Garlic Shrimp

My annual Portuguese summer vacation is coming up, and I can hardly wait to dig into all the delicious food! The one type of food I look forward to the most is seafood! From the fresh fish to the shellfish, the seafood tastes incredible. 

Luckily where I live, we get the fresh seafood that helps me kill my cravings throughout the year. One of my favorite dishes to eat in Portugal is Camarões com Alho (Shrimp with Garlic). The shrimp are cooked in olive oil and lots of garlic! The shrimp comes to your table with their legs and tails attached and served with a side of toasty bread to dip in those juices. It’s a simple and insanely delicious dish to cook for a weeknight meal or a crowd!

My Portuguese Mother - Garlic Shrimp
My Portuguese Mother - Garlic Shrimp
My Portuguese Mother - Garlic Shrimp
My Portuguese Mother - Garlic Shrimp
My Portuguese Mother - Garlic Shrimp

Ingredients 

  • 16 extra-large shrimp

  • 1 lemon, juice and zest

  • 2 teaspoons of piri-piri oil

  • 4 tablespoons of olive oil

  • ½ cup of butter

  • 6 cloves garlic

  • 2 bay leaves

  • ½ cup chopped parsley

  • Salt

Recipe

  1. Devein the shrimp, but keep head intact, season well with salt. Reserve.

  2. In a frying pan – I like to use a heavy well-seasoned cast iron pan, place olive oil and butter plenty of garlic crushed with the peel and some chopped. Sauté a little. 

  3. Add the prawns and fry. Season with Piri-Piri oil.  Add the bay leaves, the white wine, a bit at a time and squeeze the lemon to keep the sauce going. It will take no more than 3 to 4 minutes on each side. 

  4. Sprinkle with the lemon zest and parsley and serve immediately.

  5. Serve with toasted bread.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Mint Gremolata

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Ingredients 

Mint Gremolata

  • ¾  cup mint, roughly chopped

  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice

  • 2 cloves garlic

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • ¼ cup olive oil

  • salt & pepper

Lamb Chops

  • 4-6 lamb chops

  • Salt & pepper

  • oil

Recipe

Mint Gremolata

  1. Using a mortar and pestle, or a food processor, crush  the mint, lemon juice, garlic cloves, and zest. Drizzle in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. The mixture should remain course, so if using a blender, pulse it until the mixture is just combined. Set aside.

Lamb Chops

  1. Heat up your grill pan. Season the lamb with salt and pepper. Lightly oil the pan, and place chops on grill pan, cooking 2 to 3 minutes per side for medium rare.

  2. Once they are done, plate the chops and drizzle the gremolata on top.

Pea & Mint Risotto

Going green in celebration of Earth Day!

This fresh and vibrant green Pea and Mint Risotto is luxurious while still being a light dish. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal, as it is very quick to whip up.

When the warm weather arrives, my backyard gets taken over by mint! All Spring and Summer long I have plenty of mint to cook, bake and make tea with. So this recipe helps utilize my garden’s herbs and celebrate this wonderful day! GO GREEN!


Ingredients 

  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped

  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 1-½ cups uncooked Arborio rice

  • 4 sprigs fresh mint

  • 4 ½ cups reduced sodium chicken broth

  • ⅓ cup white wine

  • 1/3 cup frozen peas, thawed

  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Recipe

  1. In a small saucepan, heat the broth and keep warm.

  2. In a large nonstick pot, sauté onion in butter for 2-3 minutes or until tender.

  3. Add the rice, cook and stir 2-3 minutes. Add the wine, cook and stir until all of the liquid is absorbed.

  4. Stir in heated broth, a ladle at a time, stirring constantly. Allow the liquid to absorb between each addition.

  5. Meanwhile, in a blender, add the peas with a splash of water and blend into a puree.

  6. Cook until risotto is creamy and almost tender around 20 minutes. Add the sprigs of mint & the pureed peas. Cook until heated through.

  7. Remove the mint sprigs.  Add Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

    Garnish with pea shoots or asparagus for an added bite.




Spring Salmon Pesto Pasta

I love pasta but eating it every day isn’t recommended (apparently). So my new favorite substitute is legume-based pasta, which includes lentils, beans, peas, and chickpeas. This past year, legume-based pasta have been having a real moment. It first began with a few new brands, but now popular brand pastas have also launched a legume-based line.

The benefits of switching include fewer carbs, more fiber and more protein than regular pasta. They are also gluten-free and contain iron.

While you may not be sold yet, the flavor and texture of the pasta are not that much different than any old regular boxed pasta. What I have noticed is that most legume-based pasta is very toothsome. Other than that, there isn’t much of a difference in terms of flavor.

GIve the delicious recipe a try and enjoy a new alternative to a week night classic!

MY Portuguese Mother // Salmon Pesto Pasta
MY Portuguese Mother // Salmon Pesto Pasta
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Ingredients 

Pesto :

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves

  • ¼ cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts (or for raw walnuts)

  • 1 medium lemon, juiced & zested

  • 1/3 cup olive oil, more for serving

  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, plus more for serving

  • Salt and pepper

Pasta :

  • 12 oz. red lentil pasta (or substitute for whole-grain)

  • Pesto

  • 1 lb. cooked salmon, roughly flaked (great for using leftover grilled or poached salmon)

Recipe

Pesto

  1. In a food processor or blender, pulse basil leaves, mint leaves, garlic, pine nuts, lemon juice, and parmesan cheese together. Slowly add the olive oil until pesto is smooth. Set aside.

Pasta

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and add a generous pinch of salt. Once boiling, add pasta of choice and cook according to package instructions. Reserve ½ cup of pasta water, and drain pasta. Set aside in a large bowl.

  2. Add the pesto to the pasta and toss to combine. Add reserved pasta water if needed to loosen pesto pasta. Toss in the flaked salmon. Finish with lemon zest and mint leaves. Serve immediately.

 
 

Butternut Squash Citrus Salad

New Jersey seems to be the only place where it can be 60 degrees one day and 30 the next!

This past weekend was a real tease! I am so ready for the warmer weather, flowers blooming, and more importantly, spring produce!

For me, once the warmer weather begins I automatically feel like I want to eat healthier foods that are light, bright and packed with nutrients! Salads are one of my go-to everyday foods. For warmer weather days, I love to add refreshing raw ingredients like shaved carrots, and fresh fruit. But for days like today, it’s hard to crave a cold salad when it’s 30 degrees outside. So what I like to do is incorporate warm ingredients into my salad instead. Some of my favorite ingredients are roasted butternut squash and sweet potatoes. I usually roast a big batch, so I always have them available to toss into my salad or use them as a side. The roasted squash really helps fill you up while still keeping your salad healthy and vibrant! Paired with a citrus vinaigrette, this salad will have you fall in love with salads even during the colder months!

Warm weather will be here shortly but until then, warm up with this butternut squash salad!

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My Portuguese Mother // Butternut Squash Citrus Salad

Ingredients 

  • 5 cups arugula or baby kale, loosely packed

  • 2 cara-cara oranges, segmented

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts  

  • 2 cups roasted butternut squash, cubed

  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon honey

  • 3/4 cup olive oil

  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  • Salt and pepper

Recipe

  1. Whisk together the ingredients for the vinaigrette, adjust salt and pepper to taste, set aside.

  2. Arrange the greens in a large bow. Add the roasted butternut squash, segmented oranges, and chopped walnuts. Dress the salad with the vinaigrette. Serve immediately

 

Chicken Tinga Tinga Tacos


If there is one cuisine I can have over and over again, it would be Mexican. I love the combination of flavors , from the salt to the sweet and heat, everything comes together in a perfect harmony. These Chicken Tinga Tinga tacos are the perfect example! 

I dare you to eat just one! From the spicy sauce to the layer of toppings, this is the taco recipe you didn't know you needed! 

The sauce is made with adobo peppers, and fire roasted tomatoes that gives a kick and a layer a sweetness to the sauce. Top a nice bowl of rice, or drizzle some on your morning eggs! Delicious!!

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Ingredients 

Tacos :

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup sweet onion roughly chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1–2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, chopped

  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano

  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 3/4 cup canned crushed fire-roasted tomatoes

  • 1/4 cup chicken stock

  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 3 cups rotisserie chicken shredded

For serving :

  • Corn tortillas

  • 2 ripe avocados, sliced

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

  • 1/2 cup pico de gallo

  • crumbled cotija

  • 1 lime, cut into wedges

Recipe

  1. Heat a large skillet over medium. Once warm, add the oil and onion. Sauté for 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add in the garlic and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Stir in the chipotles, oregano, and cumin, and toast for 1 minute. Add in the tomatoes, stock, and salt. Bring to a simmer, and cook for 7 minutes.

  2. Place the tomato mixture in a high-powered or regular blender, and blend until smooth.

  3. Return the blended sauce to the pan over low heat. Add the shredded chicken, and cook for 5 minutes and season to taste.

  4. Prepare the garnishes. Warm your tortillas over an open flame on your stove top. Smash your avocados in a bowl, and squeeze lime and season with salt.

  5. Assemble your tacos, add the avocado, chicken, then top off with pico de gallo, cheese and cilantro. Serve with a lime wedge.

    Recipe from Pinch of Yum

 
 

Bacalhau à Brás (Cod fish with potatoes and eggs)

Tomorrow is Father’s Day in Portugal! In honor of my Dad, I have made his favorite recipe - Bacalhau à Brás, and one that he cooked often when I was growing up. Every bite brings me back to when I was a kid, seating at the dinner table and telling him that I hated olives! But now this is one of my favorites!

It’s such an easy recipe to do, cod mixed with onions, fries, and eggs. If there is a recipe to make someone fall in love with cod, it has to be this one! 

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My Portuguese Mother // Bacalhau à Brás
My Portuguese Mother // Bacalhau à Brás
My Portuguese Mother // Bacalhau à Brás
My Portuguese Mother // Bacalhau à Brás

Ingredients 

  • 1 pound dried salt cod

  • 7 tablespoons olive oil, divided

  • 1 1/2 pounds potatoes, peeled, cut into matchstick-size strips (about 6 cups)

  • Enough oil to fry potatoes

  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced

  • 8 large eggs

  • Salt

  • freshly ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley leaves, divided

  • 18 black or green olives

Recipe

  1. Soak the salted cod in water for 24/36 hours, changing the water 3 or 4 times – depending on the thickness of the cod

  2. Heat oil in deep heavy bottom pot

  3. When hot, add potatoes and fry until golden – you want the potatoes light golden not to crispy

  4. Dry on paper towel to get rid of excess oil

  5. Add the cod to a pot of water, bring to a boil.

  6. Lower the temperature and simmer the cod for about 10 minutes.

  7. Remove the cod pieces with a skimmer and onto a plate.

  8. Remove the skin from the cod and shred it, making sure to discard all the bones

  9. In a large skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Add the onion and sauté for 5 minutes while stirring.

  10. Add the cod, mix and continue to cook for 5 minutes.

  11. Add half of the matchstick chips and mix.

  12. In a bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper.

  13. Add the eggs to the cod mixture and stir until the eggs are half-cooked.

  14. Add half of the matchstick chips, half of parsley and stir one last time.

  15. Remove immediately from heat to avoid overcooking the eggs

  16. Arrange in a dish.

  17. Garnish with leftover parsley and black olives.

Pulled Pork

 Happy Friday!

I have your weekend plans covered with a delicious and juicy roasted pulled pork shoulder!

Dry rubbed with paprika, mustard and brown sugar; these spices create a crispy crust.

After cooling, and pulling apart, the pork is submerged in its juices, rehydrating the meat.

This recipe allows you to create a variety of dishes, like pulled pork sandwiches topped with pickled red onions and your slaw of choice, tacos or just as a topping on a nice bowl of rice!

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Ingredients 

  • 1 (5-7 lb.)  pork shoulder

  • 3 tbsp. paprika

  • 3 tbsp. Sea salt

  • 1 tbsp. garlic powder

  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar

  • 1 tbsp. dry mustard

Recipe

  1. Mix the paprika, garlic powder, brown sugar, dry mustard, and salt together in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork. Cover and refrigerate it for at least 1 hour, preferably overnight.

  2. Preheat the oven to 300° F. Place the pork in a roasting pan and roast it for about 6 hours, or until the pork is falling apart.

  3. Once the pork is done, transfer the meat to a larger platter and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.

  4. While the pork is resting, deglaze the pan with ¾ cup of water over medium heat. Using a wooden spoon, scrape all the browned bits, and allow the juices to reduce by half. Once reduced, pour the remaining juices into a saucepan, and cook for 5-7 minutes.

  5. Grab two forks, and pull shreds of the meat off the pork shoulder. Put the shredded meat in a large bowl, and pour half the sauce over it. Stir well until all the pork is coated with the sauce.

  6. At this point you may add any barbecue sauce, serve as is in tacos, or burgers.

 

Braised Lamb Shanks & Creamy Polenta

First snowfall of the season and boy did it take us by surprise in New Jersey! 

There is probably nothing that I enjoy about the winter other than the excuse to stay in and cook! 

One of my ultimate favorite comfort foods are these beautiful Lamb Shanks. I think visually they seem a little daunting to people; however, this recipe is easy, foolproof and can make any beginner cook look like a master chef! 

The lamb shanks are rubbed with spices, and cooked in wine (oh yes), and served alongside creamy polenta.

The polenta is simmered to ensure a beautiful creamy and thick consistency that will absorb the sauce from the lamb.

If polenta is not your thing, egg noodles go exceptionally well with this dish!

Happy Weekend and Happy Cooking!

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Ingredients

Lamb Shanks

  • 3 medium lamb shanks

  • 4 medium onions, sliced

  • 6 garlic cloves

  • 4 tbsp of tomato paste

  • 3 tbsp of paprika

  • 1 bunch of parsley, coarsely chopped

  • 8 tbsp of butter, cut in small pieces

  • 1/4 cup of olive oil

  • 2 cups  white wine

  • ½ cup water + 2 tbsp

  • 3 tbsp of coarse salt & pepper

  • 3 bay leaves

Polenta

  • Kosher salt

  • 6 cups water

  • 1½ cups coarse polenta ( I used Bob’s Red Mills)

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

  • ½ cup grated Parmesan, plus more for serving

  • Freshly ground black pepper

  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley

Recipe

Lamb Shanks

  1. Set the oven to 425 F

  2. In a mortar, grind garlic, parsley and salt into a paste. Mix in the paprika, pepper, tomato paste,  2 tbsp of water and olive oil.

  3. Rub the shanks with the mixture.

  4. Place the seasoned meat in a large roasting pan, top with sliced onions, bay leaves and butter.

  5. Pour in the wine and the rest of the water (½ cup) around the meat.

  6. Roast for 1 ½ hour , basting every half hour .

  7. Serve with Polenta.

Polenta

  1. In a large saucepan, bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil.

  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, whisking constantly, add in the polenta.

  3. Cook, and whisk often  until polenta is thick and smooth, 20–25 minutes.

  4. Season with salt and pepper. Add butter and ½ cup Parmesan to polenta and whisk until melted and incorporated.

  5. Serve warm, top with extra Parmesan.

Caldo Verde

 

Caldo Verde is one of the most well known and delicious traditional portuguese dishes.

I ate a lot of soup growing up, and one of my absolute favorites was Caldo Verde. Best served with a side of bread and extra chorizo, this savory soup will warm up any day – or night!!

This real Caldo Verde soup is made with Portuguese kale ,but it can also be made with regular collard greens. Topped with chorizo, this flavorful and easy to make soup is perfect for those cold winter nights or a quick weeknight meal! 

 
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Ingredients 

  • 1 lb. potatoes, peeled and sliced (4 medium potatoes)

  • 1 lb. Portuguese kale, rinsed and julienned

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped

  • 1 small chorizo, sliced

  • 8 cups water

  • 1/2 cup olive oil

  • salt & pepper

 

Recipe

  1. Add water, sliced potatoes, chopped onion and garlic to a large saucepan. Boil all the ingredients together with ¼  cup of olive oil for 20 minutes, until they are soft. The longer you cook them the thicker your soup will be. Season with salt & pepper

  2.  Blend it until smooth - if using a blender, always remember to allow the soup to cool a little before blending it.  It is also ok to use an immersion blender.

  3. Add the julienned kale and sliced chorizo. Simmer for 10 minutes, until kale is cooked. (You can add some slices of chorizo to the serving bowl right before eating instead of cooking it with the vegetables)

  4. Serve hot, drizzle with some olive oil

    Best eaten with a nice slice of country bread or corn bread on the side


 
 

Steak Tacos

I can’t say no to a taco.

No matter how full I could be , if I spot a taco truck, chances are, I’m getting one!  And no, Taco Bell is not my favorite taco place or I ever craved their food… Unless you are starving after a long night of drinking and the only place you have to eat is Taco Bell, then that's acceptable, but let's be honest, even then, I’m sure you’ll find a taco truck on some corner, somewhere that serves real tacos!

Taco Tuesday was never big in my house. I dislike our American version of a taco.. ground meat, hard shell (PASS), shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes... no thanks.
So instead, I wanted to spice things up, change some ingredients around and create a quick & easy taco recipe with ingredients you most likely already have in your kitchen.

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Ingredients 

  • 1 pound flank steak

  • 1 tbsp. of olive oil

  • ¼ cup of lime juice

  • 2  garlic clove, minced

  • 1 tsp. chili powder

  • 1 tsp. cumin

  • 1 tsp. paprika

  • 1 tbsp. minced jalapeño

toppings:

  • 1 radish, thinly sliced

  • 4-5 tbsp of diced grilled pineapples

  • 1 lime, sliced into wedges

  • 1 handful cilantro

  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 charred corn cob

  • 8 small flour or corn tortillas

Recipe

  1. Combine olive oil, lime juice, garlic, chili powder, cumin, paprika, and jalapeno in a larger bowl or zip-top bag. Season the steak with salt and pepper and place it in the bag or bowl covered with plastic and marinate at least 30 minutes at room temp. Or overnight in the refrigerator.

  2. If chilled overnight, let it sit at room temperature for 30 minutes.Prepare a grill or grill pan over medium-high heat. Grill steak for around 7-10 minutes, or until the thickest part of the steak reads 125 degrees f. Remove from grill and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Slice the steak against the grain.

  3. While it rests, prepare grilled pineapples and charred corn. Grill the pineapples for 1-2 minutes or until they achieve grill marks on both sides. Charr the corn by rubbing olive oil so it won't stick and place it on the medium-high heat grill. Turn frequently, until the entire cobb is nice and charred. Allow the cobb to cool before cutting the corn off the cob.

  4. Warm the tortillas on the grill or on the stove top. If using the stove, use low heat and keep an eye because they will charr quickly.

  5. Divide the steak among the tortillas and begin to layer with the grilled pineapples, corn, radishes, thinly sliced red onion, cilantro and finish with a wedge of lime.

 
 

Fresh Pasta Dough

My mom and I along the years have acquired a lot of pasta equipment, from attachments for our Cuisinart, ravioli molds, to manual pasta machines, so it was about time we learned how to make fresh pasta!

So, two years ago, my mom and I ventured into the unknown and took a pasta making class at Sur La Table in NYC.

Homemade pasta is something that you usually watch chefs make on TV or eat it at an Italian restaurant. It's one of those dishes that home cooks, I think, stray away from, because of how much work and skill we think it requires making.

Reading the recipe on its own may seem overwhelming, but going through step by step with an instructor explaining why and how this works, really took my worries away.

The best thing I’ve learned is to BE PATIENT! Read the recipe, reread it, prep and go through each step with calm and confidence.

During the class, we both were shocked on how simple and easy it really was to make fresh pasta and were so excited to finally put all our tools into good use!

We have made this pasta recipe for many occasions since then, and every time it came out with great success!

Soon I will be posting a few more daring pasta recipes, maybe even a few colored ones!

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Ingredients

  • 2½ cups (12½ ounces) "00" flour, plus more for dusting

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 4 large eggs

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

Recipe

  1. Fresh pasta dough is so easy to make, you’ll wonder why you never did before. If you can find Italian "00" flour, use it to make very delicate, yet chewy pasta. If not, bread flour works really well.

  2. To make dough: Place flour and salt in a large mixing bowl and whisk to combine. Make a "well" in the center of the flour mixture and add eggs and oil. Using your fingers, blend the eggs into the flour mixture, stirring the flour in from the sides of the well and working outwards. When the pasta dough is thoroughly mixed, turn it out on a lightly floured work surface. Knead dough until it is smooth and flexible but not sticky, adding small amounts of flour as needed; about 5 minutes. Shape the dough into a ball and flatten into a disk. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for at least 20 minutes or up to an hour at room temperature.

  3. To roll dough: Secure a pasta machine to the edge of a long countertop. Using a bench scraper, cut the dough into three pieces. Keep extra dough covered in plastic wrap while working with one piece. With a rolling pin, roll the piece of dough into a rough rectangle so that it will fit inside the widest setting of the pasta machine. Roll the dough through the machine, catching it with one hand as you roll with the other. Take the dough and trifold it like a letter. Turn the dough so one open end faces the machine and roll it through on the widest setting again. Fold, turn, and roll once more on the widest setting.

  4. Continue rolling the pasta through the machine without folding, adjusting the rollers to a smaller setting each time, until the desired thickness is reached. If the pasta sheet becomes too large to handle, use a bench scraper to cut it into more manageable lengths and continue rolling.

  5. Cut sheets to desired shapes and sizes, toss with semolina flour and set aside covered with a clean kitchen towel. The pasta can be cooked immediately or covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 24 hours before use.

  6. To cook pasta: Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling. Generously season water with salt. Add pasta and stir immediately to prevent the strands from sticking together. Boil until al dente, 2 to 3 minutes. Reserve about a cup of pasta water and drain pasta through a colander. Toss hot pasta with your sauce of choice, using reserved pasta water to thin the mixture and coat the pasta as needed. Garnish as desired and serve immediately.

    Recipe taken from Sur La Table’s Cooking Classes

Arroz de Grelos (Broccoli Rabe Rice)

There will always be those dishes that the slightest smell or taste brings you right back to childhood. While some might be as simple as a soup or sandwich, mine is Arroz de Grelos, (Broccoli rabe rice).

I know, not your first guess ,but this particular dish is one that from as far as i can remember my mom always made.

I think mostly the memories are so strong because as a kid I was not that big of a fan of this dish. I knew the moment my mom began to boil that broccoli rabe that I would not be happy with the dinner choice.

But of course, as you get older, your taste for certain foods change, and i'm happy to report that i am now a BIG broccoli rabe fan!

A little bit of background on broccoli rabe.. it is a member of the brassica family which is known for being a vegetable family that is packed with all sorts of nutrients, like zinc, potassium, calcium, folate and vitamins A, C and K. ( no wonder my mom made it so much)

The combination of the fluffy rice with the bitterness of the broccoli rabe pairs well with any meat or even a pan fried fish, which is what i grew up eating it with!

Arroz de Grelos (Broccoli Rabe Rice)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of white rice

  • 1 bunch of broccoli rabe

  • 1 large onion

  • ¼ cup of olive oil

  • 2 garlic cloves

  • 3 cups of boiling water

  • Salt & Pepper

Recipe

  1. Wash the greens and roughly chop them. Peel the onion and garlic and chop finely.

  2. Heat a medium saucepan, saute the onion in the olive oil until translucent. Stir in the garlic and greens and cook until tender.

  3. Add the rice and mix well.

  4. Add the boiling water, season with salt and pepper and allow to boil again.

  5. Cover the pan, reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is cooked around 20 minutes.

Pasteis de Bacalhau (Cod fish fritters)

Pasteis de Bacalhau are one of the most popular foods in traditional portuguese cuisine. Pasteis de Bacalhau ( Cod Fritters), are usually eaten as a snack or an appetizer. they are made with salted cod, potato, onion and lots of parsley, and if that didn't convince you yet… its fried!

These very popular fritters are seen and sold in every cafe around portugal, and even the portuguese cafes in the united states!

While it might be easier to buy some, nothing beats homemade Pasteis de Bacalhau! They are very simple to make and i promise it's worth dealing with the smell of cod fish for a few days..

Pasteis de Bacalhau can be eaten as an accompaniment to a delicious plate of rice, like this one.

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Ingredients

  • 20 oz. (600 g) salted cod fish

  • 30 oz. (800 g) potatoes

  • 4 medium eggs, seperated

  • ¼ cup (100ml) olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1 pinch nutmeg

  • ½ cup chopped parsley

  • salt & pepper

  • Vegetable Oil for frying

Recipe

  1. In a bowl, cover the salted cod with cold water, and let it soak for 2 days, changing the water every 8 hours (about 4/5 times)

  2. Boil the potatoes in water with salt for about 20/ 25 minutes, drain and mash them well.

  3. In another pot, boil the cod until tender. Drain, let it cool and flake as small as you can with your hands, making sure all skin and bones are removed.

  4. On a large saucepan, sauté the onions and garlic in a little olive oil, just to sweat the onions, add the flaked cod and let it simmer for about 5 minutes, mixing it occasionally.

  5. Then add the mashed potatoes, nutmeg, parsley and mix it well. Check seasoning, add pepper & salt if needed. Add the yolks one by one.

  6. Beat the egg whites and add them to the potatoes / cod mixture and mix it well.

  7. Pour the oil in a deep heavy skillet or pot and place it on high heat.

  8. Dip 2 tablespoons into oil and shape the pasteis using 2 spoons as if you were making quenelles (egg shape). The mixture will be quite soft. (At this point you can freeze them up to a month.)

  9. Add the pasteis one by one, turning them over until golden brown about 2/3 minutes

  10. When done, remove and place them on a plate with a paper towel to drain any excess of oil.

  11. Makes about 25/30 pasteis

Herbed Roasted Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken may seem a little daunting , but this recipe from the Barefoot Contessa will take all your fears away!

I adapted Ina’s herbed roasted chicken by adding BUTTER! I mixed the butter with the herbs and rubbed it under and over the chicken. its cooked on top of thick country bread slices. The juices of the chicken soak into the bread and creates a beautiful dark, crusty and caramelized bread, that is also great to make croutons for a salad, or if you’re like me, eat it by itself. 

What I like most about this recipe is how easy it is to adapt, the herbs and lemon in this dish can be substituted for whatever flavor combination you prefer.

 
Herbed Roasted Chicken 1
Herbed Roasted Chicken

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken (4-4 ½ lb.)

  • ½ stick of softened butter

  • 4 sprigs of thyme

  • 2 large garlic cloves, smashed flat

  • 1 lemon, quartered

  • 2 tsp. sea salt, plus extra for serving

  • 1/2 tsp. ground pepper

  • 3 to 4 slice of country bread ( ¾-inch-thick)

  • Olive oil

Recipe

  1. First, preheat oven to 500 degrees F and position rack on the lower third rack in the oven.

  2. In a small bowl, mix the butter, herbs and salt and pepper.

  3. Using your fingers, gently loosen the skin from the breasts and thighs without breaking the skin. Pat the chicken dry and rub the butter over and under the chicken skin. Place the quartered lemon in the cavity. Season generously with salt and pepper. Let sit for 20 minutes.

  4. While the chicken sits, prepare the cast iron pan. Cut thick slices of bread, (3/4-inch-thick). Place the slices in the cast iron pan.

  5. Place the chicken breast side up on the bread and brush lightly with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Tuck the wings under the body.

  6. Let the chicken roast for 30 minutes then flip the chicken over and cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the breast is at 165 F, and the thighs are around 170 F.

  7. Once the chicken is done, remove from oven, cover with aluminum foil and let the chicken rest for 30 minutes. ( It is important to allow the chicken rest to ensure a juicy chicken. The chicken will still be hot)

  8. When 30 minutes are up, remove the chicken from pan and carve how you desire. The bread will be very toasted, even burnt but that is supposed to happen as it has socken up all the juices of the chicken, and caramelized.

Adapted from Barefoot Contessa