Recipes: The week of March 13th – 19th, 2023
Hummus, with Harissa [ Lebanese- & Moroccan-influence ]
Ingredients: Dried chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, cilantro, onion, garlic, Serrano, cumin, coriander, semi-hot harissa,
Directions: Dried chickpeas, tahini, lemon, garlic. Red bell pepper and green bell pepper, cilantro, onion, garlic, Serrano, cumin, and coriander topped with semi-hot harissa.
Hummus: Chickpeas are rinsed, and cooked in water till very tender. Puree with lemon and garlic and very little with its water to help with the blending of the chickpeas. When all is pureed, take it out and mix in the tahini.
Harissa: A North African kind of spread or dip. In those countries, they rely heavily on chilies which makes the harissa pretty hot. To create a balanced heat in this spread, dry roast (i.e. in cast iron or you can roast in the oven with a touch of oil) red bell pepper, green bell pepper, a serrano (a step hotter than a jalapeno), quartered onion, fresh garlic. When all the ingredients get softened with very little charring, blend them with olive oil and Fresh lemon juice, towards the end I add cilantro, cumin, and coriander, s+p.
Sun-dried Tomato Tapenade & Parmesan Crostini [ Italian-influence ]
Ingredients: Sun-dried tomatoes in olive oil, black olives, parmesan cheese, balsamic vinegar, capers, lemon zest and lemon juice, garlic, and Italian herbs..
Directions: All ingredients are pureed together to form a paste used as a spread on crostini.
Beef Rouladen [ German-influence ]
Ingredients: beef, mustard, onion, prosciutto, pickles, beef stock, red wine, and tomato sauce.
Directions: Thinly sliced beef, rolled with the following: a dab of mustard, caramelized onion or thinly sliced onion, bacon or thinly sliced prosciutto (optional), and pickles. Beef rolls are secured with a toothpick, pan-seared till browned on the outside, then simmered in beef stock, red wine, and a bit of tomato sauce.
Snapper Fillet “en papillote” [ French-influence ]
Ingredients: snapper, bell pepper, mushroom, roasted tomato, onion, herbs, and sherry vinegar.
Directions: Baked snapper filet topped with sauteed bell pepper, mushroom, roasted tomato, green onion, and herbs – with a dash of Sherry Vinegar. En papillote means baked in a pocket made out of parchment paper.
Mediterranean Platter [ Lebanese-influence ]
Ingredients & Directions:
Mujadara: This is a Middle Eastern dish consisting of brown lentils, rice, olive oil, and all-spice. The Lebanese use all-spice and cumin in their mujadara and it is served with a side of tomato and cucumber salad in a lemon-olive oil-dried mint dressing.
Follow this link it cannot get more simple more comforting than this: www.themediterraneandish.com/mujadara-lentils-and-rice-with-crispy-onions/
Strawberry-apples Crumble [ British- & Italian-influence ]
Ingredients: light brown sugar, rolled oats, all-purpose flour, unsalted butter, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, salt, clove, strawberries, apples, cornstarch, white sugar, and vanilla extract.
Directions: Streusel topping: ½ c light brown sugar, 1 c rolled oats, ½ c all-purpose flour, 4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, cubed, ¾ tsp ground cinnamon, a dash of nutmeg, ½ tsp ground ginger, pinch of salt, a dash of clove (optional and of personal preference)Whisk together the flour, spices, salt, oats, and brown sugar together in a large jug or medium bowl. Add in the cubed butter and use your fingers or a pastry cutter to rub the butter into the flour until it is very crumbly and everything is moistened. Place in the fridge while you prepare the filling.Fruit Filling: Equal quantities of strawberries and apples (peeled, cored, and cubed), 3 Tbsp cornstarch, 1/4 c white sugar, ½ tsp salt, 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract. Mix all the filling ingredients together. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Butter individual ramekins or a pie plate. Place the fruit filling, do not allow any gap in between the top with the streusel. Bake until the top is golden and the juices are bubbling.
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