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Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

By now you must have heard of socca, right?  Well if you haven’t, it’s simply garbanzo bean (chickpea) flour made into a pancake or flatbread.  It’s a nice gluten-free alternative that tastes fantastic– I bet I eat it about once a week.  Chickpeas are a great source of protein with a wonderful flavor.  A while back I posted a different recipe for socca.  It’s still one of my favorites– especially with the sweet potatoes, kale, italian sausage, and creamy buttermilk dressing.  That one is more of a pancake, while this most-certainly is not.

Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

This version is thinner and crispier, with the characteristics of a flatbread.  I like to eat this one as a piece of “bread” piled high with delicious toppings– usually vegetables.  Today I made a lovely little greek vegetable ensemble that works so well with the socca.  Other times, fresh corn, tomatoes, scallions, and cotija cheese serve the purpose.  You get the idea.  Use whatever you have around the house/garden and let the socca be the instrument to get it into your mouth.

Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

It’s nice in that the ingredient list is small to make socca and the cooking time is barely five minutes.  The longest part of this process is waiting about 30 minutes for the flour to fully absorb the water.  Believe me, I’ve rushed this part before, and it’s not a huge deal.  But, if you can wait– you’ll end up with perfect, crispy-edged flatbread that is sturdy enough for toppings.  Rather than frying the flatbread, you cook it under the broiler– a technique that my friend, Angharad (another fellow socca lover), introduced me to.  It works really slick.  All sides get browned and crispy.  This meal is perfect to whip up on a moments notice and you’ll love it.  Trust me.

Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa | Relishing It

The Recipe: Socca with Greek Vegetable Salsa

(serves 1)

For the Socca:

1/2 cup chickpea flour (garbanzo bean flour)

1/2 cup water

pinch of salt

1 teaspoon olive oil, plus more for the pan

For the Greek Vegetable Salsa:

1/2 large cucumber, diced

2 radishes, diced

1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved

1 red scallion, diced

2-3 tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled

3-4 tablespoons kalamata olives, chopped

2 peperoncinis, diced (optional)

handful fresh parsley and sprig of thyme, minced

drizzle of olive oil

salt and pepper, to taste

In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the chickpea flour, water, salt, and olive oil.  Let rest for about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine the ingredients for the Greek vegetable salsa in a medium-sized bowl.  Set aside.

After the batter has rested for 30 minutes, place the oven rack in the position closest to the broiler.  Heat a cast-iron skillet under the broiler for 5 minutes (this helps cook the bottom of the socca quickly).  Remove from the oven an add enough olive oil to coat the pan when swirled.  Then add the batter and swirl around until the bottom of the pan is evenly coated.  Place under the broiler and cook until the top is a deep golden brown, about 5-7 minutes.  You will probably have to move the pan around once or twice during this time, to bake evenly.  Remove from oven and use a spatula to carefully remove from the pan.  Drizzle with olive oil and sea salt.  Cut.  And serve with the greek vegetable salsa, or any other topping you would like.  Or eat it plain– it’s all delicious!  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It!  Have a great day.

Laurie

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Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

When the weather changes, I find that my methods for cooking change, as well.  I’ve mentioned before that we live in an old Victorian house (110 years old to be exact).  We do not have central air, so we make-do with our window units.  When it’s a scorcher of a day, I generally avoid using the oven because the air conditioners just can’t keep up.  And this happens often during our Minnesota summers.  Honestly, sometimes it’s even too hot for me to stand next to a grill outside.  I’m painting quite a lovely picture of the hot mess that is me during the summer, aren’t I?  I’m not a fan of the heat, but I try to cope.

Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

I love summer pizza, but since I’m unwilling to endure the added heat of firing up my pizza stone– at 500°F for thirty plus minutes– I turn to this skillet method.  A pizza loaded with fresh herbs, fresh mozzarella and all of those fresh tomatoes is my thing.   I used ramps, mushrooms, ricotta, and smoked mozzarella for this version, but you can use whatever you prefer.  If you can get your hands on some morel mushrooms, please do that and think of me when you eat it.  Please.  I’m very particular about my pizza crust.  If it’s not perfect, it’s not worth my time.  I like a nice crunch on the outside, tender on the inside (NOT doughy), and a lovely deep flavor throughout.  Over the years of making homemade pizza I learned something about myself– the longer the pizza dough hangs out it my fridge, the more I like it.  So, I never make pizza dough the day I want to eat it, and rarely even the day before.  I make it a few days prior and the flavor develops beautifully.  The texture is spot on, as well.  It’s loaded with air pockets from the yeast.

Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

Using a cast-iron skillet works wonderfully for making pizza.  Use whatever size you have.  I have an old 10-inch.  Coat it with olive oil and let it heat up.  Then place the rolled-out dough in it.  Let it cook just a bit until it has a light golden color.  Add more olive oil, if necessary and flip it over.  Add the toppings and cover with a lid.  Cook over medium-high heat until the bottom of the crust is the color that you desire.  I like mine a little on the dark side.  When you get there, place the skillet (no lid) directly under the broiler for a few minutes to darken up the cheese (this will go quickly). Watch carefully, as broilers tend to be finicky.  You may even need to move the pan around for even browning.   Remove when pizza is a deep golden brown.  The entire process takes no time at all and you’re left with a delicious pizza that has an incredible crust.  Speaking of the crust– I jump back and forth from using two favorite recipes.  This one, which I’ve previously blogged about and the one I’m sharing today.  They are both fantastic.  Whichever one you choose,  just try to make it a few days in advance– it really does make a difference.  I like the crust recipe I’m sharing today because it fits wonderfully into a gallon-sized ice cream bucket and because it’s ridiculously easy to mix up.  Dump, stir, done.  You may not use the whole thing in one sitting, but you can either use it within two weeks, or even freeze it in plastic bags.  Enjoy the pizza!

Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella | Relishing It

The Recipe: Skillet Pizza on the Stovetop with Ramps, Mushrooms, and Smoked Mozzarella

(serves 1-2)

Pizza Dough 

(makes enough dough for 3-4 12-inch pizzas and will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator)

1 1/2 cups plus 4 teaspoons  (about 355 grams) water heated to 100°F

1/2 tablespoon granulated yeast

3/4 tablespoon kosher salt

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

3 3/4 cups (540 grams) all-purpose flour

Skillet Pizza:

(using a 10-inch cast-iron skillet)

3 ounces pizza dough

2 ounces smoked mozzarella, grated

1-2 ramps (or scallions) chopped

6 crimini mushrooms, thickly sliced (or Morels!)

a few dollops of ricotta cheese

1 garlic clove, thinly sliced

extra-virgin olive oil

Begin a few days in advance by preparing the pizza dough.  In a gallon-sized ice cream bucket (or anything of that size that has a non-airtight lid) add the heated water, yeast, salt, and olive oil.  Use a Danish dough hook or a wooden spoon to mix everything together.  Then add the flour and give it a really good stir using the hook to really incorporate everything.  You’ll want all of the flour to be wet.  The mixture will look shaggy.  Cover with the lid (I use a nail to poke a tiny hole in the top of mine (this lets the gases escape when it’s refrigerated).  Let it rise at room temperature for two hours.  Do not ever punch this dough down.  Technically, the dough could be used at this point.  But, this particular dough works better when cold.  And tastes a whole lot better after a night or two in the refrigerator.

When ready to make a skillet pizza, remove some dough from the refrigerator and let it warm up for a few minutes, as it is easier to work with.  Dust some flour on the counter and a bit on the dough (don’t be shy with the flour).  Form a ball.  Roll it out to the size of your skillet (if it doesn’t roll easily, just let it rest for a few minutes). Coat the skillet with a bit of olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat.  Shake off any excess flour from the pizza dough and place it in the skillet.  Cook for 1-2 minutes, then flip it, adding more olive oil if necessary.  The olive oil gives the crust a nice crunch to it.  Immediately place the sliced garlic clove, a heavy drizzle of olive oil, ramps, ricotta cheese, mushroom, and smoked mozzarella on top of the pizza.  Cover with a lid (to help it melt) and cook for about 5 more minutes, or until the crust is a deep golden brown.  Then remove it from the stove and place it directly under the broiler (no lid) for a few minutes until the cheese is your desired color.  Move the pan around, if necessary.  Remove from the oven, drizzle with olive oil and a sprinkle of good sea salt.  Enjoy!

Pizza Dough adapted from Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It!

Laurie

 

 

 

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Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes | Relishing It

Finally.  Warm weather is finally here in Minnesota!  I know parts of the country have been having ridiculous heat waves recently, but we’ve been waiting (not-so-very) patiently for the weather to get nice here.  Yesterday  it finally did, and it was glorious!  It’s remarkable to see the change in attitude and manners once decent weather shows up.  Everyone– and I mean everyone– is just so much happier and more pleasant.  It’ll be another story once the high heat and humidity eventually find their way here.

Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes | Relishing It

Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes | Relishing It

I did my best yesterday to blind people with my extremely white Minnesota legs.  Not that this is any different than later in the summer.  I basically vary between stark white and just very pale.  Years ago I wished I had more color, but now I’m fine with my lack of sun-induced color, so I’ll continue to lather on the sunscreen.

Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes | Relishing It

Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes | Relishing It

Where was I going with all of this?  Oh yeah… summer, heat, shorts….potato salad!  Grilling last night was a no-brainer, so I made a bowl of one of my favorite summer potato salads to kick off the season.  In this version, I’ve accompanied the potatoes with spring ramps, radishes, celery, and parsley.  Ramps are fabulous, but are around for such a short time, scallions replace them when they are no longer available.  A delicate dressing of lemon, olive oil, garlic, and anchovies is poured on the warm yellow potatoes to really saturate them with flavor.  The crunchy vegetables are added later, once the potatoes have cooled a bit, then the remaining dressing is added.  This potato salad gets better and better the longer it sits.  And it’s perfect for picnics since it doesn’t contain any dairy.  I hope you give it a try!

Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes | Relishing It

The Recipe: Spring Potato Salad with Ramps and Radishes

3 pounds yellow potatoes, cut into bite sized pieces

1 bunch radishes, chopped

1 bunch ramps or scallions, chopped

handful of fresh parsley, chopped

2-3 stalks of celery, chopped

For the Dressing:

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

juice of 2 lemons (about 5 tablespoons)

3-4 small anchovies, smashed into a paste

1/2 cup good quality olive oil  (California Olive Ranch gets my vote)

salt and fresh cracked pepper

good crunchy sea salt to finish

Place a steamer in a large saucepan.  Add a bit of water to the bottom.  Add the potatoes and steam until potatoes are nearly done.  Turn off the burner and keep the cover on for an additional 10-15 minutes to ensure the potatoes are fully cooked.  This technique keeps the potatoes from being loaded with water, which sometimes happens when boiled, and from being over-cooked which can lead to mushiness.  Check them after 10 minutes, and if they’re tender, remove the lid.

Meanwhile, make the dressing.  In a medium bowl, add the garlic, anchovies, Dijon, lemon juice, and pinch of salt and pepper.  Whisk.  Then slowly add the olive oil, whisking the entire time.  Adjust seasonings, if necessary.  Remember that potatoes require a bit of salt to let their flavor shine through.  However, the anchovies will supply a lot of that saltiness, so I generally wait to make a final judgment about adding more salt until the potato salad has been refrigerated and the flavors have had a chance to meld together.

When the potatoes are done steaming, add them to a large bowl and pour about 2/3 of the dressing over them while they are hot.  Use a rubber spatula to gently fold the potatoes and dressing together.  Let sit until mostly cool, then add the vegetables and the remainder of the dressing.  Fold everything together, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for a couple of hours.  When ready to serve, let it come to room temperature– the flavors are brighter when they are not completely cold.   Sprinkle with a crunchy sea salt before serving.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It!

Laurie

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Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Spinach | Relishing It

Hey everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful Easter (for those of you that celebrate it).  We had a fabulous week.  My parents made the trip to St. Paul to take care of our kids, while Radd and I took a quick trip to Chicago.  We went to see the rock band The National play at the Chicago Theater.  We’re slightly obsessed with this band.  In fact, I’d go so far as to say they’re the best band of all time.  I know that’s a bold statement, but I stand by it.  So there’s my little musical recommendation for you.  Chicago was fabulous and so was time away with my husband. The kids were spoiled by their grandparents, so everyone was happy.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Spinach | Relishing It

Let’s be honest, vacationing usually includes throwing caution to the wind and eating whatever one wants.  We did that.  And we drank too many craft beers and cocktails.  Getting back on track is always in order when we return home.  I’ve been eating lots of salads this week.  I had a few spinach salads with this strawberry balsamic vinaigrette and it is– as my five-year old would say “Amazin!”  I’m always hesitant about posting such easy recipes on my blog (this dressing only contains 3 ingredients).  I generally figure that everyone already makes it or uses this trick.  My sister-in-law (whom I chat with everyday on the phone) assures me that is not the case.  I was telling her about this dressing and I think she’ll be making it very soon.

Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Spinach | Relishing It

I usually make this dressing when my jam jar is pretty much empty, but there is still a slight film of jam in it.  I hate to waste, so I pour in some good balsamic vinegar and a splash of good olive oil, put the lid on, and give it a shake.  Voilà!  Out comes this delicious vinaigrette.  The strawberry jam and balsamic vinegar are a match made in heaven–cherry works great, too.   Of course you don’t have to wait until you’re nearly out of jam.  And you certainly don’t have to make just one portion, as I’ve given in this recipe.  Make a jar of it– it’ll keep well in your refrigerator.  It’s great poured onto spinach and topped with chopped almonds and hemp seeds, or whatever you happen to fancy.  Enjoy!

The Recipe: Strawberry Balsamic Vinaigrette with Spinach

(serves 1)

1 teaspoon good quality strawberry jam

1 tablespoon good quality balsamic vinegar

1 tablespoon good quality extra-virgin olive oil (California Olive Ranch is my favorite)

Combine ingredients in a jar and shake.  Season with salt and pepper, if necessary.  And add a bit more olive oil, if you prefer it less vinegary.  Increase amounts for a larger portion size.  Store extras in the refrigerator.  Toss with fresh spinach.  Top with chopped almonds, hemp seeds, or even blue cheese, if desired.

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It today!

Laurie

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Homemade Caesar Dressing | Relishing It

Spring is finally here in Minnesota!  Last week I celebrated “Spring” with my kids, who had a week-long break from school.  We didn’t travel anywhere, which was wonderful.  It was a week full of library trips, swimming, coffee shops, board games, and a general feeling of contentment.  We read a ton of books.  We slept in.  We stayed up far too late.  We played video games (yes, I let me kids play video games, and I love that they do). We enjoyed every minute of freedom, and I enjoyed every minute of being with them.  I try not to get overly personal in this space, instead opting to focus on food and all the wonderful things about it.  But, sometimes I feel the need to say how proud I am of my kids.  They have grown into such incredible little people.  They are kind.  They are hilarious.  They are brilliant– and grounded.  They are compassionate.  I love to be with them, and that’s a pretty great feeling.

Homemade Caesar Dressing | Relishing it

Homemade Caesar Dressing | Relishing It

Changing seasons always has me in a bit of flux when it comes to making food.  Some days are warmer than others.  Soup would probably still be fitting, but I don’t want anymore soup for awhile.  Finding inspiration this time of year, in this particular place, can be a bit challenging.  So I wait patiently– hoping that inspiration comes.  It will.  It always does.  Ideas will pour out of my head soon enough, especially when I see the first asparagus of the season.  Or smell the first ramps.  I won’t be able to stop dreaming of moral mushrooms when I eat them for the first time this Spring.  Inspiration will come.

Homemade Caesar Dressing | Relishing It

Homemade Caesar Dressing | Relishing It

But, in the meantime– I will go for bike rides and long walks with my kids.  We will get muddy and splash in the puddles fed by the last few melting piles of snow.  I will see green emerging everywhere.  And I will eat this Caesar salad.  Because no matter the season, Caesar salad always sounds delicious to me.  Purchased dressing doesn’t even come close to this homemade version.  As with most dressings, it’s a cinch to make.  It’s as easy as putting all the ingredients into a mini food processor and whizzing it together.  Serve it with chicken, if you like.  Make some homemade croutons (which are also a cinch), or opt for a dusting of toasted breadcrumbs, as I often do.  I make my dressing with a raw egg yolk– I love the consistency it gives the dressing.  I use good eggs from local farmers.  You should use good eggs, too.  It will reduce any risks associated with using raw eggs.  This dressing is bright and a little nutty from the parmesan.  The anchovies give it a wonderful umami flavor that is a telltale sign of a good Caesar dressing.  Don’t skip them, as an important element will be lost.  Whip up this dressing and enjoy it on a bed of crisp romaine.  For added flavor, brush the romaine with a bit of olive oil and toss it on the grill for a few minutes until it is slightly charred around the edges.  It adds a whole extra layer of flavor!  Trust me, you’ll love it.  I’ve got to fly– my daughter wants to go pick up trash around the neighborhood.  True story.

Homemade Caesar Dressing | Relishing It

The Recipe: Homemade Caesar Dressing

(makes enough for 2 salads)

2 garlic cloves, minced

6 small anchovies, minced

2-3 tablespoons grated parmigiano reggiano cheese

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from about 1/2 lemon)

1 egg yolk (free-range/organic)

1/4 cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil ( I prefer California Olive Ranch Olive Oil)

sea salt and cracked black pepper to taste

Place all of the ingredients, except the olive oil in a mini-food processor ( if you don’t have one, you may use a large bowl and a whisk.  Just be sure to mash the garlic and anchovies into a paste first.  Then, slowly whisk the olive oil into the other ingredients).  It’s best to wait to season this dressing with salt until the very end–the anchovies will provide much of the saltiness that is needed.  Pulse for a few times until the mixture is uniform and creamy.  With the lid on and the machine running, drizzle the olive oil through the small holes on the lid.  Be sure to scrape down the sides, as needed.  When it is creamy and completely incorporated, it is done.  Season with salt and pepper as needed.  Use immediately (this dressing does not have a long life because of the egg yolks, so use it the day it is made).  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by Relishing It!

Laurie

 

 

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Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

Are you ready for another do-it-yourself recipe?  This time it’s homemade mayonnaise.  And yes, there’s a pattern here– I love making my own condiments.  If you missed them, here’s are a few recipes for ketchup, mustard, and tomato jam.  They taste more interesting, and to be honest, better than the same old highly-processed formulas you find at the grocery store.  Making your own mayonnaise is easy, and despite what you may have read, doesn’t take long.  There’s only one catch– you’ll need to use it up within a week since it contains a raw egg yolk.  Trust me, you won’t have a problem finishing it off with all the fresh produce out this time of year.  Sandwiches, BLTs (fresh tomatoes, yay!), potato salad, aioli’s, everything tastes better with homemade mayonnaise.

Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

I like to make my mayonaisse with healthy olive oil, which gives it a wonderful layered flavor.  You can use canola instead if you prefer something more subtle.  Or feel free to do a mix, just make sure you equal the amount of oil listed in the recipe and you’ll be fine.  One other note on this recipe that’ll make it almost foolproof.  A trick I learned from food writer, Melissa Clark.  Add one teaspoon of water to the mixture.  It’s such a simple step, but it can make a huge difference on whether or not the mayonnaise turns out perfectly silky.  That’s it.  It works every time for me.  Now get in there and whip up your own batch of homemade mayonnaise.  And don’t forget you can make it as interesting as you like by adding fresh herbs, spices, or harissa. Or you can simply fold it into a bowl of steamed fingerlings and top with freshly chopped parsley.  It’s one of the quickest and most delicious potato salads around.  Enjoy!

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Fingerling Potato Salad with Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

Fingerling Potato Salad with Homemade Mayonnaise via Relishing It

The Recipe: Homemade Mayonnaise

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

1 pasteurized egg yolk, at room temperature

1 tablespoon lemon juice (from 1/2 large lemon)

1/4 teaspoon fleur de sel

1 teaspoon water

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil (I prefer California Olive Ranch— both for the fantastic quality and the great price)

In a medium sized bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together, except the olive oil, for a minute or so until frothy.  Then, while continuously whisking, slowly begin adding the olive oil a drop at a time.  As it begins to thicken, you may start adding it in a very thin stream, remembering to whisk the entire time.  The slower you add the olive oil, the better chance you have of it not breaking.   The whole process will take about 15 minutes, or so.  Transfer it to a jar, and store in the refrigerator.  Re-season with salt, if necessary.  Use within one week.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by!

Laurie

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Salad of Green and Yellow Split Peas with Pesto via Relishing It

In case you haven’t caught on yet, I’m a huge advocate of having a pantry stuffed with dried goods.  Legumes, grains, you name it, I’ve got it in a mason jar ready for use.  And on those occasions when I notice it isn’t stocked full, I briefly panic and then run out to replenish whatever is missing.  I guess it’s almost a compulsion, since it’s not like I’m going to not have access to food– I live a few blocks from our co-op.  I may be a little crazy, but I embrace it.

Salad of Green and Yellow Split Peas with Pesto via Relishing It

Summer is a great time to combine those dried goods with some of the season’s freshest offerings.  I love the combination of peas and pesto.  Using dried yellow and green split peas here works beautifully and is absolutely stunning to look at.  The sliced scallion on top provides a nice crunch and a burst of freshness.  This salad is also very filling– it’s one of those that can be a stand-alone meal.  And with a smaller portion size, it pairs wonderfully with most any grilled foods.

Salad of Green and Yellow Split Peas with Pesto via Relishing It

Salad of Green and Yellow Split Peas with Pesto via Relishing It

About this time of year, I also start to make large batches of pesto to freeze for the winter.  I’ll pop a small portion into ice cube trays or muffin tins to fully freeze.  I then pop them out, wrap them in plastic wrap, and put them into freezer bags (or use my vacuum sealer).  It’s a wonderful treat in the cold winter months to have pesto to mix into pasta or to dollop into soups.  If you choose to do this– a word of advice.  If you blanch your greens for just 30 seconds or so, then put it into an ice bath to stop the cooking process and proceed with the recipe–your pesto will remain a beautiful, vibrant green, even after it has been frozen.  I always use this method if I’m planning to freeze my pesto, or even if I know I’m going to have leftovers that may sit in my refrigerator for a few days.  The color just ‘pops’.  One more trick regarding pesto, remember you have the option to add a bit of water instead of more olive oil to loosen it up if it’s a bit thick.  Either way, be sure to season it appropriately with kosher salt– the right amount can make the pesto sing!  Enjoy!

Salad of Green and Yellow Split Peas with Pesto via Relishing It

The Recipe: Salad of Green and Yellow Split Peas with Pesto

(serves 4-6)

Large bed of leafy lettuce leaves

1 cup dried green split peas

1 cup dried yellow split peas

1 bunch of sliced scallions to garnish

For the Pesto:

1 cup packed basil leaves

1/4 cup packed Italian leaf parsley

3 cloves garlic, smashed

1/4 cup grated parmesan or grana padano cheese

1/4 cup walnut halves, toasted and roughly chopped

1/3 – 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, or more

sprinkle of hot pepper flakes

kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

To cook the Split Peas:  Rinse the peas and place in a large saucepan.  Cover with salted water, making sure that about two inches of water are above the peas.  Bring to a boil, then reduce to a medium/low.  Cook for about 25 minutes, then begin testing them for doneness.  You may need to cook them longer, depending upon how high your heat was.  You will want them to be soft, but retain their shape.  Be careful not to overcook them, or they will turn to mush.  When done, drain the water and let cool.

To make the Pesto:  As I stated above, you can choose to blanch the greens or not, depending upon how fast you’re going to use the pesto.  You decide.  Place either the blanched or unblanched basil and parsley into a small food processor (use a large one, if making a bigger batch).  Pulse a few times to chop up a bit.  Add the parmesan, walnuts, garlic, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of salt and pepper.  Pulse a couple more times to combine.  With the machine running on low, slowly begin adding the olive oil.  Scrape down the sides, as necessary.  Add as much olive oil to reach your desired consistency.  Or, add a few tablespoons of water at the very end to loosen it up a bit.  Re-season with salt and pepper.  Use right away, or place in the refrigerator with plastic wrap tightly pushed onto it’s surface, or freeze.

Place the lettuce leave onto a large platter.  Mix the cooled split peas with about 1/3 cup of the pesto, use more if desired.  Add salt and pepper, if needed.  Pour mixture over the lettuce, top with sliced scallions, and a drizzle of good olive oil.  Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

xo

Laurie

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