Crudos are served in restaurants everywhere — why not at home, too? Appetizer or entrée, it's the perfect summer dish. All you need is fresh fish, olive oil, different accents and seasonings, and a sharp knife.
If you read my recipes, you'll notice that I'm a heat-freak, a pepperhead — well, these recipes are no different. A few different minced peppers as accents — jalapeño, Fresno, serrano — these can make all the difference. In January, I scored some paiche (a giant Amazonian freshwater fish that has not been regularly available in the U.S., if at all) at New York's Chelsea Market. The texture has been described as somewhere between cod and Chilean sea bass. It worked as a crudo with a little olive oil, lemon, and salt — though the texture trended more toward Chilean sea bass. Even then, I had to add some heat though.
It was an outrageous combination of not-easy-to-pair ingredients: paiche and bhut jolokia (second-hottest pepper in the world at the time). Hot? A little (wink). Tasty? Yes. Ridiculous? You bet. These recipes aren't as spicy. But they are simple and delicious. Use different citrus juices, salts, and kinds of salts as you taste and match accents to see what you like.
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When you have fresh pasta (that you either made yourself or bought), you really don't need to do much to it because it's already going to be so good. That's the reason why this recipe works so well. Fresh, silky noodles topped with quartered tomatoes, nutty and creamy Pecorino cheese, and chopped parsley. Add a little olive oil and you're in business. Great for a weeknight meal or when you don't really feel like doing much at all.
It can be hard to motivate yourself to get cooking in the kitchen after a long, stressful day at the office, but I promise this salmon burger recipe is just about as easy as it gets when it comes to creating a quick, healthy dinner.
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Chicken cordon bleu has gotten a reputation over the years as a recipe that's not exactly easy to prepare. It's a traditional roulade, which takes some skill and a deft hand for balance, and the fact that it's breaded and fried is never a great inspiration. This preparation, however, uses only a few ingredients and gives you all the luxuriousness of a traditional chicken cordon bleu without the mess and fuss. It's quick and easy, and a great way to impress your guests (and family).
If you’re a fan of ginger, then you know about the sweet and mild flavor of the pink pickled ginger that accompanies your sushi. Pickled ginger is a flavor-packed treat that is simple to make and will last you a couple weeks.
This recipe is super-easy, so you can go from a knob of ginger to delicious pickled ginger in about 24 hours. Enjoy with sushi, seared tuna, or simply on its own.
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