Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 24 Jul 2015 17:57:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Leftover Turkey Recipe: Turkey Gumbo Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:00:42 +0000 Use your leftover Thanksgiving turkey to make this simple Turkey Gumbo Recipe!

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I know it’s a little early to think about Thanksgiving leftovers, but believe me, time goes by so crazy fast! Once the big meal is over, even after the late-night refrigerator raid (you sneak in and pick at the turkey in the refrigerator too, right?!), we’ll always have more than enough leftover turkey for Turkey Gumbo.

Since Thanksgiving is such a big, heavy dinner, I created this recipe with restraint in mind.  It’s a lighter, milder version of gumbo than what you may be used to, a little more broth-y and no mouth-burning cayenne pepper or hot sauce, since the little kids will be enjoying this too (but feel free to douse your version with as much hot chili pepper as you like!)

While the ingredient list may look long, it is ingredients that you’ll probably have on hand anyways from cooking Thanksgiving meal. Leftover turkey meat is stirred into the gumbo at the end, just to heat through. The slow-simmered, richly flavored Turkey Gumbo served over steaming hot rice may just break the monotony of leftover turkey sandwiches this year for you too.

Making the Roux for Turkey Gumbo

Roux is cooking fat+flour over low heat to create a nutty thickener used in much of Southern cooking. It’s a simple, essential step for the gumbo, but takes a little patience as you have to cook the roux over low heat and stir frequently.

Traditional recipes call for 1:1 ratio of fat to flour, but I’ve found that I could use less fat and still achieve the same results, though I think Paula Deen would heartily disagree with me.

I like using butter as my fat, it’s the the most flavor — uh — unless you want to use bacon drippings (yay!) or even lard (double-yay!).

4 tablespoons of butter + 6 tablespoons all purpose flour. For gluten-free version, many have recommended using potato starch or rice flour.

Use a heavy-bottomed pot for best results. Thin pots = more likihood for burned roux. Once the butter starts bubblin’ a bit, sprinkle in the flour and stir.

Stir until the flour is totally incorporated. I use a silicone rubber spatula – here’s why: I’m not patient enough to stand over the stove constantly stirring nonstop. So I leave the silicone spatula in the pot – it doesn’t burn nor does it get hot. Every 30-40 seconds or so, I’ll stir. In the meantime, I’m choppin’ vegetables on a cutting board right next to the stove.

After a nearly 10 minutes, it will look smooth and the color of peanut butter. This is where I stop. By this time not only am I bored to tears, but a lighter roux makes a lighter gumbo. Feel free to keep cookin’ the roux if you have nothing else to do!

I’ve got onions, celery, green pepper, smoked sausage and whatever bits and pieces of vegetable I have in the refrigerator, basically any unused vegetables (like carrots, red bell pepper) from cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

Everything gets s simmered with a can of tomatoes and chicken broth for an hour or so.

In goes the frozen (no need to defrost) or fresh okra

and at the end, stir in the cooked, leftover turkey

Serve over rice. Isn’t this Turkey Gumbo better than your 48th turkey sandwich!?? Serve over rice!


Turkey Gumbo Recipe (with leftover Thanksgiving turkey)

Servings: 8 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour
Turkey Gumbo Recipe

Don't worry about the long ingredient list, most of the ingredients are things you'll have in your refrigerator anyways, from cooking Thanksgiving feast! For gluten-free Turkey Gumbo, use rice flour, corn flour or potato starch in place of the flour.


4 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 bell peppers, diced
2 stalks celery, diced
1 onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
2 bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried thyme
One 14-ounce can diced tomatoes
1 pound kielbasa, smoked or polish sausage, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 quart chicken or vegetable broth
8 cups water
2-3 cups frozen or fresh okra
2 cups cooked, shredded leftover turkey
salt and pepper to taste
small handful fresh parsley, chopped
cooked rice


Heat a large stockpot with the butter over medium heat. When the butter begins to bubble a bit, use a whisk or wooden spoon to add in the flour, a little at a time. Continue stirring for a 2 minutes, until the flour is fully incorporated into the butter. Turn the heat to low and cook for 10 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds or so, until the roux has turned into the color of peanut butter. Make sure that the roux does not burn - stay close by!

Return heat to medium and add in the bell peppers, celery and onion and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the garlic and cook another minute or so until fragrant. Add in the bay leaves, oregano, thyme, tomatoes, smoked sausage, broth and water. Bring to a boil and let simmer for 1 hour.

Add in the okra, cook 2 minutes, then add in the cooked turkey. Taste and season with salt and pepper. Stir in chopped parsley. Serve over cooked rice.

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Ketchup from Scratch: Indian Spiced Ketchup Chutney Sat, 13 Aug 2011 06:36:13 +0000 A step-by-step recipe for Indian spiced ketchup chutney from Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira.

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 I want you to meet a friend of mine, Aarti — though you’ve probably have seen her mesmerizingly happy smile on the Food Network already as she was the winner of The Next Food Network Star last year!

Aarti and I used to create cooking videos together with Good Bite (remember this Miso Soup?!) That was about 2 years ago, before Food Network discovered her and I’m so proud to announce that today, Aarti launches her brand new show, Aarti Party!

We’re sharing one of her recipes from Sunday’s show, Ketchup Chutney from scratch, a perfect compliment to your cheese plate or to slather on your burger. Make your own ketchup!? Absolutely! It’s a chunky, warmly spiced version of our All-American favorite condiment.

Here’s what Aarti emailed me when she suggested we try this recipe, “Alright, so I was thinking that a good recipe to share might be my “Ketchup Chutney”.  It’s a classic example of what I’m trying to do — introduce people to Indian flavours through the foods they recognise and love.  Ketchup, a condiment found in nearly every American fridge, is actually a chutney… which most people think of as an Indian invention.  Cool, huh?  So I make mine from scratch, which takes about 20 minutes, and it doesn’t have any stinky preservatives or high fructose corn syrup in it.  Plus, it’s got some gusto… packed with brawny Indian flavours like mustard seeds, cumin seeds, garlic and ginger (of course), garam masala and a little turmeric.”

Enjoy not only the recipe but a little Q&A with Aarti! Big thanks to Adam and Joanne for cooking the amazing recipe! ~Jaden


Tell us a little bit about life before Food Network Star, how has life changed since?

Well, before Food Network Star, my husband and I were scraping by on his unemployment checks (thank Goodness for those, or else I’m not sure what would have happened).  While that was really hard, what was harder was not knowing what I wanted to do with my life – my husband has always known that he wanted to be an actor, since he was 4 years old, and he’s great at it… but I didn’t feel like I had a clear talent, something that I felt really unquestionably passionate about.  Winning Food Network Star, heck COMPETING on FNS uncovered this passion that I never knew existed, or perhaps knew was there but never felt like I had anything to offer in that arena (cooking show host).  It is such a gift.  I wake up every morning thanking God for this new career.  I have received emails from people who either watched the competition or my cooking show now, that I would like to print out and frame – I never dreamed that I’d be able to touch people’s lives in this way.  It’s really breathtaking.

Where does your love of cooking come from, how about your love of teaching us about it?

I think we all ache for connection to each other… real, lasting connections that touch from the inside out.  Food is one way to do that.  I have NEVER been one of those eat to live types of people.  I live to eat.  And I live to eat with people, break bread with them – something magical happens when you do that.  You’re kind of bonded forever.  Whether it’s a first date, a special birthday, a comforting plate of food shared by two people in mourning… I just love that.  I think that’s where my love of cooking comes from.  That, and a really healthy appetite, that started from before birth – I was 10lbs when I was born!!

What is a day like in the life of a Food Network Star? How long will an episode take to shoot?

I spend a couple of months coming up with show themes and recipes, testing them and re-testing them.  When it’s time to shoot, we shoot 13 episodes in about 10 days – 1.5 episodes a day, with an extra few days to shoot the party scenes featuring my real friends and family.  I start at about 7am, with two hours in hair and makeup (yup, I need that much work!), then we start shooting at about 9am, and we go until about 730pm.  The shoot days are exhausting (I had no idea how much energy you need to be “perform”) but invigorating.  I love the production team that makes my show – they are fonts of knowledge and talent, and I can feel the cogs in my head turning just a bit faster when I’m around them.

How do you come up with recipes for Aarti Party?

Well, I eat a lot.  Ha!  But seriously, what joy to know that whenever I eat out, it’s for inspiration!  LA has some of the freshest and most creative food around.  I love finding new flavour combinations that I never knew worked together.  Then there’s old family favourites I can’t wait to share.  And, I take requests!  I often ask people on my Facebook fan page what they’d like to learn to make.  My fans (um, it’s still so crazy that I can say that!) are awesome.

What is your favorite comfort food or indulgence?

Ice cream, ice cream, ice cream.  One of the first presents that we bought for ourselves after I won was an ice cream maker, so that I could make ice cream whenever I wanted.  I am slowly working my way through David Lebovitz’s The Perfect Scoop.  I wasn’t allowed a lot of dessert growing up, because I was such a portly child, and so the thrill of eating a big bowl of ice cream hasn’t gotten old yet.  HA!

What is in your fridge right now?

We’re moving house right now so it’s mostly condiments: fig butter, sriracha, homemade apple-ginger chutney, some carrots, turnips and beets that I pickled, aged gouda, leftover chicken curry with apricots that I’m perfecting, a bottle of green Kombucha and some gluten-free beer.  I’m all over the place!

Aarti’s Burger Station Epsidoe will air on The Food Network 9am/8c Saturday, August 13, 2011!

making ketchup chutney

Ketchup Chutney comes together quite quickly, so we found it best to slice, dice and measure out everything in advance.

First, thinly slice 3 cloves of garlic.

Then, finely dice one medium onion.

And finally, use a microplane to grate about a 1-inch length of fresh ginger. You could also peel, then mince, but we found this method to be a bit easier. (The peel of the ginger gets pushed back from the microplane when grating).

Next, get all those spices ready! Aren’t the colors just beautiful?

Then, measure out the wet ingredients and make sure some salt is handy for later.

Making the chutney is easy. First, start with a medium saucepan. Aarti says to warm the oil over medium-high heat until nearly smoking, then toss in the mustard and cumin seeds.

Since the oil is so hot, they might start to jump around the pan a bit, so having a lid near by to make sure the seeds don’t all jump ship is a good idea. Just cover until the popping stops.

Next, add the onion, ginger and garlic to the pan.

Saute for 10 minutes or so until the onions are softened and just start to brown. Just watch the ginger does not burn.

Now, toss in the turmeric, garam masala and paprika. Stir well and cook for about 30 seconds.

Now, add the apple cider vinegar. Stand back when you do this, the fumes can be a bit overwhelming. Cook until the vinegar has reduced by about half.

Add in one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes, liquid and all.

Then, the molasses.

And season with some salt and freshly ground black pepper.

Allow the the chutney to cook at a generous simmer for about 10 minutes – it will thicken nicely. If you would like, Aarti says you can puree the chutney, but we chose to keep it as is, we liked the texture. Just cool, jar and store in the refrigerator. We served a dollop of chutney on some sharp cheddar cheese and crusty bread, but you could certainly slather some on top of a burger, sandwich or anything else you desire.


Ketchup Chutney

Servings: about 3 cups Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes

Recipe by Aarti Sequeira of the Food Network Show, Aarti Party.


3 tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
½ teaspoon cumin seeds
1 medium red onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1-inch thumb ginger, minced
½ teaspoon turmeric
½ teaspoon garam masala
½ teaspoon paprika
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 14.5-ounce can diced tomatoes
2 tablespoons molasses
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper


1) Warm oil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan, until nearly smoking.
2) Keep your lid handy. Add the mustard seeds and the cumin seeds; they should start enthusiastically popping upon contact with the oil, so cover the pot until the spluttering subsides.
3) Add the onions, garlic and ginger. Saute until softened and just starting to brown, about 10 minutes.
4) Add turmeric, garam masala and paprika. Stir and cook about 30 seconds. Then add the vinegar (standing back so you don’t inhale the fumes!), and cook until vinegar has reduced by about half.
5) Add tomatoes, molasses, salt and lots of freshly ground black pepper. Stir, bring to a boil, then cook at a generous simmer about 10 minutes until thickened. You can puree it if you like. Set aside to cool, then jar. Store in the refrigerator, ready for your next burger or sandwich or grilled meat or or or...!

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Indian Fish Coconut Curry Wed, 23 Mar 2011 14:36:47 +0000 Step by step photos for Indian Fish Coconut Curry Recipe from Entice With Spice Cookbook by Shubhra Ramineni.

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Normally, when I make curry dishes, whether Indian or Thai, I start with a shortcut – a ready-made curry spice paste that I can find in most grocery stores. But making the curry spice paste from scratch is just as easy, tastes infinitely fresher and the flavors of the aromatics really shine through in the coconut milk, instead of just being “spicy hot” like normal ready-made pastes.

The extra 5 minutes spent on grating the onion, ginger and mincing garlic is definitely worth it. This recipe is from Entice with Spice by Shubhra Ramineni. It’s her first book and published by Tuttle Publishing, the same company that published my own Steamy Kitchen book. It’s filled with simple Indian family recipes (and beautifully photographed dishes) that are perfect for busy families. This Indian Fish Coconut Curry is a fine example. Beginning to end, it took less than 20 minutes to make.

The ingredients are simple: garam masala (a very warm Indian spice blend), cayenne chili powder, coconut milk, chopped tomatoes, fresh fish fillets, ginger, fresh chilies (optional), garlic and half an onion).

Instead of chopping the onion, grate it using the large holes of a box grater. This way, you’ll get very fine onion that forms the basis of the curry spice paste.

I also grate the ginger this way too.

Cut the fish fillets into nice big chunks. This is fresh swordfish, but you can use any firm fish fillet.

The first step is to cook the aromatics very slowly – the onion, garlic and ginger go in first.

As you cook, you’ll see the aromatics turn to a soft golden color.

Add in the tomatoes.

And let that cook down too – as it cooks down, you’ll see that it forms a soft, paste-like consistency.

Add in the spices and seasonings.

Coconut milk and water.

Drop in a fresh halved chili pepper if you’d like.

Let the curry come to a boil and then add in your fish to cook. Four minutes later, it’s done!

Serve this with basmati rice or any Indian flatbreads.


Indian Fish Coconut Curry Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 15

Adapted from Entice with Spice by Shubhra Ramineni
Use any type of firm fish fillets - salmon, swordfish, red snapper, catfish, grouper, etc. You can even add other types of seafood in this curry - shrimp, mussels would both be wonderful in addition to or in place of the fish.


1 pound boneless, skinless fish fillets
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/2 onion, grated on large holes of box grater
1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1 fully ripe tomato, diced or 1 1/2 cups canned diced tomatoes
1 teaspoon garam masala
1/4 teaspoon chili powder (cayenne)
1/2 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper
1 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup water
1-2 fresh chili peppers, cut in half lengthwise (optional)


1. Wash the fish and pat very dry. Cut the fish into 2-inch pieces.

2. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat and swirl in the oil. When the oil is heated, add the onion, ginger and garlic. Turn the heat to medium-low and let the aromatics cook slowly. Saute until very fragrant, about 5 minutes. Take care not to let it burn!

3. Add the tomato and saute for another 3 minutes, stirring frequently. Use your spatula and smash the tomatoes a bit, to break them up.

4. Add the garam masala, chili powder, salt and pepper. Stir to combine and cook for 2 minutes. This is the masala (spice base).

5. Turn the heat to medium-high. Pour in the coconut milk and the water. Add in the chili pepper if using. When the mixture comes to a good boil, add in the fish and cook for 4 minutes or so, until the fish is cooked through.

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Bobby Flay’s Spaghetti and Meatballs Fri, 05 Nov 2010 14:20:12 +0000 Recipe for Bobby Flay’s Spaghetti and Meatballs on my column at TLC.

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Bobby Flay's Spaghetti and Meatballs Recipe

Recipe for Bobby Flay’s Spaghetti and Meatballs on my column at TLC.

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