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Rigatoni Melanzane Eggplant Pasta Recipe

Rigatoni melanzane eggplant pasta
Rigatoni Melanzane Pasta (with eggplant)

This recipe serves three or four dinner servings. Rigatoni Melanzane is a very simple and tasty recipe, one of the best ways to enjoy the great taste of the eggplant.

Ingredients:

1 lb. rigatoni pasta,
2 cups tomato pasta sauce,
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil,
2 cups diced eggplant,
1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil,
2 garlic cloves, chopped,
1/4 small yellow onion, chopped,
1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese,
1/2 teaspoon dry oregano, salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet and saute the eggplant, onion and garlic until the eggplant cubes are soft and nicely browned.
  2. Add the tomato sauce, basil and oregano and reduce the sauce slightly by simmering it at low heat for about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Boil the rigatoni pasta according to the package instruction, usually about 12 minutes. Strain the boiled rigatoni and toss them with the melanzane pasta sauce.
  4. Serve the Rigatoni Melanzana with some grated Pecorino Romano cheese on top.

Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Crab-stuffed mushrooms recipe
Crab-Stuffed Mushrooms Recipe

Ingredients:

16 big mushroom caps, (called stuffers),
1 single package cream cheese,
4 oz crab meat, diced,
1 Tbsp. chopped onion,
1 handful fresh baby spinach,
3 garlic cloves, chopped,
1 Tbsp. butter,
1 Tbsp. chopped red pepper,
16 thin slices of aged cheddar,
salt and pepper to taste.

Recipe:

  1. Heat the butter and saute the mushroom caps. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. In the same pan saute the pepper, onion and garlic for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the crab meat and baby spinach, and cook for about 1 minute more, until the spinach is wilted. Remove from heat.
  4. Add the softened cream cheese and mix well.
  5. Fill the mushroom cups with the mixture and top with the aged cheddar.
  6. Bake the stuffed mushrooms in the oven until the cheddar cheese is melted.
  7. Serve four stuffed mushrooms with a little salad in each plate, as appetizer.
  8. (Optional): Panko bread crumbs can be added to the mushroom stuffing mixture.

Vegetarian No Meat Chili Recipe

Vegetarian no meat chili
Vegetarian No Meat Chili

Ingrediets:

1/4 cup sunflower oil,
1/2 medium onion, chopped,
3 garlic cloves, chopped,
2 stalks celery, chopped,
1 carrot, diced,
1 red bell pepper, chopped,
2 cans (13 oz. each) black beans,
1 can (13 oz.) diced tomato,
500 ml. tomato passata (strained tomato),
1 bay leave,
1/2 teaspoon cumin powder,
1 teaspoon chili flakes,
1 teaspoon smoked paprika,
1 tablespoon chili seasoning (or to taste),
1 heaping tablespoon of sugar,
salt to taste (if needed),
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese product.

Recipe:

1. Heat the oil in a large heavy saucepan and saute the garlic and onion for 3 minutes.

2. Add the diced carrot, celery and red pepper and saute for 5 more minutes. Stir often.

3. Add the black beans without the liquid, and the seasonings without the sugar.

4. After 2 minutes add the diced tomatoes and the passata.

5. Stir well, cover with a lod and simmer for about 25 minutes while stirring occasionally.

6. Add the sugar to the vegetarian chili 5 minutes before it is ready.

7. When the chili is ready remove it from the heat and stir in the parmesan cheese.

8. Serve the vegetarian chili in bowls and top with some shredded cheese. Enjoy.

Gnocchi Arrabbiata Pasta Recipe

Gnocchi arrabbiata pasta image
Gnocchi Arrabbiata

Ingredients:

1 pounds of gnocchi (dry or frozen),
1 1/2 cups crushed tomatoes,
3 tablespoons olive oil,
1 teaspoon chili flakes,
1 tablespoon fresh chopped basil,
2 garlic cloves, chopped,
1 teaspoon butter,
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

Recipe:

1. Heat the olive oil and butter in a frying pan and saute the garlic until golden.

2.Add the chili flakes 1 minute before the garlic is ready, followed by the crushed tomatoes and basil. (Optional: You can add 1/4 cup of chicken stock to the sauce).

3. Season the Arrabbiata sauce with salt and pepper and cook it for several minutes over meduim heat until the desired consistency.

4. Boil the gnocchi according the package instructions, strain it and toss it with the Arrabbiata sauce. I boil my gnocchi by dropping them in a large pot with boiling water and little salt, then after they have been floating on the surface of the boiling water for 2-3 minutes, I take them out with a collander and mix them with the sauce right away.

This Gnocchi Arrabbiata recipe is for 5 servings of pasta. I served the gnocchi with some freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese on top.

Stacked Caprese Salad Recipe

Stacked Caprese salad with buffalo mozzarella
Caprese Salad with Formaggio di Bufala

Ingredients:

4 large ripe beefstake tomatoes,
2-3 balls of fresh buffalo mozzarella, (formaggio di bufala)
4 tablespoons pasto sauce,
sea salt to taste,
some leaf lettuce for decoration,
freshly ground black pepper to taste,
fresh parsley sprig or basil for decoration.

Recipe:

  1. Slice each tomato to 4-5 slices and sprinkle some sea salt on each slice.
  2. Arrange the tomato slices on stacks, as seen in the picture below, and put a teaspoon of pesto sauce and a slice of buffalo mozzarella between the tomato slices.
  3. Serve each stack of caprese salad on a plate over some leaf lettuce and grind some black pepper on top.
  4. Decorate the caprese salads with fresh parsley or basil.
  5. This salad is very easy and doesn’t take any major cooking skills to prepare. Preparation time is only 10 minutes. For best results serve the salad slightly chilled, but not cold. If you have balsamic reduction ready, you can sprinkle it around the edges of the plate for decoration. Cheers.

Pulled Pork and Beans Wrap

Pulled pork and beans wrap
Pulled Pork and Beans Wrap

Ingredients:

1 pork loin,
1 carrot,
1 onion,
2 stalks celery,
2 bay leaves,
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns,
1 tablespoon Montreal steak spice,
1 teaspoon salt,
1 cup BBQ sauce,
12 twelve-inch tortillas.

For the beans:

1 can black beans,
3 oz BBQ sauce,
1/2 onion, sliced,
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced,

Recipe:

  1. Place the pork loin in a large 4-inch hotel pan. Add the coarsely cut carrot, onion and celery to the pan. Also, add the bay leaves, peppercorns and salt. Season the pork loin with the Montreal spice. Add 1 cup of water to the pan and place the pan with the pork loin not-covered in a preheated (convection) oven at 400 F.
  2. Brown the pork loin for aproximately 20 minutes, then cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about two-and-a-half hours to three hours, or until the pork loin is tender and can be pulled easily by hand.
  3. After the pork loin is ready, remove it from the roasting pan and let it cool down enough to be able to handle it. Reserve the liquids for a gravy if you want.
  4. Remove any excess fat from the pork loin. Pull the pork and mix it with the BBQ sauce.
  5. Roast the sliced onion and pepper in a greaced hotel pan until browned. Add the beans and bbq sauce and bake for 10 minutes.
  6. Put about 3 oz. each, baked beans and pulled pork in the middle of each tortilla and fold the wraps.
  7. Grill each pulled pork wrap in a panini press or over a flat-top grill until lightly golden brown, then cut on a bias and serve. Cheers.
  8. (Optional) you can add shredded cheddar cheese to your pulled pork wraps if desired.

Pulled Pork and Lemon Coleslaw Wrap

Pulled pork and lemon coleslaw wrap

Ingredients:

1 pork loin,
1 carrot,
1 onion,
2 stalks celery,
2 bay leaves,
1 teaspoon whole peppercorns,
1 tablespoon Montreal steak spice,
1 teaspoon salt,
1 cup BBQ sauce,
12 twelve-inch tortillas.
For the Coleslaw:
1/2 head of cabbage,
1 carrot,
1/2 cup chopped red onion,
1/2 cup of light mayonnaise,
1 tablespoon of sugar,
1 lemon, juiced.

Recipe:

  1. Place the pork loin in a large 4-inch hotel pan. Add the coarsely cut carrot, onion and celery to the pan. Also, add the bay leaves, peppercorns and salt. Season the pork loin with the Montreal spice. Add 1 cup of water to the pan and place the pan with the pork loin not-covered in a preheated (convection) oven at 400 F.
  2. Brown the pork loin for aproximately 20 minutes, then cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil and bake for about two-and-a-half hours to three hours, or until the pork loin is tender and can be pulled easily by hand.
  3. After the pork loin is ready, remove it from the roasting pan and let it cool down enough to be able to handle it. Reserve the liquids for a gravy if you want.
  4. Remove any excess fat from the pork loin. Pull the pork and mix it with the BBQ sauce.
  5. Slice the cabbage thinly and shread the carrot. Mix the carrot and cabbage with the other ingredients for the coleslaw.
  6. Put about 3 oz. each, coleslaw and pulled pork in the middle of each tortilla and fold the wraps.
  7. Grill each pulled pork wrap in a panini press or over a flat-top grill until lightly golden brown, then cut on a bias and serve. Cheers.

Beef Burrito Recipe

Beef burrito

Ingredients:

2 lb lean ground beef,
1 cup parboiled rice,
360 ml. water,
1 can black beans,
3 oz BBQ sauce,
1/2 onion, sliced,
1/2 red bell pepper, sliced,
Taco seasoning to taste,
1 Tbsp. olive oil,
shredded cheddar, as needed,
8 12-inch flour tortillas

Recipe:

  1. Brown the ground beef with the red pepper and onion in a large heavy skillet with the olive oil. Season the beef to taste with the taco seasoning.
  2. Put the rice and the water in a saucepan with a heavy lid and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a low simmering without lifting the lid until the rice is ready.
  3. Bake the black beans with the bbq sauce in a preheated oven at 350 F for about 20 minutes.
  4. Place some of the beef, rice, baked beans and shredded cheddar in the middle of each tortilla and fold the burritos.
  5. Cook each burrito until lightly toasted and the cheddar inside is melted, on a flat-top grill or in a cast-iron pan.
  6. Cut each burrito in the middle on a bias and serve with salsa and sour cream.

Quinoa Salad Recipe

Quinoa salad
Quinoa salad

Ingredients:

2 cups quinoa,
2 1/4 cups of water,
2 tbsp. EV olive oil,
2 garlic cloves, chopped,
1/2 medium yellow onion, chopped,
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper,
1/4 cup chopped celery,
1 cup chopped broccoli,
2 cups diced tomato,
1/4 cup chopped red onion,
1/2 lemon, juiced,
4 tablespoons sunflower oil,
salt and pepper to taste,
200 grams feta cheese.

Recipe:

1. Pour the EV olive oil in a heavy saucepan and saute the garlic, yellow onion and bell pepper for 5 minutes.

2. Add the quinoa, stir it in and immediately add the water. Cover the saucepan with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. It is even better if you cover the saucepan with aluminum foil first and then put the lid. Cook the quinoa for about 15 minutes or until ready. You can open the lid and check, but don’t do it often.

3. When the quinoa is ready spread it on a baking tray and let it cool down. When all the steam is gone stir it gently and put the tray in the fridge until the quinoa cools down completely.

4. In the meantime, cut the rest of the vegetables if you haven’t already done so.

5. Mix all the quinoa salad ingredients in a bowl and serve in 6 bowls. Crumble the feta cheese on top of the quinoa salads.

I cook my quinoa the same way I cook rice pilaf. If you would like to use the quinoa as a side dish you can replace the water in the recipe with chicken stock or vegetable stock. Even a spoon of butter wouldn’t be a bad idea if the quinoa is to be used as a side dish.

Vol-au-vent Au Poulet

Vol-au-vent with chicken
Vol-au-vent au Poulet – Chicken vol-au-vent

Vol-au-vent is a great French dish made with a puff pastry shell and a creamy filling. It can be served as a main course, as well as an appetizer.

Ingredients:

Frozen puff pastry sheets, as needed, 1 cup diced cooked chicken breast, 3 tbsp. butter, 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour, 1 garlic clove, chopped, 1 shallot, chopped, 1/2 cup 18% cream, 1 cup chicken stock, 1-2 sprigs of fresh thyme.

Recipe:

1. You can use square or round puff pastry sheets. Cut half-way through the puff pastry at 1 centimeter from the edge and bake according to package instructions. After the vol-au-vent shells are baked, let them sit for 5-10 minutes, and then remove with a fork the cut-up middle part, which will serve as the lid.

2. Melt the butter in a heavy frying pan and saute the garlic and shallots. Add the flour and make a roux. Add the cream while stirring and then add the cricken stock. Make sure that the sauce has no lumps of flour in it by stirring vigorously.

3. Add the cooked chicken, fresh chopped thyme and season to taste with salt and pepper. Now you have to have in the pan something very similar to chicken pot pie stuffing. Optional: You can thicken the sauce some more with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.

4. Spoon the stuffing in the warm vol-au-vent shells and serve.