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Shrimp in Poblano Sauce

September 24, 2018

Shrimp in Poblano Sauce with Spinach Polenta

  • 3 poblano peppers, seeded and cut in half
  • 3 green tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut in half
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup chicken broth

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Transfer the vegetables onto the sheet and drizzle olive oil. Sprinkle salt and pepper and roast for about 30 minutes until the peppers and onion are soft. Let cool and carefully take the pepper skins off. Place in a blender with the cilantro and broth. Blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound jumbo shrimp, deveined and shelled
  • Salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ½ cup half and half
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Heat a large saucepan with olive oil. Saute the shrimp on high heat for 30 seconds on each side. Take out and sprinkle with salt and smoked paprika. Add the blended sauce and sauté on medium heat for 5 to 6 minutes. Add the half and half and broth. Bring to a boil and add the shrimp. Cook on medium heat for just a few minutes till the shrimp are done- careful not to overcook. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro. Serve with fresh polenta.

Corn and Tomato Salsa with Steak Quesadillas

September 18, 2018

Corn and Tomato Salsa

  • 2 cups grilled corn (frozen from Trader Joes)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle in adobo sauce with chopped pepper if you want it spicy
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • Salt
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the corn, tomatoes, chipotle in adobo, lime juice, honey, salt, green onions and cilantro in a medium bowl. Mix well and let sit for at least half an hour. Serve with steak quesadillas.

Steak Quesadillas

  • 1 cup leftover steak pepper and onion mixture, chopped
  • ½ cup avocado crema
  • 1 cup shredded cheese (any kind)
  • 6 corn tortillas
  • 3 teaspoons extra light olive oil

Heat a non-stick pan and add one teaspoon oil. Add one tortilla and spread crema. Add a third cup of cheese and a third cup steak mixture on top of crema. Add the second tortilla on top and cook on both sides until golden brown – about 4 minutes each side on medium heat.
Serve with corn salsa and rice.

Corn and Toamto Salsa1

Latin Style Roast Chicken

September 11, 2018

Latin Roast Chicken1

  • One 4 to 5 pound whole chicken
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Zest and Juice of a Navel orange (save the oranges)
  • Zest of 1 Lemon (save the lemon)
  • 3 garlic cloves, mined
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons Mexican rub (or smoked paprika)
  • Salt

Mix the butter, zests, juice, garlic, salt and the rub in a small bowl. In the meantime, place the chicken in a roasting pan on a roasting rack. Spread the butter mixture on top and under the skin. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper inside the cavity as well as outside.

  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 yellow onions, sliced

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Pour the chicken broth at the bottom of the roasting pan. Add the sliced onion. Place the juiced orange and lemon into the cavity. Tie the chicken legs together and tuck the wings in. Roast the chicken until the dark meat registers 160 degrees F. Take the chicken out and cover with aluminum foil.

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour

Take the onions out and keep aside to serve with the chicken. Take the liquid out and get rid of excess fat. Heat the roasting pan on the stovetop and add the olive oil and the flour. Stir and cook the flour on medium heat for a minute and add liquid and orange juice. Bring to a boil and let the liquid thicken. Check for seasonings and serve on top of the sliced chicken and the onions.

Latin Roast Chicken

Steak with Nectarine Guacamole

August 28, 2018

A delicious play on regular guacamole…

  • 2 large Porterhouse steaks (between 1½ to 2 lbs each)
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • ½ cup cilantro
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic, cilantro, smoked paprika and salt into a mortar and pestle. Pound the mixture till the garlic and cilantro are mushy. Add the olive oil and mix well (you can process the mixture in a food processor as well). Marinate the steaks with the mixture in the fridge for 5 to 6 hours.

Grill the steaks according to desired doneness on an outdoor or indoor grill.

Nectarine Guacamole

  • 2 avocados, chopped
  • 1 white nectarine, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies, deseeded and chopped
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • Juice of one to two limes

Mix the avocados, nectarine, cilantro, chilies, smoked paprika, salt and lime juice in a medium bowl. Serve on top of the steak.

Steak and Mushroom Tacos

August 21, 2018

Another delicious summer recipe…

  • 1 pound skirt steak
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

Mix the salt, smoked paprika and garlic powder together. Sprinkle all over the steak and marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil plus more
  • 2 cup shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced thin
  • 1 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons chipotle in adobo sauce
  • Salt

Heat a wide frying pan with the olive oil. Brown the steak on both sides on high heat. Keep aside. Cut into bit sized pieces. Add the mushrooms and add more oil if needed. Saute on medium high heat for a minute. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes on medium high heat, stirring constantly. Deglaze with orange juice and scrape the bottom of the pan. Add the adobo sauce. Mix well. Add the steak pieces and heat through. Serve on top of corn tortillas.

Grilled Skirt Steak

August 20, 2018

 

  • 1 to 2 pound skirt steak

Marinade

  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Add the garlic, cumin, salt and smoked paprika into a mortar and pestle. Pound and crush the garlic and spices. Add the cilantro and continue to pound smooth. Add the lime juice and olive oil. Mix well and marinate the steak in a zip lock bag for 2 to 3 hours.

Grill the steak to desired doneness. Let it rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Serve with jicama salsa and guacamole.

Fresh Peach Salsa

August 7, 2018

Peach Salsa

    • 4 to 5 medium peaches, chopped into ¼ inch squares
    • 4 green onions, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • Juice of a large lime
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
    • 1 to 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Add the peaches, onions and garlic in a small bowl. Add the lime juice, honey, paprika, salt and cilantro. Mix well and keep aside for at least an hour before serving.