Clagett Farm Recipes~ Old Friends~New Favorites
Photos and Recipes~Rita Calvert 2007
A gal at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and I were chatting before Locally Grown Lunch was served and she informed me that being a CSA member had certainly made her a better cook. With enthusiasm I asked her to share some of her accomplishemnts. When she was loaded down with 8 eggplant she made an Eggplant Souffle (complete with whipped eggwhites)!
Summer Vegetables Brown Rice Salad
Again we bring you a “Locally Grown Lunch” recipe which showcases Clagett Farm produce. Chicken has ben added to make the dish an entree. It’s up to you as the salad is great without it. We’re giving you the basic “template” and you can add or subtract as you please. The mint takes it to a Middle Eastern zone.
corn, lightly cooked, kernels cut off the cob
summer squashes, lightly cooked and sliced
chickpeas or cannelini beans, rinsed and drained
grilled chicken slices
lots of fresh lemon thyme or thyme
cooked brown rice
vinaigrette majoring in fresh lemon juice and garlic
Eggplant Salad With Peppers, Mint and Caper-Feta Vinaigrette
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 3/4 pounds eggplant (any kind, or a mixture), trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks
3 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (about 2/3 cup)
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon capers, chopped
1 pound mixed bell peppers, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Whisk together the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
Toss eggplant with 1/3 cup vinaigrette, reserving the rest. Arrange on a baking sheet. Bake, tossing occasionally, until tender and golden around edges, about 30 minutes. Let eggplant cool somewhat. (It can be warm but not hot enough to melt feta or wilt mint.)
Whisk feta, garlic and capers into reserved vinaigrette. In a large bowl, combine eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and mint leaves. Toss with vinaigrette, and serve immediately or within several hours. (It holds up all day.)
Simple Bulghur Salad with Tomatoes
Serves 4 to 6
by Mighty Staff @ Mighty Foods
This is the perfect picnic or potluck salad in part because it can be served at room temperature. Most of you know bulgur as the foundation for tabouli, it is a quick cooking grain with a mild, ever-so-slightly nutty flavor. This recipe uses the best ingredients from the summer market.
1 cup medium-grind whole wheat bulgur
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 pound green beans (or use some yellow wax beans for extra color), blanched for a couple minutes in boiling salted water and then drained
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
a couple cranks of the pepper grinder
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup mint, washed and chopped
1 1/2 cups red, orange and yellow cherry tomatoes, halved
Put the bulgur and water in a saucepan with a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the bulgur is cooked through. While the bulgur is cooking cut the beans into bite-sized segments on the bias and set aside.
In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Fluff the bulgur with a fork and toss with the lemon olive oil mixture. Add the pine nuts and mint and toss again. Taste and add more salt and pepper if needed. Add the cherry tomatoes and give one last gentle toss - gentle enough that the tomatoes stay intact. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature.
Folly’s Special Spuds
Makes 12 – 15 pancakes
Inspired by a lovely Annapolis bed and breakfast, Royal Folly, you can count on breakfast meals to be scrumptious especially with delectable local produce.
1 onion, quartered
½ pound potatoes (1 large), cut into chunks
1 medium zucchini cut into chunks
Salt and ground pepper
Pinch of fresh nutmeg
1 teaspoon fresh dill
In a food processor fitted with the metal blade, combine the onion, potato and zucchini and process using off-on pulses until finely chopped and still retaining some texture. Pour into bowl lined with cheesecloth. Squeeze extra moisture out.
Stir in eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg and dill to blend. Add enough flour to hold together. Heat equal parts of oil and butter in non-stick skillet. When hot enough, form pancakes by spooning tablespoons of batter into the pan. Flatten with a spatula. Fry until golden brown on the first side, 3-4 minutes, then flip and fry for the same on the other.
Transfer to paper towel-lined baking sheet. Keep in 200-degree oven until all are cooked. Serve with sour cream and/or chunky applesauce.
Grilled Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella, summer Squash and Thyme
Now if your pinched for time, of course you can use premade pizza dough found in the refrigerator department of many supermarkets.
1 garlic clove, chopped
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium yellow squash
2 balls pizza dough, rolled out and chilled
For pizza dough:
2/3 cup lukewarm water (105°F.-115°F.)
a 1/4 ounce package (2 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil plus additional for oiling bowl
1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/4 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons coarse salt
3/4 cup coarsely grated fresh mozzarella (about 3 ounces)
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan (about 2 1/4 ounces)
4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves (preferably lemon thyme)
Garnish: fresh thyme sprigs (preferably lemon thyme)
In a small bowl stir together garlic and oil and let stand 15 minutes.
With a mandoline or other manual slicer, slice squash crosswise into 1/16-inch thick rounds, transferring to plate.
Prepare grill: Open vents in lid and bottom of kettle grill and put 25 briquets on 2 opposite sides of bottom, leaving middle clear. Oil rack and position with wider openings over briquets. Light briquets. (They will be ready for cooking as soon as they turn grayish-white, 20 to 30 minutes.)
Remove plastic wrap from 2 pieces of rolled-out-pizza dough (if grill is not large, work with 1 piece at a time, keeping remaining piece chilled) and lightly brush dough with some garlic oil. Trying not to stretch dough, carefully transfer it, oiled side down, with your hands to rack of grill. (If it's a very hot day, the dough may get too soft to transfer easily; if so, pop it into the freezer until firm again, about 15 minutes.) Lightly brush top with some garlic oil. When grilling pizzas, rotate them if 1 side of grill is hotter than the other. Grill crusts, covered, until undersides are golden brown on bottom, about 4 minutes. Flip crusts over with 2 metal spatulas and top each crust with half of cheeses, squash, and thyme. Lightly brush pizzas with some garlic oil and grill, covered, about 5 minutes, or until undersides are golden brown and cheeses are melted.
Garnish pizzas with thyme sprigs and cut into wedges.
To make pizza dough:
In a large bowl stir together 1/3 cup water, yeast, and sugar and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 3/4 cups flour, cornmeal, and salt and blend until mixture forms a dough. Knead dough on a floured surface, incorporating as much of remaining 1/4 cup flour as necessary to prevent dough from sticking, until smooth and elastic, 5 to 10 minutes.
Alternatively, dough may be made in a food processor. Proof yeast as described above. In food processor process yeast mixture with 1 3/4 cups flour, cornmeal, and salt until mixture forms a ball, adding more water, 1 teaspoon at a time, it too dry or more flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, if too wet, and knead dough by processing 15 seconds more.
Put dough, prepared by either method, in an oiled deep bowl and turn to coat with oil. Let dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk, and punch down. Form dough into 4 balls. Makes enough dough for four 10-inch thin-crust pizzas.
To roll out pizza dough for grilling:
Lightly brush a baking sheet with olive oil.
On a lightly floured surface roll out 1 ball of dough 1/8 inch thick (about 10 inches in diameter). Brushing off excess flour, transfer dough with your hands to baking sheet and cover surface completely with plastic wrap. Repeat procedure with remaining dough balls and plastic wrap in same manner, stacking rolled-out pieces on top of one another on baking sheet. Wrap baking sheet with more plastic wrap to ensure that dough is completely covered. (Chill dough until firm, about 1 hour, and up to 4 hours.)
Gourmet, July 1996
Potato and Roast Red Pepper Soup
4 red peppers
2 ounces butter
1 pound potatoes, peeled and diced
1 cup onions, diced
sea salt and freshly ground pepper
1½ pt home-made chicken stock or vegetable stock
1/2 cup whole milk
sprigs of flatleaf parsley
roasted chillies (optional)
Roast or chargrill the peppers for 10-15 minutes in the oven and then leave to cool in a plastic bag.
Peel and deseed, save the sweet juices and carefully purée the flesh with the juices. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary.
Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan. When it foams, add the potatoes and onions and toss them in the butter until well coated. Sprinkle with salt and a few grinds of pepper. Cover with a butter wrapper or paper lid and the lid of the saucepan. Sweat on a gentle heat for approximately 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, bring the stock to the boil. When the vegetables are soft but not colored add the boiling stock and continue to cook for about 10-15 minutes or until the vegetables are soft. Add the milk. purée the soup in a blender or food processor. Taste and adjust seasoning.
Just before serving, swirl the red pepper purée through the soup or simply drizzle on top of each bowl. Top with some snipped flat parsley. You might try adding one or two roast chillies to the pepper for a little extra buzz - serrano or jalapeno are good.