Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed http://steamykitchen.com Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Mon, 29 Jun 2015 20:33:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.2 Mummy Halloweenies http://steamykitchen.com/28853-mummy-halloweenies-recipe-video.html http://steamykitchen.com/28853-mummy-halloweenies-recipe-video.html#comments Tue, 22 Oct 2013 20:37:12 +0000 http://www.steamykitchen.com/?p=28853 In my 6 1/2 years of food blogging (in Internet years, that’s like 25.2 regular years) I’ve made some darn good friends, even soulmates. One of these gals is known as The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond. Ree and I have been on some crazy adventures together, running barefoot in a Seattle museum, spooning in a Chicago cab, and I even cried ...

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Mummy Halloweenies Recipe

In my 6 1/2 years of food blogging (in Internet years, that’s like 25.2 regular years) I’ve made some darn good friends, even soulmates. One of these gals is known as The Pioneer Woman – Ree Drummond. Ree and I have been on some crazy adventures together, running barefoot in a Seattle museum, spooning in a Chicago cab, and I even cried in her family room once.

Mummy Halloweenies Recipe

Ree’s got a brand new book called The Pioneer Woman Cooks A Year of Holidays with 140 photos for every major holiday during the year. (pssst….hey Drummond kids….tell Mom to start celebrating Chinese New Year….all kids get red envelopes full of cash!! cha-ching!)

Mummy Halloweenies Recipe

I just got this lovely book last night, but since Halloween is next week, Cheri and I scrambled to make Ree’s Mummy Dogs today and create a short recipe video for you. These “Mummy Halloweenies” are so adorable – we’re taking them to the boys’ Taekwondo class tonight.

It’s a simple, fun treat to make – 10 minutes hands-on plus 15 minutes in the oven.

Mummy Halloweenies Recipe

Ree makes her dough from scratch, but since I don’t even own a proper rolling pin (!!!) I opted to pop a can of dough instead.

Mummy Halloweenies Recipe Video

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Servings: 6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 15 minutes
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From The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays cookbook. I used a can of prepared french bread dough (will make 12 mummies) or you can use prepared biscuit dough, pie dough, pizza dough, croissant dough, etc. I used one 11-ounce can of Pillsbury french bread dough. If you're using the smaller croissant or biscuit dough cans, you'll have to get 2 cans. Serve these Mummy Halloweenies with little dipping bowls of mustard, ketchup or BBQ sauce.

Ingredients:

12 hot dogs
1-2 cans prepared dough of your choice
1 egg
mustard or ketchup, for serving

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375F.

2. Roll out the dough very thin, then use a pizza cutter or sharp knife to cut skinny strips of dough. Wrap each hotdog. Leave a little bit of open space around the "face" of the mummy. Keep wrapping in a crisscross pattern until covered. Tuck the end underneath the mummy dog (so that it doesn't unravel during baking). Repeat with all hotdogs. Lay them on on baking sheet lined with parchment paper or baking mat.

3. In a small bowl, whisk the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. Using a pastry brush, lightly brush the glaze all over the top of each mummy dog.

4. Bake 18-20 minutes, until the dough is nice and golden brown.

5. Before serving, dog the mummy dogs with a little mustard or ketchup for the "eyes."

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Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans http://steamykitchen.com/24357-kale-salad-with-cherries-and-pecan-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/24357-kale-salad-with-cherries-and-pecan-recipe.html#comments Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:42:20 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=24357 This past month, I’ve been to no fewer than 6 different bookstores – which is actually a difficult feat considering I live in a small town and all the local bookstores have closed (sob) actually, 4 of the bookstores were large airport bookstores (another sob – I don’t care much for traveling during the holiday season.) At each store, propped ...

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Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans

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This past month, I’ve been to no fewer than 6 different bookstores – which is actually a difficult feat considering I live in a small town and all the local bookstores have closed (sob) actually, 4 of the bookstores were large airport bookstores (another sob – I don’t care much for traveling during the holiday season.) At each store, propped up front and center is Deb’s (Smitten Kitchen) cookbook.

I love that the book features Deb’s strangely comforting black/white mottled countertop design. Not that the countertop is strange, but it’s strange that I’ve followed Deb for so long now that I feel warm-yummy every time I see her blog photos – which always is set on her kitchen countertop. Do I want to snuggle up on her kitchen counter? I might just, given the chance. Hmmmm…..strange, right?!

When I got the book in the mail, the first recipe I flipped to was Salted Brown Butter Crispy Treats – rice krispy treats made with nutty browned butter?! Deb’s hallmark sweet treats are balanced with healthy recipes like Vermouth Mussels with Tarragon Oven Fries. In simple terms, it’s a book filled with recipes you actually want to cook. Big Breakfast Latkes (shredded potato/onion latke with sunny side up egg on top) would be perfect for weekends, vegetarian Ratatouille Sub is “belly warming”, and of course, Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans carries all the crunch, sweetness that you could ever want in a salad.

I’m lucky enough to be able to see Deb once year or so – we’ve been to the Bahamas togetherpartied on a rooftop and Jacob’s first subway ride was to come see me at a book signing. She’s amazing, loving and is just as chatty in person as on her blog.

Get it: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans

Now, about that salad…..We grow kale every year in the garden, it’s just now starting to get big enough to harvest the leaves. Kale is super-easy to grow, and it’s one of those plants that you can harvest leaf by leaf – just pluck enough for the salad.

Most of the kale recipes that I see are for cooked kale (see Caribbean Kale & Bacon or Kale Chips (try them!), so get really excited to see kale salad recipes – oh yes, try this Kale & Cauliflower Salad that’s one of my all time favorites.

Deb’s recipe for Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans features frilly crunchy (healthy!!) raw kale, creamy goat cheese, tart dried cherries, crunchy pecans and paper-thin slivers of radish. The variety of flavors, colors and textures that you experience in this salad is what brings me joy.

Watch me make the Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans!

The book: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook by Deb Perelman

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time:
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From The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook from Deb Perelman

Ingredients:

FOR THE SALAD
1/2 cup pecans
8 ounces Black Kale, also known as Cavolo Nero, or Lacinato, Dinosaur, or Tuscan Kale
4 ounces radishes, sliced into paper-thin rounds
1/2 cup dried cherries
2 ounces soft goat cheese, chilledFOR THE DRESSING
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1 tablespoon smooth Dijon mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions:

Optional step: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spread the pecans on a tray. Toast them for 5 to 10 minutes, tossing them once or twice to make sure they toast evenly. Remove them from the oven and set them aside to cool.

Wash your kale and let it dry on spread-out kitchen or paper towels. Then, with a knife, remove the rib from each stalk, leaving long strips of kale leaves. Stack the leaves in small batches, roll them tightly the long way, and cut the roll crosswise into thin ribbons. Add the kale ribbons to a large salad bowl.

Add the radishes, pecans and cherries. Crumble the goat cheese over top.

Whisk dressing ingredients together in a small dish, and pour the dressing over the salad.

NOTE: This salad is great to eat right away, but even better after 20 minutes of tenderizing in the dressing.

 

Kale Salad with Cherries and Pecans

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Whiskey Miso Pork Chops http://steamykitchen.com/23386-whiskey-miso-pork-chops-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/23386-whiskey-miso-pork-chops-recipe.html#comments Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:19:17 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=23386 Pork chops marinated in a savory whiskey-miso sauce.

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We’re back from a little family getaway to the Bahamas with our best friends, Shawn and Wendy. As a travel-bug and a bargain hunter, I felt it was my duty to allow the kids to ditch school in order to take advantage of an unbelievable Bahamas deal with daily access to Atlantis water park, without the Atlantis moneybags pricetag.

Our hotel was right next door, 5 minute walking distance to Atlantis (if you are curious, here’s where we found the deal – no affiliation or anything with them, but I see that the deal we bought is now over) and our room included access to the water park for free. FREE! Which meant we’re now pros at the art of going down steep waterslides without getting a painful wedgie. Each of us now sport a nice, bronzy tan, too.

Speaking of nice, bronzy tan, check out these pork chops (nice transition back to food, eh?). The chops are marinated in a whiskey-miso sauce overnight (or even just 15 minutes if you’re in a hurry).

This is a recipe that I’ve created for client, Miso & Easy – here’s the entire collection of miso recipes. You can either use their easy-to-use miso or any regular miso paste that you find at the store.

Both the miso and the apple cider vinegar in the marinade tenderizes the pork chop. The salt/sugar in the miso acts like a brine; And the apple cider vinegar helps break down the toughness. The same marinade is cooked with the pork chop and makes a lovely sauce as well.

The ingredients are simple:

Whiskey Miso Pork Chops Ingredients

And the results are amazing:

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 20 minutes (or optional overnight marinade) Cook Time: 10 minutes
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Chicken breasts would work beautifully in this recipe as well.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup whiskey
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons miso paste (or 3 tablespoons Miso & Easy)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
4 pork chops, about 1-inch thick
1 tablespoon cooking oil
1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley

Directions:

1. In a sealable bag, combine the whiskey, apple cider, miso, brown sugar and mustard. Add the pork chops, seal the bag and squeeze out as much air as possible. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or up to overnight.

2. When ready to cook, remove the pork chops from the bag. Wipe off marinade from pork chop, reserving as much of the marinade as possible in the bag.

3. Heat a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Swirl in the cooking oil. Add in the pork chops and cook for 2 minutes. Flip the pork chops then pour in the reserved remaining marinade from the bag into the pan. Turn the heat to medium-low and cover the pan. Cook for 5 minutes (if your pork chops are thinner than 1" please cut time to 3-4 minutes) or until the pork chops are 145F in the middle, or just barely pink. Let rest for 3 minutes on counter.

4. Top with parsley. Serve with the whiskey miso sauce from the pan.

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Scallop with Mustard Miso Sauce http://steamykitchen.com/21808-scallop-with-mustard-miso-sauce.html http://steamykitchen.com/21808-scallop-with-mustard-miso-sauce.html#comments Wed, 20 Jun 2012 17:14:00 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=21808 One of the seafood guys at the the local grocery store kinda gives me the heebs. He’s super-nice, friendly and helpful BUT as he packages up my seafood order, wraps it up in paper and hands it to me, he holds onto the package of seafood just a leeeeetle too long, winks at me and says, “You come back and ...

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Scallops with Mustard Miso Sauce Recipe

One of the seafood guys at the the local grocery store kinda gives me the heebs. He’s super-nice, friendly and helpful BUT as he packages up my seafood order, wraps it up in paper and hands it to me, he holds onto the package of seafood just a leeeeetle too long, winks at me and says, “You come back and see me again, you hear?” He won’t let go of the package until I quickly nod yes.

Now, perhaps I’m just overly sensitive to people handling my raw food or that I’m just always in a hurry and need to gogogogogoooooo now, but I guess it’s similar to the people who shake your hand and pump just a few too many times (1 pump is strange, 2 pumps doesn’t seem quite enough, 3-4 pumps is good and any more than 5 pumps is just totally awkward).

So when we go to the grocery store, I load up on produce first, then ease over to the seafood/meat departments. Luckily, seafood is first and I can sneakily glance quickly to see who’s behind the seafood counter and if it’s him, I’ll resort to meat. If it’s anyone else, Hallelujah! Seafood tonight, baby!

Last week, it was seafood EVERY NIGHT!! (he was on vacation)

My friends, the scallop looked irresistible behind the glass. They had just come in that morning, dry packed and not yet defrosted, which is perfect. I like to defrost my own scallops and shrimp. They are both frozen at sea or at the port anyways, and I’d rather control the defrosting than not know how long they’ve been sitting out. It’s just safer and cleaner that way.

A quick sear on both sides of the scallop to get some nice crust and then simmered in the mustard-miso sauce for just a couple of minutes to barely cook the insides. They cook super quick – and turn tough/rubbery if you overdo it.

The mustard-miso sauce is savory and tangy. I love that hit of warm heat that grainy mustard gives! This is another miso recipe that I’ve developed for my client, Miso & Easy, makers of convenient miso in a bottle. If you don’t have Miso & Easy, just use regular miso paste (I prefer low sodium white miso called Shiro Miso.)

Scallops with Mustard Miso Sauce Recipe

The ingredients are simple – here they are!

 

Ingredients for Scallops with Mustard Miso Sauce Recipe

Scallops with Mustard Miso Sauce Recipe

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Servings: 4 Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
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You can use regular miso paste or the very convenient Miso & Easy.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds scallops
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons mirin
3 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup Miso & Easy (or 2 tablespoons miso paste + 2 tablespoons water)
1 teaspoon mustard
2 teaspoons water
2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds
1/2 stalk green onions, thinly sliced

Directions:

1. Heat a nonstick frying pan on medium-high heat. Swirl in the olive oil. Add the scallops and cook for 1 minutes each side to brown. Remove the scallops from the pan to a plate and tent with tin foil to keep warm.

2. Turn heat to medium and to the pan, add the butter, mirin, seasoned rice vinegar, soy sauce, miso, mustard and water. Stir well and when the sauce begins to bubble, add the browned scallops back into the pan to finish cooking for 1-2 minutes.

3. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds and scallion greens.

 

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Warm Bacon Potato Salad http://steamykitchen.com/18741-warm-bacon-potato-salad-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/18741-warm-bacon-potato-salad-recipe.html#comments Thu, 06 Oct 2011 15:10:12 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=18741 One of my husband's favorite salads in the world - this Warm Bacon Potato Salad is a showstopper.

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A couple of years ago, my husband, Scott, asked me to make a potato salad. He’s not a man who asks very often for something so specific, 95% of his requests center around the one-syllable, “meat” so I took his request pretty seriously.

I’ve always considered potato salad one of those “filler sides” that come with your lunch order at a deli – it’s cheap, easy to make and generally all taste the same. The gloppy, mayo-heavy version that comes in a plastic tub is nothing to brag about, nothing to complain about, it’s just there next to your sandwich.

So I set out to make a version of potato salad that would be show-stopping memorable and that I actually could brag about. The first step was to do away with boiled potatoes, which have very little taste (except when mashed with loads of butter and drenched in gravy — but that’s an entirely different recipe), and instead roast them, which gave them a deeper, nuttier taste and a crisp-brown crust on the sides.

I definitely wanted to pair them with loads of warm chopped bacon, this was going to be a potato salad served warm with salty bacon that had just come from the skillet.

Instead of mayonnaise, I went lighter and made a tangy vinaigrette out of red wine vinegar, mustard and the bacon drippings. Toss it all together at the last minute, right before serving.

Bingo! It was all sorts of perfect, my husband had thirds of the warm potato salad and nearly forgot about the “meat” on his plate. So much for the salad being merely a side, it’s been one of my most requested dishes by my family and friends. You know you’ve got a winner when people rotate their dinner plates so that the warm potato salad stands closest, right in front.

Warm Bacon Potato Salad Ingredients

Here’s what you will need for the salad:

 

How to make Warm Bacon Potato Salad

Toss the potatoes with olive oil then spread them onto a baking sheet, making sure they are all in one layer. Then roast, in the oven, for about 25 minutes.

When done, the potatoes should be golden brown and a fork or knife will be able to pierce them easily.

Over medium heat, add bacon and cook for about 2 minutes. Then, add in the garlic and red onion.

Saute for another few minutes until the bacon is nice and crisp.

Now, make the vinaigrette. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper, and then add the bacon, onions and garlic, including all the drippings. Toss the vinaigrette with the roasted potatoes and a few green onions and serve warm.

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Warm Bacon Potato Salad

Servings: serves 4-6 Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 35 minutes
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Ingredients:

2 pounds red potatoes, quartered
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces bacon, cut into 1" pieces
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 red onion, chopped
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
salt and pepper
1 stalk green onion, chopped

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 375F. On a baking sheet, toss the potatoes with the olive oil. Roast for 25 minutes or until tip of knife pierces potato easily.
2. Heat a skillet on medium heat. Add the bacon and cook for 2 minutes. Then add in the garlic and the red onion. Saute for an additional 3 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
3. In a large bowl, whisk together the red wine vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the bacon, garlic and onions, including all of the bacon drippings. Add in the roasted potatoes and the green onions. Toss gently and serve immediately.

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Steak with Whiskey Mushroom Sauce http://steamykitchen.com/15868-steak-with-whiskey-mushroom-sauce.html http://steamykitchen.com/15868-steak-with-whiskey-mushroom-sauce.html#comments Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:51:10 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=15868 For our family, if there ever was a PERFECT cut of steak, it would be the bad-boy Porterhouse steak. It’s big. It’s massive. One giant hunk will feed our family of four. But before I get into our love for Porterhouse (because I’ll get carried away and will forget about anything else I was supposed to tell you), a word ...

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For our family, if there ever was a PERFECT cut of steak, it would be the bad-boy Porterhouse steak. It’s big. It’s massive. One giant hunk will feed our family of four.

But before I get into our love for Porterhouse (because I’ll get carried away and will forget about anything else I was supposed to tell you), a word about the Whiskey Mushroom Sauce:

Simply. Must. Make.

Of course, you don’t have to just use this sauce on Porterhouse – any cut of steak will do. Even pork tenderloin, chicken breasts, grilled tofu….whatever your little heart desires. Promise me you’ll make it.

Oh and bonus: just wanted to mention that this is a one-pan + one piece of tin foil meal!*

Anatomy of the Porterhouse Steak

This summer, I’m beef gal for Sweetbay Supermarket – a Florida based supermarket chain, known for its amazing Black Angus Beef (best job ever, right!?)

Now, back to the Porterhouse. The Porterhouse steak has two very distinct sections on either side of the bone.

 

Image credit: Savio D Silva (check out more beef cut diagrams + many more other diagrams on wide variety of subjects!)

For sake of simplicity, I’ll boil this anatomy of a Porterhouse Steak down to easy terms to relate to. Many of you know what a filet mignon, T-bone and strip cuts are, so we’ll use these terms to describe the anatomy of a Porterhouse. There are so many different cuts of beef that it can get incredibly confusing.

The left side, or the smaller side is part of the tenderloin, the most tender steak cut (pssstt…..it’s what butchers and restaurants call “filet mignon.”) Now the larger side on the right is the strip (pssstt…..the “strip cut.”) The middle? Well, that’s the bone – you can call that the “t-bone” because it’s shaped like a “T.”

You can also think of it this way. A T-Bone steak and Porterhouse steak are very, very similar and found right next to each other. A Porterhouse steak is just a larger T-Bone steak :-)

What’s great about Porterhouse is that it’s a great deal, especially when you can find a piece that has a very large tenderloin section. Also, for families like ours, it’s the absolute perfect cut. My husband, Scott is a filet guy – he loves the tender tenderloin cut. My kids love the big beefy flavor of the longer “strip” side.

So where does that leave me? Well, let’s take a look at what’s left…the meat close to the bone! It’s crazy-tender, full of flavor and for the evening, I’ll ditch all my table manners and bite off all that meat. I swear I was a dog in a former life. Though, I should tell you that I’m also a lover of blue crab, crawfish, chicken wings and ribs….basically I like to work for my food!

The bone that’s left is for our dog, Coco. I try very hard to leave Coco some of the meat on the bone, but when steak is this good…I simply can. not. resist.

Okay, so now that we’ve got the anatomy of the Porterhouse out of the way, let’s focus on the recipe!

As you can see, this Porterhouse is pretty thick. This one steak will feed the four of us for dinner tonight. Well, five if you count the dog too.

Preheat the oven to 375F. The first step is to rub the steak with a little bit of cooking oil. I like doing this instead of oiling the pan. You’ll use less oil this way.

My instructions here are for cooking on the stove and oven….feel free to grill this on your BBQ grill as it’s the perfect weather for grilling now!

Heat a cast iron pan (or other oven-safe pan) on high heat – get it very hot! When it’s hot, lay the steak on the pan. Let it cook, undisturbed for 5 minutes.  After 5 minutes, let’s flip it over.

Let the other side cook for 5 minutes. Then we’ll put the entire pan in the oven to cook for 7 minutes for medium rare (for a 1 3/4″ steak) or 5 minutes if you’ve got a 1-inch steak.

While the steak is in the oven, let’s cook the mushroom sauce. Heat butter in a saute pan and add the onions and the mushrooms. We’ll let that cook on medium for a few minutes.

Once the onions and mushrooms get soft, we’ll pour in 3/4 cup of chicken broth.

And stir in 1 tablespoon of grainy mustard, season with salt and pepper.

The sauce includes whiskey, but please feel free to leave the whiskey out if you prefer. 

Glug…glug…glug…about 2 tablespoons of whiskey**.

Let everything cook for a minute more.

And pour on top of the steak once it’s done.

 

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Porterhouse Steak Recipe with Whiskey Mushroom Sauce

Servings: serves 4 Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Ingredients:

1-2 Porterhouse steaks
salt and pepper
cooking oil
2 tablespoons butter
8 ounces sliced mushrooms
1 onion, sliced
3/4 cup chicken broth
1 tablespoon grainy mustard
2 tablespoons whiskey (or bourbon)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 375F. Season the Porterhouse steak on both sides with salt and pepper. Let steak rest at room temperature for 15 minutes. Rub both sides of the Porterhouse steak with cooking oil.

2. Heat a oven-safe pan (cast iron preferred) over high heat. When very hot, add the Porterhouse steak to the pan and let cook for 5 minutes. Flip steak and cook an additional 5 minutes. Place entire pan into oven to cook for 5-7 minutes, timing depends on thickness of steak and desired temperature.

For 1-inch thick steak, I recommend 5 minutes and then check internal temperature of the steak.
For 1 1/2 inch Porterhouse steaks, I recommend checking temperature at the 7 minute mark.

125-130F = rare
130-140F = medium rare
140-150F = medium
150-155F = medium well
160-212F = well-done

3. While the steak is the oven, let's cook the mushroom sauce. Heat a saute pan over medium-high heat with the butter. When the butter starts bubbling, add in the mushrooms and the onions. Stir and cook until onions are fragrant and softened.

4. Pour in the chicken broth, mustard, whiskey and season with salt and pepper to taste. Turn heat to low and let simmer for 2 minutes. Just before serving, pour over the steak.

 

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*BONUS: I’ll give you a couple of side dish ideas that will complete the meal with no additional pans – just a piece of tin foil.

1) Oven roasted tomatoes: Slice tomatoes in half, drizzle olive oil on top. Let them cook in the oven at the same time that the steak is cooking. Usually 10 minutes is all it takes.

2) Edamame: Find these healthy Japanese beans already cooked and shelled in the produce section, right next to the tofu. After you’ve made the mushroom sauce and have poured it on the steak, don’t wash that pan yet! Return the pan to the stove and turn the heat to medium. There’s plenty of flavor still in the pan and just add in the edamame. Stir and when the edamame is warmed through, it’s done!

 

**A piece of nifty advice here, if your husband is a Single Malt Scotch Whiskey lover, don’t try to grab any ol’ bottle to cook with. Especially the one that says, GlenFarclas 1968 Family Cask.

More Steak Recipes

Simply Recipes: Steak Fajitas

Leite’s Culinaria: Steak au Poivre

White on Rice Couple: Whiskey Flat Iron Steaks

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Chicken Sausage with Apple Slaw http://steamykitchen.com/14206-chicken-sausage-with-apple-slaw-recipe.html http://steamykitchen.com/14206-chicken-sausage-with-apple-slaw-recipe.html#comments Tue, 01 Mar 2011 14:54:30 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=14206 Recipe with step by step photos for Chicken Sausage with Apple Slaw

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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
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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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Open Face Salmon Sandwich with Sweet Mustard Sauce http://steamykitchen.com/9069-open-face-salmon-sandwich-with-sweet-mustard-sauce-2.html http://steamykitchen.com/9069-open-face-salmon-sandwich-with-sweet-mustard-sauce-2.html#comments Tue, 11 May 2010 18:41:27 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=9069 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 ...

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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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Bison Burgers with Bacon & Blue Cheese http://steamykitchen.com/7980-bison-burgers-with-bacon-blue-cheese.html http://steamykitchen.com/7980-bison-burgers-with-bacon-blue-cheese.html#comments Tue, 30 Mar 2010 04:25:21 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=7980 When GoodBite asked me to participate in the an “adventure ingredient” challenge, I was like “adventure!? HELL YEAH! bring it on baby!” For days, I was dreaming of being challenged to make tempura tarantula, something my buddy Eddie Lin of Deep End Dining has feasted on. Or maybe even baking some vegemite cupcakes. Ewww! Right? But damn, that would have ...

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When GoodBite asked me to participate in the an “adventure ingredient” challenge, I was like “adventure!? HELL YEAH! bring it on baby!”

For days, I was dreaming of being challenged to make tempura tarantula, something my buddy Eddie Lin of Deep End Dining has feasted on.

Or maybe even baking some vegemite cupcakes.

Ewww! Right?

But damn, that would have been fun to zing off on a totally different tangent of food blogging and freak my mother out.

Well, Chef Dave picked bison as my adventure ingredient – hardly an adventure for a gal like me who’s dined on far freakier things!

😉

So, what to do with Bison meat? Make Bison Burgers with Bacon and Blue Cheese of course!

Clever, eh? All those B’s make me feel adventurous.

Oh…don’t want to forget to mention that um yeah, I totally did say that bison meat is healthier with less calories and less cholesterol…that is…until you fatten it up with BACON and BLUE CHEEEEEEEEZZZZ!

Hey, at least I didn’t include a spread of lard on the buns.

 

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 pounds ground bison
4 strips bacon, each strip cut in half
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
fresh arugula
salt and pepper
4 burger buns
2-3 tablespoons good quality mustard

Directions:

1. Season the ground bison generously with salt and pepper. Divide the meat into 4 equal sized patties, about 1-inch thick. Form and shape the patties so that they have a slight indentation in the middle of patty. This helps the burger cook to an even size, as the middle always puffs up during cooking.

2. If you are using an outdoor BBQ grill, preheat your grill on high.

3. In the meantime, place the bacon strips in a large frying pan over medium-high heat and cook until crisp on both sides.

4. To cook the burgers, place the patties on the hot grill, close lid and cook for 2-3 minutes. Flip, close the lid and cook for another 2-3 minutes. Flip once more, turn the heat to medium and cook until juices run clear or to the temperature of your choice.

5. Spread each burger bun with mustard, top with the bison burger, 2 strips of bacon, crumbled blue cheese and fresh arugula.

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Coccante Signore: The Crispy Mister http://steamykitchen.com/4735-coccante-signore-crispy-mister.html http://steamykitchen.com/4735-coccante-signore-crispy-mister.html#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2009 12:53:37 +0000 http://steamykitchen.com/?p=4735 What’s my position on meat? I love it. I crave meat and I probably eat too much of it. that, and chocolate. and coffee oh yes, wine too. To be healthier, I could give up some of the above. But I can’t. You’d have to pry that grilled steak from my hungry, greedy hands. There are too many reasons to ...

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What’s my position on meat? I love it. I crave meat and I probably eat too much of it.

that, and chocolate.

and coffee

oh yes, wine too.

To be healthier, I could give up some of the above.

But I can’t.

You’d have to pry that grilled steak from my hungry, greedy hands. There are too many reasons to keep my meats, starting with braised pork belly and ending with the sizzle of a perfectly grilled Porterhouse.

How can I dream of giving that up, even in the name of a lighter grocery bill and healthier body?

My friend, Kim O’Donnel, has been hosting “Meatless Mondays” for the past few years, featuring a vege-friendly recipe and discussion. Each week I vow to participate. If I can’t become a vegetarian, perhaps I can be one just part-time? Once a week isn’t that big of a deal, right?

A few months ago, I met food writer Joy Manning on Twitter. Her avatar is a blurred out photo of her face, not because she’s funny looking or anything, but because she’s an important restaurant critic in Philadelphia and she doesn’t want to be recognized by restaurant staff. side note- I don’t get the whole disguise thing for restaurant critics…I mean, it’s all about the free desserts, right? Kidding. Totally kidding.

Anyways, Joy and Tara Mataraza Desmond wrote a book called Almost Meatless for us vege-wimps. It’s not about finger-wagging, tsk-tsk-ness of many of the healthy eating cookbooks out there. Almost Meatless is cool with

Hey, baby, I get it. You like meat, that’s all right. How about some recipes with a leeeeetle less meat but still all the flavor?

I’m so down with that. I can totally do that.

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From the almost-meatlessAlmost Meatless cookbook, I chose to cook the Croccante Signore, Joy and Tara’s Italian version of a French Croque Monsieur, or a grilled cheese sandwich.

(loud whisper) it’s a fancy grilled cheese sandwich! With leeeeetle bit of MEAT!

But what is a Croque Monsieur in the first place?

It’s the French version of a grilled ham and cheese sandwich – the “croque” means- crispy – you know, the sound the grilled bread makes when you bite into it! It’s usually made with really good ham and Gruyere cheese. There are multiple varations of the Croque – including adding tomatoes (Croque Provencal); adding a fried egg on top (oh yum!) and even sweet/savory ones like an Apple and Crispy Sage Croque.

This Italian-ish riff on the Croque Monsieur is playfully called The Croccante Signore. Instead of French bread, I used an Italian Ciabatta…and instead of ham, the lovely, salty prosciutto takes its place.

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Coccante Signore: The Crispy Mister Recipe

Recipe adapted from Almost Meatless by Joy Manning and Tara Mataraza Desmond

I tinkered with the recipe and added a couple thick slices of fresh tomatoes and sub’d butter for the mayo. Couldn’t find caciocavallo cheese, but bought a big hunk of a soft cheese. Use any kind of cheese that’s melty (yeah, that’s a word). Just a word about the bread — the ciabatta that I used was a little too crusty – especially when we’re also griling the outside of the bread. Try using bread without so much crust – something with a big soft, holey surface area.

8 (1/2-inch) slices good bakery bread

4 teaspoons good-quality mustard (Dijon or other style)

4 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto

4 ounces good melting cheese, sliced or grated

2 tablespoons butter, softened

8 slices tomato

1. Preheat a cast iron or other heavy pan over medium-high heat for about 3 minutes, or until hot. You can also use a Panini grill.

2. Spread one slice of bread with mustard and layer on 1/4 of the prosciutto, 2 slices of tomato, 1/4 of the cheese. Top with another slice of bread. Spread a very thin layer of butter on the outside of the sandwiche, as you would butter the bread for a grilled cheese sandwich. Repeat with remaining

3. Place 2 sandwiches in your heated pan (alternatively, you can use a Panini grill – just follow instructions for your grill) and do not disturb for 3 minutes, or until the cheese is beginning to melt and the bread is golden brown. Carefully flip over the sandwich to the other side.

4. Repeat with the remaining 2 sandwiches, making sure each rests for 5 minutes before cutting it. (If you cut them immediately, the cheese will run out of the sandwich.)

Who else makes Croque Monsieur?

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