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Faux Tandoori Chicken – A small batch

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Because no one I know has an actual Tandoori oven.

2 chicken breasts (or four thighs if you’d prefer)

Wet rub
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1/2 teaspoon paprika
pinch of salt

Combine and set aside

Marinade
1/4 cup whole milk yogurt
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
1 teaspoon grated garlic
1/2 teaspoon chili powder (or to taste)
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon prepared curry or garam masala
1/2 teaspoon coriander
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
pinch of salt

Combine and set aside

Divide the breast meat into 4 even pieces
cut deep slits into the chicken
coat the meat with the wet rub, be sure to get it into the slits

Place the coated chicken into the marinade
coat well
cover and refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours

Preheat to 425°F

Line a baking sheet with foil
over the foil place a grill rack
put the chicken on the rack, making sure leave space around the pieces

Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on the thickness of each breast

Turn on the broiler
brown the chicken for 5 minutes or until well browned

June 26, 2017 at 8:30 pm Leave a comment

Spicy Thai Style Shrimp Salad – A small batch

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Dressing
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons fish sauce
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon garlic-chili sauce

Mix all ingredients together and set aside

1/2 pound large shrimp, cleaned and cooked
2 cups thinly sliced assorted vegetables
(cucumber, carrot, bell pepper, avocado, tomato, shallot)

Combine the ingredients
toss with dressing

Garnish with a drizzle of peanut sauce, chopped peanuts, mint, and or cilantro
serve over rice or rice noodles

 

June 20, 2017 at 9:41 pm Leave a comment

Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake – A small batch

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This recipe is perfect for cleaning out your fridge. The ingredient list offered is what I found buried in mine, but most are interchangeable with your favorites, or whatever you have on hand.

3/4 cup uncooked pasta, prepared
1 cup tomato sauce
1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella
3/4 cup pepperoni slices
1 cup sliced mushroom
1/2 cup sliced bell pepper
1 bag baby spinach
1/2 cup diced onion
1 grated clove garlic
1 hamburger patty
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350°F

On the stove top saute the ground meat
add onions, bell pepper, spinach, garlic, and mushrooms
add seasoning
allow to saute and brown

In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together
reserve 1/2 cup of cheese and a dozen slices of pepperoni for the top
pour into an oven-proof casserole or skillet
add cheese and pepperoni slices
bake for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly
the top should get crispy and brown

June 19, 2017 at 9:02 pm Leave a comment

Dutch Baby – A small batch

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1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
powdered sugar
a small oven-safe skillet

Place the skillet in the oven while it preheats to 425°F

Combine the flour, milk, eggs, sugar, vanilla, and salt in a bowl
let the batter rest 20 minutes, giving the flour time to absorb the liquid

Melt the butter in the hot skillet after removing from the preheated oven
swirl the pan to melt the butter and coat the bottom and sides of the pan

Pour the batter into the buttered pan, swirling the pan so the batter coats the bottom evenly

Place the skillet back in the oven
bake until the Dutch baby is puffed, lightly browned across the top, and darker brown on the sides and edges, 15 to 20 minutes

Serve hot, dusted with powdered sugar, and cut into wedges
or serve with maple syrup, fruit, or jam

May 22, 2017 at 6:48 pm Leave a comment

Red Lentil Dal

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The original recipe came from The New York Times by Nigella Lawson. I didn’t feel the need to reduce the amounts for my usual small batch, I’m looking forward to leftovers. But I did change a few ingredients and or measurements. And I used a pressure cooker to speed up cooking time, while Nigella’s version is done on the stove top.

2 tablespoon vegetable oil or ghee
1 medium onion, diced
1 medium sweet potato, diced (or a cup of diced butternut squash)
1 inch fresh ginger, grated
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 generous squirt of sriracha (or not)
1 – 1 1/2 cups dry red lentils
1/2 teaspoon prepared curry
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
2 tomatoes, diced (or canned as the original recipe states, or even tomato sauce)
salt and pepper
4 cups water or stock (I did half and half)
1/2 can of coconut milk (be sure to shake the can before opening to combine the milk with the fat)

Sauté onion over a medium-low flame until softened
add sweet potato, and sauté for about 5 minutes
add fresh ginger and garlic, stir to combine
reduce heat to low

Add lentils and dry seasoning to the pot
stir until lentils are well coated
add tomatoes and water
cover, raise heat to bring to a boil, then reduce heat until mixture is at a fast simmer
cook for 12-15 minutes (double the time for stove top version)

Once the main cooking time is complete, release the pressure from the cooker
stir in coconut milk and season to taste with salt and pepper

stir vigorously to combine and break up the lentils and sweet potatoes
if the dal is to thick, add more water or stock
if it’s too loose, cook uncovered to reach desired consistency

Garnish with cilantro and shredded coconut.

Some of the comments mentioned adding baby spinach. I may do that for the next batch.

May 4, 2017 at 4:16 pm Leave a comment

Deconstructed Stuffed Cabbage

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I love stuffed cabbage, but who has the time, am I right!? This recipe is based on one for the Instant Pot and is super simple. I used a pressure cooker instead, but it can also be done in a Dutch oven, just double the cooking time.

1 pound ground beef, browned and drained
1 onion, diced
1 garlic clove, minced
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon ketchup
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon paprika
salt
pepper
1 cup stock
1/4 cup water
1 cup cooked rice
1 small to medium cabbage, chopped
oil for sauteing

Saute the onions and garlic until almost brown
throw in the rest of the ingredients
toss until well combined
cover and cook for 20 minutes in a pressure cooker

Season to taste and serve.

February 23, 2017 at 9:18 pm Leave a comment

Meat Loaf – A small batch

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1/2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground pork
1/4 cup grated onion
1 clove garlic, grated
1/4 cup bread crumbs (fresh or dried)
1 egg, beaten
salt and pepper
1/4 cup ketchup + 2 tablespoons reserved for glazing
1 tablespoon mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
a splash of Worcestershire sauce or soy sauce

Preheat the oven to 375°F

Saute the onions and garlic until translucent

Combine all the ingredients, except the reserved ketchup, in a large bowl

Place the meat mixture on a rimmed baking sheet, that is foil-lined and greased
form into a loaf (I don’t like using a loaf pan, because the meat loaf just swims in its own grease while cooking)

Bake for 30 minutes
spread the top of the meat loaf with the remaining ketchup
and bake at 400°F for an additional 15 minutes to brown the top

Remove from the oven and let rest for a bit before serving

November 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm Leave a comment

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