Eggplant, the bulbous purple vegetable, is a delightful oddity. The name alone raises questions and can turn up noses. However, it has a soft, creamy texture and a neutral flavor that allows accompanying flavors to take the spotlight. Called “caviar” this recipe is as delicious and special as the real thing.
This flavorful dish, next to chicken or lamb, has a tendency to steal the show. Make extra for when the guests say, “More, please.” Why a combination of dried and fresh oregano? Dried is intense in flavor and can hold up in the heat of the oven. Adding fresh adds a bright minty flavor at the finish.
Add a batch of pear sauce to the holiday menu this year. It’s easy to make that day or up to a week ahead of time. It’s a wonderful accompaniment to roasted meats, especially turkey.
Any grade of maple syrup will do, but for full, robust flavor, choose darker, late season maple syrup. This vinaigrette is perfect for salads that feature slices of pears or apples and salty feta or goat cheese.
Tzatziki is a classic Greek cucumber sauce that can be used as a dip with fresh vegetables and toasted pita slices but its cool, refreshing taste is best when used to top grilled and roasted meats like lamb burgers and gyros.
Naturally sweet apples make the best applesauce so look for varieties like Winesap, Gala, Fuji, Macintosh or Yellow Delicious.
Sweet and spicy peach chutney is the perfect topping and compliment for a creamy wheel of tangy Brie. Leaving the edible rind of the cheese intact helps the wheel to hold its shape as it warms.
When it’s cold outside, hot soup warms you up so chilled fruit soups make perfect sense in the summer, cooling your body when the sun beats down. Use this soup as a dessert, an appetizer or a really special way to start off breakfast.
Not all greens have to go into salads. Chard is a versatile spring green with leaves that have a spinach-like flavor. Sliced thin, they can be added to salad mixes or used in this delicious soup to take the chill out of a cold spring day.