Mashed Turnips & Parsnips

This side dish is rich and comforting, thanks to the combination of turnips, parsnips and fresh herbs.

Ingredients:
3-4 turnips, peeled and cubed
3-4 parsnips, peeled and cubed
3 tablespoons butter
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons fresh herbs of your choice, such as parsley, oregano and thyme, chopped
1 cup milk
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Add the turnips and parsnips to a large pot of cold salted water. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until soft and tender, about 20 minutes.

2. In a small saucepan, add the butter over medium-high heat. Once melted and foamy, add the garlic and herbs and sauté until the garlic is fragrant and the butter begins to brown. Season with salt and pepper. Add the milk and bring to a simmer.

3. Drain the turnips and parsnips in a colander in the sink. Add the turnips and potatoes back to the pot they were cooked in. Add the hot milk mixture and roughly mash the vegetables. If you prefer a smoother texture, use an immersion blender and purée until smooth and silky. Taste for seasoning, and add salt and pepper if needed.

Farm & Larder Cornbread

Best baked in a preheated cast-iron skillet, our signature cornbread is lovely served warm and topped with sweet honey butter.

Ingredients:
F&L cornbread mix
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup milk
1 egg
Butter or vegetable oil, for greasing pan

Method:
1. Place a 10-inch skillet in the oven and preheat the oven to 425°.

2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil and milk. Add in the cornbread mix and stir until just combined.

3. Carefully remove the preheated skillet from the oven. Add a tablespoon of butter or oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Pour the batter into the skillet and return it to the oven. Bake for about 20 minutes, or until golden around the edges and a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Savory Mushroom Breakfast Strata

This healthy yet decadent-tasting strata is studded with winter squash, mushrooms and tender greens.

Ingredients:
1 bunch hearty greens, such as kale or Swiss chard
½ pound mushrooms, such as baby Shiitake, washed and sliced
½ winter squash, peeled, seeded and diced into 1-inch pieces
½ loaf French bread (preferably stale!), cut into 1-inch-thick slices
1-2 garlic cloves
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, coarsely chopped
½ cup Gruyère cheese, grated
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
4 eggs
2 cups milk
Olive oil
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Bring a medium or large pot of water to a boil, salt generously and add the greens. Cook 2-3 minutes, until tender but still colorful. Transfer to a bowl of cold water, then drain and squeeze out excess water. Chop coarsely and set aside. Cut one of the garlic cloves in half and rub the slices of bread with the cut side. Then mince all of the garlic. Cut the bread into 1-inch squares.

2. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a heavy skillet and add the squash. Cook, stirring often, until it begins to soften, and add the thyme, garlic and salt and pepper to taste. Then add the mushrooms and cook an additional 1-2 minutes, or until the mushrooms are tender and fragrant. Stir in the greens, toss together and remove from the heat.

3. Preheat the oven to 350°. Oil or butter a 2-quart baking dish. In a large bowl, combine the bread cubes, the mushrooms, squash and greens, and the two cheeses and toss together. Transfer to the prepared baking dish.

4. Beat together the eggs and milk. Add salt to taste and a few twists of the pepper mill, and pour over the bread mixture. Let sit for 30 minutes before baking so that the bread can absorb some of the liquid.

5. Place in the oven and bake 40-50 minutes, until puffed and browned. Remove from the oven and serve hot or warm.

Spinach & Gruyère Cheese Bread Strata

Put this week’s cheesy bread loaf to good use with this spinach-kissed breakfast strata.

Ingredients:
1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
10 ounces spinach, washed
3 cups Gruyère cheese bread, cubed*
5 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup whole milk
½ cup shredded white cheddar or Gruyère cheese
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Preheat oven to 400°. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add the spinach and cook, stirring constantly, until wilted, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a colander and drain, pressing with a rubber spatula to release as much liquid as possible. Scatter spinach and bread cubes in a buttered baking dish.

2. In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Pour mixture over bread and spinach and then top with ½ cup cheese. Place dish in oven and bake until set in middle and golden brown on top, 20 to 25 minutes.

*The strata will turn out much better if the bread is slightly stale, so leave the loaf out on the counter overnight before preparing this recipe.

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