Cowboy Matambre

Part 2 of my recipes from the cookbook Culina Mundi.  An Argentinean dish, often served as an appetizer. This took some time and skill to make. The hardest part was making sure it was sealed properly.  If the meat is thick, I would suggest to pound it thinner, it will be easier to roll.

 

Cowboy Matambre

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: moderate
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Ingredients

  •  4 1/2 pound flank steak
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 9 ounces carrots
  • 1 pound fresh spinach
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 1 pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 pinch paprika
  • 1 cup shredded Gruyere cheese
  • 2 medium onions
  • 2 bay leaves

 

Directions

  1. Spread the steak on a large cutting board. Remove any skin with a small knife. Place the steak in a baking pan. Season with the garlic, parsley, salt and pepper, and sprinkle some olive oil. Place in fridge to marinate for 24 hours.
  2. Boil the eggs for 10 minutes and shell them. On the meat evenly spread with peeled carrot sticks, spinach leaves, and halved eggs. Cover with strips of red pepper.
  3. Season with paprika and crushed pepper. Cover with the cheese. Using two hands roll the meat.
  4. Using a needle, pass the the kitchen twine through the meat to seal the edge. Tie up the meat.
  5. Bring 4 quarts of water to a boil, with carrot disk and peeled onions, and bay leaves.   Place the meat and lower the heat. Simmer covered for 2 hours. Serve sliced.

 

 

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Roasted Sea Scallops with Porcini

Quick and easy recipe! Can be an appetizer or entree.  Adapted from the Culina Mundi cookbook.

 

Roasted Sea Scallops with Porcini

  • Servings: 4
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 20 sea scallops
  • 5 tablespoon butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups creme fraiche
  • 1 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1 bunch chives, chopped

 

Directions

  1. Brush dirt off the mushrooms. Heat 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter in a non-stick pan. Sauté rapidly over high heat, about 4 minutes. Turning constantly. Set aside .
  2. In another pan, heat the rest of the butter. Place the scallops. Season with salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes per side. Bake in oven for 4 minutes at 355F.
  3. Heat the creme fraiche in a small saucepan. Season with salt and pepper. Add the tomato paste and chopped chives. Heat through till sauce thickens.
  4. Pour  layer of the sauce on each serving plate. Place 5 scallops on each plate and garish with the mushrooms in center.

 

 

Italian Chicken “Stir Fry”

For those who love Lidia Bastianich’s Chicken Drumsticks with Peppers and Paprika, this recipe is for you! Very similar in cooking style. Adapted from Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.

 

Italian Chicken Stir-Fry

  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, sliced into 1/4 inch strips
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1 cup fava beans, thawed
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed and peeled
  • 1 pound mixed mushrooms, thickly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 sounds boneless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • all purpose flour for dredging
  • 8 ounces of chicken livers, trimmed of all fat an cut into 1/2-inch chunks

 

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. In a large skillet;et, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and the peppers, season with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Toss and cook until t he onions are golden, about 4 minutes.  Add the peas and favas, toss and cook until heated through, about 3 minutes. Transfer to large roasting pan.
  2. Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to the pan. Add garlic until it sizzles. Add the mushrooms and thyme.  Season with 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Cook until the the mushrooms liquid has reduced and the mushrooms are browned, for about 5 minutes. Add to the roasting pan.
  3. In the same skillet add, heat 2 more tablespoons of olive oil.  Season the chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and add to the skillet. Brown all over for  about 3 minutes. Add to the roasting pan.
  4. Spread some flour on a plate. Return the skillet to the heat, and ad remains oil. Season the chicken livers with salt and dredge lightly in the flour. Brown all over, about 2 minutes. Add to the roasting pan. Give everything a toss and roast in the oven  till browned, about 10 to 15 minutes.

 

Lemony Shrimp Over Zucchini

Great recipe for a week night!  Quick and easy. Adapted from Lidia’s Celebrate Like an Italian.

 

Lemony Shrimp Over Zucchini

  • Servings: 6 to 8
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

For the Zucchini

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 medium zucchini, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano

 

For the Shrimp

  • 3 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds extra large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  •  1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • grated zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 2 to 3 tablespoon bread crumbs

 

Directions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the zucchini, season with salt and red pepper flakes. Cook until the zucchini begins to wilt, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle with the dried oregano and remove from heat. Set aside and keep warm.
  2. Heat olive oil in another large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shrimp and season with salt. Sear quickly on each side, about 1 minute per side. Remove to a plate.
  3. Add butter to the pan and add the garlic, cook till sizzling, about 2 minutes. Add the wine, lemon zest, and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add the shrimp back into the pan and sprinkle with bread crumbs to thicken the sauce. Serve over the zucchini.[/recipe-direction]

 

Tropical Fish Fillets

Delicious and so easy! Refreshing for summer dinners. Adapted from Cuba, the cookbook.

 

Tropical Fish Fillets

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Ingredients

  • 4 fish fillets (swordfish, red snapper or any fresh water fish)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped scallions
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • about 12 ounces of sliced pineapple, diced
  • about 12 ounces of diced papaya
  • 8 orange supremes
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • all-purpose flour for dredging

 

Directions

  1. In a dish, combine the fish, salt , pepper, lime juice, parsley, and scallions. Cover and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  2. In a medium frying pan, melt the butter and 1/2 tablespoon of oil over medium heat.  Add the pineapple, papaya, orange supremes, orange juice, wine, and sugar. Cook for 2 minutes and set aside.
  3. Dredge the fish in flour. Ina medium pan heat the remains oil over medium-high heat. Cook the fish till browned, about 4 minutes on each side. Serve with the fruit sauce.

 

 

Cuban Rice Salad (Ensalada de Arroz)

Part 2 of my Cuban salad series. Fantastic hearty salad with chicken and rice! Great for outdoor parties or picnics.  I omitted the toasted sesame seeds, for personal taste.  Adapted from Cuba, the cookbook. Recipe invented by Vivian Costa Leal, a Cuban housewife.

 

  • Servings: 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 2 large green peppers
  • 1 large white onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup finely cooked chicken
  •  3 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt to taste
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 cup or more mayonnaise

 

Directions

  1. Roast the peppers over an open flame or broiler. Place in a bowl fuller ice water. Peel off the skin, and cut into strips. Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl combine the onions and vinegar. Let marinate for 30 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  3.  In a medium fry pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the chicken and garlic. Sauté for a few minutes till the garlic is fragrant. Stir in salt. Set aside.
  4.   In  a large bowl combine half the peppers and the rest of the ingredients. Salt to taste. Use the remaining peppers to decorate the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving.

 

 

Panzanella with Shrimp and Fennel

Great summer salad! Adapted from Lidia Bastianich’s Celebrate Like an Italian.

 

Panzanella with Shrimp and Fennel

  • Servings: 4 to 6
  • Difficulty: easy
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Ingredients

  • 1 1-2 day old bread cut into cubes, (about 6 cups)
  • 3 beefsteak tomatoes
  • 1 small fennel bulb, trimmed and slice thinly
  • 1 bunch scallion, white and green parts chopped
  • 1/2 English cucumber, sliced into half-moons
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled ad deveined

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread the bread cubes on a baking sheet, and toast until crisp but not browned. About 7 minutes. Let cool.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the tomatoes, fennel, scallions, and cucumber. Sprinkle the vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt. Toss well.  Add the bread cubes, toss to soak in the vinegar. Drizzle with the 1/2 cup of olive oil. Set aside.
  3. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to large skillet over high heat. Add the shrimp and season with salt. Cook until the shrimp is cooked through for about 3 minutes. Let cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Add the shrimp to the salad and toss well.