Tomato, Proscuitto, & Ricotta Bruschetta

A few months back we posted a recipe for how to make tomato confit, and we have been making it regularly ever since. The tomatoes can last up to four weeks in the refrigerator – just make sure they are completely cooled before they are sealed into a container. The tomatoes can also be frozen and used in recipes like our Angel Hair with Burrata & Tomatoes. We love to mix and match how we use them, and for this rendition we are using them as a bruschetta condiment. We love the combination of the sweet and herby tomatoes, the salty prosciutto, and the creamy whipped ricotta. You can serve this as an appetizer on baguette – we like to have everything separate on a board and let people assemble themselves- or use larger slices of bread for brunch or a light dinner. 

Tomato, Prosciutto, & Ricotta Bruschetta 
Makes: 16 appetizer pieces 
Prep Time: 1 hour if preparing the tomato confit    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes 

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 recipe for tomato confit (you want to use 1 1/2 lbs of tomatoes)
  • 1 baguette, sliced on a bias into 16 slices 
  • 1/3 cup olive oil 
  • 1 container ricotta cheese (approx. 16 oz) 
  • 1/2 lb thinly sliced prosciutto, torn into bite-sized pieces 
  • 1 container of basil leaves, stems removed and roughly chopped 
  • balsamic glaze, for garnish 
  • salt and pepper to taste 

Directions: 

  1. Prepare the tomato confit as instructed in the link above. Set aside and let the tomatoes cool to room temperature. 
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 
  3. Slice the baguette and drizzle the olive oil over top of the slices. Toss to coat on both sides and season with salt and pepper. Lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet and bake in the oven for 5-7 minutes, or until they are crispy. 
  4. Use a hand mixer to whip the ricotta on medium-high speed for at least two full minutes. You can use a whisk for this and do it by hand if you want a workout, but it will take a few more minutes. The ricotta should be light and fluffy and a visibly different texture than it was in the container. 
  5. Assemble the bruschetta by layering a spoonful of ricotta onto the bottom of the toast. Top with 2-3 tomatoes, a few pieces of prosciutto, and basil. Drizzle with a bit of balsamic glaze and serve immediately. 

Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower

Substituting chicken for cauliflower is one of those swaps that, when done right, makes you forget the original. Don’t get us wrong, we are not trying to pretend that we don’t love good chicken wings, but when we need a healthier swap, we turn to cauliflower. This recipe is super simple and can be used in a ton of different ways. You can serve the cauliflower as an appetizer with ranch or blue cheese dip, put it in a wrap or tacos as a substitute for protein, or on top of a salad.

Air Fried Buffalo Cauliflower

Makes: 4 – 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 head of cauliflower or 16 oz cauliflower florets
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 1 cup of hot sauce (we used Franks)
  • ranch or blue cheese for dipping, optional

Directions:

  1. If you did not buy prepackaged cauliflower, prepare the cauliflower by removing the stem and cutting the florets into bite sized pieces.
  2. In a medium sized sauce pan, melt the butter and stir in the hot sauce. You don’t need to bring the mixture to a boil, you just want to make sure that everything is evenly blended.
  3. Turn the heat off and add the cauliflower. Stir until all of the cauliflower is coated with the hot sauce. Place the cauliflower on the baking sheet for your air fryer. Set the temperature to 400 degrees and air fry for 10-15 minutes until the cauliflower is browned and crispy.
  4. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce, in a wrap, on a salad or straight up!

Loaded Bahn Mi Fries

Every once in a while we get a wild hair to create food that is epically decadent. Tuck’s mom had been browsing recipes for bahn mi sandwiches- a traditional Vietnamese sandwich with pork, cilantro, and pickled vegetables- and decided all of those ingredients would taste way better loaded onto baked french fries. What can we say? We play for the tie when it comes to quick, easy recipes and stupidly over the top recipes. We try to keep it interesting!

Taking one look at this ingredient list will show you that this dish has a ton of components. If you aren’t feeling like spending this much time and effort in the kitchen you can easily modify or skip ingredients all together. However, if you go all in you will love this recipe. It’s sweet and spicy, crispy and crunchy…. everything you want from a messy, delicious, mega appetizer. We hope to double it and make it for a giant party once quarantine is over.

Loaded Bahn Mi Fries

Makes: 4 entree servings, 6-8 appetizer servings

Prep Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients for the Fries:

  • 3 large russet potatoes
  • 2 tbs vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha

Ingredients for the Pickled Veggies:

  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 thai chili, left whole

Ingredients for the Pork

  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, minced
  • 1 tbs fish sauce
  • 2 tbs fish sauce
  • 1 tbs brown sugar
  • 1 tbs Sriracha

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice the potatoes into fry shaped sticks. Toss the fries in the vegetable oil and season them with salt and pepper. Lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet or two and place in the oven. Cook for 25 minutes, or until the fries are crispy on the outside and cooked through the center.
  3. While the fries are cooking make the pickled veggies. Combine the ingredients for the pickled veg (carrots- Thai chili) in a medium mixing bowl. Add enough water to the bowl to submerge the vegetables. Set aside until ready to use.
  4. After you have completed the picked veg make the ground pork. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the pork and cook for about 4 minutes. After that time, drain most of the fat away from the pan, reserving about 1 tbs. Add the remaining ingredients (ginger- Sriracha) to the pork and cook another 5 minutes, or until the flavors have combined. Season with salt and pepper as necessary.
  5. Lastly, make the Sriracha mayo by combining the two ingredients in a small bowl. Add 1 tbs water if the mayo is too thick to drizzle over the fries.
  6. When the potatoes are out of the oven, lay the fries on a large serving platter (we just use the cookie sheet from the potatoes as it becomes a giant mess anyway). Layer the pork on top. Drain the pickled veggies well and scatter them over top. Top with the Sriracha mayo, cucumber, cilantro, and jalapeno to serve.

Loaded Greek Sweet Potato Fries

If you are reading the title of this post and are a little confused, hang with us, you are going to LOVE this recipe! We love Greek food and wanted to create a version of all of our favorite flavors meshed into one dish. Even though this recipe is for french fries, it is incredibly healthy. Can we just call it a salad because it’s topped with vegetables? Yes, definitely. Right? This is a recipe for Greek salad that just happens to be served on top of crispy hot sweet potatoes instead of lettuce. We like it as an appetizer or a dinner side dish of grilled chicken kabobs, but respect you if you just dig in with a fork and call it dinner.

Loaded Greek Sweet Potato Fries

Makes: 4 servings as an appetizer or side dish

Prep Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes, washed well and patted dry
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 3/4 cup tzaziki sauce
  • 1/2 cup roasted red peppers, dried with a paper towel and diced
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese crumbles
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives, halved (not pictured because quarantine)
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the sweet potatoes into fry-sized sticks. Lay the sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet and drizzle with the olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and give everything a good toss to coat. Lay the sweet potatoes in a single layer and bake for about 20 minutes, or until they are crispy on the outside and cooked through the center.
  3. When the potatoes have finished cooking, remove them from the cookie sheet and onto a serving platter. Top with the tzaziki in little plops around the fries, followed by the red peppers, feta, cucumber, olives and red onion. Serve immediately.

Spicy Shishito Peppers

Ordering shishito peppers at restaurants is one of our go-to appetizers. They are healthy and adapt to almost any flavor profile. One of our favorite reasons to eat them is we have a little bit of fun with the Russian Roulette game of “who is going to eat the crazy hot pepper?” For those unfamiliar, shishito peppers derive from Asia. They are about finger width and length and every one in eight peppers is spicy.

We have been so excited to see shishitos popping up at grocery stores. We have found them at Trader Joes and our regular grocery store, King Soopers. We have made a super simple preparation and have included our homemade spicy chili oil. These make a perfect snack or appetizer if you aren’t afraid of a little heat!


Spicy Shishito Peppers

Makes: 4 appetizer servings

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of shishito peppers (about 30 peppers)
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 inches ginger, chopped
  • 4 tbs chili oil

Directions:

  1. Add the chili oil, garlic and ginger to a pan over medium heat. Sauté the garlic and ginger for 2-3 minutes. You want it to cook, but not get brown.
  2. Add the shishito peppers to the pan and sauté for 10 minutes. It is ok if the shishito peppers start to brown. Keep stirring them throughout the cooking process so that they cook evenly on all sides. Serve hot and top with a little bit of salt.

Pate & Cheese Board

We hope everyone has had a nice recovery from the Super Bowl this weekend! While February seems like a low key month after the holidays, we have a marathon of events including the Super Bowl, The Academy Awards, and Valentine’s Day all happening within weeks of each other. In contrast to our punny Golden Globes Menu, we have created some simple, yet elegant, small bites for the Academy Awards. If you have been following us at Tuck & Tate, you know we love a good cheese board. They are so easy to assemble and always a crowd pleaser. To up our game for the Academy Awards we have included pate, charcuterie, and all the appropriate accompaniments.

Pate & Cheese Board
Makes: 6-8 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 lb prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 lb soppressata, thinly sliced
  • 1 package pate (we used a peppered pork pate)
  • 1 wedge blue cheese
  • 1 wedge goat cheese, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 cup castelvetrano olives
  • 1 small jar Dijon mustard
  • 1 small jar fig preserves or honey
  • 1 green apple, thinly sliced
  • various thick crackers or toast, for assembling small bites

Directions:

  1. Assemble the ingredients on a medium-sized cutting board or serving platter. Be sure to include small spreading knives, forks, and spoons for each item, as needed.

Quick & Easy Spicy Dill Pickles

We have been making pickles dill pickles with our Nana for as long as we can remember. We use them year round for Jewish holidays, sandwiches and really any meal which calls for them. While we plan to post our pickle recipe sometime in the future, the problem we have been running into is that those pickles take 2-3 weeks at a minimum to make. Not ideal if you haven’t had the time to plan in advance. We set out to create a recipe that captures the flavor of our Nana’s dill pickles in less time. This simple and quick dill pickle recipe literally made us do a double take when we ate them because they were so good.

Quick Dill Pickles

Makes: 16 oz jar of sliced pickles

Active Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 4 hours and 15 minutes


Ingredients:

  • 1 lb baby cucumbers
  • 7 oz fresh dill (one container at the store)
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 tbs salt
  • 1 tbs black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1+ cups water
  • 16 ounce mason jar

Directions:

  1. Slice the cucumbers into 1/4 inch slices.
  2. Start filling the jar by layering the dry ingredients. Start with 1 tbs of salt, 1/2 the dill and 1/2 of the black peppercorns. Fill the jar half way with the cucumber slices. Add the remaining salt, dill and peppercorns. Fill to the top with the cucumber slices and top with the red pepper flakes and garlic. *This does not need to be exact. Just make sure all of the ingredients are in the jar*
  3. Once the ingredients are in the jar, pour in the vinegar and fill the jar to the top with water.
  4. Seal the jar tightly closed and turn it over so that it is standing on the cap. Leave the jar in the fridge for 4 hours until serving.

The pickles can be stored for up to a week in the refrigerator so you do not need to eat them right away. Let them soak up that flavor and enjoy.


Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

There is nothing more classic than a good stuffed jalapeno when it comes time to sit down and watch some football. We love spicy food at Tuck & Tate and knew we wanted to put our spin on this football favorite when creating this year’s Super Bowl Menu. Our popper recipe mimics the best of a Philly cheesesteak, minus the steak. Homemade provolone cheese sauce and sauted peppers and onions give a great balance to the spicy jalapeno pepper.

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

Makes: 12 large jalapeños

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 12 jalapenos
  • 1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 4 oz provolone cheese
  • 3 tbs flour
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Cut the stems off of each of the jalapeños. Carefully use a knife to scrape out the seeds and the pith from each of the peppers. Rinse each pepper under water to help remove the seeds and set the peppers aside.
  3. Heat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Add a drizzle of olive oil to the pot and add the peppers and onions. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, or until the onions start to become translucent. Add the garlic and sauté another minute.
  4. Add the milk and cheese to the onion mix, stirring continuously until the cheese is melted. Add the flour to the mix, whisking well until combined. Heat the sauce until it starts to simmer. Stir well and remove from the heat. Taste the sauce and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Use a spoon to carefully fill each of the jalapeños with the cheese sauce. If you have a jalapeno grill pan, use the pan to slot each of the jalapenos. If you don’t have this type of pan, using a muffin tin and a bit of tin foil to buffer the peppers works fine as well.
  6. Place all of the peppers in whatever cooking pan you have and bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the peppers set for 5 minutes before serving.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip was not something that Tuck’s mom was familiar with until she met Tuck’s dad. He is obsessed with buffalo chicken and will eat it in wrap form, fried chicken form, but most beloved, in dip form. There are countless ways to make this dip, and we consider this the indulgent but mostly healthy version. What we like about this recipe is that for all of its creaminess, Greek yogurt is the base of the dip, which means you can snack away guilt free while plopped in front of the TV watching the Super Bowl this Sunday.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Makes: 8+ appetizer servings

Active Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 large chicken breasts (about 1.25 lbs)
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 yellow onion, small dice
  • 4 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup Frank’s Hot Sauce
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Ingredients for Bread Crumbs:

  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 4 tbs butter, melted
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • salt and pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Heat a large pot of water and bring to a boil. Reduce the water to a simmer and add the chicken breasts to the pot. Cook for 12 minutes, or until the chicken is just cooked through. If the chicken is slightly under cooked, no worries, you will be cooking it again in the oven later. Remove the chicken from the pot and set on a cutting board. When the chicken is cool enough to touch, shred it with two forks or finely chop into small pieces.
  3. Heat a cast iron skillet on medium heat. Add the butter to the pan. When it has melted, add the onion and saute for 4-5 minutes, or until the onions start to become translucent. Add the garlic and saute another 2 minutes.
  4. Add the cream cheese, Greek yogurt, and Frank’s Hot Sauce to the pan. Stir gradually and cook until the the cream cheese has completely melted. Add the chicken, stir everything well, and season with salt and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat to low.
  5. Make the breadcrumbs by combining all of the bread crumb ingredients in a bowl (bread crumbs – scallions). Use your hands to gently mix everything together- it should have the consistency of wet sand. Season with a bit of salt and pepper.
  6. Spread the chicken dip with a spatula so that everything is in an even layer. Sprinkle the bread crumbs over top and put in the oven. Cook for 10 minutes, or until the dip is bubbling underneath the bread crumbs. Serve immediately with tortilla chips and celery.

His and Hers Air Fried Chicken Wings

Making dinner with our spouses is pretty seamless 95% of the time. By that, we mean that we cook whatever we want and our husbands typically don’t have complaints. Every so often though, we have a disagreement on which flavors we should incorporate into our meal. When it comes to watching football, the husbands are pretty specific on what types of foods they want to eat in the man cave. Instead of choosing just one flavor for game day wings, we decided to try out his-and-hers seasonings. “His” ingredients produce what we consider to be a classic flavored chicken wing. “Her” ingredients are based on Indian flavors and combine turmeric and tandoori powder. Despite the difference in ingredients, both versions of chicken wings are cooked the same way using a dry rub and the air fryer. The result is a juicy, flavorful and crispy chicken wing with no oil and no game day guilt!

His-and-Hers Air Fried Chicken Wings

Makes: 6 – 8 appetizer servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cooking Time: 15 minutes

His Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bone-in chicken wings
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder

Her Ingredients:

  • 1 pound bone-in chicken wings
  • 2 tbs tumeric
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs tandoori powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne powder

Directions:

  1. Combine the seasoning of “his” ingredients in a bowl. Coat the chicken wings with the seasoning mixture. Repeat the same steps using “her” ingredients.
  2. Place the chicken wings on the air fryer rack. We used the Cuisinart Air Fryer. Set the oven to “Air Fry” mode and 425 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. Serve with your favorite dipping sauce or as-is. Repeat cooking as necessary if all of the wings can not fit into the first batch.