Orange Cinnamon Fennel Soda

January 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

In a glass filled with ice mix 1 ounce of fennel seed syrup with 2 ounces fresh orange juice and fill with seltzer and stir!

Fennel Seed Syrup

Makes 2 cups of syrup

Ingredients

¾ cup sugar
1½ cups water
¼ cup orange juice
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seed, crushed

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer for about 5 minutes. Cool and strain.

Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 9

Ingredients

4 lemons (juice of 4, zest of 2)
1 cup white wine vinegar (lemon champagne vinegar also is great)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
3 fresh bay leaves
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme, chopped (regular thyme is okay)
1 medium red pepper, julienned
1 medium red onion, julienned
1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined tail on or off
Salt/pepper

Directions

Zest 2 lemons and juice all of them. In a large mixing bowl whisk together, lemon juice, zest, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, fennel seeds, chili flakes, mustard seeds and garlic. Set aside. Steam shrimp in double boiler for about 5-6 minutes or until cooked thoroughly, allow to cool. In another large mixing bowl mix fennel, parsley, lemon thyme, red peppers and red onions. Pour vinegar mixture over shrimp mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

August 6th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For the brine

1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine: thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1 cup salt
2 gallon hot water (no more, possibly less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully. Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum. Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist. Heat two large deep pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F. Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside. In another large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and herbs and spices. Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”. When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess. Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan. Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes. The chicken should be a deep copper brown. Place on the baking sheets line with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Fennel Orange Granola Bars

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 10 servings

Ingredients

Large egg
1 large egg white
¼ cup honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups toasted oats
½ cup quinoa
½ cup kasha
1 cup chopped dried fruit (any of the following: cherries, apricots, dates, raisins, figs)
½ cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1 orange zested
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 tablespoon toasted fennel seeds
1 cup cooked and drained lentils, any color
Cooking spray

Directions

Preheat oven to 325°F. Line an 8-by-11-inch pan with parchment paper. Whisk egg, egg white, honey, oil, cinnamon, orange zest & juice, salt, spices and vanilla in a large bowl. Then stir in the rest of the ingredients. Spread in prepared pan and press. Bake until golden brown, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool; cut into bars with a lightly oiled knife. Can store out of the fridge in an airtight container for 1 week or in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Lavender Buttermilk Fried Chicken

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

For the brine

1 tablespoon lemon zest
2 lemons sliced
Juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons lavender leaves and flowers
½ cup honey
1 tablespoon black peppercorns, cracked
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon of the following herbs, chopped fine; thyme, rosemary, savory, marjoram
1  cup salt
2 gallons hot water (no more, possible less)
2 chickens, cut, 4 breasts, 4 legs, 4 thighs and 4 wings

For the fried chicken

Canola oil
1 quart buttermilk
8  cups flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 tablespoons fresh lavender flowers
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large bowl or bucket mix together all the herbs and spices with hot water until the salt dissolved fully.  Place the chicken parts in the brine and let soak overnight or for about 10-12 hours maximum.  Remove the chicken from the brine and rinse in cool water, drain well. Let the chicken dry and rest for at least a half hour making sure to pat dry with paper towels if still moist.  Heat two large deep  pots with the oil for frying, the oil should register about 320°F.  Prepare a baking sheet with paper towels to pace the fried chicken pieces on after cooking.

In a large bowl place the buttermilk and set aside.  In another large bowl whisk together the flour, basking powder and herbs and spices.  Set up your bowled flour and buttermilk as well as the chicken in a place close to the pans, this will be your “dipping station”.  When the oil is hot enough, place a chicken part in the flour mixture and coat evenly and lightly, shake off excess and dip in the buttermilk and then again in the flour mixture and gain coat well and shake off excess.  Place chicken skin side down in the oil and repeat with the other chicken parts as there is room in the pan.  Making sure to adjust the heat if necessary to keep the 320°F temperature. Fry for about 2-3 minutes per side a few times for a total cooking time of about 10 minutes per chicken piece, breasts about 12 minutes.  The chicken should be a deep copper brown.  Place on the baking sheets lines with paper towels, skin side down to rest. Sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Serve!

Herbs de Provence

July 7th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

One of the best dried herb mixes!  Wonderful on grilled meats and fish and breads. A fresh version is also a heavenly additive to your summer culinary repertoire.

Ingredients

1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh summer savory, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh marjoram, chopped fine
2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh lavender flowers
2 tablespoons dried fennel seeds
1 tablespoon salt

Directions

With a mortar and pestle grind up all the herbs and flowers and seeds until a chopped herb paste is made.  Use this on grilled fish or chicken or vegetables!

Ramptini

April 26th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

INGREDIENTS

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

DIRECTIONS

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp.

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice, combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramps.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

INGREDIENTS

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 spring of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only-with a hint of green tops)

DIRECTIONS

In a large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and place in the brine. Place the ramps and the brine in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Spicy Italian Sausage

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 9 sausages

INGREDIENTS

2 pounds pork butt, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat, chunk bacon or fatback
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Casings, of your choice

DIRECTIONS

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl very well and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Using the finest blade of the meat grinder, grind the mixture following grinder instructions. If you are making or using the meat without the casing go right to that step. If you are making links put the mixture back in the mixing bowl and place in the freezer for a little while. In the meantime soak the casings in warm water and rinse a few times. Get out your sausage stuffer and slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the end of the tube, this is the part that you will need to tie the sausages off. Remove the meat from the freezer and stuff it into the stuffer, if all the meat does not fit leave what will not fit in a bowl in the refrigerator. Turn the stuffer on and begin the process, air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil, the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine and tie up the ends, you can use kitchen twine. To make the links, pinch a section together, then spin the links and turn them opposite from each other several times, repeat this moving down the entire main link. Make sure both ends are tied off. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles, using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be resolved. Hang the links for about an hour and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight, use them or freeze them in about a week.

Spicy Italian Sausage and Olive Linguini

April 23rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
3-4 links of spicy Italian sausage (taken out of casings) (recipe follows)
1½ cups parsley, chopped fine
1 cup black olives, sliced
1 (12 ounce) can plain tomato sauce
1¼ cup heavy whipping cream
1 pound linguini noodles, cooked

DIRECTIONS

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add oil. Cook garlic, 1 to 2 minutes or until fragrant. Add the fennel seeds and red chili flakes and cook a minute or two. Add the sausage and cook until browned. Add the parsley and olives and cook another minute or two. Increase the heat to medium high and add the tomato sauce and cook until all excess liquid is dissolved. Turn off the turn burner and add heavy cream and combine well. Toss together with cooked linguini and serve.

Rampatini

April 19th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes one cocktail

Ingredients

2 ounces gin
1 ounce dry vermouth
½ ounce pickled ramp juice
Ice
Pickled ramps (recipe follows)

Directions

Shaken: In a shaker combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and ice, shake vigorously. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with pickled ramp

Stirred: In a large glass filled with ice combine the gin, vermouth, and ramp juice and stir gently. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with a pickled ramp.

Pickled Ramps

Makes 1 pound of pickled ramps

Ingredients

1 cup white vinegar
1 cup dry white wine
½ tablespoon Dijon mustard
½ cup sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon of each of the following: mustard seeds, coriander, peppercorns, fennel seeds
½ teaspoon chili flakes
1 bay leaf
1 sprig of thyme
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound ramps, cleaned and trimmed (white/reddish parts only-with a hint of green tops)

Directions

In large mixing bowl whisk together vinegar, wine, salt, mustard, sugar, and spices. Add the fresh herbs. Blanch the ramps in boiling salted water for one minute. Place in an ice bath and cool and drain and then place in the brine. Store in a jar or a plastic container refrigerated for 3-5 days.

Beef Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of good beef bones, preferably leg and knuckle
1 pound beef chuck, cubed
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds London broil or flank steak sliced thin and cooked in the broth for about 1 minute.
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, beef bones and beef and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the bones. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the raw beef into the pot of boiling stock and cook for 1 minute. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and beef and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Chicken Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serve 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
A 1-inch section of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch section of ginger, peeled and chopped
3-5 pounds of chicken pieces, wings and other bones
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup fish sauce
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 chicken breasts, poached in the broth and shredded with fingers and set aside
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers sliced thin, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, galangal, ginger, chicken bones and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the salt, fish sauce, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Making sure you spoon away the “scum” that rises to the top of the soup ban from the chicken. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the shredded chicken into the pot of boiling stock to reheat, for about 10 seconds only. Remove and place atop the noodles, ladle broth over the noodles and chicken and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Tofu Vegetable Pho

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

INGREDIENTS

For the broth

2 medium onions, chopped large
3 cloves garlic
1 shallot, chopped large
A 1-inch piece of galangal, peeled and chopped
A 2-inch piece of ginger, peeled and chopped
2 small carrots, cut into large pieces
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon coriander seeds
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
3 star anise
1 cardamom pod, shell removed
3 cloves
10 cups water
¼ cup dried shitakes
2 tablespoons salt
¼ cup tamari
¼ cup raw sugar

For the noodle bowls

2 pounds rice noodles, cooked
2 pounds of tofu, cut into bit sized squares, seasoned with tamari and fried
Pho vegetables: thinly sliced red onions, thinly sliced scallions, thinly sliced chili peppers, bean sprouts, shredded carrots, lime wedges, and sliced bell peppers (optional)
Pho herbs: fresh mint leaves, fresh Thai basil leaves, fresh cilantro leaves, fresh red basil leaves
Hoisin Sauce
Siracha hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to broil. Place the onions, shallots, carrots, galangal, ginger, and spices on a lined baking sheet and place in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes or until all is heavily charred, no black, but charred on the edges. Place all charred ingredients into a large soup pan and add the dried shitakes, salt, tamari and raw sugar. Bring to a boil and then reduce and simmer at a low gentle boil for about 30-45 minutes. Strain and place broth back in the soup pan and bring to a rolling gentle low boil again.

To assemble the bowl, place the cooked rice noodles in the bottom of a large noodle bowl. Place the fried tofu on top of the noodles and ladle broth over the noodles and garnish with desired pho vegetables and pho herbs and season with hoisin and siracha.

Indian Cheese in an Herbed Green Sauce

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the paneer

1 pound whole milk ricotta cheese
½ to 1 tablespoon canola oil

For the green sauce

1 pound bag fresh spinach, stemmed and washed, or 1 pound frozen spinach, unthawed
1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or canola
3 whole dried red chiles
¾ teaspoon cumin seeds
7 green cardamom pods
7 whole cloves
¾ teaspoon fennel seeds
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh ginger, finely chopped
½ teaspoon salt, or to taste

For the tempering oil (optional)

1 tablespoon ghee or canola oil
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
¼ teaspoon fennel seeds
1 whole dried red chile
18 teaspoon asafetida (optional)
18 teaspoon cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS

For the paneer, preheat the oven to 450°F. Spread the ricotta evenly in a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake until the cheese is lightly browned on top and firm but not dry, about 40 minutes. Let cool (the cheese will firm as it cools), then cut into 1 to 1½-inch squares. Reserve half, and refrigerate or freeze the rest for another use.

Heat ½ tablespoon of the oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add as many squares of paneer as will comfortably fit, and brown the squares on all sides. Drain the cheese on paper towels. Continue this way to brown all of the paneer, adding ½ tablespoon more oil as needed. Set the paneer aside.

Bring about 2 inches of water to a boil in a large pot. Add the spinach, cover, and cook, stirring every now and then until fresh spinach is wilted or frozen spinach is thawed, about 5 minutes. Drain, reserving the cooking water, and puree in a blender or food processor, adding a few tablespoons of the cooking water if necessary for pureeing.

Heat the ghee, butter, or oil with the red chiles, cumin, cardamom, cloves, and fennel seeds in a large wok, kadai, or frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the cumin turns a golden brown color, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the asafetida, if using. Then add the ginger, and cook, stirring, 45 seconds. Add the spinach puree and the salt. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat, 5 minutes. Gently place the paneer squares on top of the greens. Cover, and cook gently 5 more minutes. Halfway through the cooking, use a large spatula to gently turn the paneer in the spinach. (Careful, the paneer will break easily). Taste the green for salt.

For the tempering oil (if using), heat the ghee or oil with the cumin, fennel seeds, and red chile in a small frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat. Cook, stirring, until the seeds, until the seeds turn a golden brown color, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the asafetida, if using, and cayenne and pour immediately into the spinach mixture. Give it a stir, and serve hot.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Spicy Mango Pickle

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes 1 quart

INGREDIENTS

3 medium green (unripe) mangoes, peeled and cut into small cubes
½ cup kosher salt
3 tablespoons turmeric
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon black mustard seeds, coarsely ground in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder
½ tablespoon fenugreek seeds, coarsely ground
½ cup cayenne pepper
1 cup canola oil

DIRECTIONS

Put the mango cubes in a nonaluminum bowl, and sprinkle with the salt and half of the turmeric. Toss to coat all of the mango cubes. Spoon the mango into a clean jar, cap, and set in a sunny spot for 2 days, turning the jars up and down several times twice a day.

On the third day, empty the jar into a nonreactive colander and drain for about 30 minutes. Spread the mango out on muslin or an old kitchen towel, and let stand for 2 hours. (The turmeric will stain, so use something that you won’t mind seeing yellow.)

Combine the remaining turmeric with the fennel seeds, ground mustard seeds, ground fenugreek seeds, and cayenne in a nonreactive bowel. Add the mangoes and half of the oil. Stir to mix well.

Spoon into a dry, sterilized jar, and press down lightly to compact the mangoes. Add the remaining oil, and tightly cap the jar. Set in a sunny spot for 10 to 12 days, turning the jars up and down several times once every few days. After the twelfth day the pickle is ready for use, but it tastes better as it ages.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Grape Raita

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

3 cups plain yogurt
1½ cups seedless grapes, halved
2 teaspoons ground toasted cumin
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper or paprika
Salt

For the tempering oil:

3 tablespoons canola oil
2 teaspoons cumin or black mustard seeds
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
6 fresh or 10 frozen curry leaves, torn into pieces (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Whisk the yogurt in a bowl until smooth and lightened. Stir in the grapes, and then the cumin, sugar, and cayenne or paprika. For the tempering oil, heat the oil with the cumin or mustard seeds in a small frying pan or kadai over medium-high heat. Cook until the cumin seeds darken or the mustard seeds crackle, 1 to 2 minutes. (Cover pan if using mustard seeds; they crackle and pop.) Add the fennel seeds and curry leaves, if using, and cook uncovered, stirring, 5 to 10 more seconds. (Stand back if using curry leaves; they spit when they hit the hot oil.) Pour over the yogurt, and chill well. Just before serving, stir in the salt.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Tamarind Chutney

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 1¼ cups

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon canola oil
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon asafetida (optional)
½ teaspoon Garam Masala
2 cups water
1¼ cups sugar
3 tablespoons tamarind concentrate

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil and spices in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and cook until the spices are fragrant and lightly toasted, about 1 minute. Whisk in the water, sugar, and tamarind concentrate until completely dissolved, and bring to a boil. Turn the heat down to medium, and simmer until the sauce turns the color of chocolate and is thick enough to leave a trail on the back of a spoon, 20 to 30 minutes. (While still warm it will look like chocolate sauce, and it will thicken a bit as it cools.) Taste for seasoning, transfer to a covered plastic container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or ladle into dry and sterilized jars and can according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

© Recipe Property of Suvir Saran

Root Vegetable Potage with Spiced Créme Fraiche and Honey-Crisped Walnuts

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1 pound onions, roughly chopped (about 4 cups)
4 to 6 peeled garlic cloves
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh ginger
Sea salt or kosher salt
2 pounds assorted winter root vegetables, such as rutabaga, carrot, parsnip, turnip, celery root, and sunchokes, peeled and roughly chopped (about 8 cups)
2 teaspoons fennel seeds, lightly toasted and finely ground
¼ teaspoon ground turmeric
6 cups chicken, duck or vegetable stock, or water
1 cup heavy cream or créme fraiche
Freshly ground black pepper
Chopped fresh parsley, for serving
Honey-Crisped Walnuts, for serving

DIRECTIONS

Heat the oil and butter in a heavy, 4 to 5 quart saucepan over medium heat. Add the onions, garlic, ginger, and 1 teaspoon salt and stir well. Cover the pan and simmer over medium-low heat until the garlic and onions are soft and juicy, 15 to 20 minutes.

Add the root vegetables, ground fennel, and turmeric. Raise the heat to medium-high and cook, stirring, for 2 to 3 minutes. Pour in the stock or water and bring to a boil.

Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the vegetables are completely tender and crush easily against the side of the pan, 30 to 40 minutes. Add the cream and simmer 3 to 4 minutes. Using an immersion blender (or working carefully in batches in a food processor or stand blender), purée the soup until smooth, then season with black pepper and additional salt, as desired.

Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley, and honey-crisped walnuts.

Honey-Crisped Walnuts

Makes about 1 cup

INGREDIENTS

1 teaspoon unsalted butter
1 cup walnut halves and pieces
3 tablespoons honey
Fine sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Rub a small baking dish or pie plate with the butter. Add the walnuts and drizzle evenly with the honey. Roast, stirring every 5 minutes, until golden brown, 13 to 14 minutes.

Scrape the walnuts onto a plate, season lightly with salt, and let cool. The walnuts will keep in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Roasted Brook Trout with Fennel and Black Grapes

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

2 fillets brook trout, rainbow trout, or other super fresh trout
1 bulb fennel
Sea or kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
Zest of 1 lemon, juice of half
1 tablespoon canola oil
½ cup black grape puree, recipe follows
½ cup black grapes
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 450°F.

Make sure trout has been cleaned of all pin bones, cut in half crosswise, and set aside on a rack until ready to use.

Shave fennel very thinly crosswise on a mandoline. Transfer into a small pot, season with salt, pepper, fennel seeds, lemon zest, and a healthy squeeze of lemon juice. Set over low heat, just to warm through, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

Now it’s time to move fast. Set a pan large enough to hold the fish in one layer on high heat, preferably heavy duty pan or cast iron. When the pan is hot, season the fish well with salt, add the canola oil to the pan, and add the fish skin side down. Let it cook 1 minute on top of the stove. The skin will get crisp, and the flesh should just start to turn opaque on the sides of the fillets. Move the pan into the oven, and let it cook for 1 minute. The top of the fish should just be warm, but it should still be raw. Remove the fish immediately from the pan, and place skin side up on a board or rack to prevent it from loosing its crispness.

Put a generous swoosh of grape puree down on the plate, a large and small pile of shaved fennel, black grapes and rest the trout against the fennel. Drizzle with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with Maldon salt, and serve immediately.

Black Grape Puree

Makes 3 cups

INGREDIENTS

4 cups black grapes, picked and washed
½ cup sugar
1 teaspoon chili flakes
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
½ teaspoon grey salt, or to taste
¼ cup white balsamic vinegar
¼ cup saba (cooked grape must)

DIRECTIONS

Place grapes, sugar, chili flakes, fennel seed, salt, vinegar, and 1 cup water in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Cook 30 to 45 minutes, or until the grapes have popped, and lost their liquid.

Add saba, return to a boil, then remove from heat.

Put all ingredients into the bowl of a blender, and puree on high for 1 to 2 minutes, scraping down the bowl as necessary. Should be very smooth and lighter in color. Adjust seasoning, and strain through a fine mesh strainer. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Spicy Italian Sausage Baked with Tomatoes & Potatoes

December 6th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6 (makes 6-9 sausages)

INGREDIENTS

For the Sausage

2 pounds pork butt, cubed into ½-inch cubes
½ pound pork fat, slab bacon, or fatback
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh marjoram, chopped fine
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Casings of your choice

For the Baked Sausage Dish

6-9 spicy Italian sausage
2 medium sized green peppers, seeds and pit removed, cut into long strips
2 medium russet potatoes, cut into wedges
1 can (28-ounces) crushed tomatoes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon salt

PREPARATION

For the Sausages

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl very well, and refrigerate for about 2 hours. Using the finest blade on your meat grinder, grind all of the ingredients, following the instructions. If you are making links, put the mixture back in the mixing bowl, and place in the freezer for a little while. Meanwhile, soak the casings in warm water, and rinse a few times. Using your sausage stuffer, slip the casing onto the stuffing tube, making sure you leave about 6 inches off the ened of the tube- this is where you will need to tie the sausages off later. Remove the meat from the freezer, and place it in the body of the sausage stuffing machine. If all the meat does not fit (you must acquit, just kidding), place the rest back in the refrigerator until your are ready. Turn the mahcine on, and begin the process- air will be the first thing to emerge. As the meat begins to slide out, use one hand to maneuver the speed of the sausage output. Let the sausage emerge into one long coil- the links will be tied later in the process. When the sausage is done, turn off the machine, and tie up the ends- you can use meat or butchers twine. To make individual links, pinch a section together, then spin the links, and turn them opposite from each other several times; repeat this moving down the entire main link. Hang the links up so you can review for air bubbles. Using a sterilized pin or sewing needle, pop each section that has an air bubble with the pin, and the link should move flat and the air bubble should be released. Hang the links for about an hour, and then refrigerate them covered in the refrigerator overnight. Use them or freeze them within about a week (or lose it).

For Baked Sausage Dish

Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients. Place in an oven proff baking dish with a lid, and bake for about 1 hour or until potatoes are soft.

Sausage Parsley Fennel Meatballs with Tomato Cream Sauce

November 30th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the Meatballs

1 pound sweet Italian sausage, ground
4 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 tablespoons milk
Olive oil

For the Tomato Cream Sauce

1 (12-ounce) can plain tomato sauce
1 (12-ounce) container heavy whipping cream

PREPARATION

To assemble meatballs, use hands to mix sausage, garlic, fennel seeds, chili flakes, and parsley until well combined. Add the milk to meatball mixture, and combine. Form into 1-inch balls, and set aside. Heat olive oil in a heavy bottomed skillet over high heat. Sauté meatballs, until all sides are well browned. Add the can of tomato sauce, mix gently, and cook on medium-low heat for approximately 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. To make sure meatballs are cooked through, slice one open. If they are not cooked through, continue the cooking process. Turn off the heat, and add heavy whipping cream, stirring gently until tomato sauce and meatball mixture are all mixed together. Serve over pasta.

Eugene Sausage Pasta

November 19th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 8

INGREDIENTS

Olive oil
6-8 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 tablespoon dried fennel seeds
1-2 teaspoons dried red chili flakes
1 pound spicy Italian sausage
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped fine (flat leaf)
2 teaspoons salt
1 small can tomato sauce, 6 ounces
1 cup black olives, pitted and sliced
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 package (box) linguini, cooked, 16 ounces
Freshly grated parmesan
Black pepper


PREPARATION

In sauté pan, place olive oil, garlic,  place on medium heat. Add fennel seeds and chili flakes and cook about 30 -45 seconds. (This process enhances the flavor of the oil and adds to the flavor of the cooked sausage and sauce.) Add the sausage, making sure to take it out of the casing and break it up in small pieces. Continue to cook until brown, making sure to break apart and larger piece of meat. Once the sausage is browned and crumbly, add the parsley and the salt, stirring and cooking a few more minutes. Add the black olives, mix well.  Toss in tomato sauce, mix together well and continue to cook until all liquid is absorbed. The tomato  sauce will become tomato paste like and should be  sticking tightly to the meat.  Once the sauce is totally absorbed into the meat about 5 minutes approximately of stirring while keeping the burner on medium heat, reduce the temp to low and pour in the heavy cream. Mix together until all the cream is mixed in, turn the burner off.   Toss  the sauce together with cooked linguini. Season with salt to taste.

Freshly grated parmesan cheese and black pepper are a MUST on top!

Barley Risotto with Kale and Sausage

November 9th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

4 cups chicken broth
Olive oil
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 medium red onion, chopped
3 sweet sausages
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, toasted
1 bunch dinosaur kale, chopped coarse
1½ cups barley
¼ cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 tablespoon butter
Salt and pepper, to taste

PREPARATION

In a medium sized saucepot heat chicken broth until warm and simmer while making risotto. In a separate medium-sized saucepot add olive oil and sauté garlic and onion, 5 minutes. Then crumble in sausages and add fennel seeds, sauté until sausage is cooked, 5 to 7 minutes, remove sausage and fennel seeds from pot and set aside. Next, add kale and sauté until wilted, 3 to 5 minutes. Add barley and ½ cup broth, reduce liquid and then add another ½ cup broth every 7 minutes or until barley is cooked through and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes. Add sausage and fennel seeds back to pot and combine. Remove the pot from heat and finish with cheese and butter. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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