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endive stuffed
Warm Stuffed Endive Salad

braised lamb and potatoes
Braised Lamb with
Potatoes and Onions

lentils with chickpeas
Lentils with Chickpeas

 

Menu Plan for the week of Feb. 1, 2013:  Saturday's Recipes

  Warm Stuffed Endive Salad
Braised Lamb and Potatoes
Lentils with Chickpeas

Cooking time:  75 minutes for menu     Cooking schedule: see below for instructions

       Endive are plentiful this time of year.  It's not a vegetable I've been familiar with but, with so much around I feel obligated to learn. Another 'warm' salad was born.   The Lentils will be for 2 meals.  You can substitute pork for the lamb if you prefer.

Warm Stuffed Endive Salad                          Preparation and cooking time:   25 minutes
    The endive is cooked until tender, then the stem end hollowed.  Fill it with creamy eggs and finish with a lemony mayonnaise for a warm winter salad.

2 Belgian endive
3 tsp olive oil
1 cup chicken stock
2 eggs
2oz (60gr) ham or bacon
1 tbs dried chives
1 tbs Greek or plain yogurt
Lemon Mayonnaise:
3 tbs mayonnaise
1 tbs lemon juice
1 tsp dried chives
1/4 tsp garlic powder

The endive:  Rinse endive and remove 2 or 3 outer leaves as needed.  Trim the stem end.  Cut each endive in half the long way through the stem.  Heat 2 tsp oil over medium heat in a nonstick skillet large enough to hold the endive flat, in one layer.  Add endive, cut side down, and sauté until starting to brown, about 5 minutes.  Turn and sauté the other side.  Add chicken stock, cover and simmer until the stem end is tender when pierced with a sharp knife, about 10 minutes longer.  Remove endive to a plate, cut side up.  Reserve stock for another use.
With a sharp knife cut a long, shallow, v-shaped wedge from the stem end to about halfway to the tip.  Discard cuttings.  Set endive aside.  
The Eggs:  Lightly whisk eggs, chives and yogurt.  Slice bacon into matchsticks. Heat 1 tsp oil in skillet. Add ham or bacon and sauté until lightly browned (if using bacon, until crisp.  Drain excess fat).  Reduce heat to low and add eggs. Stir once or twice, remove from heat and allow them to finish cooking off heat, stirring occasionally.  They should be very moist when done. 
The Mayo:  Mix all ingredients for mayonnaise, set aside until needed.
The finish:  Arrange the endive on 2 plates.  Divide the eggs and spoon onto the hollowed end of the endive, mounding high.  Spoon Lemon Mayonnaise on the side and serve.

Braised Lamb with Potatoes and Onions             Preparation and cooking time: 75 minutes
     Casseroles and slow-cooked dishes are very popular in Spain.  Usually made using pork or lamb, with potatoes and onions slowly simmered with the meat, they are served from the cazuela or baking dish.

14oz (400gr) boneless lamb, shoulder or leg
1/4 cup flour
1 tbs paprika
1 large onion
2 cloves garlic
2 bay leaves
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 tsp rosemary
1 tbs olive oil
2 medium potatoes

In plastic food bag mix flour and paprika.  Cut lamb into 1 1/2" (4cm) pieces and trim excess fat.  Add lamb to flour and mix to coat well.  Heat oil in a heavy pot or Dutch oven with tight-fitting lid.  Add lamb (reserve any remaining flour) and brown on all sides.  Slice onion; mince garlic.  Remove lamb and sauté the onion and garlic until tender and starting to brown, about 7 minutes.  Sprinkle with any remaining flour/paprika and stir well.  Return the lamb to the pot, add herbs and stock.  Cover, turn heat to low and braise for 30 minutes.  Cut potatoes into 1" (2.5cm) chunks.  Add to the pot, stir well and continue to simmer 30 minutes longer, until potatoes are done.  If it starts to dry out add a bit more chicken stock or water.  When potatoes are done, remove bay leaves and serve.

Lentils with Chickpeas                                                 Preparation and cooking time:  30 minutes
    I use the tiny, green lentils de Puy, but the larger brown or tan lentils will work as well.  This is a simple method and would work equally well with any legume - highlighting the flavor of the vegetable.

1/2 cup lentils
2 cups stock or water
1 bay (laurel) leaf
1 1/2 cup chickpeas (15oz,450gr)  
3 shallots
2 cloves garlic
1 tbs oil
15oz (450 gr) whole tomatoes, drained  reserve the sauce for another use

Briefly inspect the lentils in case someone missed the odd stone.  Rinse and drain.  Cook the lentils in water and/or stock, with the bay leaf, 20 - 30 minutes, according to package directions, or until done.  When done, remove from heat and drain if needed. Remove the bay leaf.
Finely chop shallots and mince garlic.  Heat oil in medium skillet over medium heat.  When hot add shallots and garlic, sauté until tender, about 8 minutes.  Open and drain tomatoes, reserving juice for another use.  Roughly chop tomatoes and add to shallots.  Sauté 5 minutes. Open, drain and rinse chickpeas.  Add lentils and chickpeas, cover and simmer 10 minutes.  Serve. 

Cooking Schedule: 75 minutes for menu
Assemble all food, utensils and serving dishes
Utensils: measuring cups, spoons, knives,
heavy pot or Dutch oven with lid, 2 medium skillets,
small saucepan with lid, 2 small bowls, whisk

Mix flour, paprika
Cut lamb, add to flour mixture, toss to coat evenly
Brown lamb
Slice onion
Mince all garlic, divide
Remove lamb; brown onion, garlic
Add any remaining flour/paprika, stir well
Return lamb, add herbs stock, cover, simmer
    30 minute break
Cut potatoes, add to lamb, simmer
Inspect lentils, cook
Trim, rinse, cut endive, sauté
Chop bacon or ham
Chop shallots
Turn endive

Make Lemon Mayonnaise
Add stock to endive, cover, simmer
Open, drain, rinse chickpeas
Open, drain tomatoes, reserving juice
Roughly chop tomatoes
Sauté garlic, shallots
Remove endive, reserve stock
Sauté ham or bacon
Hollow out endive stem ends
Add tomatoes to shallots
Whisk eggs, yogurt, chives
Drain lentils when done, add to tomatoes
Add chickpeas to lentils, cover, simmer
Add eggs to ham, cook
Arrange endive on plates, spoon on eggs
Add Mayonnaise, serve
Done?
Remove bay leaves from lamb
Put the Braised Lamb on the table - as is or in a dish
Serve all