The Easiest (And Most Delicious) Way to Make French Fries

 

French Fries
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The Easiest (And Most Delicious) Way to Make French Fries

By bon appétit magazine | Shine Food – 3 hours ago

 

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Photo by Marcus NilssonBy Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit

Slow-Fried French Fries
There are certain foods that are better when not made at home, like french fries. To achieve golden-brown perfection, you have to fry them twice: first at a low temperature, to poach them; then at a high heat, to crisp them up. Very tasty, very much a pain in the neck. A few years back, I read about how French chef Joel Robuchon supposedly does it at his house: He puts sliced potatoes in a pot of cold oil, turns on the heat, and lets them go. It sounds too simple to work. But as the temperature rises, the potatoes cook from the outer layer in until the fries are wonderfully crunchy outside and creamy in the center. You’ll never make fries any other way-even if you’ve never made them before.

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Preparation
Peel 2 lb. large russet potatoes; cut into long french-fry sticks, about 3/8×3/8 inches thick. Rinse; shake off water.

Transfer potatoes to a large deep heavy pot, spreading potatoes so they’re no more than 2 layers deep. Pour in safflower or vegetable oil to cover potatoes by 1″. Place pot over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes (oil will begin bubbling gently). Continue cooking, occasionally loosening potatoes from the bottom of the pot with a heatproof spatula, until potatoes are very tender, 25-30 minutes more. Increase heat to medium-high and cook until golden and crisp, about 15 minutes longer (oil will bubble more vigorously).

Using a slotted spoon, transfer fries to paper towels to drain. Season with coarse sea salt.

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Bootlegger’s Beef

From:  http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Bootleggers-Beef-1254

Bootlegger’s Beef

Bon Appétit  | February 1996

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main ingredients VegetableWhiskeyBeef

yield: Serves 4

Use a blended Canadian whisky (purchased legally, of course). It is slightly sweet and will help balance the peppery sauce that naps the roasted beef… more
  • 1 2-pound butt-end beef tenderloin roast, well trimmed
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 cup chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 cup canned beef broth
  • 1/3 cup Canadian whisky
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely crushed black peppercorns

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Preparation

Preheat oven to 400°F. Pat beef tenderloin dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat vegetable oil in heavy large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add beef to skillet and cook until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes. Add chopped onions, carrots and thyme to skillet.

Transfer skillet to oven and roast beef until meat thermometer inserted into thickest part registers 120°F for rare, stirring vegetables occasionally, about 30 minutes. Transfer beef to platter. Tent with foil to keep warm.

Place skillet with vegetables over medium-high heat. Add canned beef broth and whisky and bring to boil, scraping up any browned bits. Boil until liquid is reduced to 2/3 cup, stirring occasionally, about 7 minutes. Strain sauce and return to skillet.

Mix flour and butter in small bowl until smooth paste forms. Add to sauce in skillet and whisk until well blended. Add whipping cream, crushed black peppercorns and any accumulated juices from beef. Simmer over medium heat until sauce thickens, whisking constantly, about 3 minutes. Season sauce to taste with salt.

Cut beef into thick slices and arrange on platter. Spoon sauce over.

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Beef & Guinnes® Stew

Compliments of your Market District® Recipe Development Team
Serves: 6
Prep Time: 25 min.
Cooking Time: 2 hrs.

Ingredients

1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
2 lbs. stewing beef
1 large onion — diced
1lb. bag carrots — peeled, sliced and quartered
5 stalks celery — cut into 1/2-inch slices
8 oz. package mushrooms — sliced
4 14.5 oz. cans beef broth — divided
14.9 oz. can Guinness® (or 15 oz. beef broth)
6 oz. can tomato paste plus 1 can water
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh parsley — minced

Directions

In a large saucepan, heat oil. Add beef and all its juices, and brown on all sides, about 20 minutes or until liquid cooks off. Add vegetables, 3 cans of beef broth, and beer. Empty can of tomato paste into a small bowl. Fill empty tomato paste can with water and combine with tomato paste, then add to saucepan. Cook stew uncovered for 1 hour, 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. In a small bowl, combine remaining can of beef broth with flour to make a paste. Add flour paste to saucepan and stir to incorporate and thicken. Cook an additional 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and pepper to taste and garnish with parsley. Serve with crusty bread.

Baked zucchini and mozzarella

Baked zucchini and mozzarella

Posted on December 6, 2011 by

There are few things as easy and delicious as this zucchini magic trick. Slice, sprinkle, bake et voila, deliciousness. The zucchini become soft and buttery, the garlic salt gives depth of flavor, and the cheese bubbles in to a golden brown crust.

Baked zucchini and mozzarella

2 medium sized (or about 5 small) zucchini
garlic salt
salt
olive oil
2 C shredded mozzarella cheese

Slice your zucchini up into 1/2 inch rings. Lay them out flat on a large cookie sheet. Sprinkle with garlic salt and a bit of salt. Bake in the oven at 350 for about 10-15 minutes or until crisp tender.

Take the pan out of the oven and sprinkle the zucchini with cheese. Turn the oven to broil and let the cheese get all bubbly and a bit browned. This should only take about 3-5 minutes.

Enjoy right out of the oven.

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Crock❧Pot BBQ Beer Chicken

From:  http://www.howsweeteats.com/2011/10/crockpot-bbq-beer-chicken/

 

Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken.

October 5, 2011 · 207 comments

What is up with beer and me lately?

I can’t get enough of the stuff.

If I’m telling the truth, I really enjoy cooking with beer much more than I like drinking it. I do like to drink it on occasion, but it’s not always my beverage of choice. However, when it comes to cooking with it?

Best

flavor

ever.

Basically, I love replacing water with alcohol. Always and forever.

And now… a peek into what a mess my kitchen appliances really are.

You don’t even want to see my stand mixer. Or my toaster. Or my food processor. Or my fridge. Or my… everything. I’m a train wreck.

Look at that bun. (Or bum, since that’s what I really just typed.) Don’t you want to do a big trampoline jump on it? So puffy and fluffy and fat.

I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that this is the best chicken I have ever made in the crockpot. It might be the best chicken I’ve made, period. And… I make a ton of crockpot chicken. Like really, a ton.

People… I live with a man who seriously eats chicken at least five days a week for lunch and dinner. Sometimes I get insanely creative, but most weeks he gets the short end of the stick when I throw chicken in the slow cooker with, uh… nothing else, just so I don’t have to deal with making him something delicious only to stuff it in five giant tupperware containers. Maybe I do wish you could see my fridge.

 

So, I’m convinced it’s a combination of the perfect marriage between beer, spices (I freakishly love onion powder and smoked paprika together… give it a whirl) and sauce (Bone Suckin‘ is the best) that makes this so amazing. It’s a great meal for a crowd but if you’re smart, you’ll make a big crock for yourself and freeze a bunch for the days when wine drinking and pie eating takes precedence over dinner.

Or is that just me?

Crockpot BBQ Beer Chicken

serves about 8-10

3 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 6 large)

1 tablespoon onion powder

1 tablespoon smoked paprika

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

8 ounces of beer (I used a classic amber)

32 ounces of barbecue sauce

Season chicken with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add to crockpot, then add beer and 24 ounces of barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours, tossing once or twice if desired. After 8 hours, shred and add remaining barbecue sauce. Serve as desired.

Notes:

1. I’ve found that *thinner* barbecue sauce works better (such as Bone Suckin’ Sauce) than thicker sauce (like Sweet Baby Ray’s). If you choose to use a thicker sauce, you may want to add a little more beer (or liquid) in order for the sauce not to burn and thicken on the edges of the pot. This is also the reason I don’t use my homemade barbecue sauce.

2. If you don’t want to use beer, you can try a ginger ale, chicken stock, or even water.

3. This makes a ton of chicken and I usually freeze immediately freeze a container for later.

I wish I was sandwiched between those buns.

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Chili with SQUASH?

I love squash with a little heat from Paprika or Cayenne… why not chili with squash in it?  I’ll refer to these for inspiration:

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Recipes > Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili

Beef-and-Butternut Squash Chili

We’ve loaded this chili with beef and beans for zinc and B vitamins, tomatoes and green peppers for vitamin C, and butternut squash for beta-carotene.

Worthy of a special occasion

Yield: Makes 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

from Southern Living

Recipe Time

Cook Time: 50 Minutes
Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving

  • Calories: 234
  • Calories from fat: 22%
  • Fat: 6g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 2.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Carbohydrate: 30g
  • Fiber: 6.8g
  • Cholesterol: 21mg
  • Iron: 2.9mg
  • Sodium: 642mg
  • Calcium: 65mg

Ingredients

  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans Mexican-style stewed tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) can chili beans
  • 1/2 small butternut squash, peeled and cubed (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels

Preparation

  • Cook beef, bell pepper, and next 2 ingredients in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat until meat crumbles and is no longer pink. Drain well, and return to Dutch oven.
  • Stir in tomatoes and next 5 ingredients; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Stir in corn, and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes or until squash is tender and chili is thickened.

Southern Living
JANUARY 2006

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Beefy Butternut Squash Chili Recipe

Beefy Butternut Squash Chili

Sunny AndersonRecipe courtesy Sunny Anderson

Show: Cooking for RealEpisode: Carving Out Some Fun

Rated 4 stars out of 5
Total Time:
1 hr 35 min
Prep
20 min
Cook
1 hr 15 min
Yield:
6 to 8 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons dry oregano
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound beef chuck or stewing meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 cup finely chopped white onion
  • 1 cup seeded and chopped red bell pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, grated on rasp or finely minced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce (recommended: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce)
  • 1 pound ground chuck (80-percent lean)
  • 2 tablespoons fine cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine (recommended: any inexpensive Chianti)
  • 1 1/2 cups beef stock
  • 1 (1 1/2 pound) butternut squash, peeled, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Directions

In a small bowl combine the cumin, chili powder, pumpkin pie spice, oregano, 2 teaspoons salt and a few grinds of black pepper.

In a large pot over medium heat add the olive oil, beef cubes and half of the seasoning. Cook until the beef is browned on all sides, but not cooked through; remove with a slotted spoon to a plate. Add the onions, bell pepper, garlic, tomato paste and hot sauce. Stir and cook until everything turns a dark reddish brown, about 10 minutes. Add the ground beef and sprinkle over the remaining seasoning. Stir and cook until beef is browned then add the reserved beef chunks back to the pot along with the cornmeal, wine, stock, and the squash. Raise the heat until it comes to a boil, then lower to a simmer, cover and cook until the beef is tender, about 40 to 45 minutes. Uncover and let the chili cook another 15 minutes, until it is thick and the liquid is reduced.

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Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard

Bon Appétit  | March 2006

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Black Bean Chili with Butternut Squash and Swiss Chard 3½ forks

at a glance

main ingredients VegetableLeafy GreenButternut SquashBean

cuisine American

type Quick & EasySoup/Stew

dietary considerations VegetarianLow FatLow CalHigh FiberHealthyVegan

yield: Makes 4 main-course servings

active time: 45 minutes

total time: 45 minutes

Top with chopped fresh cilantro, red onions, and grated cheddar cheese, if you like.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 1/2 cups 1/2-inch pieces peeled butternut squash
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 3 15-ounce cans black beans, rinsed, drained
  • 2 1/2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes in juice
  • 3 cups (packed) coarsely chopped Swiss chard leaves (from 1 small bunch)

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Preparation

Heat oil in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic; sauté until tender and golden, about 9 minutes. Add squash; stir 2 minutes. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Stir in beans, broth, and tomatoes with juices; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until squash is tender, about 15 minutes. Stir in chard; simmer until chard is tender but still bright green, about 4 minutes longer. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle chili into bowls and serve.

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Yellow Squash Chili

The addition of sunny yellow squash gives this hearty chili a bright summer flavor. Don’t be afraid to dip your bread straight in the bowl. This recipe comes to us from Grace of Going to Graceland.

  • 1 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 medium bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • 1 zucchini, chopped
  • 1 yellow squash, chopped
  • 1 can black beans
  • 1 can refried beans
  • 1 can kidney beans
  • 2 large cans crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoons oregano

Serves 6

Heat the olive oil in a large stew pot over medium heat.

Sauté the onion, carrot, bell pepper, celery, zucchini, yellow squash in the olive oil for 8-10 minutes or until vegetables are tender.

Add the canned beans, tomatoes, chili powder, and oregano.

Mix and simmer for 20 minutes.

Just before serving, season with salt and pepper to taste.

Serve with bread or crackers.

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Nutrition Information

Yellow Squash Chili
  • Servings per Recipe: 6
  • Amount per Serving
  • Calories: 330
  • Calories from Fat: 45
  • Total Fat: 5.0g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.0g
  • Cholesterol: 6mg
  • Sodium: 1064mg
  • Potassium: 1571mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 60.2g
  • Dietary Fiber: 18.3g
  • Protein: 16.7g
  • Sugars: 14.5g
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Chicken-stuffed Shells

 

Bethany made these for dinner on Sunday night. They’re one of my favorites.

There are many variations on the ‘net out there.

I’d use Miracle Whip instead of mayo if I was doing it, but there’s not enough to taste the difference.  We also generally add a 2nd can of cream of chicken soup so there’s more (& thicker) gravy.  We have used the light Miracle Whip and the “healthy request” can of chicken soup with no discernible difference.

Obviously, a rotisserie chicken makes this go a little more quickly.  Ha ha.  Also, I like to grill the chicken breasts on the counter-top electric grill rather than boil them.  Seems easier, and I like the dark edges.

This is one of my favorie meals, it lasts for lunches for days or freezes well.  I like ’em with a side of nice fresh green beans.

Also… you could change it up with Cream of Mushroom or Cream of Celery or Cream of whatever soup…  Not sure how you’d adapt to a vegetarian/vegan version if you wanted to… I know Campbell’s “cream of” soups have “natural flavors” that could have once been alive & self-aware… and I’m not sure about stove-top stuffing but I’m sure there’s chicken flavoring in there.

We’ve also done this with leftover Turkey & stuffing after Thanksgiving.