Root Vegetable Gratin

Root Vegetable Gratin

1 onion, sliced
2 cups fennel,
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 lbs mix of sweet potato, potato, celeriac
1 cup heavy cream
2 cups chicken or veg stock
2 cups grated gruyere cheese
2 tsp thyme
2 1/2 cups breadcrumbs
2 to 3 Tbsp melted butter

Peel and slice veggies 1/4" thick. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter a deep baking dish. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium heat and add the onions and fennel. Sautee about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook one more minute. Combine mixture with remaining vegetables, cream, stock, cheese, thyme, 1 Tbsp kosher salt and 1 1/2 tsp black pepper. Pour into baking dish. Mix breadcrumbs and butter and distribute over top of dish. Bake 1 1/2 hours uncovered, til very tender when tested with a knife. Let set 15 min and serve!

I made this for a meal train for friends who recently had a baby, and it was a big hit. Recipe and photo from Smitten Kitchen blog.

Big Beet Borscht

2-3 qt beef or veg broth
Olive oil
2 onions, diced
2.5 cups shredded beets
1 carrot, sliced
1 celeriac, cubed small
1 Tbsp dill seeds (ground)
1 bay leaf
Salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp vinegar

Sautee onions in olive oil in lg soup pot, add carrots, celeriac and dill. Mix to incorporate and let cook for about two minutes. Add shredded beet, bay leaf and broth. Simmer for 20 mins or until celeriac and carrots are soft. Serve hot with a dollop of sour cream on top.

Recipe from winter shareholder Abby Getman, who says "I was excited by the challenge of using one of the monster sized beets, so I took one more than twice the size of a softball and dreamed up this borscht recipe!"

* Online exclusive: In the print version, we didn't include have space to include one optional detail about this soup: for a meatier meal, you can add stew beef. Cut into small cubes and sear it at the beginning of the recipe, and then cook it with the soup.

Harvest Dinner Stuffed Winter Squash

Preheat the oven to 375. Halve butternuts and scoop out the seeds. Eye the squash to decide the amount of stuffing you will need. Place in a baking dish, skin side down, and cover with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes until still firm, but starting to soften. Meanwhile….

Either use leftover whole grains or cook some up fresh. My preference is a mix of wild  or purple rice and brown rice, but I have used barley, whole grain wheat, rye and millet. 

Sauté leeks or onions, garlic and a mix of vegetables (all cut up fine) in olive oil. My preference is carrots, sweet potatoes and kale with a smaller amount of rutabaga, celeriac and turnip. Mix in a cheese of choice. Feta is delicious; soft, flavored goat cheese great. Mix in the grains. Add a smattering of unusual goodies like capers, dried cranberries, golden raisins or cherries. Add curry powder, salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds on top.

Fill the squash and cover with foil. I have loaded the entire top of the baking dish when I’ve made too much filling and it has worked just fine. Cook until the squash is soft. Take the cover off and cook for 3-5 minutes more. 

This is from our own Karen Romanowski. It's the recipe she used to make the stuffed squash at our harvest dinner in November. (Karen Levine loved this one!!)  She says " it's a non-recipe recipe. The ingredients are very flexible, as are the amounts. Stuff any winter squash. Butternuts are great, but it’s been delicious in all varieties. It can be more grain-y or more vegetable-y, use whatever you have, just don’t forget a little curry powder."

Tempeh Stew with Wine and Shiitake Mushrooms

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 lb tempeh, cut into ½” cubes
2 1/2 c water
1/2 c dry white wine
2 tbsp prepared mustard
8 shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced
2 c peeled and coarsely chopped sweet potatoes
1 ½ c peeled and coarsely chopped carrots
½ c peeled and coarsely chopped celeriac
1 ½ c trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts
½ c coarsely chopped onion
1 ½ tbsp miso
2 tspn dried thyme
1 ½ tspn dried sage
1 tspn dried rosemary

Heat the oil in a 6-qt stockpot over med heat. Add the tempeh and cook 5-10 min, ~ golden brown. Add the water, wine, and mustard to the pot, along with the shiitakes. Bury the shiitakes under the potatoes, roots, Brussels’, and onion. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to med-low. Simmer covered ~ 20 min, or until veg are soft. Dissolve the miso in some of the hot broth, then add to the pot, along with the thyme, sage, and rosemary. Simmer another 5 min to blend the flavors.

From our shareholder Leslie Cerier - "the Organic Gourmet" who has a ton of great recipes on her website:
http://www.lesliecerier.com/recipes/