Cedar Planked Salmon

Cedar Planked Salmon

This is a dish my brother prepared for me in Seattle. It is by far the best salmon I’ve ever eaten. I like to serve it with an Asian-inspired rice and roasted asparagus.

 

Ingredients

 

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Soak the cedar planks for at least 1 hour in warm water. Soak longer if you have time.

  • In a shallow dish, stir together the vegetable oil, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, green onions, ginger, and garlic. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and turn to coat. Cover and marinate for at least 15 minutes, or up to one hour.

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium heat. Place the planks on the grate. The boards are ready when they start to smoke and crackle just a little.

  • Place the salmon fillets onto the planks and discard the marinade. Cover, and grill for about 20 minutes. Fish is done when you can flake it with a fork. It will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill.

 

Nutrition Facts

678 calories; protein 61.3g; carbohydrates 1.7g; fat 45.8g; cholesterol 178.6mg; sodium 981.2mg.

 

 

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Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

Grilled Chicken with Chimichurri

The secret to this perfectly juicy grilled chicken recipe from chef Anthony Endy of The Alisal Guest Ranch and Resort is twofold: One, let the chicken sit in the aromatic citrus-and-herb flavored brine for 24 hours, and two, once your coals are hot, keep it moving on the grill. After the initial sear, turn the chicken often, and grill until a probe thermometer inserted in the thickest portion registers 155°F. Try serving it with Santa Maria–Style Pinquito Beans and a Mild Tomato Salsa on the side.

Ingredients

CHICKEN

8 cups water
2 (5-ounce) oranges, quartered
2 (2-ounce) lemons, quartered
2 (1/4-ounce) chiles de árbol, cracked open
1 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley
10 thyme sprigs
8 bay leaves
4 rosemary sprigs
4 medium garlic cloves, smashed
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 (4-pound) whole chickens, split, backbones and wings removed and discarded or reserved for another use

CHIMICHURRI

1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 bunch fresh cilantro, stems removed and discarded
1/2 bunch fresh flat-leaf parsley, stems removed and discarded
3 tablespoons minced garlic
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (from 2 lemons)
3 tablespoons finely chopped shallot (from 1 medium shallot)
2 1/4 teaspoons fresh oregano leaves
1 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon crushed chile de árbol or other dried red chile flakes

SPICE BLEND

5 teaspoons paprika
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons dried Mexican oregano
1 teaspoon chipotle chile powder

Directions

Make the chicken

Step 1
Combine 8 cups water, oranges, lemons, chiles, parsley, thyme, bay leaves, rosemary, garlic, salt, and peppercorns in a large stockpot. Bring to a boil over high. Cook, whisking occasionally, until salt dissolves and herbs are aromatic, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat; let cool completely, about 1 hour. Place chicken halves in mixture in stockpot. (Chicken should be fully submerged in liquid.) Cover and refrigerate 24 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 2
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the chimichurri

Step 3
Process all chimichurri ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth, about 1 minute, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Store in refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use, up to 8 hours.

Make the spice blend

Step 4
Stir together all spice blend ingredients in a small bowl until combined. Set aside.

Step 5
Open bottom vent of a charcoal grill completely. Light 2 charcoal chimney starters filled with hardwood lump charcoal. When coals are hot, pour them evenly onto the 2 outer sides of grill, leaving center of grill unlit. Top each side of coals with an oak wood chunk. Adjust vents as needed to maintain an internal temperature of 300°F to 350°F. Coat top grate with oil; place on grill. (If using a gas grill, preheat to medium-low [300°F to 350°F] on outer burners, leaving middle burner[s] unlit.) Remove chicken from brine; discard brine, and pat chicken dry.

Step 6
Place chicken, skin side up, on oiled grates over center portion of grill without coals (or unlit center portion of gas grill). Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 110°F, about 15 minutes, rotating chicken every 2 to 3 minutes to avoid burning. Flip chicken on grates; grill until skin is slightly caramelized and browned, about 3 minutes. Cover and grill until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 150°F, about 25 minutes, flipping and rotating chicken every 5 minutes.

Step 7
Sprinkle chicken all over with 2 tablespoons spice blend. Place chicken, skin side up, on grates. Grill, uncovered, until a thermometer inserted in thickest portion of breasts registers 155°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove chicken from grill, and cover loosely with aluminum foil. Let rest 15 minutes. Carve chicken. Sprinkle with additional spice blend to taste. Serve with chimichurri.
 

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Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Hawaiian Chicken Long Rice

Chicken Long Rice is a staple at most Hawaiian Luaus where it is served as a side dish.  It’s a favorite island comfort food, something in between Chicken Noodle Soup and Chicken Stew, and usually eaten with steamed white rice.

Chicken long rice uses clear bean thread noodles.  Those are noodles made with mung bean starch and are thin and clear.  They’re also called Chinese Vermicelli, Cellophane Noodles, or Glass Noodles.  You can buy them at any Asian Market.

The dish is pretty much the same as its Filipino counterpart called Sotanghon.  Both originated in China and was brought over to the Hawaiian islands by Chinese and Filipino immigrants. Whatever its origins it’s one of my favorite go to comfort food.  Best of all it’s super simple to make.  It’s great on chilly or rainy days and wonderful when you have a slight cold.  Try it out next time you’ve a yen for Chicken Soup!

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Chicken Long Rice

Ingredients:

5-6 Chicken thighs with bone and skin

Water

1 Tbs. Oil

1 Tbs. Fresh grated ginger root

1 Tbs. minced garlic

1 Cup Chicken Stock

1 Tsp. Salt

2 Tbs. Soy Sauce

1 Package Bean Thread Noodles

1/4 Cup chopped green onions

2 cloves garlic thinly sliced (optional)

1/2 Tbs. Oil (optional)

Directions:

Heat oil in a stock pot.

Saute garlic and chicken thighs until thighs start to turn yellow.

Add enough water in the pot to cover the chicken with water.

Add chicken stock, ginger, and salt.

Simmer until chicken is very well cooked and falling off the bone.

Remove chicken skin and bones.  Discard skin and bone.  Shred chicken meat into large pieces and return to pot.

Add noodles, soy sauce, and 3/4 of the chopped green onions.

Stir and cook until noodles are soft and transparent.

*Optional – fry garlic slices in 1/2 tbs. oil until they turn brown.  Drain on paper towels.

Remove from heat and garnish with remaining with remaining green onion. Garnish with fried garlic.

 

 

 


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Left Over Turkey Enchilada Bake

Left Over Turkey Enchilada Bake

Turkey Enchilada Bake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m sure today you’ve had your fill of turkey.  If you’re like me you don’t want to see another turkey, much less eat it, for months (probably until next Thanksgiving!).  But like me you more than likely have lots of leftover turkey.  Okay, maybe you’d like to repeat last night’s Thanksgiving dinner just one more time, but I’m sure by the weekend you’ll desperately trying to figure out what to do with the rest of the turkey.

Don’t toss it!  Sure you can make turkey sandwiches, and soups, but here’s a way to turn that leftover Thanksgiving turkey into something that doesn’t even remind you of the meal you stuffed yourself with on Thanksgiving.  I make this yummy Turkey Enchilada Bake.  It’s delicious and keto friendly too, just in case you’ve decided to start that Keto Diet after the holiday.  In fact you’ll love it so much you’ll probably make it through out the year without using leftover turkey!

This recipe uses my homemade Enchilada Sauce, so if you don’t already have some in the fridge you can make some now.  It’s super easy to make and will take you less than half an hour.  Believe me it’s worth it! Click here for my Enchilada Sauce recipe. 

Turkey Enchilada Bake

Ingredients:

2 Cups shredded leftover Thanksgiving Turkey or freshly cooked turkey cut into strips

1 Tbs Olive Oil

1 Tbs Minced Garlic

1 Tbs Chili Powder

8 Flour or Low Carb Flour Tortillas (use low carb for keto friendly dish)

2 Cups Homemade Enchilada Sauce – click here for recipe

2 Cups Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese Mix

1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro Chopped

Sour Cream (Optional)

Directions:

Heat oven to 350

Spray a 9×13 baking pan with cooking spray

Heat Olive Oil in saute pan and add garlic, saute until golden

Add Turkey meat

Stir in spices and cook until warmed thru

Spread a tablespoonful of sauce down the center of a tortilla

Spoon 1/8 of the turkey mixture on top of the sauce

Sprinkle with  1 tbs cheese and roll the tortilla eggroll style leaving ends open

Place seam side down in prepared baking pan

Repeat with the remaining tortillas

Spread remaining Enchilada Sauce over the enchilada in the baking pan

Sprinkle remaining cheese over all

Bake in the oven fore about 20-25 minutes or until cheese has melted

Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped cilantro before serving.

Serve with sour cream if desired.

 

 

 

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  1. Heat oven to 350 Spray a 9x13 baking pan with cooking spray
  2. Heat Olive Oil in saute pan and add garlic, saute until golden
  3. Add Turkey meat Stir in spices and cook until warmed thru
  4. Spread a tablespoonful of sauce down the center of a tortilla
  5. Spoon 1/8 of the turkey mixture on top of the sauce
  6. Sprinkle with 1 tbs cheese and roll the tortilla eggroll style leaving ends open
  7. Place seam side down in prepared baking pan Repeat with the remaining tortillas
  8. Spread remaining Enchilada Sauce over the enchilada in the baking pan
  9. Sprinkle remaining cheese over all
  10. Bake in the oven fore about 20-25 minutes or until cheese has melted
  11. Remove from oven and sprinkle with cilantro before serving
  12. Serve with sour cream if desired
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Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

Delicious Homemade South West Egg Rolls

South West or Tex Mex Egg Rolls are featured appetizers at many well known restaurant chains.  It’s one of my favorites at Chili’s and Cheesecake Factory where I order them all every time we choose to dine at one of them.  I know they’re considered appetizers but most of the time I order them as my main course, that way I  get a whole plate of them to myself!

I’ve actually seen them frozen and ready to fry at several grocery stores.  They’re marketed as the “original” Chili’s or Cheesecake Factory Egg Rolls.  They also carry a hefty price tag which I’m not willing to pay for something I still have to fry!

But I can definitely make these yummy crunchy rolls of Tex Mex goodness at home.  It’s super easy!  I usually make a big batch and freeze some for later, they freeze very well.

Now there are 2 versions of this Egg Roll, one uses actual Egg Roll wrapper usually found at any Asian Market, and the other rolls the filling in flour tortillas.  The former makes for a delicate crispy egg roll as the wrapper is a thin pastry just like the egg rolls you’ll find at most Asian restaurants.  The latter has a different look and crunch as the tortilla is a much thicker wrapper.  Either way they’re delicious!

I use the frozen grilled chicken strips to make my egg rolls, but you can make your one cooked chicken to use in this recipe.  This recipe makes a large pot, whatever I don’t roll into egg rolls I make into bowls by serving it over a bowl of Mexican Rice and Refried Beans.

To freeze roll the filling in egg roll wrapper or tortillas and place in freezer bags.  Label and freeze for up to 3 months.

These egg rolls are delicious dipped in a Creamy Avocado Sauce or topped with Pico De Gallo.  The recipe for the sauce is included at the bottom of the egg roll recipe.

South West Egg Rolls

Ingredients:

1 Tsp. Olive Oil

1 Pkg. Frozen Grilled Chicken Strips, thawed and diced

1/2 Onion, diced

2 Tbs. Minced Garlic

1 Green Bell Pepper, diced

1 Tomato, diced and patted dry with paper towel.

1 Can Black Beans, drained

1 Can Corn Kernels, drained

1 – 2 Tbs. Cumin, adjust to taste

1 – 2 Tbs. Chili Powder, adjust to taste

1 Tbs. Salt

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro, coarsely chopped

1 Cup Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese

1 Pkg. Frozen Egg Roll Wrappers or 8″ Flour Tortillas

Oil for frying

Directions:

Heat Olive Oil in large pan.

Saute onions about 1 minute or until they start to turn translucent.

Add garlic and continue to saute.

Add peppers and cook until peppers start to get a bit soft.

Add Chicken, beans, and corn.

Add in Cumin, Chili Powder, and Salt.  Mix until well combined.

Add Tomatoes and cook until any liquid in the pan starts to thicken.

Add Cilantro and cook until it starts to wilt.

Remove from heat and stir in cheese until it melts.

Set aside and prepare your wrappers.

Place a heaping tablespoon in the center of your wrapper and spread into a line across.

Roll the filling in the wrapper burrito style.

Heat about 2″ of oil in a frying pan or use a deep fryer if you have one.

Fry rolls in oil until golden brown.

Cut each roll in half diagonally and serve hot with Avocado Dipping Sauce.

Creamy Avocado Dipping Sauce

Ingredients:

1 Cup Whipped Cream Cheese

1/2 Cup Sour Cream

1 Bunch Fresh Cilantro finely chopped

1 Ripe Avocado mashed

1/2 Tsp. Garlic Powder

1/4 Tsp. Chili Powder

Directions:

Mix all ingredients together and refrigerate until ready to serve.


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