Use a pantry staple to spice up comfort food classics
As chilly weather sets in and these shorter days, comfort food favorites once again fill menus for the Rogue Valley. While traditional flavor combinations typically hold a special place in many families’ hearts and on their plates, there is almost always room to add new and exciting flavors to tried-and-true favorites.
If you’re craving cheesy scalloped potatoes, savory stuffing or juicy braised meat, an option like California Ripe Olives is an easy addition that can spruce up your go-to dishes. Their mild and unique taste lends itself well to many different flavor pairings such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast, Potatoes Au Gratin with Olives and Fennel, and Green Beans with Olive Butter.
California family farms produce 95% of the ripe olives grown in the United States. Multi-generational family farmers work with family-owned canneries to produce each can and ensure only the highest quality olives make it from the farm to your table. For more creative ways to use olives, including family recipes from growers across California, visit CalOlive.org.
Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast
Recipe courtesy of Karista’s Kitchen
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 quarts water
- 3 1/2-4 pounds turkey breast
- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
- 1 tablespoon orange zest
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4-1/3 cup dried cranberries
- 3/4 cup sliced California Green Ripe Olives, divided
- 4-5 slices prosciutto
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
- 1-1 ½ cups chicken broth
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- orange slices, for garnish
- To brine turkey breast: In large, non-reactive bowl, mix salt, peppercorns and bay leaves in water. Place turkey breast in brine and cover with additional water, if needed. Place plastic wrap over the bowl and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
- To cook turkey breast: Heat oven to 375° F.
- Remove turkey breast from brine, rinse and pat dry. On large cutting board with a sharp, sturdy knife, slice into thickest portion of turkey and cut lengthwise, but not all the way through.
- Brush inside of turkey breast with 1 tablespoon olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, rosemary, parsley, and orange zest. Spread minced garlic, cranberries and 1/2 cup sliced green olives over the bottom half of turkey breast then fold the top over bottom.
- Brush outside of turkey breast with remaining olive oil and place prosciutto slices over top of turkey breast. Using three pieces of kitchen twine, tie turkey breast on each end and in middle.
- On a baking sheet, roast turkey 15 minutes then turn the heat down to 350° F and roast 35-45 minutes. Once the internal temperature reaches about 155° F, remove from oven and tent foil over top to allow it to continue cooking and stay warm. Let turkey rest about 15 minutes.
- Once the turkey is cool enough to handle, remove kitchen twine and slice. Arrange slices on a platter.
- To make gravy: Take remaining juice from the baking sheet and add to a saucepan over medium heat along with butter. Once butter is melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk. While whisking, add 1 cup chicken broth. If it becomes thick, add 1/2 cup chicken broth, or more, as needed. Let the gravy cook several minutes, whisking constantly.
- When the gravy is done, remove from heat and drizzle over sliced turkey breast. Garnish with remaining green olives and orange slices. Serve warm.
Green Beans with Olive Butter
Recipe courtesy of Culinary Hill
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
- 20 California Black Ripe Olives, chopped
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped
- 4 quarts, plus 1/4 cup, water, divided
- 1 tablespoon salt, plus additional, to taste
- 2 pounds green beans, trimmed
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- In a food processor, pulse butter, olives, shallots, and garlic; set aside.
- In large saucepan or stockpot, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to boil.
- Add green beans and boil until tender-crisp, but still bright green, about 3-5 minutes. Work in batches, if necessary. Drain well and immediately plunge into a bowl of ice water to stop cooking. In a large skillet, add remaining water over medium heat. Add blanched beans and toss until heated through.
- Toss beans with olive butter to coat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer to a serving platter.
Potatoes Au Gratin with Fennel and Olives
Recipe courtesy of Heather Likes Food
- 1 bulb fennel, washed, stalks removed and cored
- 1/2 yellow onion
- 2 large russet potatoes, washed and peeled
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, heavy whipping cream, divided
- 1/2 cup California Ripe Black Ripe Olives, sliced
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
- 3/4 cup Gruyere cheese, grated, divided
- 3/4 cup Jarlsberg cheese, grated, divided
- Heat oven to 350° F.
- Using mandoline or handheld slicer, thinly slice fennel, onion, and potatoes.
- In a medium pan, heat olive oil and butter then saute onion and fennel over medium-low heat 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat.
- In a large bowl, combine sliced potatoes with 1 cup cream, olives, salt, pepper and all but 2 tablespoons of each cheese.
- Add cooked fennel and onion to a bowl and stir to combine.
- Transfer potato mixture to 8-by-8-inch baking dish or deep pie plate and flatten the surface so potatoes are mostly submerged in cream.
- In a small bowl, combine remaining cheese with remaining cream. Sprinkle cheese over top of potatoes evenly.
- Bake 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and the top is golden brown and bubbly. If needed, tent with foil to prevent the top from becoming too brown.
- Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.
(Brian Casey) (RogueValleyMagazine.com)
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