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Archive for December, 2009

Can’t say much, but I will say Triple-D and Guy are coming to Dish in January to film and we will be on national TV.

We are super excited and are looking forward to others hearing about our dedication to scratch cooking, high-quality ingredients, our use of organic/sustainable products and humanely raised meats!

YEAH!

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Adapted from Falling Cloudberries by Tessa Kiros.

Bread

  • 1 oz fresh yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 oz  butter, melted

Topping

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 lb 2 oz ground lamb
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
  • 4 oz canned tomatoes, chopped οr pureed
  • Juice of 1 lemon, to serve
  • Chopped chillies in oil (see below recipe), to serve

Chillies in Olive Oil

  • About 40 fresh red chillies
  • Salt
  • 375 ml (1 ½ cup) olive oil

Crumble the yeast into a bowl, sprinkle with the sugar and add 1 1/4 cups of tepid water. Leave for 10-15 minutes until it begins to activate. Mix in the flour, salt and butter and, when it all comes together, turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead well, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Put it back ίηto the bowl and cover with a tea towel, then a heavier towel. Leave in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours to rise – the dough should puff right up tο the top of the bowl.

Το make the topping, heat the olive οίl in a saucepan and gently sauté the οηίοη to soften it. Add the lamb, cinnamon and most of the parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until any moisture from the lamb has evaporated and the meat is lightly golden, breaking υρ any clusters with a wooden spoon. Remove from the heat and stir in the tomato. Ρreheat your oven to 425.

Κnock down the dough by punching out all the air to bring it back to its original size. Divide the dough into 14 balls, keeping them covered so they don’t dry out. Οn a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough balls to 1/4 thick and about 5-6 inches in diameter. Don’t worry if they’re not completely round. Arrange on lightly floured baking trays and scatter more than a heaped tablespoon οf topping over each, leaving a thin border around the edge. Drizzle about a teaspoon of olive oil over each one and bake for a maximum of 10 minutes or until the dough is just cooked but nοt dried out. Serve immediately, sprinkled with lemon juice, a little chopped chilli in oil and the rest of the chopped parsley. Cover any that you don’t eat with foil. They can be heated quickly in a hot oven or eaten at room temperature.

Chillies in Olive Oil

A teaspoonful of this oil (and a bit of the chilli itself) can be drizzled on to pasta or over grilled (broiled) meats and salads. The oil will initially be very hot, but as it  is used you can top it up with more olive oil and it will eventually loose some of its potency. The flavor of the oil will depend entirely on your choice of chillies. Be sure to wear rubber gloves when handling chillies as just a little on your skin can prove uncomfortable even a few hours later (especially if your rub your eyes).

Cut the chillies into thin rounds of about 2 mm (about 1/16 inch) put them in a colander in the sink and remove as many of the seeds as you can. By tapping the colander sharply on the side of the sink, sprinkle generously with salt and put a plate that fits inside your colander onto of the chillies to squash them and extract some of the juice. Set aside for about 24 hours.

Still using gloves, squeeze the chillies with your hands to drain away the excess salt and moisture and pack them into to a clean, sterilized jar. Cover them completely with olive oil. The oil will be ready in a couple of days but will be better in a couple of weeks. Add more olive oil if the chilli oil is too strong. Store in a cool place. The chillies must remain covered by the oil at all times.

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Baked Manicotti

Adapted from America’s Test Kitchen – Good = Yes

INGREDIENTS

Tomato Sauce
2 28-ounce cans diced tomatoes (in juice)
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
6 medium cloves garlic , minced or pressed through garlic press (about 1 tablespoon)
1 teaspoon hot red pepper flakes
Table salt
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil

Cheese Filling and Pasta
3 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
4 ounces grated Parmesan cheese (about 2 cups)
8 ounces shredded mozzarella cheese (about 2 cups)
2 large eggs , lightly beaten
3/4 teaspoon table salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
16 no-boil lasagna noodles

1. For the Sauce: Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Pulse 1 can tomatoes with their juice in food processor until coarsely chopped, 3 or 4 pulses. Transfer to bowl. Repeat with remaining can tomatoes.

2. Heat oil, garlic, and pepper flakes in large saucepan over medium heat until fragrant but not brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt and simmer until thickened slightly, about 15 minutes. Stir in basil; adjust seasoning with salt.

3. For the cheese filling: Combine ricotta, 1 cup Parmesan, mozzarella, eggs, salt, pepper, and herbs in medium bowl; set aside.

4. To assemble: Pour 2 inches boiling water into 13 by 9-inch broilersafe baking dish, then add noodles one at a time.  Let noodles soak until pliable, about 5 minutes, separating noodles with tip of sharp knife to prevent sticking. Remove noodles from water and place in single layer on clean kitchen towels; discard water in baking dish and dry baking dish.

5. Spread bottom of baking dish evenly with 1 1/2 cups sauce. Spread 1/4 cup cheese mixture evenly onto bottom three-quarters of each noodle (with short side facing you), leaving top quarter of noodle exposed. Roll into tube shape and arrange in baking dish seam side down. Top evenly with remaining sauce, making certain that pasta is completely covered.

6. Cover manicotti with aluminum foil. Bake until bubbling, about 40 minutes, then remove foil. Remove baking dish, adjust oven rack to uppermost position and heat broiler. Sprinkle manicotti evenly with remaining 1 cup Parmesan. Broil until cheese is spotty brown, 4 to 6 minutes. Cool 5 minutes, then serve.

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