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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Oyster corn bread stuffing

Ingredients

1 pt oysters (15 1/2 oz) well drained
1 cup celery chopped
1 cup onion chopped
1/2 cup butter
3 1/2 cup corn bread cubes, toasted
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 tsp poultry seasoning

1 tsp sage

How to prepare

Cook celery and onion in butter until tender. Add oysters and cook 3-5 minutes or until edges begin to curl. Combine all ingredients and mix thoroughly. Makes approx. 4 cups stuffing, enough for 4 lb bird. For 5 to 9 lb bird double the recipe. For 10-15 lb bird triple the recipe.

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Linguini With White Clam Sauce

Ingredients

13 Ounces Clams, Canned – chopped (2 cans) *
1/4 Cup Olive Oil
4 Cloves Garlic – minced
1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley – chopped
Salt And Pepper

How to prepare

with juice from one can Heat olive oil in skillet. Add garlic. Add parsley, clams, juice and salt and pepper. Heat 2 minutes and serve with linguini noodles

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Vermicelli frittata with eggplant

Ingredients

1 lb eggplant, trimmed
1 tbsp salt
3 garlic cloves, minced
6 tbsp olive oil
1 red bell pepper, cut into small dice
1/2 cup brine-cured black olives such as gaeta, pitted and cut into slivers

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil leaves
1/2 lb vermicelli
4 large eggs, beaten lightly

How to prepare

Cut eggplant into 1/4″ dice and sprinkle with the salt. Drain eggplant, weighted with a plate topped by several cans, in a colander 45 minutes. Rinse eggplant well and squeeze dry by handfuls. Drain eggplant on paper towels. In a heavy skillet cook garlic in 3 tbsp of oil over moderate heat, stirring, until golden. Add bell pepper and cook, covered, until softened. Add eggplant and cook 10 minutes, or until eggplant is tender. Stir in olives and basil. In a kettle of salted boiling water cook vermicelli until al dente and drain. In a large bowl toss vermicelli with eggplant mixture and salt and pepper to taste and cool 2 minutes. Add eggs and combine well. In a 12″ non-stick skillet heat remaining 3 tbsp oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking. Add pasta mixture and with 2 forks spread evenly. Reduce heat to moderate and cook frittata 3 minutes. Shift skillet so that one fourth of frittata is directly over center of burner and cook 1 1/2 minutes. Shift skillet 3 more times, cooking remaining fourths in same manner. Put a heat proof platter over skillet and invert frittata onto it. Slide frittata, browned side up, back into skillet and cook other side in same manner. Slide frittata onto platter and cool to room temperature. Serve frittata cut into wedges. Serves 6 to 8.

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Chicken chili

Ingredients

2 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb chicken breasts, skinless & boneless & 1″ cubed
1 cup onion, chopped
1 green bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz canned, stewed tomato
30 oz canned, black beans, rinsed & drained
3/4 cup salsa
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp chicken bouillon granules

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a dutch oven. Saut

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Corn souffl

Ingredients

4 eggs
16 oz can creamed corn
2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup melted butter
1/4 tsp white pepper
1 tbsp sugar

1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp baking powder

How to prepare

Beat the eggs lightly and stir in the corn, salt, pepper, melted butter, flour, sugar and milk. Mix well. Add the baking powder, mixing well. Spoon into a souffl

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Stuffed snow peas

Ingredients

36 snow peas
1/4 cup creme fraiche
1 tbsp fresh dill, minced
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 lime, juice & zest only
2 oz caviar, salmon or lumpfish
red lettuce leaves

Black pepper, ground
salt

How to prepare

Blanch the snow peas in boiling salted water for 2 minutes. Drain at once. Rinse under cold running water. Pat dry. Use a sharp knife to slit the peas down only one of the long sides. Open carefully. Put the creme fraiche in a bowl. Mix in the dill and cream cheese. Grate in the lime zest. Add the lime juice. Fold in the caviar. Stuff the peas with the mixture. Serve on a bed of red lettuce leaves.

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Greek pizza w/ feta and pancetta

Ingredients

1 pizza dough
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips
1/2 green pepper, cut into strips
1/2 red onion, cut into strips
Olive oil or cooking spray
1 cup feta cheese, crumbled
10-15 greek olives, cut into halves
2 sm roma tomatoes, diced
3 strips bacon or pancetta, crumbled
1/2 tsp oregano
1 tsp crushed red pepper

How to prepare

Add the peppers and onion to 1 1/2 tsp olive oil or spray the skillet with two coatings of cooking spray. Using low heat, saut

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Godiva strawberry torte

Ingredients

2 envelopes unflavored gelatin
1/2 cup cold water
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup milk, scalded
1 tsp vanilla extract
10-oz package frozen strawberries, pureed
2 cups godiva liqueur, divided
1 cup heavy cream
9″ sponge cake
1 quart fresh hulled strawberries
whipped cream

How to prepare

Soften gelatin in water, set aside. In double boiler, cook egg yolks, sugar, salt and milk until slightly thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, add gelatin and stir until dissolved. Add vanilla, strawberry puree and 1-1/2 cups liqueur, chill until slightly thickened and mixture mounds on a spoon
whip cream until stiff, fold into strawberry mixture and set aside. To assemble the torte, place sponge cake in 9″ greased springform pan, sprinkle with godiva liqueur, cover with strawberries, hulled side down and top with strawberry mousse. Refrigerate several hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream and fresh strawberries. Serves 12.

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