Savory Stuffed Winter Squash


2 med. winter squash
1/3 c chopped walnuts
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 c diced red onion
1/4 c diced celery
1 clove garlic minced
1 1/4 c Jade Pearl rice
3/4 c diced red pepper
1/4 tsp sea salt
2 1/2 c boiling water
1 tbsp fresh thyme
1/2 tsp fresh sage
2 c grated gouda or cheddar cheese
 

Preheat oven to 400F. Leave the squash whole. Place them in a baking pan in the oven for 1 hr. until tender. Meanwhile toast the walnuts in a lg saucepan over med heat, stirring often ~ 5 min. Add the oil, onion, celery, and garlic. Saute for ~ 5 min. until onions soften. Add the rice, pepper, and salt and cook for 2-3 min. Lower the heat, then slowly pour in the water. Cover and simmer ~ 20 min. Stir in the herbs. Taste and adjust seasonings. Cut squash in half and scoop out seeds. Fill the squash halves with the rice mixture. Top with cheese and serve immed.

From 'Gluten-Free Recipes or the Conscious Cook'  a great seasonal cookbook from our shareholder Leslie Cerier.

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.

Winter Root Soup

2 leeks, washed, trimmed, sliced
4 carrots, sliced
2 turnips, sliced
1 rutabaga, sliced
3 parsnips, sliced
4 tbsp butter
1-1/2 quarts chicken stock or combination water/stock
several thyme sprigs tied together
4 cloves garlic, mashed
pinch cayenne pepper
sea salt and pepper
pinch nutmeg

Melt butter in large, stainless steel pot and add leeks, carrots, turnips, rutabaga and parsnips. Cover and cook gently about 1/2 hr over low heat, stirring occasionally. Add stock, bring to a boil and skim. Add, garlic, thyme and cayenne. Simmer, covered, for about 1/2 hr until the vegetables are soft. Season to taste.

from Nourishing Traditions, by Sally Fallon.

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/

Cauliflower Soup with Blue Cheese

1 medium cauliflower
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 leeks, peeled and sliced
4 thyme sprigs
2 bay leaves
sea salt
freshly ground pepper
4 c chicken or veg stock
1/2 c Blue Cheese cheese
1/3 c creme fraiche
parsley for garnish

Break cauliflower into small florets and set aside. Melt the butter in a large pot over med heat. Add leeks and sautee until translucent. Add cauliflower, thyme and bay. Season with salt and pepper. Pour in the stock, stir and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer for 20 min, until cauli is very soft. Crumble in the Blue Cheese and stir over a low heat until it has melted. Add the creme fraiche and stir to combine. Pick out the bay and thyme stalks, then blend until really smooth. Return to the pot and reheat gently. Add more salt and pepper as necessary. Serve topped with chopped parsley. Serves four.

From 101cookbooks.com     

Acorn Squash Stuffed with Apples

There are many fabulous ways to stuff a squash - here's our first recipe of the season, which includes celery and apples, in abundance at the farm at present. 

Ingredients:

2 acorn squash (about 1 pound each), halved lengthwise and seeded                                              

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing                                                            

salt and freshly ground pepper                                                                                                              

3/4 cups diced celery                                                                                                                                    

1 leek, halved lengthwise and sliced crosswise 1/4 inch thick                                                                

1 apple, peeled and diced                                                                                                                                  

1 teaspoon finely chopped thyme                                                                                                  

approximately 3 cups 10 old sourdough or heavy bread—crusts removed, bread cut into 1/2-inch dice                                                                                  

4 ounces vacuum-packed cooked chestnuts or raw pecans or walnuts                                                         

1/4 cup chopped parsley                                                                                                                                     

1/8 - 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk                                                                                                                      

1/3 cup vegetable stock or broth

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Brush the cut sides of the squash with olive oil and season the cavities with salt and pepper. Place the squash cut side down on baking sheet and roast for about 30 minutes, until just tender.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat olive oil. Add the celery, leeks and a generous pinch each of salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the apples and thyme and cook over moderately high heat until the apples just start to soften, about 5 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl. Add the bread, chestnuts, parsley, cream and enough stock to moisten and toss well. Season with salt and pepper.

  3. Turn the squash cut side up. Spoon the stuffing into the cavities and bake until the squash are tender and the stuffing is golden brown, about 20 minutes. Transfer to plates and serve.

 

 

 

Tomato Leek Sauce

This recipe is adapted from the Washington Post. It is delicious and versatile. Serve it over any cooked grain (try the barley, wheat berries or triticale from the farm), over potatoes, pasta, fish or chicken for an easy meal. Add a hot pepper for some heat or some fennel or fennel seeds for a change of pace. 

Ingredients:     

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

2 cups thinly sliced cleaned leeks (white and light-green parts)

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 sprigs thyme

4 medium tomatoes, coarsely chopped, plus their juices

1/3 cup sauvignon blanc or other dry white wine

Coarse or flaky sea salt

Freshly ground black pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Heat the oil in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the leeks, garlic and thyme. Stir to coat, and reduce the heat to medium; cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until tender but not browned, stirring occasionally.

Add the tomatoes plus their juices and the wine, then season with salt and pepper to taste. Cook uncovered for about 30 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed. The mixture will thicken and begin to look like a chunky sauce. 

Discard the thyme sprigs. Taste, and adjust the seasoning before serving or cooling and storing.

 

Sauteed Kohlrabi

Ingredients:

2 kohlrabi, 3 if small
1 medium onion, diced
1 tsp salt
4 tbsp oil
1 tbsp fresh herbs (thyme, sage, chives, etc.)

 

Grate kohlrabi, place in colander and sprinkle with salt. Let stand 30 minutes to drain. Heat oil, add onions, and sauté a few minutes over medium heat. Stir in kohlrabi, reduce heat to low, cover and cook 10 minutes. Increase heat to medium and cook 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in fresh herbs.