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Make This: Grilled Mussels Packets

Saturday, July 1st, 2017

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It’s summer. Do not, I repeat, do not turn on your oven. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for medium, direct heat. Stack 2 18-inch heavy foil sheets on a work surface.

In the center of the foil, place 1 cup ¾-inch diced new potatoes, 6 mussels, 4 2-inch pieces shucked corn on the cob, 1 quartered hot Italian sausage link or chorizo, ½ cup thinly sliced fennel bulb, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon tomato paste and ½ teaspoon each freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, kosher salt and smoked paprika.

Pull up the sides of the foil and pour in ½ cup white wine. Seal the packets by bringing up opposite sides of the foil and tightly folding them down, leaving a bit of room for the mussels to open. Fold the two ends closed and grill about 10 minutes.

When the mussels have opened, remove and let rest 5 minutes. Serve with grilled bread.

Photo by Julia Calleo

Make This: Summer Clafoutis

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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Somewhere between a fruit-filled pancake and a custard, clafoutis can be drizzled with syrup for brunch or topped with ice cream for dessert.

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 cup whole milk, 3 eggs, ½ cup sugar, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 1 tablespoon lemon zest and ½ teaspoon almond extract. Stir in ½ cup flour, then pour the batter into a buttered cast-iron skillet or pie pan.

Sprinkle 2 cups blueberries over the top and bake until puffy and light brown, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes, dust with powdered sugar and serve. 

Customize your clafoutis: Use halved cherries, seasonal berries, chopped peaches or quartered figs. Try pears, apples or grapes in the fall, or throw in chocolate chips and cinnamon year-round.

Photo by Julia Calleo

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Make This: Arepas

Monday, May 1st, 2017

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This tortilla-pancake lovechild can be sliced and filled or topped with just about anything.

In a medium bowl, combine 2 cups warm water, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt and stir until the salt dissolves. Gradually add 2 cups masarepa (arepa flour, available at most international groceries), stirring constantly 1 minute. Cover the bowl with a towel and let rest 10 minutes.

Divide the dough into 8 equal portions and shape into 5-inch patties, ½-inch thick.

Heat a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, brush lightly with vegetable oil, add 4 arepas and cook until golden brown with some charred spots, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let cool on a wire rack and repeat with the remaining arepas.

Top with:
• Butter and agave

• Guacamole and cojita cheese

• Black beans and hot sauce

• Carnitas or barbacoa

• Nutella and crushed peanuts

 

Photo by Julia Calleo

Dee Ryan is a longtime contributor to Sauce Magazine who also writes the online recipe column, Just Five.

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Make This: Speedy Mac n Cheese

Make This: Speedy Mac and Cheese

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

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There’s a happy medium between the blue box and a fussy bechamel. Thanks to some inspiration from Serious Eats, gourmet mac and cheese just made the weeknight menu. To a medium saucepan, add 1½ cups elbow macaroni and enough water or stock to just cover the pasta, about 2½ cups. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring frequently until almost all the liquid is absorbed, 6 to 7 minutes. Stir in 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk and bring back to a boil. Stir in 1½ cups grated sharp cheddar and ¼ cup grated Parmesan until completely melted and smooth, about 2 minutes. Serve immediately.

Photo by Julia Calleo

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Make This: Spicy Shrimp Cocktail

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

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Skip the boring ketchup stuff and whip up this creamy, spicy-sweet sauce next time you’re shrimp cocktailing. In a large stockpot over high heat, bring 6 cups water, ½ lemon, 2 bay leaves and 1 tablespoon kosher salt to a boil. Meanwhile, prepare an ice bath. Add 1 pound medium thawed or fresh shrimp to the boiling water and cook 1½ to 2 minutes, until pink and opaque. Transfer the shrimp to the ice bath and let cool 5 minutes. Meanwhile, whisk together ½ cup sour cream, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon hot sauce, 1 teaspoon lime juice and ½ teaspoon cumin in a small bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon minced green onions. Remove the shrimp from the water bath and serve with the dipping sauce.

Photo by Julia Calleo

Make This: Tiramisu Pizza

Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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Live la dolce vita with this tiramisu-inspired dessert pizza. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. On a powdered sugar-dusted work surface, roll 1 pound prepared pizza dough into a ½-inch-thick round. Bake on a lightly oiled pizza pan 12 to 15 minutes, until cooked through. In a small bowl, mix 1 cup espresso and 1 tablespoon dark rum. Poke the crust all over with a fork and brush with the espresso mixture. Let cool completely. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat together ⅓ cup sugar and 3 room-temperature egg yolks 6 minutes on high speed. Add 8 ounces mascarpone and mix 2 minutes. Spread the mascarpone mixture over the crust and dust with cocoa powder before serving.

Photo by Julia Calleo

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Make This: Savory Granola

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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Ditch the croutons and pump up the volume on your soups and salads with this crunchy, savory topper. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup old-fashioned oats, ½ cup slivered almonds, ½ cup raw sunflower seeds, ⅓ cup grated Parmesan, ¼ cup raw sesame seeds, 2 Tbsp. chopped rosemary, ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper and ½ teaspoon garlic powder. In a small bowl, beat 1 egg white until frothy, then add it and ¼ cup olive oil to the oat mixture. Toss to combine. Pour onto a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake 25 minutes, stirring once halfway through. Let cool, then break into chunks. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.

Photo by Carmen Troesser

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Make This: Thai Noodles with Gai Lan

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016

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Skip the Thai takeout and put this dish on the table in 15 minutes flat. In a medium bowl, pour boiling water over 14 ounces rice stick noodles and let sit 7 minutes. Drain and rinse the noodles then toss them with 2 tablespoons sesame oil. In a small bowl, combine ⅓ cup soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1½ tablespoons chile-garlic sauce, 1 tablespoon grated ginger and 2 teaspoons rice vinegar. Set aside. In a large skillet or wok over high heat, warm 3 tablespoons vegetable oil. Add the noodles to the skillet with 6 cups roughly chopped gai lan. Saute 2 minutes, then stir in the sauce and cook 1 to 2 minutes more. Garnish with ⅓ cup each chopped basil, cilantro and mint; ¼ cup chopped peanuts; and lime wedges.

 

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Photo by Greg Rannells

Make This: Leftover Turkey Cuban

Monday, November 21st, 2016

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Leftover Thanksgiving turkey can seem endless – until you press it into this modified Cuban sandwich. Slice a telera or other soft sandwich roll in half lengthwise. On one half, spread 1 tablespoon each yellow mustard and cranberry sauce. Top with 1 slice baby Swiss cheese, 5 to 7 bread-and-butter pickles and 2 ounces each leftover turkey and sliced ham. Cover with the other half of the roll. Place the sandwich in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Press down with another heavy pan 2 minutes, then flip the sandwich, press down with the pan and cook 2 more minutes, until the cheese is melted.

Make This: Apple-Burrata Salad

Tuesday, October 25th, 2016

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Cabbage, apples and creamy burrata cheese come together for a sophisticated spin on a humble salad. In a large bowl, whisk together ¼ cup lime juice, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons maple syrup and a few drops of hot sauce. Add a 10-ounce bag of shredded green cabbage, 1 thinly sliced Pink Lady or Granny Smith apple and ¼ cup chopped fresh dill. Toss well to combine. Top the salad with a 4-ounce ball of room-temperature burrata and slice it into quarters, allowing the cheese to seep out and mix with the dressed salad. Sprinkle with ¼ cup chopped toasted walnuts and serve.

 

-photo by Greg Rannells

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