Video Demo: Pan Fried Green Beans with Smoked Paprika

A very simple recipe, just a handful of ingredients, any of which you may already have on hand! This recipe uses a little more oil than usual to get that “fried” preparation.

  • Green Beans, about 30ea, washed
  • Onion, 1/4ea, julienned
  • Garlic, 3 cloves, minced
  • Smoked Paprika, ~1tbl
  • Olive Oil, ~3tbl – enough to generously coat the bottom of the pan
  • Salt

With heat on high, add the olive oil to the pan and cook the beans until wilted and brown, about 6 minutes, seasoning with salt. Add the onion, then after a minute the garlic, and continue to cook until the onion is soft. Turn the heat off, and add the paprika to the hot pan. The hot oil will toast the spice and it should smell very aromatic. Set aside and serve warm.

Side note – If you leave the pan on the heat for too long the paprika may burn and become very bitter.

Video Demo: Smoky Potato soup with Bacon, Kielbasa, and Beans

I’m on a soup kick what can I say! This is great for colder months. Hearty and filling, rich and delicious! The ham hock as well as Worcestershire sauce, and mustard give the broth a lot of depth. Pureeing some of the cooked vegetables with the reserved beans in this recipe make it thicker and get more flavor into each bite. This soup is so good!

  • Bacon, 6 slices, cut into lardons
  • Kielbasa, about 3/4 cup small diced
  • Onion, 2 ea, small dice
  • Celery, 5 stalks, small dice
  • Carrot, 2 ea, small dice
  • Garlic, 6 cloves, minced
  • Green Beans, 1 cup, cut into 1 inch pieces
  • White Northern Beans, 16oz can
  • Thyme, 1 bunch
  • Worcestershire Sauce, 2tbl+
  • Chicken Stock, ~3qt
  • Smoked Ham Hock, 1ea
  • Russet Potatoes, 1ea, medium dice
  • Dijon Mustard, 1tbl
  • Heavy Cream, 1/2 cup

Begin by rendering bacon over medium heat. Start in a cold pan and let the bacon slowly release its fat and become unstuck from the bottom. When the bacon freely moves, stir and continue to cook until brown. Add the kielbasa. Saute for 3 min. Remove meats, and add onion, celery, and carrot. Season with salt, to allow the moisture to escape. Saute until there is no more steam being released from the vegetables, about 8 minutes. Next, add the garlic and saute 2 more minutes. Then, add the green beans, HALF of the white beans, and the thyme. Add Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken stock, and bring to a boil. Remove any foam/impurities that rise to the top. Add dijon. The vegetables and potatoes should be tender at this point. Remove some of the cooked vegetables with some broth and puree with remaining white beans until smooth. Add back to the pot. Add heavy cream. Taste for seasoning and adjust. You can add more mustard, Worcestershire, thyme, salt, or anything else you think it might need, but this tasted pretty good for me!

Video Demo: Butternut Squash soup with Recipe

Step by step demo of this recipe down below! Enjoy!

It’s that time of the year again! This recipe is simple and straightforward. The only really unique ingredient is the whiskey/bourbon which you can leave out. The ingredients are:

  • Onion, 1ea, small dice
  • Celery, 2 ribs, small dice
  • Carrot, 1ea, small dice
  • Garlic, ~8 cloves, minced
  • Apple, 1ea, large dice
  • Scallions, 1 bunch, whites/greens separated
  • Butternut Squash, 1 ea, large dice
  • Chicken stock, about 1qt
  • Whiskey, ~1/2 cup
  • Heavy cream, 1/4 cup
  • Thyme, small bunch

Sweat onions and white parts of scallions until beginning to brown around the edges, about 8 minutes, adding salt. Add celery, carrot and apple, and continue to sweat for 2-3 more minutes. Add garlic and sweat for another 2 minutes. Add butternut squash, then turn up the heat to high and saute for 1 minute. Then, turn the heat off, and add the whiskey. You should hear a pan sizzle because the pan should be hot enough to vaporize the alcohol. Light the edge of the pot with a match or lighter, being very careful not to burn yourself or your face. This can be dangerous with those of you with gas burners, so make sure the heat is off. Simmer for 2-3 minutes until the whiskey reduces by about half, and the flame goes out. Then, add the chicken stock. Throw in your thyme Bring to a rolling boil, then simmer for about 15 minutes, until the squash is tender enough to be puréed. Remove thyme stems. Then, in batches with a standing blender, or an immersion blender, begin puréeing the soup. Add heavy cream during this process, and continue to blend until the desired consistency is reached. Taste for seasoning, adjust, and cool.

Chipotle Deviled Eggs

Ingredients:

  • Eggs, 8 ea
  • Mayonnaise 2 tbl
  • Mustard 1 tbl
  • Chipotle Purée, 2 tbl
  • Chives, Smoke Paprika for garnish

Begin by hard boiling the eggs. The way I do this is as follows: Put eggs in saucepot in COLD water. Turn heat on high. Once the water begins a steady hard boil, set a timer for 8 minutes. Once the eight minutes has expired, transfer to an ice bath. Once cool, peel the shells off.

Cut the eggs in half and separate the yolks from the whites. In a bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, mustard, chipotle puree, and season with salt and peppers to taste. Once mixture is smooth, fill the egg halves with mixture. Sprinkle with smoked paprika, and then garnish with chives cut on a bias.

Lyonnaise Potatoes – A simple French preparation.

Some things to know before you begin…

These potatoes are so easy to make and don’t require any expensive ingredients, unless you sub out the butter and oil with duck fat – which is highly encouraged. Perhaps the best thing about them is that they look incredible as a side dish to almost any entree you make them with. To save a step, par boil the potatoes until they are still firm, about 75% of the way through in salted water ahead of time. If you’ve boiled and cut the potatoes on the same day, make sure they are as dry as possible before you throw them into the pan, as moisture will splatter hot oil everywhere, prevent caramelization, and encourage the potatoes to stick to the pan. When cutting the parsley, slice it finely but don’t hack it up too much.

Ingredients:

  • 16 medium sized Redskin Potatoes, parcooked, cooled, and sliced into rings
  • 1/2 Onion, julienned
  • 5 cloves Garlic, minced
  • 2 tbl Butter
  • 2 tbl Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/2 bunch Parsley, finely sliced

Heat oil on medium high in a large saute pan. Surface area is important in this recipe to get as much brown as possible on the potatoes. Saute the potatoes until they start to brown a little, then add the onion, and add salt. Continue to saute until the potatoes develop more caramelization and the onions have colored and wilted a bit too. Next, turn the heat down to medium. Add the garlic, and saute for another 2 minutes. Sprinkle the parsley over the potatoes and turn off the heat. Taste for seasoning and enjoy!

Cooking on a budget: Oven roasted potatoes.

potatoes/bellpeppers/onions/garlic/olives

Potatoes are one of the most versatile foods you can cook. There are hundreds of applications you can apply for texture, or flavor. The best part of cooking with potatoes is that they are extremely cheap so they’re a great option if you’re looking for some low budget meal prep. The other benefit to roasting potatoes is that you can do them in large batches and make enough for the week. For this batch I used:

  • About 30 small redskin potatoes, quartered
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 yellow bell peppers, cut into one inch pieces
  • 1 medium sized onion, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 20 olives, pitted and halved
  • Salt, Olive oil

Begin by preheating your oven to 400F. Grab an oven safe baking sheet or roasting pan, and place your cut up potatoes into the pan. Toss them with a good amount of olive oil and season with salt. Toss them to distribute evenly, to ensure an even roast, and throw the potatoes in your preheated oven. I like a hotter oven not only because the potatoes cook a little more quickly, but they also brown a bit better over time. Cook the potatoes for about 15-20 minutes, until about half cooked.

Next, add your cut onions and bell peppers on top, and toss them with the par cooked potatoes. Add a little more salt. You’ll want to ensure they’re well coated in oil so they begin cooking right away and continue to cook. Put back in the oven for about 20 more minutes, and leave in the oven until the peppers and onions are soft and slightly brown or caramelized. After this, add your minced garlic, and leave in the oven for a few more minutes. At this point, if your oven has a broiler, I’d suggest turning it on to high, to quickly caramelize everything. But keep a close eye because it can easily burn things if you’re not paying close attention.

Throw the olives on top and mix in well. Wait to cool until you throw into meal prep containers and you’re good to go!

One delicious egg sandwich.

Chic-fil-a sauce? YES

Egg sandwiches are one of greatest pleasures in this life for me. So simple, easy to eat, and endless combinations. Here I’ve made one with a toasted english muffin, fried egg, roasted red peppers, muenster cheese, and chic-fil-a sauce. It was messy, but as tasty as it looks here!

Curried Cauliflower – meal prep

Cauliflower is easy to make delicious to begin with, and roasting it takes it to a whole new level. I have spiced this one with some spicy curry powder, sort of a classic combo. You’ll see a lot of menu preparations at restaurants that will likely include pine nuts and maybe some golden raisins, which you can add if you like. This time, I made a quick stop at the grocery store and used what I had leftover in my fridge. There is really not much to this simple recipe.

  • 1 Head cauliflower, cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 bunch scallions, whites cut into 1 inch pieces, greens sliced thinly
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 5-6 button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1-1/2 tbl curry powder
  • 1 lemon, juice
  • olive oil, to coat
  • salt and pepper

Begin by preheating your oven to 400. Cut up cauliflower to bite sized pieces, and toss with the olive oil, and curry powder. Roast for about 5-6 minutes, and add the white parts of your scallion, your sliced shallot, and your mushrooms. Continue to roast until the cauliflower starts to brown around the edges, and the rest of your vegetables are almost cooked. Add your garlic, and continue to cook for another two minutes. Try to time when you add your garlic so that your veggies don’t overcook. When the vegetables have finished cooking, squeeze the juice of one lemon over them for some acidity.

You can season with salt and pepper whenever you like; at the addition of each new ingredient, as you go, or when finished. Each will have a different effect on how the dish turns out so bear that in mind.

And there it is. Can be eaten hot or cold, and served with a dollop of seasoned yogurt.

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