Portuguese sopa de coentros

Ingredients

3 large russet (baking) potatoes (about 2 pounds)
1 large onion, chopped coarse
2 large plus 2 small garlic cloves
6 1/2 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 cups loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves, washed and spun dry
3 tbsp dark green olive oil

How to prepare

Peel potatoes and cut into 1″ cubes. In a large heavy saucepan simmer potatoes, onion, and large garlic cloves in water with salt, covered, 1 hour. (the potatoes will be very soft.) Remove pan from heat and cool mixture, uncovered, 15 minutes.
In a food processor blend together coriander, oil, and small garlic cloves until smooth. Add one third soup mixture and puree. Transfer puree to a large bowl and puree remaining soup mixture in 2 batches. Return soup to cleaned pan and heat over moderate heat, stirring, until hot. Soup will mellow in flavor if made 1 day ahead and chilled, covered. Reheat gently. Serves 6 to 8.

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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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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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JEFF’S SPAGHETTI SAUCE

Ingredients

1 poundBrowned hamburger meat – drained of fat/greas
15 ounces Can whole tomatoes – w/juice
12 ounces Can Tomato Paste
15 ounces Can Tomato Sauce
3 tablespoons Olive oil
1/2 cup Water
1 teaspoon Basil
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 teaspoon Pepper
1 teaspoon Oregano
1 teaspoon Garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
1/2 teaspoon Lemon juice (concentrate)
1/8 teaspoon Thyme
1/4 teaspoon Marjoram
1 pinchRosemary
1 each Whole bay leaf
1 pinchParsley – dried or flakes
2 tablespoons Heaping – grated Parmesan

How to prepare

I rarely actually measure the ingredients, so they vary from sauce to sauce Combine all except the grated Parmesan cheese. Simmer covered, 30 minutes over low heat. Add grated Parmesan (Kraft shaker style is fine) and simmer additional 15 minutes Serve over hot pasta noodles. Sprinkle more cheese on top I have also substituted 3 or 4 drops Tabasco Sauce for the lemon juice

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Chicken Patia

Ingredients

2 cups cubed, boneless raw chicken pieces
1 tbsp vinegar
1 tsp coriander powder
1 tsp cumin powder
1/2 tsp turmeric powder
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 cup cold water
2 tbsp oil
2 lg onions
1 lemon
1/2 tsp brown sugar
3 green chilies or to taste
2 dry red cayenne peppersor more
2 garlic cloves
2 tbsp coriander leaves, chopped
1/2 tsp salt

How to prepare

Grind the green chilies, red peppers, garlic, coriander leaves and salt to a paste in the blender. Slice the onions. Squeeze the lemon and set the lemon juice aside for later use. Add the cold water, 1/4 tsp of coriander powder, 1/4 tsp of cumin powder, vinegar and salt to the chicken and simmer on low heat till dry. Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil and brown the onions. Set aside. Heat the remaining. oil and fry the ground paste for a few min.. Add the coriander and cumin powders and turmeric, jaggery and lemon juice. Stir for 2 min.. Then add the onions, chicken and salt if necessary. Stir till dry. Note: You may substitute cleaned shrimp for the chicken.

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Egg noodles – makaron

Ingredients

1 large egg
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup flour
1/2 egg shell of water

How to prepare

Mound four on a board. Make hole in center, drop in egg and salt. Mix with knife and add water. Knead until dough is smooth. Flour the board and roll out very thin. Place sheet of dough on a cloth and let dry until not the least sticky and yet not too brittle to handle. Sprinkle the sheet well with flour, fold into a tight roll. Slice the roll in thin threads, toss the threads up lightly on board to dry. Boil in salted water until the noodles rise to the top. Strain and give them a cold water bath. This is a small recipe but egg noodles may be made in quantity and stored in a covered jar.

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Leek and potato soup

Ingredients

2 large leeks
1 lb baking potatoes, such as russets or idaho
4 tbsp butter
1 cup finely chopped onions
3 cups chicken stock
2 cups water
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
croutons 8888
1/2 loaf french or italian bread
1 garlic clove, peeled
2 tbsp olive oil
1/4 cup grated parmesan

How to prepare

Leeks have a great deal of sand between the leaves and must be carefully cleaned. To do this, trim off the root end and cut off and discard the long green stems. Split the leeks lengthwise from the stem end, then turn and split them one more time. Rinse well. Separate the leaves under cold running water, then chop into 1/4-” pieces. Peel the potatoes and cut them into 1/4″ cubes (about 2 cups). Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a saucepan; add the onions and the chopped leeks. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until wilted. Do not brown. Add the chicken broth, water, bay leaf, salt and pepper, and simmer for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat, remove the bay leaf, add the remaining butter and stir. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Serve piping hot with croutons. For a richer version, stir in 1/2-cup drained plain yogurt or 1/2-cup heavy cream just before serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.
To make croutons rub the crust of the bread all over with the garlic clove. Cut the bread into 1/8″-thick slices and arrange the slices on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with the oil and the cheese. Broil until golden on both sides, then cut into 1″ squares. Makes about 12 croutons.

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Potato and beet salad

Ingredients

1 3/4 lbs red potatoes
2 16-oz cans whole pickled beets, drained (reserve 1/2 cup juice), cut into 1/2″ dice
2 cups finely chopped red onion
2 medium pippin apples, peeled, cut into 1/2″ dice

1 cup drained sliced bread and butter pickles, coarsely chopped
2 tbsp (or more) red wine vinegar
2 tsp sugar
white pepper
drained capers
chopped hard-boiled egg yolks

Chopped fresh parsley
sour cream (optional)
pickled herring (optional)

How to prepare

Cook potatoes in large pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain and cool. Peel and cut into 1/2″ dice. Place potatoes in large bowl. Add beets, onion, apples and pickles mix reserved beet juice, 2 tbsp vinegar and sugar in a small bowl. Pour over salad. Toss gently. Season to taste with salt and white pepper. Cover and refrigerate at least 3 hours. (can be prepared 1 day ahead; keep refrigerated.) Taste salad, adding more vinegar if tangier flavor is desired. Mound salad on large platter. Garnish top center with capers. Sprinkle chopped egg and parsley in rings around capers. Serve passing sour cream separately if desired. Many scandinavians also add chopped pickled herring to this traditional salad. Serves: 8

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Spanish ceviche

Ingredients

1 lb raw, boneless cod
8 oz lime juice
1 large onion, chopped
15 cherry tomatoes
1 small jalapeno pepper, chopped
30 pitted green olives, chopped
20 capers

1 tbsp cumin
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tbsp parsley
1 tsp oregano
salt & pepper to taste
corn chips

How to prepare

Place fish in a glass container and cover with lime juice for 3 hours or until fish has a white, flaky, cooked appearance. Drain off lime juice. Cut fish into bite sized pieces and add remaining ingredients and marinate for 2 to 4 hours. Serve with chips.

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Coquina soup – clam soup

Ingredients

2 gal washed coquinas
1 chopped onion
2 cup white wine
2 1/2 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper
paprika

How to prepare

Put one finely chopped onion in the bottom of a large kettle and add the coquina. Pour in one cup of water and the wine and bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes until the tiny shells open and their juice blends with the wine. This should produce about 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of broth. Carefully strain broth through a colander and then stir in the cream. Heat, but do not bring to a boil, and serve with a light top garnish of paprika. Note: coquinas are small clams found at the edge of the surf.

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