Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
SOURCE: Adpted from recipe in the September 2010 issue of Food and Wine Magazine (in stands now). I changed a few things but its mostly the same. I can see this pairing nicely with Prosecco for a yumm brunch dish or a Chardonnay for a nice dinner. The Prosecco Spago Nero is only $11 at whole foods and is the best Prosecco for the value.
So first of all I love the idea of Shrimp and Grits because it is such a traditional Southern favorite and personally one of mine too. But more importantly, I wanted to try a new ingredient 'smoked paprika'-- I've seen so many chefs using it on the food network and this past weekend, I decided to buy it so I could try it. Also important to use a good fresh cheese -- the white cheddar worked well.
3/4 cup grits
Shrimp 1 lb (peeled, deveined; I leave a few with tail on for the flavor)
Couple handfuls of baby spinach
Garlic cloves - 3 sliced thin and flat
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 -2 tsp chilli powder
1/4 cup white wine (I used a sauvignon blanc)
Grated Cheese - Fontina (soft cooking cheese) or Sharp white cheddar (I used a mix of the two)
1) Boil 3 cups of water. Add salt and olive oil. Stir in the grits slowly. Cook on low heat for 7 minutes. Be careful while you cook the grits because they have a tendency to splatter. Season with salt and black pepper. Stir in the shredded cheese and baby spinach. Cover and keep warm so that they don't solidify. Optional -- add cream cheese to achieve more of a creamy texture and chives is available.
2) In a bowl marinate shrimp with salt, pepper, smoked paprika and little olive oil for about 5 minutes. In a large skillet, heat oil. Sautee sliced garlic. When you smell the garlic, add the shrimp. Using tongs, turn and cook until they are pink. Add the wine and cook till alcohol evaporates (sauce is thick).
3) Spoon grits onto a plate or bowl. Top with shrimp. Serve. Enjoy.
Saturday, August 14, 2010
This is something you can make in 10 minutes when you are having a lazy rainy pyjama day and you don't want to step out.
Cheese (any and all types) -- I used a small piece piece of swiss, sprinkles of parmesan and crumbles of feta
Tomato (1/2 chopped fine)
Green chilli 1 -2 chopped fine
cilantro chopped fine
Any bread that you find in the house: Bread, garlic bread, bagel
Heat oven to 400. Mix and all ingredients. Place on bread that is buttered. Bake for 10 minutes. If you can do this with garlic bread, it is really tasty! Enjoy!
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Perfectly delicious. Has the taste of a gyro but is really much better.
Feta cheese sliced
1 tomato sliced
Lamb 2 lb
Mint chopped fine
Garlic 2 cloved chopped fine
Paprika 3/4 tsp
cinammon powder 1/2 tsp
Salt (1/2 tsp) & Fresh ground pepper
Olive oil 1 -2 tablespoon
Make 4 hamburger patties by combining all the ingreadients. Grill to your preference.
Greek yogurt plain (strained in a cheese cloth to make thicker)
2 mint leaves
1/2 lime squeezed
Grind all ingredients in a food processor. Serve.
Spread sauce on bun. Add grilled patty, feta, tomato, dash of pepper and salt, spinach. Lamb burger is ready when you are.