Golden Beet and Jicama Salad with Crème Fraîche
There's no need to cook beets when they're very thinly sliced. Renee Erickson and Marie Rutherford of Seattle restaurant the Whale Wins mellow them out with a dollop of creme fraiche.
- 1/2 cup olive oil, divided
- 3 lemons, zest removed with a vegetable peeler, pulp set side for another use
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 1/2 medium shallot, finely chopped
- 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black peppert
- 2 medium golden beets (about 1 pound), scrubbed, very thinly sliced on a mandoline
- 1 small jicama (about 1 pound), peeled, halved, very thinly sliced on a mandoline
- 1/2 cup small sprigs dill, divided
Heat 1/4 cup oil in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Working in 2 batches, add lemon zest and cook until softened and curling around edges, about 30 seconds per batch. Transfer lemon zest to a paper towel-lined plate and let cool; slice into long strips. Transfer lemon oil to a small bowl; let cool. Set aside.
Toast caraway seeds in a small skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, until fragrant and slightly darker in color, 1-2 minutes; set aside.
Whisk shallot, 3 tablespoons vinegar, Dijon mustard, and 1 teaspoon toasted caraway seeds in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in remaining 1/4 cup olive oil and cooled lemon oil. Season vinaigrette with salt and pepper.
Combine beets and vinaigrette in a large bowl and toss to coat; let sit for about 15 minutes to soften. Add jicama, 1/4 cup dill sprigs, and half of reserved lemon zest to beets and toss to coat.
Meanwhile, whisk remaining 1 teaspoon vinegar and crème fraîche in a small bowl to blend. Season with salt. Spoon a dollop of crème fraîche mixture into the center of each plate, dividing equally. Using the back of a spoon, slightly spread out crème fraîche mixture into a small circle on the bottom of each plate.
Mound beet salad over crème fraîche mixture and sprinkle remaining half of lemon zest, 1/4 cup dill sprigs, and 1 teaspoon caraway seeds among plates.
Nutritional Content6 servings, 1 serving contains: Calories (kcal) 260 Fat (g) 21 Saturated Fat (g) 4 Cholesterol (mg) 5 Carbohydrates (g) 18 Dietary Fiber (g) 7 Total Sugars (g) 8 Protein (g) 2 Sodium (mg) 170Reviews Section
Roasted Pear Salad with Gorgonzola and Maple-Balsamic Dressing
- 2 TB chopped shallot
- 2 TB balsamic vinegar
- 2 TB maple syrup
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp kosher salt
- 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 4 pears, halved, cored
- 1 TB extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tsp lemon juice
- 8 cups baby arugula
- 2 cups chopped radicchio
- 1/2 cup crumbled gorgonzola cheese
- 1/2 cup candied pecans
Instructions: To make dressing: Stir together shallot, vinegar, maple syrup, Dijon mustard, and salt
Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes
Kale, sweet potatoes, winter squashes, fennel, and cranberries are just a few of the in-season foods that contribute to this collection of vegan recipes. With rich main dishes, satisfying sides, refreshing salads, and sweet desserts, you won't be missing out on anything by serving up a plant-based meal.
This salad pops with color and texture from juicy citrus, creamy avocado, and crisp jicama. Dark, bumpy kale fits the mood, but you can substitute any lettuce you like. We love the pink hue of Cara Cara oranges in the salad, but regular navel or even blood oranges (in keeping with the spooky theme) would also work. Sturdy lacinato kale will become perfectly tender when dressed and left to stand at room temperature. Coating the avocado in the dressing first will keep it from browning while you're out having fun.
July 4th Recipes for Foodies
This meal echoes the patriotic colors of the holiday, beginning with a frisée salad featuring roasted red beets, jicama, Rogue River blue cheese, and black raspberries. On a summer evening, the menu refreshes with a chilled soup of roasted red pepper in coconut milk, with a touch of red curry for a kick, served with a dash of coriander crème fraîche and microgreens. The entrée is a pan-seared rainbow trout, which can be served hot, room temperature, or cold—depending on your mood or the weather. The crispy fish is placed atop creamy heirloom blue grits (flown in overnight, fresh from Charleston), with corn and plum relish, cilantro, and corn puree. For dessert, a citrus sponge cake with lemon curd, fresh blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries is garnished with a delicate strawberry macaron.
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Roasted Beet and Frisee Salad
- Crispy frisee
- 4-6 oz. Rogue River Blue Cheese (should be wrapped in foil and produced in Oregon, available at the Fresh Market)
- 2 medium-sized red beets, about 3-4 inches in diameter
- 1 pint large blackberries
- 1 piece jicama
- Olive oil
- Zest of one lemon
- White balsamic vinegar
- Salt and pepper for seasoning
Wash the beets, season with salt and pepper, and drizzle each with one tablespoon of olive oil. Wrap them loosely in foil, place them on a sheet pan, and bake in the oven at 325 degrees for 1.5 hours. Unwrap and let cool. When you can touch them without them being too warm, pull back the skin and carefully peel it away. Refrigerate for about four hours. Peel jicama and cut into ½-inch cubes.
When ready to serve, mix frisee with the zest of one lemon, a drizzle of white balsamic vinegar, and ½ cup of olive oil. Slice the beets thinly and place on top of greens. Garnish each salad with blackberries, crumbled blue cheese, and jicama cubes. Serve with fresh ground pepper.
Chilled Coconut and Roasted Red Pepper Soup
- 3 large jars of cut roasted red peppers
- 8 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 cup champagne
- 3 tablespoons red curry paste
- 1 can Coco Lopez Coconut
- 4 cups vegetable stock
- 2 cups plain white yogurt
- Sour cream
- Dried coriander
- Cilantro or mint leaves
- Sriracha sauce, salt, and white pepper for seasoning
Saute cut roasted red peppers with minced garlic for about 10 minutes on low heat. Deglaze pan with champagne and cook down for about five minutes. Toss with red curry paste and cook down for five more minutes.
In a blender, on high speed, puree red peppers with coconut, vegetable stock, and yogurt. Add salt and white pepper to taste. (You can also add a dash of Sriracha to spice it up.) For a pretty color, serve chilled in a white bowl with some sour cream mixed with dried coriander. Garnish with a couple leaves of cilantro or mint.
Pan-Seared Rainbow Trout with Heirloom Blue Grits
Take a 6-8 oz. piece of trout and lightly dust with seasoned flour (you can add seasoning salt, garlic salt, pepper, onion powder, and/or cayenne to season it). Take a nonstick skillet and heat on medium to high. Add one tablespoon of oil. Once the oil is hot enough (after about one minute), pan-sear the trout on each side, flipping it only once to get a good golden color. Once you have flipped it over, squeeze the juice of one lemon into the pan to deglaze and flavor.
Corn Plum Salsa
Grill two ears of corn until they have a bit of charred color, then cut corn from stalks. Mix the corn with ½ teaspoon of lemon zest, four chopped mint leaves, 10 chopped cilantro leaves, two small plums cut into ¼ inch cubes, a splash of olive oil, and a tablespoon of red pepper jelly. Season to taste. (This will become the fresh, bright garnish on top of the fish.)
Roast four ears of corn (or one small can) with salt and pepper in oven at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Take corn off the stalks and simmer on medium heat with two cups of heavy cream, one minced shallot, and two bulbs of minced garlic until the corn is really soft and creates color in the pan. Strain corn out and puree with two tablespoons of mascarpone. Add a touch of Annatto spice for color, and the sauce should be smooth and shiny after you are finished pureeing it.
Heirloom Blue Grits
*Anson Mills grits are specially-made from heirloom grains. Available online, the corn is grown in the mountains of the Carolinas and, when cooked slowly, taste sweet and a bit nutty. You always rinse them first and cook them slowly, like a risotto.
Take one cup of grits and cover in a saucepan with 2.5 cups of water and let sit on your counter overnight. After you have skimmed the residual chaff off the top, set saucepan on medium heat – stirring constantly until they become “starchy” – for about seven minutes. Reduce the heat and every 10 minutes, stir and see if you can get the wooden spoon you are using to stick upright. When it does, add about ½ cup of water. Do this for about four different times. Once the grits become creamy, whisk in some real butter and serve under the crispy golden trout, garnish with corn fruit salsa and drizzle with creamy yellow corn puree.
Citrus Sponge Cake with Lemon Curd and Berries
Use a basic recipe for sponge cake and mix together with two tablespoons of orange juice, ½ teaspoon of lime zest, and ½ teaspoon of lemon zest. Take the batter and bake individual sponge cakes in the bottom of large muffin tins.
Mix two eggs, ½ cup of sugar, one tablespoon of lemon zest, and 1/3 cup lemon juice and whisk together in a saucepan. Place the saucepan over warm boiling water and whisk in four tablespoons of butter, one tablespoon at a time, being careful not to scorch or curdle the mixture. If it’s gone too long, it will look like scrambled eggs. It should be smooth and shiny. Remove from heat and refrigerate.
Scoop hefty tablespoons of lemon curd in the middle of each sponge cake, layer berries on top, dust with powdered sugar and garnish with a sweet store-bought strawberry macaroon.
THERE is something both innocent and exciting about a picnic, even if you are only packing a few things at the last minute and heading down the street to the park. It may be nothing fancier than bologna or tuna salad on white bread, but you’re still likely to have a good time, which is probably why many of us remain devoted to the same picnic foods we’ve eaten all our lives.
But at some point, you may get the urge to vary the menu a bit. With that in mind, I’d like to make a few or, actually, 101 suggestions, ranging from snacks to dessert. With a little shopping, a little effort, and 20 minutes or less for assembly, you can create the kind of carry-out food that will put the local prepared food shops to shame while saving you a small fortune. No matter how faithful you are to your old favorites, I’ll bet you will find something intriguing here.
1 BEET SALAD Peel beets and grate them (a food processor will keep the juice contained). Add pistachios or hazelnuts dress with orange zest and juice, and olive oil. Add bits of goat cheese and chopped parsley.
2 PESTO CHICKEN ROLLS Season and grill chicken cutlets. Brush lavash or any other wrap-type bread with pesto layer with the chicken, sun-dried tomatoes and arugula roll up and cut on the bias.
3 CURRIED EGG SALAD Make egg salad with hard-cooked eggs, mayo, curry powder, Dijon mustard, fresh lime juice, salt, pepper, cilantro, red onion and, if you like, diced apple.
4 TOMATOES AND PEACHES Toss together sliced seeded tomatoes and peaches, along with thinly sliced red onion and chopped cilantro or rosemary. Dress at the last minute with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
5 ROAST BEEF AND BLUE Start with whole-grain rolls. Smear blue cheese on one side and prepared horseradish on the other. Add red onion and thin-sliced roast beef, pork or lamb. Pack! lettuce and tomato on the side. Potato chips are mandatory.
6 CORNFLAKE CHICKEN BITES Cut boneless chicken breasts into small pieces. Dip in milk or buttermilk, then dredge in seasoned crushed corn flake crumbs, cornmeal or panko. Pan-fry in oil, drain, cool and eat cold with celery sticks, with ranch or blue cheese dressing for dipping.
7 GRAPES AND CHEESE Mix feta cubes and green grapes (or grape tomatoes or pieces of watermelon). Add mint, salt, pepper and olive oil. A tiny bit of chopped fresh chili is good, too.
8 COLD PEANUT NOODLES Cook Chinese egg noodles or regular spaghetti. Drain and rinse. Toss with sesame oil, peanut butter (or tahini), sugar, soy sauce, ginger, vinegar, black pepper (lots) and chili oil (optional). Pack shredded seeded cucumber, cooked shrimp and chopped scallions separately.
9 For gazpacho, combine a couple of pounds of ripe tomatoes, one of cucumbers, a slice or two of bread, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a blender. Chill and pour into a thermos.
10 Combine tomatoes and cucumber in blender with lemon grass (only the most tender part), cilantro, fish sauce and lime. Voilà: Thai gazpacho.
11 Mix peeled, grated carrots with chopped dates, cumin, minced chili, lemon or lime juice, mint or cilantro.
12 Slice a few bulbs of fennel and some tart apples dice some jicama. Toss together with freshly chopped tarragon, basil or chervil (if you can find it), olive oil, salt, lots of pepper and lemon juice. Celery is good in this, too, as are oranges and cheeses, especially sheep’s cheeses.
13 Guacasalsa: Mash an avocado (it won’t get brown) into some salsa, even jarred if necessary. Don’t forget chips.
14 Cut day-old crusty bread into one-inch cubes. Just before leaving the house, combine it with chopped tomatoes (seeds are O.K.), chopped cucumber, chopped red onion and fresh basil. Pack dressing separately: olive oil, red wine vinegar, diced anchovies, capers, salt and pepper. Call this panzanella.
15 Toss toasted pita with olives, parsley and mint, salt and pepper, bits of chopped-up lemon (rinds and all preserved lemon is even better), chopped seeded tomatoes, chopped seeded cucumbers and chopped red pepper. Take olive oil for last-minute dressing.
16 Thinly slice Savoy or Napa cabbage. Toss with thinly sliced red onion, half a diced jalapeño and handfuls of chopped cilantro. Dress with olive oil, lime juice, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
17 Halve cherry tomatoes toss with equal-size pieces of firm smoked or regular tofu and soy sauce, sesame oil, rice wine vinegar, scallions and a pinch of sugar (or mirin if you have it). Add chopped Thai basil and/or cilantro and/or mint just before eating.
18 Toss cooked couscous with oil, chopped parsley, chopped black olives, capers, red onion, salt and pepper. Scoop out medium-size tomatoes and fill with mixture. Pack carefully.
19 Process a cup or two of cashews, a chili or two, some garlic, a splash of soy sauce and enough water to get the food processor going fold in chopped cilantro or chives. Fill celery sticks and chill. This is the best celery-filler since cream cheese.
20 Poach a couple of pounds of dark leafy greens, like kale, collards or spinach. Drain, cool, squeeze dry and chop. Then toss with oil, salt and lots of lemon juice. Serve with more lemon, oil, salt and pepper. Call it horta.
21 Brown fresh corn kernels in hot oil with chopped chili and garlic, salt and pepper. Remove from heat and toss with cilantro and lots of lime juice.
22 Cook whole unpeeled eggplant in a dry, hot skillet, turning occasionally, until collapsed and soft. (Or grill, or roast, or hold with a fork over an open flame.) While it’s cooling, whisk together tahini, lemon juice, salt, pepper, garlic and parsley in a bowl. Chop the eggplant flesh (leave the peel behind) and roughly mash in the bowl. Add red pepper flakes if you like. Serve with pita.
23 Simmer one part olive oil, two parts red wine vinegar and four parts water with herbs, salt and pepper. Add chopped vegetables, firmest to softest maybe carrots first, then cauliflower, then peppers and poach until just getting tender. Remove from heat and chill overnight in the liquid. It’s giardiniera.
24 Cut zucchini into big chunks and roast or grill with olive oil (and, if you like, whole garlic cloves). Combine with chopped seeded tomatoes, lemon juice, dill, salt and pepper.
25 Toss cauliflower florets with oil, salt and pepper, and roast in a hot oven until browned and cooked while still warm, toss with curry powder and a handful of raisins. Pour on the lemon juice.
26 Soak wakame or other seaweed in hot water until soft drain and squeeze dry. Toss with chopped celery, sesame oil, soy sauce, mirin (or honey) and rice wine vinegar. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds.
27 Clean a bunch of mixed mushrooms quarter any large ones. Steam for about five minutes. When still warm, toss with sliced shallots, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper, cracked coriander seeds, chopped fresh cilantro, sherry vinegar and more olive oil if necessary.
28 In a blender or food processor, combine ginger, a half cup or so light miso, a little more than that of walnuts, and enough soy sauce to make a sauce. Toss with cooked green beans or eggplant.
29 Steam or boil a bunch of asparagus slice on the bias. Toss with orange segments, zest and juice, some olive oil, salt and pepper. Garnish with sesame seeds. Add little shrimp or shredded crab, lobster or chicken if you like.
30 Steam or boil green beans or asparagus slice on the bias. Toss with thinly sliced red onion, matchstick-size pieces of prosciutto (or lardo if you’re in Colonnata), olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
BEAN, RICE AND GRAIN SALADS
31 Combine cooked or canned (and drained) black beans, kidney beans and chickpeas. Add diced red and green pepper, some corn kernels and a minced jalapeño. Season with lime juice, chopped marjoram or oregano, salt and pepper.
32 Cook lentils with garlic, onion and thyme. Toss with salt, pepper and fresh chopped herbs: marjoram, tarragon, chervil or basil. Dress with vinaigrette made with oil, vinegar and mustard.
33 Toss cooked or canned white beans with chopped seeded tomato, chopped anchovy, chopped olives, oil, lemon juice, lots of black pepper, salt if necessary and parsley.
34 Steam frozen (shelled) edamame or limas. Toss with chopped seeded tomatoes, cilantro, soy sauce and a suspicion of sesame oil. Salt and pepper.
35 Steam frozen edamame and chill. Toss with olive oil, lemon juice, a pinch of sugar, lots of chopped mint, salt, pepper, and as much shaved pecorino or Parmesan as you like.
36 Mix cooked rice and cooked lentils with very, very well caramelized onions. Add sherry vinegar, salt, pepper and, if necessary, a bit of oil.
37 Combine cooked brown rice with small, barely cooked broccoli florets and chopped pecans or walnuts and parsley. Dress with salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon.
38 Combine cooked Arborio rice with thin pesto, peas, toasted pine nuts, salt and pepper.
39 Soak a tablespoon or two of black beans in sherry or wine toss with cooked rice, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and cilantro.
40 Mix cooked couscous with olive oil add pimentón, cumin, salt and pepper, chopped shallot or red onion, toasted slivered almonds and orange zest and juice. Cooked cauliflower is good, too.
41 Toss a load of chopped parsley with a little cooked bulgur say three to one in favor of the parsley. Chopped seeded tomatoes, olive oil, salt, pepper and lots of lemon juice. Call this real tabbouleh.
42 Make tabbouleh as above and embellish with more vegetables like cucumbers and radishes and/or crumbled feta, or bits of cooked chicken. Or smoked tofu, or bacon, whatever you can think of. How can you go wrong?
POTATO SALADS AND EGG SALADS
43 Make potato salad with mustard vinaigrette. Add chopped cooked asparagus, peas, green beans, etc. Or steamed mussels.
44 Make potato salad with mayo and crumbled bacon, and add grated Cheddar, celery, onion and chopped egg. You don’t have to pack much else except blood thinner.
45 Roast or boil sweet potatoes, but not too soft. Make a blended vinaigrette with a little chili, cumin, sherry vinegar and olive oil. Pack separately and toss together with scallions and mint.
46 Make egg salad with sesame oil and seeds, soy sauce, rice vinegar, scallions and chilies.
47 Egg salad with chopped seeded tomato, basil and extra virgin olive oil.
48 Egg salad with sour cream, smoked salmon and chopped chives.
49 Take cold pizza and lemon. Squeeze lemon over pizza. Really.
50 Mix a couple of cups of cold leftover cooked short-grain rice (if you happen to have risotto lying around, so much the better) with three eggs. Form balls insert a small cube of mozzarella into each. Roll in bread crumbs and refrigerate if convenient. Deep or shallow fry until golden. Packed carefully, these will be fine. Call them supplì al telefono.
51 Purée roasted red peppers (jarred are O.K., piquillo are even better) with feta, marjoram or oregano and parsley, olive oil and garlic. Serve as a dip.
52 Make burritos, using the biggest flour tortillas you can find: rice, beans, any stewed or grilled meat or chicken, cilantro, salsa.
53 Marinate firm goat or feta cheese in olive oil, with rosemary, garlic, lemon zest, red and black pepper. You don’t need much of this, but it’s good.
54 Make a cheese ball: Mash together equal parts good grated Cheddar, crumbled blue and cream cheese, maybe thinned with a little sour cream. Shape into a ball and roll in fresh chopped herbs and/or hazelnuts. Take Triscuits. You think people won’t eat this?
55 Make simple syrup with rosemary purée in a blender with watermelon, rum (optional) and lemon juice. Use more rum and call this a cocktail, or omit rum, add a little feta and eat with a spoon. Keep it cold in either case.
56 Use a spoon or melon baller to make equal size pieces of watermelon, honeydew, cantaloupe, or, I don’t know, Charentais. Mix together and sprinkle with lemon juice and salt or (better still) chili, sugar, salt and lime.
57 (A) Make fruit salad, however you like it pack it. (B) Take seeded papaya halves, well wrapped. Put (A) in (B), drizzle with lemon, and serve.
58 Husk and quarter strawberries at the last minute, combine with a little chopped tarragon, black pepper and balsamic vinegar. Goat cheese is good, too.
59 Cut melon into wedges and wrap thin slices of prosciutto around them. Stack in a container, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper. Take romaine lettuce and serve the wedges over the greens, with the accumulated juices as a dressing. It works.
60 Toss cornbread cubes with blueberries, lemon juice, olive oil and hazelnuts. Yes.
61 Toss chopped shrimp or shredded crab or lobster with lemon juice, chopped chives, salt and pepper. Use this to fill avocado halves. (If the avocado browns, blame me. It’ll still taste great.)
62 Boil potatoes, corn kernels and shrimp drain and chill. Serve with crusty bread and lemon wedges along with mayo mixed with garlic and crumbled saffron. Call this Aegean seafood salad.
63 Drain a can of good quality salmon (preferably sockeye). Mix with cannellini beans, chopped tomato, diced shallot, chopped black or green olives, chopped parsley and basil. Dress with olive oil and lemon juice season with salt and pepper. Serve on bread (scooped out ciabatta is very nice) or over greens.
64 Combine a bunch of watercress or arugula with thinly sliced radishes and red onion add flaked smoked trout or whitefish. Dress at the last minute with olive oil, sherry vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
65 Cut salmon fillets (the skin can be on or off) into serving-size pieces, and sear them in oil on both sides until brown set aside. Sauté onions, garlic, fresh chilies if you like deglaze the pan with one part red wine vinegar, two parts each red wine and water. Pour over fish and chill for up to two days. This will work with mackerel, chicken, pork, etc. Call this escabeche.
66 Make escabeche with white wine and vinegar, dill and lemon slices.
67 Pan-cook shrimp in oil. Separately sauté fresh and dried chilies with lots of onions and garlic add beer, reduce and pour glaze over shrimp.
68 Mix good canned tuna with diced fennel, tarragon, lemon juice, salt and pepper. No mayo.
69 Mix good tuna with mashed anchovies (packed in olive oil), grated Parmesan, bits of lemon and some lemon juice, olive oil and perhaps a thimbleful of Worcestershire. No mayo.
70 You want an idea for tuna with mayo, I know: Mix tuna with mayo and mustard add capers and dill.
MEAT AND POULTRY
71 Cut chicken wings into two parts, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and grill or roast until crisp and golden. Whisk together mustard, honey and lemon juice, and toss with warm wings. Chill overnight (or eat them and take something else to the picnic).
72 Combine equal parts soy sauce, mirin and sake with a little sugar and sesame oil boil for a minute. Use this to baste chicken thighs, pork or beef while you grill or broil it. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and/or chopped scallions ginger and/or lemon are good too just before serving. Call it teriyaki. Works with mackerel and other dark fish, too.
73 Make chicken teriyaki as above, then toss with a little mayo and perhaps more soy. Awesome.
74 Poach chicken and chop or shred. Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and herbs of your choice.
75 Pack in three containers: grilled sliced beef or pork, with its juices watercress or arugula tossed with mint, basil and/or cilantro a dressing of lime juice, sesame oil, fish or soy sauce and sugar. Dress greens put meat and its juices over all.
76 Thinly slice grilled butterflied leg of lamb toss with cherry tomatoes, olive oil, mint, feta and chopped red onion.
77 Grind chunks of lamb shoulder in a food processor with onion, parsley, salt and pepper. Make into small meatballs and sauté or roast. Serve sliced with pita wedges or in pita, with lemon, and a dollop of yogurt or tapenade.
78 Split small chickens or Cornish hens grill or broil quickly, with lots of salt and pepper. Take them whole to the picnic with sandwich rolls, good barbecue sauce (O.K., and mayo) and pickles. Pick off the meat and go to it.
79 Cut quail in half, or not marinate with salt, pepper, minced garlic, sage and oil for as long as you can at least five minutes. Grill for 10 to 15 minutes.
80 Chop various salamis, mortadella, etc. and combine with chopped provolone, Parmesan, bell pepper, red onion and fresh oregano. Heavily dress in vinaigrette. Take shredded romaine lettuce for tossing. And bread, obviously.
81 Make chopped olive salad (I like onion, thyme, capers, a little garlic). Hollow out a medium-size round bread, or a few rolls. Put in olive salad and cured meats of your choice: ham, prosciutto, salami, mortadella, whatever and provolone. Call this a muffuletta.
82 Slice open a good baguette and fill it with chopped or shredded cooked chicken tossed with fish sauce, chili, sugar, lime, garlic, scallions and Thai basil (or, in a dire emergency, regular).
83 Fry chopped bacon until half done add strips of boneless chicken and cook until done pack. Take pitas, chopped seeded tomato, avocado, sliced red onion and shredded romaine. Assemble sandwiches in situ dress with olive oil and cheap vinegar.
84 Blanch frozen fava beans in salted water. Pulse in a food processor with some mint or parsley until roughly chopped season with salt, pepper and fresh lemon juice. Slice baguette and spread one half with fresh ricotta, then drizzle with olive oil. Spread the other half with the fava beans. Put arugula in there and sandwich-ize.
85 Butter both halves of a sliced baguette. Layer with thinly sliced cured ham Serrano, prosciutto, Bayonne, York, whatever and many halved cornichons. Call this une sandwich.
86 Halve a cucumber or two scoop out the seeds. Slice it thin and salt it for a bit if you have time in any case squeeze out some of the liquid. Combine it with shredded cooked chicken, ginger, soy sauce, salt, pepper and cilantro. On a baguette, it’s reminiscent of banh mi.
87 Grill a steak slice it thin. Butter a baguette on one side put Dijon on the other side. Pile the bread with steak, roasted peppers (canned are fine piquillos are best), and something crunchy, like radicchio or fennel. A little blue cheese wouldn’t hurt either. Neither would avocado. (But not both.)
88 Cook peeled shrimp little ones are best. Toss with pesto: lots. Put on small rolls. (In fact: cook anything toss with pesto: lots. Put on small rolls.)
89 Dredge fish fillets in cornmeal. Sauté in abundant olive oil until crisp. Let cool a bit, then use for sandwiches, packing tomatoes separately.
90 Hard-cook some eggs slice them. Sauté some spinach with oil and garlic until quite dry chop. Make mustardy sandwiches with baguettes, rolls or any bread that can absorb some oil.
91 Cook fusilli or other cut pasta rinse in cool water, but don’t bother to chill. Combine with chopped seeded tomatoes, cubed fresh mozzarella, chopped basil, olive oil, salt and pepper. (Good with olives, too.) Do not call this pasta salad, because pasta salad is no good, and this is.
92 Shred carrots and zucchini. Mix lime juice, soy sauce, grated ginger and sesame oil. Cook soba noodles, drain and rinse under cold water. Toss noodles with the vegetables and dressing.
93 Cook rice vermicelli and drain. Toss with kimchi, lots of cilantro and cooked chopped shrimp or chicken.
94 Cook garlic in olive oil until just sizzling add clams (you can use canned clams but it will not be the same), and, cook, stirring, until they open. Remove, chop and combine with the garlic, oil, any liquid in pan, chopped tomato and cooked pasta. Add more oil as needed, with lemon juice, parsley, salt (if needed), pepper and oregano, if you like.
95 Combine equal parts honey and brown sugar with a little oil and bring to a boil toss with good granola until the mixture is very sticky. You can add more nuts, or raisins and, yes, O.K., you can add chocolate chips. Line a pan with waxed paper or film with oil. Press mixture into pan and let cool. Call these granola bars.
96 Cook a couple of pounds of berries with some sugar and a little water until they break down. Layer in a plastic container with slices of good pound cake. Pour any remaining juices on top. You might want some cream.
97 Make sandwiches of angel food cake and ganache or fruit compote.
98 Mix peanut butter and cream cheese. Spread between two good cookies and make sandwiches. Or mix honey, lemon zest and cream cheese. Make sandwiches with ginger snaps.
99 Put sorbet (make it yourself if you have time) in a really cold termos it will be slushy by the time you open it. Add a splash of Champagne or Gewürztraminer if you like, maybe some mint, and eat like cold soup.
100 Take a container of melted chocolate thinned with cream or crème fraîche with strawberries, pineapple or bananas for dipping.
Roasted Winter Root Soup
1 med Yellow Onion, diced
4 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Carrot, skinned, chopped
1 Parsnip, skinned, chopped
1 Turnip, skinned, chopped
1 Sweet Potato, skinned, chopped
2 Potatoes, chopped
2 Kielbasa Sausages, sliced in 1 cm thick rounds
6 cups Vegetable Stock/Broth
2 tsp Salt
2 tsp Black Pepper
2 Tbsp Herbes de Provence
2 Tbsp Dill
2 Bay Leaves
2 tsp Paprika
1 tsp Cumin
2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Preheat the Oven to 400°F.
- Add all Root Vegetables and Kielbasa to a Dutch Oven, coat with the Olive Oil, Salt, and Pepper.
- Roast for 10 minutes, stir, and then another 10 minutes.
- Remove and scrap into a large Soup Pot.
- Add the Vegetable Stock and heat on high heat until it boils.
- Add the remaining Herbs and Spices, reduce heat to low heat. Simmer for 20 minutes, or until vegetables are fork tender.
NOTES: This is a family recipe from my Slovakian side of the family, originating from Medzev, Slovakia (formerly Metzenseifen).
When chopping the vegetables, think of bite-size/spoon size pieces. You can substitute Mushroom Broth or Chicken Stock for the Vegetable Stock. You can also utilize any other cooked Sausage instead of Kielbasa if you like.
This simple, healthy dish will keep you warm on a blustery winter night.
A bout eight years ago, my husband and I were in the small, Delaware County town of Bovina, a &ldquodry&rdquo town that bans the sale of alcoholic beverages. The owner of the B&B where we were staying casually mentioned that a new restaurant had recently opened. We weren&rsquot expecting much, but figured it was easy and close, so we walked up the block to what turned out to be Main Street. Located on the ground floor of a small, two-story house, the restaurant had about 10 unadorned wooden tables and a solicitous owner who &ldquogave&rdquo us a bottle of wine.
Our meal turned out to be astonishingly good. So good, in fact, that we thanked the chef, Serge Madikians &mdash and through friends, we&rsquove indirectly kept up with him over the years. Madikians is now chef-owner of Serevan Restaurant in Amenia. Readers of this magazine have twice voted him the &ldquoBest Chef&rdquo &mdash and Serevan the &ldquoBest Restaurant&rdquo &mdash in the Hudson Valley.
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So &mdash wondering whether Madikians would just be resting on his laurels &mdash it was with more than a little curiosity that we decided to make the trip to Serevan on a Monday night, usually a fairly slow restaurant evening and all too often staffed by a kitchen clearly tired after the weekend rush. Let&rsquos just say we were not disappointed.
Palate pleaser: Serevan&rsquos seared diver scallops are served with fingerling potatoes, fresh greens, and Merguez sausage
Madikians is an Armenian whose family fled to Iran to escape the post-World War I massacre of Armenians living in what was then the Ottoman Empire. The family owned and operated restaurants throughout Iran. Madikians came to the United States to study history and philosophy, but after completing graduate studies in 1997 he decided to enroll at the French Culinary Institute. Following graduation, he worked in the kitchens of Jean-Georges Vongerichten and David Bouley, later becoming executive chef at the well-regarded New York City Moroccan restaurant Chez es Saada (which is now closed).
In 2002, Madikians moved to Bovina. There, he began to combine the flavors and ingredients of his multicultural family&rsquos cuisine the classical cuisines of his training and his own developing interest in sourcing local, seasonal ingredients. His culinary evolution culminated with the opening of Serevan in 2005.
What developed is a unique and exciting cuisine that is neither Middle Eastern nor Mediterranean. Madikians&rsquo food is simultaneously subtle and bold. In the wrong hands, multiple ingredients and seasonings can merely complicate dishes, creating hard-to-identify, often muddy, tastes. Under Madikians&rsquo deft touch, however, everything works in harmony, with ingredients clarifying and augmenting each dish&rsquos essential flavors.
Situated in a house built in the late 1800s, the restaurant has an attractive bar that opens into the dining room with its well-spaced tables and large fireplace. In season, pots of herbs adorn the hearth and hang over the counter separating the dining room from the small kitchen. Madikians&rsquo identical twin, Rouben, is in charge of the front of the house and Ian Wright, Madikians&rsquo first sous-chef and a CIA graduate, is back in the kitchen.
For Madikians, it&rsquos all about ingredients. &ldquoAs a cook,&rdquo he says, &ldquoyou can impose your will or you can make yourself available to what the ingredients suggest. I try to take what nature, with all its intricacies and nuances, offers &mdash and work with that. It is the ingredients that reign, not the chef.&rdquo
Family affair: Originally from Armenia, the family of Serge Madikians ran restaurants throughout Iran
After purchasing the building that houses Serevan, Madikians&rsquo first project was to plant a garden so he could grow herbs not easily attainable at the local farms or markets which provide most of the restaurant&rsquos produce and livestock. It provides multiple varieties of thyme, Japanese shiso, Persian tarragon, curry plants, and several types of cucumbers and heirloom tomatoes.
The judicious use of spices, oils, and unexpected ingredients made each dish that we ordered a revelation. A seemingly simple appetizer of falafel consisted of two perfectly formed and fried ground chickpea rounds flavored with a hint of coriander and cumin and surrounded by hummus, labne (a tangy cow&rsquos milk yogurt), shirazi (an Iranian salad of finely chopped tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers with lime juice and mint), marinated red cabbage, and carrots. The sweet flavor of roasted beets &mdash an item which seems de rigueur on most menus these days &mdash stands out due to Madikians&rsquo addition of tangy oranges, arugula, Greek feta, pistachios, and just enough pistachio oil to give the dish an unexpected flourish. &ldquoThese are just the best beets I&rsquove ever had,&rdquo exclaimed my friend, who has never seen a beet on a menu that he hasn&rsquot ordered.
Madikians&rsquo interpretation of lahmajoon, an Armenian pizza, was among the special appetizers he was previewing for possible inclusion on the menu. A tart shell is substituted for the traditional pita base ground lamb, which has been cooked with spices and apples, is then slathered over a layer of puréed spinach and topped with haloumi cheese (which becomes appealingly gooey and runny when baked). The accompanying house-made harrisa, a chili-like sauce, offered a fiery contrast to the mild taste of the lamb.
So often, appetizers are the highlight of the meal and the entrées are a letdown. Not at Serevan. The Chicken Bastillia (now a fixture on the menu because, says Madikians, customers used to call in advance to see if it would be featured) is a tantalizing mix of clove and cardamom-spiced chicken, braised golden raisins, and romaine wilted in an orange-curry broth, all of which is encased in a gossamer-layered phyllo dough. Diver scallops are handsomely presented with fingerling potatoes. Practically hidden in the greens on which the scallops sit are spicy rectangles of Merguez sausage and small pieces of grapefruit &mdash palate-pleasing surprises that highlight the caramelized sweetness of the scallops.
Above, Serevan&rsquos white salad, made with cauliflower, jicama, chayote, and oranges
Spaetzle (literally translated from the German as &ldquolittle dumplings&rdquo) are what one would expect to find on an Austrian, German, or Hungarian menu. Although it varies with the seasons, in late May the dish was a spring serenade, featuring fresh peas, ramps, wild mushrooms, pickled onions, and a hint of saffron. Beautiful to look at as well as to eat, it was quintessential comfort food, smooth and creamy. The evening&rsquos special, a fillet of organic salmon, was served with morels, organic Swiss chard, and Iranian zereshk &mdash a fruit resembling red currants &mdash and surrounded by caramelized honey and tahini sauce.
Desserts, made in-house by the chef, don&rsquot disappoint. The crème brûlée had a hint of rose water and was accompanied by small orange segments and berries. Rose water also formed the basis of the panna cotta, its creaminess set off by a hint of citrus and a tart rhubarb soup. The not-too-sweet toffee cake was served with chocolate caramel sauce and orange ice cream, and crème fraîche cheesecake was paired with an apricot sorbet and fresh berries.
There is a creative and well-priced cocktail menu and an interesting selection of quality wines by the glass. Bottles are reasonably priced, and each selection is accompanied by a helpful and clear description, both of the grape and of the taste.
At Serevan, Madikians has created all the elements that need to come together for a memorable and satisfying evening. First and foremost, there is the food &mdash which is outstanding. But the service is attentive and well-paced as well, and the room is conducive for conversation. Madikians is a constant presence, walking between dining room and kitchen, visibly attending to a specific dish, then &mdash a few minutes later &mdash checking on a table.
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4 cups reconstituted Chickpeas
1/2 cup Black Olives, sliced
2-4 cloves Garlic
1-2 Jalapeño Peppers
4 Green Onions, diced (just the lower 2 inches), reserve the Green part
1 tsp Salt
1 Tbsp Curry Powder
2 tsp Turmeric
2 tsp Cumin
1 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp ground Coriander Seed
1 tsp Black Pepper
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
- Heat a Sauce Pan on medium heat, and add the Olive Oil, Garlic, Scallion, Jalapenos, and Salt. Sweat the mixture for 1 minute, not browning anything.
- Add the Chickpeas, and mix well. Heat thoroughly, about 2 minutes.
- Add all remaining ingredients, and mix well. Cook for another 2-3 minutes.
- While it is cooking, take the reserved Green part of the Green Onion, and dice for garnish.
- Plate the Chickpeas, and garnish with the fresh Green Onion.
It's time root vegetables come out of the cellar and into the spotlight, says Andrea Chesman, who recently devoted an entire cookbook to recipes from the root cellar.
Milwaukee chef John Raymond - whose mother filled a root cellar with canned parsnips and carrots and pickled beets when he was a kid - agrees.
Raymond has happy childhood memories of parsnips roasted with pot roast or chicken.
And now, he showcases root vegetables at his Roots Restaurant and Cellar when they're in season. The restaurant celebrates the seasons, especially the vegetables Raymond grows at a Cedarburg farm he leases from a friend.
"I plant, harvest, procure the seeds, tend and preserve what's produced," Raymond says. "It's really neat to follow the entire path from seed in the ground to the smile on a customer's face."
Fall is when farmers harvest root vegetables to sell to chefs and farmers market shoppers, and they typically get top billing on restaurant menus throughout winter.
Roots, the restaurant, celebrates them not just because they reflect the establishment's name, but because they're integral in northern cuisine for their storage life and versatility when other seasonal produce is gone for the year, Raymond says.
"Root vegetables cross all cultures and cuisines," he adds. "We can travel to Mexico and the Southwest by using jicama and yucca root, (to) Europe with celeriac, parsnip and burdock. And one of Roots' favorites, the sunchoke, is a native to North America."
Café Manna in Brookfield emphasizes their healthful properties. The vegetarian restaurant draws the essence of six root vegetables, plus parsley and celery, into a soothing, warming mineral-rich tonic called Root Vegetable Potassium Broth.
Nearly two cups of root vegetables go into each 12-ounce drink ($4), providing about three servings of vegetables, says Robin Kasch, owner of the restaurant in Sendik's Towne Center.
The veggies are chopped and cooked on the stovetop for a couple of hours, which draws their nutrients, color and flavors into the water. The broth is saved while the emptied roots are thrown away, says Kasch.
"The broth is very hearty and soothing," she says, attributing this recipe to "a mentor." "You couldn't possibly eat as many vegetables as you could get in a cup of that broth. It is concentrated."
Café Manna adds Braggs Liquid Aminos - a non-fermented soy sauce available in health food stores that contains essential amino acids - to give the broth a salty flavoring.
Café Manna also juliennes carrots, parsnips, daikon radishes, yellow beets, celery root and turnips to toss into a seasonal stir-fry, with a sauce that includes sesame oil, mirin, ginger, cilantro and green onions.
You can grate raw root vegetables and dress them with olive oil, vinegar and sea salt to showcase them in a seasonal salad with greens, Raymond suggests.
Root vegetables also have a natural affinity to nuts, he says.
Most root vegetables have been around for centuries, but they fell out of favor because they didn't have the pizazz of other vegetables such as carrots and potatoes. Farmers markets have given once-forgotten root vegetables broader appeal for both chefs and home cooks, says Café Manna Executive Chef Brett Feuersthaler.
Here's a primer for those who want to give these humble roots of the earth a try:
&bull&enspBeets: They start to appear in farmers markets in mid-summer but have a long season.
Be careful when working with maroon beets they can stain your hands (and any ingredient with which they come into contact) an outlandish pink color. A popular golden variety offers the earthy flavor without the staining.
Beets are actually related to Swiss chard they originated from the same wild species in the Mediterranean.
&bull&enspCelery root: Also known as celeriac, this root arrives mid-October at restaurants and farmers markets.
It's an excellent source of soluble fiber to help lower blood cholesterol. It's also rich in iron, manganese, potassium, vitamin K and phosphorus and is a good source of vitamin C, folate and magnesium.
Celeriac's tough, furrowed, outer surface is usually sliced off because it is too rough to peel. It's often used as a flavoring in soups and stews it can also be used on its own, usually mashed, or in casseroles, gratins and baked dishes.
Chefs popularized celeriac over the past decade, Raymond says, as the local foods movement broadened the availability of lesser-known, forgotten root vegetables. Unlike other root vegetables, which store a large amount of starch, celeriac is only about 5% to 6% starch by weight.
Feuersthaler likes to mash celeriac with potatoes.
"They also make great chips, dehydrated," she says.
Other great celeriac flavor pairings she recommended: caramelized onions and celeriac in soup. Or, caramelized pears with celeriac.
&bull&enspParsnips: Like celeriac, parsnips are versatile. They're related to carrots but are paler and have a sweeter flavor
Feuersthaler sometimes substitutes parsnips for carrots in cake, bread or muffins.
The parsnip harvest begins after the first frost and continues until the ground freezes over. Parsnips can be eaten raw, but are most commonly boiled, roasted or used in soups, stews and casseroles. They also can be fried.
Parsnips will last a month in the refrigerator. Roasting brings out their sweetness. Peel and cut into ¼-inch-thick sticks and toss with olive oil, salt and pepper. Roast at 400 degrees, stirring once, until tender, about 45 minutes.
In Roman times, parsnips were believed to be an aphrodisiac. British colonists introduced them to North America, but the potato replaced the parsnip in popularity in the mid-19th century.
&bull&enspRutabaga: This root vegetable is a cross between cabbage and turnips. It can be used as a substitute for turnips, and its flavor is simultaneously sweet and slightly bitter.
The rutabaga first appeared in Eastern Europe in the 17th century, and it was one of the few vegetables to last through long Scandinavian winters, Chesman writes in "Recipes from the Root Cellar" (Story Publishing, 2010, $18.95). It was the food of the poor, valued as an important source of nutrition, she writes.
Rutabagas got a bad rap during World War I, when they became a food of last resort. In the German Steckrubenwinter (rutabaga winter) of 1916 to 1917, large parts of the population were kept alive on a diet consisting of rutabagas and little else, as grain and potato crops failed, Chesman writes. After the war, most people were so tired of "famine food," they turned against the rutabagas that had sustained them.
Rutabagas also were fed to the livestock in winter, which didn't help their image, Chesman says.
&bull&enspTurnips: Fall turnips are usually larger and of higher quality than spring turnips. So the fall crop typically is stored for winter use.
Some say their taste resembles mustard greens. They lend themselves to being mashed with potatoes. Just boil peeled turnips until tender, and mash them with heavy cream, butter, nutmeg, salt and pepper.
A turnip harvested small is interchangeable with a daikon radish and is delicious in Asian-style salads or as an addition to a crudités plate, Chesman says. An older turnip is interchangeable with a rutabaga (though not as sweet), and is best cooked because it has a stronger flavor.
The turnip dates back to the prehistoric development of agriculture, probably because it's easy to grow and store, according to Chesman. It was brought to the Americas, planted in Canada in 1541. It also was planted in Virginia by the colonists in 1609.
&bull&enspChoosing roots: Raymond advises choosing carefully when you buy root vegetables at the market. They should be firm with a heavy weight for their size and no blemishes, he says. "Don't choose larger roots because they may be too fibrous and don't work well when eaten fresh."
As turnips grow bigger, for example, they become woody and less sweet.
Chef-Owner John Raymond of Roots Restaurant and Cellar is a fan of parsnips, and enjoys substituting them for potatoes in this classic recipe.
Parsnip Latkes Makes about 15 to 18 (3-inch) latkes
1 pound parsnips, peeled and grated
½ cup minced leek (white part only)
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
Freshly cracked black pepper
Season parsnips with salt, cover with a damp towel and set aside in colander for 30 minutes. This will leach out some moisture. Rinse thoroughly under cold water, drain, place on clean dry linen and ring out extra water. In stainless bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except olive oil. Heat a non-stick sauté pan to medium high heat, add olive oil. Drop about two to three tablespoons of latke mixture into hot oil, spread out mix and brown on both sides. Serve with a dollop of crème fraîche for a refreshing alternative to the common latke.
Celeriac, a less familiar root vegetable for the average home cook, is featured in this recipe from John Raymond of Roots Restaurant and Cellar.
Celery Root (Celeriac) and Aged Gouda Gratin Makes about 6 servings
1 teaspoon fresh chopped rosemary
Salt and freshly cracked pepper
4 medium celery root, peeled
2 medium russet potatoes, peeled
½ bunch green onions, chopped (green tops only)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Prepare custard base in a large stainless steel bowl: Beat egg yolks, add whipping cream, fresh rosemary, salt, pepper and pepper flakes.
Thinly slice celery root and potatoes using and mandoline or sharp knife and place in custard mix. Grate Gouda cheese.
Coat an 8-by-12 inch casserole dish with olive oil spray.
Stir custard mixture to ensure that all root and potato pieces are coated. Begin by laying down one layer of roots and potatoes, chopped green onion and Gouda continue until all ingredients are used.
Pour any remaining custard over the top just to cover the vegetables.
Bake in preheated oven uncovered 1 hour. Pierce with a knife there should be no resistance from vegetables or raw custard visible. Let rest briefly and then serve.
This recipe from Café Manna in Brookfield is a versatile stir-fry. Feel free to substitute your favorite seasonal vegetables other times of the year.
Café Manna's Root Vegetable Stir-Fry Makes 4 servings
1 tablespoon diced ginger
1 to 2 tablespoons parsley
1 ½ tablespoons sesame oil
1/4 cup mirin wine (available in Asian section of supermarket)
¾ cup julienned Daikon radish
¾ cup julienned yellow beet
¾ cup julienned celery root
Hot cooked jasmine or basmati rice
To prepare sauce, place ginger, green onion, cilantro, orange juice, parsley, garlic, sesame oil and mirin in blender and puree until smooth.
Heat oil in sauté pan over high heat. Add carrots, parsnips, Daikon radish, yellow beet, celery root and turnip and quickly sauté a minute or two, keeping vegetables moving so they don't burn. Add sauce, toss a couple times, and cook another 2 minutes, keeping vegetables moving, until vegetables are crisp-tender. Serve with rice.
Serve this lamb stew from Andrea Chesman's "Recipes from the Root Cellar" (Storey Publishing, $18.95) with a Pinot Noir and a crusty loaf of French bread.
Lamb Stew with Root Vegetables Makes 4 to 6 servings
4 pounds lamb stew meat with bones (from neck and shoulder)
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves (divided)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
¼ cup sunflower or canola oil (divided)
1 large onion, halved and thinly sliced
3 cups chicken broth or beef broth
1 pound carrots and/or parsnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound celery root, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 pound rutabagas and/or turnips, peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes
Pat lamb dry. Combine flour and 1 tablespoon of the thyme in a shallow bowl. Season generously with salt and pepper. Add lamb and toss to coat.
Heat 3 tablespoons of the oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Lift lamb pieces out of flour, shaking off excess, and add in a single layer to pan. Do not overcrowd pan you may have to cook in batches.
Brown meat on all sides, 5 to 8 minutes. Remove meat as it browns and set aside.
Continue browning remaining meat.
Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the onion to pan and sauté until soft, about 3 minutes. Add broth, wine and garlic, scraping up any browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a slow simmer.
Return meat to pan. Partially cover pan and let simmer until meat is tender, about 2 hours.
Add carrots, celery root and rutabagas simmer until vegetables are tender, about 1 hour. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed. Serve hot.
About Karen Herzog
Karen Herzog covers higher education. She also has covered public health and was part of a national award-winning team that took on Milwaukee's infant mortality crisis.