Category: Easy Sauces


Seared scallops with a Honey/chili sauce over warm Arugula

Seared scallops with a Honey/chili sauce over warm Arugula serves 4

I served these last night and they were a HIT!!!! Don’t be afraid of scallops just remember to add them to a HOT pan and make sure you have patted them dry so the take on a “sear”.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 8-12 medium or large scallops cleaned and patted dry
  • 3 TBS olive oil (1 for arugula and 2 for scallops)
  • 1-2 tsp finely chopped red chili (depends on your tolerance for heat!!)
  • 3 TBS honey
  • 2 cups Arugula
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • salt

DIRECTIONS:

  • Heat 1 TSB olive oil in sauce pan and then add garlic and saute for about 30 seconds.  Add Arugula & salt and stir until just starting to wilt.  About 45 seconds.  Take off and put aside
  • In a different pan, heat the other 2 TBS of olive oil and add the finely chopped red chili. Saute for about 40 seconds on a med-high heat, and then add in the scallops.  Cook the scallops for about 40-45 seconds (yes that is the magic number in this cooking process…hahaha) and then turn over and do the same until they are golden brown.
  • Now add the honey and stir and bring to a simmer.  Add some salt
  • Arrange the arugula on plates, then top with either 2 or 3 scallops and then drizzle the Chili/Honey sauce on top and serve!!!

YUMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!

Thank you Sweet Paul Blog for the idea!!!

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A Spicy yet Tangy & Sweet twist on BBQ sauce made with roasted Strawberries.

A Spicy yet Tangy & Sweet twist on BBQ sauce made with roasted Strawberries.

Roasted Strawberry BBQ Sauce from Closet Cooking

A sweet, spicy and smoky strawberry BBQ sauce.
Servings: 2 cups

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
  • 4 cups strawberries, hulled
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons strawberry preserves/jam
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 chipotle chili in adobo, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, grated
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Directions
  1. Place the strawberries in a single layer on a baking pan lined with foil folded up on the sides to capture the juices and roast in a preheated 425F oven until they start to caramelize, about 15-20 minutes.
Place strawberries on roasting pan lined with foil and cook at 425 degrees for 15-20 mins.  DO NOT BURN

DO NOT BURN

  1. Bring everything except the cilantro to a boil, reduce the heat, simmer for 15 minutes, remove from heat, mix in the cilantro and puree in a food processor or blender or using an immersion blender.

Put all other ingredients in sauce pan, bring to a boil and then reduce heat for 10 mins.

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And then the finished product which is absolutely DEEEELICIOUS!!!

 

A Spicy yet Tangy & Sweet twist on BBQ sauce made with roasted Strawberries.

A Spicy yet Tangy & Sweet twist on BBQ sauce made with roasted Strawberries.

****Thank you Kevin from Closet Cooking one of my most favorite Pinterest sites that I follow****

 

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

Ingredients

4 cups grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, sliced thinly or yellow onion…whatever is on hand
2 TBS minced garlic…from the jar is just perfect!
3 Slices Turkey BAcon (optional)
2 sprigs of basil, sliced into ribbons
2 TBS Capers (optional)
1/4-1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
Salt and pepper to taste
8oz cooked pasta such as angel hair or spaghetti

Instructions

Put olive oil into a hot pan on medium-high heat
Add in the garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes, be careful not to burn
Add in the shallots or onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes
Saute garlic in EVOO

Saute garlic in EVOO

Add in the tomato halves and sauté a few minutes until soften and juices start flowing
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Add in half of the basil and stir, cook a few minutes to let the sauce thicken up a little bit
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Add in half of the cheese and stir, cooking a few more minutes to combine
Add the cooked pasta into the pan and toss to mix
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Top with Parmesan Cheese & more Basil and Voila!!

Left over grape tomatoes, garlic, onion, EVOO (extra virgin olive oil), some turkey bacon and capers (all on hand) made a great sauce to top some angel hair pasta for an easy pasta dinner!! EASY!!!!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 6 tomatillas
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 garlic clove, whole
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • salt
  • 1/2 c water
  • ***sugar if it is too hot for you****

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Get a blender or food processor and put aside
6 Tomatilla & 1 Jalapeno into pot of water.  Cook for 20 minutes of until Tomatillas have lightened in color.

Put 6 Tomatilla & 1 Jalapeno into pot of water. Cook for 20 minutes of until Tomatillas have lightened in color.

Once cooked, put the Tomatillas in blender or food processor with the garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 c of water, salt and blend it up in the blender.

Once cooked, put the Tomatillas in blender or food processor with the garlic clove, 1/4 cup chopped onion, 1/4 c of water, salt and blend it up in the blender.

Once done, taste it.  If it is too hot add some sugar to it and blend again.  Then put into bowl and enjoy!!!

Once done, taste it. If it is too hot add some sugar to it and blend again. Then put into bowl and enjoy!!!

Now seriously, FOLKS….how simple is that???????

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Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for dish
  • 6 slices good white bread, crusts removed, torn into 1/4- to 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1/4 c grated parmesan
  • 5  cups milk
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1  teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (do taste and add more if you like)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 4  cups grated sharp white cheddar cheese (about 18 ounces)
  • 2 1/2 cups grated Gruyère cheese (about 10 ounces) or 1 1/4 cups grated Pecorino Romano cheese (about 5 ounces) ( I use BOTH!!!)
  • 1 pound elbow macaroni

Directions

  1. Fill a large saucepan with water; bring to a boil. Add macaroni; cook 4-5  minutes, until the outside of pasta is cooked and the inside is underdone. (Different brands of macaroni cook at different rates; be sure to read the instructions.) Transfer macaroni to a colander, rinse under cold running water, and put aside
  2. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Butter a 3-quart casserole dish; set aside. Place bread in a medium bowl. In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Pour butter into bowl with bread, Parmesan cheese and toss. Set breadcrumbs aside.
  3. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, heat milk. Melt remaining 6 tablespoons butter in a high-sided skillet over medium heat. When butter bubbles, add flour. Cook, whisking, 1 minute.
  4. While whisking, slowly pour in hot milk. Continue cooking, whisking constantly, until the mixture bubbles and becomes thick.
  5. Remove pan from heat. Stir in salt, nutmeg, black pepper, cayenne pepper, 4 cups cheddar cheese, and 2 1/2 cups Gruyère or 1 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano; set cheese sauce aside.
  6. Stir macaroni into the reserved cheese sauce and stir, tasting and adding spices as needed
  7. Pour mixture into prepared dish. Put prepared breadcrumbs over top. Bake at 375 covered for 20 mins and then uncovered until browned on top, about 30 minutes TOTAL.  Transfer dish to a wire rack to cool 5 minutes; serve hot.

Cook’s Note

You can divide this recipe in half; use a 1 1/2-quart casserole dish.

***Thank you Martha Stewart for guidance in this recipe!!****

******I added diced ham, asparagus and 2 roma tomatoes seeded and diced**** Add whatever!!!

Sweet Sherry Wine Reduction w/Portobello Mushrooms

Serves 5-6 people

  • INGREDIENTS
  • 1-2 lbs Ravoli of choice
  • 1 TBS butter/1 TBS EVOO

  • 1 lg Shallot, minced

  • 1 TBS minced garlic (from jar is fine)

  • 1 cup Red Pepper, julienned

  • 1 lb Portobello Mushrooms or Baby Portobello Mushrooms, sliced

  • 1 cup Dry Sherry Wine

  • 1 cup Half & Half

  • 1 TBS chopped Basil

  • ¼ cup Parmesan cheese

  • S & P to taste

  • Candies Slivered Almonds

  • **make a roux with equal amt of butter & flour, and put aside.**

DIRECTIONS:

START WATER TO BOIL FOR RAVOLI THEN TIME ACCORDINGLY!!!

  1. Melt Butter & EV olive oil in saute pan. Then add shallots and garlic and cook about 2” until shallots are softened. Next, add the red peppers and cook another 2-3 minutes until soft.

  2. Add mushrooms and continue cooking, and season with S & P for about 2-3 mins.

  3. Now add wine and turn up the heat. Stir & scrape the bottom of the pan and stir until liquid reduces to half.

  4. Now add ½ & ½ and turn heat down, and stir until that liquid reduces. If mixture is too watery, add some of the roux to thicken.

  5. Add the Parmesan cheese, basil and take off heat. Place Ravioli’s on plate and cover with sauce, add parsley and top with candied almonds!!!!!!

A wonderful "sauce" good on all types of beef!!!

Black Truffle Vinaigrette
Bon Appetit January 2005

Vinaigrette:
* 2 ounces fresh or jarred black truffles
* 1/2 cup Tuscan-style extra-virgin olive oil, divided
* 1/4 cup minced shallots
* 1 cup Cabernet Sauvignon or other dry red wine
* 2 tablespoons Banyuls vinegar**( I used balsamic)
* 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
* Coarse kosher salt

For vinaigrette:

Thinly slice truffles, then dice finely. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in small skillet over medium heat. Add shallots; sauté 2 minutes. Add truffles and sauté until aromatic, about 1 minute. Place shallot mixture in small bowl.
Boil wine in heavy small saucepan until reduced to 2 tablespoons, about 10 minutes. Add to shallot mixture. Whisk in vinegar and thyme. Gradually whisk in remaining 7 tablespoons oil. Season vinaigrette to taste with coarse salt. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Read More http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Black-Pepper-Crusted-Wagyu-New-York-Steaks-with-Black-Truffle-Vinaigrette-231430#ixzz1Vv5pfXpc

Peach-Mustard Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 (1 1/2-inch thick) pork chops
  • Safflower or corn oil, for brushing
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Peach-Mustard BBQ Sauce, recipe follows

Prepare an outdoor grill with a high heat for both direct and indirect grilling. Position a drip pan under the grate on the cooler side of the grill.

Brush the pork chops on both sides with oil and season with salt and black pepper to taste. Set aside for 15 minutes.

Grill the chops over the heat until brown on both sides, about 4 minutes per side. Move them to the cool side of the grill and brush with some of the Peach-Mustard BBQ Sauce. Cook the chops, covered, turning and basting with sauce every 5 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted crosswise into the chops registers 140 degrees F, about 15 minutes more. Let rest for 10 minutes.

To serve: Drizzle the chops with more sauce and serve.

Peach-Mustard BBQ Sauce

3 tablespoons unsalted butter

2 tablespoons minced onion

2 cloves garlic, minced

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

1/2 cup whole-grain mustard

1/4 cup Dijon mustard

3/4 cup peach jam or preserves

1 tablespoon bourbon

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the vinegar and boil until almost completely reduced and the mixture looks like wet sand, about 4 minutes. Whisk in both mustards and the jam or preserves. Simmer, whisking, until jam melts, about 1 minute. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the bourbon and salt.

Cook’s Note: The bourbon is stirred in at the end–uncooked–to give a genuine jolt to the sauce. This Southern blend goes great with pork but is also a good finisher for chicken, duck, or veal.

Yield: about 1 1/4 cups

Adapted From Food Network Kitchens Get Grilling, Meredith, 2005

Shrimp Tacos with Lime-Cilantro-Chipolte Sauce

4 servings (2 tacos each)

INGREDIENTS for SAUCE:

  • ¼ c thinly sliced green onions
  • ¼ c chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 TBS mayonnaise
  • 3 TBS sour cream
  • 1 TBS grated lime zest (Hell, I used the whole lime!!)
  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • Salt  to taste
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1-2 whole chipotle in adobo minced (start with one and taste then add. This gives a GREAT kick!)

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and set aside

INGREDIENTS for SHRIMP:

  1. 8 Jumbo shrimp peeled, deveined grossly chopped (I used frozen Jumbos, thawed)
  2. 1 TBS butter
  3. 1 TBS olive oil
  4. 1TBS minced garlic
  5. 1/8 c minced red onion
  6. 1 tsp Mexican seasoning  or make your own with cumin, coriander, smoked paprika etc)
  7. 1 Avacado chopped
  8. 7-8 grape tomatoes chopped
  9. 2 c shredded cabbage in a bag
  10. 4-5 (6-inch) corn tortillas or flour tortillas heated in microwave or oven

Sauté  butter, oil & garlic in large pan.  Then add minced red onion followed by chopped shrimp and cook for 5-6 minutes until shrimp is pink.  Add Mexican seasoning, continue stirring.  Take heated tortillas, put shrimp, followed by cabbage, then avocado, tomatoes and top with chipotle sauce and have plenty of napkins and some nice cold Negra Modelo Beers!!!!!!! You can even add green onions, more cilantro…whatever you have…the choice is all yours!!!!! ENJOY!!!

Scarselletti Spaghetti Sauce

Feeds 6-8 hungry people

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 -28 oz can diced peeled tomatoes & ½ can water
  • 1 -28 oz can tomato puree & ½ can water
  • 1 6 oz can tomato paste & ½ can of water
  • 1 onion to float to absorb grease
  • bacon grease if you have it on hand, otherwise Olive Oil
  • 3-4 lb bone in loin of pork cut up into large pieces or better yet, pork country ribs with NO bones
  • 1 lb of both hot sausage & mild sausage cut into pieces
  • 1 lb pepperoni cut into pieces
  • ½ lb ground beef (not lean because you want the fat for taste)
  • ½ lb ground pork (to mix with beef for the meatballs)
  • parsley, chopped and put aside
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced & put aside
  • garlic powder
  • kosher salt
  • 1 cup fresh Parmesan cheese ( grated and put aside)
  • 1 cup basil (fresh would be great) chopped and put aside
  • 1 cup of Italian bread crumbs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1 egg, scrambled

 

DIRECTIONS:

1.     Open all the cans of tomato products and put in a large pot or dutch oven.  For each can, add ½ of the can with water and swish around then add to pot.

2.     Add seasonings…garlic, garlic powder, ¼ c of basil, parsley…do this to taste and remember, you can ALWAYS add. Salt & pepper

3.     Take all the meats and brown them on all sides and then add to the sauce.  I use bacon grease but olive oil is just fine.

4.     Take a whole peeled onion and put it in the pot just to float around

5.     When everything is in the pot, turn it down to a low heat, cover and let the meat do its magic!!!! I let it cook for at least 4-5 hours.

MEATBALLS:

Take the 1 cup of bread crumbs & 1 cup of milk, mix together and put aside

1.     Take the ground beef & ground pork and put into bowl

2.     Season with some garlic powder, minced garlic, parsley, S & P, ¼ c Parmesan cheese & egg and mix thoroughly. ( I taste and season accordingly…and NO you will not die eating the raw meat mixture.

3.     Now, take some olive oil and rub on your hands and then take about a tablespoon of the meat mixture and roll it into a ball, and put aside.  Repeat this until you have finished with the meat mixture.

4.     Now, put 1-2 TBS of EVOO (extra virgin olive oil) into a pan and put the meatballs in and just brown them then put aside.  When you are about an hour out for dinner, put the meatballs in the slow simmering sauce and cook.  Do not put them in too soon as they will over cook.

5.     When you are ready to cook the pasta that goes with the sauce, take all the meat out, put on a platter, and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm…

6.     Then, put the meat on the table, mix the pasta with the sauce and voila.  And make sure you have gravy boats to put extra sauce on the table.  They will be lapping it up, I promise!!!