Food

Prosciutto Wrapped Dandelion Greens

We recently received Dandelion Greens in our CSA, and I found myself in the all-too-familiar “What on earth is this?” Luckily, per the previous link, our CSA Company, JR Organics, does a great job of describing what the contents in our box are, and also how to store everything! I figured the taste would be pretty close to Arugula, but it was actually more bitter and less pepper-y. Either way, it was pretty delicious.

I wanted to use it for an appetizer over the weekend, not because we were having people over. But because I like snacking. Charlie wanted to make his Reuben Dip, so I decided to add Dandelion Greens and Parmesan Pups to make it a wholesome rounded meal. (Please note, I am not a nutritionist, but I do know this is not a wholesome rounded meal.)

I used a Martha Stewart salad and picture as inspiration and ended up making the wraps a lot denser than I think I would if we were bringing this over to someone’s house, or using it as just an appetizer. I am going to have the recipe reflect a thinner filling and more prosciutto. Because the world could ALWAYS us more prosciutto. For real.

I also got to work with dates for the first time. You want to cut them hot-dog length, not hamburger-length, to de-pit them.

Also, Tucker once again was VERY interested in the meals we prepared. I feel like #TuckerWantsSome could be the next #TheoandBeau…

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Prosciutto Wrapped Dandelion Greens

  • Servings: 10 prosciutto rolls
  • Difficulty: medium
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Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
  • Freshly Ground Pepper
  • 5 Cups Dandelion Greens, with the ends trimmed
  • 5 ounces Medjool Dates (about 14 small), halved and pitted
  • 3 ounces crumbled Blue Cheese
  • Lemon Juice (about 1 ½ lemons worth)
  • 8 ounces Prosciutto

Directions:

  1. Wash and trim dandelion greens until about 4-5 inches long.
  2. Halve and pit medjool dates (see tip above for pitting dates).
  3. Place washed dandelion greens in a bowl with blue cheese and dates.
  4. Add olive oil, lemon juice, and pepper to taste.
  5. Mix contents until elements are well coated.
  6. Lay out prosciutto on a cutting board or other hard surface.
  7. Stack dandelion greens, dates, and blue cheese on top of prosciutto.
  8. Tightly roll prosciutto, placing fold side down on a serving tray.
  9. Repeat steps until you’re all out of prosciutto or filling.

Food

Italian Fries

I really love potatoes. Any kind of potatoes. Someone told me that potatoes were good for weight loss. But I am not sure if these potatoes count considering that you add a whole lot of butter, evoo, and cheese!

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I made these with Jessi in Chicago, and a few times here as well. The trick is to make sure all of the potatoes are cut evenly, otherwise they cook at different speeds and you end up with a few cheesy mashed potatoes and a few burnt shoestring fries. Once you get the balance though… they are MAGICAL. Super cheesy, delicious, and amazing.

Italian Fries (from Martha Stewart)

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium/large russet potatoes sliced into 1/3 inch fry-strips soaked in cold water for at least 45 minutes (I use less potatoes than Martha – higher cheese ratio!)
  • 4 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 T dried italian herbs
  • 2 1/2 cups freshly grated parmesan or romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves, freshly chopped
  • 4 T salted butter cut into cubes
  • coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Drain potatoes and pat dry with paper towel. Spread 1 T of olive oil on each of 2 rimmed greased baking sheets (I use Crisco spray) and spread out potatoes. Martha says to overlapping is okay – but I like to lay them out flat.
  3. Sprinkle herbs evenly over potatoes. Spread LOTS of cheese and parsley all over the top. If it looks like you need some more cheese – add it. You cannot have too much cheese – ever.
  4. Drizzle remaining 2 T of olive oil over cheese. Scatter the cubed butter around the pans evenly.
  5. Bake until potatoes are golden brown. (45-50 minutes) Rotate pans every fifteen minutes to ensure even cooking.
  6. Use a spatula to lift off the potatoes with all of the delicious cheese crisped on top!
  7. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste.

These can be reheated in the oven the next day and are JUST as good. Just make sure to remember to re-spray the aluminum foil with some cooking spray – otherwise the cheese gets stuck to the pan. Enjoy these – they are DELICIOUS!