Seafood papillote (in foil packets)

Ingredients

24 oz pieces sole
4 lg shrimp, peeled and deveined
4 sea scallops
4 mussels, cleaned in shell
4 littleneck clams, washed
1 cup tomato sauce
4 oz white wine
4 fresh basil leaves
2 pieces aluminum foil

How to prepare

On each piece of foil, place piece of sole or scrod, 2 shrimp, 2 scallops, 2 mussels, 2 clams, 1/2 cup tomato sauce, 2 oz wine, and 2 basil leaves, wrap fish put on baking sheet in preheated 400f oven for 20 mins foil will puff up serve serves 2 each guest will cut an “x” in the foil with a knife to release the steam note: be careful of the heat from escaping steam when opening papillotes.

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Garides kokkiyia me feta – shrimp and feta in shells

Ingredients

2 lb large shrimp
1/2 lemon (juice only)
1 onion or shallot; minced
3 tbsp vegetable oil or butter
1/2 cup tomato sauce
3 tomatoes – peeled, chopped & drained

1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped fresh basil or dill
2 garlic cloves; crushed
salt & freshly ground pepper
1/2 lb feta cheese
fresh basil leaves
(or parsley) for garnish

How to prepare

Shell and devein shrimp. Wash and drain, then sprinkle lightly with lemon juice. Heat the oil or butter in a frying pan and cook the onion until soft. Add the tomato sauce, chopped tomatoes, herbs, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste. Simmer for 25 minutes, then remove from the heat and strain.
Butter large scallop or other shells, or individual oven proof dishes, and spoon a little sauce into each. Fill with the shrimp and spoon the sauce over, then crumble the feta over the top. Set into a baking pan and bake for 15 or 20 minutes in a moderate oven (350 f), or until the shrimp is cooked and the cheese melted. Garnish with fresh basil or parsley and serve hot.

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Japanese crunchy caramelized fish

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs fresh fish filet (perch or catfish nuggets)
3-4 tbsp cooking oil
2 or 3 1/4″ slices fresh ginger
3 tbsp soy sauce
4 stalks green onion cut into 1″ pieces (discard white portion)

1 tbsp granulated sugar

How to prepare

1. Heat the cooking oil over med heat in a non-stick frying pan.
2. Fry the ginger and green onion until the green onions start to brown.
3. Add the fish and pan fry until the fish is cooked. Cooking time will depend on thickness of fish filets. Turn filets once during cooking.
4. Add the soy sauce and sugar to pan and cook until the sauce bubbles. Filets should be coated with sauce and sauce should start to form a”crunchy” coating from caramelizing sugar.
5. Remove from heat and serve immediately.

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Orzo with goat cheese & fresh basil

Ingredients

1/2 lb orzo, cooked
1 large tomato, seeded and diced
1/4 lb soft goat cheese
1/2 to 3/4 cup chicken broth
2 large cloves garlic, minced
3 tbsp julienned fresh basil

1 tbsp olive oil
3/4 tsp salt
red pepper flakes

How to prepare

Heat oil in 12″ non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. When hot, add garlic, 2 oz goat cheese and 1/2 cup broth. Simmer until cheese is melted, about 2 minutes, stirring often. Add orzo and heat thoroughly, about 1 to 2 minutes, adding remaining broth as needed. Toss in tomato, salt and red pepper flakes. Cook 1 minute more. Remove from heat. Add remaining goat cheese, crumbled into small bits, and basil leaves. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve immediately. Makes 2 to 3 servings.

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Chicken broth

Ingredients

1 medium stewing chicken, or backs, necks, and 6 chicken wings
3 quarts water
1 onion, peeled & cut into quarters
2 carrots, peeled & coarsely chopped

2 celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 bay leaf
1/4 teaspoon dried sage leaves
1/2 teaspoon dried basil leaves pinch of dried thyme leaves
freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Place the chicken and all the other ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil, skimming off the scum that rises to the top. When there is no more scum, lower the heat and simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 2 hours. Strain the broth and refrigerate for later use. When the fat congeals on top of the cold broth, carefully lift it off and discard. Makes 1//2 quarts.

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Curry chicken stuffed with celery

Ingredients

3 lb. Chicken cut in pieces
1/2 tsp curry powder
1 small bunch celery cut into 2″ lengths (save the leaves)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp savory

2 tbsp all purpose flour (opt.)

How to prepare

Wash and wipe the chicken and rub the skin all over with curry powder. In the slow cooker make a bed of the celery pieces. Place the chicken in the pot, layered with celery leaves, and sprinkle with salt, pepper, and savory. Cover and cook on low for 5-7 hours. Before serving: you can serve the chicken plain or turn the cooking liquid into a delicious sauce. Drain the juices from the cooker and skim off and reserve about 1-2 tab.. Of chicken fat. Pour the juices into a small skillet; turn the heat to high and boiled own until there is 1/2-3/4 cup of stock. In another skillet, over low heat, warm the chicken fat and stir the four into it. When you have a smooth paste, pour the cooked down stock into the skillet, stirring quickly to keep the sauce smooth. Simmer 3-4 minutes or until thickened. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed. Place the chicken in a serving dish with the celery pieces around it and pour the sauce over all. Yield: 6-8 servings

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Carne seca jerky

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 lb raw jerky meat
2 large onions, finely chopped
2 tsp ground oregano
2 cloves garlic, mashed
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp course black pepper
3/4 cup vinegar
1 tsp liquid smoke

How to prepare

Mix all ingredients to make marinade and soak meat in marinade 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade and place in oven or smoker for from 7-8 hours at about 150- 200

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Aloo gobi – spiced cauliflower

Ingredients

2 tsp oil
2 onions, sliced and fried
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp crushed red chile
1 large cauliflower divided into florets
1/2 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 cup cream
chopped cilantro
salt to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil to low and add the sugar and allow it to brown. Add the cauliflower and mix well to coat with the caramel. Stir in the onions, salt, tomato and yogurt, and cook, covered, over low heat till the cauliflower is fork tender. Stir in cardamom and cilantro and cook 5 minutes more. Pour cream over top and serve. Serves: 4-6 heat scale: med

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Caldo Verde (Green Soup)

Ingredients

1 lb kale or collard greens
1/3 lb dried small white beans, soaked in water overnight and drained
3 med yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
3 qts chicken stock
1/2 lb linguica (portuguese sausage) or kielbasa (polish sausage), sliced
1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and grated
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Remove the large ribs of the kale and slice the vegetable into very thin strips, as thin as possible. Place in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour. Drain well.
In a 8-qt soup pot saute the onions in the olive oil. Add the kale, Chicken Stock, and remaining ingredients, including the drained beans. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, covered. Taste for salt and pepper before serving.

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