Psari spetsiotiko

Ingredients

2 lb fish, cleaned whole or steaks
1 salt
1/3 cup olive oil
1 lemon’s juice
4 tomatoes; peeled and chopped
1/4 cup white wine, (or more)
4 garlic cloves; sliced

1/2 tsp sugar
1 salt & freshly ground pepper
1 cup fresh parsley; chopped
1 bread crumbs
1 tomato juice (if necessary)

How to prepare

Wash and dry the fish, then sprinkle with salt and lemon juice, particularly inside the neck area if using fish with heads on. Arrange on a baking-serving dish and set aside while you prepare the sauce. Heat the oil in a saucepan, add the tomatoes, wine, garlic, and sugar and simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. (the amount of garlic may be reduced, but it is the most important ingredient.) Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the fish with a light coating of bread crumbs and then with the chopped parsley, then spoon the hot sauce over the fish. Repeat this procedure until all the sauce has been used, ending with a topping of bread crumbs. Bake in a moderate oven (350 degrees) for 30 to 40 minutes, depending on the size of the fish, basting twice with the sauce. (a golden crust will form on the fish, characteristic of this famous style.) During the baking period, add some wine or tomato juice if necessary; some sauce should remain around the fish. Serve hot.

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Perfect sugar cookies

Ingredients

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking powder

How to prepare

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees f. Lightly grease baking sheets.
2. Combine butter and sugar in a bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg and vanilla extract. Mix the dry ingredients together and sift into butter mixture; stir until well-blended. Dough should be very stiff. Chill 1-2 hours.
3. Divide dough into quarters. Roll out one piece of dough to 1/4″ thickness on lightly-floured board. Dust top with flour and cut with cookie cutters.
4. Place cookies on a baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes or until cookies are light brown around the edges. Cool on a wire rack.
Makes 3 dozen cookies.
Prepared 12/19/94 by donata maggipinto, food & entertaining specialist for williams-sonoma. From: mike n maty

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Pescado en Salsa Verde- Fish in Green Sauce

Ingredients

1 lb fresh tomatillos or 1-3/4 cups drained canned tomatillos
3 green onions, with some green tops
1 garlic clove
1 tbsp chopped parsley leaves
1 small california chile, roasted, peeled, seeded, or 1 can green chile

2 tsp vegetable oil
salt
1-1/2 lbs white fish fillets such as haddock or sole
3 tbsp lime juice
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbsp vegetable oil

How to prepare

Remove papery husks from tomatillos. Wash tomatillos. Pour water 1/2 inch deep into a med saucepan. Add fresh tomatillos. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Cover and cook 10 min or until tender. Drain and cool. Do not cook canned tomatillos. Place tomatillos, green onions, garlic, parsley and chile in blender or food processor, process until pureed. Heat 2 tsp oil in a med saucepan. Add puree and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat. Simmer gently uncovered 15 min. Set sauce aside and keep warm. Sprinkle fish with lime juice and 1/2 tsp salt. Let stand 3 to 5 min. Heat 3 tbsp oil in a large skillet. Add fish. Cook 1 minute on each side. Add sauce. Cover and simmer 5 min or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork. Makes 6 servings.

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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.

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Peruvian shrimp chowder

Ingredients

1 tbsp butter
1/2 cup finely diced onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 tsp sweet paprika
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 1/3 cups milk
1/2 cup chicken stock or water

1 large potato, scrubbed well and cut into large dice
2 ears white corn, sliced 1″ thick
salt to taste
1 lb raw shrimp, peeled, deveined

How to prepare

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the paprika and cayenne and cook, stirring, until the onions are all stained red. Add the milk, stock, potato, corn and if you’d like, a pinch of salt. Bring almost to a boil, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer, stirring every now and then, for about 30 minutes, or until potatoes are tender. Add shrimp during the last 5 minutes of cooking, and cook until they just turn opaque. Taste for seasoning and adjust if necessary.

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Black bean soup with rum

Ingredients

2 cup onion, chopped
1 cup celery, chopper
6 sprg parsley
2 sprg fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 lg ham hock
2 cup dried black beans, picked over 6 cup beef broth
1/3 cup dark rum
lemon juice to taste
garnishes 8888
eggs, hard-cooked, chopped fresh parsley, chopped lemon slices

How to prepare

The night before, soak beans in cold water to cover by 2″. Change water at least once. Drain and rinse. In a heavy kettle, cook onion, celery, parsley, thyme, and bay leaf in the butter over mod-low heat, stirring, for 10 minutes. Add ham hock, beans, broth, 4 cups water, salt and pepper to taste. Bring the mixture to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, adding more water if necessary to keep beans covered, for 3 hours. Discard ham hock and bay leaf. Put the mixture through a medium disk of a food mill into a large bowl and then return it to the kettle. Stir in rum, lemon juice, and salt and pepper to taste. Adjust the consistency with hot water and garnish for serving with the eggs, parsley, and lemon slices. Makes about 7 cups.

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Warm bean salad with grilled shrimp

Ingredients

12 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined
2 large garlic cloves, chopped fine
2 tbsp chopped fresh rosemary
4 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
kosher or coarse salt to taste
ground black pepper to taste

3 cups cooked and drained tuscan-style beans (see recipe)
1 lg tomato, seeded and chopped
1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
rosemary sprigs, for garnish

How to prepare

In a bowl, combine the shrimp, half the garlic, 1 tbsp of the rosemary and 2 tbsp of the olive oil with salt and pepper. Stir well. Cover and chill 1 hour. In a saucepan, heat the remaining oil, garlic and rosemary over medium heat just until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the beans. Cover and cook over low heat 5 minutes or until warm. Remove from the heat. Stir in tomato, lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste. Grill the shrimp until lightly browned and just opaque in the thickest part, about 5 minutes. Spoon the beans onto 4 plates and surround with shrimp. Garnish with additional rosemary. Yield: makes 4 servings.

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Gourmet

Ingredients

1 head boston lettuce, washed, dried, & chopped fine
1/2 lb fresh spinach, washed, dried, & chopped fine
1 cup scallion, minced
2 3/4 cup dry bread crumbs, fine
1/2 cup fresh parsley, minced
1/4 cup celery, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp pernod
1 tbsp anchovy paste
1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
12 slices bacon, lean
36 lg oysters in shells
coarse salt for platters
lemon wedges

How to prepare

Shuck oysters, reserving liquor and bottom shells. Scrub and dry shells. In a bowl, combine lettuce, spinach, scallion, 1/2 cup bread crumbs, parsley, celery, and garlic. In a skillet, met butter over moderate heat and cook the spinach mixture, stirring for 1-2 minutes, or until greens are wilted. Stir in the pernod, anchovy paste, cayenne, and salt and pepper to taste. Chill the mixture, covered, for 1 hour. In another skillet, cook bacon over moderate heat until crisp. Transfer to paper towels to drain, and then crumble it. Arrange one oyster in each of the reserved shells and moisten each with some of the reserved liquor. Spread half the spinach mixture by heaping tablespoons onto the oysters. Sprinkle bacon over each oyster. Top the bacon with remaining spinach mixture and sprinkle each with 1 tbs. Of remaining bread crumbs. Arrange oysters on an oven proof platters filled with coarse salt. Bake in the middle of a preheated 450f oven for 18 minutes or until bread crumbs are well browned. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon wedges and serve.

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Highliner’s salmon chowder

Ingredients

1 lb salmon fillets, boneless & skinless
1 cup onion, chopped
1 cup potato, diced
1/4 cup celery, chopped
1 tbsp polyunsaturated margarine
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp flour

1/4 tsp white pepper
1/4 tsp dried dill weed
1 can (8 oz) stewed tomatoes
2 cans (13 oz ea) evaporated skim milk
1 cup part-skim mozzarella cheese, grated
2 tbsp parsley, chopped

How to prepare

1. Cut salmon into 1″ pieces; set aside. 2. In saucepan saut

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