Monthly Archives: October 2014

Apple Crisp

Washington is known for its apples.  Galas, Red Delicious, Granny Smiths, and my very favorite, Honey Crisps, all grow in my home state, and, let’s be honest, they’re the best apples in the world.  I love cooked apples; whether they’re in applesauce or pie, there’s something comforting about a warm soft apple with a hint of cinnamon.  That’s why I absolutely adore Tom Douglas’ apple crisp.  It has a crisp, buttery topping over sweet gooey apples.  And the very best part is that you can use any fruit that’s in season, including berries, peaches and rhubarb.  Serve this stuff warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and I promise you’ll fall in love, too!

Shopping List

For the crisp topping:

  • 2/3 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 2/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) cold unsalted butter, cut into dice

For the apples:

  • 8 medium apples (whichever are your favorites!)
  • 1/3 cup sugar (more or less depending on the sweetness of the apples)
  • Cinnamon for sprinkling over the apples

Preparation

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • To make the crisp topping, combine the oats, brown sugar, flour and cinnamon in a bowl.

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  • Add the diced butter to the dry ingredients and blend with a pastry blender or the tips of your fingers until crumbly.  Set aside.
  • Peel the apples, core them, and cut them into thin slices.

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  • Toss the apples with the sugar.

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  • Pour the apples into a 9-inch pie pan, sprinkle with cinnamon, and cover with the crisp topping.

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  • Set the filled pie pan on a baking sheet to catch any juices, then place in the oven and bake until the topping is golden brown, the apples are soft, and the juices are bubbling, about 45 to 55 minutes.

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  • Spoon portions of warm crisp into bowls and top with ice cream or whipped cream.

Chicken & Andouille Gumbo

Gumbo. This creole classic can be as unique as the family cooking it. As the weather changes from summer to fall, gumbo can be a welcomed treat.  We stumbled across this beauty of a recipe in last months issue of Bon Appetite. (http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/chicken-andouille-gumbo). This recipe struck a perfect balance of heat and flavor, and if you are a fan of the creole side of our great country, you should most definitely give it a shot!

Shopping List

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  • 1 3½–4-lb. chicken
  • 1 large onion, peeled, quartered
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, coarsely chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound andouille sausage, sliced ¼” thick
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large green bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, finely chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • Cooked white rice and sliced scallions or green onions (for serving)

Preparation

STOCK

  • Bring chicken, onion, carrots, celery, peppercorns, basil, oregano, and 12 cups water to a boil in a large stockpot. Reduce heat, partially cover, and simmer, skimming surface as needed, until meat is falling off the bone, about 1 hour.
  • Transfer chicken to a cutting board. Let cool slightly, then remove meat from bones and shred into bite-size pieces; discard skin and bones.
  • Strain stock through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean pot (or airtight container if not using right away); discard solids. You should have about 12 cups.
  • DO AHEAD: Stock can be made 2 days ahead. Let cool, then cover and chill, or freeze up to 3 months. Let meat cool; tightly wrap and chill.

GUMBO

  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven or other heavy pot over medium-high. Cook sausage, stirring occasionally, until it begins to brown, about 4 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer sausage to a plate.
  • Whisk flour into oil in pot and cook, whisking constantly, until roux is the color of a brown paper bag and smells nutty, about 4 minutes.
  • Add onion, bell pepper, celery, and garlic to roux; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until vegetables begin to soften, about 5 minutes.
  • Add stock (all of the stock), chicken, sausage, thyme sprigs, and bay leaves to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until liquid is slightly thickened and vegetables are soft, about 1 hour.
  • Add hot sauce to gumbo, season with salt and pepper, and simmer 30 minutes to let flavors meld; discard thyme sprigs and bay leaves.
  • Serve gumbo over rice and top with scallions or green onions.

Recipe credited to Jay Ducote, Contributor to Bon Appetite

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