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Sautéed Spinach With Garlic

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If you love spinach as much as I do, this is an easy, delicious, and quick way to enjoy fresh spinach anytime. Sautéed Spinach With Garlic is one of those side dishes that pairs really well with any protein.  

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Prep Time: 5 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yields: 2 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sauté pan

Ingredients:
2 packages of fresh spinach leaves
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 garlic cloves, sliced
1 teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Start by slicing 3 garlic cloves. Next, add oil to a cold sauté pan. Add the sliced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. On medium heat, bring the oil up to temperature and sauté the garlic for a minute until fragrant. Add the spinach leaves, to the pan, in batches. As soon as all the leaves have wilted down, season with the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss through one more time until all the leaves are coated then turn off the heat. Transfer the Sautéed Spinach With Garlic to a large serving bowl. Serve hot. This dish is so flavorful, you just may change your mind on how you feel about spinach.

 

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Everything Sides

 

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Sautéed Spinach With Garlic

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Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger

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Brown Sugar Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Fennel And Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette

I have four side dishes here that are super easy to make and really delicious. Sautéed Spinach With Garlic, Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger, Brown Sugar Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Fennel And Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette.

Side dishes can really compliment whatever entrée you may be serving. They can also echo those flavors you add to your star ingredient. I wanted to talk about a few really delicious sides and are no trouble to put together, yet still have that WOW factor.

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Sautéed Spinach With Garlic

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Sautéed Spinach With Garlic

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Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger

 

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Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger

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Brown Sugar Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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On the left side is the brown sugar mixture for the sweet potatoes, and on the right side is my curry and ginger mixture for the organic baby carrots.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes

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Fennel And Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette

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Fennel and Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette

 

Equipment: 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, Chef’s knife, 3 small mixing bowls, whisk, mandolin, 12-inch sauté pan

Spinach:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 11 minutes
Yields: 2 servings

Ingredients For Sautéed Spinach With Garlic:
1 16-ounce bag of prewashed spinach
2 tablespoons of olive oil
3 cloves of garlic, minced
1 tablespoon of crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Carrots:
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients For Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger:
1 bunch (1 pound) of baby organic carrots with leafy tops
1/4 cup of olive oil
1 tablespoon of mild curry powder
1 tablespoon of ground ginger
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Sweet Potatoes:
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients For Brown Sugar Glazed Roasted Sweet Potatoes:
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into thick wedges
1/4 cup of olive oil
2 tablespoons of light brown sugar
2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons of Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Fennel And Tangelo Salad:
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 2 to 4 servings

Ingredients For Fennel And Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette:
2 fennel bulbs, sliced thin
1/2 a red onion sliced thin
2 tangelos, *supremed and reserve the juice (1/4 cup)
1 teaspoon of Agave nectar
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper
1/2 cup of *E.V.O.O
2 tablespoons of finely chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley for garnish

Directions For Sautéed Spinach With Garlic:
Start by mincing 3 garlic cloves. Next, add oil to a cold sauté pan. Add the minced garlic and crushed red pepper flakes to the pan. On medium heat, bring the oil up to temperature and sauté the garlic for 1 minute until fragrant. Add the spinach leaves, to the pan, in batches. As soon as all the leaves have wilted down, 3 to 5 minutes, season with the Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Toss through one more time until all the leaves are coated then turn off the heat. My Sautéed Spinach With Garlic is so flavorful, you just may change your mind on how you feel about spinach. Transfer the Sautéed Spinach With Garlic to a large serving bowl. Serve hot.

Directions For Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F
Start by trimming the tops of the carrots leaving around 2 inches intact. In a small bowl, add the mild curry powder, ground ginger, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, whisk to combine.

Using two rimmed baking sheets pans, divide the carrots between the two pans. Drizzle the olive oil over all the carrots. Sprinkle the curry and ginger spice mixture over each of the carrots. Toss the carrots together allowing for the spices to coat the carrots really well. Place the pans in the center rack of the preheated oven. Roast for 20 minutes until fork tender. Transfer the Roasted Organic Baby Carrots With Curry And Ginger to a large serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley.  Serve hot.

Directions For Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Start by peeling two sweet potatoes. Slice in half and cut into large wedges. In a small bowl add brown sugar, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, whisk to combine.
Transfer the potato wedges to a rimmed baking sheet pan. Drizzle the sweet potato wedges with olive oil. Sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over all the potato wedges. Toss really well to coat, then spreading them out into one even layer.

Place into the center rack of a preheated oven, roast for 15 to 20 minutes. Halfway through turn the sweet potato wedges over to caramelize on the other side, roast until fork tender. Transfer the Brown Sugar Glazed Sweet Potatoes to a large serving platter. Sprinkle with chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley. Serve hot.

Directions For FennelAnd Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette:

Start by using a mandolin to shave the fennel and red onion. Arrange the shaved fennel and red onion on a large serving platter. *Supreme two tangelos and place the segments on top.

In a small mixing bowl with the reserved tangelo juice, add Kosher salt, Agave nectar, fresh ground black pepper, and the *E.V.O.O., whisk to combine. Spoon the citrus vinaigrette over the Fennel And Tangelo Salad. Garnish with freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley. My Fennel And Tangelo Salad With A Citrus Vinaigrette is light and refreshing.

*Supreme is a technique that removes the membrane from the citrus fruit so it can be served in slices/segments.

*E.V.O.O. is Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

 

 

 

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Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushroom, And Asparagus Strata

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Strata just mean a layered casserole. They can be sweet or savory. I guess you could say it’s almost like a type of bread pudding. Anytime I’m looking for a recipe that will feed at least six people my Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushroom And Asparagus Strata is perfect. Not to mention, it’s comfort food in every sense of the word. Let’s start from the beginning…

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I like spinach to keep its beautiful green color, so I immediately remove the pan from the heat. Once the spinach wilts, toss in the chopped thawed asparagus. Remember this dish still has to go into the oven.

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Prep Time: 30 to 40 minutes (time includes the cooking of all the ingredients going into the Strata)
Cook Time: 45 to 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 12-inch sautépan, 9 x 13 baking dish, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans,  1 medium-size mixing bowl, large mixing bowl, Chef’s knife

Ingredients:
unsalted butter for greasing the dish
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 Fresno chili, seeded and minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon of fresh thyme leaves
1 pint of sliced button mushrooms
1 tablespoon plus teaspoon Kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh ground black pepper
1 pound of sweet Italian sausage
1 sprig of fresh rosemary leaves, chopped
1 teaspoon of fennel seeds
1 teaspoon of oregano
1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1 package of fresh spinach leaves
1 package of thawed frozen asparagus cut into 2-inch pieces
1 loaf of Ciabatta bread, cut into 1-1/2 inch cubes and toasted
Dozen large eggs, room temperature
2 cups whole milk, room temperature
1 cup of half-and-half, room temperature
4-ounces grated Gruyere cheese (2 tablespoons for the top)
4-ounces grated Fontina cheese (2 tablespoons for the top)
1/2 cup of Parmigiano- Reggiano cheese (reserve 1/4 cup for the top)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 300-degrees F.
Butter casserole dish for the Strata. Next cut the Ciabatta cubes up into 2-inch cubes, spread them out on sheet pans and bake for 20 minutes or until dry at 300 degrees. While the bread is in the oven start the filling.

On medium heat, add the olive oil to a large sautépan. Next, add the Fresno chili and garlic, sauté until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Next, add the sliced mushrooms and thyme leaves. Sauté mushrooms for 5 minutes or until browned. Season with Kosher salt and pepper to taste.

To the pan, add the sweet Italian sausage. Using a wooden spoon, break the sausage up with a wooden spoon. Add the rosemary, fennel seeds, dried oregano, dried thyme, Kosher salt, and fresh ground pepper. Sauté until all the sausage is brown and cooked through, around 10 minutes. Next, add the fresh spinach leaves. Toss the leaves through until just wilted. Remove the pan from the heat. Add in the thawed chopped asparagus pieces and toss those through. Set the filling aside.

For the bread, I used a Ciabatta. Slice the Ciabatta then cut into 2-inch cubes. Place the cubes onto two rimmed sheet pans. Spread the cubes out into one even layer. Bake for 20 minutes or until bread cubes become dry and style-like. Let the bread cubes cool for 10 minutes.

Adjust oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

Start the custard by adding to medium-size mixing bowl the eggs, milk, grated cheeses, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, whisk until combined.

In another large mixing bowl add the sausage mixture and cooled bread cubes. Gently toss to combine. Pour the custard over the sausage and bread cubes.

Gently fold the ingredients with the custard. Allow the mixture to sit for around 10 minutes giving the bread cubes a chance to absorb the custard, or at least most of it. In the meantime, butter the baking dish really well. This will make it easier for the strata to come out later.

Mix this all through really well and let sit for around 10 minutes so the bread can absorb all that liquid, or at least most of it. In the meantime butter, a 9 x 13 baking dish really well. This will make it easier for the strata to come out later.

Mix this all through really well and let sit for around 10 minutes so the bread can absorb all that liquid, or at least most of it. In the meantime get a deep casserole dish and lightly butter it all over. This will make it easier for the strata to come out later.

After the 10 minutes, pour the mixture into the buttered baking dish and sprinkle the reserved cheese over the top. Drizzle (around a 1/4 cup) of olive oil all over the top to ensure the bread browns evenly.

Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until you can see no more liquid coming up on the sides or up through the center. Once a wooden skewer comes out clean, the dish is done. The Strata should be nice and golden brown on the top.

Allow the Sweet Italian Sausage, Mushroom, And Asparagus Strata to rest for 20 minutes before cutting.

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