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Recipe: Curried Leg of Lamb Potpie

Curried Leg of Lamb Pot Pie

Curried Leg of Lamb Pot Pie

 

This recipe for Curried Leg of Lamb Potpie gets five stars in my book. It’s full of flavor and a very tender cut of lamb.

I went the non-traditional route and served this as my Thanksgiving meal this year instead of turkey. Give it a try this holiday season. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

Ingredients:

For the Pastry Dough:

  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 stick chilled unsalted butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup ice-cold water

For the Potpie Filling:

  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • 2 lbs. leg of lamb roast, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 white onion, diced
  • 5 small turnips, diced
  • 2 cups peeled butternut squash, cubed
  • 2 cups Tuscan kale, chopped
  • 1 cup crimini mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 medium carrots, chopped
  • 2 tsps curry powder
  • 1 can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 2 1/2 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 large egg (beaten with 1 tsp of water)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

For the Pastry Dough:

  1. In a food processor, pulse the flour and salt.
  2. Add the butter and pulse to the size of peas.
  3. Sprinkle in the ice water and pulse until a dough starts to come together.
  4. On a work surface, knead the dough a few times then shape into a disk. Wrap in plastic wrap and store in refrigerator for at least 90 minutes.

For the Potpie:

    1. Preheat oven to 375F.
    2. In a Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil.
Curried Leg of Lamb Pot Pie

Tender leg of lamb is combined with vegetables and coconut milk to make this delicious Curried Leg of Lamb Pot Pie.

  1. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and add half to the Dutch oven. Cook over high heat until browned on 2 sides, about 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the lamb to a bowl; repeat with 1 more tablespoon of oil and the remaining lamb.
  2. Add the first half of the lamb (in the bowl) back to the Dutch oven.
  3. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened. Add the curry powder and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  4. Stir in the flour, then gradually stir in the wine until smooth. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil, stirring, until thickened, about 1 minute. Cover and simmer over low heat until the lamb is very tender, about 1 hour.
  5. Add the squash, kale, carrot, turnips, mushrooms and coconut milk to the casserole and simmer over moderately low heat until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Spoon the curry into a buttered 8-by-11-inch casserole or baking dish. Brush the dish rim with beaten egg.
  7. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the pastry to a rectangle or oval large enough to cover your dish. Fold the pastry in half, unfold it over the curry, and gently press onto the edge of the dish.
  8. Brush with beaten egg then cut 4 small steam vents in the top.
  9. Bake the potpie for 30 minutes. Raise the heat to 450°; bake for 20 minutes longer, until the pastry is browned and cooked through. Let rest for 20 minutes, then serve.

The lamb in this Curried Leg of Lamb Potpie cooks to a nice tenderness and goes well with the curry and root vegetables. It’s a perfect filling for potpie.

So, this holiday season, forget about chicken, beef and even turkey pot pie and do yourself a favor by trying lamb in your pot pie. It may be the best gift you give yourself this year.

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Posted by on November 29, 2016 in Cookin', One-Pot Wonders, Recipes

 

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Recipe: Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Stew

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Stew

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Stew


This recipe for Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Stew combines three of my favorite ingredients: Fall/Winter favorite butternut squash, chicken thighs and superfood quinoa.

This stew is full of flavor, nutrients and warmth. It’s a hearty stew perfect for cold weather and serving family style.

Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Stew

A healthy update on chicken stew


Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash, peeled, seeded and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 6 chicken thigh filets
  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, diced
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 TBSP chili flakes
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. In a large pot, steam the butternut squash until barely tender (about 10-12 minutes). Remove half of the squash pieces and set aside in a large bowl.
  2. Steam the remaining squash an additional 4-6 minutes. Mash this squash with a fork or potato masher then add to non-mashed squash in the bowl.
  3. Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa Stew

    Parsley is pictured as the garnish, but I would suggest cilantro instead

  4. In a large Dutch oven (or saucepan), over medium-high heat, bring the chicken broth, some salt and pepper and chili flakes to a simmer.
  5. Add the chicken thighs, cover and cook until chicken is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes.
  6. Transfer the chicken thighs to a cutting board and let cool. Pour broth into a medium-sized bowl.
  7. Add the olive oil to the Dutch oven and return to the stove, reducing heat to medium.
  8. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is starting to turn brown, about 8-10 minutes.
  9. Add garlic and cook for an additional minutes, still stirring.
  10. To the Dutch oven, add the tomatoes and all the butternut squash. Stir to combine.
  11. Stir in reserved chicken broth and quinoa (make sure you’ve rinsed it). Bring to a simmer, cover and cook until the quinoa turns translucent, about 15 minutes.
  12. Meanwhile, shred the chicken with a knife and fork on the cutting board.
  13. Stir the chicken into the stew and simmer, uncovered, to heat, about 5 minutes.
  14. Adjust seasoning as necessary.
  15. Stir in cilantro and serve.

Some of you smartypants may notice parsley is pictured in the dish in the photos I have. You’re correct, but honestly, I didn’t like the parsley in this dish so I replaced mine with cilantro and it was much much better.

This Butternut Squash, Chicken and Quinoa stew is the perfect meal for all those cold nights quickly approaching. Enjoy it with a nice glass of wine and some freshly baked bread.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2012 in Cookin', One-Pot Wonders, Recipes, Soups/Stews

 

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Recipe: Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

Butternut Squash and kale Salad

Butternut Squash and Kale Salad

Kale is a well-known super food. It’s also a very versatile ingredient in the kitchen. This recipe for Butternut Squash and Kale Salad combines two of my favorite ingredients to make a perfect salad.

This salad can be served hot, cold or at room temperature. Adding in toasted almonds gives it a nice crunch and a balsamic vinaigrette gives it a nice acidic kick.

Ingredients:

  • 8 TBSP olive oil
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar
  • Butternut Squash and Kale

    Butternut Squash and Kale

  • 1 bunch of kale, stems removed and chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup butternut squash, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 tsp hot sauce
  • 3/4 cup almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk 5 TBSP olive oil, balsamic vinegar, shallot and hot sauce. Set aside.
  4. Kale

    Sauteing the Kale

  5. In a medium bowl, combine squash and 2 TBSP oil, season with salt and pepper then toss to combine.
  6. Transfer squash to prepared baking sheet and roast, turning occasionally, for 20 minutes or until tender and lightly golden. Let cool slightly.
  7. While squash is roasting, heat remaining 1 TBSP of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add kale and cook until bright green and slightly wilted (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  8. Remove from heat then add 4 TBSP dressing and toss to coat.
  9. Add squash and almonds to kale and toss well. Season with salt and pepper if necessary.
  10. Divide the salad among bowls and drizzle with remaining dressing.

This Butternut Squash and Kale Salad is fresh, flavorful and full of antioxidants and other nutrients. It can be a main dish or a side dish.

The flavors in this dish pair well with a fish or chicken dish. It’s also perfect for vegetarians and vegans.

 
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Posted by on August 14, 2012 in Cookin', Recipes, Sides

 

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Recipe: Butternut Squash and Bacon Chowder

Butternut Squash and Bacon Chowder

Butternut Squash and Bacon Chowder

If you’ve seen some of my other recipes, you’ve probably figured out that I enjoy butternut squash. However, this is my favorite butternut squash recipe.

This is a very hearty soup that I think it restaurant-quality. In fact, a friend recently told me it was the best soup he’s ever had. I’m actually somewhat reluctant to share this recipe at all, but everyone should experience this dish at some point.

Ingredients

  • 1 lb. butternut squash, cubed
  • 1 medium onion
  • 4 red potatoes
  • Butternut Squash

    Butternut Squash

  • 3 TBSP butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup milk (or cream)
  • 4 slices thick-cut bacon
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Melt butter in a large pot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Add chopped onions and saute for a few minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent.
  3. Add potatoes, butternut squash and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 30 to 45 minutes.
  4. While soup is simmering, bake bacon on a foil-lined baking sheet until crisp.
  5. Remove soup from heat. Puree the soup with a blender (immersion or standard) or food processor until smooth.
  6. Bacon in Butternut Squash

    Adding in the Bacon to the Butternut Squash Puree

  7. Add the milk (or cream) and bacon, then stir. Return soup to heat and warm over medium, but do not boil rapidly. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve.

I highly suggest baking the bacon. It will cook evenly and be crisp all around.

It’s no secret that bacon goes well with everything, but it goes really well with the butternut squash and potato base for this chowder. And I’m calling it a chowder because it’s thicker than most soups. Enjoy!

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in Cookin', Recipes, Soups/Stews

 

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Recipe: Butternut Squash Frittata with Sage and Emmentaler Cheese

Butternut Squash Frittata with Sage and Emmentaler Cheese

Butternut Squash Frittata with Sage and Emmentaler Cheese

Butternut squash is one of my Fall favorites. It’s light, sweet and a tad earthy so it’s ideal for roasting. This frittata uses roasted butternut squash, sage and a slightly sharp Emmentaler cheese to make a dish great for breakfast, brunch or even dinner.

Use a non-stick pie dish or an oven-safe skillet to make this in the oven. Be sure to whisk the eggs well so that it turns out nice and fluffy.

Ingredients

  • 1 medium-sized butternut squash, cut into cubes (about 4 cups)
  • 1/2 red onion, sliced
  • Butternut Squash and Red Onion

    Sauteeing the Butternut Squash and Red Onion

  • 1 TBSP olive oil
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/3 cup milk (or heavy cream)
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh sage
  • 1 cup grated Emmentaler cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place butternut squash and onion in a large oven-safe skillet or dish and toss with olive oil, half of the salt and half of the pepper.
  3. Roast until browned and softened (about 25 minutes).
  4. Remove from oven and set aside to cool for about 5 minutes.
  5. A Slice of Butternut Squash Frittata

    A Slice of Butternut Squash Frittata

  6. In a large bowl, whisk eggs, milk or cream, sage and remaining salt and pepper.
  7. Pour egg mixture into skillet and cook until set (about 8 to 10 minutes).
  8. Remove frittata from the oven and sprinkle with Emmentaler cheese.
  9. Turn on broiler and place skillet underneath until cheese melts and the top of the frittata is browned (about 2 minutes).
  10. Cool frittata, cut into wedges and serve.

Pair this frittata with a breakfast meat of you choice or enjoy it solo. The flavors are very nice as butternut squash and sage often go hand-in-hand.

The frittata should rise some while in the oven, but settle out nicely once removed. If the egg mixture isn’t fully cooked, return to oven and cook an additional 2 minutes.

Enjoy this frittata as part of a great Fall brunch.

Photos courtesy of Miguel Solorzano Photography.

 
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Posted by on November 2, 2011 in Brunch, Cookin', Recipes

 

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