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Wilted Spinach with Toasted Garlic Chips

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Wilted Spinach with Toasted Garlic Chips

2 Comments 30 April 2011

I got this recipe from my mother in law who is always trying something new and delicious. Instead of sauteing the spinach, she uses the hot oil from frying the garlic to wilt the spinach. The result is a delicious “salad” spinach. This technique also leaves no room for “spinach soup“, which can happen from sauteing the spinach for too long a period. I usually serve the spinach as a salad at room temperature before the main course, or as a side dish to a salmon or steak. And I always eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Kosher Ingredients

Two bags Baby Spinach leaves refrigerated (I use the pre-washed bags and then wash and dry it very well one more time.)

4-6 Cloves of garlic sliced thin (I use a mandolin and put it on the medium setting)

Kosher salt or sea salt to taste

4 tablespoons Good quality extra virgin olive oil

 

Directions

Before you begin, make sure to have washed and dried the baby spinach leaves. Place the spinach in a large heatproof bowl, such as  pyrex. Refrigerate the spinach (the spinach must be cold prior to pouring the oil onto it).

In a medium sauce pan place the olive oil and sliced garlic cloves and season with salt-Do not over salt because you will add salt onto the leaves themselves after you pour the hot oil.

Heat oil and garlic on a medium to high flame. Cook garlic in oil until just golden, and  pour mixture  (very carefully) into the pyrex bowl. Toss gently so that the oil is well coated on the leaves. More salt can be added at this point if you prefer.

Leaves will slightly change in color and will wilt. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Can be refrigerated once cooled and served later that day.

 

Note Do not over cook the garlic slices as they will turn bitter if cooked too well done. Using a mandolin is preferred so that the garlic will cook evenly.

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Bring on the Veggies

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Bring on the Veggies

No Comments 26 March 2010

Vegetables are often viewed as  side dishes  alongside a heavier entree. But why not make the vegetables the main attraction at your next meal?

Vegetable Tian                                         

Serves 4-6

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe

  • Good olive oil
  • 2 large yellow onions, cut in half and sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound medium round potatoes, unpeeled (yukon gold)
  • 3/4 pound zucchini
  • 2 medium sized eggplant
  • 1 1/4 pounds medium tomatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, plus extra sprigs
  • optional- 2 ounces of Mozzarella cheese, grated

Directions for preparation

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.

Brush a 9 by 13 by 2-inch baking dish with olive oil. In a medium saute pan, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil and cook the onions over medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, until translucent. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Spread the onion mixture on the bottom of the baking dish.

Slice the potatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes in 1/4-inch thick slices. Layer them alternately in the dish on top of the onions, fitting them tightly, making only 1 layer. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, thyme leaves, and thyme sprigs and drizzle with 1 more tablespoon of olive oil. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes, until the potatoes are tender. Uncover the dish, remove the thyme sprigs, sprinkle the cheese on top, and bake for another 30 minutes until browned. Serve warm.

Recipe adapted from Barefoot in Paris

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