Winter Ingredients and Recipes to Savor

Ingredient,Seasonal Foods,Winter
January 22, 2014

Five winter gems to keep your palate refined even on the dreariest of winter days.

Kale
Mark Boughton Photography / styling by Teresa Blackburn
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Don’t let bare trees and negative temperatures ruin your cooking mojo. There are some ingredients that are fantastic this time of year—even when the country is covered in a blanket of snow. Incorporate the following succulent and savory winter ingredients into breakfast, lunch or dinner to give standard winter fare a boost.

Kiwi

Kiwi Crop
Fuzzy flesh camouflages a verdant, flavorful center. This New Zealand native adds sweet notes to salsa and other salads. For bold, unexpected flavor, try pairing with a savory, red meat like steak.  Kiwi mango relish will complement any grilled meat, particularly for those who enjoy lamb.

Texas Citrus and Kiwi Fruit Salad

Fresh Kiwi and Prosciutto

Grilled Lamb Chops with Kiwi Mango Relish

 

Sage

Walnut Sage Pesto
Promote it from its supporting role and let sage take center stage. Although it is available year round, sage adds depth to wintry dishes that contain dairy, poultry, beans, and other hearty notes. Add a liberal smear of walnut sage pesto to a turkey sandwich for a Mediterranean treat.

Roasted Butternut Squash, Cheddar and Sage Galette

Orzo Delicata Squash and Chicken Soup with Sage

Linguine with Walnut Sage Pesto

 

Kale

Kale
With a reputation as immune-boosting roughage, kale is the chic cousin to cabbage. Kale has a slightly rustic texture, so make sure to allow kale salads and other raw variations to properly marinate. Garnish Tuscan bean soup with crusty croutons for a one bowl meal.

Kale Salad

Tuscan Bean Soup with Kale

Mashed Potatoes with Kale and Olive Oil

 

Broccoli and Broccoli Raab

broccoli crop
Steamed, baked, or crowning a crudités platter, broccoli is a culinary workhorse. Broccoli raab (also called rabe or broccoli di rape) has a slightly zestier taste for those wanting to branch outside the normal green go-to. Beef and broccoli is a weekday taste of Asia the kids will love.

Orrichiette with Broccoli Rabe, Ricotta and Sausage

Broccoli and Black Bean Hummus

Beef and Broccoli

 

Sweet Potatoes

Baked Sweet Potato
This bright orange tuber is packed with Vitamin A and other crucial nutrients for maintaining winter health. Sweet potato pancakes with a decadent whipped topping promise to warm up the coldest of Saturday mornings.

Crab and Sweet Potato Hash

Sweet and Savory Sweet Potato Steak Fries

Sweet Potato Pancakes with Homemade Whipped Topping