Please welcome Adele, our favorite brother’s wife, who knows we’re busy so is helping us out on the blog this week with three recipes that make up a great Shabbat dinner!
Hosting Friday night dinner is not as easy as my mother makes it look; especially when you have a baby who loves to climb all over the place. To make it easier, I decided that my recipes needed to have five ingredients or less—and no fussy stuff!
Okay, so have you ever had kibbe? No, not the meat stuffed meatballs that we made a little while back. The kind with a bulgur shell that you fry and eat with lemon or tahine. Well, they’re hard to make. But they’re amazing. I’ve made them before, but never blogged them for you (aren’t I mean? One day I will). Well this has the flavors of kibbe, but is much easier to make.
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File this recipe under “delicious dinners you can cook while caring for a 5-week-old.
Sometimes I get into a dinner rut…okay, more than sometimes. It happens all the time. You would think I have an awesome archive of recipes that I can just fall back on, and I do. But some nights I just want to make something weird, different, or completely unusual for me. When that happens, I flip through my seemingly endless supply of cookbooks, scanning through the pages with post-its, or skipping those for something that I wouldn’t normally bookmark. Or, I look through blogs or Pinterest. Last time that happened, I searched through my Second Avenue Deli cookbook. The recipe that jumped out at me? Corned beef hash. Maybe it was because the directions called for a meat grinder and I have one? Or maybe just because it was so weird it has to be good? Either way, I had to make it. Continue reading
Corned beef is really quite easy to make. You basically put it in a pot with lots of water and watch it boil. It takes a long time (three + hours), but you don’t actually have to do anything…unless you’re doing the corning by yourself, but that’s a different story. Continue reading
When Kol Foods offered to send me a product of theirs to review, I was super excited. I have never eaten their food before, but have been curiously browsing the site for their organic, pastured, vegetarian-fed (and delicious) meat and poultry options. I got a whole chicken in the mail. Roasting chicken whole is probably one of my favorite ways to cook chicken. It leaves it moist and juicy, and it’s fancy enough for company.
Shabbat shalom! In honor of this wonderful shabbat, we’re sharing a our kibbe recipe with you, as well as what I think are pretty good directions on how to shape them. I tried taking a video, but let’s just say my phone got covered in oily meat and had to be wiped clean very carefully. Stephanie and I have been writing about kibbe for a long time now. We use it in recipes all the time. It’s a Friday night staple in the Blanco house, and it’s actually surprising if we don’t eat kibbe for Shabbat dinner.
Well what is a kibbe, you ask? They’re really small meatballs. Meat-stuffed-meatballs. Continue reading
We all stuffed something for our kosher connection challenge this month, like Jessica’s acorn squash, but I’m here to you to share something unstuffed with you.
I have stuffed many things in my kitchen-life: grape leaves, meatballs, zucchini, onions, etc. But never have I stuffed cabbage, and I think it’ll stay that way. I mean, this is so much easier, but you still get the same flavors. I guess the only thing lacking is the single-serving cabbages, but whatever, who needs portion control!? Continue reading
I once had a fight with a stranger on a New Jersey Transit train because I insisted I wasn’t Punjabi, and he thought I must have been. “I am from Punjab and all of the ladies there look like you!” He yelled at me. Well, sorry. He was quite adamant that we converse in Punjabi, too, a language that I do not speak. And we were getting along in English just fine (well, maybe not getting along, but communicating.)! Continue reading
Hope all of you in Sandy’s path (like us!) are staying safe and have enough projects to entertain you on this second day at home! If you happen to have lamb, leeks and potatoes at home, I have a dinner idea for you:
This is becoming one of my favorite dishes. It takes too long to cook be a regular weeknight meal, but it’s all made in one pot (my Dutch oven), it can be made ahead and it’s definitely a special enough for a celebration. Don’t worry, it’s mostly waiting around in the oven time, so you can watch a movie while it cooks, you don’t have to sit in the kitchen all night.
Lamb is usually a treat for us, but it’s not expensive to buy shoulder chops or stew meat, and the long cooking time makes the meat super soft. Leeks are totally underrated. I don’t use them enough, even though they play a part in many of my favorite dishes, including this ginger fried rice. It’s called a lamb and leek hotpot, but potatoes also play a key role in it; they soak up all of the delicious lamb flavor and all of the leek juices. Mm, amazing!
I’ve actually never had or even heard of a hotpot before, but it’s basically lamb and vegetables, surrounded by potatoes. Thanks, Greedy Gourmet for introducing me to this delicious Lancashire pub grub!
Now, the first time I made this, I was smart and bought boneless meat. That’s what I thought I bought the second time around, until I got home and realized there were bones in my stew meat. Oops! Just as delicious, but a little more annoying to eat. Also, I didn’t bother peeling the potatoes, I was too lazy. And if you’re feeling lazy, you’re better off skipping the potato-peeling than the leek-frying! This is a crucial step. Do not skip it.
Your kitchen is about to smell so good!
Lamb and Leek (and Potato) Hotpot from Greedy Gourmet
- 6 tablespoons olive oil
- 3 leeks, trimmed and chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 1/2 to 2 lbs boneless lamb shoulder, cut into cubes
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 4 medium “waxy” potatoes (about 1 3/4 lbs) (I used yukon golds)
- chopped thyme
- 1 cup vegetable broth
- 1/2 cup white wine
- salt and pepper
- Heat about 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a Dutch oven or another pot that can go on the stove and in the oven. Add the leeks and onions, coat with oil, cover the pot and cook for about 10 minutes. Uncover, salt, remove the leeks and onions to a bowl and set aside.
- Meanwhile, lightly coat the lamb with the flour. Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the pot and brown the meat on all sides (in batches, if necessary) with the garlic, salt and pepper. Remove from pot and set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Layer half the potatoes on the bottom of the pot. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme. Add half the leeks on top. Then add all of the meat, the rest of the leeks, and finally, arrange the rest of the potatoes nicely on top. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and thyme, then pour in the broth and the wine.
- Turn the fire on, bring to a simmer, cover, and place in the oven to cook for about an hour and 50 minutes. Remove the lid, sprinkle with the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and cook for another 30 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.