Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Brown Butter and Sage Sauce

I made this sauce to cover mushroom ravioli. It was done so quickly, and eaten even faster, so I didn't get a chance to take pictures. But I promise, it was delicious! So much better than the jarred pasta sauces I usually use for quick dishes like this. I always have these ingredients on hand, so I'm making this my go-to sauce for pasta from now on. Sage, brown butter, parmesan, and lemon juice-oh YES!

Brown Butter and Sage Sauce
* From Mario Batali

Pasta, of choice
4 tablespoons salted butter
8 sage leaves (leave whole or tear into pieces)
1/2 lemon, juiced
1/4 cup grated parmesan

While your pasta cooks, melt the butter in a 12 to 14-inch sauté pan and continue cooking until golden brown color appears in the thinnest liquid of the butter. Add sage leaves and remove from heat. Add lemon juice and set aside. Drain the pasta, reserving some of the cooking water, and gently pour the pasta into the sauté pan and return to heat. Add the cheese and toss to coat. Use the pasta water to thin a bit, if necessary.


Hubby's Favorite Apple Crisp

Somehow I didn't take a single picture of this recipe. Maybe that's because Hubby ate it so quickly. I, on the other hand, didn't eat any of it. This recipe was too sweet for me, but I've come to realize that I don't really like very sweet flavors. I love my mom's apple crisp, which I make with Granny Smith apples for that tart bite. I'm glad I used Granny Smiths in this recipe too, since it cut the sweetness a bit. Hubby declared this his new favorite apple crisp recipe. I guess next time I make it for him, I'll have to take a picture!

Hubby's Favorite Apple Crisp
*From Mommy's Kitchen

4-5 apples, peeled and sliced (I used Granny Smith apples)
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice (I used about 2/3 of a cup)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup all purpose flour
1 cup sugar
1 stick cold margarine (not butter)

Preheat oven to 400º. In a small bowl, mix the cinnamon and sugar together. Add a single layer of cinnamon sugar onto the bottom of an ungreased 8x8 or 9x9 inch baking pan.

Layer sliced apples, sprinkling the cinnamon sugar mixture in between each layer. Make sure to use enough of the mixture to cover each layer.

Once the apples are to the top of the pan, cover with a final layer of cinnamon and sugar. Mix the vanilla extract and apple cider together in a measuring cup. Pour the apple cider mixture over the apples.

Using a pastry cutter or fork, blend the 3 topping ingredients together until crumbly. Cover the apples with the topping and bake for 25-35 minutes until golden brown and bubbly. Cool and serve.