Monday, October 24, 2011

Simply in Season- Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard

As stated in my other post, my friend Katie spend a weekend cooking and evaluating fall recipes in our (aptly named) Autumn Veggie Weekend.  Our first 2 recipes come from Simply In Season, a cookbook that encourages its user to shop local and use in-season ingredients.  We made Butternut Sage Orzo (pg. 200) and  Chard Cheese Bake (pg. 203).

Butternut Sage Orzo

Saute 1 cup chopped onion in 1 Tbs. oil, about 6 minutes.  Add 1 minced garlic clove and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.  Then add 4 cups peeled and seeded butternut squash.  Stir to coat. Then add 1/2 cup veggie or chicken stock and 1/2 cup white wine or additional broth.  Simmer until squash is tender and liquid is absorbed, about 10 minutes.

Meanwhile cook 1 cup orzo in 4 cups liquid- either water or broth.  Boil until orzo is tender but still firm to bite, about 8 minutes.  Drain.

Add squash mixture to orzo.  Then add 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese and 2 Tbs. fresh sage.  Salt and pepper to taste.

Joy- This meal was pretty tasty!   Peeling and chopping the squash was not fun, which is why I made Katie do it. 

Katie- I don't like chopping the squash either.  Since our cook day, I've made the orzo twice and added shredded chicken and more sage.  Delish!

ThatGuy- This was surprising delicious.

Because we both loved this meal, we give this meal J&K's Stamp of Approval! :)

 Chard Cheese Bake!

Using 1 bunch of swiss chard, cut the leaves away from the stem.  Chop each into bite sized piece.  Boil the stems for 8 minutes and then add leaves for 5 minutes.  Drain.


In a large bowl, add 4 beaten eggs, 1 cup milk, 1 cup Swiss cheese, 1 cup cubed bread, 1/2 cup green onions, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese.  Stir together.  Add greens and combine.  Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish.  Cover and bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes.

Joy- Loooved this!  It was pretty easy to combine everything and turned out really well.  Make sure you add some extra salt and pepper though.  I think we also added some extra cheese, which always makes a meal turn out extra good!

Katie- I thought there was too much cheese and not enough flavor.  Humph.

ThatGuy- This was also surprisingly delicious.

Because we disagreed, we don't this meal the J&K Stamp of Approval.  :(

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