Category: Condiment

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 Chili Sauce

Green Chili Sauce on Enchiladas

Green Chili Sauce on Enchiladas

This is a traditional New Mexico sauce made with green chilies. It is used on a variety of dishes including hamburgers, enchiladas, eggs, pork, steak and fish. Recently I have used it on Cheezie Chicken Enchiladas and Jucy Lucys. The sauce gains a little heat over time, so make it in advance for a little extra kick.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Hatch or Big Jim Chili Peppers
  • 2 Poblano Chili Peppers
  • 3 Tomatillos
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper

Directions:

Blistered Chilies

Blistered Chilies

Blister the chilies. This can be done several ways.

  • Oven: Place chilies in hot oven 400 degrees for 6-8 minutes until skin blisters away from the flesh.
  • Range top: Cover burner with wire mesh. Place chilies on mesh once burner is heated. Remove when skin is blistered.
  • Grill: Place chilies 5-6 inches over heat. Remove when skin blisters.

Once blistered the chilies can either be peeled or frozen for later use. Freezing the chilies makes removing the skin a little easier.

Green Chili Sauce on Enchiladas

Green Chili Sauce on Enchiladas

Once the chilies have been blistered and the skin removed, dice them and the tomatillos. Add olive oil to a saute pan over medium/medium high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chilies, tomatillos, salt, pepper and cayenne. Stir and chop with a flat headed spoon over for 5-6 minutes. Remove from heat and serve. The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for up to a week in a sealed container.

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Lemon Aioli

Nice and simple little aioli that I first used on a carpaccio appetizer.  It was inspired by Annabelle’s Bar & Bistro on a recent trip to San Francisco.

Aioli is, like mayonnaise, an emulsion or a suspension of small globules of oil and oil soluble compounds in water and water soluble compounds. Egg yolk is a commonly used emulsifier but mustard and garlic both have emulsion-like properties. Classic aioli is made without egg though many aioli recipes use it  including this one.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large egg yolk
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • Pinch of white pepper
  • 3/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

Combine egg yolk, lemon juice, garlic, salt, zest, and pepper in a blender. With blender running, slowly drizzle in olive oil, and blend until an emulsion forms.

Carpaccio dressed with Lemon Aioli

Carpaccio dressed with Lemon Aioli

For presentation and storage, use aioli in a condiment dispenser bottle for best results.  May be kept in the refrigerator for up to a day in a covered container.

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Italian Sausage Meat Sauce

Fucilli tossed with Meat Sauce and garnished with Grated Romano Cheese

Fucilli tossed with Meat Sauce and garnished with Grated Romano Cheese

Any pasta can be used with this meat sauce which is also known as a bolognese.  I normally use Fusilli because the meat sauce clings to it easily. I serve this meal in a bowl with a spoon and top it with fresh grated Parmesan or Romano cheese.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, medium chop
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper diced (red preferred)
  • 2 tomatoes diced (approximately 1 3/4 lbs)
  • 1 lb Italian sausage, removed from casing
  • 8 ounce can of tomato sauce
  • 6 ounce can of tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 4 1/2 ounce can mushrooms, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seed

Directions:

Meat Sauce

Meat Sauce

In a large pot heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and saute until semi soft being careful not to burn them. Add Italian sausage and cook until browned. Drain sausage.

In pot with drained sausage, stir in diced tomatoes, tomato sauce and tomato paste. Mix in oregano, basil, Worcestershire sauce, sugar, red pepper flakes, mushrooms, cumin, fennel seed, and bay leaf.  Bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low and simmer for about 1-2 hours, stirring every 10 to 15 minutes.

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White Wine and Orange Juice Glaze

Nice, sweet glaze. Great on pork.

Ingredients:

1 cup white wine
1 cup pulp free orange juice
2 teaspoons ground ginger
1 teaspoon corn starch

Directions:

Butterflied Pork Center Loin Chop with White Wine and Orange Juice Glaze

Butterflied Pork Center Loin Chop with White Wine and Orange Juice Glaze

Simmer the white wine and orange juice in a small sauce pan on medium-low heat. Mix in ginger and reduce to 1/8 cup. Approximately 1 hour. Sift in corn starch as a thickener for the last few minutes.

Use:

Drizzle or brush the glaze on your protein. Works best with poerk.

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