Tart, crunchy and crisp, this salad celebrates the classic combination of apple and radicchio.
1 head radicchio, cored and thinly sliced
2 fennel bulbs, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
1 large sweet-tart apple, cored and sliced
Garden-Herb vinaigrette (see recipe)
¼ toasted nuts, such as pecans or hazelnuts
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
1. Combine apple slices, fennel and radicchio in a large bowl.
2. Pour about ¼ cup of the dressing over the salad and toss to combine.
3. Taste, and gradually add more dressing to your liking. Garnish with reserved fennel fronds and toasted nuts.
Rich with comforting flavors, yet bright with spring ingredients, this week’s risotto-themed box is equally fit for a grand feast, or an intimate meal for two. Have fun experimenting in the kitchen with all the provisions for a lovely risotto crafted with our signature chicken stock and topped with imported Parmesan Reggiano and gorgeous vegetables like first-of-the-season asparagus, baby leeks, and carrots. Inside you’ll also find: Gruyère cheese bread, Sauk Farm’s apple cider, locally-crafted pickles, farm-fresh eggs, and beautiful spring greens like Bibb lettuces, arugula and a fresh salad mix. Enjoy!
Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:
This bright risotto showcases beautiful spring vegetables and hearty Arborio rice—just remember to keep stirring!
Sautéed Spring Vegetables
Lightly sautéed in butter and kissed with lemon juice, these crisp spring vegetables are wonderful served atop this week’s risotto.
Farro, Arugula & Apple Salad
Bright with radishes, apple and asparagus, this salad is a real stunner.
This flavor-packed vinaigrette is fantastic with both grains and greens.
This mellow confit makes an amazing topping for pizza, pasta and crostini; or try a little dollop atop your risotto!
Also tossed with brown sugar and apple cider vinegar, this warm side is sure to wow.
1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed of tough ends
6 slices of bacon
1 tart apple, finely diced
2 large shallots, minced
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
½ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook the bacon until most of the fat has rendered and the meat is crisp. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve. Drain all but 3 tablespoons of the drippings from the skillet. Meanwhile, shave the trimmed Brussels sprouts using a box grater or mandoline.
2. Add the diced shallots to the skillet and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 5 minutes, then add the mustard seeds and stir to coat with the oil. Add the shaved Brussels sprouts to the pan and cook, again stirring until sprouts just begin to wilt, about 1-2 minutes. Add the apple cider vinegar and brown sugar and toss thoroughly to combine.
3. Remove from the heat and transfer to a serving platter. (Be sure to scrape up all the delicious browned bits from the bottom of the skillet when doing so!) Crumble the bacon over top and add the apple slices. Serve warm or at room temperature.
A great baking project for an afternoon at home. Top with a dollop of our sweetened crème fraîche!
1½ cups diced rhubarb
1 Honeycrisp apple, cored and thinly sliced
1¼ cups sugar
8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1⅔ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
⅓ cup sliced almonds
Pinch of salt
1. Preheat the oven to 400°. Grease a 9-inch round pan.
2. Beat 1¼ cups sugar and the butter together using an electric mixer until well blended, light, and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, followed by vanilla extract, mixing well after each addition.
3. Turn mixer to low speed and slowly add in flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt, mixing just until combined. Fold in rhubarb. Pour batter into the prepared baking pan. Smooth the top and place apple slices in a circular pattern on the batter. Sprinkle the almonds and a little additional sugar on top.
4. Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool, and serve warm or cold.