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March 31, 2017 / Chris Blum

Tater Tot Waffles

This is from F&W with a little twist from me. This is the ultimate weeknight comfort food!

Nonstick cooking spray
8 cups thawed frozen Tater Tots (32 ounces)
Flaky sea salt

Heat a waffle iron; preheat the oven to 200°. Grease the waffle iron with nonstick spray. Spread 2 cups of the tots on it; sprinkle with salt. Close and cook on medium high until nearly crisp, about 5 minutes. Open the waffle iron and fill in any holes in the waffle with more tots, then close and cook until golden and crispy, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a baking sheet; keep warm in the oven. Repeat with the remaining tots.

With Truffles Egg:

Bring a large pot of water to a simmer, add 1 tbsp white vinegar. Crack eggs into a small dish then gently add to simmering water. Cook 4 minutes. Drizzle tot waffle will a little truffle oil, top with egg, salt and pepper.

With Proscuitto Mustard & Arugula:

Mix 1/4 c creme fraiche and 2 tbsp whole grain mustard in a bowl. 

Toss 2 c baby arugula with 1 tsp lemon juice and 1 tsp olive oil in a bowl. 

Top each waffle with 1 tbsp of the creme fraiche sauce, Proscuitto and 1/2 c arugula. Garnish with cornichons.

Serves 4.

March 31, 2017 / Chris Blum

Asparagus Salad with Eggs and Proscuitto 

This salad is quick and easy and oh so delicious!

Ingredients:
1/2 lb asparagus
4 eggs
4 slices proscuitto
1/4 c basil
Espelette
1/4 c toasted panko

Vinaigrette:
1/4 c tarragon
1/4 c grated parmesan
1/4 c white wine vinegar
2 tbsp dijon
1 tbsp honey
Salt
Pepper
1/2 olive oil

Combine all Vinaigrette ingredients in a food processor and run until smooth.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cool asparagus 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water. Then pat dry and divide amount 2 plates. Top with Proscuitto.

Add eggs to the boiling water and cook for 6 minutes then transfer to ice water.

Careful peel and cut eggs in half, they will be just slightly runny, place on top of Proscuitto. Drizzle with vinaigrette, bread crumbs and basil.

Serves 2 as main, 4 as a side.

March 27, 2017 / Chris Blum

Crispy Chicken with Crispy Rice, Bok Choy & Kimchi Vinaigrette 

Winner winner chicken dinner!! This one is a bit of work, but so worth it. 

Jasmine Rice, 3 cups warm cooked white rice
1 1/2 tsp canola oil
2 tbsp olive oil
4 small bok choy, halved lengthwise
Salt and Pepper
1/4 c plus 2 tablespoons Kimchi
2 cups shredded roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken
Thai basil sprigs

Roasted Chicken
1 whole chicken
Salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 500.

Generously salt the chicken inside and out. Season with pepper. Place in a roasting pan and roast for 50 – 70 minutues until it is 162. Cool fpr a few then carve and set aside.

Kimchi Vinaigrette
3 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tsp Dijon mustard
Salt
Pepper
3/4 c olive oil
2 tbsp kimchi

Blend with an immersion blender and set aside.

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Preheat the oven to 375°.
In a medium bowl, mix 1/2 of the rice with the canola oil. Spread on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until crisp.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the bok choy cut side down and season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until browned on the bottom, 5 – 7 min per side. Transfer to a plate.

In a bowl, toss the crispy rice with the remaining 2 1/2 cups of cooked rice and 1/4 cup of the vinaigrette.

Transfer to shallow bowls and top with the bok choy and chicken. Spoon the remaining vinaigrette into the bowls. Garnish with basil.

Serves 4 – 6.

March 26, 2017 / Chris Blum

Green Gazpacho

This cold soup is amazing! The flavor is so complex – Ottolenghi knocks it out of the park.

2 celery sticks (including the leaves)
2 small green peppers, deseeded
6 mini cucumbers
3 slices stale white bread, crust removed
1 jalapeno
4 garlic cloves
1 tsp sugar
1 1/2 c walnuts, lightly toasted
6 c baby spinach
1 c basil leaves
1/4 cp arsley
4 tbsp sherry vinegar
1 c olive oil
3 tbsp Greek yogurt
2 c water
9 oz ice cubes
2 tsp salt
Pepper

Roughly chop up the celery, peppers, cucumbers, bread, chilli and garlic. Place in a blender and add the sugar, walnuts, spinach, basil, parsley, vinegar, oil, yogurt, most of the water, half the ice cubes, the salt and some white pepper.

Blitz the soup until smooth. Add more water, if needed, to get your preferred consistency. Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning.

Lastly, add the remaining ice and pulse once or twice, just to crush it a little.

Serve cold.
Serves 6.

Serve at once, with the croutons.

March 26, 2017 / Chris Blum

Pizza with Potatoes and Green Garlic

I tend to make pizza on Friday night and generally it is a last ditch effort to clean out the fridge. This week I had some left over boiled potatoes from chorizo tacos and green garlic. The two together are wonderful!

1 bulb green garlic, sliced thin
½ lb new potatoes, boiled and choped
Olive oil
Pizza dough
Pepper
1 tbps chopped fresh rosemary
¼ c freshly grated Parmesan
1 ball of mozzarella 

Preheat oven with pizza stone inside to 450.

Roll out dough, drizzle with olive oil. Top with slices of mozzarella, garlic, potatoes, rosemary, pepper, salt and parm.

Bake for 10 min until cheese is melted and crust is brown.

March 22, 2017 / Chris Blum

Chorizo and Potato Tacos

This Tacos are the ultimate comfor food – stuffed into a crispy shell – ok mine got a little too crispy, but they were delicious. Just bake tortillas at 350 in an inverted cupcake pan sprayed with olive oil. 

1/2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes
Salt
1 lb Mexican chorizo, casings removed
1 c finely chopped white onions
1 finely chopped jalapeño chile
2 tsp olive
Your fav taco fixinga
Tortillas

Put the potatoes in a pot of salted watee and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Cook 10 to 15, until just tender. Drain and cut the potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes.

Cook, stirring and breaking up the chorizo slightly, until it’s completely cooked and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Add the onions and chile, along with a teaspoon or two of oil if your chorizo hasn’t rendered much fat, and cook, stirring and scraping, until the onions are translucent and soft, about 8 minutes.

Add the potatoes and 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and cook until the potatoes are hot all the way through and have absorbed some chorizo flavor, about 10 minutes.

Serve alongside 12 warm corn tortillas and top with your fav taco fixings.

Serves 8.

March 22, 2017 / Chris Blum

Irish Tacos

This recipe is from the NYT and it is delicious! It’s a great way to mix up eating left over corned beef.

2 lbs corned beef
1 small head of green cabbage, cored and thinly sliced
3 carrots, peeled and sliced into julienne
3/4 c mayonnaise
3 tbsp sour cream
3 tbspcider vinegar
Salt and pepper
1 ½ tbsp hot sauce
12 to 16 flour or tortillas, warmed
Sliced fresh or pickled jalapeños

Warm the corned beef in its cooking liquid, or wrap it in foil and set on a sheet pan in a 350-degree oven for 20 minutes or so.

Make the coleslaw: Mix cabbage and carrots together in a large bowl.

In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream, cider vinegar, salt, pepper and hot pepper sauce to taste.

Pour half the sauce over the cabbage and carrots and toss to coat thoroughly. Season to taste. Reserve remaining sauce.

When the corned beef is hot, remove from liquid or foil and use two forks to shred it. Serve with the warmed tortillas, sliced jalapeños, the slaw, remaining white sauce and some hot pepper sauce.

Serves 8.

March 18, 2017 / Chris Blum

Coconut Lime Pork Tacos

This tacos with tropical flare are delicious!

1 lb ground pork
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 1/2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp smoked paprika
Cayenne pepper, to taste
2/3 c coconut milk, stirred
3 tbsp pineapple juice
2 tbsp lime juice
Corn or flour tortillas
1 large avocado, diced
Other recommended toppings: chopped cilantro, sour cream, shredded cheddar or Monterey jack cheese

In a large skillet, heat 1 tbsp of olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, and a large pinch of salt and pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until they’ve softened, about 3 to 5 minutes. Push the onion and garlic to one side of the pan, and add the cumin, chili powder, paprika, oregano, and cayenne. Let sizzle in the pan until they’re toasted and fragrant, about 1 minute, then stir well until the onions and garlic are evenly coated with the spices.

Add the ground pork to the pan. Cook over medium-high heat, breaking up any large chunks of pork and stirring occasionally, until the pork is just cooked through. Remove any excess fat from the pan.

Add the coconut milk; simmer for about 5 minutes until thickened, then stir in the black beans, pineapple juice and lime juice and cook for an additional minute or two.

Serve in warm tortillas with your favorite toppings.

Serves 4.

March 18, 2017 / Chris Blum

Pressure Cooker Barley Risotto with Asparagus

This is a quick side when you cook it in the pressure cooker. Perfect paired with rack of lamb. To make it even quicker use a good store bought pesto.

Ingredients:
7 c vegetable broth
2 tbsp olive oil
1 onion, minced
1 1/2 c barley
1/2 c dry white wine
1/2 c ricotta salata
1/2 lb asparagus
1/2 c pesto sauce

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Cook asparagus for 2 min and move to an ice bath. Cut into 1 inch pieces.

In a multicooker on medium sauté, add onions and cook until soft. Add barley and garlic, stir to coat. Add wine and stir till absorbed. 

Close lid and cook on Risotto mode for 6 minutes. (High pressure for 6 min).

Stir in asparagus, pesto, cheese and pepper. 

Serves 4 – 6.

March 18, 2017 / Chris Blum

Pasta with Arugula and Asparagus 

I love pasta on week nights, you can make it less than time then delivery or take out. This one is packed full of healthy veggies. Be sure to use the thinnest asparagus you can find for this one.

Ingredients:
1 lb thin asparagus
8 oz pasta
1/2 c ricotta
1 tbsp olive oil
3 oz arugula
1/2 c parmesan
Pepper

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add asparagus and cook for 2 minutes, transfer to a bowl of cold water. Then cut into inch pieces.

Cook pasta according to package.

In a large bowl combine ricotta and 2 tbsp of pasta water. Toss is asparagus, parmesan, arugula, pepper and pasta to combine.

Serves 4.