Friday, May 23, 2014

Meatball Sub on a Stick

Meatball Sub on a Stick

1 lb lean ground turkey
1/2 cup whole wheat bread crumbs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp dried Oregano
1 Tbsp dried Basil
1 Tbsp dried Parsley or 1/4 cup fresh chopped
1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 can Pillsbury Original breadsticks
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
12 (10"-12") wooden skewers
Marinara sauce for dipping

Preheat oven to 375°
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Set aside.
In bowl combine ground turkey, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, Oregano, Basil, Parsley, red pepper flakes and garlic. Form into 1 inch meatballs.

Open can of breadsticks and starting with one breadstick at a time thread dough then meatball. Repeat the process with 2 more meatballs alternating dough-meatball, ending with dough. Make sure to spread dough and meatballs away from each other by about 1/4", so the meatballs bake through and the dough has room to expand.

Bake for 20 minutes until the meatballs are cooked through. Remove from oven and sprinkle each skewer with 1-2 Tbsp of shredded mozzarella cheese. Place back in oven for 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.

Serve immediately with warm marinara sauce for dipping.

12 Servings
Calories: 198
Fat: 7.7g
Cholesterol: 35.3mg
Sodium: 355.9mg
Carbs: 18.6g
Fiber: 1.3g
Sugar: 4.2g
Protein: 14.4g

Tuesday, May 20, 2014


BOUNDARY ROAD BRICK CHICKEN AND COLLARD GREENS Boundary Road is a bistro out in Washington D.C. and this mouth-watering dish is just one of the reasons why the locals keep coming back


Chicken & Brine
2 cups kosher salt
2 cups brown sugar
Black pepper
1 handful fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme or sage

1 head garlic, split horizontally

1 whole hormone-free cage-free vegetarian-fed chicken, cut into quarters, carcass discarded

Salsa Verde

1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped capers
1 filet anchovy, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely grated
Zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup olive oil

Sweet Potato Mash

6 medium red Beauregard (or any other well farmed) sweet potatoes
About 1/2 cup cider vinegar
A couple knobs cold unsalted butter
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Braised Collard Greens

2 Spanish onions, medium dice
4 pounds collard greens
1 smoked pigs foot or ham hock
Freshly ground black pepper
Champagne or other fine white vinegar
Canola oil

COOKING STEPS For the chicken and brine: Combine 2 gallons water, the salt, sugar, garlic, herbs and some black pepper in a large pot. Bring to a boil until the salt and sugar are dissolved, and then let cool completely. Submerge the chicken in the brine and let brine in the refrigerator for 4 hours. For the salsa verde: Whisk together the parsley, capers, anchovies, garlic and lemon zest. Slowly stream in the oil while whisking.

For the sweet potato mash: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Roast the sweet potatoes until completely soft, about 1 hour 30 minutes. While still warm, peel the potatoes and add them to a food processor. With the machine running, add the vinegar, butter and salt and pepper to taste. You may need a little water to get the mixture to puree, but don't add too much. Reserve.

For the collard greens: Saute the onions in a large, wide-bottomed pan. Sprinkle with salt, and then add the greens, a bit more salt and about 1/2 cup water. Slowly cook the greens with the smoked pig's foot over low heat for at least 1 hour 30 minutes. The water will evaporate and draw the moisture from the greens. Stir occasionally and let them do their thing. Finish the dish by adjusting seasoning with salt, pepper and vinegar. Turn the oven temperature to 450 to 500 degrees F. Remove the chicken from the brine and let it rest and come to room temperature. Dry, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Get your saute pan medium hot; add a good amount of canola oil. Crispy brown skin is the goal here, so mind your heat. Don't burn it, but make sure the pan is hot enough to keep the chicken from sticking. Add your chicken skin-side down and shake the pan to make sure the skin is not sticking. Add a weight of your choice (we use antique bricks we found in our building, hence the name), and then transfer the pan to the oven. Let it roll for about 10 minutes. Carefully flip the chicken over and let it go for another 6 minutes. All ovens are different, so after the chicken rests for 4 to 5 minutes, check the temperature in the leg to make sure it is thoroughly cooked. credits: boundary road brick chicken, cooking channel source: road trip: washington d.c.