SPLIT PEA SOUP
The host of Food Network’s The Great Food Truck Race shares a dish that’s perfect for fall
SPLIT PEA SOUP
2 slices thick-cut bacon, cut into ½-in. pieces
1 medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into ½-in. chunks
1 lb. dried split peas
Salt & pepper
1 tsp. fresh thyme leaves
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
1. Preheat oven to 400. Place sweet potato and bacon on a rimmed baking sheet. Roast until potato is golden and bacon is crisp, 25 to 30 minutes.
2. In a large saucepan, combine split peas and 6 cups water. Simmer, uncovered, until peas are very soft, 50 to 60 minutes. Transfer half the peas to a food processor and puree until smooth. Return puree to pot and stir.
3. Season soup to taste with salt, pepper and lemon juice. If needed, add more water to thin soup. Top each bowl with potato, bacon, thyme leaves and Parmesan.
Recipe adapted from Start Fresh by Tyler Florence.
MIXED GREENS with ALMOND DRESSING
Chef Seamus Mullen of New York City’s Tertulia shares some of his favorite ways to cook with the nut
+ For a new spin on vinaigrette, combine 2 tbsp. finely chopped salted almonds with 3 tbsp. almond or olive oil and 1 tbsp. sherry vinegar. Sprinkle over mixed greens and top with chopped almonds.
3 more almond tips!
Mix 2 tbsp. coarsely chopped salted almonds with ½ cup heavy cream, whipped. Add in 1 cup chopped apple, 1 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, and 1 tsp. chopped mint leaves. Makes 2 servings.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp. whole almonds over 1 cup sliced, roasted beets. “The subtle flavor lends itself to both sweet and savory dishes,” says Mullen. “They add texture and body.”
Cover ¼ cup blanched almonds in water and soak overnight. Drain. In blender, combine almonds, 1 medium banana, ¼ cup plain non-fat yogurt, 1/8 tsp. fresh ginger, 1 cup kale leaves and 1 cup water. Blend until smooth.
Recipes adapted from Hero Food by Seamus Mullen.
The host of HGTV’s Shop This Room shares some favorite accessories for a soiree
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