Category: Main Courses

Carnitas

Carnitas

8 lbs pork shoulder, cut into large chucks
8 lbs lard
3 tbsp salt dissolved in 1½ cups hot water
1 can evaporated milk
1 bottle Coca-Cola
2 oranges (minimum 1/2 cup juice)
2 bay leaves
10 cloves garlic
½ onion

Heat lard to 350° on medium heat; add pork.  Stir every 15 minutes until evenly brown and crispy (30-60 minutes).  Reduce to approx. 225°; add remaining ingredients and simmer until browned, crispy and fork tender.

Meat Sauce

Meat Sauce

INGREDIENTS
2 tbsp olive oil
1 cup (8-oz) onion, chopped
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb ground chuck beef
1 can (28-oz) crushed tomatoes
1 can (15-oz) tomato sauce
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 cup chicken broth
¼ – ½ cup dry white, or dry red wine (optional)
2 tsp fish sauce (optional)
2 tsp dried basil
2 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
½ tsp dried ground fennel
¼ tsp dried thyme leaves
2 whole cloves, crushed
2 bay leaves
½ tsp fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp salt


DIRECTIONS
In a Dutch oven over medium heat, heat olive oil until shimmering; add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent and tender.  Add meat and cook until no longer pink.

Stir in crushed tomatoes, tomato sauce, tomato paste, chicken broth, wine (optional), and fish sauce (optional); add remaining herbs, spices & seasonings. Simmer covered on low heat for 30 minutes and uncovered for 15 minutes.

Remove bay leaves prior to serving.  Sauce is best when made a day more in advance and reheated. 

To serve, boil desired pasta as directed; drain retaining a some of the pasta water in a separate bowl.  Place enough warmed meat sauce to coat pasta in a serving bowl and stir in a small amount of pasta water; add pasta and stir to coat.  Serve topped with extra meat sauce and freshly grated Romano or Parmesan cheese (or both).

Chicken Nuggets

Chicken Nuggets

4-5 lbs boneless skinless chicken breast

Marinade:
2 cups buttermilk
2 tsp salt
1 tsp MSG
1 egg, lightly beaten

Batter:
1 ½ cups flour
2 tbsp powdered sugar
3 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp MSG
½ tsp baking soda

Oil for deep frying


Combine marinade ingredients; stir in chicken.  Marinate for 30 minutes to 3 hours.

Heat oil to 350°.  Mix together batter ingredients.  Remove chicken from marinade an place in bowl with batter ingredients.  Stir to coat chicken.

Deep fry in small batches for 2-3 minutes.  Serve with Honey Mustard Sauce, Sweet and Sour Sauce, and Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce.

Grandma’s Lasagna

Grandma’s Lasagna

In the 1960s and 70s, most of our family parties included the Berg family.  Tom, Evie, and their daughter Donna were always there.  Their son Tommy was serving in the military, so we didn’t see him and his wife Linda as often, but all of the Bergs have always felt like a part of our family.  Grandma’s Lasagna recipe actually came from Donna Berg sometime in the 1970s.  Donna served this at a birthday party and it was such a hit that our family has since used this lasagna recipe exclusively.


INGREDIENTS
Lasagna:
⅓ cup onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb ground chuck beef
1 can (8-oz) tomato sauce
1 can (6-oz) tomato paste
1 cup water
½ tsp oregano
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp salt
½ tsp basil
1 whole clove, crushed
2 cups ricotta or cottage cheese (or 1 cup of each)
½ cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
8 oz mozzarella cheese, sliced
8 oz lasagna noodles, prepared

Besciamella:
¼ cup butter
¼ cup flour
2 cups milk
¼ tsp onion powder
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
small pinch nutmeg


DIRECTIONS
Lasagna:
Sauté onion and garlic in oil until tender; add meat and brown.  Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, water, and seasonings and simmer covered for 30 minutes.

Place ½ of the cooked lasagna noodles in the bottom of a buttered 9×13 pan.  Spread ½ of the ricotta (and/or cottage cheese), Parmesan, and mozzarella cheese over lasagna,  Cover with ½ of the meat sauce.  Repeat layers.  Bake at 350° for 45 minutes.

Besciamella:
Thoroughly heat butter and flour.  Whisk in remaining ingredients; cook until thickened.

Slice and serve lasagna topped with besciamella.

Pork Chile Verde

Pork Chile Verde

INGREDIENTS
1 picnic pork shoulder
1 recipe salsa verde
cumin
salt
pepper


DIRECTIONS
Cut pork into 2-inch chunks.  Spread out and sprinkle liberally with cumin, salt, and pepper; massage into meat.  In large porcelain or stainless steel Dutch oven, brown pork in small batches so as not to overcrowd pan.  Return all pork to pan and cover with salsa verde.  Simmer until tender.

Serve with tortillas, shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, sliced avocado, pickled jalapeños, refried beans, and cilantro lime rice.

Tamales

Tamales

INGREDIENTS
1 lb cornhusks, soaked

Meat
3 lb chicken or pork shoulder, cooked and shredded
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
pepper to taste
½ cup flour
½ cup vegetable oil
5 cans (8-oz each) tomato sauce
1 can (28-oz) Los Palmos red enchilada sauce

Masa
2½ lbs yellow corn masa
chili powder
1 tsp salt
2½ tsp baking powder
½ cup Crisco shortening


DIRECTIONS
Soak cornhusks in water.

Place meat in a large pot; add water to cover meat plus about 3 inches.  Add garlic, salt and pepper; boil until meat is tender and fully cooked (olives can also be added).  Remove meat from pot, reserving liquid.

In a large pan, lightly brown flour in oil; add tomato sauce, enchilada sauce, and cooked meat.  Bring to a boil.

Mix masa, salt, baking powder, and enough chili powder to change the color of the masa mixture light pink (2 tbsp).  Melt shortening  and add to masa mixture along with enough of the reserved liquid (approximately 7 to 8 cups) to moisten the mixture.  Masa should be moist enough to stick together when rolled into balls and/or patted out.

Lay out cornhusks.  Place an egg-sized scoop of masa on each cornhusk and pat flat.  Masa should be about ¼” thick.  Place approximately two large tablespoons of meat mixture in the center of the masa; roll cornhusk from the sides until ends of masa touch.  Flatten corn husk and fold up from bottom and in from sides; place in steaming pan.  Steam for approximately 1 hour; check for doneness.

Remove cornhusks and serve with remaining red sauce.

Wheat Waffles

Wheat Waffles

This, our favorite wheat waffle recipe, comes from Grandma Honey. When our kids wake to the sound of the wheat whirling in the blender they know that Grandma Honey’s wheat waffles will soon be on the table.


INGREDIENTS
3⁄4 cup whole wheat
1 1⁄2 cups milk
2 tbsp corn meal
2 tbsp oat meal
2 tbsp oat bran
2 eggs
1 tbsp raw sugar
1⁄4 cup butter
1 tbsp baking powder


DIRECTIONS
Blend whole wheat and milk in blender for 3 to 4 minutes. While still blending, add corn meal, oat meal, oat bran, eggs, raw sugar and butter. Turn off blender and add baking powder. Blend for 3 to 4 seconds. Cook in waffle iron. If batter rises too much, stir with spoon.

Chicken Gyro

Chicken Gyro

On vacation in Corfu, Greece, we visited a small waterside restaurant where we ate the most amazing gyro.   Moist and tender, this true Greek gyro was nothing like the meatloaf-like gyro we find in the US.  This chicken version is a delicious reminder of our experiences on this family vacation.


INGREDIENTS
4 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs

Marinade
2 tbsp garlic, minced
⅓ cup lemon juice
⅓ cup plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
3 tbsp dried oregano
2 tsp salt
pepper

Sauce
2 English cucumbers, diced with water squeezed out
2½ cups plain greek yogurt
2 tbsp lemon juice
3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp salt
pepper

Salad
1 English cucumber, diced
4-5 tomatoes, seeded and diced
½ large red onion
¼ cup fresh parsley, chopped
salt and pepper

Flat bread or pita


DIRECTIONS
Combine marinade ingredients in a gallon Ziploc bag; add chicken and marinate in the refrigerator (3 to 24 hours[overnight is best]).  In a medium mixing bowl, stir together sauce ingredients a minimum of 30 minutes prior to serving.  Next, combine all salad ingredients in a separate bowl.   Refrigerate sauce and salad until ready to serve.

Grill marinated chicken.

To serve, place some of the salad mixture in the center of flat bread; top with chicken and sauce.

Carne Asada Tacos

Carne Asada Tacos

INGREDIENTS
Sauce:
½ cup lime juice
2 cans (220g each) El Pato jalapeño sauce
1 tbsp chicken Better than Bouillon
2 tsp oregano
1 tbsp liquid smoke
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp onion powder
¾ tsp garlic powder
¾ tsp cinnamon
¾ tsp cumin

Meat:
5 lbs carne picada (diced beef)
1 cube butter

Finishings:
1 white onion, diced
1 bunch cilantro, stemmed and chopped
corn tortillas
limes, cut into wedges


In a saucepan, combine all sauce ingredients; bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer.  Heat a large sauté pan over high heat until hot; melt butter, add carne picada and brown. Once beef is sufficiently browned, turn off burner and stir sauce ingredients into meat. Allow the heat from the pan to evaporate most of the moisture from the sauce.  In a separate bowl, stir together onion and cilantro.

Serve carne asada on corn tortillas topped with onion mixture and a wedge of lime.

Grandma’s Tostadas

Grandma’s Tostadas

INGREDIENTS
1 lb hamburger
½ onion
Garlic salt
Lawrey’s seasoned salt
1 can (15 oz) Dennison’s Chili Con Carne
Corn tortillas
1 can (28 oz) refried beans
Cheese, grated
Lettuce, shredded
1 can slivered beets
1 can slivered green beans
1 can slivered carrots
Avacodo, sliced
Onion, diced
Olives, sliced


DIRECTIONS
In a medium skillet, combine hamburger, onion, garlic salt and Lawrey’s seasoned salt; thoroughly cook. Drain fat. Add chili con carne and heat through. Warm refried beans. Heat vegetable oil and fry corn tortillas individually until hard. Build tortilla beginning with the fried tortilla, refried beans, meat, and other toppings.  Cover with Grandma’s Taco Sauce.

Grandma’s Mexican Salad

Grandma’s Mexican Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 to 2 lbs hamburger
1 yellow onion, chopped.
Lawrey’s seasoned salt
1 can kidney beans
1 can black olives
lettuce
celery
carrot, grated
cucumber, diced
tomato, diced
avocado, diced
½ cup mayonnaise
ketchup


DIRECTIONS
Fry pounds hamburger with chopped onion and Lawrey’s seasoned salt to taste. When cooked, add kidney beans and olives and heat through. Make a green salad with lettuce, celery, carrot, cucumber, tomato and avocado. Mix mayonnaise and a few squirts of catsup and dress the salad. Add cooked meat to salad and last add a bag of Fritos.

Teriyaki Flank Steak (Chieko)

Teriyaki Flank Steak (Chieko)

INGREDIENTS
1 cup beef bullion (or 2 beef bullion cubes dissolved in 1 cup hot water)
1 tsp seasoned salt
⅓ cup onion, chopped
⅛ tsp garlic powder
1 tsp salt
½ cup soy sauce
2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp honey


DIRECTIONS
For the marinade, combine bullion, seasoned salt, onion, garlic powder, salt, soy sauce, lemon juice and honey. Remove membrane and fat from flank steak (do not score). Cut steak into 1” diagonal strips and place in marinade for approximately 24 hours. Remove meat from marinade and drain. Broil or grill the meat. Serve with fluffy white rice tossed with peas and mushrooms if desired.

Breakfast Burritos

Breakfast Burritos

INGREDIENTS
sage breakfast sausage
mushrooms
onions
eggs
spinach
cheddar cheese, grated
tortillas, fresh home prepared preferred
mango salsa


DIRECTIONS
Fry sausage in frying pan until well browned; set aside. Sauté mushrooms and onions; combine with sausage and set aside. Scramble eggs; mix in spinach and cook until spinach is wilted and eggs are cooked through. Place all ingredients in desired proportions in fresh tortillas. Serve with mango salsa.

Crepes

Crepes

4 large eggs
1½ cups milk
1½ cups flour
¼ tsp salt


Combine flour and salt in a large mixing bowl.  Make a well in the center; add eggs and ½ of the milk in the center.  Whisk constantly until all of the flour is drawn in and incorporated into a thick mixture.  Add remaining milk and whisk until smooth.

Strain batter to remove lumps; rest for 30 minutes.

Brush pan with melted butter and cook each side until desired doneness is achieved.

Crio Bru-Spiced Pork Tenderloin (Sous-vide)

Crio Bru-Spiced Pork Tenderloin (Sous-vide)

Sous-vide is a method of cooking in vacuum-sealed plastic pouches placed in a water bath at an accurately regulated temperature. This method cooks the item evenly, ensuring that the inside is properly cooked without overcooking the outside.  The result is ridiculously moist, perfectly cooked food every time!  

Crio Brü-Spiced Pork Tenderloin is perfect served over Red Cabbage and Wild Rice Slaw!

INGREDIENTS
2-3 tbsp Crio Bru
1 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp black pepper (freshly ground)
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp paprika
½ tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp onion powder (optional)
2 lb pork tenderloin
prepared mustard


DIRECTIONS
Prepare sous-vide and preheat water to 57˚C.

In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except pork and mustard.  Rinse tenderloin and pat dry with paper towels; rub with a very thin layer of mustard (just enough to help spice mix to stick).  Press spice mix onto all sides of tenderloin.  Once evenly coated with the rub mixture, place tenderloin in a vacuum seal bag and vacuum seal.

Fully submerge sealed tenderloin in preheated sous vide bath for about 90 minutes (up to six hours).

Heat a cast iron frying pan and brown on all four sides for about one minute per side.  Rest for 2-3 minutes before slicing into ¼ slices (against the grain).

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Shrimp Ceviche

Shrimp Ceviche

INGREDIENTS
2 lbs shrimp, shelled and deveined
2 tomatoes
½ onion, diced
1 can (4 oz) diced jalapeño
1 bunch cilantro, chopped
¼ cup lime juice
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper, freshly ground
2 avocados, diced
1 tbsp olive oil


DIRECTIONS
Place shrimp in rapidly boiling water for about 45 seconds and then immediately submerge in cool water to stop the cooking.  Combine all ingredients except avocado and olive oil in a ziplock bag and refrigerate for 3 hours.  Add avocados and olive oil and stir just before serving.

Dan Dan Noodles

Dan Dan Noodles

imageINGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp sambal oelek
1 Tbsp garlic, minced
1 Tbsp ginger, minced
2 green onions, sliced
1 lb chicken or turkey, ground and cooked
2 pkgs fresh egg noodles, cooked
corn starch

Sauce:
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup ketjap manis
1 cup cooking wine
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp fish sauce
1½ Tbsp sugar
3½ cups chicken broth


DIRECTIONS
Heat wok; add oil. Sear sambal oelek, garlic, ginger, and green onion for 5 seconds to release flavors.  Add cooked ground chicken; sear, stirring and tossing for 5 to 10 seconds.

Add all sauce ingredients. Simmer for 20 seconds. Add egg noodles to boiling water and heat for 5 to 10 seconds. Remove noodles from water and place in strainer. Move to serving plate.

Thicken chicken and sauce with a mixture of corn starch and water (equal parts). Consistency should be a very thick sauce to stand on top of the noodles. Pour over center of noodles. Garnish with bean sprouts and julienned cucumbers.

Beef and Green Beans

Beef and Green Beans

INGREDIENTS
1-2 lbs thinly sliced beef
fresh green beens

Marinade:
3 Tbsp cornstarch
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp katjap manis
1 tsp hoisin sauce
1 tsp oyster sauce
½ tsp sesame oil
½ tsp white pepper

Sauce:
½ cup chicken broth
1 Tbsp ketchup
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
2 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp sugar

Wok Prep:
vegetable oil
1 onion, cut into chunks
1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
1 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp fresh ginger, minced
½ tsp sambal oelek
1 Tbsp black bean sauce
rice wine

Prime Rib

Prime Rib

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prime rib seasoning


Remove prime rib from refrigerator at least two hours prior to cooking.  Rub exterior with prime rib seasoning; let stand for at least one hour.  Place in a 500° oven for 20 minutes; reduce heat to 325° and cook until interior temperature reaches +/- 120°.  Remove from oven and allow the prime rib to rest for at least 30 minutes before slicing (internal temperature should reach about 130°).  First slice ribs from the roast and then slice roast and serve.