Monday, April 30, 2012

Copycat Chi-Chi's Chimichangas



Ingredients:


2 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 white onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, diced (remove seeds for less heat)
1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Kosher salt
1 small tomato, chopped, plus more for topping
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
2 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup sour cream
1 15-ounce can refried beans
4 10-inch flour tortillas
1 cup shredded monterey jack cheese, plus more for topping
Mexi-sauce, for topping (see below)
Shredded lettuce, for topping
Mexican rice, for serving


Directions:

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Melt the butter with 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a skillet; transfer to a bowl. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons oil in the skillet. Add the onion, garlic and jalapeno and cook until soft, about 3 minutes. Add the chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and 1 teaspoon salt; toast 30 seconds. Add the tomato and cilantro and cook until slightly dry, about 2 minutes. Stir in the chicken and sour cream and warm through. Remove from the heat.

Brush a rimmed baking sheet with some of the butter-oil mixture. Spread 2 tablespoons refried beans down the center of each tortilla, leaving a 2-inch border on both ends. Top with 1 cup chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese. Fold in the ends and roll up.

Put the chimichangas seam-side down on the baking sheet; brush with the butter-oil mixture. Bake 8 to 10 minutes per side, brushing again after you flip. Top with the sauce, more cheese, lettuce and tomato. Serve with rice and the remaining beans.

 Chi-Chi's Mexi-sauce:

Saute 1/2 cup chopped onion and 2 chopped garlic cloves in a skillet with vegetable oil. Add a pinch each of chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt; cook 30 seconds. Stir in two 4-ounce cans chopped green chiles (drained and rinsed); cook 2 minutes. Add 1 cup chicken broth and simmer until thickened, then puree. Stir in 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
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Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-chimichangas-recipe/index.html

Copycat Bonefish Grill Bang Bang Shrimp



Ingredients:

For the Sauce:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Asian chili sauce (such as sambal oelek)
2 teaspoons honey
Kosher salt
For the Shrimp:
Vegetable oil, for frying
2 large eggs
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cornstarch
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/4 pounds small shrimp, peeled and deveined
Bibb lettuce leaves, for serving
Thinly sliced scallions, for garnish

Directions:

Make the sauce: Mix the mayonnaise, chili sauce, honey, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon water in a large bowl; set aside.

Prepare the shrimp: Heat about 2 inches of vegetable oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees. Meanwhile, whisk the eggs in a shallow bowl. Whisk the flour, cornstarch and 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper in another shallow bowl.

Working in batches, dredge the shrimp in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, dip in the beaten eggs, then return to the flour mixture, turning to form a thick crust. Fry the shrimp in the hot oil until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes, adjusting the heat as needed to maintain the oil temperature. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate with a slotted spoon.

Toss the shrimp with the prepared sauce. Arrange the lettuce in a shallow serving bowl or on individual plates. Top with the shrimp and garnish with scallions.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-spicy-fried-shrimp-recipe/index.html 

Copycat Cheesecake Factory Pumpkin Cheesecake



Ingredients:

12 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
2 1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
2 3/4 cups sugar
Salt
2 pounds cream cheese, at room temperature
1/4 cup sour cream
1 15-ounce can pure pumpkin
6 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
2 cups sweetened whipped cream
1/3 cup toasted pecans, roughly chopped

Directions:

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees Fahrenheit.

Brush a 10-inch springform pan with some of the butter. Stir the remaining butter with the crumbs, 1/4 cup of the sugar and a pinch of salt in a bowl. Press the crumb mixture into the bottom and up the sides of the pan, packing it tightly and evenly. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Cool on a rack, then wrap the outside of the springform pan with foil and place in a roasting pan.

Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese with a mixer until smooth. Add the remaining 2 1/2 cups sugar and beat until just light, scraping down the sides of the bowl and beaters as needed. Beat in the sour cream, then add the pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, 1 teaspoon salt and the spicesand beat until just combined. Pour into the cooled crust.

Gently place the roasting pan in the oven (don't pull the rack out) and pour the boiling water into the roasting pan until it comes about halfway up the side of the springform pan. Bake until the outside of thecheesecake sets but the center is still loose, about 1 hour 45 minutes. Turn off the oven and open the door briefly to let out some heat. Leave the cheesecake in the oven for 1 more hour, then carefully remove from the roasting pan and cool on a rack. Run a knife around the edges, cover and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.

Bring the cheesecake to room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Unlock and remove the springform ring. To finish, place a dollop of the whipped cream on each slice and sprinkle with the toasted pecans.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-pumpkin-cheesecake-recipe2/index.html

Copycat Applebee's Maple-Butter Blondies



Ingredients:

For the Blondies:
10 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature,
plus more for the pan
1 cup walnut pieces
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
6 ounces white chocolate, cut into chunks

For the Topping:
1/3 cup maple syrup
6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup heavy cream
Vanilla ice cream, for serving
1/2 cup walnut pieces

Directions:

Make the blondies: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with foil, leaving an overhang on two sides; butter the foil. Pulse 1/2 cup walnuts in a food processor until almost fine (do not overprocess). Whisk the ground nuts, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.

Beat 10 tablespoons butter and the brown sugar with a mixer on medium speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, scraping down the bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat in the vanilla. Gradually beat in the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the white chocolate and the remaining 1/2 cup walnuts.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until the blondies are light brown around the edges and spring back when pressed, about 30 minutes. Cool slightly on a rack.

Meanwhile, make the topping: Place the maple syrup and butter in a small saucepan over medium heat and cook until the mixture bubbles and thickens, swirling the pan, about 6 minutes. Add the cream and continue to cook until the mixture is the consistency of caramel.

Use the foil to lift the blondies out of the pan, then cut into large bars. Serve warm topped with ice cream, the maple-butter sauce and the walnuts.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-maple-butter-blondies-recipe/index.html

Copycat Panera Broccoli-Cheddar Soup



Ingredients:

6 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 small onion, chopped
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups half-and-half
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
2 bay leaves
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
4 7-inch sourdough bread boules (round loaves)
4 cups broccoli florets (about 1 head)
1 large carrot, diced
2 1/2 cups (about 8 ounces) grated sharp white and yellow cheddar cheese, plus more for garnish

Directions:
Melt the butter in a large Dutch oven or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Whisk in the flour and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes, then gradually whisk in the half-and-half until smooth. Add the chicken broth, bay leaves and nutmeg, then season with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the bread bowls: Using a sharp knife, cut a circle into the top of each loaf, leaving a 1-inch border all around. Remove the bread top, then hollow out the middle with a fork or your fingers, leaving a thick bread shell.

Add the broccoli and carrot to the broth mixture and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Discard the bay leaves. Puree the soup in batches in a blender until smooth; you'll still have flecks of carrot and broccoli. Return to the pot. (Or puree the soup in the pot with an immersion blender.)

Add the cheese to the soup and whisk over medium heat until melted. Add up to 3/4 cup water if the soup is too thick. Ladle into the bread bowls and garnish with cheese.
Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-broccoli-cheddar-soup-recipe/index.html

Copycat IKEA Swedish Meatballs



Ingredients:

For the meatballs:
1 cup breadcrumbs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/3 cup minced white onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
Kosher salt and freshly ground white pepper
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
3/4 pound lean ground beef
1/2 pound lean ground pork
1 large egg plus 1 egg white, beaten
Vegetable oil, for brushing

For the gravy:
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups low-sodium beef broth
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup heavy cream
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Lingonberry jam, for serving (optional)

Directions:

Make the meatballs: Put the breadcrumbs in a large bowl. Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, allspice, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/4 teaspoon white pepper and cook, stirring, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the milk and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Pour the milk mixture over the breadcrumbs and stir to make a thick paste; let cool. Add the beef, pork, egg and egg white to the bowl and mix until combined.

Brush a baking sheet with vegetable oil. Roll the meat into 1-inch balls and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Bake the meatballs until cooked through, about 20 minutes.

Make the gravy: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the flour and cook, whisking, until smooth. Whisk in the beef broth and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer. Add the cream and meatballs. Reduce the heat to medium low and simmer until the gravy thickens, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and black pepper. Transfer to a serving dish; sprinkle with the parsley and serve with lingonberry jam, if desired.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-swedish-meatballs-recipe/index.html

Copycat IHOP Cheesecake Pancakes

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups strawberries, hulled and sliced
2 tablespoons seedless strawberry jam
11/4 cups all-purpose flour
11/4 cups buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
2 cups chopped frozen cheesecake
Cooking spray
Butter, confectioners' sugar or whipped cream, for topping (optional)

Directions:
Mix the strawberries, jam and 2 tablespoons warm water in a bowl; set aside. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F.

Pulse the flour, buttermilk, egg, vegetable oil, granulated sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a blender until smooth. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the cheesecake pieces, keeping them whole.

Coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray and heat over medium heat. Working in batches, pour about 1/4 cup batter into the skillet for each pancake. Cook until bubbly on top, about 4 minutes, then flip and cook until the other side is golden brown, about 2 more minutes. Transfer the finished pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in the oven. Serve the pancakes topped with the strawberry sauce; top with butter, confectioners' sugar or whipped cream, if desired.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-cheesecake-pancakes-recipe/index.html 

Copy Cat California Pizza Kitchen Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
1/2 pound prepared pizza dough, at room temperature
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons dark barbecue sauce
1 8-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
2/3 cup grated smoked gouda cheese (about 3 ounces)
2/3 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese (about 3 ounces)
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
Fresh cilantro, for topping

Directions:

Brush a large bowl with olive oil. Shape the pizza dough into a ball, add it to the bowl and turn to coat with the oil. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place, 30 to 40 minutes.

Position racks in the upper third and middle of the oven. Place a pizza stone or inverted baking sheet on the top rack and preheat the oven to 425 degrees F for at least 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, lay out a sheet of parchment paper and brush with olive oil. Transfer the ball of dough to the parchment and roll it out into a 10-inch round, stretching it with your hands as needed. Lightly brush the dough with olive oil, cover with another piece of parchment and set aside to let rise slightly, about 30 minutes.

While the dough rises, mix 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce and 1 teaspoon olive oil in a small bowl. Put the chicken in a baking dish, season with salt and pepper and brush with the barbecue sauce mixture. Bake on the middle oven rack until cooked through, about 20 minutes. Let cool, then cut into 1/2-inch cubes.

Uncover the dough and spread with the remaining 1/3 cup barbecue sauce, leaving a 3/4-inch border. Top with the chicken, gouda, mozzarella and red onion. Slide the pizza (on the parchment) onto a pizza peel or another inverted baking sheet, then slide onto the hot stone or baking sheet; bake until the cheese melts and the crust is golden, 20 to 25 minutes. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-barbecue-chicken-pizza-recipe/index.html 

Copy Cat Longhorn Steakhouse Chocolate Mousse Cake

Ingredients:

For the cake and mousse:

1 18.25-ounce box devil's food cake mix (plus required ingredients)

14 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

12 tablespoons (1 1/2 sticks)

unsalted butter, diced

1/4 cup strong coffee

10 large eggs, separated

1 1/2 cups plus 6 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups cold heavy cream


For the shell and sauce:

12 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped

3/4 cup heavy cream

5 tablespoons light corn syrup

2 tablespoons unsalted butter


To serve:

1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream

1 tablespoon sugar

1 pint vanilla ice cream

Directions:

Make the cake: Prepare the cake mix as the label directs for a 9-by-13-inch cake. Bake; cool slightly in the pan, then invert onto a rack to cool completely.

Clean out the cake pan and line it with plastic wrap. Cut the cake in half lengthwise, then in thirds crosswise to make 6 rectangles. Using a serrated knife, slice each rectangle in half to make two layers. Arrange half of the pieces snugly in the cake pan. Crumble the remaining pieces and press tightly into 6 small balls; arrange 1 cake ball in the center of each cake rectangle in the pan.

Make the mousse: Heat the chocolate, butter, coffee and 1/4 cup water in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water), stirring, until melted. Remove the bowl from the pan; stir until cool. Reserve the simmering water. Fill a large bowl with ice water.

Whisk the egg yolks, 1 1/2 cups sugar and 2 tablespoons water in a separate large heatproof bowl. Set the bowl over the saucepan of simmering water and whisk until pale yellow, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the chocolate-coffee mixture and the vanilla and whisk until combined, about 2 minutes. Remove the bowl from the pan and set in the bowl of ice water; whisk until slightly cool but not thick, about 4 minutes.

Beat the egg whites and salt in a bowl with a mixer until foamy. Add 2 tablespoons sugar and beat until almost stiff; gently fold into the chocolate-yolk mixture to make a dark chocolate mousse. Spread 5 cups over the cake and cake balls. Freeze until firm on top, about 30 minutes.

Beat the heavy cream and the remaining 4 tablespoons sugar until soft peaks form; fold into the remaining mousse. Remove the cake from the freezer; spread with the light chocolate mousse, cover with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, at least 6 hours or overnight.

Make the chocolate shell: Stir the chocolate, heavy cream and 4 tablespoons corn syrup in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (do not let the bowl touch the water) until melted. A spoonful at a time, spread half of the shell mixture over the frozen mousse. Return to the freezer.

Make the chocolate sauce: Add the remaining 1 tablespoon corn syrup and the butter to the remaining chocolate shell mixture. Microwave 30 seconds, then stir until glossy.

To serve the cake, beat the heavy cream with a mixer until foamy. Add the sugar and beat until soft peaks form. Remove the cake from the freezer; invert onto a baking sheet and unmold, then invert again onto a platter, chocolate shell-side up.

Cut the cake in half lengthwise using a warm knife, then cut into thirds crosswise to make 6 rectangles; cut each rectangle in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. Top each triangle with whipped cream, ice cream and the prepared chocolate sauce.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-chocolate-mousse-cake-recipe/index.html 

Copycat Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion



Ingredients:


2 tablespoons mayonnaise
2 tablespoons sour cream
1 1/2 teaspoons ketchup
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon drained horseradish
1/4 teaspoon paprika
Pinch of cayenne pepper
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper


For the Onion:
1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia (about 1 pound)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
2 large eggs
1 cup whole milk
1 gallon soy or corn oil
Kosher salt

Directions:

Combine all of the dip ingredients in a bowl, cover and refrigerate.

Slice the onion (see below). Whisk the flour, cayenne, paprika, thyme, oregano, cumin and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper in a bowl. In a small deep bowl, whisk the eggs, milk and 1 cup water.

Place the onion in a separate bowl, cut-side up, and pour all of the flour mixture on top. Cover the bowl with a plate, then shake back and forth to distribute the flour. Check to make sure the onion is fully coated, especially between the "petals." Lift the onion by the core, turn over and pat off the excess flour; reserve the bowl of flour.

Using a slotted spoon, fully submerge the onion in the egg mixture (spoon on top, if necessary). Remove and let the excess egg drip off, then repeat the flouring process. Refrigerate the onion while you heat the oil.

Heat the oil in a large deep pot over medium-high heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 400 degrees. Pat off excess flour from the onion. Using a wire skimmer, carefully lower the onion into the oil, cut-side down. Adjust the heat so the oil temperature stays close to 350 degrees. Fry about 3 minutes, then turn the onion over and cook until golden, about 3 more minutes; drain on paper towels. Season with salt and serve with the dip.



How to Slice a Bloomin' Onion

1. Cut off 1/2 inch from the pointy stem end of the onion, then peel.

2. Place the onion cut-side down. Starting 1/2 inch from the root, make a downward cut all the way through to the board.

3. Repeat to make four evenly spaced cuts around the onion.

4. Continue slicing between each section until you have 16 evenly spaced cuts.

5. Turn the onion over and use your fingers to gently separate the outer pieces.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/almost-famous-bloomin-onion-recipe/index.html 

Alton's All American Beef Taco



Ingredients:

3/4 cup peanut oil
12 (6-inch) yellow corn tortillas
Kosher, for seasoning, plus 1 teaspoon for beef
1 medium onion, chopped
16 ounces ground sirloin
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 recipe Taco Potion #19, recipe follows
2/3 cup low-sodium beef broth
6 ounces panela cheese, crumbled
12 pickled jalapeno slices
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce, optional
1 large tomato, seeded and chopped, optional
1/2 cup fresh cilantro leaves, optional

Directions:

Make a taco mold by folding a 5-foot long piece of heavy-duty aluminum foil into a block that is approximately 8 inches long, 4 inches high and 2 inches deep, forming a shape to mold the taco. Set aside.

Heat the oven to 250 degrees F.

Heat the peanut oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium heat until it reaches 350 degrees F on a deep-fry thermometer, about 5 minutes. Adjust the heat to maintain the temperature.

Shape 1 tortilla around the aluminum foil mold, forming a taco shape. Use tongs to hold up the sides against the mold and put the bottom of the tortilla into the hot oil and fry for 20 seconds. Lay 1 side of the tortilla down in the hot oil and fry for 30 seconds. Flip the tortilla over and fry for an additional 30 seconds. Remove the taco shell to a cooling rack set over a newspaper lined half sheet pan and cool for 30 seconds before removing the mold. Sprinkle the hot tortillas with kosher salt, to taste. Repeat frying procedure with the remaining tortillas. Keep the taco shells warm in the heated oven while preparing the filling.

Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the peanut oil from the skillet and return to medium heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and cook until softened and lightly browned around the edges, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add the ground meat, 1 teaspoon salt, and garlic. Cook until browned, about 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally, to break up the meat. Add Taco Potion and beef broth. Bring to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until sauce is slightly thickened, 2 to 3 minutes.

Assemble each taco with meat mixture, panela, jalapeno slices, lettuce, tomatoes, and cilantro. Serve immediately.


Taco Potion #19

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon ground cumin
2 teaspoons cornstarch
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons hot smoked paprika
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

Put all of the ingredients in a small jar and shake to combine. Store in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/all-american-beef-taco-recipe/index.html

Classic Fried Chicken


Ingredient:

1 3-pound chicken, cut into 10 pieces, or 3 pounds chicken pieces
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 quart buttermilk
2 teaspoons hot sauce
1 bay leaf
3 cloves garlic, smashed
3 sprigs thyme
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 tablespoon sweet paprika
1 tablespoon onion powder
3/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Peanut or vegetable oil, for frying
Vegetable shortening, for frying

Directions:

Season the chicken generously with salt and black pepper; place on a baking sheet, cover loosely with plastic wrap and refrigerate 1 hour.

Mix the buttermilk, hot sauce, bay leaf, garlic and thyme in a large resealable plastic bag. Add the chicken, making sure the pieces are submerged. Seal and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours.

Mix the flour, baking powder, paprika, onion powder, cayenne, 3 1/2 teaspoons salt and 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper in a separate resealable bag.

Fill a deep 12-inch cast-iron skillet halfway with equal parts peanut oil and shortening. Heat over medium heat until a deep-fry thermometer registers 350 degrees F.

Remove about half of the chicken pieces from the buttermilk mixture, letting the excess drip off. Transfer to the bag of seasoned flour; seal and shake to thoroughly coat. Remove from the bag, shake off any excess flour and transfer to a rack.

Carefully lower the coated chicken into the oil. The temperature will drop to 300 degrees F to 325 degrees F; adjust the heat to maintain this temperature so the crust doesn't burn before the meat is cooked. Fry, undisturbed, 2 to 3 minutes to set the crust, then carefully lift with tongs to check the browning; continue to fry, turning as needed, until golden brown and cooked through, 12 to 14 more minutes for smaller pieces and 14 to 16 more minutes for larger ones. (A thermometer should register 160 degrees F in the breasts and 170 degrees F in the thighs and drumsticks.)

Remove the chicken to a clean rack to drain, sprinkle with salt and let rest a few minutes. Repeat with the remaining chicken. Serve hot or at room temperature.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/classic-fried-chicken-recipe/index.html

American Macaroni Salad


Ingredients:

2 cups dry elbow macaroni, cooked, rinsed, and drained
1/3 cup diced celery
1/4 cup minced red onion, soaked in cold water for 5 minutes, drained
1 tablespoon minced flat-leaf parsley
1/2 cup diced vine-ripened tomato (optional)
1/2 cup prepared mayonnaise
3/4 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons sour cream
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

In a large bowl combine the macaroni, celery, onion, parsley and tomato, if using. In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, mustard, sugar, vinegar, sour cream and salt. Pour the dressing over the salad and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve. Store covered in the refrigerator, for up to 3 days.

Recipe shared from: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchens/american-macaroni-salad-recipe/index.html

Barbecued Chinese Chicken Lettuce Wraps


Ingredients:

2 cups, 4 handfuls, fresh shiitake mushrooms
1 1/3 to 1 1/2 pounds thin cut chicken breast or chicken tenders
2 tablespoons light colored oil, such as vegetable oil or peanut oil
Coarse salt and coarse black pepper
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 inch ginger root, finely chopped or grated, optional
1 orange, zested
1/2 red bell pepper, diced small
1 small tin, 6 to 8 ounces, sliced water chestnuts, drained and chopped
3 scallions, chopped
3 tablespoons hoisin, Chinese barbecue sauce, available on Asian foods aisle of market
1/2 large head iceberg lettuce, core removed, head quartered
Wedges of navel orange -- platter garnish

Directions:

Remove tough stems from mushrooms and brush with damp towel to clean, Slice mushrooms. Chop chicken into small pieces.

Preheat a large skillet or wok to high.

Add oil to hot pan. Add chicken to the pan and sear meat by stir frying a minute or 2. Add mushrooms and cook another minute or two. Add salt and pepper to season, then garlic and ginger. Cook a minute more. Grate zest into pan, add bell pepper bits, chopped water chestnuts and scallions. Cook another minute, continuing to stir fry mixture. Add hoisin Chinese barbecue sauce and toss to coat the mixture evenly. 

Transfer the hot chopped barbecued chicken to serving platter and pile the quartered wedges of crisp iceberg lettuce along side. Add wedged oranges to platter to garnish. To eat, pile spoonfuls into lettuce leaves, wrapping lettuce around fillings and squeeze an orange wedge over.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/barbecued-chinese-chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe/index.html

Chiles Rellenos and Eggs with Tomato Jalapeño Salsa



Ingredients:

Salsa

3 medium tomatoes
1/4 unpeeled medium white onion
1 unpeeled garlic clove
1/2 to 1 jalapeño chile
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon finely chopped cilantro
1 teaspoon kosher salt

Chiles

6 poblano chiles
3/4 cup finely chopped onion
1 1/2 cups freshly shredded jack cheese
Vegetable oil for frying
11 large eggs
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup flour
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Directions:

1. Make salsa: Preheat oven to 400°. Line a baking sheet with foil and top with tomatoes, onion, garlic, and jalapeño. Bake until softened, about 25 minutes, turning ingredients halfway through baking. Remove from oven and let cool.

2. Core tomatoes, peel onion and garlic, and stem jalapeño. Put the vegetables, lime juice, cilantro, and salt in a food processor and pulse just until chunky and incorporated. Transfer salsa to a bowl.

3. Prepare chiles: Preheat broiler. Arrange poblanos on foil-lined baking sheet in a single layer and broil 2 to 3 in. from heat until blackened, turning as needed, 10 to 12 minutes. Put chiles in a bowl, cover, and let sit 10 minutes to loosen skins.

4. Peel chiles, pull out stems (keeping chiles as intact as possible), and remove seeds with a spoon or your fingers. Blot with paper towels. Preheat oven to 200°.

5. In a bowl, combine chopped onion and shredded cheese. Squeeze handfuls to form 6 narrow logs. Carefully stuff logs into chiles through stem ends.

6. Pour oil into a large pot to a depth of 2 to 3 in. and heat to 375°. Meanwhile, separate 5 eggs. In the bowl of a mixer, beat whites until soft peaks form. In another bowl, whisk yolks with 1/3 cup flour and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add a spoonful of whites to yolk mixture and whisk to combine, then gently fold yolk mixture into whites just until incorporated.

7. Put 1/2 cup flour in a shallow bowl. Using tongs or your hands, dip a chile first into flour, then into egg batter, turning gently to coat. Gently lower chile into hot oil. Repeat with a second chile. Cook until browned, gently turning once with tongs, about 4 minutes total. Transfer chiles to a baking sheet lined with paper towels and keep warm in the oven. Cook remaining chiles the same way.

8. To poach eggs, fill a wide, deep frying pan with enough water to cover an egg out of the shell by about 1 in. Heat water until 1 or 2 bubbles break the surface. Reduce heat until bubbles form on pan bottom and occasionally pop to the surface. Break open remaining 6 eggs, one at a time, into water, keeping eggs close to the surface. Cook until eggs are done the way you like, 3 to 5 minutes for soft yolks with firm whites or 7 to 10 minutes for firm yolks and whites. Remove eggs from water with a slotted spoon and transfer to a plate.

9. Divide chiles among 6 plates, top each with a poached egg and a spoonful of salsa, and serve remaining salsa on the side.

Recipe shared from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chiles-rellenos-eggs-with-tomato-jalapeo-salsa-10000001842380/

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Beef and Scallion Rolls


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons canola oil
1 red bell pepper, ribs and seeds removed, cut into thin strips
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 pound center-cut beef tenderloin or sirloin, cut into 8 slices
Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 scallions, trimmed, sliced very thinly lengthwise, and cut into 2-inch pieces
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar

Directions:

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper, and cook, shaking skillet often, until pepper blisters, 2 to 4 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon soy sauce. Transfer to a plate; wipe skillet clean.

Place each beef slice between plastic wrap; pound lightly until 1/8 inch thick. Season with salt and pepper. Divide bell pepper and scallions among slices. Roll tightly into bundles; secure each with a toothpick.

Heat remaining tablespoon oil in same skillet over high heat. Working in two batches, sear rolls until browned on all sides, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate; cover to keep warm. Wipe skillet clean.

Add 2 tablespoons water, remaining 2 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, and sugar to skillet. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sauce is reduced and syrupy, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove toothpicks. Drizzle rolls with sauce.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.marthastewart.com/339341/beef-and-scallion-rolls?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=275652&slide=283429

Mini Honey-Mustard Meatloaves with Roasted Potatoes


Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for baking sheet
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon honey mustard
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 pound ground beef chuck
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1/2 cup panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
1 cup shredded white cheddar (about 4 ounces)
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 pound white new potatoes, scrubbed and quartered
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
1 head Boston lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. Brush a rimmed baking sheet with oil. In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons mustard and ketchup.

In a medium bowl, combine beef, egg, panko, 1/2 cup cheddar, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and teaspoon pepper. Form into four 2-by-4-inch loaves; place on baking sheet. Brush with mustard mixture; top with remaining 1/2 cup cheddar. On another rimmed baking sheet, toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil; season with salt and pepper.

Transfer meatloaves to upper rack of oven, and place potatoes on lower rack. Bake until loaves are cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes, rotating sheets after 10 minutes. Remove loaves from oven; continue to roast potatoes until tender, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together remaining tablespoon oil, remaining teaspoon mustard, and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Add lettuce to bowl, and toss. Serve meatloaves with potatoes and salad.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.marthastewart.com/336901/mini-honey-mustard-meatloaves-with-roast?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=275652&slide=261694 

Tortilla Pie


Ingredients:

4 flour tortillas (10-inch)
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for pan
1 medium onion, chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon red-pepper flakes
Coarse salt and ground pepper
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound ground beef sirloin
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 package (10 ounces) frozen corn kernels
3 packed cups loose baby spinach (about 5 ounces), torn into pieces
2 cups (8 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
Fresh cilantro sprigs, for garnish (optional)
Sour cream (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Using a paring knife, trim tortillas to fit a 9-inch springform pan (use the removable bottom of the pan as a guide). Assemble pan with the bottom upside down; lightly oil bottom and sides. Set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil over medium. Add onion, cumin, and red-pepper flakes; season with salt and pepper. Cook until onion has softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in tomato paste. Raise heat to medium-high; add beef and garlic. Cook, breaking up meat with a spoon until no longer pink, 4 to 6 minutes. Add corn and spinach; stir until spinach has wilted, about 2 minutes.

Place one tortilla in the prepared pan. Spreading evenly, top with 1 1/2 packed cups beef mixture, then 1/2 cup cheese. Repeat with two more layers. Top with last tortilla, and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

Bake pie until top is lightly browned, 15 to 20 minutes. Run knife around edge of pan; remove sides. Using two wide metal spatulas, lift pie from bottom of pan, and transfer to a cutting board. Cut into wedges. If desired, serve with cilantro and sour cream.

Recipe shared from: http://www.marthastewart.com/343451/tortilla-pie?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=275652&slide=262674

Spring Vegetable Pizzas


Ingredients:

1 jar (12 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts, drained well, reserving marinade, hearts quartered if whole
1 large bunch asparagus (1 pound), trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces, and halved lengthwise if thick
1 pint cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
1 pound pizza dough, thawed if frozen and divided in half
Coarse salt and ground pepper
7 ounces Gruyere cheese, grated (3 cups)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 500 degrees, with racks in upper and lower thirds. In a medium bowl, combine artichoke hearts, asparagus, and tomatoes. On a large piece of parchment paper, brush 1 dough half with artichoke-heart marinade and roll out to a 14-inch-long oval. 

Transfer dough on parchment to a rimmed baking sheet and top with half the vegetables, leaving a 1-inch border. Brush border with marinade and season pizza with salt and pepper. Repeat to make second pizza. Bake pizzas 10 minutes, rotating sheets halfway through. Sprinkle pizzas with cheese and bake until crust is deep golden and cheese is melted, 3 to 5 minutes.

Recipe shared from: 

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders


Ingredients:

8 fresh sage leaves
8 chicken tenders (about 1 1/4 pounds)
8 slices bacon
1/2 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Directions:

Place a sage leaf on each chicken tender, then wrap each with a bacon slice. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high. Add tenders, sage side down, and cook until fat is rendered and bacon is browned, about 6 minutes. Flip and cook until tenders are cooked through, 6 minutes. With tongs, transfer to a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet to drain.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.marthastewart.com/326882/bacon-wrapped-chicken-tenders?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=274706&slide=296880 

Capellini with Shrimp, Peppers, and Salami


Ingredients:

Coarse salt and ground pepper
3 tablespoons olive oil
3 mixed bell peppers (ribs and seeds removed), thinly sliced lengthwise
1 pound frozen large shrimp (peeled and deveined), thawed
2 ounces thinly sliced Genoa salami, cut into strips (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup peperocini, stems removed, thinly sliced crosswise
8 ounces capellini pasta (angel-hair)

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Add bell peppers, and cook, tossing, until crisp-tender, 3 to 5 minutes. Add shrimp, and cook, tossing, until opaque throughout, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in salami and pepperoncini; season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta until al dente; drain, and return to pot. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to pasta in pot; season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Serve pasta topped with shrimp mixture and pan juices.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.marthastewart.com/326915/capellini-with-shrimp-peppers-and-salami?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=274365&slide=284050

Fresh Angel-Hair Pasta with Bacon and Peas


Ingredients:

Coarse salt and ground pepper
4 slices bacon, sliced crosswise into 1/2-inch pieces
2 shallots, halved and thinly sliced
1 box (10 ounces) frozen peas, thawed
1 cup half-and-half
18 ounces fresh angel-hair pasta

Directions:

Set a large pot of salted water to boil. In a large skillet, cook bacon over medium until crisp, 5 to 7 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate to drain (leave fat in skillet).

Add shallots to skillet; season with salt and pepper. Cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften, 1 to 2 minutes. Add peas and half-and-half; season with salt and pepper. Simmer until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.

Cook pasta in boiling water until al dente, according to package instructions. Reserve 1/2 cup pasta water; drain pasta, and return to pot. Pour sauce over pasta; toss to combine, adding some reserved pasta water a little at a time to coat. Sprinkle with bacon, and serve immediately.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.marthastewart.com/333226/fresh-angel-hair-pasta-with-bacon-and-pe?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=274365&slide=254546

Chicken, Edamame, and Noodle Stir-Fry


Ingredients:

Coarse salt and ground pepper
8 ounces udon noodles or linguine
2 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (6 to 8 ounces each), cut crosswise into thin strips
1 tablespoon cornstarch
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
1/2 napa cabbage (about 1 pound), thinly shredded
2 cups frozen shelled edamame
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce

Directions:

In a large pot of boiling salted water, cook noodles until al dente, according to package instructions. Drain, and rinse under cold water; drain again, and set aside.

While pasta is cooking, in a medium bowl, toss chicken with cornstarch; season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high. Cook chicken in two batches, until light brown on the outside and opaque throughout, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a plate (reserve skillet).

Add remaining tablespoon oil to skillet; add onion and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, 1 to 3 minutes. Add cabbage, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, 2 to 4 minutes.

Add edamame, vinegar, soy sauce, chicken, and noodles; season with salt and pepper. Cook, tossing, until noodles and edamame are warmed through, 3 to 5 minutes.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.marthastewart.com/342222/chicken-edamame-and-noodle-stir-fry?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=274365&slide=283627 

Smoked Salmon & Spinach Pasta


Ingredients:

1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
1 tablespoon light-brown sugar
Salt and pepper
1 one-pound salmon fillet with skin (about 1 inch thick)
1 pound corkscrew or other short pasta
10 ounces spinach, stems trimmed and leaves washed well
1/2 cup sour cream
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Heat the broiler. Put fennel seeds in a small, self-sealing plastic bag, and crush with a rolling pin. Add parsley, brown sugar, 3/4 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper to the bag, and shake to mix.

Press the mixture onto the skinless side of the salmon. Broil salmon, skin side down, until it is no longer red in the center, about 8 minutes.

Flake the fish with a fork. Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook pasta according to package instructions until al dente, about 13 minutes. Reserve about 1/2 cup cooking water, and drain pasta. Return it to the warm pot, add spinach, and toss.
In a bowl, mix together sour cream, lemon juice to taste, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 2 tablespoons pasta water.

Put pasta on plates, top with salmon, and drizzle with the sour-cream mixture. Or simply toss pasta and spinach in the pot with the salmon and the sour-cream mixture, adding pasta water as needed, and serve.

Recipe shared from: http://www.marthastewart.com/339298/salmon-pasta?czone=food/dinner-tonight-center/dinner-tonight-main-courses&center=276948&gallery=274365&slide=263358

Quick and Delicious 30 Minute Chili

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
3 medium onions, chopped
6 garlic cloves, chopped
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pounds ground beef chuck
3 cans (14.5 ounces each) diced tomatoes in juice
1 bottle (12 ounces) mild lager beer
2 cans (14.5 ounces each) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
Shredded cheddar cheese (optional)

Directions:

In a Dutch oven or large (5-quart) heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high. Add onions and garlic. Season with salt and pepper, and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Add tomato paste, chili powder, chipotles, and cinnamon. Cook, stirring, until mixture has begun to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Add beef, and cook, breaking it up with a spoon until no longer pink, about 5 minutes.
Add tomatoes with their juice, beer, and beans. Bring to a boil, and reduce to a rapid simmer. Cook over medium heat until chili has thickened slightly and beans are tender, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with cheese, if desired.

Recipe shared from: http://www.marthastewart.com/315258/30-minute-chili?czone=food/comfort-foods-center/comfort-foods-dishes&center=854190&gallery=275658&slide=281160

Cheesy Corn Chowder


Ingredients:

6 bacon slices, finely chopped
1 large sweet onion, finely chopped
3 large carrots, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3 celery ribs, cut into 1/4-inch dice
1 red bell pepper, cut into 1/4-inch dice
3/4 pound Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
3/4 pound sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch dice
4 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
4 cups water
3 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 4 ears) or 1 1/2 pounds (24 ounces) frozen corn kernels (not thawed)
2 cups heavy cream
8 ounces extra-sharp Cheddar, coarsely grated (3 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 cup finely chopped fresh basil or parsley
Finely chopped fresh chives or scallions (optional)
Paprika (optional)

Directions:

Cook bacon in a 6- to 8-quart heavy pot over medium heat, stirring frequently, until crisp, about 5 minutes. Transfer with a slotted spoon to a small bowl.

Pour off all but 2 tablespoons bacon fat. Add onion, carrots, celery, and bell pepper to pot and cook, stirring, until onion is softened, 10 to 12 minutes.

Add Yukon gold and sweet potatoes, broth, and water, and simmer, covered, until potatoes are just tender, about 15 minutes. Add corn and cream and simmer, uncovered, 10 minutes.

Remove pot from heat, then stir in cheese until melted. Season soup with salt and pepper and stir in bacon and basil. Garnish with fresh chives, scallions, or paprika (if desired).

Recipe shared from:  http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/gourmetlive/2012/012512/cheesy-corn-chowder 

Ecuadoran Potato Cakes with Peanut Sauce

Ingredients:

1 1/2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1/3 cup plus 1/2 cup finely chopped scallions, divided
6 tablespoons annatto oil, divided (see note below)
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 medium tomato, chopped
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
6 oz Münster cheese, coarsely grated (2 cups)

Peel potatoes and cut into 1-inch pieces. Cover potatoes with cold water in a medium pot, then stir in 1 teaspoon salt and simmer until very tender, about 18 minutes.


While potatoes simmer, cook garlic and 1/3 cup scallions in 2 tablespoons annatto oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes. Stir in cumin and 1/4 teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add tomato and cook, stirring, 2 minutes. Add milk and bring to a bare simmer, then remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until combined well. Keep peanut sauce warm, covered, off heat. 
Drain potatoes, then mash in a bowl.

Cook remaining 1/2 cup scallions with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in 2 tablespoons annatto oil in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring, until scallions are softened, then stir into potatoes along with cheese. Form potato mixture into 8 balls and flatten each into a 3-inch patty.

Heat 1 tablespoon annatto oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until hot, then fry cakes in 2 batches, turning over once, until crusty, about 6 minutes per batch. Add remaining tablespoon annatto oil for second batch.

Gently reheat peanut sauce, thinning to a creamy consistency with a little water if necessary. Season sauce with salt and serve with potato cakes.


Annatto Oil

Common in Latin American cooking, this orange oil infuses dishes with instant depth and quite often with their signature golden color. 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons annatto (achiote) seeds
3/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Heat annatto seeds and oil in a very small saucepan over low heat, swirling pan frequently, until oil is bright red-orange and begins to simmer, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes.

Strain annatto oil through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl, discarding seeds.  Annatto oil keeps, covered and chilled, indefinitely.

Recipe shared from: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2007/09/potatocakes

Fresh Corn Spoon Bread

Ingredients:

2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup yellow cornmeal
1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 2 to 3 ears)
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 large eggs, separated

Directions:


Preheat oven to 425ºF.
Bring milk, cornmeal, corn kernels, butter, and salt to a boil in a 3-quart heavy saucepan over moderately high heat, stirring frequently, and simmer, stirring constantly, until thickened, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from heat and cool 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, then whisk in yolks.

Beat whites and a pinch of salt with an electric mixer at medium speed just until soft peaks form. Whisk one fourth of whites into cornmeal mixture in pan to lighten, then fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly. Spread mixture evenly in a buttered 9 1/2-inch deep-dish glass pie plate or 1 1/2-quart shallow casserole and bake in middle of oven until puffed and golden, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately (like a soufflé, spoon bread collapses quickly).

Recipe shared from: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2002/07/freshcornspoonbread

Little Brown Bettys


Ingredients:

3/4 stick unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon granulated sugar
6 slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
2 Gala or Fuji apples
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup panko (Japanese bread crumbs)
whipped cream

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350°F with rack in middle. Lightly butter muffin cups with some of melted butter, then sprinkle with granulated sugar.

Roll bread slices with a rolling pin to flatten. Brush both sides with some of remaining melted butter, then gently fit into muffin cups.

Peel apples and cut into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir together with brown sugar and cinnamon, tossing to coat. Stir inpanko and remaining melted butter. Heap apple mixture into cups, pressing gently.

Cover pan with foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until apples are tender, about 20 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes before removing from pan. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Recipe shared from: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/04/little-brown-bettys

Egg, Potato, and Prosciutto Pie



Ingredients:


1 (1-lb) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
2 medium onions, finely chopped (2 cups)
1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
4 to 5 oz thinly sliced prosciutto
1 large boiling potato (10 to 12 oz)
12 large eggs

Directions:

Put a baking sheet in middle of oven and preheat oven to 375°F.

If dough is in 1 piece, cut in half. Roll out each piece into a 12-inch square on a lightly floured surface. Line a 9-inch square baking pan with 1 piece of dough, draping it slightly over sides.

Stir together onions, oil, and 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper and spread in an even layer over dough. Top with prosciutto. Peel potato and thinly slice (about 1/8 inch thick), then arrange in one layer over prosciutto, overlapping slightly. Crack eggs on top of potatoes, gently arranging yolks so they don°t touch one another. Season eggs with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.

Cut several slits in remaining pastry square and lay over top of pie, then crimp edge and trim. Bake until pastry is golden brown and puffed, 50 to 60 minutes.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2008/12/egg-potato-and-proscuitto-pie 

Puffy Corn Omelet


Ingredients:


3 ears of corn, husked
4 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
4 large eggs, separated
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh chives

Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350ºF.

Add corn to a 4-quart pot of boiling salted water, then remove from heat and let stand, covered, 10 minutes. Drain and, when cool enough to handle, cut kernels from cobs with a sharp knife into a bowl, then scrape cobs over bowl to extract "milk."

Melt butter in a 10-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet (preferably lightweight) and remove skillet from heat, then transfer 3 tablespoons melted butter to bowl with corn (leaving remaining butter in skillet to cool). Toss corn to coat and stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper.

Whisk egg yolks with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl until combined. Beat whites with a pinch of salt in another bowl using an electric mixer at medium speed until they just hold stiff peaks. Fold one third of whites into yolks to lighten, then fold in remaining whites gently but thoroughly. Gently fold in corn mixture.

Spoon mixture into skillet and bake until pale golden and set, 10 to 12 minutes. Loosen omelet with a heatproof rubber spatula and slide onto a plate. Serve sprinkled with chives.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2005/08/cornomelet 

Baked Mushroom-Stuffed Crêpes


Ingredients:

Crêpes 

3/4 cup matzo meal or matzo cake meal
1 3/4 cups water
3 large eggs
4 large egg whites
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons melted butter, divided

Mushroom Filling

1 medium onion, finely chopped

3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 1/2 lb mixed fresh mushrooms, sliced
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons chopped chives
1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, divided

Directions:

If using matzo meal (not cake meal), finely grind in grinder. Whisk together ground matzo meal or matzo cake meal, water, eggs, egg whites, salt, and 1/4 cup melted butter until smooth. Let batter rest at room temperature 30 minutes.


Cook onion in butter with 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper in a 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened and starting to brown, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 8 minutes. Stir in cream and milk and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in chives and 1/4 cup cheese. Cool while making crêpes.


Lightly brush a 9- to 10-inch nonstick skillet with some of remaining melted butter and heat over medium heat just until butter sizzles. Pour 1/4 cup batter into pan, tilting to evenly coat bottom, and cook until underside is lightly browned, 45 to 60 seconds. Flip with a rubber spatula and cook 30 seconds more. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining batter, stacking crêpes as cooked.

Preheat oven to 375°F with rack in middle.

Spread each crêpe with about 1/4 cup mushroom filling and fold in quarters to form a triangle. Arrange crêpes, overlapping slightly, in a 3-qt shallow baking dish. Scatter any leftover mushroom filling over top. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese. Bake until crêpes are golden and edges are crisp, about 25 minutes.

Recipe shared from: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/04/baked-mushroom-stuffed-crepes

Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes


Ingredients:


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange zest
1 rounded cup semisweet mini chocolate chips

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, mixed with 3 tablespoons orange marmalade

Directions:

Whisk together all ingredients except chips until just combined.

Heat a griddle over medium heat until hot and lightly brush with additional oil. Working in batches, pour a scant 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto griddle and sprinkle each pancake with about 1 1/2 teaspoons chips. 

Cook until bubbles appear on surface and undersides are golden-brown, about 1 minute. Flip with a spatula and cook other side, about 1 minute more. (Lightly oil griddle between batches.)

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2008/02/orange_chocolate_chip_pancakes 

Chorizo Hashbrowns


Ingredients:

1 small onion, finely chopped
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 lb russet (baking) potatoes (about 3)
1 1/2 to 2 oz Spanish chorizo (cured spiced pork sausage), casing removed and sausage finely chopped (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Directions:


Cook onion, scallions, and garlic in 1 Tbsp oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until softened, 3 to 5 minutes.
Peel potatoes and coarsely grate. Squeeze any excess water from potatoes and mix with onion mixture, chorizo, parsley, paprika, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper in a large bowl until combined well.

Wipe out skillet and heat butter and remaining Tbsp oil over medium heat until butter is melted. Add potato mixture, spreading evenly in skillet and pressing gently to flatten. Cook over medium heat until crisp and golden, 8 to 10 minutes. Invert a large plate over skillet. Holding plate and skillet tightly together, invert hash browns onto plate. Slide back into skillet and press gently to flatten. Cook until golden and cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes more. Cut into wedges and serve.

Recipe shared from:  http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2008/11/hash-browns 

Lemon Bread Pudding with Maple Infused Whipped Cream


Ingredients:


6 cups thin baguette slices (from an 18-inch length)
3 whole large eggs
3 large egg yolks
1 cup sugar plus more for sprinkling
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
5 cups heavy cream, divided
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
fresh berries

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F with rack in middle. Put bread in a 3-qt flameproof shallow baking dish (not glass).

Whisk together whole eggs, yolks, and sugar in a large bowl until pale and thick, about 1 minute. Whisk in zest, lemon juice, and 4 cups cream (chill remaining cup cream) and pour over bread. Press down with a spatula to help bread soak up some of custard.
Lightly sprinkle with sugar and bake in a water bath until custard is barely set and edges of bread are golden, 40 to 45 minutes.

Turn on broiler and broil bread pudding 4 to 5 inches from heat until golden-brown in spots, 2 to 3 minutes. Cool to warm, about 30 minutes (pudding will continue to set).
Just before serving, beat remaining cup cream with syrup using an electric mixer or a whisk until it just holds soft peaks. Serve pudding, warm or chilled, with cream.

Recipe shared from: 
http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2009/08/lemon-bread-pudding-with-maple-infused-whipped-cream 

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Fried Apple Pies


Ingredients:

Pastry

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
3 tablespoons cold vegetable shortening (preferably trans-fat-free), cut into 1/2-inch pieces
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 large egg, lightly beaten
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

Filling

4 1/2 oz unsulfured dried apples (2 cups)
2 cups unfiltered apple cider
1 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

About 2 quarts vegetable oil
Confectioners sugar for dusting

Directions:

Blend together flour, butter, shortening, baking powder, and salt in a bowl with your fingertips or a pastry blender (or pulse in a food processor) until mixture just resembles coarse meal. Whisk egg with 1/4 cup ice water, then drizzle evenly over flour mixture and gently stir with a fork until incorporated.

Squeeze a small handful: If it doesn't hold together, add more ice water, 1/2 tablespoon at a time, stirring (or pulsing) until incorporated.
Gather dough and knead just until smooth, 3 or 4 times, on a lightly floured surface (do not overwork, or pastry will be tough). Form dough into 2 (5-inch) disks and chill, wrapped in plastic wrap, until firm, at least 1 hour.

Briskly simmer all filling ingredients and a pinch of salt in a heavy medium saucepan, uncovered, stirring occasionally and mashing apples with a potato masher as they soften, until a thick purée forms, about 20 minutes. Cool completely.

Divide 1 disk of dough into 6 equal pieces. Roll out 1 piece on a lightly floured surface with a lightly floured rolling pin into a 6-inch round, then put 2 heaping tablespoons of filling in center. Lightly moisten edge with water and fold dough over to form a half-circle, pressing out air around filling, then pressing edge to seal. Transfer to a large sheet of parchment paper and press floured tines of a fork around edge. Make more pies with remaining dough and filling (you may have some filling left over).

Set a cooling rack on a large baking sheet or tray. Heat 2 inches of oil in a 4- to 5-quart heavy pot (preferably cast-iron) over medium heat until it registers 360 to 370°F on thermometer. Fry pies, 3 or 4 at a time, turning occasionally, until deep golden-brown, 7 to 8 minutes per batch. Transfer to rack to drain. Return oil to 360 to 370°F between batches.
Dust warm pies with confectioners sugar before serving.

Recipe shared from: http://www.gourmet.com/recipes/2000s/2008/01/fried_apple_pies