Thursday, November 15, 2012

Authentic Valencian Paella


For authentic Paella recipe, one must use authentic ingredients. Authentic ingredients are more expensive but for special occasions, you can splurge a little. Most of the ingredients such as the Chorizo and Spanish Rice can be purchased at World Market (Cost Plus). Not to advertise the store here, but it's the only place I could find authentic ingredients. Some of the ingredients such as Rabbit meat, white butter beans, and Rosemary has also been deleted, but you are welcome to add them in if you like. This recipe makes 10 servings and it takes about 30 minutes to prepare the ingredients and about 1 hour to cook.

Ingredients

4 cups Spanish short grain rice, such as Bomba or Calasparra (any medium or short grain rice that is not sticky will do).
1/4 c olive oil
1 medium onion (diced)
4 garlic cloves (crushed)
Bunch flat-leaf parsley leaves (chopped, reserved some for garnish)
1 (3 lb) frying chichen (cut in small pieces)
2 Spanish chorizo sausages (sliced in small pieces)
3 ripe tomatoes, skinned and crushed or 1 (15-ounce) can whole tomatoes, drained and hand-crushed

1 c sweet peas 
6 cups warm water

Saffron (generous pinch)
1 dozen mussels (scrubbed)
1 lb jumbo shrimp (peeled and de-veined)
2 lobster tails (optional)
Sliced (in rings) calamari (optional)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Lemon wedges for serving

Spice Mix
1 tbs sweet paprika
2 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper

Combine ingredients in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the chicken; marinate for 1 hour, covered.

Preparation

Heat oil in paella pan over medium high-heat. Saute the chorizo until browned, remove and set aside. Add chicken and brown on all sides and set aside. In the same pan, make the sofrito by sauteing the onions, garlic, and parsley. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes on a medium heat. Then add the tomatoes and cook until mixture caramelizes a bit and the flavors meld. Fold in rice and stir-fry to coat the grains. Pour in water and simmer for 10 minutes, gently moving the pan around so the rice cooks evenly and absorbs the liquid. Add chicken, chorizo, and saffron. Add the mussels and shrimps tucking them into the rice. Let simmer without stirring until the rice is almost done (about 15 minutes). During the last 5 minutes of cooking, add the lobster tails (optional) and the shrimps.Remove from heat and garnish with parsley and lemon wedges.

Note: The last 5 minutes of cooking, turn the heat up to toast the bottom (socarrat). If you don't like seafood or are allergic to them, you can also make this recipe with just the chicken.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Sour Cream Chicken and Mushroom Pasta

Ingredients

3/4 lb chicken tenders
1/4 c all purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1 tbs butter
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil
1 c sour cream
1 c chicken broth
1 1/2 c sliced mushrooms
1 1/2 tsp paprika
1/2 lb dried fettuccine (or other pasta of your choice)

Method

Put chicken, flour and salt and pepper into a large bowl and toss to combine. Set aside. Melt butter in a skillet with olive oil. Add chicken and brown on all sides. Stir in sour cream, broth, mushrooms and paprika. Cover and simmer on low heat for 25-30 minutes. Prepare pasta according to package instructions. Drain well, then transfer to bowls and spoon chicken and its sauce over the top. Serve hot.

Nutritional Information per serving:

600 calories (220 from fat)
fat - 25 grams
saturated fat - 11 grams
cholesterol - 75 mg
sodium - 990 mg
protein - 28 grams
carbohydrate - 65 grams

German Potato Salad


Ingredients


2 lbs Yukon Gold or yellow potatoes, unpeeled
1/2 lb bacon
1 large white onion, chopped
2 tbs safflower or canola oil
3 tbs whole-grain mustard
6 tbs apple cider vinegar, or to taste
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
2 tbs chopped parsley

Method

Boil potatoes in a large pot until tender, 15-20 minutes. Don't let them get too soft--fork should go in but potatoes should not fall apart. Drain and cool slightly, then peel if desired and slice.

Cook bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp; transfer to a paper towel-lined plate to let drain. When cool enough to handle, crumble into small pieces. Drain off all but 1 tbsp fat from the skillet, then return to medium heat. Add white onion and cook until lightly browned, 7 to 8 minutes.

In a large bowl, gently toss together warm bacon, potatoes and white onion with oil, mustard, vinegar, green onions, salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley and serve warm.





Friday, May 18, 2012

Pinangat na Pompano

I've seen this recipe prepared in many variations from using kamias, calamansi and sinigang mix and pepper, but I still prefer the simple way my father used to cook it.

Ingredients

2 pompano (whole)
3 medium tomatoes (sliced thinly)
1 small onion, 
1/4 cup calamansi or lime (or lemon) juice
3/4 cup water
1 tbs olive oil
Salt and black pepper to taste
2 spring onions (cut diagonally, about 1")

Method

Clean the fish and cut two diagonal slashes on both sides. Slice tomatoes and onion into round slices thinly. Place half of the onions and tomatoes on the bottom of a deep pan. Add fish, the rest of the onion and tomatoes, lemon or lime juice, water, olive oil, spring onion, and salt and crushed pepper to taste. Let boil on medium-high heat, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes or until the fish is done.

Variations

This recipe can also be baked by following the instructions here and using a baking dish instead of a pan, cover with foil and bake for 20 minutes or until fish is done in a 375 degree F oven. Another method is to prepare it placing individual fish atop a sheet of foil. Add the ingredients over the fish. Fold the foil onto itself, crimping the edges tightly to keep the juices from dripping out. Put the packages in the baking pan and bake for about 15-20 minutes.

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Easy, healthy couscous

This recipe is a great way to substitute rice with if you are trying to reduce your starch intake. This Mediterranean style recipe is light but delicious.

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups instant couscous
2 cups chicken stock
4 oz dried apricots, finely diced
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1/4 c pitted kalamata olives, chopped
3 scallions, thinly sliced

Method

Place couscous in a large mixing bowl. In a saucepan, combine chicken stock, apricots, salt and pepper and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Pour the boiling liquid over the couscous and toss to moisten every grain. Sprinkle with olives and scallions and cover tightly with plastic saran wrap. Let stand for 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

Japanese Cucumber Salad

Ingredients

4 cups large Japanese cucumbers (you may also use English cucumbers), sliced thinly
6 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp Kosher salt
1/8 tsp dried chili flakes

Method

In a bowl mix together the vinegar, mirin, sugar, salt and chili flakes. Thinly slice the cucumbers and toss in the dressing mixture. Let sit in the refrigerator for at least an hour before serving.


Korean Style Steak

Korean flavor, with its sweet and spicy flavor, is a favorite in our household. The next time you have steak for dinner, try marinading it with Korean style marinade and serve it with your favorite vegetables or side dishes.

Ingredients

4 choice rib-eye steak (I like Rib eye steak but you can choose what you like)
3 tbsp rice vinegar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp grated fresh ginger
5 tsp sesame oil
brown sugar
3 spring onions, chopped

Method

Combine vinegar, garlic, ginger, sesame oil, sugar, and soy sauce. Place steak into a marinating container and work in the marinade by massaging the meat. Cover tightly and allow meat to marinade for at least two hours. Heat a large oiled skillet over medium-high heat. Remove steaks from marinade. Place steak in hot skillet, and cook on each side to the desired degree of doneness.

Note: Turn the meat only once (3-6 minutes on each side) to seal in all the flavor.

Monday, April 16, 2012

Skinny Tilapia Recipe

This Tilapia recipe is what I call "no fuss meal," but healthy and delicious at the same time. It's best to buy the fillets fresh. In the Philippines, Tilapia is often deep fried with head and all, but I don't like having to worry about fish bones while eating so I prefer to prepare it this way. For health reasons, I bake instead of frying. However, for those without ovens, you may fry the fish with very little oil.

Ingredients

4 Tilapia fillets (about 1 lb)
3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
2 tsp paprika
1 tbsp flat-leaf parsley, chopped
1 lemon, cut into wedges

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a shallow dish, combine cheese, paprika, parsley and salt and pepper. Drizzle the fish with olive oil and dredge in the cheese mixture. Place fish on a foil-lined baking sheet and bake until fish is opaque in the thickest part (about 10 - 12 minutes). Serve fish with the lemon wedges. Serve hot with steam vegetables or green salad.