Skip to comments.Weekly Cooking Thread (Happy New Year) Jan 1, 2011
Posted on 01/01/2011 8:11:53 AM PST by libertarian27
Happy New Year!
Weekly cooking thread to start the new year. What was your favorite recipe in 2010? Please share and make it a fellow FReepers favorite recipe for 2011.
What are you making this week? Have a favorite left-over recipe idea for all those roasts and big dinner leftovers? Trying something new, need a new tried and true recipe?
Let's get cooking.
My all time favorite chicken recipe is one I adapted from Ina Garten:
LEMON ROAST CHICKEN
(Make chicken enchiladas with leftovers)
1 (4 to 5-pound) roasting chicken
1 large yellow onion, sliced
Good olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
2 lemons, quartered
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
6 cups (3/4-inch) bread cubes (1 use French or just regular white bread
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Take the giblets out of the chicken and wash it inside and out. Remove any excess fat and leftover pinfeathers. Toss the onion with a little olive oil in a small roasting pan. Place the chicken on top and sprinkle the inside of the cavity with salt and pepper. Place the lemons inside the chicken. Pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels, brush it with the melted butter, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Roast for 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours, or until the juices run clear when you cut between the leg and the thigh. Cover with foil and allow to sit at room temperature for 15 minutes. (The onions may burn, but the flavor is good.)
Meanwhile, heat a large saute pan with 2 tablespoons of olive oil until very hot. Lower the heat to medium-low and saute the bread cubes, tossing frequently, until nicely browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Add more olive oil, as needed, and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place the croutons on a serving platter. Slice the chicken and place it, plus all the pan juices, over the croutons. Sprinkle with salt and serve warm.
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I’ll have to try some of these different methods for doing the meat.
I guess it doesn’t matter then if some of the meat is above the liquid in the canning jar then, does it?
I mean, it’s not like it’s going to dry out or anything. Right?
We buy Albacore Tuna off the boats in Humboldt Bay and pressure can it every two or three years. The Tuna is caught by hook and line, landed on the deck and then they slash the gills and let them bleed out for a few minutes and then toss them in the hold and flash freeze them as the meat turns soft rapidly. We put them in the freezer until a couple of days before canning. I set up a table out doors, using a oil cloth cover I cut up the fish which is a learning process because the guts are still intact and you want to avoid tainting the edible parts. Twenty pounds of Tuna yields about ten pounds of fish.
As I get some loins ahead my wife takes it in the house and packs it in 1/2 pints that have been sterilized in the dish washer, adds a bit of salt and takes a lid out of a pot of hot water, puts it on the jar and tightens a band and by then I have a canner going on a heavy duty camp stove set up in the garage. Then I cook it for 90 minutes at 15# AFTER the temp comes up. While that is cooking we ready another canner and continue. We used pints when the kids were home and We do all this outdoors as the smell in really really bad. Our newest canner is a All American with the top clamps to secure the top. The seal is metal to metal with no rubber gaskets to give you fits.
We also can fresh ocean caught Salmon when we get it but it has been scarce the past few years. At one time my wife put up hundreds of jars of vegetables and fruit but the kids are on their own and work so they go more for processed quick foods and our appetites have waned as we age so she uses fresh veggies. Has anyone else noticed that not only is canned foods going up in price but the size of the can is shrinking enough to throw you off on a recipe...
We have the All American pressure canner as well and love it.
Yes, food prices have been going up and package size has been going down.
Thanks for the link. I’ll check that our later today.
I’ve been canning for decades. I learned by helping my mom when I was a teenager and just kept at it.
I break a couple rules though. For one thing, I put my squeaky clean canning jars in the over and warm them to 200. I have NEVER had a canning jar break that way and never had a problem with food spoilage.
Not that I’m recommending that others do it. Just saying....
But you do need to make sure that you take the unused jars out when you’re done and they’re cool. It would not be a good thing to preheat the oven for baking with jars still in there.
You can also just cut any of those into cubes for casseroles, soups and stews.
That looks familiar. Did you post that last week?
|2 pounds ground beef, or cut into 1/2 cubes
Salt and freshly ground black pepper(salt optional)
1 T ground cumin
1 large onion, diced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 T chipotle pepper puree
|3 T chili powder
1 T arbol chili powder
1 T ancho chili powder
1 tsp cayenne powder
2 (28oz) cans tomato sauce
3 cans rotel
2 cans beans (pinto and kidney?)
In a Dutch oven or soup kettle, season the beef with salt and pepper, and saute until browned. Sprinkle with cumin and stir well. Add the onion and garlic, cook until soft. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour, or until the beef is tender. Remove from heat and adjust seasonings, if needed.
Couple of optional things. Drain beans and rinse before adding to meat mixture. You can also add 2 tsp of sugar or 2 tsp of vinegar to reduce acidity. I also add 1 1/2 tsp of ground flax meal. I add ground flax meal to most things. Start with a small amount. In a 6 qt pot of chili you won’t even notice 1 1/2 tsp. The idea is to sneak healthy stuff into food for the family. A little here and a little there, all adds up and no upturned noses!
I love this chicken recipe!
3 tbsp olive oil
1 lb stew meat
3 med onions coarsely chopped
1 garlic clove (crushed)
1/2 lb sliced mushrooms
2 tbsp flour
2 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp cider vinegar
1/2 can beef consomme
10-12 oz Guinness stout
salt and pepper
fresh thyme sprigs
Brown meat cubes in 2 tbso olive oil in a large frying pan. Drain and put in casserole dish. On low heat cook onions, garlic and mushrooms until soft; add to casserole. Put 1 reamaining tablespoon oil in pan and use flour to make a roux, Adding beef stock a little at a time, cook for a few minutes to obtain smooth sauce. Pour in the the Guinness and cook until liquid comes to the boil. Add brown sugar, cider vinegar, salt and pepper and thyme. Pour the liquid over the beef in the casserole and bake for 2 ½-3 hours at 250F. Serve with boiled red potatoes and cooked carrots.
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