Tortilla soup

Ingredients

1 cup minced onion
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 serrano peppers, seeds removed and minced
1/2 cup minced poblano pepper
2 cups chopped tomato pulp

1 quart rich chicken stock
4 dried chile rojos
1 avocado, chopped
2 tbsp lime juice
2 day-old tortillas, cut into 1/2″ strips

1/4 cup crumbled fresh or farmer’s cheese
2 limes quartered coarse salt

How to prepare

Put the onion and oil in a kettle and put over a low flame. Cook and stir for a minute and add the garlic, serrano and poblano peppers. Cook and stir for another five minutes and add the tomato pulp. Cook and stir for another five minutes and add the chicken stock. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Let cook for an hour and divide among large bowls. Add the chiles rojos, avocados, tortilla strips and cheese. Serve piping hot with the limes on the side for further seasoning. Advise diners to leave dried chile in the soup until it has reached desired degree of spiciness. Servings: four.

Share

Roasted habanero salsa

Ingredients

1/4 cup virgin olive oil
1 tsp minced garlic
6 ripe plum tomatoes, halved
salt & freshly cracked pepper to taste
2 habaneros, stems removed
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup cilantro

How to prepare

Combine 1 tbsp oil & garlic. Rub tomato halves with mixture. Sprinkle with salt & pepper. Roast in 500f oven until slightly burnt. Allow to cool. Dice. Grill habaneros over medium hot fire until slightly charred, remove from fire peel, seed and mince. Combine tomatoes, peppers, oil, lime & cilantro. Mix well. Cover & refrigerate. Keeps 5-6 days.

Share

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

Share

Soutzoukakia smyrneika sausages, smryna style

Ingredients

4 tbsp butter; melted
1 lb tomatoes; peeled
1 tsp granulated sugar
1 salt & freshly ground pepper
3 garlic cloves; crushed
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 small bay leaf

1 lb lean ground beef
2 bread slices*
1 tsp ground cumin
1 egg; lightly beaten
2 tsp parsley; minced
1 tsp salt (or more to taste)
1 pn freshly ground pepper

1 oil for frying

How to prepare

*Note: remove crusts from bread slices, soak bread in water and squeeze dry. Combine the melted butter, tomatoes, sugar, salt & pepper, 1 clove of garlic, wine, and bay leaf in a saucepan. Simmer for 30 minutes, then strain through a fine sieve or food mill. Meanwhile, combine the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and knead thoroughly. (the mixture should not be stiff.) Pinch off pieces a little larger than a walnut and shape with the hands into elongated egg shapes about 1 3″. Fry them lightly on all sides in hot oil and then drain on paper towels, or arrange them on a baking dish and bake in a 375 degree oven for 20 minutes, turning once. Drop the soutzoukia in sauce and simmer for 15 minutes. Serve with a steaming grain dish and fresh, cooked vegetables or salad.

Share

Cilantro pesto fish tacos

Ingredients

Cilantro pesto 88888
1 cup cilantro leaves, packed
1 tbsp olive oil
1 large garlic clove
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp ice water
1/2 jalapeno pepper
1/2 cup feta cheese, very mild, or mexican cacique cheese
1/4 cup walnuts
4 sole fillets, 6 oz ea
freshly ground pepper to taste
4 corn tortillas
6 green onions
1/2 head of purple cabbage
6 roma tomatoes

How to prepare

Cilantro pesto: place all ingredients in a food processor and process into a thick paste. The ice water prevents heat from building up during the process and spoiling the color. Chop green onion. Thinly slice cabbage. Slice tomatoes thinly. Mix together with 1 tbsp cilantro pesto and set aside. Put 1 cilantro leaf in middle of each fillet – this one leaf will add great flavor. Grind pepper over the fillets to taste. No salt! Brush a broiler pan with olive oil. Place your folded fish package on it and broil about 4″ from the heat source until fish flakes in center when pressed with a fork, about 6 minutes. Heat tortilla on both sides, 30 to 35 seconds, just until they go limp. To assemble the tacos: spread 1 tablespoon cilantro pesto on warm tortilla. Place a cooked fish fillet on top. Spoon the cabbage, tomato and green onion salad on top.

Share

Grated potato-crust quiche

Ingredients

The crust:
4 cups of grated tender potatoes (unpeeled-about a pound)
1 small onion, diced
1 egg, lightly beaten
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
pinch of salt; pepper

3 eggs, beaten lightly
1 cup light cream
pinch of salt; pepper
a small pinch of nutmeg
1 cup cooked broccoli flowerettes
1 cup diced ham
1/4 cup chopped onion
Paprika

How to prepare

Mix thoroughly crust ingredients. Oil 10″ glass pie pan and press mixture in with your hands as evenly as possible to prevent uneven browning, build up the edges a bit so they don’t over-brown. Brush with oil and put in a pre-heated 400

Share

Slow cooked beer braised beef

Ingredients

4 lb beef chuck, in 2″ pieces
4 strips bacon, cut in small pieces
1/2 cup flour
1 lb fresh mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp salt
2 tsp paprika
1 12-ounce can of beer
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp sugar
10 to 12 whole small onions, peeled
1 tbsp vinegar
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf

How to prepare

Thoroughly coat beef cubes with flour, salt, paprika, and pepper in large bowl or paper sack. Place onions, bacon and half of sliced mushrooms in crock-pot. Add floured beef cubes and remaining half of mushrooms. Mix beer with sugar, vinegar, thyme and bay leaf. Pour into crock-pot. Cover and cook on low 8 to 10 hours. Serve over noodles or rice.
May be thickened if desired. Make a smooth paste of 3 tablespoons flour mixed with 1/2 cup water. Pour into beef mixture. Turn to high and allow to come to a simmer-about 10 minutes.

Share

Gazpacho

Ingredients

3 pounds tomatoes, peeled and roughly cut up
1 onion cut in chunks
1/2 cup green pepper chunks
1/2 cup cucumber chunks
2 cups tomato juice
1 garlic clove
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tbsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup red wine vinegar

How to prepare

Puree everything in a blender or food processor. Chill and serve with garlic croutons.

Share

Italian Bread 1

Ingredients

2/3 C Water
3/4 Tsp Salt
2/3 Tsp Sugar
2 C Bread Flour
1 1/2 Tsp Active Dry Yeast

How to prepare

You didn’t mention the size of your breadmaker, so I’m going to figure
it’s the 1lb loaf (I have a panasonic). Anyway, I’ve used this recipe
at least a dozen times and I’ve never had a failure. I USE ONLY
PILSBURY BREAD FLOUR . . . and it has nothing to do with the fact my
father and brother work for the company. Here goes:

allways put water in first and then add the dry ingredients with the
yeast on top. I use the NORMAL setting (3.5 hours) on mine

Share