Funchoza Salad with Beef

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Funchoza with meat-3

 

Funchoza salad with beef is very well known Korean noodle salad dish. Flavorful combination of  sautéed veggies, browned meat, and glass noodles (bean thread noodles) dressed with sweet chili and soy sauce. It’s so delicious and can be made few days ahead. You can omit meat for vegetarian salad or sub in chicken.If you don’t like sweet type salads,you can omit sweet chili sauce.

Ingredients:

5-6 ozs, bean thread noodles

1 lb. beef cut in to thin 2 inch slices (chuck or tri-tip roast preferred )

1 large or 2 small onions quartered then thinly sliced

2 carrots thinly julienned

1 1/2 cup daikon thinly julienned

1 1/2  red bell peppers thinly sliced

5-6 garlic cloves

4 green onions cut into 2 inch strips

2 tablespoons chopped cilantro

1 cup sweet chili sauce (optional,but good.I buy it from Trader Joes)

1/2 cup soy sauce (you can add more to taste)

1 tablespoon rice vinegar (white vinegar ok too)

oil

 

 

Direction:

On medium high heat,In a frying pan or dutch oven heat about 4 tablespoons oil.

Throw in strips of beef and season with salt. Cook with lid closed stirring occasionally until meat is slightly browned and soft.

Remove meat to a large colander with a bowl or plate underneath.

Throw in onions and sauté until softened.Transfer to the colander with meat.

Repeat the procedure with carrots,bell peppers, and daikon with green onions.Adding more oil as needed.

 

Cook bean thread Following instruction on the package(don’t overcook). Cut noodles if desired with knife or kitchen shears.

Transfer all cooked ingredients to a bowl, then add garlic, cilantro, soy sauce, vinegar , and sweet chili sauce. Mix it well and refrigerate for at least 2 -3 hours.

 

Funchoza with meat

Funchoza Salad with Beef

Ingredients

  • 5-6 ozs, bean thread noodles
  • 1 lb. beef cut in to thin 2 inch slices (chuck or tri-tip roast preferred )
  • 1 large or 2 small onions
  • 2 carrots thinly julienned
  • 1 1/2 cup daikon thinly julienned
  • 1 1/2 red bell peppers thinly sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves
  • 4 green onions or chives cut into 2 inch strips
  • 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 1 cup sweet chili sauce (optional,but good.I buy it from Trader Joes)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce (you can add more to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar (white vinegar ok too)
  • oil
  • salt

Instructions

  1. On medium high heat,In a frying pan or dutch oven heat about 4 tablespoons oil.
  2. Throw in strips of beef. Cook with lid closed stirring occasionally until meat is slightly browned and soft.
  3. Remove meat to a large colander with a bowl or plate underneath.
  4. Throw in onions and sauté until softened.Transfer to the colander with meat.
  5. Repeat the procedure with carrots,bell peppers, and daikon with green onions.Adding more oil as needed.
  6. Cook bean thread Following instruction on the package(don't overcook). Cut noodles if desired with knife or kitchen shears.
  7. Transfer all cooked ingredients to a bowl, then add garlic, cilantro, soy sauce, vinegar , and sweet chili sauce. Mix it well and refrigerate for at least 2 -3 hours.
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Bagel Sandwich with Smoked Salmon

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open face bagel sandwich with smoked salmon-2 This bagel sandwich with smoked salmon makes an elegant breakfast or great brunch.It’s really simple, quick, and delicious. You can serve it as open faced sandwich or with the top. And the best part is ….. no cooking required.

Ingredients:

bagels sliced

avocado sliced

smoked salmon or lox sliced

capers (optional)

Spread- 4 ozs. cream cheese

1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

salt (optional)

1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped*

You can sub in chives or basil.

 

Directions- Whip or mix all spread ingredients.

Spread cream cheese spread over bagel.

Top with sliced avocados,smoked  salmon slices(or lox),and capers.

 

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open-face sandwich with salmon

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • bagels sliced
  • avocado sliced
  • smoked salmon or lox sliced
  • capers (optional)
  • Spread-
  • 4 ozs. cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon plain greek yogurt
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • salt (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill chopped*
  • You can sub in chives or basil.

Instructions

  1. Directions-
  2. Whip or mix all spread ingredients.
  3. Spread cream cheese spread over bagel.
  4. Top with sliced avocados,smoked salmon slices(or lox),and capers.
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Tomato Cheese Appetizer

tomato cheese appetizer

tomato cheese appetizer

 

 

These tomato cheese appetizers are  delicious,quick and easy to make.My moms garden has been in abundance of ripe red tomatoes,so I’ve been using tomatoes in many different ways.This appetizer is very well known among Slavic people,I twisted a little by adding sliced hard boil egg.

 

Ingredients:

tomatoes sliced

mozzarella cheese shredded

mayonnaise

garlic cloves crushed

hard boiled eggs sliced

salt and black pepper if desired

dill for garnish

 

Directions:

Combine garlic and mayonnaise.

Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.

Sprinkle with cheese.

Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.(optional)

Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.

Garnish with dill.

tomato cheese appetizers

Tomato Cheese Appetizer

Ingredients

  • tomatoes sliced
  • mozzarella cheese shredded
  • mayonnaise
  • garlic cloves crushed
  • hard boiled eggs sliced
  • salt and black pepper if desired
  • dill for garnish

Instructions

  1. Combine garlic and mayonnaise.
  2. Spread mayo mixture on tomato slices.
  3. Sprinkle with cheese.
  4. Add a slice of hard boiled egg on top of the cheese.
  5. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper.
  6. Garnish with dill.
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Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms in Creamy Sauce

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Baby Potatoes and mushrooms in creamy sauce-2

 

Incredibly delicious and comforting baby potatoes recipe.I love baby potatoes! Their tiny size make them super cute and flavorful.Potatoes are cooked in water,drained and then tossed in creamy garlicky sauce with mushrooms.It’s a perfect summer side dish to grilled meats or main dish for vegetarians.

 

2 lb. baby potatoes(red,yellow,fingerling)

16 oz.(1 lb.)whole small button mushrooms or sliced large size mushrooms

8 -10 garlic cloves minced or crushed

1 shallot minced (optional)

1 cup heavy whipping cream*

3/4 cup sour cream *

2 tbs.butter

2 tbs.oil

salt to taste

* You can sub in creme fraiche

 

Directions:

Place potatoes in a pot covered with water.

Bring to a boil,reduce heat and season with salt.

Cook until potatoes are fork tender ready.

Drain the water,place the pot with potatoes on medium heat and let all the liquid evaporate.Just few minutes.

 

In a large saute pan/frying pan/skillet heat oil with butter on medium -high heat.

Throw in mushrooms and shallots.Sauté until liquid is absorbed.

Mix in garlic.Cook for 1-2 minutes stirring.

Throw in cooked potatoes and cook for few minutes stirring occasionally.

Combine heavy cream and sour cream.

Stir in mixed creams to potatoes.Season with salt.

Cook in sauce for about 1 minute.

Garnish with finely chopped dill,parsley or chives.

Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms in Creamy Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. baby potatoes(red,yellow,fingerling)
  • 16 oz.(1 lb.)whole small button mushrooms or sliced large size mushrooms
  • 8 -10 garlic cloves minced or crushed
  • 1 shallot minced (optional)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream*
  • 3/4 cup sour cream *
  • 2 tbs.butter
  • 2 tbs.oil
  • salt to taste
  • * You can sub in creme fraiche

Instructions

  1. Place potatoes in a pot covered with water.
  2. Bring to a boil,reduce heat and season with salt.
  3. Cook until potatoes are fork tender ready.
  4. Drain the water,place the pot with potatoes on medium heat and let all the liquid evaporate.Just few minutes.
  5. In a large saute pan/frying pan/skillet heat oil with butter on medium -high heat.
  6. Throw in mushrooms and shallots.Sauté until liquid is absorbed.
  7. Mix in garlic.Cook for 1-2 minutes stirring.
  8. Throw in cooked potatoes and cook for few minutes stirring occasionally.
  9. Combine heavy cream and sour cream.
  10. Stir in mixed creams to potatoes.Season with salt.
  11. Cook in sauce for about 1 minute.
  12. Garnish with finely chopped dill,parsley or chives.
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Tomato Salad

tomato salad

tomato salad

 

A stunning tomato salad that is easy-to follow,healthy,and flavorful.This tomato salad tastes incredible with homegrown tomatoes and goes perfectly with plov(rice pilaf),grilled kabobs,and potatoes. Thanks to my moms kindness to share her garden tomatoes and sweet yellow peppers with me.

 

Ingredients:

3-4 tomatoes cut in half then thinly sliced

2 pickling cucumbers or 1/3 of english cucumber  thinly sliced (optional)

1-2 sweet peppers thinly sliced (optional)

1/2 red onion thinly sliced

2 garlic cloves (optional)

Desired  one or all optional herbs:

dill

cilantro

parsley

basil

salt and pepper

1/4 cup unrefined sunflower oil*(my fav) or any other of your choice

*easily can be found at European (Russian)stores.

Directions:

Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.

Tomato Salad

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tomatoes cut in half then thinly sliced
  • 2 pickling cucumbers or 1/3 of english cucumber thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1-2 sweet peppers thinly sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves (optional)
  • Desired one or all optional herbs:
  • dill
  • cilantro
  • parsley
  • basil
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup unrefined sunflower oil*(my fav) or any other of your choice
  • *easily can be found at European (Russian)stores.

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve immediately.
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Fruit Kompot

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Fruit compote (kompot)-6

Fruit Kompot is a Eastern European cold fruit punch drink. Seasonal fruits are simmered in a pot filled with water then cooled and refrigerated for a cool refreshing drink.Fruit kompot is a much better choice over store bought fruit punch that has artificial coloring,flavorings,and additives.If you want to be more on the healthier side…just don’t add sugar.

Fruit Kompot is very popular drink in Slavic homes especially during summer.It’s always good to have a nice refreshing cold drink on a hot summer day and its perfect party drink as well. I like to cook a big pot of it because it stores well in the fridge and we can enjoy this goodness for several days.

Summer Kompot-

Ingredients:

(fresh or frozen)

Cherry plums or plums

Strawberries

tart cherries

nectarines

Cherries

peaches

apricots

blueberries

any Sugar or sweetner to taste

water

lemon juice if needed to adjust acidity

As shown: cherry plums(alicha in Russian),strawberries,tart cherries,and nectarines.

 

Fall kompot:

Apples quarted

cranberries

pear quarted

dried fruits

frozen berries

any sugar or sweetner to taste

lemon juice  if needed to adjust acidity

 

Directions:

Place  good amount of desired mix of fruits in a pot.Fill pot with water and bring to a slight boil.

Add sugar according to your liking.let it simmer for about 30 minutes.

Add lemon juice if needed.

Let cool,strain to a pitcher,large jar or glass container and refrigerate.

Fruit Kompot

Ingredients

  • Summer Kompot-
  • Ingredients:
  • (fresh or frozen)
  • Cherry plums or plums
  • Strawberries
  • tart cherries
  • nectarines
  • Cherries
  • peaches
  • apricots
  • blueberries
  • any Sugar or sweetner to taste
  • water
  • lemon juice if needed to adjust acidity
  • As shown: cherry plums(alicha in Russian),strawberries,tart cherries,and nectarines.
  • Fall kompot:
  • Apples quarted
  • cranberries
  • pear quarted
  • dried fruits
  • frozen berries
  • any sugar or sweetner to taste
  • lemon juice if needed to adjust acidity

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. Place good amount of desired mix of fruits in a pot.Fill pot with water and bring to a slight boil.
  3. Add sugar according to your liking.let it simmer for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add lemon juice if needed.
  5. Let cool,strain to a pitcher,large jar or glass container and refrigerate.
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Poached Egg Sandwich

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poached egg sandwich

This gorgeous and elegant poached egg sandwich will impress anyone.Runny silky yolk over smooth avocado spread and topped with tangy flavorful chimichurri sauce.It’s perfect for brunch and will transform your typical breakfast to fancy one.Poached eggs may sound like something very complicated to make, but actually it’s really easy with just few simple steps.

Serves 4

Ingredients:

8 eggs

1/4 cup vinegar/white wine vinegar

1 Hass avocado

4 your choice of english muffin halves,sliced baguette,bagels,etz…

salt and pepper

1 tablespoon lemon juice

2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro

2 tablespoons finely diced yellow,green,red,orange bell pepper

2 tablespoons finely diced tomatoes(liquid removed)

1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped italian parsley optional

1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeños/red chili pepper optional

Other optional ingredients:

Smoked salmon

Sliced turkey or chicken breasr

Sliced ham

Sliced cheese

Directions:

Chimichuri sauce-

In a small bowl combine cilantro,tomatoes,bell peppers,white balsamic vinegar,olive oil,salt and black pepper (and  other optional ingredients like parsley and jalapeños).Set aside.

Toast your choice of bread.

In a bowl smash avocado with lemon juice and salt.

Fill a medium pot 1/2 way  with water and bring to a boil.

Add vinegar. Turn the heat down to low and add the eggs one at a time(max 2 per pot).Cook for about 3-4 minutes shaping the egg white with spoon.Take out the eggs one by one with a slotted spoon.

Spread avocado mixture on the bread.

Place two poached eggs on top.

Add chimichurri sauce over poached eggs and serve.

Poached Egg Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/4 cup vinegar/white wine vinegar
  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 4 your choice of english muffin halves,sliced baguette,bagels,etz...
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced yellow,green,red,orange bell pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced tomatoes(liquid removed)
  • 1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped italian parsley optional
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced jalapeños/red chili pepper optional
  • Other optional ingredients:
  • Smoked salmon
  • Sliced turkey or chicken breasr
  • Sliced ham
  • Sliced cheese

Instructions

  1. Chimichuri sauce-
  2. In a small bowl combine cilantro,tomatoes,bell peppers,white balsamic vinegar,olive oil,salt and black pepper (and other optional ingredients like parsley and jalapeños).Set aside.
  3. Toast your choice of bread.
  4. In a bowl smash avocado with lemon juice and salt.
  5. Fill a medium pot 1/2 way with water and bring to a boil.
  6. Add vinegar. Turn the heat down to low and add the eggs one at a time(max 2 per pot).Cook for about 3-4 minutes shaping the egg white with spoon.Take out the eggs one by one with a slotted spoon.
  7. Spread avocado mixture on the bread.
  8. Place two poached eggs on top.
  9. Add chimichurri sauce over poached eggs and serve.
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Shrimp Spring Salad

Spring Salad with Shrimp

 


shrimp spring salad

 Spring and summer are my favorite seasons.Everything around you looks amazingly beautiful, fresh and full of life.This shrimp spring salad consists of leafy romaine lettuce, radish, sweet peas and shrimp.All the ingredients are tossed with creamy garlicky dill dressing.It’s very tasty and easy to make for any occasion.Even though the dressing is creamy, salad feels very light but filling.

Serves 2-4

Ingredients:

1 bunch romaine lettuce torn or chopped

3-4 radishes sliced

2/3 cup  frozen peas (thawed)

1 lb cooked shrimp

Other optional ingredients:

avocado,chives,cherry tomatoes

Dressing:

2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise

2 heaping spoons plain greek yoghurt or sour cream

2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped dill

2-3 crushed garlic cloves

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

 

Directions:

In a small bowl,whisk all dressing ingredients and set aside.

Place romaine lettuce,radis,pesa,and shrimp in mixing bowl.

Toss salad with garlic dill dressing.

 

Spring Salad with Shrimp

Spring Salad with Shrimp

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 bunch romaine lettuce torn or chopped
  • 3-4 radishes sliced
  • 2/3 cup frozen peas (thawed)
  • 1 lb cooked shrimp
  • Other optional ingredients:
  • avocado,chives,cherry tomatoes
  • Dressing:
  • 2 heaping tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 heaping spoons plain greek yoghurt or sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped dill
  • 2-3 crushed garlic cloves
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. In a small bowl,whisk all dressing ingredients and set aside.
  3. Place romaine lettuce,radis,pesa,and shrimp in mixing bowl.
  4. Toss salad with garlic dill dressing.
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Cabbage Salad

Cabbage salad


Cabbage salad

We eat salad of some kind everyday and never get tired of it.Cabbage salads are our favorite and can be made in different ways with variety of vegetables and different dressings.This crunchy and tasty cabbage salad with mix of other vegetables is very satisfying and absolutely delicious.It makes a perfect potluck salad or any special occasion event.

Ingredients:

1/2 head cabbage shredded

1/2 English cucumber sliced in quarters.

5-6 small dill pickles sliced in to small strips(european style)

1 small carrot grated.

1/2 cup frozen(thawed) or canned peas.

3/4 cup frozen(thawed) or canned corn.

3 green scallions chopped.

1 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped.

2 tablespoon mayonnaise*

2 tablespoons sour cream*

salt and black pepper.

* you can do mayo only or sour cream only.

 

Directions:

In a small bowl,combine sour cream and mayo with salt and black pepper.

Combine all the vegetables with mayo and sour cream dressing.

Cabbage Salad

Cabbage Salad

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1/2 head cabbage shredded
  • 1/2 English cucumber sliced in quarters.
  • 5-6 small dill pickles sliced in to small strips(european style)
  • 1 small carrot grated.
  • 1/2 cup frozen(thawed) or canned peas.
  • 3/4 cup frozen(thawed) or canned corn.
  • 3 green scallions chopped.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped.
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise*
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream*
  • salt and black pepper.
  • * you can do mayo only or sour cream only.

Instructions

  1. Directions:
  2. In a small bowl,combine sour cream and mayo with salt and black pepper.
  3. Combine all the vegetables with mayo and sour cream dressing.
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Baked Chicken Drumsticks

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Baked Chicken Drumsticks-2

These baked chicken drumsticks are fuss free and delish. Marinated in soy,garlic and ginger with fragrant cilantro herb marinade and baked until golden brown.The best part about this chicken drumstick recipe, that it can be made in advance and stored in a fridge covered for few days.You can also grill them if weather permits.

Ingredients:

For 4-5 lbs chicken drumsticks

1/4 cup fresh ginger minced

8 garlic cloves

1/3 cup soy sauce,shoyu,or tamari.

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup chopped cilantro

1 teaspoon black pepper

*You may want to add a little salt depending on your taste.

 

Directions:

Combine soy sauce,garlic,ginger,black pepper,cilantro and oil using a blender or food processor.

In a mixing bowl or large ziplock bag mix chicken drumsticks with marinade mixture.

Marinade for at least 30 minutes.

Heat oven to 375 degrees.

Arrange drumsticks in a large baking pan.Pour marinade over chicken.Cover with foil.Bake for 1 hour covered.

Remove foil and continue to bake for another 30-40 minutes or until they are well browned.

Remove from oven,and using a spoon pour the sauce on the bottom of the baking pan over each drumstick.Sprinkle with green scallions if desired.

 

Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Baked Chicken Drumsticks

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • For 4-5 lbs chicken drumsticks
  • 1/4 cup fresh ginger minced
  • 8 garlic cloves
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce,shoyu,or tamari.
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • *You may want to add a little salt depending on your taste.

Instructions

  1. Combine soy sauce,garlic,ginger,black pepper,cilantro and oil using a blender or food processor.
  2. In a mixing bowl or large ziplock bag mix chicken drumsticks with marinade mixture.
  3. Marinade for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Heat oven to 375 degrees.
  5. Arrange drumsticks in a large baking pan.Pour marinade over chicken.Cover with foil.Bake for 1 hour covered.
  6. Remove foil and continue to bake for another 30-40 minutes or until they are well browned.
  7. Remove from oven,and using a spoon pour the sauce on the bottom of the baking pan over each drumstick.Sprinkle with green scallions if desired.
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Chicken Kotleti in Mushroom Sauce

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Chicken Kotleti_

Russian/Ukrainian kotleti to Slavic people  is like chicken nuggets to Americans.We all grew up on them.It’s one of those Moms famous foods that are perfect as party food or everyday meal. They are tender,juicy, and well seasoned chicken patties that are fried and steamed or fried and simmered in creamy mushroom sauce.Creamy mushroom sauce can be served as gravy also.Always perfect.Always delicious!

Ingredients:

4 chicken breasts*

4 chicken thighs*

2 medium onions chopped

1 carrot grated

2-3 bread slices

milk to soak bread

1 medium potato peeled and grated

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

salt and pepper

Bread crumbs (I get them from Trader Joes)

2 tbsp oil + more for frying

*Or 3-4 lbs ground chicken meat.

 

Mushroom sauce:

1/2 onion finely chopped

1/2 carrots finely grated

6-8 mushrooms sliced or quarted

3/4 chicken broth*

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream*

2 tablespoon flour*

1/4 teaspoon teaspoon pizza seasoning (optional)*

salt and pepper

2 tablespoons butter

* You can make it with out chicken broth,just add more cream and omit flour.The best pizza seasoning for this sauce is from winco (bulk section).I tried from other stores,It’s a little different.

Directions:

Grind chicken thighs and breast.

Soak bread slices in milk and set a side.

Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium heat.

Saute onions with carrots until soft.

Press through grinder and add to chicken.

Squeeze bread from milk.Press through grinder and add to chicken.

Add potatoes,mayonnaise,salt and pepper to chicken.

Mix everything well, hitting the meat against the bowl( at least 20 times).

Shape them in to preferred size patties.

Heat a frying pan with about 1/2 inch oil ( I use extra light olive oil or avocado oil).

Dredge each patty  in breadcrumbs . Fry patties in batches on both sides until golden brown.

If  you’re not serving kotleti/patties with mushroom sauce, arrange fried patties in a baking dish or a medium saucepan. I add onions,peppercorns,and bay leaf to the bottom (it’s optional).Pour a small amount of water or chicken broth over patties/kotleti,about 1/2 -3/4 inch from the bottom. If using baking method;heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 20-25 minutes. If using stovetop method; bring to a boil then reduce to low and steam for about 10 minutes.This makes kotleti juicy.

Chicken Kotleti

 

Mushroom Sauce:

Melt butter in a saute pan on medium heat.

Throw in onions.Saute onions until soft.Transfer to a bowl or plate.

Add more butter if needed and sauté carrots for couple of minutes.Transfer to plate with onions.

Add more butter and sauté mushrooms.

Transfer onions and carrots back to a sauté pan with mushrooms,and mix in flour.Cook for about 15 seconds.

Gradually and gently whisk in chicken broth by dribbles at first.Sauce will thicken.Add heavy whipping cream and pizza seasoning.Season with salt.Turn off the heat.

Arrange patties in a medium saucepan and pour the mushroom sauce over kotleti/patties. Let them simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.Serve with mashed potatoes,pasta or rice.

 

Chicken Kotleti in mushroom sauce

Chicken Kotleti in mushroom sauce

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 4 chicken breasts*
  • 4 chicken thighs*
  • 2 medium onions chopped
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 2-3 bread slices
  • milk to soak bread
  • 1 medium potato peeled and grated
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • salt and pepper
  • Bread crumbs (I get them from Trader Joes)
  • 2 tbsp oil + more for frying
  • *Or 3-4 lbs ground chicken meat.
  • Mushroom sauce:
  • 1/2 onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 carrots finely grated
  • 6-8 mushrooms sliced or quarted
  • 3/4 chicken broth*
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream*
  • 2 tablespoon flour*
  • 1/4 teaspoon teaspoon pizza seasoning (optional)*
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • * You can make it with out chicken broth,just add more cream and omit flour.The best pizza seasoning for this sauce is from winco (bulk section).I tried from other stores,It's a little different.

Instructions

  1. Grind chicken thighs and breast.
  2. Soak bread slices in milk and set a side.
  3. Heat oil in a sauté pan on medium heat.
  4. Saute onions with carrots until soft.
  5. Press through grinder and add to chicken.
  6. Squeeze bread from milk.Press through grinder and add to chicken.
  7. Add potatoes,mayonnaise,salt and pepper to chicken.
  8. Mix everything well, hitting the meat against the bowl( at least 20 times).
  9. Shape them in to preferred size patties.
  10. Heat a frying pan with about 1/2 inch oil ( I use extra light olive oil or avocado oil).
  11. Dredge each patty in breadcrumbs . Fry patties in batches on both sides until golden brown.
  12. If you're not serving kotleti/patties with mushroom sauce, arrange fried patties in a baking dish or a medium saucepan. I add onions,peppercorns,and bay leaf to the bottom (it's optional).Pour a small amount of water or chicken broth over patties/kotleti,about 1/2 -3/4 inch from the bottom. If using baking method;heat oven to 350 degrees and bake for about 20-25 minutes. If using stovetop method; bring to a boil then reduce to low and steam for about 10 minutes.This makes kotleti juicy.
  13. Mushroom Sauce:
  14. Melt butter in a saute pan on medium heat.
  15. Throw in onions.Saute onions until soft.Transfer to a bowl or plate.
  16. Add more butter if needed and sauté carrots for couple of minutes.Transfer to plate with onions.
  17. Add more butter and sauté mushrooms.
  18. Transfer onions and carrots back to a sauté pan with mushrooms,and mix in flour.Cook for about 15 seconds.
  19. Gradually and gently whisk in chicken broth by dribbles at first.Sauce will thicken.Add heavy whipping cream and pizza seasoning.Season with salt.Turn off the heat.
  20. Arrange patties in a medium saucepan and pour the mushroom sauce over kotleti/patties. Let them simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes.Serve with mashed potatoes,pasta or rice.
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Eggplant Sandwich

Eggplant sandwich

Eggplant sandwich

 

This is a gourmet toasted vegetarian eggplant sandwich with pesto,sundried tomatoes, broiled bell peppers and cheese. These sandwiches are perfect for any time of the day and are good to pack for lunch or enjoy at a picnic on a beautiful warm sunny day.

 

4-6 Sandwiches

Bread of choice ( I used torta bread from Costco this time)

1 Eggplant sliced 1/2 inch thick.( peel or no peel)

1 red bell pepper

1 green bell pepper

4-6 slices of cheese like Havarti,fresh mozzarella,provolone,monterey jack.

1-2 avocados sliced

pesto sauce

sundried tomatoes or fresh tomato sliced

2 eggs

1/2 cup panko crumbs

salt

oil for frying

 

Direction:

Season Eggplants with salt on both sides and arrange on a baking sheet or large tray.Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.

Heat oven to broil.Cut sides of the bell peppers to equal four pieces.Broil peppers until the skin is charred.Remove charred skin.

In a bowl whip eggs with whisk or fork.

Heat a skillet or a frying pan on medium heat.Add about 1/4 cup of oil.Dip each eggplant round in egg, then in panko crumbs.Fry both sides and transfer on a plate lined with paper towel.

Heat oven to 500 degrees.

Spread pesto sauce on one side of the bread.Add a little amount of sundried tomatoes (if desired).Place 1 slice of cheese and 1-2 tomato slices (if not using sundried)  on each sandwich half.

Arrange sandwiches (top and bottom piece) on a baking sheet. Toast the bread until cheese is melted.

Place avocados on top of the cheese followed by eggplants,and bell peppers.

 

Eggplant Sandwich

Eggplant Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 4-6 Sandwiches
  • Bread of choice ( I used torta bread from Costco this time)
  • 1 Eggplant sliced 1/2 inch thick.( peel or no peel)
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4-6 slices of cheese Havarti,fresh mozzarella,provolone,monterey jack.
  • 1-2 avocados sliced
  • pesto sauce
  • sundried tomatoes or fresh tomato sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup panko crumbs
  • salt
  • oil for frying

Instructions

  1. Season Eggplants with salt on both sides and arrange on a baking sheet or large tray.Let them sit for 10-15 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to broil.Cut sides of the bell peppers to equal four pieces.Broil peppers until the skin is charred.Remove charred skin.
  3. In a bowl whip eggs with whisk or fork.
  4. Heat a skillet or a frying pan on medium heat.Add about 1/4 cup of oil.Dip each eggplant round in egg, then in panko crumbs.Fry both sides and transfer on a plate lined with paper towel.
  5. Heat oven to 500 degrees.
  6. Spread pesto sauce on one side of the bread.Add a little amount of sundried tomatoes (if desired).Place 1 slice of cheese and 1-2 tomato slices (if not using sundried) on each sandwich half.
  7. Arrange sandwiches (top and bottom piece) on a baking sheet. Toast the bread until cheese is melted.
  8. Place avocados on top of the cheese followed by eggplants,and bell peppers.
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Breakfast Egg Sandwich with Pesto

breakfast sandwich

breakfast sandwich

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I love breakfast!!! I don’t really care about other meals as much as breakfast. This is a tasty ultimate breakfast egg sandwich dressed up with flavorful pesto sauce.Mmmm… so delicious and just perfect!

Ingredients-

(As many as needed)

Bread of your choice ( I used bread tortas from costco)

Turkey,ham,or bologna slices

Havarti cheese slices

Tomato sliced

Avocado sliced

pesto sauce

Eggs

 

Direction-

Heat oven to 450 degrees.

Slice bread in half.

Spread a desired amount of pesto sauce on one side of the bread.

Place sliced turkey,ham, or bologna on top,followed by cheese and tomatoes.

Place both pieces of bread on to a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.

Toast for about 3-5 minutes or until the bread is well toasted and cheese is melted.

Meanwhile,fry eggs any way you prefer.You can make them sunny side up,scrambled, or simple folded omelet.

Take sandwiches from the oven.

Add avocado on top of tomatoes and place egg on top of tomatoes.

Place the top bread over eggs.

ENJOY!

egg sandwich

Breakfast egg sandwich with pesto

Breakfast egg sandwich with pesto

Ingredients

  • (As many as needed)
  • Bread of your choice ( I used bread tortas from costco)
  • Turkey,ham,or bologna slices
  • Havarti cheese slices
  • Tomato sliced
  • Avocado sliced
  • pesto sauce
  • Eggs

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Slice bread in half.
  3. Spread a desired amount of pesto sauce on one side of the bread.
  4. Place sliced turkey,ham, or bologna on top,followed by cheese and tomatoes.
  5. Place both pieces of bread on to a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
  6. Toast for about 3-5 minutes or until the bread is well toasted and cheese is melted.
  7. Meanwhile,fry eggs any way you prefer.You can make them sunny side up,scrambled, or simple folded omelet.
  8. Take sandwiches from the oven.
  9. Add avocado on top of tomatoes and place egg on top of tomatoes.
  10. Place the top bread over eggs.
  11. ENJOY!
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Lazy Vareniki

Lazy Vareniki

Lazy Vareniki

Well known and all time favorite Ukrainian breakfast dish.Lazy vareniki is like traditional cheese filled vareniki but simplified by combining all ingredients together in a bowl.It’s made of quick dough, cut into small pieces and cooked in boiling water.Tossed with lots of butter and served with sour cream.If desired,you can make simple sour cherry *sauce (sooo good) or strawberry sauce and pour it over vareniki.

*I found frozen sour cherries at my local European/Russian store.

2 cups farmers cheese(tvorog)*

2 eggs

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

1  1/2 cups flour

6 tablespoons butter melted (for serving

sour cream (serving)

Sugar (serving)

Large pot and water for boiling

You can substitute ricotta cheese or cottage cheese,but you will need to adjust flour.

Sour cherry sauce-

1 cup frozen sour cherries

1/4 -1/2 cup sugar (sweetness to your liking)

1 tablespoon corn starch

 

Strawberry sauce-

Strawberries

sugar

Direction-

1.Combine tvorog,eggs,sugar,salt in a bowl using stand mixer,spoon, or fork.

2.Add flour and mix to combine.If dough is too sticky,add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. It should be soft,not tough.

3.Divide dough into four sections.

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4.On a well floured surface, roll a long rope/snake.*

5.Cut the rope into 1/2 inch pieces.

6. Bring water to boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.

7.Throw in vareniki one by one.(don’t over crowd ,cook in batches if needed)

8.When vareniki begin to float on top,cook for 3-4 minutes.

9. Drain the water.Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with melted butter and sugar.

Serve with sour cream and/or with desired sauce (below).

*If you want to be lazier then lazy….use a teaspoon to drop the dough in the water.

Sour cherry sauce-

Place cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan.

When sugar has melted,and begins to simmer, take 3 tablespoons of juice from the sauce pan to a cup.

Add cornstarch to the cup with sour cherry juice.Mix well.

Stir in cornstarch mixture with sour cherries and cook until liquid thickens a little.

lazy vareniki

 

Strawberry sauce-

Slice strawberries.

Combine strawberries with sugar in a small sauce pan.

Cook stirring until sugar is dissolved (try not to overcook).

 

To reheat;melt a little bit of  butter in a pan.Throw in cooked vareniki.Saute until golden in color.

Lazy Vareniki

 

Lazy Vareniki

Lazy Vareniki

Ingredients

  • 2 cups farmers cheese(tvorog)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter melted (for serving
  • sour cream (serving)
  • Sugar (serving)
  • Large pot and water for boiling
  • Sour cherry sauce-
  • 1 cup frozen sour cherries
  • 1/4 -1/2 cup sugar (sweetness to your liking)
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • Strawberry sauce-
  • Strawberries
  • sugar

Instructions

  1. Direction-
  2. 1.Combine tvorog,eggs,sugar,salt in a bowl using stand mixer,spoon, or fork.
  3. 2.Add flour and mix to combine.If dough is too sticky,add flour 1 tablespoon at a time. It should be soft,not tough.
  4. 3.Divide dough into four sections.
  5. 4.On a well floured surface, roll a long rope/snake.
  6. 5.Cut the rope into 1/2 inch pieces.
  7. 6. Bring water to boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of salt.
  8. 7.Throw in vareniki one by one.(don't over crowd ,cook in batches if needed)
  9. 8.When vareniki begin to float on top,cook for 3-4 minutes.
  10. 9. Drain the water.Transfer to a mixing bowl and toss with melted butter and sugar.
  11. Serve with sour cream and/or with desired sauce (below).
  12. 1.Sour cherry sauce-
  13. 2.Place cherries and sugar in a small sauce pan.
  14. 3.When sugar has melted,and begins to simmer, take 3 tablespoons of juice from the sauce pan to a cup.
  15. 4.Add cornstarch to the cup with sour cherry juice.Mix well.
  16. Stir in cornstarch mixture with sour cherries and cook until liquid thickens a little.
  17. Strawberry sauce-
  18. 1.Slice strawberries.
  19. 2.Combine strawberries with sugar in a small sauce pan.
  20. 3.Cook stirring until sugar is dissolved (try not to overcook).
  21. To reheat;melt a little bit of butter in a pan.Throw in cooked vareniki.Saute until golden in color.
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Chicken Nuggets

chicken nuggets

chicken nuggets

What kid doesn’t like chicken nuggets?  They are really popular and on the restaurants menu most of the time. Kids just love them!

I stopped buying frozen chicken nuggets about three years ago,and tried making homemade ones with different recipes.And… this recipe is a keeper for me. They are perfect and just the way kids like it. And its so funny how they tried to compare them to  some of the restaurants and fast food places like chick-fil-a. But,guess what…? They liked these better !

They are surprisingly easy to make and not a lot of ingredients.Less ingredients then store bought box for sure.And all the ingredients will not sound foreign to  you. My sister Olga shared this recipe with me from  weelicious.com * .They are delicious and your family,especially kids will love them.

chicken nuggets

 

(dipped in to ketchup by tiny hands)

 

– I made few adjustments to the recipe.

Ingredients-

about 24 nuggets

1 pound chicken breast,cut into chunks.

1/4 cup mashed potatoes or rolled old fashion oats (5 minute oats.)*

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt with parsley

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1 tablespoon mayonnaise(optional but recommended)

1 tablespoon parmessan cheese,grated

panko bread crumbs

oil

1/4 teaspoon salt +/-

black pepper

* I used mashed potatoes

Direction-

Preheat oven to 375° F.

Place chicken breasts in a food processor until chicken is finely chopped.

Transfer chicken to a bowl and add garlic salt,onion powder,parmesan cheese,mashed potatoes/oats,salt and pepper.

Mix well to combine all the ingredients.

Pour oil in to a small dish.

With moistened hands,roll 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture in to a ball and flatten to a “nugget” shape.

Dip nugget into oil,and coat with panko crumbs.

Arrange on to a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.

Bake for 15 minutes.Broil on 500 for 2-3 minutes or until nuggets are golden brown.

*  To freeze, place nuggets on a sheet tray after this step and freeze for one hour. Place nuggets in labeled freezer bags for up to 3 months.

You can serve them with ketchup or honey mustard sauce.

Honey mustard sauce-

2 tablespoon mayonnaise

1 tablespoon dijon mustard (good one)

1 teaspoon red/white wine vinegar

1 tablespoon honey

Whisk all the ingredients.

Chicken Nuggets

Ingredients

  • about 24 nuggets
  • 1 pound chicken breast,cut into chunks.
  • 1/4 cup mashed potatoes or rolled old fashion oats (5 minute oats.)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt with parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise(optional)
  • 1 tablespoon parmessan cheese,grated
  • panko bread crumbs
  • oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt +/-
  • black pepper
  • * I used mashed potatoes
  • Honey mustard sauce-
  • 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard (good one)
  • 1 teaspoon red/white wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Whisk all the ingredients.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a food processor until chicken is finely chopped.
  3. Transfer chicken to a bowl and add garlic salt,onion powder,parmesan cheese,mashed potatoes/oats,salt and pepper.
  4. Mix well to combine all the ingredients.
  5. Pour oil in to a small dish.
  6. With moistened hands,roll 1 tablespoon of chicken mixture in to a ball and flatten to a "nugget" shape.
  7. Dip nugget into oil,and coat with panko crumbs.
  8. Arrange on to a lined baking sheet with parchment paper.
  9. Bake for 15 minutes.Broil on 500 for 2-3 minutes or until nuggets are golden brown.
  10. * To freeze, place nuggets on a sheet tray after this step and freeze for one hour. Place nuggets in labeled freezer bags for up to 3 months.
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Cabbage Salad with Pepper and Carrots

cabbage salad

cabbage salad

Cabbage is very popular vegetable in Russian cuisine.We make salads,we make soups,we make golupsi,piroshki,and braised cabbage.Cabbage is very nutritious and delicious! I prepare variety of cabbage salads often,because my whole family loves this vegetable.This salad crunchy,a little tangy with little sweetness from carrots and bell peppers.

1 cabbage

2-3 carrots

1 -1 1/2 red,yellow,or orange bell pepper

1 onion

1/4 cup vinegar

1 tablespoon salt

1 tablespoon sugar

1 cup oil + 1/2 onion round with tail or 1 small onion peeled

1 whole dry red chili pepper  or pepper flakes

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl,shred cabbage using a mandolin slicer.

Add sugar and salt to cabbage.Massage cabbage for a little.

Peel carrots and julienne thinly or grate them on top of cabbage.

Cut bell pepper in four equal parts.Slice bell pepper over carrots using a mandolin.

Peel onion.Cut onion in four equal quarters and slice thinly over bell peppers using mandolin slicer.

In a skillet or frying pan,heat oil with 1 small onion or 1/2 onion cut vertically(whole tail on) and chili pepper.Oil needs to get really hot (bottom of an onion should be really dark(black).

Meanwhile,pour vinegar over cabbage ,carrots,bell pepper ,and onion.

When the oil is ready and really hot,Pour it over the salad on the onions.

Mix until all the ingredients well combined.

This salad can be served right away or for best results next day.Can be stored in a glass jar for a week or so.

 

Cabbage Salad with Pepper and Carrots

Ingredients

  • 1 cabbage
  • 2-3 carrots
  • 1 -1 1/2 red,yellow,or orange bell pepper
  • 1 onion
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup oil + 1/2 onion round with tail or 1 small onion peeled
  • 1 whole dry red chili pepper or pepper flakes

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl,shred cabbage using a mandolin slicer.
  2. Add sugar and salt to cabbage.Massage cabbage for a little.
  3. Peel carrots and julienne thinly or grate them on top of cabbage.
  4. Cut bell pepper in four equal parts.Slice bell pepper over carrots using a mandolin.
  5. Peel onion.Cut onion in four equal quarters and slice thinly over bell peppers using mandolin slicer.
  6. In a skillet or frying pan,heat oil with 1 small onion or 1/2 onion cut vertically(whole tail on) and chili pepper.Oil needs to get really hot (bottom of an onion should be really dark(black).
  7. Meanwhile,pour vinegar over cabbage ,carrots,bell pepper ,and onion.
  8. When the oil is ready and really hot,Pour it over the salad on the onions.
  9. Mix until all the ingredients well combined.
  10. This salad can be served right away or for best results next day.Can be stored in a glass jar for a week or so.
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Roasted Turkey

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Roasted turkey

Thanksgiving is a planned-ahead holiday dinner with a turkey being the superstar.The first recipe came from my mother-in-law that has been used for many many years.Turkey always comes out tender,moist,and full of flavor.It requires minimum ingredients and very easy roasting method.I like to make this turkey stuffed with Buckwheat(grechka) or rice and mushrooms.My personal pick is buckwheat.

Second recipe is adapted from Anne Burrell (tastebook.com).The turkey is brined in a herby salty solution for 3 days.Then the turkey is rubbed with herby butter and left uncovered in the fridge for another day/night.So it requires 4 days in advance to prepare.It is roasted uncovered and requires basting every 30 minutes.The skin comes out very browned and crispy.The pan juices are used to make a delicious gravy.

Recipe #1-

1 turkey (12-15 lbs)

2-3 garlic bulbs peeled and crushed through garlic press + 1 peeled(not crushed)

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons black pepper

1 oven bag(recommended) or foil.

Stuffing-

2 cups rice or buckwheat

1 onion finely chopped

1 carrot grated

1 1/2 cups sliced mushrooms

oil for sautéing

salt and pepper.

 

DIRECTIONS:

Rinse and pat dry turkey with paper towel.

Combine mayonaisse,garlic,salt and pepper  a bowl.

Carefully separate the skin on breast and thighs.Make little slits in the turkey breast (going under  the skin)Insert garlic cloves from one garlic into the breast.

Apply garlic-mayo mixture under the skin,inside and all over the turkey.

Prepare stuffing-

Cook rice or buckwheat halfway with 1/2 teaspoon salt.

Heat oil in a skillet or sauté pan.Add onions and carrots.Sauté until onions are soft.Transfer onions and carrots from skillet to rice/buckwheat.

Add a little oil to the skillet.Throw in mushrooms.Saute them until all liquid is absorbed.Transfer  mushrooms to rice/buckwheat.

Mix rice/buckwheat with mushrooms,onions,carrots and black pepper.

Stuff turkey with rice/buckwheat stuffing inside including filling in the space on the leg/thigh.

Tie the turkey legs together with cooking twine.

Place the turkey in a oven bag ,then on the roasting pan.

Refrigerate for 3 days.

Heat oven to 425 degrees.Roast the turkey for 30-40 minutes then reduce heat to 350 degrees.

Roast turkey for approximately 3 – 3 1/2 hours. Pour pan juices all over the turkey and stuffing.Strain pan juices,separate the fat and use the juices to make gravy if

desired.

*In case you need to expedite marinating process,cut little slits all over turkey.Marinate 24-48 hours.

 

Recipe #2-

FOR THE BRINE
3/4 cup kosher salt

1/3 cup sugar

2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice

3 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice

1 whole garlic bulb, cut in half equatorially

1/2 bunch of fresh rosemary

1/2 bunch of fresh sage

2 tablespoons coriander seed

2 tablespoons fennel seed

6 bay leaves

1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

FOR THE HERB BUTTER

1/2 pound (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature

1/2 bunch of fresh rosemary, leaves finely chopped

1/2 bunch of fresh sage, leaves finely chopped

Kosher salt

FOR THE GRAVY
2 onions, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch dice

2 celery ribs, cut into 1/2-inch dice

4 cloves garlic, smashed

1 thyme bundle

3 bay leaves

2 quarts chicken stock

3/4 cup all-purpose flour

2 cups dry white wine

PREPARATION

TO BRINE THE TURKEY

  1. In a container large enough to accommodate all the ingredients including the turkey, combine 2 gallons water with the salt, sugar, onions, carrots, celery,garlic, rosemary, sage, coriander seed, fennel seed, bay leaves, and crushed red pepper. Stir to combine.
  2. Submerge the turkey in the brine. Cover and refrigerate for 3 days.

TO PREPARE THE TURKEY FOR ROASTING

  1. The night before you are planning to roast the bird, remove it from the brine and pat it dry with paper towels.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the butter, rosemary, sage, and some salt. Using your fingers, carefully work your way under the skin of the turkey to separate it from the breasts and legs.
  3. Massage the herb butter under the skin of the breast and legs, then all over the outside of the bird as well.
  4. Tie the turkey’s legs together with cooking twine.
  5. In the bottom of your roasting pan, for the gravy, combine the onions, carrots, celery, garlic, thyme bundle, and bay leaves. Season with salt.
  6. Place the turkey on top of the veggies and put in the fridge overnight uncovered.This allows the skin of the turkey to dry out and creates a gorgeous, brown, crispy skin.
  7. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  8. Pour 2 cups of the chicken stock into the roasting pan and put the turkey in the hot oven for 35 to 40 minutes, or until the turkey becomes beautifully browned.
  9. Reduce the heat to 350°F. Baste the turkey with the pan juices and rotate the pan every 30 minutes for the remainder of the cooking time. Think 17 minutes per pound .(About 3 – 3 1/2 hours for 15 lbs.)
  10. If the turkey starts to get too brown, tent it loosely with aluminum foil. . Transfer turkey  to a rimmed baking sheet, cover it loosely with aluminum foil, and let rest for at least 30 minutes.

TO MAKE THE GRAVY

  1. Using a mesh strainer, strain the veggies out of the cooking liquid over a large bowl and allow the fat to rise to the top of the cooking liquid. Discard the veggies. Save the roasting pan, but don’t wash it — you still need it.
  2. Skim the fat off the surface of the cooking liquid. Place the roasting pan directly on a burner, add the skimmed fat to the pan, and bring it to medium heat.
  3. Whisk in the flour and cook the mixture until it has the consistency of wet sand. Whisk in the wine and cook for 4 to 5 minutes.
  4. Add the reserved cooking juices and the remaining chicken stock to the flour mixture. Bring the liquid to a boil and reduce to a simmer . Cook until the mixture is the consistency of thick gravy, about 10 minutes. Taste and season with salt if needed.
  5. Carve the turkey and serve with the gravy and mashed potatoes.

 

 

Croissant Chicken Salad Sandwich

Croissant chicken salad sandwich

Croissant chicken salad sandwich

Buttery,flaky croissant with creamy chicken salad is a satisfying and elegant chicken sandwich.By dividing the sandwich in half  or using a petite croissant ;these sandwiches will look impressive at  baby showers,bridal showers,brunch or any get togethers.Both of the recipes are delicious and can be made with other type of breads as well.

6-8 croissants

I  cooked/roasted chicken breast sliced or cubed ( or 2 cans of canned)

1/4 of apple cored and chopped

3/4 cup grapes halved (green or purple)

1 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped

1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted

1/3 cup fried bacon pieces(optional)

fresh black ground pepper

1 cup mayonnaise

1/2 cup heavy whipping cream

salt

spinach(optional)

 

Other option-

I cooked/roasted chicken breast  sliced or cubed ( or 2 cans of canned)

1/2 cup peeled and cubed cucumber

3 green onion finely chopped

1/2 cup mayonnaise

Croissant Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients

  • 6-8 croissants
  • #1
  • I cooked/roasted chicken breast sliced or cubed ( or 2 cans of canned)
  • 1/4 of apple cored and chopped
  • 3/4 cup grapes halved (green or purple)
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds toasted
  • 1/3 cup fried bacon pieces(optional)
  • fresh black ground pepper
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • salt
  • spinach(optional)
  • Other option-
  • #2
  • I cooked/roasted chicken breast sliced or cubed ( or 2 cans of canned)
  • 1/2 cup peeled and cubed cucumber
  • 3 green onion finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise

Instructions

  1. #1.
  2. Combine chicken,apples,grapes,dill,almonds,bacon(if preferred) in a bowl.
  3. In another small bowl combine mayonnaise,heavy whipping cream,salt and pepper.
  4. Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken and mix well to combine.
  5. Slice croissant in half.Arrange spinach leaves(if preferred).Add chicken salad on top of spinach.
  6. #2.Mix chicken,green onions,cucumber and mayonnaise in a bowl.
  7. Slice croissant and add chicken salad to one of the halved slices and top with other croissant.
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