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Mexican Style Turkey Breast with Ancho Chili

November 19, 2017

Compound Butter

  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Zest of one orange
  • Zest of one lemon
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Mix the butter with orange and lemon zest, garlic and salt.

Spice Rub

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon acho chili powder

Mix all the spices together and set aside.

  • 1/2 cup Chili Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 7 to 10 pound turkey breast
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 orange, cut into eight pieces
  • 1 lemon, cut into eight pieces
  • 2 cups turkey or chicken broth
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Have your gravy ready either the day before or the morning of. Transfer it to a large saucepan and keep aside.

Preheat convection oven to 325 degreed F.

Place the turkey onto a rack in a roasting pan. Turn the turkey over and place the cut up orange and lemon inside the cavity. Sprinkle salt and pepper liberally and turn it breast side facing up. Loosen the skin and carefully spread half the compound butter. Spread the rest all over the skin. Sprinkle the spice rub all over the top. Pour the broth to the bottom of the roasting pan. Keep aside.

With a brush add the chili barbecue sauce (recipe below) all over the turkey. Roast the turkey glazing every 15 minutes. Roast till internal temperature reaches 158 to 160 degrees F. Take out of the oven and place onto a platter and cover with foil to rest for at least 20 minutes. While the turkey is resting, take the drippings from the bottom of the pan and pour them into a small glass bowl. Let the fat separate, remove from top and pour the liquid into the prepared gravy and bring to a boil. Check for seasonings and heat the gravy through. Serve with the turkey.

Chili Barbecue Sauce

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 shallot, minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 dried ancho chilies, stems and seeds discarded and cut into ½ inch pieces

1 14 ounces can diced tomatoes with chilies

½ cup red wine vinegar

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce

Juice and zest of 3 clementines

1 to 2 teaspoons salt

Heat a medium saucepan with the olive oil. Add the shallot and garlic. Saute on medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the ancho chilies, tomatoes, vinegar, sugar, Worcestershire sauce, zest, juice and salt. Bring to a boil and simmer on a low flame for about 20 minutes. Take off heat and transfer to a blender and blend till a smooth sauce is formed. Check for seasonings and take out into a small bowl.

 

 

Vietnamese Style Chicken

November 14, 2017
  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, boneless and skinless

 

  • ¼ cup tamari
  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro, stems and leaves separated
  • 1 inch fresh ginger, grated
  • 3 garlic cloves, grated
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon corn starch mixed in with 2 teaspoons water
  • Peanut oil for grilling
  • 1/3 cup chopped peanuts

Add the tamari, fish sauce, brown sugar, cilantro stems, ginger, garlic, lime zest and juice and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Mix well. Place the chicken in a zip lock bag and add the marinade and marinate for 2 to 3 hours in the fridge. Take chicken out of the bag, pat dry and keep aside. Transfer the marinade to a small saucepan, bring to a boil and add the corn starch sauce. Bring to another boil, taste for seasonings and keep aside.

Heat the grill on high to preheat to at least 500 degrees. Turn heat down to medium. Drizzle the chicken pieces with some peanut oil and place on the hot grill and wait 3 to 4 minutes or until grill marks form. Turn the thighs and grill on medium heat for 5 to 7 minutes with the lid on. Once the chicken is cooked through, transfer to a platter and garnish with cilantro leaves and chopped peanuts.

Quick Chicken Curry with Curry Leaves

November 13, 2017
  • 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.

 

Portuguese Style Chicken with Saffron and Peppers

October 30, 2017
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 large sweet red peppers, cored, seeded and cut into strips
  • 3 to 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • ½ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 cup crushed tomatoes
  • Salt
  • Pepper

1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Heat a wide skillet with the butter over high heat. Sprinkle salt and pepper on the chicken breasts and transfer them to the pan and cook over medium heat until lightly golden brown, about 4 minutes. Turn the pieces, reduce the heat and cook on the other side for another 4 minutes or till almost done- do not overcook. Transfer the chicken to a platter and keep aside.

Add the olive oil to the same skillet and cook the onion, peppers and garlic over medium heat, about 3 minutes. Take out of the pan and keep aside. Deglaze the pan with the orange juice and chicken broth and scrape the bottom with a wooden spatula. Add the saffron and crushed tomatoes. Bring to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pepper and onion mixture back to the pan and cook for a minute. Add the chicken back to the pan and simmer for another 2 to 3 minutes to finish cooking the chicken. Check for seasonings and garnish with parsley.

Modified from New York Times

Greek Style Chicken and Cauliflower Stew with Bread Crumbs

October 23, 2017
  • 1 small cauliflower, broken into small florets
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Sprinkle of salt
  • Preheat oven to high broil.

Transfer the cauliflower florets onto a lined cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt. Broil on high for 5 to 10 minutes, turning the florets over after 5 minutes so they are golden brown all over. Keep aside.

  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil + more
  • 4 to 6 chicken thighs, boneless, skinless, cut in half
  • Salt
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons, parsley stems, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon, dill stems, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 bottle tomato pasata (tomato puree)
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup kalamata olives, pitted and sliced

Heat a heavy saucepan with the olive oil. Add the chicken pieces, sprinkle some salt and brown in two batches, turning once. Take the chicken out and add more olive oil if needed. Add the onion, garlic, parsley and dill stems. Saute on medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add the red wine vinegar, tomato sauce and cinnamon. Let cook and come to a boil and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the chicken pieces and let simmer with lid on for 15 minutes. Take the lid off and add the olives cooked cauliflower. Simmer for another 5 to 7 minutes. Check for seasonings and serve with a garnish of breadcrumbs.

Bread Crumb Topping

  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/3 cup fresh dill, chopped
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Zest of one lemon
  • ¼ cup pine nuts, chopped

Heat a small pan with the oil. Add the bread crumbs and garlic and sauté on medium low heat for 5 minutes. Turn heat off and transfer the bread crumbs to a medium bowl. Let cool. Add the dill, parsley, lemon zest and nuts to the bowl. Mix well and serve the stew with a sprinkling of the bread crumb mixture.

 

 

A Restaurant Classic – Chicken Tikka Masala

October 16, 2017

Another staple for Diwali dinner… yum!

  • 2 pounds boneless skinless thighs, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 5-6 wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least an hour
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 2 inches fresh ginger

Process the garlic and ginger into a paste and add to a medium sized bowl.

  • ½ cup non-fat greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons half and half
  • 1 teaspoon red food coloring (optional)
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon coriander powder
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped
  • ½ cup raw cashews, ground

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Preheat broiler on high.

Add the yogurt, half and half, food coloring, lemon juice, coriander powder, salt, garam masala, cilantro and cashews into the bowl with the ginger and garlic. Mix well and add the chicken pieces. Marinate over night or at least two to three hours.
Take out the pieces out of the marinade and place them evenly onto the skewers. Broil on a broiling pan on high for 5 to 6 minutes on both sides or till the chicken is golden brown. Take the chicken out of the skewers and keep aside.
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  • 3 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons minced ginger
  • 2 cans (14 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • ¼ cup half and half
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 teaspoons coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 3 tablespoons dried fenugreek
  • ½ cup cilantro, chopped

In a large saucepan, heat the olive oil and add the cumin seeds on medium high heat. Saute for a minute and add the ginger and garlic. Saute for another minute and add the tomato sauce. Add the milk, half and half, sugar, salt, coriander powder and garam masala. Mix well and add half of the chicken pieces (the rest can be used for another recipe). Bring the sauce to a boil and simmer on low heat for 10 minutes. Add the fenugreek and fresh coriander. Check for seasonings.
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Bolognese Garlic Bread Sandwiches

October 10, 2017

I watched Rachel Ray make these on her show and loved the idea. I changed up the recipe a bit and added mushrooms to make the dish healthier. I also jazzed up the ricotta cheese. These sandwiches were absolutely delicious. My daughter gave them two thumbs up!

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped pancetta
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 5 ounces Cremini mushrooms, grated
  • 2 medium shallots, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1 small bunch, thyme
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 cup tomato sauce, preferably home made
  • 2 cups milk
  • Salt

Heat the olive oil in a saucepan. Add the pancetta and sauté for a minute or two. Add the ground turkey and separate the meat with the back of a wooden spoon. Saute on high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Add the mushrooms, shallots, garlic and thyme. Saute on high heat for another 3 to 4 minutes. Add the tomato paste and sauté for a minute. Add the tomato sauce, milk and salt. Bring to a boil and lower to a simmer with the lid on. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes or till the meat is cooked through. Take the lid off and check for seasonings. Keep aside.

Ricotta Topping

  • 1 cup full fat ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, grated
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Place the olive oil, garlic and parsley in a small frying pan. Heat over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes- just enough time to cook the garlic without browning. Add salt and let cool. Add to the ricotta, mix well and keep aside.

  • 4 ciabatta rolls
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Add the garlic, oil and salt to a small frying pan. Cook on a very low heat for 5 to 10 minutes, making sure the garlic doesn’t get brown. Take off the heat and drizzle the garlic mixture all over the four rolls. Toast in the oven until fragrant and golden brown. Take out and assemble the sandwiches. Place about half a cup of the ground meat. Top with ricotta mixture and serve.