Rustic Stuffed Acorn Squash

Rustic Stuffed Acorn Squash

Loaded with vitamins, Acorn Squash has more potassium, calcium, magnesium, and folate than any other variety of squash. After baking the squash, we pile the center high with a flavorful stuffing including applewood smoked bacon, toasted walnuts, apples, gruyere cheese, and fresh fall herbs. Then sprinkled with more cheese, it’s bake until golden brown on top.

1 tablespoon butter, melted
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Kosher salt
Fresh ground black pepper
2 large or 3 medium acorn squash, halved and seeded
1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons fresh sage, divided
2 pieces applewood smoked bacon, cut into thin strips to make lardons
½ cup onion, finely chopped
1 celery rib, finely chopped
2 apples, Fuji, Honey Crisp, or other firm apple, cored and cubed
2 cups breadcrumbs1 cup toasted chopped walnuts
¼ cup boiled cider
¼ cup shredded gruyere cheese
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
Fresh ground pepper

Preheat the oven to 400˚F.

Combine the melted butter, garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon pepper, and 2 teaspoons sage; brush over cut sides and cavity of squash. Place in a large roasting pan, cut side up, and roast in the oven for 1 hour, until the squash is tender but still holds its shape.

While the squash bakes, sauté the bacon lardons over medium heat in a large sauté pan. Remove the cooked bacon lardons, drain on paper towels and set aside. Leaving the fat remaining in the pan, place the sauté pan back on the heat and add the onion and celery with a pinch of salt. Sauté until the vegetables are starting just to soften. Add the apples and sauté until the apple are soft and a small knife can pass through one of the apples.

Add the croutons and walnuts to a large bowl. Pour the warm vegetables over the croutons and walnuts. Add the boiled cider, cooked bacon lardons, the rest of the sage, ⅔ of the gruyere cheese, the parsley, ½ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper. Mix well. Add evenly to the squash cavities and sprinkle with the remaining cheese. Place back in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Makes 6 servings, serve immediately.


Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Cast Iron Pan Pizza

Brussels Sprouts and Bacon Cast Iron Pan Pizza

Loaded with oven roasted Brussels sprout leaves, applewood smoked bacon, and Parmesan cheese over an onion jam base – it’s the perfect fall Friday night pizza or the perfect food to warm up on the cooler nights.

6 slices thick cut applewood smoked bacon, we prefer Neiman Ranch
2 tablespoons Maple Sugar or Cane Sugar
3 cups Brussels sprouts
Olive oil
Kosher Salt
½ pound Pizza Dough, store bought, at room temperature
3 tablespoons Onion Jam, high-quality store-bought or homemade
½ cup finely shredded low moisture mozzarella cheese
¼ cup finely shredded parmesan cheese

To prepare the bacon, preheat the oven 450˚ F. Place the bacon on a cooling rack set over a foil-lined sheet tray. Sprinkle with the sugar, then bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, cool slightly, and then cut each strip into 10 pieces. Leave the oven on.

While the bacon cooks, using a small paring knife, continue slicing off small pieces of the stem of a Brussels sprout to remove all the leaves from the sprout; cut the remaining small center in half. Add to a bowl until you have 3 cups. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and ½ teaspoon salt. Toss to combine and set aside.

Set the oven temperature up to 525˚ F. Roll out the pizza dough into a 12” circle.

On the stovetop, heat a 12” cast iron pan over medium-high to just hot. Remove from the heat and add 1½ tablespoon of olive oil. Using a pastry brush, spread to cover the pan bottom then sprinkle with ½ teaspoon salt. Carefully add the dough to the hot pan and press to cover the bottom and slightly up the side. Lightly brush the dough, especially the edges where the crust will form, with olive oil and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Top with the onion jam, spreading evenly in the center leaving a 1” border. Add the mozzarella cheese, then the Brussels sprout leaves, followed by the bacon. Top the pizza with the Parmesan cheese, place in the oven, and bake for 10 -12 minutes or until the crust is golden brown. Remove from the oven and immediately remove from the cast iron pan. Rest 5 minutes before cutting into 8 servings.

Pan Seared Chicken with Cider Lemon Sauce, Caramelized Apples, Cheddar Polenta with Fresh Corn, and Sautéed Mustard Greens

Pan Seared Chicken with Cider Lemon Sauce, Caramelized Apples, Cheddar Polenta with Fresh Corn, and Sautéed Mustard Greens

With all the flavor of the season, our farm-fresh dinner will soon be your fall favorite. Oven roasted, crispy skin chicken breasts are served with a cider lemon butter sauce alongside sweet sautéed apples, creamy cheddar polenta with fresh corn, and tangy mustard greens. With these easy to make recipes, you can pick your favorites or prepare them all.

Pan Seared Chicken with Cider Lemon Sauce
4 boneless, with skin, chicken breast halves
2 tablespoons olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
½ cup white wine
1 cup chicken sodium free chicken stock
½ cup boiled cider
½ cup fresh lemon juice

Preheat the oven to 400˚F.

Preheat a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat, until the surface of the pan is very hot. With paper towels, dry the chicken breasts then season well with salt and pepper. Add the oil to the pan and heat until the oil is just moving in ripples. Place the chicken, skin side down, in the pan and cook until the skin is golden about 4 minutes. Turn the chicken breasts skin side up, add a tablespoon of butter and place the skillet in the oven. Cook for 15-20 minutes until an instant-read thermometer registers 165˚F when inserted into the thickest part of the chicken. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Pour off all fat remaining in the skillet and place over medium-high heat. Add the wine and deglaze while scraping up any browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon. Add the stock and bring to a boil and cook until it thickened about 6 minutes. Whisk in the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, boiled cider, and lemon juice. Cook 3-5 minutes until thickened, adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, and serve with the chicken

Caramelized Apples
3 tablespoons butter
4 large apples, Fuji, Honey Crisp, or another sweet firm apple, peeled, cored, cut into 16 wedges per apple
2 tablespoons Lyle’s Golden Cane syrup
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Pinch of salt

Melt the butter in a large nonstick sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the apples, syrup, lemon juice and salt, and sauté until tender and the edges are lightly browned about 9 minutes. Cover and serve warm.

Cheddar Polenta with Fresh Corn
2 ears of corn, husks and silks removed, cut off of cob
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup of Polenta
Chicken stock, the amount per polenta packaging directions
½ cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup cream

Sauté the fresh corn over medium heat in 1 tablespoon butter for 7-8 minutes, remove and set aside.

Follow the directions on the packaging of polenta using the chicken stock for the liquid. When cooked, add the corn, cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoons remaining butter and cream to the polenta; stirring to combine to a smooth consistency. Serve immediately.

Sautéed Mustard Greens
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced or pressed with a garlic press
2 bunches mustard greens, stemmed and chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chicken stock

In a large sauté pan with straight sides, heat the oil on medium heat. Add the garlic to the hot oil and sauté for 30 seconds. Add the mustard greens, season with salt and pepper, and sauté while tossing to until they wilt. Add the chicken stock and heat to a simmer. Lower the heat and cook for about 5 minutes more until the stock as almost evaporated. Serve warm.

Grilled Spicy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Onions, Lemon Cream Sauce, and Smoked Potatoes & Corn Salad

Grilled Spicy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Onions, Lemon Cream Sauce, and Smoked Potatoes & Corn Salad

Loaded with farm fresh vegetables, spicy honey chicken thighs, and a delicious creamy lemon sauce, you can’t beat this tasty late summer dinner recipe. If you missed us at the Kentucky State Fair on the Gourmet Garden Food Stage this past Sunday, check out our farm fresh recipe!

Cold-smoked Potatoes and Corn
1 pound small potatoes
2 ears of corn, shucked and silks removed, broken in half
1-pint small cherry tomatoes

Add the potatoes to a saucepan and cover with water. Turn the burner on medium-high and bring the water to a gentle boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cover the pan with a lid. Cook the potatoes in gently simmering water until tender, about 15 minutes or until a small knife passes easily through one of the larger potatoes. Drain and dry completely.

Fill a large saucepan about ¾ full of water and bring to a boil. Add the ears of corn to the boiling water, cover the pot, turn off the heat, and let the corn cook in hot water until tender, about 10 minutes. Remove and let the corn dry completely.

Add a rack in a deep roasting pan. Place the potatoes, corn, and tomatoes on the rack. Cover tightly with foil. Smoke twice with a smoking gun filled with mesquite chips. Cover tightly and keep covered until the smoke dissipates into the vegetables. Slice the corn off the cob and serve with the potatoes and tomatoes.

Lemon Cream Sauce
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 cup sour cream
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup chicken broth
2 large cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
¼ cup fresh cilantro

Add all the ingredients to a blender and process until smooth.

Grilled Spicy Chicken Thighs with Peppers and Onions
Prepare the Chicken Thighs
1 ½ tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons ground coriander
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons smoked paprika
6 chicken thighs
6 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1 teaspoon chipotle chili powder

Combine the olive oil, coriander, garlic powder, salt, cumin, and smoked paprika to make a paste. Rub the chicken thighs all over with the paste and place in a dish. Cover and refrigerate for four hours or overnight.

The next day in a small bowl, whisk together the honey, cider vinegar, and ancho chili powder. Set aside.

Heat a grill to high. Place the chicken thighs on the grill and cook for 5 minutes per side. Brush with the honey mixture. Cook for another minute, brush again and remove from the grill.

Prepare the Peppers and Onions
2 tablespoons of olive oil
1 orange pepper, cut into ½ “ pieces
1 yellow pepper, cut into ½ “ pieces
1 anaheim pepper, cut into ½ “ pieces
1 large Vidalia onion, sliced thinly
2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons of chopped cilantro

Heat a grill to high. Toss the peppers and onions in 1 tablespoon olive oil and the salt. Place vegetables on the grill, and cook until lightly charred, 6 to 8 minutes per side. Remove and toss in the remaining olive oil. Top with fresh cilantro.

Serves 6

Summer BBQ Nachos

Summer BBQ Nachos

Create these tasty nachos using up any shredded leftover BBQ meat – chicken, pork, or beef. Just toss the meat with your favorite sweet BBQ sauce and top over tortilla chips. Add lots of cheese, green onions, jalapenos, cherry tomatoes, and fresh grilled or roasted corn off the cob.

1 cup grilled chicken, pork or beef
½ cup sweet BBQ sauce (we like Williams Sonoma Sweet Onion Applewood)
½ cup green onions, thinly sliced white and green parts
1 jalapeno, very thinly sliced
½ cup quartered cherry tomatoes
½ cup roasted corn on the cob, removed from cob
4 cups tortilla chips, we like the homemade version at Lucky’s
1 8-ounce package of Mexican Mix shredded cheddar cheese
½ cup sour cream
Juice of ½ lime
Zest of one lime
¼ cup chopped cilantro leaves

Shred the meat with two forks, add the BBQ sauce and mix thoroughly. Thinly slice the green onions and jalapeno, cut the cherry tomatoes into quarters, and removed the grilled corn from the cob; set aside.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF. In an oven-proof pan or cast iron comal pan add a layer of tortilla chips. Top the chips with 1/3 of the cheese, chicken, green onions, jalapeno, tomatoes, and corn. Repeat with two more layers of chips, cheese, and toppings. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.

While the nachos bake, whisk together the sour cream with the lime juice. Place in a serving bowl then top with the lime zest. Remove the nachos from the oven and top with the fresh chopped cilantro. Serve the sour cream with the warm nachos.

Makes 4 servings.


Scallops with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce & Cheese Grits with Fresh Corn and Prosciutto

Scallops with Lemon Butter Cream Sauce & Cheese Grits with Fresh Corn and Prosciutto

The perfect combination for a special summer dinner – pan-seared scallops served atop a bed of creamy cheese grits with seared fresh corn and prosciutto. To complement the scallop’s sweet, succulent flavor, we added a lemon butter cream sauce right under the scallops to make this pure meal luxury.

Basil Lemon Cream Sauce
2 tablespoons salted butter
1 cup cream
Juice of one lemon
6-8 fresh basil leaves
2 garlic clove, cut in half

In a saucepan, heat butter over medium temperature until melted. Slowly whisk in the cream and bring to a simmer. Whisk in the lemon juice, basil, and garlic. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 8-10 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh strainer into a clean saucepan to remove the basil and garlic. Cover and keep warm.

Cheese Grits With Fresh Corn Prosciutto
2 ears fresh corn, kernels removed
4 tablespoons butter, divided
¼ cup chopped prosciutto
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 cup Charleston Favorites grits
1 teaspoon salt
¾ cup cream
¼ cup soda water
¼ cup Parmesan cheese
¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the corn kernels and prosciutto and sauté over medium-high heat until the prosciutto is lightly browned, and the corn is cooked through; set aside and keep warm. Rinse the grits, drain and remove any floating chaff and hulls. Bring 3 cups water and 1 ½ teaspoons salt to a boil. Add the rinsed grits and cook frequently stirring for 15-20 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, add the cream and soda water, often stirring, until the grits are very thick, about 10 minutes. Add the cheese, remaining butter and pepper; stir to combine. Cover and keep warm while you make the scallops.

Seared Scallops
1 pounds dry sea scallops, approximately 12
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons olive oil
Kosher salt

Remove the small side muscle from the scallops, rinse with cold water and thoroughly pat dry. Set uncover on a paper towel lined plate in the refrigerator for 2 hours to dry the surface.

Add the butter and oil to a 12 to 14-inch sauté pan placed over high heat. Salt and pepper the scallops. Once the fat begins to smoke, carefully add the scallops, making sure they are not touching each other. Depending on their thickness, sear the scallops for 2-3 minutes per each side. The finished scallops should have a golden crust on each side and be translucent in the middle.

To Assemble:
2 tablespoons fresh chives
2 tablespoons lemon zest

Ladle some cheese grits in a bowl. Top with the corn and prosciutto sauté and then sprinkle with chives. Add a little cream sauce; rest the scallops in the cream sauce. Top the scallops with lemon zest.

Makes 4 servings.