Monday, August 19, 2013

Stir-fry after work style!

One day after work I had a craving for stir fry over rice, not just white rice but ham fried rice. But I didn't want to take the time to do it the traditional way. Here is what I did, and it turned out dang good and was very easy.

Stir Fry 2 servings
1 tbsp Sesame Seed Oil
1 tbsp Teriyaki sauce
1/8 yellow, red, and orange bell peppers cut into strips and then halved. (Green if you have any would be good)
1/4 onion cut into rings then in half
3 cloves garlic minced
4 oz shrimp cooked (frozen)
1/4 tsp black pepper
1/4 tsp chili pepper (more if you like it spicy)
Add oil and sauce in pan, then the garlic and after that all the veggies and shrimp and cook for about 10 minutes on medium low.

Brown ham fried rice 2 servings
1 1/2 cup brown minute rice follow directions on package and then drain
1/4 cup ham chopped
1 egg scrambled
1 tbsp oil
1 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 tsp black pepper
Once rice is done and drained of any excess water add oil and soy sauce stir in ham and egg and pepper and fry for 5 minutes. Serve with stir fry. Pairs well with a mild white wine. Enjoy.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Sausage and Shrimp Pasta

Sometimes you need something for company. And so most the time you don't worry about calories, and this is one of those recipes. It's enough for about six to seven people depending on how big of eaters, mainly how many guys. And as with everything when you simmer for a few hours, the flavor is so much better.

Blanch in boiling water for about 1 to 2 minutes
The most time consumer part of preparation is blanching the tomatoes and then peeling them.

Peel and cut add to sauce.

Sausage & Shrimp Pasta (Six servings)
3/4 lb ground hot sausage--browned and crumbled (hot is optional)
5 tomatoes - blanch and peel, then cut into small pieces.
3 cloves garlic minced
1/2 shallot chopped
5 - 6 full leaves of fresh basil chopped
1/2 cup light virgin olive oil
1/4 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
3 - 4 large brown mushrooms chopped
6 oz shrimp (tail off)
Set aside mushrooms and shrimp. Everything else add to a 2 quart sauce pan and bring to a boil, let boil approximately 20 minutes. Lower to simmer for approximately 2 hours.

When it's time to boil water for the pasta add shrimp and mushrooms to sauce and let simmer.

Boil water and add appropriate amount of thin spaghetti pasta. When al dente, drain, put back in pan add sauce, toss, and serve. Pairs with a nice rich Cabernet. Add a salad and rosemary bread and you're set.

Sound good but you do not have enough time for preparation? You can make it and cut out the blanching and peeling of the tomatoes. Though the sauce will not be as thick you can actually just bring to boil and simmer while the pasta cooks.