White Fish Butter Sauce

Butter Sauce with Talapia

Butter Sauce with Talapia

A nice little butter sauce that pairs very well with fish.

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup shallot, diced
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons cream or milk
  • 2 teaspoons green peppercorn
  • 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
  • Dash of salt
  • Dash of ground pepper

Directions:

Melt butter in a small sauce pan with wine. Add shallot, peppercorn, salt and pepper. Simmer for 5 minutes stirring in a little cream every minute. Add garlic in the last minute. Serve over the fish of your choice, but white fish such a Talapia, Halibut and even Catfish are all great candidates. Sauce can be strained for a more refined version.

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Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster

Bananas Foster is a traditional New Orleans dessert. Created by Paul Blangé at Brennan’s Restaurant in 1951, it is still served in many fine restaurants around the world. Some recipes call for rum, but there is no “Rum Street” in New Orleans to my knowledge, so use bourbon.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3-4 bananas, peeled and cut into coins
  • 3 teaspoons fresh ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup bourbon (Makers Mark recommended)
  • 1/4 cup banana liqueur (Banana 99 recommended)
  • 1/2 gallon Butter Pecan ice cream

Directions

Bananas Foster being flambéd

Bananas Foster being flambéd

In small pan, mix bourbon and banana liqueur and gently warm it. Melt butter and and then add sugar  sugar in a medium pan. Add bananas and pecans. Saute until bananas become tender (2-3 minutes). Sprinkle with the cinnamon. Pour the bourbon/liqueur over the bananas and flambé. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon in to flame. Serve with the ice cream and sprinkle with remaining  cinnamon.

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Stacy’s Guacamole

Guacamole isn’t my favorite dish, but people ask me to make them a batch from time to time and it is always a hit. It has a bit of a kick to it. Try it out and let me know what you think.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large Haas avocados
  • 1/2 large red onion, chopped (a white onion works well too)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, deseeded and diced
  • 4 Serrano chili peppers, chopped
  • 2 Jalapeno chili peppers, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne pepper
  • 8 drops Tabasco sauce
  • zest and juice of 2 limes
  • 2 shots tequila
  • 1 lime wedge

Directions:

Stacy's Gaucamole

Stacy's Gaucamole

Ah, the easy part. Add peppers, bell peppers, onion, garlic in food processor. Mix until well blended. Add rest of ingredients reserving 1 shot of tequila, lime wedge and 1 teaspoon of salt. Lick the skin between your thumb and forefinger, then sprinkle salt onto the area. Using the same hand that contains the salt, hold the lime with thumb and index finger. Lick the salt, down the tequila, and bite the lime. Swish it around in your mouth for a couple of seconds and then swallow. Now mix rest of ingredients in the food processor until well blended and creamy. Serve with tortilla chips.

If there are more than one person in the kitchen, this recipe may require more tequila, salt and lime wedges.

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Beyond StoveTop Stuffing!

StoveTop stuffing is perhaps the most popular brand during the Thanksgiving holidays but why not try something new and exciting to stuff that gorgeous turkey!

Ingredients:

  • 3 white bread loaves (If in Texas, buy sweet tasting Buttercrust bread), shredded
  • 2 cups of raisins
  • 3 sticks of celery, chopped
  • 10 oz bottle of Manzanilla Spanish olives (or as many as you’d like)
  • 4-6 oz package of almonds
  • 3 cans of Carnation evaporated milk

Directions:

Mix all the ingredients and stuff your 20 pound turkey!  Or, if you’d like, bake this mix in a separate pan and enjoy!

Variation:

Toast the white bread and cut it in very small pieces, and then add the rest of the ingredients.

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Green Eggs and Ham Quiche

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

Green Eggs and Ham, by Dr. Seuss

This dish was inspired by a request from a Fackbook fan and my recent article on eggs (I made a reference to Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham“). These are great traditional quiches and a great treat for the kids.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 small white onion, chopped
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tablespoon shortening
  • 1 cup chopped or diced ham
  • 2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 Roma tomato, thickly sliced

Directions:

Prepare 4, 4 inch x 1 inch crust as described in Cheesy Quiche Crust.

Just out of the oven

Just out of the oven

Prepare the custard by mixing spinach and onion in a food processor. Add eggs, milk, flour and shortening and mix thoroughly.

Green Eggs and Ham Quiche

Green Eggs and Ham Quiche

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place all 4 crusts on a baking sheet for ease in handling. Bake crust for 5-10 minutes. Remove from oven and fill with custard. Bake custard for 15 minutes, then remove from oven. Top each quiche with a thin to moderate amount of cheese. Finish topping with chopped or diced ham. Return to the oven and cook for an additional 5 minutes.

Plate with slice of Romano tomato.

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