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Nowruz Celebration: Create a Vibrant Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board

This Nowruz prepare a Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board, which is a delightful and flavourful way to celebrate Nowruz, the Persian New Year.

Kuku Sabzi, known for its rich blend of herbs and spices, is a quintessential dish during Nowruz celebrations. The base of the frittata includes a mix of finely chopped parsley, coriander, green onions, chives, dill, and the optional but recommended additions of barberries and walnuts, offering a delightful texture and flavour contrast.

To create a truly immersive and interactive dining experience, serve the Kuku Sabzi on a grazing board alongside an array of fresh vegetables, herbs, dips, and bread. The additional items include radishes on the stem, mint, parsley, green onion, coriander, lavash bread, labneh, hummus dip, cucumber, olives, basil, and avocado. These accompaniments not only complement the flavours of the Kuku Sabzi but also add a colourful and inviting element to the table.

Whether you’re celebrating Nowruz or simply looking for a unique and tasty way to entertain guests, the Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board is a perfect choice. It’s a celebration of fresh flavours, textures, and the joy of sharing a meal together. So, gather your ingredients, follow the simple steps, and prepare to delight your guests with this exquisite Persian culinary tradition.

Diabetic-Friendly Aspects

Stabilises blood sugar with low glycemic greens: The ingredients in this recipe, such as parsley, coriander, and dills (or spinach and leek) have low glycemic index, helping to manage blood sugar levels.

Enhances insulin sensitivity through omega-3 fatty acids: Omega-3s from walnuts can improve insulin sensitivity, beneficial for individuals with diabetes. – Supports blood sugar control with high fibre and healthy fats: With the inclusion of olive oil and walnuts, this recipe provides healthy fats and fibre, which can help regulate blood sugar levels.

Thyroid-Friendly Aspects

Combats inflammation with omega-3s: The walnuts in this recipe are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, which help reduce inflammation, crucial for maintaining thyroid health.

Boosts thyroid function with selenium: Eggs are rich in selenium, a mineral essential for thyroid hormone production and metabolism regulation.

Optimises thyroid health with low goitrogen ingredients: This recipe focuses on low goitrogenic foods, supporting thyroid function by minimising substances that can interfere with thyroid hormone production.

Balanced Macronutrient Profile

Calories: Approximately 250 kcal per serving. The calorie content is moderate, making it a suitable option for those seeking a fulfilling yet health-conscious meal.

Protein: Each serving delivers around 10g of protein.

Carbohydrates: With approximately 4g of carbohydrates per serving.

Fat: The frittatas contain about 20g of fats per serving.

Ingredients and Health Benefits of Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board

Kuku Sabzi:

Parsley: This herb is not just for garnishing; it adds a fresh, slightly peppery flavour to the Kuku Sabzi..

Fresh Coriander: Coriander adds a lemony, earthy flavour that complements the green profile of this dish.

Green Onion: Adds a mild, slightly sweet onion flavour and a bit of crunch.

Chives: These provide a delicate onion-like flavour without overpowering the other ingredients.

Dill: Dill adds a fresh, citrusy flavour with a hint of anise.

Eggs: Eggs bind the ingredients together and give the Kuku Sabzi its characteristic frittata-like texture.

Flour: Just a tablespoon helps bind the mixture, ensuring the herbs and eggs stick together nicely.

Barberries (Zereshk): These add a tart, slightly sweet flavour that contrasts beautifully with the herbs.

Walnuts: They add a crunchy texture and a nutty flavor and are also a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.

Olive Oil and Vegetable Oil: Used for cooking and adding moisture, these oils also contribute to the dish’s richness and flavour profile.

Salt and Pepper: Essential for seasoning and enhancing all the flavours in the dish.

alternative ingredients

Spinach: If some herbs are unavailable, spinach can be a good substitute, adding a similar green vibrancy and nutritional benefits.

Leek: As an alternative to green onions, leeks provide a mild, onion-like flavour.

Almonds or pine nuts: Can replace walnuts for a different texture and flavour.

Dried cranberries: A good alternative to barberries, offering a sweet-tart flavour.

Preparation Tips for Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board

  • Herb Preparation:
    • Wash all herbs thoroughly to remove any dirt or grit. Pat them dry with paper towels or use a salad spinner to remove excess water, as moisture can affect the texture of the frittata.
      • Finely chop the herbs to ensure they blend well with the eggs and other ingredients, providing a uniform flavor and texture throughout the Kuku Sabzi.
  • Egg Mixture:
    • Crack the eggs into a large bowl and whisk them until the yolks and whites are fully combined. This ensures a smooth, consistent base for your frittata.
      • Gradually incorporate the flour into the eggs, whisking continuously to prevent lumps. The flour helps to bind the mixture, giving the Kuku Sabzi a better structure.
  • Mixing Ingredients:
    • Add the chopped herbs, barberries, walnuts, salt, and pepper to the egg mixture. Stir gently but thoroughly to ensure that the herbs are evenly distributed throughout the mixture.
  • Baking:
    • Preheat your oven to the specified temperature before you begin assembling the frittata. A properly preheated oven ensures even cooking.
      • Grease your mini-cupcake pan with vegetable oil to prevent sticking. You can also use a standard muffin tin or a baking dish, depending on your preference.
      • Fill each cup of the mini-cupcake pan about 2/3 full with the mixture. This allows space for the frittata to rise without overflowing.
  • Checking for Doneness:
    • Keep an eye on the Kuku Sabzi as it bakes. It should be firm and set in the center, and the edges should be slightly golden.
      • You can insert a toothpick or a knife into the center of the frittata; if it comes out clean, the Kuku Sabzi is done.
  • Cooling:
    • Allow the Kuku Sabzi to cool slightly in the pan before attempting to remove them. This resting period helps the frittata set and makes it easier to remove without breaking.

Serving Tips for Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board

Creating a visually appealing and flavourful grazing board to complement your Kuku Sabzi involves thoughtful arrangement and a variety of textures and tastes. Here are some serving suggestions to make your board inviting and enjoyable:

  • Radishes on Stem: These add a crisp texture and a peppery taste. Arrange them in small bunch or scatter them artistically across the board for a pop of colour.
  • Mint, Parsley, Green Onion, and Coriander: Use these fresh herbs to create a vibrant, green backdrop for your board. They not only add freshness but also allow guests to add extra herbs to their serving according to their taste.
  • Lavash Bread: Place slices or torn pieces of this soft, thin bread around the board. It’s perfect for scooping up bits of Kuku Sabzi or dips.
  • Labneh: This thick, creamy yoghurt can be dolloped onto the board or placed in a small bowl. Its tangy flavour complements the herbs in the Kuku Sabzi.
  • Hummus Dip: Serve a bowl of creamy hummus for guests to dip their bread or vegetables. Its rich flavour pairs well with the freshness of the herbs and the eggs.
  • Cucumber: Slice cucumbers and arrange them on the board. They offer a refreshing crunch and a mild taste that doesn’t overpower the other flavours.
  • Olives: Offer a variety of olives for a burst of briny flavour that contrasts nicely with the herby and creamy elements on the board.
  • Basil: Intersperse fresh basil leaves among the other ingredients for an aromatic touch. Guests can use them to add a fresh, peppery flavour to their bites.
  • Avocado: Slice avocado and sprinkle with a little salt and lemon juice to prevent browning. It’s creamy texture and rich flavour add a luxurious element to the board.

When arranging your grazing board, consider balance and contrast in colours, textures, and flavours. Place components in small groups or lines, and use bowls or ramekins for dips to prevent them from spreading. Ensure there’s a good mix of items close to each other, so guests can easily combine flavours. Provide small plates, utensils, and napkins for convenience, and encourage guests to explore the combinations of flavours and textures.

storage tips

  • Kuku Sabzi can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
  • To reheat, place in an oven at a low temperature until just warm to retain its texture.
  • If you’ve prepared the grazing board in advance, cover it with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Add any crispy or bread items just before serving to maintain their texture.

Kuku Sabzi Grazing Board

Servings: 8 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients 

  • 1 cup parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 cup fresh coriander, finely chopped
  • ½ cup green onion, finely chopped
  • ½ cup chives
  • ½ cup dill
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp barberries (zereshk), optional
  • 2 tbsp walnut, roughly chopped, optional
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

Additional Items for the Board

  • radish on stem
  • mint
  • parsley
  • green onion
  • coriander
  • lavash bread
  • labneh
  • hummus dip
  • cucumber
  • olives, black and green
  • basil leaves
  • avocado

Instructions

  • Pre-heat oven at 180°C.
  • In a large mixing bowl whisk egg until well blended.  Add parsley, coriander, green onion, chives, dill, flour, barberries (optional), walnut (optional), olive oil, salt and pepper; mix ingredients well until fully combined. 
  • Grease and oven mini-cupcake pan vegetable oil. Evenly pour the batter into the baking pan, fill 2/3 full, and bake for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from the oven, allow to cool and serve.

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  • X22Bub

    Hey people!!!!!
    Good mood and good luck to everyone!!!!!

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