Oven-cooked Beef Pot Roast

Ingredients

one 4-pound boneless beef chuck roast
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
12 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 cup dry red wine
4 cups reduced-sodium beef broth, or as needed
4 large sprigs of fresh thyme
1 sprig of fresh rosemary
1-1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise
12 ounces cherry tomatoes (preferably assorted colors)
3/4 cup pitted green olives

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
  2. Pat the beef dry with paper towels. Season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large Dutch oven (at least 6 quarts) over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil, then add the beef and cook, turning occasionally, for about 12 minutes, or until browned on all sides. Transfer the beef to a bowl.
  4. Reduce the heat to medium, add the onions to the pot, and cook, stirring occasionally and scraping up the brown bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon,for about 5 minutes, or until the onions are tender.
  5. Stir in the garlic and cook for about 1 minute, or until fragrant.
  6. Stir in the wine, bring to a boil, and boil for 1 minute.
  7. Stir in the broth, thyme, and rosemary.
  8. Return the beef to the pot and scatter the potatoes, tomatoes, and olives around it. You should have enough liquid to cover all but about the top 1 inch of the beef. Add broth or water if needed. Bring to a simmer over high heat, cover tightly. T
  9. Move the pot to the oven. Bake for about 2 hours and 30 minutes, turning the beef over after the first 1-1/2 hours, or until it is just tender. Uncover and continue baking for about 30 minutes, or until the beef is fork-tender.
  10. Remove from oven and set aside to rest for 30 minutes.
  11. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beef, vegetables, and olives to a platter. Gently pull the beef into large chunks along its natural separations. Cover the beef, vegetables, and olives with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  12. Skim off the fat that has risen to the surface of the cooking liquid and remove and discard the herb stems. Bring the liquid to a boil and boil for about 20 minutes, or until slightly reduced.
  13. Return the beef, vegetables, and olives to the pot and simmer for about 5 minutes, or just until reheated.
  14. Divide the beef, vegetables, and olives among six dinner plates. Spoon a few tablespoons of the cooking liquid over each serving. Pour the remaining cooking liquid into a sauceboat. Serve hot, with the cooking liquid on the side.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Curtis Stone What’s for Dinner?

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Vegan Tacos with Lentil, Mango and Avocado

Ingredients

1 cup black (beluga) lentils
8 corn tortillas, warmed
2 cups baby spinach
1/4 cup roasted pumpkin seeds

Guacamole

l avocado
juice of 1/2 lime
1 cup diced mango
1 plum (Roma) tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
2 tsp minced chipotle chili pepper in adobo sauce
1/4 tsp salt

Method

  1. In medium-sized saucepan, place lentils and 3 cups. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, until tender, about 20 minutes.
  2. To make guacamole, in bowl, place flesh of 1/2 avocado and lime juice and mash together. Finely chop remaining avocado. Add chopped avocado, mango, tomato, red onion, cilantro, chipotle chili pepper, and salt to bowl with mashed avocado and stir everything together.
  3. To serve, place spinach on tortillas and top with lentils, guacamole, and pumpkin seeds.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Alive magazine

Italian-style Lasagne with Bolognese and Spinach

Ingredients

12 No-boil dried lasagne noodles
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano

Bolognese Sauce

1/4 cup olive oil
3 ounces sliced pancetta, finely chopped
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 large carrot, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 pounds ground beef chuck (not lean)
1-1/2 cups dry white wine
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup tomato paste
1-1/2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon black pepper

Ricotta Filling

2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 (15-ounce) containers whole-milk ricotta
4 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
3/4 cup whole milk

Method

  1. To make sauce, heat oil in a 12- to 14-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until it shimmers. Cook pancetta, onion, carrot, celery, and garlic, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are golden and softened, 12 to 15 minutes.
  2. Add beef and cook, stirring occasionally and breaking up any lumps, until meat is no longer pink, 6 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in wine, milk, tomato paste, thyme, salt, and pepper. Simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until most of liquid has evaporated but sauce is still moist, about 1 hour.
  4. To make the ricotta filling, put spinach in a kitchen towel (not terry cloth) and twist to squeeze out as much moisture as possible.
  5. Whisk together ricotta, eggs, Parmesan, nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Transfer 1-1/2 cups ricotta mixture to another bowl and whisk in 1/4 cup milk; set aside.
  6. Whisk spinach into remaining filling with remaining 1/2 cup milk.
  7. Preheat oven to 375°F, with rack in middle.
  8. Soak noodles in a bowl of very warm water until pliable but not softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Place on a kitchen towel (it’s not necessary to pat them dry).
  9. Spread 1-1/2 cups Bolognese sauce in a 13-by 9-inch baking pan (3-inch deep) and sprinkle with 1 tablespoon Parmesan. Cover with 3 noodles, leaving space in between. Spread half of spinach filling on top, then 1 cup Bolognese sauce, and top with 1 tablespoon Parmesan and 3 noodles; repeat. Top with remaining Bolognese sauce, 1 tablespoon Parmesan, and remaining 3 noodles.
  10. Pour reserved ricotta mixture over top and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan.
  11. Cover pan tightly with parchment paper and foil (or just buttered foil) and bake 50 minutes.
  12. Remove foil and bake until top is browned in spots, about 15 minutes more.
  13. Let stand for 15 to 30 minutes before cutting.

Cooks’ Notes:

  1. The Bolognese sauce can be made 2 days ahead and chilled (covered once cool).
  2. The lasagne can be made 1 day ahead and chilled. Reheat in a 350°F oven, loosely covered with foil.

Makes 8 servings.

Source: Gourmet Italian

Spanish Tapa with Puff Pastry, Cheese and Sun-dried Tomato

Ingredients

2-1/2 oz sun-dried tomatoes in oil, drained, oil reserved, and finely chopped
1 zucchini, thinly sliced
1 garlic clove, crushed
9 oz puff pastry, thawed if frozen
5-1/2 oz soft goat cheese
salt and pepper

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F/220°C. Dampen a large cookie sheet.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the reserved oil from the tomatoes in a large skillet, then add the zucchini slices and cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, for 8-10 minutes, or until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat and let cool while you prepare the pastry bases.
  4. Thinly roll out the pastry on a lightly floured counter. Using a plain, 3-1/2-inch cutter, cut out 12 rounds, re-rolling the trimmings as necessary.
  5. Transfer the circles to the prepared cookie sheet and prick 3-4 times with the tines of a fork.
  6. Divide the zucchini mixture equally between the pastry circles, add the tomatoes, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge, and top each tart with a spoonful of goat cheese. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil from the tomatoes and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Bake the tarts in the preheated oven for 10-15 minutes, or until golden brown and well risen. Serve warm.

Makes 12 tarts.

Source: Tapas

Breakfast Bowl with Egg and Quinoa

Ingredients

1/4 cup raw quinoa
1/2 avocado, pitted and diced
2 medium tomatoes, chopped (about 2 cups)
1 cup no-salt-added, frozen corn (thawed)
1/4 cup chopped green onions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro (optional)
4 eggs
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
hot sauce (optional)

Method

  1. Cook quinoa according to the package directions. Remove from heat and let sit.
  2. Divide quinoa between 4 bowls. Arrange the avocado, tomatoes, corn, green onion, and cilantro (if using) between each bowl.
  3. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and warm over medium-high heat. Crack each egg into the skillet and season with salt and pepper. Cover with a lid and cook until egg whites are set but yolk is still runny, about 3 to 4 minutes. Use a spatula to carefully transfer each sunny-side-up egg into each bowl.
  4. Garnish with hot sauce (if using) and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: American Heart Association