Sticky Shrimp

I am always playing around with new recipes and this time I had a pound of shrimp and I wanted to make a quick to prepare dinner.  I mixed together a honey soy bourbon marinade.  This is the perfect under 30 minute dish and absolutely sensational.  I served this along side vegetable fried rice.  Keep this recipe handy when time is short and you are hungry!

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Sticky Shrimp

Servings 3

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons bourbon (optional)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • green onions, minced
  • 1 pound large shrimp, shelled and deveined, I left the tails on

Instructions

  1. Combine the honey, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, bourbon and red pepper flakes.  Mix well and pour 1/2 of the marinade over the shrimp, marinate for 20 minutes.  Reserve the remaining sauce.   In a large skillet, melt butter.  Drain shrimp and add to the melted butter.  Pour over the remaining 1/2 of marinade.  Cook over medium high heat stirring frequently until the shrimp have turned pink.  Remove shrimp from the skillet, turn heat to high and reduce the sauce until thick.  Pour over cooked shrimp, serve.

Incredible Lamb Stew

I wanted to make a lamb stew and just kept adding ingredients to a recipe from my recipe box.  Make this on a day when you have time at home and can enjoy the wonderful aroma.  Great for a day home watching football.  With the small amount of leftovers I had, I made empanadas (look for my post next week on how to make easy empanadas!).  It was great to get two totally different meals out of this one simple dish.

 

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Incredible Lamb Stew

Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 pounds cubed lamb
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 celery stalk, diced
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon turmeric
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/2 -1 teaspoon red pepper flakes, amount depends on hot much heat you want
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 cup chickpeas
  • 1/2 lime, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar

Instructions

  1. In a dutch oven, heat oil, add onion, carrot and celery.  Cook over medium heat for 8 - 10 minutes or until onion is transparent.  Remove mixture, add lamb cubes and brown on all sides.  Return onion mixture to the pan.  Combine turmeric, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes.  Sprinkle over meat and vegetables, toss to combine.  Add chicken broth, bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to medium low and cook covered for 1 hour.  After one hour, add chickpeas and cook uncovered for an addition 1 1/2 hours, stir occasionally.  Add tomato paste, lime juice, vinegar and brown sugar.  Cook until thickened approx. 30 - 40 minutes.  Stir  occasionally.  Serve with rice.

Parchment Packet Fish

If you are looking for a quick and easy fish recipe, Parchment Packet Fish is for you.  I came home the other day and it had been one of those busy days where you hardly have time to catch your breath.  The last thing I wanted to do was make dinner.  I had two pieces of cod in the refrigerator and some pico de gallo, enough to inspire me to put together dinner in under 20 minutes.  If you haven’t baked fish in parchment, you are missing out on one of the quickest and most delicious ways to prepare fish.  Preheat your oven – pull out some parchment – dinner will be done in 15 minutes!  Who needs take out or food delivery services?

 

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Parchment Packet Fish

Ingredients

  • cod or desired fish fillets
  • 1/4 cup pico de gallo, per fillet
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 lime
  • fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 egg, mixed with 1 tablespoon of water

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. You will need one 10 x 15 piece of parchment for each fillet.  Place fillet slightly off center on parchment.  Salt and pepper fish, drizzle lightly with olive oil, squeeze a drizzle of lime juice over fish, top with 1/4 cup pico de gallo, top with approximately one tablespoon of cilantro leaves, if desired.  Brush edge of parchment with egg mixture, fold parchment over, crimp or roll edges to seal, place on sheet pan.  Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove and serve one parchment packet per serving.  Serve with sliced avocado, tortilla chips, black beans or rice along side.

Tomato and Red Wine Skillet Chicken

I am definitely a spur of the moment cook. Last week was a very busy week and I was planning on making baked chicken in a herb sauce.  Thinking I had chicken broth at home I started to gather my ingredients for dinner, but to my surprise I did not have the chicken broth that I thought I had on hand.  So, time to conjure up a new recipe.  I think this one is a real winner.  Just like our grandmothers, you make dinner with what you have available.  One look around my kitchen and I came up with an onion, garlic, red wine, chicken breasts, crushed tomatoes and a few other additions and an hour later, one of the best chicken recipes I think I have made!

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Tomato and Red Wine Skillet Chicken

Ingredients

  • 2-4 chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups crushed tomatoes
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • fresh basil, minced

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Salt and pepper chicken.  In a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat add olive oil and butter.  When hot, place chicken in skillet skin side down, cook until skin is golden brown.  Remove chicken from skillet.  Add remaining ingredients and cook 1 - 2 minutes, add salt and pepper, to taste. Nestle the chicken into the sauce.  Place skillet in the oven and bake for 45-50 minutes.  Remove from oven, top with fresh basil and serve from the skillet.

    Serve with a side of pasta, if desired.   


Grilled Lebanese Style Burgers

We have a favorite Lebanese cafe near our home where we love to stop to pick up great Lebanese dishes.  One of our favorites are Sambousek’s; small pastries filled with seasoned beef and spices and then fried.  We always comment on how delicious the meat filling is with spices including cinnamon.  After seeing all of the interesting hamburger varieties at the meat counters, I decided I wanted to recreate our favorite Lebanese flavors in a burger.  After a bit of experimenting, I think I have the perfect combination of flavors.  I served these with warm pita bread, assorted greens, fresh sliced tomatoes, and a cucumber yogurt dressing.  Let’s just say the flavors danced in our mouths!  

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Grilled Lebanese Style Burgers

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup onion, minced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine egg, onion, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, salt, pepper and spices in a medium bowl.  Stir well to combine.  Crumble in ground beef and combine all ingredients together until all is evenly incorporated.  Form into 4 patties.  Grill over medium heat (350-400 degrees) 12 - 15 minutes on the first side, flip and grill an additional 8-10 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

    Serve with desired condiments - pita bread, hummus, cucumber yogurt dressing, lettuce, and/or tomatoes.

Southern Crab Nachos

You might wonder why I call these Southern Crab Nachos.  Well, it is because I added a layer of cheese grits!  I met Parker Hinson  from Old School Mill in Albemarle, NC. and he graciously gave me a bag of their stone ground grits.  After living in Texas for five years and making grits frequently, I can absolutely say these are the best grits I have ever had. I wanted to add a southern twist to my nachos and decided to add a layer of cheese grits.  The best thing about these nachos is not only does the top of the Southern Crab Nachos ooze with deliciousness of cheese and crab, the bottom chips scoop up a wonderful layer of cheese grits with the other toppings.  Each bite is so delicious you will want to make extras!

These grits are a find!  Check out their website http://oldschool.com  Here is a little bit on info on their mill:

Old School Brand uses the art of stone grinding grains into wonderfully pure meals, flours, and grits. Since those first products were made we have developed a line of foods and mixes that bring back all the rich goodness and flavor of centuries ago.

 

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Southern Crab Nachos

Ingredients

  • 1 recipe Cheese Grits
  • 1 recipe Black Bean Relish
  • 8 - 12 ounces jumbo lump crab meat
  • 1 large bag tortilla chips (flour or corn)
  • 1 cup grated monterey jack cheese
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 recipe Avocado Lime Buttermilk Dressing

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare grits and spoon over the bottom of your ovenproof serving dish. Top with layers of tortilla chips.  Spoon over the black bean relish, crab meat and cheeses.  Bake until hot and bubbly, 8 - 12 minutes.  Serve with a side of avocado lime buttermilk dressing.

 

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Cheese Grits

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup stone ground grits
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Instructions

  1. Bring water and salt to a boil.  Add grits.  Reduce heat to simmer and cook stirring occasionally for 20 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in the cheese. 

 

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Black Bean Relish

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/3 cup black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 tablespoon red onion, minced
  • 2 teaspoons jalapeno pepper, minced
  • 1/4 cup tomato, finely diced
  • 2 tablespoons red pepper, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, minced
  • 1/2 lime, squeezed
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Combine all ingredients.

 

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Avocado Lime Buttermilk Dressing

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon cilantro, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 4 dashes Tabasco sauce
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut avocado in half and discard pit, scoop flesh into food processor bowl. Combine all remaining ingredients in the bowl of your food processor and process until smooth.  Refrigerate until ready to serve

Mussels with White Wine and Bacon

If it’s Friday, it must be mussels.  Our favorite dinner after a busy week is a bubbly pot of mussels, crusty bread and a great glass of wine.  I have posted previous mussel recipes most using red wine, this time I used white wine and bacon.  A fantastic combination, serve along side plenty of bread to dip into the delicious wine, bacon and onion sauce.  You can reduce the amount of red pepper flakes if you prefer, but we prefer them with a bit of a kick!  This one is going into my Friday night rotation of recipes. 

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Mussels with White Wine and Bacon

Ingredients

  • 1 2 lb. bag of mussels (serves 2)
  • 5 slices thick cut bacon, diced
  • 1 medium onion, minced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 scallions, sliced, white and green portions
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 cups white wine

Instructions

  1. In a large dutch oven, over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp.  Remove bacon from pan.  Add onion and garlic to bacon fat, cook 4 - 5 minutes or until the onion is transparent.  Add scallions and red pepper flakes.  Add wine and bring to a boil.  Boil 1 minute, add mussels, cover and cook 5 - 6 minutes or until the mussels have opened.. Top with reserved bacon pieces.  Serve with baguette slices.

Linguine with Littleneck Clams

This is an under thirty meal like no other.  Linguine with Littleneck Clams is so easy to prepare and yet so delicious.  One of my favorite parts of this meal is the presentation.  A piping hot bowl of pasta topped with clams – sensational!  Perfect for a weeknight meal or a special dinner.  Need I say more?  This recipe brings out the best in seafood and along with pasta – who can resist!

 

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Linguine with Littleneck Clams

Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb box of linguine
  • 40-50 littleneck clams
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons Italian parsley, minced

Instructions

  1. Prior to cooking - prepare clams by soaking for 20 - 30 minutes in a bowl of cool water to remove any sand.  Remove clams from soaking liquid and rinse under cool water.   If any clams are open or have cracked shells, discard.

    Cook pasta as directed on package.  In a large saucepan with a tight fitting lid, heat olive oil over medium heat.  Add garlic and red pepper flakes, cook until fragrant, add white wine.  Bring to a rolling boil, add clams and cover.  Cook for 4 - 5 minutes or until all of the clams are open.  Turn off heat, add butter and parsley, replace cover and let stand until the pasta is ready.  Drain pasta and pour over the clam mixture.  Gently toss pasta with the clams and sauce.  Divide into serving bowls.


Chipotle Grilled Wings

On a recent trip to Fayetteville, NC we had dinner at a terrific bar/restaurant called Mac’s Speed Shop.  Their wings were hands down the best wings I have ever had.  They smoked their wings and tossed them in a wonderful chipotle sauce.  The thought of those wings made me think of grilling wings and then tossing them with a BBQ sauce with a hint of chipotles.  These wings are truly finger lickin’ good. Did you know the key to grilling wings is to have them touch each other while grilling to keep them moist and to turn them every 6-8 minutes.  It takes about 35-40 minutes for the wings to be crispy on the outside and fall-off the bone tender.  Serve them with your favorite blue cheese dressing or ranch dressing.  Keep plenty of napkins handy – you will need them!

 

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Chipotle Grilled Wings

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken wings, cut
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle chilies in adobo sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1//4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Instructions

  1. Cook wings over medium heat on the grill, turn every 6 - 8 minutes for approx. 35 minutes or until crispy and meat is falling off the bone.  When grilling, the wings should be touching each other as they cook to keep them moist.  While the wings are grilling, combine remaining ingredients in a large bowl.  Remove wings from grill when finished cooking, place in bowl with sauce and toss until all are coated.  Serve with blue cheese or ranch dressing on the side.

 

Vegetable Topped Baked Grouper

I sometimes arrive in the grocery store, head to the seafood department and stand there with a blank stare on my face.  What should I try now?  I lately have an ongoing love/hate affair with some types of seafood.  I used to bake salmon weekly, now I don’t think I have baked salmon for over three months.  Recently, halibut and sea bass are some of my favorites, however, after selecting grouper fillets and making Vegetable Topped Baked Grouper, I think I have a new favorite from the seafood department!

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Vegetable Topped Grouper

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds grouper fillets
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 red onion, cut into thin slices
  • 1 green bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup white wine

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Oil a baking dish.  Squeeze lemon juice over fillets in baking dish.  Top fillets with onion, green pepper, and tomato.  Top with crumbled feta cheese.  Drizzle with olive oil and season with Italian seasoning.  Pour wine into baking dish.  Bake fillets for 15 - 20 minutes or until fish flakes easily.  Broil fish at high setting for a few minutes after baking until the cheese is browned.