Sleet and freezing rain turning to snow in weather news today. Perfect day for ham and beans. I keep tweaking the recipe for these, adding tomato paste today along with the mole sauce. Main ingredients are pinto beans, cured ham, onions, chicken broth, various chili powders, a mole from New Mexico chilies and garlic. The cornbread is a standard recipe of half corn meal, half flour, an egg, butter, milk, salt, and green and red peppers. I tossed in a handful of shredded cheddar and Monterey jack cheeses, just for fun.
With Thanksgiving coming up, I wanted to highlight some different sides besides the traditional. This one really fit the bill.
From Emeril Lagasse
Emeril Lagasse’s phrase, “kick it up a notch” became famous for a reason—the New Orleans-raised chef raises flavors to the next level. This year, take your Thanksgiving to Emeril’s star status with his recipe for Pan-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Caramelized Onions and Crispy Pancetta.
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 ounces pancetta, diced
- 3 large yellow onions, thinly sliced (about 4 cups)
- 1 ½ teaspoons sea salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 pounds Brussels sprouts, stems trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
Preheat the oven to 400° F.
In a large sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. When hot, add the pancetta and cook until crisp, 5 to 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the pancetta to a baking sheet lined with paper towels and set aside. Add the onions, ½ teaspoon of the salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper to the pan and cook, stirring until the onions are caramelized, about 30 minutes.
In a large 14-inch sauté pan, heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium high heat and when hot, add the Brussels sprouts and the remaining salt and pepper. Cook until the sprouts are golden brown on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Transfer the pan to the oven and cook until tender, about 15 minutes.
Add the onions and pancetta to the Brussels sprouts, toss well, and return to the oven for 5 minutes longer.
Serve immediately.Servings:4-6Difficulty: EasyCook Time: 1-30 min================================
I had a yen for lo mein after seeing some pictured at another site. That one was beef and broccoli and we were going to do the same but got side tracked. Chicken works for me. I thawed shrimp but decided to go with those another time. I’ve found good Asian recipes at Rasa Malaysia and used their recipe for this one. A few minor tweaks, maybe.We paid a visit to the International Grocery this morning and brought back some noodles and sauces. These noodles say they are Cantonese style and I will take their word for it. I thought they were egg noodles from their color but they are wheat based. I cooked up three of the bundles for this but that was at least one too many. Leftovers!I bought the tamari and some more sesame oil along with the noodles. I had the sweet soy sauce already and was thinking tamari was about the same thing but it’s not, exactly. Tamari is about halfway between regular light soy sauce and the syrupy sweet soy sauce. Tamari is thicker and darker than light soy, not as salty, the sweet soy sauce is pretty thick, like molasses. In a day or two I will try the same basic recipe with shrimp and another style of Chinese wheat noodle.
We found some ground lamb the other day in the huge market in the neighboring town. We get over there once a week but don’t stop in for the groceries too often. When we do stop in, I try to make a quick survey of the goodies they stock. Usually a better selection of cheeses there, and I’ve grown fond of their antipasto bar.
I usually go with Alton Brown’s recipe for the gyro meat but looked for something different this time, not that this recipe is all that much a a change. It worked well. I didn’t use any ground beef with the lamb for mine, and added some ground coriander as per a suggestion in the comments to the recipe. The tzatziki sauce was the usual, cucumbers, garlic,yogurt, chopped fresh mint, a splash of red wine vinegar, a bit of olive oil, salt, and the juice of half a lemon. Be sure to drain the yogurt, and squeeze the water from the cukes. Greek yogurt is better than regular but it still has plenty of extra water. The tzatziki wants a little time to come together but you can eat it freshly made without a significant taste penalty