Baba ghannuj – eggplant appetizer

Ingredients

1 large eggplant
1 clove garlic; crushed
1 tsp salt
1/4 cup tahini; sesame seed paste
2 tbsp water
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 lemon wedges

1 parsley
1 olive oil

How to prepare

Set oven to 375f. Wash eggplant and remove stem. Pierce with a fork 4-6 times. Place in baking dish. Bake for 45 minutes or until tender. Remove from oven and run under cold water. Peel and mash; set aside. In serving bowl combine garlic, salt, and tahini. Gradually add water and lemon juice, beating well. Fold in mashed eggplant. Garnish with lemon wedges, finely chopped parsley and a sprinkle of olive oil. Scoop up eggplant with pieces of pita bread to eat or serve as a side dish with any meal.

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CHICKEN BREASTS MILANO

Ingredients

8 Whole chicken breasts – split
1/2 cup Olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup Dry white wine
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1 teaspoon Fresh Italian parsley – chopped
1 teaspoon Dried leaf oregano – crumbled
Salt
Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Crushed red-pepper flakes – (or more)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – grated
Fresh spinach leaves – steamed
Hot cooked rice
Red bell pepper strips

How to prepare

ix oil, wine, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper (to taste). Marinate chicken in a shallow pan, covered, for several hours or overnight. Remove chicken and reserve marinade. Place breasts, skin- side up in 1 or 2 roasting pans; do not crowd. Brush with part of reserved marinade. Bake in 375 F oven, basting occasionally with marinade, for 40 minutes until skin is crisp. Sprinkle part of Parmesan over the chicken and return to oven just until Parmesan begins to turn golden. Line a warm platter with steamed spinach leaves, then with rice. Arrange chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Garnish with red pepper strips (NOTE: Chicken breasts can be grilled about 4 inches from coals for 20 minutes, turning and basting with marinade until chicken is golden.

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Thai fish curry

Ingredients

1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro stems
2 tbsp minced fresh lemon grass (from bottom 6″ of stalk)
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin

3 large garlic cloves, halved
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb 1 1/2″ thick sea bass fillets, cut into 3″ pieces
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

2/3 cup bottled clam juice
minced fresh cilantro freshly
cooked rice

How to prepare

Blend first 8 ingredients in processor to dry paste, stopping frequently to scrape down sides of work bowl. (paste can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.) Heat oil in medium non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 rounded tbsp spice paste; stir 1 minute. Add fish and cook 2 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs. Add coconut milk and clam juice and simmer until fish is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes. Transfer fish to plate. Boil liquid until reduced to thick sauce, about 8 minutes. Season with salt. Return fish to sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. The mild spice paste is also great used as a base for chicken and shrimp curries. Serves: 2

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Seven-layer dip

Ingredients

2 cans refried beans
4 cans frozen defrosted guacamole
2 small cans sliced pitted black olives
4 finely diced tomatoes
1 can chopped green chilies, drained.
1 large sweet onion, diced small
1 cup shredded extra sharp cheddar

How to prepare

From bottom to top, layer in order on a large platter. Surround with tortilla chips to dip into it.

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French fried mushrooms

Ingredients

30 medium mushrooms
1 egg
1 cup corn flake crumbs
1/3 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk
parmesan, grated

Lemon wedges

How to prepare

Preheat the deep fryer. Beat the egg with the milk and salt in a shallow dish. Place the flour in another shallow dish. Place the corn flake crumbs in a third shallow dish. Roll each mushroom in the flour. Dip each mushroom in the egg. Coat each mushroom with the corn flake crumbs. Fry the mushrooms until golden (1-2 minutes). Drain. Sprinkle lightly with salt. Sprinkle grated parmesan over. Serve with lemon wedges. Yields 30 appetizers

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Spaghetti & crab meat

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil (extra virgin)
1 tsp black pepper
1 1/2 cup chopped onions
2 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1/2 tsp paprika
1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 1/2 cup water
1/4 cup chopped celery
1 lb fresh crab meat (well picked)
14-oz solid pack tomatoes
1/4 cup spanish sherry
1 cup tomato sauce
parmesan cheese

How to prepare

Saut

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Falafel – deep fried chick pea balls

Ingredients

1/2 cup burghul wheat (fine)
1 1/2 cups torn pocket bread
2 cups canned chick peas drained (garbanzo beans)
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tbsp cilantro, minced

1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
oil for frying(peanut oil works well)

How to prepare

1) in a deep plate, add wheat and spread out evenly, then add enough water to cover. Let soak until soft, then drain. Set aside.
2) soak torn bread in water, until moistened, then squeeze as much water as possible out of bread. Set aside.
3) in a food processor combine remaining ingredients, process until smooth. Then add wheat & bread and process until well incorporated.
4) let mixture rest for a half hour, then form 1″ balls
5) in a electric skillet set at 400

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Broiled garlic oysters

Ingredients

24 oysters, on the half shell
4 oz butter
3 cloves garlic
6 green onions
1 tbsp parsley, chopped fine
salt
pepper

How to prepare

Place the oysters on the broiler tray. Preheat the broiler. Crush the garlic. Chop the green onions very fine. Combine the butter, salt to taste, pepper to taste, crushed garlic, chopped green onions and chopped parsley in a saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring frequently, until the butter is melted. Spoon the mixture over the oysters. Place the broiler tray in the broiler until the oysters have been warmed through (2-3 minutes). Serve warm.

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New england seafood chowder

Ingredients

3 lb mixed fresh fish (a choice of cod, halibut, haddock and/or scrod), cut into 3/4″ pieces
8 bacon slices, chopped
2 lg onions, chopped
1 tbsp curry powder
32 oz clam juice
4 cups 1/2″ dice peeled white potatoes (about 3 pounds)
4 cups 1/2″ dice peeled butternut squash (about 3 pounds)
2 bay leaves
4 cups chopped kale leaves
5 cups milk

1 cup half and half
2 tbsp minced fresh thyme or 2 tsp dried, crumbled

How to prepare

To render fat, cook chopped bacon in heavy large saucepan over medium-high heat 5 minutes. Add chopped onions and saut

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Spaghetti alla puttanesca

Ingredients

12 oz spaghetti
12 oz fresh tomatoes or canned
4 oz large black olives, stoned and sliced
8 canned anchovies fillets
1 tbsp capers

2 cloves garlic
1 tbsp parsley
6 tbsp olive oil
2 dried red chilies, crumbled
salt (if not using the anchovies)

How to prepare

Cook the spaghetti in boiling salted water for about ten minutes. Towards the end of the cooking time, fry the anchovies, garlic and red chili in the olive oil for one minute. Add the tomatoes, olives and capers and cook for a couple of minutes more. Season to taste. Drain the spaghetti, add to the sauce, sprinkle in the parsley and mix well.

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