This is a dish that calls for ground lamb. Lamb can have a gamy flavor and lots of herbs are used to offset the gaminess. When using ground beef, make sure to tone back the herbs to less than half of recipe using lamb.
1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 Lb. ground beef
¼ tsp dried parsley
¼ tsp dried rosemary
¼ tsp dried thyme
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic minced
2 TBSP flour
2 TBSP tomato paste
1 cup ale beer (Potosi or dark Guinness)
1 cup frozen peas and carrot
½ cup corn kernel w/some juice
1 small tab of Knorr beef bouillon
Topping mashed potatoes:
You know how to do this.
Some use none at all, some use parmesan; I used sharp cheddar Wisconsin cheese
Sauté onions, add meat lightly brown, add everything else except topping except flour and beer. Cook on medium then add flour and mix then beer and make a gravy. Don’t overcook it has to go into the oven. Turn off heat and let sit.
Make the mashed potatoes, place meat into a square baking dish, top with cheese then top with potatoes and bake at 400ᵒ uncovered 30 minutes or so. Let cool and serve.
This is a French blend of southeast France and French New Orleans. (Not a real medley, I made it up).
The chicken dish is a version of French Roast Chicken dish with herbes de Provence and the Andouille sausage and sweet peppers are the New Orleans influence.
• 2 bone in and skinned chicken thighs
• 2 – 4” lengths of Andouille sausage (cut into 1 inch lengths)
• 12 small fingerling potatoes (medley Russian, Ruby, purple and French)
• ½ red bell pepper – sliced
• ½ yellow bell pepper – sliced
• ½ red onion – sliced on a mandolin
• ½ small yellow onion – sliced on a mandolin
• 1 TBSP Olive oil ( I will use truffle olive oil)
• ½ TBSP herbes de Provence
• 2 cloves garlic – cut into coins
• ¼ dry white wine
Make 2 deep cuts in the chicken on the skin side to the bone so it will cook faster. Combined everything in a large bowl and mix to make sure to get the olive oil and herbs on everything. In a 450⁰ oven cook one hour or until the chicken is cooked.
• 1 TBSP olive oil
• 3 links of Italian Sausage
• 1 celery, diced
• 1 small onion, chopped
• ¾ cup dry macaroni (I used elbow)
• 2 TBSP tomato paste
• 1 cup white wine
• 3 cups chicken broth
• ¼ tsp fennel
• Red pepper flakes
• ¼ tsp dried oregano
• 2 cups Swiss chard or spinach
• 1 can drained cannellini beans
• Dash Parmesan
De-case sausage and add to pot with olive oil, chop into chucks and brown. Add celery and onions and sauté. Add tomato paste and mix. Add dried macaroni and mix. Add wine and 2 cups broth. Add seasoning and herbs. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook pasta 10 minutes. Clean greens and add to pot. Drain the beans an add to pot. Cook until pasta is cooked. Turn off heat and add cheese. Serve.
It is rare I will give you a link to a recipe by someone else but I do so in this case because I have to give props to one of my favorite chef’s – Chef John. His last name is Mitzewich and his blog is Food Wishes. I have to use his recipe b/c I was introduced to Agrodolce by a Giada de Laurentis recipe, only her recipe is for pork chops and Chef John’s recipe is pork shoulder, which I have an abundance of at present that I have to cook. There is another reason; Chef John puts a lot of extra stuff in his sauce. I will add a dash of red wine to this dish. Chef John’s recipe is exactly listed below; but is cut in half for two people and with the addition of red wine. In Italian Agro means sour and Dolce means sweet.
• 1 Lb. pork shoulder picnic roast, cut into chunks after cutting away fat
• 1 TBSP tomato paste
• 3 TBSP balsamic vinegar (I use the local Galena Garlic Company)
• 1 TBSP distilled white vinegar
• 1 TBSP dry red wine
• 2 TBSP honey
• 1 anchovy fillet mashed
• 1 clove minced garlic
• 1 scallion (green onion) chopped
• ½ TBSP minced fresh rosemary
• ½ TBSP kosher salt
• Small dash red chili flakes (~ ½ tsp)
• ½ tsp black pepper
Combine sauce and whisk. Add the meat and coat. Place in an oven proof pan, roast at 325⁰ 1 hour, turn meat over, cook another hour or until tender. Serve over Ricotta Mashed Potatoes.