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Chili Verde

January 27, 2020

Great recipe for the big game!

  • 4 to 5 medium tomatillos, cleaned and cut in half
  • 2 ancho chilies, cut in half and deseeded
  • 3 garlic cloves, with skin on
  • Drizzle of olive oil
  • Salt
  • 1 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 4 to 5 green onions, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place all the ingredients onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle the olive oil and bit of salt. Roast for about 30 to 40 minutes till the vegetables are soft. Let cool and slide the skin off the ancho chilies. Place in a blender with cilantro and green onions and blend till smooth. Keep aside.

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried Mexican oregano
  • 1 pound dark meat ground turkey
  • 1 can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 to 2 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • Squeeze of lime

Heat a large saucepan with the oil. Add the chili powder and oregano. Saute for 30 seconds over medium heat. Add the ground meat and sauté over high heat, separating the meat with a wooden spoon. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until the meat is golden brown. Add the beans, tomatillo sauce and 1 cup broth. Bring to a boil, add some salt and simmer on a medium heat covered for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and continue cooking on simmer for another 15 minutes. Add more broth if needed. Check for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and lime. Serve with corn bread.

 

Mushroom and Bean Chili with Mushroom Quinoa

January 26, 2020
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 10 ounces cremini mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 1 5 ounces shiitaki mushrooms, cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro stems, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons dill stems, chopped
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 medium red pepper, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds, crushed
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, homemade or store bought
  • 1 can red beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2 cups mushroom broth
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Heat a saucepan with 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon oil. Add the mushrooms and sauté on medium high heat for 4 to 5 minutes or till the mushrooms are golden brown. Take out with a slotted spoon and keep aside. Reheat the pan and add the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the cilantro stems, dill stems, onion, garlic, red pepper, cumin seeds and chili powder. Saute on medium heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato sauce and sauté for another 5 minutes on medium heat. Add the beans, mushroom broth and salt. Simmer covered for 20 minutes. Take the lid off and add the mushrooms. Take for seasonings and garnish with cilantro and dill. Serve with mushroom quinoa.

Mushroom Quinoa

  • 1 cup white quinoa, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups mushroom broth
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Heat a small saucepan with the oil and add the rinsed quinoa. Saute on medium high heat for 2 minutes. Add the mushroom broth and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer till the moisture has evaporated on the surface. Cover with lid and lower the heat and cook for another 10 to 15 minutes or till the quinoa is cooked through.

 

Easy Guacamole

January 13, 2020

Easy Guacamole

I have loads of guacamole recipes on this blog. I love guacamole and it doesn’t take much time or effort to make your own- homemade is a lot yummier than the store bought variety. Try it this year.. especially with the delicious tacos…

  • 4 to 5 avocados, cut in half and scooped out
  • Juice of 2 large limes
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Transfer the scooped out avocados into a medium bowl. Add the lime juice, cilantro, garlic and salt. Mix well and serve!

Super Easy Tomato Salsa

January 12, 2020

Super Easy Tomato Salsa

This salsa has a bit of a kick to it. If you are not inclined to eat spicy food, go ahead and eliminate the chilies. I had these yummy looking, red, Thai chilies in my fridge that were calling my name. Foot ball food screams spicy, flavorful foods and this one delivers. It is perfect on the delicious tacos as well as accompanied by some tortilla chips…either way, it is a winner!

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 2 serrano chilies, chopped
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • Juice of one lime
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Transfer the tomatoes, shallot, chilies, cilantro, garlic, lime juice, salt and olive oil to a medium bowl. Mix well and let sit for an hour before serving.

Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup with a Smoked Paprika Cranberry Compote

November 26, 2019

This soup has yummy Latin flavors and it can be a great addition to a fabulous holiday menu…

  • 4 to 5 medium sweet potatoes, skin pierce with a fork

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Place the sweet potatoes on a cookie sheet and roast till cooked, about half an hour to forty minutes. Take out and let cool. Take the skin off and roughly chopped.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon roasted cumin seeds, crushed in a mortar and pestle
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 chipotle pepper, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • Salt
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • ¼ cup milk
  • Zest of a lime
  • Juice of half a lime

Heat a heavy saucepan and add the olive oil. Add the roasted cumin seeds and sauté for 20 seconds on medium heat. Add the onion and garlic. Saute for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the sweet potatoes, chipotle pepper, brown sugar and chicken broth. Bring to a boil and simmer for 20 minutes. Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth. Transfer back to the saucepan and add the half and half and milk. Mix well and add salt. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes and turn the heat off. Add the lime zest and juice. Mix well and check for seasonings.
Serve the soup with a dollop of compote.

Smoked Paprika and Cranberry Compote

  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • ¼ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

Bring the cranberries, orange juice, zest, smoked paprika, salt and brown sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan. Simmer, covered for about ten minutes or till the cranberries burst open. Check for seasonings and cook uncovered for another two to three minutes. Turn heat off and add the cilantro.

Manchego and Smoked Paprika Mashed Potatoes

November 21, 2019
  • 4 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into small squares
  • Salt
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ¾ to 1 cup half and half
  • 2 cups shredded Manchego cheese, grated
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Pepper
  • ½ cup green onion, chopped

Add the cut potatoes to a deep pot and cover with water. Add at least 2 tablespoons salt and the garlic cloves. Place a lid on the potatoes and bring to a boil. Uncover and cook until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes. Drain potatoes and garlic and put them through a food mill and add back to the hot pot. Add butter, half and half and smoked paprika. Check for seasonings, add pepper. Transfer to a serving bowl and let cool all the way. Add the grated cheese and mix well. At this point, the potatoes can be refrigerated and made at least a day in advance. Once ready to bake, take out of fridge at least 30 minutes in advance. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or till heated through. Garnish with green onions and cilantro.

Tamarind Glazed Turkey

November 18, 2019

If you are looking for a super flavorful turkey this Thanksgiving- this is the recipe for you. It has a bit of Latin flair to it and it is delicious!!

  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon tamarind concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons orange zest
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

Add the broth, orange juice, tamarind concentrate, orange zest, brown sugar, salt and smoked paprika to a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes till it is reduced to 1 cup and thick and syrupy.

Compound Butter

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Zest of 2 navel oranges
  • Pepper

Mix the butter, salt, garlic, zest and pepper in a small bowl until everything is incorporated well.

  • 2 to 3 cups chicken stock
  • 2 5 to 6 pounds turkey breasts
  • 12 carrots
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the carrots at the bottom of a roasting pan. Add the chicken stock and place the rack into the pan. Place the turkey on to the rack. Salt and pepper the cavity and stuff with leftover oranges. Spread the compound butter under the skin, spreading it well all over. Salt and pepper the outside generously and spread the glaze all over the bird. Roast till the temperature inside the bird reaches 165 degrees F. Take out and place onto the cutting board and cover with foil. Take the carrots out and pour the juices into a measuring cup. Skim the fat off the top and pour the liquid to the prepared gravy. Taste for seasonings. Slice the turkey and serve with hot gravy.

Make Ahead Gravy

  • 4 cups homemade or store bought turkey stock
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Pepper

In a large frying pan, heat the butter and add the shallot and garlic. Saute for a minute over medium heat. Add the flour and turn the heat to medium high heat, stirring constantly. Cook the flour for at least 10 minutes or till it turns chocolate brown. Slowly add the stock, whisking vigorously at the same time. Bring to a boil and check for seasonings. Add salt and pepper accordingly. Once the turkey is done, add the drippings to the gravy and reheat.