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01
Aug
12

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Brazillian Tomato & Coconut Sauce


I made this yesterday evening, and it was superb! I found the recipe in Food & Wine – Quick from Scratch Chicken Cookbook

Grilled Chicken with Spicy Brazilian Tomato & Coconut Sauce

Serves 4

Redolent of ginger and jalapeños, the tomato sauce is a lively addition to plain grilled chicken.
If you like less heat. use only one jalapeño.

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 chicken (3 to 3 1/2 pounds), quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 2 jalapeño peppers, seeds and ribs removed, minced
  • 1 1/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes in thick puree
  • 1 cup canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro or parsley

Directions

  1. Light the grill. In a shallow dish, combine 3 tablespoons od the oil with two-thirds of the minced garlic. Coat the chicken with half of the garlic oil and season with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Grill the chicken over moderately high heat, basting with the remaing garlic oil., until just done, about 10 minutes per side for breasts. 13 for the legs.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent., about 5 minutes. Add the remaining garlic, the ginger, and the jalapeños, and cook, stirring for 1 minute longer. Add the tomatoes, the coconut milk, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 5 minutes. Stir in the cilantro and serve with the chicken.

MENU SUGGESTION – Rice and beans or refried beans are typical Brazilian side dishes that taste especially good with chicken, as well as a crisp salad.

I had the chicken with a tall glass of cold Blue Moon Belgian Style White Ale. Cloudy, orange/gold in color with a big and faintly yellow foamy head, it tasted of wheat, yeast and citrus, somewhat zesty with spicy notes of coriander towards the moderately sweet finish.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy. I did!

CS

30
Jul
12

Sirloin Steak Kabobs with Rosemary-Brushed Potatoes and Red Peppers **


[** While we kept the Lobels’ book original title for this recipe, you will find that we do not use sirloin steak as there is no kosher sirloin. CS]

Now that that the Nine Days are over, we can again eat meat, considering it’s summer what could be better than something made on the grill? We’ve adapted the following recipe from Prime Time – The Lobels’ Guide to Great Grilled Meats.

Club Filet Mignon Kabobs with Rosemary-Brushed Potatoes and Red Peppers

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 6 small red-skinned potatoes (about 1 pound)
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 2 1/2 pounds club filet mignon (not a real filet mignon, or any well marbleized cut) , trimmed and cut into 24 cubes, each about 1 1/2 inches square
  • 3 red bell peppers (about 1 1/2 pounds), cut into 18 chunks
  • Six 12-inch metal skewers

Directions

  1. Put the potatoes in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover by 2 to 3 inches . Lightly salt the water and bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat and simmer briskly for about 15 minutes until the potatoes are just fork tender. Drain and cool to room temperature . Cut into halves so that there are 12 pieces. Handle the potatoes gently to prevent the skin from slipping off.
  2. Combine the olive oil, garlic, and rosemary in a large bow, season to taste with salt and pepper . Add the potatoes and stir gently to coat.
  3. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill. Lightly  spray the grill rack  with vegatable oil cooking spray. The coals should be moderately hot to hot.
  4. Lift the potatoes from the marinade. Transfer the marinade to a small saucepan and heat gently until warm and fragrant. Thread the potatoes, steak, and peppers onto skewers, beginning and ending with a potato and threading 4 pieces of meat and 3 chunks of peppers onto each. Grill for 10 to 12 minutes, turning several times and brushing with the marinade, until medium rare, or until the meal reaches the desired degree of doneness, the potatoes are tender, and the peppers are slightly charred. Serve immediately.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!

CS

04
Jul
12

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze


From Food & Wine‘s: Quick from Scratch Chicken Cookbook:

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Grapefruit Glaze

Simply prepared yet special, those chicken breasts are grilled and basted with
a bitter, tart, and sweet glaze.

Prep Time 5 minutes          Cook Time 20 minutes          Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grapefruit zest (from about 1/2 grapefruit)
  • 1/2 cup grapefruit juice (from 1 grapefruit)
  • 1 tablespoon cooking oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts (about 2 1/4 pounds in all)

Directions

  1. Light the grill. In a small bowl, combine the garlic. grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper.
  2. Grill the chicken breasts over moderately high heat, brushing frequently with the glaze, for 8 minutes. Turn and cook, brushing with more glaze, until the chicken is just done, 10 to 12 minutes longer. Remove.
  3. In a small stainless steel saucepan, bring the remaining glaze to a boil. Boil for about 1 minute, remove from the heat, and pour over the grilled chicken.

–OoOX0XOoO–

MENU SUGGESTIONS

Since the chicken breasts don’t have a l;ot of sauce, serve a juicy vegetable such as grilled or sauteed summer squash or zucchini alongside.

VARIATION

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Citrus Glaze

Use a combination of citrus juices, such as orange, lemon, or lime instead of all or part of the grapefruit juice.

–OoOX0XOoO––OoOX0XOoO––OoOX0XOoO–

WINE RECOMMENDATION

The crisp acidity, effervescence and moderate alcohol level of a brut Champagne from France or a sparkling wine from California will be perfect with the smoky taste of the chicken and with the high acidity of the grapefruit juice.

–OoOX0XOoO–

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!!!

CS

04
Jul
12

Tortilla -Wrapped Round Steak


Another recipe from the Lobel Brothers’ cookbook:

Tortilla-Wrapped Round Steak

Serves 6

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed about 1 1/2 inches thick
  • 1 recipe Toasted Cumin Marinade *
  • Vegetable oil cooking spray
  • 1 large white onion, cut about 1/2 inch thick
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons Canola oil
  • Coarsely ground black pepper to taste
  • Twelve 7 inch flour tortillas
  • Chopped tomatoes
  • Chopped pickled jalapeno peppers
  • chopped cilantro or flat- leaf parsley
  • Baja-style tomato salsa * (optional)

Directions

  1. Put the steak in a glass or ceramic dish and add the marinade, turning the steaks several times to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.
  2. Prepare a charcoal or gas grill. Lightly spray the grill rack with vegetable oil cooking spray. The coats should be moderately hot to hot.
  3. Lift the steak from the marinade, letting the marinade drip back into the dish. Grill the meat for 8 minutes, brushing several times with the marinade during the first 5 minutesof grilling. (The oil in the marinade may cause flare-ups). Turn and grill for 8 to 10 minutes longer until medium-rare, or until it reaches desired degree of doneness. Let the meat rest for a few minutes.
  4. Place the onion slices near the outside of the grillaway from the most intense heat, brush with oil, and sprinkle with the pepper. Turn once or twice, brushing with more oil, and grill for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the onions are lightly browned and tender. While they cook, wrap the tortillas in foil, place the packet on the outside edge of the grill, and let the tortillas warm while the steak and onions are cooking.
  5. Slice the steak into strips and separate the onions into rings. Arrange the steak, onions, chopped tomatoes, and jalapenos in the tortillas and wrap into a sandwich. Garnish with cilantro and top with salsa, if desired.

* Toasted Cumin Marinade

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Toasting spices enhances their flavors and this marinade, which combines some of the classic flavors of Asia, is wonderful with chicken, beef, you name it.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Canola oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted cumin seeds (see Note)
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Directions

Whisk together all the ingredients in a glass or ceramic bowl until blended. Adjust the seasonings. Use according to the recipe, or cover and refrigerate for as long as 2 days.

Note: To toast the cumin seeds, spread them in a dry skillet and toast them over medium heat, shaking the pan to prevent scorching, for 4 to 5 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer the seeds to a plate to cool and stop the cooking.

* Baja-Style Tomato Salsa

Makes about 2 cups

This type of salsa, made with fresh with chopped tomatoes, bell peppers, and herbs, is a classic salsa fresca – which means it’s not cooked. Serve this with just about any meat or poultry. We especially like it on burgers.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 yellow or red bell peppers, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup cooked corn kernels (see Note)
  • 3 scallions, finely chopped
  • 2 jalapeno or Serrano chillies, seeded and chopped
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Directions

Combine the tomatoes, peppers, corn, scallions, chillies, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar, and salt in a glass or ceramic bowl and stir gently to mix. Adjust the salt. Let the salsa stand for about an hour to let the flavors blend. Serve or cover and refrigeratefor several hours. Let the salsa come to room temperature before serving.

Note: You can use frozen corn kernels, cooked and cooled. For better flavor, use leftover boiled summer corn, or best yet, grill a few ears over hot coals or roast them in a very hot oven (400 F.) until the huskes blacken, which will take about 15 minutes and require turning several times. Let the corn cool and then slice the kernels from the cobs.

Enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!!!

CS




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