After enjoying a night out with my favorite mischief-maker, Josh Miller, who needs some easy comfort food that didn’t break the calorie bank? This guy! After taking inventory of the fridge and the fig tree from my neighbor’s yard (thank you, Keith!), I just needed a few ingredients for my recovery meal.
Most of the recipes below only have a few ingredients. I keep most of these ingredients on hand. For example, prosciutto is a great, low calorie substitute for bacon, so I grab some from one of the mega wholesale places when I go.
Here are the simple dishes I made this Sunday to make me feel better.
Grilled Figs Wrapped in Prosciutto
2-3 figs per person
1/3 of a slice prosciutto per fig
Balsamic reduction (find in specialty marts)
Preheat grill. Wash and pat dry figs. Wrap prosciutto around each fig and place on grill set at medium heat (350°).
Turn every 2-3 minutes (8 minutes total) until prosciutto is golden brown. Place on tray and serve with a dollop of balsamic reduction.
Sweet, salty and rich.
Pan Con Tomate
I stole this EASY and tasty dish from Bottega Cafe. This is a very simple way to use those farmers’ market tomatoes that may be going bad.
2 Large ripe tomatoes
4 pieces of French bread
1/4 teaspoon of kosher salt & cracked pepper
1 clove of garlic, cut in half
4 large basil leaves
Wash and dry tomatoes. Using a box grater, grate the tomatoes on the course side – flesh, seeds and all (disregard the skin left). Place the pulp in a sieve or fine mesh strainer over a bowl for 10 minutes.
While that sits, brush bread with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill bread until edges are chard and grill marks appear. (You can use your oven broiler – just watch it, I always burn mine). Once the bread is toasted, rub a half clove of garlic on one side of the bread. Do that to each piece and place aside. Place the strained tomato pulp in bowl. Add salt and pepper, mix to combine. Spoon the tomato mixture evenly over each piece of bread, drizzle with olive oil and top with a basil leaf (can be torn).
Fresh, easy and very tasty.
Orecchiette with Italian Sausage and Broccolini
This is very easy dish and comforting dish. You can use any pasta but I love these little orecchiette from Whole Foods, I do suggest, have you pasta 80% done before starting the sauce – it is very quick (8 minutes total). This makes two large servings.
1/2 box – 1/2 lb Orecchiette Pasta
2 Chicken Italian Sausage (removed from casing) – I used spicy
1/4 cup minced shallot or onion
1 cup quartered cherry tomatoes
1 bunch broccolini, trimmed and cut in half
1/4 cup grated parmesean cheese
1 tablespoon olive oil
Follow package directions for pasta. With three minutes remaining in cook time, add the broccolini to pasta water. While that cooks, preheat olive oil in saute pan over medium-high heat. Add sausage and use tongs or spoon to break up the pieces. Stir for 2 minutes, breaking pieces as you go. Add shallots and cook for one minute. Then add tomatoes and stir to combine.
Using tongs, grab the broccolini from pasta water and add to pan. Stir to combine. Using a ladle or measuring cup, add a 3/4 cup of pasta water to the saute pan. Reduce to medium heat. Drain pasta and add to saute pan. Fold to combine. Remove from heat and sprinkle with cheese.
Simple, spicy, warm, comfort food.
This dishes are easy to make and delicious to eat. My absolute favorite is the Pan Con Tomate – you can’t get any simpler than that.
Hope these dishes give you some ideas for an quick meal at the times you need it most. Maybe next time I’ll just stay home and make this instead of meeting Josh.