Category: Main Dish

Oompa Loompa Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2 Cornish Game Hens
  • Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • 4-6 cloves of garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • 2 Lemons

Directions:

Heat oven to 400 deg. Separate skin from the breasts and put small to medium pats of butter under the skins. Place stems of rosemary under the skin as well. Smash the garlic and place 1-2 cloves under as well. Rub the top with olive oil, salt and pepper. Place lemon slices in the cavity of the hens along with a few cloves of the smashed garlic. Place in the oven till the skin is brown. Use a meat thermometer to tell if the chicken is done. Probably 20 minutes or so. Baste as needed.

Notes:

Don’t trust the popping things that comes in your chicken or turkey. they aren’t as deep and don’t measure as well. Use a good thermometer. They are about $10-$15 for a good one and will last you a long time. Great investment. You can use this recipe for chicken breasts as well and it makes a great, healthy, cheap meal! Enjoy!!

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Simple Pad Thai

Simple Pad ThaiA very simple and quick recipe for Pad Thai. Being single, I can whip this up pretty quick when I need a meal and don’t have a lot of time to cook.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

2 oz Pad Thai noodles
10 medium shrimp, peeled deveined, tails removed
3 tablespoons pepper infused extra virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Teriyaki sauce
2 eggs, well beaten
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 tablespoon pepper
1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tablespoon Teriyaki Ginger rub (Adams Reserve)
Dried Cilantro leaves
Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce

Directions:

Soak Pad Thai noodles in warm water for at least 10 minutes until soft, salt can be added to the water if desired. I put them in a medium sauce pan over low heat. While noodles are soaking peel, devein and remove the tails from the shrimp, chop garlic, and slice shallot. In a medium skillet or wok, over medium-high to high heat, add olive oil, garlic, shallots and shrimp. Saute until shrimp become pink and opaque. Remove and set aside, leaving oil. Add eggs to the skillet and scramble until cooked. Reduce heat to medium-low. Drain and add noodles, Teriyaki sauce, Teriyaki ginger rub, sugar, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper. Stir fry until thoroughly mixed and sauce is absorbed. Add back in shrimp, shallots and garlic. Mix well. Remove to dish and garnish with cilantro leaves and Sriracha sauce.

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Latin Lamb Burgers (Sorry Lambchop)

I found this on the local newpaper’s website and couldn’t find everything it asked for. So I just put my own little twist on there.
This goes best with some roasted red potatoes just with olive oil, salt, pepper and a touch of garlic powder on the top in the oven at 350-400ish…

Ingredients:

1lb ground Lamb
1 tsp Coriander seeds
Cayenne pepper (to taste)
1 Ancho pepper dried
1 Pasilla pepper dried
1 Mexican pepper dried (you can use something different if you would like)
Olive Oil
Cotjita Cheese
4 ciabatta rolls

Directions:

Latin Lamb Burger with Roasted Red Peppers

Latin Lamb Burger with Roasted Red Peppers

Toast coriander seeds in pan. Grind and mix in with lamb and cayenne pepper. (the best tool is your hands so don’t worry about getting in there) Just practice proper food handling please! Form into patties and allow to rest for a few minutes.

Put 3/4 c water in a sauce pan along with the peppers. Boil till there is about 1/3 the water left and the peppers are soft. Put them in a blender along with the olive oil slowly added to make a thick sauce.

Spread the sauce on the ciabatta cut in half.

Grill the bread till just toasted and grill the lamb to preferred doneness.

While the bread and patties are still hot off the grill, crumble the cheese on the top.

Enjoy!

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Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

This dish was inspired by Barbara Lynch. I don’t cook chicken that often but this one came out pretty good. Chef Dan made some suggestions of turning it in to a soup or stew.

Serves: 3

Ingredients:

2 lbs. Chicken Thighs (6), bonless, skinless
1 Red Bell Pepper, thinly sliced
1 Onion, thinly sliced
3 Pickled Jalapenos, thinly sliced
4  Cloves of Garlic, thinly sliced
1 lb Grape Tomatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper
2 tablespoons Basil
2 tablespoons Cayenne Pepper
1/2 cup Dry Red Wine
1 1/2 cups of Chicken Stock
1/2 cup Flat Leaf Parsley, chopped

Directions:

Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

Spicy Chicken Cacciatore

In large skillet, over a medium-high heat olive oil. Add chicken to the skillet, season with pepper, salt, cayenne, and basil. Brown for 4 minutes. Turn chicken and season again. Brown for an additional 4 minutes, then remove to a plate. Add bell pepper, onion, jalapenos and garlic to skillet. Season with rest of cayenne, basil, salt and pepper, about  1 tablespoon of each. Reduce heat so medium-low and saute for 10 minutes, until vegetables are softened. Add wine and simmer for 5 more minutes until wine is almost completely reduced. Add the chicken stock, tomatoes to skillet and add the chicken on top of the vegetables. Cover and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Plate the chicken and spoon the vegetables over the chicken along with some of the juice. Garnish with parsley.

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Cajun Shrimp and Rice

This dish was inspired by the dish I cooked on my profile photo shoot. I wanted to make it a little more authentic Cajun style.

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

1/2 lb Shrimp peeled, deveined and cut into 1/2 sized pieces
6 oz Boudin (Canjun style if available)
1/2 cup long grain white rice
1 bell pepper coarsely chopped
1 cup coarsely chopped onion
3-4 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon cayenne
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon course ground pepper
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
3 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups chicken broth
Tabasco

Directions:

Add olive oil, minced garlic, chopped onion and bell pepper to a saute pan over medium to medium high heat. Remove boudin from casing and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Add the boudin to the saute pan with the paprika, cayenne, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder. Saute for 5 minutes until boudin is well heated. Add rice and cook an additional 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Add broth and cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring frequently,  until rice has absorbed the broth. Added shrimp 3-5 shakes of Tabasco and cook 3 minutes more or until shrimp is cooked and has a nice pink shade.

Variants:

For a main dish, leave shrimp uncut serves 2.

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