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Archive for December 19, 2014

RECIPE: Christmas Red Cabbage

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Red cabbage with sausage and pork. Photo courtesy Foods And Wines From Spain.

 

This red cabbage dish is a Christmas specialty in Spain, where it is called Lombarda navideña. To make it festive, sausage and bacon are added.

All over Europe, red cabbage is a delicious pairing with duck, goose, ham and pork roast. This recipe has Spanish touches of chorizo, Spanish olive oil and sherry vinegar.

Daisy Martinez, who cooks Puerto Rican style, makes a Lombarda navideña with more layers of flavor, including brandy, lemon, pears and raisins, plus bay leaf and thyme. Here’s her recipe. We adapted the recipe below to include the thyme.

Foods and wines From Spain recommends enjoying it with a dry Cava, Spain’s famed sparkling wine. It’s one of the few wines that can be matched with red cabbage, they say.

RECIPE: RED CABBAGE WITH CHORIZO & BACON

Ingredients

  • 2.5 pounds red cabbage
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/2 cup chorizo, finely diced (substitute: andouille
    or any smoked, garlicky sausage)
  • 2/3 cup bacon, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar
    (substitute: cider vinegar)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Preparation

    1. FINELY CHOP the cabbage and wash it thoroughly. Add it to a pan full of boiling water and cook until it becomes soft. Drain the cabbage and place it in a saucepan.

    2. HEAT the olive oil in a frying pan and cook the garlic briefly. Add this mixture to the red cabbage followed, by the chorizo and the bacon. Cook over a low heat for 15 minutes.

    3. ADD the vinegar and thyme, plus salt and pepper to taste. Stir and cook for a further 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning as necessary before serving.
     
    This recipe was adapted from the original by Sonia Fuentes/©ICEX. Find more delicious recipes at FoodsWinesFromSpain.com.

     
      

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    RECIPE: Pulled Pork

    When you’re having a crowd, a popular main course and fuss-free recipe is pulled pork.

    Pulled pork is a method of cooking where a tough cut of meat is cooked slowly at low temperatures, allowing the meat to become tender enough so that it can be “pulled,” or easily broken into tender pieces.

    This recipe uses a slow cooker, which in turn can be placed on a table for guests to help themselves. We made it over Labor Day Weekend (check out these pulled pork sliders, which also have a recipe for the cabbage slaw that goes so well with the pork) and are making it again this weekend, for holiday party fare.

    You can provide burger buns or mini buns for those who want to fix themselves a sandwich; the cabbage slaw; and a big, green salad to counter the richness of the pork. We’re also making a whole-grain “dirty brown rice” with black beans and a garnish of green onions.

    Thanks to Ryan Hughes and Zabars.com for this tasty recipe.

    RECIPE: PULLED PORK

    Ingredients For 6-8 Servings

    For the BBQ Pork Shoulder

  • 3-pound pork shoulder
  • 2 onions, quartered
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoon liquid smoke flavor
  • 2 cups water
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    Pulled pork on a bun. Photo courtesy Zabars.com.

     
    For Serving

  • 1 jar of your favorite barbecue sauce (plus a back-up jar if guests use a lot of it)
  • Quality hamburger buns
  • Optional sides: coleslaw, pickles, potato chips
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    Pork shoulder, an inexpensive cut that’s tenderized via slow cooking. Photo courtesy FoodNutritionTable.com.

     

    Preparation

    1. PREPARE the dry rub: Combine kosher salt, fresh ground pepper and cayenne pepper. Coat the entire meat with this rub (you can’t over-coat the meat at this point). Set the meat aside.

    2. PLACE the quartered onions and crushed garlic into the slow cooker. Add the meat. Slowly pour in the water until the meat is about 2/3 covered, avoid pouring it over the meat so you don’t remove the rub. Add the liquid smoke.

    3. COOK on low for 9-10 hours.

    4. REMOVE the meat from the crock. It’s going to be falling-apart delicious. Use a slotted spoon to scoop out any meat that may have fallen off. If you’ve used a piece of meat with the bone in, remove the bone; it should just slip right out. Pull apart (or shred) the meat with two forks. This will also be very easy and the meat will be very tender.

     

    5. ADD the barbecue sauce to the meat now or serve it on the side, allowing each person add sauce to his or her sauce as desired.

    6. TO SERVE: If you’re serving from the clock, first clean the crock, discarding the liquid and onions. Return the meat to the crock set to keep warm. It’s best to add some barbecue sauce if you’re serving it this way, to help keep the meat from drying out.

    Alternatively, you can place the shredded meat on the hamburger buns and serve them on a plater, with the barbecue sauce and slaw on the side.

      

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    TIP: Do It Yourself Apple Gift Basket

    We’re coming up on the last shopping weekend before Christmas. Instead of braving the stores, how about heading to your nearest farmers market?

    Top e-tailers like Harry & David will send a basket or box of assorted apples, but you can put your own together and provide even more fun through a greater assortment.

    Apples are affordable, delicious, universally loved and always available. Present them in beautiful “keeper” basket for a healthy holiday gift—great for calorie counters, dieters and fitness fans.

    Here are five simple steps for a do-it-yourself apple gift basket from the U.S. Apple Association.

    1. FIND a basket or other container—you may already have some on hand from prior gifts you’ve received. You can buy baskets at craft store, big box retailers and even your grocery store.

     

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    It’s easy to create an apple basket gift. Photo courtesy U.S. Apple Association.

     
    2. FILL the basket with healthy, wholesome apples: the more colors and varieties, the merrier. If the apples don’t have stickers indicating their variety, take a photo of the apple basket and sign at the market and include it in the basket.

    3. ADD a few colorful accents, like clementine oranges, a jar of caramel sauce or honey for dipping, or a small holiday candle.

    4. PERSONALIZE with foods or trinkets the recipient will enjoy—simple stocking stuffers will do—an apple slicer, or a cheese; for a gym person, a stretch band. If you don’t want to add a cheese, which typically requires refrigeration, include a gift card to a store where it can be purchased.

    5. ACCENT with a ribbons and a card or note that wishes the recipient a healthy New Year.

      

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    PRODUCT: Primizie Crispbreads ~ Great Snack Crackers

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    A great new line of snack crackers, worth checking out. Photo courtesy Primizie Snacks.

     

    Primizie snack crackers—called crispbread snacks by the manufacturer—were developed by a restauranteur/caterer couple who were looking for something better than what they were able to purchase.

    The thick, crunchy triangles were inspired on a culinary tour in Italy, originally as a dough for pizzas and paninis. In the process, the chef discovered that when the bread was “crisped,” it made a terrific cracker—for snacking, dipping and pairing with cheeses, salads and soups.

    Thick and flavorful, they stand on their own but pair beautifully with dips and spreads. When you’re pulling out all the stops for the holidays—or simply want something new and different—we heartily recommend them.

  • Classic is an Italian seven-herb blend, delightfully flavor-forward and a bit hot from Italian red chiles.
  • Cheese is provides a strong hit of smoked Gouda cheese and garlic.
  • Chile employs a rare chile pepper called the chimayo, after the town in north central New Mexico where it is grown. The chile delivers flavor that is sweet, rich and spicy but without the heat. Try it with guacamole instead of tortilla chips.
  • Simply Salted uses sel gris, French grey sea salt, a light, delicate, almost buttery salt. If these salted chips taste especially delightful, that’s why. (Check out the different types of sea salt.)
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    The all natural snack crackers are made with high quality, pure ingredients with no preservatives, trans fat or cholesterol, non-GMO and rBST-free.

    Three flavors are vegan; Cheese is vegetarian.

    There’s a store locator on the website; the products are available online at Amazon and elsewhere.

    A 6.5-ounce bag has a suggested retail price of $3.99*, and is a nice contribution to a party or other get-together.

    Discover more at PrimizieSnacks.com.

    —Steven Gans
     
    *The products are pricier on Amazon, because Amazon takes a 30% cut of each purchase.

     
      

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