Posts tagged: Bell Pepper

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.

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.

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.

Spicy Vegetable Basmati Rice

Great side for seafood and pork dishes. Spicy but not too spicy for most people.

Ingredients:

1 chopped medium green bell pepper
1 chopped medium red bell pepper
1/2 chopped medium red onion
1/2 chopped medium white onion
1-2 chopped Anaheim pepper
3 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon course ground pepper
1 tablespoon ground cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 cup Basmati rice
2 teaspoons hot sauce (Tabasco recommended)
2 cups chicken broth

Directions:

Bayou Blast Center Loin Chops with Spicy Vegetable Basmati Rice

Bayou Blast Center Loin Chops with Spicy Vegetable Basmati Rice

Add peppers, onions dry spices, garlic and olive oil to sauce pan over medium heat. Cook 5 minutes stirring frequently until vegetables are soft.
Add rice and cook for an additional 5 minutes stirring frequently.
Add chicken broth and hot sauce and bring to a boil. Cover and reduce to a simmer. Cook for an additional 20 minutes, stirring once or twice during this time.
Uncover and cook for an additional 8-12 minutes until rice is thoroughly cooked and broth is absorbed or reduced. Fluff with fork and serve.

Notes:

Most long grain white rices can be substituted for Basmati rice.

Sea Food Trio Paella with Lobster, Scallops and Shrimp

One of my favorite ways to prepare paella. It makes me wish I lived on the coast so I could get the proteins fresh all the time.

Ingredients:

2 6 to 8 ounce lobster tails
1/2 pound bay scallops (may substitute colossal scallops)
1 lb shrimp 30-40 count
4 oz Chorizo
2 medium red bell peppers (or 1 large)
2 medium green bell peppers (1 large)
1/2 medium white onion
1/2 medium red onion
3-4 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cup white basmati rice
10 oz can of diced tomatoes with green chilies
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 cups chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Lemon
Lime
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Prep:

Peel and devein shrimp.
Seed and devein bell peppers cut into 1/2 inch strips
Chop onions
Mince garlic
Cut lobster tails through the shell crosswise in 1-inch lengths
If using colossal scallops instead of bay scallops, quarter
Mince parsley as needed
Quarter lemon and limes as needed

Cook lobster. Add butter to medium skillet and melt over a medium heat. Add the lobster tail pieces to the pan and cook through, about 6 minutes, turning once. Remove the lobster meat from the shell and roughly chop. This can usually be done when the rice is in the oven.

Directions:

Sea Food Trio Paella

Sea Food Trio Paella

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large saucepan or paella pan over medium-high heat, heat the oil and add the onion, the garlic, the peppers, the saffron and the chorizo. Cook for 6 minutes or until vegetables are soft and chorizo is browned.

Stir in the rice, tomatoes and tomato paste until well mixed and cook for an additional 6 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a boil. Cover and place the saucepan in the oven and cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring once or twice, until rice is fully cooked.

Return the saucepan to the stove top and add the lobster, scallops and shrimp. Steam the seafood for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat and let rest for 10 minutes before plating.

Plate with the chopped parsley and a lemon and a lime wedge.

Notes:

Feeds an army!

The seafood amounts can be adjusted as long as the basic total weight stays close to 2 1/2 lbs.

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