Exotic Vegetable Recipes

Romanesco “Couscous”

Romanesco “Couscous” Of course, since the “couscous” is made from a vegetable rather than wheat, it’s also a gluten free alternative. Ingredients 1 Head of Romanesco 1 Medium Shallot, minced ¼ cup Champagne Vinegar ¼ cup of Water ¼ Fennel
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How to Prep Guajes (Huajes)

Guajes (Huajes) are an exotic vegetable consumed in Mexico and some South East Asian countries.  The seed pod of the Leucaena tree, guajes look like incredibly long sugar snap peas. Both the outer pods and inner seeds of guajes range
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Fava & Fresh Chickpea Salad

Fava & Fresh Chickpea Salad The mix of herbs, greens and fresh beans in this salad gives it a crisp, fresh flavor that’s like Spring distilled into a starter. If you don’t have both favas and fresh chickpeas available, you
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Fresh Chickpea & Fava Bean Dip

Fresh Chickpea & Fava Bean Dip Move over hummus and guacamole…there’s a new dip in town! Refreshingly light & fresh, while still being creamy enough to cling to crackers (etc) this dip was a hit at our photo shoot. It
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Poached Baby Artichokes with Cheese & Herbs

Poached Baby Artichokes with Cheese & Herbs Baby artichokes are a more delicate and elegant alternative to the full-sized variety. In this tasty side dish we’ve paired them with vinegar, herbs and parmesan cheese. For a more basic alternative, check
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How to Roast Tomatillos

Tomatillos have a beautiful green flavor and bright, tangy zing that makes them a great addition to salsas and sauces.  The easiest way to soften them and bring out their full flavor is to roast them whole in the oven. How to
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How to Grill Cactus Pads

Once their thorns are removed (or you’ve bought previously de-thorned ones), cactus pads are easy to grill.  Grilling them adds a smokey, char flavor to their tangy-sour zing.  Grilled cactus pads are often sliced into strips (called nopalitos in Spanish)
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How to Quick-Pickle

Pickles don’t have to take days or weeks to make at home.  With the right pickling liquid recipe and thinly sliced vegetables you can make what chefs refer to as a “quick pickle.” Quick pickles develop a lot of flavor
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Treviso & Black Garlic Rabbit Salad

Treviso & Black Garlic Rabbit Salad Treviso is a deep red Italian bitter green that is often grilled, roasted, or braised as cooking reduces its bitter flavor. However, it can also be used in dishes showcasing that very bitterness, like
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Shishito Yuzu-ade Cocktail

Shishito Yuzu-ade Cocktail This inventive take on a Vodka Lemonade muddles shishito peppers and uses yuzu juice instead of lemonade. The resulting summery/spring cocktail is packed with shishitos’ citrusy-peppery aroma & flavor (without much heat) with yuzu’s complex floral-lemon-grapefruit notes
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Twice Baked Delicata Squash

Twice Baked Delicata Squash (it’s as good as it sounds) This recipe uses the same technique used for twice-baked potatoes, first roasting the squash, then scooping the innards out and mixing them with other ingredients for a flavorful puree. The
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Garlic Scape Chimichurri Roast

Picanha-Style Garlic Scape Roast with Garlic Scapes Chimichurri Picanha is traditionally made with the coulotte (sirloin cap) cut in Brazil, but you could also substitute top sirloin. It is roasted over open flames and served as one of the meats in the
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