Gourmet’s guacamole

Ingredients

4 ripe avocados (preferably california)
1 lg garlic clove, mashed to a paste
8 oz container sour cream
4 oz can mild green chilies, drained and chopped fine
1 whole pickled jalapeno, seeded and minced
2 vine ripened tomatoes, seeded and chopped fine
1 sm onion, chopped fine
Accompaniment: tortilla chips

How to prepare

Halve and pit avocados and scoop flesh into a lg bowl mash avocado with a fork And stir in remaining ingredients and salt and pepper to taste, combining well chill Guacamole, surface covered with plastic wrap, at least one hour before and up to one Day stir guacamole well and serve with tortilla chips makes about 9 cups from Gourmet may 1995

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Greek stuffed peppers

Ingredients

1 cup cooked ground beef
1 cup cooked rice
green onion
fresh mint
cinnamon

How to prepare

In a pot, place desired amount of ground beef, wine, and water to cover beef. Add 1/2 – 1 tsp cumin per lb of beef. Add a few garlic cloves. Cook until mixture boils and beef browns. Skim off the fat with a net strainer. This will result with”lean” beef on the bottom of the pot, and a beef broth to be used for soup or stock.
Combine ingredients and stuff a green or red pepper with it. Pour a fresh tomato puree’ over the top and microwave/bake until cooked.

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Indian-style pork

Ingredients

3 tbsp butter
2 tbsp olive oil
2 lb pork loin, bite-size pieces
1 med onion, coarsely chopped
2 scallions, with tops, minced
1 shallot, minced
2 tbsp curry powder
4 allspice berries
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried thyme
3 sprigs fresh parsley, minced
3 tbsp water
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
salt and black pepper to taste
1 scotch bonnet-type chile, pricked
1 chayote, in 1″ pieces
1 small eggplant, in 1″ pieces
2 tomatoes, peeled, coarsely chopped

How to prepare

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy frying pan over medium heat. Add the pork, onion, scallions, and shallot, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the pork pieces are browned on all sides. Place the curry powder into a spice mill with the allspice grains and grind until they are well mixed. Add the curry mixture to the frying pan along with the garlic, thyme, and parsley. Cover with the water and vinegar, lower the heat, and cook for 30 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper and add the chile, chayote, eggplant, and tomatoes. Continue to cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the curry has a thick sauce (you may need to add a bit more water). Serve the colombo de porc hot with white rice serves 4 to 6.

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Roman green beans with fontina cheese

Ingredients

1 lb fresh string beans, trimmed
1/2 lb fontina cheese, cut into strips about 3″ by 1/4″
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dijon mustard
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

How to prepare

Cook the beans in boiling water until crisp-tender, about two minutes. Rinse under cold running water; drain. Combine with the cheese in a large bowl. Mash the garlic with the mustard in a small bowl. Stir in the lemon juice. Slowly whisk in the oil. Pour this dressing over the beans and cheese. Toss well and add salt and pepper to taste. Serve at room temperature or slightly chilled. Yield: 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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Pepperoni focaccia

Ingredients

1/4 oz package active dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup lukewarm water
3 1/2 cups unbleached flour
1 tsp table salt
5 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 cups finely chopped pepperoni (about 1/2 pound)
1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/4 tsp crumbled dried oregano
1 tsp coarse salt, or to taste

How to prepare

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment proof the yeast with the sugar in the water for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy, add the flour, the table salt, and 3 tbsp of the oil, and combine the dough well. With the dough hook knead the dough for 2 minutes, or until it is soft and slightly sticky. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead in the pepperoni, the pepper, and the oregano until they are incorporated thoroughly. Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to an oiled bowl, and turn it to coat it with the oil. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 1/2 hours, or until it is double in bulk. The dough may be made up to this point, punched down, and kept, covered and chilled, overnight. Let the dough return to room temperature before proceeding with the recipe. Press the dough evenly into an oiled jelly-roll pan, 15 1/2 by 10 1/2 by 1″, and let it rise, covered loosely, in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it is almost double in bulk. Dimple the dough, making 1/4″-deep indentations with your fingertips, brush it with the remaining 2 tbsp oil, and sprinkle it with the coarse salt. Bake the focaccia in the bottom third of a preheated 400

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Aloo gobi – spiced cauliflower

Ingredients

2 tsp oil
2 onions, sliced and fried
2 tsp sugar
2 tsp crushed red chile
1 large cauliflower divided into florets
1/2 lb tomatoes, peeled, seeded and coarsely chopped
1 cup plain yogurt
2 tsp cardamom powder
1/4 cup cream
chopped cilantro
salt to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil to low and add the sugar and allow it to brown. Add the cauliflower and mix well to coat with the caramel. Stir in the onions, salt, tomato and yogurt, and cook, covered, over low heat till the cauliflower is fork tender. Stir in cardamom and cilantro and cook 5 minutes more. Pour cream over top and serve. Serves: 4-6 heat scale: med

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Caldo Verde (Green Soup)

Ingredients

1 lb kale or collard greens
1/3 lb dried small white beans, soaked in water overnight and drained
3 med yellow onions, peeled and thinly sliced
1/2 cup olive oil
3 qts chicken stock
1/2 lb linguica (portuguese sausage) or kielbasa (polish sausage), sliced
1/2 lb potatoes, peeled and grated
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Remove the large ribs of the kale and slice the vegetable into very thin strips, as thin as possible. Place in a bowl of cold water for 1 hour. Drain well.
In a 8-qt soup pot saute the onions in the olive oil. Add the kale, Chicken Stock, and remaining ingredients, including the drained beans. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, covered. Taste for salt and pepper before serving.

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