Sunday, April 3, 2011
Miso-basted salmon burger w/ "Oven cheese fries"
Burger was a yummy, healthy, and flavorful alternative to beef. Fries were okay, and probably would have been better if I had not forgotten to buy one of the main ingredients - parmesan cheese. Doh! Because of that we left out the bread crumbs and made regular fries coated with olive oil, salt, and pepper to save time, as we were running a bit late on the meal.
1 lb 5oz fresh skinless, boneless salmon fillet
4 crusty rolls
1 t white miso paste
2 T vegetable oil
1 shallot, finely chopped
1-inch-piece ginger root, pelled, finely chopped
1 1/2 cups fresh white bread crumbs
2 scallions finely chopped
1 large egg white
1 T light soy sauce
1 t sesame oil
1/2 t mustard seeds
1/2 T white miso paste
2 T maple syrup
1 t soy sauce
Hot mango-cucumber salsa (combine all ingredients in a bowl and toss well together):
1 small mango, stone removed, cut in thin slices
1/4 cucumber, cut into ribbons lengthwise, using a vegetable peeler
1 t sugar
2 T lime juice
1. In a small bowl, mix together the ingredients for the glaze and set aside.
2. Plae 12 oz of the salmon in a food processor with 1 t of the miso and mix to a fine paste. Finely chop the remaining salmon. Chill separately in the refrigerator for 20 minutes.
3. Heat 1 T of the vegetable oil in a small pan, add the shallot and giner, and cook until softened but with no color; remove and allow to cool.
4. Remove the processed and chopped salmon from the refrigerator, place in a bowl, add the cooked shallot and ginger, a little salt, and mix well.
5. Add the remaining ingredients and bring the mix together, shape into 4 evenly sized burgers, and return to the refrigerator until needed.
6. Heat the remaining oil in a large nonstick frying pan until hot, cook the salmon burgers until golden, about 3-4 minutes on each side, brushing them regularly with the glaze as they cook.
7. Arrange the lettuce leaves on the four crusty rolls, top each with a burger, and then with some mango-cucumber salsa. Top with the remaining bread.
I loved this alternative and tangy take on cole slaw, and have made the recipe multiple times since our dinner night. It was very easy to make, and could be modified depending on your tastes or what you have on hand. The recipe calls for a whole onion which we found to be way too much; half an onion would be much better.
1/2 red cabbage
2 carrots, peeled
1 onion, peeled (way too much!!)
2 green peppers, halved, deseeded
2 T sour cream
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
salt and freshly ground pepper
pinch of celery salt (optional)
1. Remove the outer leaves from the cabbage, cut into 2-inch wedges, remove and discard center core.
2. Using a sharp knife, finely shred it into strips or use the shredding attachment of a food processor.
3. Place the shredded cabbage in ice water for 30 minutes (we skipped this part).
4. Meanwhile, cut the carrots into shreds, using a knife or small kitchen mandolin. Thinly shred the onion and green bell peppers.
5. Remove the cabbage from the water and drain it well. Dry it with a clean cloth. (or skip this if you skipped step #3).
6. Place all ingredients together in a bowl, bind with the sour cream, season to taste and chill until required.
Black bean koftas
This is one of those dishes that could be summed up as "interesting". The picture in the cookbook showed beautiful little perfectly round balls of black bean koftas, but ours fell apart in the pan and looked like a pile of dark bread crumbs. I think the downfall was using dry bread crumbs plus a little water instead of the fresh bread crumbs. Taste was average, and I would not even make again to see what it would taste like with fresh bread crumbs.
1/4 c. vegetable oil
3 scallions, finely chopped
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 small green chili, deseeded, finely chopped
1 1/2 c. cooked black beans
2 t Dijon mustard
2 t chickpea flour (gram flour)
1/4 c. chopped fresh cilantro
1/2 t ground cumin
1 1/2 c. fresh white bread crumbs
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 c. feta cheese or other sharp cheese, cut into 1/2-inch dice
1. Heat 2 T of the oil in a pan, add the scallions, garlic, and chili. Cook for 2 minutes.
2. Mash the cooked beans with the mustard, chickpea flour, cilantro, and cumin, and mix well. Add the bread crumbs and cooked onion mix. Season to taste.
3. Shape the mix into 1 1/4-inch balls. With your finger make a small indentation in the center of each ball, then fill each with some cheese. Cover over to secure the cheese filling.
4. Heat the remaining oil and fry the koftas for 3-4 minutes, keeping them moving.
5. Remove and serve.
A bottle of Jim Beam had been languishing in my cupboard for awhile, and I wanted a summery drink that would compliment the burgers. The Jim Beam website came through, and their version of a Sunrise drink was potent but delicious.
I had been wanting to try this recipe since seeing it on Tasting Table, and I had the perfect pig cookie cutter to make them. We got through the parts of making the dough and getting the bacon fat, but with everything else to do that night we didn't get around to making the icing. The piggies came out very cute though, and were yummy too!
Monday, March 7, 2011
First thought that comes to mind is that there's nothing like good ol' Mexican chorizo. "Soyriso" just doesn't cut it! But once you get past that, this was decent. Not the biggest hit of the night, but a good pairing with the rest of the menu. Also yielded a lot of food and heated up well as leftovers. Good way to use my cast-iron skillet, too!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
Bruschetta with Peach Salsa and Melted Brie (Courtesy of Cooking Light)
This was a simple dish to throw together and turned out pretty delicious. The peaches were sweet and fresh which paired well with the rich and creamy Brie. Anyway, how can you go wrong with melted Brie? I would make this recipe again with no variations.
Vodka Berry Fizzes (Courtesy of Rachael Ray)
Vodka + Sprite + Berries = Adult Koolaid. Be careful, you can drink a lot of this quickly and can't really taste the alcohol but it may catch up with you!
Alabama Pulled Pork Sandwiches with White Barbecue Sauce (Courtesy of Cooking Light)
Yummm my mouth is watering thinking about these little guys. I always thought pulled pork was one of those things that had to slow-roast for hours in order to be tender and juicy but this recipe proves that you can do it in about an hour. The pork is delicious and sweet because of the apple cider vinegar. The sauce is very vinegary but white barbecue sauces often are. I love vinegar so this was no problem for but don't expect a traditional bbq sauce. The only thing I wouldn't make again are the biscuits. Why bother when you can just buy mini buns for less work and a better taste?
Barbecued Baked Beans - Unfortunately, I can't remember where we found this recipe but the beans were traditional barbecue baked beans, with a little bacon. Delicious!
Lemon-Lime Layer Cake (Courtesy of Cooking Light)
This was pretty moist considering it didn't have too many liquid ingredients. The citrus flavor paired really well with a home-made white chocolate ice cream that we also made. This cake isn't for everyone but I loved it! If you're a fan of lemon or lime flavors, then definitely give it a try.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
Asparagus, Radicchio and Roasted-Calamari Salad
I was slightly disappointed in this salad, thinking that it was going to better than it turned out to be. It was okay, but not a recipe that we would plan to make again. I would cut back on the asparagus a bit, as there was a bit much compared to the other ingredients.
Seared Scallops with Coconut-Mussel Stew
Our favorite recipe of the night! I had eaten a somewhat similar scallop dish at Noir, a local restaurant here in Pasadena, and loved it. When I saw this recipe I knew that I wanted to try it at home, and this recipe is a keeper. We learned that crowding the mussels in the skillet doesn't work too well, and they will cook more evenly and faster when given some space. This dish takes some work, but is well worth it if you are a scallop lover.
After seeing pictures of cake pops online I knew that it was something that I wanted to try out, and the Foxy Foodies were up to the challenge. We chose a more simple design, smiley faces, and sadly most of ours were not too smiley! The recipe called for an entire can of frosting, but that seemed to be a bit much. Using less would have made the cake pops a little more dry, and also able to hold their shape a bit better. The food marker pens that we used were no match to write on the chocolate-coated cake pops, so our faces were a bit light; maybe I should paint it on next time with frosting coloring? The cake pops were delicious though, and quite filling - we could only eat one!
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Who doesn't love cheese? Queso panela was hard to find, so we stuck with queso fresco which I grew up on. Frying ("searing") the cheese made it a little rubbery to be honest..and the cilantro mojo didn't make a huge difference. All in all, it is not like a mozzarella cheese stick that melts as it cooks and adapts well with marinara sauce. Though it was super easy to make and a great idea for an appetizer, it wasn't something to make again.
Cuban Black Bean Patties with Pineapple Rice
Surprisingly, the low fat dish was the best dish of the night. Black beans and rice are classic to Caribbean cuisine and it tasted just great. Being that the patties were low fat though, they were a bit on the dry side. (didn't fry them in oil) Mixing with the rice made it no issue though. Some might think pineapple in rice is an odd combination, but it gave it moisture, flavor (especially with the cilantro) and just came out delicious!
Tamarind-Glazed Chicken Thighs
This recipe had so much promise and sounded amazing. Just fyi, frozen tamarind pulp is only found at hispanic food stores. The idea of boiling the pulp and apple cider vinegar/brown sugar into a nice reduced sauce and then baking the chicken with this glaze sounded delicious. Problem is the sauce never really reduced, so it came out watery. We baked the chicken anyway with it, but it just did not come out like the picture. Perhaps we didn't have enough patience because we were making double the recipe and did not give it proper time to reduce, but it was a disappointment.
What to say..this wasn't our best of nights, but it has to be blogged, right? I know whiskey is not that Caribbean..rum may have been more appropriate, but I decided to try it anyway. The cake tasted like straight alcohol!!! I never thought I'd say this, but maybe we add a little less next time? No frosting on the cake (which to me does not make it seem cake-like), but it really wasn't needed either! Just ok..would not make again.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Kalbi - Korean Shortribs (Courtesy of my new favorite blog CookingCloset)
Bulgogi - Korean BBQ Beef (Courtesy of CookingCloset)
Pa Jun - Korean Savory Pancakes (Courtsey of the NY Times)
I know what you're thinking...what the hell is a savory pancake? Well imagine an Asian-flavored frittata with a lot of veggies in it. You can customize this recipe to include the veggies that you like the best. All of us enjoyed this recipe and it's relatively easy to throw together.
Oi Muchim - Korean Cucumber Salad (Courtesy of Cooking Light)
When you go out to Korean BBQ, the server will bring over an array of side dishes called Banchan that you're supposed to eat along side all that meat. The banchan can range from traditional American potato salad, to fermented cabbage (Kimchi), to cucumber salad. I have a strange love of cucumbers and this was super easy to make. We all thought it was a healthy, spicy salad that went well with the heavniess of the meat.
Chap Chae - Sweet Potato Noodles (Courtesy of some random blog)
So, this is also a version of banchan and it is my absolute favorite! I can eat at least two bowls of these noodles. Sweet potato noodles are essentially like rice noodles - translucent, thin, somewhat sticky noodles that go great when paired with vegetables and an Asian sauce, like in this recipe. You can also customize this one and throw in whatever veggies you have laying around. We all really liked this recipe but agreed that the sauce to noodle ratio was slightly off. We all wanted a little more sauce to dip our noodles in!
Vanilla-bean Coconut Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
(Courtesy of Bon Appetit)
Koreans don't typically eat dessert and when they do, it normally involves some sort of red bean. As I enjoy my red beans with rice and not in cake-form, I decided to switch it up a little and go the non-traditional route. I really wanted to incorporate an Asian pear in the dessert but after spending an hour googling recipes, I opted for this coconut cupcake instead. After all, coconut is sorta Asian right? The cake turned out delicious and very moist but we all agreed that the icing was almost too rich and too buttery. I know...how can you go wrong with buttercream frosting but for some reason, I thought this version could have used a tad more sugar.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Sausage-Stuffed Danish Ebelskivers
Heather took the reins on this recipe, which turned out requiring some skill to flip over the little dough balls in the pan while cooking. We branched out from the recipe's suggested savory filling of sausage, and also cooked some with chocolate or berry jam filling. The possibilities for fillings are endless, both sweet and savory. They were a delicious appetizer, and the extra ones reheated well for my snack the next day.
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
3 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 pound precooked bulk breakfast sausage
Real maple syrup
1. Separate egg yolks and whites into two bowls. Beat egg yolks. Add sugar, salt and milk; stir. Mix in flour, baking powder and baking soda.
2. In second bowl, beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into the other mixture.
3. Lightly grease each cavity of the ebelskiver pan. Over medium heat, fill each cavity 2/3 full with batter, and tuck a teaspoon-sized piece of precooked sausage inside, pushing it down so that the batter covers it fully. Cook 2 minutes and then flip the ebelskivers with two wooden skewers... (this method works best, and prevents scratching of the nonstick). Cook for another 2-1/2 minutes or until golden brown and cooked all the way through. Repeat until all the batter is used.
4. Serve immediately, with maple syrup.
Thomas Keller Roast Chicken
This recipe called for a ~2lb. chicken, which was impossible to find at my local supermarket. The only ones that I could find were over 4 pounds, which I shouldn't have been surprised about after recently watching "Food Inc." and seeing how the poultry industry operates. The presentation was not quite as nice as in the picture since we did not have four legs and breasts to plate, but the chicken was still very good.
2 - 2¼ to 2½ lb. chickens
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tsp. chopped thyme leaves
1 c. chicken jus, warmed
Fleur de sel
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Rinse chickens under cold water, then submerge in pot of brine and refrigerate six hours.
2. Preheat oven to 475°.
3. Remove chickens from brine, rinse, and dry with paper towels. Season inside and out with salt and pepper, truss chickens, and let them sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes.
4. Salt and pepper chickens again. Place two heavy, ovenproof, 10-inch skillets over high heat. When hot, add half the oil to each. Place birds breast side up in skillets, then into the oven, legs first.
5. Roast for 40 minutes, checking every 15 minutes and rotating skillets to brown evenly. When done, temperature should read approximately 155°F. Remove from oven, add thyme leaves to skillets, and baste birds with the juices and thyme. Let sit in a warm spot for about 10 minutes.
6. Carve each bird into 4 serving pieces. Arrange one breast and a leg on each plate, top with ¼ c. chicken jus, and sprinkle with fleur de sel.
Brine for Roast Chicken
1 c. kosher salt
¼ c. plus 2 tbsp. honey
12 bay leaves
½ c. garlic cloves, skin left on, smashed
2 tbsp. black peppercorns
3 large rosemary sprigs
1 large bunch thyme sprigs
1 large bunch Italian parsley sprigs
Grated zest and 2 large lemons
1. Combine all ingredients and 1 gallon of water in a large pot, cover, and bring to a boil.
2. Boil for 1 minute, stirring to dissolve the salt. Remove from the heat and cool completely before using.
Thomas Keller Salade de Laitue
This salad was easy to make and complemented the rest of the meal. The dijon vinaigrette was good and the overall flavor not too powerful, but this was not as much of a standout as some of the other salads we have made.
4 heads Bibb lettuce
2 tbsp. minced shallots
2 tbsp. minced chives
¼ c. Italian parsley
¼ c. tarragon leaves
¼ c. chervil leaves
½ c. house vinaigrette
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground black pepper
1. Core the heads of lettuce. Separate leaves but keep each head by itself; discard outer leaves. Head by head, place the leaves in a bowl of cold water to refresh them and remove any dirt, then dry in a salad spinner.
2. Place the leaves from one head in a bowl; sprinkle with a pinch of salt, a few grinds of pepper, 1½ tsp. each shallots and chives; and 1 tbsp. each parsley, tarragon, and chervil.
3. Toss gently with 2 tbsp. vinaigrette and 1 tsp. lemon juice. Repeat with remaining heads.
4. To serve, arrange outer leaves as the base on the plate and rebuild each head of lettuce, ending with the smallest leaves.
Makes about 2½ cups
½ c. red wine vinegar
1½ c. canola oil
1. In a blender, combine the mustard and vinegar at medium speed for about 15 seconds. With the machine running, slowly drizzle in 1/2 c. canola oil.
2. Transfer to a small bowl and, whisking constantly, slowly stream in the remaining 1 c. oil. Use immediately or refrigerate up to two weeks.
Thomas Keller Lemon Tart (Tarte au Citron)
This tart was just okay. The quantity of pine nuts was a bit too much, and overpowered the taste of the crust in a negative way. I also accidentally slightly burned part of the top of the crust, so that did not help matters. Cooking that part of it properly would have helped, although overall we gave this one a thumbs down.
2 c. pine nuts
1/3 c. sugar
4 c. all-purpose flour, plus extra
1 c. unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus extra
3 eggs, cold
1 tsp. vanilla extract
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, cold, cut into 6 pieces
2 egg yolks, cold
¾ c. sugar
½ c. lemon juice
1. Place pine nuts in food processor and pulse; add the sugar and 4 c. flour and pulse until nuts are finely ground. Transfer mixture to a large bowl.
2. Add room-temperature butter, 1 egg, and vanilla; mix to incorporate. Divide the dough into three equal parts. Wrap each piece in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 10 minutes before using (Because the dough uses only one egg, it’s difficult to make a smaller quantity. Freeze the extra for another time.)
3. Preheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9-inch fluted tart pan with a removable bottom and refrigerate it while the oven preheats.
4. Remove tart pan from fridge; press 1 ball of chilled pine nut dough evenly over the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Trim off excess.
5. Bake for 10-15 minutes; rotate; bake for another 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool while you make the filling.
6. Bring about 1½ inches of water to a boil in a pot slightly smaller than the diameter of the bowl you will be using for the sabayon. Meanwhile, in a large metal bowl, whisk remaining eggs, yolks, and sugar for about 1 minute.
7. Set the bowl over the pot and whisk mixture while turning the bowl. When eggs are foamy and have thickened (about 2 minutes), add one third of the lemon juice. Continue whisking while turning, adding remaining lemon juice in thirds, until the mixture is thick, light in color, and the whisk leaves a trail in the bottom of the bowl (about 8-10 minutes). Turn off heat and leave bowl over water, then whisk in butter.
8. Pour the warm sabayon into the tart crust and place the pan on a baking sheet.
9. While sabayon is still warm, put in preheated broiler. Leaving the door open, brown the top of the tart (just a few seconds).
10. Remove the tart from the broiler and let it sit for at least 1 hour before serving. Serve at room temperature or cold.
Andrew's Herb RisottoThis was a good risotto that also packs a healthier and colorful punch with the vegetables in it. Not quite as rich as a typical risotto, but that was a good thing. Overall we liked this recipe.
MinReady In: 45 Min
Original Recipe Yield 8 servings
3 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons butter
1 cup trimmed, diced fennel bulb
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 yellow onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh mint, divided
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary, divided
2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, divided
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1 1/2 cups uncooked Arborio rice
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 1/2 cups chicken stock
salt and pepper to taste
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat oil and butter in a medium heavy saucepan over medium heat. Add fennel, bell pepper, onion, garlic, 1 1/2 tablespoons mint, 1 1/2 tablespoons parsley, 1 tablespoon rosemary and 1 teaspoon lemon zest. Saute, stirring, until vegetables are slightly softened (about 2 to 3 minutes).
Stir in coriander and rice and saute, stirring, until rice grains are oil-coated (about 3 minutes). Pour in wine and stock and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes, or until liquid is almost absorbed and rice is tender but firm. (Note: Stir once or twice while simmering.)
Remove pan from heat and season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in remaining mint, parsley, rosemary and lemon zest, then add lemon juice and cheese. Cover saucepan with waxed paper and let stand 8 to 10 minutes before serving.
Amount Per Serving Calories: 289 Total Fat: 11.2g Cholesterol: 15mg