Haricots Verts à l’Orange – Green Beans with Orange

Haricots Verts à l’Orange

Ingredients:
2 cups Green Beans, stems removed
1 red Peperocini Pepper, de-ribbed, de-seeded, minced
2 cloves Garlic, minced
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1/4 cup Orange Juice
1 tsp Orange Zest
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Heat the Olive Oil on Medium in a heavy skillet.
  • Add the Garlic and Peppers, and toss for 1 minute.
  • Add the Green Beans and mix well. Toss for about 4 minutes.
  • Add the Orange Juice, and continue to toss until Greenbeans are a bright Green, depending on skillet and heat, about 3-5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat. Toss in Salt and Pepper to taste, and garnish with Orange Zest.

Makes 4 servings.

NOTES: This adds a citrus flavor to the Green Beans that is a little sweeter and hotter than the normal Lemon juice that one often sees with a stovetop Green Bean saute.

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Orange and Fennel Turkey Breasts

Orange and Fennel Turkey Breasts

Ingredients:
2 Turkey Breasts, boneless, & butterfly cut
2 Fennel Bulbs, thinly sliced perpendicular
2 Shallots thinly sliced
1/2 cup Orange Juice
1/4 cup Turkey Stock (or Chicken Stock)
2 Seedless Oranges segment cut
1/4 cup Raisins
2 Tbsp Capers
1/3 cup Fresh Parsley, chopped fine
1 tsp Cumin, ground
1 Tbsp Olive Oil
1 tsp Orange Zest
Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions:

  • Dust the Turkey Breasts with the Cumin, and Salt and Pepper as needed.
  • Heat up a large skillet on medium heat and add the Olive Oil.
  • Saute the Turkey Breasts on both sides, about 3-5 minutes each (depending on thickness) until cooked through and starting to brown. Remove to the side
  • In the Skillet add the Fennel and Onion and cook for 3-5 minutes, until tender.
  • Add the Stock, Orange Juice, and Raisins, bring to a boil, and then reduce the heat and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Add the Orange segments and simmer for another 2 minutes, stirring often but trying not to break up the segments.
  • Plate the Turkey and cover with the Fennel Orange topping.
  • Garnish with fresh Parsley, Capers, and Orange Zest.

Makes 2-4 servings (depending on the size of the breasts).

NOTES: I tend to use Naval Oranges for this recipe. In fact if you get two Naval Oranges for segments, and then another 2 for the Juice, it is amazing! Use fresh Zest from the Oranges, not the store-bought kind.

Prickly-Pear Fruit Salad

Ingredients:
4 Prickly-Pear Cactus Fruit
2 Kiwi
1 Mango
1 Orange
1/2 cup Heavy Cream
1-2 tsp Granulated Sugar
Dash of Cinnamon
1 tsp Orange Zest
Fresh Mint for Garnish

Directions:

  • Prepare the Fruit.
    • Prickly-Pear Cactus Fruit: Cut off the top and bottom, and cut a line across the flesh lengthwise, about 1 cm deep (at most). Carefully pull the Skin from the magenta flesh. Be careful, as there may still be spines on the skin. Slice in disks or dice into bite-size pieces. Be careful not to make them too small.
    • Kiwi: Peel the skin and then slice into disks. Discard the ends.
    • Mango: Peel the skin, and slice the flesh off the core. Dice the flesh into bite size pieces.
    • Orange: Using a knife, cut away the skin, exposing the orange slices. Use a sharp knife and cut out the segments.
  • In a Bowl, whip the Cream, Sugar, and Cinnamon until peaks form.
  • Plate the Fruit in small bowls, and add a dollop of the Whipped Cream.
  • Add Orange Zest and Mint as a Garnish.

Makes 3 servings.

NOTES: Prickly-Pear Cactus Fruit are also known as “Indian Figs” or tuna in Spanish, and are the fruit of the Opuntia genus of cacti also known as Nopales. They come in a variety of colors, but I like the magenta ones.  The consistency is somewhat like watermelon, and the seeds are edible.  This fruit salad is great especially when chilled in the freezer for 20 minutes before serving (Obviously, you’d not put the Whipped Cream on till after you take it out and plate it).

Orange Turmeric Cornish Hens

Orange Turmeric Cornish Hens

Ingredients:
2 Cornish Hens
2 small Oranges (Clementine or Mandarin are fine)
5 cloves Garlic, sliced length-wise in half
1 cup Greek-Style yogurt
1 tsp Turmeric
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
1/4 tsp Coriander Seed, ground
1/4 tsp Cardamom
1/2 tsp Cilantro, dried
1/2 tsp Salt
1/4 tsp Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Orange Zest

Directions:

  • Slice 1 Orange in half. Leave the other Orange alone for now.
  • Divide the Garlic between the two Orange halves, and poke them into the flesh of the Orange. You should have five slivers of Garlic per Orange half.
  • Place each Garlic-studded Orange into a Cornish Hen, garlic-side down.
  • In a small bowl combine the Yogurt, Spices, Herbs, Seasonings, and Zest, and mix well.
  • In a large bowl or pan, cover the Hens with the Yogurt mixture. Make sure to get the bottom of the Hens. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat the oven to 400°F
  • Place the marinated hens in a shallow baking dish, and place in the oven.
  • Bake for 45 minutes, then increase heat to 500°F for an additional 15 minutes.
  • Slice the remaining Orange into rounds (1/8″ thick) and use as a bed for the Hens to set upon for serving.
  • Remove the Hens and place on the Orange bed.

Makes 2 Servings.

NOTES: You can increase the spices to give it a kick, or add some crushed red pepper. This dish was one of those happy accidents–I wanted something with some flavor, some citrus, and Cornish hens were on sale. I was so pleased with the turn out I had to share it. If I were to assign an ethnicity to the food, I’d probably say it is reminiscent of a Tandoori-style chicken in Indian cuisine. A true Tandoori would use a Marsala spice mixture (which does include cayenne pepper). Additionally, tandoori chicken is cooked in a clay oven called a Tandoor.

Fruitcake

Dedicated to my Mom and to Lucile F. Locher Mishler “Mum”, her maternal grandmother.

Traditional Fruitcake

Ingredients:
2 cups mixed Dried Fruits, minced
1 cup Rum
1 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp Nutmeg
1 tsp Ginger
3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
3/4 cup Brown Sugar
5 Eggs
3 Tbsp Canola Oil
1/4 cup Rum
1 Tbsp Lemon Zest
1 Tbsp Orange Zest
1/2 cup Pecans, chopped
1 cup Pecans, whole
1 cup Candied Red Cherries
1 cup Candied Green Cherries
1 cup Candied Pineapple

Directions:

  • Soak the minced Dried Fruits in 1 cup of Rum overnight.
  • Preheat the Oven to 300°F.
  • Sift together the Flour, Baking Powder, Salt, and Spices into a large bowl.
  • In a second bowl cream the Eggs with the Sugars.
  • Whisk in the Olive Oil and 1/4 cup Dark Rum.
  • Slowly incorporate into the Flour mixture.
  • Fold in the Dried Fruits, Zest, and 1/2 cup of crushed Pecans.
  • Grease a bunt pan well.
  • Pour mixture into the bunt pan, and lightly tap it against the counter.
  • Decorate with the Candied Fruits and whole Pecans.
  • Bake on the middle rack for about 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in it comes out clean.

NOTES: Fruitcake has always been one of my favorite deserts.  My mom tells me about how when she grew up her grandmother “Mum” used to make Fruitcake in early fall, and stick it in cheesecloth a tin.  Every couple weeks she’d pour Port on top of it.  By Christmas it was amazing.  I’m still nervous about keeping a cake in a tin and pouring alcohol on it for over a month…so here’s my version with a less pungent Rum.

Mixed Dried Fruit can include Cranberries, Raisins, Dates, Figs, Apricots, Apples, Pears, Pruns, etc.

Orange Icing

Ingredients:Vegan VariationVegetarian
2 cups Confectioners Sugar, sifted
2 Tbsp unsalted Butter, room temperature
2 Tbsp Orange Juice
1 Tbsp Orange Zest
1/4 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/4 tsp Cloves, ground

Directions:

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine Sugar, Zest, Vanilla, Cloves, and Butter.
  • Slowly incorporate the Orange Juice so that no lumps occur.

Variations:
Orange Whipped Dip
Fold into 2 cups Whipped Cream and serve with a Fruit Tray

Ṽ›Ɣ – Use Margarine instead of Butter. If doing Orange Whipped Dip, use a Non-Dairy Whipped Topping.

Suggested Uses:
Icing on Orange Cookies
Icing on Sugar Cookies

Orange Cookies

IngredientsVegetarian
1 1/2 cups All Purpose Flour
1/2 tsp Baking Soda
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Cloves, ground
1/3 cup Buttermilk, lightly whipped
1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
1/3 cup unsalted Butter, room temperature
1/2 cup Sugar
1 large Egg, beaten
3 Tbsp Orange Juice
1 Tbsp Orange Zest, grated

Orange Icing

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Sift Cloves, Flour, Baking Powder, and Salt into a large bowl.
  • In a second bowl, combine Buttermilk, Egg, and Vanilla Extract.
  • In a third mixing bowl, cream the Butter and Sugar.
  • Using a blender, incorporate the Flour and Buttermilk mixtures. Pour a little of the Flour mixture and mix, then a little of the Buttermilk and mix.
  • When all is incorporated, slowly add the Orange Juice and Orange Zest
  • On a greased baking sheet, spoon batter (2 Tbsp each). Try to make them round, and leave 1 inch room between drops.
  • Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cookie puffs and begins to lightly brown.
  • Remove and let rest on wire rack.
  • Frost the underside of the cookies and flip so that the frosted side is the new top.

Cranberry Sauce

Ingredients:Vegan
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 cup Water
4 cups Fresh Cranberries
1/2 Tbsp Orange Zest
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground Cloves

Directions:

  • Clean Cranberries, removing bad ones and leaves.
  • In a large saucepan (with lid), bring Water and Sugar to boil.
  • Add Cranberries, and cover with lid.
  • Cranberries will begin to pop, and can splatter. This is HOT, thus why the lid is there.
  • After 5 minutes, reduce heat to low, and remove the lid.
  • Cook down mixture until thickened, and Add Spices and Zest.

NOTE: Some people serve it hot, but I prefer it cool. If you want to make a “jelled” version, use 2 Tbsp Orange Juice instead of Zest. After cooking, use a wire strainer and push the pulp through. You may need to reduce the sauce more.

Orange Glazed Carrots

Ingredients:Vegan VariationVegetarian
1 lb Baby Carrots
1/4 cup Orange Juice
3 Tbsp Brown Sugar
1/4 tsp Corn Starch
2 Tbsp Butter
1/4 tsp ground Ginger
1/4 tsp ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Orange Zest
1/4 tsp Lemon Zest
1 pinch Salt
1/4 tsp Fresh Parsley, chopped

Directions:

  • In a saucepan, bring the Carrots to a boil, until tender. Drain and return to Saucepan.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together Corn Starch and Orange Juice until no lumps.
  • Combine Orange Juice Mixture and all ingredients except Parsley into the saucepan with the Carrots.
  • Cook on low heat until sauce thickens and is bubbly.
  • For plating, garnish with Parsley.

Variations:
Ṽ›Ɣ – Substitute Margarine for the Butter.