Pretzel Brat-Mi

15 07 2014

I’m teaming up with Orlando Baking Company again, this time featuring recipes for their awesome pretzel buns! First up is this fun, party-worthy brat that’s a riff on a classic Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwich.

The zing and crunch from the slaw cuts through the richness of the brat perfectly. Pair it with this sturdy and flavorful pretzel bun which has a bit of a sweet note on its own, for one delicious summer bite!

Enjoy these for dinner, or cut them in half and serve them as an appetizer at your next cookout!

Pretzel Brat-MiThe following serves 2 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • 4 Orlando Pretzel Hot Dog Buns
  • 4 turkey brats, you can use whatever you like or have such as pork or chicken brats
  • 1 bunch of cilantro leaves, about 1 cup packed
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 candy onion stem chopped, or 1/2 cup of sliced green onions
  • 2 Tbsp rice vinegar
  • Juice and zest of half a lime
  • 1/4 – 1/2 tsp habanero hot sauce, or whatever hot sauce you like (use less if you don’t like it as spicy)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups matchstick carrots
  • 1 cup shredded cabbage
  • 4 green onions, sliced for garnish

Add cilantro, garlic, vinegar, lime juice and zest, hot sauce, kosher salt and olive oil to a food processor and process until smooth. Will make about 1 cup. Toss with carrots and cabbage. You can add more carrots or cabbage to adjust the amount of the sauce to your liking too. Store covered in the fridge.

Preheat grill to medium-high.

Add some water to a large skillet. Add the brats, cover and cook over medium-high heat until plump and partially cooked, just a few minutes. Remove brats from the water and pat to dry. Transfer brats to pre-heated grill to finish cooking through and to get a char on the outside. Grill a few minutes on all sides. Remove from the grill and allow to rest a few minutes.

Place brats on pretzel buns, top with slaw and garnish with green onion. Serve with more slaw on the side if you’d like.

* Buns received courtesy of Orlando Baking Company. All thoughts and opinions are strictly my own.

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Beef “Kofta” Burger With Minted-Cucumber Yogurt and Slaw

8 07 2014

These burgers are a riff on the popular Middle Eastern skewered meat, Kofta, which you may often see in the form of a kabob. The spiced beef paired with the mint and cucumber yogurt is awesome! Serve with whole wheat naan and a quick slaw for a super healthy dinner! Another creative meal thanks to the wonderful ingredients from our Fresh Fork Market share!

Beef "Kofta" Burger With Minted-Cucumber Yogurt and Slaw

The following serves 2 with leftovers (adapted from eat. live. travel. write):

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 3 green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 lb organic ground beef
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled, shredded and liquid squeezed out through a paper towel
  • 1 small carrot, julienned
  • 1 small beet, julienned
  • ½ cup julienned cabbage
  • ½ red onion, julienned
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • Whole wheat naan, sliced

In a large bowl, combine the cilantro, green onions, beef, ground coriander, cumin, paprika, egg and breadcrumbs. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Mix with your hands until all ingredients are combined, but don’t over mix. Form between 2 and 4 round burger patties (depends how big you want the patties). Using your thumb, press an indent into the center of each patty. Cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge until ready to grill.

For the slaw, combine half the cucumber, the carrots, beets, cabbage and red onion in a medium bowl. Add the olive oil, lemon zest and juice. Stir to combine and store covered in the fridge. Before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat grill to medium-high. Grill the burgers to your desired temperature. Grill the naan until warmed through and just beginning to char. Remove burgers from the grill and let rest. Remove naan.

Combine the yogurt, mint and the remaining cucumber. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Store covered in the fridge until ready to serve.

Serve burgers on naan topped with some of the yogurt sauce and a side of slaw.




Asian Lo Mein and Snow Pea Slaw

7 07 2014

Lots of great Fresh Fork Market veggies featured in tonight’s meatless Monday supper including snow peas, cabbage, kale, green onions and garlic scapes! I love quick Asian dinners like this that can also serve as a fab potluck or picnic item. You can save yourself time day-of by doing most of the prep ahead of time, like all the chopping and shredding that’s needed. If you have leftovers, be sure to enjoy them for lunch the next day!

Asian Lo Mein and Snow Pea Slaw

The following serves 4-6 (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat and taste love & nourish):

  • 1 quart snow peas, ends snapped and string removed
  • 10 oz package lo mein
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 Tbsp lime juice (about 1 really juice lime) and zest of 1 lime
  • 1 Tbsp fresh grated ginger (save time, use the minced tube kind!)
  • 3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2-3 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded kale
  • 1 cup shredded/matchstick carrots
  • 4 green onions, sliced
  • 2 garlic scapes, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp sesame seeds, toasted
  • 1/2 cup almond slivers, toasted

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add snow peas and blanch for 1-2 minutes. Remove with a spider or small strainer and set aside. Make sure the water is still boiling and add the lo mein (the water will be green from the peas, but no worries that just adds flavor). Cook according to package instructions. Mine took 4 minutes. Drain and run cooked lo mein under cold water. Drain well.

In a large bowl, whisk the soy sauce, lime juice and zest, ginger, vinegar, sugar, sesame oil, olive oil and salt. Add the snow peas, cabbage (start with 2 cups, if you end up having enough dressing you can add the last cup), kale, carrots, green onions and garlic scapes to a large bowl. Mix well. Add the cooled lo mein and toss everything together, making sure the lo mein is coated in the dressing. Store in the fridge 20-30 minutes.

Mix well and garnish with toasted sesame seeds and almonds before serving.





Buffalo Potato Salad

27 05 2014

Each summer I try to have at least one new, go-to cookout side dish recipe at my fingertips that I know will be a winner and great addition to any potluck I’m headed too. Let me introduce you to this summer’s go-to…buffalo potato salad.

This combo by Food Network Magazine is brilliant, which got me rave reviews this past Memorial Day weekend! I’m basically down for trying anything that resembles buffalo chicken dip – and this did not disappoint! So much flavor and so simple, yum!

Buffalo Potato Salad

The following serves 8 (adapted from Food Network Magazine):

  • 2 and 1/2 lbs of potatoes, cubed
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Kosher salt
  • 1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt (original recipe called for mayo)
  • 1/3 cup low-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup buffalo hot sauce (Frank’s)
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions

Preheat oven to 400. Toss cubed potatoes with olive oil and salt. Roast for about 30-40 minutes until softened and beginning to brown, turning occasionally (just be gentle). Remove and let cool.

Mix the yogurt, sour cream and hot sauce in a large bowl. Toss to combine with cooled potatoes and the carrots and celery. Gently fold in the blue cheese and green onions (or serve the blue cheese on the side if you have guests that don’t like blue cheese).

Taste, and season with salt if needed.

This Girl’s time-saving prep tip: Save yourself time day-of, and make this salad a day in advance. Roast the potatoes and store in a covered container in the fridge. Chop your veggies and store in a large ziplock bag or another container in the fridge. Finally, make the dressing and store that covered in the fridge. Then the next day, mix everything together with the blue cheese (or serve the cheese on the side) and you’re good to go to your party!





Fish Tacos with Carrot and Cilantro Chimichurri Slaw

30 04 2014

Friends often ask me how I’m able to cook nearly every night after long work days. The trick is to meal plan for the week, use similar ingredients in different dishes and utilize leftovers. The other night I made a steak dinner with a chimichurri sauce. I saved some of the chimichurri on purpose to use with this taco, to add flavor and finish the dish. By using leftover sauce with quick cooking fish and pre-shredded carrots, I’m able to get dinner together super fast on a busy weeknight.

Fish Tacos with Carrot and Cilantro Chimichurri Slaw

Fish Tacos with Carrot and Cilantro Chimichurri Slaw

The following makes 2 large tacos (compliments of This Girl’s Gotta Eat):

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cod filets, skinless
  • Kosher salt
  • Ground cumin
  • Ancho chile powder
  • Garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1/3 cup leftover cilantro chimichurri
  • 2 whole-grain tortillas, soft taco size
  • 2 Tbsp whole cilantro leaves

Heat a Tbsp or so of olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Season fish filets on both sides with a little salt, cumin, chile and garlic powders to taste. Saute until fish is opaque, cooked through and starting to brown, 4-5 minutes or so per side.

Meanwhile in a bowl, combine the carrots, green onions, red onion, chopped cilantro and all but a little of the leftover chimichurri until combined.

Warm the tortillas in the microwave 10-20 seconds.

To serve, divide the carrot slaw among warmed tortillas, top with a piece of fish and garnish with remaining chimichurri and cilantro leaves. To make the taco easier to eat after you plate it, gently break up the fish into bite-size pieces with a fork.





Pork Stir-Fry With Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas Over Pineapple-Ginger Brown Rice

23 01 2014

A from-scratch stir-fry sauce helps you avoid the extra sodium and sugars most bottled sauces contain. This one is easy and delicious, and has half the sodium of a typical Chinese take-out dinner. The recipe says you can get this all-natural stir-fry on the table in 30 minutes. I timed myself and it took 40. I could have shaved some time off if I had done a little prep ahead of time though.

Pork Stir-Fry With Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas Over Pineapple-Ginger Brown Rice

Pork Stir-Fry With Carrots and Sugar Snap Peas Over Pineapple-Ginger Brown Rice

The following makes 2 servings (compliments of Cuisine Lite Menus for Two):

  • 8 oz pork tenderloin, cut into thin strips
  • 4 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 and 1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup dry sherry
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic
  • 2 Tbsp minced fresh ginger
  • 1 and 1/2 cups fresh or frozen snow peas or sugar snap peas
  • 1 cup carrot strips (run a vegetable peeler along the full length of the carrot to make long, thin strips)
  • 2 Tbsp sliced scallions
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 cup brown rice (10 minute rice)
  • 3/4 cup diced fresh pineapple
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt

Combine pork strips and 1 Tbsp soy sauce; cover and refrigerate while preparing the rice and sauce.

For the rice: boil 1 cup broth, half the ginger (1 Tbsp) and rice in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cover. Simmer rice until water is absorbed, 5 minutes or according to your package directions. Leave covered off heat for 5 more minutes. Fluff the cooked rice with a fork and stir in the pineapple, 1 Tbsp soy sauce, 1 tsp sesame oil and 1/4 tsp salt (if you feel you need the extra salt). Keep rice warm and covered until ready to serve.

For the sauce: whisk together 2 Tbsp soy sauce, 1/2 cup broth, sherry, cornstarch, honey, tomato paste and a pinch of pepper. Set aside.

Preheat work (or large skillet) and spray with non stick spray. Heat 1 tsp canola oil and stir-fry half the pork until cooked through, 2-3 minutes. Transfer pork to a plate and stir-fry the remaining pork; transfer to same plate.

Add remaining 1 tsp canola oil, garlic and the rest of the ginger (1 Tbsp); stir-fry 10-15 seconds. Add sugar snap peas; stir-fry 2 minutes. Return pork to pan; add sauce and cook until sauce thickens; 1-2 minutes. Add carrots; stir-fry 1 minute.

Serve pork stir-fry over the pineapple rice and garnish with scallions and sesame seeds.





Honey Glazed Carrots

20 11 2011

In my last post for The Perfect Ham, I mentioned serving a side dish of glazed carrots (from Sunny Anderson, Food Network). These little beauties couldn’t be easier and are so delicious! Here’s how to do it:

Honey Glazed Carrots

The following serves 4 – you’ll want to double or triple depending on the number of people you’re serving:

  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley

In a saute pan, bring water to a boil. I just eye-balled the amount of water, enough to at least half way cover the carrots. Add salt and then carrots to boiling water and cook until tender, 5 to 6 minutes.

Drain the carrots and add back to the pan with butter, honey and lemon juice. Cook until a glaze coats the carrots, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.