Tofu Masala

Tofu Masala

This supersimple vegetarian dish from F&W’s Kay Chun is hearty, spicy and delicious with a glass of Chenin Blanc.

 

This flavorful tofu masala dish can be thrown together easily and makes for the perfect weeknight I-don’t-want-to-cook-but-I-want-a-homemade-meal dinner.

 

 

Total:  30 mins                                   Yield:  4

 

Ingredients:

 

3 tablespoons canola oil

1 small onion, chopped

1 serrano chile, chopped

1/4 cup finely chopped garlic

1/4 cup finely chopped peeled fresh ginger

4 teaspoons ground coriander

4 teaspoons garam masala

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

One 14-ounce package firm tofu, drained and cubed

Chopped cilantro, for garnish

Steamed basmati rice, for serving

 

Directions:

Step 1

In a large nonstick skillet, heat the oil. Add the onion, serrano, garlic, ginger, coriander, garam masala and tomatoes and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until fragrant and saucy, about 8 minutes. Stir in the tofu and 1 cup of water and bring to a simmer. Garnish with cilantro and serve with basmati rice.

 

Suggested Pairing:

Pair with a juicy, tropical fruit-inflected South African Chenin Blanc.

 

 

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Soy-Glazed Meatloaf

Soy-Glazed Meatloaf

Ground beef mixed with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, onion and parsley creates a kicked-up meatloaf recipe that will be your family’s new go-to. The secret to moist meatloaf? A generous amount of meatloaf glaze brushed over the loaf before baking, of course! This soy-glazed meatloaf is doused in a delicious mixture of ketchup, brown sugar and— you guessed it— umami-rich soy sauce. Made from a fermented paste of soybeans and roasted grains, this Chinese condiment lends an earthy, salty taste to everything it touches.

Got allergies to soy? You’ve got options. Try gluten-free tamari, which is often made without wheat, and is thicker, darker, and milder in flavor. Coconut aminos, a slightly sweeter sauce made from coconut tree sap and salt, makes a great paleo-friendly pick.

 

CAL/SERV: 275          YIELDS: servings             PREP TIME: hours mins             TOTAL TIME: hour mins

 
 

Ingredients:

2 tbsp. ketchup
1 tbsp. brown sugar
1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce
2 large eggs
1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

Kosher salt and pepper

1/2 c. panko
1 small onion, coarsely grated
1/2 c. fresh flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
1 1/2 lb. ground beef chuck

Mixed green salad, for serving

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Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 375°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with foil. In bowl, combine ketchup, brown sugar and 1 teaspoon soy sauce.
  2. In large bowl, whisk together eggs, balsamic vinegar, remaining tablespoon soy sauce and ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper; stir in panko and let sit 2 minutes. Add onion and parsley and mix to combine.
  3. Add beef and mix just until incorporated. Transfer mixture to prepared baking sheet and shape into 9- by 3½-inch loaf.
  4. Brush loaf with ketchup mixture. Bake until internal temp registers 150°F, 40 to 45 minutes. Let rest 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with salad if desired.

Nutritional Information (per serving): About 275 calories, 14.5 g fat (5.5 g saturated), 23.5 g protein, 430 mg sodium, 11 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber

 
 

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Beijing Beef

Beijing Beef

You won’t believe me until you try this recipe.
I tried to create this recipe much easier to approach at home, without a huge traditional wok or using so much oil for deep fry!

The key for this recipe is cast iron wok/pan. You can also use any pan (non stick skillet or stainless skillet) you have too. It doesn’t have to be cast iron, but if you have one… just dust off and bring it out!

We will use minimum oil to shallow fry for the deep fry taste & texture. After the shallow frying, you can save and repurpose the leftover oil too, since it’s just a little bit.

It is amazing with steamed or fried rice. I like to enjoy with side steamed or stir fried veggies too. I have many different fried rice & veggie recipes you can serve with Beijing beef, so check it out down below!

Are we ready to start the recipe?! I’m already so hungry!

Let’s jump into it!

First, slice your beef thinly abut 1/8 inch and bite size. You don’t have to use expensive steak for this recipe, because we will cook the beef long enough to make it super crispy and tender. I recommend you to use beef chuk, tri-tip or flank steak.

Chop 5 to 7 cloves garlic. Dice 1/4 of medium size onion and 1/4 of red bell pepper. You can use any onions- I used yellow onion.

Preheat 1/2 cup to 2/3 cup frying oil to 350°F. (If you are using cast iron wok/pan, just heat them over medium heat) We will do shallow fry, which is in-between deep frying & pan frying. More oil than pan frying but whole lot less than deep frying.
If you ware using wide skillet, less oil you will need.

Dust marinated beef with 1/2 cup of potato or corn starch evenly. You could coat them evenly one by one, but I’m hurry to cook & eat this Beijing beef so I just dumped the starch and mixed with my hand.

Check if the oil is preheated to 350°F by stick the end of a wooden chopstick or spoon into oil. If the oil starts steadily bubbling, then the oil is hot enough for frying.

add beef into frying oil one by one. Fry beef 6 to 7 minutes or until brown and crispy. You need to cook them well, almost the point that you are worry about if this is becoming a jerky. lol No worries, it won’t turn out to jerky though.

Remove beef from frying oil and place on a baking pan lined with cooling rack. Do batches as needed. I did 3 batches.

Turn off heat. Remove most of the frying oil from wok, leave 2 tbsp oil for stir frying.

You can keep used oil for later use, for stir frying or make this recipe again!

urn on heat to medium if you are using cast iron wok/pan or high heat if it’s regular wok or skillet. Add garlic, onion and red bell pepper. Stir fry them for 1 minute then pour sauce mixture. Let sauce boil, for 30 seconds, then add fried beef. Toss everything together and it’s read to serve!

Better Than Panda Express Beijing Beef Recipe

 

Serve with steamed rice (or fried rice), chow mein, steamed veggies and more!

Enjoy!

 

For Beef

  • 1 lb beef (chuck or try tip), sliced 1/8” thin bite sizes
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp shaoxing wine
  • pinch of black pepper

 

For Sauce

  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp ketchup
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 to 3 tsp sambal

For Frying & Stir Frying

  • 1/2 cup potato starch or corn starch
  • 1/2 to 2/3 cup frying oil
  • 5 to 7 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 onion, diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced

INSTRUCTIONS

    1. Combine beef, soy sauce, shaoxing wine and black pepper in a mixing bowl and marinate while preparing other ingredients.
    2. Combine all ingredients for sauce in a mixing bowl and set aside.
    3. Preheat frying oil to 350°F in a cast iron wok or a large skillet. (If you are using cast iron wok/pan, just heat them over medium heat)
      Dust marinated beef with starch evenly. Now, carefully add beef into frying oil one by one. Fry beef 6 to 7 minutes or until brown and crispy. Remove Remove beef from frying oil and place on a baking pan lined with cooling rack. Do batches as needed.
    4. Turn off heat. Remove most of the frying oil from wok, leave 2 tbsp oil for stir frying. You can keep used oil for later use, for stir frying or make this recipe again!
  1. Turn on heat to medium if you are using cast iron wok/pan or high heat if it’s regular wok or skillet. Add garlic, onion and red bell pepper. Stir fry them for 1 minute then pour sauce mixture. Let sauce boil, for 30 seconds, then add fried beef. Toss everything together and it’s read to serve! Serve with steamed rice (or fried rice), chow mein, steamed veggies and more! Enjoy!
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Maqluba an Upside Down Arabic Dish

Maqluba an Upside Down Arabic Dish

Macluba

Maqluba is a Levantine dish popular in Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, and Palestine.  The name literally means “upside down” because the meat, vegetables, and rice are stacked in a handleless pot to cook, then flipped over and placed on a large tray for serving.

These days Maqluba is described as a one pot dish, which I suppose it could be; assuming you don’t count the pot you stew the meat in, and the pan you fry the veggies in.  Not to mention the bowl you soak the rice in, and if you’re adding vermicelli and pine nuts the pan you brown the pasta and nuts in.

Maqluba is very similar to Paella which is also a one pot dish composed of meat or seafood, veggies, and rice.  Considering that many parts of Spain was under Moorish rule for a total of about 800 years it would be fair to say that Paella is the Spanish version of Maqluba or vice versa.

It is honestly the only Arabic dish I can claim to have mastered.  After years of making Maqluba I’ve finally gotten it right every single time.  It’s really not that difficult to make, it’s just tedious due to all the steps in the recipe and the time it takes to make it.  If you count the time it takes to soak the rice this dish takes all day to make, at the very least about 3  hours.  But it is truly worth the time and effort.

Maqluba is typically made with stewed meat, either lamb, beef, or chicken; fried vegetables such as potatoes, cauliflower, or eggplant; and rice.  All the ingredients are stacked in that order into a large deep pot preferably without handles.  Of course you can omit the meat and make a vegetarian dish.

There are “enhancements” you can add to make the dish fancier.  Some folks like to mix vermicelli and even garbanzo beans in the rice before cooking, then sprinkle it with pine nuts before serving.  And of course in our family I slip tomato wedges between the meat before cooking, and some of us like to top the cooked dish with corn kernels and plain yogurt.  In short I suppose each family has it’s own version on how to cook and eat Maqluba.  But one thing is certain, it’s delicious!

Here’s how we make it at our house, but first here’s a quick tip.  When making Maqluba use a deeper pot with no handles (a maqluba pot is the best, but hard to find in the US, you may find one at a middle eastern grocery store) and a lid, or a pot with removable handles or handles that aren’t too close to the pot lip.  This will make flipping it over easier as handles can block the tray you flip it on to from laying flat on top of the pot.  The pot has to be deep enough to layer the ingredients and still have enough space for the rice to expand as it cooks.

Maqcluba

Ingrdients:

4-5 Cups Long Grain Rice

1 Tbs. Turmeric Powder

1/8 Cup Olive Oil

8-10 pieces of meat (lamb, beef, or bone in chicken thighs)

1 Large Onion, cut in chunks

1 Tbs. Garlic, crushed

1 Tbs. + 1 Tsp. Ground Cumin

1 Tsp. + 1 Tsp. Ground Nutmeg

1 Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 Box Stock (beef or chicken depending on the meat you use)

1 Large Cauliflower, cut into chunks

1 Large Eggplant, cut into rounds

3 Potatoes, peeled and cut into rounds

Oil for frying

Cooking spray

2 Tomatoes cut in wedges

6 Cloves of Garlic, peeled

Vermicelli (Optional)

1 Can Garbanzo Beans, drained (Optional)

1/2 Cup Pine Nuts (Optional)

Butter (Optional)

1 Can Corn Kernels (Optional)

1 Cup Fresh Plain Greek Yogurt (Optional)

Directions:

Place rice in a big bowl and cover with water.

Add Turmeric to water and stir until it is evenly distributed and water turns yellow.  Set aside for at least 2 hours. Check periodically as the rice will absorb the water.  If all the water is absorbed add more and stir.

Heat olive oil in a stock pot.

Saute onions in hot oil until it starts to turn translucent.

Add crushed garlic and cook another minute, stir to keep from burning.

Add meat, 1 Tbs. Cumin, 1 Tsp. Nutmeg, salt, and pepper.  Cook until meat starts to brown.

Add stock and then add water to completely cover the meat.

Let simmer until meat is tender and fully cooked.  About 2 hours.  Set aside when done.

Meanwhile place about 1″ oil in frying pan.

Fry your veggies until cooked and drain on paper towels.  Set aside.

If using Vermicelli and/or Pine Nuts:  Melt about 1 tbs. butter in a small frying pan.  Add vermicelli and cook until it starts to turn brown, stir constantly to keep from burning.  Remove from pan and set aside.  Repeat this procedure with Pine Nuts.

When ready to stack meat in the pot:

Spray bottom and sides of pot with cooking spray.

Drain rice then stir in vermicelli noodles and/or garbanzo beans if using.

Starting with the meat, remove meat from pot it was cooked it, reserve the broth do not discard.

Arrange meat at the bottom of the pot.

Slip garlic cloves and tomato wedges between the meat.

Sprinkle meat with 1 tsp. cumin and 1 tsp. nutmeg.

Arrange veggies on top of meat.

Pour rice mixture over the veggies and smooth out to make the top flat.

Gently pour reserved broth over the rice.  Fill until the broth just covers the rice, if you don’t have enough broth add water.

Cover with lid and simmer over medium heat until rice is cooked.  Check every 10 minutes or so to make sure the liquid has not all evaporated before the rice is cooked.  If you need to add more liquid, either broth or water.  This takes about 30 minutes.

If the rice is cooked and you still have liquid remove lid and raise the heat for about 5 minutes so that the rest of the liquid evaporates.  Be careful not to burn the bottom.  Or you can carefully drain extra liquid before flipping.

When rice is cooked and there is no more liquid remove pot from lid.  Let rest about 5 minutes.

Flip over onto a large tray.

Garnish with cooked Pine Nuts on the meat if desired.

Serve with bowls of corn kernels and plain yogurt.

 

 

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Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

Breakfast Cornbread Casserole with Ham and Kale

The combination of ham and kale is traditional for a reason: it’s so unbelievably good. But this satisfying casserole is easy to adapt to other greens and meat pairings, depending on what you have on hand: Try cooked sausage with frozen spinach or Andouille with frozen mustard greens.

Level: Easy

Total: 1 hr 25 min

Prep: 10 min

Inactive: 15 min

Cook: 1 hr

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Ingredients

 
Creamed corn:

3 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the baking dish

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Two 16-ounce bags frozen corn, thawed

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

1/2 pound thick-sliced deli ham, diced

5 ounces frozen kale (about 1 3/4 cups)

 

Cornbread topping:

3/4 cup yellow cornmeal

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon sugar

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) cold unsalted butter, cut into small pieces

3/4 cup heavy cream

1 cup shredded sharp yellow Cheddar

Hot sauce, for serving

Directions

 

Special equipment:  a 2-quart oval baking dish

 

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter a 2-quart oval baking dish.

2. For the creamed corn: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions, thyme, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few grinds of pepper, and cook, stirring frequently, until the onions are soft and translucent, about 10 minutes. Add the corn and cream, and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, until the mixture reduces in volume and bubbles rapidly, about 15 minutes. Transfer 2 cups of the corn mixture to a food processor, puree until smooth, then stir it back into the skillet. Fold in the ham and kale. Transfer the creamed corn to the prepared baking dish; set aside. Clean the food processor bowl.

3. For the cornbread topping: Pulse the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, sugar and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a food processor to combine. Add the butter, and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs. Add the cream and 1/2 cup of the Cheddar, and pulse until the batter just comes together.

4. To assemble: Sprinkle the cornmeal batter over the creamed corn. (Don’t worry if the corn isn’t completely covered; the batter will puff and spread as it bakes.) Sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 cup Cheddar. Place the casserole on a baking sheet, and bake until the corn is bubbling and the crust is puffed and golden brown, about 35 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Serve with hot sauce.


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