autumn brunch

Inspiration comes easy when you get the kinds of vegetables that were in this week’s box from Golden Earthworm’s CSA.  We put together a beautiful and simple brunch to highlight the fresh flavors, (and unexpected colors) of this season’s root vegetables.

Sliced Watermelon Radish Salad:

This was my first time working with watermelon radishes, and how thrilled I was to open them up and see that gorgeous color inside! The taste is very similar to other radishes, but it has a hint of sweetness.  Remove the tough green and white skin and serve them raw in salads, or mash them like you would turnips.  I prepared them using a mandoline to get very thin almost translucent slices, and dressed it with a light vinaigrette, sliced scallions and parsley.

Watermelon Radishthinly sliced using the mandoline

watermelon radishes with simple vinaigrette and scallions

Home Fried Potatoes:

Great home fried potatoes are crispy on the outside, and cooked through and fluffy on the inside. There are a few tricks to keep in mind when making home fries. First, steam the potatoes before they are fried. Second, use a heavy cast iron pot that can withstand high heat, and don’t be shy with the oil. Finally: once the potatoes are in the pan, don’t touch them until the crust develops.

  1. Peel and cut potatoes into 1-2 inch cubes, and steam for 5 minutes, until just tender.
  2. Heat a heavy skillet over high heat, and add about 3 tablespoons high heat (safflower, sunflower, canola) oil to the pan. Add 1 chopped onion, and sauté for about a minute, until softened, then add steamed potatoes; add more oil if necessary–there should be a layer of oil under the potatoes.
  3. Don’t touch the potatoes for about 3-4 minutes–allow the crust to develop.
  4. When a crust has formed, flip the potatoes and cook again until crusty. Add more oil as necessary. Flip again if necessary.

home fried sweet and baby potatoes

Leek and Feta Frittata:

  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Chop 2 washed leeks, and sauté over medium heat in olive oil until soft; season with salt and pepper.
  3. Whisk together 8 eggs with 1/2 cup milk and 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese.
  4. Pour egg mixture into pan. Cook on stove top for 1 minute, before transferring into oven for 8-10 minutes.

leek and feta frittata

Root Vegetable Slaw:

  1. Peel celery root and carrots.
  2. Using the grating attachment on a Cuisinart (or a box grater), grate all ingredients.
  3. Toss with olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt, pepper and dried dill.

root slaw ingredientsPeeled Celeriac (celery root)

carrot, turnip and celeriac slaw

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8 thoughts on “4 Dishes for an Autumn Brunch

  • November 23, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Talk about beautiful! Those radish are outta site!!

  • November 23, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Oh my, I would so love to find some of those radishes! Gorgeous!

  • November 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    I don’t even like slaw but that looks outrageous!!!!! thanks for the inspiration! AGAIN!

  • November 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    WOW! Beautiful. I think the potatoes and vegetable slaw will make great additions to our Thanksgiving menu. THANKS!!

  • November 24, 2009 at 12:39 pm

    You make our CSA shares look so beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving from your farmers!

  • November 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    your photos (and food) are amazing!

  • December 9, 2009 at 8:45 am

    wow. those watermelon radishes look very cool. i am intrigued! and your food looks delicious!

  • March 10, 2010 at 12:18 am

    simple and yummy– just the way i like to cook ! looks beautiful too!
    I sure hope we can do a potluck w/ our CSA at some point so i can try some of your creations ! ;-D

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