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Orzo with Brown Butter and Parmesan

By Susie Middleton   |   Friday, February 17, 2012
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This little black dress of a side dish pairs with practically anything—grilled meat, roasted chicken, sautéed vegetables. Like rice pilaf, the orzo is browned in butter before broth is added, which gives it a rich, nutty flavor.

Serves 4

Ingredients

1-1/2 cups lower-salt chicken broth
2 Tbs. unsalted butter
1 cup orzo
1/3 cup dry white wine
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbs. freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
Thinly sliced fresh chives (optional)

Directions

In a 1- to 2-quart saucepan, bring the chicken broth and 1/2 cup water to a simmer over medium-high heat.

In a 3-quart heavy-duty saucepan, cook the butter over medium heat, swirling the pan occasionally, until the butter turns goldenbrown and smells nutty, about 2 minutes. Add the orzo and stir with a wooden spoon to coat well. Cook until the orzo just begins to turn a light golden color, about 2 minutes.

Pour in the wine and stir until absorbed, about 1 minute. Add the simmering broth mixture, stir, cover, and reduce the heat to low. Cook until the orzo is just tender, about 12 minutes; the mixture may still be wet but will set up.

Stir the orzo, season to taste with salt and a generous amount of pepper, and mix in the Parmigiano. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Add the chives (if using) and serve.

Variations

Vary the flavor by adding basil and toasted pine nuts, sautéed mushrooms and thyme, or peas, mint, and a squeeze of lemon.

nutrition information (per serving):

Calories (kcal): 250; Fat (g): 8; Fat Calories (kcal): 70; Saturated Fat (g): 4.5; Protein (g): 9; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): 33; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0; Sodium (mg): 210; Cholesterol (mg): 15; Fiber (g): 1;

Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.

Vegetable Sauté with Orange and Balsamic

By Susie Middleton   |   Friday, February 17, 2012
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veg saute

This healthful, brightly flavored side dish is perfect for a weeknight—it cooks in less than 10 minutes.

Yields 4 servings

Ingredients

1/2 lb. haricots verts or thin green beans, trimmed
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 medium shallots, halved and thinly sliced (about 1/2 cup)
1 tsp. chopped fresh rosemary
1 medium yellow bell pepper, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 Tbs. fresh orange juice
1/2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 tsp. finely grated orange zest
3 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

In a pot fitted with a steamer basket, bring 1 to 2 inches of water to a boil. Put the haricots verts in the steamer basket, cover, and steam until bright green and just beginning to soften, 2 minutes. Transfer the haricots verts to a bowl and set aside.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and rosemary and cook, stirring, until the shallots begin to brown, 1 to 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium, add the haricots verts and bell pepper and cook, stirring, until the pepper begins to soften, about 2 minutes. Stir in the orange juice, balsamic vinegar, and orange zest. Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 20 seconds. Remove from the heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, and serve.

Nutrition information (per serving):

Calories (kcal): 100; Fat (g): 7; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): 1; Protein (g): 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 5; Carbohydrates (g): 10; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): 170; Cholesterol (mg): 0; Fiber (g): 3;



Susie Middleton is editor at large for Fine Cooking magazine.

Braided Brunch Loaf By Annie Copps

Monday, March 14, 2011
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braided brunch loaf

Yes, you will have me to thank for this semi-genius breakfast or brunch dish. I"ll call it a braided brunch loaf because I don"t know how else to describe it, but my inability to properly name it doesn"t take away from the considerable wow factor of it"s presentation. And yes... it is very easy and forgiving to prepare.

Basically what we are talking about here is puff pastry stuffed with scrambled eggs and whatever else tastes good to you. I like to go with a bit of everything, so I start with cooking some potato with onions and red bell pepper. Then I add in some bacon or chopped ham, a dozen eggs, some scallions, and cheese. Cook until just set—don"t fully cook.

Lay down a sheet of puff pastry—yes, defrosted store bought, you and I are not making that from scratch. Cut horizontal strips 1/3 of the way down the length of both sides of the pastry. Lay the scrambled egg down the center, then fold in the sides of the dough like braid to cover the eggs. Bake until the pastry is browned and puffed. Grab a cup of coffee and enjoy the ohs and ahs.

braided brunch loaf, step 1

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braided brunch loaf, step 3

braided brunch loaf, step 4

Ingredients
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 russet potato, peeled and cut into ½ inch cubes
1 small yellow onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, seeded and diced into ¼ inch
4 strips cooked bacon, chopped (or ham)
1 dozen eggs
2 scallions finely chopped
8 ounces cream cheese, cut into small pieces
½ cup shredded mild cheddar or Monterey jack cheese
1 egg white
1 teaspoon water
2 sheets frozen puff pastry, defrosted

Directions
In a large saute pan, over medium high heat, melt butter and sauté potatoes for 5 minutes, or until they begin to soften. Add onion and pepper and cook 8 to 10 minutes, or until onion is cooked, flipping ingredients with a spatula every so often, being careful not to break up potato. Add bacon. Lower heat to medium.

In medium bowl, whisk together eggs and scallion. Add to sauté pan. Fold in cream cheese and cheddar and gently scramble until just set. Remove to a separate bowl and cool to room temperature (or refrigerate).

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, whisk together egg white and water.

On a lightly floured work surface, roll one sheet of puff pastry into a 10-by-12-inch rectangle.

Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment or Silpat.

Trim pastry (see photo 1).

Place half of egg mixture into center of pastry and braid (see photos 2 and 3, for folding pattern).

Brush with egg wash (see photo 4).

Repeat with other pastry sheet.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes, or until browned.

(Courtesy: Yankee Magazine)

Photos courtesy of Keller + Keller

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annie coppsAnnie B. Copps is a senior editor at Yankee Magazine. Annie oversees the magazine's food coverage, both as an editor and as a contributor of feature stories and columns.

Dijon Meatloaf By Ming Tsai

Tuesday, December 21, 2010
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dijon meatloaf

Meatloaf. Not as easy as you think. When I first tried to make it as a kid, it came out of the oven like a brick. Here's a recipe to ensure that never happens to yours.

Ingredients
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sambal
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard, divided
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey
1 pound ground pork
2 large onions, cut into 1/4-inch dice
2 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons Wanjashan organic soy sauce
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/4 cup Wanjashan organic Worcestershire sauce
1 cup panko
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Canola oil/cooking spray

Directions
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Oil a 1 1/2-quart loaf pan and line the bottom with parchment paper or use a meatloaf pan.

In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons Dijon and 1 tablespoon of sambal and set aside.

In a large nonreactive bowl, combine the ground turkey and pork. Add the onions, garlic, the remaining 1/4 cup of sambal, soy sauce, eggs, Worcestershire sauce and panko. Season with salt and pepper and, using your hand, mix well.

Fill the pan with the mixture, and bake until cooked through, about 1hour and 15 minutes.

Unmold, slice, and serve with the sambal mixture on the side as a condiment.

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ming tsai thumbnail holding limeChef Ming Tsai is a local restaurateur and host of Simply Ming.

About the Author
Susie Middleton Susie Middleton
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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