Minestrone

Your Royko Recipe for January, 2019

Minestrone
This soup is so full of vegetables that a bowl with a piece of bread makes a complete meal.
Makes 4 quarts
Food & Wine, Nov. 1991, Page 150. Credit: Diane Darrow.

1/2 lb. dried pinto beans
2 tbl. olive oil1/4 lb. finely chopped lean slab bacon
1/4 lb. finely chopped salt pork
2 tbl. finely chopped garlic
2 tbl. chopped fresh Italian parsley
1 tbl. basil
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/2 tsp. rosemary
1/8 tsp. dried red pepper flakes
1/2 lb. shredded Savoy cabbage
1/2 lb. coarsely chopped Swiss chard
1 medium halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick leek-white part only
1 rib sliced crosswise 3/8-inch thick celery
4 coarsely chopped canned Italian plum tomatoes
1/2 lb. peeled, cut into 1/2-inch diced potatoes
1 medium sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick carrot
1 medium halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/2-inch thick zucchini
2 tsp. salt
Simple freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
Freshly ground black pepper


Place beans in a large saucepan with water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil. Boil for 2 minutes, remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 1 hour before using. Drain and rinse well.


In a large stockpot, warm the olive oil over moderate heat. Add the bacon and salt pork, and cook until the fat is rendered (7 to 8 minutes). Add the garlic, parsley, basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 2 minutes. Stir in the cabbage, Swiss chard, leek and celery. Cover and cook until soft (about 5 minutes).


Stir in the drained beans, tomatoes and 2 quarts of water. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to moderately low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir in the potatoes and carrot, cover and cook until tender (about 30 minutes). Stir in the zucchini and salt and cook for 15 minutes longer. (The soup will keep for up to a week covered and refrigerated. Reheat before serving.) Serve in bowls with a sprinkling of Parmesan and black pepper.

Royko’s Recipes: We have a guest

After 3 years of posting recipes that were personally tested by my friend and former business partner, the late Paul Royko, I am finally running out of material that is seasonally appropriate.

While I search my files for more, Danica has stepped up with her recipe for a favourite at our house.

Your “Royko Recipe” for November, 2018 … from Danica Andersen

Hamburger Heavenly Hash

You will need a large frying pan and an oven-proof covered casserole (corning ware), approximately 3L capacity . If you have a Dutch Oven or Le Cruset type baker this can be a one pot/pan recipe!

Time 30 min
Yield 6 – 8 portions

Ingredients
1 lb. ground beef
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce (choose a lower sodium brand ;^)
1/2 tsp chili powder (more or less depending on how spicy it is) 1/2 tsp dry mustard powder
28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 cup water
1/2 lb uncooked macaroni (2 cup measure)
1 medium green bell pepper, chopped or shredded
3 oz. cheddar cheese, grated

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400°F
2. Brown ground beef with onions and garlic (add cooking oil if necessary).
3. Add soy sauce, chili powder, mustard, tomatoes, water to meat. Heat mixture to boiling. 4. Place UNCOOKED pasta into a 3 L casserole dish. Sprinkle green pepper over pasta.
5. Pour hot meat-sauce-mixture over pasta and stir for one minute.
6. Bake, COVERED at 400°F about 20 minutes.
7. Uncover, stir. Sprinkle with cheese. Return uncovered to oven to melt cheese. Serve hot.

Notes: • Quick and tasty – kids love it!
• Serve with a green vegetable or salad.

Royko’s Vegetarian Chili

Your Royko Recipe for October, 2018

Royko’s Vegetarian Chili

Crispy vegetables and beans that range from mild to very spicy … you decide.

From: Royko’s Fertile Imagination. Serves 6 to 8

Use your favourite hot pepper(s), or use none. If using fresh hot peppers, remember that the heat is mostly in the ribs and seeds. To turn down the fire by about 75%, remove both before cooking.

1 tbl. olive oil
2 medium chopped onions
2 cloves minced garlic
2 large diced carrots
1 large chopped green bell pepper
1 to 2 seeded, chopped fresh hot peppers
1 cup frozen corn
2 large peeled, cubed potatoes
2 19-oz. cans drained canned stewed tomatoes
1 14-oz. can tomato sauce
1 19-oz. can drained, rinsed red kidney beans
1 19-oz. can drained, rinsed blackeyed peas
salt
black pepper

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large saucepan. Sauté onions, garlic, carrots, green pepper and hot pepper until onions are softened but not browned, about 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes and tomato sauce. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer and cook for 10 minutes. Add potatoes and simmer for another 15 minutes. Add frozen corn and cook for another 10 minutes.

Add kidney beans, blackeyed peas, salt and pepper and cook until potatoes are tender and beans are hot. Remove from heat and let rest, covered, for 15 minutes.

Like all chilis, this one is best if made the day before and left in the refrigerator until the flavours blend.

Summer Ratatouille

Your Royko Recipe for August, 2018

Summer Ratatouille 

This recipe uses less heat than long-baked versions.
Food & Wine, July 1992, Page 85. Credit: Ann Haskell. 

Ratatouille is incredibly flexible. Enjoy it as a side dish. Use it as an omelette filling. Serve it over pasta. Or, fill cornmeal crepes with it. 

A personal note. Eggplant soaks up a great deal of oil in cooking. And if you feel as I do that its flavour is not worth writing home about, by all means eliminate it. If you want a substitute, slice 2-3 small zucchinis, washed but not peeled, and use them instead. 

Serves 4.

6 tbl. olive oil-or less
1 medium chopped onion
1 julienned green bell pepper-1/4-inch thick
1 julienned yellow bell pepper-1/4-inch thick
2 cloves minced garlic

1/2 julienned red bell pepper-1/4-inch thick
1 medium sliced globe eggplant-1/4-inch thick
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms

salt
Freshly ground black pepper

3 large halved lengthwise, sliced tomato-1/4-inch thick
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Preheat oven to 400 ̊. In a large, heavy, nonreactive skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over moderately high heat. Add onion, garlic, peppers, eggplant and mushrooms and sauté, tossing and adding more olive oil as necessary, until the vegetables soften, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper and add the basil. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute longer. 

Transfer the vegetables to a 14-inch oval gratin dish and sprinkle the cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve hot, warm or cold. 

Ratatouille will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days. 

Linguine with Fresh Tomato, Basil and Brie

Your Royko Recipe for July, 2018

Linguine with Fresh Tomato, Basil and Brie

Nothing in this recipe is cooked, except the linguine, so the taste is fresh, refreshing…and absolutely delicious!
Serves 4.

2 large fresh tomatoes
1/2 lb. French Brie
1/2 cup cut into thin strips fresh basil
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbl. extra virgin olive oil

1 tsp. salt
Freshly ground black pepper
freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh linguine

Peel and seed
tomatoes. Chop coarsely into 1/2 inch cubes. Transfer to a large mixing Modest bowl.
Remove rind from Brie using a wire-type cheese slicer. This is easiest if the cheese is thoroughly chilled first. Cut Brie into roughly 1/2-inch cubes and add to tomato mixture.

Mince garlic
and add to mixture. Add olive oil, basil, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly, cover and let sit at room temperature for two hours. This part can be prepared the day before. In that case, refrigerate the mixture and allow two hours to come to room temperature before serving.

Bring six quarts salted water to a boil. Add linguine and cook until al dente. Meanwhile, warm an oven-proof ceramic serving bowl bowl in the oven on low heat (150 ̊). Drain pasta and toss quickly in the warm serving bowl with the tomato/Brie mixture. Sprinkle with Parmesan and serve immediately.

Summer Ratatouille

Your Royko Recipe for June, 2018

This recipe uses less heat than long-baked versions.
Food & Wine, July 1992, Page 85. Credit: Ann Haskell.

Ratatouille is incredibly flexible. Enjoy it as a side dish. Use it as an omelette filling. Serve it over pasta. Or, fill cornmeal crepes with it.

A personal note. Eggplant soaks up a great deal of oil in cooking. And if you feel as I do that its flavour is not worth writing home about, by all means eliminate it. If you want a substitute, slice 2-3 small zucchinis, washed but not peeled, and use them instead.

Summer Ratatouille

Serves 4.

6 tbl. olive oil-or less

1 medium chopped onion
1 julienned green bell pepper-1/4-inch thick
1 julienned yellow bell pepper-1/4-inch thick
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 julienned red bell pepper-1/4-inch thick

1 medium sliced globe eggplant-1/4-inch thick
1 cup thinly sliced mushrooms
salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 large halved lengthwise, sliced tomatoes -1/4-inch thick
2/3 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Preheat oven to 400 ̊. In a large, heavy, nonreactive skillet, heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil over moderately high heat. Add onion, garlic, peppers, eggplant and mushrooms and sauté, tossing and adding more olive oil as necessary, until the vegetables soften, about 15 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper and add the basil. Stir in the tomatoes and cook for 1 minute longer.

Transfer the vegetables to a 14-inch oval gratin dish and sprinkle the cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for about 30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve hot, warm or cold.
Ratatouille will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days.

Chicken Sauce Piquant

This is the first time I have posted a second Royko Recipe in the same month, but this one was our dinner last night and I have a photo illustration.

Danica may comment on some recipe tweaks she made. She made cornbread to go with it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Chicken Sauce Piquant
Chicken in a tangy tomato-based sauce that’s so tender, it almost falls apart. Serves 6 to 8.

1/3 cup vegetable oil

4 large split in half whole chicken breasts – or use boneless breasts
2 medium coarsely chopped onions
4 coarsely chopped celery ribs
1 large coarsely chopped green bell pepper
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 28-oz. can crushed Italian plum tomatoes
1/4 cup tomato paste
2 large bay leaves
2 large cloves minced garlic
1 tbl. lemon juice
1 tsp. Tabasco sauce
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Freshly ground black pepper
4 cup chicken stock
2 tbl. chopped green onions
2 tbl. minced fresh Italian parsley
12 pimiento-stuffed olives

Heat oil over moderately high heat in a large pot. Add chicken pieces in batches and
sauté, turning, until browned, 4-5 minutes on each side. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a plate.

Add onions, celery and green pepper to the pot and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until softened but not browned, 5-10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the vegetables to another plate.

Whisk flour into the remaining oil in the casserole and cook over moderate heat, stirring and scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pot, until the roux turns a rich brown, about 10 minutes.

Stir in tomatoes with their juice, 1/2 cup of water, tomato paste, bay leaves, garlic, lemon juice, Tabasco, salt, pepper and stock. Bring to a boil. Add the chicken and sautéed vegetables and simmer, uncovered, stirring and skimming the top occasionally until the chicken is tender and the sauce is thickened.
The recipe can be prepared to this point the day before and refrigerated, covered.

A few minutes before serving, stir in green onions, parsley and olives.

Royko’s Fresh Salsa

I haven’t tasted Royko’s salsa for over 20 years, but I remember that fresh flavour like it was yesterday!

Your Royko Recipe for May, 2018

Royko’s Fresh Salsa
This uncooked fresh salsa is great with nachos or nacho chips. It’s easy. It’s tasty. What else is there?


Serves 6 to 8.

4 large ripe tomatoes – or 1 large can whole tomatoes out of season
1 large green bell pepper
1 medium Spanish onion

1 to 2 cloves garlic

1 cup fresh coriander leaves-(cilantro)
Salsa or hot sauce-to taste

Chop coriander leaves in food processor (using the steel blade), until finely chopped. Leave in food processor.

If using fresh tomatoes, peel and seed them. If using canned, drain. Chop tomatoes in the food processor with coriander until still somewhat chunky (1/4″ pieces, roughly-roughly). Do not purée. Transfer to a large bowl.

Seed green pepper. Cut into large pieces and chop coarsely in food processor. Drain off any liquid that is released and add to bowl with tomatoes.
Process garlic in food processor until finely minced. Add onion, in pieces, and chop together until still somewhat chunky. Add to other chopped ingredients. Mix thoroughly, then chill in refrigerator for about 1 hour.

Spoon into individual bowls and let each person add salsa or hot sauce to taste.
Serve with plain tortilla chips. Or, layer tortilla chips in a baking dish, cover with grated Monterey Jack cheese and broil until cheese melts. Or, try cutting mini pitas in half, stuff with Monterey Jack cheese and broil until cheese melts.

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