Saturday, June 16, 2018

Father's Day Dinner - June 17, 2018

On the Menu


Savory Pot Roast Potatoes & Carrots
6 - 8 Servings
Ingredients 
5 to 6 pound pot roast (rump)
salt to taste
Savory Spice Rub – Recipe to follow
1 to 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cup vegetable stock
1 large onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
2 pounds potatoes peeled and diced
1 pound carrots, sliced – about the same thickness as the potatoes

Savory Spice Rub
2 tablespoons of mixed whole peppercorns
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
½  tablespoon cumin seeds
1 tablespoon onion flakes
1 tablespoon granulated garlic
1 teaspoon ginger powder
1 tablespoon brown sugar

Method 
Season the roast with salt and sit aside. 
Place the peppercorns, coriander, cumin and onion flakes in a coffee/spice grinder, grind until seeds are cracked add the remaining spices and sugar and grind until they are well mixed.
Place the spices in a large dish or bowl and roll roast in spices until well coated.  Wrap roast in plastic wrap or foil and let marinate over night. 
Heat a large pot on high, add the oil, once the oil is heated, add the roast and brown on all sides.  Lower the heat and add the vegetable stock, onions and garlic.  Cover with a tightly fitting lid and let simmer.
After 1 hour of cooking, turn roast with tongs (do not pierce with a fork because you will release the juices), cook another 30 minutes and turn again.  After 1½   hours of cooking, add the potatoes and carrots, season with salt and pepper and continue to cook until potatoes are fork tender. 

Plating:  On a very large platter, place the roast and surround it with the vegetables.  
6 – 8 Servings
Ingredients
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium onion, diced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, diced 
16 ounces frozen lima beans
16 ounces organic frozen corn
1 teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon oregano
4 fresh tomatoes, diced
2 cups of water
2 bay leaves
⅓ cup chopped fresh parsley leaves

Method
Heat olive oil in large sauce pan, add the onions, garlic, and jalapeno and saute until onions are translucent. 
Add the lima beans, corn, dried seasonings, tomatoes, water and bay leaves.
Bring to a boil and reduce heat to medium.  Cook uncovered 30 minutes or until beans are tender.
Remove bay leaves and mix in parsley.
 8 - 10 Servings
Ingredients

1/4 cup olive oil
1 large red bell pepper, julienne
1 large yellow pepper, julienne
1 large green pepper, julienne
1 large orange pepper, julienne
1 large red onion, julienne
4 - 6 large garlic cloves, sliced thin
1 large head of cabbage, shredded
1 tablespoon garlic, granulated
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons pepper
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 bunch Italian parsley, roughly chopped

Method
In a large sauce pan or wok, add the olive oil, peppers, onions, garlic and1/2 teaspoon of salt.  Saute until onion are translucent.
Add cabbage, granulated garlic, remaining salt, pepper and liquid smoke, mix thoroughly, cover and cook on medium heat 20 minutes mix at least 3 times during the cooking period.
At the end of 20 minutes mix in the parsley and remove from heat.
Taste for seasoning and adjust accordingly.
Cabbage should be firm at the end of the cooking period because it will continue cooking from the residual heat and you do not want it to become mushy.      
 Skillet Cornbread
8 Servings
Ingredients
1/4 cup shortening
1-1/2 cups yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup all purpose flour
1/4 - 1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon of baking soda
1 teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of kosher salt
2 cups of buttermilk, more or less
1 large egg, lightly beaten

Method
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Add the shortening to a well seasoned 10-inch cast iron skillet and place the skillet into the oven to melt the shortening and heat the skillet. In a bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Using mitts, carefully remove the skillet from the oven and swirl the hot fat around to coat the entire skillet. Pour the fat from the skillet into the cornmeal mixture; stir. Stir in half of the buttermilk and add the egg; add more buttermilk as needed to make a thick but pourable batter. Depending on the grind of your cornmeal and the type of buttermilk you use, you may not need it all. Fold ingredients and don't beat the batter. Pour the cornmeal mixture into the hot skillet. Carefully place directly into the oven and bake at 450 degrees F for about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven, let rest for 5 minutes, then very carefully turn the cornbread out onto a plate or platter to preserve that nice crispy crust!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Light Summer Salads

On the menu
  • Watermelon and Jicama Salad
  • Mama Guzman's Mesclun Salad  
  • Spring Mix w/Mandarin Oranges & Parmesan
  •  Greek Salad

 

Watermelon and Jicama Salad
4 Servings

Ingredients
1 ½ pounds water melon, peeled, seeded, diced
1 pound jicama, peeled, diced
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, julienned
Zest of 2 limes
Juice of 4 limes
¼ cup cilantro, chopped
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
½ teaspoon granulated garlic
½ teaspoon granulated onion

Method
In a large bowl, mix together the melon, jicama, jalapeno pepper and lime zest.
In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, seasonings and cilantro, gently toss with the melon mixture.

Note: Watermelon and jicama are just the base of this salad, to this you can add red onions, mangoes, cucumbers, celery, nuts, etc., just keep the ingredients fresh, raw and healthy. 

Soulful Eating!


 Mama Guzman's Mesclun Salad
4 Servings
Ingredients
1 pound mesclun greens
1 hot house cucumber, sliced
6 ounces cherry tomatoes, halved
2 avocados, seeded, peeled, sliced
For the Vinaigrette
1 Valencia orange, juiced
1 lemon, juiced
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil 
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon granulated garlic

½ teaspoon granulated onion
½ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon crushed red chili peppers

Method
Line a platter or 4 individual dishes/bowls with the mesclun greens topped with cherry tomatoes, cucumbers and avocados. 
In a separate bowl whisk together the vinaigrette ingredients until well combined, taste for flavor and adjust the seasonings if needed.
Use approximately 2 tablespoons per salad.


Spring Mix w/Mandarin Oranges & Parmesan
4 – 6 Servings
Ingredients
12 ounces spring mix
4 mandarin orange, peeled and segmented
Freshly shaved Parmesan cheese
   For the dressing
2 mandarin oranges
1 garlic clove
¼ cup rice wine vinegar
1 teaspoon granulated onion
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon crushed red chili peppers
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seed oil

Method
Place spring mix, orange segments and Parmesan cheese into a large bowl. Place the oranges vinegar and dry seasonings into a blender or food processor. Blend until orange segments and garlic are a pulp. Drizzle in the oil and continue processing until smooth and creamy. Any excess dressing should be stored in an air tight container and refrigerated  up to 2 weeks.
 
 
 Greek Salad
8 Servings
 Ingredients:
4 large Roma tomatoes, ½” dice
1 large red bell pepper, ½” dice
1 large green bell pepper, ½” dice
1 medium red onion, sliced
1 cup feta cheese, diced
3 large cucumbers, seeded, diced
½ cup kalamata olives, halves
1 head red leaf lettuce, chopped
For the Dressing:
½ cup red wine vinegar
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon oregano, dry
½ teaspoon thyme, dry
½ teaspoon sage, dry
½ teaspoon basil, dry
½ teaspoon rosemary, dry
½ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground pepper

Method
Dice tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and feta [about a half inch dice].
Cut cucumber in half [lengthwise], scoop out the seeds with a spoon and dice.
Slice or cut olives in half.  Combine all ingredients in a large bowl.
Thoroughly whisk together all the dressing ingredients and pour ½ of the dressing over the vegetables. Mix thoroughly and refrigerate at least 2 hours prior to serving. 
Serve on a bed of red leaf lettuce or spinach, add more dressing if needed.
Remaining dressing can also be used as a marinade for meat, fish or vegetables.