Posts Tagged ‘thyme

11
Dec
08

Mustard-Thyme Roast Chicken and Sauteed Carrots with Lemon and Marjoram

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02
Nov
08

Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce

Beef Stew in Red Wine Sauce

Yet another great Jacques Pepin recipe from Food and Wine.  All in all, the recipe was fantastic, came out very flavorful and rich.

I had to modify the recipe slightly because Lund’s grocery store surprisingly didn’t have a couple of the items I needed:  flatiron steak and pancetta. Here are the ingredient changes I made:

-Substituted sirloin for flatiron steak.
-Substituted thick-cut bacon for pancetta.

Following are the process changes I made:

-Cooked the meat in the wine in the oven for one hour instead of 1.5.  Still, it came out drier than I would have hoped.

-Cooked the bacon in the pan for the vegetables, then added the vegetables to the bacon when it was crispy.  Relied on the grease from the bacon drippings rather than adding olive oil.

I served this over white rice with crusty Italian peasant bread on the side, and garnished it with thyme sprigs.  One other thing – my husband hates mushrooms and I love them, so I kept them in the recipe and just didn’t put any on his plate. They do add a lot of flavor.  The wine I used in the stew was La Playa 2006 Merlot from the Colchagua Valley of Chile.

27
Oct
08

Chicken Stew with Apples and Bacon

I started out with this Chicken Stew with Cider and Parsnips recipe from Food and Wine.  I made quite a few changes, some based on ingredient availability, some based on preference.

Ingredient changes:

-Halved the quantities to make 2 servings instead of 4.

-Used 3 cut-up chicken breasts instead of thighs and drumsticks.

-Added 4 chopped strips of bacon to add flavor and prevent dryness since white meat was used instead of dark meat.

-Used chopped apples instead of parsnips because it’s what I had on hand.

-Used 1/2 cup white wine instead of apple cider because it’s what I had on hand.  I reduced the total amount of liquid by about 1/4 cup to account for using apples, which release some water as they cook.

-Added 1 clove of minced garlic and 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary.

Process changes:

-My first step was to cook the bacon in the stew pot until crispy.  I then removed it from the pan and used the drippings to brown the  chicken pieces, and then removed the chicken from the pan.

-Next, I cooked the onions, garlic, carrots and apples in the pan for 3-4 minutes before adding the liquid.  I think I should have let them cook a little longer at this stage, particularly the carrots.  They were still a little undercooked when the rest of the stew was ready.

-At this point I added the white wine and then the chicken broth, and the thyme and rosemary, and simmered the mixture for 10 minutes, then put the chicken and bacon back in, and cooked it in the oven for 10 minutes.  It could have done with more time for the vegetables to cook and the liquid to reduce a little more, but the chicken was done after ten minutes and I didn’t want it to be overcooked.

I served this over white rice.  The bacon added what the chicken breasts left wanting as far as flavor and richness.  This turned out to be a flavorful and satisfying meal.

23
Sep
08

Steak Frites with Shallot Pan Reduction and Sautéed Spinach

Steak Frites with Shallot Pan Reduction

This recipe came from Cooking Light.  I normally would have grilled the steak, but a huge rainstorm came through and I didn’t want to go out to the grill.  Perfect opportunity to try out this recipe.

I cooked the steak according to the recipe and it came out fine.  I substituted Cabernet Sauvignon for the brandy because that’s what I had on hand.  The steak would have been just as good if not better without the shallot pan reduction.  It really didn’t add much.

For the frites, I misted them with olive oil instead of cooking spray.  They came out pretty well, but stuck to the bottom of the pan somewhat.  They needed considerably more salt than the recipe called for. These are a great healthier version of fries since they’re oven-baked.

Sautéed Spinach

This recipe is from the Food Network. Since it also contains shallots, it’s a nice complement to the Steak Frites and is also a good way to be efficient with your ingredient list.

Wine

As mentioned in the notes accompanying the Cooking Light recipe, Cabernet Sauvignon is a great match for Steak Frites.  We went with Chateau St. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 2004.

22
Sep
08

Herb Roasted Chicken with Roasted Root Vegetables

Herb Roasted Chicken with a Mix of Roasted Baby Root Vegetables is an Emeril recipe from the Food Network.  The roasted vegetable recipe is one of my favorites, but this was my first time roasting a chicken.

Herb Roasted Chicken

I followed the recipe exactly to prepare the chicken and put the chicken in the pan breast-side up.  30 minutes in, I basted it with the pan juices.  The 3.5 pound chicken I used was done at 50 minutes instead of the hour called for.  A meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh read 165 degrees.  I let the chicken stand for 10 minutes as the recipe called for.  It turned out perfect – tender and very juicy with crispy golden brown skin.

Roasted Root Vegetables

I made a few modifications to the roasted vegetable recipe based on the availability of ingredients:

1) Used quartered red-skinned potatoes instead of fingerling potatoes.
2)  Used full-sized beets cut in one-inch cubes instead of baby beets and baby golden beets.  This was the first time I used beets in the recipe – I usually leave them out.  They tasted great, but gave all the other vegetables a reddish tinge.
3)  Used regular turnips cut into one-inch cubes instead of baby turnips.
4)  Added about ½ cup of red and yellow onions cut into thick slices and chopped into large chunks.  I’ve added onions to the recipe in the past and it gives the whole dish a great flavor.




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