Cirro Energy is a Dallas electricity company with deep roots in the community. As many in the community prepare for Spring, we encourage takingadvantage of seasonal, local produce and meats for healthy, fresh meals. Here are some recipes gathered by our Dallas electricity company to help get started!
- Spring is a great time to incorporate fresh scallops into your meals, perhaps using this Scallops Cocktail from KraftRecipes.com as an appetizer. To make it, sauté one pound of scallops in ½ cup of Italian dressing, until the scallops are just opaque. Cool completely, then chop four plum tomatoes, a large mango, 1¼ cup jicama, two Serrano chilies, and four green onions, and toss them with the scallops, the juice of a large orange, ¼ cup ketchup, two tablespoons of hot sauce, and two minced cloves of garlic. Serve with crackers.
- Spring Onion and Pea Soup is a great first course for a Spring meal, and this recipe from Mario Batali is simpler than you might expect. Finely chop two medium shallots and the white parts of two bunches of spring onions, and sauté them in two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil until the onions are translucent, or about three minutes. To the onions and oil, add two cups of vegetable stock, the finely chopped green parts of the onions, two cups of fresh shelled peas, and salt and pepper to taste. Increasing the heat to medium, bring the mixture to a boil, but reduce it immediately to simmer; cook it until the peas are tender, which will take approximately six minutes. Puree the soup in a food processor or blender, in batches, straining through a fine mesh sieve before you divide it between four bowls, garnishing with mint leaves.
- Ina Garten’s Garlic Sautéed Spinach is a delicious and easy to prepare. Rinse 1½ pounds of baby spinach leaves, spinning them dry. Then, chop six cloves of garlic and heat them with two tablespoons of olive oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat for about a minute. Adding the spinach, toss the oil and greens with two teaspoons of kosher salt and ¾ teaspoon of black pepper, and then cover the pot, cooking for two minutes more. Transfer the spinach to a serving dish using a slotted spoon, and then top it with a squeeze of lemon, a tablespoon of unsalted butter, and an optional sprinkle of sea or kosher salt.
- Lamb is a delectable, traditional Spring dish, especially when Slow Cooked with Mint, Rosemary, and Garlic with the help of Julie Van Rosendaal. Pat the lamb dry with paper towels, then rub it with a paste made of a small bunch of chopped fresh mint (stems discarded), a few sprigs of chopped fresh rosemary, a few cloves of garlic, and enough olive oil to give the paste the right consistency. Sprinkle it with salt and, if time allows, refrigerate it for a while: anywhere from a few hours to overnight will work. Drizzle olive oil into a large, heavy, ovenproof pan, heat it over medium-high heat, and use it to brown the lamb on all sides. Add two cups of chicken or beef stock, cover tightly, and roast for three hours at 300°. Carve or pull the meat, and serve with mint sauce.
- Finish your meal with this simple and scrumptious Rhubarb Pie from MarthaStewart.com, made even easier when using a prepared piecrust. Just trim six cups of rhubarb, cutting it crosswise into ¾ inch pieces, and toss it with a cup of sugar, two tablespoons of cornstarch, and a dash of salt. After adding this mixture into the piecrust, sprinkle it with a crumble topping of ¾ cup flour, ⅓ cup packed light brown sugar, three tablespoons granulated sugar, a pinch of salt, and six tablespoons cold, unsalted butter. Preheat the oven to 400°, and then lower the heat to 375° as soon as you place the pie inside. Bake until the topping and crust is lightly browned, about an hour and a half, shielding the crust with tinfoil if it seems to be getting too brown. Let the pie cool completely before serving.
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