Chimichurri Chicken

Pan Seared Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce

Chimichurri sauce is a wonderful green garlicky and zesty sauce originating from Argentina.  The origins of the name and the sauce is unclear but there is a theory that the name of the sauce comes from the Basque term tximitxurri, loosely translated as “a mixture of several things in no particular order”.  The sauce is best served with grilled meat.  In light of the recent wet Washington weather, I was forced to whip this dish up indoors.  It’s still quite delicious either way but if you have the option to grill, go for it.  The sauce works as a marinade, topping and dipping sauce! Enjoy!

Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Chicken with Chimichurri Sauce
Ingredients
The Sauce
The Chicken
Servings:
Instructions
The Sauce
  1. Place all sauce ingredients into a food processor or blender. Pulse until chopped. Set aside.
The Chicken
  1. Using a sharp chef's or filet knife, slice each chicken breast horizontally into two even pieces.
  2. Place your chicken in a large sealable dish (for marinating). Evenly coat the chicken in salt and paprika. Add the lemon juice and vinegar (this will help tenderize the meat) and cover in 1/2 cup of your chimichurri sauce. Place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 3 hours.
  3. Remove chicken from dish and discard remaining marinade. Allow the chicken to reach room temperature before cooking.
  4. Heat a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon oil; coat pan evenly. Add chicken to pan; Cook for 5-6 minutes. Turn chicken over; reduce heat to medium and cook for another 5-6 minutes or until done. The chicken should be golden brown and the juices should run clear.
  5. Remove from pan and top with chimichurri sauce. Enjoy!
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roulade

Tenderloin Swiss Chard Roulade w/Apples

Every time I open a box of goodies from the farm I feel like I’m on an episode of Chopped. In lieu of of a 30 minute timeline, I usually wind up with some hair-brained idea in the middle of the night. Insomnia I suppose, has it’s benefits. This week’s CSA shipment had some pretty fun ingredients and the following recipe is the result of my late nights tending to a newborn baby. I do what I can and make the best of the time that I have in the wee hours of the morning.

Apples and pork go pretty hand-in-hand right along with the sage. Inside? More pork and that wonderfully colored Swiss Chard create the roulade. In layman’s terms, you pound the heck out of the meat and roll it up. It’s like one of those Little Debbie Swiss Rolls from childhood but in the form of meat. It looks fancy but is quite easy to make and is a sure fire way to impress discerning guests. I decided to pair the tenderloin with some tarragon and roasted cauliflower mashed potatoes ( click here for the recipe ) and it worked out quite well if I say so myself. Enjoy!

Recipe by: Mirinda @ Boistfort Valley Farm
Tenderloin Swiss Chard Roulade w/Braised Apples
Tenderloin Swiss Chard Roulade w/Braised Apples
Ingredients
The Pork
The Chard Filling
The Apples
Servings:
Instructions
The filling
  1. Chop the Swiss chard into 1" pieces, rinse and drain.
  2. In a medium saute pan, add 4oz of pancetta to medium/low heat. Render the fat but keep the heat low enough to avoid burning. This should take less than 10 minutes.
  3. Add the Swiss chard to the pan, stirring and coating evenly with the rendered fat.
  4. Continue to stir and cook on low heat until you've wilted it down. This should take around 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
The meat
  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Slice pork lengthwise, but not all the way through, other side. Open halves, laying pork flat. Place plastic wrap over pork and pound to an even thickness using a meat mallet. Sprinkle evenly on both sides with salt. Spread apple mixture on pork and roll it up.
  3. On the outside of the rolled tenderloin, rub generously with the sage and coat on all sides. Add the meat to a lighly oiled pan. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 20 minutes or until a thermometer inserted in the center registers 145°.
The Apples
  1. In a small sauce pan, melt butter over medium heat.
  2. Peal and thinly slice your shallots (I used onions in the photo since I was all out of shallots - you can do the same if you feel so inclined) Add to the pan and cook until soft.
  3. Slice and quarter your apples into 1/4" pieces. Add to the pan with the apple cider vinegar, sherry, salt and pepper. Cook apples until soft but still firm.
  4. Remove apples from the pan and set aside. Reserve the liquid and continue to cook the liquid until reduced by more than half.
The finale
  1. Remove your meat from the oven and allow to REST for at least 5 minutes. Slice into 1/2 pieces and plate over the apple slices. Gently pour your cider and shallot sauce mixture over the meat and enjoy!
  2. Pairs well with our Roasted Cauliflower and Tarragon Mashed Potatoes!
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germanpotato

Kartoffelsalat – German Potato Salad

This variation of your typical potato salad is perfect for those who are not members of the mayonnaise appreciation committee (myself included).The combination of sweet and salty will certainly be a hit at your next pot luck or gathering and if you’re a fan of apple cider vinegar, this recipe is for you. I’ve always had nightmares of a mayonnaise laced potato salad marinating in the hot sun during a family picnic; by swapping that out with a little ACV certainly curbs those awful thoughts.

We took last week’s CSA inclusion of yellow potatoes and parsley to whip this one up for you and can easily be converted to a vegan recipe by omitting the bacon and using a little olive oil and smoked paprika to replace the bacon fat. Enjoy!

Recipe by: Mirinda @ Boistfort Valley Farm
Kartoffelsalat - German Potato Salad
Kartoffelsalat - German Potato Salad
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. Scrub and remove eyes from your potatoes. Boil until tender but firm.
  2. Dice and fry your bacon. Reserve Fat.
  3. In a small fry pan, caramelize your onion with the olive oil on low heat for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.
  4. In a small pan on low heat, combine apple cider vinegar, bacon fat, beer, sugar, mustard, garlic powder and pepper.
  5. Dice potatoes and combine sauce, onions and chopped parsley in a large mixing bowl. Stir gently until well incorporated. Can be served warm or cold - enjoy!
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roastcali

Whole Roasted Cauliflower w/ Rosemary Garlic Cheese Sauce

Whole Roasted Cauliflower w/ Rosemary Garlic Cheese Sauce
Whole Roasted Cauliflower w/ Rosemary Garlic Cheese Sauce
Ingredients
The Cauliflower
The Sauce
Servings:
Instructions
The Cauliflower
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove leaves and cut cauliflower stem flush with the head so it can stay upright in a pie dish. Drizzle olive oil over head and sprinkle salt. pepper and smoked paprika over the florets.
  3. Roast in the oven until tender. Appx 1 hour.
  4. Remove from oven and serve with cheese sauce. (Recipe below)
The Sauce
  1. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until small bubbles form. Do not boil!
  2. Meanwhile, melt your butter in another saucepan over medium heat. Add your flour, stirring constantly until a thick paste forms. (2-3 minutes) Slowly add the milk to the flour paste, whisking constantly. Continue cooking, whisking constantly until the mixture thickens for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add your rosemary, garlic and cheese, whisking constantly until it is melted. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve with your roasted cauliflower!
Recipe Notes
Recipe by: Mirinda @ Boistfort Valley Farm
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St. Patrick’s Day Stew

With St. Patrick’s Day approaching, we’ve whipped up a little Irish dinner with some of the goodies we included in this week’s CSA share. I tend to shy away from the American beer with green food colouring and routy “Irish” themed parties. Instead, I try to honor my great-grandparents by cooking some traditional peasant food and having a nice Irish stout. Boring isn’t it?

Included in this recipe are a few items from your box. Potatoes (of course) are used along with the rutabagas, carrots and yellow onions. Traditionally, the stew would be served with lamb but due to some objections in our household we swapped it out with some local Washington pasture beef. Another spin on my usual recipe is the choice of beer. I decided to keep things local by using Iron Horse Brewery’s Irish Death. It’s a little sweeter than Guinness which pairs perfectly with the dish in my personal opinion. All of which came from the wonderfully wet state of Washington.

Served with the stew is some Irish Soda Bread. Plain and simple. Flour, baking soda, salt and buttermilk. For a great recipe and some interesting history of the dish, check out the following site: The Society for the Preservation of Irish Soda Bread.

Now let’s get on with the recipe and Erin go Braugh!

Recipe by: Mirinda @ Boistfort Valley Farm

 

St. Patrick's Day Stew
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
St. Patrick's Day Stew
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Servings Prep Time
6-8 people 25 minutes
Cook Time
3 hours
Ingredients
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. Our cat Jones INSISTED on being in the photo but I assure you, no kitties were harmed in the preparation of this dish. The cow on the other-hand I cannot vouch for. Prepare your mise en place (no clue how to say that in Gaelic) By cutting up your onions in large pieces. Smash and finely chop your garlic. Peel and cut your carrots and rutabagas into about 3/4 inch chunks. Scrub and remove eyes from your potatoes and large 1 inch chunks. Set aside.
  2. Season your stew meat with 1 tbsp of salt and and 1 tsp of pepper. Once seasoned, take a few paper towels and DRY the meat really well on all sides. This will help with the searing of the meat.
  3. In a large stock pot or dutch oven, heat to medium-high and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Once the oil is hot, add your meat a little at a time in batches without overcrowding the pot. Sear on each side for about 4 minutes. Add your finished meat to a separate bowl and set aside as you sear each batch.
  4. Remove all of your meat from the stock pot and set aside. Deglaze the pot with 3/4 cup of dry red wine and lower your heat. Whisk for about 4 minutes and get all of the stuck on meat goodies stirred up.
  5. At this point, add your onions and garlic and allow to cook until translucent and your wine has reduced and coated your onions.
  6. Return your meat chunks back to the pot and pour in 2 1/2 cups of stout beer and 32 oz. of beef broth along with your chopped carrots, 1 tablespoon of fresh thyme, 1/2 teaspoon of caraway seeds and Worcestershire sauce. Cover and let simmer on low for 90 minutes.
  7. After your meat and carrots have been simmering, add your potatoes, rutabagas and pearl barley. Cover and simmer on low heat for another hour. This would be a great time to start cooking your Irish Soda Bread *hint hint* (recipe link located above)
  8. After it's been cooking, remove the lid and stir the pot. Make sure to get all of the barley that may be on the bottom. Continue to simmer UNCOVERED for another 30 minutes until the sauce has thickened and your potatoes and barley have cooked through.
  9. Add salt and pepper to taste and chopped parsley. Stir and remove from heat and serve with Irish Soda Bread. Enjoy!
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