Salmon, Ricotta and Gnocchi Bake / Složenac od lososa, ricotte i njoka

I admit, this meal does take a bit of time and maybe doesn’t quite fit the quick label, which is more or less a standard on this blog. However, it is still dang easy and super delicious. It also appears a bit fancy, so you can easily plant it to people at a dinner party and they’ll probably be super impressed with your cooking skills and will praise you for slaving away for hours just to feed them. Of course, no one is going to slave away for hours, don’t be absurd.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 generous servings / 2.14 EUR per serving / 8.54 EUR for all)

For the salmon:

400 grams of salmon fillet (5.33 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

For the ricotta sauce:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

3 garlic cloves (0.10 EUR)

1 carrot (0.10 EUR)

1 cup frozen peas (0.20 EUR)

1 cup ricotta (0.80 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato paste (0.13 EUR)

For gnocchi:

400 grams of frozen gnocchi (0.80 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

For topping:

½ cup of finely shredded hard cheese (0.80 EUR)

2 tbsp breadcrumbs (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

Pat dry the salmon and season it with salt and pepper. Add the salmon, skin-side down, to a lightly oiled skillet on medium heat. Cook for about five minutes on each side. Remove from the skillet and set aside.

While the salmon is frying wash, peel and chop up all the veggies. Also, bring a large pot of water to a boil, add in salt and the gnocchi. Once the gnocchi float up, they are done, so remove them from water, rinse and set aside. Reserve the gnocchi water for later.

To the same skillet where you cooked the salmon add the oil and chopped onion. Saute for a few minutes until slightly translucent before adding in minced garlic, carrots and peas. Season the veggies with salt and pepper and allow them to cook for a few minutes. Finally, add in tomato paste and ricotta. Stir well and dilute with about a cup of reserved gnocchi water. Allow the ricotta to fully melt down, before stirring in the cooked gnocchi. Tear up the fried salmon and stir it into the sauce as well. It may all seem super runny, but the sauce will thicken a lot as everything bakes. You can totally opt to serve this dish as it is, but in that case add less of gnocchi water to the sauce. Taste and adjust seasoning.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Transfer the gnocchi and salmon with the sauce to a baking dish. Top with shredded cheese and breadcrumbs, then bake for about 20 minutes until crispy on top. Serve warm.

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Priznajem, ovo jelo zahtijeva malo više vremena i možda baš ne upada u kategoriju ful jednostavnog, koja je manje-više standard na ovom blogu. Međutim, ono i dalje nije teško za pripremiti, a jako je ukusno. Također je i pomalo fensi, pa ga lako možete podmetnuti gostima koji su vam došli na večeru i impresionirati ih svojim kulinarskim umijećem, a oni će vam se još i diviti kako ste satima crnčili u kuhinji. Naravno, nitko neće crnčiti satima, nemojte biti ludi.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 izdašne porcije / 15,97 kn po porciji / 63,88 kn za sve)

Za losos:

400 g filea lososa (40,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

Za umak od ricotte:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

1 mrkva (0,75 kn)

1 šalica smrznutog graška (1,50 kn)

1 šalica ricotte (6,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

Za njoke:

400 g smrznutih njoka (6,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

Za posipanje:

½ šalice ribanog tvrdog sira (6,00 kn)

2 žlice krušnih mrvica (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Losos posušite kuhinjskim ručnikom i začinite ga solju i paprom. Stavite ga u lagano nauljenu tavu na srednjoj vatri, tako da je kožom okrenut prema dolje. Pecite oko 5 minuta sa svake strane. Maknite losos iz tave i stavite na stranu.

Dok se losos peče, vi operite, ogulite i nasjeckajte svo povrće. Također, stavite veliki lonac vode da zavrije. Posolite vodu i ubacite njoke. Kada njoki isplivaju znači da su gotovi, pa ih ocijedite, isperite i stavite na stranu. Vodu u kojoj su se njoki kuhali sačuvajte za kasnije.

U istu tavu u kojoj ste pekli losos dodajte ulje i sjeckani luk. Dinstajte par minuta da luk postane staklast prije nego dodate sjeckani češnjak, mrkvu i grašak. Povrće začinite solju i paprom i kuhajte ga nekoliko minuta. Dodajte sada i koncentrat rajčice i ricottu. Dobro sve promiješaje, pa umak razrijedite sa oko šalicom vode koju ste sačuvali od njoka. Pustite da se ricotta skroz rastopi prije nego u umak umiješate kuhane njoke. Pečeni losos natrgajte na komadiće, pa i njega dodajte u umak. Umak vam se možda sada čini jako tekuć, ali budite bez brige, sve će se zgusnuti kako se bude peklo. Također, možete svakako jelo poslužiti i već u ovoj fazi bez dodatnog pečenja, samo u tom slučaju dodajte manje vode od njoka. Kušajte i prilagodite začine.

Pećnicu zagrijte na 200°C. Njoke sa umakom i lososom preselite u posudu za pečenje. Poravnajte i posipajte sa ribanim sirom i krušnim mrvicama. Pecite oko 20 minuta, dok se sve ne zahrska. Poslužite toplo.

Salmon, Ricotta and Gnocchi Bake / Složenac od lososa, ricotte i njoka

Cheesy Buckwheat and Veggie Casserole (vegetarian) / Složenac od heljde, sira i povrća (vegetarijanski)

This dish is super simple to make, but an absolute bomb. It’s also a great way to use up any leftovers, especially if you have some precooked buckwheat lying around. You could basically do this with any other grain as well. The casserole itself is very filling and satisfying and can also be prepared in advance to reheat when necessary.

I’ve tried baking the casserole both in muffin tins and in a small ramekin and I feel that the ramekin is a better option here, as the texture was too delicate and the muffins simply wouldn’t hold themselves together. However, they still tasted great and were a great portable option, as long as I left everything intact for transport in the silicone muffin molds.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 generous servings / 0.91 EUR per serving / 5.44 EUR for all)

For buckwheat:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

1 large purple onion (0.13 EUR)

2 garlic cloves (0.07 EUR)

1 cup raw buckwheat (0.67 EUR)

2 and ½ cups vegetable broth (0.33 EUR)

½ tsp garlic powder (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp tomato paste (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.07 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.03 EUR)

2 carrots (0.20 EUR)

Large handful of fresh baby spinach (0.67 EUR)

For the casserole:

3 eggs (0.60 EUR)

1 cup crème fraiche (0.67 EUR)

1 cup farmer’s cheese (0.80 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

2 cups shredded cheese (0.93 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

Additional:

Oil for greasing the pan (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Wash and peel all the veggies. Finely dice the onion and mince garlic. Add the oil to a pot on high heat. Saute onion for about five minutes until translucent, then add in garlic and cook for a minute until fragrant. Add in buckwheat, veggie broth, garlic powder, salt, pepper, tomato paste, Gochujang and bay leaf. Bring to a rolling boil, then reduce heat and cook with a lid cracked open for 10-15 minutes, until buckwheat is cooked through.

Meanwhile, while the buckwheat is cooking, shred the carrot on a box grater. Once the buckwheat is done, remove from heat and stir in spinach and shredded carrot. Put the lid back on and the veggies will wilt down from residual heat. Allow the buckwheat to cool a bit before proceeding, so you can also cook the buckwheat in advance, up to few days ahead.

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Lightly grease a baking dish and set aside. In a bowl, whisk together eggs, crème fraiche, farmer’s cheese and salt. Stir about two thirds of cheese mix into cooled buckwheat, along with half of the shredded cheese. Transfer the buckwheat into a prepared baking dish, top with remaining egg mixture and sprinkle with reserved cheese. Crack some black pepper on top and bake for about 30 minutes, until bubbly and golden-brown on top. Serve warm.

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Ovo jelo je jako jednostavno za pripremiti, a totalna je bomba. Također je izvrstan način da iskoristite razne ostatke, a posebno ako vam se pri ruci nađe i kuhane heljde. Zapravo bi ste umjesto heljde lako mogli upotrijebiti i bilo koju drugu žitaricu. Ovaj je složenac super zasitan i ukusan, a također se možete pripremiti i unaprijed te podgrijati prema potrebi.

Ja sam složenac pokušala peći i u maloj posudi i kalupima za mafine, a čini mi se da je posuda bila bolja opcija jer je tekstura složenca predelikatna, pa mafini nisu baš najbolje držali oblik. Svejedno su bili jako ukusni i dobra prijenosna opcija, sve dok bi složenac držala u silikonskim mafin kalupima prilikom transporta.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 izdašnih porcija / 6,78 kn po porciji / 40,67 kn za sve)

Za heljdu:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

1 veliki ljubičasti luk (1,00 kn)

2 češnja češnjaka (0,50 kn)

1 šalica sirove heljde (5,00 kn)

2 i ½ šalice povrtnog temeljca (2,50 kn)

½ žličice češnjaka u prahu (0,25 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

1 žlica koncentrata od rajčice (1,00 kn)

1 žličica Gochujanga – korejske čili paste (0,50 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,20 kn)

2 mrkve (1,50 kn)

Veliki pregršt svježeg baby špinata (5,00 kn)

Za složenac:

3 jaja (4,50 kn)

1 šalica milerama (5,00 kn)

1 šalica svježeg sira (6,00 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

2 šalice ribanog sira (7,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

Dodatno:

Ulje za namastiti protvan (0,10 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Operite i ogulite sve povrće. Fino nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. Ulje stavite u lonac na jakoj vatri, pa pet minuta prodinstajte luk, dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite češnjak te kuhajte minutu da zamiriši. Dodajte heljdu, temeljac, češnjak u prahu, sol, papar, koncentrat od rajčice, Gochujang i lovor. Pustite da zavrije, pa smanjite vatru i kuhajte 10-15 minuta sa odškrinutim poklopcem, dok heljda ne bude gotova.

U međuvremenu, dok se heljda kuha, naribajte mrkvu. Kada je heljda gotova, maknite ju s vatre i umiješajte u nju špinat i ribanu mrkvu. Vratite poklopac na lonac i ostavite da miruje, kako bi povrće povenulo od zaostale topline. Pustite da se heljda ohladi prije nego nastavite, tako da heljdu zapravo možete skuhati i do par dana unaprijed.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Lagano namastite posudu za pečenje i stavite na stranu. U zdjelici pomiješajte jaja, mileram, svježi sir i sol. Oko dvije trećine te smjese umiješajte u ohlađenu heljdu skupa sa pola količine ribanog sira. Heljdu sada preselite u pripremljenu posudu, pa po vrhu rasporedite ostatak smjese svježeg sira i jaja i posipajte preostalim ribanim sirom. Začinite crnim paprom i pecite oko 30 minuta, dok sve ne bude lijepo zapečeno i zlatno-smeđe. Poslužite toplo.

Cheesy Buckwheat and Veggie Casserole (vegetarian) / Složenac od heljde, sira i povrća (vegetarijanski)