appetizer

Spicy Pineapple Chicken Kebabs

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 4 hours; 30 minutes active

Servings: 6

A pineapple, coconut milk marinade serves double duty as a tenderizer and, once cooked down, a rich, spicy sauce to drizzle over the grilled kebabs.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut milk

  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice

  • 2 tablespoons lime juice

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons Sriracha sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 large red bell peppers

  • 1 small pineapple, peeled and cored

  • 1/2 red onion

  • 4 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Preparation

  1. In a medium bowl, mix the coconut milk, pineapple juice, lime juice, honey, Sriracha sauce and soy sauce. Reserve.

  2. Cut the pepper, red onion, and pineapple into 1 1/2-inch chunks and add to the marinade. Slice each chicken breast into thirds lengthwise and widthwise into 9 similar-sized pieces. Place in the marinade and toss to coat, then refrigerate, covered, for at least 3 hours and up to 24 hours.

  3. Heat the grill and thread the chicken, peppers, onion, and pineapple onto 6 skewers, alternating the ingredients. Put the leftover marinade in a small pot and bring it to a vigorous boil, and cook until a meat or kitchen thermometer reads 165°F and sauce has reduced and thickened. Keep warm until ready to serve.

  4. When the grill is hot, use tongs to dip a wad of paper towel into a tablespoon of vegetable oil and swab the hot grill with it. Place the skewers on the grill and cook for about 5 minutes per side, moving the skewers to a cooler part of the grill if the pineapple and chicken show signs of burning. Serve the skewers drizzled with the sauce.

Serving Suggestion

A platter of jasmine or basmati rice studded with shredded coconut and just a dash of curry powder is a great base for the sweet and slightly spicy skewers. They’re also a tasty appetizer course, served with a chilled fruity Sauvignon Blanc or Viognier.

Nutritional Information

130 calories, 7 g. fat, 20 mg. cholesterol, 65 mg. sodium, 16 g. carbohydrate, 0 g. fiber, 1 g. protein

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Oven Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Butter

Total Time: 1 hour

Servings: 4

“Please stop boiling away all of my wonderful flavors and try roasting me for a change!” says the humble artichoke. To be honest, roasting artichokes isn’t going to be a quick and easy task. But, your guest will be impressed with this recipe that is not as fussy as you’d expect. Roasting artichokes results in a delicate flavor, tender heart, and lightly charred leaves! You’ll toss out those canned artichokes that have been sitting in your cupboard for years. Oven Roasted Artichokes with Lemon Garlic Butter is a great way to cook artichokes to preserve their wonderful flavor. You’ll want to make this every time you’re craving tasty thistles.

Ingredients

  • 2 lemons

  • 4 large artichokes

  • 6 cloves of garlic finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 2 tablespoon butter melted

  • 2 teaspoons of chopped Italian flat leaf parsley

  • 1 teaspoon flaky sea salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

  • 4 lemon wedges for garnish

Preparation

  1. Fill a large bowl with water (enough to cover the artichokes when halved). Cut 1 lemon in half. Squeeze the juice of the lemon into the water and toss in the lemon halves into the water.

  2. Prepare the artichokes: peel and trim, leaving about a 1/2 inch of the bottom stem of the artichoke. With a pairing knife, remove thick outer leaves from the bottom. With a sharp chef’s knife trim approximately 1 inch from the top of each artichoke. Using a good pair of kitchen shears, trip the tips of each leaf. (Be cautious! They can have sharp barbs.) Cut the artichoke in half from top to bottom and scoop the hairy choke from the center of each half. Toss the artichoke halves into the bowl of lemon water to prevent them from turning brown.

  3. Put 1 cup water in a large pan. Place the artichoke halves cut side up in the pan and bring it to simmer. Let simmer for 10 minutes. This will make the hearts nice and tender before roasting.

  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  5. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large roasting pan.

  6. In a small bowl add melted butter, finely grated zest, and juice from 1 lemon (make sure no lemon seeds sneak into your butter, or else someone will get a bitter surprise), chopped garlic, and chopped parsley.

  7. After 10 minutes of steaming, carefully remove the hot artichoke halves from the pan and place them into the oiled roasting pan. Gently toss them around to lightly coat them in the olive oil. If you lose a few leaves here and there it’s fine! Turn each artichoke cut side up.

  8. Spoon the butter mixture evenly into the cavity of each artichoke half and brush some of the mixture around the cavity of the leaves on the cut side.

  9. Season with salt and pepper.

  10. Roast in the preheated oven for 35-40 minutes. The cut edges should be golden brown.

  11. Remove the artichokes from the oven and serve with a wedge of lemon.

Beet Pesto Crostini

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes total; 20 minutes active

Servings: 4

Earthy, vibrant beets combine with garlic and crunchy sunflower seeds in this unusual (and vegan) pesto appetizer. Unlike herb pestos, this keeps refrigerated for a few days, tightly covered.

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Ingredients

  • 3 2-inch beets, about 6 ounces

  • 1 clove garlic, peeled

  • 5 tablespoons sunflower seeds, raw

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

  • 8 slices baguette, toasted

Preparation

  1. Wash the beets, but don't peel them. Place them in a small pot and add water to cover by an inch. Put on high heat and bring to a boil, then reduce to a vigorous simmer. Cook for about 10 minutes, until a paring knife inserted in a beet slips in easily.

  2. Drain the beets and rinse with cold water, then trim the tops and slip the skins off under the cold water. Let cool.

  3. In a food processor, mince the garlic. Add 1/4 cup of the sunflower seeds and pulse to chop finely. Add the beets and process until finely chopped. Add the olive oil and salt and pulse just to mix, don't puree.

  4. To serve, spread about 1 1/2 tablespoons of the beet mixture on each baguette slice.

To learn more about beets, click here!

Nutritional Information

190 calories, 10 g. fat, 0 mg. cholesterol, 470 mg. sodium, 20 g. carbohydrate, 3 g. fiber, 5 g. protein

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Chevre, Fig and Honey Pizzas

By: Co+op, stronger together

Total Time: 35 minutes (if using dried figs, less with fresh)

Servings:  4

This pizza is a lovely mix of sweet and savory, and showcases the Mediterranean flavors of figs and tangy cheese. If you are looking for some nibbles to serve alongside wine, make a few of these. They will be a hit!

Ingredients

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  • 4 small naan breads or pitas

  • 8 large fresh or dried, moist figs

  • 1 teaspoon red wine (if using dried figs)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • 6 ounces crumbled chevre

  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme sprigs

Preparation

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the naan or pita breads on a sheet pan and reserve. Slice the figs across the fruit, making rounds. If you are using dried figs, and they seem dry, put them in a small bowl and sprinkle with the wine. Let soak for ten minutes.

  2. Drain any remaining wine and distribute the fig slices on top of the naan. Drizzle with honey and sprinkle with pepper, then top with crumbled chevre and thyme.

  3. Bake for 12-15 minutes, until the bread is crisp on the bottom and the cheese is melted. Serve hot.

To learn more about figs, click here! 

Nutritional Information

351 Calories, 1 g. fat, 15 mg. cholesterol, 537 mg. sodium, 57 g. carbohydrate, 16 g. fiber, 13 g. protein

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