Chef Joe Truex: Down Home for the Holidays
The Atlantan offers healthy versions of the holiday foods he grew up with.
Roast Pork Loin With Wild Mushroom Fricassee continued...
4 tsp chopped fresh rosemary or 2 tsp dried
½ tsp black pepper
1 cup shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and quartered
1 cup button mushrooms, quartered
1 cup oyster mushrooms, stemmed
1 cup cremini mushrooms, quartered
4 oz (1/2 cup) extra virgin olive oil
2 oz (1/4 cup) good quality low-sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp ground black pepper
1. Make salt brine by dissolving kosher salt in water. Place pork loin roast in saltwater brine until covered and refrigerate 24 hours. Remove roast, discard brine, and pat roast until dry.
2. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Rub garlic and rosemary all over pork roast and season with black pepper. Place pork, fat side down, in a large skillet and sear over medium heat until golden. Turn over and sear the other side until golden, and remove from pan.
3. Toss mushrooms with olive oil and season with soy sauce and pepper. Place mushrooms in the bottom of a roasting pan and put the pork roast on top of the mushrooms. Roast pork 30–40 minutes, until thermometer inserted into center of pork registers 155°F. Remove from oven and set aside for 10 minutes.
4. Remove loin from pan, slice, and arrange in a serving dish. Spoon mushrooms and sauce over the top and serve.
Per serving: 341 calories, 29 g protein, 3 g carbohydrate, 24 g fat (5 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 1 g sugar, 736 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 63%.
Green Bean Casserole
Makes 8 servings
"Green bean casserole -- it doesn't get any more Southern holiday than that," Truex says. "This recipe keeps all the creamy goodness the classic dish brings, but without the fat and calories."
1 lb fresh green beans
3½ oz raw walnuts, soaked (preferably overnight but for at least 30 minutes)
1 tbsp tahini paste
1 cup nondairy milk
(such as rice milk; use dairy milk if preferred)
1 tbsp organic canola oil
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
½ lb cremini or button mushrooms, sliced
½ tsp tamari or soy sauce (use tamari for gluten-free version)
¼ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tbsp plain unbleached flour (use sweet rice flour or gluten-free flour mix for gluten free version)
2 bay leaves freshly cracked black pepper
sea salt to taste
For the onion topping
1 medium red onion, sliced into thin rounds
½ cup quinoa flakes
¼ cup flaked (sliced) almonds
2 tsp dried marjoram
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
2. Top and tail green beans and steam about 3 minutes, until bright green. Remove from heat and plunge into a bowl of ice water. Drain and set aside.
3. Prepare topping: Separate sliced onion into rings and toss with quinoa flakes, almonds, marjoram, and olive oil.