September 12, 2013

Garlic Mustard Glaze

The perfect marinade/glaze for anything grilled: chicken thighs, salmon steaks, beef kabobs.

Covers 1 lb of meat.

1/4 cup whole grain Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
1/2 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1/2 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon Spanish paprika
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl, cover, and let sit at room temperature for at least 30 minutes and up to 4 hours before using.

March 16, 2011

Look Ma, We're in the New York Times!

Well, would you look at that. The New York Times done gone featured the little butter tutorial Kate and I whirred up. If there is anything to be nationally recognized for, might as well be mastery of butter.

February 28, 2011

Sweet Potato Enchiladas

Behold, a colorful vegetarian medley of awesomeness. This is a recipe takes the humble sweet potato to new heights with plenty of lime, cumin and cilantro. This couldn't be further from those marshmallow-topped Thanksgiving monstrosities. Though you'll definitely be giving some thanks to the enchiladas gods for this super healthy alternative.

Sweet Potato Enchiladas
Adapted from A Couple Cooks
Serves six

2 medium to large sweet potatoes (2 cups diced)
1 15 oz. can black beans
1/4 cup diced green chilies (canned)
1 medium onion
1/2 tablespoon cumin
1 tablespoon chili powder
Juice of 1/2 a lime
3 cups salsa (homemade tomato and/or Trader Joe's Habanero & Lime)
8 oz. Colby jack cheese, shredded
6 flour tortillas
Salt and pepper
Bunch of fresh cilantro

1. Pre-cook the sweet potatoes. Many options here, including baking (best to do the day before), boiling (peel & chop, boil 15 minutes) or microwave (pierce and test every 3 minutes). Let hot potatoes cool, then peel and chop.

2. Prepare the filling: Finely chop the onion and cilantro. Drain and rinse the black beans. If making salsa, chop and mix separate tomato, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt.

3. Assemble the filling: In a large bowl, combine the cooked sweet potato, black beans, onion, diced green chilies, lime juice, 1/2 tablespoon cumin, and 1 tablespoon chili powder. Mix to combine, and add a bit of salt and pepper.

4. Assemble the enchiladas:
–In a large baking dish, spread 1 cup of the salsa verde.
–Fill each tortilla with a scoop of the filling, add a handful of cheese, and roll it up.
–Place the enchilada seam-side down in the baking dish.
–Repeat for the remaining tortillas.
–When all enchiladas are in the dish, top with the remaining cup of salsa and the remaining cheese.

5. Place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes, until the cheese is melted. Serve, garnished with extra chopped cilantro.

Do ahead: As a time saver, you could cook the sweet potato beforehand, and even prepare the entire filling in advance.

February 13, 2011

Glazed Salmon

If you don't subscribe to Cook's Illustrated, online or in print, you're doing your kitchen a disservice. I have to thank these food scientists for greatly improving the way I treat poor, defenseless salmon. Before this method came into my life, a fire alarm or two had been known to cry out in protest as the glaze burned away on the pan, while the salmon remained undercooked. Ouch.

And did you know? This method works with really any type of glaze. I'm pretty sure the key is the cornstarch, and fairly viscous sauce with which to glaze. Nothing liquidy here to get your glaze on.

Pomegranate & Balsamic Glazed Salmon
Cook's Illustrated (liberated from behind their firewall, whoops!)
Serves 4

Pomegranate & Balsamic Glaze (Thai variation listed below)
3 tablespoons brown sugar
3 tablespoons pomegranate juice
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon whole grain mustard
1 teaspoon cornstarch
Pinch cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon light brown sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon cornstarch
4 center-cut skin-on salmon fillets, 6 to 8 ounces each (equal size is key)
Ground black pepper
1 teaspoon oil of your choice

1. For the Glaze: Whisk glaze ingredients together in small saucepan. Bring to boil over medium-high heat; simmer until thickened, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.

2. For the Salmon: Adjust rack to middle position and heat oven to 300 degrees. Combine brown sugar, salt, pinch of ground pepper and cornstarch in small bowl. Pat salmon dry with paper towels and sprinkle brown sugar mixture evenly over top of flesh side of salmon, rubbing to evenly distribute.

3. Heat oil in 12-inch ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat until just smoking. Place salmon, flesh-side down, in skillet and cook until well browned, about 1 minute. Using tongs, carefully flip salmon and cook on skin side for 1 minute.

3. Remove skillet from heat and spoon glaze evenly over salmon fillets. Transfer skillet to oven (or transfer fillets to a rimmed baking sheet if your skillet isn't ovenproof).

4. Cook until center of thickest part of fillets are still translucent when cut into with paring knife and instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of fillets registers 125 degrees, 7 to 10 minutes. Transfer fillets to individual plates or platter, and serve.


Thai peanut glaze
This is a formula that I discovered in a book that smells like chicken. It makes a pretty amazing chicken satay, maybe I'll publish that this summer when grill time resumes. 
- 3 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- chopped fresh ginger
- juice of half a lime

No need to put this on the stove, but you may want to microwave the peanut butter to make it easier to stir in the other ingredients. Prep the salmon the exact same way, and paste this on before finishing in the oven.