Scallop Chowder

This recipe is a blend of two recipes I found the internet. There is this store called Aldi’s that sells large frozen scallops for cheap. This is a very tasty dish.


1 TBSP olive oil
2 strips bacon cut into lardons, I use smoked Applewood in think individual slices at the deli
1 small chopped onion
½ chopped red bell pepper
1 celery stalk, peeled and chopped
1 clove garlic from garlic press
½ cup dry white wine (Chardonnay)
1 – 8 oz. bottle clam juice
½ cup chicken stock
1 – 8 oz. container of heavy whipping cream
Gemstone potatoes cut into small squares with skin left on
Cayenne – dash for taste
S&P
Tarragon – dash for taste
Dried parsley

Fry bacon lardons in olive oil, sauté onions in bacon oil, add red bell pepper and celery and sauté, then 1/2 cup wine and reduce wine.

Add remaining liquids, clam juice, chicken stock and cream, add Gemstone potatoes chopped with skin on and garlic. Let reduce on medium heat until the potatoes start to get soft. With a potato masher, mash around the pot just a few times to thicken the chowder with potatoes.

Add cayenne, S&P, a touch of tarragon and cook and reduce until potatoes are soft.

Add scallops and scallop juice and cook 15 minutes.

Garnish with dried parsley.

Serve

 

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Stock
3 chicken thighs
1 carrot (chopped)
1 celery stalk (chopped)
½ onion (chopped)
1 TBSP peppercorns
1 small bay leaf
3 cups water

This is a classic chicken stock. I use this recipe in all my dishes needing a good chicken stock. In fact this also works well for veal stock and turkey stock substituting the meats. Place all in a soup pot and bring to a boil. Simmer 10-15 minutes or until you think the chicken has just cooked. Remove chicken and cool. Strain the chicken stock and discard the vegies. Save the stock in a two cup measuring cup so you can pour it later a bit at a time into the sauce. Once the chicken has cooled, deskin, debone and shred the chicken meat and set a side.

Pie Filing
1 carrot (cubed)
1 stalk celery (cubed)
½ small onion (chopped)
2 green onions (chopped)
1 clove garlic (cut into coins)
½ cup or more frozen peas
1 small bay leaf
4 TBSP butter
4 TBSP flour
Deskin, debone, shredded chicken
Salt and pepper
White wine
1 cup or more as needed Chicken stock
Cream (you have to feel how much you want for color and consistency) Maybe two TBSP.

In a large fry pan, melt butter, and on a little higher than medium heat sauté onions, carrots, celery, garlic until onions become transparent, add flour and stir until the veggies are coated. Move the heat to medium heat and add white wine and stir to begin making a paste. Add chicken stock a little at a time and stir each time, making thick gravy and then add cream until you get the right consistency looking for color and consistency. Add the meat, bay leaf and peas and stir. Gauge how thick you want the filing sauce. Once you get the right mix (it has to look good and taste good), reduce heat to simmer and let simmer about 15 to 20 minutes covered. Watch it not letting it over cook or burn. If you need to add more fluid you can. Remember the final cooking will occur in the oven. Then turn off heat and cover. It can cool down while you make the pie crust.

Pie Crust (Martha Stewart, Heavy Equipment Food Processor)
1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 2/3 TBSP ice water
8 TBSP cold butter

Add the butter then the flour and salt and sugar to a food processor and pulsate about 10 times until the flour becomes course. Then turn on the food processor full speed and add the cold water a TBSP at a time until right before the flour turns into a ball. It should be thick crumbles. If you let it turn into a ball it will become too hard. Turn off. Remove the blade being careful not to cut your fingers. Then pull out all the flour crumbles and mash into a ball on a piece of plastic wrap. Complete wrap the dough and refrigerate 1 hour. Flour a board, rolling pin and the dough and roll out wider than your pie dish. There are many ways to do this. I like this method in the youtube link below. Using wax paper b/c the biggest issue is getting the pie crust from the rolling board to the pie plate without tearing it in half as you move it. Pie crust is not bound together like bread dough.

Making the Pie
Take a Pyrex pie plate, add a little oil to the bottom, pour in the filling and then cover with the pie crust. The rest is your design.

Preheat oven 425⁰, bake 40 minutes or until the pie crust is golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

Jamaican Jerk Sauce for BBQ Chicken and Ribs

 

Sauce:

  • ½ cup regular BBQ sauce (I use Sweet Baby Rays)
  • 4 TBSP brown sugar
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 1 inch ginger
  • ½ cup green onions chopped
  • ½ cup yellow onion chopped
  • 1 fresh or ½ dried Habanero pepper
  • ¼ lime freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tsp white vinegar
  • 1 TBSP vegetable oil
  • 1 TBSP soy sauce
  • 2 TBSP or more as needed Jamaican Jerk Jamaican Jerk Seasoning or to taste

(see Jerk Seasoning recipe https://ducksmahal.com/2020/02/29/hsakes-and-rubs/)

In a blender on liquefy setting blend all ingredients into a thick paste.  After the meat is cooked add to the meat while cooking 15 minutes before serving.  Wrap in aluminum foil and let rest 5 minutes.  The sugar from the BBQ sauce will caramelize onto the meat.

Dry Rub:

  • 1 TBSP or more as needed Jamaican Jerk Jamaican Jerk Seasoning or to taste, rub into the meat

Cooking Meat:

1 Lb.  Tenderloin or 1 Lb. Country Style Pork Ribs

I use deferred heat, placing bricks directly under the pan and coals alongside.  The pit temp should be in the 300°+ range.  For 1 Lb. it should take ~1 hour to cook.  I like to use Kingsford coals, mostly with Applewood in it.  When the meat reaches internal temps of 160° the meat should be cooked.

At 54 minutes check the internal temp.  Adjust accordingly as to when to add the sauce and wrap in aluminum foil.

As of 3/8/20

Kale and Kielbasa w/baby Dutch Yellow Potatoes

100_6489 (CLICK ON PIC TO ENLARGE)

One of the many things we found real fast about living near Wisconsin and Iowa is there is no shortage of sausage and cheese. I also found no shortage of kale (one of my favorites) even during the winter. It has 133% of the daily values of Vitamin A and 134% of Vitamin C. Since I like a good soup or gravy, I put together this dish.

Meat
½ lb. sliced kielbasa (pork or turkey)

Mirepoix
1 onion – chopped
2 carrots – peeled and sliced ¼”

Vegetables
1 bunch kale – chopped
8 small baby Dutch yellow potatoes – rinsed with skin and chopped into bite-size squares
1 clove garlic – minced

Sauce
½ cup dry white wine
2 cups chicken stock
1 TBSP corn starch – mix first in two TBSP of cold water then add to the pot

Seasoning and Herbs, Oil
Salt and Pepper
3 TBSP olive oil
1 TBSP Dijon mustard
1 TBSP dry mustard
1 tsp. marjoram

100_6484

In a large 5 quart sauce pan add meat and one TBSP oil and brown. Remove the meat. Add the potatoes and a dash of sea salt and fry to a point where there is a little crisp on the skin. Make sure to fry the potatoes real good as the flavor adds a lot to the pot.  Remove the potatoes. Add a little more olive oil and sauté the onions and carrots. Add the wine and deglaze the pan. Return everything to the pot and add the kale and one cup of chicken stock. Cover and cook down the kale about 5 minutes. Add all the remaining ingredients, stir in the corn starch, herbs, mustard and seasonings and cook covered on warm for 30 minutes. Serve.

Irish Stew

100_6446

(click on pic to enlarge)

Irish stew (Stobhach Gaelach) is any variety of meat and root vegetables. Originally, the dish used goat meat and now mostly made with lamb. However, lamb can be expensive here and the taste can be too sweet and gamy. My recipe uses pork stew meat. The reason I use pork versus beef is I will brown the pork first to create a fond (The culinary term, French for “base” or “foundation”) as I do in a Jambalaya.

I also use less meat, just enough to add flavor. Most recipes are built around a pound of meat. I use one-half pound. After browning the meat, I will also create a demi-roux (butter and flour) to thicken the fluids and create a gravy, then sauté the mirepoix in the roux. I will then add a bottle of Guinness Stout a cup at a time and whisk creating even thicker gravy. This continues to build flavors.

I will also add whole potatoes, but mashed potatoes if you desire can be added, which will thicken the gravy further. The other root vegetables and the Brussels sprouts (baby cabbage) are then added. Add herbs and more fluids and cook slow for almost 2 hours on a very low heat.

100_6434

Ingredients (shown in the picture above, click on pic to enlarge):

Mirepoix
1 small onion – chopped
½ bell pepper, – seeded and chopped
1 celery stalk – peeled and chopped
2 garlic cloves – cut into small coins

Meat
½ Lb. stew pork – cubed
2 TBSP olive oil – (for browning meat)

Vegetables
3 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces
12 Brussels sprouts, halved
2 cups potatoes, or as needed – cubed w/skin

Seasoning, Herbs and Stock
Salt and pepper
1 small bay leaf
2 cups chicken stock (or as needed)
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
1 TBSP balsamic vinegar
12 fluid ounce bottle dark beer – Guinness Stout

Demi-Roux
2 TBSP All-purpose flour
2 TBSP butter

100_6437

In the olive oil brown the meat and then remove.

100_6438

Add the flour and butter and whisk for several minutes until the flour starts to brown.

100_6439

Add the mirepoix and sauté until you can smell the onions start to cook.

100_6441

Move the mirepoix to one said and add ½ cup of Guinness Stout beer and deglaze that half of the pot.  Move the mirepoix to the other side and add another ½ beer and deglaze the other side.

100_6442

Add the remaining beer and stir into a thick paste.

100_6443

Add all the remaining ingredients and return the meat.  Add chicken stock until the ingredients are covered.  Cover, bring to a boil, then reduce to low and cook 1½ to 2 hours.

100_6446