Chiles rellenos de elote con crema – chiles stuffed w/corn & cream

Ingredients

4 tbsp sweet butter
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
4 cups corn kernels
1 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
1/3 cup water, if necessary
3 tbsp finely chopped epazote (optional)
12 small chiles poblanos, charred, peeled, and cleaned
1/2 lb queso fresco or farmer cheese, cut into thick slices
2 cups sour cream or creme fraiche
3 oz chihuahua cheese or mild cheddar, grated

How to prepare

Melt the butter and fry the onion and garlic gently, without browning, until soft. Add the corn kernels and salt, then cover the pan and cook over a gentle heat until the kernels are tender (if the corn is very dry, then add about 1/3 cup water)- 15 to 20 minutes, depending on whether fresh or frozen corn is used. Add the epazote and adjust the seasoning. Set aside to cool a little. Preheat the oven to 350

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Potato and beet salad

Ingredients

1 3/4 lbs red potatoes
2 16-oz cans whole pickled beets, drained (reserve 1/2 cup juice), cut into 1/2″ dice
2 cups finely chopped red onion
2 medium pippin apples, peeled, cut into 1/2″ dice

1 cup drained sliced bread and butter pickles, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp (or more) red wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
white pepper
drained capers
chopped hard-boiled egg yolks

Chopped fresh parsley
sour cream (optional)
pickled herring (optional)

How to prepare

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain and cool. Peel and cut into 1/2″ dice. Place potatoes in large bowl. Add beets, onion, apples and pickles mix reserved beet juice, 2 tbsp vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Pour over salad. Toss gently. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead; keep refrigerated.) Taste salad, adding more vinegar if tangier flavor is desired. Mound salad on large platter. Garnish top center with capers. Sprinkle chopped egg and parsley in rings around capers. Serve passing sour cream separately if desired. Many scandinavians also add chopped pickled herring to this traditional salad. Serves: 8

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Barbecued garlic shrimp

Ingredients

1 1/4 cups unsalted butter
12 green onions, chopped
15 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups dry white wine
6 tbsp fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 lbs large unpeeled shrimp
1 cup + 3 tbsp minced fresh parsley
Bamboo skewers, soaked in water 30 minutes
3 tbsp minced green onion tops tabasco
lemon wedges

How to prepare

Melt butter in heavy large skillet over medium-low heat. Add 12 chopped green onions and garlic and saut

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Great babyback ribs

Ingredients

4 lb babyback ribs
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp grated orange peel
1 garlic clove, minced
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

In small bowl combine all ingredients except ribs. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour over ribs, cover and marinate overnight (at least 1 hour prior to grilling). Place ribs on grill, bone side down about 3″ from medium coals; cook 20 minutes; turn and cook about 30 minutes longer, turning frequently and basting with marinade sauce or your favorite bbq sauce.

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Southwestern butternut bisque

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 cup finely chopped onion
1 3/4 to 2 lb butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1″ chunks (see cook’s notes)
2 medium bosc pears, peeled, cored and cut into 1″ chunks

1 medium granny smith apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1″ chunks
4 tsp lemon juice, divided
1 tbsp finely grated fresh ginger
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp ground red (cayenne) pepper

1 (14 1/2-oz) can chicken broth
1 cup apple juice
1 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

In a medium pan, heat the olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the onion and saut

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Revithia soupa – chick pea soup

Ingredients

1 cup dried chick peas
6 cup cold water
2 onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
lemon juice or wine vinegar

How to prepare

1. Wash and soak chick peas overnight in water to cover. The next day, rinse and drain. In a 4-quart saucepan, bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add the chick peas.
2. Remove the froth, then add the onion and olive oil. Simmer until tender, about one to two hours. Add salt at the end and hot water (not cold), if needed to make more stock.
3. Serve hot with lemon juice or vinegar. Makes six servings.

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Stir fry curry chicken with cashew

Ingredients

3 tbsp oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tbsp red curry paste.
1 tbsp chili paste in bean oil
1 lb chicken breast, sliced bite size.
2 tbsp fish sauce
1/2 cup roasted cashew nuts.

2 stems green onions, sliced into small bits.

How to prepare

Heat wok briefly. Add oil, coat sides of wok, then add garlic curry paste, and chili paste and cook until garlic starts to brown add chicken and raise heat, and cook until chicken is done. Add the fish sauce and onion, and stir to blend. Remove from heat, and add cashews.

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Cold glazed salmon

Ingredients

3/4 cup dry white wine
8 basil leaves
3 spr tarragon (plus more for garnish)
3 shallots, minced
2 spr rosemary
2 lemon slices
3 spr celery leaves
7 lb whole salmon, cleaned, rinsed, patted dry
8 cup fish aspic (see recipe)
1 turnip
1 egg yolk, hard cooked, mashed
1 tsp unsalted butter

How to prepare

In a small saucepan, combine the wine, basil, 3 tarragon sprigs, shallots, rosemary, lemon, and celery. Simmer the mixture for 20 minutes or until the liquid is reduced to about 3 tbs. Lay the salmon on a piece of heavy foil, twice as long as the fish. Pick up edges of foil and pour the wine mixture over the fish. Season with salt and fold the foil to enclose it, crimping the edges tightly to secure them. Put the salmon on a large baking sheet or roasting pan and bake it in the middle of a preheated 375

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Russian string beans with herb vinaigrette

Ingredients

3/4 lb green beans, ends trimmed
lobio vinaigrette dressing:
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh parsley
2 tbsp chopped onions
2 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tbsp vinegar
2 tbsp salad oil
salt, pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

How to prepare

Cut beans into 2″ lengths and boil in salted water until barely tender, about five to six minutes. Immediately drain and rinse with cold water and ice cubes to set the color; drain. To make the dressing: in a small bowl, combine the parsley, onions, cilantro, garlic and vinegar. Slowly whisk in the oil; season to taste. Place string beans in a salad bowl and toss with the dressing. Allow to set at room temperature at least an hour for flavors to mingle. If made early in the day, refrigerate and bring to room temperature before serving. Yield: four servings.

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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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