Burmese Lamb Stew

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Serves 4 – 6

Prepare spices:

In one small bowl, mix together 4 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. salt, 2 tsp. ground coriander, 2 tsp. ground ginger, 2 tsp. turmeric.

In another small bowl, mix together 2 tsp. ground cardamon, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1-2 tsp. cayenne to taste, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 2 tbs. sesame seeds.

Prepare 2 lbs. lamb stew meat. Not too lean. Trim and chop into 1″ cubes.

In a large stock pot on medium high heat, brown the lamb in stages in a little olive oil. Make sure meat doesn’t touch and deglaze with a little chicken broth. Scape and pour meat and broth into a large bowl after each stage. Keep all the meat and broth aside in the bowl.

To the stock pot, add 2-3 large Vidalia onions rough chopped. Brown. Add 2 bell peppers, julienned. Brown. Add 3-4 small chili peppers of any type, julienned. Spicy preferred, but to taste. Stir. Add back the meat and broth. Stir.

Sprinkle 1/2 of the coriander, garlic, turmeric, ginger, salt mix over the meat, onions and peppers. Add 2 cans whole Cento tomatoes with juice. Stir. Sprinkle the rest of the coriander spice mix over the tomatoes. Stir meat, onions, peppers and tomatoes together to blend all of the spices. Cover and bring to a boil. Turn to low heat.

In a small fry pan, heat 4 tbs. olive oil. Add the cardamon, cinnamon, cayenne, cloves, sesame seed mix. Heat and stir until sesame seeds are toasted and it forms a paste. Pour into the stock pot. Add a little broth to get all of the spices out of the fry pan and pour into the stock pot. Stir to blend spices evenly. Cover and bring back to a boil. Turn down to low heat and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Add 2 large yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cubed to the stock pot. Stir in. Cover and bring to a boil, then turn to low to simmer for another 1/2 hour or until potatoes are tender but still firm. Check seasoning and add salt to taste if needed.

Add 2 cups thawed frozen peas to the stock pot. Stir into the meat stew. Cover and simmer another 15 minutes. Serve with chutneys and naan.

Alternative to potatoes, add cauliflower florets until tender but firm. Serve with Kazmati rice, chutneys.

Even better after cooled, refrigerated and reheated the next day.

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Mattituck Panini

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On ciabatta or baguette slice, place a thick heirloom tomato slice from a North Fork farm stand. Add fresh mozzarella cheese and two leaves fresh basil. Top with another bread slice. Toast in a panini press. Serve with a lemon fizz – a little fresh squeezed lemon juice & seltzer.

Eat on a roadside picnic table.

Roasted Corn-on-the-Cob

Got sweet white corn from Krupski’s farm stand in Cutchogue. Then at Harbes family farm in Mattituck, they were serving roasted corn. How did they make that?

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Shuck the corn of husks and silk. Make sheets of aluminum foil big enough to wrap around the corn. Place corn on each sheet. Put unsalted butter pats and kosher salt on each cob. Turn over and put more pats of butter and kosher salt. Wrap loosely in the foil and place on a cookie sheet.

Roast for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand wrapped for another 15 minutes. Better than steamed!

Cicchetti

Small Plates.

Crostini with parma ham asiago cheese and a native tomato slice. Bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Mini margherita. Top with fresh basil after baked.

Crostini with cheddar and black bean paste. Add salsa after baked as above. Mini mex.

Crostini with fresh mozzarella ball and bruschetta. Pop in the oven as above. Mini pizzas.

 

 

Scampi w/ Couscous & Bruschetta

Clean and devein 8 large shrimp per person. Pat dry. Toss with olive oil to coat. Season with garlic powder, chopped garlic, the more the better, oregano and red pepper flakes to taste. Place on a cookie sheet so not touching. When the oven broiler is hot, place on top rack and broil for 6 minutes. No need to turn.

Prepare couscous with chicken broth 1:1 ratio. Season with dried basil. Add steamed florets of broccoli. Fluff together. Serve with the scampi. Top the couscous with a few teaspoons of tomato bruscetta.

Pan Seared Pork Chops

Serves 2.

Dredge 2 thick bone-in pork chops in flour. Shake off excess flour. Season/rub with salt, pepper, thyme, garlic powder on each side.

In a heavy skillet, with no oil, sear the pork chops on high heat until golden brown on each side. Remove to plate.

Reduce heat to medium low and add olive oil and a pat or two of butter. Add a minced shallot and when browned, deglaze with a 1/2 cup white wine. Stir and reduce by half.

Put pork chops back into the pan and stir into sauce for a few minutes.

Plate with sauce and your favorite starch and veg.

Silky Salmon

Fresh slightly rare and smooth as silk. Filets of organic salmon best.

Drizzle olive oil on a baking dish or regular oven friendly plate. Place the salmon filets over the oil. Top with a favorite Asian sauce or lemon slices with pepper and garlic powder or dill weed. Drizzle a little more olive oil on the filets.

Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Bake the filets at 200 degrees for 45 minutes.

Serve with green beans and rice.

Ragoût de Veau au Riz Jaune

VEAL STEW WITH YELLOW SAVORY RICE

About 3 lbs. veal stew meat cut into 1″ chunks. Serves four.

In a stock pot, brown the pieces of veal on all sides in a little olive oil. Brown in stages so meat isn’t touching. Deglaze after each stage with a 1/3 cup chicken broth and pour into a bowl with veal. Reserve all meat and broth in the bowl.

In the same pot, brown 1 chopped onion, and 2 sliced leeks in a little olive oil. Pour all the meat and broth back into the stock pot and sprinkle 1 tablespoon flour over it. Season with generous amount of cracked black pepper and garlic powder. Stir.

Add 1/2 cup dry white wine. Stir on high heat and when starts to boil cover. Reduce to simmer immediately for 1/2 hour.

Add 20 small, peeled pearl onions. Cover. Simmer another 1/2 hour.

Add 10-12 shiitake mushroom caps, cut into strips. Cover. Simmer another 15 minutes.

Add 1 crushed, seeded, peeled tomato, 20+ kalamata olives, pitted and halved. Simmer uncovered another five minutes.

Serve over turmeric – cayenne seasoned rice.

Cornbread Celery Apple Stuffing

When not hosting Thanksgiving, bring stuffings. This is my fave.

Make 2 bags Pepperidge Farm Cornbread stuffing as directed.

Separately, in a large skillet, in a little olive oil, brown one sweet onion, coarsely chopped. Add 2 cups peeled, cored, chopped tart green apples, 2 cups thickly sliced celery stalks. Brown. Add ground black pepper, garlic powder to taste.

Blend mixture loosely into the cornbread stuffing. Put in a baking dish in 375 degree oven covered until heated through.

When ready to eat at your host’s home, pop into a hot oven uncovered to reheat and crisp on the top before serving.

Baked Turnip Casserole

Perfect side with Osso Buco, Braised Oxtails or even the traditional Thanksgiving Day turkey. Smooth. Nutty. Delicious.

Chop a large peeled turnip into small chunks and cover with water in a saucepan.

Cover and boil until chunks are tender. Drain. Let cool to room temperature.

In a bowl, hand mash with a 1/4 stick butter and 1/4 cup milk. Season with salt  & pepper to taste.

Stir in 1/2 cup plain yogurt, and add a pinch of cayenne. With a hand mixer, blend until smooth and creamy.

Pour into a casserole dish and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes or until brown on top.