Category: Side Dishes

Lebanese Spicy Potatoes

Batata Harra is a Lebanese spicy potatoes side dish that’s full of flavor. Easy to make and perfect to serve as part of a mezze or with grilled meat dishes! Ingredients 8 medium gold potatoes peeled and cut into cubes 2 tablespoons olive oil divided ½ teaspoon salt 3 garlic cloves minced 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes divided ( I used 1 teaspoon divided ) 1 cup chopped cilantro divided…


Latkes

  Easy, Simple and Delicious INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 pounds baking potatoes such as Russet (3 to 4 potatoes)1/2 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered1 large egg2 tablespoons matzo meal or unseasoned dry breadcrumbs1 teaspoon kosher salt1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper1 cup canola oil Applesauce and sour cream, for serving INSTRUCTIONS Heat the oven and fit one baking sheet with paper towels and another with a cooling…


Sweet and Sour Meatballs

FOR THE SWEET AND SOUR SAUCE:2 tbsp. canola oil1 medium yellow onion, minced1 15-oz. can tomato sauce the juice of 1 lemon (about 2 tbsp.)¼ cup firmly packed dark brown sugarKosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to tasteFOR THE MEATBALLS:2 lb. ground beef chuck2 eggs, beaten⅓ cup long-grain white rice, parboiled for 3 minutes1…


Grilled Italian Vegetables

INGREDIENTS ½ cup olive oil 3 medium cloves garlic, minced 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano 1/2 teaspoon dried basil Salt and ground black pepper 2 large red onions, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch thick slices 3 medium zucchini, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick strips, 3 small eggplants, ends removed, sliced lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick strips,…


Roasted Potatoes

2 lbs large red potatoes dried and each cut into 8 wedges 1 tbsp cornstarch (This is key to them turning out so crispy) 3/4 tsp salt 1/4 tsp pepper 3 tbsp vegetable oil 1 tbsp butter 1 large clove garlic, minced 1 tsp minced fresh parsley 1/8 tsp grated lemon zest 1. Adjust the…


Roasted Tomatoes

Ingredients 8-10 tomatoes, sliced thick, I get 4 slices for each tomato, fill a sheet pan in a single layer. 4 tablespoons olive oil 2 large garlic cloves, minced 2 teaspoons sugar 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Directions Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Arrange the tomatoes on…


Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 1/2 pounds russet potatoes, peeled and 1/2-inch diced 1 1/2 cups chopped yellow onions (2 onions) 2 teaspoons kosher salt 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 tablespoons minced fresh flat-leaf parsley 2 tablespoons minced scallions (white and green parts) Directions Melt the butter with…


Rice Pilaf With Raisins and Almonds

5-6 tablespoons butter 4-5 ounces dried vermicelli or egg noodles 2 cups long-grain white rice 1 quart vegetable, chicken or turkey broth 1 teaspoon sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon white or black pepper ½ cup coarsely chopped almonds ½ cup coarsely chopped golden or black raisins ½ cup frozen petite peas (optional) 2 tablespoons chopped…


Spinach Pesto with Cherry Tomatoes and Feta Cheese

The pesto coats the warm pasta to make a creamy, rich sauce, which is accented by the crumbled feta and contrasted by the sweet cherry tomatoes. Ingredients 1 pound bow tie pasta 1 recipe pesto (following) 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved ¾ cup crumbled feta cheese or more to taste Freshly ground black pepper to…


Best Hash Brown Potatoes

Ingredients 2 Idaho potatoes 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 1 medium onion, cut in half and sliced 1 clove garlic, finely chopped 1 tablespoons butter a pinch of red pepper flakes a pinch of oregano coarse-ground black pepper to taste salt to taste 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley Directions 1. Preheat the oven to…


Rice Pilaf with Vegetables

ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 2/3 cup orzo (rice-shaped pasta) I used soup pasta 1 medium onion, finely chopped (1 cup) 2 carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice (3/4 cup) 2 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice (2/3 cup) 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/2…


Barley and Vegetable

• 3 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 cup barley • 3 cups chicken or vegetable stock • 1 onion, diced • 1 clove garlic, minced • 1 carrot, diced • 1 red pepper, diced • 1 stalk celery, diced • 1 zucchini, diced • 1/2 cup parsley, minced • Salt and pepper 1. For the…


BBQ RED PEPPERS

BBQ RED PEPPERS 3 doz, red peppers, (only red, I tried with all others and not as good) mix into 1 gallon jar the following and add more honey to your taste. 3 cups vinegar 1 cup water 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup honey 1/2 cup corn syrup 1 tesp. salt 1/4 cup veg. oil…


Vegetarian Bulgur Chili

Vegetarian Bulgur Chili (You won’t believe there is no meat in this delicious chili. Don’t be deterred by the long list of ingredients. Most of them are herbs and spices) 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil 1 or 2  onions, chopped ( I use 1, if you love onion use 2 ) 2 green &…


MUSHROOM RISOTTO

MUSHROOM RISOTTO 5 cups canned low-salt chicken broth 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms 2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 1/2 cups finely chopped onions 12 ounces white button mushrooms, finely chopped 2 large garlic cloves, minced 1 tablespoon minced fresh thyme 1 tablespoon minced fresh marjoram 1 1/2 cups arborio rice or medium-grain white rice…


MY FAVORITE LEMON RISOTTO

MY FAVORITE LEMON RISOTTO Lemon juice and peel offer a double punch of flavor in this delicious dish. Serve the risotto Italian-style as a first course, or American-style as a main course. 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth 3 1/2 tablespoons butter 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 2 large shallots, chopped 2 cups arborio rice…


Cauliflower Cheese Pie

This cauliflower cheese pie is made with a delicious potato crust. Makes 4 servings. ——————————————————————————– 2 cups shredded potatoes 1/4 cup grated onion 1 egg, beaten 1 teaspoon salt 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 1 onion, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced salt and pepper to taste 1/2…


ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH, RED GRAPES, AND SAGE

An inventive new take on a classic fall side. 1 2 1/4-pound butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces 1 1/2 cups seedless red grapes (about 8 ounces) 1 medium onion, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh sage leaves 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter,…


Toasted Israeli Couscous with Roasted Vegetables

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped 1/2 cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 2 green zucchini, bite size pieces 2 yellow zucchini, bite size pieces 6 spears asparagus, trimmed 12 cherry tomatoes 1 red bell pepper, bite size pieces 1 yellow bell pepper, bite size 1/4…


MUSHROOM BARLEY RISOTTO

Barley replaces rice in this twist on the classic Italian risotto. 4 1/2 cups chicken stock or canned low-salt chicken broth 2 teaspoons butter 1 cup finely chopped onion 1 cup pearl barley 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme or 3/4 teaspoon dried 1 bay leaf 2 teaspoons olive oil 1 pound assorted fresh mushrooms (such…


Mushrooms with Garlic and Thyme

1/4 pound white mushrooms, cleaned 1/4 pound shiitake mushrooms, cleaned and halved 1/4 pound cremini mushrooms, cleaned and halved 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced 1/4 cup olive oil Salt and freshly ground pepper 1/2 dried teaspoon thyme 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves Combine the mushrooms and garlic in a large fry pan, add the…


Pilaf of Barley, Mushrooms and Peas

2 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium onion, chopped 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 2/3 pound mushrooms, sliced Salt, freshly ground pepper 2/3 cup pearl barley 1 cup chicken stock 1 cup tiny frozen peas Heat oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion and thyme and cook, stirring occasionally until onion is soft, about…


BELL PEPPER AND RICE PILAF

4 tablespoons) butter 1 large red onion, chopped 1 large red bell pepper, seeded, chopped 1 large yellow bell pepper, seeded, chopped 2 cups long-grain white rice 4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro 1 cup toasted pecans. Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and bell…


Roasted Garlic Bulbs

My daughter is about as crazy about garlic as Walt is. More so than I, these 2 will eat it straight up! They crave it? Be careful when you bite into a pizza they have ordered too… OH man is it garlic’d up! Roasted garlic makes a very tasty spread for crusty bread. It is…


Fresh corn cakes with smoked salmon

I made these for dinner tonight, I didnt do the salmon or the sour cream, and they were just fabulous. This fresh and spicy dish makes a wonderful summer supper or weekend brunch dish and, if the corn cakes are made silver-dollar sized, works as an appetizer, too. Fresh corn cakes with smoked salmon Total…


Garlic Scalloped Potatoes with Mushrooms

Ingredients: 4 whole garlic heads 2 teaspoons olive oil 2 cups minced shallots 1/2 pound sliced mushrooms 2 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar 2 1/2 cups light cream 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 2 pounds russet potatoes, thinly sliced cooking spray 1/2 cup…


Smashed Potatoes

potatoes, boiled with salt, then cooled slightly and smashed between the your palms to break the skin, the “smashed” potatoes are browned in olive oil until they are crusty outside and creamy within. 1-1/2 pounds creamer potatoes (Yukon Gold preferred, about 16) 1 tablespoon salt oil for frying 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 2…


Spinach-and-Sausage-Stuffed Peppers

“I may never use ground meat in my peppers again,” Smaller Italian frying peppers are much easier to brown in a skillet than the typical green bell peppers, and they also cook faster. 1. One 5-ounce bag baby spinach 2. 2 slices of white sandwich bread, finely chopped ( I used whole wheat) 3. 1/4…