Beef Stroganoff

This is an average of several recipes.  Some recipes call for Crème Fraîche which is 1 cup whipping cream, 2 tablespoons buttermilk, otherwise known as sour cream.  You have to whip it and leave it in your frig two days.  In this recipe we use whipping cream and sour cream.

1 LB beef chuck roast, sliced into strips
2 TBSP Vegetable oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 TBSP butter
½ onion, sliced or diced
8 oz. sliced mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
1 ½ TBSP flour
½ cup white wine
1 cups beef broth
¼ cup sour cream
¾ cup whipping cream
1 TBSP fresh sliced chives (I used scallions)
You also might want to consider adding a dash of Worcestershire and Dijon mustard.
Egg noodles

Cut meat in small strips

 

Brown meat in batches in a large Dutch oven with the vegetable oil. Remove.

 

Add the butter, onions and mushrooms, which will begin to deglaze the pan.  Add garlic, then flour, stir a minute.  Add wine and begin to stir in a gravy (or roux), add beef broth and then the meat.  Stir.  Cover.  Braise for about an hour on low.  This will break down the chuck.  Cook until the meat is tender.

Add the whipping cream and stir.  Add hot pan sauce to your sour cream and stir.  This breaks down the sour cream so it doesn’t curdle and then keep whisking the sauce.   Add the chives or scallions.  Bring to a simmer.  Turn off pan and let rest 5 minutes.  Serve over egg noodles.

As of 9/22/19

Shepard’s Pie

This is a dish that calls for ground lamb. Lamb can have a gamy flavor and lots of herbs are used to offset the gaminess. When using ground beef, make sure to tone back the herbs to less than half of recipe using lamb.

1 TBSP Olive Oil
1 cup chopped onion
1 Lb. ground beef
¼ tsp dried parsley
¼ tsp dried rosemary
¼ tsp dried thyme
1 TBSP Worcestershire sauce
2 cloves garlic minced
2 TBSP flour
2 TBSP tomato paste
1 cup ale beer (Potosi or dark Guinness)
1 cup frozen peas and carrot
½ cup corn kernel w/some juice
1 small tab of Knorr beef bouillon

Topping mashed potatoes:
2 potatoes
You know how to do this.

Cheese:
Some use none at all, some use parmesan; I used sharp cheddar Wisconsin cheese

Meat filing:
Sauté onions, add meat lightly brown, add everything else except topping except flour and beer. Cook on medium then add flour and mix then beer and make a gravy. Don’t overcook it has to go into the oven. Turn off heat and let sit.

Make the mashed potatoes, place meat into a square baking dish, top with cheese then top with potatoes and bake at 400ᵒ uncovered 30 minutes or so. Let cool and serve.

Roasted chicken, sausage, peppers, and potatoes Provençal

This is a French blend of southeast France and French New Orleans. (Not a real medley, I made it up).

The chicken dish is a version of French Roast Chicken dish with herbes de Provence and the Andouille sausage and sweet peppers are the New Orleans influence.

Serves 2

• 2 bone in and skinned chicken thighs
• 2 – 4” lengths of Andouille sausage (cut into 1 inch lengths)
• 12 small fingerling potatoes (medley Russian, Ruby, purple and French)
• ½ red bell pepper – sliced
• ½ yellow bell pepper – sliced
• ½ red onion – sliced on a mandolin
• ½ small yellow onion – sliced on a mandolin
• 1 TBSP Olive oil ( I will use truffle olive oil)
• ½ TBSP herbes de Provence
• 2 cloves garlic – cut into coins
• ¼ dry white wine
• S&P

Make 2 deep cuts in the chicken on the skin side to the bone so it will cook faster. Combined everything in a large bowl and mix to make sure to get the olive oil and herbs on everything. In a 450⁰ oven cook one hour or until the chicken is cooked.

Bourride

This Provençal fish soup dish is called Bourride, (pronounced Boo-reede).

Fish Stock
1. TBSP peppercorns
2. 1/4 tsp. fennel seeds
3. 1/4 tsp. coriander seeds
½ Tsp. sea salt
1 small piece of uncooked cod(3 inch by 3 inch)
1/2 cup dry white wine
3 cups water
1 shallot chopped
1 celery stalk (inner stalk w/leaves) chopped

Cut some cheese cloth and place the peppercorns and seeds in it, tie with string. Put everything is a sauce pan and bring to a boil then gently simmer for 30 minutes.

Aioli
2 large cloves garlic, peeled
2 egg yolks
½ TBSP Dijon mustard
½ tsp. salt
1 dash cayenne pepper
1/4 cup fish broth (see recipe above)
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup canola oil

Put all in a blender and puree until a smooth froth. Leave in blender.

Soup
1 quart fish broth (see recipe above)
6 skinless sea bass fillets (from the three whole sea bass) cut in 1-inch pieces
Salt and freshly ground white pepper
Cayenne pepper to taste
3 small carrots, peeled and cut in ¼-inch pieces
8 oz. white button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
1 small leek, light green and white parts, cut in ¼-inch pieces and rinsed well
8 oz. fingerling potatoes, cut in ¼-inch pieces
Juice of 1 lemon
1 cup white wine

Sauté carrots, leek, and potatoes in olive oil. Add wine. Add the other ingredient, fish stock and Aioli. Bring to a boil and simmer slowly for 30 minutes. Serve with garlic bread.

Kedgeree (British/East Indian)

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Kedgeree is a British/East Indian version of Cajun Jambalaya, and Jambalaya is an American version of Spanish Paella. The most important item needed for this dish is a cast iron pot your God Mother gave you. Other than that, the deal is, when you cook rice in a stock, add meat and fish, spices and veggies you get a great meal. The Italians call theirs Risotto alla pescatora. It’s all pretty close to almost nearly the same ingredients, only the herbs and spices are regional.

The traditional British dish has smoked haddock. You can substitute any local while fish or even use Salmon. The main signature is the curry, turmeric, bay leaf and coriander (aka cilantro).

Meat
½ lb. or more Alaskan Cod

Mirepoix
1 onion – chopped

Vegetables
1 clove garlic – minced
½ cup peas
2 cups long grain rice or basmati (some use brown rice)
½ lemon juice
3 chopped green onions (scallions)

Sauce
1 dash white wine
4 cups chicken stock

Seasoning/Herbs/Oil
Salt and Pepper
3 TBSP butter
2 bay leaves (East Indians use a lot of bay leaf in their dishes)
1 Tbsp Curry powder
1 tsp Tumeric

Not in this dish but usually added:
Cilantro, Parsley, hard-boiled egg quartered

Serves 2, maybe 3

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In a large Dutch oven melt 2 Tbsps butter and sauté onions, garlic, bay leaf and peas. Add the curry, turmeric, salt and pepper and mix well.

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Add the rice and sauté two minutes. Add a dash of white wine. Add any water from the fish. Add the chicken stock. At this point you would also add the parsley and cilantro. Mix well, bring the rice to a boil and cook on simmer from about ten minutes.

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When the rice absorbs the fluids, add the remaining butter and slice the fish into cubes and place on top of the rice then add the lemon to the top of the fish.

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Check the rice to see if it needs more fluid. Watch the rice, when it has absorbed the fluid and is soft, gently fold the fish into the dish. Immediately serve while hot and add the egg as garnish.