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    Friday
    Jan262018

    Halibut With Orzo

    If you listened to our podcast, you know that this is a recipe from the new weightwatchers book, YES, ITALIAN! You can find out more about it here. It's a pretty book, lots of photos, and includes some very delicious recipes for healthy, flavorful Mediterranean fare.

    As we said in the podcast, we do write a monthly column for the dot-com site (since 2005!) but we were not involved with this book in any way and we get no financial benefits from the sales of this book (or even posting this article).

    Rather, we wanted to highlight this dish because it was so darn tasty! And it shows the sheer joy of creating a Mediterranean dish that's pretty good for you, too. Can't beat that. Before you head to the stove, check out our podcast here. Or in the media player on the main recipe page.

    HALIBUT WITH ORZO

    Makes four servings

    • 2 teaspoons olive oil
    • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
    • One 14-ounce can reduced-sodium crushed tomatoes
    • 1 3/4 cups water
    • 12 large pitted black or green olives, halved
    • 1 teaspoon drained and rinsed capers
    • 1/2 teaspoon table salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
    • 1 cup (6 ounces) dried orzo
    • Four 5-ounce skinless halibut fillets

    1. Warm the oil in a large, deep skillet set over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 3 minutes.

    2. Stir in the garlic and crushed fennel seeds until aromatic, a few seconds--then add the tomatoes, water, olives, salt, and pepper. Stir well and bring to a low simmer.

    3. Stir in the orzo, reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer slowly (you should be able to count the bubbles) for 5 minutes, stirring fairly frequently.

    4. Nestle the fish fillets into the sauce. Cover and continue cooking, gently stirring the tomato and orzo sauce around the fish fairly often, until the fish is cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes.

    Sunday
    Oct042015

    Mixer Meatballs

    If you've listened to our latest podcast, you know that it's all about making meatballs in an electric mixer. If not, catch it here. A stand mixer works best but you can certainly make them by hand (gross).

    You have to start a little early for these--to soak the bread crumbs in milk. And you have to brown them before you can simmer them. It's more time than work: a little to do here, a little there.

    As you know, Bruce makes these most of the time with jarred marinara sauce. As he explains in the podcast, read those labels!

    Mostly, this all adds up to a fabulous dinner. If you want to serve them over cooked pasta, use dried, not fresh (too limp). Buy a high-quality dried pasta, one without eggs or fillers. 

    Dinner for 6, maybe 8. The meatballs and sauce cooked together freeze well (without any pasta).

    • 1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
    • 1 cup whole or 2% milk
    • 1 pound lean ground beef
    • 1 pound Italian sausage meat (no casings)
    • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
    • 1 large egg
    • 1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
    • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 quart (4 cups) jarred marinara sauce

    1. Position the rack in the center of the oven; heat the oven to 400F.

    2. Soak the breadcrumbs in the milk in a small bowl for 20 minutes. Gently squeeze by the handful over the sink to remove as much milk as you can without turning the breadcrumbs to mush. Place them in a large bowl--or the bowl of a stand mixer.

    3. Add the ground beef, sausage meat, cheese, egg, fennel seeds, oregano, sage, thyme, salt, nutmeg, and red pepper flakes. Use a electric mixer at medium-low speed to combine these ingredients, working them through the beaters without turning them to mud, until uniform, well combined, and soft.

    4. Grease the inside of a large, lipped baking sheet with 2 tablespoons oil. Use a 1/4-cup ice cream scoop to make 18 to 20 balls from the meat mixture, releasing them in evenly spaced lines onto the baking sheet. (Alternatively--and blech--rub your cleaned hands with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, gather up the meatballs in 1/4-cup increments, form them into meatballs, and lay them on the prepared sheet.)

    5.  Bake for about 15 minutes, until firm and lightly browned. Meanwhile, bring the marinara to a simmer in a large pot over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. Reduce the heat to low to maintain a slow simmer.

    6. Transfer the meatballs to the sauce in the pot. Cover and continue simmering for 40 minutes, until the flavors have blended (and the meatballs have cooked through). Serve over cooked spaghetti, polenta, or on their own with lots of grated cheese on top.

    Note: You can omit all the dried spices and use 2 to 2 1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning blend. (Check the bottle to see if it includes salt--and thus whether you should omit or add the salt.)

    Tuesday
    Oct232012

    Kamut Meatballs in an Herb-Laced Tomato Sauce

    Okay, we'll admit it: this is a long recipe. But it's getting on toward winter in our part of the world, and we're hunkering down. The maple leaves are down; we've cut the squishy, frost-bit hostas out of the garden. We light fires after our dinner parties. So it's high time for comfort food!

    Here's a traditional if over-the-top recipe for three-meat meatballs, laced with organic Kamut bulgur to add lots of whole-grain goodness to the mix. (More on that concept in the recipe.) The meatballs are roasted, then dropped into a rich sauce, stocked with veggies, tomatoes, and herbs.

    We've had this dish two nights in a row. (It makes a lot but leftovers are a dream.) We'll bet you do, too!

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