Chicken Breasts in Rosemary Apricot Sauce

This is a sweet dish for a sweet New Year. This Rosh Hashannah recipe can be made a day or two ahead of time and reheated before serving.

Ingredients:
1/3 cup dried Turkish apricots, chopped
1/3 cup apple cider
1 (15 ounce) can of apricots in juice
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 (6 ounce) boneless skinless chicken breasts or turkey cutlets, well trimmed
¼ cup shallots
1 cup chicken broth
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 tablespoon chili powder
4 teaspoons sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper

Soak dried apricots in cider until plump. Transfer apricots and cider to blender. Add canned apricots with their liquid, and whirl to puree with some chunks. Set aside.
Heat oil in medium skillet over medium-high heat.
Brown chicken breast on both sides, 8 minutes, turning after 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to plate. Add shallots to pan and cook until lightly browned, 2 minutes. Add broth and juice and scrape up browned bits in pan. Add rosemary, chili powder and sugar. Return chicken to pan and simmer until cooked through, 6 to 8 minutes. Serve chicken with generous amount of sauce.
Need another great chicken recipe with apricots for Rosh Hashannah? Try this Chicken with Apricots and Mustard.

Grilled Mustard Chicken with Fresh Corn Polenta

photo by Nigel Cox

Serves 6

This chicken recipe is made with mustard which is a natural fit for chicken. It adds flavor without too many calories. The polenta makes the dish extraordinary and more unusual.

Chicken
6 green onions, finely chopped
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large garlic clove, pressed
6 large chicken thighs with skin and bones (or other chicken pieces)
Olive oil

Polenta
5 cups water
1 cup polenta (coarse cornmeal)
1-1/2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 3 large ears)
1/2 cup tofutti cream cheese

Chicken
Whisk onions, mustard, lemon juice, and garlic in medium bowl to blend. Using fingertips and leaving 1 side still attached, loosen skin on each chicken thigh. Lift skin flap on each and fold back. Spoon half of mustard seasoning atop thighs, dividing equally; spread to cover meat. Fold skin flap over to enclose seasoning and secure skin with metal pin. Sprinkle thighs with salt and pepper on both sides. Turn thighs, skin side up, and spread remaining mustard seasoning over skin. Transfer to small baking sheet.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat) or a grill pan. Brush grill rack generously with olive oil. Grill chicken until golden brown and cooked through, turning chicken occasionally and moving to cooler spot on grill if browning too quickly, 40 to 50 minutes. Alternatively, bake the chicken in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.

Polenta
Bring 5 cups water to boil in heavy large saucepan over high heat. Gradually whisk in polenta, then 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt and sugar. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer until polenta is tender, thick, and creamy, whisking often and adjusting heat to maintain gentle simmer, 25 to 30 minutes. Add corn kernels and cook, stirring constantly, until corn is tender, about 5 minutes. Mix in tofutti cream cheese. Season polenta to taste with salt and pepper.

Spoon polenta onto serving platter or on to individual plates. Place the chicken on top and serve.

Coffee- Braised Short Ribs with Ancho Chile Glaze

Photograph by Charles Schiller


Serves 6

Coffee is a fantastic meat tenderizer and flavor enhancer. This was a popular dish in my house last winter. It’s great as a part of a Succot meal.

2 tablespoons olive oil
5 pounds 1-inch-thick flanken-style short ribs
1 large onion, chopped
1 large red bell pepper, chopped
1 large jalapeno, seeded, finely chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1-1/2 tablespoons ancho-chili powder (available in the spice aisle of the in most national markets)
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1-1/4 teaspoons ground cumin
2 cups strong freshly brewed coffee (not espresso or dark roast)
1 (14-1/2-ounce) can diced tomatoes in juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
Chopped fresh cilantro

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle short ribs with salt and pepper. Working in batches, add ribs to pot and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to platter.

Add onion, red bell pepper, and jalapeño to drippings in pot. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and cook until onion is tender, stirring occasionally, about 6 minutes. Stir in garlic and sauté uncovered 1 minute. Add brown sugar, ancho chile powder, oregano, and cumin; stir 15 seconds. Stir in coffee, tomatoes with juice, and tomato paste. Bring to boil, scraping up browned bits. Return ribs and any juices to pot; bring to boil.

Cover and bake until meat is very tender, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Spoon fat from surface of sauce. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper.

Transfer ribs to platter. Spoon sauce over and sprinkle with chopped cilantro.

Thai Apple and Turkey Lettuce Wraps

1 Granny Smith apple, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic
2 jalapenos, minced
½ red onion, minced
6 scallions, minced
2 tablespoons oil
2 pounds ground turkey or chicken (dark or light, depending on your preference)
½ cup chunky peanut butter
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
Lettuce leaves (butter or iceberg, not romaine)

Toss apple with lemon juice; set aside. Sauté garlic, jalapenos, onion and scallions in oil over medium-high heat until soft. Add turkey or chicken and continue cooking, stirring constantly to break up pieces. When meat is browned, add peanut butter, salt and sugar and heat through. Drain liquid from apple and stir into mixture. Remove from heat and place atop lettuce leaves to serve.

Curried Lentil Soup

Photograph by Elinor Carucci

Serves 6-8, can be doubled

One of my favorite parts of Succot is serving warm food on cool nights (in NY we always hope the nights are not too cool). And I love serving different types of soup because most Friday evenings my kids want Traditional Chicken Soup. This one is different and very flavorful.

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium carrot, finely chopped
2 large garlic cloves, chopped, divided
2 tablespoons (or more) curry powder
1 cup green lentils (French lentils*** if you can find them)
4-1/4 cups (or more) water, divided
1 (15- to 16-ounce) can chickpeas (garbanzo beans), drained, rinsed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) margarine
2 green onions, thinly sliced
1 lemon, cut into 6 wedges

Note: ***French green lentils are small, dark green, and speckled with black; they can be found at some supermarkets and at specialty foods stores. Regular green lentils work well in this too.

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onion and carrot; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cook until onion is translucent, stirring occasionally, about 4 minutes. Add half of chopped garlic; stir until vegetables are soft but not brown, about 4 minutes longer. Add 2 tablespoons curry powder; stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add lentils and 4 cups water. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Increase heat and bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium; simmer until lentils are tender, about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, purée chickpeas, lemon juice, 1/4 cup water, remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, and remaining garlic in food processor.
Add chickpea purée and margarine to lentil soup. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and additional curry powder, if desired. Add water by 1/4 cupfuls to thin to desired consistency. Divide soup among bowls. Sprinkle with thinly sliced green onions and serve with lemon wedges.

Peanut Butter Fudge Delights

photo: blogger


These are so easy, and good that you won’t be able to stop making them!

2 cups sugar
½ cup (1 stick) margarine
½ cup soy milk or nondairy creamer
4 tablespoons cocoa
2-1/2 cups quick oats
½ cup chunky peanut butter
2 teaspoons vanilla

Combine sugar, margarine, soy milk and cocoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil and allow to boil for 1-1/2 minutes only. Remove from heat and stir in oats, peanut butter and vanilla. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto wax paper. Cool until set, then store in the refrigerator.

Smoked Trout Salad

photo: thetasteoforegon

1 pound smoked trout, skinned and filleted
¾ cup mayonnaise
2 scallions, minced
1 tablespoon capers, mostly drained
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon paprika

Blend together all ingredients in a food processor until a smooth paté forms. Transfer to container; cover and chill for 24 hours before serving.

Apricot Peach Iced Tea


7 cups cool water
2 cans (5.5 ounces each) apricot nectar
2 tablespoons super fine sugar
3 pitcher size cold brew tea bags or 6 regular tea bags steeped in 1 cup boiling water (use either regular or peach flavored tea)
1 bag frozen sliced peaches or 1 pound sliced fresh peaches

In a large pitcher, stir together cool water, apricot nectar and superfine sugar. Add tea bags and let steep 7 minutes (or add the tea prepared in the boiling water). Add frozen or fresh peaches and pour over ice and serve.

GKC loves to make homemade teas. Try this Berry Iced Tea too, it’s a big GKC reader favorite.

Mexican Pot Roast

Serves 6

The beer in this roast makes the meat “fall off the bone” tender. The enchilada sauce gives it a Mexican flavor without adding too much spice.
1 (3-pound) brick roast or square roast or pot roast
1 tablespoon olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
1 (15-ounce) jar red enchilada sauce
1 (12-ounce) can light beer or lager
1-1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
2 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
1 small acorn squash, cut into chunks
1 (15-ounce) can white beans, drained

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Rub the meat with the oil, salt, and pepper. Place it in a baking pan and roast for 30 minutes, turning it once halfway through.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees. Add the enchilada sauce, beer, and 1 cup of the broth. Cover with foil and cook for 2 1/2 hours, adding more broth as the liquid evaporates.
Add the potatoes, squash, and beans. Cook for 30 minutes more.
Uncover and cook until the vegetables are tender and the juices are slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Carve the meat across the grain; serve it all drizzled with sauce and rice.

Basic Grilled Chicken Breast

photo: Bellaonline.com

Serves 6

This is the easiest, quickest grilled chicken breast. Serve it with Esther’s Jezebel Sauce or any BBQ sauce that you like.

1 cup Italian dressing (oil based)
8 boneless, skinless, chicken cutlets, pounded to about ½ inch thickness (all in equal sizes)

Marinate the chicken in the dressing for 4 hours or up to overnight in the refrigerator. Heat the grill or grill pan. Discard the dressing. Grill the chicken on a hot grill for about 3 – 4 minutes, flip and continue cooking until cooked through, about 3 more minutes. Remove from the grill and serve warm or at room temperature.

Esther’s Jezebel Grilled Chicken Sauce

My cousin Esther sent me this recipe at least 5 years ago, maybe more. I am not sure what took me so long to try it (maybe finding the apple jelly but I am not sure I ever really looked). I found the recipe upon looking through all my old recipes in order to select the most special recipes to include in our upcoming cookbook. Finally I set it aside and decided to try it. It’s great, savory and sweet and so perfect for the summer. I served it with regular grilled chicken, roasted salmon and even as a dip drizzled on cream cheese. I found the apple jelly at Fairway market but the Hero brand carries it and that is available in most kosher markets. Thank you cousin Esther and keep those delicious recipes coming!

1 (18 ounce) jar apple jelly
1 (18 ounce) jar peach preserves or jam
4 ounces white horseradish
1/3 cup dry mustard (the original recipe calls for Coleman’s dry mustard)

Stir until dissolved. Let sit for an hour and then stir again. Keep in the refrigerator for a long time. Serve with grilled chicken, on salmon, or as a dairy dip on cream cheese.

Fresh Corn and Avocado Salad

photo: Annabelle Breakey

Serves 6

This has all of summer’s best produce in every bite. It’s great for lunch or for Shalosh Seudas. Fresh summer corn, fresh basil, and fresh tomatoes, come together in this bright and beautiful side dish.

6 ears corn
2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion
1 large avocado, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

In a large pot of boiling water, cook corn until warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water until cool.

Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, onion, avocado, and basil in a large bowl. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients to make the vinaigrette, whisking until blended.

Cut corn kernels off cobs and add to salad, then pour in vinaigrette and toss gently to combine.

I love corn in almost anything, do you? Try fresh corn in this dish too, Southwestern Rice and Corn Salad

Green Beans with Walnuts and Sweet Vinaigrette

photo: Hans Gissinger

Serves 8

Incredibly good side dishes are hard to find but, according to my family, no green bean dish could ever be bad. Really; roasted, steamed, or with this vinaigrette, they always appeal to the whole crowd.

1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup minced shallots
3 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon black pepper plus additional (for sprinkling)
1/3 cup dried tart cherries or craisins
1-1/2 pounds trimmed slender green beans
1/2 cup walnuts, toasted, chopped

Whisk olive oil, shallots, red wine vinegar, fresh mint, kosher salt, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon pepper in small bowl. Mix in dried cherries or craisins. Set aside. DO AHEAD Vinaigrette can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill. Bring to room temperature; rewhisk before using.

Fill large bowl with water and ice and set aside. Cook green beans in large pot of boiling salted water until crisp-tender about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain. Transfer to bowl with ice water to cool them and stop them from cooking further. Drain.

Toss green beans, walnuts, and vinaigrette in large bowl. Serve at room temperature or slightly warmed.

Quinoa, Garbanzo, and Spinach Salad with Smoky Dressing

This is colorful and easy to make. This smoked paprika gives it a smoky and unusual flavor.

1-1/2 cups quinoa, rinsed, drained
4 cups (packed) baby spinach leaves
2 (15- to 16-ounce) cans garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed, drained
1-3/4 cups unpeeled English cucumbers, cut into 1/3 inch cubes
1 (1-pint) container multicolored baby heirloom tomatoes, halved (2 1/2 cups) or regular grape tomatoes
1 cup (packed) fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
2-1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika (use the McCormick brand or another brand that naturally smokes the paprika)
1/2 cup olive oil

Place quinoa in large saucepan; add enough salted water to cover quinoa by 1 inch. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer until quinoa is tender, 15 to 16 minutes. Drain. Chill until cool.

Meanwhile, combine spinach leaves, garbanzos, cubed cucumber, halved tomatoes, and mint leaves in extra-large bowl. Add cooled quinoa and toss gently to blend.

Whisk vinegar and smoked paprika in small bowl. Gradually whisk in oil. Season dressing with salt and pepper. Pour dressing over salad; toss to coat. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Like quinoa? Try this quinoa recipe too, Quinoa Salad with Edamame

Chocolate Cake and Praline Topping

photo: Elinor Carucci

More chocolate cake…what could be bad? Super delicious praline topping. You can also make this with a super easy chocolate cake recipe and then add the ganache and praline.

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted margarine, cut into 1/2-inch cubes, room temperature
1/4 cup natural unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/4 cup soy milk
½ tablespoon white vinegar
1 large egg
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Ganache
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons pareve whipping cream
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted margarine, cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Praline
3/4 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
1/4 cup pareve whipping cream
3 tablespoons unsalted margarine
3/4 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup pecans, toasted, chopped

Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray 9-inch cake pan with nonstick spray. Line with parchment. Spray parchment. Dust with flour, tapping out any excess.

Place margarine and cocoa powder in medium bowl. Pour 1/2 cup boiling water over; stir. Let stand 2 minutes; whisk until blended. Whisk flour, sugar, baking soda, and coarse salt in another medium bowl. Whisk soy milk, vinegar, egg, and vanilla in large bowl. Gradually whisk cocoa mixture into soy milk mixture; whisk until smooth. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, whisking to blend between additions (batter will be thin). Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake cake until tester inserted into center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Run knife around pan edges to release cake. Invert onto rack; remove pan and parchment. Cool completely.

Ganache:
Place chocolate and pareve cream in microwave-safe bowl. Heat in microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth. Stir in margarine. Let stand until spreadable, about 30 minutes. Spread over top and sides of cake. Transfer cake to plate. Chill 2 hours and up to 1 day.

Praline Topping:
Stir brown sugar, pareve whipping cream, and margarine in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat until margarine melts. Boil 1 minute without stirring. Remove from heat; whisk in sugar and vanilla. Add pecans; stir just to incorporate. Quickly pour praline over cake. Spread just to edges (topping sets quickly). DO AHEAD Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover with cake dome. Store at room temperature.

Whole Wheat Hazelnut Popovers

1 cup low-fat milk
1 egg
2 egg whites
2 cups whole-wheat flour
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons finely ground toasted hazelnuts

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease10 popover pan cups or six to eight muffin tins.
2. Combine ingredients in a medium size bowl and whisk until smooth. Do not overbeat. Fill tins two-thirds full. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 350 degrees. Serve warm.
Each muffin has 93 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 27 mg cholesterol, 103 mg sodium, and 1.25 grams dietary fiber. Enjoy!

Seared Tuna with Roasted Corn

3 ears fresh corn
4 (3/4-inch thick) ahi tuna steaks (4 to 6 ounces each)
2 to 4 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup chopped cilantro
1 jalapeno, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1 to 2 avocadoes, peeled and diced

Preheat broiler. Remove kernels from ears of corn and place in roasting pan. Broil for 5 to 10 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning. Remove from oven and cool completely. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat – start with 2 tablespoons and add more if necessary. Add tuna and sear – about 2 minutes per side. (if you like it really raw, do 1 minute per side; if you like it cooked through, do 4 to 5 minutes per side). Remove from heat and cool. Slice or chop tuna into smaller pieces and toss with corn, cilantro, jalapeno and lime juice. If not serving immediately, refrigerate until ready to serve. Stir in avocado just before serving.

We have other recipes using fresh tuna. Try your hand at these Seared Tuna Steaks with Citrus Sauce.

Vanilla Milkshakes

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This is the basic building block of milkshakes. You can change the flavor of the ice cream or add your favorite fruit to create a completely different beverage.

3 cups ice cream
1-1/2 cups milk (it will definitely be richer with whole milk)
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons sugar

Blend all ingredients on low to medium speed in blender and serve. Makes 2 servings – don’t forget to share!

Pesto Rolls

4-1/2 to 5 cups flour
2 heaping teaspoons yeast
¾ cup nondairy creamer or soy milk
½ cup water
½ cup margarine
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg
½ cup purchased basil pesto or make your own

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups of flour and yeast; set aside. In a microwave or saucepan, heat soy milk (or creamer), water, margarine, sugar and salt until lukewarm and margarine begins to melt. Add to flour mixture and stir. Add egg and whisk together. Stir in pesto. Add remaining flour, one cup at a time, stirring constantly. Knead until dough becomes smooth and elastic. Shape dough into ball and roll in an oiled bowl. Cover and let rise for 2 hours. Punch dough down and divide in half. Let it rest for 10 minutes. Divide each piece of dough into nine pieces shape into balls. Place in greased muffin tins. Cover again and let rise an additional ½ hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes – until golden. Remove from pans to cool on racks.

If you’re still craving homemade bread, I highly recommend this semolina one.

Mushroom Brisket

¼ cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 to 3 onions, thinly sliced
4 (8-ounce) packages sliced mushrooms
1 (5-pound) brisket
2 cups beef broth
¼ cup ketchup
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon flour
2 teaspoons instant coffee (not prepared)
½ teaspoon pepper

In a large skillet, heat ¼ cup oil over low heat. Add onions and cook until soft and lightly golden – do not brown. Remove from pan, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and sauté the mushrooms until browned. Remove and toss with onions. Heat remaining oil in pan and add brisket. Sear on both sides – about 5 minutes each. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Place ½ of the mushroom-onion mixture along the bottom of a large roasting pan. Top with brisket and rest of mushroom-onion mixture. Whisk together beef broth, ketchup, brown sugar, flour, coffee and pepper. Pour over brisket. Cover tightly and cook for about 4 hours, basting halfway. Let stand and rest before slicing. Keep in gravy for reheating.

Everyone loves brisket and everyone has their favorites. If this one doesn’t do it for you (although I can’t imagine why!), try one of our popular hits.

Chicken-Zucchini Stir Fry

1 cup chicken broth
3 teaspoons cornstarch
3 teaspoons rice vinegar
4 teaspoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons peanut oil
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips
2 zucchini, chopped
4 stalks scallions, chopped
Peanuts or cashews (optional)

Whisk together chicken broth, cornstarch, rice vinegar and soy sauce and set aside. Heat peanut oil over medium-high heat in wok. Add garlic and ginger and sauté briefly Add chicken and stir fry until no longer pink. Add zucchini and scallions and continue sautéing until browned. Add sauce and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 2 to 5 minutes. Serve over rice. Top with peanuts or cashews if desired.

We like stir-fry in almost all its permutations. This recipe is another one of our favorites.