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Offered with Creamy Artichoke Dip, this savory snack satisfies peckish guests while dinner cooks. You can bake these ahead of time, cool completely, and store at room temperature for up to two days.
Preheat oven to 450°.
Lightly spoon flours into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, cheese, baking powder, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add 5 tablespoons water and oil; stir until dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface; knead lightly 4 or 5 times. Divide dough into 18 equal portions, shaping each portion into an 8-inch rope. Place ropes on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray.
Bake at 450° for 10 minutes or until bottoms are golden brown. Remove from oven; cool on a wire rack.
Serve with Pecorino-Black Pepper Breadsticks. To make this the night before, combine dip ingredients, spoon into the baking dish, cover, and refrigerate. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine the first 8 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until well blended. Stir in artichoke hearts. Spoon artichoke mixture into an 8-inch square baking dish coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until artichoke mixture is hot and begins to brown. Serve warm.
While this dish takes more than three hours to complete, it can be left unattended much of the time. Nestle the lamb shanks in the pan so they're surrounded by cooking liquid. The long, slow braising process yields fork-tender, succulent meat.
Preheat oven to 350°.
Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper. Place flour in a shallow dish. Dredge lamb in flour, turning to coat; shake off excess flour. Add 2 shanks to pan; cook for 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan. Repeat procedure twice with remaining lamb shanks.
Add garlic to pan; sauté for 1 minute. Add orange juice, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Stir in wine; bring to a boil. Cook 3 minutes. Stir in beef broth, thyme, and tomato paste; return to a boil. Remove from heat.
Add lamb to pan; cover and bake at 350° for 2 hours. Stir in rind and olives; bake an additional 30 minutes or until lamb is very tender. Place lamb on a platter; keep warm.
Place a large zip-top plastic bag inside a 4-cup glass measure. Pour cooking liquid into bag; let stand 10 minutes (fat will rise to the top). Seal bag; carefully snip off 1 bottom corner of bag. Drain cooking liquid and olives into pan, stopping before fat layer reaches opening; discard fat. Bring cooking liquid to a boil over medium-high heat; cook until reduced to 2 cups (about 20 minutes).
Turnips, Parmesan cheese, and sour cream enhance this twist on mashed potatoes. If peeling and chopping the potatoes in advance, keep them covered with cold water so they don't turn brown.
Push cloves into onion. Place onion, potato, and turnips in a large saucepan; cover with water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 20 minutes or until potato and turnips are tender; drain. Discard onion and cloves. Return potato mixture to pan.
Add cheese, sour cream, salt, and pepper to pan; mash with a potato masher to desired consistency.
Chill the pancetta to make it easier to mince. Add 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper to finished beans, if desired.
Heat a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add pancetta and shallots to pan; sauté 5 minutes or until pancetta is crisp and shallots are tender and lightly browned. Add broth and vinegar to pan, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Add beans to pan, tossing to coat. Cover and cook 7 minutes or until beans are crisp-tender. Remove from heat; stir in salt.
Pecorino-Black Pepper Breadsticks
Creamy Artichoke Dip
Braised Lamb Shanks with Orange and Olives
Mashed Potatoes and Turnips
Haricots Verts with Shallots and Pancetta
Follow our make-ahead plan for hosting dinner guests with ease. (Serves 6)
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