Thursday, September 29, 2011

Jalapeno Poppers

Ooooh, these are good!  One of my sewing customers shared this healthier version of Jalapeno Poppers with me.  I didn't grow any jalapenos this year, but I'm certainly going to grow some next year after trying these!  Thankfully I was able to pick up a few at Root's this week before the season was over.

Source:  J. Lerch

jalapeno peppers
ricotta cheese
green onions, sliced
shredded cheddar cheese
fresh garlic, minced
Parmesan cheese

Slice peppers in half; remove seeds and membranes.  Cook in boiling water for 3 min; drain.  Mix together ricotta, green onions, cheddar cheese, oregano and garlic.  Stuff peppers with cheese mixture; sprinkle with Parmesan.  Heat in oven until bubbly.

*Note:  Be sure to remove all seeds and membranes unless you like to torture yourself!

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Sausage with Peppers and Onions

It's not often that you come across a recipe that specifically calls for Cubanelle peppers (also called Italian frying peppers), especially one so easy!  I love Cubanelles; they have a nice mild flavor and are also yummy simply sauteed.

Source:  adapted from

5 medium Cubanelle peppers, seeded and coarsely chopped
2 large red onions, each cut into 6 wedges
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 t. chopped fresh oregano
2 T. olive oil
1 lb. hot sausage, cut on the diagonal into 2" pieces

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Gently toss peppers, onions, garlic, oregano, oil and sausages in a large bowl.  Transfer to an 11x17" rimmed baking sheet.  Bake, gently tossing about halfway through, until sausages are cooked through and vegetables are tender, 50-55 minutes.

Serves 4

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Tomato Cobbler

I made this for our "Sustainable Living Feast" this afternoon.  Since it makes 6-8 servings, it was perfect for serving to a larger group.  It's also a great way to use up those grape or cherry tomatoes that are abundant at this time of the year!
The farm down the road where I get my raw milk sells Gruyere cheese, so that makes this recipe a nice option for me.

Source:  adapted from Martha Stewart Living magazine

For the filling:
1/4 c. extra-virgin olive oil
2 medium onions, thinly sliced
4 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
3 pounds cherry tomatoes
3 T. all-purpose flour
1/4 t. crushed red-pepper flakes
1 1/2 t. coarse sea salt
freshly ground black pepper

For the biscuit topping:
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 t. baking powder
coarse sea salt
1 stick cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
1 c. grated Gruyere cheese (2 1/4 oz.), plus 1 T. for sprinkling
1 1/2 c. heavy cream, plus more for brushing

Make the filling:  Heat oil  in a large high-sided skillet over medium heat.  Cook onions, stirring occasionally, until caramelized, about 25 minutes.  Add garlic, and cook until fragrant, about 3 minutes.  Let cool.

Toss onion mixture, tomatoes, flour and red-pepper flakes with sea salt and some pepper.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Make the biscuit topping:  Whisk together flour, baking powder, and 1 t. salt in a bowl.  Cut in butter with a pastry cutter or rub in with your fingers until small clumps form.  Stir in cheese, then add cream, stirring with a fork to combine until dough forms.  (Dough will be slightly sticky.) 

Transfer tomato mixture to a 2-quart baking dish (2 inches deep).  Spoon 7 clumps of biscuit dough (about 1/2 c. each) over top around edges of baking dish, leaving center open.  Brush dough with cream, and sprinkle with remaining tablespoon cheese.  Bake until tomatoes are bubbling in the center and biscuits are golden brown, about 1 hour 10 minutes.  Transfer to a wire rack.  Let cool for 20 minutes.

Serves 6-8

My note:  be sure to use a deep enough baking dish - mine bubbled over!