Roasted habanero salsa

Ingredients

1/4 cup virgin olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
6 ripe plum tomatoes, halved
salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste
2 habaneros, stems removed
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro

How to prepare

Combine 1 tbsp oil & garlic. Rub tomato halves with mixture. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Roast in 500f oven until slightly burnt. Allow to cool. Dice. Grill habaneros over medium hot fire until slightly charred, remove from fire peel, seed and mince. Combine tomatoes, peppers, oil, lime & cilantro. Mix well. Cover & refrigerate. Keeps 5-6 days.

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Spicy country vegetable soup

Ingredients

6 cups chicken stock or water
3 med tomatoes, peeled and chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
2 med carrots, thinly sliced
1 med onion, thinly sliced
1/2 med green bell pepper, thinly sliced

1 10 oz package frozen cut green beans
1 6 oz can tomato paste
2 cups fresh broccoli florets
2 cups fresh cauliflowerets
1 cup frozen whole-kernel corn
1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp ground white pepper
1/2 tsp hot pepper sauce (optional)

How to prepare

In a 6-quart pot, combine all the ingredients and place over medium heat. Cover and cook for 45 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 6 main-course servings

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Cilantro pesto fish tacos

Ingredients

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1 cup cilantro leaves, packed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp ice water
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1/2 cup feta cheese, very mild, or mexican cacique cheese
1/4 cup walnuts
4 sole fillets, 6 oz ea
freshly ground pepper to taste
4 corn tortillas
6 green onions
1/2 head of purple cabbage
6 roma tomatoes

How to prepare

Cilantro pesto: place all ingredients in a food processor and process into a thick paste. The ice water prevents heat from building up during the process and spoiling the color. Chop green onion. Thinly slice cabbage. Slice tomatoes thinly. Mix together with 1 tbsp cilantro pesto and set aside. Put 1 cilantro leaf in middle of each fillet – this one leaf will add great flavor. Grind pepper over the fillets to taste. No salt! Brush a broiler pan with olive oil. Place your folded fish package on it and broil about 4″ from the heat source until fish flakes in center when pressed with a fork, about 6 minutes. Heat tortilla on both sides, 30 to 35 seconds, just until they go limp. To assemble the tacos: spread 1 tablespoon cilantro pesto on warm tortilla. Place a cooked fish fillet on top. Spoon the cabbage, tomato and green onion salad on top.

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Grated potato-crust quiche

Ingredients

The crust:
4 cups of grated tender potatoes (unpeeled-about a pound)
1 small onion, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt; pepper

3 eggs, beaten lightly
1 cup light cream
pinch of salt; pepper
a small pinch of nutmeg
1 cup cooked broccoli flowerettes
1 cup diced ham
1/4 cup chopped onion
Paprika

How to prepare

Mix thoroughly crust ingredients. Oil 10″ glass pie pan and press mixture in with your hands as evenly as possible to prevent uneven browning, build up the edges a bit so they don’t over-brown. Brush with oil and put in a pre-heated 400

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Honey orange lamb

Ingredients

1/4 cup soy sauce
3/4 cup pinot noir or burgundy
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp honey
1 tsp dry mustard
1 cup tomato puree
3 cloves garlic
1/4 tsp ground black pepper
1 half leg of lamb, butterflied

How to prepare

(1) mix together all of the ingredients except the lamb place the lamb in a bowl or pan that will not be corroded by the marinade (a glass 9×13 pan works well)
(2) pour the marinade over the lamb cover and marinate in the refrigerator for 12 hours, turning occasionally
(3) start a fire in the grill and get the coals very warm but not flaming place lamb on grill 3-4″ from the coals cook 20 minutes on each side
(4) after 10 minutes on the second side, start checking for doneness contrary to many people’s ideas, lamb should not be well done but should still be a little pink when done, slice thin and serve (serves 4-6).

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California Pizza Kitchen BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients

BBQ Chicken —
10 oz boneless/skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4″ cubes
1 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp favorite BBQ sauce (we use a spicy-sweet sauce)
For the Pizza —
1 recipe basic pizza dough
Cornmeal or flour for handling
1/2 cup favorite BBQ sauce (we use a spicy-sweet sauce)
2 tbsp shredded smoked Gouda cheese
2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 sm red onion, sliced into 1/8″ pieces
2 tbsp chopped fresh chopped fresh cilantro

How to prepare

To make BBQ Chicken:

In a lg frying pan, cook the chicken in olive oil over med-high heat until just cooked, 5 to 6 min.. Do not overcook. Set aside in the refrigerator until chilled through. Once chilled, coat the chicken with 2 Tbsp. BBQ sauce; set aside in the refrigerator.

To make the pizza:

Place the pizza stone in the center of the oven and preheat to 500

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Wild rice casserole

Ingredients

1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup long grain rice
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopped
3 tbsp butter
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 oz can mushrooms, sliced

2/3 cup water chestnuts, sliced
1/2 cup almonds, slivered

How to prepare

Bring 2 1/4 cups water to a boil – add wild rice and simmer for 20 minutes, add white rice and simmer for 20 minutes more (if using brown rice simmer for 40 minutes together)
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Crabmeat Ravioli

Ingredients

Sauce Bechamel —
2 tbsp butter
2 tbsp flour
1 1/4 cup heavy cream scalded
salt and white pepper to taste
Crabmeat Filling —
1 lb lump crabmeat
1 tbsp butter
1/4 cup green onion minced
1/2 cup cracker crumbs
salt and white pepper to taste
Ravioli Dough —
1/2 cup flour or more
1 lg egg slightly beaten
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp olive oil
Sauce —
1/2 cup heavy cream
2 oz butter softened
salt and white pepper to taste
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

How to prepare

SAUCE BECHAMEL In a sm saucepan, over med heat, melt butter, whisk in flour, salt and pepper. Cook, whisking, 2 3 min.. Gradually add cream, whisking to avoid lumps. Continue to whisk until sauce thickens. reduce heat and allow to reduce to 1 cup. Place in a mixing bowl, set aside to cool.

CRABMEAT FILLING Add crabmeat to cooled sauce bechamel. In a sm skillet, over med heat, melt butter and saute onion until translucent. Stir into crabmeat mixture. Add cracker crumbs, mix well, set aside to cool. Form filling into golf ball sized balls when cooled.

RAVIOLI DOUGH Put flour into a lg mixing bowl and add, egg, water and olive oil. Mix well until a dough forms. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 min.. Allow to rest for 1 hour. Place rested dough on a lightly floured surface and roll out 1/8″ thick.

ASSEMBLY Place crabmeat balls about 1 1/2 inches apart on one sheet of pasta dough. Paint areas between crabmeat balls with water and place a second sheet of dough over. Form ravioli by pressing around each ball to form a seal, making sure you remove all trapped air. Cut into squares.
SAUCE Reduce heavy cream by 1/3 and season with salt and white pepper. Whisk in butter. Place ravioli in rapidly boiling salted water and allow to cook for 5 min.. Drain. Serve with sauce poured over and topped with grated Parmesan cheese. Recipe By : Great Chefs of New Orleans Serving Size : 4

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Cucumber papaya salsa

Ingredients

1 med cucumber, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
1 med papaya, peeled, seeded, and chopped into 1/4″ cubes
3/4 cups finely chopped fresh pineapple
2 tbsp chopped shallot

1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 tbsp minced fresh mint
juice of medium lime
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Combine ingredients, cover, and refrigerate at least 6 hours. Makes 2 1/2 cups.

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