We are still under quarantine, and attempting to use up what is in the fridge. I accidentally opened phyllo dough last week thinking it was puff pastry. So in an attempt to use it up, I made a recipe that was found on the box for phyllo pizza. It was fine, but was left with half of the box of dough and no idea what to do with it. I didn’t feel like making it into Baklava. We ended up coming up with two different recipes (very different and worth a try). These two rolls turned out to be perfect and very easy. One is obviously sweet and one roll we enjoyed with cocktails.
Feta Phyllo Rolls
Ingredients 8 oz Feta Cheese 1 egg 1/2 cup fresh herbs (Basil, Parsley, Mint & Chives) 1/2 stick of butter 8 sheets of Phyllo Dough
Mix together the cheese, egg and herbs and set aside. Cover a baking sheet with a Silpat and use that as your work and prep area. Melt the butter and brush butter onto half of the phyllo. Fold the other half over and press down. Cut up the middle of the folded phyllo sheet to make two lengths. Put your cheese mixture along the bottom of both prepped sheets and roll up. Do this with all 8 sheets. Butter the tops of the rolls before you bake.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Nutella Phyllo Rolls
Ingredients 1/2 cup Nutella 1/2 stick of butter 8 sheets of Phyllo Dough
Put the Nutella into a piping bag and set aside until ready.
Prep the phyllo sheets by placing either one whole sheet out and buttering and cover with another phyllo sheet or doing the method above by buttering half of the sheet and folding over. Cut into 4 lengths (if doing the whole sheet). Pipe the Nutella along the bottom of the sheet and then roll up. Butter the tops of the rolls before you bake.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until gold brown on the top. Let cool before you enjoy.
Mix all ingredients together until a dough forms. While this rests in a covered bowl, put a large sauce pan of salted water on the stove and bring to a boil.
Carefully cut the gnocchi in half, and then in fourths. Take one fourth of the gnocchi and roll out into a long ribbon. If the ribbon is too long, cut in half. I usually use a bench scrapper, but you can use a knife to cut. Put the cut pieces of gnocchi on a floured sheet pan. Continue until all of the gnocchi is cut. At this point, you can either cook or roll each piece of gnocchi down a fork to give it ridges. For the sake of time, and energy, I usually skip this step and move quickly onto cooking.
Cook about a third of the gnocchi at a time in boiling water. Once they float and cook for about 3 minutes, pull them out unto a strainer and continue to cook.
Serve with your favorite ragu sauce or butter and parsley are great as well.
We had some leftover rice Paul made for an Indian inspired dinner and thought that it would make great rice pudding. So this is an experiment! During quarantine, what else do we have to do?
Ingredients 2 cups cooked rice 3 cups milk (I used 2 cups half/half and 1 cup 2%) 2 eggs 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 tsp vanilla extract Cinnamon
Preheat over to 350 degrees F.
Combine the rice and milk into a sauce pan and bring to a boil. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and vanilla together. Once the rice and milk come to a boil, temper the eggs with a little of the hot milk. Then add all of the egg mixture into the rice mixture and whisk. Pour into a baking dish and sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake for 30 minutes or until set.
This was made while we were quarantined at home, with leftovers and frozen veggies. It is easy to substitute fresh vegetables if you wish, but this turned out really great and was easy to throw together for a quick lunch.
Heat large wok or sauté pan and swirl oil into pan to heat. Add in meat and sauté for 3 – 4 minutes to crisp. Add in frozen vegetables for 5 minutes until heated through. Add ginger and garlic; cook another minute. Make a well in the middle of the pan and add in the whisked eggs. Let cook without moving the eggs around for 2 minutes.
Add in soy sauce, sesame oil and rice and mix well. Serve immediately.
During this quarantine, we have been making a lot of our old standbys, as well as new recipes that we have come to love. This is one of them, changed from the original recipe into our own version.
Ingredients 2 large eggs and 2 large yolks, room temperature 1 oz Grana Padano or Pecorino Romano 1 oz Parmesan Coarse ground black pepper Kosher Salt 1/2 tsp granulated garlic 1 tbsp olive oil 4 oz pancetta 16 oz pasta 1/2 cup frozen peas
In a small bowl, mix together the eggs, yolks and grated cheeses. Season with a pinch of salt and a generous amount of black pepper and garlic.
In a large sauce pan, heat slightly salted water (no more than a tbsp) over high heat until brought to a full boil. Boil pasta until al dente (time may vary depending on pasta used). Once finished, poor into a colander with a bowl underneath to catch the cooking water. Reserve all cooking water until ready to serve, in case you need more than the cup called for.
In a high sided sauté pan, cook pancetta in the olive oil until crispy. If done before the pasta, set aside until pasta is ready. Once pasta has finished, pour one cup of pasta water into the pancetta, then the drained pasta and heat over low. Stir for a minute. Turn off the heat.
Stir in the cheese mixture, adding some additional reserved pasta water as needed for more creaminess (about 1/2 a cup additional). Serve immediately with more grated cheese and pepper.
3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 large onion, diced 2 cloves of garlic, finely chopped 1.5 inches of ginger, peeled and finely chopped 1.5 pounds boneless chicken tenders, chopped into bite sized pieces 1 tsp cumin seeds 2 tsp garam masala 1/2 tsp ground turmeric 1 cup diced tomatoes 8 oz fresh spinach 1/2 cup sour cream 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Heat the vegetable oil in a Dutch oven. Sauté cumin for a minute. Add in onion, ginger and garlic and sauté for 8 minutes.
While the onion cooks, fill a sauce pan with about 1 inch of water to a boil. Blanch the spinach for 2 minutes and remove to a dish. Squeeze out as much water as possible. Put the spinach into a food processor and chop up (about 6 pulses).
Add in chicken, garam masala and turmeric to the Dutch oven and cook for 8 minutes. Add in diced tomatoes and cook another 10 minutes. Stir in spinach, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add in sour cream and a splash of water if needed. Reduce heat and simmer until creamy. Season with salt and serve with basmati rice.
3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp whole cumin seeds 1 tbsp freshly grated ginger 1 medium red onion, diced 1 tbsp paprika 1 tbsp ground fennel 1 tsp cayenne 1.5 pounds boneless chicken tenders, cut into bite sized pieces 1 tsp salt 1/2 cup sour cream, beaten
Heat oil in a Dutch oven. Add the cumin seeds and grated ginger and cook for a minute. Add in the onion and sauté until translucent. Add in cayenne, paprika and ground fennel. Add in the chicken and stir in well. Add in salt and 1/4 cup of water and cover Dutch oven. Cook for about 30 minutes and check on the tenderness of the chicken. Turn off the heat and add in the sour cream. Top with cilantro if you have and serve with basmati rice.
8 Cuts of Chicken, bone in 1 1/2 cups red wine 1 cup chicken stock 1/4 cup brandy 5 strips of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch pieces 1 medium onion, quartered then thinly sliced 4 carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces 4 garlic cloves, minced 2 tbsp tomato paste 2 tsp thyme 8 oz mushrooms, thickly sliced 8 oz frozen pearl onions Beurre manie (2 tbsp flour, 2 tbsp softened butter mixed well)
Place chicken in a large bowl and cover with wine, stock and brandy. Let sit while you prep the vegetables.
In a dutch oven, cook bacon over medium high heat until crispy. Remove bacon and set aside. Remove chicken from wine marinade (saving marinade) and dry the chicken with paper towels. Work in two batches searing until golden on both sides, about 5 minutes each side. Remove chicken from the pan and pour ALL BUT 2 tbsp of fat out of pan into a heatproof dish and set aside.
Add sliced onion and carrots to the pan and let them cook until golden brown. Add in the garlic and cook for one minute.
Push the vegetables to the side and add in tomato paste. Cook until fragrant and paste begins to darken. Pour the reserved wine marinade into the pan scraping the bottom to remove any stuck on bits.
Return the chicken to the dutch oven and sprinkle with thyme. Cover and cook on low for 20 minutes.
Pour 1 tbsp of the reserved oil into a skillet and saute mushrooms until brown, about 10 minutes. Add the pearl onions to the pot and cook another 10 minutes.
Mix beurre manie together in a small pinch bowl. Remove chicken from dutch oven and add in the beurre manie. Stir until thickened. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Add the chicken back into the dutch oven and top with cooked bacon and mushrooms. Sprinkle with more fresh thyme.