Seasonal Recipe Favorites: Catch the Trend this Winter

I love reading the predictions for hot food trends for the new year. So just for fun, I’ve sprinkled a few recipes below in a nod to what’s trending for 2022, including kelp, mushrooms and a spicy, slurpy Southeast Asian noodle soup called laska.

Mushroom Soup with Shiitake Bacon, photo by Peter Taylor

Topping the list of trending foods is kelp, because it’s not only good for us, but it’s a sustainable food we should all be learning to love. An easy way to add it to your diet is with this Seaweed Salad with Kale and Cucumber flavored with toasted sesame oil, ginger and soy.

It’s not hard to see why food predictors think Laska Coconut Curry Soup will be trending in 2022; this velvety soup is spicy, creamy (from the coconut milk) and filled with slurpy rice noodles, plus optional proteins, all peppered with lime juice and cilantro.

Continuing the trending theme, it’s time to add more mushrooms to your menu, including this tasty vegan Mushroom Soup with Shiitake Bacon. Double up on the shiitake bacon as you’re apt to find yourself nibbling these addictive bits well before you sprinkle them atop the soup to garnish.

The new year arrived with a string of damp days followed by snow, and I’ve been turning to citrus and acidic flavors to brighten up the palate and the dinner plate. Enjoy this Beet and Citrus Salad with a pine-nutty vinaigrette. For a hearty January lunch or dinner, pile on the taste treats in My Big Fat Halloumi Salad that includes fresh tangerine, chickpeas, dates, nuts, arugula and more (plus with this recipe there is an instructive video and link to another pile-it-on salad).

Butternut Tart with Bacon and Cheese

Whether or not you’re a mountain skier, treat yourself to this crowd-pleasing, après-ski-inspired recipe for Savory Butternut Tart with Bacon & Cheese. And don’t miss the two bonus recipes—Butternut Soup with Miso, Ginger & Mapleand Butternut Squash Hummus—for using up the remaining butternut squash.

It’s football playoff season, which in our house means time for wings. And again this year, we’re going to add to the competitive spirit with a playoff between Sticky Pomegranate & Black Pepper Chicken Wings and Sticky Fish Sauce Chicken Wings with Peanuts & Herbs. Both employ a dry brine before baking and the resulting wings are crispy yet tender and loaded with finger-licking sticky sauce.

Other options for game time (or anytime) include savory Pajeon Pancake with soy dipping sauce. Or treat everyone to fried Oyster Tacos using sustainably raised Fishers Island oysters. Fry up oysters coated in a cornmeal blend, wrap them up in warm tortillas and add the remoulade sauce as suggested in the recipe or any other taco topping that inspires.

Winter weather calls for slow-cooked braises that warm the house and the body, like this recipe for Red Wine Braised Short Ribs. Serve the ribs and sauce over hot buttered egg noodles or creamy polenta. Another perfect winter warmer is the popular Indian curry dish Butter Chicken made with aromatic spices including garam masala (which is a blend of spices), cumin and turmeric. The recipe is a 30-minute version, so while it’s not totally traditional, it is easy enough for weeknight meals.

Add this vegetarian Stuffed Acorn Squash to your weeknight repertoire, too. The stuffing calls for quinoa—blended with dried cranberries, pepitas and scallions—but you could use just about any grain in the pantry including farro, brown rice, barley or wheatberries.

Last on the dinner menu is a delicious pasta that brings us back to those trending mushrooms with Mushroom Marsala Pasta Bake. Delicious on its own, but consider adding a fried egg on top to add a little protein and extra richness.

For a sweet treat at the end of the main meal enjoy these Chewy Brown Sugar Maple Cookies. Or, for when you’re in a baking mood and want to go beyond cookies, enjoy Dorie Greenspan’s Cardamom Crumb Cake for dessert, or breakfast, or anywhere in between.

And lastly, if you’re looking for more bright citrus for dark winter days, make a batch of this super-simple Rosemary Citrus Syrup and employ it in cocktails, mocktails or with hot water as a tisane to warm you through and through. Have a happy and healthy 2022!

Rosemary Citrus Syrup, photo by Chip Riegel

Genie McPherson Trevor is the founding editor of Edible Rhody magazine, a quarterly food journal that celebrates the local, seasonal bounty of Rhode Island. Edible Rhody is a member of Edible Communities, the James Beard award-winning publishing group with over 80 local Edible magazines in print across the United States and Canada.

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