Your favorite recent meal
Since most people are suffering in our economy is anyone loving cooking at home as much as I am. Please tell me what you have eaten in your own home that you found delightful recently.
Today I had a sauteed tilapia filet in vermouth butter, a salad with walnuts and strawberries with balsamic dressing and a baked potato. Only the potato disappointed me. My boyfriend and his best pal have rib competitions with bf using a dry rub and pal par boiling first. They are different but it's truely hard to chose.
So come on and tell me Southerners; what ya been cookin'?
I cooked a huge meal last night for a going away dinner for two good friends.. i made a big pot of shrimp and grits... my syle. It was WONDERFUL and enough to feed six adults and two kids, with leftovers for all. This is a dish that always gets rave reviews and is served best with some peppery white wine or sweet tea for the Baptists.
2 cans of stewed tomatoes
1 cup of chicken broth
1 stick of salted butter
1 large purple onion
1 lb zuchinni- thickly sliced
1 lb yellow squash- thickly sliced
2 large green bell peppers
3 heaping tablespoons of garlic
leaves from 2 sprigs of rosemary
couple of dashes of Louisianna Hot sauce (too much spoils it!! think savory and not hot)
let this pot slow simmer for roughly 45 minutes- until all of the squash and zuchhini are tender. In the last five minutes, mix in 1/2 pint of heavy whipping cream and 2 lbs of freshly peeled and devined large shrimp. Let slow simmer until shrimp are pink. (You can also add 1/2 lb of good chopped bacon into the pot for additional smoky flavor).
Serve this delicious snack immediately over savory cheese grits (if you don't know how to make, you should't be considered a southna'), with a side of corn bread, collards, and sweet potatoe pie!!
Thank you for this recipe!!
As for topic,
Last week I fixed balsamic lamb chops with gnocchi in cream sauce, with sautéed Chinese broccoli. For a pre dinner salad, I had a great salad with my blue cheese vinaigrette and homemade croutons. The whole thing paired with an Willamette Valley Pinot Noir.
This is my cream sauce:
2 tbs olive oil
2 tbs butter
1 chopped shallot
8-10 sliced mushrooms
3 sundried tomatoes in olive oil - chopped
1 large clove garlic - minced
1/4 lb prosciutto - chopped
1 cup white wine
1 1/2 - 2 cups heavy cream
Add butter and olive oil to skillet and sauté shallots until tender, then add mushrooms and let them brown to aborb most of the oil and butter, then add chopped sundried tomatoes,prosciutto, and garlic, sauté until garlic is tender and prosciutto just starting to crisp. Next add white wine to deglaze the pan and reduce almost completely. Add in cream and simmer until thickens.
Serve with gnocchi, or penne.
Last night my southern daddy made some awesome Indian food: Bhindi (okra sauteed with onion and Indian spices, then steamed in some lemon juice), chicken korma (we cheated and purchased a jar of sauce at the Indian grocery), raita (spiced plain yogurt with shredded cucumber), basmati rice with raisins, and (drum roll, please): homemade naan using week-old refrigerated dough from the Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day book. Genius, that book. The naan turned out more like Indian fry bread (the OTHER Indians), since we used a cast-iron skillet and ghee as recommended in the book. Still delicious and it couldn't have been easier! And all of us white southerners loved it.
Taco salad with cumin ahd chile powder in the meat, topped with onion, tomato, lettuce, cheese, salsa and Tapatio jot sauce, served with Santitas tortilla chips,
Funnily enough, this past weekend I had a little BBQ with friends and made some really exotic dishes... some with expensive mushrooms as the focus, another with Cod and another with shrimp. They all turned out pretty good.
One of the attendees was a really picky eater and asked if I was serving potatos. She had seen a bag on the kitchen counter. I asked if there was a particular dish she wanted and the reply was... cooked, with salt and ketchup. So I quicky chopped up a batch and boiled them, while kicking back with the gang. When they were about done, I drained the cubes and split them into 3 plates. One became a potato salad with german mustard, mayo, garlic, fresh chives and other ingredients. Another became... boiled potato chunks, lightly salted. The remaining third went back into a wok of hot oil and gralic. I mixed in some onion and curry spices, and they ended up like really thick fries.
All three were devoured with abandon. In short, the most simple and cheapest dishes got the best results. It reminds me a bit of the last scene in "Big Night" where the amazingly talented cooks whipped up a final dish of a fried egg and bread, nothing more.
My most favorite recent meal was tonight's!
-flank steak marinated in balsamic vinegar, olive oil, and minced garlic
-roasted zucchini (olive oil, salt, and pepper)
-salad with tomato and spring onion (balsamic vinagrette)