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Jul 14, 2010 03:39 PM

ISO the "Master CSA Recipe"

You know, I need one that uses the eggplant-zukes-cukes-beets-tatsoi-braising greens-bunching onions-carrots-etc that came in my CSA share this week. Bonus points if it includes lime basil and nasturtiums. No peppers or tomatillos, though, as those won't be ready 'til next week.

In general, we don't get vast amounts of any one veggie, but this week, there was a bumper crop of everything. I'm swimming in zucchini, yellow squash and eggplant. Anyone have their own special master CSA recipes that use multiple vegetables in creative ways?

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  1. Maybe a take on ratatouille? I don't have a CSA share (won't work for me), but I have been the recipient of vegetable gifts from friends and when the bounty is big, ratatouille it is.

    1. Last week or so a CH posted a soup recipe she devised in order to use the rest of her CSA veggies at the end of the week. I copied it but that paper and I are in two different places right now. Perhaps if you do a search... In the mean time, off the top of my head, here are my suggestions:

      Sautee chopped eggplant, zucchini, onions, carrots in EVOO with garlic and chopped tomato, S & P, hot red pepper flakes and basil. Toss it with hot pasta or continue on to make the Italian version of ratatouille: Giambotta. That incorporates raisins and capers as well as all the rest.

      Roast the beets. Cook the braising greens in rendered smoked bacon or pancetta or ham hocks and a little chicken stock. Mash potatoes.

      Stir-fry the tatsoi and some of the onions with a few of the carrots in peanut oil with sliced garlic and minced fresh ginger. Add soy sauce and a few drops of sesame oil. Make a pot of rice.

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      1. re: Gio

        Love the giambotta idea! I'm a bit tired of ratatouille, but throwing in some raisins and capers might make it more interesting.

      2. When I subscribed to a CSA two summers ago, pick up night was frittata night. It helped that I was also getting a dozen eggs with my share each week, but you could always get your eggs elsewhere. I'd sautee whatever vegetables were good cooked (made salad from the ones that weren't), throw in the beaten eggs (beaten with a little milk or cream) and grated cheese (whatever I had on hand) and maybe some chopped herbs, and cooked it up. Since there are six of us and I had to make a lot, I baked mine in a 13x9 dish at 400 for about 25 minutes until it was puffed up. But you could do a smaller version in a frying pan on stovetop.

        1. My go-to dishes to incorporate lots of CSA items are: Frittatas as mentioned(last night I used zucchini, kohlrabi, scapes, herbs), greens gratins, and curries. This week I also made a carrot and fennel soup(only 2 items though), and tomorrow will be a salad of roasted beets, favas, red onion and purslane.

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          1. re: uman

            I do a lot of frittatas, too, although I have to pay extra for the eggs ($5/dozen for organic--not too bad a price, but they are small). I'm jealous of your scapes and kohlrabi, though. We haven't had those in our share for a couple of weeks.

          2. A gratin would be very nice - garnish with the nastursiums