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Simple Broccoli Pasta September 12, 2014

Filed under: Mains,Quick and easy — blisteringlydrunk @ 10:39 am
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Get that broccoli in there!

Get that broccoli in there!

This is actually Kyla’s recipe, which she got from Katie, but in an effort to start blogging again, I’m stealing it for my post. Sorry gals. She sold me on it with her “quick and easy way to get broccoli into your family” talk. She’s good like that.  She also convinced me to buy pre-cut broccoli, and seriously, I hate chopping broccoli (how many of you have the Dana Carvey SNL song in your head now?), so this was brilliant.

Ingredients

1 lb broccoli
1 lb pasta (Or whatever. Equal parts broc and pasta worked for me)
1 garlic clove
1/3 c olive oil
shake or two red pepper flakes
salt & pepper
grated parmesan (or cheese of choice)

Boil pasta according to directions and about 2 minutes before it’s ready, add broccoli. Drain. Meanwhile, heat oil in pan and add garlic, flakes, salt & pepper (just heat, don’t start to sizzle it too much). Add pasta and broccoli and mix well. Throw cheese on top. Consume. See? Quick and easy. Ren

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Korean Style Lettuce Wraps July 24, 2013

Filed under: Beef,Mains,Make Ahead,Quick and easy — blisteringlydrunk @ 9:57 am
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IMG_8172This is another great recipe from Fine Cooking’s Grilling magazine. I have made this a couple of times now, both for company and just for us. It’s a hit with adults and kids alike and a great icebreaker in the tradition of messy foods (tacos, spaghetti, meatballs subs, you know what I mean) only more warm weather appropriate, in that its nice and light. Plus, it comes together in no time; you can marinate it for 1/2 an hour if you need to get dinner on the table, or 8 hours if you are trying to get your prep done ahead. Either way is tasty, then the meat cooks in the time it takes the rice to cook. My biggest problem with this recipe is not eating too much; I always think I should have just one more!

1/2 medium Asian pear or 1 whole ripe pear

6 Tbsp soy sauce

1/4 cup sake (I use 2 Tbsp each, rice vinegar and sherry, due to lack of sake in my house)

3 1/2 Tbsp sugar

4 cloves garlic, roughly chopped

Salt and pepper

1 flank steak (mine was about 1 1/2 lbs)

3 green onions, thinly sliced

1 Tbsp sesame oil

1 Tbsp sesame seeds

2 cups cooked rice (I made coconut jasmine rice; just replace the water with light coconut milk when you cook it, the flavour is soooo worth it!)

1 head of leaf lettuce, red or green, washed and separated into leaves

1. Core the pear and roughly chop. Put it into a blender along with soy sauce, sake, sugar, garlic, a pinch of salt and 3/4 tsp freshly ground pepper. Process until smooth, then transfer to a bowl and stir in green onions, sesame oil and sesame seeds.

2. Place the flank steak in a wide shallow dish, then poke all over with the tip of a paring knife. Reserve half a cup of marinade for serving then pour the rest over the meat. Let sit for 1/2 an hour at room temperature, or up to 8 hours in the fridge.

3. Preheat grill to medium high heat and start your rice. Grill the meat for about 5 minutes a side for medium rare (will vary with the thickness of your steak, so use your discretion). Let rest for 5 minutes, then thinly slice across the grain.

4. To serve, place a lettuce leaf on your plate, top with about 1/4 cup of rice, meat and then spoon or pour over sauce. Fold up the bottom of the leaf and then fold the sides in (like a tortilla). I find it easiest to put everything on the table and let everyone make their own.

Enjoy! And make sure you have napkins ready!

Ky

 

Fast and easy tagliatelle with Italian sausage, roasted red peppers and arugula May 21, 2013

Filed under: Mains,Pasta,Pork,Quick and easy,Sausage,Uncategorized — blisteringlydrunk @ 2:07 pm
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I love pasta. I love especially love that it is fast and easy and everyone in my house eats it up. This recipe, from (surprise, surprise) Fine Cooking, is a nice departure from my usual go-to carbonara while still being super fast and easy. I think next time I will make it with half arugula and half spinach to satisfy my children (the arugula was a little bitter for them), but if you are into bitter greens, then don’t hold back because this is fantastic. Make it soon.

Image2 links (about 1/2 lb) hot (or sweet) Italian sausage, casings removed

2 medium cloves garlic, minced

1 jar roasted red peppers, drained and chopped

1/2 cup whipping cream (I think coffee cream would be sufficient if you are trying to lighten things up)

10 oz dried tagliatelle or fettucine

4 cups baby arugula (or spinach/arugula mixture)

1/2 cup freshly grated Grada Padano

1 big handful of fresh basil, thinly sliced

Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and fill a large pot with salted water, setting it on to boil. Add sausage to skillet and cook until browned, breaking up with a spoon into small pieces as you go. Make sure you have about a Tbsp of fat in the pan (you can top up with olive oil if needed), then add the garlic and cook, stirring for about 30 seconds. Add the peppers and cream and allow it to simmer over low heat for about 8 minutes. I added a little chicken broth here as well to stretch the sauce further, but its up to you.

Meanwhile, cook the pasta until al dente. Drain well, put back in pot and toss with sauce, arugula, basil and cheese until the arugula is slightly wilted. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then serve immediately.

 

Enjoy!

Ky

 

Smoky and delicious Brined Pork Steaks (or Chops) May 13, 2013

Filed under: Mains,Pork,Quick and easy — blisteringlydrunk @ 3:09 pm
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IMG_8085 I have to admit that I am a lazy BBQer (and clearly speller/wordsmith). The thing I love the most about BBQing is the ease and speed involved in putting a super tasty/healthy dinner on the table and I imagine I’m not alone on this one. So a recipe that involves brining your pork chops ahead of time doesn’t exactly sound like it fits the bill, but this was actually super simple and the results were the best BBQ’d pork steaks I’ve had in ages. I’ve been trying for years to recreate the pork steaks we used to get from a local butcher shop in my home town and keep failing, but I think I finally discovered their secret; it’s all in the brine. Plus, the brine takes about 2 minutes to throw together, then you go about your day until it’s time for the spice rub. I found that the 30 minutes the spice rub sits on the meat was the perfect amount of time to start the corn on the cob cooking and to throw together a salad, which meant that dinner took about 37 minutes to make, including the time it took to put the brine and the spice rub together. Not bad for a meal that my 4 year old was begging to have again two bites in.This recipe was read over the phone to me from my sister’s Fine Cooking Grilling magazine, so the instructions may not be exactly what they have, but the ingredients are the same and this is what I did, so it should work for you. Happy BBQ Season!

3-4 lbs pork chops or steaks (I used shoulder steaks)

Brine

1/4 cup each Kosher salt and dark brown sugar (if you don’t have kosher salt I would use about 2/3 of the amount indicated)

1 Tbsp molasses

1 cup ice

3 1/2 cups water

Stir together all brine ingredients except ice in a large bowl, mixing until dissolved, then add pork and ice. Put a plate on top to sink the pork into the brine and leave covered for 2-3 hours (no more than 3 for thick cut chops and no more than 2 for thin cut).

Transfer pork to paper towels to dry and mix up your spice rub.

Spice Rub

1/4 cup smoked paprika

1 Tbsp minced garlic

1 tsp oregano

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 Tbsp olive oil

Salt and pepper

Combine all rub ingredients in a small bowl. Rub generously all over pork and let sit for 30 minutes. Preheat grill to high. Scrape off excess spice rub then sear meat on grill. Turn to medium high and grill 3-5 minutes per side until just barely pink in the centre. Let rest 5 minutes before serving.

 

Enjoy!

Ky

 

Venezuelan Pork Tenderloin with Passionfruit and Pink Peppercorns April 26, 2013

Filed under: Mains,Pork — blisteringlydrunk @ 8:49 am
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Pink Pork TenderloinThis was the only evidence left of this meal to photograph.  I can’t get enough of pork tenderloin – easy and quick to cook and always delicious, I am eager to add new pork tenderloin recipes to my regular rotation. This is now one of them!

The recipe comes directly from Gran Cocina Latina. The author was inspired by a Venezuelan chef who picks the pink peppercorns that grow wild around Caracas and mixes them with passion fruit juice to make a rich and buttery marinade for pork. I served the pork and juices over Israeli couscous with a salad on the side, which I would certainly do again. Rice or roasted baby potatoes (sweet potatoes, even) would also make a nice side – you just need something to soak up the extra juices.

Enjoy!
Katie

serves 6-8 (I used a 1 1/2 pound tenderloin and cut all the ingredients in half, which gave us 4 servings)

3 1/2 lbs boneless pork tenderloin
2 T pink peppercorns, plus extra for garnish
1/2 cup passion fruit juice
3 T dark brown sugar (or panela, if you have it)
1/4 cup dark rum
3 T soy sauce
3 T honey
3 T worcestershire
5 allspice berries, freshly ground in a mortar and pestle or coffee grinder
1 T dried rosemary
salt
2 T butter, cut into small pieces
optional: rosemary sprigs for garnish

Pat the meat dry and place in a roasting pan. In a food processor, combine the peppercorns with everything but the butter and rosemary sprigs – process to a puree. You will have about 1 1/4 cups. Rub 1/2 cup of the mixture on the pork, reserving the rest. Let the meat sit for at least 4 hours at room temperature (or in the fridge, if you’re nervous).

Preheat the oven to 350F. Roast the pork on the centre rack for 2 1/2 hours (far less if you’re doing a smaller tenderloin – maybe 1 to 1 1/2 hours for a 1.5lb tenderloin), or until a thermometer inserted at the thickest part reads 160F. Transfer the meat to a cutting board.

Place the pan over 2 burners on low heat and deglaze with the reserved peppercorn mixture. Bring to a bare simmer, then add the butter and swirl it into the sauce.

Slice the tenderloin into 1/4 inch thick rounds and serve garnished with pink peppercorns, rosemary sprigs and the sauce either on the side for pouring or drizzled over top.

 

Tagliatelle with Prosciutto and Orange April 14, 2013

Filed under: Mains,Pasta,Pork,Quick and easy,Thrifty — blisteringlydrunk @ 11:45 am
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Pasta is the ultimate treat-night meal to me. I gravitate to pastas that use simple ingredients and are light on the sauce, but big on flavour. Don’t get me wrong, I like a big bowl of saucy spaghetti and meatballs as much as the next person, but I most often seek out recipes that come together quickly and rely on one or two key ingredients to make the meal sing.

I came across this Bon Appetit recipe a couple years ago, bookmarked it, and finally made it last night. It sounds a bit unusual – the two key flavours are orange and prosciutto – but fear not, the result is a salty and ever-so-sweet pasta that tastes interesting rather than unusual.

My tips are this: (1) Go to your nearest Italian market and buy a great quality, egg based tagliatelle. It doesn’t need to be expensive – mine was $2. (2) Find a super ripe, fragrant orange. (3) You want to serve this as soon as it’s ready. Once you get to the last step, call your husband/wife/kids/guests to plant around the table and fill their plates the minute the pasta is done.

Did I mention this is really easy? There’s hardly any chopping, the sauce only cooks for about 5 minutes and all the ingredients are easily sourced. You can have dinner on the table in the time it takes to boil your pasta. Hope you love it!

Katie

serves 4

12 oz egg tagliatelle or fettuccine (fresh or dry will work, just get a great quality pasta)
2 T butter
2 oz prosciutto OR 3 stips of bacon, sliced/torn into small pieces
zest and juice of 1 orange
1/2 cup whipping cream
freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Season with salt, add pasta and cook until 1 minute before al dente. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta water.
Meanwhile, melt butter in a large heavy nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add prosciutto/bacon; sauté until browned, about 3 minutes.
To the saute pan, add half the reserved pasta water, orange juice, half of zest and cream; bring to a boil. (Now it’s time to get everyone gathered around the table.) Add pasta and cook, stirring, until the sauce coats the pasta and the pasta is al dente, about 1 minute. Season with salt and pepper. Working quickly, stir in cheese and taste – add more salt and pepper as desired. You can add more pasta water to loosen the sauce if needed. Divide among warm bowls and sprinkle with remaining orange zest.

Pasta with Prosciutto and Orange

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Smoky Eggplant and Pickled Beet Sandwich April 4, 2013

Filed under: Mains,Sandwiches,Vegetarian — blisteringlydrunk @ 8:37 pm
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Eggplant SandwichI have so many new recipes to post! I will try to get them all on here, but today you’re getting a sandwich. It’s simple, it’s vegetarian, it’s packed with fresh herbs, it’s healthy, it’s satisfying….and it’s a fantastic way to use up your pickled beets before the next crop is ready to be pickled! I used golden beets and brioche burger buns – any variety of pickled beet will work and you just need to find a bun or sandwich bread that is soft (a chewy crust would not be ideal here). Potato buns, focaccia, brioche and soft dinner rolls would work well. I also used a tahini sauce in place of the garlic mayo….it worked, but I think the mayo would be better. If you’re mayo adverse, a tapenade with extra garlic would be really nice.

Enjoy!
Katie

makes 4 hearty sandwiches, barely adapted from Bon Appetit

Eggplant and Mayo:

1 large eggplant (1 1/2 pounds), sliced into 1/2 inch thick rounds
1-2 T  olive oil
1/2 t smoked paprika
salt and pepper
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 t Sherry vinegar

Preheat oven to 400°. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil, then spread 1 T oil right onto the foil covered pan. Place eggplant slices on the pan in a single layed and rub the top side of each slice with a little extra oil (or spray with Pam). Season with paprika, salt, and pepper. Roast until golden and tender, 30-40 minutes, flipping halfway through.

Whisk garlic, mayonnaise, and vinegar in a small bowl; set aside.

Do ahead: the eggplant and mayo can be made one day ahead and refrigerated.

Beet Salad and Assembly:

6 green onions, thinly sliced
1 cup mixed tender fresh herb leaves (such as flat-leaf parsley, dill, and mint), chopped
1/2 cup chopped pickled beets
1/4 cup chopped olives
2 T capers, drained
1/2 T olive oil
4 buns or 8 slices bread
6 ounces feta, thinly sliced

Toss scallions, herbs, beets, olives, capers, and oil in a medium bowl to combine.
Spread cut sides of bread with garlic mayo (or tapenade). Top one slice of bread with eggplant, feta, beet salad and a second slice of bread.