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Basic Marinara

This is a basic marinara sauce, and is a great starting point for creating your own recipe or just experimenting with new flavors. You can use this sauce in a variety of dishes from basic pasta to a chicken or veal Parmesan.

Ingredients:

  • 1 (26 oz.) can peeled whole tomatoes
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup flat chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil (1/2 cup fresh chopped)
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion

Directions:

Heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and cook until golden being careful not to burn. Add onions, basil, parsley and pepper flakes. Stir and cook for 1 minute. Add tomatoes with liquid. Break up tomatoes with fork. Cook over medium heat for 1 hour stirring occasionally. The sauce can keep up to a week in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

For variations you can add 1/2 to 1 pound of fine ground meat such as Italian sausage, chuck, sirloin, chorizo, chopped pancetta or even chopped pepperoni.

Baba Ganoush

Also spelled Baba Ghanoush, Baba Gnush, Babaganoush, among others. A great grazing dish for parties or appetizer.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds (2 to 3 small) firm eggplant
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon
1 lime
1/2 cup flat-leaf parsley finely chopped
3 tablespoons tahini
1/4 cup pine nuts,
2 bags pita crisps

Prep:

Roast pine nuts at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, turning after 5 minutes. Juice lemon and lime.

Directions:

Baba Ganoush

Baba Ganoush

Use fork to thinly prick eggplant. Bake eggplant at 450 degrees until inside is soft, approximately 20 minutes. Cut eggplant in half length-wise. Remove pulp from skin and discard skin. Add pulp to food processor and mix until creamy. Add salt, pepper, oregano, garlic, juice, parsley, and tahini to the eggplant and mix thoroughly. Salt to taste. Plate the mixture in a 2-3 cup bowl. Hand mix the pine nuts in to the mixture. Place bowl on a serving dish and surround with pita crisp.

Use:

Though Baba Ganoush could be made as a side dish or entree, it is more common as an appetizer or dip. Make guest aware that it contains nuts as some people may be allergic.

Variants:

Other types of chips may be substituted for the pita crisp.

Notes:

The three ingredients that are the most difficult to find are the pine nuts, tahini and pita crisp. If you can by the pine nuts in bulk. They are rather expensive and there is no reason to get more than the required amount. The tahini will be found in or near the spices or in a Greek/Mediterranean area of the grocery store. The pita crisp will be found in chip section or rarely with the crackers.

Pine Nut Encrusted Salmon Steaks

Overview:

I had some extra pine nuts from a recent baba ganoush and came up with the following recipe. WOW – The flavors explode in your mouth.

Ingredients:

2 8 ounce Salmon steaks
1/3 cup pine nuts
1/4 tablespoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon course ground pepper
1 tablespoon oregano
1 tablespoon basil
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Cooking spray
Lemon
Lime
Italian Flat Leaf Parsley

Directions:

Pine Nut Encrusted Salmon Steak

Pine Nut Encrusted Salmon Steak

Combine the pine nuts, salt, pepper, oregano and basil in a food processor. Chop until pine nuts are finely chopped. This mixture is very close to a pesto. The mixture should have a paste type texture. Use 2 tablespoons of mixture to coat each salmon steak.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a medium to large skillet heat the olive oil over a medium heat. Add the salmon steaks to the skillet pine nut side down. Cook approximately 3 minutes until pine nuts are browned.

Remove salmon steaks and place in an oven safe Pyrex or similar dish coated with cooking spray. Bake for 10-12 minutes until salmon flakes with a fork.

Plate and garnish with finely chopped parsley and a lemon and a lime wedge.

Universal Chimichurri

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Bison Rib-Eye with Chimichurri

Chimichurri … chim-EE-churrrrrrrr-EE … chiiimmmmm-ee-CHURY …CHIM-ee-CHEW-ree. It dances on your tongue, and just wait until you taste it!

No! It has nothing to do with Mary Poppins flying around England, hanging on the end of a silly umbrella!

Chimichurri is perhaps one of the most recognizable culinary exports of Argentina. Usually used as a sauce for various meats. It can, however, be used in many other applications. Think of it as general condiment much like ketchup, though always fresh and with a lot more flavor.

Ingredients:

Since this is “Universal” Chimichurri the ingredient list is rather vague, giving only a general idea of what to use. Feel free to experiment, add a little bit of this, take away a little of that.

A big bunch of green stuff (weeds)

  • Cilantro
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Arugula
  • Green Onions

Smelly stuff

  • Garlic
  • Onion

Hot spicy stuff

  • Jalapeno
  • Serrano
  • Habanero
  • Cayenne

Sour/Acid stuff

  • Lemon juice
  • Lime juice
  • Some type of Vinegar

Oily Stuff

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Quaker State 10W40 (maybe not)

Extras

  • Herbs
  • Spices
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Bell Pepper

Directions:

Toss everything into a blender or food processor, blend until ingredients are well mixed. Make as chunky or smooth as you would like, I prefer a smooth sauce.

Notes:

This is a sauce that can be different every time you make it. Find proportions that work for you then refine it with each new batch.

If you come up with a really exceptional version please share!

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