Barbecued Short Ribs

Ingredients

3 lb Short ribs (or chicken)
2 c Chicken broth
2 c :Water, or enough to barely cover ribs
1 tb Brown sugar
1/4 c Cider vinegar
1/4 c Catsup
2 tb Tomato paste
1 tb Dry mustard
1 ts Worcestershire sauce
1/4 ts Ground cloves
1 ts Chili powder
1/4 ts Cayenne pepper

How to prepare

THE DAY BEFORE GRILLING THE RIBS, put the sugar and vinegar in a pot large enough to hold the ribs and place over medium heat on top of the stove. Cook until the vinegar reduces and forms a syrup with the sugar, about 8 minutes. Watch carefully, as the syrup will suddenly darken in color. Immediately add the broth, water, catsup, tomato paste, mustard, Worcestershire, cloves, chili powder and pepper and bring to a boil. Add the ribs and cook 20 minutes. (If using chicken, cook for 10 minutes.) Remove from heat, remove the ribs from the liquid and place covered in the refrigerator. Cook the liquid over medium heat until it becomes thick and syrupy. The next day, light a charcoal grill. Place the ribs on the grill so they are not directly over the coals and cover the grill so that smoke collects inside. If your grill does not have a cover, improvise one out of aluminium foil.

Cook for 40 minutes, basting with barbecue sauce every 10 minutes. When ribs are well heated, remove to a platter and serve. Offer any additional barbecue sauce on the side.

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CHICKEN BREASTS MILANO

Ingredients

8 Whole chicken breasts – split
1/2 cup Olive or vegetable oil
1/2 cup Dry white wine
2 Cloves garlic – crushed
1 teaspoon Fresh Italian parsley – chopped
1 teaspoon Dried leaf oregano – crumbled
Salt
Pepper
1/8 teaspoon Crushed red-pepper flakes – (or more)
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese – grated
Fresh spinach leaves – steamed
Hot cooked rice
Red bell pepper strips

How to prepare

ix oil, wine, garlic, parsley, oregano, salt and pepper (to taste). Marinate chicken in a shallow pan, covered, for several hours or overnight. Remove chicken and reserve marinade. Place breasts, skin- side up in 1 or 2 roasting pans; do not crowd. Brush with part of reserved marinade. Bake in 375 F oven, basting occasionally with marinade, for 40 minutes until skin is crisp. Sprinkle part of Parmesan over the chicken and return to oven just until Parmesan begins to turn golden. Line a warm platter with steamed spinach leaves, then with rice. Arrange chicken breasts on top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Garnish with red pepper strips (NOTE: Chicken breasts can be grilled about 4 inches from coals for 20 minutes, turning and basting with marinade until chicken is golden.

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Thai fish curry

Ingredients

1/3 cup finely chopped onion
2 tbsp minced fresh cilantro stems
2 tbsp minced fresh lemon grass (from bottom 6″ of stalk)
1 tbsp turmeric
1 tbsp minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp ground cumin

3 large garlic cloves, halved
3/4 tsp dried crushed red pepper
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3/4 lb 1 1/2″ thick sea bass fillets, cut into 3″ pieces
1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk

2/3 cup bottled clam juice
minced fresh cilantro freshly
cooked rice

How to prepare

Blend first 8 ingredients in processor to dry paste, stopping frequently to scrape down sides of work bowl. (paste can be prepared 3 days ahead. Cover and chill.) Heat oil in medium non stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2 rounded tbsp spice paste; stir 1 minute. Add fish and cook 2 minutes, turning occasionally with tongs. Add coconut milk and clam juice and simmer until fish is cooked through, turning occasionally, about 6 minutes. Transfer fish to plate. Boil liquid until reduced to thick sauce, about 8 minutes. Season with salt. Return fish to sauce and heat through. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice. The mild spice paste is also great used as a base for chicken and shrimp curries. Serves: 2

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Peppered Tenderloin of Beef with Gorgonzola Sauce

Ingredients

For limone sauce:
3 tbsp butter
3 tbsp allpurpose flour
2 cup strong chicken broth
1/2 cup whitewine
Juice of 1 lemon
Pinch of ground white pepper
For tenderloin:
4 (6 oz) beef tenderloin fillets
2 tbsp olive oil
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 cup cracked black pepper
For Gorgonzola sauce:
1 cup limone sauce
3 oz Gorgonzola cheese, crumbled
2 tsp whole-grain or Dijon-style mustard
4 artichoke bottoms, sliced

How to prepare

First, prepare the limone sauce: Melt butter; add flour. Blend with wire whisk until smooth. Cook over low heat about 2 min.. In a skillet over low heat, warm broth, wine, lemon juice and white pepper. Once warm, combine with butter and flour. Cook over low heat an additional 3 min.. Let sauce cool before using.
To prepare tenderloins: Roll fillets in oil, garlic and cracked pepper. Saute, grill, or broil to desired doneness.
To prepare Gorgonzola sauce: Heat 1 cup limone sauce in skillet over med heat (Refrigerate remaining limone sauce for another meal.) Add cheese and mustard. Blend until creamy. Add artichoke bottoms and heat briefly. Pour finished sauce over tenderloin fillets.
Yield: 4 servings from “Great Meals of St. Louis”

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Roasted red snapper

Ingredients

2 fresh fennel bulbs, trimmed, chopped
6 large shallots or green onions, chopped
1/2 cup chopped italian parsley
2 cups fresh french bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil

3 1/2 lb to 4 lb red snapper
1/4 cup dry white wine
olive oil

How to prepare

Combine first 3 ingredients in medium bowl. Transfer 1 cup fennel mixture to large bowl. Add bread crumbs and 1/4 cup olive oil to 1 cup fennel mixture in large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover fennel mixture and bread crumb mixture separately and refrigerate.) Preheat oven to 450

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Baked Vermicelli

Ingredients

4 Oz. Vermicelli – cooked and drained
4 Tablespoons Butter
4 Tablespoons Flour
1/4 Cup Onion – finely diced
16 Oz. Evoporated Skim Milk – (3 small cans)
4 Oz. Colbyjack Cheese – grated
4 Oz. Parmesan Cheese – grated
1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper, Freshly Ground
3 Dashes Tabasco Sauce
1 Dash White Pepper
1 Dash Cayenne Pepper
1 Dash Ground Nutmeg
2 Eggs – beaten
1/3 To 1/2 Cup Breadcrumbs

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Cook vermicelli according to package directions. Drain and place into a baking dish that has been buttered, oiled or sprayed with cooking spray.

Melt butter in a sauce pan, and add onions and saute until transparent. Add flour to make a roux and cook for about 3 or 4 minutes. Add the milk and stir until hot. Remove about
a cup of the milk and set aside. Add the cheeses to the saucepan and continue stirring untill the cheese has melted.
Add the spices. Gradually add the eggs to the cooled reserved milk and beat until the eggs are incorporated. Stirring continuously, add the eggs to the saucepan a little at a time. Continue stirring and cook until the sauce begins to thicken. Pour the cheese sauce over the vermicelli and sprinkle withe the breadcrumbs. Bake for 30 minutes or until brown on top.

For a really neat looking dish, do a crust of breadcrumbs by layering the bottom and sides of the baking dish with beaten egg followed by a layer of breadcrumbs. Repeat several times. Then bake and unmold onto a serving plate.

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Spanish marinated calamari

Ingredients

Sherry marinade 888
3 tbsp dry sherry
1 tbsp spanish brandy or cognac
2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil,

1/4 cup chopped red onion
2 to 3 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp chopped flat-leaf parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp paprika

Squid 888
2 lb fresh squid, cleaned and cut into 1″ rings
3 quarts water
2 tbsp salt

How to prepare

To make the marinade, combine the sherry, brandy, wine, lemon juice, and lime juice in a non reactive bowl. Whisk in the olive oil a little bit at a time. Add the onion, garlic. Parsley, oregano, and paprika. In a large saucepan, bring about 3 quarts water and the salt to a rolling boil. Blanch the squid for 60 seconds and immediately plunge the squid into a bowl of ice water to stop the cooking process. Drain the squid and place in a non reactive bowl or zip-lock plastic bag and marinate in the refrigerator overnight. Serve the squid on a small bed of greens. 4 to 6 appetizer servings.

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Crostini with beans

Ingredients

4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, peeled and chopped fine, divided use
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
1 lb broccoli rabe, swiss chard or spinach, washed and trimmed
salt to taste

1 1/2 cups cooked and drained tuscan-style beans (see recipe)
6 1/2″ slices italian bread, lightly toasted

How to prepare

In a large saucepan, heat two tbsp of the olive oil, half the garlic and all of the red pepper over medium heat 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the greens and salt. If the greens are dry, add 2 tbsp water. Cover and cook until tender, about 10 minutes for broccoli rabe and swiss chard or 5 minutes for spinach. Meanwhile, in a medium-size saucepan, heat the remaining oil and garlic 1 minute. Stir in the beans, cover and cook over low heat until heated through. Coarsely mash the beans. Spread the beans over the toasted bread. Top with the greens and a spoonful of their cooking liquid. Serve immediately. Yield: makes 6 servings. Crostini with beans

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