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Herbed Ricotta and Potato Gnocchi

July 15, 2018

This is my first try at making gnocchi at home. I am not a big fan of the potato variety.. so I decided to make them with ricotta and potato. I also added herbs and some Romano cheese. The result was absolutely delicious. I paired it with a simple marinara sauce….The trick to fluffy gnocchi is not over mixing and over kneading the dough…

  • 1 one pound russet potato
  • ½ cup whole milk ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup freshly ground Pecorino Romano
  • 1 cup plus more flour

Cook the potato till soft to the fork. Take the skin off and put the potato through a potato ricer into a bowl. Add the ricotta cheese, salt, pepper, nutmeg, thyme, chives, egg and cheese. Mix well. Gradually add the flour, one tablespoon at a time till the dough comes together and not sticky- try not to over knead the dough. Separate into four sections and roll each into ½ inch thick logs on a floured surface. With a knife, cut bite-sized gnocchis. Place on a floured cookie sheet and let sit for an hour. Make the sauce in the meantime.

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Marinara Sauce

  • 1 can San Marzano tomatoes (chopped or whole, if whole, crush them with fingers)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Heat the olive oil in a medium saucepan. Add the onion and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes. Taste for seasonings and add salt and pepper as necessary.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the gnocchi for 2 to 3 minutes or till they float to the surface. Serve with marinara sauce and freshly grated cheese

Quick Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves

July 9, 2018
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 2 inch pieces

Marinade

  • Juice of a large lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Marinate the chicken pieces with the lime juice, salt, coriander and cayenne pepper for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seeds, crushed
  • 10 to 12 curry leaves
  • 2 medium yellow onions, sliced
  • 1 serrano pepper, slice in half
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, grated
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with coconut oil. Add the fennel seeds, curry leaves, onion, Serrano pepper and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 inutes. Add the turmeric, coriander powder and a teaspoon of salt. Saute on medium heat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the chicken with the marinade and bring to a boil. Lower the heat to a simmer and cover with lid and cook for about 15 minutes. Take the lid off and let the chicken simmer on medium heat for another 5 to 6 minutes. Check for seasonings and garnish with garam masala and cilantro. Serve with rice and roti.

 

Channa Dal with Curry Leaves

July 8, 2018

2 tablespoons extra light olive oil

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, chopped

1 green chili, chopped

1 medium tomato, chopped

1 cup channa dal, rinsed and soaked in water

2 cups water

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

½ teaspoon turmeric

1 teaspoon garam masala

Juice of one lime

1 teaspoon ghee or oil

1 teaspoon cumin seeds

5 to 7 curry leaves

1 teaspoon garam masala

½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Heat a medium pressure cooker with the oil. Add the onion, garlic and chili. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the tomato and sauté for 2 minutes on medium heat. Drain the dal and add to the sautéed onion. Add the water, salt, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Bring to a boil and cook under pressure for 20 minutes. Take the lid off once the pressure has subsided. Continue to cook on medium heat. Add the  lime juice and check for seasonings.

In a small frying pan, add the ghee, cumin seeds and curry leaves. Cook on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes till the cumin seeds begin to sizzle. Transfer the cumin seeds and curry leaves to the cooking dal. Mix well and add the garam masala and fresh cilantro. Serve warm.

Spring Onion Cheese Burgers

July 2, 2018

We love, love burgers and this is a delicious one with yummy flavors of green onions and lots of herbs!

  • 1 pound grass fed ground beef
  •  3 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup parsley, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Place the herbs and green onions in a food processor. Process till smooth. Take out and transfer to a mixing bowl. Add the meat, egg and salt. Mix well and form 4 to 5 patties. Grill and top with cheese and serve on toasted buns.

Paneer Cheese Burgers with Cilantro Mayo

July 1, 2018

So, these are perfect for Meatless Mondays! I’ve been meaning to try vegetarian burgers and paneer (Indian cheese) is the perfect thing to use. I grated the cheese and added a lot of yummy flavorings, including, cilantro, mint and dill! So, go get paneer (usually at Whole Foods) or definitely at the Indian store and try these!

  • 1 pound paneer, grated
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup mint, chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves,
  • 1 cup grilled or regular frozen corn, chopped
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • Mix all the ingredients together and refrigerate it for an hour. Form 6 patties and keep aside.
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 6 slices cheddar cheese

Heat a large frying pan with the butter and olive oil. Brown the patties on both side on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes each. Place sliced cheese, cover with foil for a minute or two and serve on buns with slices of tomato,  arugula and cilantro mayo.

Cilantro Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup plain yogurt
  • Juice of half a lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped

Mix all the ingredients together and serve on buns with the burgers.

 

Greek Style Lamb Burgers with Olive Mayonnaise

June 26, 2018

This is a great recipe to make for the long weekend. It is not your typical burger. It is made with lamb and super flavorful. You can substitute beef or turkey if lamb is not preferred… and don’t forget to make those yummy fries from yesterday…

  • 2 pounds ground lamb
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup feta crumbles
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Process the oregano, parsley, shallot and garlic in a food processor. Add the mixture to a bowl with the ground lamb. Add the salt and feta and mix and keep for an hour (it can be marinated the night before as well).

Form into 6 patties and keep aside.

Olive Mayonnaise

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • ½ cup Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup olives, chopped fine
  • 1 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of half a lemon

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Keep aside.

  • 6 focaccia rolls

Grill the burgers and place them on toasted focaccia rolls. Add the olive mayo and serve with potatoes and a salad.

 

 

Korean Style Burgers with Spicy Coleslaw

June 25, 2018

Korean cuisine is currently my family’s favorite right now… amongst other Asian cuisines. We love all Asian cuisines but right now gochujang is always on my mind…

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 3 green onions, trimmed
  • 1/3 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 inch ginger, peeled
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang sauce
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg, beaten

Transfer the pork to a mixing bowl and keep aside. Transfer the green onions, cilantro, garlic and ginger to a food processor and process till chopped fine. Add to the ground meat. Add the gochujang, sesame oil, tamari, salt and egg. Mix well and refrigerate at least for an hour. Take out of fridge half an hour before making the burgers. Form into equal sized 4 to 5 patties and cook on stove or grill. Serve on ciabatta rolls topped with the spicy coleslaw.

Spicy Coleslaw

  • 2 cups mixed cabbage coleslaw mix
  • 1 jalapeno, deseeded and chopped
  • ¼ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons gochujang sauce
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon tamari
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Juice of a small lime

Mix the gochujang, mayonnaise, sesame oil, tamari, salt and lime juice in a medium bowl. Add the coleslaw mix, jalapeno and cilantro. Mix well and check for seasonings. Serve on top of burgers.