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Recipes to Rival–Tamales!

Hello dear readers!  I’m sorry I haven’t been writing much lately…I’ve been in a bit of a funk.  My cuh-RAY-zee meds got screwed up and it really sort of effed me right up.  Things are better now…ye olde kinks have been worked out and I’m back to being only an average level of mental rather than full on nuts.  This is a good thing…because today I have a special treat for y’all.  Tamales!

Last month I read on someone’s blog about a new group called Recipes to Rival (to find out how to join, scroll down the sidebar), which is kind of a savory counterpart to the Daring Bakers…

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Spicy Chicken Mexi-burgers with Red Bean “Salsa”

So, here at the canaryhouse, we *love* experimenting with new ways to have burgers.  Not that regular burgers aren’t perfect or anything.  I mean, they are, of course.  Mondays are my busiest day, because I have to restock the pantry after a weekend of intense raiding.  I kid you not, on Monday mornings my cupboards are as bare as Old Mother Hubbard’s, with the exception of the odd can of tomato paste and jar of olives.  The food just seems to evaporate!  So, bright and early every Monday morning, I have to rush off to the markets to replenish the depleted stocks.  One might think, “That isn’t so difficult, why does it take this dipwad a whole day to do that?”  And it’s true.  I mean, if I only had to go to the supermarket, that would be one heck of a long time.  But here’s the thing.  In my neighborhood, we have the organic supermarket, the butcher, the bakery (fresh baguettes and breads of all kinds..yum), the fruit/veggie vendor and the “regular” supermarket.  I need things from all of these places.  Well, “need.”  “Want” is probably a better adjective.  But I tell you, if you could have all of these wonderful places within walking distance, wouldn’t you make the effort to go where the quality and prices are optimal?  So *that’s* why it takes me all day to refill the pantry.

So, is there a point to this story?  Ah yes…there is.  Since food shopping takes up most of my Monday mornings, I’m left with a “What can I make super quick, yet still appealing to Hubs and Kids?” dilemma.  Often times, it’s burgers.  But…I tend to get sick of things fairly easily.  So, in order to shake things up a little, I’m always thinking up new ways to make them, and am on the lookout for others’ ideas as well.  As luck would have it, Terry B, over at Blue Kitchen had posted an incredible looking spicy turkey burger last week.  Well that baby went straight onto the shopping list.  Hell yeah.   I took his recipe and ran with it (as I am wont to do lol).  Thank you for a fantastic recipe, Terry!  We loved it. :D

Ingredients for Burgers:

2 pounds (1 kilo) ground chicken breast
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 large red onion, finely minced
1 egg
2/3 envelope of chili powder (about 2-3 tablespoons)
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
cayenne pepper to taste
salt and pepper to taste
8 buns, toasted (brush them with a bit of butter, garlic powder and cayenne powder)
8 slices white cheddar cheese
chopped lettuce
1 cup sour cream (or Greek yogurt or Quark cheese)
more chopped red onion
red bean salsa (recipe to follow)

Preparation:

Combine burger ingredients through salt and pepper thoroughly.
Let rest in the fridge for about a half an hour or so.
(make the red bean salsa and toast the buns while you wait)
Form 8 patties, and fry over medium high heat (use a grill pan if you have one). You might need a slight drizzle of oil on the pan so the burgers don’t stick. Also, dampen your hands with water, and the burgers won’t stick to them. Yes, I’m just chock full of tips today. lmfao
Fry about 3-4 minutes per side, until cooked through.
Serve burgers topped with a slice of white cheddar, lettuce, a generous dollop of sour cream, some more onion and some red bean salsa. I also chopped up some avocado and threw that on mine. It was goooooood. :)

Ingredients for Red Bean Salsa:

1 can kidney beans, drained and rinsed
2 roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
2 tablespoons minced red onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup sweet corn
1/3 envelope chili powder (about 1 tablespoon)
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
juice from 1 lemon
cayenne pepper to taste
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Toss everything together and let rest until ready to eat! (This was even better the next day)

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Ingredientes para las hamburguesas de pollo:

1 kilo pechuga de pollo (molida/picada)
3 dientes de ajo, majados
1 cebolla roja grande, picadita
1 huevo
2/3 paquete de sazón para chili (2-3 cucharadas)
1 cucharada comino molido
1 manojo cilantro, picado
guindilla molida al gusto
sal y pimienta al gusto
8 panecillos de hamburguesa, tostados (pintar con un poco de mantequilla, ajo en polvo y guindilla molida)
8 lonchas de queso Cheddar blanco
lechuga troceada
1 vaso nata ácida (o yogur Griego, o queso Quark)
mas cebolla roja picada
ensalada de judías rojas (receta a seguir)

Elaboración:

Mezclar los ingredientes para las hamburguesas hasta la sal y pimienta.
Dejar reposar una media hora en la nevera.
(hacer la ensalada de judías y tostar los panecillos mientras esperas)
Formar 8 hamburguesas, y freir a fuego medio alto (utilizar la asadora si la tienes). Quizás necesitarás un rocío de aceite para que no se peguen. También, si humedezcas las manos con un poco de agua, las hamburguesas no se pegarán a tus manos. Sí…soy una fuente de ideas hoy. jeje
Freir unos 3-4 minutos por cada lado, o hasta que estén hechos.
Servir las hamburguesas con una loncha de queso, un poco de lechuga, una buena cucharada de nata ácida (yogur/quark), un poquito más de cebolla y un poco de la ensalada de judías. Yo también piqué un aguacate y lo puse….estaba ricoooo.

Ingredientes para la ensalada de judías rojas:

1 lata de judías rojas, escurridas y enjuagadas con agua
2 tomates roma, sin semillas y picados
2 cucharadas cebolla roja picadita
1/2 vaso maiz dulce
1 diente de ajo majado
1/3 paquete de sazón para chili (una cucharada)
2 cucharadas cilantro picado
zumo de 1 limón
guindilla molida al gusto
sal y pimienta al gusto

Elaboración:

Mezclarlo todo y dejarlo ligar. (esto estaba aún mejor el día siguiente)

Michelle’s Incredible Lentil Salad

Do all of you know Michelle at Thursday Night Smackdown? If you don’t?  Get over to her site right now! I’ll wait.

No, seriously, I will.

Isn’t she great? She has the best sense of humor, and her blog is filled with delectable goodies ranging from appies to salads to mains to desserts. I discovered TNS a few months ago, and it has quickly become one of my “first reads” in the morning. Thursdays are “Smackdown” days. Michelle chooses a recipe from one her many cookbooks and makes it. Mondays are “Cheap Assed” days, where she uses pantry staples and inexpensive ingredients to make incredible meals for *under* *$5!* per serving. With today’s economy, that is one hell of a bonus! You may remember her Extreme Rotini and Cheese, that I am totally claiming as my own from now on (sorry Michelle! lol) As of late, she has been making meal after incredible meal…all spot on with my tastes. It’s as if she were trying to seduce me with her cooking. You’re not, are you, Michelle? lmfao I’m just teasing. It’s just that…I dunno…awesome food…swearing…getting my funny on…well, it’s just the best, that’s all. It’s like one stop blog shopping. Treats! Snark! Giggle! See what I mean?

So anyway…the other day she made this incredible looking lentil salad. Lentils! Salad! I’m so there. Not only is this salad good, it’s EXCELLENT. I even cheated. I didn’t cook my lentils with the oh so fun to make cloved onion. I used a jar of lentils. That I had in the pantry. Then added the ever so smallest pinch of ground cloves to the salad. Nobody noticed that I hadn’t spent that extra hour plus cooling time. See that? And? AND I was frugal, because I used pantry goods, as well as basil from my leetle basil plant on the patio.  I also subbed Feta cheese, because that’s what I had.  That salad was free! I had everything in the house. I bet you do, too.

Now, there are a couple of events that I want to participate in. My very good friend Shaye, at Smarter than Pancakes had a birthday recently, and would like us to bring something to her Birthday Picnic!

I’m bringing this salad. Not only because it’s freaking fabulous, but because it’s a dish that lends itself *perfectly* to an afternoon outside with friends. So, Happy Birthday, Shaye! MUAC!

Grace at A Southern Grace is also hosting an event, called Beat the Heat! 

that I’d like to participate in, seeing as it’s hot as Hades round here, and we’re all looking for refreshing dishes to combat the scorching heat of summer. The catch?  No heating up the kitchen!  Microwaves and ice-cream makers are allowed, but not the stove or oven or any other heat emitting appliance.  Grace, check this salad OUT man. Seriously. If this doesn’t beat the heat, maybe we’ll have to have a beer with it or something. ;) lol

This week, it’s Peter’s turn to be stalked by me. LOL Cheese Stuffed Keftedes

Yeah, so earlier in the week I had posted about staring at Peter’s (of Kalofagas) delicious Eggs Benedict recipe…Staring at Peter’s recipes is nothing new for me.  His site is a daily read.  He has a wonderful sense of humor, and is a phenomenal cook.  You should SEE some of the delicious things he cooks up!  He is of Greek descent, and, luckily for us, he shares his mouthwatering recipes, and the fun stories of Greece and his heritage that go along with them.  Not too long ago he had posted his recipe for Cheese Stuffed Keftedes (couldn’t you just *die* at how good those sound?)…well, I knew I had to put those on the menu.  I mean, Come ON!  Keftedes?  Stuffed with Cheese?  I may have fainted into my keyboard.  Actually, I’m pretty sure I did, because I had these weird square bruises on my forehead. ;) This week, I could wait no more.  Monday I bought the ingredients to make his hellaciously good recipe. 

cheese stuffed keftides

I’m not going to post Peter’s recipe, because I actually followed it pretty much to the letter…I had to substitute Gouda cheese (see it trying to escape there? lol) for the Greek cheese, though, since I can’t get the types he recommended for the recipe.

To go along with these delicious morsels of Greek joy, I decided to make a fresh tzatziki (pictured here) and hummus (pictured below).

 tzatziki

Tzatziki Ingredients:

2 cups plain Greek yogurt, strained overnight
1 large cucumber, peeled and seeded, diced
1 smaller bunch of mint, minced (about 1/4 cup)
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

Mix all ingredients.
Cover and refrigerate several hours or overnight.
Drain any excess liquid thay may have formed before serving.

The hummus was an excellent dip for both the keftedes and the pitas.  I tell you, this is perfect summer food, you guys. The next time you plan on grilling plain old burgers? Forget that idea, and make these instead! Seriously, they are amazing. :D

hummus

Hummus Ingredients: 

1 jar garbanzo beans (14 oz, 800 grams), mostly drained
2-3 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons tahini
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
salt to taste

Preparation:

Using a food processor, mince garlic first, then add garbanzos and process until semi-smooth.
Add tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and continue to process until creamy.
*If mixture still seems a bit thick, add a tablespoon or two of water to help it along.

Las Recetas en Español:

Keftedes de Peter (traducido directamente de su página web), Ingredientes:

1 kilo carne molida
2 cebollas, ralladas
4 rebanadas de pan, humedecidas con agua y desmenuzadas
1 cucharadita de ajo en polvo, o ajo fresco majado
2 huevos
1 cucharadita orégano
1 cucharadita perejil picado
1 pizca de comino
sal y pimienta al gusto
queso en lonchas para rellenar (Vlahotyri o Kasseri) (yo utilizé Gouda)

Elaboración:

Mezclar todos los ingredientes en un bol (mejor con las manos).
Formar hamburguesas finas, y reservar en un plato.
Tapar con film transparente y meter en la nevera durante al menos 4 horas.
Antes de asar, dejar que los keftedes vuelvan a temperatura ambiente. Cojer una loncha de queso y
ponerla en el centro de una hamburguesa. Ahora, tapar con otra hamburguesa y presionar por los lados a cerrarla bien.
Procurar cerrar los keftedes muy bien por los lados para evitar que se escape el queso cuando los ases.
Asar a fuego medio unos 5 minutos cada lado.
Servir con mostaza, mayonesa, Boukovo (chilis picantes molidos), ensalada y pan.

Tzatziki, Ingredientes:

2 vasos (de Nocilla) yogur Griego, escurrido durante una noche
1 pepino grande, pelado y con las semillas retiradas, en daditos
1 manojo pequeño de hierba huerto, picadito
2-3 dientes de ajo, majado
sal y pimienta al gusto

Elaboración:

Mezclar todos los ingredientes.
Tapar y dejar en la nevera varias horas o una noche.
Si se haya suelto algo de líquido, escurrirla antes de servir.

Homus, Ingredientes:

1 bote de garbanzos (800 gramos), escurridos
2-3 dientes de ajo
2 cucharadas tahini (crema de sésamo)
zumo de 1 limón
2 cucharadas aceite de oliva virgen
sal al gusto

Elaboración:

Poner todo en el robot de cocina y procesar hasta que esté cremoso.
Si te parece un poco espeso, añadir unas cucharadas de agua para ayudarlo.

 

 

 

Potaje Canario de Verduras (Canarian Vegetable Stew)

Potaje (pronounced po-TAH-hay) is a delicious multi vegetable stew very typical of the Canary Islands.  Here, rather than have all the food served at once, meals are served in courses.  Generally a first course, which can be either a soup, stew, salad, or pasta and is then followed by the main course and of course following that, dessert and coffee.  Many restaurants in Spain offer a lunch “menu,” where you can choose a first and second course from the day’s specials, and it comes with a beverage and dessert.  I’m pretty sure that the variety of potajes are as varied as the chefs that prepare them.  There are lentil potajes, watercress potajes (look for this one soon), corn potaje…the limit is your own creativity, much like soups and stews everywhere else in the world.  Let me share with you my mil’s recipe for Potaje Canario….

potaje

Ingredients:

ingredients

*note, add or subract at your preference, the amounts are approximate.

2 tablespoons olive oil
3-4 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon smokey paprika
2 ripe tomatoes, skinned, seeded and diced
1 onion, diced
a few sprigs of thyme
1-2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1 cob corn, broken in two pieces
3 zucchini, diced
2 carrots, diced
1 large handful green beans, trimmed and cut into bite sized pieces
1 large handful of fresh pinto beans, shucked (you can also use canned)
2 large potatoes, peeled and diced
1/2 of a sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 chunk of pumpkin, peeled and diced (about 2 cups)
1 red pepper, seeded and diced
1 thick slice of bacon, sliced (omit for vegan/vegetarian)
enough broth to generously cover vegetables (I used about 3 1/2 quarts I’d guess?)

Preparation:

In a large stockpot (this makes a LOT!), heat olive oil and saute garlic just until golden.
Add tomatoes, onions, paprika, thyme and bay, then season with salt and pepper.
Saute until vegetables are tender (this is called the “refrito.”)
Add remaining ingredients and generously cover with stock.
Season with salt and pepper.

Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer about 30 minutes.
Remove lid and simmer another hour or so, until the stew begins to thicken.
Adjust seasoning.
Serve with Queso Fresco and nice crispy baguettes.

Beans, Beans the Magical Fruit! Homemade Refried Beans and a Tex-Mex Dip

You’re totally singing that song now, aren’t you?  I have been singing it ever since I put the pinto beans to soak and my curious son asked, “What are THOSE things, mom?”  “Pinto beans,” I said.  To which my son replied, “OH!  Beans!  Beans! The magical fruit!  The more you eat, the more you toot!”  All the while dancing around the room to this fun tune.  Nice.  The kid had to take after me his dad. lmao  Actually, I like to make the beans from scratch, because there is this little trick I do to aid in the digestion of these delicious little bites to avoid said tooting.  So far, this has turned out to be a pretty appetizing post, hasn’t it?  LMAO  Nothing whets the appetite like a good tooting conversation. 

refried beans 

Refried beans.  So good, and so good for you!  While they are not actually “refried,” (that’s a mistranslation for “refrito,” which actually refers to what you have sauteed, be it garlic and onions, a tomato mixture, whatever…) they’re just fried once.  Of course you *could* reheat them in a pan rather than the microwave, and then they’d be “refried.” lol  But anyway, I’m not posting to discuss semantics today…I’m posting because I want to share my recipe for these delicious beans!  And afterwards the yummy layered dip I made with them.

Ingredients:

2 pounds (1 kilo) dried pinto beans, washed, sorted and soaked overnight
2 tablespoons brown sugar (secret anti-toot ingredient!)
1/2 pound (200 grams) bacon, cut into bite sized bits (use a kitchen shears to save time)
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 large onion, minced
salt and pepper to taste
2-3 tablespoons chili powder

Preparation:

Drain beans of soaking liquid, and generously cover with water in a stock pot.
Add brown sugar (this is important to help aid the digestion of the beans and reduce flatulence normally associated with them).
Bring to a boil, then cover and reduce heat to low.
Cook about 1 hour or so, depending on the size and age of your beans–they’re done when the skin begins to break open.
Remove from heat and set aside.
Saute bacon in a pretty large pan until crispy.
Remove bacon to a paper towel and reserve, leaving drippings in the pan.
Saute garlic first, just until golden, then add onions and continue to saute until translucent.
Drain beans well, and add to the pan.
Season with salt, pepper and chili powder…maybe a little oregano if you really want to go wild.
Stir well, mashing a bit with either a potato masher or large fork.
Keep stirring and mashing for about 10-15 minutes, until thoroughly combined.
Adjust seasoning.

Remember that bacon you set aside? Now it’s time to use it. :) Let’s make a Tex-Mex Baked Dip with our beans and bacon:

tex-mex dip

Ingredients:

2 cups refried beans
1 cup guacamole
1 cup sour cream
1 cup grated cheese
1/2 pound (200 grams) bacon, fried to crispy
1/2 cup green onion, chopped
2 chili peppers, sliced
(you can also add tomato pieces, black olives, whatever floats your boat)

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 425ºF/200ºC.
Spread beans in a 9×9 square baking dish.
Top with guacamole, then sour cream (or Quark or yogurt).
Sprinkle cheese over the top, then sprinkle bacon, onions, and chilies (and whatever other ingredients you’re adding).
Bake about 20 minutes, or until heated through.
Serve with corn chips.

tex mex dip

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