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Gnocchi with Proscuitto and Fig Jam

I was just sitting here going through my food pictures trying to pick something to write about. Even though I just came back from grocery shopping and then eating dinner I kept saying ooh did I share that already, damn that looks good. We should make that again damn now I am hungry again. My daughter made this a few weeks ago from Ayesha Curry’s The Full Plate cookbook.


The one I am going to share was so good and very simple to make. I did wonder why we didn’t have a finished dish photo to share so forgive me for that. But It was a little salty, a little sweet and was definitely comfort food.

We always have pancetta, prosciutto and the fig jam in the fridge.  Chicken stock is usually in the freezer and I usually have gnocchi in the freezer but we haven’t been able to go to Montreal where I usually bring home so much fresh made pasta, gnocchi and bread that we had to go to the store for gnocchi, I have said a dozen times; just learn how to make it. Someday!!! side note the fig jam is fantastic on a cheese plate so don’t think you are buying it for one recipe. I usually pick up a jar once a month.


Gnocchi with Prosciutto and Fig Jam

dclarkabal
an any night of the week satisfying meal
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3 ounces prosciutto diced can also use pancetta or bacon
  • 16 ounces gnocchi store bought works great
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fig jam
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Instructions
 

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat
  • in a large skillet over medium high heat add the prosciutto, stirring occasionally until most of the fat has been rendered off and beginning to brown. about 7-8 minutes. Turn off the heat
  • add the gnocchi to the boiling water and cook according to the package instructions. Drain reserving 1 cup of the water.
  • turn the pan with the prosciutto back on to medium heat, add the gnocchi and stock, cook while stirring until the stock reduces, 3-5 minutes. Stir in the butter, thyme and jam. Toss to coat. adding some of the gnocchi as needed. You want the gnocchi in a nice glossy sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to either a platter or your serving dishes and grate Parmigiano cheese over it.

Pot Pie – pancetta, white beans and swiss chard

Happy Easter!!!

I hope you are able to spend this Easter with some family or friends. I know we are not out of the craziness but I have hope that we are close to getting back to somewhat of normalcy in the world. I have faith that masks will not be a requirement everywhere we go. I at least I really hope so.

We should have browned the crust more!

This recipe I am going to share was a dish my daughter made last week and brought a comment from my husband that was pretty funny. He took a couple of bites; looked up and said and I quote “this opens up a whole new world of what could be made into a pot pie” I guess we never really made or had anything that wasn’t chicken pot pie before.

not your average joe pot pie

dclarkabal
very flavorful take on a pot pie
Course dinner
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 ounces pancetta diced 1/4 inch
  • 1 large onion finely diced
  • 1 large carrot finely chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk finely chopped
  • pinch red pepper flakes
  • kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard leaves thinly sliced, stalks diced finely
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons flour
  • 3 1/4 cups low sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 16 ounce can cannellini beans drained
  • 1 sheet prepared puff pastry dough thawed
  • 1 egg plus a little water

Instructions
 

filling

  • heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat in a large, wide saucepan. Add the pancetta turning it every so often to brown each side. approx. 10 minutes. Remove it from the pan using a slotted spoon to a paper towel then transfer to a bowl. Leave the heat on and the drippings in the pan and if needed add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the onions, carrots, celery, Swiss chard and the red pepper flakes. Cook over medium heat until the vegetables are soft and beginning to brown, about 7-8 minutes. Add the garlic, cook for another minute more. Add the greens and cook until wilted. about 2-3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to the pancetta bowl, set aside.

sauce / roux

  • Wipe out the large sauce pan, browned bits are fine to leave. Melt the butter over medium-low heat. Add the flour, stirring with a whisk until well combined. Continue cooking for 2-3 minutes. stirring the whole time till it gets a little color. Whisk in the broth a ladle or cup at a time. mixing completely each time. once you have added a third of the broth you can add 2-3 ladles at a time, scraping up the browned bits from the pan, adds more flavor. Once all the broth is added continue stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. lower the heat and simmer until the roux has thickened. about 10 minutes. season with salt and pepper. Stir the beans and vegetables into the sauce.

Making the pie

  • you can make one large pie or make 4 individual ones. Add the filling and cover with puff pastry or make your own pastry. Make a few slits in the top to let the steam out. You can use an egg wash to help the pastry stick to the bowl, brushed on top will also help with browning.
    in a small bowl crack the egg and add a little water.

baking

  • pre-heat oven to 375'F
    bake for 30-35 minutes, until the crust is good and browned

 

Grilling & Chillin on a Pontoon Boat – Stuffed Pepper recipe

I do love to cook with fresh ingredients and do so for the most part. A couple of recent posts I used jar sauce which I have no problem with but I do add my own spin to it by adding fresh garlic, onions and herbs.  I have been known to pick up a store prepared potato or pasta salad on a rare occasion; especially during the week after work.  Sometimes there just isn’t enough time to get it together.  Or there is a time and place rule that takes over; case in point.photo 2 (1)

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This weekend we spent up North with some friends; they stayed on their boat we were in a close by Inn.  The weather wasn’t great on Saturday so we played a round of golf. I shot my personal best for 18 holes and beat the guys by 6 strokes; just saying.  Sunday was spent on the water and just plain glorious.  We grilled burgers on the boat; which I think is super cool! The side salads were bought at the local grocery store; again time and a place played a hand.  While their pontoon boat did have a gas grill and small fridge and coolers under a few of the seats it is not really a place to make up potato and pasta salad. The burgers were the definite star of the meal.

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Since I didn’t make anything worthy of sharing this trip I want to share with you a stuffed pepper recipe that is pretty darn yummy, just in case you have had an abundance of peppers from your garden, unlike me this has been more of a Zucchini year for me but I have shared a couple of Zucchini recipes already; thought I would give you a little break.

1 cup water

1/2 cup uncooked white rice

2 Tbs olive oil, divided

1 medium carrot minced

1 celery stock minced

1 medium onion minced

2 cloves of garlic minced

1-2 sweet Italian sausage casing removed

1/4 lb pancetta diced

32 oz jar marinara sauce

1/4 cup red wine

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes

1/3 cup heavy cream – or use what you have on hand

1/2 grated Parmesan cheese divided

4 bell peppers (any color), halved lengthwise and seeds removed

in a sauce pan bring water to a boil, add rice and stir. reduce heat cover and simmer for 20 minutes, or until tender and fluffy.

preheat oven to 375′

heat 1 tbs olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook carrots, celery and onion until tender, add garlic cook for another minute. Add sausage and pancetta, cook until browned and crumbled. drain off excess liquid. add marinara sauce, wine, and red pepper flakes and simmer 10 minutes. stir in cream, 1/4 cup Parmesan and cooked rice. simmer about 5 minutes or until most of the liquid has been absorbed. Arrange peppers in a shallow baking dish, fill with mixture. drizzle remaining olive oil and cover with remaining Parmesan.  Bake uncovered for 45 minutes until the peppers are soft. serve hot.

The filling is very tasty and does freeze well if you want to double the batch, If you did it would make a great week night meal.