Butternut Squash & Kale Latkes

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So I’m here bringing you another epic latke post. The corned beef & cabbage latkes were a big hit all over the place, but I just had to follow it up with another latke that seemed more like the me you all know. I needed to include some of my favorite fall comfort foods. That falls to the humble squash and the not so humble green kale.

I’ve got a ton of squash in the house thanks to my CSA. Late fall tends to be filled with a variety of greens, squash, onions and potatoes. Not a bad deal for Chanukah. But this butternut squash was lording over my kitchen and begging to be used. I typically just roast squash in the oven and serve on it’s own or in salads, but changing it up a bit can be good for me. And kale goes with everything.

I peeled and sliced the squash and then shredded it in my food processor along with some shallots.

I then chopped up the kale in the Cuisinart as well.

I squeezed out the liquid of both veggies and then mixed everything together with some egg, flour, salt and pepper in a large mixing bowl.

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I then got to frying. Flipping over when it got crispy and browned a bit.

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I drained on a paper towel lined cooling rack.

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These latkes are fabulous served with a sprinkling of room temperature goat cheese. I love the creaminess that the chevre brings to the latke.

Try it! You’ll like it! Enjoy!


Butternut Squash & Kale Latkes
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cut up in chunks for the food processor
  • 3 shallots
  • 3 heaping cups of cut up Tuscan Kale, washed and stemmed
  • 3 tsp. salt
  • 2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 extra large eggs
  • 4 tbsp. flour (all purpose or your favorite gluten free blend}
  • additional salt and pepper as needed
  • oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Peel and chunk up the butternut squash. Shred with shredding disc in food processor.
  2. Add the shallots to the processor.
  3. Transfer both to a large mixing bowl.
  4. Chop up the kale in the food processor and then add to squash mixture.
  5. Squeeze any liquid out of the kale/squash mixture
  6. Stir in salt, pepper, flour and eggs
  7. Form in to latke patties and fry - flipping once when browned on each side
  8. Drain and cool on a paper towel lined cooling rack
  9. Serve with some goat cheese
  10. Enjoy!

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Tuscan Kale with White Beets and Farro

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I know it’s been a while. I apologize for that. Life gets in the way, as it tends to do.

I have some good stuff coming your way though. Even some giveaways! So I hope you’re all still around.

So in addition to be finally sharing a fabulous dish with you today, I’m also excited that it’s been three years since our fabulous group of Kosher Connection food bloggers came together. I can’t believe it’s been three years! And in those three years, we’ve all grown. It’s amazing to see what our little foodie group can do and where we’ve been.

So today, we’re having a virtual potluck meal of sorts. And I’m bringing a fabulous vegetarian side dish to the table.

Summer in the kitchen, for me, is an exciting  time. The food that I serve is all about what’s in season and as much as possible, what’s local. My CSA pick-up is on Tuesdays and I tend to hit up the various local farmers markets Thursdays and Sundays. I’m thankful to have some amazing options near by.

This dish I’m sharing with you and with my Kosher Connection family is inspired by some greens I had a local restaurant and something I’ve played with over the past several weeks. You can change up any aspect of this dish based on what you have on hand. The greens are interchangeable with any hearty summer green – from kale to swiss chard to spinach to collard greens – you can play with it. I used beets today, but this dish is also wonderful with Japanese Turnips, radishes and other flavorful roots. Additionally, that farro can also be swapped out. I happened to have some ready made farro in my fridge from shabbat cooking, but you can also use quinoa or barley or whatever grain you prefer. The point is to use what you have – the freshest of what you have and to enjoy it.

The white beets that I used can be hard to find, but if you do see them, buy them. They are so great. If you can’t find them though, I’ve used Japanese Turnips in this dish. The taste is obviously not the same, but it’s another great root vegetable that works well against the greens.

I washed and peeled the beets and then I sliced them thinly with a mandoline. I then put them in the hot pan with some olive oil, shallots and garlic. Once the beets had softened, I added in the chopped greens. I added some salt and pepper to taste and stirred everything together. Greens don’t take long to cook.

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Once everything was ready, I took everything off the heat and then stirred in the farro. And the dish is ready. It’s that easy. And it’s good. Hope you enjoy!

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Tuscan Kale with White Beets and Farro
 
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Recipe type: side dish
Ingredients
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 cloves garilc, chopped
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • 2 white beets, washed and peeled
  • 1 bunch of Tuscan Kale, washed and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked Farro
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Wash and peel the beets.
  2. Slice the beets thinly. A mandoline is a great tool for it.
  3. Heat up the olive oil in a large pan.
  4. Add in the sliced beets, shallots and garlic. Cook about 5 minutes until soft
  5. Add in the chopped kale, salt and pepper. Stir and let the kale soften. Remove from heat when cooked.
  6. Mix in the cooked farro
  7. Serve

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Baked Rutabaga French Fries

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Sometimes, easy can be a good thing. A much needed thing.

Today is our second snow day of the week. We have more snow days coming. My kids are thrilled. Me? Not so much. This winter thing is getting old.

Lately, my kitchen and meal plans have geared more towards easy and kid-focused than anything else. At this point, I’d be happy to throw macaroni & cheese from a box at them for every meal, since I know they will eat it. And I know that I will only have to clean one pot. I can’t do that though. I just don’t have it in me. Though I do have my secret stash of Wacky Mac macaroni & cheese in my pantry. Am I the only one with a boxed macaroni and cheese stash? Don’t tell anyone.

I had a full day of work yesterday. The kids had a full day of school. I felt my sanity return for a minute.

I came home to my clean kitchen in time for dinner preparation and I felt a sense of normalcy. Never mind the fact that a few hours later I would get another snow day call.

Anyhow, Tuesday is the the day that the local fish store delivers some fresh wild fish right to my front door. I started doing this a few weeks ago to try out. I’m happy to not schlep out at the witching hour and thrilled that I have some fresh fish at my door ready to go. We got some fresh flounder yesterday.

Tuesday also happens to be the day that there is a local farmer’s market outside my office. The winters are slim pickings at the market, but I love to support local farmers and I’m happy to know that my fabulous and local root vegetables were grown locally. I picked up some parsnip and rutabaga. I hope to use the parsnip for soup, but the rutabaga became french fries to go with our dinner. My take on fish and chips.

I’ve roasted rutabaga many times and always love it. I decided to cut it in to french fries and bake them and see what happened. I used my crinkle cut tool in the hopes that my kids would be attracted to the familiar crinkle cut fry look. I was right.

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After tossing the rutabaga in olive oil, salt and pepper, and baking them, my daughter checked out the sheet pan of fries and made a jump for joy. She excitedly pulled out the bottle of ketchup was thrilled to have a great side dish on the menu.

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Rutabaga fries are a great low carb alternative to potatoes. They are super easy to make, have a great flavor and when baked, provide a nice crunch.


Baked Rutabaga French Fries
 
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Recipe type: Sides, Appetizer, Low-Carb
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 2 Large Rutabagas
  • 2 tbsp. olive olive oil
  • 2 tsp. sea salt
  • 2 tsp. ground pepper
  • additional herbs as spices
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400
  2. Wash and peel rutabaga
  3. Slice in to preferred french fry shape
  4. Toss french fries with olive oil and spices
  5. Bake for around 20-25 minutes until the fries get crispy
  6. Serve with ketchup or other dipping sauce.

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