Category Archives: starches

greek potatoes with lemon vinaigrette

ingredients

1 1/2 cups olive oil
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped shallots
2 tablespoons chopped fresh oregano or 1 tablespoon dried
1 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
2 garlic cloves, minced
3 pounds large russet potatoes, peeled, each cut lengthwise into 6 wedges
1/2 cup chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth

preparation

Preheat oven to 425°F. Whisk olive oil, lemon juice, shallots, oregano, parsley and garlic in medium bowl to blend. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.

Toss potatoes with 1/2 cup vinaigrette on heavy large rimmed baking sheet. Reserve remaining vinaigrette for serving. Pour chicken stock around potatoes. Sprinkle potatoes with salt and pepper. Roast potatoes until tender and golden brown, turning occasionally, about 45 minutes. Cool completely. Using metal spatula, loosen potatoes from baking sheet to prevent sticking. (Can be prepared 3 hours ahead. Let stand on baking sheet at room temperature.)

Preheat oven to 425°F. Rewarm potatoes until crisp, about 15 minutes. Divide potatoes equally among plates. Drizzle some reserved lemon vinaigrette over potatoes.

nutritional information
Calories: 1,013 (N/A from fat); Fat: 82g (sat 11g, mono 59g, poly 9g); Protein: 9g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Calcium: N/A; Sodium: 67g; Fiber: 6g; Iron: N/A; Carbohydrates: 67g

 

yield: 4 servings (serving size: 4-5 wedges)
time: 1 1/2 hours
source: Epicurious

better spaghetti and meatballs

ingredients

meatballs

2 1/4 cups (6 oz) panko bread crumbs
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 lbs 85% lean ground beef
1 lb ground pork
6 oz thinly sliced prosciutto, chopped fine
3 oz Parmesan cheese, grated (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 Tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves
3 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed (1 Tbsp)
1 1/2 tsp powdered gelatin, dissolved in 3 Tbsp water
salt and pepper

sauce

3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cups grated onion (1-2 onions)
6 medium garlic cloves, minced or pressed (2 Tbsp)
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp dried oregano
6 cups bottled tomato juice
3 cans (28 oz) crushed tomatoes
6 Tbsp dry white wine
salt and pepper
3 lbs spaghetti
1/2 cup minced fresh basil leaves
3 Tbsp minced fresh parsley leaves
granulated sugar
grated Parmesan cheese for serving

preparation

meatballs

  1. Place wire racks in 2 foil-lined rimmed baking sheets. Adjust oven racks to lower-middle and upper-middle positions and heat oven to 450 degrees. Combine bread crumbs and buttermilk in large bowl and let sit, mashing occasionally with fork, until smooth paste forms, about 10 minutes.
  2. Add eggs, beef, pork, prosciutto, Parmesan, parsley, garlic, gelatin mixture, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper to bread-crumb mixture. Using hands, gently mix until thoroughly combined. Lightly form about 1/4 /cup mixture into 2-inch round meatball (about 2 ounces), repeat with remaining mixture to form approximately 40 meatballs.
  3. Spray wire racks with nonstick cooking spray and place meatballs, evenly spaced, on racks; roast until browned, about 30 minutes, rotating trays from front to back and top to bottom halfway through.

sauce

  1. While meatballs roast, heat olive oil in large Dutch oven over medium heat until shimmering. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and golden around edges, 6-8 minutes. Add garlic, red pepper flakes, and oregano; cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomato juice, crushed tomatoes, wine, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and pepper to taste. Increase heat to medium high and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes.
  2. Remove meatballs from oven and lower oven temperature to 300 degrees. Gently add meatballs to sauce, cover pot, and place in oven. Cook until meatballs are firm and sauce has thickened, about 1 hour.
  3. Meanwhile, bring 10 quarts water to boil in 12-quart pot, Add pasta and 2 tablespoons salt to boiling water; cook until al dente. Drain pasta and return to cooking pot.

to serve

  1. Stir basil and parsley into sauce and adjust seasoning with sugar, salt, and pepper. Toss pasta with 1 1/2 cups sauce until lightly coated. Serve pasta, passing meatballs, remaining sauce, and grated Parmesan separately.

nutritional information: not available

yield: 12 servings
time: n/a
source: Andrew Janjigian, Cooks Illustrated, NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2010

lime cilantro sweet potatoes

ingredients

2 lb sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch pieces
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1/2 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

preparation

Put oven rack in lower third of oven and preheat oven to 425°F.

Toss sweet potatoes with 2 tablespoons oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a shallow baking pan. Arrange potatoes in 1 layer and roast, stirring halfway through roasting, until tender, about 25 minutes total. Stir together cayenne, zest, and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Whisk together lime juice and remaining tablespoon oil in a medium bowl, then add potatoes. Sprinkle with cayenne mixture and cilantro, stirring gently to combine.

nutritional information
not available

yield: 4 servings
time: 40 minutes
source: Gourmet, May 2004