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Fresh Orecchiette with Apple, Kale, and Pomegranate

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Last year there was some rumblings that Top Chef might end up on Boston this season. Unfortunately this didn't turn out to be true, but us Bostonians did get one pretty nice consolation, and her name is Kristen Kish. Kristen is a local chef that has been killing it on the show this season. She ended up getting kicked off a little prematurely, but then fought her way back into the competition by beating people week after week on Last Chance Kitchen. This coming Wednesday is the finale, and Kristen only has one more Chef to beat to win the whole thing. I had a few friends over this past week to watch the previous episode, and we ate a this meal that was inspired by the dish that got Kristen back into the competition.


A little caraway in the pasta dough. I was skeptical but it added a nice flavor and goes great with the orange flavor.



Kim helped me make all the thumbprints.



Its pretty easy to make each one, but it takes a while to do so many.







Saute some apples in butter.



Next the kale goes in with the cooked pork.



Reduced orange and lemon juice goes in.



Then the pasta. Kill the heat and stir in the pom seeds.



No wonder Kristen made it back to the show, this was awesome!



It was heavy but somehow felt light at the same time. All the flavors went great together and were unexpected.



Go Kristen!


The recipe on the Bravo site is for a very small amount. I adapted it to serve 6 and added some ground pork to make it more substantial.

3.5 cups semolina flour
about 1.5 cups of water(more if needed)
2 teaspoons caraway seeds (ground)

7 oranges
4 meyer lemons
3 apples
1 bunch of kale
1 pound ground pork
1 stick butter
1 pomegranate

Mix the semolina, caraway, salt, and water and knead for 5 minutes. Wrap with plastic and let sit for 15 minutes while you prep some of the other stuff. Juice the oranges and lemons and put on low heat to a light simmer. Allow to reduce until about half its volume, about 15 minutes.Remove the stems from the kale and rip into small pieces. Chop up the parsley. Make the orecchiette by making sure your hand is floured, and rolling small balls of dough, then taking each one and flattening it with your thumb against your palm. Lay them out on a towel to dry as you continue making them.

Sear the pork in a small amount of oil and remove from the pan when it is browned and cooked through. Dice the apples while the pork is cooking. If there is lots of grease in the pan, remove the excess. Pop the butter into the pan followed by the apples. Saute until they are just beginning to brown. Toss in the kale in with the apples and add the pork back to the pot. Pour in the orange juice. Meanwhile, boil the pasta until tender. Strain and add to your sauce. Stir in your pomegranates and serve with parsley.


5 Comments

How much semolina did you put in?

This was so good. Pictures look great, too, with the green background...

this was so good! im routing for kristen!!! dan you shoulda posted a picture of the perler beads too since it was a PBDP:)

I'm definitely rooting for Kristen to win it!

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