Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls

Part 2 of this week’s cooking with maple syrup. Adapted from Maple by Katie Webster.

 

 

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Rolls

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 whole leaves from 1 large cabbage
  • 3 cups boiling water
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 cup finely chopped mushrooms
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dark pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 15-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

 

Directions

  1. Stack cabbage leaves in a large Dutch oven and pour the boiling water over top. Cover, set over high heat, and boil, rotating top leaves to the bottom. Cook for 4 to 6 minutes, until cabbage is just tender enough to be pliable, but not too soft that it tears. Drain the leaves on a work surface and let cool.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and salt, cook stirring often for about 6 to 8 minutes, until the onion is soft and starting to brown. Add the beef, mushrooms, and pepper.  Using a wooden spoon to break up the meat, cook for about 3 to 4 minutes until the beef is browned and no pink remains. Add tomato paste and coat the mixture. Add the vinegar, syrup and Worcestershire sauce and bring to a simmer, stirring often. Remove from heat.
  3. Spoon 1/4 cup of the filling onto each cabbage leaf and roll tucking in the sides. Arrange the rolls in the skillet with seam side down. Pour the tomato sauce over rolls. Cover and cook over medium-low heat. Cook for about 20 minutes. Uncover and add the mozzarella cheese. Cover and cook for about another 2 minutes., until cheese melts. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.

 

 

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Turkey Rolls with Shiitake-Cheese Filling

Adapted from the Great American Grilling by Weber, a cookbook I’ve had for many years. I’m not really sure but, I think it came with Weber grill.

I’m not a big fan of turkey but, this was delicious and so easy to make!

 

Turkey Rolls with Shiitake-Cheese Filing

  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms
  • 5 teaspoons oil drained from the sun-dried tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons minced, drained sun-dried tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 8 skinless, boneless turkey breasts or cutlets
  • 8 ounces fontina cheese cut into sticks, about 1/4-inch thick
  • 16 large fresh sage leaves
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/2 cup grated Asiago cheese

 

Directions

  1.  Cut 4 of the mushrooms in half, and coarsely chop the remaining. Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the mushroom halves and cook till lightly brown, about 6 to 8 minutes. Set aside. In the same pan heat the remaining chopped mushrooms, tomatoes, and garlic. Cook, stirring often until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 6 to 8 minutes.  Let cool.
  2. Pound the turkey between 2 sheets of plastic wrap, until about about 1/8-inch in thickness.  Place the fontina cheese in the center, spoon over the mushroom mixture, sage, thyme and Asiago. Roll to enclose.
  3. Place on the grill and cook for about 6 minutes, turn over and cook for another 6 minutes. Serve with the mushroom halves.

 

 

Beef with Oyster Sauce

Part 2  of my Chinese cooking series. The book didn’t specify what type of  green vegetable. It does show pictures of the types of vegetables that are commonly used.  I think it would go nicely with snap peas or broccoli.

 

Beef with Oyster Sauce

  • Servings: 2 to 3
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 pound flank steak
  • 15 green onion cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 15 slices ginger
  • 4 cups oil
  • 1.2 pound green vegetables
  • 1/2 tablespoon wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar

For the marinate

  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon soysauce
  • 3 tablespoons water

For the seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil

 

Directions

  1.  Slice the beef in 1-inch squares, put into a bowl and marinate for at least 1/2 hour. The longer the better. Then add 2 tablespoons of cooking oil.
  2. Boil the green vegetables in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Remove from pan and stir fry with 2 tablespoons of oil. season with wine, salt and sugar, then lay on a platter.
  3.  Heat 4 cups of oil on medium to high heat in fry pan and add beef and fry till it turns light, about 10 seconds. Remove the beef and drain off the oil from the pan.
  4. Use another 2 tablespoons of oil to fry the green onions and ginger over high heat. Add the beef stir quickly and add the seasoning sauce. Stir until thickened and heated through. Pour over the green vegetables and serve.

 

 

Provencal Spinach Meatballs

This was inspired by The French Slow Cooker cookbook by Michele Scicolone. I modified the recipe to adhere to stove top cooking time. It can be served over noodles or rice for dinner. Or it can be served over toasted brioche rolls lined with arugula for lunch.

 

Provencal Spinach Meatballs

  • Servings: 6-8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 28-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 large shallots chopped
  • 1 2-inch strip orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon piment d’Espelette or paprika
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 10-ounce package frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 2 large eggs, beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 1/2 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup plain dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon herbes de Provence
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil

 

Directions

  1.  Heat up the olive oil in a deep pan over medium -high heat. Add the shallots and saute for a few minutes.
  2. Add the white wine and simmer for a few minutes more.
  3. Add the tomato puree, orange zest, and piment d’Espelette. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer on low heat.
  4. Meanwhile, place the spinach in a towel and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
  5. In a large bowl add the turkey, spinach, eggs, bread crumbs, salt and pepper, and herb de Provence. Mix well and shape the mixture into 2-inch balls.
  6. Roll the meatballs lightly in the flour. Place it in the sauce.
  7. Cover and simmer on low for about 30 minutes. Or until the meatballs are cooked through. Stir occasionally.

 

Layered Beef, Cabbage, and Potato Casserole

Comfort food! Great dish for a cold and snowy day. Another great recipe from Lidia Bastianich’s show, Lidia’s Kitchen. I have provided a recipe below with a good guess on the measurements.  It can easily be cut in half for 4 servings as I had to.

 

Layered Beef, Cabbage, and Potato Casserole

  • Servings: 8 to 10
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For the pestata:

  • 6 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup sage leaves
  • 1/4 cup  fresh rosemary needles
  • salt
  • olive oil

For the casserole:

  • 3 to 4 pound beef, shoulder cut
  • 3 pounds red potato, sliced
  • head of cabbage, shredded
  • 2 cups or more of Fontina cheese, grated
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of white wine
  • salt

 

Directions

  1. Place the garlic, sage, rosemary and salt in a food processor. Drizzle the olive oil while processing.  Should look like a pesto sauce.
  2. Slice the beef into 1-inch slices, and place in a bowl.
  3. Slice the potatoes with skin on, into 1/4 inch slices. Place in a separate bowl.
  4. Shred the cabbage and place in another bowl.
  5. Pour half the pestata in the beef, making sure each slice has marinate. Add salt.
  6. Pour the rest onto the potatoes, making sure all slices are marinated. Add salt.
  7. Layer half the potaotes in a buttered casserole. Layer haf the cabbage on top. Layer all the meat on top. Add the rest of the potaotes. And then add the rest of the cabbage. Pour the white wine over. Cover with foil and bake in a 375F degree oven for about 2 hours or more. Check for meat tenderness.
  8. Uncover and cover the top with the cheese. Place back in the oven uncovered. Bake for another 30 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and browned.

 

Vegetable Meatloaf

The great thing about meatloaf is that it can be served many different ways. Hot right from the oven for dinner or served cold for a buffet lunch or dinner. The recipe called for 40 minutes baking time but, it might depend on the oven. I had to cook it it a little longer, so I added an extra 10 minutes.   Adapted from The American Home circa 1950’s.

 

Vegetable Meatloaf

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons chopped onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 cups grated carrots
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground veal
  • 1/2 cup cracker crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 cup tomato juice

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Mix onion, green pepper, carrots, and ground veal together. Add the cracker crumbs, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce, and mustard. Stir in the tomato juice.
  3. Shape into a loaf. Place in a oiled loaf pan and cover.
  4. Bake in the oven or 40 to 50 minutes. Uncover and bake for another 20 minutes.

 

 

 

 

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Moorish-Spiced Pork Kebabs

Adapted from Rustic Spanish by Paul Richardson. Christian Spaniards borrowed the North African spice combination that is traditionally used on lamb. It is very delicious, however may be too spicy for some. You can adjust  the measurements if you desire.

 

Moorish-Spiced Pork Kebabs

  • Servings: 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon sweet Spanish smoked ground pepper, Pimenton Dulce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 pounds pork loin, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • lemon wedges for serving

 

Directions

  1. In a small frying pan, combine the olive oil, cumin, coriander, pimenton, cayenne, turmeric, oregano, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Place over low heat until warmed through and fragrant, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let it cool to room temperature.
  2. Place the pork pieces in a bowl and rub the with the spice mixture. Add the garlic, parsley, and lemon juice and toss well. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  3. Thread the pork pieces on skewers, and sprinkle with salt. Grill or broil, turning once about 4 minutes on each side.