Tomato Bruschetta

Ingredients:

4 medium tomatoes

1 T minced garlic

1/4 cup chopped basil (or to taste)

chopped parsley to taste

1 tsp olive oil

1 tsp lemon juice

salt to taste

hot pepper flakes (optional)

crusty bread

 

To Make:

For best results, I like to chop tomatoes, lightly salt and let them drain for 1/2-1 hour. I put the strainer over the bowl and use the juice to throw into soup or stew. Add all remaining ingredients, except bread, and it is ready! It is great refrigerated too. If I am in a rush, it is also great with freshly chopped tomatoes. Delicious served on sliced sourdough or french bread that has been drizzled with oil and crisped in the oven AND with a slice of fresh mozzarella. 

 

 

 

 

Stuffed Cucumbers

I first remember a recipe similar to this from a Mollie Katzen cookbook, but could not find it in any of my current books.  This is adapted from a recipe I found this at food.com. I used almonds instead of walnuts, but otherwise followed the recipe. It it great as an appetizer or side dish. I preferred it within a few hours of making it, as the cukes start to release some of their water after about four hours and lose a bit of their crunch. I highly encourage experimenting with this recipe - dill, yogurt, sour cream, fennel fronds, olives, smoked paprika, hot peppers......

1/2 cup nuts - walnuts were in original recipe, I loved raw almonds

1/4 cup parsley

1/2 cup feta

1/4 cup milk

1 garlic clove

1/2 tsp paprika

1/8 tsp cayenne

4 medium cukes

Halve cukes and cut out seed to make a cuke boat. Throw everything else together in a food processor and process until well mixed, with little bits of nut. Fill your boats and serve as an appetizer or side dish.

Stuffed Large Green Leaves

A versatile, beautiful dish, great as an appetizer or main dish. I first made this with collards, but have made it with chard, komatsuna (pictured), vitamin green and kale. The stuffing can easily be changed to please vegans, vegetarians or carnivores, can be any leftover in your refrigerator or a new inspiration

Steam 12-18 large green leaves

(for carnivores)

Heat pan to medium and add 1 pound of ground meat (pork, turkey, beef, lamb). Crush a clove of garlic or add some pureed garlic scape. Add grated ginger or hot peppers for flavor. Cook meat until no longer red.

Add any cooked grain (rice, quinoa, barley, etc), about 1/2-1 cup, or to your liking. 

A dash of oyster sauce adds a nice flavor. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Lay leaves on counter, put a spoonful of filling on top and roll like a burrito. Place in baking dish. May be eaten right away or baked for 20-30 minutes to better meld the flavors. 

(for vegans and vegetarians)

Sautee 1 onion with garlic or garlic scares, add 1 cup cooked rice, chopped mint and chopped parsley and some dried fruit or nuts (dried cherries or currants are great). 

Lay leaves on counter, put a spoonful of filling on top and roll like a burrito. Place in baking dish. May be eaten right away or baked for 20-30 minutes to better meld the flavors. 

Vegan or dairy cheese may be sprinkled on top for additional flavor (feta is great). 

 

 

 

Radish and Pesto Crostini

INGREDIENTS

1 baquette, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1/2 cup of garlic scape, basil or cilantro pesto (see basic pesto recipe)

1 bunch or radishes (or turnips), thinly sliced

Coarse sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 400. Brush baquette slices on both sides with olive oil. Bake on cookie sheet until golden brown, approximately 3-5 minutes per side.

Slather a bit of pesto on each slice of baguette, arrange a few slices of radish or turnip. Sprinkle with sea salt. Yum, perfect appetizer or side dish.