Solar Braised Cabbage

Braised Cabbage

Bacon infuses the cabbage with flavor for a side dish everyone will love.

Sun Oven Braised Cabbage and Onions with Bacon

Ingredients

3 strips bacon

1 head green cabbage, cut into 8 wedges

1/2 onion, sliced

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Sunny Potato Soup

Bacon!

The bacon can be cooked ahead of time or along with the soup. If cooking it with the soup, turn the lid upside down on the soup pot and set the pan with the bacon on top, and keep an eye on it. The bacon will cook faster than the soup and, unlike most everything else, it can burn in the Sun Oven.

Sun Oven Leek and Potato Soup

Ingredients

2 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 leeks, (white and pale green parts only) finely sliced

1 onion, finely chopped

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Solar Frittata with Rapini and Pancetta

Rapini Frittata

I really liked the egg, rapini, pancetta combination of the savory pudding I made a few weeks ago but don’t often have the right kind of bread on hand. This frittata delivers the same flavors to the taste buds without the extra trip to the bakery.

Sun Oven Frittata with Rapini and Pancetta

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 bunch rapini, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

8 eggs, at room temperature

1 tablespoon milk

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Savory Solar Bread Pudding

Rapini, also known as broccoli rabe, has a slightly bitter taste that pairs perfectly with pancetta. If you can’t find it, or don’t like it, use regular broccoli instead.

Sun Oven Savory Italian-style Bread Pudding

(adapted for the Sun Oven from Bon Appétit)

Ingredients

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 bunch rapini, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch pieces

6 large eggs, at room temperature

1 1/2 cups whole milk, at room temperature

8 cups county-style white bread, cut into 1-inch pieces

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Solar Black-eyed Pea Soup

 

Whenever I cook bacon I try to make some extra to have on hand for recipes like this soup. I learned from experience to squirrel away any strips I want to save for later. Otherwise it tends to mysteriously disappear from the serving plate. Bacon is easy to cook in the Sun Oven, click here to see how.

Sun Oven Black-eyed Pea Soup

Ingredients

1 pound dried black-eyed peas, picked over, rinsed, and soaked overnight

1/4 pound smoked ham, cubed

1 onion, diced

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Solar Sweet Potato Quiche

The recipe I used for Wednesday’s pie left me with a quite a bit of extra dough. If I’d left it in the freezer I’m sure it would have wound up pushed to the back and forgotten, so today I put it to good use with some of the other Thanksgiving Day leftovers and make some quiche. After consulting a few different recipes online I decided to wing it. First I baked the crusts (in the Sun Oven, of course) then filled the individual tart pans with a mixture of 4 eggs, about 2/3 a cup of mashed sweet potato, cooked chopped swiss chard, some crumbled cooked bacon, and grated Parmesan cheese. Then back to the Sun Oven to bake until the filling was set. The four pans would fit on the leveling tray, but for easier handling, and better air flow, I used two of the dehydrating racks as pictured below.

 

 

More Soup from the Sun Oven

The bacon adds flavor to this rich soup but can be omitted for a vegetarian version. It’s added after the beans have been cooking for a while and I often forget. I like  it either way.

Sun Oven Cuban Black Bean Soup

Ingredients

1 pound dried black beans, picked over, rinsed, soaked overnight, and drained

5 cups water

1 large onion, diced

3 celery stalks, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced

1 tablespoon paprika

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Baked Eggs on Toast

Mark likes his eggs on toast (I’m more of a “toast on the side so I can dip it into the yolk” kind of gal) so I decided to go ahead and bake the egg and toast together. I think it makes a nicer presentation. The eggs meld with the toast instead of sliding off like they do if assembled post baking.

English muffins would work great and if you don’t have the little metal mugs you could use a muffin tin or a baking pan. Get the bacon in the Sun Oven first thing in the morning. It takes about 40 minutes to solar cook it.

Baked Eggs and Toast

Ingredients

1 slice cooked bacon per serving (click here for tips on cooking bacon in your GSO)

1 slice sourdough bread or 1/2 English muffin per serving

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Solar Baked Beans

I like this simple recipe for baked beans that I found over at epicurious.com. It has a hint of maple syrup without being overly sweet. It goes great with pulled pork.

Solar Baked Beans

1 pound dry navy beans, picked over and rinsed

1/4 pound piece salt pork, rind discarded*

1 large onion, finely chopped

2 cloves garlic, chopped

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Solar Sugo All’Amatriciana

Pancetta is an Italian bacon. It’s not smoked and has no sugar added. Purists will tell you that you must use pancetta (or the even harder to find ‘guanciale’) to make a true Amatriciana sauce. I used to be one of them until I got tired of spending excessive time and money tracking down exotic ingredients. American bacon may add an untraditional smokey flavor to the sauce but it’s still good.

Amatriciana Pasta Sauce

Ingredients

2 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/4 pound pancetta or bacon, diced

1 small onion, thinly sliced

1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

2 (14 1/2 oz) cans imported whole Italian tomatoes with their juices, chopped

Freshly grated pecorino Romano cheese for serving

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