Spring Peas and Greens with Cacio e Pepe Dressing

Spring Peas and Greens with Cacio e Pepe Dressing

Cacio e pepe is a great way to eat pasta, but have you tried cheese and black pepper on your peas? If not, we recommend doing so immediately.

 

Inspired by cacio e pepe (cheese and pepper), the classic Italian pasta sauce, this salad features spring greens and fava beans topped with a delicious buttermilk dressing.

 

 

Total:  45 mins               Yield:  4

 

 

Ingredients:

1 large egg yolk
3 tablespoons buttermilk
1 small garlic clove, finely grated
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese plus more for garnish
3/4 teaspoon coarsely cracked black peppercorns
Kosher salt
2 pounds fava beans, shelled (2 cups)
2 cups fresh or frozen peas, thawed
4 cups spring greens, such as pea tendrils or baby arugula (2 ounces)
1 Hass avocado, peeled and cut into thin wedges

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a food processor, pulse the egg yolk with the buttermilk and garlic. With the machine on, drizzle in the olive oil until incorporated. Add the 3 tablespoons of cheese and the peppercorns and puree until smooth. Season the dressing with salt.

Step 2

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Fill a bowl with ice water. Boil the favas until just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the beans to the ice bath. Add the peas to the pot and cook until tender, 5 to 7 minutes for fresh and 1 minute for frozen. Drain and transfer to the ice bath. Drain the favas and peas. Pinch the fava beans out of their skins.

Step 3

In a bowl, toss the favas, peas and greens. Add some dressing, season with salt and toss. Arrange the avocado on plates and top with the salad. Garnish with grated cheese and serve.

 

 

Suggested Pairing:

Zesty Pinot Grigio from Italy.

 

 

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Feta-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

Feta-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken and whipped feta sandwiches are the ideal addition to any springtime picnic basket.

 

The secret to incredibly flavorful chicken cutlets is a quick marinade in feta brine in advance of grilling. Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple then whips the feta cheese with lemon juice and olive oil to use as a spread for the excellent sandwiches here.

 

 

Active: 30 mins         Total: 1 hr           Yield: 4

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound feta, crumbled, plus 3/4 cup of the brine
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce, preferably Tabasco
Four 4-ounce chicken cutlets
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt
Pepper
Four 6-inch ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
Arugula (not baby), sliced cucumber, red onion and seeded piquillo peppers, for serving

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the feta brine and hot sauce. Add the chicken cutlets, seal the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the feta cheese and lemon juice. Slowly blend in the 1/3 cup of oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Preheat a grill pan. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry; discard the brine. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the cutlets over moderately high heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 5 minutes total.

Step 4

Spread the rolls with some of the feta. Top with the chicken, arugula, cucumber, onion and peppers and serve.

 

 

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Tater Tot Waffles with Prosciutto and Mustard

Tater Tot Waffles with Prosciutto and Mustard

We’re all for a delicious food hybrid, and tater tot waffles are no exception. This version is made with prosciutto, mixed greens, and mustard, but the topping options are endless—from to .

 

Jen Pelka of The Riddler in San Francisco makes supercrunchy and delicious waffles using Tater Tots. One of her more hearty ways of serving the waffles is topped with prosciutto and mixed greens, along with a quick mix of créme fraîche and mustard.

 

Total: 40 mins          Yield:  Four 8-inch waffles

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray
8 cups frozen Tater Tots (32 ounces thawed)
Flaky sea salt
¼ cup crème fraîche
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
2 cups baby arugula
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
12 slices prosciutto
Thinly sliced cornichons (for serving)

 

Directions:

Step 1

Heat an 8-inch waffle iron; preheat the oven to 200°. Grease the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Spread 2 cups of the tots on it; sprinkle with salt. Close and cook on medium high until nearly crisp, about 5 minutes. Open the waffle iron and fill in any holes in the waffle with more tots, then close and cook until golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining tots.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a bowl, mix the crème fraîche and mustard. In another bowl, toss the arugula with the lemon juice and olive oil. Top each warm waffle with 1 1/2 tablespoons of the mustard crème fraîche, 3 slices of prosciutto and 1/2 cup of the dressed arugula. Garnish with cornichons and serve.

 

 

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spice-Roasted Radishes

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Spice-Roasted Radishes

This quick chicken-and-veggies dish is great for weeknights, and you can make the Everyday Spice Blend beforehand—keeping in your pantry for added ease.

 

A stellar spice blend is one of the easiest ways to amp up the flavors of a dish, taking a simple seared pork chop or baked chicken thigh to the next level. But what makes a spice mix great? We asked Meherwan Irani, chef and founder of the spice retailer Spicewalla, for advice. His first tip? For the best flavor, make your own blend from scratch. Toast whole spices first to bloom their fragrances, then grind them to medium-coarse consistency. And taste your spices as you go. “A common mistake is assuming a spice will taste the way it smells. But there’s often a big difference.” Try your hand at this simple Everyday Spice Blend, then put it to good use on chicken thighs for dinner tonight. If you don’t want to make your own, try the Cowboy Blend, available at spicewallabrand.com, and add your own fresh rosemary.

 

 

Ingredients:

6 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs (about 3 pounds)
1 1/2 pounds radishes (about 2 bunches), trimmed and halved lengthwise
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Everyday Spice Blend
6 cups baby arugula
Kosher salt

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

Preheat oven to 450°F. Toss together chicken thighs, radishes, olive oil, and spice blend on a large rimmed baking sheet until evenly coated. Spread in a single layer. Roast in preheated oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest portion of chicken registers 160°F, about 30 minutes. Divide arugula evenly among 6 plates, and top with chicken, radishes, and pan juices. Sprinkle with salt to taste.

 

Suggested Pairing:

Lime-scented Australian dry Riesling.

 

 

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Pounded Beef Tenderloin with Hearts of Palm Salad

Pounded Beef Tenderloin with Hearts of Palm Salad

To eat less meat, stretch a small amount creatively. This recipe from F&W’s Justin Chapple calls for pounding beef tenderloin fillets thin and grilling them superquickly, so they stay tender and juicy.

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  • Heat a large grill pan for 10 minutes. Brush the steaks with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill over high heat until lightly charred, 45 seconds. Flip and grill until medium rare, 30 seconds. Transfer to plates.

  • In a large bowl, whisk the 2 tablespoons of oil with the lemon juice, shallot and mustard; season with salt and pepper. Add the watercress, hearts of palm and avocado, season with salt and pepper and toss. Mound the salad beside the steaks, top with the chives and serve with lemon wedges.

Suggested Pairing

Wine: Minerally, light red.

 

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