A really, really quick snack invented when Rye Crisp was found to be the only bread in the house. The version below is only one possibility. The permutations are endless, as you can use most any pizza topping you happen to have on hand.
Prior preparation needed:
Cook shrimp ahead of time
Provided the shrimp is already cooked, this is a fast, fairly easy lunch treat. I was unhappy with the colour and texture of the cheese sauce. I am doubtful about the proportions of butter, flour and white wine. The dark not-very-cheesy colour is likely due to using whole wheat rather than unbleached flour or possibly to letting the butter brown. So not the best effect this time, but worth trying again with amendments to the method.
Since I prefer not to use the canned food the recipe calls for, I took a little more time to make this, but still under 30 minutes. Rather than canned cream of mushroom soup, I made up a white sauce flavoured with fresh mushrooms, onion and nutmeg. And instead of opening a can of mixed vegetables, I steamed some fresh vegetables I had on hand: carrots, green beans and celery. I also had some leftover mashed potatoes from a previous meal to use as a base.
The recipe is subtitled “Shepherd’s Pie” but it is not baked. It is really a meat sauce to serve over potatoes, rice or noodles. Perfect for a quick meal on a busy day.
This is very good. I love these dark greens. And so good for you, too as they are rich in vitamins and minerals. Apparently the ancient Persians considered they helped children grow properly and so served them often. Adding cooked chicken or tuna makes it a whole meal. For a side salad, use only the vegetables.
A melt-in-the-mouth appetizer or snack in which bread is replaced by slices of eggplant. I really, really like this.
Eggplant Chevre Sandwiches
1 large eggplant
2-3 medium ripe tomatoes
1 clove garlic
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Cut eggplant into 1/3 inch slices. Sprinkle with salt and let sit between two sheets of paper towel for 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, peel the tomatoes and chop finely.
Add a clove of garlic, finely chopped to the tomatoes.
Add olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Slice enough cheese to cover ½ of the slices of eggplant.
Remove the eggplant from the paper towelling and pat dry.
Cook on barbecue or grill until light brown.
Brush with olive oil and continue cooking until golden.
Remove to a cookie sheet and place it back on grill where it can keep warm.
Spoon tomato mixture onto half of the eggplant slices. Add a slice of goat cheese.
Top with another slice of eggplant. Serve as soon as cheese has softened.