A splash of red wine vinegar balances the richness of this cheesy pasta and magnifies the pink color of the onions and radicchio. Omit the prosciutto to make this a vegetarian main dish.
Active: 25 mins Total: 1 hr Yield: 6 to 8
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 medium-size red onions, thinly sliced
1 large head radicchio, cored and sliced into 1/2-inch-thick ribbons
2 large garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
3 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt, divided
6 ounces softened goat cheese, crumbled (about 1 1/2 cups)
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3 quarts water
1 pound uncooked short pasta (such as gemelli, casarecce, or strozzapreti)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
8 ounces fontina cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 2 cups), divided
4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into 1-inch pieces
Unsalted butter, softened, for greasing baking dish
2 ounces Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, grated (about 1/2 cup)
Preheat oven to 375°F. Heat oil in a 12-inch, high-sided skillet over medium-high. Add onions; cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 10 to 12 minutes. Stir in radicchio, garlic, vinegar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt; cook, stirring often, until radicchio is just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in goat cheese and cream; bring to a simmer over medium-high. Remove from heat, and set aside.
Bring 3 quarts water to a boil in a large pot over high. Stir in 3 tablespoons salt. Add pasta, and cook until just shy of al dente, 7 to 9 minutes. Drain; reserve 1 cup cooking liquid. Stir pasta, reserved 1 cup cooking liquid, pepper, nutmeg, and remaining 1 teaspoon salt into radicchio mixture. Fold in 11/2 cups fontina cheese and prosciutto; toss well.
Transfer pasta mixture to a 3-quart baking dish lightly greased with butter. Dot with remaining 1/2 cup fontina cheese; sprinkle with Parmigiano-Reggiano. Bake in preheated oven until golden brown on top and bubbling around edges, 25 to 30 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
Pasta can be assembled through step 2 one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.
Hasselback Potatoes have been around for years, specially in the Midwestern states. They’ve gained popularity in recent years as many of us have discovered what the Swedes and Midwesterners have known since the 1950’s!
What are Hasselback Potatoes and where did they get their name you may wonder. They were first served at a Swedish restaurant named Hasselbacken in 1953. They are a type of baked potato that is tender on the inside and crispy on the outside. They’re sort of like thin potato chips attached together at the potato base. The sliced potatoes are baked to a crispy outer shell then stuffed with cheese and topped with sour cream, chives, or whatever your favorite toppings are.
They are really easy to make, almost like making baked potatoes! The hardest part may just be the slicing. The potatoes are thinly sliced almost to the base of the potato leaving the bottom portion still attached. I found that the best way to cut them is to place the potato on top of a large spoon then using a sharp knife slice the potato until the knife touches the spoon, this leaves the bottom parts of each slice still attached.
For Hasselback Potatoes I prefer to use medium sized Russet Potatoes. (I use the large sized Russets for regular baked potatoes.) You can also use Yukon Gold Potatoes, but I find that the russets hold up better than the Yukoons.
When I make Hasselback Potatoes I stuff cheese between slices but leave the toppings on the side so each person can add their own. I usually offer sour cream, shredded cheeses, chopped chives, and green onions. But you can offer bacon bits and other toppings you like.
So without further delay here’s my recipe for Hasselback Potatoes!
4 – 6 Medium Sized Russet Potatoes
1 Stick Butter, melted
1/3 Cup Olive Oil
4 Cloves Fresh Garlic, minced
1 Tbs. Chopped Fresh Parsley
Salt & Pepper
Cheddar Cheese slices – enough to fill potatoes between slices
1/2 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
Chopped Chives and/or Green Onions
Other favorite toppings
Pre-heat oven to 450° F.
Line baking sheet with parchment paper.
Scrub each potato very well. Make sure it’s clean and has no dust or dirt on it. I use a green scotch pad to make sure each potato is very clean. Pat dry with paper towels.
Place potato on a large spoon. Slice potato from the top to when the knife touches the spoon edge. Make slices as thin as possible, about 9-10 slices. Slice all the potatoes this way.
We first tried Roasted Cauliflower Steaks as a side dish at La Hiki Kitchen one of the fine restaurants at the Four Seasons Hotel on Oahu. We loved it!
At that time I had no idea how easy it was to make at home. Once I realized how simple it was to make I serve it all the time! We’ve always enjoyed cauliflower, but I usually fry it, add it in Macluba (an Arabic dish that literally means upside-down!), or make deep fried cauliflower fritters called Em Shaat. Of course we serve it riced and mashed as well. Cauliflower is really versatile! And adding these Roasted Cauliflower Steaks makes them even more so.
You may be wondering what are Cauliflower Steaks? They’re thick slabs of cauliflower that’s cut from stem to top. To get them you use the middle portion of the cauliflower, the section that’s the tallest. You can get about 2-3 steaks per cauliflower head.
To make cauliflower steaks I trim off the leaves from the stem of the head. Then I place it stem up on a cutting board and slice down from stem to the florets. I make the slices about 1″ thick and try to get as many slices as I can. I save the smaller pieces to use for something else later or you can roast them along side the steaks. Slicing the steaks is probably the hardest part. It gets way easier after that!
So here’s the recipe for Roasted Cauliflower Steaks. You can adjust the spices to suit your tastes. BTW this dish is Vegan and Keto friendly!
Roasted Cauliflower Steaks
1 Cauliflower, sliced into 1″ steaks
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
1 Tbs. Minced Garlic
1 Tsp. Crushed Red Pepper (adjust to suit your taste or omit if you don’t like spicy foods)
Salt & Pepper to taste
1/2 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
1 Tbs. Fresh Parsley, chopped
Pre-heat Oven to 400 degrees
Line sheet pan with parchment paper
Slice Cauliflower into 1″ thick steaks
Place on pan
Mix garlic and crushed pepper in the olive oil
Brush oil mixture onto both sides of cauliflower steaks
Sprinkle with 1/2 of the cheese
Bake for 15 minutes
Gently flip each steak over and sprinkle with remaining cheese
Return to oven and bake another 20-25 minutes or until it starts to brown on the top
Sprinkle with fresh chopped parsley before serving.
You can change up this recipe by changing the spices you put on the cauliflower steaks. Try mixing cumin, chili powder, or oregano in the oil!
Throwing a vegan dinner party in the autumn or winter months? Bake a pumpkin with a gorgeous stuffing of rice, fennel, apple, pomegranate seeds and pecans
1 medium-sized pumpkin or round squash (about 1kg)
4 tbsp olive oil
100g wild rice
1 large fennel bulb
1 Bramley apple
1 lemon, zested and juiced
1 tbsp fennel seeds
½ tsp chilli flakes
2 garlic cloves, crushed
30g pecans, toasted and roughly chopped
1 large pack parsley, roughly chopped
3 tbsp tahini
pomegranate seeds, to serve
1. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Cut the top off the pumpkin or squash and use a metal spoon to scoop out the seeds. Get rid of any pithy bits but keep the seeds for another time (see our pumpkin seed recipe ideas). Put the pumpkin on a baking tray, rub with 2 tbsp of the oil inside and out, and season well. Roast in the centre of the oven for 45 mins or until tender, with the ‘lid’ on the side.
2. Meanwhile, rinse the wild rice well and cook following pack instructions, then spread out on a baking tray to cool. Thinly slice the fennel bulb and apple, then squeeze over ½ the lemon juice to stop them discolouring.
3. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Fry the fennel seeds and chilli flakes, then, once the seeds begin to pop, stir in ½ the garlic and the fennel. Cook for 5 mins until softened, then mix through the apple, pecans and lemon zest. Remove from the heat. Add the mixture to the the cooked rice, then stir in the chopped parsley and taste for seasoning.
4. Pack the mixture into the cooked pumpkin and return to the oven for 10-15 mins until everything is piping hot. Meanwhile, whisk the remaining lemon juice with the tahini, the rest of the garlic and enough water to make a dressing. Serve the pumpkin in the middle of the table, topped with pomegranate seeds and the dressing.
Thanksgiving is right around the corner. At my house this means baking, lots of baking. I have to make the family’s favorite pies like sweet potato, pecan, and of course pumpkin. But in a family that has a child who’s allergic to eggs, nuts, and dairy none of these pies will do. So for my grandson Jett we make a special Vegan Pumpkin Pie. He loves it!
This Vegan Pumpkin Pie is super easy to make, it contains no dairy or eggs. We have been making it for Jett every year for Thanksgiving and Christmas, it’s something he totally looks forward too. By the way it’s tasty enough to serve to the whole family so if you don’t want to make 2 types of Pumpkin Pie go ahead and just make this Vegan Pumpkin Pie. If you don’t tell anyone it’s vegan they might not even notice. Yes it’s that good!