Posts Tagged ‘cilantro

16
Nov
08

Antipasti and Herb Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

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Antipasti and Herb Salad with Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

This Food Network recipe for Antipasti Salad was my inspiration for this salad, but I revised it so much it should probably just be a new recipe.  I served this with as part of a tapas meal with Garlicky Shrimp with Olive Oil (Gambas al Ajillo).  The lemon-infused dressing was a really good contrast to the heavy garlic and olive-oil flavor of the shrimp – definitely a great combo.  The basis of this salad, pre-bagged herb salad, contains enough flavor with the inclusion of herbs such as dill, cilantro and parsley along with the lettuce that I kept the dressing very simple with just olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.

Antipasti and Herb Salad (2 servings)

½ 4 oz. bag of “Fresh Herb Salad” such as Earthbound Farms Organic

4 large artichoke hearts, drained well and chopped

1 small yellow heirloom tomato, chopped

½ orange pepper, chopped
1 shallot, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
1 oz. shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano

Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook chopped orange peppers over medium-high heat for approximately 5 minutes, until they begin to brown and soften.  Add shallots and balsamic vinegar to the skillet.  Reduce heat and cook until shallots are softened and balsamic vinegar is reduced, approximately 3-5 minutes.  Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.  Toss herb mix salad with artichoke hearts, orange pepper mixture and lemon-garlic vinaigrette.  Top with shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Lemon-Garlic Vinaigrette

1 clove of garlic, minced
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
juice of ½ lemon
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Whisk together ingredients and adjust oil-to-lemon-juice ration to taste.

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30
Sep
08

Barbara’s Brisket with Leek Latkes and Mama Grande’s Homemade Applesauce

My mother-in-law Barbara makes this incredible brisket for holiday meals.  If we can’t be at home with Matt’s family for the holidays, at least we can feel a little closer by eating the food we love.  We started this Rosh Hashanah meal with Matt’s favorite food ever — Barbara’s chicken soup with matzo balls.  We ate the soup with Challah.  Thankfully, the soup was the real thing since Barbara left some with us when she came to visit and it’s been waiting in the freezer for this special occasion.  That recipe is super double secret, but I will share her wonderful brisket recipe. I basically halved this recipe and cooked it for half as long because the brisket I used was a little under two pounds.  The brisket and the applesauce can both be made a day or more ahead of being served.

Barbara’s Brisket

4-5 lb. first or flat-cut brisket
3 large onions
1 clove garlic, crushed
¾ cup ketchup
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ cup water
3 bay leaves

Preheat oven to 325.  Slice onions and sauté in a little bit of oil until soft.  Remove from frying pan and sear brisket on both sides.  Season meat and rub with garlic.  Put into roasting pan with onions on top. Combine ketchup, brown sugar and water – pour over brisket.  Put bay leaves on top.  Cover tightly and bake at 325 for 3.5 to 4 hours.

Remove from oven.  Discard bay leaves.  Separate meat from gravy.  Mash gravy and onions through strainer. (I didn’t have a strainer, so only mashed up the onions somewhat.)  Refrigerate meat and gravy overnight.  Remove fat from meat and slice against the grain.  Combine with gravy after fat is removed.  To serve, reheat covered at 350 for 30 minutes.

Leek Latkes

Latkes are probably associated with Hanukkah more than Rosh Hashanah, but leeks are a traditional Rosh Hashanah food, so I thought I would try out this recipe from Tipuach Zahav (Golden Apple) restaurant in Tel Aviv.  The latkes turned out really well.  They’re not too heavy because they’re lightly fried on each side, not deep fried. These are very flavorful, with the cilantro especially standing out.  They’re also great little appetizers if you make the “mini” version described in the recipe.  The parmesan cheese can be omitted to make them non-dairy.

Mama Grande’s Homemade Applesauce

Applesauce is great with just about any kind of latke and this continues with the Rosh Hashanah apple theme.  Since I was a little girl, I’ve loved the homemade applesauce Mama Grande, my grandmother, makes with McIntosh apples from New York.   The recipe is very simple and can be frozen.

4 large McIntosh apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ cup water
3 tablespoons sugar

Cook apples and water in a saucepan over medium-low heat until apples are soft and the consistency you want in the applesauce.  Stir in sugar to taste – I used about 3 tablespoons in this batch.  Makes 4 servings.

We finished this meal with Apple Crisp.

26
Sep
08

Chicken Flautas

Another Las Cruces, NM favorite, named after their flute-like shape —  “flauta” means flute in Spanish.  This is a pretty cheesy intro, but I’m trying to add some local flavor for all you non-New Mexicans out there. This is a great way to use chicken you already have cooked.  These make a good appetizer or finger food for parties, too.

1 large cooked chicken breast, chopped
8 corn tortillas
¼ cup chopped onions
1 cup vegetable oil
Shredded Mexican cheese
16 toothpicks

Preheat oven to 400. Sautee onions until soft.  Add chicken breast and cook until warmed through.  Set aside a plate lined with paper towels for draining tortillas.  Heat vegetable oil on medium-high heat in a large pan until it bubbles when a tortilla is added.  Dip each tortilla in the hot oil until softened, about two seconds.  Remove and drain on paper towels.  Remove oil from heat.

To make flautas, place tortillas flat and fill with about 2 tablespoons of chicken. Some people like to add cheese within the flautas, but I like to sprinkle it on top like they do at La Posta in Mesilla, NM, one of my family’s favorite restaurants.  After filling flautas, roll tightly and secure with two toothpicks each.

Reheat oil on medium-high. Set aside a plate lined with paper towels for draining.  Fry flautas for 1-2 minutes on each side, until crispy.  They should be done enough to hold their shape when the toothpicks are removed.  Remove from oil and drain.

When all flautas are done, remove toothpicks.  Place flautas in an oven-safe dish.  Sprinkle with cheese and place in oven until cheese is melted, approximately 5 minutes.

Serve with salsa and garnish with sour cream and cilantro. These would be good served with Hot Mexican Rice.

I like to be efficient with ingredients I have on hand and left-overs.  Tonight I had a few items I wanted to use besides the chicken breast, including white rice, Tomatillo Salsa, and queso fresco.  I decided to serve the flautas with a couple other dishes as a buffet of Mexican (instead of Spanish) tapas, or small plates.  I made a chopped salad with lettuce, red peppers, apples, red onions and queso fresco, very similar to Chopped Salad with Zesty Lime-Dijon Dressing.  The other dish was white rice topped with tomatillo salsa (also known as salsa verde) and queso fresco.  To go put out some tortilla chips with Sadie’s salsa and tomatillo salsa.

24
Sep
08

Herbed Chicken Breasts with Tomatillo Salsa and Queso Fresco

Herbed Chicken Breasts with Tomatillo Salsa and Queso Fresco is another great Cooking Light Recipe.  If you don’t have time to make homemade salsa and breadcrumbs, store-bought can be substituted and it’s still good.  Also, if you can’t find queso fresco, feta works as a substitute.

For the chicken, I stuck with the recipe, but used chicken tenders.  This is also a good time-saver since you don’t have to pound out the chicken breasts and tenders cook faster anyway.

For the Tomatillo Salsa, I made a couple of changes.  I used two Roasted Green Chiles instead of the one called for in the recipe, and added a little extra lime juice.

When I took the salsa out of the food processor and tasted it, it was missing something in terms of depth of flavor.  I think it needed more garlic from the outset.  I added a dash or two each of garlic powder and cumin and that really helped.

I like to serve this with Hot Mexican Rice and garnish it with lime wedges and cilantro.  Warm flour tortillas on the side are great for soaking up extra salsa and cheese.  The tomatillo salsa or “salsa verde” tastes great on its own with chips.

17
Sep
08

Huevos Rancheros with Hash Browns

Huevos Rancheros (Country-Style Eggs) are a New Mexico favorite and are rumored to have great hangover-curing powers.   The sauce can be made ahead and stored – just add a little bit of water when you reheat it.  I could see using this sauce on top of grilled chicken or steak with some cheese, or in a hot flour tortilla with cheese.  This recipe makes four servings.

Sauce

1 cup chopped onion
2 large garlic cloves, minced
2 cups canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup chopped roasted green chile
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon vinegar
salt and pepper
fresh lime juice and wedges and cilantro (optional)

Cook onions and garlic in a large skillet until soft.  Add other ingredients. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer approximately 15 minutes.  Just before serving, a squeeze of fresh lime juice and chopped cilantro can be added.

Eggs and Tortillas

8 corn tortillas
8 eggs
¼ cup cooking oil
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup shredded Colby Jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Set aside an oven-safe dish for tortillas and put paper towels in the bottom for draining. Cover the bottom of a sauce pan with cooking oil and heat on medium-high until bubbly.  Dip tortillas one-by-one into the hot oil, just for a few seconds, until softened.  Put the tortillas into the dish, layering with additional paper towels as needed and then put the dish in the oven to stay warm.

Pour out excess oil in the pan so that just a couple tablespoons remain. Reduce heat to medium.  Add a teaspoon or two of butter and let it melt in the pan.  Fry eggs two at a time (or however many will fit in your pan).  Spoon some of the oil/butter mixture over the eggs whites to help them cook evenly. Add more butter to the pan as needed. The frying usually takes around two minutes.  I like to leave the yolks soft.

Assemble plates by putting two slightly overlapping corn tortillas on each plate.  Put two fried eggs on each plate on top of the tortillas.  Sprinkle shredded cheese on top of the eggs.  Spoon sauce over the whole thing.  Garnish with a lime wedge and cilantro spring.  I also like serving this with a plate of warm flour tortillas – they’re great for soaking up extra sauce and the liquid of the eggs.  You can wrap some in foil and put them in the oven while the corn tortillas are warming.

Hash Browns

12-15 small red-or-white skinned potatoes, cooked, with skin on
¼ cup chopped onions
2 tablespoons butter
Salt and pepper

I used the leftover potatoes from last night’s Grilled Potato and Shallot Packages.  Left over baked or boiled potatoes work well, too.

Chop up cooked potatoes and mix with onions.  Melt one tablespoon of butter in a pan on medium-high heat.  Add potato and onion mixture.  Allow potatoes to brown on one side before turning (usually about 10 minutes).  Turn potatoes and add more butter.  Season with salt and freshly-ground pepper.  Cook until potatoes are evenly golden brown on the outside and onions are soft.

03
Sep
08

Quick Tacos and Hot Mexican Rice

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