Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:52:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.3 Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/40343-sushi-rice-bowl-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/40343-sushi-rice-bowl-recipe.html#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 14:45:56 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=40343 Are you a sushi lover? Sushi rice bowls are a great way to enjoy the Japanese flavors without the fuss of rolling or hand-shaping rice. If your supermarket carries sushi-grade fish, you’re halfway to making this dish. The sushi-grade tuna is accompanied by the normal sushi players: seasoned Japanese short-grained rice, bite-sized chunks of crunchy cucumber and creamy avocado. The dish is ...

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Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe

Are you a sushi lover? Sushi rice bowls are a great way to enjoy the Japanese flavors without the fuss of rolling or hand-shaping rice. If your supermarket carries sushi-grade fish, you’re halfway to making this dish.

The sushi-grade tuna is accompanied by the normal sushi players: seasoned Japanese short-grained rice, bite-sized chunks of crunchy cucumber and creamy avocado. The dish is adorned with slivers of seaweed. To serve, top with a dollop of the spicy mayonnaise and drizzle with a little wasabi-soy sauce that I like to dilute with a few drops of water. I find that straight soy sauce is too thick and salty poured directly on rice.

Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe

This recipe comes from a fellow Tuttle Publishing author, Debra Samuels (my first cookbook, The Steamy Kitchen Cookbook was published by Tuttle.) Debra has lived in Japan for periods totaling over 10 years since the 1970’s, and studied Japanese cuisine throughout her stays.

Debra is also a food journalist for The Boston Globe and also authored My Korean Table Cookbook. Her recipes are simple and comforting. You won’t find fancy techniques or exotic ingredients in Debra’s books, just honest, homestyle cooking based on ingredients you’ll find at most well-stocked grocery stores.

 
The book we are featuring today is My Japanese Table. Featured recipes include:

  • Spicy Tuna Tartar
  • Step by step how to roll sushi
  • Fried Cabbage and Pork Noodles (Yakisoba)
  • How to host a Yakitori party
  • Succulent Salmon Teriyaki
  • How to make a Bento box

I chose this Sushi rice bowl recipe, featuring fresh tuna, cucumber, avocado and spicy mayonnaise, because it’s a simple way to enjoy “sushi” without having to learn how to roll sushi. All ingredients can be found at most grocery stores, so no need to visit an Asian market.

This recipe is a combination of two of my favorite fresh tuna dishes. The first is the tuna tartar set on top of rice under a coating of grated Japanese yam (yamakake); and the second is a striking appetizer of layered fresh tuna and avocado cubes with Spicy Mayonnaise dressing that I discovered with Miho Nakajima, once a teenaged neighbor and now an elegant banker in central Tokyo. Think of this tuna-topped rice as a deconstructed Spicy Tuna Roll. The rice is not seasoned, and the seaweed, instead of wrapped around the rice, is cut into shreds and placed directly on the tuna.Debra Samuels

How to Choose Sushi Tuna


How to choose sushi tuna
(Tuna image from Monterey Bay Seafood Watch)


Choose your fish carefully – the tuna should be labelled “sushi-grade” and ask your fishmonger questions:
  • When was this fish defrosted? (all tuna arrives frozen)
  • Ask to smell the fish (it should smell “fresh from the ocean”, not “fishy”)
  • Ask your fishmonger to gently press the flesh of the fish, it should spring back up (old fish will be tacky, sticky and stay indented)
  • Ask where is the fish from and how was it caught? Choose environmentally friendly tuna, like troll/pole caught Albacore from the U.S. See Monterey Bay’s Seafood Watch Guide for an entire list of fish, graded by sustainability metrics. Here is the tuna page.
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Sushi Rice Bowl Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 30 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes
Fresh Tuna Rice Bowl Recipe

Recipe adapted from My Japanese Table by Debra Samuels. Reprinted with Permission, Tuttle Publishing. Recipe photo by Heath Robbins.

Debra's cookbook includes instructions for the traditional way of cooking rice and sushi rice, using kombu (kelp). I've modified her recipe to include my version of a simplified sushi rice, using seasoned rice vinegar found at most grocery stores. Make sure you buy "Seasoned Rice Vinegar" or "Sushi Rice Vinegar" -- which includes sugar in the ingredients.

Tips: For the seaweed, I just buy regular sushi seaweed and use kitchen shears to cut into shreds. English and Japanese cucumbers have less seeds than regular cucumber and are crunchier. If using regular cucumber, it's best to get rid of the watery seeds. Slice cucumber in half, lengthwise and use a small spoon to scrape out the seeds. I prefer to dilute the soy sauce with just a few drops of water, but I'll leave that up to you!

Ingredients:

1 English cucumber
1 pound sushi-grade tuna
2 small avocados
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Roasted seaweed shreds (kizami nori)
Soy sauce, preferably low sodium, for drizzling
Wasabi, to taste

FOR THE SPICY MAYONNAISE
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (or other spicy chili sauce)
1/2 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
2 teaspoons low-sodium soy sauce


FOR THE SUSHI RICE (makes 4 cups cooked)
2 cups short-grain white rice
3-4 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar

Directions:

Cook the rice: Put the rice into a medium saucepan. Run cold water into the saucepan, and with your hand, swish the rice around. Drain water into the sink. Repeat 3 more times, until water is more clear. Fill saucepan with 2 1/4 cups of water. Cover with lid. Cook rice over medium heat for 10 minutes. Lower heat to low and cook for an additional 10 minutes. Remove from heat, do not open lid. Let rice sit for 5 minutes or more.

While the rice is cooking, prepare the Spicy Mayonnaise. In a small bowl, whisk together the ingredients and set aside.

Cut the cucumber, tuna and avocado into 1/2" dice. In a small bowl, toss the avocado with the lemon juice, and cover with plastic wrap until ready to eat.

When the rice has cooked and rested, open lid and transfer the rice to a large bowl. Using a spatula, gently fold and lift the rice to allow steam to escape and to cool. Do not mash the rice or mix too vigorously (try not to break the rice kernels). After much of the steam has been released, dribble in a little of the seasoned rice vinegar, fold and lift rice to distribute. Repeat with rest of rice vinegar. Keep rice covered with a damp cloth until ready to serve. Do not refrigerate.

To serve, divide the rice between 4 bowls. Top with cucumber, avocado, then tuna. Spoon a dollop of the Spicy Mayonnaise. Top with shredded seaweed. Serve with soy sauce and wasabi at the table.

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I very rarely veer off my “tried and true” basic recipe for Vietnamese Nuoc Cham (dipping sauce with lime juice, fish sauce, chili peppers, sugar, water) for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. It’s easy, predictable and I can make the sauce just by taste without measuring anything!

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But just because I *LOVE* something doesn’t mean that my entire family loves it too. My fish-fearing husband won’t touch it….and therefore my kids won’t dip in it either. Sigh. I keep telling the kids that, “Buddha is a happy eater (see his belly!?) and he would want you to eat like Mama, not Dad.”

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My friend, Blender Girl (okay, her name is really Tess) just came out with a cookbook called The Blender Girl: Super-Easy, Super-Healthy Meals, Snacks, Desserts, and Drinks–100 Gluten-Free, Vegan Recipes.

I found a recipe for Orange Almond Sauce for Vietnamese Spring Rolls. Big massive hit all around. It’s creamy, light and made with almond butter and fresh citrus juices for something a little different.

If you vow to cook a little healthier this summer – take a look at Tess’ book with 100 recipes that are good for you. The blender does all the hard work! The book features smoothies you’d expect from a blender book – as well as sauces, soups, marinades, dressings and desserts.

The book is currently #3 cookbook on Amazon!

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Vietnamese Spring Rolls with Orange Almond Sauce Recipe Video

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Servings: Makes 16 rolls Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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You can make these rolls up to a day ahead. Here's what you need to remember: Place the rolls on a clean, dry plate in a single layer. If you want to stack multiple layers, place a sheet of plastic wrap between each layer. This prevents the rolls from sticking to each other. When all rolls are done, make sure you cover everything with plastic wrap - this prevents the rice paper from drying out in the refrigerator.

If you can't find almond butter - you can use any type of nut butter.

OPTIONAL: Soak the matchstick carrots and julienned cucumbers in 3 tablespoons of seasoned rice vinegar. It will add the amazing "zing" that you'll love!

Recipe adapted from The Blender Girl by Tess Masters

Ingredients:

FOR THE SPRING ROLLS
6 ounces dried rice vermicelli noodles
16 large dried rice paper wrappers
8 large lettuce leaves, preferably soft ones, halved and hard ribs removed
1 cup, matchstick cut carrots
2 cucumbers, julienned
1-2 avocado, pitted, peeled and sliced
1-2 bell pepper, cored, julienned
1 cup loosely packed cilantro
1 cup loosely packed mint
1 cup loosely packed basil




FOR THE ORANGE ALMOND SAUCE
1/4 cup water, plus more as needed
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup raw almond butter
1/2 teaspoon minced ginger
1 teaspoon honey or coconut nectar
1/2 teaspoon finely chopped garlic
1/2 teaspoon wheat-free tamari or soy sauce
1 teaspoon roasted sesame seeds

Directions:

Soak the noodles in hot water for about 20 minutes, until soft. Drain.

To assemble the rolls, fill a shallow dish half full with hot water (hot to the touch but not boiling. and submerge one rice paper wrapper for 5 seconds, let excess water drop off.  Place wrapper on a clean, dry surface and fold in half to form a half-circle. The wrapper should still be a bit stiff, but will soften by the time you've finished filling with vegetables.

Place a lettuce leaf in the middle of the half-circle and top it with a forkful of noodles, and then add a bit of each of the vegetables and herbs.  Carefully roll up the Vietnamese Spring Roll and set it on a dish, seam-side down in single layer. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and filling. If not serving immediately, chill in the fridge, covered with plastic wrap. 

To make the dipping sauce, throw all of the ingredients into your blender and puree on high for about 1 minute, until well combined. You may want to add an additional tablespoon or two of water to thin out the sauce. Stir in sesame seeds. Serve alongside the rolls.

 

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker http://steamykitchen.com/27098-wasabi-shrimp-avocado-cracker-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/27098-wasabi-shrimp-avocado-cracker-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:37:54 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=27098 If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat ...

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker Recipe

If you’re not familiar with Gaby from What’s Gaby Cooking, let me give you a little introduction. Gaby LOVES avocado (we were in Mexico a couple of times together and she snarfed an entire bowl of guacamole the size of a soccer ball in one sitting!), is the only woman I know who can look totally glamorous in 95F Austin heat at an outdoor bbq and Gaby is FUN. Loads of fun. You can’t help but be goofy around her!

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Left to right, that’s me (dork), Elise & Guy of Simply Recipes, Gaby and Catherine of Weelicious.

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 2.50.30 PMGaby’s brand new book, Absolutely Avocadoes just came out. If you’re a fan of the avocado, this is a must-get book. There are recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner and even dessert.

Avocado in dessert!? Yep – Avocado Chocolate Chip Cookies and Pound Cake with Avocado!

I’ve made one of her recipes from the book – Gaby’s original recipe used sushi tuna on the rice cracker, but I’ve substituted with pre-cooked salad shrimp from the market. It’s the perfect finger-food for avocado lovers, like me.

 

 

Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker Recipe

 

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Want to know how to make these fun curly green onions?

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Wasabi Shrimp with Avocado on Rice Cracker

Servings: 8 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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A quick 15 minute appetizer featuring avocado! Adapted from Gaby Dalkin's Absolutely Avocados cookbook.

Feel free to use sushi-grade ahi tuna instead of the shrimp.

Ingredients:

1 stalk green onion, green part only
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons sesame seeds
1 teaspoon prepared wasabi paste (or more)
1/4 teaspoon sesame oil salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 pound cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined and chopped
1/2 stalk green onions, chopped thinly
1/4 red pepper or red chili, finely minced
2 ripe avocados 1/2 lime, squeezed
24 rice crackers

Directions:

In a bowl, add a handful of ice cubes and cold water to cover. With a small or medium sharp knife, cut green onion stalks into 3" lengths. Slice the green onion lengthwise into long thin strips, as thin as possible (see video). Place green onion slivers into ice water. Set aside while you continue with rest of recipe.

In a bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame seeds, wasabi, sesame oil, salt and pepper. Add in the cooked shrimp, green onion and red pepper and toss to coat. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado into a separate bowl. Add in the lime juice and use a fork to mash the avocado.

Spread avocado on each cracker. Top with a spoonful of the wasabi shrimp. Garnish with green onion curls.

Want to know how to make these fun curly green onions

 

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Skirt Steak Tacos http://steamykitchen.com/15614-skirt-steak-tacos-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/15614-skirt-steak-tacos-recipe.html#comments Tue, 24 May 2011 17:32:09 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15614 I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who’s fiercely loyal to their local supermarkets. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient (close to house or office), I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat (though my kids will argue that for them, it’s the variety of ice Creams and the breadth ...

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Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

I’ve discovered that I’m not the only one who’s fiercely loyal to their local supermarkets. While some are loyal to a particular market because it’s convenient (close to house or office), I’m more influenced by the quality of two things: produce and meat (though my kids will argue that for them, it’s the variety of ice Creams and the breadth of their snackity-snack aisle).

For the produce, I’m all about freshness and locally grown items. I cringe when I see tomatoes come in from another country when we have tomato farms not even 10 miles from my house!

For meats, I love the variety of cuts, quality of meats. Beef is especially important – my husband lives for steak. When he heard that I’m the new face of Sweetbay Supermarket’s Beef Campaign, it was like I gave him the best gift ever. Eat steak every week!?  I told him it was his early Father’s Day present.

 

Super Yummy Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

On busy weeknights, we often have steak tacos using one of my very favorite cuts of beef, the skirt steak. The skirt steak is so incredibly flavorful and when cooked and sliced the right way, one of the most tender cuts you’ll find.

The recipe for Skirt Steak Tacos is simple and only takes 20 minutes start to finish. Instead of drowning my taco in a heavy salsa, I like to keep it simple and fresh with diced tomatoes, shredded lettuce, crumbled Mexican cheese and a slice or two of avocado. A squeeze of lime to finish it off and it’s perfect.

Meaty Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Skirt steak is a long, boneless, flat cut that has meat fibers running in one direction. The fat is only on the outside of the skirt steak – trim away the excess fat and you’ll have a very lean steak cut. The fat pulls off very easily.

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See how the strong grain is running up and down along the meat? The key tender ribbons of steak is to cut across the grain – I’ll show you in a bit.

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I season the steak with just salt and pepper and quickly sear both sides of the meat over high heat.

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See how nicely seared the meat is?

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Once both sides are seared, turn the heat down to medium and cover to let it finish cooking. If you have very thin skirt steak, this step is not necessary. Just a couple of minutes is all you need. My personal preference is that skirt steak is best medium to medium-rare.

Medium to medium-rare Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Let the meat rest for a bit before slicing.

Rest the meat for Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

Because the grain is running top to bottom, I want to slice across the grain.

Slice across the grain Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

For tacos, I slice the steak as thin as I can.

Thinly sliced Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

You can see how tender the skirt steak is!

Tendet Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Skirt Steak Tacos Recipe

(2 tacos each)
You can substitute with flank steak.

Ingredients:

2 pounds skirt steak, trimmed of excess fat
salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 teaspoons cooking oil
2 cups loosely packed shredded lettuce
2 tomatoes, diced
2 tablespoons finely minced cilantro
1-2 avocado, pitted and sliced
1 cup crumbled queso fresco (or other shredded cheese of your choice)
1 lime, cut into wedges
8 flour or corn tortillas

Directions:

1. Season the skirt steak with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat a skillet or grill pan over high heat. When hot, swirl in the cooking oil. Add the skirt steak to the pan and sear for 2-3 minutes each side. If the skirt steak is very thin (about 1/2 inch thick), it should be medium-rare at this point. If the skirt steak is thicker, turn the heat to medium and cover to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.

2. Let the meat rest for 5 minutes before slicing. Slice the skirt steak across the grain into very thin ribbons.

3. Assemble tacos by layering steak, lettuce, diced tomatoes, cilantro and avocado slices. Top with cheese and serve with lime wedges.

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Dragon Rolls at new Asian Cuisine

sheet nori, halved
2 cups (10 oz/300 g) sushi rice
½ English (hothouse) cucumber, halved lengthwise, seeded, then cut into strips ¼ inch (6 mm) thick
½ fillet barbecued eel, cut into strips
1 avocado, halved, pitted and peeled
4 teaspoons umeboshi (pickled plum) puree
Japanese soy sauce, for serving

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Photo of the day….testing recipe for Shrimp and Avocado Salad

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I can be pretty boring with salmon, it’s so easily mastered with just the bare-bones salt, pepper and a hot grill.  So why mess with simple and perfect?

Well, because chef Marcus Samuelsson says so….and I agree. Marcus’ Sweet Mustard Sauce is a 15-second whisk of Dijon mustard, honey, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon that’s a perfect addition to grilled salmon.. In fact,  whisk in a more olive oil and it turns into a fantastic honey mustard salad dressing if you want to ditch the sandwich idea and serve the salmon on a bed of lettuce instead.

Marcus Samuelsson on Blogging

A few weeks ago, my good friends at Be Everywhere social media agency (hey James, Danica and Tamara!) invited me to a Macy’s Culinary Council event in D.C. I couldn’t go, so I sent two bloggers to go my place, Mrs. Wheelbarrow and and the mysterious W. Mark Felt. Mrs. Wheelbarrow shot a quick video, asking Marcus about blogging (see below) and I’ll publish Felt’s article later this week.

Sooooo….Marcus, what do you think of blogging?

YES! Marcus blogs and tweets! Though, someone needs to tell him that he’d be much more successful at social media if he actually talks back with people once in a while. Open up comments on the blog! Respond to nice tweets!  There’s a reason why the word “social” is in social media….it’s not soapbox media.

Okay, getting off my little rant and onto the recipe…simple ingredients…

And of course the sweet mustard sauce….

Food Styling: Salmon Sandwich

If you’re interested in seeing my step-by-step food styling and photography leading up to the money shot, I’ve posted on Food Blog Forum.

I’ll show you the itty-bitty details that I notice when I’m looking through the lens as I’m taking the photo.

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Open Face Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Mustard Sauce Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: Cook Time:
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recipe adapted from Marcus Samuelsson New American Table Cookbook

Ingredients:

For the Sweet Mustard Sauce2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepperFor the Sandwich1 egg
Four 4-ounce salmon fillets, about 1 inch
thick, skin removed if desired
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons Sweet Mustard Sauce, (see above)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tomato cut into four 1/2 -inch slices
1/4 red onion, sliced thinly
8 slices dark rye or multi-grain bread
Mixed leafy greens
1 avocado halved, pitted, and cut into 1/2 inch slices
2 teaspoons capers, drained

Directions:

1. To make the Sweet Mustard sauce, whisk together the mustard and honey in a small bowl. Slowly drizzle in the olive oil, whisking continuously. Stir in the lemon juice and season with salt and pepper.

2. To hard boil the egg, put the egg in a small pot and fill with water to cover the egg by 1-inch. Bring the water to boil and immediately turn the heat off. Let the eggs sit in the hot water for exactly 7 minutes. Drain, rinse under cool water and peel when cool enough to handle. Cut the egg into quarters, lengthwise.

3. Heat a grill pan over high heat. Brush salmon fillets with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and grill for 2 minutes on each side.

4. Wipe the grill pan clean, brush the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on the bread and grill the bread for 30 seconds each side, until nicely toasted (or use a toaster)

5. To assemble sandwiches, first cut each piece of salmon into 2 pieces. Layering leafy greens, tomato, avocado, egg, red onion, grilled salmon and capers on each bread slice. Spoon the sweet mustard sauce on top and serve, opened faced.

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Club Med Salsa Mexicana and Guacamole http://steamykitchen.com/1617-club-med-salsa-mexicana-and-guacamole.html http://steamykitchen.com/1617-club-med-salsa-mexicana-and-guacamole.html#comments Sun, 02 Nov 2008 15:36:22 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=1617 (click on the above photo for a slideshow of 11 photos with food photography/styling commentary) While at Club Med Ixtapa, I ate more chips, salsa mexicana and guacamole than possible for a person my size. A big plate like this accompanied almost every single one of my meals – breakfast, lunch and midnight snack. It was like the best ever ...

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(click on the above photo for a slideshow of 11 photos with food photography/styling commentary)

While at Club Med Ixtapa, I ate more chips, salsa mexicana and guacamole than possible for a person my size. A big plate like this accompanied almost every single one of my meals – breakfast, lunch and midnight snack. It was like the best ever and I bet friends Kate, Kim, Diane and my bro Jay would say the exact same thing. In fact, I bet my bottom dollar that they are all experiencing salsa and guacamole withdrawal syndromes since our trip.

But fear no more, my comrades. Club Med Corporate Chef Erik emailed me the recipe for Club Med Salsa Mexicana and Guacamole. These photos were taken at Club Med, the day that I left, Chef Erik and I staged an impromptu photo shoot.

Okay, I know what ya’ll are saying, “how many more frickin’ times are you going to write about your Club Med trip?!”

It’s kinda like winning the lottery and waving the cash right in front of your face, taunting you with tales and pictures of all the stuff I’m buying with my millions.

I’m so cruel.

Go ahead, EGG MY WEBSITE just to get that frustration out!!

Club Med Ixtapa’s Guacamole

The perfect complement for tortilla chips and cold cervezas.

3 ripe avocados
1 plum tomato, diced
1/4 cup finely diced onion
1/2 serrano pepper, finely diced
1/2 lime, freshly squeezed
Salt and pepper, to taste

Peel and pit the avocados. Leave the pits in the bowl; this is a Mexican secret to help slow the oxidation process. Gently mash. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl. Mix with a wooden or plastic spatula, for best results, mix by hand. Serve immediately or keep in the refrigerator for up to 12 hours. Either way, just before serving, squeeze a fresh lime on top of the guacamole to slow the oxidation process.

Makes 4 servings.

Club Med Ixtapa's Salsa Mexicana

Club Med Ixtapa’s Salsa Mexicana

This is also called pico de gallo, and this is Club Med’s version of it, called Salsa Mexicana.

I personally enjoy adding chopped cilantro to the Salsa Mexicana, and you can include if you enjoy the taste.

2 large tomatoes (about 1 pound), cored and diced in 1/4-inch pieces
1/4 cup finely diced red onion
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, finely minced (leave the seeds in for extra spice; scrape them out for a milder salsa)
1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
1/2 lime, juiced
1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Toss all ingredients in a small bowl and let stand at least 1/2 hour before serving.

The salsa can be made and refrigerated up to a day in advance. Drain off excess liquid and season to taste with salt before serving.

Makes 4 servings.

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