Sunday, January 19, 2014

Winter Casserole: Sweet potatoes, Black Beans, Greens, and Brown Rice

    • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and dice
    •  A few cups of cooked brown rice
    • 1 can of black beans, rinsed and drained
    • 1 can of diced tomatoes
    • 1 medium onion, diced
    • 1 bag of fresh spinach or other greens
    • 1/2 cup of chicken or vegie broth
    • 1 tbsp ground coriander (plus more to tastes)
    • 1 tbsp ground cumin (plus more to tastes)
    • 3/4 cup asst shredded  cheese (I used cheddar and parmesan)
    • salt, pepper and olive oil

  1. peel and dice the sweet potatoes and parboil in a saucepan until nearly done
  2. In a big pot, saute the onion for about 5 minutes in 1T olive oil
  3. Add the fresh spinach/greens and
    broth , turn heat to low and cover the pan, allow to cook for about 5 minutes, or until the spinach wilts and cooks down
  4. add the steamed (and drained) sweet potatoes, black beans, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, salt and pepper to the pan, mix all together and turn off heat
  5. in a large baking dish, layer the rice and then a sprinkling of the shredded cheese, then the sweet potato mixture, a bit more shredded cheese, and finish with brown rice with some shredded cheese.
  6. Cook uncovered at  375 degrees for 25-40 minutes

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Gondi - Persian matzoh ball soup with chickpeas and chicken
(modified from Epicurious)

Gondi is a bawdy Persian expression for a certain part of the male anatomy
and a favorite food in many Iranian Jewish homes.

Prep time: 15 min for balls, 30 min for everything else
Cook time: 60 min
Yield: 8 servings (50 balls)

  2 yellow onions
  1 egg
  3 cloves garlic, minced
  2 t ground cardamom
  1 t ground turmeric
  2 T grapeseed oil
  2 C chickpea flour
  1 lb ground chicken or turkey
  12 C chicken or vegetable stock
  8 C chicken or vegetable stock (Note: this can be reduced by using broth
      that the balls are cooked in, which will yield about 1/3 its original
  1 large carrot, thinly sliced
  2 C cooked chickpeas (one 15-ounce can, drained and rinsed)
  4 dried limes, soaked in hot water & covered for 15 minutes
  2 C loosely packed coarsely chopped fresh dill, flat-leaf parsley, or
  1/4 C freshly squeezed lemon juice

Puree the onions in a food processor, then transfer to a large bowl
Whisk in egg, garlic, cardamom, turmeric, oil, 2 t salt, & several grinds
Now use a fork to mix in the meat and chickpea flour to form a thick paste
Cover & store in fridge for at least 4 hours (up to 24 hours) to firm up
Use 2 spoons or wet hands with cold water and break off walnut-size pieces
  of the dough & roll them into smooth balls (gondi)

In large stockpot, bring 12 C stock and 2 t salt to a rapid boil
Carefully drop in gondi
Turn heat to low, cover, and simmer for 50 minutes without opening the pot
When ready, the gondi will be firm in the center
Remove with a slotted spoon
Cooking stock can be strained and used for the soup broth

In another stockpot, pour 4 to 8 C stock (4 if gondi broth will eventually
  be used & 8 if not)
Add carrot and chickpeas and bring to a boil
Pierce limes several times with a fork and add them to the stock along with
  their soaking water
Simmer covered for 15 minutes
Add herbs and season to taste with salt and pepper
Stir in the lemon juice just before serving
Divide the gondi among soup bowls, ladle the broth over the top, and serve.