September 2, 2012
The topic we were given for this week’s #SundaySupper was inspired by the Labor Day Holiday…and the cookout that comes along with a three-day weekend. I made these portabello paninis. Oh my God. These sandwiches are so delicious, you’ll want to eat five. And they are so easy, you won’t believe it. Simply whip up a quick batch of pesto, grill a few portabellos, place them on buns slathered with goat cheese and pesto…and WaLa! They’re ready to go back on the grill for about five minutes and dinner is served! To make them even easier, and so you can spend more time enjoying the long weekend, prepare the pesto ahead of time.
- 4 tbs pesto
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Salt and pepper
- 4 medium portobello mushrooms, stemmed and wiped clean
- 4 soft, round, whole wheat rolls
- 8 tbs goat cheese
Heat the grill (or a panini maker, if making indoors).
Brush the mushrooms with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Put them on the grill (or press) and grill for about four minutes.
Meanwhile, open the whole wheat rolls and spread pesto on the bottom half and dollap the goat cheese on the top half.
Once you pull the portabellos off the grill, place them on the pesto-smeared bun and place the goat cheese-smear bun on top. Spray the top and bottom sides of the bun with olive oil (I love to use my Misto) and place back on the grill for about five minutes. If grilling, flip the burger about halfway through so the buns get grill marks on both sides.Pull off the grill and serve! (And try not to let everyone know how little effort it took to make such a delicious dish!
Check out all the Labor Day inspired recipes from the #SundaySupper community below!
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August 30, 2012
Pesto is such a flavorful condiment, I honestly don’t know why I don’t make it more often. The variations on this basic recipe are endless and the fact that there’s no cooking involved in preparing it, makes it perfect for whipping up on a hot summer day. It’s so versatile it can be used on pasta, fish or even a burger.
Tell me, what do you like to serve your pesto on?
- 1 bunch fresh basil leaves
- 1/4 cup pine nuts
- 2 large garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Pulse the basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor until finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly add the olive oil and continue processing, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl as needed, until the mixture forms a thick paste. Transfer to a medium bowl and stir in the Parmigiano. Season to taste with more salt and pepper.
- Linguine with red pesto, Ulysses & the Pillars of Hercules (kitchen-memories.com)
- Parsley “pesto” pasta & blogging about cooking (twospoons.wordpress.com)
- Asparagus Pancetta Pesto Pasta (jennieism.wordpress.com)
July 4, 2012
A friend served this delicious chilled avocado soup at her summer party and my husband insisted I recreate it at home. Boy, am I glad she shared this recipe with me (thanks Kathryn!)! Not only is it extremely flavorful and refreshing, but it’s quite versatile. When I made this batch originally, I served it alongside Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas for a #MeatlessMonday dish, and then used it again later in the week as a dressing on a Taco Salad. It would also be delicious as a layer in a Mexican dip, a sauce over a taco or served atop grilled shrimp or chicken. This recipe has definitely made into my list of summer staples!
Chilled Avocado Soup with Chile Lime Pepitas
- 1 medium poblano chile
- 1 small white onion, sliced into 1/4 -inch-thick rings
- 2-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth; more as needed
- 2 medium firm-ripe avocados, pitted, peeled, and cut into large chunks
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh marjoram or oregano (optional)
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice (from 2 medium limes)
- 1 tsp. ground cumin
- 1/2 tsp. ground coriander
- Kosher salt
- 1/2 cup plain non-fat yogurt
- 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
- 1/8 tsp. chile powder; more for serving
On a gas stove, turn a burner to high and set the poblano directly over the flame, turning it with tongs, until completely charred, 5 to 8 minutes. Alternatively, on an electric stove, heat the broiler on high and char the poblano on all sides on a baking sheet placed directly under the broiler. Put the poblano in a bowl, cover, and set aside to steam and loosen the skin. When cool enough to handle, peel, seed, and cut the poblano into 1/4 -inch dice.
Heat an 11- to 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, add the onion and cook, turning a few times, until soft and browned in places, about 5 minutes.
In a blender, purée until smooth all but 1 Tbs. of the poblano, the onion, broth, avocado, cilantro, parsley, marjoram or oregano (if using), 2 Tbs. of the lime juice, cumin, coriander, and 1 tsp. salt. Blend in the yogurt. Season to taste with more salt. Chill well.
Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the pepitas and cook until they begin to pop and color a bit, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 2 Tbs. lime juice, the chile powder, and 1/8 tsp. salt and stir until the juice has evaporated, leaving a film on the pan.
Season the soup to taste with salt and thin with broth if necessary. Divide among 6 cups or small bowls and garnish with the pepitas, the remaining poblano, and a few pinches of chile powder.
- Elote (Mexican Grilled Corn on the Cob) (foodcomas.com)
- Tequila & Lime Fish Tacos (ahealthylifeforme.com)
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