jueves, 22 de junio de 2017

Ingredients¾ lb. pork belly block1 tsp. salt½ Tbsp. oil2 inch...



Ingredients

¾ lb. pork belly block
1 tsp. salt
½ Tbsp. oil
2 inch ginger, sliced
1 Tokyo negi (or leaks/green onions)
Seasonings

⅔ cup water
⅓ cup sake
⅓ cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp. sugar
Instructions

Cut negi into 2 inch lengths and separate the green parts and white parts. For white parts, make an incision lengthwise and remove the soft green core. Keep it with the green part, which will be used later on for cooking.
Stack up the white part of negi and slice thinly. Soak in cold water for 10 minutes and drain well. Put it in an air-tight container or cover with plastic wrap. We will use this for garnishing chashu later.
Peel and slice ginger.
Sprinkle and rub the salt on the pork belly. If your pork belly block is big, you have two options. Cut into smaller pieces or roll it into a log with butcher’s twine, keeping the thick fat on the outside. Start tying from the center of the log toward left and right.
Heat the oil in a cast iron skillet (or regular frying pan) over high heat and brown the fat side first, then flip over to brown the other side. It’ll take about 10 minutes.
While browning, put all the ingredients for seasonings in a heavy-bottom pot (or regular pot).
Place the pork belly in the pot and add ginger and negi and bring it to a boil.
Place an otoshibuta (drop lid) on top of the meat. If you don’t have one, make one out of aluminum foil (and here’s how). Do not use a regular lid. To learn more about what Otoshibuta does, click here.
Lower the heat to medium low and simmer, occasionally turning, for about one hour or until there is ¼ inch liquid left in the pot.
Remove the otoshibuta and reduce the sauce until you can see the bottom of the pot when you scrape the sauce. Stay in the kitchen as the meat can easily get burnt if there is no liquid left. After 15-20 minutes or so, bubbles start to appear. You are getting close to the end. Turn off the heat when you see the bottom of the pot when you slide the meat around. The sauce is now thickened and meat is shiny.
Take out the meat and cut into thin slices.
This is an optional step, but use a propane torch or broiler to sear each slice of pork belly to enhance the flavor.
Transfer to a serving plate and top with Shiraga Negi and Shichimi Togarashi. Or serve with ramen.
If you don’t use the chashu right away, pack the chashu and the sauce in an air-tight plastic bag to give it more flavor all around. You can store it in the refrigerator up to 5 days and 3 weeks in the freezer.



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miércoles, 21 de junio de 2017

Ingredients:1 russet potato1 ½ teaspoons olive oil,...



Ingredients:

  • 1 russet potato
  • 1 ½ teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions:

  1. Peel and grate the potato.
  2. Roll shredded potato up in 4-ply of paper towels and squeeze out the moisture. Repeat if necessary until most of the liquid is gone.
  3. Transfer to a bowl and toss with salt & pepper.
  4. Preheat a large fry pan (preferable non-stick) to medium-high.
  5. Place one teaspoon of oil in the hot pan and swirl around.
  6. Add potatoes, patting them evenly and cleaning up edges.
  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook undisturbed and uncovered for 15 minutes.
  8. When bottom is crisp, turn potatoes over. If needed, cut into wedges for easier turning. Add ½ teaspoon of oil and swirl it around to reach all sides.
  9. Cook another 15 minutes until golden and crisp. Taste for salt.


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martes, 20 de junio de 2017

INGREDIENTS:3-4 whole eggs3-4 cups of bread crumbs (fresh or...



INGREDIENTS:
3-4 whole eggs
3-4 cups of bread crumbs (fresh or store bought)
1 quart canola oil for frying
parsley, thyme, and rosemary are optional



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domingo, 18 de junio de 2017

GROWN-UP BACON MAC AND CHEESE

INGREDIENTS

  • ½ lb dried cavatappi pasta (see note on how to double this recipe)
  • 3 cups half & half
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Cabot New York Sharp Cheddar, shredded (sold as an 8oz. block of cheese)
  • 1 cup whole milk mozzarella, shredded
  • ½ cup parmigiano-reggiano, finely grated
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 1½ to 2 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic, minced (not the stuff in the jar)
  • generous pinch of nutmeg (about ⅛ tsp or less)
  • generous pinch of cayenne pepper (about ⅛ tsp or less)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 6 slices of semi-crisp hardwood smoked bacon, chopped (feel free to use more if you’d like)
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons seasoned breadcrumbs (optional)
  • *Salt to season the pasta water

*To DOUBLE this recipe (use the same cooking directions):

  • 1 lb dried cavatappi pasta
  • 4½ cups half & half
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 4 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups Cabot New York Sharp Cheddar, shredded (sold as an 8oz. block of cheese, so you’d use 1 and a half blocks)
  • 1½ cups whole milk mozzarella, shredded
  • ¾ to 1 cup parmigiano-reggiano, finely grated
  • 1 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2-3 tbsp green onion, chopped
  • 4-5 cloves fresh garlic, minced (not the stuff in the jar)
  • ⅛ to ¼ tsp of nutmeg
  • ⅛ tsp cayenne pepper (or more)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 8-12 slices of semi-crisp hardwood smoked bacon, chopped (or more)
  • up to ¼ cup seasoned breadcrumbs (optional)
  • *Salt to season the pasta water

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a large baking sheet with foil and lay each slice of bacon down with at least an inch of space between each slice. Place the baking sheet full of bacon on the lowest rack of your oven and let it cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until crisp but still pliable. It will crisp even further once it’s baked, so don’t crisp it too much at this stage. Drain on paper towels and chop into bite sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, boil water for your pasta. Once it starts to boil, season with about a tablespoon of salt and stir to dissolve. Add the pasta and boil for 5 minutes. Reserve one cup of the pasta water just in case. Drain the pasta and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Don’t toss the pasta around, just let it sit while you rinse it – this helps keep some of the starch in place. Drain the cold water and let the cooled off pasta hang out on the sidelines while you make the cheese sauce.
  4. Rinse the pot you boiled the pasta in with cold water to cool it off completely then place back on top of your stove over medium heat. Add the butter to melt – once it starts to foam/sizzle, it’s ready for the flour. Add the flour and whisk vigorously until smooth and lump-free. Let this cook for 1 minute to get that “raw flour” flavor out. Add 1 cup of the half & half, and continue to whisk vigorously until smooth, about 20 to 30 seconds. Add the remaining 2 cups of half & half and continue whisking. Add the rosemary, thyme, kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and minced garlic – mix well. Taste it! Adjust the seasoning as you need to. Increase the heat to medium-high and allow the mixture to come up to a simmer – whisking the whole time. The mixture will thicken very quickly so don’t walk away from it. It should take about 5 minutes to start simmering. Once the mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat completely. Add the parmigiano-reggiano and cheddar cheese and stir gently until it’s melted and smooth, about a minute or two. Either in the same pot or in a separate large bowl, combine the cooked and cooled off pasta with the cheese sauce. Gently fold together until it’s completely coated. Mixture should be slightly loose but very creamy and easy to work with, if it’s too thick, thin it out with a little of the starchy pasta water. Fold in the basil and green onion at the last minute.
  5. Transfer half of the pasta and cheese mixture to a lightly greased baking dish (I used about 4 quick sprays of PAM cooking spray). Sprinkle ½ cup of the mozzarella cheese over the first half of the pasta/cheese mixture, then pour the remaining pasta/cheese mixture on top as a second layer – add the remaining mozzarella cheese on top. Gently swirl a spoon or butterknife thru the mac and cheese mixture to ensure the mozzarella cheese is evenly combined throughout the dish. Sprinkle the top with the bacon and breadcrumbs.
  6. Bake in a 400 degree oven on the middle oven rack for 25-35 minutes, or until golden brown on top and bubbly all over.
  7. Allow the dish to cool for about 10 minutes before you dive in (trust me, it’s molten-lava hot!).
  8. Enjoy.


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sábado, 17 de junio de 2017

Jiggly Fluffy Japanese Cheesecake

INGREDIENTS

Servings: 6-8

⅔ cup (130 milliliters) milk
4 ounces (100 grams) cream cheese
7 tablespoons (100 grams) butter
8 egg yolks
½ cup (60 grams) flour
½ cup (60 grams) cornstarch
13 large egg whites
⅔ cup (130 grams) granulated sugar
Parchment paper
Strawberries, to serve
Powdered sugar, to serve

PREPARATION

1. Preheat oven to 320°F/160°C.
2. In a small pot over medium heat, whisk the milk, cream cheese, and butter until smooth. Remove from heat and cool.
3. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth, then slowly drizzle in the cream mixture, stirring until evenly combined.
4. Sift in the flour and the cornstarch, whisking to make sure there are no lumps.
5. In another large bowl, beat the egg whites with a hand mixer until you see soft peaks when lifting the mixer up from the egg whites.
6. Gradually add the sugar while continuing to beat until you see hard peaks when lifting the mixer up.
7. Take about ¼ of the egg whites and fold them into the egg yolk mixture, then repeat with the remaining egg whites until the batter is evenly combined.
8. Place a 4-inch parchment paper strip around the edge of a 9×3-inch cake pan that is already lined with parchment at the bottom. If you are using a springform pan, make sure to wrap the bottom and sides completely in foil, twice, to prevent any leakage.
9. Pour the batter into the parchment-lined pan and shake to release any large air bubbles.
10. Place the filled pan into a larger baking pan or dish lined with 2 paper towels at the bottom. The paper towels ensure that the heat is distributed evenly along the bottom of the pan. Fill the larger pan with about 1 inch of hot water.
11. Bake for 25 minutes, then reduce the heat to 280°F/135°C and bake for another 55 minutes, until the cake has risen to almost double its height.
12. Remove from oven, and carefully invert the cake onto your dominant hand and peel off the paper. Be extremely careful, as the cake will be hot. You can also invert the cake onto a plate, but this will cause the cake to deflate more.
13. Sprinkle the top of the cake with powdered sugar, slice, and serve with strawberries while still warm!
14. Enjoy!



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