Posted in Chicken, Dinner

HAWAIIAN HULI HULI CHICKEN

Got the recipe from here

1 1/2 pounds boneless/skinless chicken thighs (mine was a little under)
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½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup ketchup
½ cup soy sauce
¼ cup sherry
2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
4 cloves garlic, minced
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper

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Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry

In a bowl, combine the Brown sugar
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ketchup
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soy sauce
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sherry
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fresh ginger
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garlic
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Pepper
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Reserve ⅔ cup of the marinade for a basting sauce.
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Pour the rest of the marinade over chicken pieces in a zip log bag
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chill the chicken overnight, or at least 8 hours. (I highly recommend overnight) Turn once or twice over night to ensure even marinating.

Drain/discard used marinade from chicken pieces. prepare grill. Grill the chicken 4-5 minutes per side,
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or just until center is no longer pink. Baste with the reserved sauce during the last few minutes of grilling.

Serve up nice and hot!

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SO GOOD!

Serve with Potato Macaroni Salad

Posted in Beef, Dinner, Tacos

Barbacoa Style Beef Tacos

Saw this recipe on Facebook. I follow Tasty.com and a video showed up on my wall of how to make these tacos. I watched it and HAD to make them…

3-4 lb Beef Chuck Roast
1 can Chipotles in Adobo Sauce – Chopped
5 Cloves Garlic – minced
1 Tbsp. Ground Cumin
3 tsp Oregano
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
1/2 Cup Beef Broth
1/4 Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1/4 Cup Lime Juice
Bay Leaves
Salt
Pepper

For Serving:
Flour Tortillas
Cheese
Sour Cream
Salsa
Guacamole

Cut the Roast into approximately six to eight large chunks.

Season each piece with salt and pepper on all sides.



Heat oil in a large skillet or heat 2 skillets.

I had a total of 8 pieces so instead of searing the meat in batches, I seared them in two pans (or you can do them in batches).



Sear the beef chunks on all sides until nice and browned.

Once the beef is seared then transfer it to slow cooker.

In a medium bowl combine chopped chipotles, garlic,

cumin,

oregano,

cloves,

beef broth,

vinegar, lime juice,

and salt and pepper (to taste).

Mix well,

then pour over beef in the slow cooker



and add bay leaves.

Cover and cook on low for 8-10 hours, or until the meat shreds easily.

Once meat has cooked 8-10 hours, remove bay leaves, and remove the meat and shred the beef. Then return the beef back to the slow cooker and let the meat marinade for 10-15 minutes, or until you are ready to serve.

I served mine as taco’s with flour tortillas, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, sour cream, salsa…

They were so yummy that I forget to take a picture!

Posted in Chicken, Dinner

Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken

Saw this recipe on Pinterest, so had to make it!

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of stone ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup of honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice from 1 lemon

place chicken breasts in a bowl

then grab another medium bowl and add the mustard

Lemon juice

Garlic

paprika

salt

honey

Red pepper flakes

Whisk everything together

Reserve 1/4 cup of the honey mustard mixture

set aside and use for later
pour the rest of the honey mustard mixture over top of the chicken

Toss and cover the bowl and let it sit for about 30 minutes at room temp.

grill chicken for about 6 to 8 minutes per side or until chicken is done.

Remove the chicken and let rest for 5 minutes.

Pour the reserved honey mustard sauce over chicken and eat!

Recipe

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup of stone ground mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 cup of honey
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice from 1 lemon

place chicken breasts in a bowl
then grab another medium bowl and add the

mustard
Lemon juice
Garlic
paprika
salt
honey
Red pepper flakes

Whisk everything together

Reserve 1/4 cup of the honey mustard mixture
set aside and use for later
pour the rest of the honey mustard mixture over top of the chicken
Toss and cover the bowl and let it sit for about 30 minutes at room temp.
grill chicken for about 6 to 8 minutes per side or until chicken is done.

Remove the chicken and let rest for 5 minutes.
Pour the reserved honey mustard sauce over chicken and eat!

Posted in Asian, Dinner, Shrimp

Shrimp teriyaki over rice noodles

Got the inspiration for this recipe from here

I was inspired to make it, because I love the pictures of her blog! So I had to make this dish! I also Love shrimp and Asian food/flavors.

3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tsp lime juice
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp red chili paste

1 tbsp vegetable oil
20-24 shrimp (count), peeled and deveined, with tails removed
cooked rice noodles

Combine teriyaki sauce,
lime juice,

minced garlic

honey

sesame oil

and red chili paste

in a bowl. Stir to combine.

Place shrimp in a large bowl, Add half of the teriyaki mixture to the bowl, make sure all shrimp is coated with the sauce. Marinate for about 15 minutes.

while the shrimp is hanging out, cook rice noodles according to package instructions.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat, add the shrimp and a little bit of sauce

cook for a few minutes, stirring a couple of times, to get all the shrimps cooked on all sides.

Now add all the sauce to the pan

continue cooking the shrimp on high heat another couple of minutes until the sauce boils and thickens.

Then add in the rice noodles

Stir everything together so that the noodles can soak up some of the sauce.

Serve up the noodles and shrimp and add a little sauce over the top

Here’s the recipe for you:

3/4 cup teriyaki sauce
2 tsp lime juice
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tbsp honey
2 tsp sesame oil
1 tsp red chili paste
1 tbsp vegetable oil
20-24 shrimp (count), peeled and deveined, with tails removed
cooked rice noodles

Combine teriyaki sauce, lime juice, minced garlic, honey, sesame oil and red chili paste in a bowl. Stir to combine.

Place shrimp in a large bowl, Add half of the teriyaki mixture to the bowl, make sure all shrimp is coated with the sauce. Marinate for about 15 minutes.

while the shrimp is hanging out, cook rice noodles according to package instructions.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat, add the shrimp and a little bit of sauce

cook for a few minutes, stirring a couple of times, to get all the shrimps cooked on all sides.

Now add all the sauce to the pan

continue cooking the shrimp on high heat another couple of minutes until the sauce boils and thickens.

Then add in the rice noodles

Stir everything together so that the noodles can soak up some of the sauce.

Serve up the noodles and shrimp and add a little sauce over the top

Posted in Beef, Dinner, Julia Child Recipes

Beef Braised in red wine (Boeuf a la mode)

Got this recipe from the book Mastering the Art of French cooking Page 309.




Red wine Marinade:

a big pot that will fit all the ingredients
1 cup, thinly sliced carrots, onions and celery stalks,

2 halved garlic cloves
1 Tbsp thyme
2 bay leaves


1/4 cup minced parsley
2 whole cloves or 4 allspice berries
5 pounds braising beef
1 Tbsp Salt
1/4 tsp pepper
5 cups of red wine such as Chianti
1/3 cup Brandy
1/2 cup olive oil

Place half the vegetables, herbs and spices in the bottom of the bowl.





Rub the meat with salt & pepper and place it over the vegetables.

Spread the rest of the vegetables and herbs over the meat. Pour the wine,

brandy

and olive oil over the meat.

Cover and marinade for at least 6 hours (or up too 12-24 hours). Turn and baste the meat every hour or so. (I marinated mine over night)

Half an hour before cooking, drain the meat on a rack.

Just before browning, dry it thoroughly with paper towels. It will not brown if it is damp.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees

you will need a dutch oven or oven proof pan that is big enough to hold the meat and braising ingredients

add cooking oil such as vegetable oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan in a thin layer to the dutch oven and place over moderately high heat. When the oil is to the point of smoking, add the meat and brown on all sides.



This takes about 15 minutes.

pour out the excess oil/fat
Pour in the wine marinade and boil it down until it has reduced by half.

the recipe they suggest adding in veal knuckles, calf’s feet, and rind. So I added in a ham hock

then pour in enough stock or bouillon to come 2/3 of the way up the beef. (4-6 cups beef stock or beef bouillon) Bring to a simmer on stove, skim fat, cover with lid and place in preheated oven. Simmer in oven for about 3 hours, turning the meat several times during the cooking process. The meat is done when you can pierce it easily with a fork.

Then while the meat is cooking start your Brown-braised onions – (oignons glaces a brun)

18 -24 white onions (such as pearl or Cipollini onions) about 1 inch in diameter, outer skin peeled off
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup beef stock or beef bouillion
salt & pepper to taste
A medium herb bouquet: 4 parsley springs, 1/2 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp thyme tied in cheesecloth
9 -10 inch skillet

When the butter and oil are bubbling in pan, add the onions and saute over moderate heat for about 10-12 minutes, rolling onions around in pan (without breaking them) brown evenly on all sides as much as possible, pour in liquid, season with salt & pepper. add in the herb bouquet. Cover and simmer slowly for 45-50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove the herb bouquet. Set aside

When the meat is tender, remove it from the oven and pan and place on a plate/platter, let it rest for about 15 minutes and then cut up into bite size pieces, set aside

for the sauce/gravy, skim the fat off the braising juices, throw the bay leaves away. then I grabbed my handy dandy hand blender and blended everything together, onions, carrots, celery. Then I took a small measuring cup and added in about 2 tbsp or corn starch with a little liquid from the sauce and mixed it together and then added it back to the sauce in pan to make a gravy. Let the gravy simmer for 10 minutes, until it thickens and if you like it thicker add corn starch to a measuring cup with a little sauce/gravy and mix together and add back to pan until its thickened to your liking. Once its as thick as you like it, Then add the meat to gravy and add onions and mix everything together.

I served the meat and onions with mashed potatoes. Place desired amount of potatoes on a plate and then add meat and onion and then spoon gravy over the top.


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RECIPE: Red wine Marinade:

a big pot that will fit all the ingredients
1 cup, thinly sliced carrots, onions and celery stalks,
2 halved garlic cloves
1 Tbsp thyme
2 bay leaves
1/4 cup minced parsley
2 whole cloves or 4 allspice berries
5 pounds braising beef
1 Tbsp Salt
1/4 tsp pepper
5 cups of red wine such as Chianti
1/3 cup Brandy
1/2 cup olive oil

Place half the vegetables, herbs and spices in the bottom of the bowl.
Rub the meat with salt & pepper and place it over the vegetables.
Spread the rest of the vegetables and herbs over the meat. Pour the wine,
brandy
and olive oil over the meat.
Cover and marinade for at least 6 hours (or up too 12-24 hours). Turn and baste the meat every hour or so. (I marinated mine over night)
Half an hour before cooking, drain the meat on a rack.
Just before browning, dry it thoroughly with paper towels. It will not brown if it is damp.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
you will need a dutch oven or oven proof pan that is big enough to hold the meat and braising ingredients
add cooking oil such as vegetable oil, enough to coat the bottom of the pan in a thin layer to the dutch oven and place over moderately high heat. When the oil is to the point of smoking, add the meat and brown on all sides.
This takes about 15 minutes.

pour out the excess oil/fat
Pour in the wine marinade and boil it down until it has reduced by half.

the recipe they suggest adding in veal knuckles, calf’s feet, and rind. So I added in a ham hock
then pour in enough stock or bouillon to come 2/3 of the way up the beef. (4-6 cups beef stock or beef bouillon) Bring to a simmer on stove, skim fat, cover with lid and place in preheated oven. Simmer in oven for about 3 hours, turning the meat several times during the cooking process. The meat is done when you can pierce it easily with a fork.

Then while the meat is cooking start your Brown-braised onions – (oignons glaces a brun)

18 -24 white onions (such as pearl or Cipollini onions) about 1 inch in diameter, outer skin peeled off
1 1/2 Tbsp butter
1 1/2 tbsp oil
1/2 cup beef stock or beef bouillion
salt & pepper to taste
A medium herb bouquet: 4 parsley springs, 1/2 bay leaf, 1/4 tsp thyme tied in cheesecloth
9 -10 inch skillet

When the butter and oil are bubbling in pan, add the onions and saute over moderate heat for about 10-12 minutes, rolling onions around in pan (without breaking them) brown evenly on all sides as much as possible, pour in liquid, season with salt & pepper. add in the herb bouquet. Cover and simmer slowly for 45-50 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove the herb bouquet. Set aside
When the meat is tender, remove it from the oven and pan and place on a plate/platter, let it rest for about 15 minutes and then cut up into bite size pieces, set aside
for the sauce/gravy, skim the fat off the braising juices, throw the bay leaves away. then I grabbed my handy dandy hand blender and blended everything together, onions, carrots, celery. Then I took a small measuring cup and added in about 2 tbsp or corn starch with a little liquid from the sauce and mixed it together and then added it back to the sauce in pan to make a gravy. Let the gravy simmer for 10 minutes, until it thickens and if you like it thicker add corn starch to a measuring cup with a little sauce/gravy and mix together and add back to pan until its thickened to your liking. Once its as thick as you like it, Then add the meat to gravy and add onions and mix everything together.

I served the meat and onions with mashed potatoes. Place desired amount of potatoes on a plate and then add meat and onion and then spoon gravy over the top.

Posted in Dinner, Meatloaf

Glazed Mini Meatloaves

My hubby is not a huge fan of meatloaf, so I don’t make it too often. I found this recipe and saw they were mini meatloaves, so I thought maybe he would like them better. Not so much. But I enjoyed them, very much!

for the meatloaf:
2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 17-20 saltine crackers)


1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup minced fresh parsley
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (you could use beef)
2 teaspoons oil (I used canola oil)
Glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar
DIRECTIONS

preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Stir cracker crumbs,

milk,

parsley,

Worcestershire sauce,

egg,

mustard,

onion powder,

garlic powder, salt, pepper

together in a medium bowl.

Add the ground turkey

and combine everything together

Shape the meat into little oval loaves

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until the oil is nice and hot.

Add meatloaves, leaving room and not over crowding them (so not touching) and brown them on all sides. So one side about 3 minutes and then carefully flip them over and brown for about 3 minutes for a total of about 6 minutes

Transfer mini meatloaves to foil baking pans

now make the glaze

grab a small boil and add ketchup

brown sugar

cider vinegar

stir everything together

Now add the same amount of glaze over the top of each meatloaf

Bake the meatloaves 18-20 minutes, or until the center of the loaf is 160 degrees

once they are done, pull the loaves out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes

Remove loaf from pan and serve nice and hot


Recipe:

for the meatloaves:
2/3 cup crushed saltine crackers (about 17-20 saltine crackers)
1/4 cup milk
1/3 cup minced fresh flat leaf Italian parsley
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 large egg
1 1/2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 pounds ground turkey (you could use beef)
2 teaspoon canola oil

Glaze:
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
4 teaspoons cider vinegar

preheat your oven to 425 degrees.

Stir cracker crumbs, milk, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, egg, mustard, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper together in a medium bowl.

Add the ground turkey and combine everything together

Shape the meat into little oval loaves

Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until the oil is nice and hot.

Add meatloaves, leaving room and not over crowding them (so not touching) and brown them on all sides. So one side about 3 minutes and then carefully flip them over and brown for about 3 minutes for a total of about 6 minutes

Transfer mini meatloaves to foil baking pans now make the glaze

grab a small boil and add ketchup, brown sugar, cider vinegar

stir everything together

Now add the same amount of glaze over the top of each meatloaf

Bake the meatloaves 18-20 minutes, or until the center of the loaf is 160 degrees

once they are done, pull the loaves out of the oven and let them cool for a few minutes

Remove loaf from pan and serve nice and hot

Posted in Asian, Beef, Dinner

Mongolian Beef- Normy Cooks

So glad that Normy likes to cook and is willing to try new things to cook. He doesn’t like hard, complicated recipes and he doesn’t like recipes with a lot of chopping (as he thinks he is slow at it). But any recipe that has beef in it, he is all in for cooking it! So I found this recipe on good ol Pinterest (of course). So Normy cooked it and I (of course) took pictures.
For marinating the meat:
8 ounces flank steak, sliced (against the grain) 1/4 inch thin
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup
For cooking the meat:
1/3 cup vegetable oil, for frying the beef
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
5-7 dried red chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch, mixed with 1 tbsp water
2 scallions/green onions, cut diagonal, into 1-inch long slices
Start by slicing the beef into strips
add strips to a bowl
and marinate the beef for 1 hour in:
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Now dredge the meat in the remaining 1/4 cup of cornstarch, lightly coated

Heat 1/3 cup oil in the wok over high heat.

When oil is smoking, add pieces of flank steak, in a single layer in wok and let the meat sear for about a minute, then turn meat over and sear the other side or another 30 seconds. Normy did the meat in batches.

Remove meat and place it on a sheet pan, that is slightly tilted, so that the oil can drain

The beef should be seared with a crusty coating.

Once all the meat is cooked, Drain the oil from the wok, leaving about 1 tablespoon in pan. Now turn the wok down to medium high heat and add in the ginger and dried chili peppers, then add in the garlic

Stir until you start to smell the garlic, then add the soy sauce and chicken stock

Bring the sauce to a simmer, now add the brown sugar, and stir until it’s dissolved.

Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes and then add in the cornstarch, water mixture. Simmer for a couple of minutes then add the beef

and scallions

toss everything together and cook for another minute or two.

There shouldn’t be hardly any sauce, as it has cooked into the beef. If there is some sauce, turn the heat up slightly and stir until thickened .

Serve up nice and hot with some jasmine rice

For marinating the meat:

8 ounces flank steak, sliced (against the grain) 1/4 inch thin
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp cornstarch + 1/4 cup
For cooking the meat:
1/3 cup vegetable oil, for frying the beef
1 tsp minced fresh ginger
5-7 dried red chili peppers
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch, mixed with 1 tbsp water
2 scallions/green onions, cut diagonal, into 1-inch long slices
Start by slicing the beef into strips
add strips to a bowl
and marinate the beef for 1 hour in:
1 tablespoon oil
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon cornstarch
Now dredge the meat in the remaining 1/4 cup of cornstarch, lightly coated
Heat 1/3 cup oil in the wok over high heat.

When oil is smoking, add pieces of flank steak, in a single layer in wok and let the meat sear for about a minute, then turn meat over and sear the other side or another 30 seconds. Normy did the meat in batches.

Remove meat and place it on a sheet pan, that is slightly tilted, so that the oil can drain.   The beef should be seared with a crusty coating.                                                             Once all the meat is cooked, Drain the oil from the wok, leaving about 1 tablespoon in pan. Now turn the wok down to medium high heat and add in the ginger and dried chili peppers, then add in the garlic. Stir until you start to smell the garlic, then add the soy sauce and chicken stock.                                                                                                   Bring the sauce to a simmer, now add the brown sugar, and stir until it’s dissolved.     Let the sauce simmer for a couple of minutes and then add in the cornstarch, water mixture. Simmer for a couple of minutes then add the beef and scallions, toss everything together and cook for another minute or two.

There shouldn’t be hardly any sauce, as it has cooked into the beef. If there is some sauce, turn the heat up slightly and stir until thickened .

Serve up nice and hot with some jasmine rice