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090507 – chickpea pasta + parmesan pull-aparts
090507, 8:57 pm
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090507 - dinner

THE PASTA – is a Shape Magazine dish, which i adapted in a few ways.

  • 8 oz. farfalle pasta
  • 2 T evoo
  • 4 C baby spinach
  • 1/3 C packed golden raisins (not just for color – the flavor is better)
  • 1 3/4 C chickpeas (approx. one can)
  • 4 oz. feta cheese (about 1/2 C)
  • 1/2 C thinly sliced sun dried tomatoes
  • S + P to taste
  • chopped walnuts if desired.
  1. cook the pasta to al dente.  drain, drizzle with the olive oil and toss to coat.
  2. while the pasta is still hot, add spinach, tomatoes, chickpeas, and raisins.  put the cover back on to help the spinach wilt a little.
  3. when the pasta has cooled, add the feta and salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with walnuts if you like.

THE PULL APARTS – recipe was found on gourmet.com – and they were just as good as i had hoped.  Joe observed that they taste a lot like cheeze-its, but have the texture of a bialy.

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon mild honey
  • 2/3 cup warm milk (105–115°F), divided
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 Tbsp for sprinkling
  • 1 1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 t salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 4 T unsalted butter, cut into T pieces and softened
  • 1 tablespoon water
  1. Stir together yeast, honey, and 1/3 cup warm milk in mixer bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.Whisk together flour (2 1/2 cups), cheese, and salt, then mix into yeast mixture along with remaining 1/3 cup warm milk at low speed. Increase speed to medium and beat in 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition, then beat, scraping down side of bowl occasionally, until a very soft dough forms, about 3 minutes. Beat in butter, 1 Tbsp at a time, until dough is elastic, about 2 minutes.
  2. Scrape dough into center of bowl and sprinkle with remaining 2 Tbsp flour. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a kitchen towel and let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled, 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
  3. Punch down dough (do not knead) and turn out onto a floured surface. Cut dough into 12 equal pieces and roll each into a ball by cupping your hand and pushing dough against work surface as you roll in a circular motion. Arrange rolls 1 inch apart in a buttered 9- by 2-inch round cake pan and cover with a kitchen towel (not terry cloth). Let dough rise in a draft-free place at warm room temperature until doubled and dough fills pan, 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.
  5. Whisk together remaining egg with water and brush on tops of rolls. (You will have leftover egg wash.) Bake until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes. Loosen edges of rolls from pan with a sharp knife and invert rolls onto a rack, then reinvert and cool at least 20 minutes.



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