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Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon
Originally uploaded by jenianddean.

Since it’s freezing today and Columbia, South Carolina actually had snow last week, I thought I would post a yummy soup recipe. Toward the end of the summer I bought 30 ears of corns. I know it sounds crazy, but I cooked the corn, cut it off the cob, and froze it so we could have summer corn all through the winter. This recipe was perfect for the frozen corn. When you puree the soup it really makes the soup super thick and yummy. I love this soup because its flavor is out of this world, it’s low in fat and calories, and you get bacon!

I ended up doubling the recipe and freezing several servings. I thawed it over night in the refrigerator and it reheated wonderfully.

Corn and Fingerling Potato Chowder with Applewood-Smoked Bacon

As the name implies, fingerling potatoes have a narrow shape, similar to a finger. These baby white potatoes contain less starch than russet potatoes; waxy small red potatoes make a good stand-in.

2 slices applewood-smoked bacon
1 3/4 cups diced onion
3 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 7 ears)
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup 2% reduced-fat milk
1/2 cup half-and-half
8 ounces (1/4-inch-thick) rounds fingerling potato slices
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Thyme sprigs (optional)

Cook bacon in a large Dutch oven over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon from pan; crumble. Add onion to drippings in pan; cook 8 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add corn, chopped thyme, and garlic to pan; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly. Stir in broth, milk, half-and-half, and potatoes; bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally.

Transfer 2 cups potato mixture to a blender. Remove center piece of blender lid (to allow steam to escape); secure blender lid on blender. Place a clean towel over opening in blender lid (to avoid splatters). Blend until smooth; return pureed mixture to pan. Stir in salt and black pepper; sprinkle with crumbled bacon. Garnish with thyme sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 5 servings (serving size: about 1 cup)
CALORIES 186 (27% from fat); FAT 5.5g (sat 2.7g,mono 1.2g,poly 0.4g); IRON 1.1mg; CHOLESTEROL 18mg; CALCIUM 84mg; CARBOHYDRATE 27.8g; SODIUM 398mg; PROTEIN 7.6g; FIBER 3.4g
Cooking Light, AUGUST 2007


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Tomato Napoleon

Caprese salad is one of my favorite summer salads. It are very light and refreshing, yet simple and delicious. Perfect for a summer dinner out on the back porch. Tomato Napolean takes the classic Caprese and gives it a little twist – fresh tomato dressing. I know it sounds silly to dress a tomato salad with a tomato dressing, but it is to die for. The first time I made this recipe was one of my cooking classes I did with Andrew, Pierce, and Charlotte. The kids did a great job making the dressing and they loved the presentation.

Please note the dressing needs to made about 8 hours before you are going to serve it. (We only let it sit for a couple of hours and it turned out just fine.)

Tomato Napoleon

8 oz fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into slices
3/4 C Fresh Tomato Dressing
3 large tomatoes, each cut into 4 slices
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
24 basil leaves, shredded

Place cheese in a shallow dish. Pour Fresh Tomato Dressing over cheese; cover and chill 1 hour. Remove cheese slices, reserving Tomato Dressing marinade.

Sprinkle tomato slices evenly with salt and pepper.

Place 1 tomato slice on each of 4 salad plates; top each with 1 cheese slice and 2 shredded basil leaves. Repeat with remaining tomato slices, cheese, and basil. Drizzle evenly with reserved tomato dressing.

Yield: 4 servings
Prep: 30 mins
Chill: 1 hr

Fresh Tomato Dressing

1 C olive oil
1/2 C balsamic vinegar
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 Tbl sugar
1 Tbl salt
1 tsp pepper
4 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped
2 Tbl fresh thyme leaves or 2 thyme sprigs

Whisk together first 6 ingredients in a large glass bowl. Stir in tomato and fresh thyme. Cover and let stand at room temperature 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Yield: 4 Cups
Prep: 20 mins
Stand: 1 hr
Chill: 8 hrs

Note: Dressing may be stored in refrigerator up to 1 month. Stir additional fresh chopped tomatoes into dressing after each use.

Southern Living, August 2000


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Turkey and Rice Soup with Andouille Sausage

Turkey and Rice Soup with Andouille Sausage
Originally uploaded by jenianddean.

I know I’m posting this a little late for the holidays, but here is a great recipe for leftover turkey. I think it would be great with leftover chicken also. And thanks to Clay’s great suggestion to make a second turkey just for stock, I was able to use homemade turkey stock. Yippee!

Turkey-Rice Soup with Sausage
Food and Wine

Make this super-quick gumbo when you crave the hearty flavors of the Cajun classic but don’t have time to make the roux.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 large onion, coarsely chopped
1 large green bell pepper, coarsely chopped
3 medium celery ribs, coarsely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
3/4 cup long-grain rice (about 4 1/2 ounces)
2 bay leaves
3/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups Turkey Stock
One 28-ounce can whole peeled tomatoes with their juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1/2 pound andouille sausage, cut into 1/2 -inch slices
2 cups diced cooked turkey (about 1/2 pound)

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan. Add the onion, pepper, celery and garlic and cook over moderately high heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 10 minutes.

Add the rice, bay leaves, thyme, crushed red pepper and 1 teaspoon of salt and stir to coat the rice with the oil. Add the Turkey Stock, tomatoes and tomato paste, breaking up the tomatoes against the side of the pot. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over moderately low heat until the rice is almost tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat a medium skillet. Add the andouille and cook over high heat until browned, 2 to 3 minutes per side. Add the sausage and turkey and cook until the turkey is heated through and the rice is tender. Discard the bay leaves and season with salt. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve.

Wine recommendation : All that this meaty, spicy soup needs to wrap up the flavors is a full-bodied Chardonnay, such as the 1996 Cuvaison Carneros from California or the 1996 Fortant Réserve from France.

Recipe by Jan Newberry
From Globe-Trotting Turkey
This recipe originally appeared in November, 1998.

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Chicken Quesadillas with blue cheese

Chicken Quesadillas with blue cheese

Caramelized onions are one of my new favorite foods. It doesn’t matter what kind of onion it is, it always taste better caramelized. These quesadillas were very easy to make and fully of flavor. I did make one with sharp cheddar cheese just in case the blue cheese was too over powering, but the blue cheese was wonderful. (Honestly the cheddar one was very bland.) I also was able to use fresh rosemary and thyme out of my back porch herb garden (and basil of for the caprese salad on the side). Yum!

The only change I made was I used boneless, skinless chicken breast instead of thighs.

Chicken Quesadillas with Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onions

One picky taster—a self-described onion hater—said she never realized how rich and sweet onions could taste when they are caramelized.

8 skinless chicken thighs on the bone (about 4 pounds)
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon chopped rosemary
2 garlic cloves, minced
Kosher salt
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 large onions, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons chopped thyme
1 1/2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
Pinch of sugar
Freshly ground pepper
Twelve 6-inch flour tortillas
4 ounces blue cheese, crumbled (1 cup)

In a bowl, toss the chicken thighs with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the rosemary, garlic and a generous pinch of salt. Cover and let the chicken stand at room temperature for 30 minutes or refrigerate for 4 hours or overnight.

Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, melt the butter in the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Add the sliced onions, thyme, vinegar, sugar and a generous pinch of pepper. Cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until the onions are softened, about 30 minutes; add a few tablespoons of water from time to time to keep the onions moist.

Light a grill and preheat the oven to 500°. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and grill over moderately high heat, turning, until lightly charred and cooked through, about 15 minutes. Let the chicken cool, then pull the meat from the bones and tear into shreds.

Arrange 6 tortillas on 2 large baking sheets. Spoon the onions onto the tortillas and top with the shredded chicken and blue cheese. Cover with the remaining tortillas, pressing to flatten slightly. Bake for about 6 minutes, until the quesadillas are golden and toasted. Transfer the quesadillas to plates and serve right away.

MAKE AHEAD The unbaked quesadillas can be tightly wrapped in plastic and refrigerated overnight.

WINE Zinfandel’s rich fruitiness makes it a go-to wine for much of Mexican cuisine, since it can balance spiciness as well as stand up to bold flavors. (This holds true even when an interloper ingredient like blue cheese is in the picture.) One great region for Zinfandel is Sonoma’s warm Dry Creek Valley, as evidenced by wines like the plummy 2004 Ferrari-Carano and the chocolate-inflected 2005 Dashe Dry Creek Valley.


Food and Wine , August 2007

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