Friday, April 29, 2011

Mexican-Style Rice – Microwave Method

First prepared April 12, 2008. Approximates the rice dish served in Mexican restaurants.
1 c medium-grain rice
1 T vegetable oil
3/4 t tsp salt
2 c chicken stock
1/4 c prepared tomato salsa
1 t ground cumin
2 T dried onion flakes
1/4 t granulated garlic
Combine the rice, oil, and salt in a deep, microwavable container. Microwave uncovered on full power (1250 watts) for 2 minute. Stir in the remaining ingredients. Loosely cover and microwave on high for 6 minutes, and then on #3 power for 10 minutes more.   Fluff, re-cover, and let steam for 15 minutes before serving. Serves 4.

Crab Cakes

As prepared in Margaux's, Raleigh, NC. Their recipe was published 2004 in the Raleigh News & Observer in response to a reader's request. Prepared and revised over the years by DrDaddy.
1 lb backfin crab meat
2 oz saltine crackers (whole wheat, if available)
2 large eggs
2 T mayonnaise
1 T Dijon mustard
2 T light cream
1/4 t Worcestershire sauce
2 dashes Louisiana hot sauce
1 t Old Bay® seasoning
1/2 c green onions, finely sliced
dry bread crumbs or matzoh meal for coating crab cakes
canola oil for frying
Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Crush saltines in a plastic bag by hand until finely crumbled. In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, mayonnaise, mustard, cream, Worcestershire sauce, pepper sauce and Old Bay. Whisk until smooth. Stir in the green onions and fold in crab meat and cracker meal gently so that the mixture just holds together. Add more a bit more cream if too dry. Chill until ready to fry the cakes.   
Shape 1/3 cup of the crab mixture into an oblong cake.  Press firmly to hold together. Gently coat both side in dry crumbs. This will yield 10 to 12 cakes. Add 1/4 inch oil to a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat (325 degrees F.). When the oil is hot, carefully lower each cake into the hot fat. Do batches of four cakes, frying about 2 minutes on one side, and about 1 minute on the second side. Accumulate the cakes on layers of paper towels in the warm oven in a baking pan. Offer a fresh tomato salsa, tartar sauce, and lemon wedges as condiments.
Variation: Minced raw catfish can substitute quite nicely but will need longer cooking.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Roast Meat Stewed with Onions and Garlic in Salsa Verde

First prepared May 23, 2005. Last modified April 8, 2007.
2 medium or 1 large yellow onion, coarsely diced
2 T garlic, finely minced
2 c roast or grilled meat, cubed (e.g., roast pork, beef, chicken, turkey, lamb)
16 oz jar salsa verde (Herdez™ is good)
1 t Mexican oregano
1 t ground cumin
1 t salt
2 T vegetable oil

Brown onion in oil. Add garlic, cook lightly, and add meat. Brown the meat-onion mixture well. Add the seasonings and salsa. Lower heat, cover, and simmer until meat is very tender, about 90 minutes. Stir occasionally, and replace any water lost by evaporation. Serves 4 to 6, as part of a multi-course meal. Warm tortillas are a must on the side. Mexican-style rice, refried beans, salad — that's eating!  
VariationsAdd a 10 ounce can of diced tomatoes with mild green chilies (Rotel™ is good). Or, substitute prepared salsa casera for salsa verde.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Crispy Oven-Roast Potatoes

Prepared April 20, 2011 as a side with grilled sirloin strips.
2 large russet potatoes, scrubbed and dried
3 to 4 T olive oil
approx. 1/4 c General Purpose Breader
Cut each potato lengthwise into 8 to 12 wedges. Toss thoroughly with oil in an 8x8 inch dark metal baking pan. Sprinkle on the breader and mix to coat thoroughly. Roast 30 minutes in a 425 degree F toaster oven, turning once. Add more breader or oil as needed during roasting.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Chimichurri Sauce

Created April 8, 2011 by Laura for use with pan-grilled rib lamb chops. The herbs come from her garden. Other mild aromatic herbs, as available, can be used.
1/4 c flat leaf parsley
1 T fresh thyme
1-1/2 T garlic, minced
about 1 T olive oil
3 t fresh mint
1/8 t crushed red pepper
3 T fresh oregano
2 T shallot, finely chopped
2 t red wine vinegar
2 t lemon juice
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Saute the garlic and shallot is 1 T of oil in a small sauce pan. Finely chop the parsley, thyme, mint, and oregano. Heat for a few minutes over moderate heat to bloom the herbs. Serve on the side with grilled beef or lamb.

Monday, April 4, 2011

Potato Frittata

Developed and prepared February 4, 2007.
1/2 lb pork sausage
2 T canola oil
2 T low-fat soft margarine
20 oz pkg frozen red potato wedges, thawed
1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1/2 green pepper, coarsely chopped
paprika, salt and pepper to taste
1/2 t thyme
1/4 t crushed red pepper
1/4 c minced fresh parsley
6 large eggs
1/2 c milk
In a large non-stick skillet, brown the sausage, remove and drain. Discard the fat. Melt margarine and oil over medium heat, and add the potatoes, peppers and onions. Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Cook until potatoes are browned and the vegetables are soft. Add the sausage and herbs and mix well.
Whisk the eggs and milk together until very frothy, and pour egg mixture over the other ingredients. Cover and lower heat. Pan bake until cooked through, about 10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with a tomato salsa.
Makes a good brunch or dinner dish. Serves 4 to 8.