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September 12, 2009

Sunday Small bites--Crab-Stuffed Jalapenos

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My goal for Small Bites is to find recipes that are low fat, fairly healthy, and still nice enough to serve guests. I don't know about you, but I get awfully tired of crudites at parties as I'm eying all the delicious saturated fat and bad carbs being passed around. With so many people needing to watch what they eat to maintain their health, I'd like to offer guests some tasty options. Crab is such a low calorie ingredient, but the trick was to find an appetizer recipe that wasn't fried or be loaded up with high fat ingredients.

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September 20, 2009

Mushrooms Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

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I selected sun dried tomatoes for my week of Sunday Slow Bites. I first experimented with drying my own with a dehydrator, which worked beautifully. They turned out sweet as could be.

For my recipe, I again looked for one low in fat and on the healthy side. After some looking around, I found a stuffed mushroom recipe that I adapted to use more of the tomatoes for a decided tomato punch. Unlike many stuffed mushroom recipes which get most of the taste and texture from cheese and breading, this one is all about the tomato/shallot/mushroom mixture. If you want to make these richer, I could see adding some goat cheese or mozzarella.

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Mushrooms Stuffed with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Adapted this recipe--http://smittenkitchen.com/2006/11/grievances-aired-caps-stuffed/

18-20 white mushrooms
1/2 cup shallots (5-6)
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ cup sundried tomatoes, not packed in oil (you could also use the oil-packed ones of course)
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, washed well
a few fresh basil leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup fine dry (I used whole wheat)bread crumbs
¼ cup white wine
1 large egg yolk, beaten lightly
2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
Preheat oven to 400°F.


1. Clean the mushrooms, pull off the stems. Trim the stems, and put into the bowl of a food processor with the chopping blade.
2. Add the shallots and garlic to the processor bowl. Pulse to chop, just until mixture is coarsely chopped. Don’t overdo—you want some texture.
3. Heat the tablespoon of oil in a skillet. Add the mushroom mixture, and cook until the mixture just begins to brown. Turn out into a bowl.
4. Put the dried tomatoes into a small bowl, cover with hot water and soak for 10 minutes. When softened, squeeze out the water, and put into the food processor to chop as you did the mushrooms. For the last few pulses, add the parsley and basil so it gets minced. Add this to the mushroom mixture.
5. Put the stemmed mushrooms face down on a sheet of parchment-lined baking sheet (or spray it with cooking oil), and bake for 10 minutes.
6. Take the mushrooms from the oven, and carefully pour the resulting liquid into the mushroom mixture in the bowl. Turn the mushrooms over so they are ready to fill.
7. Add the egg, wine, cheese, bread crumbs, salt and pepper to the mushroom filling. Spoon some into each mushroom cap.
8. Bake for 10-15 minutes.

September 25, 2009

Vietnamese-style Avocado, Shrimp and Herb Fresh Rolls

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I was thinking about how to make a low fat appetizer using avocado. Now, avocado is chock full of good fats, but still, I didn't want an appetizer portion to come in at much over 100 calories. So, the trick would be to use avocado as a main component of the dish, but have the amount be supplemented by lower fat ingredients. I also started thinking about good flavor matches for avocado. It's used in Mexican and Latin American cooking with cilantro, garlic and tomato; in Japanese with sushi; I've had wonderful avocado, crab and grapefruit salads in France.

My local Vietnamese restaurant makes a vegan version of their delicate Shrimp Fresh Rolls, using avocado instead of shrimp. Since seafood plays so well with avocado, I thought I'd bring the two together in a fresh roll, punctuated by the traditional Vietnamese use of fresh herbs and lettuces. It was a done deal when I discovered that Vietnamese rice paper wrappers are only 20 calories! Make sure you get Vietnamese spring roll wrappers, which are hard and brittle until briefly soaked in warm water, and eaten uncooked.

These can be made ahead and served as finger food; but I think it'd be great fun to prepare bowls and plates of all the ingredients, and let guests prepare their own at the table for a first course. I'm not giving precise amounts here, since the amounts will depend on how many you are making. It's easy to soak more noodles or chop more lettuce as you go if needed.

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October 3, 2009

Terrine of Chevre, Roasted Tomato Jam, and Eggplant Tapenade

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A classic pairing for goat cheese is tomato or olives. I experimented a bit and came up with this lowfat layered terrine, which can be served with crostini or vegetable dippers. I make the tomato jam after fresh tomatoes have gone from the garden, and freeze in small containers for future use.

Chevre, Roasted Tomato Jam, and Eggplant Tapenade Terrine

4 oz fresh goat cheese
a few spoonfuls milk
a few sprigs fresh thyme, a few fresh basil leaves
roasted tomato jam (see below)
olive-eggplant tapenade (See below)

For the tomato Jam: open, drain and coarsely chop three large cans Italian plum tomatoes. Put the tomatoes in an oiled foil baking pan, and pour off most of the juice. Add a few cloves of chopped garlic and 2 Tbs. olive oil. Put into a 325 oven for one to 1 1/2 hours. Stir every now and then. Turn the oven to 375 for another 1/2 hour or so, till the edges have caramelized. You may want to return it to the oven for more caramelization. Stir in 1-2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. You could also toss in some capers, roasted peppers, or mashed anchovy. Taste for salt and pepper, add if needed. If you're not watching calories, add some more olive oil. Let cool, and spoon into small containers. This freezes well. It's nice to add some chopped basil or parsley before using.

For the olive-eggplant tapenade: Mix together 1/2 cup baba ganoush (purchased or homemade) and 1/4 cup olive tapenade (I used Trader Joe's). chill for 1/2 hour to let flavors blend.

For the terrine:

Put the goat cheese, herbs, and a spoonful of the milk into a food processor. Blend, adding just enough milk so you get a smooth, easily spreadable consistency. Using a small clear glass bowl, spoon in layers of the tomato jam, cheese mixture, and tapenade. This can be made several hours before serving, just coer and refrigerate. Garnish with more herbs, if desired. Serve with crackers or crostini, and vegetable dippers like red peppers, carrots, fennel, etc.

October 7, 2009

Apple, Cucumber, and Smoked Salmon Salad

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Here's my dirty little secret. In spite of my cultural heritage, I am indifferent to most smoked salmon. From hand-sliced nova to hot-smoked flaky Alaska salmon, I just much prefer the fresh to the smoked. And since I've been avoiding as much sodium as possible for the past few months, my tastes have changed so that even a tiny piece just screams "SALT!" to my taste buds. I looked around for a recipe where the salmon would be used for the salty counterpoint to the rest of the ingredients, and by chance, stumbled across this recipe for little appetizer cups of a cucumber-apple-radish salad topped with smoked salmon, here: http://www.latartinegourmande.com/2009/08/19/verrine-cucumber-yogurt-smoked-salmon/

As I followed the recipe, I thought the radishes would overpower the delicacy of the cucumber and apple so ended up leaving them out. I also made the slaw more about apple than cucumber. What resulted was a light little slaw-type thing, topped with tangy yogurt and lime and the salty salmon. I loved the contrast between the apple and the salmon, and think that's the strength of the dish.

Apple, Cucumber and Smoked Salmon Salad

Makes four appetizer portions

* 2 small cucumbers, peeled and seeded
* Salt
* 1 lime
* 1 sweet red apple, not peeled
* 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
* 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
* 1 tablespoon chopped dill
* 4 slices of smoked salmon, diced

Steps:

* Grate the cucumber (I used a food processor) and place it in a bowl. Sprinkle with salt and let rest for 30 minutes.Use your hands to squeeze out the excess water.
* Grate apple, and drizzle with lime juice from half the lime to prevent oxidation. Transfer to a bowl. Combine with the squeezed cucumber.
* Add the fresh herbs (reserve a bit of dill for garnish) , and 3-4 tablespoons yogurt. No need to add more salt as the cucumber is already seasoned. Taste and adjust for balance as needed--a bit more apple for sweetness, some pepper, maybe more lime juice?
* Divide between four glasses.
* Top with another spoon of yogurt in each glass and finish with the diced smoked salmon.
* Sprinkle with a bit more dill. Serve with more lime juice to taste.

October 17, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Parmesean, Pecan and Pear Salad in Endive

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This is a variation of an old favorite recipe of my mothers. She got it from Gourmet magazine in 1995. I used pecans instead of the original walnuts, added pear to the mixture to stretch out the cheese calories, eliminated the olive oil, and cut down on the cheese. It turned out very well, with the sweetness of the pear adding a lot of nice contrast to the nuttiness of pecans and cheese and the slightly bitter endive. I calculated these to be about 30 calories per leaf.

-Parmesean, Pecan and Pear Salad in Endive

2-3 Belgian endives, trimmed, and leaves separated

1 small garlic clove, minced and mashed
1 Tbs. low fat mayonnaise
2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup shredded or coarsely chopped Parmesan cheese (not finely grated--you want texture)
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/2 cup finely diced ripe pear
1/4 cup toasted pecans, chopped fine, plus 2 Tbs. for garnish
2 Tbs. finely chopped fresh parsley
a few grinds black pepper

In a small bowl, mix together all ingredients but endive. Dip the wide end of each endive leaf into the salad, scooping 1 Tbs. or so of salad onto the leaf. Lightly press onto the leaf, and arrange on a platter or plates. Sprinkle with the reserved chopped pecans to garnish. The mixture can be made the day before, and the leaves filled an hour before being served. Makes 20-25 or so, and is easily doubled.

October 22, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Pumpkin

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Let me tell you my sad, sad story.

I immediately knew what I wanted to try making for this week's ingredient, pumpkin. Many years ago there was a Lebanese restaurant nearby that made a pumpkin kibbeh that I loved. Kibbeh (or kibbe, kibbee, you see it spelled different ways) is a Middle-Eastern appetizer made from bulgar wheat that is pressed around a filling, formed into an oval, and fried. There are also versions where the bulgar is pressed into a pan, the filling spread on top, the rest of the bulgar forms the top crust, and the dish is baked then cut into small triangles or squares.

I found a recipe in Paula Wolfert's "The Cooking of the Eastern Mediterranean" for a pumpkin kibbeh filled with spinach, chick peas and walnuts, but it was the fried variety. I adapted the recipe for a baked version, added some seasonings I found in an online version, but did not use the huge amounts of oil called for in the baked kibbeh recipes in Wolfert's book.

The results were disappointingly dry, to say the least. Sawdust around a tasty spinach and chickpea filling. (the recipe for the filling is in my previous entry) But isn't it pretty? Even my husband, notoriously cheerful about all my cooking, even the low-fat efforts, pushed it around his plate before asking "is it supposed to be like this?"

Let's face it, there are reasons why so many recipes call for frying; why oil, butter, all those lovely things were used by the gallon in the days when people physically toiled 18 hour days to put a dish on the table every night. It makes the food taste better, especially the humblest foods. They needed the calories. I do not. This, children, was not one of the dishes where the fat calories could be taken out and the eater wouldn't notice.

OK, on to pumpkin number two. Simpler, and this one was a keeper. The roasted pumpkin was a really nice addition to peppery greens. Great Fall salad!

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Pumpkin, Pomegranate, and Pine Nut Salad
serves four, increase as needed

1/2 small sugar pumpkin (or butternut squash)
spray cooking oil
salt and pepper

fresh spinach and arugula (I used a mixture) or mesclun
1 pomegranate, seeds removed--use 1/4 to 1/2 cup seeds (TJ's often has containers of the seeds)
1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted (or use pepitas, toasted hulled pumpkin seeds)
1/4 cup fresh goat cheese

Dressing:
3 Tbs. balsamic vinegar
1 Tbs. honey
1 Tbs. dark nut oil--pumpkin seed, toasted hazelnut, or pistachio
2 Tbs. vegetable or chicken broth

1. Get out your machete. Or your sharpest knife. Cut, peel, and dice the pumpkin. Spray a cookie sheet with oil, toss the pumpkin cubes on, spray with more oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in a 450 oven for 20-25 minutes, until browned and soft.

2. Combine dressing ingredients, mix well.

3. Put salad greens in a bowl, and toss with most of the dressing, reserving some. Put some of the dressed greens onto serving plates.

4. Top each pile of greens with some of the roasted pumpkin, pomegranate seeds, pine nuts, and chevre. Drizzle on just a bit more dressing, and serve.


November 1, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Olives Four Ways

I love olives. I eat them as is, and in all sorts of dishes. They're high in fat, but it's the good kind; the sodium isn't too horrible if you don't go overboard; and a little goes a long way in adding flavor.

I made two olive mixtures using mostly green olives, a traditional Moroccan salad using black olives, and took advantage of the season to buy a few pounds of green olives to try curing.


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Cracked Green Olive, Walnut, and Pomegranate Salad

This recipe comes from Paula Wolfert's the Cooking of The Eastern Mediterranean. She calls it an olive salad that in Turkey is used to accompany grilled meat or slices of ripe melon. I fiddled just a bit to make it slightly lower fat. I tried it with melon, on an arugula-orange salad, and on its own with pita. I think I liked it best just with pita for scooping, so it doesn't compete with any more things. I'm looking forward to trying it with simple grilled chicken or beef. This is another mixture that needs to sit so the flavors can develop, and she recommends it be made the day before serving. I thought this was a very neat combination, with salty, sweet, and tart flavors hitting the tongue at once. This is one for adventuresome eaters.

1/2 pound cracked green olives, drained
1 tsp. olive oil
1/4 cup shelled walnuts, finely chopped
2 scallions, minced
1/4 cup minced parsley
1/4 tsp. Aleppo pepper or other mild chile powder
2 tsp. pomegranate molasses (available in Middle Eastern stores)
1 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
cracked black pepper

1. Make the salad at least one day before serving. Pit the olives, and roughly chop.

2. Mix the olives with the rest of the ingredients in a small bowl. Cover and refrigerate at least 20 hours, more is better.

3. Bring to room temperature and serve.

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November 8, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Asian Mushroom Dumplings

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This week's SSB ingredient was mushrooms. I use a lot of mushrooms in my cooking these days, so I was looking around for something new to do with them for an appetizer besides stuffed, grilled or sauteed. I'd had vegetarian dumplings in Chinese and Japanese restaurants and dim sum parlors that were mostly mushroom, so started looking for recipes. I wanted the emphasis to be on mushroom, and also wanted to use shiitakes, since they're my favorite and they're used in dried form in the Chinese recipes I found. Here's what I came up with, adding a bit of shredded carrot and chopped cilantro to brighten up the earthiness of the mushroom filling. You'll need something to steam the dumplings in, either a steaming insert or just a skillet with tight lid and an inch of water. Serve with a dipping sauce of soy, chili, sesame oil, ginger, etc.

These were delicious! The goyza wrappers I used were 120 calories for 8, and the mushroom filling is extremely low cal.This recipe made upwards of 60 dumplings, but the recipe is easy to cut in half.

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November 14, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Ginger

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These spicy little meatballs turned out very tasty! I used ground white meat turkey, but of course you can use anything you want. I loved the ginger, mint and curry seasoning, and they were perfect with Trader Joe's Mango-Ginger Chutney as a dipping sauce. The meatballs can be prebaked, and reheated in oven or microwave before serving.

Ginger and Mint Mini Meatballs

Makes around 40 mini meatballs. Can be frozen.


1 pound ground turkey
1 Tablespoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon or to taste Salt
1 Tablespoon minced Ginger
1 seeded, finely chopped jalapeno chili, seeds removed
2 finely chopped Scallions with green tops
1/2 cup finely chopped (save 1 tbsp. for garnish) Mint leaves (fresh)
1/4 cup plain bread crumbs
1 teaspoon Lemon juice (fresh)
1 egg, beaten
Cooking oil spray


• In a mixing bowl, combine all the ingredients except spray oil. Mix very well.
• Wet your hands so the meat won’t stick. The mixture will be quite soft. Form into very small meatballs.
• Spray a baking sheet with oil. Place the meatballs on the sheet so they don’t touch each other.
• Bake at 400 for 10 minutes, or until browned. Turn meatballs over, and bake another 5 minutes so the other side browns.
• Serve on a plate with toothpicks, with Trader Joe's Mango-Ginger chutney for dipping, if you wish.

(approx. 20 calories per meatball if using ground white meat turkey)

November 23, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Cranberry Chutney Pinwheels

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This week's very appropriate ingredient challange was cranberries. I went with an appetizer so simple it barely merits a recipe, to keep to something brainless during the hectic Thanksgiving preparation.

Cranberry Chutney Pinwheels

Trader Joe's Cranberry chutney
goat cheese
tortillas
arugula
black pepper
cayenne pepper (optional)

Leave the goat cheese at room temperature for 15 minutes to soften. Spread a thin layer of goat cheese on tortillas. Cover the goat cheese with a thin layer of cranberry chutney, sprinkle with black pepper and cayenne to taste, and then top with a layer of arugula. Tightly roll up the tortillas, and wrap each in foil or plastic. Refrigerate at least 1 hour. Unwrap, and slice. Arrange pinwheels on a plate.

November 29, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Sweet Potato-Black Bean Quesadillas

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Potatoes were this week's ingredient for Sunday Small Bites, but I used a cousin, sweet potatoes since I didn't have any white potatoes in the house. I love how sweet potato combines with heat, so I was happy to find a recipe for Sweet Potato-Black Bean Enchilads. http://glutenfreegoddess.blogspot.com/2006/10/sweet-potato-black-bean-enchiladas.html

I made quesadillas with the basic ingredients of the original recipe's filing. They turned out really delicious! Be sure to add the lime juice--it takes the candy edge off the sweet potatoes and adds another layer of flavor. These are low fat, and full of fiber. I used two different kinds of tortillas--Trader Joe's regular, and also their low carb whole wheat, which are 45 calories each.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesadillas

2 medium sweet potatoes
1 small can Hatch hot chopped green chiles
1/2 cup cooked black beans (or more if you wish)
1/4 small onion, finely diced
2 chopped tomatoes
3 Tbs, chopped cilantro
1 tsp. cumin
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. chipotle powder, or 1 canned chipotle pepper, mashed and chopped
salt and pepper to taste
lime juice--from 1/2 lime, to taste

lowfat shredded cheddar or montery jack
flour tortillas
oil spray

1. Prick the sweet potatoes, and microwve on high until soft--6-7 minutes. Let cool, peel and mash.

2. Combine the mashed potatoes will all other ingredients except for cheese, tortillas and spray oil. Taste and add lime, spices, and salt and pepper to taste.

3. Spread some of the mixture onto half of each tortilla. Sprinkle with a little bit of cheese, and fold over.

4. Spray a baking sheet with oil, place the tortillas on, lightly spray with oil. Bake in a 400 oven 5-10 minutes, until lightly browned. Let cool a few minutes, then slice with a very sharp knife. Serve with salsa.


December 6, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Brie

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This week's ingredient was brie cheese. This posed a challenge for me, as brie is on my "no no" list because of the high fat and salt content. The good news is that a little goes a long way. I saw a recipe for a saute of wild mushrooms over baked brie that looked good. I reversed things to lower the calorie count, and stuffed the wild mushrooms into mushroom caps with a small piece of brie. Mushrooms, brie and red wine worked really well together.


Mushrooms stuffed with wild mushrooms and Brie

2 dozen mushrooms, cleaned and caps removed and chopped
1/2 cup shiitake mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, caps chopped
1/4 cup dried porcini
1 cup baby bella mushrooms, chopped
1/2 onion, diced
1/2 cup red wine
salt and pepper
pinch dried thyme
1/4 cup bread crumbs
2 dozen small pieces brie cheese, rind removed

Preheat oven to 400. Place the mushroom caps opening-down on a oiled baking sheet, and bake for 15 minutes until soft.

Meanwhile, heat the wine in a small saucepan. Add the dried porcini, and let rehydrate for 10 minutes. Squeeze out the wine, and chop the porcini. Strain the wine to get rid of any residue.

Heat a skilled, and lightly oil. Saute the onion until soft, then add the shittakes. Saute 5 minutes. Add the chopped baby bellas and chopped mushroom stems. Saute 5 minutes, then add the dried porcini. Saute 5 minutes. All the mushrooms should have released their juices and be beginning to brown. Season with salt and pepper and the thyme. Add the reserved red wine, and let most of it cook off. Mix in the bread crumbs.

Pile the filling into the mushroom caps. Place a piece of brie on top of each. Bake at 400 for 5-10 minutes, until cheese melts.


December 13, 2009

Sunday Small Bites--Moroccan Stuffed Artichokes

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I've been making my cousin Aimee's mother's Moroccan Lamb-Stuffed Artichokes for years, so used the Artichoke prompt this week to try to lighten them to less of a guilty pleasure. I subbed chicken for lamb, added some rice, cut way down on the pistachios, and eliminated the potato and oil. I also cooked them in tomato, to keep the chicken moist. They turned out more delicate than the original, and very tasty.

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January 3, 2010

Mujadura

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Mujadura is a lentil dish eaten in many Middle-Eastern countries either as part of a meze (appetizer) spread or a meal. Very addictive. It's a mixture of heavily browned onions, lentils, and rice. I ate it a lot in Israel, both in restaurants in homes, but had never made it myself since good versions are available in the Middle-Eastern markets here. A variation uses bulgar wheat instead of rice, also very tasty. I used an online recipe but changed the technique to cook the lentils and rice separately, so that neither gets overcooked. I used brown rice and a longer cooking time, although white is traditional. The secret is to get the onions very, very brown. I used 2 Tbs. oil, and it was plenty. This is wonderful comfort food, and very healthy if you use brown rice or bulgar, only eat a moderate portion, and keep the amount of oil down.

The original recipe is here, and below is my variation. http://orangette.blogspot.com/2007/03/into-pantry.html

Mujadera
6-8 servings as a side dish, more as an appetizer

2 Tbs. olive oil
2 medium yellow onions, finely sliced
1 cup brown or green lentils, picked over for stones and other debris
½ cup brown or white long-grain or basmati rice
Water
1/2 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt, plus more for serving

In a large (12-inch) sauté pan or skillet or a Dutch oven, warm the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until they are deeply caramelized, a rich shade of amber. If they’re burnt and blackened in spots, even better. This will take a long time--at least 30-40 minutes. Keep on medium heat, and stir every now and then.

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While the onions are cooking, place the lentils in a medium saucepan, add water to cover by an inch, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add 1/2 tsp. cumin and a pinch of salt. Reduce to a simmer and cook, undisturbed, for 30-40 minutes, until tender. Add more water if necessary. Drain the lentils, and set them aside. Meanwhile, cook the rice with the teaspoon salt. Follow instructions for cooking your rice, whether white or brown. Just don't overcook.

When the onions are ready, remove a few spoonfuls for topping the dish, and pour the rest into a casserole dish, along with the cooked rice and lentils. Mix gently. Add salt and pepper to taste--I think pepper accentuates the flavors. Serve warm or at room temperature as part of a meze appetizer spread or as part of a meal, topped with plain yogurt.

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January 10, 2010

Sunday Small Bites--Chickpeas: Baked Mini Falafels

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Chickpeas mean falafel to me, which I adore. However, the healthy mixture becomes deep-fried fat bombs when prepared traditionally. I used my usual recipe to make falafel, but instead of deep frying, did as suggested in several online recipes and baked them as flat little patties instead of balls. While I'll be the first to admit that my favorite falafel stand in Haifa isn't fearing competition from these, they were tasty, crunchy, and a hell of a lot healthier.

Baked Falafel---makes about 25 tiny snack-size falafels

1 can chick peas
1 cup roughly chopped onion
4 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon chili flakes
4 cloves of garlic
1 tsp. lemon juice
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 (possibly 4) tablespoons flour

Oil Spray, such as Pam

1. Drain the chick peas in a fine colander, and rinse well. Let drain.

2. Put all ingredients from chick peas to baking powder into a food processor. Pulse till well combined but not pureed, stopping to use a spatula to get the mixture off the sides of the work bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of the flour, combine, then see if the mixture sticks to your hands if you try to form a ball. If sticky, add more flour.

3. Refrigerate the mixture for at least two hours.

4. To bake: Spray a nonstick or silpat-lined baking sheet with oil. Form small 2-inch patties from the mixture, and place on the sheet. Spray the tops with oil. Bake in a 400 oven for 15 minutes, or until bottoms are lightly browned. Turn over, and bake another 10-12 minutes till brown on both sides.

5. Serve with a tahini-lemon sauce (1/4 cup tahini, crushed clove garlic, lemon juice and water to make a thin paste) or hummus, or tzatziki (yogurt-cucumber sauce) for dipping; and/or in a mini pita or pita triangle with lettuce and tomato. I think these'd be cute as could be as mini falafel sandwiches for an appetizer.

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