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Pork Chops Stuffed With Pine Nuts And Herbs

By Susie Middleton   |   Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Pork chops make for great weeknight eating, but they’re even better when you stuff them with a quick, sweet-and-savory riff on pesto. It comes together in seconds in the food processor, and the finished dish is on your table in less than 30 minutes.

Serves: 6

Ingredients

6 center-cut, bone-in pork loin chops (1-1/4 inches to 1-1/2 inches thick)
1/2 cup fresh mint
1/2 cup fresh parsley
1/3 cup fresh tarragon
1/3 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano (1/4 oz.)
5 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
3 medium cloves garlic, peeled
1 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
3/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
1/3 cup golden raisins
1 Tbs. unsalted butter, cut into 6 pieces

Ingredients

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

With a sharp knife, make a horizontal slit in each pork chop to create a 3-1/2-inch-long pocket.

In a food processor, combine the mint, parsley, tarragon, pecorino, 3 Tbs. of the oil, the garlic, lemon zest, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper. Pulse until finely chopped. Add 1/2 cup of the pine nuts and pulse until the nuts are roughly chopped. Stir in the remaining 1/4 cup pine nuts and the raisins. Season the insides of the pockets with salt and pepper and stuff with the filling. Secure the pockets with toothpicks. Season the outside of the meat generously with salt and pepper.

Heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering hot. Sear 3 of the pork chops on both sides until well browned, about 6 minutes total; transfer to a large rimmed baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 1 Tbs. oil and the remaining pork chops. Top each chop with a piece of butter and roast in the oven until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the pork chops registers 145°F, 10 to 12 minutes. Discard the toothpicks and serve drizzled with the pan juice.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 440; Fat (g): 33; Fat Calories (kcal): 300; Saturated Fat (g): 7; Protein (g): 25; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 15; Carbohydrates (g): 11; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 8; Sodium (mg): 230; Cholesterol (mg): 65; Fiber (g): 1;
 

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


Green Beans With Crispy Pancetta

By Susie Middleton   |   Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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Everyone knows the onion-topped green bean casserole that’s a Thanksgiving mainstay, but this recipe for Green Beans with Crispy Pancetta, Mushrooms, and Shallots is a bit more elegant and a lot more flavorful.

Serves: 8

Tip: The beans can be boiled and refrigerated up to 6 hours ahead

Ingredients

Kosher salt
1-1/2 lb. green beans, trimmed
2-1/2 oz. thinly sliced pancetta (five or six 1/16- to 1/8-inch-thick slices)
3 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
6 medium cremini mushrooms, trimmed, halved if large, and very thinly sliced
2 medium-large shallots, halved lengthwise and very thinly sliced
1/4 cup very thinly sliced fresh sage leaves
1 Tbs. sherry vinegar
1/2 tsp. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions
Fill a large mixing bowl with ice cubes and water and set aside. Fill a 6- or 7-quart pot two-thirds full of well-salted water. Bring the water to a boil and boil the beans uncovered until tender to the bite, 4 to 6 minutes. Drain, transfer to the bowl of ice water, and let sit until cooled, about 2 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

Put the pancetta in a 12-inch nonstick skillet and cook over medium-low heat until crisp and browned, 10 to 12 minutes. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate and coarsely crumble. Remove the pan from the heat and let it cool slightly.

Add 2 Tbs. of the olive oil to the pan and return it to medium-high heat. Add the mushrooms, shallots, and 1/4 tsp. salt and cook, stirring frequently, until both are nicely browned and shrunken, about 5 minutes. Add the sage and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Take the pan off the heat and add the vinegar, mustard, and the remaining 1 Tbs. oil. Stir to combine.

Return the pan to medium heat, add the green beans and toss to combine and heat through, 2 to 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt. Transfer to a warm serving platter and garnish with the pancetta.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 110; Fat (g): 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 70; Saturated Fat (g): 1.5; Protein (g): 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 8; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 410; Cholesterol (mg): 5; Fiber (g): 3;
 

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


Three-Cheese Potato Gratin

By Susie Middleton   |   Tuesday, December 20, 2011
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There’s no better time of year to cook rich, decadent dishes than the holidays! One of our favorite cold-weather indulgences is a luscious potato gratin, especially when it’s made with three different kinds of cheese.

Serves: 6-8

Tip: If you’d like to make it less rich, use less cream and more milk.

Ingredients

2 tsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1-1/2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
2 large cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
2 to 3 sprigs rosemary, 3 inches long
Pinch freshly grated nutmeg
4 oz. grated Swiss cheese (about 1 cup)
2 oz. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano (about 1/2 cup)
2 lb. russet potatoes (3 to 4 medium)
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
4 oz. fresh goat cheese, crumbled (about 2/3 cup)

Directions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish with the butter.

Pour the milk and cream into a small saucepan. Add the garlic, rosemary, and nutmeg. Bring just to a simmer, cover, and remove from the heat. Set aside to infuse for at least 20 minutes. Combine the Swiss cheese and Parmigiano in a bowl.

Peel the potatoes and, using a mandoline or your sharpest knife, slice them into 1/8-inch-thick rounds. Arrange about one-third of the potatoes in a single overlapping layer in the baking dish, season with kosher salt and white pepper, and top with one-third of the Swiss-Parmigiano mix. Scatter over half of the goat cheese. Add a second overlapping layer of potatoes, more salt and white pepper, another third of the Swiss- Parmigiano mix, and the remaining goat cheese. Make a third layer with the remaining potatoes and season with salt and white pepper. Press down lightly to compact the layer

Remove the garlic and rosemary from the infused cream, and discard them. Set the cream over medium-high heat and watch carefully until it just begins to simmer; don’t let it boil. Pour the cream over the potatoes and sprinkle the remaining cheese on top.

Set the baking dish on the foillined baking sheet, and bake until the top is deeply brown and the potatoes are completely tender when poked with a skewer, 1-1/4 to 1-1/2 hours. Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 330; Fat (g): 21; Fat Calories (kcal): 190; Saturated Fat (g): 13; Protein (g): 11; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 6; Carbohydrates (g): 25; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 270; Cholesterol (mg): 70; Fiber (g): 2; ;
 

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


Fennel And Rosemary Beef Tenderloin

By Susie Middleton   |   Monday, December 19, 2011
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Nothing says Christmas like beef tenderloin, and this recipe could be the easiest beef tenderloin you will ever make! It requires minimal amount of time and toil to put together, and then the oven concentrates the flavors.

Serves: 6-8

Tip: The roast can be seasoned and refrigerated up to 4 hours before roasting

Ingredients

1 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 Tbs. finely chopped fresh rosemary
1-1/2 tsp. ground fennel seed
1 tsp. kosher salt; more to taste
1/2 tsp. freshly cracked black pepper
2-1/2- to 3-lb. beef tenderloin roast, excess fat trimmed
1/2 cup crème fraîche
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
2 tsp. fresh lemon juice

Directions
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 375°F.

In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, rosemary, fennel seed, salt, and pepper. Stir to make a paste. Pat the beef dry with paper towels and rub the paste all over the surface of the meat. If necessary, tie the roast at 1-1/2-inch intervals.

Put the roast on a rack on a small, rimmed baking sheet or in a shallow roasting pan. Roast until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center reads 120°F for rare, 125° to 130°F for medium rare, or 135°F for medium, 40 to 50 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, mustard, and lemon juice. Season lightly with salt to taste.

Transfer the roast to a carving board (preferably with a well for collecting juices) and let it rest, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes before carving it into 1/3- to 1/2-inch-thick slices. Serve the beef, passing the mustard sauce at the table.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Size : based on eight servings; Calories (kcal): 310; Fat (g): 19; Fat Calories (kcal): 170; Saturated Fat (g): 8; Protein (g): 30; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 8; Carbohydrates (g): 2; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 300; Cholesterol (mg): 100; Fiber (g): 0;
 

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


Twice-Baked Potatoes With Fresh Horseradish

By Susie Middleton   |   Thursday, December 15, 2011
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Everyone loves twice-baked potatoes, but in this recipe, we boost their rich, cheesy flavor with punchy, spicy fresh horseradish. It’s the ultimate steakhouse side dish, made right in your own kitchen!

Serves: 4

Ingredients

4 medium russet potatoes (about 7 oz. each), scrubbed and dried
5 Tbs. unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup plus 2 Tbs. finely grated Pecorino Romano (3/4 oz.)
1/2 cup sour cream, at room temperature
1/4 cup half-and-half, at room temperature
2 Tbs. plus 2 tsp. finely grated fresh horseradish
1 Tbs. thinly sliced chives; more for garnish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions
Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F.

Prick the potatoes a few times with a fork. Put the potatoes directly on the oven rack and bake until tender when pierced with a skewer, 50 to 60 minutes.

While the potatoes are still hot, hold each one with a clean dishtowel and cut off about one-quarter lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop the potato flesh out into a medium bowl, leaving enough on the skins that they hold their shape. Add 4 Tbs. of the butter to the potato flesh, and with a potato masher, work the potatoes until lightly mashed but not completely smooth. Stir in 1/2 cup of the pecorino, the sour cream, half-and-half, 2 Tbs. of the horseradish, the chives, 1 tsp. salt, and a few grinds of pepper and mix until combined. Mound the filling into the potatoes. Cut the remaining 1 Tbs. butter into 4 pieces and top each potato with a pat of butter. Transfer to a small rimmed baking sheet or baking dish. (The potatoes may be prepared to this point up to 6 hours ahead; cover and refrigerate. Add 5 to 10 minutes to the baking time.)

In a small bowl, thoroughly mix the remaining 2 Tbs. pecorino and 2 tsp. horseradish with your fingers. Sprinkle over the potatoes. Bake until the potatoes are heated through and the tops are golden-brown, about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with chives.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 400; Fat (g): 25; Fat Calories (kcal): 220; Saturated Fat (g): 16; Protein (g): 8; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 37; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 550; Cholesterol (mg): 70; Fiber (g): 4; ;

 

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

By Susie Middleton   |   Wednesday, December 14, 2011
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Even if you don’t have a gluten intolerance, you’ll find the tender, fluffy, and flavorful Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes in this recipe irresistible! Rather than use a lot of cornstarch and refined rice flour, as many gluten-free recipes do, these pancakes are based on more nutritious, fiber-rich whole-grain brown rice flour and almond meal.

Serves: 4

Ingredients
4-3/4 oz. (1 cup) brown rice flour
1-1/2 oz. (1/3 cup) almond meal
1 Tbs. cornstarch
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. table salt
1 cup low-fat buttermilk
2 large eggs
1 Tbs. canola oil
1 Tbs. honey
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
Cooking spray
Pure maple syrup, for serving

Directions
Heat the oven to 200°F.

In a large bowl, whisk the brown rice flour, almond meal, cornstarch, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk the buttermilk, eggs, canola oil, honey, and vanilla. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until combined.

Coat a large nonstick griddle or skillet with cooking spray and heat over medium-low heat until hot. Working in batches, ladle a scant 1/4 cup of the batter per pancake onto the griddle or skillet, leaving a few inches of space between each to allow for spreading. Cook until golden-brown on the bottom and beginning to dry around the edges, 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook the pancakes until the other side is golden-brown, 1 to 2 minutes more. Transfer to a large baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Spray the griddle with a fresh coating of oil between each batch.

Serve the pancakes with the maple syrup.

Nutrition information (per serving):
Calories (kcal): 100; Fat (g): 4; Fat Calories (kcal): 40; Saturated Fat (g): .5; Protein (g): 3; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 1; Carbohydrates (g): 12; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): .5; Sodium (mg): 200; Cholesterol (mg): 30; Fiber (g): 1;

 

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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.


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Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine and the author of veggie cookbooks Fast, Fresh & Green and The Fresh & Green Table.

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