Saturday, April 17, 2010

Just Some Recipes...

Orecchiette with Prosciutto and Peas

This is a perfect last-minute dinner. Translation: if, like me, you forget to thaw what you need to make dinner, this can be made in a flash!

orecchiette, cooked al dente
1 pkg prosciutto, thinly sliced
1 T olive oil
1 small red onion, finely sliced
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
marinara sauce
heavy cream
parmesan cheese
frozen peas
red pepper flakes

1. Saute prosciutto, onion and garlic in olive oil over medium heat until the ingredients reach a golden color.
2. Add desired amount of marinara to heavy cream ratio (we prefer a "pink" result, a blush sauce).
3. Add peas, parmesan cheese, and desired amount of red pepper flakes (for a hint of spiciness).
4. Toss with orecchiette and serve.

Grilled Flank Steak with Coconut Jasmine Rice, Steamed Green Beans, and Roasted Butternut Squash with Honey

Coconut Jasmine Rice

Prepare rice according to directions, replacing half of a can of coconut milk with some of the water.

Roasted Butternut Squash

Toss slices of butternut squash in olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast on a baking sheet at 395 degrees (turning occasionally) until squash is browned. Add honey and stir. Roast for an additional 10 minutes.

Meatball Subs with Roasted Sweet Potatoes Fries


1 lb ground beef
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 cup bread crumbs
1 egg
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 T olive oil
1 cup fresh spinach, sliced finely
1 small can tomato paste
1 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

1. Saute onion, carrots and garlic in olive oil until slightly tender. Add spinach and saute for one minute. Remove from heat.
2. In a large bowl combine remaining ingredients. Form mixture into medium-sized meatballs.
3. Brown meatballs (in same saute pan used for veggies) on two sides and place onto baking sheet.
4. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through. During last 10-15 minutes of baking, pour marinara sauce over meatballs and continue cooking.
5. Split rolls and place onto cookie sheet. Spread butter and garlic powder and top with cheese (we like provolone or mozzarella, or both)
6. Bake rolls during last 5-10 minutes of meatball cooking time.
7. Assemble subs, top with additional parmesan cheese if desired and serve. A few fresh slices of spinach would also be delicious.

Roasted Sweet Potato Fries

Cut sweet potatoes into french fry size slices. Toss with olive oil, salt and pepper and roast at 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Stir occasionally and roast until browned nicely.


  1. Look at you. Cooking with ground beef! :)

  2. I had to go an google "orecchiette" because I;d never heard of it. No-I'm not ignorant we just dont have it here .

    I've saved that recipe to use with some funky Australian pasta because it sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing Kirsten.