Portuguese sopa de coentros

Ingredients

3 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 large plus 2 small garlic cloves
6 1/2 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, washed and spun dry
3 tbsp dark green olive oil

How to prepare

Peel potatoes and cut into 1″ cubes. In a large heavy saucepan simmer potatoes, onion, and large garlic cloves in water with salt, covered, 1 hour. (the potatoes will be very soft.) Remove pan from heat and cool mixture, uncovered, 15 minutes.
In a food processor blend together coriander, oil, and small garlic cloves until smooth. Add one third soup mixture and puree. Transfer puree to a large bowl and puree remaining soup mixture in 2 batches. Return soup to cleaned pan and heat over moderate heat, stirring, until hot. Soup will mellow in flavor if made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat gently. Serves 6 to 8.

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Chicken Liver Casserole

Ingredients

1 lb chicken livers
1/2 cup flour
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
3 slices bacon, diced
3 green onions with tops, chopped
1 cup chicken bouillon
10 oz can golden mushroom soup
4 oz can sliced mushrooms
1/4 cup dry white wine or sauterne

How to prepare

Cut chicken livers into bite-size pieces; toss with flour, salt and pepper. Fry bacon pieces in lg skillet; remove when brown. Add flour-coated chicken livers and green onion to bacon grease in skillet; saute until lightly browned. Pour chicken bouillon into skillet and stir into drippings. Pour all into Crock-Pot. Add browned bacon bits and all remaining ingredients. Cover and cook on Low for 4-6 hours. Serve over rice, toast or buttered noodles. Recipe may be doubled for 3 1/2 or 5 quart Crock-Pot.

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Mediterranean stew – ed asner

Ingredients

1 lb chuck stew, cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
1 lb sweet italian sausage
1 1/2 cups burgundy
2 cups water
6 oz can tomato paste
2 tsp salt
3/4 tsp pepper
3 minced garlic cloves
2 tsp paprika
1 lb cubed cooked ham
3 med onions, chopped
1 sweet red pepper, chopped
1/4 cup chopped parsley
2 cans drain garbanzo beans

1 tsp grated lemon rind
1 head cabbage, cut into wedges

How to prepare

In a large skillet saut

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Mashed potatoes with garlic & basil

Ingredients

6 to 8 med baking potatoes
6 whole garlic cloves, peeled
salt to taste
2 tbsp virgin olive oil
1 1/4 cups warm milk
2 tbsp finely chopped fresh basil
freshly ground white pepper

How to prepare

Peel the potatoes and cut them into 3/4″ cubes. Place the pieces in saucepan and cover with water. Add the garlic and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are tender. Do not overcook. Drain. Discard garlic. Put the potatoes through a food mill or ricer, or mash them well with a potato masher. Add the olive oil, and beat to blend. Add the warm milk, basil and pepper. Blend well. Serve piping hot. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Barbecued peppercorn pork chops

Ingredients

6-8″-thick boneless pork chops
1 tbsp bottled green peppercorns, drained
1 clove garlic, minced or pressed
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter, softened

How to prepare

With a sharp knife, make a pocket in each pork chop, cutting horizontally from what was the bone side. Blend the remaining ingredients. Divide the mixture among the pork chops, stuffing it into the pocket of each. Press cut edge together to seal, and stick a wooden toothpick through edge to hold it shut. Place over hot coals. Cook 10 to 12 minutes per side until brown and done to your liking.

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Tomato – basil shrimp with wine

Ingredients

12 oz shelled shrimp
1 cup chopped onion
2 tbsp butter
1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup white wine
1 tbsp instant chicken bouillon
1 tsp dried basil
2 med tomatoes peeled, seeded and chopped
10 oz hot cooked pasta
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/2 cup parsley, fresh, chopped

How to prepare

Thaw shrimp, if frozen. In saucepan cook onion in 2 tbsp butter and the olive oil till tender but not brown. Stir in wine, bouillon granules, basil, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/8 tsp pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Boil gently, uncovered, for 12 to 15 minutes or till about 2/3 of the liquid is evaporated. Halve shrimp lengthwise; add to wine mixture. Cover and simmer about 5 minutes or just until shrimp is tender. Stir in chopped tomatoes and heat through. Toss pasta with 1/4 cup melted butter. Add shrimp mixture, cheese and parsley; toss till pasta is coated. Serving size : 4
serve with a lg green salad and some crusty french bread and it’s just about the perfect meal.

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Tomato fritters

Ingredients

4 cups fresh tomatoes – chopped
2 eggs
Salt
Pepper
Flour
Vegetable oil for frying

How to prepare

Peel and chop very ripe tomatoes into thumbnail size pieces add salt and pepper to Taste add eggs and mix well add flour 1/2 cup at a time, mixing well after each Addition until you have a thick batter. Batter should pour from a spoon, but be Thicker than pancake batter heat 1/2″ vegetable oil in skillet over medium-high heat Spoon batter into patties and fry until golden brown on each side remove from pan And drain on paper towel.

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Wolfgang Puck’s Meat Loaf

Ingredients

1 lb (about 4 lg), preferrably Japanese, eggplants
5 to 6 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground white pepper
2 shallots
1/2 lb mushrooms, minced
2 lbs medium ground lamb, veal, or pork, or meat combination
2 eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp minced garlic
2 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp chopped fresh thyme
Mushroom Sauce
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 lb mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/2 cup port
1 cup Brown Veal Stock
6 tbsp (3 ounces) unsalted butter
Salt
Freshly ground pepper

We don’t serve this in any of my restaurants, but I prepare it at home for my friends during the cooler months of the year. The recipe may look complicated, but even a novice in the kitchen will have excellent results and win rave reviews.
– Wolfgang Puck

1. Preheat the oven to 450

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Braised Beef In Beer

Ingredients

4 slices bacon
2 onions, sliced
1 cup chopped celery
2 cup sliced carrots
1 lb mushroom , sliced
3 lb round steak
2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp grated lemon rind
2 cup beer
1 tbsp flour
2 tbsp water

How to prepare

Place the bacon on the bottom of a heavy saucepan. Spread the onion, celery, carrots and mushrooms over it. Add the meat and sprinkle with the salt, pepper and lemon rind. Cover and cook over a low heat for 1/2 hour, turning the meat several times. Add the beer, recover and cook for 2 1/2 hours longer. Skim the fat from the gravy. Mix the flour with the water and stir into the gravy until thickened. Cook five min. longer. Slice the meat and serve with the gravy. Serves 3-4

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