Shrimp with Herby White Beans and Tomatoes

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or more) kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1 (15-ounce) can white beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/4 cup  high-quality pesto with garlic, plus more for serving
  • 8 ounces shrimp, peeled, deveined (about 16 medium)
  • Thick slices of crusty toasted bread (for serving)

Heat 2 Tbsp. oil in a large skillet over medium; cook shallot until just softened and golden, about 2 minutes.

Add tomatoes with their juices, 1/4 tsp. salt, 1/4 tsp. pepper, and 1/4 cup water. Increase heat to high, bring to a boil, and cook until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.

Reduce heat to low, add beans and 1/4 cup Roasted Garlic Herb Sauce, and cook, stirring, until warmed through, 1–2 minutes.

Taste and adjust salt if needed, then divide bean mixture between 2 large, shallow bowls.

Wipe out skillet. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil in skillet over medium-high. Add shrimp and remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and 1/4 tsp. pepper.

Cook, stirring often, until shrimp is cooked through and starting to take on a little color on both sides, about 3 minutes.

Divide shrimp between bowls with beans; drizzle with additional sauce. Serve with toast alongside.

Honey-Rosemary Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes

  • 8 garlic cloves, sliced 1/8 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves, with skin
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes
  • Ten 4-inch fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 1 or 2 small dried hot chiles
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar

Preheat the oven to 425°.

In a 9-by-13-inch enameled cast-iron or glass baking dish, toss the garlic with 1 tablespoon of the oil. Bake in the oven for 5 minutes, or until sizzling but not browned.  

Place the chicken on a sheet of wax paper, skin side down. Season with salt and pepper and spread with half of the honey. Remove the dish from the oven and push the garlic to the side. Arrange the chicken breasts in the hot dish, skin side up. Season with salt and pepper and spread with the remaining honey.    

Surround the chicken with the cherry tomatoes, 6 of the rosemary sprigs and the dried chiles. Drizzle the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil on top and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 25 minutes, occasionally basting with the pan juices, until the chicken is cooked through.

Transfer the chicken, tomatoes, and garlic to plates. Stir the vinegar into the baking dish and spoon the sauce over the chicken.

Garnish each serving with a rosemary sprig.

Slow Cooked Beef Short Ribs in Red Wine Sauce

  • 5 – 6 beef short ribs , 300-400g/10-14oz each,
  • 1.5 tsp each salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, 
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed,
  • 1 large onion chopped,
  • 2 celery ribs
  • 2 carrots chopped
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste,
  • 2 cups (500ml) dry red wine,
  • 2 cups (500ml) beef stock/broth, low sodium
  • 2 sprigs thyme (optional),
  • 2 bay leaves

1. Sprinkle beef with salt & pepper. Heat oil in large ovenproof pot over high heat. Sear beef very well all over – do in 2 batches. Remove.

2. Lower stove to medium. Cook onion and garlic 2 min, add celery and carrot, cook 5 min. Add tomato paste, cook 1 min.

3. Add wine, broth, thyme and bay leaves, stir. Add beef, bring to simmer then cover with lid. Cook in oven 3 hours at 160C/325F (this is the BEST method), 2.5 hours on stove on low simmer, slow cooker* 8 hours on low or 5 hours on high, pressure cooker *1 hour on high.

4. Beef should be fork tender. Remove carefully so it stays on the bone (it won’t be attached). Strain sauce. Serve ribs over mashed potato or similar with sauce.

* Slow /pressure cooker sauce – strain into large skillet, boil rapidly 10 – 12 min until it reduces and thickens. Optional: spray beef with oil, grill/broil for 5 min for extra browning to replicate oven cooking.

Juicy Steakhouse Burgers

Servings: 10

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 pieces white sandwich bread, crusts removed and cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup low fat milk
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 3 pounds 85% lean ground beef
  • 3 scallions, finely sliced (optional)
  • Non-flammable cooking spray to grease grill
  • 10 hamburger buns

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Preheat the grill to high heat.
  2. In a large bowl, mash the bread and milk together with a fork until it forms a chunky paste. Add the salt, pepper, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and ketchup and mix well.
  3. Add the ground beef and scallions and break the meat up with your hands. Gently mix everything together until just combined. Do not overmix. Divide the mixture into ten equal portions and form loose balls. Flatten the balls into 3/4-inch patties about 4-1/2 inches around. Form a slight depression in the center of each patty to prevent the burgers from puffing up on the grill.
  4. Grease the grill with non-flammable cooking spray. Grill the burgers, covered, until nicely browned on the first side, 2-4 minutes. Flip burgers and continue cooking for a few minutes more until the desired doneness is reached. Before serving, toast the buns on the cooler side of the grill if desired.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The uncooked burgers can be frozen for up to three months. (Freeze the burgers on a baking sheet or plate so their shape sets, then transfer them to a sealable plastic bag for easy storage.) Defrost the burgers overnight in the refrigerator prior to serving and then cook as directed.

White Chicken Chili

  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 15 oz can black beans drained and rinsed
  • 15 oz can white beans drained
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 15 oz can corn with juice
  • 10 oz can Rotel diced tomatoes with green chilis with juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth or stock
  • 1 tsp chili powder or to taste
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 0.4 oz packet ranch dip or dressing mix*
  • 8 oz package cream cheese cut into 6 pieces

Optional Toppings and Serving Suggestions:

Instructions

  1. Place all of your ingredients into your instant pot bowl in the following order: 2 chicken breasts, drained black and white beans, chopped onion, corn with juice, tomatoes with juice, and 1/2 cup chicken broth.
  2. Add 1/2 to 1 tsp chili powder (use 1/2 tsp to make it kid friendly), 1 tsp cumin, ranch packet. Stir everything to combine, getting some of the juice under the chicken to keep it from scorching.
  3. Cut cream cheese into 6 pieces and place over the top of chili. Cover and seal with lid, switch the valve to the “sealing” position and cook for 20 min on manual high pressure. Once it is done cooking, let it naturally depressurize for 10 min then switch the valve to the “venting” position to completely release steam before opening lid.
  4. Remove the chicken breasts to a plate and shred apart with 2 forks. Stir everything together in the pot to melt the cream cheese into the chili then return the shredded chicken and stir to combine. Serve garnished with avocado and cilantro if desired.

Recipe Notes

*Ranch Dressing mixes come in differing sizes (0.4 to 1.5 oz). It should be enough to make 16 oz of dressing or dip per package instructions. 

Potstickers

0.5 lb ground pork

5 – 6 dried shiitake mushrooms (or fresh)

1 ½ cups finely chopped Chinese cabbage (Napa cabbage)

½ tsp salt

¼ cup garlic chives, finely chopped

2 tsp light soy sauce

1 1/2 tsp Chinese wine + ½ tsp sesame oil*

¼ tsp white pepper

1 garlic clove, minced

½ tsp grated fresh ginger

To cook:
30 – 35 round dumpling wrappers, 1/2 cup water per batch, 4 – 6 tsp vegetable oil


DIRECTIONS
Soak mushrooms in boiling water for 20 min, squeeze out excess water then finely chop.

Mix cabbage with salt, leave 15 min, squeeze out excess water.

Mix together all Filling ingredients with hands.

Dip finger in water and run around the edge of half the wrapper. Wrap 1 heaped tablespoon of filling. The finished dumpling should be slightly curved, pleats on top.

Heat 2 tsp oil in a non-stick pan over medium-high heat. Place 8 – 10 dumplings in the pan, press down to flatten base, cook 2 min until the base is golden.

Add ½ cup water, put the lid on, leave 7 min. Remove lid, most water should be gone, leave on stove until all water is gone and dumpling base becomes crispy again.

Remove from pan and serve with sauce.

Sauces: Soy sauce + chili oil or paste, soy sauce + Chinese black vinegar or normal white vinegar, soy sauce with sriracha.

Mushrooms with Herbed Polenta

4 tbsp olive oil
4 cups mixed mushrooms, very large ones halved
2 garlic cloves, crushed
1 tbsp chopped tarragon
1 tbsp chopped thyme
1 tbsp truffle oil
Salt and black pepper
2-1/4 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup polenta (instant or traditional)
3 oz. Parmesan cheese, grated
2-1/2 tbsp butter
1 tsp finely chopped rosemary
1 tbsp chopped chervil
4 oz. Taleggio cheese (rind removed), cut into 3/8″ slices (substitute with Fontina)

Step 1: Heat half the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat.

Step 2: Once hot, add half of the mushrooms and fry for a few minutes, or until just cooked; try not to move them much so you get golden brown patches on their surface. Remove from the pan, and repeat with the rest of the mushrooms and oil. Off the heat, return all the mushrooms to the pan and add the garlic, tarragon, thyme, truffle oil and some salt and pepper. Keep warm.

Step 3: Bring the stock to the boil in a saucepan. Slowly stir in the polenta, then reduce the heat to the minimum and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. The polenta is ready when it leaves the sides of the pan but is still runny. If you are using instant polenta this shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes; with traditional polenta it could take up to 50 minutes (if it seems to dry out, add some more stock or water but just enough to keep it at a thick porridge consistency).

Step 4: Preheat the broiler. When the polenta is ready, stir in the Parmesan, butter, rosemary and half the chervil. Season with salt and pepper.

Step 5: Spread the polenta over a heatproof dish and top with the Taleggio. Place under the broiler until the cheese bubbles. Remove, top with the mushrooms and their juices, and return to the broiler for a minute to warm.

Korean Braised Short Ribs

  • 5 lb. beef short ribs
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1-2 tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and julienned
  • 2 bunches of green onions, cut into 2-inch slices, plus more for garnish
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced large
  • 8 shitake mushrooms, stems removed, julienned
  • 1½ cups soy sauce
  • 1½ cups mirin
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 lb. Yukon Gold potatoes, diced large
  • Optional: Kimchi or other pickled vegetables, for garnish

PREPARATION

  1. Season short ribs with salt and pepper. Pour oil into a large Dutch oven or stock pot, heat to medium-high, and sear ribs until browned on each side, working in batches. Return seared ribs to the pot, add all remaining ingredients except potatoes, and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce temperature to low and simmer. Cover the pot and braise for 2 hours. Add potatoes and cook for 30 minutes. Check meat. It should be falling apart and able to pull apart with a fork. Carefully separate bones from meat. (Discard bones or save to make stock.)
  3. Serve over grits with collard greens. Garnish with sliced green onions and a dollop of jarred kimchi, if desired.

Sweet and Spicy Ribs

3/4 cup (packed) light brown sugar
1/4 cup smoked paprika
2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more
2 St. Louis-style pork ribs (3–4 pounds each)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
Vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 325°F. Combine brown sugar, paprika, cayenne, garlic powder, and 3 tablespoons salt in a small bowl; set aside 1/4 cup spice mixture.

Pat ribs dry with paper towels and rub with remaining spice mixture, massaging into crevices. Wrap each rack in a double layer of foil, crimping edges to seal tightly. Place each foil packet on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until meat is fork-tender at the thickest part but not falling off the bone, 2–3 hours. Let cool.

Tear open a corner of each foil packet and carefully pour juices from ribs into a large heatproof measuring cup. Let juices settle, then spoon fat from surface and discard.

Heat butter in a medium saucepan over medium, stirring often, until it foams, then browns (do not burn), 5–8 minutes. Add juices from ribs and 1/4 cup reserved spice mixture and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by one-third, 15–20 minutes. Remove sauce from heat, add vinegar, and season with salt.

Prepare grill for medium-high heat; oil grate. Remove ribs from foil and grill, basting with sauce and turning occasionally, until charred in spots, 5–7 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Slice between ribs and serve with remaining sauce.

Do Ahead
Ribs can be baked 1 day ahead; let cool in foil, then chill. Bring to room temperature before grilling. Sauce can be made 1 day ahead; cover and chill. Reheat over low.