Romanesco Salad

Bright Romanesco florets are tossed with an equally vibrant red wine vinaigrette, plus red onions, celery and capers in this fabulous salad from food blog Simple Recipes.

Ingredients:
2 heads Romanesco
2 stalks celery
½ large red onion
1 cup loosely-packed fresh parsley
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Dressing:
1 clove garlic
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
½ teaspoon salt
½ anchovy, minced (optional)
¼ cup high-quality olive oil

Method:
1. Cut Romanesco heads into quarters, stalk to tip. Cut out the tough core and any outside green leaves. Cut again lengthwise. Place into a steamer basket in a pot with about an inch of water. Sprinkle the Romanesco florets with a little salt. Bring water to a boil. Cover and steam until just tender, about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove Romanesco florets from steamer, place into a bowl, and chill.

2. Thinly slice the celery and red onion. Place the red onion slices in a bowl and cover with water. Set aside.

3. Smash the whole clove of garlic (not cut, just smash with the flat side of a chef’s knife) and place in the bottom of a small bowl. Add the vinegar and salt, stir to dissolve the salt. Add the minced anchovy if using. Whisk in the olive oil.

4. Break up the wedges of Romanesco into smaller chunks of florets. Place into a large serving bowl. Add celery, onions (drained of the water), parsley, capers, and lemon zest. Remove the garlic clove from the dressing and add dressing to the salad. Toss to coat with the dressing. Let marinate for at least 15 minutes, preferably an hour. (It’s even better left overnight.) Sprinkle with freshly ground black pepper to serve.

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Fall in Abundance Recipes

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This week marks the return of a cherished Northwest delicacy: fresh Porcini mushrooms locally-foraged from our area forests. Earthy and woodsy, these meaty mushrooms define fall eating, acting as a wonderful compliment to seasonal favorites like soup, risotto and wild rice pilaf. Enjoy our favorite version of the latter this week, served alongside a beautiful salad topped with pears, blue cheese and hazelnuts, plus a medium-bodied Italian red wine, warm garlic bread with Porcini compound butter and an abundance of produce.

Here are a few recipe ideas for the week:

Wild Rice Pilaf with Sautéed Porcini Mushrooms
This hearty, robust dish is excellent warm or made ahead and served at room temperature.

Blue Cheese-Stuffed Roasted Pears with Arugula
Roasted and topped with cranberries, hazelnuts and blue cheese, these pears from the Barefoot Contessa are incredibly flavorful.

Roasted Romanesco Broccoli & Poblano Peppers
This dish boasts wonderful depth of flavor thanks to a splash of sherry vinegar and a dash of chili flakes.

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Roasted Romanesco Broccoli & Poblano Peppers

This dish boasts wonderful depth of flavor thanks to a splash of sherry vinegar and a dash of chili flakes.

Ingredients:
1 pound Romanesco broccoli
2 Poblano peppers, seeds removed and sliced into quarters
1 garlic clove, peeled and minced
3 tablespoons top-quality sherry vinegar
¼ teaspoon dried chili flakes
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat the oven to 425º. Cut the Romanesco so that the stalks are not more than ½-inch thick. Toss Romanesco and Poblanos with the garlic, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and ¼ teaspoon salt and scatter on a rimmed baking sheet.

2. Roast for 12-15 minutes, tossing the once or twice, until the broccoli turns bright green and is slightly al dente, and peppers have blackened edges.

3. Remove from the oven and allow it to cool slightly. Toss with the 3 tablespoons of vinegar and ¼ teaspoon chili flakes. Allow to cool a little more. Add more vinegar, chili flakes and salt to taste. Drizzle with olive oil and serve at room temperature.

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