Turkey and Artichoke Puttanesca

It’s still a cold one here on the east coast and we still have snow on the ground. It was a chilly, rainy day today and I wanted something warming to the soul, yet a little spicy and deeply satisfying. And I also want to do a little bit of spring cleaning, starting with the freezer. And that bag of artichokes has been staring at me for quite a while. And they always feel like spring to me. A girl can be hopeful right? Lol. This makes a juicy potful of goodness that’s great topped on a pile of rice, broken noodles, or even mashed potatoes. Enjoy!

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  • 1 1/4 pound turkey cutlets, cut into strips
  • 1 14oz. bag of frozen artichokes, defrosted and squeezed dry if necessary
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Castelvetrano olives, ripped in half
  • 2 1/2 cups good quality puttanesca sauce (a 24 oz. jar)

In a heavy bottomed pot, melt the butter over low heat until bubbling add turkey and saute for about 10 minutes or so. Add tomato sauce, artichokes and olives and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower the heat and simmer for about 20 minutes until turkey is cooked through. Serves about 4.

DSC05634I just love the rustic-fanciness of this dish! It’s so tasty too!

Make someone happy tonight! ;)

Cedar Planked Salmon with Artichokes, Olives, Sun Dried Tomatoes & Roasted Red Peppers

Time is flying by and it’s hard to believe that Labor Day is this Monday, it’s the last unofficial weekend of summer. I know there will still be hot days (I hope) left and I have yet to go down the shore! I love it after the season, when the boardwalk is almost empty and the feeling of fall is in the air. Labor Day is always a little bittersweet but this meal will help the transition. ;) Enjoy this meal by candlelight, while relaxing outdoors as a late summer breeze passes by, as you savor the last bits of summertime. This is enough for 2 to 3 people to share. Have a great weekend and Labor Day! :)

  • 1 pound salmon, skin left on, in one piece
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 olive oil plus more for drizzling
  • 1/2 cup marinated artichoke halves, *rinsed if needed
  • about 6 sun dried tomato halves, ripped into pieces
  • 1 heaping tablespoon pitted oil cured olives
  • 2 large garlic cloves, crushed and roughly minced
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped fire roasted red pepper plus about about 1 pepper, cut into halves, about 3-4 pieces
  • a few leaves rosemary leaves, minced
  • fresh ground pepper
  • sea salt
  • (1) 11×7 cedar plank, (one that will fit the salmon, usually they have them by the seafood dept)

To start, soak your cedar plank for over an hour. In the meantime, melt the butter and olive oil on low heat and add the garlic. Saute until the garlic is soft, add in the artichokes, olives, sun dried tomatoes, 2 tablespoons of the red pepper and a few rosemary leaves minced, season with sea salt and ground black pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes until heated through and set aside, keeping them warm.  Heat up your grill to about 550 degrees, place your plank on the grill for about 3 minutes, pull it off and flip the plank. Drizzle a little olive oil on the grilled side and place your red pepper halves on it. On top of the red pepper place your salmon, skin side down and drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Place on the grill and grill for about 8 minutes. Keep an eye on it, as mine began to burn, so definitely keep a spray bottle nearby!    Please wear gloves to protect your hands and handle with a sturdy pair of tongs. The cooking time really depends on the thickness of the fish, so test with a fork to check for doneness. After the 8 minutes, top with half of the veggies and grill for another 7 minutes or so, keeping an eye on it. Once it’s done, add the rest of the veggies on top.

I served the salmon with corn grits but buttered garlicky orzo or polenta would be great with this also. To make the corn grits you need:

  • 1/2 cup stone ground white corn grits
  • 1 cup chicken stock, *water works fine
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter  
  • sea salt 
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • minced fresh rosemary leaves

Bring the chicken stock, water, butter and sea salt to a boil on high heat. Slowly add in the grits and lower the heat stirring often, for about 8 minutes. The recommended cooking time is 15-20 minutes but found they cooked quickly, so test them. Once they are to your liking, add in the heavy cream, ground pepper and a few minced leaves of rosemary. Garnish with fresh rosemary leaves. Enjoy!

 

Pantry Potato Salad

I usually have some goodies stocked in the cupboard like olives, anchovies, marinated artichoke hearts, lots of beans, pasta, salty capers and olive oil. It’s great to have it on hand because in a pinch you can throw together a quick bean salad or a nice, salty anchovy pasta dish. This rustic potato salad is nice to serve with buttery grilled fish and crusty bread to soak up all of the olive oil dressing and any juices from the fish.

  • 2 cups of cooked fingerling potatoes, about 10, assorted sizes.
  • 1 6 oz. jar marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1 cup halved black olives
  • 1 2 oz. can anchovies rolled with capers, roughly chopped, feel for any bones and remove
  • 2 tablespoons Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • handful of parsley, roughly chopped
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • fresh ground pepper

Cut your potatoes at a diagonal, about an inch wide and add them to a bowl. Feel free to use any kind of potatoes you have on hand. Add your drained artichoke hearts, a little of the liquid, olives, anchovies, onion and parsley. Mix your olive oil, apple cider vinegar and ground black pepper. Mix your salad with the dressing and let it sit at room temperature for a while so the flavors intermingle together. Enjoy!