelman

http://smittenkitchen.com/blog/2012/10/pancetta-white-bean-and-swiss-chard-pot-pies/

Serves 4

Lid

2 c all-purpose flour

½ tsp table salt

13 Tb (or 1 stick plus 5 Tb) unsalted butter

6 Tb sour cream or whole Greek yogurt (i.e., a strained yogurt)

1 Tb white wine vinegar

¼ c ice water

Filling

2 Tb olive oil

4 ounces bacon or 4 ounces ¼ in. diced pancetta

2 leeks or onions, finely chopped

6 oz. swiss chard, stems separated and finely chopped, leaves thinly sliced

2-3 sweet winter carrots, sliced

1 large stalk celery, finely chopped

½ lb shiitake mushrooms, sliced into quarters or fifths

Generous pinch of red pepper flakes

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 Tb olive oil

3 ½ Tb butter

3 ½ Tb all-purpose flour

3 ¼ c sodium-free or low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth

2 c white beans, cooked and drained or from one and a third 15.5 oz. cans

Make lids: In a large, wide bowl (preferably one that you can get your hands into), combine the fl our and salt. Add the butter and, using a pastry blender or your fingertips, cut them up and into the flour mixture until it resembles little pebbles. Keep breaking up the bits of butter until the texture is like uncooked couscous. In a small dish, whisk together the sour cream, vinegar, and water, and combine it with the butter-flour mixture. Using a flexible spatula, stir the wet and the dry together until a craggy dough forms. If needed, get your hands into the bowl to knead it a few times into one big ball. Pat it into a flattish ball, wrap it in plastic wrap, and chill it in the fridge for 1 hour or up to 2 days.