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Gnocchi from semolina - instead of porridge from an ax

Last week we talked about the fashion for peasant food and how the "poor" cuisine turned into a rich one. Culinary delights inspired by country food are great, but what about when there are a couple of thousand rubles left before the salary or when the purchase has to be made in conditions of a very average assortment? For when you want to adequately feed yourself and loved ones. And the harsh reality limits the fantasy, we have prepared five recipes for basic budget dishes of varying degrees of complexity. All of them are nutritious and consist almost entirely of available local products. The ingredients are simple, but in order for them to open as expected, you have to tinker with an hour or two. But at the exit you will get a delicious dinner at minimal cost. All recipes are for 2-3 servings.

Warm salad with seasonal vegetables

Roasted pumpkin and beets are great for salads and pair perfectly with soft cheese, but often we forget about it, obsessing over pumpkin soups and vinaigrettes. If you have nuts lying around, lightly dry them in a pan and chop them - they will complement the dish.

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Ingredients:

small pumpkin - ⅓ pc.

small beets - 3 pcs.

red onion - ½ pc.

pomegranate - 1 pc.

feta cheese - 75 g

herbs (rosemary, thyme or fennel)
1 bunch

For refueling:

wine vinegar - 1 tbsp. l.

olive oil - 3 tbsp. l.

mustard seeds - ½ tsp

Cooking:

Preheat oven to 190 degrees. Remove the seeds from the pumpkin, cut it into large oblong slices. Peel the beets and onions and cut into six equal slices. Put the vegetables on a baking sheet, then sprinkle with herbs and lightly drizzle with olive oil. Grind the coriander seeds with salt and black pepper, season the vegetables with the spice mixture and bake for about 40 minutes. When the vegetables begin to caramelize and turn golden brown, remove them from the oven and remove the herbs.

Place the vegetables in a salad bowl and let them cool slightly. Mix dressing ingredients and pour over warm vegetables. Cut the pomegranate in half and remove the skin, remove the seeds and add them to the vegetables. Sprinkle the salad with chopped feta and toss lightly.

White fish ear

There are an incredible variety of fish soup varieties - soon we will share recipes for fish soups from different national cuisines. This fish broth is an easy way to make the most of your base foods. Any fish will do.

Ingredients:

white fish (cod, catfish, grass carp) - 400 g

potatoes - 2 pcs.

carrots - 1 pc.

onion - 1 pc.

bay leaf - 1 pc.

dill, parsley

peppercorns

salt

Cooking:

Peel the vegetables, cut the potatoes into large slices, carrots into strips. Clean the fish, gut and cut into cross pieces. If using a fillet, cut it into large cubes. Send a whole onion to boiling water, salt to taste, add pepper and cook for 5 minutes. Then add potatoes and carrots and cook for about 25 minutes. Remove the onion from the soup - it has worked its way out, giving the broth a taste and smell. Now put the fish in the pot and bring the soup to a boil. Add bay leaf and chopped herbs, season the soup with pepper and keep on fire for another 5 minutes.

Ratatouille with eggplant

This Provencal dish is in many ways similar to the Hungarian lecho. The name comes from the words "rata" (colloquial food) and "touiller" (stir) and alludes to the peasant origin of the dish. Eggplants were not included in the original recipe, but now you can’t imagine ratatouille without them. Tomatoes are better to choose fleshy, without a large number of seeds.

Ingredients:

eggplant - 1 pc.

zucchini or young zucchini - 1 pc.

tomatoes - 2 pcs.

olive oil

vinegar - 2 tbsp. l.

parsley

salt

ground black pepper

For sauce:

tomato - 1 pc.

sweet pepper - 2 pcs.

garlic - 3 cloves

onion - 1 pc.

bay leaf - 1 pc.

thyme - a couple of sprigs

olive oil

salt

Cooking:

First, prepare the sauce. Chop the onion, remove the seeds from the peppers and cut into cubes. Remove the skin from the tomato, take out the seeds and chop finely. Saute onion in olive oil until soft, add minced garlic. As soon as it gives off a smell, throw pepper and tomato into the pan. Add some thyme and bay leaf, salt and simmer over low heat. When the vegetables soften, the sauce is ready.

Cut eggplant, zucchini and remaining tomatoes into thin slices. Lay some of the sauce on a baking sheet, then lay slices of tomatoes, eggplant and zucchini in several layers. Put the baking sheet in the oven, preheated to 200 degrees, and bake until the top layer of vegetables is golden brown. Mix olive oil, minced garlic, vinegar, salt and pepper. Spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the dish. Season the ratatouille with finely chopped parsley.

Chicken baked with vegetables

It seems to be the most boring dish imaginable. But no: few people can bake the perfect chicken, because here there are some life hacks. Feel free to stuff the bird with any fruit you find in the kitchen: the goal is to achieve sweet and sour juice and a delicate aroma. Apples, plums, pears or quince are quite suitable.

Ingredients:

chicken - 1 pc.

onion - 2 pcs.

carrots - 2 pcs.

garlic - 1 pc.

lemon - 1 pc.

apples - 2 pcs.

fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary or sage) - 1 bunch

olive oil

ground black pepper

salt

Cooking:

Take the chicken out of the refrigerator half an hour before cooking. Preheat the oven to 240 degrees. You don’t need to peel the vegetables - just wash and cut them (we don’t peel the garlic cloves either, but you can crush them slightly). Put the vegetables in a deep baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and send to the oven. Brush the chicken with olive oil and then season with salt and pepper. Cut the apples into large slices, and make many holes in the lemon with a thin knife or fork. Stuff the chicken with fruits and herbs and place on a baking sheet on top of the vegetables.

Reduce the temperature in the oven to 200 degrees and bake the dish for 80 minutes. If vegetables lose moisture too quickly during cooking, after 40 minutes of baking, splash some water on them. Remove the cooked chicken from the oven, cover with foil and leave to "rest" for 15 minutes. To divide the bird into portions, remove the fruits and herbs from the bird, make a neat cut between the leg and breast, and separate the legs one by one.

Cheese gnocchi with semolina

Gnocchi is a dumpling from Italy. They are oval and round, large and small, made from semolina, wheat flour, potatoes or polenta, with or without eggs - in general, how many Italians, so many recipes. We offer in every sense a light, but close to authentic version of ricotta with semolina. These gnocchi are very tender, fragrant and sweetish in taste.

Ingredients:

semolina - 600 g

ricotta - 250 g

basil - a couple of sprigs

grated nutmeg - 1 pinch

zest of ¼ lemon

ground black pepper

salt

Cooking:

Mix lemon zest, basil and ricotta. If you have parmesan, add that too. Salt the mass, season with pepper and nutmeg. Pour most of the semolina onto the tray so that you get an even layer about 1 cm wide. Take one spoon of the cheese mixture. To give the gnocchi the correct shape, you need to transfer each of one dessert spoon several times to another.

Spread the gnocchi on the semolina tray as they cook (they should not touch each other). Sprinkle the gnocchi with the rest of the semolina and leave for 2 hours: during this time they will become strong and will not fall apart during cooking. Drop the gnocchi into salted boiling water and cook for 2 minutes until they float. The dish can be served with a little butter, sprinkled with parmesan and basil.


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