Posts tagged ‘cilantro’

September 9, 2010

Guacamole and Mediterranean Salsa

My first “official” gig in which I wasn’t making food for an event I was planning myself. I was asked to make a few dips for a party of about 40 people.

I was a little scared at first, not knowing how much food to estimate or how much time I would need to make that amount of food. How to keep the guacamole from turning color. Things that I did not ever put too much worry into. I guess when you are making food for someone else’s event it is just more stressful. Probably questions everyone asks when they first start making large quantities of food for OTHER people! It was not as bad as I anticipated! Whew!

It was a fun and exciting new challenge and hope I get the opportunity to do this more often! I love to feed people’s bellies so this was a privilege for me!

Here is what I made:

Guacamole – this recipe is on my site already, but I’ve updated it with a photo

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Next was Mediterranean Salsa which in a previous blog I promised quite some time ago…sorry for the delay! This recipe doesn’t make enough for 40 it makes enough for probably a crowd of 15 or so.

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Mediterranean Salsa

1 lb. tomatoes, seeded and diced

1 English (seedless) cucumber, diced

1 bunch of parsley, finely chopped

2 sprigs of mint, finely chopped

3 green onions, thinly sliced in rounds

juice of  1/2 lemon

1 clove of garlic

3T olive oil

1/8 tsp salt

1/4 c. feta cheese

Toss the first 4 ingredients in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, mix lemon juice, minced garlic, olive oil and salt. Pour over tomato and cucumber mixture and toss.

Serve with Pita chips or toasted Lavash Chips.

August 15, 2010

Fish Tacos

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My 4 year old daughter loves fish tacos, when I told her I was making fish tacos she said “YUUUUM.”  Usually when you see fish tacos in the restaurants they are made with Mahi-Mahi. So out I went to find US caught Mahi at the stores, because that is what the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch guide says to get, instead of imported Mahi (btw if you have an iPhone, there is an App for the Seafood Watch guide! Get it and use it).

SIDE NOTE: What I have noticed while using this guide there are some general rules you can remember and follow when choosing fish if you don’t have a guide with you. 

  1. Non-imported fish and if you can find out,
  2. Fish that is “troll, pole-and-line gear” caught, (if you can find out).
  3. Sick with wild-caught fish rather than farmed fish. Apparently there are environmental concerns related to farming some fish, plus wild fish are usually healthier for you.

Also of note, which you might already know. the higher up on the food chain the fish, the higher levels of mercury the fish will likely have: swordfish, shark, rock cod (is really shark), sturgeon, Rockfish (buyer beware: Rockfish is marketed as red snapper or Pacific snapper – there are no snappers on the US West Coast, per the Seafood Watch guide, so if it’s marked as Pacific – it’s rockfish and high in mercury and PCBs). Eat with caution.

So I went against the rules and purchased Peru Mahi – next time I will head to Whole Foods to get Mahi from the US (or you can choose another white fish such as, cod, halibut (Pacific, not California) or shrimp even.

(Serving 6 Tacos)

1 lb fish with skin on or shrimp

2 limes, juiced

1/2 bunch cilantro, coarsley chopped

1/2 jalapeno, thinly sliced rounds

1t. paprika

1t. cumin

S & P

Spicy Jalapeno Coleslaw (see below)

6 corn tortillas (or flour if you prefer)

Garnishes:

sliced avocado

cilantro

cotija cheese

lime wedges

In a plastic seal bag or shallow glass dish, lime juice, cilantro, jalapeno, paprika, cumin, salt and pepper. Then add the fish and marinate for 30 minutes.

Heat your grill. this is why I said skin-on it’s easier to cook on the grill so the fish doesn’t fall apart.  Flesh side down, cook the fish for 3 minutes with the grill covered.  Then finish the fish off on the skin side for about 3-5 minutes with grill covered. Cut the fish into 1 inch pieces.

While the fish is finishing up heat the tortillas on the grill.

 

 Spicy Jalapeno Coleslaw

1 head of cabbage, thinly sliced

1/2 c. Jalapeno aioli

1T. McCormick Salad Supreme seasoning

S & P

Toss all ingredients together and let sit in the fridge while marinating and cooking the fish. Enough time to allow the slaw to, as Emeril would say, “get happy.”

Assembly:

Top tortilla with slaw, fish, and your favorite garnishes. Squeeze a lime over the entire taco and EAT!

May 24, 2010

Guacamole!

Guacamole

I get rave reviews on this guacamole where ever I take it. So here it is…  Use this recipe for the chimichangas! MMM…

3 avocados
2 small tomatoes, seeded
3 green onions
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1/2 T cumin
1/2 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper

Cube avocados add to bowl and mash VERY little. Dice tomatoes in small pieces. Finely chop green onion and cilantro. Add together in a bowl sprinkle with salt, cumin, and squeeze in lemon juice. Mix together until incorporated together.

January 10, 2010

Spicy Shrimp

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Still on my healthy food kick I saw this recipe made on Food Network last weekend so it landed on my dinner list last week. It’s both fast and healthy.  I will make it again but with a more mild chilie – no way Eyden would eat this too spicy. But it is very good! I have a new found favorite rice to go along with – basmati rice. It has more flavor than regular white rice and it’s grain is thinner.

Shrimp and Marinade

Adapted from Food Network recipe from Ask Aida for Shrimp Piri Piri

1lb large shrimp
¼ of a Turkey kielbasa, thinly sliced
2 serrano chilies (I will try 1 jalepeno next time)
4 cloves garlic
1 T paprika
¼ c. lime juice
1 T red wine vinegar
1/3 c olive oil
Salt
1/3 c chopped cilantro
lime wedges
cotija cheese
Basmati Rice (cooked)

ROAST serrano chilies at 500° degrees 10-15 minutes until skin is blackened. Remove skin (allow to steam 5 minutes in a plastic bag then remove skin), seeds, and steams.  Combine chilies, garlic, paprika, lime juice, vinegar in a blender about 1 minute. Add olive oil slowly in a stream until marinade thoroughly incorporated.

COMBINE peeled and cleaned shrimp and kielbasa and marinade in bowl for 20 minutes.

HEAT cast iron skillet, add shrimp (in batches if necessary) until shrimp is white with a few brown spots and curled and sausage is cooked.

PLACE atop rice, top with cilantro, lime wedge, and cotija cheese.

January 4, 2010

Spicy Marinated Ahi Tuna

I am in the mood to eat healthier fresh food after all the sugary rich holiday foods. I made this Ahi last summer on the grill and it was FABULOUS! It also gives me that summer-time feeling, a nice healthy and light dish to help me dream of warm summery days! By this time of the winter (what officially two weeks into winter) and I’m over it! I’m ready for spring temps and sunny days! NO MORE SNOW! I don’t fare well with the skiers in my life! Sorry guys! 🙂

4 Ahi Tuna steaks (you can use another meaty fish such as Halibut as well)
1 jalapeno, finely diced
½ lemon, zested
2 lemons, juiced
2 limes, juiced
3T olive oil
½ bunch of cilantro
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

PLACE fish in a shallow dish. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Finely dice the jalapeno (you can add more or less for spiciness but keep the seeds and veins in) add to a mixing bowl. Zest half of one of the lemons into the jalapeno, then juice both lemons into the marinade. Whisk the ingredients together. While whisking add the olive oil. Finely chop up the cilantro and mix into marinade.

Ahi Marinade (Or any fish or chicken)

POUR marinade over the tuna. Cover with plastic wrap and marinate 30 minutes to an hour. If the tuna is not completely covered with the marinade, flip it halfway through marinating.

PLACE tuna on grill (or a grill pan inside) and cook with cover closed 3-4 minutes. Turn the fish and continue to grill for 3-4 minutes for medium doneness. This night I couldn’t get to my barbeque so I decided to try steaming the Ahi in foil.  Next time I will heat a sheet pan with oil in the oven for 5 minutes, add the Ahi and then essentially sear the Ahi in a 500° oven for 5-8 minutes for medium. Steaming this fish just made it tough, it needs to be seared (pan or oven).

Steamed Ahi

December 11, 2009

Cuban Braised Beef

I have been looking for a good shredded beef recipe for some time and my slow cooker is my favorite tool right now so this recipe was right up my alley. Fast and easy and ready when I get home. This was such a good recipe and I just added a little more flavor and heat with jalapeno and my favorite mexican cheese – Cotija. Cotija is a very salty flavored crumbly cheese. You have probably eaten it many times if you eat at mexican food restaurants it’s the white cheese crumbled on top of your beans. I put it on salads too, it’s so good – my daughter likes it as well.

Adapted from Real Simple recipe for Cuban Braised Beef and Peppers

1 –  1 ½ lb flank steak, cut crosswise into thirds
28 oz diced tomatoes
2 red bell peppers, ½ inch thick slices
1 onion (cut into 1/8)
2T. chopped cilantro
2t. oregano
1t. cumin
1t. cayenne
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 jalapeno (or 1/4 of a small can of jalepeno)
1avocado
Cilantro (for garnish)
Cotija (for garnish)
Tortillas or Rice

COMBINE tomatoes, oregano, cumin, cayenne, garlic, jalapeno, cilantro, salt and pepper in the slow cooker. Add onions and peppers and stir. Push flank steaks into the vegetables. Cook on low for 8 hours.

PLACE atop rice or on tortillas. Top with cilantro, avocado slices, and cotija cheese.