Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Indian Flatbread




Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:
1 cup, Full Fat Natural Plain Yogurt
1 cup, Bread Flour, I use King Arthur*
2 teaspoons, Baking Powder

1/2 cup butter
3 Cloves garlic finely minced
parsley roughly chopped
1 pinch salt to taste

Directions:
In a large bowl combine the flour and baking powder. Add in the yogurt and mix with a spatula until the yogurt has absorbed the flour. Use your hands to really bring the dough together.

Once the dough is formed into a smooth ball, place it on a floured surface. Using a knife divide the dough into six balls.


Working with one ball of dough at a time, roll each one out to an 8 x 8 circle. Try to roll the dough as thin as possible as this will ensure the bread cooks evenly on both sides with a nice air bubbles in between.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat. While the skillet is heating melt together the butter, minced garlic, parsley and salt in the microwave for about 30 seconds.

Using a pastry brush, brush one side of the rolled dough with the garlic butter before placing it with the garlic side down into hot skillet. Allow the bread to toast and bubble up cooking for about 2-3 minutes on each side.


Once the bread is nice and toasty on each side remove from the heat.


Repeat this process until all 6 flatbreads are cooked. Stack up on a plate or in a covered basket to keep warm.

Tip: You can store at room temperature for 3 days and reheat on a pan.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Asian Stuffed Chicken Leg Quarters


Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:
4 chicken leg quarters
2 tablespoons carrots, minced
2 tablespoons green onions, minced
2 tablespoons bamboo shoots, minced
2 tablespoons water chestnuts, minced
1/4 bean sprouts
1/2 cup cabbage, finely shredded
2 tablespoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 bunch of bean thread
1/2 lb ground pork

Directions:
In a bowl place the bean thread and cover with water.  Let soak for 10 minutes. Drain water. And place in large mixing bowl. Set aside.

Any brand of bean thread is good.
Soaking Bean Thread

Wash the chicken, begin by deboning it. You may want to ask you grocer butcher if they will debone it. If they do not offer this service, here is a link to a video showing exactly how to debone a leg quarter!  Below you can also view how to debone, with a few photos. When you have completed deboning the chicken, set aside.

How to Debone a Chicken Leg Quarter (Click to view video.)








Drain water from the bean thread and chop up into about 1 1/2 inch length. Place in a large mixing bowl. Add carrots, green onions, bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, bean spouts, cabbage, ground pork, 1 tablespoon of sesame oil, 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, garlic and mix.



Take one leg quarter and firmly stuff it, as shown below. Turn over the leg quarter, with skin side up and place in an approximately, 7 x 11 1/2 baking dish.




Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Mix the remaining sesame oil and soy sauce and brush over the chicken. Cover dish with foil and seal.


Insert dish in oven and bake for 55 minutes. After 55 minutes are up, remove aluminum and bake another 15 - 20 minutes, or until the skin is nice a brown. Serve and Enjoy!

Servings: 4

Tip: This dish can be served with a salad or any side dish you prefer.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Fajitas (Carne Asada)


Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:
1/2 tablespoon, fresh comino seeds (cumin)
6 black peppercorns
5 cloves, peeled fresh garlic
¼ cup, olive oil
2 tablespoons, white vinegar
2 fresh squeezed, lime juice
1/2 cup, orange juice
1/2 cup, water
½ teaspoons, salt
1 cup cilantro, chopped (no stems)
1 jalapeño, minced
3 lbs, skirt steak (fajitas, skirt steak)

Directions:
In a small sauté pan, over medium high heat, toast the comino seeds and black peppercorns for about 30 seconds. You will smell the hint of oils releasing. Remove from heat, and add them to a molcajete (mortar and pestle).


Add the garlic, and grind into a paste. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir, this is to make sure you remove all the paste from the molcajete and pour into a bowl.





Add all the other ingredients into the bowl and whisk to combine.



Pour in marinade into a gallon size zip-top plastic bag. Add fajitas and seal, removing as much air as possible. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours, but preferably overnight or up to 24 hours.



Remove the fajitas from the marinade, and discard excess marinade. Grill the fajitas, on high heat, somewhere around 500 degrees.

Grill for 7 to 10 minutes per side. Flipping only once. The cooking time is an estimate and is going to depend on the thickness of your meat.


Once done, remove from heat and let rest, covered with a tented piece of foil for 10 minutes. Slice as thinly as possible, against the grain, and serve. Enjoy!

Tip:  You can also marinate fajitas in a bowl. Just make sure the meat is covered. Serve on heated flour or corn tortillas! Topped with guacamole, and Pico de Gallo! cooked onions and green peppers Use a small preheated cast-iron skillet to serve and just before taking to the table squeeze fresh lemon juice over the meat. For a healthier alternative serve with whole wheat tortillas, low fat sour cream, reduced fat Mexican shredded cheese, fresh pico de gallo and Guacamole. 

Sunday, December 23, 2018

Best Ever Homemade Guacamole - Avocado Dip


Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:
8 large, Hass avocados
½ lime, fresh squeezed lime juice
¼ cup, Roma tomato, minced
¼ cup, white onion, minced
¼ cup packed, cilantro, minced
3 large cloves, garlic, finely minced
1 teaspoon, sea salt
¼ teaspoon, fresh ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon, ground comino (cumin)
1/2 jalapeno, slice lengthwise, seeds and veins removed, finely minced
(Leave the seeds and veins if you like it hot and add the whole finely minced jalapeno! For even spicier Guacamole use a Serrano pepper.)

Directions:
Mince the tomato, white onion, cilantro, jalapeno, and garlic. Using a large bowl add the onions, tomato, cilantro, jalapeno, garlic, salt, black pepper, lime juice, and comino (cumin).


To prepare the avocados, pop off the dried stem from all the avocados and discard the stem. 


Slice the avocados in half. And carefully remove and discard the pit.



Scoop out of shell with a spoon. Place in the bowl with the other ingredients.


Then using a fork mash avocados and mix to desired chunky consistency.



Tip: Serve with your favorite tortilla chips for a dip, or use with your favorite Mexican dish. Great on fajita tacos! I take this dish to all my family gatherings! It disappears!

Bacon and Green Onion Cheese Ball


Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:

(For Cheese Ball)
1/4 cup brown sugar ham, finely chopped
1/4 cup green onion, finely chopped
1 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
1/2 teaspoon Hidden Valley, Garden Green Onion Mix

(For Rolling Cheese Ball)
1/8 cup real bacon Bits, (I use Oscar Mayer)
1/8 cup green onion, finely chopped
1/4 cup Colby Jack or Mild Cheddar cheese, finely shredded/cut

Directions:

(For Preparing Cheese Ball)
In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine green onion, brown sugar Ham, cream cheese and Garden Green Onion Mix. When mixed well, form ball out of the mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 3 to 4 hours, or overnight.






(For Rolling Cheese Ball)
Before serving, in a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the real bacon bits, green onion, and cheddar cheese, and roll the cheese balls in the mixture.  Enjoy!




 Tip: This cheese ball is great with buttery crackers!

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Carne Guisada



Tip: Read directions completely before preparing.

Ingredients:
2 pounds beef top sirloin steak, cut into 1-inch chunks
4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 large white onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves
1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
2 teaspoons comino (cumin)
1 medium tomato, chopped
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
1 serrano pepper, slightly toasted, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 1/2 cups beef broth
1/2 teaspoon Mexican oregano (regular is fine)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water

Directions:
Dredge the cubed meat in flour, coating well.


In a heavy, deep-sided skillet or Dutch oven, add the oil and heat over medium heat. Add the cubed meat and brown thoroughly, stirring often.


 While the meat is browning, in a small saute pan, toast the comino seeds and then add them to the molcajete (mortar and pestal). Use the same pan to toast the serrano pepper.


In a molcajete which already has the comino, add the garlic, and black peppercorns. Grind into a paste. Add 1/2 cup of water and stir, this is to make sure you remove all the paste from the molcajete and set aside.




Once the meat is browned, add the garlic, comino and peppercorn paste and liquid from molcajete to the pot. Add the salt, paprika, oregano, chili powder, onion, tomatoes, cilantro, and serrano to the pot and saute for 3 to 4 minutes.

 

Add beef broth, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until the beef is tender and the mixture has cooked down to a thick sauce. Stir every 20 minutes. Enjoy!



Tip:  You can serve this with rice, or beans or make some great tacos! I love breakfast tacos made with some carne guisada, scrambled egg and cheese! Carne Guisada is a Mexican inspired take on beef stew.

Yesterday I had to pick up some things from Dillard's at Barton Creek Mall and found that in their kitchenware department they now sell Molcajetes! They were made of granite and beautiful. Of course they are not made from the original basalt/lava stone. But they are really nice and will surely do the job! 

You can buy Mexican molcajetes online nowadays, but beware! The quality can vary enormously. There is a world of difference between the best quality molcajetes, made usually from dark ‘river rock’ basalt with low sand content, and cheap and cheerful ones made from grey, very porous lava-rock. The problem with the latter, to quote the gourmetsleuth.com website, is that ‘They are softer and easier to carve and thus less expensive. Unfortunately they are terribly sandy and no matter how you may try to cure them they will always be sandy. They are also typically very shallow so they don’t have a very usable capacity. These pieces are fine for decoration or serving only but we don’t recommend using them as a preparation or grinding tool.’ 

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