Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:13:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2 1-Step, Fail Proof Prime Rib Roast Recipe on the Rotisserie http://steamykitchen.com/38718-one-step-fail-proof-prime-rib-roast-recipe-on-rotisserie.html http://steamykitchen.com/38718-one-step-fail-proof-prime-rib-roast-recipe-on-rotisserie.html#comments Wed, 10 Dec 2014 14:40:18 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=38718 Have you ever tried to make a Prime Rib Roast at home? The normal process involves multiple steps and kitchen acrobatics: I would fire up my large cast-iron pan, heat it up to near-smoking, and then wrangle the prime rib roast onto the pan, searing each side. If the roast is extra large and heavy, I’d have to use 2 ...

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Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Have you ever tried to make a Prime Rib Roast at home? The normal process involves multiple steps and kitchen acrobatics: I would fire up my large cast-iron pan, heat it up to near-smoking, and then wrangle the prime rib roast onto the pan, searing each side. If the roast is extra large and heavy, I’d have to use 2 tongs to lift, rotate and hold the roast. Then transfer the burning-hot seared hunk into a roasting pan (without dropping it) to slow-roast in the oven. While the recipe produces my perfect, steakhouse-quality Prime Rib Roast, it is a multi-step process.

But I now rely on my 1-Step, Fail Proof Prime Rib Roast Recipe, which produces even BETTER results than anything I’ve ever tried.

The solution is to use a rotisserie. We’ve had this Ronco bad boy for about four years. It gets used more often than my oven, because it’s easy to clean, easy to operate (just turn the timer knob) and provides excellent results 100% of the time.

prime rib roast rotisserie

(Here’s my Amazon affiliate link if you’d like to purchase one)

Rotisserie for Prime Rib???

Most people associate rotisserie for chickens, but we use it for lamb roasts, pork tenderloin and prime rib roasts too.

The rotisserie’s turning mechanism ensures the prime rib roast recipe cooks evenly and has a nice crust on all sides, while keeping the center medium to medium-rare. With a built-in timer that automatically shuts off the oven, you are guaranteed perfect prime rib.  The timing is based on the weight of the prime rib.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe - Rotiserrie

Standing Prime Rib Roast

What is a rib roast, a.k.a. Standing Rib Roast a.k.a. Prime Rib? It’s basically the same cut as a rib eye steak. But instead of cutting individual steaks, the meat is left uncut and often tied to keep its nice shape during cooking.

This one is from the fine folks at Lobel’s in New York. For the past 60 years, five generations of the Lobel family have run the most well-known meat market in New York. They ship  their exceptional meats nationwide. This is a USDA Prime Dry Aged Rib Roast (they also have Wagyu Prime Dry Aged Rib Roast.) But no need to get all fancy if you don’t want to. Just a nice hunk of rib roast with good marbling. Most rib-eyes have that nice band of fat around what I call the “collar” of the ribeye, which is my #2 favorite part of a ribeye. My #1 favorite part is the BONE (hey, I’m Asian. I like to gnaw and nibble all that juicy meat on the bones to the dismay of my dogs!)

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Let’s season this prime rib!

I love rubbing the prime rib with Kansas City Steak Seasoning from Two Snooty Chefs (fun name!)

Prime Rib Roast Recipe on Rotisserie

Fill the pan with some veggies. These veggies will roast along with the prime rib, and we’ll use this to make the Red Wine Au Jus.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe - Fresh Vegetables

Here’s your one-step, fail-proof method

With the rotisserie, this Prime Rib Roast becomes super simple, one-step and fail-proof. Load ‘er up!

Prime Rib Roast Recipe - Rotiserrie

Turn it on. 16-18 minutes per pound, depending if you want it rare or medium-rare. We went with 18 minutes per pound. Set the timer on the rotisserie.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe - Rotiserrie

The dripping fall conveniently into a pan that I’ve loaded with vegetables. This all gets collected to make the Red Wine Au Jus. Oh, I forgot, I threw in a few sprigs of fresh thyme in there too.

To check doneness, use an instant-read meat thermometer; 125 degrees F for rare; 160 degrees F for well done; insert at thickest part of roast and away from bone

Prime Rib Roast Recipe - Rotiserrie

When it’s done, let it rest while you make the Red Wine Au Jus. YUM! Can you smell that? Isn’t this one-step process on the rotisserie so easy?

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Red Wine Au Jus

Carefully pour the contents of the pan into a small saucepan.

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Pour in 1 cup of good quality red wine (yeah, that was from my wine glass)

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

1 cup of beef broth.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Pan drippings + Roasted Vegetables + Red Wine + Beef Broth = Red Wine Au Jus.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Let it simmer for 8 minutes.

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Strain.

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Cut the Prime Rib Roast

The first step is to cut the bones off.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

The bones will then get cut further and all go on MY plate (heehee!)

Then slice the prime rib roast into desired thickness. You can also carve this at the table, if you wish.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

Serve with the Red Wine Au Jus.

Prime Rib Roast Recipe

 

Big thanks to Lobel’s for sending me a big, fat, USDA Prime Rib Roast. The meat was exceptional, the best we’ve ever had, perfectly aged. We’ve been spoiled now!

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Dr. BBQ’s Famous Baby Back Ribs (Steamy Kitchen)

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1-Step, Fail Proof Prime Rib Roast Recipe on Rotisserie

Servings: 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: varies
Prime Rib Roast Recipe

A 4-pound roast (with 3 bones) will feed 6 people. Purchase whatever size roast you need, adjust cooking time based on size. Please read the instructions that comes with your rotisserie on how to load the rib roast and cooking times. Our rotisserie instructions were 16-18 minutes per pound.

Ingredients:

One bone-in prime rib roast
salt and pepper (or seasoning blend of your choice)
3 carrots, peeled, cut in big chunks
3 stalks celery, cut in big chunks
1 large onion, quartered
several sprigs of thyme
1 cup red wine
1 cup beef broth

Directions:

Season the rib roast generously on all sides. Load the rib roast onto the rotisserie, with spikes between the bones.

Scatter the carrots, celery, onion and thyme in the roasting tray. Insert roasting tray into rotisserie.

Set rotisserie to cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Please read the manual and find cooking time chart, as your machine may be different from mine.

When done, let roast rest while you make the Red Wine Au Jus. Pour the contents of the roasting pan into a medium saucepan set on medium-high heat. Add the red wine and beef broth. Simmer on low for 8 minutes, uncovered. Strain and serve with the Prime Rib Roast.

To carve the Prime Rib Roast, first, cut off the bones. Cut each bone apart. Then slice the rib roast into desired thickness.

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Split Pea and Ham Soup http://steamykitchen.com/21252-split-pea-and-ham-soup.html http://steamykitchen.com/21252-split-pea-and-ham-soup.html#comments Tue, 10 Apr 2012 15:27:26 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=21252 Usually sometime during the holiday, we’ll bake an entire bone-in ham. Split pea and ham soup is so surprisingly easy, especially in a pressure cooker. It takes about 3 minutes of chopping, 4 minutes of pressure cooking time and then 20 minutes to just let it sit. My friend, Wendy taught me her version, which actually comes from the back ...

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Usually sometime during the holiday, we’ll bake an entire bone-in ham.

Split pea and ham soup is so surprisingly easy, especially in a pressure cooker. It takes about 3 minutes of chopping, 4 minutes of pressure cooking time and then 20 minutes to just let it sit. My friend, Wendy taught me her version, which actually comes from the back of the package of split peas!

No soaking necessary (which makes the recipe even simpler!)

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Split Pea and Ham Soup Recipe

Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 5 mins Cook Time: 25 mins
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Split pea and ham soup is so surprisingly easy. It takes about 3 minutes of chopping, 4 minutes of pressure cooking time and then 20 minutes to just let it sit.

Ingredients:

1 pound split peas
3 cups diced ham
bone from ham or smoked ham hock (optional)
3 carrots, diced
3 stalks celery, diced
1/2 onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 bay leaf
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley (or 1 teaspoon dried parsley)
2 teaspoons kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon table salt)
freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 quarts water

Directions:

Rinse peas and drain. Pick out anything that's "not-pea" :-)

Place all ingredients into pressure cooker, set on high for 4 minutes. When cooking is done, leave the pressure cooker to sit for an additional 15-20 minutes to let pressure and steam escape.

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Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice http://steamykitchen.com/20173-bacalao-salt-cod-with-potatoes-rice-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/20173-bacalao-salt-cod-with-potatoes-rice-recipe.html#comments Tue, 17 Jan 2012 15:43:57 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=20173 Bacalao, pronounced [bah-kah-LAH-oh] is Portuguese dried, salted cod fish. Before refrigeration, fish was dried and preserved in salt to keep in the cellar. There are hundreds of variations of bacalao recipes, but my favorite has always been Bacalao con Patatas (bacalao with potatoes) – however I don’t make it much at home because traditional recipes require too many steps and forethought for ...

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Bacalao, pronounced [bah-kah-LAH-oh] is Portuguese dried, salted cod fish. Before refrigeration, fish was dried and preserved in salt to keep in the cellar. There are hundreds of variations of bacalao recipes, but my favorite has always been Bacalao con Patatas (bacalao with potatoes) – however I don’t make it much at home because traditional recipes require too many steps and forethought for my bad habits (impatience and spontaneity).

After spying a bag of bacalao at my local market, I decided to create a recipe that that would cut out a major tedious step. Unfortunately, I couldn’t nix the “forethought” part – as bacalao needs to be soaked overnight in water to get rid of some of its salt. It’s a step that can’t be skipped (boo) and there really isn’t a good shortcut.

The “major tedious step” I’m talking about is boiling the potatoes first before adding it to the dish. Okay, so I’m being dramatic, but bringing a large pot of water to boil (and of course, staring at the darn thing waiting for the first bubbles) and then cooking the potatoes until tender is crazy boring and requires another pot on the stove.

Instead, dice the potatoes into 1/2″ dice, briefly brown them in the saute pan along with the rest of the vegetables. Then add the bacalao, a cup of water, cover and let ’em all simmer quietly and harmoniously for 15 minutes, just enough time to cook the potatoes through.

Serve over pasta, rice, quinoa….or enjoy with a loaf of bread.

Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

Step 1: soak the bacalao overnight in cool water. This is a step you cannot skip….the fish will be way to salty.

Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice

The fresh ingredients – bell pepper, garlic, onion, tomatoes, salt cod (bacalao), celery and potatoes. All the veg are diced small – quicker cooking!

First, brown the potatoes in the saute pan.

Then saute the aromatics – garlic, onion, bell pepper, celery.

and add the rest of the ingredients in:

Including the de-salted (and drained) bacalao.

Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.

Serve over rice, pasta, quinoa…or enjoy with a loaf of bread.

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Salt Cod (Bacalao) with Potatoes over Rice Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes + overnight soaking Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients:

1 tablespoon olive oil
1 large russet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2" dice
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 cup water
2 cups rice grains + water to cook
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
1 pound salt cod (bacalao), soaked overnight (see note below)

Directions:

1. The night before, cover the bacalao with cool water and refrigerate.

2. Drain the bacalao, rinse with fresh water. Cut into 1" pieces.

3. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat with the olive oil. When hot, add the potatoes and cook until lightly browned on all sides, about 2 minutes. Add in the bell pepper, onion, celery and garlic and saute for 3-4 minutes. Add in the tomatoes, tomato paste, water and stir. Bring to a simmer and add in the bacalao. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the potatoes are cooked through. Stir in the parsley.

4. In the meantime, cook the rice according to package instructions. Serve the stew over rice.

 

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Leftover Turkey Recipe: Turkey Gumbo http://steamykitchen.com/19344-turkey-gumbo-leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/19344-turkey-gumbo-leftover-thanksgiving-turkey-recipe.html#comments Wed, 16 Nov 2011 14:00:42 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=19344 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!

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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.

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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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Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/17610-flank-steak-with-bloody-mary-tomato-salad.html http://steamykitchen.com/17610-flank-steak-with-bloody-mary-tomato-salad.html#comments Tue, 09 Aug 2011 18:45:11 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=17610 Step by step photos for Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe.

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A boozy salad!? Welll, yes (bloody mary!) and no (there’s no alcohol). Though I’m sure those who want a real boozy salad would find a way to insert a little vodka into this Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad recipe — or just swing back a shot as an apertif — ooooohhhweeeee!!

I spied this recipe on Bon Appetit’s website, then saw that another friend had also made it – there was no way I was going to let summer end without making a bloody mary tomato salad!

The Steak

Well, use whatever you want! I used flank steak, though skirt steak would be just as great. If you’re using flank or skirt, I like to grill, slice all of the steak and then serve the steak sliced. It’s important to cut the flank or skirt steak ACROSS the grain (see tutorial)

Any other cut of steak, such as sirloin, you can just serve whole, like a regular steak.

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - Use any cut of steak

Grill the steak to your liking and then let it rest while you make the Bloody Mary Tomato Salad.

Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe

The ingredients for the salad is what you’d expect – the same stuff that goes into a bloody mary minus the booze:

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - Salad ingredients

 

The first step is to make a quick-pickle with the onions – it helps tame the bite of the onion, softens the onion and pickled onions are always a win in my book. Just pour some of the olive brine (juice) in a small bowl with very thinly sliced red onions:

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - quick pickle of onions

You’ll want to cut your celery really thin – here’s what I did. First run the vegetable peeler a few times on the celery just to get rid of any stringies. Then slice the celery into thin slices at a VERY steep diagonal. This gives you very tender celery – no stringies!

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - Cut Celery thinly

Combine the tomatoes, celery, celery leaves and add in the red onion WITHOUT the brine (just lift the onions up with a fork or use your hands), but you’ll save the brine to make the dressing, so don’t throw it away!

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In the brine bowl, add in the dressing ingredients and whisk.

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - Whisk dressing ingredients

Pour over salad and toss well.

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - Pour dressing over salad

Done.

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Serve over your steak.

Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe - Serve salad over steak

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Steak Recipe: Turning Cheap “Choice” Steak into Gucci “Prime” Steak (Steamy Kitchen)

Flank Steak Stir-Fry with Asparagus and Red Pepper (Simply Recipes)

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Flank Steak with Bloody Mary Tomato Salad Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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Adapted from Bon Appetit
If you don't have celery seeds, feel free to use celery salt, however go light on using the olive brine in the salad dressing.

Ingredients:

FOR THE STEAK:
2 pounds flank steak (or use steak of your choice)
salt and freshly ground pepper
FOR THE SALAD:
1/4 red onion, very thinly sliced
1/4 cup olives, chopped + 2 tablespoons olive brine
1 pint cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2 stalks celery, sliced very thin and diagonally + handful of plucked celery leaves from the tops
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
Few shakes of Tabasco sauce
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Prepare the quick onion pickle first. In a small bowl, combine the red onion with the olive brine (or juice). Let sit for 10 minutes while you prep the rest of the recipe.

2. Preheat the grill to high heat. Grill the steaks 5-7 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Season the steaks immediately with salt and pepper. Let the steak rest while you prepare the salad.

3. In a large bowl, combine the chopped olives, tomatoes, celery and celery leaves. Add the red onion to the salad, leaving olive brine in the small bowl.

4. To create the dressing, whisk together the remaining ingredients into the olive brine. Season with black pepper. The dressing should be tangy, salty and however spicy you'd like! Add additional olive brine (for more salt), horseradish or hot sauce if desired.

5. If you're using flank or skirt steak, slice the steak ACROSS the grain. Serve steak with the Bloody Mary Tomato Salad.

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This weekend was unusually hot, which for 99.5% of the population is a good thing. But I just spent an undisclosed sum of money on clothing, shoes and accessories to keep my booty warm for my trip to NYC, and I’m just not quite done with justifying my purchases just yet. The wool scarf, earmuffs and gloves still have another 40 or so uses out of them this season, so that I can finally feel good and say, “wow, I’ve gotten my money’s worth!”

Unfortunately, the 85F weather just wasn’t agreeing with my neurotic need to wring every penny’s worth out of the earmuffs and I ended up giving into flip flops and capris — cooking warmer weather foods like this Chicken Sausage with Apple Slaw.

For slaws, the secret is in the cut. I try to get all my vegetables the same shape and size, so that when you take a bite, you’re not dealing with stringy this, knobby that and chunky others.

For celery, I like to run a vegetable peeler lightly over, just to remove some of the stringy bits which get stuck in your teeth.

Then I’ll cut into thin slices, but at a very extreme diagonal to get longer pieces. Cutting them diagonal also keeps the celery more tender/less stringy, as we’re cutting across the “grain”. If you cut your celery like you do for celery sticks, you’ll notice much more stringiness.

Then I just line the celery up lengthwise and run my knife one more time to make julienne strips.

For apples, I cut all the fruit off of each side, discarding the core.

Then I thinly slice.

and then matchstick-like strips.

For carrots, you can purchase matchstick carrots, or julienne them yourself — but only do this if you have a very sharp chef’s knife. Skinny, round hard carrots are difficult to julienne with a dull knife.

The dressing ingredients are simple: plain yogurt, apple cider, mustard, honey and salt.

What make this slaw over the top is the addition of poppy seeds.

What is Poppy Seed?

I’m part of McCormick Gourmet team of bloggers developing recipes featuring their spices and I also on the chef panel to develop McCormick 2011 Flavor Forecast prediecting upcoming flavor trends.

From McCormick Gourmet Enspiceopedia

BOTANICALLY SPEAKING

Although the poppy plant itself is an infamous source of opium, the tiny, dried seeds of the annual Papaver somniferum,
which translates as “sleep bearing,” have no narcotic properties. The
plants produce showy, colorful flowers and richly colored slate-blue
seeds, with a nutty flavor. Poppy seeds are available in the whole form.

YUM FACTOR

Sprinkled on baked goods from breadsticks to cake, whisked into salad
dressings for fruit or greens, swirled into egg or potato dishes… the
many uses of poppy seeds are surprising and delicious. Toasted or not,
the tiny blue-black seeds figure prominently in Eastern European,
German, Indian and Turkish cuisines.

GLOBETROTTER’S GUIDE

Indigenous to the Eastern Mediterranean, today’s poppy seeds most
often come from the Netherlands and Australia. The Dutch variety is
especially prized for its uniform slate-blue color.

BELIEVE IT…OR NOT

Cultivated for more than 3,000 years, the deep red flower of the
poppy plant has long been a symbol of esteem for fallen warriors. In the
United States, the flowers are often used to commemorate Veterans Day.

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Chicken Sausage with Apple Slaw Recipe

Servings: 4 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
Chicken Sausage Apple Slaw Recipe- finished dish

There's a big secret to cooking large sausages, and it's to keep the flame low or do a combo method of steam and grill. The problem with cooking large sausage is that the casing can burst fairly easily on high heat. So, if you're grilling outside on your BBQ grill, arrange half of your grill on low heat and the other half on medium. Let the sausage cook and get nice grill marks on the hotter side first, then move them over to the low heat, cover to finish cooking through.

If you're cooking on your stovetop, follow the instructions below in the recipe.

As for the dressing, I like to make it in a separate bowl first and then combine half of the dressing with the slaw ingredients first. Then I'll add in more to taste. The reason I do this is because then I can adjust, based on how much vegetable and fruit I have in the bowl (not all carrots are the same size!)

Ingredients:

8 chicken sausage links
2 teaspoons cooking oil
1/2 cup liquid: beer, water or apple juice
2 tablespoons lowfat or nonfat plain yogurt
1 tablespoon grainy Dijon mustard
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 large carrot, cut into julienne (or 1 cup matchstick-cut carrots)
1-2 stalks celery, cut into julienne
1 granny smith apple, cut into matchstick

Directions:

1. To cook the sausage, grab a large frying pan or saute pan with lid. Turn heat to medium and swirl in the cooking oil. When hot, add the sausage and cook until all sides are browned. Pour in the liquid, cover immediately, turn heat to medium-low and let cook for 3-5 minutes until chicken sausage is cooked through.

2. To make the dressing, in a bowl,whisk together the yogurt, mustard, salt, honey, cider and poppy seeds.

3. In a large bowl, combine the carrots, celery and apple. Add half of the dressing, toss to combine and taste. Keep adding additional dressing until you get the desired flavor.

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Prime Rib Recipe - Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Jus
The first meal I ever cooked for my parents and brother was when I was I was 26 years old. Yeah, believe it or not, I never cooked at all for my family, the kitchen in our home was Mom’s domain and us “kids” were relegated to boring kitchen duties any time we stepped foot on the linoleum.

When I moved from Los Angeles to San Jose, my parents and brother drove up to visit for Thanksgiving. I decided to go all out and made my very first prime rib roast ever. It was perfect. I impressed the heck outta my Mom, who finally said, “Who knew you could cook! I should have let you cook all these years!”

Ahhhh young grasshoppa has talent! That would have surely beat washing dishes! 😉

Prime Rib Recipe - Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Jus

Each year for the holidays, usually Christmas dinner, I’ll make the prime rib roast. The recipe has changed very little, a hot sear and then slow and low is the key to absolutely perfect prime rib.

Prime Rib Recipe - Prime Rib Roast with Red Wine Jus

It’s easier than you think, almost foolproof if you have a meat thermometer. Even if you do goof and leave it in the oven a little longer than desired, it will still be amazing moist and tender (because of the slow ‘n low cooking temp)

Don’t be fooled by the word “prime” in the name of Prime Rib Roast – just regular ‘ol supermarket Choice cut rib roast is fine, no need to splurge (and what a massive splurge that would be!) for the Prime cuts.

These days, I like to dry age my roast (This weekend would be the perfect time to start the dry aging if you are game to do it yourself!), but it’s absolutely not necessary.

Prime Rib Recipe - Dry age the roast

The recipe I use most comes from Cook’s Illustrated with some small changes. It’s come out perfect every single time.

How to Cook Perfect Prime Rib Recipe with Jus

Start with oxtails smeared with tomato paste – this will produce some crazy flavor for the Red Wine Jus (which honestly, is 42% of why I love Prime Rib). Throw some veggies into the pan and roast for 20 minutes to give it a head start.

Prime Rib Recipe - Roast oxtail and veggies

After the oxtails and veg have had a nice bake in the oven, you can already see how much flavor it will add to the recipe.

Prime Rib Recipe - Roast oxtail and veggies

Here’s the roast….instead of trying to carve the roast off the bone AFTER cooking, Cooks Illustrated advises to carve the meat off the bone before roasting for 2 reasons:

1. It’s easier to carve to serve without having to wrestle with bone.
2. The bone will flavor the au jus later in the cooking process.

Prime Rib Recipe - Carve the meat off bone before roasting

You’ll want to cut the roast as close to the bone as possible – don’t waste any of that precious meat!

Prime Rib Recipe - Carve the meat off bone before roasting

In a large frying pan or cast iron pan (preferred), sear each side of the boneless roast.

Prime Rib Recipe - Sear boneless roast

Get a nice crusty crust.

Prime Rib Recipe - Sear each side of roast

On each side.

Now we’ll tie the roast back onto the bones. I like using strips of cheesecloth. Easier than wrangling with twine and that fancy tying thing.  Two strips is all you really need – tie it like a present.

Prime Rib Recipe - Tie roast onto bones with cheesecloth

Tie the roast back on — this is important, because the bone will serve as our “rack” in the roasting pan so that the roast cooks evenly. The bone also gives a lot of flavor. Push the oxtails and veg to the side.

Prime Rib Recipe - Tie roast onto bones with cheesecloth

Roast 17-20 minutes per pound…for a 7 pound roast that would be 2 hours. Check temp with a meat thermometer – just stick the thermometer deep in the middle (don’t touch bone). 122F for rare, 130F for medium-rare.

Prime Rib Recipe - Roast 17-20 minutes per pound

Now it’s time to make the savory red wine jus! Spoon out the fat from the roasting pan (use it for the Yorkshire Pudding Recipe!) Return roasting pan with the oxtails, vegetables and the BONES of the rib roast (just untie them from the roast) with wine, broth and thyme.

Prime Rib Recipe - Red wine Jus

Simmer it good.

Prime Rib Recipe - Red wine Jus

Strain.

Prime Rib Recipe - Strain jus mixture

And it’s done!

Prime Rib Recipe - Strain jus mixture

Carve the prime rib roast.

Prime Rib Recipe - Carve Roast

Serve the prime rib with jus

Prime Rib Recipe - Serve with jus

But don’t forget….for your favorite dog…

Prime Rib Recipe - Save bones for your dog

Oh look! Steph from Faye Bernoulli blog made this Prime Rib recipe. Here’s her photo.

Perfect Accompaniment to Prime Rib Recipe — Yorkshire Pudding

How can you resist!? The beef fat from the roasting pan goes into making these airy Yorkshire Pudding popovers.

Prime Rib Recipe - Yorkshire Pudding

 

More recipes to explore

Prime Rib Roast with Miso Jus (Steamy Kitchen)

Fall off the Bone Baby Back Ribs with Sweet Chili Sauce (Steamy Kitchen)

Cayenne Cinnamon Ribs with Maple Glaze (Steamy Kitchen)

Grilled Garlic and Rosemary Ribeye Steak (Steamy Kitchen)

Roast Beef with Caramelised Onion Gravy (BBC Good Food)

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Perfect Prime Rib Recipe with Red Wine Jus

Servings: 10-12 Prep Time: 2 hours to let roast come to room temperature, but only 30 minutes of hands-on. Cook Time: 2-3 hours, depending on size of roast
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Recipe adapted from Cooks Illustrated.
Important points:
1) Get bone-in rib roast, preferable first-cut, ribs 9-12 for most flavor. Choice grade of beef (i.e. not the pricey Prime grade) is what you'll ask for.
2) Take note of how many pounds the roast is prior to cooking (bones and roast) to determine cooking time
3) Use a meat thermometer

Ingredients:

1 bone-on beef rib roast (about 7-8 pounds)
1 1/2 pounds oxtail bones
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 onions, quartered
3 carrots, cut into thirds
3 stalks celery, cut into thirds
1 whole head garlic, halved
2 tablespoons cooking oil, divided
salt and pepper
1 cup red wine
1 3/4 cups beef broth
1 3/4 cups chicken broth
3 sprigs fresh thyme

Directions:

1. Take roast from refrigerator and let stand at room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 400F, place rack on lowest position. Rub oxtails with tomato paste, place in roasting pan. Add onions, celery, carrots and garlic, toss with just 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil. Roast for 20 minutes.

2. In the meantime, cut the bone from the rib roast (try to carve as close to the bone as possible). Rub roast with remaining 1 tablespoon oil and generously season with salt and pepper. Heat large frying pan on high heat. When smoking hot, place rib roast, fat side down in pan and sear each side 5 minutes. Remove from pan and let cool for a few minutes. Place the roast right back onto the bones. Use kitchen twine or strips of cheesecloth to tie roast back onto the bones.

3. When the oxtails and vegetables are done, remove pan from oven.

4. Reduce the oven temperature to 250F.

5. Push the oxtail bones and vegetables to the sides, place roast, bone side down in roasting pan. Return pan to oven. Roast for 17-20 minutes PER POUND or until temperature of the middle of the roast is 130F (medium-rare to medium). Transfer roast to cutting board, carefully untie the bones from roast. Cover loosely with tin foil. Rest for 20 minutes.

6. While roast is resting, make the red wine jus. Keep the oxtails and vegetables in the roasting pan but pour out all but 1 teaspoon of the fat (reserve for Yorkshire Pudding if desired). Place the bones that you've untied from roast in roasting pan 2 burners set on high heat.

7. Pour in the red wine and cook until wine is reduced by half. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the bits. Add the beef broth, chicken broth, thyme. Turn heat to medium-low and simmer for 15 minutes. Add any juices accumulated from the rib roast on the cutting board. Turn off heat.

8. Remove the oxtails and the bones. Strain the jus with mesh strainer, pressing down with wooden spoon to extract out all the juice from the vegetables. Carve the roast, serve with the jus. Give the bones to a nice dog.

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Pan Seared Steak Rolls http://steamykitchen.com/363-pan-seared-steak-rolls.html http://steamykitchen.com/363-pan-seared-steak-rolls.html#comments Wed, 28 May 2008 02:23:14 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=363 from my column in Tampa Tribune Tat-tat-taaaat-tat-tat-taaaat-tat! That, my friends, is the beautiful sing-song sound of Chef Martin Yan’s cleaver as he chops bok choy. In fact, everything about Martin is musical, from the lyrical harmony of his Chinese accent (yes, it’s real – I asked) to the way he rhythmically pulses the food processor. Brrrrrr-brr.brr-brrrrr. I met Martin Yan ...

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Pan Seared Steak Rolls

from my column in Tampa Tribune

Tat-tat-taaaat-tat-tat-taaaat-tat! That, my friends, is the beautiful sing-song sound of Chef Martin Yan’s cleaver as he chops bok choy. In fact, everything about Martin is musical, from the lyrical harmony of his Chinese accent (yes, it’s real – I asked) to the way he rhythmically pulses the food processor. Brrrrrr-brr.brr-brrrrr.

I met Martin Yan last week at his special class held at Aprons cooking school, and it really was a childhood dream come true. When I was kid, I watched “Yan Can Cook.” Back then, in the 80’s, it was a big deal to me, not for the cooking aspect of the show, but because he was Chinese, with a thick accent, starring in his very own show on television. He created an entire brand empire around his kung fu-esque knife action and very funny, punny jokes.

But, putting showmanship aside, he gave the class very useful cooking tips:

  • Tsingtao beer is great for steaming mussels
  • If you;re running low on Hoisin sauce, just add a bit of soy sauce, sugar and Sriracha hot sauce to the bottle, close and shake to mix
  • Don’t waste leftover bits of vegetables, seafood or meat -chop them up and simmer in canned chicken broth for an instant soup
  • Deep-fried chiffonade strips of bok choy leaves makes a crisp, nutty and sweet topping for a stir-fry

You know what though, I don’t think I can fully express my admiration for the Yan man in words. I mean, this is the guy who’s hosted over 2,000 cooking shows, authored 28 cookbooks, carves a chicken in 18 seconds flat and minces a garlic clove in a split-second, single-handed thwack. He’s totally my kitchen super-hero and get this, he mentioned writing a blurb for the back of my cookbook! He showed me where Jackie Chan had blurbed the back of his book and called him a “man of perpetual motion.” And yes, he is.

Oh, please excuse that whoosh of air. That’s just silly me sucking up.

From “Martin Yan’s China” Martin Yan's Chinacookbook

Pan Seared Steak Rolls

8 ounces flank steak (4 inch x 6 inch piece) or 8 thin sliced sirloin (found at Publix)

Marinade
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
freshly ground pepper

Sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
¼ cup canned chicken broth

Filling
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 teaspoon minced ginger
1 carrot, cut into 2 inch matchsticks
½ red bell pepper, cut into 2 inch matchsticks
2 ribs celery, sliced thin on diagonal
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
12 chives, cut into 3 inches long
4 ounces enoki mushrooms
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
2 teaspoons butter
¼ teaspoon sesame seeds

Freeze steak for 30 minutes until partially frozen. Slice steak against the grain, on the diagonal, into 8 equally thin pieces. Use a meat mallet to pound each piece of meat to 1/8 inch thick. If using thin sliced sirloin, skip this step.

Combine marinade ingredients in a bowl and add meat slices. Let stand 15 minutes to 2 hours.

In a separate bowl, combine sauce ingredients.

To prepare filling, heat a wok or skillet over high heat. When hot, add vegetable oil, swirling to coat the sides. Add garlic and ginger and fry for 20 seconds. Add carrot, bell pepper, celery and stir fry for 1 minute. Add soy sauce, sesame oil and stir. Transfer to bowl and let cool.

To make the beef rolls, lay beef slices out with short side facing you. Equally divide chives, enoki mushrooms and vegetable mixture among the pieces of meat. Roll the beef up, over the filling and secure with toothpick.

Place a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the vegetable oil and butter, swirling to coat bottom. When hot, add beef rolls, seam side down, not touching and pan fry for 1 minute, turn roll. Add sauce to the pan. Cover and simmer over medium heat until beef is just cooked through, 1-2 minutes. Remove toothpick, sprinkle with sesame seeds to serve.

Yields 4 servings

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Video

To see Martin in action – watch a video of him carving a chicken in 18 seconds!

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Healthy Chinese Chicken Soup http://steamykitchen.com/48-organic-chinese-chicken-soup.html http://steamykitchen.com/48-organic-chinese-chicken-soup.html#comments Tue, 20 Mar 2007 04:37:01 +0000 http://s198136598.onlinehome.us/blog/2007/03/20/organic-chinese-chicken-soup/ I'm cooking once a week for a friend whose family is on a No-gluten, No-sugar, No-soy diet, All-organic diet. Their little 4 yr old daughter has cancer. They are going in this diet to try to prolong her life as much as possible. Sugar feeds cancer, and the Soy interferes with her medication. Fermented soy (soy sauce) is ok, so I'm saved by Organic Tamari! Agave is a sugar derived from a cactus plant ...

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Chinese Chicken Soup Recipe

I’m cooking once a week for a friend whose family is on a No-gluten, No-sugar, No-soy diet, All-organic diet. Their little 4 yr old daughter has cancer. They are going in this diet to try to prolong her life as much as possible. Sugar feeds cancer, and the Soy interferes with her medication. Fermented soy (soy sauce) is ok, so I’m saved by Organic Tamari! Agave is a sugar derived from a cactus plant, and is processed differently than regular sugar in the body, so we can use that. I’ll be posting recipes – I’m sure there are many other cancer patients on a similar diet. This week, I chose one of the most nourishing, warming dishes to prepare. While soup is easy to prepare, there are multiple steps, including cleaning the chicken by boiling it for 5 minutes.

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Healthy Chinese Chicken Soup

Servings: Prep Time: Cook Time:
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All the ingredients I used were organic.
When I purchase a whole chicken for the purpose of making soup, I carve out the precious breast and reserve for another dish.

Ingredients:

1 3-lb organic chicken, or 3lbs of chicken pieces
5 stalks green onion, cut into 3" pieces
2" piece of ginger, cut into 4 "coins"
2 carrots, cut into large chunks
2 stalk celery, cut into large chunks
salt

Directions:

1. Using very sharp, heavy cleaver, cut up the chicken into as many 2"-3" pieces as you can. The smaller the pieces, the more flavor will be extracted into the soup.

2. Boil 1 quart of water in a large stockpot. Once the water boils, add the the chicken pieces. Boil for 5 minutes. Have a large strainer ready at the sink - and dump the entire stockpot into the strainer. The cloudy and scummy water will go down the drain. Wash your stockpot, getting rid of any scum that clings to sides. Rinse the chicken pieces and return to the stockpot. Refill stockpot with 1 1/2 quarts cold water.

3. Add rest of the ingredients to stockpot. Bring to barely a boil and immediately turn down the heat to low. Simmer for 1 1/2 hours, never letting the stock bubble and boil. Periodically check the stockpot and remove any scum on surface. Strain, reserving stock. Congratulations, you've just made a very clean and healthy stock! Return stock to the stockpot.

4. Add 1 tsp salt. Taste, adjust salt as needed. Strain the soup, discard ginger and green onion. Using your fingers, shred the chicken meat and return the chicken and vegetables to the stockpot.

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