Recipe: Baked Belgian Endive with ham and cheese

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This recipe works great for nights that require something a little fancy, but you don't have a lot of time to cook. Almost impossible to mess up, my version uses shredded cheese. You can get fancy if you want and serve this with a cheese sauce instead. Serves 4 Ingredients: 2 Endive 4 slices ham 1/2 cup shredded Gruyère dash nutmeg Method: 1. Preheat oven to 4ooF. Cut endives in half. Cook in boiling water for about five minutes. Drain well. 2. Wrap endives in ham … [Read more...]

KasNocken (Austrian Spaetzle with cheese and caramelized onion)

Melted Gruyere takes this dish over the edge

Serves 2-3 This is an Austrian's answer to Mac and Cheese. Totally wonderful and, as a bonus, vegetarian! One taste and you'll want to move to Austria. Ingredients: 2 eggs 1/2 cup milk 1/2 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper 1 1/2 cups flour 1 Tbsp butter 1 onion, sliced thinly 1 cup shredded Gruyère cheese (or more to taste) Method: 1. In a large bowl, combine eggs, milk, salt, and pepper. Add flour a 1/2 cup at a time. Stir with a wooden spoon until smooth. Let rest 10-20 … [Read more...]

Technique Thursday: How to make good Nocken (Austrian Spaetzle)

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Kasnocken (Recipe) are small, "squiggly" pasta served with cheese and caramelized onion, essentially Austrian Mac and Cheese. This delicious "post-ski" comfort food can be made any number of ways, but I've done some research on proper technique. The best KasNocken techniques keep the dough tender: - Do not over-mix the dough or your Nocken will be tough. Just combine ingredients with your hand or a spoon until just mixed. - Let the dough rest for 10-20 minutes after mixing. This … [Read more...]

Recipe: Hot Algerian Lasagna

Hot Algerian Lasagna

Serves 8 Hot Algerian Lasagna blends traditional Italian lasagna with chickpeas, potatoes, ground lamb, and a healthy dose of cayenne pepper. Make this unusual dish once and you will crave the flavors for life. NOTE: Cayenne pepper's heat is rated in "heat units." This recipe was made with a 35,000 cayenne, which is on the low-end of the scale. If you have a 90,000 cayenne, you only need 1/3 of the cayenne pepper for the same kick. The label on your spice jar should give you this … [Read more...]