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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Traditional Carpaccio

A very simple dish to make, usually served as an appetizer. Carpaccio was invented at Harry’s Bar in Venice. The dish was named Carpaccio by Giuseppe Cipriani, the bar’s former owner, in reference to the Venetian painter Vittore Carpaccio. Though the original was served with a mustard sauce, the following is the more traditional modern day version.

Serves: 1

Ingredients:

4 oz Beef Tenderloin
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Capers
1/2 to 1 oz Shaved Parmesan cheese
Kosher Salt
Fresh ground pepper

Prep:

Carpaccio

Carpaccio

Remove any fat. Slice the beef as thinly as possible 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick. You maybe able to have your butcher to slice it for you. Place piece of the beef between two clear wrap sheets. Pound the beef with a flat kitchen hammer (tenderizer) until they are paper thin. If slicing the beef yourself, it is advised to partially freeze the tenderloin, 2 hours in the fridge should be enough. This will make cutting thin slices easier.

Directions:

When meat is prepared. Arrange the slices on a chilled plate. Now drizzle olive oil over the beef, spread the capers across the beef. Salt and pepper to taste. Finally spread the shaved Parmesan over the beef.

Warning:

Eating raw beef can be dangerous. Always get your beef from a reputable source and choose a high quality Prime or Choice, maybe Select.

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Stacys Intense Ceviche

Fresh Ingredients
Fresh Ingredients

Ceviche is one of the easiest appetizers to make. Take some seafood, throw it in some citric juices, and wait. That’s it. The acid in the citric juice actually cooks the seafood. Below, is the way I make ceviche for a party, it’s SIC.

Ingredients

1 Poblano Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Green Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Orange Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 Red Bell Pepper, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
1 cup Red Onion, cut into 1″ squares
2 Large Jalapenos, seeded and cut into 1″ squares
4 Garlic coves, minced
2 cups Mango, peeled and cut into large 3/4″ to 1″ cubes
1 lb. Shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb. Bay Scallops
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon Pepper
1 tablespoon Sea Salt
1 tablespoon Cinnamon
1 cup Fresh Lime juice
1 cup Fresh Lemon juice
1 1/2 cup Fresh Orange juice
1/2 cup Rum

Directions:

Put everything into a gallon sized Ziploc storage bag. Close Ziploc and shake to fully mix ingredients. Remove air from Ziploc. Place Ziploc in bowl. Marinade in refrigerator  for 18-24 hours.

Use:

Stacys Intense Cheviche
Stacys Intense Ceviche

Strain juice from ingredients. It is often useful to save the juice for repackaging. Spoon ingredients in to Martini glasses and serve with a toothpick.

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Tip: Knife Care

When moving product across a chopping board or block, use the back-end or flat part of the knife. This wears the blade less and extends the life of the blade.

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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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