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04
Nov
12

Ratatouille Hash


From our friend Geila Hocherman (here and here)’s blog, Geila’s Kosher Revolution:

Photo by Antonis Achilleous

Ratatouille Hash

I was in a restaurant in beautiful St. Maarten when a waiter presented the table with a beautiful ratatouille served in timbales. It was delicious-and set me to thinking about adapting the usual ratatouille, a vegetable stew, to make it less stew-y. Here’s the result, a vibrant, fragrant, hash-every vegetable retains its distinctive texture as well as flavor-that makes a perfect meal served with chicken, fish or meat. You can serve it hot or at room temperature.

Serves 10 to 12
Convert It– To make this a dairy main dish, add a 10-ounce can of drained and rinsed chick peas and crumbled feta. Or, for a quick moussaka-like dish, toss the hash with ground, sauteed lamb.

Geila’s Tips – Check the bottom of the eggplants you buy. If the pip there is round, the plant is female, if long, male. Male eggplants have fewer seeds.

  • 3 pounds (about 2 medium) eggplant, cut into 1/2 inch cubes.
  • 4 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more
  • 6 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pound zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed or canola oil
  • 2 large onions, sliced thin
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 4 garlic cloves, put through a garlic press
  • 2 roasted red bell peppers * cut into 1/4 inch dice
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • One 12-ounce can plum tomatoes with their juice
  • 3 tablespoons chopped basil
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Cover 2 medium cookie sheets with foil.
  2. Place the eggplant in a colander in the sink and roast with 2 tablespoons salt. Top with a plate and a weight, such as as a large can or wine bottle. Let the eggplant drain for 30 minutes rinse and dry it, and transfer to a cookie sheet. Drizzle over 3 tablespoons olive oil.
  3. Place the zucchini on the second cookie sheet, toss with 2 tablespoons salt and 3 tablespoons olive oil. Bake the zucchini and the eggplant until cooked through, about 20 minutes, stirring both after 10 minutes to prevent sticking. Set both aside.
  4. In a large skillet, heat the grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions, sprinkle with salt and saute, stirring, until translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Push the onions to the side of the pan, add the tomato paste to the center, and cook until the the paste begins to bubble, about 4 minutes. Add the garlic and saute the mixture until garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Add the bell peppers, stir, and add the vinegar, sugar, red pepper flakes, if using, and tomatoes with half their juice. and simmer until most of the liquid has evaporated, about 4 minutes. Add the eggplant, zucchini and basil, reduce the heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring often, until the flavors have blended about 10 minutes. If the mixture seems too dry, add more of the tomato juice and simmer 4 to 5 minutes more. Adjest the seasoning, if necessary, transfer to plates, and serve.

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* 2 roasted bell peppers

On a burner or under the broiler, roast the peppers until the skin is uniformly charred. Transfer to to a paper bag or a bowl. Close the bag or cover the bowl with foil, a dish towel or plastic wrap. Let the peppers steam until they become cool enough to handle. Remove the stems, peel, remove seeds and cut the peppers into 1 to 1 1/2 inch dice. Reserve any juice.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

07
Mar
12

Chef Geila Hocherman’s Hamentashen With Four Fillings


As featured in her brand new cookbook, Kosher Revolution, Geila Hocherman teaches us how to make hamentashen in print and on video:

Hamentashen with Four Fillings

Crust

  • 2 1/2 cups flour, plus more for flouring work surface
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice (optional)

Poppy filling

  • One 2-ounce jar poppy seeds
  • One 12-ounce jar black currant jam
  • 1/2 cup raisins, soaked in boiling water until soft, drained
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Raspberry filling

  • One 12-ounce jar raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Apricot Filling

  • One 12-ounce jar apricot jam
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, soaked in boiling water until soft, drained.
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Coconut -Chocolate- Hazelnut Filling

  • One 13-ounce jar Nutella, or other
  • chocolate-hazelnut spread

Photo by: Antonis Achilleous - Kosher Revolution, page 181

  1. First make the crust. Sift the flour and baking powder onto parchment paper. In a bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the oil, sugar and vanilla, and blend at medium speed. One at a time, add the eggs, incorporating the first before the adding the second, and blend. Add the orange juice, if using and blend. Reduce the speed and add the flour mixture, gradually to make a dough.
  2. Divide the dough into 2 parts and flatten each to make a disk. Wrap each disc in plastic wrap, stack the discs on a plate, and refrigerate until the stiff enough to work easily, at least 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile make the filling(s). For the poppy, raspberry-and/or apricot fillings, combine the ingredients in small bowls, stir to blend, and refrigerate for 1 hour. For the chocolate combine the ingredients in a small bowl. Transfer half the filling to the centerof an 18 inch piece of plastic wrap, fold the wrap over the filling to enclose it, and squeeze the mixture to create a log 1-inch in diameter. Repeat with the remaining filling and freeze the logs.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Flour a work surface well and roll 1 of the discs out on it. Using a 3-inch glass or round cookie cutter, cut out rounds. Pipe about 1 tablespoon of the poppy seed, raspberry and/or apricot filling(s) in the center of each round, wet the edges with water and bring up the dough together to seal. Alternatively, drop the filling onto the dough by heaping tablespoons. For the chocolate filling, cut the frozen logs onto 1/2 inch discs. Fill the rounds by placing a disc in the center of each form and seal.
  5. Transfer the hamentashen to 1 or more cookie sheets and bake, in batches if necessary, until pale gold 12 or 14 minutes. Transfer to a rack and cool.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS




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