Consolation meals recipes from Colu Cooks

Consolation meals recipes from Colu Cooks

Make Colu Henry’s soupy beans with ‘nduja and torn radicchio, cauliflower with anchovy oil and crispy capers, and skillet pork chops with vinegar and honey collards

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Our cookbook of the week is Colu Cooks: Simple Fancy Meals by Colu Henry. Tomorrow, we’ll function an interview with the writer.

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Leap to the recipes: Soupy beans with ‘nduja and torn radicchio, cauliflower with anchovy oil and crispy capers, and skillet pork chops with vinegar and honey collards.

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Colu Henry is a believer in making a weekly pot of beans. After we spoke, she had simply cooked a batch of Midnight black beans. The week earlier than that, it was gigantic Royal Coronas.

“I’m a bean membership member. So, , I like beans” she says with amusing, referring to Rancho Gordo’s coveted subscription for legume lovers.

For her soupy beans with ‘nduja and torn radicchio, Henry requests you additionally make your beans from scratch. “The bean water used on this recipe is integral to creating its soupiness do its factor,” she writes.

To steadiness issues out, effort clever, she affords a flavour shortcut with the addition of ‘nduja. (Discover the spreadable pork and Calabrian chili salume at Italian grocery shops or supermarkets. And whilst you’re at it, put your ‘nduja to good use in Henry’s smoky garganelli alla vodka from her first e book, Again Pocket Pasta.)

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“The soupy beans are one in every of my favourites as a result of ‘nduja is simply so scrumptious,” she says. “I’m obsessive about all issues chicories and beans. So, I believe it’s a extremely enjoyable dish.”

As we edge nearer to winter, radicchio comes into its personal. Henry requires Castelfranco right here, with its buttery yellow, purple-speckled leaves, however you should utilize any selection you want.

Henry appreciates the great thing about chicories in addition to the crisp bitterness they create to a dish. “It all the time affords a very nice, crunchy, vibrant brightness for me,” she says. “I additionally love the truth that they’re simply pretty much as good uncooked as they’re barely wilted, which is how they’re within the recipe.”

Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food by Colu Henry
Colu Cooks: Simple Fancy Meals is author and recipe developer Colu Henry’s second e book. Photograph by Abrams

The second recipe, cauliflower with anchovy oil and crispy capers, will be served alongside Henry’s skillet pork chops with vinegar and honey collards “or the rest you darn effectively please.”

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Basting the capers in oil offers them a crunchy texture, which offsets the caramelized softness of the roasted cauliflower. The anchovies soften into “the perfect oil,” which brings the dish along with its chili warmth.

It’s not solely an distinctive aspect however can be scrumptious tossed with pasta, Henry suggests, or with white beans.

“So, it’s an excellent place to begin and you may construct upon it,” she says. “Greens could be actually good folded in there. I really feel prefer it’s a fairly versatile dish that you would be able to soak up a whole lot of instructions.”

As with the soupy beans with ‘nduja and torn radicchio, the ultimate recipe, skillet pork chops with vinegar and honey collards, is in Colu Cooks’ “When in Want of Consolation” chapter.

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There’s quite a bit to understand about this dish. However on the prime of the listing is that it comes collectively in a single cast-iron skillet.

“I like the thought that you’re using one pan, which is all the time nice for dishwashing. But additionally, the truth that you should utilize the fats from the pork to prepare dinner down these greens,” says Henry.

“You’re not going to waste that fats, so that you may as effectively braise your greens in it and provides it slightly little bit of sweet-and-sour agrodolce.”

Soupy beans with 'nduja and torn radicchio from Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food
Soupy beans with ‘nduja and torn radicchio from Colu Cooks: Simple Fancy Meals. Photograph by Tara Donne

SOUPY BEANS WITH ‘NDUJA AND TORN RADICCHIO

Time: 10 minutes, plus bean soaking and cooking time

1 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
4 oz (115 g) ’nduja (a spicy, spreadable sausage from Calabria)
4 cups (740 g) cooked giant white or black beans, similar to Corona, Scarlett Runner or butter beans, 1 to 1 1/2 cups (240 to 360 mL) cooking water reserved
2 medium heads (about 10 oz/280 g) Castelfranco (or different available) radicchio, leaves separated and torn
1/2 cup (20 g) torn contemporary herbs, similar to basil, mint or flat-leaf parsley
Grated pecorino or Parmesan cheese, for serving (elective)

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Step 1

Warmth the oil in a 12-inch (30.5 cm) skillet over medium warmth. Add the ’nduja and prepare dinner till it begins to soften, 2 to three minutes.

Step 2

Add the beans and 1 cup (240 mL) of the reserved cooking liquid and stir till the beans are coated with the ’nduja oil. Permit to simmer for a minute or so, including within the further 1/2 cup (120 mL) cooking liquid if the beans look dry.

Step 3

Add within the radicchio leaves and toss till they’re gently wilted. Ladle the soupy beans into soup bowls and prime with the torn herbs. Drizzle with further olive oil and a few grated cheese should you like.

Serves: 4

Cauliflower with anchovy oil and crispy capers from Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food
Cauliflower with anchovy oil and crispy capers from Colu Cooks: Simple Fancy Meals. Photograph by Tara Donne

CAULIFLOWER WITH ANCHOVY OIL AND CRISPY CAPERS

Time: half-hour

1 medium head cauliflower, reduce into small florets that embrace the core and tender stems
1/3 cup (75 mL) olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper
3 tbsp capers, rinsed effectively if in salt
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
4 anchovy fillets, roughly chopped
1/2 tsp crushed crimson pepper flakes
1 tbsp lemon zest
1/2 cup (25 g) roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley
Flaky salt, for ending (elective)

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425F (220C). On a large-rimmed sheet pan, toss the cauliflower with half of the oil and season effectively with kosher salt and black pepper. Organize the cauliflower florets in a single layer and roast till deeply golden in color, 25 to half-hour, tossing midway by to make sure even browning.

Step 2

When the cauliflower is about 5 minutes from being finished, warmth the remaining olive oil in a deep-sided 12-inch (30.5 cm) skillet over medium-high warmth. Add the capers and prepare dinner, basting with the oil, till they turn into crispy, about 3 minutes. Take away with a slotted spoon and put aside on a paper towel–lined plate. Scale back the warmth to medium. Add the garlic, anchovies, and crimson pepper flakes and prepare dinner for 1 to 2 minutes extra, till the garlic is pale golden, and the anchovies have melted into the oil.

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Step 3

Add the roasted cauliflower, lemon zest, and half the parsley to the skillet and toss to mix. Prime with the crispy capers and remaining parsley. Style and season with flaky salt should you like.

Serves: 4

Skillet pork chops with vinegar and honey collards from Colu Cooks: Easy Fancy Food
Skillet pork chops with vinegar and honey collards from Colu Cooks: Simple Fancy Meals. Photograph by Tara Donne

SKILLET PORK CHOPS WITH VINEGAR AND HONEY COLLARDS

Time: half-hour

1/2 cup (120 mL) heat water
1/2 cup (120 mL) good-quality cider vinegar
2 tsp honey
4 bone-in pork rib chops, 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick
Kosher salt and freshly floor black pepper
2 tbsp canola or grapeseed oil
4 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled
1/2 tsp crimson pepper flakes
1 giant yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 bunches collard greens, robust stems and centre ribs discarded, reduce into 1-inch-wide (2.5 cm) ribbons (see be aware)
Flaky salt, for serving

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Step 1

Whisk collectively the nice and cozy water, vinegar and honey till the honey dissolves. Put aside.

Step 2

Season the pork chops effectively with salt and black pepper. If you are able to do this the night earlier than and allow them to sit uncovered in a single day, you’ve deliberate effectively; if not, permit them to take a seat at room temperature for about half-hour.

Step 3

Warmth a big cast-iron pan over medium-high warmth till highly regarded, 2 to three minutes. Add the oil and when it shimmers, add the pork chops, working in batches if wanted to keep away from crowding the pan. Prepare dinner undisturbed, together with the fats caps, till a golden-brown crust seems and the pork chops are cooked by, 3 to 4 minutes per aspect. Switch to a plate and permit them to relaxation.

Step 4

Flip the warmth to medium-low and add the garlic, crimson pepper flakes, and onion to the pan. Prepare dinner, stirring continuously, till the onion begins to melt and begins to crisp round among the edges, about 3 minutes. Add within the collard greens and toss continuously till they start to wilt, about 5 minutes extra.

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Step 5

Stir the vinegar-honey combination into the skillet and scrape up any brown bits which have shaped on the backside of the pan. Prepare dinner till the liquid has been diminished by half, 2 to three minutes. Season with kosher salt and black pepper and take away from warmth.

Step 6

Slice the pork chops or maintain them complete and serve on prime of the greens within the pan. Season all the pieces with flaky salt.

Serves: 4

Notice: Be at liberty to make use of kale rather than collards whether it is simpler to search out.

Recipes and pictures excerpted from Colu Cooks: Simple Fancy Meals by Colu Henry. Textual content copyright ©2022 Colu Henry. {Photograph} copyright ©2022 Tara Donne. Utilized by permission of Abrams, an imprint of ABRAMS.

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