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What's for dinner?

Discussion in 'Epic Threads' started by Chrismo, Apr 29, 2010.

  1. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

    Not sure that there's ever been a thread like this - I don't see any active ones anyway.

    I figured this would be an interesting conversation. Cooking for people is a hobby, so it's always cool to hear about different recipes and meals.

    Sadly though, tonight it was a Wendy's Spicy Chicken sandwich and a baked potato. But there was Wendy's sweet tea involved! :p

    What's for dinner? In the case of this being posted at 12:30 AM, the question can be "What WAS for dinner?", depending on where you are.
  2. Brad Pittiful

    Brad Pittiful Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Dec 22, 2008
    Philly Burbs
  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    I had a Creole bean soup. Now I have GAS and gas.
  4. Brian L

    Brian L Tele-Meister

    Mar 15, 2010
    Hollister, CA
    Riding solo tonight, I made tostadas. Lettuce, shredded cheddar cheese, La Victoria Medium Sauce, refried pinto beans on a corn tortilla. I had three.

    With a scotch and coke while preparing.

    Feeling a little gassy at the moment, but that is pretty normal around here.
  5. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

    Sounds like it's a good night to bring this out:

  6. 1293

    1293 Poster Extraordinaire

    May 18, 2006
    Classic Pork Picadillo-Stuffed Chiles in Tomato Broth (Rick Bayless)

    Serves 8 as a moderate-size main dish,
    less if you have hefty eaters

    3 tablespoons rich-tasting pork lard or vegetable oil

    2 medium white onions, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces

    2 28-ounce cans good-quality whole tomatoes in juice, undrained
    OR 3 pounds (about 6 medium-large round or 20 plum) ripe tomatoes, cored and cut into large pieces

    1 teaspoon cinnamon, preferably freshly ground Mexican canela

    1 teaspoon black pepper, preferably freshly ground

    2 cups chicken or beef broth

    1/2 cup slivered almonds

    1 1/2 pounds coarsely ground pork shoulder (look for “chili grind” in the grocery store, special order it from your butcher

    1/2 cup raisins

    1 tablespoon cider vinegar


    Oil to a depth of 1 inch, for frying

    8 medium (about 1 1/2 pounds total) fresh poblano chiles, not twisted or deeply indented, preferably with long stems

    8 6-inch wooden skewers or 16 toothpicks

    6 large eggs, cold

    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, plus about 1 cup for dredging the chiles

    Sprigs of fresh cilantro, watercress or flatleaf parsley, for garnish

    The broth base and filling. In a medium-large (4-quart) saucepan, heat the lard or oil over medium. Add the onions and cook, stirring regularly, until they are very well browned, about 10 minutes. While the onions are cooking, puree the undrained canned tomatoes (if using fresh tomatoes, puree them with 2/3 cup water), using a blender or food processor and working in two batches if necessary for your equipment.

    When the onions are well browned, raise the heat to medium-high and add the pureed tomatoes, cinnamon and black pepper. Stir regularly as the mixture boils briskly, reducing until it becomes the consistency of thick tomato sauce, about 25 minutes.

    The tomato broth. Remove 2 cups of the tomato mixture and set aside. Stir the broth into the mixture that remains. Partially cover and simmer over low heat for 45 minutes or so, while you’re preparing the filling and chiles.

    The pork picadillo filling. Set a large (12-inch) skillet (preferably non-stick) over medium high heat. Add the almonds and stir around until they color to a deep golden, about 2 minutes. Remove. Crumble the pork into the skillet and fry, stirring often, until thoroughly cooked (some of the edges should be browned and crispy), 10 to 15 minutes. If the pork has rendered a lot of fat, drain it off. Mix in the reserved 2 cups of tomato mixture, raisins and vinegar. Cook over medium heat, stirring regularly, until the mixture is very thick and homogenous, about 20 minutes. Stir in the almonds, then taste and season with salt, usually about 1 teaspoon. Cool.

    Preparing the chiles. While the picadillo is cooking, pour 1-inch of oil into a heavy deep skillet or pot-the pot should be 12 inches wide and 3 to 4 inches deep for easiest maneuvering of the chiles-and set over medium to medium high to heat to 350 degrees. (Using a thermometer is the most accurate way to assure the proper heat, but there are other reliable clues: The oil releases that “hot oil” aroma and its surface begins shimmering. When you think the oil is hot, test the edge of a chile-it should sizzle vigorously. Remember-smoking oil is dangerously overheated and will give the chiles a bad taste.) In two batches, fry the chiles, turning them continually for about 1 minute, until they are evenly blistered (they’ll look uniformly light green, having lightened as they blister). Drain on paper towels. Remove the oil from the heat.

    When the chiles are cool enough to handle, rub off the blistered skins, then cut an incision in the side of each one, starting 1/2 inch below the stem end and continuing to within 1/2 inch of the tip. One by one, work your finger inside the chiles and dislodge all the seeds clustered just below the stem. Quickly rinse the seeds from inside the chiles, being careful not to rip or tear the opening any wider; rinse off any stray bits of skin. Drain on paper towels, cut-side down.

    Stuffing the chiles. Stuff each well drained chile with about 1/2 cup of cool pork filling, then slightly overlap the two sides of the incision and pin them back together with a skewer or 2 toothpicks. For the greatest ease in battering and frying, flatten the chiles slightly, place on a parchment-lined baking sheet and freeze for about 1 hour to firm. (For notes on working with thoroughly frozen chiles, please read the note in Working Ahead below.)

    Battering and frying the chiles. Reheat the oil to 350ºF and set up a tray lined with several layers of paper towels. Separate the eggs: whites into the bowl of an electric mixer, the yolks into another bowl. Add 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the whites and begin beating them on medium speed. When they are beginning to look dry and hold a stiff peak (but are not at all rigid), beat in the yolks two at a time until well incorporated. Lastly, beat in the 2 tablespoons of flour. Spread the 1 cup of flour on a plate.

    One at a time, batter the first four chiles: roll in the flour, shake off the excess, pick up by the stem, dip into the batter, pull quickly straight up out of the batter, then lay into the hot oil. (If your kitchen is very warm, it’s best to hold the remaining batter for the second round in the refrigerator.) Once the first four are in the oil, begin gently, gently basting them with spoonfuls of hot oil (this will help set the uncooked batter on top). When they’re richly golden underneath, about 4 minutes, use one small metal spatula underneath and another one (or a spoon) on top to gently turn the chiles over. Fry until the other side is richly golden, another 3 to 4 minutes. Using the metal spatula, remove the chiles to drain on paper towels. Repeat with the second half of the chiles.

    Serving the chiles
    Heat the oven to 400ºF. Once all the fried chiles have cooled for at least 5 minutes, pick them up by carefully rolling each one onto one hand, then transferring to a baking sheet (lined with parchment, if you wish, for extra ease at the time of serving). Pull out the wooden skewer by twisting it gently. Bake for about 15 minutes to reheat, to render some of the absorbed oil and to crisp slightly.

    Meanwhile, bring the tomato broth to a boil and check the consistency: it should be similar to a brothy tomato soup. If too thick, thin with a little water or broth; if too thin, boil rapidly until thickened slightly. Season it with salt, usually about 1/2 teaspoon. Ladle about 1/2 cup of the broth into each of 8 deep serving bowls (large soup bowls or pasta bowls are perfect here). Nestle in one of the chiles, garnish with the herb sprigs and get ready for a taste of real Mexico.

    Working Ahead
    The beauty of this dish is the way so many steps can be done in advance. The brothy sauce and filling (Steps 1 through 3) can be made several days in advance and stored in the refrigerator, covered. The chiles may be blistered, peeled and seeded (Step 4) a day in advance, though if I were that far ahead, I’d stuff (Step 5) and freeze them, too, just for ease in the frying. Battered and fried chiles will hold for an hour or two at room temperature before reheating them in the 400ºF oven (Step 7). (If you freeze the chiles until solid, be sure to complete the frying a full half hour in advance of oven-reheating and serving.) While reheating the chiles, warm the broth and you’re ready to serve.
  7. cuzzinmark

    cuzzinmark Tele-Meister

    May 27, 2009
    Stevensville, MD
    ^^^Nice, 1293! I'm going to give this a shot Saturday night-no gig that night, so let's eat well...I'll post a review! Myself, I cook everything from Thai to Indian to Mexican to French-I just love preparing a good meal for folks I care about. These days, I often walk through the supermarket, see what's fresh/on sale, and create a dish from those ingredients. You get some interesting hybrids that way...

    ...gigging for happy hour at The Crab Deck, so it'll be bar food tonight (I'm allergic to crabs/shrimp/lobster since I hit 40)...
    Last edited: Apr 29, 2010
  8. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Admin Post
    Wifey made a fantastic curry chicken and rice with a greek salad on the side. Yummy.
  9. Tdot

    Tdot Poster Extraordinaire

    Blackened chicken breast, sliced. With tomato, onion, mozzarella, romaine lettuce, wrapped in a flour tortilla... and Sriracha.
  10. tgfmike

    tgfmike Telefied Ad Free Member

    Jun 28, 2009
    Culver City CA
    Chicken parmigiana sandwich and green salad with garbonzos.
  11. MrDJoers

    MrDJoers Tele-Holic

    Jan 5, 2010
    Chili and cornbread... (insert Homer Simpson's mouth-watering drooling noise).
  12. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

    tgfmike - I just made Chicken Parmesan sandwiches a few nights ago.

    MrDJoers - going to try and get one more chili night in before it starts getting to be 100 degrees outside :D
  13. Chrismo

    Chrismo Friend of Leo's

    1293 - thank you for the recipe! I'll check that one out later.
  14. FMA

    FMA Poster Extraordinaire

    Apr 29, 2003
    I hate threads like this. It's not even lunchtime yet and you guys are killing me.
  15. MrDJoers

    MrDJoers Tele-Holic

    Jan 5, 2010
    Yeah well here in Wisconsin it will be chilly for a few more weeks. Hopefully won't be 100 until August.
  16. Tdot

    Tdot Poster Extraordinaire

    It's snowing here. Fireplace is toasty right now.
  17. Telesavalis

    Telesavalis Friend of Leo's

    I had a cold dinner of swiss cheese chunks, smoked jalepeno stuffed sausage, fresh mango, fresh pineapple & dates. Then I had a couple of martinis. Tonight it's ribs, beans and slaw.
  18. brokenjoe

    brokenjoe Friend of Leo's

    Mar 1, 2009
    Let's see..... yesterday I cooked a roast in the slow cooker -beer, liquid smoke marinade, mushrooms, onions, and a couple of spices- and today there's a bit left over. I was thinking I might chop a few pieces off of it, scramble some eggs with red peppers and onions, and fold it all into a tortilla with some brie. Cook 'er in the handy dandy press grill, and bon apetite!
  19. koen

    koen Friend of Leo's

    May 19, 2007
    43.64 N
    Linguine, with a sauce of ground turkey, olive oil, a small pepper, small tomatoes, parsley, onion, garlic.
  20. mrmorrison

    mrmorrison Tele-Afflicted

    Oct 7, 2008
    Liver with a side of fava beans and a nice Chianti. Ftftftftftft! :D:D:D
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