Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches (Banh Mi)

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 4-6 sandwiches

Ingredients

½ cup rice vinegar
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
¼ cup water
1 teapoon lime zest
4 inches of daikon radish, cut in super thin matchsticks about 2 inches long
2 medium carrots, cut into super thin matchsticks about 2 inches long
2 jalapeño peppers, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
5 green onions, chopped fine
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 -2 tablespoon siracha sauce
Juice of one lime
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 pounds chicken breasts, pounded and chopped into 1 inch thick strips
4-6 individual baguettes, sliced in half
1/3 cup chili mayonnaise (1/3 cup mayonnaise mixed with 1 tablespoon siracha)
Cilantro leaves on a little stem

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together the vinegar, sugar, salt, water and lime zest and add daikon, jalapenos and carrot strips. Let stand at least 3 hours but preferably overnight. In another large, shallow bowl whisk together garlic, green onions, hoisin, siracha, lime juice, sugar, coarse salt and pepper until smooth. Place the chicken pieces in the bowl and mix well, making sure all the pieces are well coated. Let stand for about 30 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 375 ° F. After the chicken has marinated for 30 minutes lay the chicken out flay on a lined baking sheet and bake about 15 minutes or until meat is cooked through. Take the baguettes and spread a little chili mayonnaise on them and add about a ½ cup or more of cooked chicken mixture to the bottom piece. Next take some of the marinated daikon and carrots and place on top making sure to use a slotted spoon to strain off all liquid. Place the pickled jalapenos on top for extra spicy. Next garnish with cilantro and top with the top piece of the baguette!

Baked Camembert with Thyme and Garlic Toasts and Maple Glazed Grapes

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 9-12

Wine Pairing: Rose D’Anjou

Ingredients

1 whole small Camembert cheese
2 cloves garlic, sliced thin
2 sprigs fresh thyme
Olive oil
Salt and black pepper, freshly ground

For garlic toasts

1 baguette
1 garlic clove
Extra virgin olive oil

For grapes

1 large bunch of red seedless grapes, washed and stemmed
6 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves pulled from stems
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Olive oil

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Remove the Camembert from its packaging, pierce the top of the cheese with a sharp knife, then stuff the incisions with the garlic and thyme sprigs. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper. Wrap the cheese in parchment paper like a present and place on a baking sheet in the oven. Bake for about ten minutes, to melt the cheese.

To make garlic toasts:

Slice the baguette into 1/2 inch slices, place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 5 minutes, while the cheese is baking. Remove the toasts and lightly scrape each one on one side with a clove of raw garlic. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

To make the grapes:

Turn the oven to broil 500 degrees F (when you are finished baking the cheese or before). Place cleaned grapes on a greased baking sheet, and sprinkle the thyme leaves over the grapes. Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup, turning the grapes with a spatula to coat evenly. Broil in oven until grapes start to “pop” and get slightly charred. Cool slightly before serving with cheese and toast.

Ramp & Wild Mushroom Crostini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 15-20 crostinis

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 cloves garlic, chopped fine
9-10 ramps, cleaned and trimmed, chopped fine
1 cup fresh morel mushrooms or other wild mushrooms, cleaned and chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
Baguette bread sliced thin and lightly toasted
Pecorino cheese, shavings for garnish

DIRECTIONS

In a medium skillet heat the olive oil and butter on medium high, add the garlic and sauté a few minutes, then add the ramps and sauté another minute or so. Add the morels, herbs and wine, cook another minute and season with salt, pepper, and cayenne. Place a spoon full on a crostini and garnish with pecorino shavings.

Fava Bean Puree Costini with Mint and Pea Shoots

April 25th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

3 pounds fava beans
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons water
Juice of ½ lemon
Salt
Pea shoots, for garnish (optional)
Baguette, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Prepare a large bowl of ice water and set aside.

To prep and cook fava beans, pull on the stem of the pod and pull to open. If a pod doesn’t open easily, use a paring knife and slit the bean pod open, exposing the spongy insides and the beans. Remove the beans and discard the pods. In a pot of salted boiling water, blanch the beans for 2 minutes. Remove the beans with a slotted spoon and immediately plunge into prepared bowl of ice water. With your fingers, and helped with the tip of a paring knife is necessary, slip the outer skin off of each bean, revealing the inner bright green fava. Discard the outer skin.

In a blender, place fava beans, garlic, mint and olive oil and puree. While blender is running, stream in water until consistency is of hummus, or a spreadable puree. Add lemon juice and salt. Serve aside toasted bread garnished with pea shoots or as a dip.

Garlic Herb Bread (kid friendly)

April 20th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one baguette

Ingredients

¼ cup basil
¼ cup fresh parsley
1 clove garlic
2 tablespoons melted butter
¼ cup olive oil
Salt
Baguette, sliced
Parmesan cheese

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 350° F. In a blender combine the basil, parsley, garlic and chop. Add the melted butter oil and salt and blend until smooth. With a pastry brush, brush the bread with the herb mixture, making sure to get all over the entire side of the slice. Place on a baking sheet and sprinkle with a little parmesan. Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Squid Stewed with Chickpeas and Peppers

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 cup diced white onions
8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 pound dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)
2 cups canned tomatoes, strained and chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon pimento or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
2 cups white wine
Water
1 pound squid, cleaned and cut into rings
½ cup diced piquillo peppers
Sherry vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Baguette, for serving

Directions

In a flat-bottom, high-sided saucepan, heat ¼ inch olive oil until shimmering. Add onions and garlic and cook until they are just beginning to brown. Add chickpeas and cook until toasted. Add tomatoes and parsley and cook for another two minutes. Add pimenton and chili flakes. Add wine and reduce by ¾. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook until chickpeas are ¾ of the way cooked, then add squid and piquillo peppers. Cook until squid is tender and creamy. Finish with a few drops of sherry vinegar and olive oil. Serve with bread.

Brandade

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

1 pound flaky white fish (haddock, line-caught swordfish, bluefish, scrod, or croaker are the most preferable)
Salt and pepper
½ pound waxy white potatoes, peeled and diced
8 cups milk
6 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
2 fresh bay leaves
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil
Black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
Baguette, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Season fish heavily with salt. Place on parchment lined trays and refrigerate overnight.

Place potatoes in pot of cold water (enough to cover by 1 inch). Bring to a boil, and then reduce to a simmer.

In a separate pot, combine milk, garlic, bay leaves and bring to a simmer.
Reduce heat to just below a simmer. Add fish to pot and cook until fish is cooked through.

Remove fish and let cool. Discard bay leaves. Reserve garlic and milk. Flake fish with fingers and set aside.

When potatoes are cooked, strain and discard water. Pass potatoes through a food mill or ricer into a mixing bowl. Using a spatula, fold in milk (just enough to loosen potatoes). Fold in the fish and olive oil. Mix together until fully incorporated. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. Fold in chopped parsley. Place mix into shallow baking dish and bake at 425ËšF for 12 minutes. Serve with bread.

Crostini with Blue Cheese and Pear

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

1 baguette
1 clove garlic
Extra virgin olive oil
Salt
¼ cup honey
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary, chopped fine
2 Asian pears, cut in quarters, cored, and sliced thin
4 ounces blue cheese, sliced

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Slice baguette thinly, and place on baking sheet. Rub each slice with garlic clove, drizzle with olive oil, and lightly season with salt. Bake until golden, 10 to 15 minutes, making sure to flip toast halfway through.

In a small saucepan over medium low heat, add honey and rosemary, and warm through. Set aside.

To serve, place 2 slices of pear on crostini, top with a slice of blue cheese, and drizzle with rosemary honey.

Herbed Goat Cheese

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

½ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper
2 tablespoons of each of the following fresh herbs: parsley, chives, dill, mint, tarragon, thyme, chopped fine
1 long goat cheese log, chilled
Baguette, sliced and toasted

PREPARATION

In a small bowl, mix all ingredients except goat cheese. Place chilled goat cheese log on plate, and drizzle olive oil and herb mixture on top. Serve with bread.

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