Greek lemon baste for chicken

Ingredients

1/2 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced
grated zest of 1 lemon
2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 tsp dried oregano, or 1 tbsp chopped fresh oregano

Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

How to prepare

Combine all ingredients. Makes 3/4 cup. Enough for 3 lb of chicken.
To use: brush on skinned chicken pieces, quarters or halves and let marinate 30 minutes to 1 hour before grilling.

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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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Jalapeno poppers

Ingredients

6 lg jalapenos
6 slices monterey jack or mozzarella cheese (1/2″ thick)
All purpose flour for dredging
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 lb or 3 sm eggs, separated

How to prepare

Place peppers in a bowl and add scalding water to cover. Let stand 30 minutes to 1 hour until softened. Leave stems on and slit down one side removing and discarding all the seeds. Place one slice of cheese inside each pepper, and dust with flour. Heat the oil. Beat the egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Beat the whites until they stand in peaks. Fold the yolks into the whites and dip each pepper in the egg mixture until well coated. Fry at once in hot oil turning once and spooning oil over the uncooked places. Cook until golden brown.

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Chicken chili

Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb chicken breasts, skinless & boneless & 1″ cubed
1 cup onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz canned, stewed tomato
30 oz canned, black beans, rinsed & drained
3/4 cup salsa
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a dutch oven. Saut

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Fettuccine with Smoked Salmon, Vodka, and Dill

Ingredients

1/4 cup Butter
1 1/2 cup 35% Real Whipping Cream
2 tbsp Vodka; optional
8 oz Smoked salmon; diced
1/2 tsp Salt
1/2 tsp Pepper
2 tbsp Fresh dill; chopped
3/4 lb Fettuccine noodles
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese; grated

How to prepare

1. Melt butter gently in a lg deep skillet. Add cream. Bring to a boil. Add vodka. Reduce heat and cook on low 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened.
2. Add smoked salmon, salt, pepper and dill. Remove from heat.
3. Cook fettuccine in a lg pot of boiling salted water until tender.
4. Drain noodles well. Reheat sauce. Place drained noodles in the pan with the hot sauce. Toss gently over low heat until sauce coats noodles and is thick and creamy.
5. Sprinkle with cheese if desired. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary Yield: 6 servings

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1705 ad tomato sauce

Ingredients

3 tbsp extra virgin italian olive oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed & chopped
1 lb fresh, ripe whole tomatoes peeled and segmented
1/2 tsp salt
5 very large or 10 medium basil leaves, fresh and unbruised

How to prepare

Heat the olive oil over low heat in a heavy, non-reactive saucepan and add the chopped garlic and a grind or two (no more) of black pepper. Take care that the garlic doesn’t brown. After a minute (no more) add the tomatoes and stir with a wooden spoon. Break up the pulp evenly. Add the salt, stir, and let the sauce stew for about 6 – 7 minutes over a gentle heat. You don’t want to reduce the sauce at all. Wipe, but do not wash, the basil leaves. That may cause discoloration. Add them whole to the sauce and cook gently until the tomatoes are soft and the basil has released its flavor. Do not overcook. Remove from the heat, allow to cool and remove basil leaves. They should be dark and wilted. If you follow these directions exactly, and use only the finest ingredients, you will be very pleased with this sauce.

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Empanaditas

Ingredients

1/2 lb ground beef
1 med onion, finely chopped
2 tbsp raisins, finely chopped
2 tbsp olive, green, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/4 cup cottage cheese, small curd
1 lg egg, hard cooked, peeled & chopped
1 lg egg, separated
1 tsp ,water
2 10″ pie crusts
2 tsp milk

How to prepare

Cook and stir ground beef in 10″ skillet, breaking up into small pieces, until brown, drain reserving 1 tbsp of fat and the beef in the skillet. Stir in onion, raisins, olives, salt and pepper. Cover and cook over low heat for 5 minutes. Stir in cottage cheese and hard cooked egg. Heat oven to 400

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Stuffed Mushrooms with Bacon and Cheese

Ingredients

3 bacon rashers, rind removed
1/2 cup grated mozzarella
1 tbsp sour cream
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp dry mustard
1/2 tbsp ground black pepper
12 lg mushroom caps, stalks removed
1 tbsp sweet paprika

How to prepare

Grill bacon until crisp, chop coarsely. Combine with cheese, sour cream, crumbs, mustard and pepper. Spoon into mushroom caps, sprinkle each with paprika. Cook on BBQ grill plate until cheese melts. Family Circle Brilliant Barbecues

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Butter pecan turtle bars

Ingredients

Crust:
2 cups flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup softened butter
1 cup pecan halves
Caramel:
2/3 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup milk chocolate chips

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Crust: combine flour sugar and butter; mix well. Pat firmly in 9×13 pan; sprinkle pecans on top. Caramel layer: in a heavy saucepan over med heat cook butter and sugar, stir constantly; boil 1/2 – 1 minute. Pour evenly over crust. Bake 18 – 22 minutes or until layer is bubbly. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Allow to melt 2 – 3 minutes; swirl for marble effect. Cool completely before cutting. Makes 3 – 4 dozen.

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