Guanciale Chickpea Salad with Preserved Lemon Dressing

Guanciale Chickpea Salad with Preserved Lemon Vinaigrette
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This Guanciale Chickpea Salad is a play on an Italian Antipasto Salad. It features crisp gem lettuce, olives, sliced red grapes, pickled shallots, torn fresh mozzarella, and chickpeas tossed in a preserved lemon vinaigrette and topped with seared slabs of guanciale and hard-boiled eggs. This salad may seem a little disjointed and it certainly does have a lot going on. But I think you will find that each forkful makes a certain sense. This dish hits all the notes: salty, sweet, savory, sour, tart, and meaty. No two bites are the same. And while this dish has a lot of moving parts, it is a cinque to make. This salad isn’t a side or a starter, it’s definitely a main course.

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Salisbury Meatball Orzo Skillet

Salisbury Meatball Orzo Skillet
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Spring may be on the horizon but it’s not quite on our doorstep. So I’m still in comfort mode. And today’s Salisbury Meatball Orzo Skillet is my current favorite cozy indulgence. This recipe borrows its flavors from the American diner and TV dinner classic- Salisbury Steak. A meal that has been beloved by many for over a hundred years. Today, we’re going to take the storied steak and turn it into meatballs, introduce it to orzo, and marry the two in the dish’s classic mushroom onion gravy. It may be a simple recipe but it is beyond satisfying, so let’s make it!

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Maitake Smash Burgers with Sumac Onions

Maitake Smash Burgers with Sumac Onions and Mint Aioli
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Smash burgers are having a moment. They seem to be served on every corner of every metropolis. They have been turned into everything from tacos to salads. Smash burgers are even served fries-supreme-style over their traditional side. We have reached peak smash burger and I for one am happy to see it. Burgers, smashed or otherwise, are a perfect food. But why would I present you with a classic burger when I already have one on this site? So instead here is my vegetarian take on the smash burger. These Maitake Smash Burgers feature maitake mushrooms marinated in ras el hanout and olive oil smashed and roasted between two large baking sheets. The mushrooms are piled onto a bun slathered with a mint aioli and topped with sumac onions and fresh cucumber. It may not be your classic burger stand burger but it’s still mighty fine,  so let’s make it!

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Bangers and Butter Beans

Bangers and Butter Beans with Jammy Onions and Dill Pistou
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I have a small confession to make. I developed today’s recipe because I liked the way its name sounded. The phrase Bangers and Butter Beans randomly strolled into my mind one day and I fell for the sonic romance of it. It sounded like something a Roald Dahl character would tuck into. It’s funny, you never know what will set a recipe in motion.  I think most people would imagine a recipe’s name would be the final touch rather than the starting gun. And it is true, this is more an exception than a rule. Sometimes a recipe is born from a particular detail in a restaurant meal or a dish of little consequence featured in a movie or TV show. Sometimes it’s as simple as finding an abundance of one ingredient at your local grocery store. And let’s not forget the OG food muse – seasonality. 

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