Saturday, June 23, 2012

Beef with Spicy Black Bean Sauce

3/4 pound beef
1 celery stalk
1 green onion
1/2 carrot
1 tablespoon fermented black beans
1 tablespoon chili paste
2 garlic cloves
2 ginger slices
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon wine
1 teaspoon cornstarch
dash of pepper

1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch

Cut beef across the grain into thin, bite-sized pieces. Mix marinade ingredients. Marinate beef for twenty minutes.

While marinating beef, prepare vegetables and sauce. Mix sauce ingredients and set aside.

Slice celery and carrots into thin slices. Peel and mince garlic cloves and ginger. Wash black beans and let sit for a few minutes to soften. Mince.

Heat wok and add 1 teaspoon of oil. When oil is ready, stir-fry celery, carrot, and green onion until tender and crisp. Remove vegetables from the wok and set aside.

Reheat the wok and add 2 tablespoons of oil. Stir-fry the ginger, garlic, and black beans until fragrant. Add the chili paste and the marinated beef. Stir-fry until there is no redness in the beef. Give the sauce mixture a quick stir and add to the beef. When the sauce is boiling add the cooked vegetables. Mix well.

Remove from wok, sprinkle with sesame oil and serve.

Mexican Corn Bread

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup flour
2 tablespoons sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
2 eggs -- beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup butter -- melted
1 tablespoon jalapeno pepper -- chopped
1/2 cup sweet red peppers -- chopped
1/2 cup onion -- chopped
1 can creamed corn
1 cup Monterey jack cheese -- shredded

Sift dry ingredients together into a bowl.  In another bowl, beat together milk and eggs. Then beat in melted butter.

Add wet mixture into dry ingredients. Stir in remaining ingredients. Mix thoroughly.

Pour into a greased 8" or 9" square pan. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes at 400 degrees F.

North Peak Brewing Co. Veggie Burgers

Pico de gallo:

3/4 cup finely diced tomatoes, from about 2 tomatoes
1/4 cup finely diced onion
2 packed tablespoons (from 1/8 bunch) roughly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons finely chopped canned jalapenos with juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/8 teaspoon Tabasco, or other vinegar-based hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste

In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, onion, cilantro, jalapenos, garlic, lime juice, vegetable oil and Tabasco. Stir in one-fourth teaspoon salt. Taste, and adjust seasonings and flavorings as desired. This makes 1 generous cup of pico de gallo.

Veggie burgers and assembly:

4 cups cooked black beans, from about 2 1/2 (15-ounce) cans (drained)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup molasses
2 teaspoons salt, more to taste
1 tablespoon cumin, more to taste
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, plus more for sautéing the burgers
1/2 cup finely diced onion
9 ounces portobello mushrooms, cut into 1/4-inch pieces (about 4 cups)
1 cup pico de gallo
3 cups panko bread crumbs
Semolina flour for dusting
Sliced cheese, if desired
Sliced toasted ciabatta rolls

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F. In a food processor, lightly pulse the black beans, honey, molasses, salt and cumin. Remove the bean mixture to a large bowl.

Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat until hot. Add the one-fourth cup plus 1 tablespoon oil, then stir in the onion and diced portobello mushrooms. Cook until the onion is softened and caramelized and the mushrooms have rendered their juice and are darkened, about 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

Stir in the pico de gallo, scraping any flavoring from the base of the pan. Remove from heat and cool, then add to the large bowl with the black bean mixture, stirring to fully incorporate.

Stir in the bread crumbs, kneading to form a cohesive mixture. Taste, and adjust the seasonings as desired. Divide the mixture into eighths, forming each into a patty. Lightly dust each patty
with semolina flour.

Place the patties on a greased baking sheet. Bake the patties for 15 minutes to warm and set the filling, then remove from heat. (The patties can be made up to this point and frozen: Cool the patties,
then individually wrap and freeze. Thaw before continuing.)

Before serving, heat a skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add a thin film of oil, then add 1 to 2 patties (do not crowd the pan). Sear on each side until the patties are crisp on both sides and
warmed throughout, 4 to 6 minutes total. If desired, melt cheese on top of each patty.

Garnish as desired and serve on the toasted ciabatta rolls.

Serves 8

Monday, June 11, 2012

Longhorn Steakhouse Coffee Rubbed Rib-eye

Main Ingredients:
4 - 1" thick 12 oz. rib-eyes

Coffee Rub:
1/4 cup each finely ground espresso and chili powder
2 Tbsp. paprika
2 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. dry mustard
1 Tbsp. kosher salt
1 Tbsp. black pepper
1 Tbsp. coriander
1 Tbsp. oregano

Caramelized Shallot Butter:
1 - 4 oz. stick softened unsalted butter
2 oz. of caramelized shallots (instructions below)
1 tsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. black pepper

Mix together all the ingredients for the coffee rub. Set aside till needed.

Prepare the Caramelized Shallot butter:

To caramelize shallots, take approx. 5 oz. raw diced shallots; sauté in 2 Tbsp. butter and 1/4 tsp. kosher salt for approximately 20 minutes until they are soft and brown.

Using a spatula, mix together all the ingredients for the caramelized shallot butter. Cover and refrigerate.

Season the rib-eyes with salt and pepper and coat rib-eyes with 1 Tbsp. of coffee rub on each side.

Grill rib-eyes to desired doneness (note: the rub will get very dark on the steak).

Plate the rib-eyes and place a heaping Tbsp. of caramelized shallot butter on each steak.

Garnish with fresh chopped parsley. Serve with your favorite side like baked potato and/or grilled vegetables.

Serves 4

Mixed Rice Pilaf

1 cup chopped onion
2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 cup minced red bell pepper
1/2 cup minced celery
1/2 cup dry sherry or white wine
2 cups long-grain brown rice
1/2 cup wild rice
1/2 cup basmati rice
4 cups defatted chicken stock
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/4 tsp dried sage
1 Tbs low-sodium soy or tamari sauce

In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, saute onion, garlic, red bell pepper, and celery in sherry until vegetables are soft (5 to 10 minutes).

Add brown, wild, and basmati rices. Cook, stirring, for 3 minutes. Add stock, thyme, and sage, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium and cook, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Lower heat to low, cover pot, and let pilaf steam until rice is tender (about 25 minutes). Stir in soy sauce.

Servings: 6

Basix Cafe Salmon Burgers

1 1/2 pounds boned and skinned salmon, cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon drained capers, chopped
2/3 cup panko (Japanese) bread crumbs
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon butter, more as needed
4 brioche buns, toasted (hamburger buns)
tartar sauce
Prepared coleslaw

In the bowl of a food processor, pulse the salmon cubes several times until coarsely ground (there will still be flakes of salmon). Remove the ground salmon to a large bowl, and stir in the capers, bread crumbs, lemon juice, pepper, salt and egg until the mixture is uniform and fully combined. Divide the mixture into 4 patties.

In a large sauté pan, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add the burgers (do not crowd, they can be cooked in batches) and sauté, adjusting the heat as needed, until the burgers are golden on the outside and cooked throughout, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes per side.

Prepare the burgers: Brush the insides of each toasted bun with tartar sauce, and spoon a little coleslaw on the base of the bun. Place a burger on the slaw, then the bun top. Serve immediately.

Serves 4