Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Pasta Shells in Fontina Sauce

Here you have a great pasta to go along with your Turkey on this Thanksgiving day or Christmas! I hope you like it! Enjoy

  • 1 lbs Pasta Shells
  • 8 oz Sliced Portobello Mushrooms
  • 8 slices of Chopped Bacon
  • 3 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Bread Crumbs
  • 2 cups Cheddar Cheese (white & Yellow)
  • 2 Cups Fontina Cheese
  • 1 Chopped Onion
  • 3 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 minced Garlic Cloves
  • 1 tspn Salt
  • 1 tspn Black Pepper
  • 3 Tbsp All purpose Flour

Preheat the Oven to 350ºF

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Once the pasta is Al Dente, drain it and set it aside.

In a large skillet, cook the bacon on medium heat until golden brown and crisp. Then drain it on paper towels and set it aside.  Discard all the fat in the skillet, in the same skillet melt the butter, and cook the mushrooms for 3 minutes. Then add in the onion and the minced garlic, season with salt and pepper to taste, cook for two more minutes. Then Add in 3 tablespoons of flour, cook the flour for one minute, then add in three cups of milk, stir until the flour is dissolved, reduce the heat, and bring to a boil. Once it’s boiling add in the cheddar cheese and the fontina cheese.  Cook on lo heat until the cheese has melted.

In another skillet add in the breadcrumbs together with the bacon, cook on low heat until the bread is toasted a bit. Then set aside for a minute.

Once the cheese is melted, taste the flavor add salt and pepper if needed, and once you are happy with the flavor, pour the cheese mixture over the pasta shells, toss together until well combined. Transfer the pasta shells into a baking dish, top the pasta with the toasted breadcrumbs, and bake at 350ºF for about 20-30 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the breadcrumbs are golden brown.

Once it’s done, now you can serve it.


Thursday, November 16, 2017

Beer and Butter Injected Turkey

This Turkey is the best you will ever have! So Flavorful and juicy and simply delicious! I hope you like it!

Ingredients for the Turkey:
  • 1 Turkey 16-18 lbs
  • 2 Cups Beer
  • ½ Cup Butter (1 stick = 113g)
  • 1 Sage Sprig 
  • 2 Rosemary Sprigs
  • Thyme Sprigs (2 Tbsp)
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Black Pepper

Sauce (1)  to Inject the Turkey:
  • 1 Cup Butter ( 2 Sticks 113 g each)
  • 1 - 1 ½ Cup Beer
  • 2 Tbsp Salt
  • 3 Tbsp Maggi Sauce (or worcestershire sauce)
  • 1 Rosemary Sprig (1 tbsp)
  • Thyme Sprigs (1 ½   -2  tbsp)
  • 2 Garlic Cloves 

I recommend that you prepared this turkey a day in advance, so it will be be really flavorful.

To make the Sauce (1) to inject the turkey:  Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring them to a boil. Then remove from the stove and let them cool down. Once they are cool, remove all the sprigs and garlic cloves from it. (you only need the sauce).

To make the Sauce (2) to marinate the turkey. Place all the ingredients in a bowl or saucepan and cook until the butter is melted, mix well and set aside.

Pat dry the turkey with paper towels. Then inject the turkey with the Sauce (1)..  We will start with the Turkey breast. They recommend that you inject the turkey breast with about 2 - 3 ounces of the sauce on each side. I will inject the upper side with one ounce and then i will inject another ounce at the end of the breast. Remember you have to inject both sides of the breast, right and left.  After that you will also inject one ounce of the sauce on each turkey leg.  Also inject one ounce of the sauce on each turkey thigh and  I will inject about ¾  of an ounce on the wing drumette. If you have any leftover sauce, inject it on the back of the turkey or rub it inside the cavity of the turkey and inside the neck área of the turkey.

Now rub sauce (2) all over the turkey. You want to rub the turkey with this sauce on all sides, back and front and all sides, also rub some inside the cavity and inside the neck área. The pour all the leftover sauce over the turkey.  Cover the turkey with foil and marinate it in the refrigerator overnight.

Next day. Remove the turkey out of the refrigerator one hour before cooking it.

Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  

Place the turkey in a large baking dish, on a rack so it will get golden brown on all sides. Then cover it with foil, poke the foil a couple times, now place the turkey in the oven for one hour.

After an hour, remove it from the oven, remove the foil, and brush the turkey with its own cooking liquid.  Place it back in the oven, uncovered,  for another hour.

After another hour. Remove it from the oven, brush it again with its own cooking liquid and cook for another hour.

After another hour (it's been cooking for 3 hours now), it should have a nice color by now, check the temperature. Remember the internal temperature of a well cooked turkey should be 165ºF, and depending on the size of the turkey, it should cook in about  3 ½ - 4 ½  hours. Mine is not ready yet, so I placed it back in the oven for another 40 minutes.

After 40 minutes, the turkey is done. Golden brown on all sides, Brush it again with its own cooking liquid, cover it with foil and let it rest for 5 - 10 minutes before serving it.

After that you can serve it.


Monday, November 13, 2017

Green Pozole

Here you have a super easy and Delicious Mexican Dish! I hope you can give it a try! Enjoy!

  • 1 whole Chicken (skinless and cut in pieces)
  • 2 - 3 Cans (15 oz each) Hominy 
  • 1 lbs Green Tomatillos (husk removed)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • ½ tspn Dry Orégano (to taste)
  • ½  -1 Bunch of Cilantro
  • 1 small Garlic head + 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 Serrano Peppers 
  • 1 Large Onion (cut in thirds)
  • 3 Lettuce Leaves (washed)

To serve:
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • Sliced Radish
  • Limes
  • Finely Chopped Onion

In a large pot we are going to bring plenty of water to a boil,  10 cups of water, season the water with a third of a large onion, one small garlic head and salt to taste. Add in the Chicken (cut in pieces and skin removed) cook the chicken on medium high heat for about 30-40 minutes or until well cooked.

Remove the husk from the tomatillos and rinse them with warm water. Place the tomatillos in a sauce pan. Remove the stems from the peppers, and place the peppers with the tomatillos, add plenty of water and cook them on high heat for about 10-15 minutes or until they are tender.  

Once the tomatillos and the peppers are tender, place them in a blender, together with two thirds of a large onion, a bunch of cilantro, two garlic cloves and three lettuce leaves, season this with dry orégano and salt to taste. Blend on high speed until you get a soft sauce. Set it aside for a minute.

Once the chicken is cooked, removed it from the pot, and let it cool to shred it.

Into the same pot where you cooked the chicken, add in the green sauce, and bring it to a boil on low heat. Once it's boiling add in the shredded chicken and the hominy.  Bring to a boil, then taste the flavor add more salt, or orégano if necessary. Reduce the heat and continue to boil for 5 more minutes.

After 5 minutes now you can serve it.

Serve your pozole in a bowl and top it with shredded lettuce, sliced radishes and a squish of lime, if you like it spicy, add some chili de árbol. And that's it!


Thursday, November 09, 2017

Chicken Egg Rolls

Here you have a great easy recipe to make some delicious and healthier kind of eggrolls!

  • 3 - 4 Cup Shredded Cabbage
  • ½ Cup  Shredded Carrots
  • ½ Cup Chopped Green Onions
  • 1 Minced Garlic
  • 1  ½ Tsp Minced Ginger
  • 2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 Cups Shredded Cooked Chicken
  • 1 Can (14 oz) Bean Sprouts
  • 1 package Egg Roll Wrappers
  • 1 Tbsp Peanut Oil
  • 1 Tsp Chili Oil
  • Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Beaten Egg

To make the filling:  In a large skillet, on medium high heat, heat up the peanut oil, together with the chili oil,  and then add in the shredded cabbage, stir and cook for 3 minutes, so the cabbage will get soften.  Then add in the minced garlic and the minced ginger, and stir fry for 30 seconds, after that,  add in the shredded carrots and continue to stir fry this on medium high heat for one or two more minutes, then add in the bean sprouts, and about two cups of shredded chicken, toss together until combined, then add in the soy sauce, stir again, until all the ingredients are seasoned with the soy sauce, add in the green onions, stir, taste the flavor, add salt if needed. Cook on high until all the liquid in the skillet has evaporated.   Then let the filling cool down a little bit.

Place the egg roll wrapper like if it were a diamond shape, then add some of the filling right on the center, then brush a bit of the beaten egg around the edges of the egg roll wrapper,  then roll the lower corner of the egg roll wrapper up towards the center, right over the filling, then bring the sides towards the center as well, then roll the egg roll up. Keep on repeating these steps until you are done.

Once all the egg rolls are done, you can fry them.  I’m going to fry them in my Avalon Bay Air Fryer at 375ºF for 12-15 minutes or until they are golden brown and crisp on all sides.

You can fry them in Oil: Preheat plenty of vegetable oil to a temperature of  325ºF and fry the egg rolls for about 2 minutes on each side or until they are golden brown on all sides.

Of you can bake them, at 425ºF for about 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Day of the Dead Bread

Here you have my version on how to make Day of the Dead Mexican Bread, I hope you can give it a try!

  • 4 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 5 Large Eggs
  • ½ Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 125 g Melted Butter
  • ¼ cup Fresh Orange Juice
  • ¼ Cup Lukewarm Water
  • Zest of 2 Oranges
  • 1 ½ Tsp Rapid Rise Yeast 
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • ½ Tsp Nutmeg
  • ½ Tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Aniseed (optional)

For garnish:
  • 1 beaten Egg
  • Granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon melted butter

In a small bowl combine the lukewarm water with the yeast, mix until dissolved, then also add in a ⅓ of a cup  of flour, stir until well incorporated, then set this aside for about 30 minutes or until it doubles in size.

After 30 minutes.  Place the rest of the flour in a large bowl, try to push all the flour to the sides of the bowl, so you will have an empty space right in the center of the bowl.  Right in there, in the center we are going to add in the yeast mixture,  and over the yeast mixture we are going to add in the eggs, one at a time, and stirring each egg for a bit before adding the next one, you want to slowly incorporate the eggs with the yeast mixture. Try to avoid the flour for now, just work right on the center of the bowl .

After the eggs, now, also right in the center, add in the cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, zest of 2 oranges, granulated sugar, orange juice and the melted butter. Stir until combined, and then slowly incorporate the flour into this ingredients.  

Once all the dough comes together, now transfer it to a floured surface and knead it for 10 minutes.

After 10 minutes of active kneading, now place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover it with a kitchen towel and let it rise for 2 hours, or until it doubles in size.
After 2 hours, transfer the dough onto a floured surface, punch it a bit  just to get some of the air out. And then divide the dough into 4 sections, one of the sections should be slightly smaller than the other three.

Shape the three bigger sections into balls, you want them to be nice and round. (those would be our bread). Place them on a baking sheet, mine is lined with parchment paper.

Now with the rest of the dough make the decorations.  Each bread will have 2 bones and one head. To make the bones, just grab some of the dough and roll it until you get a long rope, about half and inch thick. You will need two ropes for each bread. So make six of them. And then to make the head, just grab about 1 ½ - 2  tablespoons of the dough and roll with your hands to form a ball. That. will be head, and you need one for each bread.  So make three of them.

Now to glue the decoration. Just brush a bit of water on the bread right on the spot that you will place the decoration. And place the decoration on top. Press it a bit.   Place two ropes on each  bread to form an X and then right on the center of the bread, place the small ball, use some water to glue it in place.

After they are all done, cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for another hour.

After an hour. Preheat the oven to 340ºF.  Brush the bread with a beaten egg. Baken them at 340ºF for 25 minutes or until cooked.

After they come out of the oven, brush them with melted butter. And sprinkle them with plenty of granulated Sugar.


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