Swiss Chard Aloo “Saag”

6 leaves Swiss Chard, roughly chopped
6 stems Swiss Chard, diced
2 tbsp butter or ghee
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 tspn ginger root, minced or grated
2 tspn toasted coriander, ground
2 tspn toasted cumin, ground
1/2 tspn cayenne pepper, ground
1 toasted cardamom pod, ground
1 dash of ground nutmeg
2 yukon gold potatos, skinned and cut into medium sized cubes
4oz cup chicken stock
4 oz coconut milk

4 servings 

I was having one of those “I have nothing to cook” mornings and couldn’t inspire myself to go to the grocery store. But after scanning around my pantry and fridge I found onion, swiss chard, garlic, and potatoes and I had just gone to Kalystians so I had really good coriander seeds. Next thing you know I’m making a mock-curry. I LOVE Indian aloo saag, a rich and spiced blend of spinach and potatoes. But Indian food is expensive and I can never order just one curry – so I figured let’s give it a try with chard instead of spinach. The result: Heavenly homemade curry. Make a bunch, it keeps well as leftovers.

In a medium-large pot, add butter over medium heat. Add onions, chopped chard stems, salt, pepper, cook for 5 min.

Meanwhile, toast spices in a small dry pan, then blend in a spice grinder or mini-food processor (or mortar and pestle but why? Get a mini food processor or spice grinder)

Add garlic, ginger and ground spices to onion base. Stir and cook on medium low for another 5 min, until stem-onion base is tender and fragrant.

Add chard leaves and cook on medium for about 3 minutes

Add coconut milk and chicken stock a and stir. Bring to boil then reduce to simmer

Add potatoes, stir, cover. slow cook for about an hour on low heat setting, stirring occasionally.

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Steak and mushroom pie

This British pub fare doesn’t have to take two days to make. This recipe is full of short cuts, but packs in major savory flavor. The crust is heartier than most pastry (thanks to the egg and the sour cream) so it won’t melt when you put it over the hot filling to bake. The fish sauce and dried porcini ups the umami – and gets rid of the need to brown for your Millard reaction. If you live alone, make it on a weekend and enjoy leftovers all week. If you live with people, make it and enjoy the compliments.

Filling
2.5 lbs quality beef chuck, trimmed into 1-2 inch cubes (grass fed if possible, around 2 lbs total after trimming)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp pepper
1 tbsp fish or Worcestershire sauce
2 slices bacon, cut to lardons
1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
fresh thyme, 2 tsp
1 lb of mushrooms, cut
2 dried mushrooms, powdered (optional)
1/4 cup flour
1 cup brown or pale ale
1.5 cups beef broth (go easy on salt if you’re using bullion)
1 teaspoon cornstarch + water (slurry)
1-2 tablespoons Parsley or chives, minced

Crust
1 cup flour
tsp salt
5 tbsp cubed, cold lard, butter or a mix of the two
1/4 cup sour cream, chilled
1 egg, beaten (separated in halves)
1 large pinch of caraway seeds

Six servings

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

You can make the filling and crust on different days, then bake it another time… or knock it out all at once. Your call. But I’m going to break it down as if you were doing it all in one go.

Cube beef (around 1 inch), toss with salt, pepper and mix of water and baking soda. Reserve.

Using a food processor, finely chop garlic (5-7 pulses). Add roughly quartered onion and thyme, pulse until garlic is minced, onion is diced and herbs are well mixed (usually about 8-12 pulses). Reserve in a bowl. *Time saver* – instead of mincing garlic, then chopping onions, then finely chopping herbs, I use my food processor to get ‘er done quick saving myself about 10 minutes or so of chopping. You can always use a knife instead.

Wipe out food processor until dry, then add flour and salt, pulse about 10 times. Add cold butter/lard. Pulse until about dough begins to form pea sized pieces. Add half the sour cream and egg mixture, pulse about 3-5 more times. Then add remaining mixture and pulse another 3 times or so. On a floured surface, fold the dough a few times and create a disk. Cover with cling wrap and reserve in the fridge.

Add bacon to a hot dutch oven. Wipe or wash mushrooms clean of dirt and quarter or slice them. Add mushrooms to semi cooked bacon and a little beef broth to scrape up any brown bits. Cook for about 5 minutes.  Add onion, garlic and herbs cook for about 5 more minutes. Add 1/4 cup flour, mix and cook for another few minutes.  Add broth and beer. Mix well, then add beef, mix and bring to boil, then reduce to simmer.

Cover and bake filling in oven at 350 degrees F for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, roll pastry into a 9″ pie crust, then return to fridge.

Remove Dutch oven and add slurry if the filling needs thickening. Return filling to oven for another 15-30 minutes until finished.

Up the oven to 400 degrees

Add filling to pie pan and add fresh parsley/chives on top, then cover filling with pastry.
Egg wash the pastry. Using a biscuit cutter or a knife make a hole in the middle for ventilation. Dust crust with caraway seed. Push the sides down all around. Bake at 400 for 25 minutes> Allow pie to cool 20-30 minutes before serving.

Serve with fresh salad.

Soy garlic weeknight salmon

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This weeknight wonder is great for anyone who is low on time, yet is health conscious. The salmon only needs about 20-30 minutes to marinate and get deep flavor. During that time, prep your veggies and/or starch and you can have a full meal ready in under an hour (including washing up!). You can easily do one fillet, or up to six. Adjust your acids if you desire, use Ponzu instead of Soy Sauce. Put in some cilantro to add freshness or mustard to up the spice. Do your thing and make it yours. Just remember to make more or less marinade depending on how much fish you’re cooking.

For two servings

2 skin-on salmon fillets or steaks (about 5-7 oz each, pinbones removed)
1/3 cup low sodium tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
1/3 cup of rice vinegar
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon of white sugar or honey
1 clove of garlic (smashed and minced)
1 teaspoon of fresh ginger (smashed and minced)
1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Place salmon  in a prep bowl or dish.
Add tamari, vinegar, sugar, garlic, ginger and pepper to salmon fillets, toss to cover.
After 10-15 minutes, flip fish in marinade.
Once fish is fully marinated (10-15 more minutes) move fillets to a parchment lined jellyroll pan.
Roast for 10-12 minutes for medium rare.
Serve immediately or keep warm up to 30 min in a cooling/slighly open oven.

Enjoy!

 

BoyEatsWorld Jambalaya

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Tip 1: Don’t do it on a weeknight.
Tip 2: Half the recipe if you are just cooking for yourself.
Tip 3: Only speak in a Cajun accent while you cook this classic NOLA fav.

The Substance
1 quart chicken stock
2 cups washed basmati rice
1 lb andouille, chorizo or kielbasa sausage
1 lb shrimp, deveined

Spices
4-6 dashes Tabasco sauce
2 bay leaves (fresh or dried)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons sweet Hungarian paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano (or 1 tbsp chopped fresh)
1 teaspoon of turmeric or pinch of saffron (both optional)

Holy Trinity Base
1 onion, diced
2 sticks celery, diced
1 poblano or green bell pepper, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
4-5 garlic clove, minced
1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
2 tablespoons tomato paste

Finishing Touches
1 lemon, juiced
3 scallions, sliced
1 handful parsley, chopped

Seasoning
1.5 tbsp salt
1 tbsp black pepper

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Prep the sausage and shrimp. Give sausage an hour or so in freezer to harden (if it’s loose). slice 1 cm thin. De-vain shrimp. Reserve shrimp.

Brown sausage in a dutch oven or med-large pot. Remove browned sausage and reserve for later.

Prep Holy Trinity. I like to use my food processor to first mince the garlic and jalapeño, then remove. Add onion and celery together, pulse until evenly diced. I use a knife to chop peppers into small cubes for better presentation, but you can pulse them in the processor if you like.

Add 2 tablespoons of butter to pan, and add the onion, celery, bell peppers, garlic and jalapeño. Season with salt and pepper. Sweat vegetables: lower heat to low, partially covered, stir every few minutes. 10 minutes total.

Add spices and flavorings: Add tomato paste and spices, herbs and cook for another 5 minutes or so on low to medium low heat stirring.

Add chicken stock, rice and reserved sausage, bring to boil, reduce to simmer.
Cover and cook for 20 to 30 minutes on low heat.

While the rice cooks:
De-vain/peel shrimp to your liking (I prefer to have fully de-vained shrimp, with the outer shell still on. I buy them this way)
Juice one lemon
Chop the parsley and thinly slice the scallions

Once the rice is cooked, remove from heat then add shrimp, lemon and parsley, mix loosely, and cover for another 10 minutes. Allow the Jambalaya to steam and settle, just enough for the shrimp to cook through.

Top with scallions and serve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blackened Pork Tenderloin

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For 1 large 16 oz or two small 8 oz Tenderloin 

This quick and flavorful pork recipe is weeknight wonder. It’s fast, hearty and great as leftovers. I like the spicy, funky rub- the drier your rub, the blacker the exterior. Mix up your rubs, try a new marinade or just go with salt and pepper. No matter how you flavor it broiling tenderloin is sure way to perfect pork.

Start the night before. Season and rub your pork and let it get tastier overnight in your fridge.

The Rub
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp light vinegar
2 tsp grapeseed or canola oil
1 tsp coriander
1 tsp garlic granules/powder
1 tsp cayenne pepper
2 tsp paprika
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp salt
2 tsp pepper

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Pork on a rack. You don’t have to cut the tenderloin in half but I felt like it. Invest in an oven safe, instant-read thermometer and insert at thickest point of the pork. When it hits 145 degrees F, it’s done.

Broilin’
Preheat your broiler for about 5-10 minutes.
Line a medium sized sheet pan/jellyroll pan with foil.
Put pork on rack in the lined pan.

Broil for 5-7 minutes on one side,
Turn pork and broil for 5-7 more minutes until instant read thermometer reads 145 degrees (150 if you want it less rare).
Allow 10 minutes to rest under tented foil
Carve and serve immediately

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Post-roast. Pre-rest and pre-carve. You want browning and crispy bits.