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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Roasted Garlic and Herb Latkes (Potato Pancakes) from Cleo Coyle #Hanukkah



Latkes or potato pancakes are delicious Hanukkah food, and since tonight marks the 4th night of the 8-day festival (see our Blue Velvet Cupcake Menorah below), what better time to share this tasty spin on the traditional latke recipe?


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Crispy on the outside with layers of flavor on the inside, these delicious latkes feature the sweet-savory taste of roasted garlic with aromatic notes of rosemary and scallion. Serve the pancakes plain or with sour cream on the side. Delicious! 

This recipe was originally featured in our 8th Coffeehouse Mystery, Holiday Grind, which was also the first Coffeehouse entry that Marc and I wrote with a holiday theme. As a special gift to our readers, we included an extra-large recipe section with holiday treats, a glossary of coffeehouse terms, and instructions on making your own specialty coffee drinks at home. So you can eat and drink with joy! 

 ~ Cleo 


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Cleo's Roasted Garlic and Herb Latkes


Makes 2 servings or about nine 3- to 4-inch latkes; for family-size meals,
you’ll want to double, triple, or quadruple this recipe and have two frying pans working at the same time.


Ingredients:

10 garlic cloves, roasted and smashed
    (See How to Roast Garlic at the end of this recipe.)

3/4 cup finely grated onions (2 to 3 medium size onions)

2 tablespoons finely chopped scallions

1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary or ½ teaspoon dried rosemary

2 teaspoons salt

1½ pounds Idaho baking potatoes (about 3 medium russet potatoes)

1 large egg, beaten with a fork

Canola or light olive oil

Sour cream (optional topping)


Directions:

Step 1—­Prepare aromatics: First, preheat the oven to 250°F. In a large bowl, combine the garlic with the onions, scallions, rosemary, and salt.




Step 2—­Grate potatoes: Do not peel your potatoes. Grate by hand with a simple box grater, or use a food processor. Add the grated potatoes to the bowl of aromatics and stir well.




Step 3—­Press out moisture: Place the potato mixture in a large sieve and press down to strain out moisture. Getting rid of excess moisture will help you cre­ate latkes that are crisp and golden brown.




Step 4—Add egg: Now return the mixture to the bowl and stir in the egg to finish your latke batter. Cook immediately.

Step 5—­Fry pancakes: Place a heavy frying pan over me­dium heat and add oil, at least ½ inch deep. As our beloved barista character Esther says, “Don’t freak over the amount of oil. It’s the temperature of the oil that makes for greasy latkes, not the amount of oil. Besides, the mitzvah is the oil!” When the oil is hot enough, begin cooking. (See the note at the end of this recipe on judging when the oil is hot enough.)


Pack potato mixture into a ¼ cup measuring cup. Turn the mixture out onto a plate in a little mound. Do this four times. Place the four mounds in quick succession into the hot oil and immediately flatten each mound into a 3- to 4-inch pancake. (Flattening is important or you may have latkes that are cooked on the edges but raw in the mid­dle!) Cook each pancake for about 3 minutes on the first side, until the bottom is golden brown.



Now flip and cook the other side 1–3 minutes until it’s golden brown, too. Do not flip more than once, but do press each pancake a few times with your spatula during the cooking process to make sure the centers cook. Drain in a single layer on paper towels. Keep finished latkes warm in the 250-degree F. oven while you’re cooking the rest of the batter. Serve warm with sour cream!



NOTE ON OIL TEMP: If your oil is too hot, you’ll burn the latkes. If your oil is too cool, your latkes will be greasy. Test the oil with a drop of water. When it dances or bounces on top of the oil, it’s ready. If the oil begins to smoke, it’s too hot! Also keep in mind that if you crowd the pan with too many latkes, the oil temperature will drop dramatically, so don’t fry too many at once—­for big batches, have two pans going at the same time.



How to Roast Garlic


Using peeled cloves: Place your peeled cloves into a small ovenproof dish, drizzle with a bit of oil (olive oil is best), and add a splash of water. Cover with foil and bake at 350°F for
30–40 minutes or until the garlic is soft.

Using a whole head: Cut the top off the head (the pointed end), and wrap in aluminum foil and bake at 350°F for 30–40 minutes or until the garlic is soft. Remove from the oven. Let the foil-wrapped garlic cool down enough to handle. Pop the warm, roasted garlic pieces out of their skins and you’re good to go.

Roasted garlic is delicious and good for you! Try spreading it on slices of a French baguette or Italian bread or smashing it and mixing it with mashed potatoes. Now that’s how to eat with joy!






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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Cleo Coyle's Mini Meat Loaves with Smashed Baby Red Potatoes + Roasted Garlic Gravy


There's nothing like meat and potatoes for a simple, satisfying winter meal, but the star of this meat-and-potatoes dinner is our creamy, white Roasted Garlic Gravy.

Garlic's health benefits are many. Studies have shown it to boost the immune system, lower blood pressure, prevent dementia and heart disease, and ward off the common cold. What my husband and I love most about garlic, however, is the sweet yet pungent flavor, and that's what inspired our recipe.


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The gravy is delicious over roasted chicken, baked fish, broccoli, cauliflower, string beans, and asparagus. But during the winter months, Marc and I most often drizzle it over our Mini Meat Loaves and Smashed Baby Red Potatoes, which is what we're cooking for you today.

So let's get started!

~ Cleo



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Cleo's Mini Meat Loaves

Makes 4 to 5 mini-meat loaves

Ingredients:

2 to 2-1/2 pounds ground beef
1/3 cup white onion, finely chopped
1 cup crushed Special K cereal (measure after crushing)
2 eggs, beaten lightly with fork
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/2  teaspoon dry mustard powder
1/2  teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup 


Step 1 – Prep oven, pan, and cereal: First preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and coat the foil lightly with non-stick spray. 
Using clean hands, gently crush the Special K cereal and measure 1 cup, set aside. 

Step 2 – Mix and form loaves: In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, chopped white onions, crushed Special K cereal, beaten eggs, evaporated milk, mustard powder, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup. Use clean hands to mix the ingredients. Form four or five meat loaves and place them on the foil-covered baking pan, at least two inches apart. 






Step 3 – Bake 30 to 35 minutes in your preheated 350 degrees F. oven. Mini meat loaves are done when exteriors are well-browned and interiors register 165 degrees. Remove from oven and let the loaves sit ten minutes before serving—this sitting time allows the juices to recollect and keeps the meat moist.














Cleo's Smashed Baby Red Potatoes

Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:

2 pounds small red potatoes
3-4 cups chicken, beef, or vegetable broth (or broth and water mix)
2 Tablespoons butter


Directions: Cut the potatoes in half and place them in a deep skillet with their cut sides up. Cover the potatoes completely with the broth. If needed, add water to be sure the potatoes are covered. 


Over medium high heat, bring the liquid to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer the potatoes for 45-50 minutes until the liquid is completely cooked away. 








Now add the butter to the skillet. As it melts, roll the potatoes in the golden melted butter. 






Sizzle the potatoes for about 2 minutes. Gently smash the potatoes using the bottom of a cup, glass, ladle or large serving spoon. 



Serve hot with a splash of Roasted Garlic Gravy.






Cleo's Roasted Garlic Gravy

This three-step gravy tastes delicious the first day and amazing the second because it reheats beautifully with even stronger flavor. It’s an easy recipe to make and master, and it’s versatile.

You can easily tweak this gravy to suit your taste. Use less garlic for a milder cream sauce, more for a stronger garlic impact. The broth can be changed up, too. Chicken or vegetable broth will give you a lighter flavor; beef broth a heartier gravy.

For our taste, I can tell you that we usually use chicken broth (with some pan drippings for added flavor), and about 13 or 14 cloves of garlic suits us fine. As I mentioned, when the gravy is reheated, you’ll find the flavors are stronger. So keep that in mind if you make the gravy in advance, and may you eat with joy...and in good health!

~ Cleo


Makes about 2-½ cups 


Ingredients 

12 – 16 cloves peeled garlic

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tablespoon butter

3 cups chicken, vegetable, or beef broth

– 4 tablespoons pan drippings (optional)

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons (5 ounce can) evaporated milk

4-½ teaspoons corn starch (or 3 tablespoons Wondra flour)

Salt and pepper to taste

Directions: 


Step 1 – Pan-roast your garlic:
 In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the olive oil. When the oil and butter are hot, add the peeled garlic cloves and toss them to coat. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring often to brown the cloves evenly. Be careful not burn the garlic or it will turn bitter. 



Step 2 – Make the gravy: Add the chicken, veg, or beef broth (your choice) and bring to a boil. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, or until the garlic is soft. Mash the garlic cloves with a fork against the side of the pan (or use an immersion blender if you like). Whisk the pot until the crushed garlic is mostly dissolved. If adding pan drippings for extra flavor, pour them in now, and whisk for another minute. Finally, stir in 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk and bring the gravy to a simmer. 


Step 3 – Thicken and finish: For a velvety, lump-free gravy, make a paste out of your corn starch (or Wondra flour). To do this, take out a small bowl and whisk together 2 T. of your evaporated milk with your corn starch (or Wondra flour). 


While the pot of broth is still simmering, slowly whisk in the paste. While continuing to gently whisk or stir, allow the gravy to simmer for 3 to 5 more minutes, until it becomes thick enough to coat the bottom of a spoon. Salt and pepper the gravy to your taste and serve warm. 

This gravy reheats beautifully. Simply store it in the refrigerator in a sealed container. Reheat on the stove or in a microwave. The gravy holds together well, but you may need to whisk it lightly after reheating. 



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Eat (and read) with joy!



~ Cleo Coyle

New York Times bestselling author of  
The Coffeehouse Mysteries


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