Springer's Kitchen

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Perfect Potatoes au Gratin

Ingredients

  • 4 whole Russet Potatoes, Scrubbed Clean
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter, Softened
  • 1-½ cup Heavy Cream
  • ½ cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Flour
  • 4 cloves Garlic, Finely Minced
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Ground Pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup Sharp Cheddar Cheese, Freshly Grated

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Slice potatoes, then cut slices into fourths.

In a separate bowl, whisk together cream, milk, flour, minced garlic, salt, and plenty of freshly ground black pepper.

Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of a greased baking dish.  Pour 1/3 of the cream mixture over the potatoes.

Repeat this two more times, ending with the cream mixture.  Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and bake for 20 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown and really bubbling.  Add grated cheese to the top of the potatoes and bake for 3 to 5 more minutes, until cheese is melted and bubbly.

Allow to stand for a few minutes before serving.

From Perfect Potatoes au Gratin by the Pioneer Woman.

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Broiled Zucchini and New Potatoes

Ingredients

  • 4 small new potatoes (red or white, about 1 1/2 inches in diameter)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh rosemary leaves
  • 2 small zucchini (about 1-inch wide by 6 inches long)
  • Pinch kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Directions

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil over high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until just tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain the potatoes and let cool. When cool, cut the potatoes in half.

Place a medium saute pan over medium heat. Add the butter, garlic, thyme and rosemary and let cook until the butter melts, about 2 minutes. Meanwhile, halve zucchini lengthwise and cut into 1 1/2 inch chunks.  Season the cut sides of the zucchini and potatoes with salt and pepper. Carefully place the zucchini and potatoes cut side down in the melted butter. Let them cook until golden brown, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with foil. Place the browned zucchini and potatoes on the baking sheet cut side up. Sprinkle the tops with the Parmesan. Place in the broiler until the cheese is golden brown, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate and serve.

From Broiled Zucchini and Potatoes with Parmesan Crust by Giada De Laurentiis.

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Eggplant Pizzas

Ingredients:
1 medium to large globe eggplant
salt, for drawing water out of eggplant
olive oil, for brushing eggplant before roasting
dried Italian seasoning, for sprinkling on eggplant before roasting
10 large basil leaves, cut in chiffonade strips, or dried basil to taste
1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
1/3 cup finely shredded mozzarella

Sauce Ingredients:
1 tbsp olive oil
3 large garlic cloves, minced
1 28-oz can good quality petite diced tomatoes with liquid (or use 3 cups peeled and diced fresh tomatoes)
1/2 tsp. dried Italian seasoning blend
1/4 tsp. dried oregano

Instructions:

Cut off both ends of the eggplant; then cut it into 3/4 inch thick slices.  Put the eggplant pieces on a double layer of paper towels and sprinkle both sides generously with salt.  Let the eggplant sit with the salt on it for about 30 minutes to draw out the liquid.  (After the eggplant sits for 15 minutes, turn on the oven to 375F/190C.)

While the eggplant sits, make the sauce.  Heat 1 tbsp olive oil and saute the finely chopped garlic just until it becomes fragrant.  Add the tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and oregano and let the sauce cook at a low simmer until it’s thickened, breaking up the tomatoes with a fork as it cooks.  (Add water as needed, a few tablespoons at a time as the sauce cooks, keeping it hot by simmering at very low heat until it’s needed for the eggplant slices.)

After 30 minutes, wipe the eggplant dry with paper towels (this also removes most of the salt.)  Spray a roasting sheet with olive oil or non-stick spray, lay eggplant slices on, brush the tops of the eggplant with olive oil, and sprinkle with Italian seasoning.  Roast the eggplant about 25 minutes.

While the eggplant roasts, thinly slice the fresh basil leaves (if using) and combined freshly grated Parmesan and mozzarella.  After 25 minutes or when eggplant pieces are done, remove eggplant from the oven and turn oven setting to broil.  Spread a few tablespoons of sauce on the top of each eggplant slice, sprinkle with thin basil slices (if using) and top with a generous amount of cheese.  Put pizzas under the broiler until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.  Serve hot.

From Recipe for Julia Child’s Eggplant Pizzas (Tranches d’aubergine á l’italienne) on Kalyn’s Kitchen.

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Tomato Tart

This is such a tasty way to use summer tomatoes from the garden.  Plus, it looks pretty and elegant and will impress your friends. 😉

Ingredients

  • Flour, for dusting work surface
  • 1 recipe basic flaky pie crust, or 1 (9-inch) ready-made refrigerated rolled pie crust
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 8 ounces mozzarella, sliced or shredded
  • 1/4 cup chiffonade basil leaves
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

Directions

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Sprinkle flour on a work surface. Roll out pie dough to form a 10-inch circle and place on baking sheet. Overlap and alternate the different tomatoes and mozzarella slices in the center of the dough, leaving a 3-inch border. Scatter the basil leaves on top. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold the uncovered edges of the dough inward over the filling to create a pleated crust. Brush edges and top of pie with olive oil.

Place in the oven and bake for 35 minutes. Remove from the oven to a cutting board. Slice and serve.

From Gina’s Summer Tomato Pie from FoodNetwork.com.

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Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style

Tyson is not a squash fan, but even he likes this rendition.  And it is one of my favorites, too!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 (14 ounce) cans stewed tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 cube vegetable bouillon
  • black pepper to taste
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese

 

Directions

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with a thin layer of cooking spray. Place squash halves cut side down on the baking sheet and bake for 35 minutes, or until a knife can be easily inserted. Remove from oven, and cool.

Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a saucepan over medium heat.  Saute the onion until golden brown.  Add the garlic, and saute one minute more.  Stir in tomatoes, basil, bouillon cube, and black pepper.  Cook for about 15 minutes, or until you have a medium thick sauce.

Remove squash strands with a fork.  Grease a 8×12-inch baking dish.  Layer with half of the sauce, half of the spaghetti squash strands, and half of the cheese.  Repeat layers.

Bake for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, or until the cheese melts.

 

From Baked Spaghetti Squash Lasagna Style from AllRecipes.com.

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Zucchini &/or Eggplant Bruschetta Boats

You can use two of each, or four of either one.  Just note that this really only works with Chinese eggplant, which are long and thin.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chopped cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Italian Dressing
  • 2 small each zucchini, ends trimmed
  • 2 small Chinese eggplant, ends trimmed
  • 1 cup mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup parmesan
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh basil

Directions

Heat large pan over medium heat.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine tomatoes and 2 Tbsp. dressing.

Cut zucchini and eggplant lengthwise in half; brush with 2 Tbsp. of the remaining dressing.  Cook in pan, cut-sides up, 6 minutes.  Flip over and cook an additional 6 minutes, until vegetables are tender.  Place cut-sides up on a baking sheet, and top cut sides with cheese.  Bake 2-5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.

Gently mix basil into tomato mixture.  Spoon over vegetables, then cut them in half.

From Zucchini & Eggplant Bruschetta Boats by Kraft Recipes.

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Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup

Our favorite place to go out to eat in Utah is Zupas.  Our choice of soup, salad, and/or sandwiches with a chunk of french bread and a chocolate-dipped strawberry – heaven!  This is hands-down Tyson’s favorite soup there.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 can (13 3/4 to 14 1/2 ounces) vegetable broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 head (2 1/2 pounds) cauliflower, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup pepper jack cheese

 

Directions

In 4-quart saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion and cook until golden, stirring occasionally. Stir in flour and salt, and cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Gradually stir in milk, broth, and 1 1/2 cups water.  Add cauliflower and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, then cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 10 minutes. In blender (with center part of blender cover removed to allow steam to escape), blend cauliflower mixture at low speed in small batches until very smooth. Return cauliflower mixture to saucepan, and heat over medium heat until hot, stirring occasionally. Remove saucepan from heat.  Stir in mustard and cheeses until melted and smooth.

From Wisconsin Cauliflower Soup at The Coterie Blog.

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Cheddar Cauliflower Quiche

Ingredients

  • 1 unbaked pie crust
  • 4 cups cooked cauliflower, chopped small
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.   Line unpricked pastry with a double thickness of foil.  Bake  for 5 minutes.  Remove foil and bake 5 minutes longer.  Turn oven down to 350 degrees.

Spoon cauliflower into crust; top with 1 1/4 cups of cheese, and sprinkle with almonds.  Beat together eggs, milk, mayonnaise, nutmeg and pepper.  Pour over almonds; sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup of cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean.  Let stand for 10 minutes before cutting.

Adapted slightly from Cheddar Cauliflower Quiche from AllRecipes.com

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Spinach Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, diced
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (or mozzarella and maybe some feta)
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press ¼ cup cheese onto bottom of crust and bake for 5 minutes.

Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add mushrooms, garlic and spinach.  Cook several minutes until mushrooms are giving off juices and spinach is heated through.  Spoon vegetables into crust and sprinkle with remaining cheese.

Combine eggs and milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in melted butter.  Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until center has set.

Adapted from Easy Broccoli Quiche from AllRecipes.com.

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Broccoli Quiche

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½  onion, minced (or a handful of mushrooms, diced)
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 2 cups chopped fresh broccoli
  • 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar (or colby jack) cheese
  • 3 eggs, well beaten
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.  Press ¼ cup cheddar cheese onto bottom of crust and bake for 5 minutes.

Over medium-low heat melt butter in a large saucepan.  Add onions, garlic and broccoli.  Cook slowly, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are soft.  Spoon vegetables into crust and sprinkle with cheese.

Combine eggs and milk.  Season with salt and pepper.  Stir in melted butter.  Pour egg mixture over vegetables and cheese.  Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until center has set.

From Easy Broccoli Quiche from AllRecipes.com.

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