Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Thu, 16 Apr 2015 20:35:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Indian Lamb Kebobs http://steamykitchen.com/14619-indian-lamb-kebobs.html http://steamykitchen.com/14619-indian-lamb-kebobs.html#comments Fri, 18 Mar 2011 16:59:58 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=14619 These Lamb Kebabs are from Shubhra Ramineni’s brand new book Entice with Spice: Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People. I’ve just made a version of her fish curry (loved it!) and will post that soon. In the meantime, her Lamb Kebobs are featured on my other site, New Asian Cuisine.

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These Lamb Kebabs are from Shubhra Ramineni’s brand new book Entice with Spice: Easy Indian Recipes for Busy People.

I’ve just made a version of her fish curry (loved it!) and will post that soon. In the meantime, her Lamb Kebobs are featured on my other site, New Asian Cuisine.

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Lamb Kabob with Spicy Mango Chutney and Whipped Feta Recipe http://steamykitchen.com/1824-lamb-kabob.html http://steamykitchen.com/1824-lamb-kabob.html#comments Tue, 23 Dec 2008 12:09:13 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=1824 Click for 6 additional photos of Lamb Kabob with Spicy Mango Chutney and Whipped Feta It’s not easy trying to come up with great recipes I think you all will enjoy. Some weeks, I just want to cuddle up on the couch and French kiss a bag of Styrofoam cheese puffs. But I doubt that you, my loyal readers, would ...

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Lamb Kabob with Spicy Mango Chutney and Whipped Feta Recipe

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It’s not easy trying to come up with great recipes I think you all will enjoy. Some weeks, I just want to cuddle up on the couch and French kiss a bag of Styrofoam cheese puffs. But I doubt that you, my loyal readers, would appreciate hearing about my steamy love affair with Ben and Jerry, or my secret stash of Snickers bars in the freezer.

I used to get my food inspiration by spending time at the supermarket, slowly and deliberately perusing the aisles. I’d usually start in the produce section, looking to see what’s fresh and glorious. I’d create recipes on the fly and fill my cart with ingredients from the imaginary dish that perched vividly in the thought bubble above my left eyebrow.

And then when I reached the seafood section, the glistening halibut would call for me, and blip! Sweet, buttery halibut with roasted tomatoes would quickly zap any trace of the previous dish in my head.

I’d have to run back through the aisles, returning ingredients and swapping out produce and plucking out new herbs. And then I’d get to the meat section and, oh, wow! Lamb is on sale! I can make Lamb Kabobs! I’d go through the exercise again.

I do consider this game great fun, though highly inefficient and awfully suspicious, especially to the loss-prevention team that eyeballs me every time I pass through.

If you’re looking for food inspiration for your own meals at home, I suggest a more elegant method. Here are some of my favorite Web sites for recipes and meal ideas:

Tastespotting ( www.tastespotting.com) and Food Gawker ( www.foodgawker.com) – People from all over the world upload photos and links to their creations, and only the drool-worthy photos get picked to be featured on this site. It’s like the intersection of food and pornography. If you’re a visual person, these two sites are for you.

Foodbuzz ( www.foodbuzz.com) – One of the best food communities online. You can search for members just in the your area and add them as friends. Want to see the most popular recipes by food bloggers this week? Or maybe find recipes by food bloggers in Argentina? Look here.

Stumble Upon ( www.stumbleupon.com) – If you have a highly addictive personality, do not, I repeat, do not use this browser add-on tool. StumbleUpon is like channel surfing the Internet; each click of the button brings up a different Web page based on your interests and based on viewer feedback. You can rate thumbs up or thumbs down on each page, and the engine will fine-tune the results it sends back to you. There are millions of Web pages out there that are food-related; StumbleUpon helps you discover and rate them. I’ve spent hours clicking through new sites – it’s easy to get lost in all the wonderful food content out there in the World Wide Web.

Some New Finds

I also want to share some new finds on the web – have fun exploring these blogs!

Under The Tuscan Gun: Debi (do you recognize her famous face?) and yumyum huzb Gabriele cook up some sexy Italian.

Use Real Butter You’ve got to make this insanely simple grilled asparagus wrapped in prosciutto from Jen! Technically Jen’s blog isn’t a new find, as I’ve known her since I’ve started blogging, but wanted to give her a shoutout in case you guys haven’t been over to her blog.

Sweet Paul I am so in love with Sweet Paul – I just discovered him via a Marx Foods contest. Not only is he the ONLY person in the world who can make prunes look drop dead gorgeous, but Sweet Paul also has easy decorating ideas for the home.

Vegan Visitor: I’m almost embarrassed that I won the Marx Foods contest because both Sweet Paul and Vegan Visitor totally rock! My fav pic of cauliflower ever in the whole wide world.

Wright Foods: I only have one thing to say. Any man with a temporary tattoo of a pig on his arm is cool with me. Okay, okay, so Matt’s not really a new find either, but just go visit him, will ya? He’s a good friend and has drop dead gorgeous food photography.

Bitchin Kitchen: If Nadia only knew how many times I’ve watched her video podcasts in the past 8 hours, she would think I’m a stalker.

Lamb Kabob with Spicy Mango Chutney and Whipped Feta Recipe

Lamb Kabob with Spicy Mango Salsa

So my inspiration for this recipe came from perusing some luscious photos from Tastespotting.com. One of the pics that caught my eye was of Greek spiced lamb kabobs, and off to the market I went. Fresh Market had a perfectly ripe mango, and I decided to make a salsa or chutney out of it. The week before, Michelle of the Culinary Sherpas brought me to Acropolis Greek Tavern in Ybor City in Tampa, where we both slathered whipped feta spread onto pita bread. And that’s how this meal was born.

International inspiration!

Makes 4 servings.

For the mango chutney:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 red onion, diced
1/2 jalapeno, seeds discarded and finely diced
1 large mango, diced
1/4 cup sugar
4 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Heat a small pot over medium-high heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the red onions and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and simmer for 15 minutes.

For the whipped feta and pita
6 ounces feta crumbles
1/4 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup olive oil
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper, to taste
Pita bread

Combine all ingredients except for the pita bread in a blender or food processor and pulse for 15 seconds, until smooth and creamy. Serve with pita bread.

For the lamb kabobs
1 pound ground lamb
1 clove garlic, finely minced
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1/2 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for brushing on grill
24 bamboo skewers, soaked in water for 20 minutes

Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Form long “patties” around doubled skewers. You can grill the kabobs on your outdoor grill or in your broiler, 3-4 minutes each side. Make sure you brush the grates with a bit of olive oil so the kabobs do not stick to the grates.

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Lamb Chops with Curried Pears http://steamykitchen.com/1519-lamb-chops-with-curried-pears.html http://steamykitchen.com/1519-lamb-chops-with-curried-pears.html#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2008 01:02:30 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/blog/?p=1519 See shot-by-shot commentary of photos that led up to the money shot. Rock Star Chef Kerry Simon A couple of weeks ago during a trip to Los Angeles, I bumped into rock star chef Kerry Simon at every kitchen fanatic’s dream bookstore, The Cook’s Library. What elevates Kerry to rock star status? Well, how about the fact that Rolling Stone ...

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Lambchops with Curried Pears by Chef Kerry Simon

See shot-by-shot commentary of photos that led up to the money shot.

Rock Star Chef Kerry Simon

A couple of weeks ago during a trip to Los Angeles, I bumped into rock star chef Kerry Simon at every kitchen fanatic’s dream bookstore, The Cook’s Library. What elevates Kerry to rock star status? Well, how about the fact that Rolling Stone tagged him with the unofficial title “Rock ‘n’ Roll Chef.” OK, that reason ALONE is enough for me to swoon all over him.

Kerry Simon
Chef Kerry Simon

My brother Jay and I met up with one of Jay’s friends, who has a Hollywood job so bizarre HE HAD TO WHISPER IT IN MY EAR, and so our hodgepodge group – a food writer, a cardiologist and a … um … let’s call him a “gay reality show researcher,” dined at Simon LA, Kerry’s signature restaurant.

I have a love-hate relationship with restaurant reviews. I love it when it’s a great restaurant and the critic’s eloquent trail of words tickles my taste buds and seduces me onto the plate. But you know what? It’s like the biggest frustrating tease when the restaurant is 2,471 miles away, and there’s no way to actually enjoy the meal in person!

I’m not going to tantalize you with play-by-play of my four-course meal, which would be cruel because it was totally rock-star phenomenal. Instead, I’m doing one better. I called Kerry up and asked for a recipe. He obliged and sent along his Lamb Chops with Curried Pears.

One thing about restaurant chefs giving you recipes is that they normally feed, like, 50 people, and some of the cooking techniques may be a bit difficult for home cooks. So, I’ve simplified his recipe and scaled it down so you’re not inviting all the families within a 2-mile radius to dinner.

I think you’ll really enjoy it. Chef Kerry is a master of taking a few simple ingredients and coaxing the flavors and textures into something so sublime, surprising and sexy.

To core a pear, lop off the top and the very bottom of the pear. Cut the pear in half, starting from the top at the stem end. Since I don’t have a melon baller, I used my measuring spoon – the 1-teaspoon spoon was the perfect size and shape to remove the core. Cut cored pear into wedges, lengthwise. You can cook with apples instead of pears; just increase the cooking time by 10 minutes.

The jalapeno pepper is to flavor the butter so that you get a subtle, spicy tingle on your lips instead of a jab-in-the-mouth type of spicy. If you want spicy, add another jalapeno.

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Lamb Chops with Curried Pears Recipe

inspired by Kerry Simon

12 single lamb chops
2 teaspoons plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
1 sprig rosemary, leaves torn off stem
1 teaspoon kosher salt (1/2 teaspoon table salt)

For the spicy pears:
21/2 tablespoons butter
1 jalapeno pepper, quartered, seeds removed
1 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons soy sauce
3 pears, cored and cut into 6 wedges each

Slather the lamb chops with 2 teaspoons of olive oil and rosemary. Let marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes to overnight in the refrigerator.

In the meantime, make the spicy pears. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add the butter, and when the butter is bubbling add the jalapeno pepper and the curry powder. Saute for 1 minute, until the curry and pepper is fragrant. Take care not to burn the mix; you may have to turn the heat down. Whisk in the lime juice, honey and the soy. Add the pears and stir to coat the pears. Cover, turn the heat to low and let simmer for 10 minutes until the pears are softened. Discard the jalapeno peppers.

Season the lamb chops with salt. Heat a frying pan over high heat. When the pan is very hot, add the 1 tablespoon of olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the lamb chops in a single layer, not touching. Fry for 2-3 minutes each side, depending on thickness of the lamb chops.

Serve with spicy pears. Makes 4 servings.

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