Sunday, March 24, 2013

Baked Salmon Croquettes

Trying new things can be difficult and scary.  However, change is good for personal growth.  Which is why last week I baked my salmon croquettes  rather than frying them.  And let me tell you sugar momma.  They just weren't as good. 

This week, we will try Parmigiano-Crusted Rigatoni with Cauliflower and Proscuitto.

  1. 3 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  2. 1 large garlic clove, thinly sliced
  3. 1 cup heavy cream
  4. Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  5. 3/4 pound rigatoni
  6. One 1 3/4-pound head of cauliflower, cut into 1-inch florets
  7. 1 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
  8. 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  9. 3 ounces sliced prosciutto, cut into 1/4-inch-thick ribbons
  1. Preheat the broiler. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. In a medium skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the garlic and cook over moderate heat until lightly golden, about 3 minutes. Add the cream and simmer until thickened slightly, about 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the rigatoni until al dente; about 6 minutes before the rigatoni is done, add the cauliflower florets to the pot. Drain, reserving 2 tablespoons of the pasta cooking water.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, toss the panko with the Parmigiano cheese and the remaining 2 1/2 tablespoons of olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
  4. Return the rigatoni and cauliflower to the pot. Add the garlic cream, the prosciutto and the reserved pasta water and toss until the pasta is coated. Scrape the pasta into a large shallow baking dish and sprinkle the panko mixture evenly over the top. Broil for about 2 minutes, rotating constantly, until the topping is evenly browned. Serve hot.
And that's all I have to say about that.

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