Hungarian Beef and Pepper Stew
2lbs Beef Stew Meat
1/2 onion cut into chunks
1 T olive oil
1 t salt
1/2 t black pepper
2 T Sweet Hungarian Paprika
2 T flour
2 garlic cloves chopped
2 T tomato paste
10-12 oz beef broth
3 bell peppers sliced
1/2 t caraway seeds
2 T balsamic vinegar
Add 1 T paprika, flour, salt and pepper to a large bowl or plastic bag. add meat and toss or shake to coat. Heat olive oil in a large pan add beef and onion and cook until browned. add garlic and caraway seeds and cook 1 minute more. add beef broth (enough to cover meat), remaining paprika, tomato paste and vinegar, bring to a boil and then reduce heat to simmer. Cook over low heat for 45 minutes-1 hr, sauce with thicken and meat will become tender. Add peppers and cook 20 minutes more over low heat or until peppers are soft. Serve over buttered noodles or mashed potatoes.
Think of this as a Greek Bolognese Sauce, it is a hearty and comforting dish. I served it with a salad of lettuce, radishes and beets and toasted pita with garlic.
Greek Pasta Casserole
16 oz of cooked pasta ( I used rigatoni)
1 lb ground Turkey (you could use lamb, beef or chicken)
1 can diced tomatoes (Undrained)
2 c chopped fresh spinach
2 T greek seasoning
2 cloves garlic chopped
2 T red wine vinegar
1 c cream
1 c crumbled feta
1 c mozzarella cheese
in a large skillet saute ground turkey until no longer pink, add 1 T greek seasoning, garlic, and spinach, cook over med until spinach is wilted and add tomatoes and vinegar.
Mix together with drained pasta and add to a large 9×12 baking dish. Add cream and feta and mozzarella cheese and remaining Greek Seasoning.
Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally so pasta on top doesn’t get dry. Sauce will thicken and cheese will melt.
Cheesy Chipotle Chicken
4 chicken breasts
1 c mexican creama, found in the dairy section ( or 3/4 c sour cream and 1/4 c mayo mixed)
2 chipotle chilis in adobo chopped
1 1/2 c queso fresco (mexican cheese found in the dairy section), crumbled
Preheat oven to 350, mixed chopped chipotle chilis with crema in a shallow bowl/dish. Crumble queso fresco onto a plate or shallow dish. Dredge chicken breast in creama mixture, then dredge into cheese and place in a baking pan.
Bake for 30 minutes or until chicken in no longer pink ( use a meat thermometer)
A great accompaniment to this dish is a Corn, Tomato and Avocado Salad. Mix one bag cooked frozen corn with 1 c chopped cherry tomatoes and 1/2 chopped avocado. Add 1 T chopped cilantro. Squeeze the juice from half a lime over the top and add salt and pepper.
I love pumpkin ravioli but who has time or energy to make that, get all the flavor with none of the work with this baked ziti dish.
Baked Pumpkin and Sage Ziti
1 16 0z package of ziti or other pasta cooked and drained
2 c pumpkin puree
2 c ricotta cheese
1/4 c shredded parmesan cheese
1 T honey
1/2 t ground nutmeg
1 T chopped fresh sage
1 T butter
1/2 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1/4 c shredded mozzarella cheese
While pasta is cooking, mix pumpkin, ricotta and parmesan cheeses, honey, egg, nutmeg and sage in a bowl. When pasta is done drain and return to pot, add butter and stir over low heat until melted. Add pumpkin/cheese mixture and stir until evenly mixed. Stir in salt and pepper. Add to a large baking pan and sprinkle with shredded mozzarella. Bake for 20 min at 325 or until cheese is melted.
It is football season, time for tailgates and parties. Here is an easy recipe that will please a crowd on the weekend or your family on the weeknight.
Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
2 lbs ground chicken
1/3 c blue cheese crumbles
1/2 c panko bread crumbs
2 T buttermilk ( you can use regular milk and add 1 t vinegar)
3 T hot sauce
1 t minced garlic
1/4 c chopped onion
1 T Italian seasoning
1 t salt
1/4 t pepper
1 c buffalo wing sauce (We made our own, melt 1/2 stick butter, add 1 t minced garlic, 1 c hot sauce, and 2 t brown sugar, stir)
Preheat oven to 350. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. form into balls and place on a cookie sheet. Bake for about 20-25 minutes or until no longer pink. Toss with wing sauce in a large bowl. Serve on toasted buns with blue cheese and lettuce. Add shredded mozzarella cheese if desired.
** Entertaining tip, add meatballs and wing sauce into a crock pot and set on warm. Or make smaller sized meatballs and serve as appetizers with a side of blue cheese dressing.
I love fall and even though it’s not quite here yet I couldn’t resist making something with pumpkin. This is just the beginning, stay tuned for more pumpkin recipes or try these.
2T pumpkin puree
1/4 c apple cider vinegar
3 T olive oil
1 t honey
salt and pepper to taste
add all ingredients to a blender and mix until smooth ( you could also wisk by hand)
If you follow my posts you will know that I love craft beer, and the hoppier the better. But come close, I have a small confession and I don’t really want it to get out. I like Corona, there I said it. When the hops are too heavy and its 90 degrees outside, I love an ice cold refreshing watered down lager with a lime. So as it happens I may have some left over in my refrigerator and let me tell you it is pretty tasty in this light Caribbean slow cooked chicken stew, and if no one is looking I may drink one with dinner.
Corona Chicken Stew
3 medium sized sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4s
1 yellow onion sliced
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 bottle of Corona or Corona Light Beer
2 T brown sugar
2 T ponzu or soy sauce
1 T garlic, minced
1 T ginger, minced
2 T jerk seasoning ( I used McCormick’s)
1 large orange, juice and zest
2 limes, juice and zest
1c frozen corn
In a crock pot or slow cooker add potatoes and onion, then position chicken on top. pour in beer. Sprinkle with brown sugar, soy sauce, jerk seasoning , garlic and ginger. Add zest from limes and orange and their juices.
Add corn and cover, Cook on high for 5 hours or low for 8. Serve over rice.
Here is an easy and refreshing treat for those last days of summer.
Berry Smoothie Popsicles
(makes about 12 pops)
3/4 c fresh blueberries
1/2 c fresh raspberries
1/4 c sugar ( add more if you like it sweet)
1 c vanilla yogurt
1 T lemon juice
Add all ingredients to a blender and puree.
Pour into popsicle molds and freeze. Eat and enjoy.
Burrata cheese is popping up on menus all over town. What is it? Pure indulgence, it is fresh mozzarella cheese filled with shredded mozzarella cheese that has been soaked in cream. Here is my recipe for a delicious salad using the best that summer has to offer. Make sure you use good ripe tomatoes for this recipe.
Burrata Cheese Salad with Basil Honey Vinaigrette
makes 1 dinner or 2 appetizer portions
For the vinaigrette
2 T fresh Basil leaves
1 T honey
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 T olive oil
salt and pepper
Mix the above ingredients in a blender until smooth.
1 vine ripened tomato sliced
1 c spring mix greens
2 T thinly sliced radish
2 t sliced fresh basil
1 T pepitas ( roasted pumpkin seeds)
1 ball Burrata cheese
Layer greens, and tomatoes on a plate, sprinkle sliced radishes, pepitas and chopped basil on top. drizzle with Basil Honey Vinaigrette and sprinkle with salt and pepper.