Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Potato Puff Tuneup

Coarse semolina and oil add extra crispness.

7 oz (200 g) frozen potato puffs (Alexia™ is good)
1 T vegetable oil
1 t onion powder
1 T coarse semolina
Preheat toaster oven to 425 F. Place puffs in toaster-oven pan and thaw 30 minutes at room temperature. Drizzle on the oil and spread by causing the potato puffs to roll around. Next, dust with the onion powder and repeat the rolling motion. Finally, sprinkle on the semolina and roll the potatoes to coat evenly. Roast 15 minutes. Shake the puffs and roast another 5 minutes. Serves two. May be doubled but don't crowd pan.

Monday, May 17, 2021

Pan-Grilled Stuffed Pita

Grilled Pita 
Developed April, 2021. A quick, warm breakfast, crisp on the outside, soft and smooth on the inside. H/T Dan Sousa for scissors tip.

1 pita loaf
1/4 c hummus
1 tsp olive oil
pinch of kosher salt
pinch of granulated garlic

Trim off the rim of the pita with a scissors, leaving an inch intact to act as a hinge. Carefully open up the pita. Spread hummus on one side, leaving the outer half-inch bare. Press the other half firmly in place. Heat a small skillet over medium and add half the oil. When hot, place the stuffed pita in the skillet. Drizzle the remaining oil on the top and fry for about two minutes until the bottom is lightly browned and crisp. Flip the pita, season with the salt and garlic, and fry another two minutes. Cut into quarters with a sharp knife. Serves one. Variation: Cut into six or eight pieces as a hot appetizer.

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Rajas Quesadillas

Developed May, 2020. Easy, fast, cheap, and filling. 


3 T vegetable oil: divided
1 large green pepper, sliced into strips
1 large jalapeƱo, seeded and diced
1 cup white or yellow onion, thinly sliced through the poles
1 medium tomato, chopped
1 t ground cumin
1/4 t crushed red pepper
1 t oregano
1 t salt
Assembly & Finish
2/3 c shredded Mexican cheese blend
1/3 c queso cotija or pecorino Romano
1/4 c chopped cilantro
2 large flour tortillas
Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a nonstick 12-inch skillet over medium-high. Add the peppers and cook until softened and colored. Add onions and tomatoes and cook until soft. Stir in seasonings and move into a bowl. Wipe out skillet and heat the remaining oil. Soften the tortillas by warming in the microwave. Moisten the edge with water. Place half the filling on half the tortilla, top with half of each cheese, the cilantro, and fold in half. Seal the edges and distribute the filling evenly. Heat the remaining oil over medium-high, and carefully position each quesadilla on one half. Cook about four minutes to brown and then turn to brown the other side. Top with tomato salsa.Variation: Add an ounce of shredded deli meat to the filling.