Vietnamese spring rolls

Ingredients

Rolls:
2 oz rice vermicelli noodles
4 (8″ square) rice papers
8 medium cooked shrimp, peeled and split in half lengthwise
4 leaves red leaf lettuce
1/2 cup bean sprouts
1/4 cup julienned cucumber
1/4 cup julienned carrot
1/4 cup julienned sweet onion
8 fresh chives
2 tbsp fresh mint, minced
2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Sauce:
1/4 cup hoisin sauce
1/4 cup chicken broth
1 tbsp fish sauce
1 jalapeno pepper, cut into thin rings
2 tbsp dry roasted peanuts, chopped fine

How to prepare

For the rolls: put the noodles in a small bowl and cover with hot tap water. Let stand 15 minutes to soften. Drain well. Arrange 2 sheets of rice paper in a jelly roll pan. Cover with hot tap water and let stand 5 minutes to soften. Drain and repeat with remaining paper. Lay rice paper on a flat surface and arrange 4 shrimp halves across the center of each, cut side facing up. Cover with a lettuce leaf. Divide sprouts, herbs and vegetables among them. Careful roll up and arrange on a plate so that the cut side of the shrimp is facing up. For the sauce: combine hoisin sauce, chicken broth and fish sauce. Add slice jalapenos to taste and the peanuts. Serve with the spring rolls.

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Spinach and rice in dill tomato sauce

Ingredients

2-10 oz packages frozen spinach, thawed and drained
1/4 cup regular (not extra-v) olive oil
3 cups onions, finely chopped
6 scallions, thinly sliced, including some of the green tops
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill

1/3 cup converted raw rice
1/4 cup water
3 tbsp tomato paste
1 tbsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Trim away any tough stems from the spinach leaves. Rinse the leaves in several changes of cold water and drain in a colander. Heat the olive oil in a large pot with a tight-fitting lid. When it is hot, add the onions, scallions, and 1/4 cup of the dill and cook over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the onions are softened. Add the rice and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in the water, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Add the spinach and stir to combine. Cover and cook over low heat for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until the spinach has wilted down. Continue to cook over very low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the rice is nearly tender. Stir in the remaining dill and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the rice is tender. Cover and set aside until ready to serve.

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Quick and Easy Stir-fry Beef

Ingredients

8 oz flank steak
2 cups pea pods, ends removed
1 can sliced water chestnuts (optional)
2 slices of ginger root
2 chopped stalks of green onions
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Marinade Sauce
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp sesame oil (optional)
2 tsp corn starch
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Rinse rice in pot, and and cook (follow pkg directions). While the rice is cooking, slice flank steak in thin slices (approximately 2 inches long by a quarter inch wide) and place in marinade. Make sure that the steak is coated in marinade. Chop the green onions and slice ginger. Heat lg skillet on high heat. Drop 1 tbsp olive oil onto skillet. Put meat and marinade in skillet and fry until brown. Add more olive oil if necessary. Add ginger and green onions to skillet. Fry 1 minute and then add the peapods and water chestnuts. Fry until peapods are hot but not soggy. The rice should be finished by now. Serve stir-fry over rice.
This takes about 20 – 25 minutes to make and makes double servings for two people. Add more vegetables if you want to serve more people.

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Tomatillo salsa

Ingredients

1 lb fresh green tomatillo
3 tbsp finely chopped sweet red onion
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 bunch fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
juice of 1 lime
sugar to taste (optional)
1-2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil (optional)

How to prepare

Husk the tomatillos and wash them under very hot water. Cool under cold running water, and puree in food processor or blender. Add the onions, serrano chile, cilantro, and lime juice. Add a touch of sugar if the tomatillos are too sour add a little olive oil if you wish.

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“The Works” Mexican Burger

Ingredients

2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 onions, sliced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 large avocado
2 teaspoons lime juice
Salt and pepper
1 (15 oz/470 g) can refried beans
6 1/2 oz (200 g) packet corn chips
1/2 head romaine (cos) lettuce, shredded
1 cup (8 fl oz/250 ml) prepared chunky-style salsa
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) sour cream
Fresh coriander (cilantro) sprigs
1/3 cup (3 fl oz/90 ml) chili sauce

Burgers:
1 1/2 lb (750 g) ground (minced) chicken
1 tablespoon chopped fresh coriander
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, crushed
6 green spring onions, chopped
2 1/2 cups (5 oz/155 g) stale bread crumbs
1 egg, lightly beaten
2 tablespoons vegetable oil

How to prepare

Heat the oil in frying pan, add the onions and cook, stirring, until the onions are soft. Add the cumin and cook, stirring, until fragrant.

Mash the avocado with lime juice and salt and pepper to taste – keep tightly covered.

Heat the refried beans in a saucepan or microwave on high (100%) for about 3 minutes.

BURGERS:

Combine chicken, coriander, cumin, salt, chili powder, garlic, green (spring) onions, 1 1/2 cups of the breadcrumbs and the egg in a bowl and mix well. Shape the mixture into 4 large flat patties, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) thick. Press the remaining cup of breadcrumbs onto the patties and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Heat the oil in a large shallow frying pan and cook the burger patties over a medium-low heat until they are well browned and cooked through (about 5 minutes on each side).

Arrange the corn chips around the edge of the plates, pile the lettuce in the center. Top with a burger, then some of the beans, onions, salsa, avocado, sour cream and coriander (cilantro); drizzle with the sauce.

This recipe can be prepared a day ahead – reheat and assemble just before serving. The uncooked patties are suitable for freezing.

Stale breadcrumbs are made from 1-2 day-old bread – do not substitute dried packaged breadcrumbs. Stale breadcrumbs can be made in large quantities in the food processor and frozen in 1 cup bags for convenience.

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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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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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Pineapple salsa

Ingredients

20 oz crushed pineapple with juice, canned or fresh 1/2 cup minced red bell pepper 1/4 cup minced green bell pepper 1 tbsp minced green onion 2 tsp each minced cilantro and jalapeno 1 tsp grated lime zest optional: 1 cups peeled, seeded ripe tomato optional: olive oil, fresh lime juice

How to prepare

Drain 1/2 cups of juice from pineapple a reserve for other use. Combine all ingredients, cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Spoon over chicken or fish or tacos or use as dip for chips. Makes about 2 cups, more if tomato is used.

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Brown beef stock, by julia child

Ingredients

3-4 lbs meaty raw beef bones
2 each: large carrots, onions, and celery ribs, chopped
6 or more quarts cold water
a large size herb bouquet plus 4 allspice berries and 6 peppercorns
2 large cloves unpeeled garlic, smashed

1 1/2 tsp salt, plus more as needed later

How to prepare

The bones to choose: raw beef bones, some of them meaty, are what you want here, such as shank, the neck, the knuckle; leg bones. An oxtail will give extra flavor and pleasantly slightly gelatinous texture. Preheat the oven to 450 f. Arrange the bones and 1/2 cup each of the chopped vegetables in the roasting pan and brown, turning and basting with accumulated fat several times until they are walnut brown. Put bones and vegetables into the pot (an 8 qt. Or so ); pour out and discard accumulated fat. Pour 2 cups of the water into the pan and bring to the boil over moderately high heat; and de glaze, then pour the liquid over the browned bones in the pot. Add the herb bouquet to the kettle and the rest of the vegetables listed with enough of the water to cover the ingredients by 2″. Bring to the simmer on top of the stove; skim off and discard gray scum that will collect on the surface for several minutes. Add 1 1/2 tsp salt. Cover loosely, and maintain at the slow simmer, skimming off fat and scum occasionally, and adding a little boiling water if the liquid has evaporated below the surface of the ingredients. Simmer until you feel the bones have given their all. Strain the stock through a colander into a bowl, pressing juices out of the ingredients. Degrease the stock and season lightly to taste. Strain again, this time through a fine meshed sieve into a clean pan or container. May be prepared in advance; chill uncovered, then cover and refrigerate or freeze.

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