Spinach spread

Ingredients

10 oz package spinach, defrosted and squeezed dry
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 tbsp mayonnaise (lowfat or nonfat)
2 tbsp sour cream (lowfat or nonfat)
1 or 2 drops of tabasco (optional)

Pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

How to prepare

Defrost and squeeze out the excess water from one 10 oz. Package of frozen chopped spinach. Finely chop one small onion and toss into the spinach. Add salt, pepper, and tabasco, blend. Add the mayonnaise and sour cream to the spinach mixture and blend well. Chill.

Serve in a pretty bowl with garlic toast . Spread, eat and enjoy!

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Shrimp & artichoke pasta salad

Ingredients

1 lb med pasta shells, cooked
2 9-oz pkg frozen artichoke hearts
1 1/2 lbs medium shrimp; peeled, deveined and cooked
1/2 cup red wine vinegar
1/4 cup dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh chives, snipped

2 egg yolks
2 tbsp green onion, minced
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup vegetable oil
salt and freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

Cook artichoke hearts according to package directions. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add shrimp and place bowl in refrigerator. Combine vinegar, mustard, chives, egg yolks and onion in a blender or food processor. Combine oils. W/machine running, slowly add oil in a thin stream. Season with salt and pepper. Pour over artichoke hearts and shrimp. Cover and refrigerate 2 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Combine shrimp and artichokes with pasta and toss thoroughly. Cover and refrigerate until chilled. Serve cold. Makes 4 to 6 servings

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CHICKEN TETRAZZINE

Ingredients

1 tablespoonMargerine
3 cups Mushrooms – fresh -sliced
1/2 cup Onion – minced
1/2 cup Flour
2 1/3 cups Chicken broth
2 cups Skim milk
1/4 cup Cream cheese – light process
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – grated -d
1/4 cup Sherry
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Pepper
2 Jars Pimiento – diced -drain
7 packages Spaghetti-uncooked
2 1/2 cups Chicken – chopped cooked bre
Vegetable cooking spray

How to prepare

Melt margerine in large pan. Add mushrooms and onion and saute 6-7 mins or until liquid evaporates. Stir in flour. Gradually add chicken broth, skim milk and light process cream cheese. Bring to a boil for 5 mins. stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in 2 TBS Parmesan cheese and next 5 ingredients. Set aside. Cook spaghetti according to package directions after breaking into 4 inch pieces. Omit salt and oil from pot. Stir spaghetti and chicken into mushroom mixture. Spoon into a deep 3 quart casserole coated with cooking spray. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Cover casserole and bake at 350* for 20 mins. Uncover and continue baking for 10 mins more. Let stan 5 mins beafore serving.

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Cheese & poblano quesadillas

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups grated monterey jack
1 cup ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated romano cheese
6 flour tortillas
1/3 cup chipotle salsa
4 poblano chiles, roasted, peeled, seeded and julienned

2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted

How to prepare

1. In a bowl, mix together the cheeses.
2. Lay the tortillas on a counter. Divide the cheese mixture into 6 portions and spread over half of each tortilla. If desired, sprinkle about a tbsp of salsa over each. Arrange the chile strips evenly over the cheese. Fold the tortillas over to enclose the filling and brush the tops with butter.
3. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees f.
4. Place a dry griddle or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Place the tortillas buttered side down in the pan. Cook until very light golden, about 1 minute. Then brush the un-coated sides with butter and flip over, cook until golden, and transfer to a baking sheet. When all the quesadillas are cooked, transfer the baking sheet to the oven and bake 10 minutes, until the cheese begins to ooze. Serve hot, whole or cut into wedges.
Note: easily-found mexican cheeses can be substituted for those used in the recipe. Use: – manchego for monterey jack – cotija for romano – panela for ricotta
prepared 3/6/95 by mary sue milliken and susan feniger co-owners of the border grill in los angeles. From: mike n maty

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Pasta with squid

Ingredients

2 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp safflower oil
1 lb squid, cut into 1/2″ strips
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
hot pepper flakes to taste
3/4 cup dry white wine
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt to taste
3/4 lb fresh spinach, picked over & well washed about
1 lb feathery greens from fennel tied in a bundle (optional)
3/4 lb pasta, such as penne

How to prepare

Heat the oils in a medium skillet, then add squid. Cook over high heat until liquid cooks out and squid begins to stick. Add garlic and hot pepper and cook about 1 minute. Then add the wine and oregano, lower heat, and cook until wine cooks out. Add salt and spinach. Cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, then set aside covered. In the meantime, bring 5 quarts water to a boil in a large pot, add fennel greens and cook for 20 minutes. Remove fennel and discard. Add salt and pasta and cook until done al dente. Drain. Toss the pasta with the spinach and squid and cook over high heat for several minutes, stirring constantly. Serve immediately. Serves 4-8

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Garlic Butter Scampi

Ingredients

Butter Sauce
3/4 cup butter
1 tbsp garlic, finely minced
1 cup clam juice
1/4 cup flour
1 tbsp parsley, minced
1/3 cup white wine
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 tbsp basil, dry
1/4 tbsp nutmeg
salt and pepper
1/2 cup half and half or light cream
Scampi
2 tbsp butter
1/3 cup olive oil
1 tbsp garlic, minced
juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp parsley, chopped
1/2 tbsp red pepper, crushed
1 tbsp basil, fresh
1/4 cup white wine
1 ds vermouth, dry
salt and pepper
3 lb shrimp, deveined

How to prepare

MAKE SAUCE: Melt butter with garlic in saucepan over med heat; do not let the garlic brown.
In a separate bowl, mix clam juice, flour and parsley, blending until mixture is smooth. Pour flour mixture into garlic butter and stir until smooth and well blended. Stir in wine, lemon juice, herbs and spices, stirring constantly. Gradually add half and half and stir until thickened. Simmer for 30 to 45 min..
MAKE SCAMPI: Melt butter in lg saucepan on high heat and add oil.
Combine remaining ingredients keeping scampi aside until the last min.. Add scampi and saute until firm and slightly pink. Do not overcook. Pour scampi butter over scampi. from the “Garlic Lovers’ Cookbook,” published by the Gilroy Garlic Festival Yield: 8 Servings

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CHICKEN WITH ARTICHOKES

Ingredients

2 largeskinless boneless chicken breast halves – 3/4″ pieces
1 package frozen artichoke hearts
4 medium green onion – 1/2″ slices
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
3/4 cup white wine
fresh ground black pepper
salt

How to prepare

Microwave artichoke hearts for only 3-4 minutes, and set aside. Heat olive oil in large stir-fry pan. Add chicken and cook until done, about 8 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Add butter and wine, and saute on medium-low heat until half the wine is evaporated. Add artichokes and green onions and continue to saute, stirring often, until the wine is completely evaporated, about 3-4 minutes

Suggested Wine: White Rhine
Serving Ideas : Serve with a small side of Fettucine Alfredo

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Corn stuffed poblano chiles

Ingredients

6 poblano chiles
2 eggs, large
1 whole kernel corn
1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup pecans, chopped
1/2 cup red pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup onion, finely chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp red pepper, ground

How to prepare

Set the oven control to broil. Cut the chiles lengthwise into halves and carefully remove all the seeds. Place the cut sides down on the rack in the broiler and broil with the skin side up about 4 inches from the heat until the skin blisters on the peppers. Place the chiles in a plastic bag for 15 minutes and then carefully remove as much skin as possible. Heat the oven to 375 degrees f. Beat the eggs in a med bowl until thick and lemon colored, about 4 minutes. Stir in the remaining ingredients . Place the chiles in a greased rectangular baking dish, 13 x 13 x 2-inches. Spoon about 1/4 cup of the corn mixture into each chile half. Cover and bake until corn mixture is hot, about 25 minutes.

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Baked clams

Ingredients

2 dozen clams
8 tbsp olive oil
10 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup flavored bread crumbs
1 tbsp oregano
Olive oil
Lemon wedges

How to prepare

Place clams in freezer for 15 to 20 minutes to stun them. You’ll see when you go to open them that they open easily. Save the juice and loosen each clam, leaving it in its bottom shell.
In a saucepan, heat the minced garlic gently until golden brown. Spoon a very little on each clam and mix the remainder with the bread crumbs, which you generously sprinkle to cover the clams in their shells.
Sprinkle with oregano and a few more drops of olive oil. Put them in a baking dish and then in a pre-heated 375-degree oven for 25 minutes. Serve hot with plenty of lemon wedges and hot (italian) bread. Serves 1- 24 people.

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