Spanish pork chop dinner

Ingredients

4 pork chops, trimmed of fat
1 tbsp oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/4 tsp black pepper
3/4 cup long grain rice
1/2 cup chopped onion

1/4 cup chopped green peppers
1 can whole tomatoes
5 green peppers rings
1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

How to prepare

1. In large dutch oven, slowly brown the chops in heated oil. Drain off excess oil.
2. Sprinkle chops with salt, chili powder and black pepper.
3. Add rice, onions and chopped green peppers.
4. Pour in tomatoes with liquid, breaking tomatoes into pieces with a wooden spoon.
5. Cover and bring to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat and simmer 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally.
6. Add pepper rings and cook 2 minutes longer or until rice and meat are tender. Sprinkle with cheese.
7. Transfer to serving platter, arranging chops and pepper rings over the top. You may use precooked rice if you wish, adding it during the last 10 minutes of cooking.

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CHICKEN AND SALSA VERDE PANINI

Ingredients

7 Green olives – coarsely Chopped small
Garlic clove – peeled and Coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons Drained capers
Grated zest (yellow part of Peel) of 1 lemon
3 tablespoons Olive oil
4 tablespoons Lemon juice
Pinch salt
Freshly ground black pepper To taste
2 Skinless – boneless roasted Chicken breast halves Thinly sliced
4 Round or oblong sandwich
Rolls – split in halves

How to prepare

1. On a chopping board, combine the green olives, garlic, capers and lemon zest. Chop finely. (Or combine and chop in a food processor.) Transfer to a bowl. In a small jar combine the olive oil and lemon juice; shake until combined and pour over the olive mixture. Stir in the salt and pepper. (If not using right away, cover and refrigerate.)

2. Spread bottom halves of rolls with the salsa verde, leaving some of the juices in the bowl. Top with the slices of chicken breast. Brush the remaining juices over the inside of the top halves of the rolls; place on top of bottom halves and press down lightly. Cut into halves and serve

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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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Chile relleno batter

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup cornmeal
1 cup milk, about
2 eggs

How to prepare

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and cornmeal in a medium bowl. Beat eggs lightly and blend in milk. Add to dry ingredients. Mix well. Additional milk may be needed for a smooth batter.

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Kreatopita therini – summery meat pie

Ingredients

4 scallions; chopped
3 tbsp butter or oil
1 lb veal, beef or lamb (ground)
4 sm zucchini; scrubbed, cubed
1 sm eggplant; cubed
1 cup canned tomatoes; drained
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
salt & freshly ground pepper

1/2 tsp ground coriander or allspice
1 tsp dried oregano
1 cup grated cheese (mizithra ingredient:)
bread crumbs, if necessary
10 commercial filo sheets
6 tbsp butter; melted

How to prepare

Saut

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Southwestern shrimp cocktail

Ingredients

1 lb cooked bay shrimp (the tiny ones)
8 to 12 oz jar green salsa
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic minced very fine
1/2 cup of cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 of sm white onion, finely chopped
1/2 of a sm red bell pepper, finely chopped
1 pickled jalapeno pepper, very finely chopped
2 avocados (the ones with the dark skin) cubed
Leafy greens, such as chard or mustard greens to line a serving dish
Lemon slices

How to prepare

Combine shrimp, salsa, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, cilantro, onion, red bell Pepper and jalapeno pepper blend ingredients well chill thoroughly to serve: place Greens on a serving platter place salad in center arrange cubes of avocado around The shrimp salad sprinkle some lemon juice over the avocado to keep it from browning Decorate with lemon slices serve and enjoy should make about 6 appetizer servings.

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Greek lamb baked in paper

Ingredients

2 oz feta or kasseri (or more)
1 leg of lamb *
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp oregano
2 lemons, juice only
pepper to taste
1 tsp mint flakes

1 tbsp salt
2 garlic cloves

How to prepare

Wipe meat with damp cloth. Make incisions with small sharp knife on all sides of leg or shanks. Insert pieces of garlic clove and cheese. Rub with lemon juice. Sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper. Wrap securely in heavy paper twice. Use grease proof paper such as cooking parchment or oil brown paper. (do not use aluminum foil. It prevents browning.) Tie with string. Bake a leg for 2 1/2 hours in 350 f oven. Bake 2 hours if using shanks. *note: lamb shanks may be substituted for leg of lamb.

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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
the red pepper soup 8888
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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Reduced-fat macaroni and cheese

Ingredients

8 oz macaroni, elbow twists
16 oz cottage cheese, low-fat 1%
2 tbsp flour, all-purpose
2 cup skim milk
4 oz cheese, sharp cheddar shred
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper, ground black
1/4 tsp nutmeg ground
1/4 cup cheese, parmesan grated

How to prepare

Beginning about 45 minutes before serving:

1. Prepare macaroni as label directs but do not add salt to water; drain. 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Spray shallow, broiler-safe, 2 1/2-quart casserole with nonstick cooking spray. 3. In food processor with knife blade attached, blend cottage cheese until smooth. (or, in blender at high speed, blend cottage cheese with 1/4 cup of the milk called for in recipe, for easier blending.) 4. In 2-quart saucepan, mix flour with 1/4 cup milk until smooth. Slowly stir in remaining cups milk until blended. Cook over med heat until mixture just boils and thickens slightly, stirring frequently. Remove saucepan from heat; stir in cottage cheese, cheddar, salt, pepper and nutmeg. 5. Place macaroni in casserole; cover with cheese sauce. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. 6. Remove casserole from oven. Turn oven control to broil. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top of macaroni mixture. 7. Place casserole in broiler at closest position to source of heat; broil 2 to 3 minutes until top is golden brown. Yield: 4 servings – even better than – the old-favorite recipe.”

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Italian Braised Lamb & Potatoes

Ingredients

5 tablespoons Olive oil
1 kilogram Lamb – lean boneless from t
shoulder cut into 4cm pcs
2 Brown onions
1/2 bn Italian parsley – leaves only
3 Garlic cloves crushed
1 Capsicum red – cut into strip
250 milliliters Lamb or beef stock
500 gramsPotatoes – peeled & cut into
4cm pieces
60 gramsPecorino – grated

How to prepare

The potatoes should be yellow, waxy ones, such as Petrones or Desirees Heat half the oil in a large heavy pot. Brown lamb well in batches and, using a slotted spoon, remove to a plate. Add remaining oil. Add onion and cook until softened. Add parsley, garlic and capsicum. Return lamb to pot, stir and add stock and freshly ground pepper to taste. (Don’t add salt yet as pecorino is a salty cheese)Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes Add potato and simmer for another 20 minutes, or until lamb is almost tender. Stir in cheese and cook for 10 minutes. Season with freshly ground pepper and salt to taste Best if cooked 1 – 2 days ahead and refrigerated. Like all casseroles, it will improve in flavour during the resting period. Great for entertaining, because it can be cooked well in advance, leaving you free to get on with the many chores involved in throwing a party

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