Feta-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

Feta-Brined Chicken Sandwiches

Chicken and whipped feta sandwiches are the ideal addition to any springtime picnic basket.

 

The secret to incredibly flavorful chicken cutlets is a quick marinade in feta brine in advance of grilling. Food & Wine’s Justin Chapple then whips the feta cheese with lemon juice and olive oil to use as a spread for the excellent sandwiches here.

 

 

Active: 30 mins         Total: 1 hr           Yield: 4

 

 

Ingredients:

1/2 pound feta, crumbled, plus 3/4 cup of the brine
1 tablespoon Louisiana-style hot sauce, preferably Tabasco
Four 4-ounce chicken cutlets
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing
Kosher salt
Pepper
Four 6-inch ciabatta rolls, split and toasted
Arugula (not baby), sliced cucumber, red onion and seeded piquillo peppers, for serving

 

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a large resealable plastic bag, mix the feta brine and hot sauce. Add the chicken cutlets, seal the bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, in a food processor, pulse the feta cheese and lemon juice. Slowly blend in the 1/3 cup of oil until smooth. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 3

Preheat a grill pan. Remove the chicken from the brine and pat dry; discard the brine. Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill the cutlets over moderately high heat, turning once, until cooked through, about 5 minutes total.

Step 4

Spread the rolls with some of the feta. Top with the chicken, arugula, cucumber, onion and peppers and serve.

 

 

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Manapua or Chinese Bao

Manapua or Chinese Bao

What is a Manapua?  Simply put it’s the Hawaiian name for the yummy Chinese Bao, that slightly sweet dough stuffed with barbecued pork then steamed to form a shiny outer skin surrounding the fluffy bread and sweet savory filling.

In the 19th. century Cantonese Chinese immigrants came to the Hawaiian islands to work in the sugarcane plantations.  They brought with them their heritage and cuisine.  One of the delectable foods they brought to the islands was the Cha Sui Bao, that barbecued pork filled steamed bun.  It soon became a favorite with the locals who called them Mea’ono’pua’a (Mea’ono means bread and pua’a means pork).  Over time that name morphed into Manapua, which is what we call it today.

Along with the name change the traditional Manapua also evolved into different flavors.  These days one can easily find Shoyu Chicken, Lap Cheung (Chinese Sausage), Pizza and Curry Manapuas at the 7/11 and other Manapua Shops and trucks.  Actually you can stuff the dough with just about anything you want; I make adobo manapuas!

Manapuas are found everywhere in Hawaii, but homemade ones are still the best!  They’re great for snacks, picnics, and even as a light lunch.  They are one of my family’s favorite foods!

When I make manapua I usually use store bought Char Siu pork or chicken.  Both are readily available at our local supermarkets.  But sometimes I make my own, it’s not that hard.  So today I’ll share the recipe for makng manapua and the barbecue meat filling we call Char Siu.

Char Siu – It can be used to fill steamed buns or sliced mix with noodles or rice.

  • 1 lb. skinless pork belly or boneless skinless chicken thighs (trim off excess fat from the meat)
  • 2 Tbs. Shaoxing Cooking wine
  • 2 Tbs. Soy Sauce
  • 2 Tbs. Sugar
  • 3 Cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbs. Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Tsp. Five Spice Powder
  • 1/8 Cup Honey except honey together and pour in to a ziplock bag.

Marinate in the fridge for 2-3 hours.

Place meat in a roasting pan and brush top with honey.

Bake in a 325° oven for 40 – 45 minutes or until meat is cooked.  The meat is done when it starts to turn crisp on the outside and the center is firm.

Remove from oven and cool for about 10 minutes.

Slice into thin strips or if using for manapua filling dice into 1/4″ cubes.

Manapua

Filling:
  • 3/4 Cup diced char siu meat (pork or chicken)
  • 1 Tbs. Sesame Oil
  • 1 Stalk Green Onions chopped
  • 1/3 Cup Fresh Cilantro chopped
  • 2 1/2 Tbs. sugar
  • 1/4 cup Soy Sauce
  • 1/8 Tsp. Salt
  • 2 Tsp. Flour
  • 2 Tsp. Corn Starch
  • 1/4 Cup water
  • 2 – 3 drops red food coloring

Heat oil in a pan.  Fry diced char siu for about 30 seconds.  Add green onions, cilantro, sugar, soy sauce, and salt.  Stir so it doesn’t burn.

Dissolve Flour and cornstarch in the water.

Stir into char sui mixture to thicken.

Remove from heat and cool.

Buns:
  • 2 Cups Cake Flour
  • 1 1/2 Cup Flour
  • 1 Tbs. Vegetable Shortening
  • 1/4 Cup Baker’s Sugar
  • 1 Tbs. Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup warm water

Combine 2 flours and put 3 cups of the mixture in the bowl of your standing mixer.  (or in a bowl if you’re mixing with your hands)

Using a dough hook cut in shortening.

Stir in about 2 tbs. sugar.

In a separate bowl combine remaining sugar with the yeast and add 1/3 Cup warm water.

Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Add the rest of the flour mixture to the yeast and mix well.

Add the yeast mixture and the remaining water to the flour mixture in the bowl.

Knead with the dough hook until smooth and elastic.

Turn dough in to a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.

Let it sit at room temperature until dough doubles in size, about 1 hour.  If it’s too cold proof in the oven until it doubles in size.

Divide dough into about 18 balls.

Flatten each ball with a rolling pin into a circle about 1/4″ thick.

Place 1 Tbs. filling in the center.

Pull sides of dough around filling and pinch to seal the seams.

Place buns on little squares of wax paper to keep them closed.

Place in a rack or a bamboo steamer and steam for 15 minutes.

Serve hot or freeze for later use.

 

 

 

 

 

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Spanish Rolls

Spanish Rolls

My favorite Spanish Bread. Soft, fluffy, filled with butter and sugar then rolled in breadcrumbs. Make it at home and eat it warm fresh out of the oven.

Soft, fluffy Spanish Bread filled with butter and sugar then laid in breadcrumbs. A bread like no other and definitely every Filipinos favorite merienda.

Spanish bread was the bread of my childhood in the Philippines. My siblings and I call it ‘potpot’ bread.

Every afternoon, we await the loud horn sound of the bread vendor. He goes around the neighborhood carrying a huge basket of warm and freshly baked Spanish bread at the back of his bicycle. It was so good! I still wish I had a chance to ask for his secret recipe. Alas, I was busy with play and friends back then. I just eat and never cared to cook nor bake. Hahaha…

The recipe we’re making today is not from the bread vendor. It is, however, the recipe I’ve been using for years. I’ve worked on this for a long time and I’m finally excited to share it with all of you bread lovers out there!

 

Filipino Spanish Bread Ingredients

  • Bread flour and All-purpose flour: Mixing these two kinds of flour allows us to control the protein content of the bread. Which just means that it will give the bread a soft and delicately chewy texture.
  • Egg yolks: No egg whites. This is the secret to a really soft and fluffy dough.
  • Pure unsalted butter: I love using butter when making bread. It makes my kitchen smell so good!
  • Sugar: We Filipinos love our buns sweet. We need this for the dough and for the butter filling.
  • Milk and Water: These will serve as the base liquid for the dough. The water is combined with the yeast to activate.
  • Active Dry Yeast or Instant Dry Yeast: Both can be used interchangeably. Activate in lukewarm water until foamy.
  • Bread crumbs: You can use Plain bread crumbs or Panko. If you are using the former, place it in a thick plastic bag and pound it to make it finer.

 

Bread making tips for beginners

  • Make sure the water is lukewarm before putting in the yeast. If it’s too hot the yeast will die. If it’s cold, it will not activate. To make sure that the water is at the right temperature, use a kitchen thermometer. The water should be between 30c/86f to 40c/104f.
  • Add a teaspoon of sugar to the water before stirring in the yeast. This will help easily activate it.
  • Activate the yeast in a bowl even if it’s instant yeast. This ensures that the yeast is fresh and alive.
  • Do not let the dough rise for too long if proving in a warm place. The maximum should be at least 1 hour. Otherwise, the bread will end up having a yeasty taste. The trick is (according to professional bakers) is to let it rise until it doubles in size and volume.
  • Knead dough until smooth and elastic, it should spring back when poked. Add more flour only when the dough is too wet and clings heavily to the sides of the bowl.

 

Spanish Bread recipe notes

Can I substitute bread flour with all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can substitute with all-purpose flour if bread flour is not available.  Replaced in the same amount as mentioned in the recipe. Bread will just be less chewy with all-purpose flour. 

How can I prove the dough during colder months?

For colder months, I use the oven to prove the dough. Place a glass baking dish on the bottom rack of the oven and fill it with boiling water. Put the dough in the middle or top rack and shut the door. The steam and heat from the boiling water will create a warm environment to help raise the dough.

Make-ahead tips

  • Make the dough ahead of time then place it in the fridge. The dough will slowly rise and double in size overnight. On the day of baking, remove from the refrigerator 30-40 mins before you’re going to shape them into rolls.
  • Another option is to make the dough and finish the first rise on the same day. Shape them into rolls then do the second or final rise in the fridge. Bake them the next day and you’re done! Bake them the next day and you’re done! Note: Once the shaped dough rolls have proved, you can’t remove or touch it in the pan. Otherwise, it will lose its shape.

Storage and re-heating

  • Store in an air-tight container in the fridge. Spanish bread is best eaten within 2 to 3 days.
  • Re-heat in a mini-oven toaster for 1 to 2 minutes over low heat.

I love having this with Chicken Sopas. How about you?

 

Prep Time: 1 hour                  Cook Time:  18 minutes

 

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer
  • Kitchen Scale
  • Parchment Paper
 

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 teaspoon yeast (mixed with 1 teaspoon sugar)
  • 1/2 cup water (lukewarm)
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour (i used wholemeal flour)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup fresh milk (lukewarm, evap can also be use)
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter (softened)
  • oil for the bowl

Butter Filling

  • 1/2 cup / 113.4g butter (softened)
  • 3/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3 teaspoon milk

Breading

  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar (optional)
 

Instructions

For the Dough

  • In a medium-size bowl, combine lukewarm water, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and yeast. Stir until completely dissolved. Let it stand for 5 to 10mins until yeast begins to foam.
  • Meanwhile, in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine flour, sugar, and salt. Mix thoroughly.
  • Add warm milk, yeast mixture, egg yolks, and butter to the dry ingredients. Stir until just combined. Attach the dough hook and turn the mixer on to the lowest speed and mix until flour is incorporated, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.
  • Increase the speed to medium and beat for 2 minutes. Add additional flour as necessary, start with 2 tablespoons and go from there. Continue beating for 5 to 6 minutes until the dough is slightly sticky and elastic, and pulling away from the edge of the bowl. Be careful not to add too much flour.

Rise # 1 Warm rise or cold rise

  • Wipe or spray oil on the sides of the bowl then form dough into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise in a warm spot for 1 hour until it doubles in size. To make ahead, do a cold rise by placing the dough in the refrigerator. The dough will slowly double in size the next day. See the notes for more information.

Spanish Bread Filling

  • Combine all the ingredients of the filling in a small bowl. Make this just before the dough finishes rising.

Rise #2 Shape the rolls

  • Remove the plastic wrap and punch the dough down. Transfer onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into 20 to 24 portions. (see video). For an evenly sized dough, use a kitchen scale. Mine was about 50g each. Adjust based on your preference.
  • Using a rolling pin, flatten each portion into an oval shape. Spread 1 tablespoon of the filling, then roll it into a log (see video). Lay it in the bread crumbs. Shake off excess then place inside the baking tray greased or lined with a parchment paper. Repeat with all the other portions. Make sure that the dough is arranged two inches apart. Cover with a towel or cloth and let it rise for 40mins to 1 hour.

Baking

  • Preheat oven at 180c/356f, 15 minutes before the dough rolls finishes rising. Bake the Spanish bread for 18 to 20 minutes until the top turns light brown.

 Recipe Notes and Tips:

  • Bread flour – substitute with all-purpose flour if bread flour is not available.  Replaced in the same amount as mentioned in the recipe. Bread will just be less chewy with all-purpose flour.
  • Proving dough in colder months: For colder months, I use the oven to prove the dough. Place a glass baking dish on the bottom rack of the oven and fill it with boiling water. Put the dough in the middle or top rack and shut the door. The steam and heat from the boiling water will create a warm environment to help raise the dough.
  • Spanish Bread Filling – double the recipe if you prefer a thicker filling.
  • Make-ahead: Make the dough ahead of time then place it in the fridge. The dough will slowly rise and double in size overnight. On the day of baking, remove from the refrigerator 30-40 mins before you’re going to shape them into rolls.
  • Baking tip: If you’re using two racks, switch the trays after 12 minutes so all the rolls will brown evenly. Applicable only to 60cm/23 ovens and aboveBake in two separate batches if using compact ovens.
  • Storage and re-heating: Store in an air-tight container. Re-heat in a mini-oven toaster for 1 to 2 minutes over low heat.
 
 
Course : Snack
Cuisine : Filipino
Keyword : filipino bread, spanish bread recipe

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Pan de Sal

Pan de Sal

Pandesal or Bread of Salt (which is also the title of a popular short story written by NVM Gonzales) is probably the most popular bread in the Philippines. Pandesal is the favorite “agahan or almusal” (breakfast food) of most Filipinos. Pandesal can eaten plain or with filling. It is best to have it while freshly hot from the oven. Common fillings or palaman for pandesal are: Cheese pimiento, CheezWhiz, a slice of cheese, coco jam, butter, and liver spread. In the Philippines, most bake shops and bakeries sell Pandesal. Sometimes, this is sold in rolling stores (usually a honking bicycle with a big box on the back). When purchasing from a neighborhood bakery, be sure to be there before 8 in the morning because the supply runs out after that time. Pandesal can also be eaten as it is. I like having pandesal along with hot coffee. I am one of those people who loves to dip it in hot black coffee. How do you eat pandesal? Try this easy Pandesal recipe and let me know what you think.

 
 
 
Prep Time   1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time  15 minutes
Total Time   1 hour 45 minutes
Servings  8

 

Ingredients
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 5 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cup fresh milk warm
  • 1 pouch rapid rise yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 piece raw egg
  • 1 tbsp cooking oil
 
 

Instructions

  • Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm milk and stir until the yeast and sugar are fully dissolved
  • In the mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients starting with the flour then the sugar, salt, and baking powder . Mix well by stirring
  • Add the egg, butter, cooking oil, and yeast-sugar-milk mixture in the mixing bowl with the dry ingredients then mix again until a dough is formed. Use your clean hands to effectively mix the ingredients.
  • In a flat surface, knead the dough until the texture becomes fine. For faster and easier kneading, you may use a Stand Mixer with dough hook.
  • Mold the dough until shape becomes round then put back in the mixing bowl. Cover the mixing bowl with damp cloth and let the dough rise for at least 1 hour
  • Put the dough back to the flat surface and divide into 4 equal parts using a dough slicer
  • Roll each part until it forms a cylindrical shape
  • Slice the cylindrical dough diagonally (These slices will be the individual pieces of the pandesal)
  • Roll the sliced dough over the breadcrumbs and place in a baking tray with wax paper (makes sure to provide gaps between dough as this will rise later on)
  • Leave the sliced dough with breadcrumbs in the tray for another 10 to 15 minutes to rise
  • Pre-heat the oven at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 10 minutes
  • Put the tray with dough in the oven and bake for 15 minutes
  • Turn off the oven and remove the freshly baked pandesal.
  • Serve hot. Share and enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 8g

Pan de Sal
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Chilli-and-marmalade-glazed pork belly squares

Chilli-and-marmalade-glazed pork belly squares

 Makes 25

 

Easy

Kick off a festive party with our easy canapés. These sticky-sweet bites can be partly prepared ahead for fuss-free entertaining

 

Roast the pork belly ahead then chill before cubing, roasting and glazing on the day.

Ingredients

  • pork belly 1.25kg, skinless and excess fat trimmed
  • marmalade 150g

 

  • dried chilli flakes 1 tsp
  • soy sauce 2 tbsp
  • orange 1, juiced

Method:

  • STEP 1

    Heat the oven to 170C/fan 150C/gas 3. Put the pork belly into a roasting tin, cover tightly with foil and roast for 2 hours 30 minutes. Cool to room temperature, or chill if making ahead, and cut into bite-sized pieces.

 

  • STEP 2

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Put the pork belly squares into a roasting tray and roast, turning regularly, for 30 minutes.

 

  • STEP 3

    Put the marmalade, chilli flakes, soy sauce and orange juice in a small pan and bubble until reduced and syrupy.

 

  • STEP 4

    Pour over the pork belly, gently toss and roast for another 5 minutes until the pieces are glazed. Pierce with cocktail sticks to serve.


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CARROT RICE BALL JACK O’ LANTERN BITES

CARROT RICE BALL JACK O’ LANTERN BITES

  

   

 






 

 

 

 

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