Grilled bourbon-glazed chicken

Ingredients

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut up
1 cup bourbon whiskey
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup ketchup
2 tsp worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup white vinegar
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dry mustard
salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare

Combine the whiskey, sugar, ketchup, worcestershire, lemon juice, garlic, salt and pepper; mix well. Brush chicken with a thin coating of the glaze and place on grill. Continue to baste when turning chicken.

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Caribbean barbecued shrimp

Ingredients

4 lb raw unpeeled shrimp
1 1/2 cup salad oil
1/4 cup worcestershire sauce
1/2 tbsp dry red wine
3/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup vinegar
1/3 cup lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
4 cloves garlic, pressed
2 tbsp dry mustard
1/4 cup parsley flakes

How to prepare

Peel and de-vien shrimp, and place in a large bowl. Mix the rest of the ingredients in a blender, and immediately pour the mixture over the shrimp. Let marinate for 2 hours. Make a foil tray with sides. Drain marinade from shrimp, and place shrimp in the foil tray on top of hot coals in barbecue grill. Cook for 3 minutes per side, and serve hot.

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Spaghetti indiavolati – deviled spaghetti

Ingredients

1 lb spaghetti
6 cloves garlic
2 – 3 small, chile peppers
3 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup grated reggiano
parsley for garnish
salt to taste

How to prepare

Grind up the garlic and the chile peppers in a blender with a pint of hot tap water. Bring a large pot of water (salted if desired) to a boil and add the mixture from the blender, and bring the pot back to a boil. Then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 15 minutes. Pour the contents of the pot through a fine sieve or strainer into a pasta pot, making sure there’s enough water to cook the spaghetti. Add more water if needed. Discard the spent garlic and chiles. Bring the pot to a boil and cook the spaghetti according to directions. Drain and dress with the olive oil, tossing well to coat. Top with the grated cheese and add the parsley.

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Stifado – greek stew

Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 lb boneless beef chuck – cut into 1-1/2″ cubes
2 tbsp all-purpose flour
12 sm. White boiling onions
1 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
3 garlic cloves; minced
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh thyme *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary *
2 1/2 tbsp chopped fresh oregano *
1 bay leaf; crumbled
1 tsp ground cumin
2 cup dry red wine

1/2 lb feta cheese, crumbled
salt & freshly ground pepper

How to prepare

* 1 tsp dried herbs may be used instead of fresh.
Preheat over to 350 f. Heat oil in heavy 4- to 5-quart dutch oven over medium high heat. Toss beef with flour in large bowl. Add beef to pan in batches and cook until brown, stirring occasionally, about 3 minutes per batch. Transfer browned beef to bowl. Add onions to pan and cook until light brown, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes. Add tomatoes, garlic, herbs and cumin to pan.
Stir in wine and bring to a boil. Cover and bake in oven until beef is tender, about 2 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Re-warm to 350 f oven before continuing.) Stir feta into stew. Return to oven and continue baking until cheese is heated through, about 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve. Servings: 4

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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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Grilled chili-rubbed flank steak

Ingredients

2-lb flank steak, well trimmed
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 to 2 tbsp chili rub
Lime wedges

Chili rub:
1/4 cup chili powder
1/4 cup oriental sesame oil or good quality olive oil
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp minced garlic

How to prepare

Pat the flank steak thoroughly dry with paper towels sprinkle both sides of the Steak with salt and pepper using your fingers, press the chili rub into both sides Of the flank steak wrap the steak well and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or up to 2 days the longer the steak marinates the more intense the flavor remove the flank Steak from the refrigerator 1 hour before grilling Set up the grill, light the coals, and place the grill 4″ above them when the coals Are ready, place the flank steak on the grill and cook, turning once, until done, 12 To 15 mins for rare, 15 to 20 mins for med let the meat rest for 5 mins before Slicing slice the flank against the grain (it’s very easy to see) into thin strips, Holding the knife at an angle to the cutting surface serve warm, accompanied by lime Wedge.
Chili rub:
Combine all the ingredients in a sm bowl and stir until well blended transfer to A sm lidded container and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month

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Flaming fajitas

Ingredients

1 1/2 lb very lean skirt or bottom-round steak, cut 1/4″ thick and trimmed of visible fat
1 lime
4 lg garlic cloves, pressed through a garlic press
1 to 2 tsp pequin quebrado or crushed red pepper flakes
2 tsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup brandy
4 to 6 (12″ ) flour tortillas
4 to 6 romaine lettuce leaves, cut crosswise into 1″ strips
Salsa, chopped onions,
Chopped tomatoes,
Chopped fresh cilantro,
Sour cream, and
Guacamole, for serving
With the fajitas, if desired

How to prepare

Cut the steak into 4 to 6 equal-size rectangles lb the steak pieces to flatten Them as thin as possible cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice over both sides Of each piece of steak stack the steaks on a plate and let stand for about 30 mins Preheat the over to 250

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Red potato salad

Ingredients

5 lbs. Red potatoes, cooked & peeled
1 dz hard boiled eggs, chopped
1 onion – chopped
1 jar vlasic dill pickles – chopped
1 tsp celery seed
4 oz sour cream
1 qt best foods mayonnaise
Salt & pepper to taste

How to prepare

Slice or cube cooked potatoes, add all ingredients and mix. Let cool in refrigerator for several hours before serving. It gets better the longer it sits. Use a huge bowl, it makes a lot!

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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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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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