Posts Tagged ‘chicken stock

12
Mar
18

pasta with spicy tomato sauce (all’arrabiata)

Pasta and sauce, there are countless recipes, yep just boil up some pasta and throw in a can or bottle of sauce your done !

OR…. Start some sauce early in the morning and tend the pot all day !

Strike a balance with this recipe , quick and easy, some prep involved but the time is worth the effort in the finish. No meat is involved so it could be served as a side dish as well.

Recipe and technic is from Nick Stellino

Pasta with spicy tomato sauce

 

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  • IMG_38951 lb pasta, penne
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper flakes
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 3 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 and 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons romano or parmesan cheese

In a pot of water under cook the pasta by 2 minutes

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In a large pan (big enough to hold both the pasta and sauce) heat the oil and add the red pepper flakes IMG_3898

 

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…..add the garlic cook a minute or two  Add 2 tablespoons of the parsley to the pan, stir well.

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Now add the tomato sauce and stock, bring to a boil and stir for 5 minutes.

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drain and add the pasta

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……and continue to cook till almost all the sauce is absorbed by the pasta.

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Off heat add the grated cheese and stir to incorporate.IMG_3908

Plate and garnish with parsley and grated cheese.

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Red pepper heat is as much as you add to the recipe. Reminds me of a traditional american chop suey recipe as the pasta is cooked in the sauce. As a personal note this is to me actually better served cold, once refrigerated, eaten from a tupperware type container later in the evening. 🙂

 

25
Feb
18

Chicken livers in mushroom port sauce

Chicken, beef , lamb and pork the main choices for meat when shopping with sometimes other choices, like duck etc. Organ meat usually is not the main choice but this recipe and that fact that the market had chicken livers available made it happen. The livers can be prepared in a variety of ways here sautéed.

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Prepped up and ready to go , this meal only takes about 10 minutes to prepare.

you’ll need

  • 1 lb chicken livers
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 2 tbl unsalted butter
  • 3/4 each salt and freshly ground pepper

The livers featured in the recipe From Jacque Pepin are mostly large like they came from a butcher, those I have are not as large, smaller pieces and are purchased in a container from the market.

With the olive oil and the butter saute the livers with the salt and pepper about 1 minute per side….( The prep of cutting the livers in half and removing the sinews really didn’t apply for the livers I had.)….IMG_4390 Remove from pan and set aside.

now to the pan add….

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  • 2 cups diced mushrooms (I used reconstituted dried mushrooms; porcini)
  • 1/3 cup chopped shllots
  • 1/3 cup coursley cut scallions
  • 1 tbl chopped garlic

cook over high heat (this can vary with the power of you burner on your stove and the pan you are using, if i follow most recipes times on high heat the contents will be burned) for about 3 minutes.

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  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup port wine (I used melomel mead which is usually the only type of wine product I have)
  • 1/3 cup stock, chicken or what ever

bring to a boil for about 1 and 1/2 minutes add:

  • 2 tbl ketchup

mix it in well

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return the liver to the skillet and bring back to the boil then serve.

Serve with some prepared rice, noodle would also be a good accompaniment.

If you like a gravy type meaty dish, this is very savory considering the amount of liver is only one lb the mushrooms add a considerable amount of flavor. Another container of livers in the fridge for a re PETE  since they were marked down in price for a quick sale (not a big seller in the market ! I guess). But sometimes you would also pay qute a bit if you want the high quality type mushrooms.

Serves 4 for lunch type dinner.

 

31
Dec
17

Braised Sausages with Broccoli and Peppers

Her’s a recipe from a TV series , Nick Stellino, on PBS it varies slightly from the broadcast version very tasty results.

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  • sausages, sweet or spicy 1 and 1/2 pounds
  • 3 tablespoons extra version olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves +- your taste, thick slice
  • 1 red onion, medium dice
  • 2 red pepper dice
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes +- you taste
  • 1/2 white wine (or melomel which is what I had on hand)
  • 3/4 pound broccoli florets, 1 inch pieces
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons softened butter
  • 3 tablespoons pecorino or romano cheese

Ingredients in place, there is about a 30 minutes simmer finishing the recipe so it won’t be quite as fast as an oriental dish. I’m a bit shy on the sausage 1 and 1/4 pound is what the package from the market was.

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Not covered on the broadcast version, how to make salsicciotti, small sausages which are more presentable per serving. Pinch the sausage mid way and twist so the casing causes you to have smaller sausages, then cut where the twist is so you get mini sausages.

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Going for the typical braising technic, start with the hot olive oil ,medium heat, then add the sausage, roll them to brown on all sides, just 2 to 3 minutes, remove from pan to set aside.

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In the sausage infused hot oil start the garlic to brown at the edges just a minute or two.

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Add the onion and the red pepper cook 2 to 3 minutes. Then add the red pepper flakes.

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Return the sausages to the pan, and stir 2 or 3 minutes.

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Add the wine and you guessed it ! stir for 2 to 3 minutes.

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Add the broccoli, (since I had some cauliflower I threw that in as well)

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…….and stir 2 to 3 minutes (you knew that!)

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Getting towards the end, add the chicken stock, stir to distribute sauce and components boil and reduce heat and simmer, 30 to 35 minutes. I mistakenly covered the pan, the idea is to simmer uncovered to reduce the sauce. I uncovered later and simmered to a finish and drained some of the sauce before serving.  One final step is to go off heat, add the butter and cheese and stir to incorporate.

Now what would be an accompaniment to this dish?

OK ! get out the pasta maker and some dough made beforehand, roll and process for spaghetti type noodle.

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Have you serving plates in a slightly warm oven, boil enough of the pasta for a serving, with large slotted spoon, drain, arrange on plate and top with 2 sausage with the veggie mixture, anoint with the sauce and serve your guest or place the pan on the table with the pasta family style.

 

 

19
Dec
15

Risotto with mung beans

Cooking up the usual till I tried this.

Right! sounds like a strange combination but it worked….

Picking items off the shelve from the pantry ,aborio rice and a package of mung beans, ended up with this delicious combination.

Gage the rice/bean ratio to your liking.


However you decide to make your risotto, I sautéed some onion and garlic , fine dice of course, add the rice and continue. Just before adding the simmering stock, in this case chicken , with chicken fat, throw in some dried mung beans, add the stock in increments, stirring, stirring and stirring.

My finish  is on the creamy side, off heat add grated Parmesan and Romano ..

Plate up.

08
Dec
15

Chicken n’ rice soup

Prepare rice, as much as needed for your amount of soup and reserve.

Utilizing veggies, dice small , in this soup , onion, peppers; green, orange and red. Carrot,  celery and small amount of garlic. In a small amount of olive oil , better yet chicken fat or a combination of both sauté the diced veggies.  Add chicken stock, another household members poaches chicken breasts and reserves the stock for me. Also the trimmed chicken tenders from the breast are reserved for the soup. 

Add water or additional stock to bring the soup up to quantity desired figuring the additional rice to be added.

To round out soup I added about 1/4 cup Bob’s Red Mill  soup mix. 

Season to taste with salt and pepper and other spices to your palate. (A dash of curry, cumin, hot pepper, etc.)

Add the chicken meat diced, and greens, I was fortunate to have kale, Tat soi, and brocolli leafs.  

 Simmer slowly, I prefer to have the rice added to the bowl when served rather than mix into the soup. 

Garnish with grated Romano. 

  
Accompanies a cold damp night. A side of toast or croutons perhaps?

29
Aug
15

Mixed vegetables

imageWhen the local farmers market , backyard garden, or store purchases gives you fresh veggies, there’s only limited time to use them.

Usually, I avoid  refrigeration if possible. Processing can take several forms, one being roasting. Here is a combo of rainbow carrots, peppers , onions, hot peppers, white onion Garlic, etc. salt and pepper, season to taste.

lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle from time to time with chicken stock while roasting at low  heat.

cool, refrigerate and serve as a side dish or any other use.

 

 




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