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Artichoke Caponata for a Holiday Lunch Appetizer

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Artichoke Caponata for a Holiday Lunch Appetizer

No Comments 03 September 2011

Kosher Recipe: Artichoke Caponata

Caponata di Carciofi (Caponata of Artichoke), Courtesy of Chef Laura Frankel, author of Jewish Cooking for All Seasons

This caponata does not have the usual tomatoes and eggplant. Caponata is a relish of vegetables and can really include anything in season. This version is a concoction of early spring and late winter vegetables. I serve it with roasted chicken, duck and even fish. It adds springtime flair to any table and for Passover we drizzle our matzah with olive oil and herbs and then dollop some of this caponata on top of it for a crunchy snack.

Yields about 2 cups

RECIPE INGREDIENTS

1 pound baby artichokes or frozen artichoke hearts

1 fennel bulb-julienne (save fronds for garnish)

2 leeks-white parts only, chopped

3 cloves garlic

1 tablespoon tomato paste

½ cup white wine

½ cup golden raisins (optional)

¼ cup pine-nuts

¼ cup fresh mint-torn or cut into thin strips (chiffonade)

½ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme-

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Kosher Recipe

Directions cont’d
  1. To clean the artichokes, use a paring knife to cut the outside leaves free from the body of the vegetable. Continue turning your knife around the artichoke until you have an equal amount of green leaves with yellow tops. Be sure to leave the stem intact. You can peel some of the tough green fibers from the outside. The stem gives the artichoke a pretty shape! Cut the artichoke in half lengthwise and scoop out the choke (if any) with a melon baller. Place the artichoke pieces in a bowl of cold water with lemon juice squeezed into it to keep the artichokes from turning dark.
  2. Place a large sauté pan over medium high heat and coat the bottom lightly with olive oil. Add the fennel pieces and leeks. Sauté the vegetables until they are lightly browned and have softened. Add the garlic, tomato paste raisins and white wine. Stir together.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the insert for the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours.
  4. Place a small sauté pan over medium heat and add the pine-nuts. Toast the pine-nuts until they are lightly browned. Watch them carefully as then can burn quickly.
  5. Add the pine nuts, artichokes and fresh herbs to the mixture to the mixture. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and continue cooking for an additional on HIGH.
  6. Serve the caponata warm or cold. The caponata can be made three days before serving and stored covered in the refrigerator.

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Kids Chicken Kabobs with Crushed Potato Chips

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Kids Chicken Kabobs with Crushed Potato Chips

1 Comment 10 August 2011

I found this great kosher recipe for kids on Gourmet Kosher Cooking. Can’t wait to feed the little ones and enjoy a romantic night out!

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe

  • 4 boneless, skinless,(organic) chicken cutlets cut into strips
  • 1 ounce (about 15)  Flavored Onion Rings snacks from the package .(you can find healthier  kosher versions of the traditional “Wise”  brand bagged onion rings in your favorite Health Food store.
  • ½ ounce (about 7 chips)  potato chips (pareve)
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 dashes garlic powder, or to taste
  • 2 dashes salt, or to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg or 1/8 cup egg substitute
  • Chicken skewers (if wooden, soak for 30 minutes in water)

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Carefully slide each chicken strip lengthwise onto a skewer. Set aside.
  3. In a large sealable plastic bag, combine the onion rings, potato chips, and all the seasonings. If you like, add extra seasonings to taste. Seal the bag and crush contents until reduced to a coarse breadcrumb-like consistency. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  4. Prepare a large baking sheet by spraying it with non-stick cooking spray. Whisk egg into a small bowl. Take a chicken skewer and dunk it in the egg, evenly coating the chicken. Gently shake off the excess liquid and then lay chicken skewer in the seasoned crumbs. Rotate the skewer pressing it into the crumbs to evenly coat the entire piece. Place the chicken on the baking sheet and repeat with the rest of the chicken skewers.
  5. Bake in the oven for 18 to 20 minutes, carefully flipping skewers about halfway through cooking, until chicken is cooked through and coating is crispy. Cool for a few minutes. Eat plain or with duck sauce for dipping.


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Turquoise On Your Table

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Turquoise On Your Table

No Comments 10 August 2011

Shelly Anteby effortlessly  breezes through each day  in her classic style and always makes sure to pull off a unique and daring table setting weekly.

“I start pulling out my Shabbat table setting from Wednesday. I pull out and see what works. Its not planned. By Thursday my table is set. This week I planned a turquoise theme. You could call it Indian or Moroccan inspired, because of the turquoise color and the stones. I started with the turquoise Kim Seybert runner and then offset it with seafoam green mother of pearl chargers as a base for each plate. I topped the chargers with clear turquoise oversized dishes that I found in IKEA.

My turquoise Limoges salad plates helped accent the jeweled napkin rings.I love to find table accents in Home Goods or Target.

In the center of the table I usually raise my salads and appetizers in little bowls on top of a simple glass tray. That becomes my centerpiece.

The point is to have fun with your  Shabbat table setting and just be spontaneous.”

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Mother of Pearl and Coral Themed Shabbat Table Setting

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Mother of Pearl and Coral Themed Shabbat Table Setting

6 Comments 06 August 2011

“Last week I started to take out my props to start setting my Shabbat table. For some reason I kept getting interrupted. First the phone kept ringing. Then the doorbell, then the plumber asking questions about everything except going to the moon! It was not meant for me to finish or let alone even start! At that point, a friend stopped by with her six year old daughter and she was the one who basically told me what she liked from my dishes and napkins,  and the rest of the things that you see on my table!

So there you go, its so easy to make a table work if you play with accessories in your home. Even a six year old can do it. Just don’t be intimidated . There are no rules to follow. We used a double place mat. One is brown beads and the other is sea foam green mother of pearl. I found the dishes in home goods. What a score! They had service for 24! The napkin rings are  coral beads by Kim Seybert, and my six year old friend insisted on the color napkin! It was fun to see that anything she wanted to use seemed to look fine!

I think next week I will call her again!” Shelly Antebi

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Easy Napolean-This Week’s Shabbat Dessert

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Easy Napolean-This Week’s Shabbat Dessert

5 Comments 06 July 2011

By Debbie Gindi

Kosher Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bag mazors puff pastry dough
  • 1 container frozen rich whip,defrosted in refrigerator overnight
  • 1 box vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp Any flavor extract you would like(optional)
  • Berries for decoration

Defrost mazors for about 20 minutes. preheat oven to 350•.  On a lightly floured surface,roll out a bit.

Cut into 3 strips lengthwise. on ungreased cookie sheet Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Remove,let cool. (This step may be prepared up to 2 days in advance and kept at room temp in an airtight container)

Beat rich whip in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form,add vanilla pudding pack and whip until incorporated.

(And any extract desired,if using)

On serving platter place on layer puff pastry dollop 1/2 whipped cream mixture on top. Repeat with puff pastry and cream. Ending top layer with pastry. Garnsh with confectioners sugar on top. And a few fresh berries! Shabbat Shalom.

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

5 Comments 01 June 2011

Photo permission of Bridget Ben Dayan

Hi -I really enjoy your website and I have a delicious and easy recipe for a new twist on medias (stuffed artichoke). When I’m in a health conscience mood i bake, other times I sauté. They are really delicious and deceiving, they look like meat every time I make it, I’m asked for the recipe.” Bridget Ben-Dayan

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe:

  • 1 medium eggplant – peeled & chopped
  • 1 box of baby bella mushrooms – chopped
  • 1/3 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  • olive oil to saute
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts (10-12 pcs)
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place frozen artichoke bottoms in a bowl and cover with boiling water,
  3. Add lemon juice to the water.  Leave the artichokes in water until tender.
  4. Saute chopped eggplant in saucepan
  5. When almost soft add in chopped mushrooms and continue to saute until soft.
  6. Puree mixture with hand held mixer, add in breadcrumbs and salt to taste.
  7. Spoon mixture into the artichoke bottoms. (If you find that your mixture is too loose, add more breadcrumbs.)
  8. Fill a small bowl with approx 1/4 c of  breadcrumbs.  Dip filled artichoke, mixture side down into the bowl with breadcrumbs.  Then place artichoke, mixture side down onto greased tray, use oil not spray to insure the desired texture to the top of the artichoke.  Repeat for all of the artichokes, then bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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SYRIAN MEAT KEBABS FOR ENTERTAINING

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SYRIAN MEAT KEBABS FOR ENTERTAINING

4 Comments 25 May 2011

Re-post by : Lisa Ades

This is a recipe I developed, featured in the New York Times dining section, as part of a piece by Julia Moskin called Burgers Without Borders.  These kebabs are savory and delicious and even good cold the next day (if there are any left over). (Year-round you can tuck them into a pita with salad, but during Passover, when you can’t eat any more matzah, why not go Atkins-style and just have them with a crunchy refreshing salad?)

SYRIAN BEEF KEBABS
Adapted by Lisa Ades
Time: 30 minutes, plus 1 hour for chilling

2 pounds ground beef (not extra lean)
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2/3 cup minced onion
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 dashes cayenne
1 tablespoon ground allspice
1/3. cup pine nuts
Oil to brush on grill rack
Lemon wedges  for serving
Lemony cucumber salad, for serving (recipe follows).

1. Combine all ingredients but oil, lemon wedges, and salad in a bowl, and mix to combine.

2. You can make these on skewers, but it is much easier to form them and turn them on the grill without.  So just form mixture into torpedo shaped kebabs about 1 inch by 3 inches or into small patties.

3. Lay finished kebabs on a sheet pan and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

4. Prepare charcoal grill, or turn gas grill to medium-low. Spray or brush oil on clean grill rack, and set within a few inches of the fire. Fire should not be too hot, and rack should be at least several inches from heat source.

5. When rack is heated through, place kebabs on grill. Meat should start sizzling gently; it should not spit and turn black. Cook undisturbed until deep brown, several minutes. When meat lifts easily from grill, slide a spatula under kebabs and turn over. Continue grilling until browned on all sides and juicy, but cooked through. Serve hot with lemon wedges and lemony cucumber salad (when it’s not passover, serve also with pita bread that’s been warmed on the grill).

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

LEMONY CUCUMBER SALAD
Time: 5 minutes

6 cups romaine lettuce (about 2 hearts)

1 long seedless cucumber or 3 Kirbys, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced crosswise 1/4-inch thick

3 tablespoons olive oil

2 teaspoons lemon juice

1/4 cup chopped fresh mint

1 clove finely minced garlic (optional)

Salt and black pepper to taste.

Toss all ingredients. Serve chilled.

Yield: 4 to 6 servings.

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Revised!- Zaatar Mini Pizzas

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Revised!- Zaatar Mini Pizzas

5 Comments 02 May 2011

This recipe was such a hit that I decided to re-post it. Zaatar is a tangy, addictive spice that is actually a mixture of dried herbs, sesame seeds,  sumac, and salt.  It is a centuries-old mixture dating back to at least the 13th century. Exactly what those herbs are, and how all those ingredients are proportioned vary from culture to culture and family to family. If you would like to create your own memorable zaatar recipe, you  can start  HERE, and  give or take a little until you create your own personal zaatar potpourri.

Great last minute yummy pizza!

Kids and adults love it- great for parties! Perfect for your Purim Seuda!!

    • Mazor’s Pizza Dough- these come ready made- I buy whole wheat mini pizza doughs at Kosher Corner.
    • Zaatar spice
    • olive oil
    • shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
    • delete the cheese, or use cheese substitute and it becomes dairy-free and vegan!
  1. place pizza doughs on Pam sprayed parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  2. mix zaatar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, salt,  pepper and sesame seeds (to taste) in a small bowl
  3. spoon mixture on top of each pizza dough
  4. sprinkle cheese on top of each one
  5. bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes

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Perfect  Tuna Burgers

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Perfect Tuna Burgers

1 Comment 24 April 2011

Great Recipe!!!

My niece Shirley is a professional, sought-after baker but she continually surprises us with unexpected culinary delights.

The kids and adults in the family gave these Tuna burgers a thumbs up!

Try this hearty  yet light tuna burger that she easily adapted from Cooking Light magazine.

Shirley recommends Pomegrante for fresh baked wholesome buns.

Check out Shirl’s website at  www.homebakedbyshirl.com.

Makes 6 servings

To assemble  the sandwiches you’ll need:

Tuna Burgers

Asian Coleslaw

Wasabi Mayonnaise

Egg Buns or Egg Challah Rolls

For the Burgers:

2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 pound sushi-grade tuna, very finely chopped

2 scallions, white and light green parts only, trimmed and minced

1 tablespoon soy sauce

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

1 teaspoon lemon zest

Canola oil, for cooking

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

Place tuna, scallions, soy, olive oil, sesame oil, and lemon zest in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Mix well, using your hands, to combine. Divide tuna mixture into six equal portions and form each portion into a 1/2-inch thick patty.

Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add enough canola oil to coat bottom of skillet. Add patties, and cook until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

For the Asian Coleslaw

1 tablespoon unseasoned rice-wine vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tsp honey

1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

1 bag coleslaw (shredded cabbage)

Place vinegar in small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil to form an emulsion; add the honey and sesame; season with salt and pepper; set aside.

Just before serving, toss some coleslaw with dressing to taste.

For the Wasabi Mayonnaise:

1 large egg, room temperature

2 teaspoons unseasoned rice-wine vinegar

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

1 tablespoon wasabi paste

1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

3/4 cup canola oil

Coarse salt

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

In the bowl of a small food processor, combine egg, vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce; pulse to combine. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in canola oil until mixture is emulsified. Season with salt.

Note: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised

To Assemble the Burgers:

Spread a tablespoon of mayonnaise on both sides of halved bun. Place one patty, topped with about ¼ cup of coleslaw.

Enjoy!

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Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.

 


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880′s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.


7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com

 

 

10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
Delete the Flour in Your Pantry- Sweet Potato or Coconut Muffins

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Delete the Flour in Your Pantry- Sweet Potato or Coconut Muffins

1 Comment 27 March 2011

Kosher Recipes

Sprinkled with Coconut

Chocolate Chunk

Nothing is more satisfying than an empty crumpled bag of whole wheat flour sitting on my kitchen counter. Especially a month before Passover.

Heckers

So when I saw Mark Bittman’s   “Whole Wheat Muffin, The Remix” recipe in the New York Times, I decided it was worth a try.

The only problem was, it called for “preferably whole wheat pastry flour”, and I only had a bag of regular  whole wheat flour. I also decided to see if anyone would notice if I substituted agave nectar for sugar.

I ran out and bought buttermilk, (you can also make your own easy buttermilk HERE) and on Sunday morning the muffins were mixed, baked, and out of the oven within the hour. Cleanup was a cinch. I made a double batch. The first bunch was filled with a baked and mashed sweet potato. I topped those with leftover shredded coconut from my freezer. The second batch was mixed with 3 really ripe bananas that would have otherwise gone in the garbage.  I topped them with chocolate chunks just to make sure that they didnt look too healthy.

Well, I left them all in a plate, and ran out to exercise.

Conclusion: The all time  favorite was the banana chocolate. Not such a hit was the sweet potato topped with coconut.

They never even guessed that agave nectar was the sweet culprit.

This is a really great  grab- and- go breakfast item for the older members of the family. I have a feeling that kids under eighth grade wouldnt go for it so early in the morning but its worth a try. This is also not a recipe for a sugar lover like my sister-in-law who would rather have a Snickers for breakfast. Give it a try!

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Chocolate Nut Chunk Wrapped Gifts for the Holidays

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Chocolate Nut Chunk Wrapped Gifts for the Holidays

1 Comment 19 March 2011

Chocolate Orange Peanut Bark

Its so easy to make your own gourmet chocolates and package them yourself as a gorgeous holiday hostess gift. Inspired by Martha Stewart, I decided to create something scrumtious from scratch. Chocolate-Orange Peanut Bark – Preparation  time- 25 minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of kosher chocolate chips
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/3 cups of any kind of  lightly roasted nut.
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt

how to:

1-Chill an aluminum foil lined baking sheet . 2-Remove the zest from the orange with a vegetable peeler. Slice the zest into long pieces with a sharp knife. 3-Melt a bag of  chocolate chips in a double boiler. 4-mix in half of the zest and nuts, immediately pour onto the chilled sheet and spread into a rectangle with a rubber spatula. 5-Sprinkle with remaining zest, nuts, and salt. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. May be stored in airtight container in the freezer. For a chic homemade holiday gift- package these in a tin from Atlantic Sales. Cut Parchment Paper with pinking shears and line each layer.

Wrap with cellophane and a beautiful ribbon!

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Passover Ground Lamb on a Cinnamon Stick

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Passover Ground Lamb on a Cinnamon Stick

5 Comments 16 March 2011

“Hey Marlene, I cooked up a batch of these for a sheva berachot in my house!they were a big hit. I thought you might like the photo and recipe! They’re super easy to prepare, freeze well uncooked,and are a fun addition to any type of Jewish holiday menu including Passover, Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Thanksgiving and Hanuka! Enjoy!” Debbie Gindi

Ground Lamb on Cinnamon Stick

  • 1 lb ground lamb
  • 1/4 c tart cherry juice or pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/8 tsp ground cardamon
  • 1/2 shredded or finely chopped medium onion
  • 1/4 c toasted pine nuts
  • 18 cinnamon sticks

Directions for this Kosher Recipe:

Combine all ingredients in a large non reactive bowl. Form into round ball shape. Firmly insert one cinnamon stick through it. Arrange on tray standing upright(At this point they may be frozen on a tray)cook in preheated 350 degree oven for 15 minutes. May be served with apricot wasabi dipping sauce.

Apricot Wasabi Sauce:

  • 1/2 c apricot preserve
  • 3 TBSP soy sauce
  • 1 TBSP wasabi sauce (such as “golds”) or Passover wasabi sauce.

Combine all ingredients together. Delicious as a dip for chicken beef and lamb.

 

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Mark Bittman’s Chicken with Coconut and Lime

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Mark Bittman’s Chicken with Coconut and Lime

No Comments 01 March 2011

By Lucy Cohen Blatter

I have a confession to make: I’m not crazy about chicken breasts. Okay, I realize this isn’t a major revelation, but for a cook/blogger who’s trying to stay healthy, it’s a bit of a challenge. Sure, I love breaded and fried chicken schnitzels — who doesn’t? But I much prefer dark meat, and often find skinless, boneless chicken breast recipes to be dry and boring.

That said, I have a lot of faith in Mark Bittman . The former author of the Minimalist column for The New York Times (and current op-ed writer) is all about simplicity. Like me, he often embraces substitutions, too.

And his recipe for Chicken with Coconut and Lime does not disappoint.

The recipe includes an optional addition of nam pla, or fish sauce. To keep this recipe strictly kosher, I omitted that. To up the healthiness of the dish I went with light coconut milk (canned, of course :)).

As an added plus, if your are looking for some new kosher recipes for your Purim Seuda, then this one is a great choice as a main dish!

You’ll see in the recipe below how I changed things up a bit (I discovered I was out of cayenne pepper right before I started cooking). Next time I might sprinkle some peanuts on top to add a little bit of crunch.

All in all, it was a great dish. Served with coconut rice (made with leftover coconut milk and water), and steamed broccoli, I felt transported to Thailand. And that’s a good thing.

This recipe had seven ingredients including salt. That’s my kind of dish.

The coconut milk, lime zest and salt just kinda hang out on the stove for a while.

Bittman advises against flipping the chicken breasts over in the broiler. The tip must have worked because the chicken was moist, but brown and crispy on top.

Pouring the creamy sauce on the chicken. YUM!

The final product. Paired with coconut rice and broccoli, it was perfect.

Mark Bittman‘s Broiled or Grilled Chicken with Coconut and Lime* (with Lucy’s edits)

Time: 20 minutes (I’d say it’s more like 25-30 minutes when you take into account reading along with the recipe)

  • 2 limes
  • 1 to 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts in 4 pieces
  • 1/2 cup canned or fresh coconut milk (I went with canned because on weeknights I’m looking for time savers)
  • Salt and ground cayenne pepper (I didn’t have any ground cayenne, so I substituted red pepper flakes. Totally  fine.)
  • 1 teaspoon nam pla, fish sauce (optional) (It’s difficult to find kosher fish sauce, and if you’re making chicken, forget about it. If you substitute fish for the chicken, though, and decide to use fish sauce, I’d hold off on adding salt. Nam pla is very salty)
  • 4 minced scallions
  • 1/4 cup minced cilantro.

1. Remove the zest from the limes, with either a zester or a vegetable peeler (if you use a peeler, scrape off the white inside of the zest with a paring knife). Mince the zest, and juice the limes. Marinate chicken in half the lime juice while heating broiler; adjust rack to about 4 inches from heat source. (Or grill the chicken if you prefer.)

2. Warm the coconut milk over low heat; season it with salt (hold off on this if you are using nam pla) and a pinch of cayenne. Add the lime zest.

3. Put chicken, smooth side up, on ungreased baking sheet lined with foil, and place the sheet in broiler. Add about half the remaining lime juice to coconut milk mixture.

4. When the chicken is nicely browned on top, in about 6 minutes more, it is done (if you want to be sure, make a small cut in the thickest part and peek inside). Transfer chicken to a warm platter. Add the nam pla, if you are using it, to the coconut milk; taste, and adjust seasoning as necessary. Spoon a little of the sauce over and around the breasts; then, garnish with the scallions and cilantro, and sprinkle with the remaining lime juice. Serve with white rice, passing the remaining sauce.

Yield: 4 servings

*Recipe from the New York Times

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Chicken Scallopini with Wild Mushrooms

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Chicken Scallopini with Wild Mushrooms

1 Comment 22 February 2011

Thank you Paula Shoyer for this  new kosher chicken scallopini recipe!   Its a cinch to make, its perfect for company, and can be kept warm until serving. This Kosher Chicken Recipe Serves 6

 

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 boneless kosher chicken breasts sliced or pounded thin, or scallopini slices
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 8 button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup kosher chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 250ºF. Heat the oil in a wide frying or saucepan on medium-high heat.  Place the flour, salt and pepper into a large plastic bag and shake.  Add the kosher chicken breasts three at a time, close the bag and shake to coat.  Shake off the excess flour.  Add the kosher chicken breasts to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes each side until you see some browned parts.  Place into a 9 X 13 oven-proof pan.  Cook the rest of the breasts and then place the pan into the oven to keep warm. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for two minutes, stirring often.  Add the wine and thyme and cook for two minutes, until the wine starts to cook down a little and thicken.  Add the stock and lemon juice and cook another two to three minutes until the sauce thickens a little. Remove the kosher chicken from the oven and add into the sauce, turning to coat both sides.  Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.  Place into the oven until serving. About the creator of this Kosher Chicken recipe… Paula Shoyer is one of the leading kosher chefs in the Jewish foodie world. She now teaching classes in French pastry and Jewish cooking and baking to adults and kids, both in the Washington, D.C. area and all around the United States. Buy her new book The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy (HBI Series on Jewish Women) on Amazon.

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Healthy Vegan Broccoli Loaf

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Healthy Vegan Broccoli Loaf

3 Comments 21 February 2011

The following recipes are from The Vegetarian Shabbat Cookbook

Micah Publications is the Source for Jewish Animal Rights and Vegetarian Books

~BROCCOLI  LOAF~

Broccoli is so healthy, that any way you eat it is good.   Prepare this loaf for a winter

Shabbat and bake potatoes and squash with it,  but make enough for the next day because

broccoli loaf at room temperature might be just the thing for a Shabbat afternoon lunch.

And serve it with the curried roasted potato salad, followed with spice cake.

Heat oven  375º

  • 3 cups of broccoli florets, steamed and pureed in food processor
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions or scallion
  • 1/4 cup parsley
  • 1/2 cup vegan cheddar cheese
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon of seasoning
  • sprinkle top with paprika
  • Optional:  pinch of nutmeg on top.

Oil  small loaf pan.  Mix all ingredients together.  Bake 40 minutes or until top browns, and there you are.  Could anything be easier?

Serves 4-5

Note: Nutritional yeast is light and flaky, rich in Vitamin B12, and adds a cheese flavor—

can be used in place of Parmesan cheese.

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