Monday, April 18, 2011
I found this delicious dish by Emeril on the food network website. I made a few adaptations (I just can't seem to follow recipes EXACTLY!) and you see the result pictured above. I, unfortunately, could not enjoy even a bite of this because of the lactose in it, but my boyfriend scarfed it down and said it was delicious. It smelled phenomenal!
Emeril's original recipe is linked here
Here's my adaptation, enjoy!:
9 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons minced shallots
1 cup roasted butternut squash puree
Freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons heavy cream, plus an additional 3 tablespoons for the sauce
3 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, plus 2 ounces
1 tablespoon rosemary
In a large saute pan, over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the shallots and saute for 1 minute. Add the squash puree and cook until the mixture is slightly dry, about 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in the cream and continue to cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in 3 tablespoons cheese and nutmeg, to taste. Season with salt and pepper. Cool completely.
Get a bowl of water to seal the wonton wraps. Place 2 teaspoons of the filling in the center of each wrap. With your finger, line two adjacent sides of the wrapper with water. Bring 1 corner of the square to the other, forming a triangle and seal the wrap completely. Add the wrap to pot of boiling salted water. Cook until wrap pales in color.
Remove the raviolis from the water and drain well. Season with salt and pepper.
In a large saute pan, melt the remaining 8 tablespoons of butter. Stir in 3 tablespoons of cream and, add the rosemary, and add a tablespoon of Parmesan to the butter and continue to cook until the butter starts to brown and the Parmesan is brown and crisped. Remove from the heat.
Place some of the ravioli in the center of each serving plate. Spoon the butter sauce over the pasta. Sprinkle the 2 ounces of cheese over each plate and enjoy!
Monday, March 28, 2011
Image and recipe taken from AllRecipes.com.
Yields: 24 servings
- 3 cans of garbanzo beans (chickpeas), drained
- 1/2 cup tahini (sesame paste)
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 3 cloves of garlic
- 1 1/4 tablespoons olive oil
- Pinch of paprika
- Parsley leaves (for garnish)
Combine all ingredients in food processor, and blend until well mixed.
Sprinkle paprika on finished product, plate, and serve with a parsley garnish.
Pairs well with pita bread or chips, or with your favorite vegetable. Also works as a great spread for sandwiches!
Wednesday, March 23, 2011
First of all, I didn't measure anything. I just threw a bunch of stuff together. If I tried to give you measurements I don't know that it would turn out deliciously.
Without further ado, here's the recipe:
Start with extra firm tofu, pressed for about a half hour. For those who haven't pressed tofu, I wrap mine in a bunch of paper towels and place something about the weight of a frying pan on it, and let it sit there for 30 minutes. Then quarter the tofu and marinate it using the following:
* Chili sauce (you will find it in the Asian section at the grocery store, I got a honey chili sauce)
* Crushed Pineapples
* Lemon Juice
* Lime Juice
* Chopped Garlic
* Soy Sauce
* Sherry (optional)-very little
* Mirin (optional)-found in the Asian section at the grocery store
After you've marinated your tofu (or Chicken, honestly that's fine, I won't tell anyone) for about an hour, pan fry it really quick to let it simmer in the juices and then grill it (I used the George Foreman). Throw some sesame seeds on top for extra aesthetic and taste. I threw the remaining marinade on top of my tofu, but you can also save it for future marinating extravaganzas.
* Cooked quinoa (1 cup uncooked quinoa)
* chopped walnuts
* lime/lemon juice
Use your taste buds to find out which amounts work for you. I like a LOT of cilantro, but you might prefer more craisins. ONLY the quinoa is cooked, everything else is fresh (and amazing). Happy eating!
For side dishes, we made tabulleh, hummus, and pita bread.
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
- 4 cloves of garlic (pressed or minced)
- 1 pound of salmon, skin on preferred
- 1 tablespoon cilantro
- 1 tablespoon basil
Preheat your oven's broiler (or set to 500 degrees if it does not broil). Make sure your oven rack is AT LEAST 6 inches from the top.
Mix together the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and garlic in a baking dish.
Place your salmon fillet(s) in the olive oil, being sure to coat both sides.
Rub cilantro and basil on the meat side of the salmon and place back in the baking dish, skin side up. Allow this to marinate while your oven preheats, or for at least 10 minutes.
Now we broil the meat, keeping the skin side up. Depending on your oven, the salmon should stay in for roughly 15 minutes. Use a kitchen timer set for 3 minute intervals. This will help you monitor the fish and keep it from burning. After each interval, be sure to rotate the baking dish, and flip the salmon skin side down after your second or third interval. In my case, the fish was flaky and delicious after about 12 minutes.
Over the coming months, I will be introducing recipes with a Mediterranean theme. It's quite a shift from our usual food pyramid, and makes for delicious, healthy, and fun cooking!
For those of you who enjoy having an eclectic recipe collection, have no fear! We're taking on cohort chefs to fill in the gaps and make sure we stay on our aimless track. Stay tuned for posts from our pesky pescatarian, our vehement vegetarian, as well as our carnal carnivore. After all, we humans will eat anything!