Pasta alla Nerano
Pasta alla Nerano
Today is a day for Turkish Delights. These dishes are so easy to prepare, when you simply get prepped.
Fresh green and yellow beans are in season now, and plentiful. These are available from Fairlane Farm, on Saturdays at the Bronx Farmers Market.
Turkish Green Beans (Zeytinyağlı Taze Fasulye)
1 pound of fresh green beans or
1 pack of frozen green beans (either French style or Italian cut)
1 big onion, finely chopped
2 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
2 big fresh tomatoes, finely chopped, grated, or blended or 1 can of petite diced tomatoes
1/4 tsp sugar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup hot water
1/8 tsp ground cumin
pepper/ crushed pepper
1 tbsp tomato paste
If you prefer beans with a bit of crunch and are not mushy, try parboiling the beans for 1-2 minutes in salted boiling water, drain and cook as follows but reduce cooking time.
-If you're using fresh green beans clean and trim them to 1 to 1 1/2 inch pieces.
-Heat the olive oil in a pan and cook the chopped onions and garlic until lightly brown.
-If you want to use tomato paste add it at this point and stir for a min.
-Add the beans and stir them until they slightly change color (app. 6-8 mins).
-Add the tomatoes and cook for 5 mins and then add sugar (cumin and pepper), water, and salt. -Cover the pan and cook with low heat until the beans are soft (30 mins with frozen beans - 45 mins with fresh ones).
I cook it for far less time as I don’t like very soft beans.
This is traditionally served cold, but it's good when it's warm too.
2 cups Basmati Rice
scant 4 cups water
1 onion, thinly sliced, or shallots
1/4 cup each of chopped nuts or pumpkin seeds, dried fruit, (such as barberry, currants, raisins, Afghani Tut, or chopped apricots)
A heavy bottomed pot
Heat the oil on medium high heat and add the saffron, to let it bloom in the oil. Add the onion or shallots and sauté until brown, Add the rice and coat with the oil. Add salt, nuts and fruit.
Turn the element on high and add the water. Bring to a boil, stirring. Cover, and set to medium low for 20 minutes.
Grilled Turkish Chicken (Serves 2-4 people)
4 Boneless skinless chicken thighs
2 tbs Turkish Baharat*
3-4 shallots, grated or one small onion grated
2 tsp lime juice
1/4 cup good olive oil
1/4 tsp paprika (can used smoked)
pinch salt and pepper
Combine Turkish Baharat, grated shallots, lime juice, olive oil, paprika and salt and pepper in a bowl. Place chicken thighs in the bowl and cover completely with the marinade. Place in fridge and let marinate for 6 hours. Grill 4 minutes a side on a very hot BBQ grill.
Optional: Marinate a large amount of chicken pieces, skinned thighs and drumsticks, for example, and roast or grill.