Fall Stuffed Mushrooms

December 16th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Makes 40 stuffed mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

40 medium sized crimini mushrooms
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium shallot, chopped fine
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon of each of the following fresh herbs: thyme, rosemary, parsley, sage, marjoram; chopped fine
½ medium tart apple, cored and chopped fine
½ cup walnuts, chopped fine
½ cup kashi whole grain nuggets cereal or whole wheat bread crumbs
¼ cup asiago cheese, shredded finely
2 teaspoons salt
2 teaspoons cracked black pepper

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Gently separate mushrooms caps from stems and place cap-side down on a baking sheet. Next, chop stems super fine and set aside. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat, melt butter and olive oil. Sauté shallots and garlic and cook, 5 minutes. Add the herbs, apple, mushroom stems, and walnuts and cook, 5 minutes longer. Remove from heat and place all ingredients in a bowl. Add kashi cereal or bread crumbs and asiago cheese. Mix well. Season with salt and freshly cracked pepper. Using a teaspoon, stuff mushroom caps until full. Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Serve immediately.

Swiss Chard & Caramelized Onion Lasagna

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons Swiss chard, rinsed with stems removed, chopped
6 yellow onions, sliced thin
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium shallot, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped fine (Save 1 tablespoon)
5 sprigs thyme, chopped
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
4 cups milk, warmed
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
4 tablespoons regular olive oil
1 handful toasted pine nuts
Freshly ground pepper and salt, to taste
2 teaspoons sugar
1 pound pasta sheets

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400°F.

For sauce

Melt the butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add shallots and sweat them until translucent, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and thyme sprigs; cook, 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook, stirring constantly until the flour cooks and bubbles a bit (don’t let it brown) — about 2 minutes. Add the warm milk, continuing to stir as the sauce thickens. Bring to a boil. Add salt and pepper to taste, lower the heat, and cook, stirring for 2 to 3 minutes more. Add fresh nutmeg and remove from the heat. Strain sauce through fine mesh strainer and then let cool while you prepare lasagna. This constitutes the Béchamel sauce.

For lasagna

In large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium heat. Add reserved 1 tablespoon garlic and cook, until fragrant, 30 seconds. Add Swiss chard and cook until tender, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Transfer chard to medium bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Set aside. Wipe out skillet, heat remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until onions begin to brown all over, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with sugar and stir. Cook, stirring, until deep amber in color, about 20 minutes more. Set aside. This constitutes the layer of caramelized onions.

Lightly oil a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or coat with nonstick cooking spray. Coat bottom of prepared dish with ½ cup of sauce. Layer bottom with a single layer of noodles. Spread half the chard over the noodles. Add another layer of noodles, arrange caramelized onions on top, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread another ½ cup sauce over all. Add another layer of noodles, followed by the remaining chard mixture. Finish with remaining noodles and sauce. Sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Loosely cover baking dish with aluminum foil. Bake lasagna for 30 minutes. Uncover, bake 10 to 15 minutes more, or until lightly browned and bubbling. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.

Spinach and Fresh Herb Risotto

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

2 cups water
1 cup vegetable broth
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups baby spinach
½ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
½ cup fresh Italian parsley, chopped
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh marjoran, chopped
1½ cup Arborio rice
1 cup white wine
1 tablespoon butter
¼ cup Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat water and vegetable broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate large saucepot, sauté onions and garlic in oil until translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add spinach and herbs and sauté, 1 to 2 minutes. Then add rice, cook stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Next add white wine and reduce until rice absorbs all the liquid, 3 to 5 minutes. Next, add ½ cup liquid, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup liquid every 7 minutes or so until rice is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat, finish with butter and cheese and season with salt and pepper. Serve immediately.

Barley Risotto with Kale and Sausage

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 cups chicken broth
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 sweet sausages
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted
1 bunch dinosaur kale, chopped coarse
1½ cups barley
¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium-sized saucepot add olive oil and sauté garlic and onion, 5 minutes. Then crumble in sausages and add fennel seeds, sauté until sausage is cooked, 5 to 7 minutes, remove sausage and fennel seeds from pot and set aside. Next, add kale and sauté until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add barley and ½ cup broth, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup broth every 7 minutes or until barley is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add sausage and fennel seeds back to pot and combine. Remove the pot from heat and finish with cheese and butter. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Spaghetti Squash with Parsley Pesto

November 4th, 2010 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 medium spaghetti squash
½ cup walnuts or peacans, toasted
2 garlic cloves
2 cups fresh parsley leaves
¼ to ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice and zest of one lemon
½ cups Asiago cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F.
With a knife, slice three to four little slits into each squash so it won’t explode while cooking. Place the squash in a roasting pan and bake in the oven for about an hour. Once the squash has cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool.
In a blender, place nuts, garlic, parsley, lemon zest and juice, Asiago cheese, extra-virgin olive oil and season with salt and pepper and blend until incorporated. Set aside.
Then, run the tines of a fork through the melt of the squash from top to bottom, creating ribbons much like spaghetti. Put the “noodles” into your serving dish and continue with the remaining squash and season with salt and pepper. Discard the outside “shell”. Top noodles with pesto and serve.

Zucchini Basil Gratin

October 13th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 to 4 medium zucchini, shredded on box grater
3 teaspoons sea salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup fresh basil, chopped fine

INGREDIENTS FOR TOPPING

½ cup fine bread crumbs
½ cup Asiago cheese, grated fine
1 tablespoon chopped basil
1 tablespoon olive oil

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 400Ëš.
Place shredded zucchini into a colander and with sprinkle.
Let moisture drain from zucchini for 30 minutes and then squeeze out any excess liquid.
In a medium sized mixing bowl combine zucchini, olive oil and chopped basil.
Pack zucchini mixture into a shallow ceramic baking dish.
Meanwhile, in a separate small mixing bowl combine bread crumbs, grated Asiago cheese, chopped basil and olive oil.
Sprinkle bread crumb topping over the zucchini mixture and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until brown.
Serve immediately.

Zucchini Basil Gratin

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto

October 11th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

6 each chicken breasts, pounded flat
Zest and juice of 2 lemons
Salt and pepper
Lemon thyme Asiago pesto, recipe below

PREPARATION

Marinate chicken breasts in lemon juice, zest, salt and pepper for approximately 30 minutes.
Grill and drizzle with lemon thyme Asiago pesto.
Serve immediately.

Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto

Makes 1 ½ cups pesto

INGREDIENTS

4 garlic cloves
½ cup pine nuts
2 to 3 cups chopped fresh lemon thyme
⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
Juice of 1 lemon
½ cup grated Asiago cheese
Salt and pepper

PREPARATION

Mix all ingredients with a hand held mixer or food processor until smooth.

Grilled Chicken with Lemon Thyme Asiago Pesto

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