This is the 2nd time we’ve made this recipe. The first time we used chicken (like the recipe originally called for), but this time decided tofu worked better. Even my tofu-hating sister ate it and didn’t complain! Must have been some pretty good tofu!
Thai Tofu & Peanut Pizza
Recipe from Rachel Ray, with adjustments. Makes 2-4 servings.
1 lb pizza dough
1/2 cup Chinese duck sauce or plum sauce
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and thinly sliced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon peanut butter
2 teaspoons hot sauce
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 block firm tofu, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 seedless cucumber, peeled and cut into matchsticks
4 scallions, white and green parts, chopped
1 cup bean sprouts, a couple of handfuls
fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
1/4 cup peanuts, chopped
Preheat the oven to 425Â°F. Roll the pizza dough on a pizza pan or cookie sheet. Top it with duck or plum sauce, spreading it around like you would pizza sauce. Sprinkle the pizza with some red pepper flakes, then top it with the bell peppers. Bake until golden and bubbly, 15 to 17 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the vegetable oil, soy sauce, and peanut butter with the hot sauce. Use the microwave to loosen up the peanut butter if it is too cold to blend into sauce; 10 seconds ought to do it. Coat the tofu cubes evenly with the mixture and let it stand for 10 minutes. Preheat a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the tofu for 2 to 5 minutes on each side, or until browned.
While the tofu cooks, mix the honey and vinegar in a medium bowl. Add the cucumber and turn to coat in the dressing.
When the pizza comes out of the oven, top it with the chicken, scallions, sprouts, and cilantro. Drain the cucumbers and scatter them over the pizza. Garnish the pizza with peanuts, cut it into 8 wedges, and serve.
We’re back! And what a great time we had! I better watch out or Taylor will want to move to New York. And can I say how amazing the food is there? From the roasted almonds off the street to frozen hot chocolate at Serendipity3 to tapas at Pipa (honestly one of the best dinners we’ve had in our lives), New York City is one big culinary adventure. Next time we visit, forget the sights, we’re eating our way through the city. :)
While it was nice not to have to cook for a week, we’re glad to be back in our own tiny kitchen. We both loved this recipe, it worked great for us as a main course but would also be fantastic as an appetizer. Is it just me or have we been using tons of red onions lately?
Bistecca with Balsamic-Roasted Onion Crostini
Recipe from Michael Chiarello. Makes 6-8 servings.
We used a tenderloin steak, and it was delicious. Just whatever cut you use, be sure it’s nice and tender. It’s a bit tough to bite through the crusty bread and steak all at once, next time we’ll slice the bread a bit thinner and not toast it quite so much. This one’s a keeper for sure!
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 large porterhouse steak, about 1 1/2 pounds and 2-inches thick, at room temperature
Salt, preferably gray salt
Freshly ground black pepper
3 large red onions
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh thyme leaves
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 loaf crusty bread, sliced into 1/2-inch thick slices
Extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
In a heavy skillet over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil and heat until very hot. Season the steak with salt and pepper. Turn on the exhaust fan and put the steak in the pan; stand back to prevent being splattered. Cook until the steak is brown on the first side, about 2 minutes; brown on the other side. Remove the steak to a rack or baking pan until you are ready to finish cooking it. When ready, put the steak into the oven and cook until done to your liking, about 10 minutes for rare. Remove the steak to a carving board and let it rest for 5 minutes.
Peel and cut the onions into thirds or quarters, depending on their size. Leave as much root on as possible to keep the wedges from falling apart. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in the same skillet used to cook the meat over medium-high heat until hot. Add the onions, reduce the heat to medium, and cook until brown on all sides, about 5 minutes. Season them with salt and pepper. Place the pan of onions in the oven and roast until tender and very browned (the onions tend to char around the edges), 15 to 20 minutes.
Remove the onions from the oven, add the garlic, and cook briefly until light brown. Add the thyme and stir. Add the vinegar (stand back so as to not get splattered) and toss well with the onions. Stir and scrape up all the browned bits clinging to the bottom of the pan.
Reduce oven to 400 degrees F. Place the bread in a single layer on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the bread is golden brown and crisp, about 8 to 9 minutes.
To serve, cut the meat off the bone, then carve it into thin slices. Put 1 slice of meat on each crostini and top with the roasted onions. Pour any juices from the carving board over the crostini. Serve immediately.
Note: In order to cook the meat in the shortest amount of time and thus extract the most flavor, the meat must be at room temperature. Afterward, the meat must rest before carving. If this procedure is followed, the carving knife glides right through the steak.
Well, now we are in New York. Though it took us nearly 3 days to get here (we spent St. Patti’s Day in Chicago… now that’s a sight to see). Yes, it’s spring vacation, and we left sunny, 80Ëš California for cold and snowy New York.
So if you’re wondering why we’re not eating anything, well, it’s not like you can cook with gloves on!
Just kidding… we’re really just exploring New York City, in true tourist style, and eating out, because, well, that’s what you do on vacation! We’ll be back next weekend, see you then!
So tonight we cooked the fancy fish dish. We didn’t use bass, but frozen dover sole. The fillets almost fell apart in the cooking process (so excuse the ugly plating), but it was still a delicious dish nonetheless. We weren’t too fond of the carrots cooked in chicken broth though… maybe something like white wine or vegetable broth would have been better. The mint pesto is delicious! So who designated this the week of pesto?
SautÃ©ed Bass with Mint Pesto and Spiced Carrots
Recipe from Bon Appetit. This will be the last recipe we make from the April ’07 issue… seeing as Taylor made a mess with the fish and spilled raw fish juice all over the magazine, so now it is contaminated. Ooops. Some good recipes in there too!
Makes 4 servings.
1/4 cup packed fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup lightly toasted shelled unsalted pistachios
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, peeled
coarse kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
4 6-8oz striped bass fillets (with or without skin)
1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil, divided
12 ounces medium carrots, peeled, thinly sliced into rounds
1/8 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
1 cup low-salt chicken broth
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
For pesto: blend mint leaves, pistachios, olive oil, and garlic in processor until coarse puree forms. Season with coarse salt. Can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill, bring to room temperature before using.
For fish: combine olive oil, mint, and thyme in small bowl. Spread herb mixture all over both sides of fish fillets. Cover and refrigerate fish at least 3 hours and up to 5 hours (yeah right… we marinated for maybe 30 minutes tops).
For spiced carrots: Stir all seeds in small dry skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Transfer seeds to spice mill or mortar and grind coarsely.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, crushed red pepper, and ground seeds; sautÃ© until carrots begin to brown in spots, about 5 minutes. Add broth and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until carrots are tender, about 6 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in each of 2 large nonstick skillets over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook until browned on both sides and just opaque in center, about 5 minutes total.
Divide carrots and any juices among 4 plates. Top each serving with 1 fish fillet. Spoon pesto over and serve.