Mama balducci’s brodetto

Ingredients

4 lb baby lamb leg, boned, meat trimmed, and cut into chunks
1 lg onion, chopped
6 plum tomatoes, chopped
3 tbsp chopped fresh italian parsley
2 lg fresh basil leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp salt
1 lg pinch ground black pepper
1/2 cup dry white wine
2 lb fresh peas, shelled
8 lg eggs, beaten
2/3 cup freshly grated parmesan

How to prepare

1. In a non reactive, large, heavy pot, combine the lamb, onion, tomatoes, 2 tbsp parsley, the basil, 1 tbsp salt, 2 teas pepper, the wine and 1 cup hot water. Simmer, uncovered, over medium low heat for 1 hour. 2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, blanch the peas in 1/2 cup boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove from the heat, drain and set aside to cool. 3. In a bowl, beat together the eggs, cheese, the remaining 1 tab. Parsley, 1/2 tsp salt, and pinch of pepper. Stir in the peas; set aside. 4. Preheat oven to 350

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Gyro

Ingredients

1 lb ground pork
1 lb ground lamb
1 tsp salt
some freshly ground black pepper
6 cloves of crushed garlic
the juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp oregano
2 tbsp ouzo

How to prepare

Mix and mold the meat on a metal skewer. Grill. Serve on pita bread, garnish with tzatziki, chopped tomatoes, sliced onions, some parsley, a sprinkling of oregano.

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Carrot and red pepper soup

Ingredients

The carrot soup 8888
4 tbsp unsalted butter
6 cups water
6 large carrots 1/2″ dice
1/2 half yellow onion 1/4″ dice
1 tsp salt
1/8 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 tsp fresh lemon juice
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2 tbsp unsalted butter
3 medium red bell pepper, diced
2/3 cup water
1/4 tsp salt
red wine vinegar to taste

1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
garnishes 8888
chopped fresh chervil leaves
creme fraiche (thinned with warm water)

How to prepare

Prepare the carrot soup: melt the butter in a 6-quart stainless steel soup pot. Add 1 cup of the water, the carrots and onion. Bring to a low simmer; cover and stew for 30 minutes. Remove the cover from the pot. The vegetables should be very tender and the water almost entirely evaporated. If not, continue cooking them until they are. Add the remaining 5 cups of water and bring to a boil. In a blender or food processor, puree the soup in batches for 3 minutes each. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. The soup should have a velvety consistency and be slightly thicker than heavy cream. Set aside.
Prepare red pepper soup: in a 3-quart saucepan, melt the butter. Add the peppers and water, bring to a simmer, and cook, uncovered, for 20 minutes or until the peppers are very tender. Most of the water will have evaporated during this time. In a blender or food processor, puree the peppers with 1/2 cup of the water and pass the puree through a medium-fine sieve to catch any bits of skin. Return the soup to the pan and add salt. If the pepper soup lacks depth, correct it with a few drops of red wine vinegar. If necessary, thin the red pepper soup with a little of the remaining water so its consistency is similar to that of the carrot soup. Presentation: pour two-thirds cup of the carrot soup into each of 8 warmed bowls. Stir 2 tbsp of the red pepper soup into the center. Garnish with chervil and creme fraiche if desired. Draw the cream over the surface with the tines of a fork. Yield: makes 8 servings.

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Stir fried sweet and sour pork

Ingredients

2 lb pork, fat trimmed, cut in 1″ cubes
1 egg, beaten with small amount of water to thin
1/2 cup corn starch (approximately)
1 med onion, cut in 1″ cubes
2 or 3 med size carrots cut in 1/4″ slanting slices (pre-cooked in water)

1 clove of garlic (minced)
1 lb mushrooms, sliced
1/2 lb pea pods (snowpeas)
1 can chunk pineapple, drained

Sauce:
1 tbsp corn starch
1/3 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 tsp minced ginger root
1 tbsp soy sauce and
1 tbsp dry sherry
1/4 cup wine vinegar
1/4 cup chicken or beef broth

How to prepare

To make sauce, blend 1 tbsp corn starch with brown sugar. Stir in ginger, soy sauce, sherry, wine vinegar and broth. Set aside.
Dip meat in egg and roll in corn starch to coat lightly, shake off excess. Set wok on med heat. When wok is hot, add 2-3 tbsp oil, when oil is hot, add half of meat, stir and cook until browned, approximately 7 minutes. Remove and cook other half of meat. Add more oil as needed. When meat is cooked, scrape and remove browned particles from wok, leaving just oil. Set heat to high. When oil is hot add onion, garlic and mushrooms, when cooked, remove from pan and add pea pods, cook till bright green. Add sweet and sour sauce and return all ingredients to wok, add carrots and pineapple and stir until sauce thickens, about 1 minute. Serves 4 to 6.

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Cajun flank steak creole

Ingredients

2 lb flank steak
1 salt & pepper
2 tbsp green pepper, chopped
2 tbsp onion, chopped
2 tbsp tomato paste
1/2 tsp prepared horseradish
1/4 tsp sugar

1/2 cup water
2 cup stuffing mix, herb-seasoned
1/2 cup water
2 tsp cornstarch

How to prepare

Score one side of meat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Combine green pepper, onion, 1 tbsp tomato paste, horseradish, sugar, 1/4 cup water, and stuffing. Spoon stuffing mixture down middle of un-scored side of flank steak. Fold ends over and overlap long sides, skewer together. Place on metal rack or trivet in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours. Remove meat. Turn control to high. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup cold water, stir in 1 tbsp tomato paste. Add to juices in pot. Cook on high for 15 to 20 minutes or until slightly thickened. Slice steak across the grain. Serve sauce with the steak. Yield: 4 servings

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Greek meatballs with egg and lemon sauce

Ingredients

1 1/2 lbs ground lamb or beef
1 medium onion, minced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp minced parsley
1 tsp dried basil or mint
1/3 cup uncooked rice
1 tsp dried oregano

Salt and pepper to taste
3 eggs
chicken or beef stock
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
minced parsley
cooked rice

How to prepare

Put meat into a bowl with onion, garlic, uncooked rice, herbs, salt and pepper. Beat two of the egg whites until they froth and add them as well. Reserve yolks and the other egg for the sauce. Gently mix with a fork or your hands, and form walnut-size balls. Fry meatballs in vegetable oil over low heat. When lightly brown, remove with a slotted spoon to a saucepan. Add enough stock to cover meatballs, and simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Pour off stock through a sieve, and measure it. You will need 1 1/2 cups for the sauce. To make the sauce, beat reserved egg yolks and the whole egg together until quite frothy. Whisk in lemon juice bit by bit, then whisk in hot stock bit by bit, beating steadily. Pour over meatballs, and cook, stirring, over low heat until sauce thickens. Do not let it come to a boil, or it will separate. Serve on a bed of rice, sprinkled with parsley. Makes four servings.

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Creamy tomato soup

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 sm onion, peeled & finely chopped
3 med cloves garlic, peeled & minced
28-oz can peeled and diced tomatoes, undrained
8 3/4-oz can garbanzo beans, undrained

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth or vegetable broth
1/2 tsp dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 tsp dried oregano, crushed
1 tsp dried basil, crushed
2 1/2 tsp sugar

Optional:
1 small piece parmesan cheese rind
3 plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

In a medium-sized pan heat the olive oil over medium heat until hot. Add the onion and garlic; saut

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Cajun-lamb – spicy roast lamb with rice

Ingredients

1 boneless lamb sirloin roast (apx 2 lb)
2 tbsp cooking oil
1 sm onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 lb sliced tomatoes in puree
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp grated lemon peel
1/2 tsp chili powder
1 cup rice
Spice mix:
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp paprika
1/8 tsp garlic powder

How to prepare

(1) trim the lamb of any excess fat preheat oven to 350 deg f
(2) mix together the spice mix ingredients, and rub over the lamb let stand
For 15 minutes
(3) heat oil in a skillet sear the lamb until all sides are browned remove
Lamb to a roasting pan
(4) roast lamb for 35 to 40 minutes
(5) while the lamb is cooking, add onions and peppers to the skillet used for searing the lamb saut

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