Chickpeas seasoned with cayenne and chili powder and complemented by slices of tangy onion and creamy avocado. Liquid smoke lends its quintessential BBQ flavor so these bean burgers are equally delicious grilled outdoors at your next potluck or inside in the comfort of your own kitchen.
This recipe comes to us from JL of JL Goes Vegan.
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Have you ever cooked upside down?
Makloubeh (which translates literally into "upside down") is a famous Levantine one-pot rice, spice, and vegetable dish. You will find different variants of it throughout Syria, Jordan, Palestine, and Lebanon. The name makloubeh or upside down refers to the way this dish is served. You see, this dish is arranged and cooked in a pot and then it is flipped upside down to be served.
This is my favorite version, cauliflower chicken makloubeh, but you can use eggplants or a combination of eggplant and cauliflower, and you can add potatoes, carrots, or even chickpeas. Experiment and try different combinations and see which ones you like best.
Don’t like chicken? You can cook this using beef instead or skip the meat altogether and make it vegetarian.
A red-wine glaze is a standard sauce and a favorite of many chefs, but the classical technique for preparing it is both lengthy and labor-intensive. We retooled it, using a pressure cooker, to get great results much faster.
Don’t pay attention to the temperature! Grilling is the perfect year-round activity, especially when using a robust brew like Samuel Adams Boston Lager that has a rich malt and roast character; it’s the perfect beer to emphasize the wonderful flavors the food gets from being grilled. The balance between the malt and the hops and moderate alcohol level make it a flavorful and complex brew that is perfect for pairing with all kinds of food. Experiment! Enjoy!!
Seasoned with traditional Moroccan spices like cumin and cinnamon, the meatballs soak up the gingery, smoky sauce. It’s a luscious combination for a weeknight dinner or an easy meal on the weekend. If you like, you can even make the meatballs a day or two in advance. The sauce is delicious by itself served with couscous or orzo, or tucked into pita bread.
Here's another great french fry alternative made with garlic scapes, the intensely flavored shoots of garlic bulbs that only come around to farmers' markets once a year, sometime in late spring. If you've never cooked with garlic scapes before, here's a great recipe worth trying.
When I was young and we had guests coming over, one of the dishes my mum always made was kabsa. Serving platters loaded with spicy golden rice and chicken topped with almonds and raisins would take center stage on the table. My part in it was to chop the tomatoes, slice the peppers, and grate the carrots. You can say I was mum’s sous chef.
Kabsa or kabseh is one of the traditional dishes served in the Arabian Gulf area. It is a unique mixture of rice (has to be long grain and you can use basmati), meat (chicken, beef, goat, lamb, or even camel), spices, and vegetables topped with nuts and raisins. The secret to kabsa’s identity and taste is the blend of spices used in it: black pepper, allspice, cloves, cardamom, saffron, cinnamon, black lime, bay leaves, and nutmeg are some of the spices that lend their magic to make kabsa a special and memorable dish.
I am sharing my own kabsa recipe which is mildly adjusted from my mum’s, and she makes awesome kabsa. I urge you to give it a try as is and from there you can adjust the spices, change the vegetables, and make the recipe your own.
Ah, the wonders of pressure cooking — in a mere 20 minutes from start to finish (including cooking time) you can make a big batch of homemade chicken stew that's piping hot and ready to eat. What's more, the stew also includes items like lentils, brown rice, and potatoes, which normally take about an hour to break down. Plus, with minimal prep work involved, this recipe will make you seem like a superhuman who can get it all done with time to spare.
Pulled pork barbecue is one of life’s simple pleasures — fork-tender meat bathed in barbecue sauce and served on a soft roll with a side of slaw. The idea of making pulled pork instead of buying it at your local BBQ joint may not have occurred to you. But pulled pork is so simple to make in your pressure cooker and it takes only forty-five minutes. The beauty of making it at home is that you can serve several different barbecue sauces to complement the meat. We love it Alabama style.
Take a walk on the exotic side with this risotto with smoked white fish and fried seaweed. Sauro is a white fish similar to swordfish found in Italy; if you can’t find it, smoked swordfish is an acceptable substitute.
I love bean salads with parsley. Parsley vinaigrette makes this simple salad of marinated white beans and tuna come to life. Crisp, tasty, and light, the salad makes a wonderful lunch salad or a small tapas sharing dish. If you want to really flex your cooking muscles, throw in some quick-cured lemons and you’ll be amazed at how this salad sings.
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