Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lemon Pie


March 14th is Pi Day, for us math nerds. This day just calls for pie. Here's a lemon pie, one which I followed (not so faithfully) from epicurious.com. I was looking for a somewhat healthy version of lemon curd, as my versions all use so much butter! Their version uses olive oil in place of some of the more traditional butter. Not only that, but they use olive oil in both the crust and the curd. I tried both, and was happy with the result.

For the tart shell:

2 Tbs. toasted, sliced almonds
3/4 cup flour (I used gluten free flour with good results)
1/4 cup confectioners sugar
4 Tbs (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1 large egg yolk
3 Tbs. olive oil

Place the almonds, flour, sugar, and butter in a food processor and pulse until the almonds resemble coarse meal, like corn meal. Add the egg yolk and the olive oil and pulse until a soft dough forms. Spread the dough into a tart shell or pie pan. Chill for 30 minutes, then bake in a preheated 425F oven for about 13 minutes, until the shell is brown all over. Remove and let cool.

For the lemon curd:

3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 Tbs of lemon zest (zest the lemons before squeezing the juice)
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp cornstarch
2 whole eggs, plus 2 egg yolks
4 Tbs butter (1/2 stick), cut into 1/2 inch cubes
2 Tbs. extra virgin olive oil

Squeeze the lemon juice into a saucepan. Whisk the juice, along with the zest, sugar, cornstarch, and eggs. Then, whisking constantly, bring to a boil over medium low heat. Cook for about 2 minutes. Remove from the heat, then stir in the butter and olive oil, until the butter melts. Cool.

To serve: Pour the cooled curd into the cooled pie shell. Refrigerate for at least one hour, then serve. I served this with raspberries, for an added zing!


Serves 8

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Even though I whisked constantly, there were some egg "shreds" in my lemon curd. Easy to solve! Just pour is through a colander. The raspberries added zing, and covered up any remaining white spots in the curd.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Huevos Rancheros


This is my totally unauthentic take on huevos rancheros. This version can be made for a crowd, but more importantly, it can be made for any meal of the day. I especially like it when we have breakfast for dinner night! It's filling, delicious, and one of those meat free meals where no one will ever miss the meat.

Ingredients:

1 tsp olive oil
1/2 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 red pepper chopped
1 jalapeno, minced (or 2 Tbs. pickled jalapenos)
1 can Mexican style tomatoes
4 Yukon gold or red potatoes, peeled and cubed
1/2 cup tomato salsa
1/2 cup (or more) vegetable broth
1 tsp (more or less to taste) hot sauce
2 Tbs. chopped cilantro
2 corn tortillas
2 eggs
2 Tbs. grated cheese


Directions: Heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, and peppers and cook for about 5 minutes, until the onions become translucent. Add the tomatoes, along with the potatoes and salsa and cook for about 10 minutes, until the potatoes become tender. If the mixture starts to become dry, add some vegetable broth. I like the vegetables to have the consistency of a thick soup or stew when they are done.

Heat the tortillas and cook the eggs while the vegetables cook. Heat the tortillas in a dry skillet for about 30 seconds to 1 minute per side. Remove the tortillas to a plate and cover with a clean towel to keep warm. Add a small amount of water to the pan and poach eggs, cooking until the whites are firm and the yolks are still liquid, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Have individual bowls ready for serving. Add one tortilla to each bowl. Top with a cup of vegetables, then with an egg. Sprinkle each serving with 1 Tbs. of the cilantro and 1 Tbs. of the grated cheese.

Serves 2, easily doubled or more.

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Having breakfast for dinner night is one very easy way to make a meatless meal stealthy!