weeknight gourmet

Category : Jess’s Picks

Zucchini Tart With Crumbled Sausage and Dijon

IMG_0023I posted a photo of this recipe on Facebook about a month ago.  It was the second time I made it and it is SO tasty.  I’ve made it with sweet and hot sausage.  Both work well.  I also added some grilled corn (as seen in photo).  The mustard – sausage combo is tasty and I think could work with a number of different veggies.

In general puff pastry is a great starting point for easy savory tarts.  Here are a few of my favorites:

These tarts are a great brunch, lunch, or dinner!  Super delicious with a simple green salad.

Zucchini Tart With Crumbled Sausage and Dijon
Real Simple

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 pound sweet Italian sausage links, casings removed
  • 2 small zucchini (about 1 pound), sliced
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • 1 sheet puff pastry (half a 17.3-ounce package), thawed
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • green salad, for serving

Heat oven to 400° F. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the sausage and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until cooked partway through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate using a slotted spoon; reserve the skillet.

Add the zucchini, 2 tablespoons water, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper to the drippings in the skillet. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just beginning to soften, 4 to 5 minutes.

Unfold the pastry on a baking sheet and prick all over with a fork, leaving a ½-inch border around the dough. Spread the mustard on the pastry (avoiding the border); top with the zucchini and sausage. Bake until the pastry is golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

Cut the tart into 8 pieces. Serve with salad.

My Go-To Turkey Chili

I made this on Monday night but haven’t had a chance to post.

This is my go-to chili recipe!  I have made this recipe for and passed it along to countless people.  Everyone loves it!  It’s hard to believe you can get such flavor out of a 30-minute meal.  Of course, it tastes even better the next day!

The key to recipe is the chipotle chili en adobo.  It adds a great heat and  smokiness to the dish.  I usually add a bit more than the recipe calls for but it is spicy so if you want to tone down the heat use what the recipe calls for or a little less.

If you don’t have Mexican beer on hand, a Bud Light will do.

I usually serve with chips or tortillas, diced avocado, grated cheese, and sour cream for Tim.  Often I double the recipe and freeze half of it.

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I’ll be making a big pot of this chili several more times this fall and winter!

30-Minute Turkey Chili

Food Network Kitchens

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 chipotle chile en adobo, coarsely chopped, with 1 tablespoon sauce
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (12-ounce) Mexican lager-style beer
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can whole peeled tomatoes, with their juice
  • 1 (15 1/2-ounce) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • Sliced scallions, cilantro sprigs, avocado, sour cream, grated Monterey jack cheese, and/or tortilla chips, for garnish, optional

Heat the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, salt, chili powder, and oregano and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and the chipotle chile and sauce; cook 1 minute more.

Add the turkey, breaking it up with a wooden spoon, and cook until the meat loses its raw color, about 3 minutes. Add the beer and simmer until reduced by about half, about 8 minutes.

Add the tomatoes–crushing them through your fingers into the skillet–along with their juices and the beans; bring to a boil. Cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 10 minutes.

Ladle the chili into bowls and serve with the garnishes of your choice.

Cook’s Note: A skillet’s larger surface area reduces sauces faster than simmering in a saucepan.

Attention iPhone Users: Epicurious App!

epiI discovered that Epicurious has an iPhone application! For those of you not familiar with Epicurious, it is the cooking website owned by Conde Nast that publishes recipes from Bon Appetit and Gourmet.

Their iPhone app let’s you search their database of 5,000 weeknight meals, see photos and reviews, and then add the recipe as a favorite and to your shopping list.

Last night I added three recipes I am thinking of making this coming week and already have a shopping list assembled on my phone. So cool!