Cheesy Baked Pasta with Radicchio

Cheesy Baked Pasta with Radicchio

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

 

 

Ingredients:

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)

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

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.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

 

Make Ahead

Pasta can be assembled through step 2 one day ahead. Cover and refrigerate until ready to bake.

 

Suggested Pairing

Substantial wintertime rosé.

 

 

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Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake

Chocolate Magic Flan Cake combines two favorite desserts in one! Part moist chocolate cake and part creamy custard, it’s the ultimate sweet treat!

Impossible Chocolate Flan Cake is easy to make and sure to wow the crowd. A luscious combination of caramel, chocolate cake, and (leche) flan, it’s the ultimate baked treat!

If you love a moist chocolate cake and a creamy flan, you are in luck. I am going to show you how to make a stunning Impossible flan cake that combines these two dessert favorites in one delectable treat!

 

What is magic chocoflan

The cake is made up of three components and baked in a bundt pan. The layering starts with the dulce de leche, followed by the chocolate batter and, finally, the flan. As it bakes, the cake rises to the top, and the custard sinks to the bottom.

Once the cake is released from the pan and inverted the cake on the serving platter, you’ll find that the chocolate and flan layer have magically switched places! You get a gorgeous cake with a luscious caramel glaze sitting on top.

How to make

making chocolate cake batter in a bowl

 

Chocolate cake layer

  • To prevent lumps in the batter, make sure that the milk and eggs are at room temperature.
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar with an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.
  • Add the egg and continue to beat.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the dry ingredients and add half of the mixture into the mixing bowl.
  • Add half of the milk. Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened.
  • Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and the milk and beat just until the ingredients are incorporated. Do not overmix as it will result in a dense cake.

Flan layer

  • In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

making chocoflan cake in a bundt pan

 

Assembling layers

  • Preheat oven to 350 F.
  • Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter and add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan.
  • Spoon the chocolate batter on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.
  • Carefully pour the flan mixture over the chocolate batter.
  • Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Baking the cake

  • Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan to create steam inside the oven as the cake bakes.
  • In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping.
  • After 60 minutes, check the cake by inserting a skewer in the middle. The cake is ready if the skewer comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs.
  • Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan.
  • To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.
  • Invert a cake serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.
  • Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to chill completely.

slice of chocolate flan cake in a white serving plate

And here you have it, layers of decadence in one ultimate treat. Caramel, flan, and chocolate in every slice!

I hope you try this chocoflan for your next baking project. You can also check out my black forest swiss roll and floating island dessert recipes. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

1 ounce butter, softened (for greasing the pan)
¼ cup dulce de leche (homemade or store-bought)

For the Chocolate Cake

¾ cup sugar
5 ounces unsalted butter, softened
1 egg, room temperature
1 ¾ cup flour
¾ teaspoon baking powder
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ cup cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 ¼ cup milk, room temperature

For the Flan

1 can (14 ounces) condensed milk
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
4 eggs
½ tablespoon vanilla extract

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Making the Chocolate Cake Layer

In a large mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer until thick and fluffy.

Add the egg and continue to beat.

In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda.

Add half of the dry ingredient mixture into the creamed butter and sugar mixture. Add half of the milk.

Beat the mixture until the dry ingredients are just moistened. Add the remaining half of the dry mixture and of the milk. Beat just until the ingredients are incorporated.

 

Making the Leche Flan Layer

In a mixing bowl, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, and vanilla extract. Stir until well incorporated.

Using a fine-mesh sieve, strain the mixture into a spouted container.

Baking the Chocoflan

Grease a 12-cup bundt pan with softened butter.

Add the dulce de leche, swirling to cover the bottom of the bundt pan. Set aside.

Spoon the chocolate batter into the bundt pan on top of the dulce de leche, making sure to fill the pan evenly. Using an angled spatula, smoothen the top.

Carefully pour the flan mixture into the bundt pan over the chocolate batter.

Cover the bundt pan with aluminum foil, securing the edges.

Set the bundt pan on a roasting pan and place it inside the oven. Carefully pour about two inches of hot water into the roasting pan.

In a 350 F oven, bake the cake for about 60 minutes without opening the oven door to keep the steam from escaping. After 60 minutes, check for doneness by inserting a toothpick in the center of the cake. If it comes out with some soft chocolate cake crumbs, the cake is ready.

Take the cake out of the oven and let it cool completely on the roasting pan. To release the cake, gently shake the roasting pan from side to side to loosen the cake.

Invert a serving plate over the bundt pan and carefully turn it over. Gently lift the bundt pan from the plate, releasing the cake.

Serve the flan cake right away or refrigerate to completely chill.

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Best Homemade French Toast Ever

Best Homemade French Toast Ever

We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but finding something the whole family can agree on? That’s another story. However, once you know how to make french toast, even your pickiest eaters will become fanatics. Our classic and fluffy french toast recipe is simple enough to serve on a weekday but can be gussied up to add to your brunch menu.

Our super easy (we promise!) recipe for making French toast from scratch takes just minutes, and it means you can get a decadent and sweet breakfast on the table even on the busiest of days (though it’s certainly not a healthy breakfast — but you already knew that). Our dish starts with milk, eggs, cinnamon, and vanilla, which get whisked together. We use challah, a sweet and eggy loaf, as the base for our classic french toast recipe, but you can use any bread you have on hand. The best french toast recipe relies on thick slices of bread that can soak up all of the spiced custard for the ultimate fluffy breakfast treat.

Once the slices are pan-fried to the perfect golden brown, you can top this easy and impressive breakfast with anything you like We love a dollop of Greek yogurt, a sprinkle of fresh berries, and a drizzle of maple syrup which makes a breakfast perfect for weekdays and special occasions alike. Or drizzle on warmed Nutella, pile on the sliced bananas, and add a scoop of the best ice cream, and this easy french toast recipe becomes dessert. Pass the fork!

 
 

YIELDS: 4 servings                     TOTAL TIME: 0 hours 25 mins

 

Ingredients:

6 large eggs
1 1/2 c. whole milk
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
8 1-inch-thick slices challah bread
4 tbsp. unsalted butter

Yogurt, berries, and pure maple syrup or honey, for serving

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Directions:

  • In large, shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla.
  • Working in batches, place 2 bread slices in egg mixture and let soak 2 minutes. Flip and soak 1 minute more (both sides of bread should be totally coated in mixture).
  • Meanwhile, heat 1 tablespoon butter in large nonstick skillet on medium-low. Once melted, add soaked bread and cook until golden brown, 1 to 3 minutes per side; transfer to wire rack. While toast is cooking, soak next batch of challah slices.
  • Repeat with remaining butter and bread. Serve topped with yogurt, berries, and syrup or honey if desired.

 

bread, butter, eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla

 

eggs and milk mixed together in a pan

 

milk egg mixture with cinnamon added

 

cooking french toast slices in a pan

 
 
 

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Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

The combination of ham and kale is traditional for a reason: it’s so unbelievably good. But this satisfying casserole is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings, depending on what you have on hand: Try cooked sausage with frozen spinach or Andouille with frozen mustard greens.

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 25 min

Prep: 10 min

Inactive: 15 min

Cook: 1 hr

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

 
Creamed corn:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the baking dish

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Two 16-ounce bags frozen corn, thawed

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 pound thick-sliced deli ham, diced

5 ounces frozen kale (about 1 3/4 cups)

 

Cornbread topping:

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded sharp yellow Cheddar

Hot sauce, for serving

Directions

 

Special equipment:  a 2-quart oval baking dish

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart oval baking dish.

2. For the creamed corn: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cream, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces in volume and bubbles rapidly, about 15 minutes. Transfer 2 cups of the corn mixture to a food processor, puree until smooth, then stir it back into the skillet. Fold in the ham and kale. Transfer the creamed corn to the prepared baking dish; set aside. Clean the food processor bowl.

3. For the cornbread topping: Pulse the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor to combine. Add the butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the cream and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar, and pulse until the batter just comes together.

4. To assemble: Sprinkle the cornmeal batter over the creamed corn. (Don’t worry if the corn isn’t completely covered; the batter will puff and spread as it bakes.) Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar. Place the casserole on a baking sheet, and bake until the corn is bubbling and the crust is puffed and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Serve with hot sauce.


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Christmas Steak

Christmas Steak

This restaurant-style steak is served carved and dressed in two fresh holiday-hued sauces — salsa roja and chimichurri — inspired by the two-tone grilled snapper served at the restaurant Contramar in Mexico City. Don’t be afraid of generously salting the meat; it helps create a real steakhouse crust.

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 5 min

(includes resting time)

Active: 30 min

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

Salsa Roja:

2 small plum tomatoes, cored

2 cloves garlic 

1 small jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and halved 

 

1/2 small white onion, halved 

1/4 teaspoon red wine vinegar 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Chimichurri:

3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

1/2 cup packed fresh cilantro leaves

1/4 cup ice cubes

2 tablespoons packed fresh oregano leaves

1 jalapeno, stemmed, seeded and roughly chopped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

 

Steak:

One 2-pound bone-in porterhouse steak (about 2 inches thick)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1 tablespoon canola oil 

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into cubes 

3 cloves garlic 

2 sprigs fresh thyme 

Directions:

1. For the salsa roja: Add the tomatoes, garlic, jalapeno and onion to a medium saucepan. Add 6 cups water and bring to a boil over high heat. Simmer until the vegetables are softened, 15 to 20 minutes.

2. Drain the vegetables, add to a blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Let cool, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

3. For the chimichurri: Add the vinegar, garlic and a generous pinch of salt to a blender and blend on low until smooth. Add the parsley, cilantro, ice, oregano and jalapeno and blend on medium speed. With the blender running, slowly drizzle in the olive oil and blend, stopping to scrape down the sides if necessary, until smooth, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer the chimichurri to a serving bowl, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to serve. 

4. For the steak: Let the steak sit at room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking. 

5. Position an oven rack 5 to 6 inches from the broiler and preheat the broiler.  

6. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the steak dry and sprinkle generously with salt and pepper; the steak should be almost completely white from the salt. Add the oil to the hot skillet and when it begins to smoke, add the steak. Cook the steak until browned and crusty on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board. 

7. Cut the strip steak from the bone and carve the meat across the grain. Cut the tenderloin filet from the bone and carve the meat across the grain. Place the bone back in the center of the skillet and arrange the sliced steak around the bone in its original formation so that it looks like a full steak. Top with the butter, garlic and thyme. 

8. Broil until the butter is melted and a thermometer inserted sideways in the center of the steak registers 120 degrees F for medium rare, 3 to 4 minutes (see Cook’s Note). Tilt the skillet slightly to pool the butter, then spoon it over the steak several times to coat. 

9. Transfer the steak to a serving platter and pour the melted butter over top. Top one half of the steak with the chimichurri and spread evenly. Top the other half with the salsa roja and spread evenly. Serve with the remaining chimichurri and salsa roja on the side.

 

Cook’s Note

The side of the porterhouse with the tenderloin filet will cook faster than the side with the strip steak. Remove the filet and continue to broil the strip if you want even medium-rare doneness.


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