Favorite entrees and soups

Favorite Entree & Soup Recipes


Ratatouille Provencale

1/4 cup olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, minced
2 large onions, thinly sliced
4 large ripe tomatoes, roughly chopped
1 medium eggplant, cubed
1 each green, yellow and red bell pepper, seeded and sliced
3 small zucchini, sliced
2 tablespoons, minced fresh basil, or 1 tablespoons, dried
1 teaspoon each chopped fresh rosemary, oregano, thyme, or 1/2 tsp. ea. dried
1 small bay leaf, crumbled
salt and pepper to taste

In a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, heat the olive oil, add the garlic and the onions, and sauti 5 minutes. One at a time, add the tomatoes, eggplant, peppers and zucchini, and sauti each 2 minutes before adding the next. Stir in the herbs. Turn the heat to low and simmer, uncovered, until the ratatouille thickens, 30 to 45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Serve at room temperature. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

This is made from the irresistible produce that becomes available in quantity in the garden and markets at the end of the summer – luscious tomatoes, bell peppers in all colors, shiny eggplants, zucchini and herbs. This is delicious cold or hot, and topped with fried eggs. If you can’t obtain ripe tomatoes, increase the intensity of the flavor by adding a tablespoon of tomato paste toward the end of cooking.

Serve with any Provencale entree or serve as main dish with foccacia and a leafy green salad. Recipe from epicurean.com


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Crab Enchiladas with Cherry Tomato Salsa

6 flour tortillas (7 inches in diameter)
3 tablespoons corn oil
10 ounces fresh lump crabmeat
1 cup grated Jalapeno Jack cheese (about 5 ounces)
1 cup shredded fresh spinach leaves
Cherry Tomato Salsa

2 pints cherry tomatoes
1 large shallot, minced
1 large garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
2 serrano chiles, seeded and minced
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat the oven to 300F. Wrap the tortillas tightly in foil and bake for 10 to 15 minutes, until heated through.

In a medium skillet, heat the oil. Add the crabmeat and saute over moderately high heat until heated through, 2 to 3 minutes.

Spoon the crabmeat onto the center of the warm tortilla and sprinkle with the cheese and the spinach. Roll the tortillas into cylinders and place on a warmed plate, seam-side down. Surround with Cherry Tomato Salsa.

In a food processor, coarsely chop the tomatoes, turning the machine on and off. Do not puree.

In a medium bowl, combine the chopped tomatoes and their juices with the shallot, garlic, coriander, vinegar, chiles, lime juice and salt. Stir well and allow time for flavors to blend.


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Butternut Squash and Apple Soup with Cider Cream

from Sunday Soup
by Betty Rosbottom from Chronicle Books

5 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 cups peeled, seeded, and cubed butternut squash (from 2-to 2 1/2-pound squash; cut into 1/2-inch cubes)
2 cups chopped leeks, white and light green parts only (about 3 medium leeks) 1/2 cup coarsely chopped carrots
1/2 cup coarsely chopped celery
2 small Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and chopped, plus an extra apple for garnish
1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried sage
5 cups chicken stock
1 1/2 cups apple cider, divided
Kosher salt
3/4 cup sour cream
5 bacon slices, sautéed until crisp, drained, and crumbled

Makes 6 servings

In New England, where I live, two of the most prolific fall crops are apples and squashes. Inspired by these two seasonal treasures, I combined Granny Smith apples with butternut squash to create the recipe that follows. A swirl of cider cream (made with cider that has been reduced, then combined with sour cream) and crispy bits of bacon top this silken-smooth mixture that delectably combines sweet, tart, and salty flavors.

1. Melt the butter in a large, heavy pan set over medium-high heat. When hot, add squash, leeks, carrots, and celery and sauté, stirring frequently, until vegetables have softened slightly, 10 to 12 minutes. Add apples, thyme, and sage. Add stock and 1 cup of the cider. Bring mixture to a simmer. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer gently until vegetables and apples are tender, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes. Remove from heat and cool slightly.

2. Meanwhile, make the cider cream. Boil remaining 1/2 cup cider in a small, heavy saucepan until it reduces to 1/4 cup, for about 5 minutes. Cool, then place sour cream in a small bowl and whisk in reduced cider. (Cider cream can be prepared 1 day ahead; cover and refrigerate until needed.)

3. Purée the soup in batches in a food processor, blender, or food mill, and return soup to the pot. (Or use an immersion blender to purée the soup in the pot.) Taste soup and season with salt, as needed. (Soup can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cool, cover, and refrigerate. Reheat over medium heat.)

4. For the garnish, halve and core the reserved apple, then cut one half into 12 paper-thin slices. (Eat or save remaining half for another use.)

5. To serve, ladle soup into 6 shallow bowls and drizzle with cider cream. Garnish each serving with crumbled bacon and a couple of apple slices.