Late September Recipe Ideas

Below are a few recipe ideas for items you may have bought from us at the farmers market or in your farm box share.  Enjoy!

 

Simple Collard Greens Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs collard greens, tough stems discarded, leaves chopped
  • 2 Tbsp medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large garlic clove, minced
  • 2 teaspoons bacon fat
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp dark sesame oil (Dynasty or comparable)
  • Chili pepper flakes, a pinch
  • Salt, a couple pinches
  • Sugar, a couple pinches
  • Barbecue sauce (optional)

Preparation:

  • Cook onions and garlic: Use a large skillet with a tight fitting cover. Melt bacon fat and heat olive oil on medium heat.

Sauté onion until transparent, a couple of minutes.

Add garlic and and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds.

  •  Mix in the greens, sesame oil, chili pepper flakes, salt, and sugar. Cover and cook until tender, 8-15 minutes. (Note that young collard greens will cook up relatively quickly. Older greens may take upwards of 45 minutes to tenderize.)

If you want, serve with barbecue sauce.

From simplerecipes.com

 

Classic Stuffed Peppers

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Ingredients:

  • Long grain white rice – leftover rice works great if you have some.
  • Bell peppers – if you’d prefer you can make use all green if they’re what’s cheaper.
  • Olive oil – only a little is needed for sauteing. Another neutral oil will work such as vegetable oil.
  • Ground beef – use one that’s 80%+ lean.
  • Yellow onion and fresh garlic – these create a delicious base of flavor, only use fresh.
  • Canned petite diced tomatoes – I like these smaller chunks but standard cut canned tomatoes will work fine.
  • Tomato sauce – if you are looking to reduce sodium in the recipe use no-salt tomato sauce and canned tomatoes. And of course season with less salt.
  • Italian seasoning – I love to use this blend here rather than adding 5 kinds of dried herbs individually.
  • Fresh parsley – this adds lots of fresh flavor. It’s one of my go-to ingredients I always keep stocked.
  • Mozzarella cheese – if you want even more flavor substitute 1/4 cup of the mozzarella for parmesan.

Preparation:

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cook rice according to package instructions.
  • Meanwhile, trim about 1/4-inch from tops of bell peppers and then remove stems, ribs and seeds. Fill a baking dish just large enough to fit peppers with about 1/2-inch of water.
  • Place peppers upside down in water, cover tightly with foil and bake 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over-medium high heat.
  • Add onion and saute 3 minutes. Move onions to one far side of the skillet.
  • Add beef in chunks, season with salt and pepper then let sear until browned on bottom, about 2 – 3 minutes.
  • Break up beef and toss with onions and continue to cook 2 minutes, add garlic and cook until beef is cooked through about 1 minute longer.
  • Remove from heat, drain off excess fat (I like to tilt skillet to one side and dab up excess fat using tongs and paper towels).
  • Stir in tomatoes, half of the tomato sauce (about 1/2 cup), cooked rice, parsley, Italian seasoning and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350. Turn par-baked peppers upright and fill with beef filling.
  • Pour remaining tomato sauce over peppers. Cover with foil and continue to bake 20 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese, return to oven and bake until peppers have reached desired tenderness, about 10 – 20 minutes (thinner peppers will be done near lesser time thicker near greater). Sprinkle with parsley and serve warm.
From Cookingclassy.com

Concord Grape Crush Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • For the Grape Purée:
  • 1 pound Concord grapes
  • 1/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • For the Cocktail
  • 2 ounces vodka
  • 1 1/4 ounce grape purée
  • 3/4 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1/4 ounce simple syrup
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 4 grapes

Preparation:

 

  • Pull grapes from their stems. Set aside 4 whole grapes. Place rest of grapes in blender with 1/4 ounce lime juice (to prevent browning). Blend to completely purée the grapes. Strain the purée through a fine-mesh strainer, pushing it through with the back of a ladle.

  • Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add vodka, grape puree, lime juice, simple syrup, lime wedges, and whole grapes. Shake vigorously and pour contents of shaker into an old-fashioned glass without straining.

    From Seriouseats.com

 

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