30-Minute Pressure Cooker Chicken Chile Verde

Discover the magic of pressure cooking with this quick and easy Chicken Chile Verde recipe. Bursting with tangy tomatillos and a medley of fresh green peppers, this dish delivers mouthwatering flavor in just 30 minutes!

Forget about hours of simmering – our pressure cooker method transforms chicken thighs into tender, juicy morsels swimming in a vibrant green sauce. The secret? Letting the ingredients work their magic under pressure, creating an intensely flavorful broth that will have your taste buds dancing.

This recipe is perfect for busy weeknights when you crave something delicious but don’t have hours to spend in the kitchen. With minimal prep and mostly hands-off cooking, you’ll have a restaurant-quality meal on the table in no time. Let’s dive into this flavor-packed adventure!

April 2024

Recipe Details

Pressure Cooker Chicken Chile Verde: A 30-Minute Flavor Explosion

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs and drumsticks

  • 1 pound poblano peppers, roughly chopped, seeds and stems discarded (about 3 peppers)

  • 12 ounces tomatillos, husks discarded, quartered (about 4 tomatillos)

  • 10 ounces white onion, roughly chopped (about 1 medium)

  • 6 ounces Anaheim or Cubanelle peppers, roughly chopped, seeds and stems discarded (about 2 peppers)

  • 2 Serrano or jalapeño peppers, roughly chopped, stems discarded

  • 6 medium cloves garlic, peeled

  • 1 tablespoon whole cumin seeds, toasted and ground

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup loosely packed fresh cilantro leaves and fine stems, plus more for garnish

  • 1 tablespoon Asian fish sauce, such as Red Boat

  • Fresh corn tortillas and lime wedges, for serving

Directions

  1. Unleash the flavor: Toss chicken, poblano peppers, tomatillos, onion, Anaheim peppers, Serrano peppers, garlic, cumin, and a generous pinch of salt into your pressure cooker. Turn up the heat until you hear a gentle sizzle, then seal the lid. Bring to high pressure and let the magic happen for 15 minutes. Once done, release the pressure and prepare for an aromatic explosion!

  2. Create liquid gold: Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a bowl. Now, it’s time to elevate the sauce! Add cilantro and fish sauce to the pressure cooker’s contents. Blend until smooth using an immersion blender or countertop blender. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt. Return the chicken to the sauce, discarding skin and bones. For easier eating, shred the meat if desired.

  3. Serve and enjoy: Present your masterpiece on a serving platter, garnished with fresh chopped cilantro. Serve immediately alongside warm tortillas and lime wedges. Watch as your dinner guests dive into this flavor-packed meal with gusto!

Special Equipment

Electric or stovetop pressure cooker, immersion blender or countertop blender

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
345 Calories
19g Fat
15g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 345
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 163mg 54%
Sodium 780mg 34%
Total Carbohydrate 15g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 14%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 97mg 484%
Calcium 60mg 5%
Iron 3mg 16%
Potassium 798mg 17%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Low-carb,Gluten free,Keto

Crispy Colombian-Style Chicharrones: A Pork Lover’s Dream

Get ready for a mouthwatering journey into the world of Colombian cuisine with these irresistible chicharrones. This recipe transforms humble pork belly into crispy, juicy morsels of delight that will have your taste buds dancing. Perfect for sharing at gatherings or indulging in a decadent treat, these chicharrones are sure to become a favorite.

The Magic of Slow-Cooked Pork Belly

This traditional Colombian method of preparing chicharrones is a labor of love that yields incredible results. By slowly rendering the pork belly in its own fat, we create a dish that’s crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, and bursting with rich, porky flavor. The process may take some time, but the end result is well worth the wait!

The Science Behind the Crunch

Our secret weapon for achieving the perfect chicharrón texture? Baking soda! This simple ingredient works wonders by:

  • Raising the pH of the pork skin
  • Weakening peptide bonds in the collagen
  • Promoting faster browning and crisping

The result? Chicharrones with an unbeatable crunch and golden-brown color.

Ingredients for Colombian-Style Chicharrones

  • 2 pounds (907g) skin-on pork belly

  • 1 tablespoon (15g) baking soda

  • Kosher salt

  • Optional spices or seasonings (e.g., cayenne, sugar, paprika, lime juice)

Step-by-Step Chicharrón Preparation

Warning: Making chicharrones can be messy and potentially dangerous due to hot oil splatter. Always use a splatter guard and wear protective clothing. Safety first, deliciousness second!

  1. Prepare the pork belly: Place it on a wire rack over a baking sheet. Mix baking soda with 2 teaspoons (6g) salt and rub all over the pork. Refrigerate uncovered, skin-side up, for at least 2 hours (8 hours or overnight for best results).

  2. Prep and simmer: Rinse and pat dry the belly. Cut into 1-inch wide, 4-5 inch long strips. Score the fat at 1/2-inch intervals, careful not to cut through the skin. Place in a 12-inch nonstick skillet or well-seasoned wok, add 2-3 cups water, and simmer over medium-low heat.

  3. Render the fat: Cook for about 1 hour, turning occasionally, until the pork is tender and most fat has rendered. The water will evaporate, leaving only lard in the pan.

  4. Fry to perfection: Once only lard remains, cover with a splatter guard. Fry the chicharrones, turning occasionally, until golden and crispy (20-25 minutes). Be cautious of hot oil splatter!

  5. Serve and enjoy: Drain on paper towels, season with salt and your choice of spices. Savor immediately while they’re at peak crispiness!

    Essential Equipment

    12-inch nonstick skillet or well-seasoned wok, splatter guard

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
232 Calories
17g Fat
0g Carbs
18g Protein
Detailed Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 232
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 31%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 664mg 29%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 18g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 37mg 3%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 191mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Low-carb,Carnivore,Keto,Gluten free

Refreshing Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad: A Perfect Summer Dish

Elevate your summer dining with this delightful Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad. This recipe combines the sweet juiciness of watermelon with tangy feta cheese and aromatic mint, creating a perfect balance of flavors that will tantalize your taste buds. Whether you’re hosting a backyard barbecue or looking for a light lunch option, this salad is sure to impress!

The Secret to Selecting the Perfect Watermelon

The key to a mouthwatering watermelon salad starts with choosing the right melon. Here are some top tips for picking the juiciest, most flavorful watermelon:

  • Choose a watermelon that feels heavy for its size – this indicates it’s packed with juicy goodness.
  • Look for a yellow spot on the bottom – this is where the watermelon rested on the ground and shows it’s ripe.
  • Give it a tap – a ripe watermelon should produce a deep, hollow sound.
  • Opt for smaller melons when possible, as they often have more concentrated flavor.

Choosing the Best Feta for Your Salad

Not all feta cheeses are created equal! For the best taste and texture in your salad, look for sheep’s milk feta from Greece or Bulgaria. These varieties offer a creamier texture and a perfect balance of saltiness and tangy flavor that complements the sweet watermelon beautifully.

The Zesty Secret Ingredient

Want to take your watermelon salad to the next level? The secret is in the zest! Adding finely chopped lemon zest not only brings a bright citrusy note but also enhances the flavors of the watermelon and feta. It’s a simple addition that makes a world of difference.

June 2024

Watermelon, Feta, and Mint Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 pounds seedless watermelon (about 1 small or 1/4 large), rind removed, cut into 1-inch chunks (about 2 pounds/1kg chunks after rind is discarded)
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) juice from 1 lemon, plus 4 (2-inch) strips zest, removed with a sharp vegetable peeler
  • 1/4 cup (10g) roughly chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 3 tablespoons (45ml) extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • Up to 4 ounces (1 quart) arugula leaves (optional; see notes)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces (110g) feta cheese (see notes)

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, combine the watermelon chunks, finely chopped lemon zest, lemon juice, chopped mint, and olive oil. If using arugula, add it to the bowl. Gently toss all ingredients until the watermelon is evenly coated. Season lightly with salt and pepper, remembering that the feta will add saltiness later.
  2. Transfer the salad mixture to a wide, shallow bowl or a large plate, spreading it out evenly. Crumble the feta cheese over the top of the salad. Sprinkle with the remaining lemon zest, drizzle with a little extra olive oil, and add a few grinds of fresh black pepper. Serve immediately and enjoy your refreshing summer salad!

Recipe Notes

The quality of feta cheese can make or break this dish. Opt for authentic Greek or Bulgarian sheep’s milk feta for the best flavor and creamiest texture. To make this salad more substantial, feel free to add arugula – it adds a peppery kick that complements the other flavors beautifully.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
176 Calories
13g Fat
12g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 176
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 225mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 10g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 13mg 64%
Calcium 108mg 8%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 192mg 4%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Gluten free,Vegetarian,Low-carb,Mediterranean

Homemade Orgeat Syrup: The Secret Ingredient for Tiki Cocktails

Discover the magic of orgeat, a luxurious almond syrup that’s the heart and soul of tropical cocktails. This DIY recipe will elevate your home bar game in just 15 minutes!

Orgeat (pronounced ‘or-zsa,’ like Zsa Zsa Gabor) is a fragrant almond syrup with a touch of orange blossom water. It’s the essential ingredient that ties together the complex flavors in Tiki drinks, adding depth and sophistication to your favorite tropical concoctions.

Why Make Your Own Orgeat?

While artisanal orgeat can be pricey and hard to find, making your own is surprisingly easy and cost-effective. For about $6 and 15 minutes of your time, you can craft a superior almond syrup using all-natural ingredients. Say goodbye to artificial flavors and preservatives – your homemade orgeat will be bursting with authentic almond goodness!

Ingredients for Homemade Orgeat

  • 2 cups raw almonds, sliced or chopped

  • 1 1/2 cups sugar

  • 1 1/4 cups water

  • 1 teaspoon orange flower water

  • 1 ounce vodka

How to Make Orgeat at Home

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Toast the almonds for 4 minutes, giving them a shake halfway through for even browning.

  2. Let the almonds cool, then blitz them in a blender or food processor until finely ground.

  3. In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Heat over medium, stirring constantly, until the sugar dissolves and the mixture just starts to boil (about 3 minutes).

  4. Add the ground almonds to the syrup and simmer on low heat, stirring frequently. Just before it boils, remove from heat, cover, and let steep for at least 3 hours (but no more than 12).

  5. Strain the mixture through three layers of cheesecloth into a bowl, squeezing to extract all the flavorful syrup.

  6. Stir in the orange flower water and vodka. Transfer your homemade orgeat to a clean glass bottle or jar.

Essential Equipment

Blender or food processor, cheesecloth

Pro Tips for Perfect Orgeat

Store your orgeat in the refrigerator and use within one month for the best flavor. This recipe produces a richer, amber-colored syrup due to the almond skins. For a traditional milky-white orgeat, opt for blanched almonds. Remember to shake before each use, as the natural almond oils may separate.

Orange flower water can be found in well-stocked grocery stores, Mediterranean markets, or online retailers. It adds an authentic touch that truly elevates your homemade orgeat.

Shake Up Your Cocktail Game

Ready to put your homemade orgeat to the test? Mix up a classic Mai Tai for a taste of tropical paradise. For more Tiki fun, try a Scorpion or a Saturn. Craving something more sophisticated? The Japanese Cocktail showcases orgeat’s versatility in a refined, spirit-forward drink.

Don’t limit yourself to cocktails – a splash of orgeat in champagne or club soda creates a refreshing, nutty spritzer. Once you’ve experienced the rich flavor of homemade orgeat, you’ll never go back to store-bought!

November 2011

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
134 Calories
1g Fat
30g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 10
Amount per serving
Calories 134
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 30g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 16mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Vegan,Vegetarian,Gluten free

Authentic Serbian Ajvar: Smoky Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Discover the rich, smoky flavors of traditional Serbian Ajvar, a versatile roasted red pepper sauce that’s perfect for grilling season!

Ajvar, pronounced “eye-var,” is a beloved Balkan condiment that brings a burst of smoky sweetness to any dish. This recipe captures the essence of authentic Serbian cuisine, transforming simple ingredients into a complex, flavor-packed sauce that will transport your taste buds to the heart of the Balkans.

The Magic of Ajvar: A Balkan Treasure

Originating in Serbia, Ajvar spread throughout the Balkans after World War II. This delicious sauce is traditionally prepared in autumn, taking advantage of the bountiful pepper harvest. Ajvar isn’t just a condiment; it’s a celebration of seasonal abundance and culinary craftsmanship.

While recipes may vary slightly across the region, the core ingredients and preparation methods remain consistent. Ajvar is the perfect companion to grilled meats, particularly cevapi (Balkan sausages), but it’s also delightful as a spread or standalone dish.

The Secret to Spectacular Ajvar

The key to creating an outstanding Ajvar lies in two crucial steps: grilling and simmering. Grilling the peppers and eggplant over a live fire imparts a distinct smokiness that elevates the sauce. Simmering the mixture afterward intensifies the flavors, creating a harmonious balance of sweetness and tanginess.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Authentic flavors: Experience the true taste of Serbian cuisine
  • Versatile: Use as a spread, dip, or sauce for grilled meats
  • Healthy: Packed with vegetables and beneficial nutrients
  • Make-ahead friendly: Stores well for future use

September 2024

Recipe Details

Authentic Serbian Ajvar (Roasted Red Pepper Sauce)

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds red bell peppers (about 5 medium peppers)

  • 1 medium eggplant (about 3/4 pound)

  • 5 teaspoons freshly minced garlic (about 5 medium cloves)

  • 1/4 cup sunflower or olive oil

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt, plus more to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Fire up your grill! Light one chimney full of charcoal. Once the coals are covered with gray ash, arrange them on one side of the grill. Set the cooking grate in place, cover, and preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grate. Grill the peppers on the hot side until they’re blackened all over, about 10-15 minutes. Transfer them to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let them steam for 20 minutes. Once cool, remove the charred skin, seeds, and cores.

  2. While the peppers cool, prepare the eggplant. Pierce its skin all over with a fork, then place it on the cooler side of the grill. Cover and cook for about 30 minutes, turning halfway through, until the skin darkens and wrinkles and the eggplant is uniformly soft when pressed. Let it cool for 10 minutes, then trim the top, split it lengthwise, and scoop out the flesh.

  3. Time to blend! In a food processor, combine the roasted peppers, eggplant pulp, and garlic. Pulse until roughly chopped. Add the oil, vinegar, and salt, then pulse until the peppers are finely chopped and everything is well incorporated.

  4. Now for the final touch! Transfer the sauce to a medium saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. This step intensifies the flavors and creates that perfect Ajvar consistency. Remove from heat, season with salt and pepper to taste, and let it cool to room temperature. Enjoy immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

Special Equipment

Grill, chimney starter, food processor

Notes

  • Type of fire: two-zone indirect
  • Grill heat: medium-high

Serving Suggestions

  • Spread on crusty bread for a quick appetizer
  • Serve alongside grilled meats, especially cevapi
  • Use as a dip for fresh vegetables
  • Stir into pasta for a quick, flavorful sauce
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
37 Calories
2g Fat
4g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 24
Amount per serving
Calories 37
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 54mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 65mg 325%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 84mg 2%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Gluten free,Vegan,Vegetarian,Mediterranean,Low-carb

Irresistible Gluten-Free Potato Gnocchi: A Summer Delight

Dive into a plate of tender, fluffy potato gnocchi without a hint of wheat flour. Perfect for those warm summer evenings!

While firing up the oven in summer might seem counterintuitive, the payoff is worth it. These pillowy gnocchi pair beautifully with summer staples like pesto, caponata, and fresh tomato sauce. Plus, you can make a big batch and freeze some for later, ensuring quick and delicious dinners all season long.

The Secret to Perfect Potatoes

In the absence of gluten, starchy potatoes become our structural heroes. Russet or Idaho potatoes are the key players here. Baking the potatoes, rather than boiling, is crucial. This method not only intensifies the potato flavor but also prevents excess water absorption, resulting in gnocchi that hold together beautifully during cooking.

Flour Power

Thanks to our starchy, baked potatoes, we can keep the flour blend simple. A mix of white rice flour and sweet rice flour does the trick. The sweet rice flour, ground from glutinous short-grain rice, adds just the right amount of bite without any grittiness.

Crafting the Perfect Dough

Once your potatoes are baked and cooled, it’s time to create gnocchi magic. Pass the peeled potatoes through a ricer or food mill for the smoothest texture. In a pinch, grating or mashing works too. Incorporate the eggs gently, then add the flour blend gradually until you achieve a firm, not sticky, dough.

Shaping Your Gnocchi

Divide your dough and shape it into logs, then cut into bite-sized pieces. For that classic gnocchi look, roll each piece over a fork or gnocchi board. This not only creates an appealing texture but also helps the gnocchi hold onto more of that delicious sauce.

June 2012

Recipe Details

Gluten-Free Potato Gnocchi Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds russet potatoes, washed

  • 1 cup white rice flour

  • 1/2 cup sweet rice flour

  • 2 large eggs

  • Kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (205°C). Pierce the potatoes several times with a knife and place them on a baking sheet. Roast for about 1 hour until tender. Let them cool before handling.

  2. Mix the white rice flour and sweet rice flour. Flour your work surface. Peel and rice the potatoes onto the counter. Mix eggs with 1 teaspoon salt and pour over the potatoes. Gently incorporate the egg mixture into the potatoes until they start to come together.

  3. Gradually work in 1 cup of the flour mixture. Once a dough forms, knead by hand until all flour is incorporated. The dough should be firm and not sticky. If needed, add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time. Test by boiling a small piece – it should hold together.

  4. Divide the dough into eighths, working with one portion at a time and keeping the rest covered with a damp paper towel. Roll each portion into a log, cut into bite-sized pieces, and shape by pressing an indentation or rolling over a fork or gnocchi board.

  5. Place shaped gnocchi on a lightly floured baking sheet. You can freeze them now or cook immediately.

  6. To Cook: Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook half the gnocchi (fresh or frozen) until they float, about 4 minutes. Test one to ensure it’s cooked through. Remove with a skimmer and transfer to your sauce. Repeat with remaining gnocchi. If not serving immediately, toss with a little oil to prevent sticking.

Special Equipment

Potato ricer

Make-Ahead and Storage

To freeze, place the baking sheet of uncooked gnocchi in the freezer. Once frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. They’ll keep for up to two months. Cook from frozen as directed above.

For larger batches, prepare multiple single batches rather than doubling the recipe, as a larger quantity of dough can be challenging to work with.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
329 Calories
2g Fat
66g Carbs
10g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 329
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 3%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 255mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 66g 24%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 10g
Vitamin C 13mg 63%
Calcium 44mg 3%
Iron 3mg 18%
Potassium 896mg 19%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Gluten free,Vegetarian,Low-carb

Guasacaca: The Tangy Venezuelan Avocado Salsa

Discover the zesty cousin of guacamole that will revolutionize your snack game!

Move over, guacamole! There’s a new avocado-based dip in town, and it’s taking the culinary world by storm. Enter guasacaca, Venezuela’s answer to the classic Mexican dip. This vibrant, tangy creation is about to become your new favorite party snack, game day essential, and all-around flavor booster.

Guasacaca comes in various forms, ranging from chunky to smooth, but our version strikes the perfect balance. It’s thick enough to cling to your chip yet smooth enough to drizzle over your favorite dishes. What sets guasacaca apart is its irresistible tanginess, courtesy of a generous splash of vinegar and a squeeze of lime juice.

Our foolproof recipe combines creamy avocados with a medley of fresh ingredients. Onion and bell pepper provide a crisp foundation, while cilantro and parsley infuse the dip with herbaceous notes. A hint of jalapeño adds a subtle kick, perfectly balanced by the cooling green pepper. The result? A velvety smooth, flavor-packed salsa that’ll have your taste buds dancing!

Guasacaca isn’t just a one-trick pony. This versatile sauce shines as a condiment for arepas, elevates grilled meats to new heights, and pairs perfectly with crispy tequeños (Venezuelan cheese sticks). Whether you’re hosting a fiesta or looking to spice up your weeknight dinner, guasacaca is the secret weapon your culinary arsenal needs.

February 2013

Recipe Details

Guasacaca (Venezuelan Avocado Salsa)

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe Haas avocados, seeded and roughly diced

  • 1 small onion, quartered

  • 1 small green bell pepper, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped

  • 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and roughly chopped (optional)

  • 2 medium cloves garlic

  • 1/2 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro leaves

  • 1/4 cup packed roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 1/4 cup white vinegar

  • 1 tablespoon lime juice from 1 lime

  • 1/3 cup olive oil

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Combine avocados, onion, bell pepper, jalapeño (if using), garlic, cilantro, parsley, vinegar, and lime juice in a food processor fitted with a steel blade. Pulse until finely chopped, pausing to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed.

  2. With the motor running, slowly drizzle olive oil through the feed tube. Continue processing until the sauce reaches a smooth consistency.

  3. Season the guasacaca with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to a serving bowl and enjoy immediately!

Special Equipment

Food processor

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
281 Calories
27g Fat
12g Carbs
2g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4 to 6
Amount per serving
Calories 281
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 27g 34%
Saturated Fat 4g 19%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 115mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 29mg 147%
Calcium 23mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 563mg 12%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Gluten free,Vegan,Vegetarian,Paleo,Keto,Low-carb

Craft Your Own Artisanal Gin at Home

Embark on a flavorful journey and create your own top-shelf gin using a handful of aromatic botanicals and a bottle of vodka. This DIY gin recipe will transform your cocktail game and impress your friends with its unique, homemade charm.

Gin, once described as tasting like an “evil Christmas tree,” has become a beloved spirit for many cocktail enthusiasts. The distinctive piney flavor comes from juniper berries, but the beauty of gin lies in its versatility. From citrus zest to coriander seeds, cinnamon to anise, the botanical possibilities are endless.

As a gin aficionado, I’ve come to appreciate its chameleon-like nature in cocktails. Bold in some drinks, subtle in others, gin truly is the backbone of many classic and contemporary concoctions. While I initially hesitated to make my own, fearing it might be sacrilegious, I took the plunge and was pleasantly surprised by the results.

The World of Store-Bought Gin

While gin is readily available in liquor stores, creating your own allows for a truly personalized experience. Some of my current favorites include Bluecoat for its bold juniper and herbal notes, Nolet’s for its light, floral character, and Hendrick’s for its gentle rose petal hint in Champagne cocktails.

The DIY Gin Advantage

At its core, gin is a neutral spirit infused with juniper and other botanicals. This DIY recipe creates a compound gin, similar to some commercial methods. The result? A gin that’s just as complex and delicious as store-bought varieties, which I fondly call “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Gin” (though it’s selling it short, as it’s every bit as good as commercial gin).

The true joy of homemade gin lies in customizing the botanical blend to suit your taste preferences. Whether you prefer floral notes like lavender and chamomile or bolder flavors like rosemary or cinnamon, the choice is yours. It’s an easy, fun way to geek out on something you love using ingredients from your local grocery store.

While the resulting gin will have a light amber hue due to the infusion process, it won’t affect the appearance of your cocktails significantly.

Putting Your Homemade Gin to Work

Once you’ve crafted your gin, the possibilities are endless. Try it in a homemade gin and tonic for a drink that rivals any high-end bar offering. For a refreshing twist, mix up a gin rickey or Tom Collins. Your DIY gin will shine in cocktails featuring fresh ingredients, such as a fizzy gin and Lillet punch, an Aperol gin punch, a watermelon crawl, or a Sergeant Pepper.

June 2024

Recipe Details

DIY Artisanal Gin Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vodka (see notes)

  • 2 tablespoons juniper berries

  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

  • 1 teaspoon chamomile

  • 1/2 teaspoon lavender

  • 3 cardamom pods, broken

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 4 allspice berries

  • Two 4-inch pieces of grapefruit peel, with no pith

Directions

  1. Start by combining vodka and juniper berries in a sealable glass jar. Let this mixture steep for 12 hours to infuse the base spirit with the essential juniper flavor.

  2. After the initial steeping, add the remaining botanicals: coriander, chamomile, lavender, cardamom, bay leaf, allspice, and grapefruit peel. Seal the jar tightly and give it a good shake to mix everything together. Allow this botanical blend to steep for an additional 36 hours, letting the flavors meld and intensify.

  3. Once the steeping is complete, it’s time to strain your gin. First, use a strainer lined with cheesecloth to remove the solid botanicals. For an extra-smooth result, strain the liquid through cheesecloth once more before bottling. Your homemade gin can be stored at room temperature and enjoyed for up to 1 year.

Special Equipment

Cheesecloth, fine mesh strainer

Notes

For the best results, select the most neutral-tasting vodka you can find. This will allow the botanical flavors to shine through without any competing tastes.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
68 Calories
0g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 16
Amount per serving
Calories 68
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 1mg 5%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 15mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Gluten free,Vegan,Vegetarian,Low-carb

Irresistible Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Elevate your culinary game with this authentic Japanese teriyaki sauce that’s perfect for glazing meats, fish, and vegetables!

Teriyaki isn’t just a sauce; it’s a cooking method that originated in Japan. The word ‘teriyaki’ comes from ‘teri’, meaning luster, and ‘yaki’, referring to grilling or broiling. This sauce gives food a gorgeous glossy sheen while infusing it with rich, savory-sweet flavors.

The Fascinating Origins of Teriyaki

Teriyaki has roots dating back to the early 19th century in Japan. Initially used for grilling eel, the technique quickly became popular for other seafood and meats. The combination of soy sauce, mirin, and sake created a perfect balance of flavors that enhanced various dishes.

Today, teriyaki has evolved beyond its traditional Japanese roots. In Hawaii, where it was introduced by Japanese immigrants, teriyaki often includes pineapple juice or brown sugar. The American version, popularized by Kikkoman in 1961, introduced a thicker consistency perfect for basting and dipping.

Mastering the Art of Teriyaki

While store-bought options are convenient, nothing beats the flavor of homemade teriyaki sauce. Our recipe strikes the perfect balance between authenticity and modern tastes. It’s versatile enough to use as a marinade, basting sauce, or even a dip for your favorite appetizers.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Japanese shoyu (soy sauce)

  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar

  • 1 cup mirin

  • 1/2 cup sake

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine soy sauce, brown sugar, mirin, and sake. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a simmer. Cook for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove from heat and let it cool. Use immediately or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.

Teriyaki Sauce: Versatile and Delicious

This homemade teriyaki sauce is incredibly versatile. Use it to marinate chicken, beef, or salmon before grilling. Brush it onto skewers of vegetables for a delicious yakitori-style appetizer. Or use it as a dipping sauce for dumplings and spring rolls. The possibilities are endless!

Pro Tips for Perfect Teriyaki

  • For a thicker sauce, let it simmer longer or add a cornstarch slurry.
  • Experiment with add-ins like grated ginger or garlic for extra flavor.
  • Use this sauce as a base for stir-fries or as a glaze for roasted vegetables.

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Recipe Details

Irresistible Homemade Teriyaki Sauce

Nutrition Facts (per serving)
152 Calories
0g Fat
27g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings: 8
Amount per serving
Calories 152
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 1755mg 76%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 3%
Potassium 162mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

Gluten free,Vegan,Vegetarian,Pescatarian,Low-carb

24 Mouthwatering Cast Iron Skillet Recipes You Need to Try

Discover the magic of cast iron cooking with these 24 irresistible recipes that will transform your meals from ordinary to extraordinary. From sizzling steaks to gooey desserts, your trusty skillet is about to become your new favorite kitchen companion.

A cast iron skillet is a kitchen essential that every home cook should own. Its versatility, durability, and ability to retain heat make it perfect for creating delicious meals on the stovetop, in the oven, or even on the grill. Contrary to popular belief, cast iron is easy to season and maintain, making it a go-to choice for both novice and experienced cooks alike.

The Cast Iron Advantage: Seasoning and Care Tips

Cast iron shines when it comes to high-heat cooking, such as searing steaks or charring vegetables. But its uses go far beyond that – you can sauté, bake bread, or whip up a mouthwatering dessert all in the same pan. To keep your cast iron in top shape, follow these simple tips:

  • Season your pan regularly with oil to maintain its non-stick surface
  • Clean with hot water and a stiff brush, avoiding soap when possible
  • Dry thoroughly after washing to prevent rust
  • Store in a dry place with a paper towel to absorb moisture

Now that you’re armed with the knowledge to care for your cast iron, let’s dive into these 24 delectable recipes that will put your skillet to work and have your taste buds dancing with joy.

1. One-Pan Chicken, Sausage, and Brussels Sprouts

Elevate your weeknight dinner game with this flavor-packed one-pan wonder. Succulent chicken thighs and savory Italian sausage join forces with crispy Brussels sprouts and sweet shallots, all nestled in a cast iron skillet. The secret weapon? A mouthwatering rub of mustard, honey, and fragrant rosemary that takes this dish from good to unforgettable.

2. Creamy Garlic Chicken Spanakopita Skillet

Transport your taste buds to the sun-soaked shores of Greece with this ingenious twist on traditional spanakopita. This hearty skillet meal combines tender chicken, vibrant spinach, and a luscious garlic-feta sauce, all topped with crispy phyllo for that perfect crunch. It’s a Mediterranean feast that comes together in just one pan!

3. Sweet and Savory Corn Casserole

Prepare to fall in love with this irresistible corn casserole that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Fresh corn kernels mingle with a medley of aromatics, spices, and a trio of dairy delights – milk, heavy cream, and cheese. The result? A comforting dish that’s sure to become a family favorite, no matter the season.

4. Butter-Basted, Pan-Seared Thick-Cut Steaks

How to Butter-Baste a Steak

Unlock the secret to restaurant-quality steaks right in your own kitchen. The cast iron skillet’s superior heat retention creates the perfect environment for achieving a mouthwatering crust while keeping the center juicy and tender. Master the art of butter basting and prepare to wow your dinner guests with steakhouse-worthy results.

5. Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Indulge your sweet tooth with this show-stopping skillet cookie that combines the best of both worlds – the crispy edges of a perfect cookie with the gooey, fudgy center of a decadent brownie. This Southern-inspired treat is the ultimate crowd-pleaser, perfect for sharing (or not) with friends and family.

6. Perfect Pan-Seared Pork Chops

Say goodbye to dry, flavorless pork chops and hello to juicy, perfectly cooked masterpieces. By employing the reverse-sear technique, you’ll achieve pork chops with a beautiful golden crust and a tender, succulent interior. It’s a foolproof method that will have you rethinking everything you thought you knew about cooking pork.

7. Spanish-Style Blistered Padrón Peppers (Pimientos de Padrón)

Transport yourself to the tapas bars of Spain with this simple yet addictive dish. The intense heat of the cast iron skillet creates perfectly blistered Padrón peppers that are smoky, salty, and utterly irresistible. Serve these as an appetizer or side dish and watch them disappear in minutes.

8. Korean Corn Cheese

Embark on a flavor adventure with this unique Korean-inspired dish that’s taking the culinary world by storm. Sweet corn kernels are elevated with a savory blend of butter, doenjang, and Chinese mustard, then topped with a blanket of gooey, melted cheese. It’s a fusion of flavors and textures that will leave you craving more.

9. The Best Potato Hash

Transform humble ingredients into a satisfying meal with this versatile potato hash. Crispy potatoes, your choice of mix-ins, and perfectly cooked eggs come together in one skillet for a dish that’s equally at home on the breakfast, lunch, or dinner table. The possibilities are endless, so let your creativity shine!

10. Easy No-Knead Olive-Rosemary Focaccia With Pistachios

Become a bread-making pro with this deceptively simple focaccia recipe. The magic lies in the highly hydrated dough that requires no kneading or stretching – just mix, rest, and let it work its magic in your cast iron skillet. Topped with briny olives, fragrant rosemary, and crunchy pistachios, this bread is a true showstopper.

11. Hummingbird Skillet Cake

Bring a taste of Southern charm to your table with this delightful skillet version of the classic Hummingbird cake. Bursting with tropical flavors of pineapple and banana, and topped with a velvety cream cheese frosting, this casual yet impressive dessert is perfect for potlucks, picnics, or any occasion that calls for a little sweetness.

12. Foolproof Pan Pizza

How to Make a Pan Pizza

Achieve pizzeria-quality results in your own kitchen with this foolproof pan pizza recipe. The cast iron skillet creates the perfect environment for a thick, puffy crust that’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Load it up with your favorite toppings and prepare to never order delivery again!

13. Easy Pull-Apart Pepperoni Garlic Knots

Impress your guests with these irresistible pull-apart garlic knots that look fancy but come together with ease. Loaded with pepperoni, Parmesan, garlic, and herbs, these buttery bites are the perfect accompaniment to any meal or as a standalone snack. Using store-bought pizza dough makes this recipe a breeze without sacrificing flavor.

14. Quick and Easy Skillet Tamale Pie With Brown Butter Cornbread Crust

Satisfy your comfort food cravings with this crowd-pleasing tamale pie. A savory filling of ground beef chuck, spices, and vegetables is topped with a golden brown butter cornbread crust, all cooked to perfection in your trusty cast iron skillet. It’s a one-pan wonder that’s sure to become a regular in your dinner rotation.

15. French Onion Strata (Savory Bread Pudding)

Elevate your brunch game with this decadent French onion strata. This savory bread pudding combines all the flavors you love in French onion soup – caramelized onions, crusty bread, and gooey Gruyère cheese – in a creamy, comforting package. It’s a versatile dish that’s equally at home on the breakfast, lunch, or dinner table.

16. Grill-Baked Smoked Ancho Chile Skillet Brownie

Take your dessert game to new heights with this smoky, spicy, and utterly indulgent skillet brownie. The magic of the grill and cast iron combine to create a brownie with the perfect texture – crispy, chewy edges and a rich, fudgy center. The addition of smoked ancho chiles adds a subtle heat and complexity that will keep you coming back for more.

17. Baked Eggs With Creamy Greens, Mushrooms, and Cheese

Start your day off right with this nutrient-packed skillet of baked eggs. A bed of creamy greens, mushrooms, and aromatics creates the perfect nest for perfectly cooked eggs with set whites and runny yolks. It’s a restaurant-worthy breakfast that comes together easily in your own kitchen.

18. Yeast-Raised Angel Biscuits

Experience biscuit nirvana with these heavenly angel biscuits. Combining the best qualities of traditional biscuits and dinner rolls, these buttery, tender morsels are a Southern staple for a reason. The cast iron skillet ensures even cooking and that coveted golden-brown bottom, making these biscuits truly irresistible.

19. Crispy Pork Shoulder Hash With Charred Asparagus and Serrano Chili

Transform leftover pork shoulder into a mouthwatering meal with this crispy, flavorful hash. The cast iron skillet’s even heat distribution ensures that every bite is perfectly crisp, while the combination of charred asparagus and spicy serrano chili adds depth and complexity to the dish. It’s a delicious way to give new life to your leftovers.

20. Crispy Cheese- and Kimchi-Topped Skillet Rice

Discover your new favorite comfort food with this addictive skillet rice dish. The cast iron pan works its magic to create a crispy bottom layer of rice, while the gochujang-spiked kimchi and melty cheese topping add layers of flavor and texture. It’s a satisfying meal that comes together quickly with pantry staples.

21. Pumpkin Skillet Coffee Cake With Streusel Topping

Embrace the flavors of fall with this irresistible pumpkin skillet coffee cake. Neither quite a cake nor a muffin, this unique treat boasts a moist, tender crumb and a crunchy streusel topping that will have you coming back for seconds. The 10-inch skillet format makes it perfect for sharing at your next brunch or afternoon tea.

22. Easy Skillet Cassoulet

Enjoy the flavors of classic French cassoulet in a fraction of the time with this easy skillet version. Loaded with sausage, beans, and aromatics, this hearty one-pan meal comes together in just 30 minutes. It’s the perfect solution for busy weeknights when you crave something comforting and delicious.

23. Korean-Style Fire Chicken (Buldak) With Cheese

Spice up your dinner routine with this bold and flavorful Korean fire chicken. Tender chicken thighs are coated in a fiery gochujang-based sauce and topped with a layer of melty cheese for the ultimate comfort food experience. The cast iron skillet ensures even cooking and easy cleanup, making this dish a weeknight winner.

24. Lemony Broiled Potatoes With Halloumi Cheese

End our culinary journey on a high note with this Greek-inspired potato and cheese dish. Thinly sliced potatoes are infused with bright lemon flavor and topped with golden-brown halloumi cheese for a side dish that’s sure to steal the show. The cast iron skillet’s ability to go from stovetop to broiler makes this recipe a breeze to prepare.

With these 24 mouthwatering recipes in your arsenal, your cast iron skillet is about to become the most-used pan in your kitchen. From savory one-pan meals to decadent desserts, these dishes showcase the versatility and magic of cast iron cooking. So grab your skillet, fire up the stove, and get ready to create some unforgettable meals!

Gluten free,Vegetarian,Keto,Low-carb,Carnivore