SRC: Honeyed Lemon Fruit Salad

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Good morning and welcome to another edition of The Secret Recipe Club. For a little “behind the scenes” information, The Secret Recipe Club (SRC) is divided into three groups. Each group posts on a different Monday of the month. I am in Group C and always post on the 3rd Monday of the month. Which meant that during those special months with five Mondays there’d be two weeks without any fun reveal day! So now, on the 5th Monday of the month there is a themed reveal and it’s a “free for all,” which means that there aren’t any group restrictions. I’m looking forward to getting to know some of the other bloggers in the club.

The end of May unofficially marks the beginning of barbecue season and so today, the Secret Recipe Club is sharing recipes that would be perfect for your upcoming summer picnics and barbecues.

I was assigned the blog An Affair from the Heart written by Michaela. Michaela and I sound like we could be great friends! She describes herself as a “party thrower, gift giver, wish I were craftier, liver & lover of life” kind of gal. It’s that “wish I were craftier” bit that made me smile as I can relate completely. She is a stay-at-home mom to four children and has been married for 25 years this year!

I searched for great side dishes to accompany any summer picnic barbecue or family reunion. I always love a good pasta salad to eat alongside my grilled burger or dog and her Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad is definitely on my radar. Any family reunion isn’t complete without my Aunt’s 7 Layer Dip and Michaela’s Not Your Average Mexican Layered Bean Dip looks like it could compete (because it’s avocado free, an allergy I developed while pregnant with Firecracker that I won’t try again until I’m done breastfeeding Treat). Ultimately I went with a fruit salad, after being distracted by a Shirley Temple Float, because how could I not be?!

I altered her recipe to use fruits that were available to me and that met my family’s taste preferences. That’s the beauty of fruit salad – make it however you want! Because of my overall volume of fruit, I only ended up using one carton of yogurt instead of two. I didn’t adjust the honey accordingly and my local variety of Eucalyptus honey was quite over powering. I would of course make this fruit salad again (and use a sweeter honey). My husband loved having it as his mid morning snack in his lunches all week. Truth be told, this fruit salad was part of the very first meal we cooked in our new home!

P.S. I know I said in my SRC Reveal Post two weeks ago that I was supposed to get internet that day, well, it didn’t happen and now today’s the day! Theoretically. I’m not holding my breath on it though, that’s for sure. So, once again, I’m sorry to my fellow club members, but I promise I’ll be stopping by all your picnic worthy posts soon!

Honeyed Lemon Fruit Salad

Ingredients:

  • 2 C grapes, halved (I used red)
  • 2 C cubed fresh pineapple
  • 1 ½ C chopped strawberries
  • 2 tangerines, segmented
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, cubed
  • 1 container (6 oz) lemon yogurt
  • ¼ C honey
  • Juice ½ large lemon

Steps:

*This recipe is adapted from Michaela at http://www.anaffairfromtheheart.com/2015/08/honey-lemon-fruit-salad/*

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#FoodieExtravaganza: American Pie

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It’s the first Wednesday of February and I’m taking a quick break from the #FreshTastyValentines event to celebrate “American Pies” with the #FoodieExtravaganza crew. My blogging friend Wendy over at A Day in the Life on the Farm is hosting today.

I’m not going to lie, I didn’t even look at what an “American” pie would be. All that comes to mind is apple, or maybe cherry. Pies aren’t my favorite dessert. I have an issue with warm fruit. My number one pie is Key Lime – cool and tart! Instead, I decided to go the savory route today and make a side dish that could work nicely with a brunch spread.

Yet another confession: I wasn’t happy with the photography. I struggle immensely with photographing cheese. AND the recipe actually called for gruyere, not cheddar. I accidentally deleted gruyere from my grocery list (it was part of this shopping fiasco) so I had to use what I had – cheddar. Which worked quite well, (Hey, cheddar is more American so maybe my dish does qualify after all!) but provided that yellow/orange tint. I was going to “give up” and try a different pie. But that was an even bigger fail! The only pie dish I have wasn’t large enough for the recipe I was making and everything had to be tossed into a dutch oven instead – delicious, but not pretty, and definitely not a pie. (Because it was a huge hit with Firecracker and myself, I will be trying it again with either a new pie dish or simply halving the recipe so it fits, so stay tuned for that one!)

So here I am sharing a fantastic recipe with mediocre pictures.

Cheddar Leek Potato Pie

Ingredients:

  • 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1 bunch leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1 large Russet potato, thinly sliced (I used a mandoline)
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 C half-and-half
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a pie dish with the thawed puff pastry. Trim and patch as needed to fit.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet over medium-high heat. Saute the leeks until cooked.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the egg and half-and-half.
  4. In another small bowl whisk together the thyme, garlic powder, pepper, and salt.
  5. Evenly layer 1/3 of the sliced potatoes in the pie crust, top with 1/3 of the leeks, 1/3 of the spice blend, and 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat. For the final layer: place potatoes, leeks, and spices, pour the half-and-half over top of the pie, and top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake 60-70 minutes, or until golden, bubbly, and a knife can cut smoothly through the potatoes.

*This recipe is adapted from Karen at http://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2015/03/potato-leek-pie.html*

cheddar potato leek pie for #FoodieExtravaganza from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out these other pies:

BLT Pie by Georgina of G’Gina’s Flavors Palatte

Cheeseburger Pie by Kathleen at Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Grapefruit Pie by Rebekah at Making Miracles

Ham and Broccoli Quiche by Wendy at A Day in the Life on the Farm

Homegrown Blackberry Pie by Carlee of Cooking with Carlee

No Bake Peanut Butter Pie by Lauren of From Gate to Plate

Peaches and Cream Pie by Elaine at Cookin and Craftin

Penne Pie by Terri at Our Good Life

Red Velvet Pudding Pie by Teri of The Freshman Cook

Tar Heel Pie by Tara of Tara’s Multicultural Table

The Impossible Coconut Pie by Stacy of Food Lust People Love

Walnut Crumble-Topped Apple Tart by Caroline at Caroline’s Cooking

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

It’s no secret we like Brussels sprouts in this house and I love finding new ways to prepare them. Today’s version is one that is perfect for Christmas. Yesterday was all about last minute holiday recipes and this is the recipe that I was originally going to share with the Sunday Supper crew. The red bell pepper, red onion, and green Brussels sprouts look like Christmas and the glaze tastes like the holidays making it the perfect side dish to your ham or turkey this weekend.

I prepared these Brussels sprouts when my mom was here last month. She declared them her favorite sprouts recipe. (We actually cooked pork chops in the same pan from the Brussels sprouts – delicious!) She snapped a picture of the recipe on her cell phone and after her first grocery trip upon getting back home she messaged me saying she’d already bought the real maple syrup. That was her subtle way of informing me that I’d be making these again for Christmas. I will have to triple or quadruple the amount of Brussels sprouts and double the amount of glaze.

This recipe makes 3 servings.

Maple Glazed Brussels Sprouts

Ingredients:

  • 2 C halved Brussels sprouts
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 C real maple syrup
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Steps:

  1. Cook Brussels sprouts in a pot of boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain, rinse, and set aside.
  2. In a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat saute the peppers and onions until tender, about 5 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and cook another 4 minutes.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together the syrup, soy sauce, and Dijon. Add to the skillet and coat the vegetable. Cook until glaze has thickened slightly.

*This recipe is adapted from Jeff at http://relish.com/recipes/maple-glazed-brussels-sprouts-video/*

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CIC: Apples & Chives

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The ingredients I voted for actually won this month’s Crazy Ingredient Challenge! It did come down to a one vote swing though for the chives over graham crackers. I have to say, graham crackers and apples wouldn’t be that “crazy” so I’m glad chives took the lead.

I didn’t think this combination would be too difficult though. I ended up being surprised. I kept thinking of some sort of tart or pie type dessert, but honestly, I didn’t have the time (or energy) for that. I then decided to try making an apple jelly with chives. I found a two-ingredient jelly using just apple juice and honey and thought, “Now that I have time for!” I think I cooked the mixture too long because what I ended up with something closer to a candy. Had I realized it was candy I wouldn’t have put it in an ice cream dish to cool and instead have spread it on a baking sheet. The aforementioned ice cream dish was sacrificed to the garbage can (good thing it was a 59 cent thrift store find!). It was now back to the drawing board.

I settled on an Apple and Cheddar muffin recipe. I simply swapped cinnamon for chives. The batter really reminded me of a corn bread (although with flour instead of cornmeal) so I decided to bake these in my Mini Loaf Pan instead of a muffin tin. But then I ran into a dilemma of what to call these guys! They weren’t flakey enough to be biscuits, but lighter than a savory scone would be, and it wasn’t a muffin at this point. So… mini loaves it is!

We loved these mini loaves. They were a great accompaniment to some buttermilk brined chicken and green beans. The loaves were also begging to be dunked in a warm bowl of soup or chili or paired with eggs in the morning. I found them best eaten the same day however the do warm up nicely in the microwave.

Apple Cheddar Chive Mini Loaves

Ingredients:

  • 2 C flour
  • 1/3 C sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 C shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 C shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh chives
  • 1 egg
  • 1 C buttermilk
  • 1/4 C vegetable oil
  • 1 large Granny Smith apple, peeled

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly grease a 9-well mini loaf pan or a 12-well muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in the cheese.
  3. In a small bowl whisk the egg with buttermilk and oil. Stir into the dry ingredients.
  4. Shred the apple over the bowl and fold into the batter.
  5. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 20 minutes, until a toothpick comes out cleanly. Allow loaves to cool in the pan 5-10 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/apple-cheddar-muffins*

Apple Cheddar Chive Mini Loaves for Crazy Ingredient Challenge from Sew You Think You Can Cook

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Blogger CLUE: Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes

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Today Blogger CLUE is continuing with our Fall celebrations with a wide open theme of “Autumn” for October’s reveal day.

This month I was assigned the blog Eliot’s Eats. I actually had Debra’s blog for the berries reveal day. Her blog is named after her cat (and favorite poet). I had fun searching through Debra’s blog this time with another season in mind. And I was ecstatic to find a plethora of sweet potato recipes!

When it comes to Autumn recipes the blogosphere becomes filled with pumpkin this and pumpkin that. Thanks to a pumpkin allergy (which I developed at the ripe old age of 21) Fall cooking has become quite disheartening. Luckily there’s the lovely sweet potato to make me pretend I’m in on the craze. 🙂

I made two dishes from Eliot’s Eats this month – one I made a fair number of changes to and will be sharing with you at a later date and this simple side dish. These sweet potatoes are doused in a honey sriracha sauce before being baked until tender. This sauce would be fantastic for any number of vegetables and even chicken. Actually, while I was mixing up the concoction I couldn’t get wings off the brain – probably because of the melted butter and the smell of vinegary heat. Yum!

I used half of the amount of sriracha Debra used on the off chance my little man would give them a try. (And because I’m a wimp.) I’m happy to report my 15 month old showed a little interest and worked on fork stabbing practice with these potatoes. He even licked a couple, but wouldn’t actually eat it. (…I’m trying to remain calm and patient while he goes through this stage of eating…)

Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 2 small or 1 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into bite size cubes
  • 2 tbsp melted butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1-2 tbsp sriracha
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly grease with cooking spray.
  2. Place sweet potatoes in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together butter, honey, sriracha, and olive oil. Pour over potatoes and toss to coat. Season with salt.
  4. Place potatoes on prepared baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes until tender, flip the potatoes halfway through the cooking process.

*This recipe is adapted from Debra at http://eliotseats.com/2015/04/12/roasted-sweet-potatoes-with-honey-and-sriracha/*

Honey Sriracha Sweet Potatoes for #BloggerCLUE from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Here’s a list of the other players of Blogger CLUE this month:

Tomato and Bean Salad

Late spring and summer this year have been fairly wet. All of the rain yielded quite the tomato crop over in my neighbor’s yard. Which means just about every week I’m being given fresh homegrown tomatoes! (Black cherry tomatoes, heirloom tomatoes, and roma tomatoes) I’ve even been handed two quarts of homemade tomato sauce.

This pregnancy I’ve found that I adore tomatoes. BLTs have been shamelessly scarfed down for lunch at least once a week, and those cherry tomatoes turned into my favorite salad (tomatoes, thinly sliced onion, balsamic vinegar, olive oil, S+P).

I took a play on that aforementioned salad and added beans and basil to make a heartier potluck contribution at a church function.

Tomato and Bean Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (15 oz) white beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 very large heirloom tomato, chopped
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh basil (I used Gourmet Garden lightly dried basil)
  • 1 heaping tbsp minced red onion
  • 2 tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1/2 tsp minced garlic

Steps:

  1. In a large bowl, gently toss together beans, tomatoes, basil, and onion.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together vinegars, oil, agave, and garlic. Season to taste with S+P.
  3. Dress salad and keep in refrigerator until ready to serve (at least 30 minutes).

*This recipe is adapted from Rebekah at http://rebekahrose.blogspot.ca/2015/07/bloggerclue-white-bean-tomato-and-basil.html*

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Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Sausage

Up until I discovered this pasta recipe, I never knew what to do with leftover ricotta cheese. I actually wasn’t quite sure if I even cared for ricotta outside of ravioli filling and lasagna layers. This quick recipe has changed how I feel about ricotta! I will be more open to other uses of ricotta. I now never worry about if the container I bought is too big because if I can’t find something else to do with it, I can make this pasta. Something I have done four times already (once without the meat, too!)

IMG_2976I chose to use veggie fusilli pasta in an effort to “sneak” veggies into my son’s mouth. (I know it doesn’t yield the best photographs.) He has loved this pasta each and every time. He now doesn’t discriminate against certain colored pasta, but the first time we enjoyed this dish he picked his way around the green spinach noodles. I also added Italian sausage as I knew my husband wouldn’t consider this a real meal. Feel free to omit the sausage (increase the garlic to 1 tbsp and saute very quickly in the oil. Add the entire garlicky oil mix to the ricotta sauce) if you prefer and make this a great side dish.

Lemon Ricotta Pasta with Sausage

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 links Italian sausage, casings removed
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 lb fusilli pasta
  • 1 C ricotta cheese
  • 1 C heavy cream
  • zest of 2 lemons
  • juice of 1 lemon

Steps:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil and cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and keep warm.
  2. In a small skillet, brown the sausage over medium-high heat, breaking it up as it cooks. When the sausage is almost cooked through, add the garlic and saute another minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside, draining any extra fat if needed.
  3. In a bowl whisk together ricotta, cream, lemon zest, lemon juice, and season to taste with S+P.
  4. In a large bowl toss together pasta, sausage, and ricotta sauce.

*This recipe is adapted from Cooking from the Farmers’ Market*

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Dominican Beet Potato Salad

Remember that beet potato salad I said I made with the beets from the Farmer’s Market? Well, today’s the day I finally share the recipe!

It’s National Potato Day!

This potato salad recipe comes from one of my dad’s aunts. It’s one of those family recipes that doesn’t actually have measurements – and the ingredient values I did have were huge! I went with the flow and did my best at recreating this Dominican side dish. I used Yukon gold potatoes instead of Russet because that’s what I had, and instead of canned beets I used a fresh one from the Farmer’s Market. I will say, I added way too much onion so I’ve adjusted for that in the ingredients, I would still suggest adding it sparingly and to taste. There was a note on the “recipe” to gently mash the salad after it’s all mixed so that there’s a creamy texture but still with chunks of potato. Because I didn’t peel the potatoes this didn’t quite work, but I enjoyed it without the extra “mash” texture.

I don’t remember caring for these potatoes when I was a kid – but I definitely remember them! How does one forget pink potatoes!? My little man though greatly enjoyed it. Check out this video I posted to Instagram of him humming while he ate. 🙂

Tia’s Beet Potato Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 small beet
  • 5 Yukon gold potatoes
  • 1 hard boiled egg, diced
  • 1/4 C mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp grated onion (or less, to taste)

Steps:

  1. Peel beet and cut into quarters. Place in a small saucepan and cover with water, salt. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool. Finely dice the beets.
  2. Cut potatoes into quarters. Place in a saucepan and cover with water, salt. Bring to a gentle boil and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Drain and let cool. Cut potatoes into bite sized chunks – remove skins if desired.
  3. In a large bowl whisk together mayo, olive oil, and vinegar. Add potatoes and hard boiled egg. Season to taste with S+P.
  4. Grate the onion over the bowl so as to collect the juices. Add the beets and mix until pink. Season to taste again with S+P. Note: If the onion taste is too strong, add more mayo.

Dominican Beet Potato Salad | Sew You Think You Can Cook

#FoodieExtravaganza: Potatoes

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Hello, August, it’s so nice to see you! Did you know that August is the only month without a holiday? (Unless you count my birthday!) Good thing there are plenty of food holidays to get us through the last full month of summer. There’s National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (that was yesterday, folks), National Root Beer Float Day (tomorrow), National S’mores Day (10th), National Rum Day (16th), and National ‘Bacon Lovers’ Day (20th) to name a few.. okay a lot.

But we’re not celebrating any of those, today.

The Foodie Extravaganza is a monthly party hosted by bloggers who love food! Each month we incorporate one main ingredient or theme into recipes to share with you, and today we’re celebrating potatoes! (National Potato Day is August 19th.)

Potatoes are probably the most versatile item in the produce department. Not only are there a wide variety of flavors, textures, and colors to choose from, there are countless of ways to prepare them! An excellent choice from our host Kathleen of Fearlessly Creative Mammas. Be sure to scroll past my recipe for a great selection of new and fun ways to prepare your next spud.

Chipotle Lime Roasted Potatoes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 lb fingerling potato medley, halved
  • 4 tsp extra virgin olive oil, divided use
  • 1-2 tbsp diced chipotle in adobo with sauce
  • 1 tsp minced garlic (I used Gourmet Garden stir-in garlic paste)
  • zest 1-2 limes
  • juice 1-2 limes
  • fresh cilantro (I used Gourmet Garden lightly dried cilantro)

Steps:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Toss the potatoes in 2 tsp olive oil and season with salt. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and roast 30-35 minutes, or until fork tender.
  3. In a small bowl whisk together chipotle in adobo, 2 tsp olive oil, garlic, and the zest and juice of limes. Season to taste with salt.
  4. Toss roasted potatoes in as much dressing and fresh cilantro as desired. Serve warm.

*This recipe is adapted from Meredith at http://www.insockmonkeyslippers.com/summer-braise-chipolte-and-lime-roasted-potatoes-giveaway*

Chipotle Lime Roasted Potaotes for #FoodieExtravaganza from Sew You Think You Can Cook

Be sure to check out the rest of these potato recipes:

Latvian Spiced Dill French Fries from Fearlessly Creative Mammas

Chicken and Mashed Potato Waffles from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

 Horseradish Potato Au Gratin from From Gate to Plate

Roasted Purple Potatoes with Rosemary and Thyme from Our Good Life

Slow Cooker Loaded Potato Soup from Making Miracles

Llapingachos (Ecuadorian Stuffed Potato Patties) from Tara’s Multicultural Table

Tortilla Espanola (Spanish Omelet) from Cali’s Cuisine

Japanese Moon Gazing Potatoes from Ninja Baker

Potato Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms from A Day in the Life on the Farm

Sweet Potato Spiced Swirl Bread from Baking in Pyjamas

Loaded Pierogi from Cooking With Carlee

Bloody Mary Potato Salad from Cindy’s Recipes and Writings

Colcannon with Kale from Cherishing a Sweet Life

Jersey Royals with Mint from Food Lust People Love

Naked Ladies with their Legs Crossed from Passion Kneaded

Shredded Potato Crusted Chicken from The Freshman Cook

Copycat Chicken & Gnocchi Soup from Pantry Friendly Cooking

Japanese Curry

Can you go to the grocery store without a plan?

I can’t.

I have to have a list.

And to have a list I have to have a menu plan for the week.

Sometimes I can be too lazy to menu plan so I reach for the nearest cookbook or magazine. In this instance it was the January/February 2014 edition of Food Network Magazine. I looked at the photographic recipe index near the front of the magazine in search for a stir fry. I found Japanese Beef Curry.

IMG_5204It’s not really a fit for Stir Fry Day Friday though. The beef is thinly sliced and stir fried but the substance behind this dish is really the vegetable concoction – a side dish that reminded me so much of pot pie while it was simmering away that that’s exactly what I did with the leftovers the next night! I divided the leftovers into three ramekins (the smaller one was for the little man who loved the flavorful veggies), covered them with crescent roll dough, and baked them at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes until the crust is cooked through and the filling bubbly.

I don’t have curry powder so I looked up the components that typically go in curry powder and adjusted the amounts (as I didn’t need 10 C worth). If you have curry powder, feel free to substitute 2 tbsp for all starred ingredients in the recipe.

This was the first time either of us have had a turnip so I wanted to make sure I could pick it out – I diced the turnip smaller than the potatoes so I could tell the difference. I’m not sure I could really tell you what a turnip tastes like because there’s so much flavor in the “soup”, but I loved the smell of it when preparing it – a fresh and earthy scent.

The recipe below is only for the side dish. If desired, serve alongside stir fried steak and rice or turn into pot pies for a flavorful twist on comfort food.

Japanese Curry

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp butter, divided use
  • 1 turnip, peeled and diced
  • 2 Yukon gold potatoes, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 tbsp corriander*
  • 1 tsp cumin*
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric*
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice*
  • 1/2 tsp pepper*
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger*
  • pinch red pepper flakes*
  • 1/4 tsp dried mustard*
  • 3 tbsp flour
  • 2 C chicken broth
  • 1 C mixed frozen vegetables (peas, carrots, green beans, corn, etc)
  • 1 tsp sugar

*If you have it, substitute 2 tbsp curry powder for asterisked ingredients

Steps:

  1. Melt 1 tbsp butter in a dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add turnips, potatoes, and onion. Season with salt. Cook until softened and remove to a plate.
  2. In a small bowl combine asterisked ingredients.
  3. Melt remaining butter in the same dutch oven used in Step 1. Whisk in spice mixture (or curry powder, if using) and flour until a paste is created. Slowly whisk in the chicken broth until smooth. Return the veggies from Step 1 to the pot and add in the frozen veggies and sugar.
  4. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, cover and cook 10 minutes. Uncover and cook another 5 minutes. Season to taste with S+P.

Japanese Curry | Sew You Think you Can Cook