Saturday, March 20, 2010

Famous Recipes of Interest

I am sure many of you have heard of the book, Insider Recipes Master Edition; however, did you know how awesome the recipes are? Most importantly, all the recipes are supposedly exactly what you order in the restaurants. The cynic in me has found it fun to make these myself and see if it's better coming from my own kitchen.   :)

I was very happy when my mother emailed me a PDF document of the full text. Go out and get the book. It's really fun to browse. Here are a few that caught my eye--one recipe for each letter of the alphabet. Bon Appetit!

Applebee's Baby Back Ribs
3 racks (about 1 lb. each) pork baby back ribs, each cut in half
Barbecue sauce:
1 cup ketchup
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke
1/2 teaspoon salt
1. Put ribs in a large pot with enough water to cover them. Bring water to a
boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer 1 hour or until ribs are fork tender.
2. Mix all sauce ingredients together in a medium sauce pan and bring to a
boil, reduce heat and simmer uncovered, stirring often, for 30 minutes or
until slightly thickened.
3.Heat broiler. Line broiler with foil for easy cleanup. Place ribs, meat
side down, on broiler pan, brush with 1/2 the sauce and broil 4−5 inches
from heat source for 6 to 7 minutes. turn ribs over, brush with remaining
sauce and broil 6 to 7 minutes longer or until edges are slightly charred.

Blueberry Lemonade
1 cup plus 2 tbsp. granulated sugar
2 cups water
1 pint fresh blueberries
1−1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about
10 big lemons, including pulp but not seeds)
.
First make a simple syrup by combining 1 cup sugar and water in a saucepan
over medium heat, stirring until the mixture boils. Lower the heat and allow
the syrup to simmer for another minute. Remove from heat and let cool. In a
blender or food processor, puree the blueberries with 2 tablespoons of
sugar. In a pitcher, combine the cooled syrup, lemon juice and blueberry
puree. To serve, pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup of base into a glass and fill with
water. Makes base for 12 servings.


California Pizza Kitchen Chicken Tequila Fettuccine
1 pound dry spinach fettuccine
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic
2 tablespoons minced jalapeño pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/2 cup chicken stock
2 tablespoons gold tequila
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 1/4 pounds chicken breast, diced 3/4 inch
1/4 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 medium red bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium yellow bell pepper, thinly sliced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
Prepare rapidly boiling, salted water to cook pasta; cook until
al dente, 8 to 10 minutes. Toss with a little oil and set aside.
Cook 1/3 cup cilantro, garlic and jalapeño in 2 tablespoons
butter over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes. Add stock, tequila,
and lime juice. Bring the mixture to a boil and cook until
reduced to a paste like consistency; set aside.
Pour soy sauce over diced chicken; set aside for 5 minutes.
Meanwhile cook onion and peppers,stirring occasionally, with
remaining butter over medium heat for 3−4 minutes. Add chicken
and soy sauce; toss and add reserved tequila/lime paste and cream.
Bring the sauce to a boil; boil gently until chicken is cooked through
and sauce is thick (about 3 minutes). When sauce is done,
toss with well−drained spinach fettuccine and remaining cilantro.

Duck Sauce
First:
1 Pound Plums halved and pitted
1 Pound Apricots halved and pitted
1 1/4 Cups Cider vinegar
3/4 Cup Water
Second:
1 Cup Cider vinegar
1 Cup Firmly packed brown sugar
1 Cup White sugar
1/2 cup Lemon juice
The Rest:
1/4 cup Chopped ginger
1 small Onion sliced
1 (or more) serrano −− seeded & chopped
2 small Garlic cloves sliced
4 teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon Mustard seed (toasted)
1 Cinnamon stick
Combine first set of ingredients and cook over moderate heat
for 5 minutes. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered for 15 minutes.
Combine second set of ingredients and boil for 10 minutes.
Combine the above three sets of ingredients and simmer for 45 minutes.
Remove cinnamon. Puree in food processor. Return to kettle and
simmer until thick. Transfer to sterilized mason jar, cap loosely
and let cool. Tighten caps and let stand in dark at least 2 weeks.
Makes 2 pints.

Energy Bars
1 cup dark raisins
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/3 cup butter or margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/4 cup toasted wheat germ
1/2 cup molasses
1/2 cup nonfat dry milk
1 cup sliced almonds (optional)
1 cup quick cooking oats
1/2 cup skim milk
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
Chop raisins (using a food processor if possible). Cream butter,
sugar, molasses and egg.
Combine flour, dry milk, wheat germ, baking powder, baking soda,
salt and ginger. Blend into creamed mixture with skim milk. Stir in
oats, raisins, and half the almonds (if desired).
Pour into greased 13x9x2 inch pan and spread evenly. Sprinkle
with remaining almonds (if desired).
Bake at 350 degrees for approx. 30 minutes. Cool in pan and cut
into 1x4 inch bars.

Four Seasons Crab Cakes
2 pounds jumbo lump crabmeat
1/2 pound fresh codfish fillet
1/2 to 1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped chives
2 tablespoons basil, julienned
Salt and pepper to taste
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Olive oil for sauteing
Pick through crabmeat, removing all shells but being careful not to
break up the large lumps too much. In a food processor, grind codfish
until pureed. Add 1/2 cup of heavy cream and puree until incorporated.
Then add more cream if needed. The mixture should be smooth and
shiny, yet firm enough to hold its shape.
Place this mousse in a metal bowl and add the other ingredients, except
for the olive oil. Take a small portion of the crab−cake mixture and saute
in hot olive oil until golden brown. Taste to adjust seasoning.
Form the rest of the crab cakes and saute in hot olive oil until golden
on both sides. Finish by baking in a 450−degree oven for 4 to 5 minutes.
Serves six to eight.

Girl Scout Samoa Cookies
6 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/2 of 14−oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 cups toasted coconut
1 cup semi−sweet or milk chocolate chips
In 2−quart saucepan over medium−low heat, combine butter,
sugar and corn syrup. Heat to a full boil, stirring constantly
with a wooden spoon. Boil 3 minutes, stirring constantly.
Slowly pour in sweetened condensed milk, stirring constantly.
Continue cooking over low heat until candy thermometer reaches
220−228 degrees. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Beat until
creamy. Immediately stir in toasted coconut and mix well.
Spoon mixture by teaspoonfuls into circular mounds onto
buttered waxed paper. Flatten slightly and with the end of a
wooden spoon poke a small round hole into the center of each
cookie. Cool completely.
Melt chocolate chips and drizzle thinly in stripes over
cookies and let chocolate harden at room temperature. Store
in airtight container.

Houston's Tortilla Soup
1 − 2 1/2−3lb. chicken, cut−up and skin removed
2 ribs celery, cut into chunks
1 med. onion, quartered
1 large carrot, quartered
2 sprigs parsley
2 tbls. chicken soup base
1 teas. lemon−pepper seasoniong
1 large clove garlic or granulated garlic to taste
Combine all the above in a large stockpot and cover with
water by about 2 inches. Bring to a rapid boil; lower heat to a
simmer and cook for about 1 hour until chicken is tender and falling
off the bone. Strain and reserve the broth. Tear pieces of chicken
into small pieces. Set aside.
In 4 cups of the reserved chicken broth, boil about 1 1/2 lbs
peeled potatoes until tender. Remove from heat. Do not remove the
broth....mash up the potatoes and add the following:
1 large can of creamed corn
1 10oz. can of Rotel tomatoes, crushed
1 1/2 cups half & half cream
2−4 tablespoons minced cilantro
Add enough of the reserved chicken broth to thin out the soup to
the desired thickness. Simmer on low for about 15−20 minutes.
Taste and correct seasoning. Be careful of adding too much salt.
Moments before serving, stir in:
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese
reserved cut−up chicken
4−6 corn tortillas, cut into 1/4" julienne strips
Continue to simmer until cheese is melted and chicken is heated
through.
To Serve:
Ladle soup into deep bowls. Garnish with a dollop of sour cream, chunks of avocado dipped in lemon juice, slices of black olives and
a small handful of thin corn tortilla strips that have been deep fried.

Italian Sausage
6 pounds meat (5 pork, 1 beef)
4 teaspoons of salt
1/2 oz fennel seed (or to taste)
1/2 oz crushed red pepper (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon Paprika
1/2 cup water
Remove the pork from the bone and cut into 1 inch cubes.
Cut beef into cubes. Toss meat with seasonings and 1/2 cup
water. Store in refrigerator over night and grind the next day.
Grind the meat twice with a course blade and make it into large
patties (1/2 cup measure of sausage), freeze them between
double layer sheets of wax paper on a cookie sheet and then
put them in plastic bags.
Make hot sausage sandwiches with fried onions and green
peppers on a hoagie bun. Grill sausage either in a frying pan,
or barbecue.

Jack Daniel's Marinade
1/4 cup Jack Daniel's whiskey
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Dijon−style mustard
1/4 cup minced green onion and tops
1/4 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 teas. salt
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
pepper to taste
Combine all ingreds. Blend well. Use to marinate shrimp or scallops for one
hour−−or beef, chicken or pork in the refrig. overnight. Use to baste the
shellfish or meat as it is grilled or broiled.

KFC Original Fried Chicken
2−3 pounds cut−up chicken pieces
1 Quart Water
3 tablespoons Salt (for soaking)
1 cup milk
1 egg, beaten
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon Accent (MSG)
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
Soybean Oil (no substitutions) for frying
Allow chicken to soak in salted water for a half hour.
Mix egg and milk in a bowl. Mix flour, Accent, salt, and pepper
in another bowl. Preheat deep fryer to 350F, or place 3/4 inch
oil in a skillet set on medium.
Dry chicken with paper towels. Dredge in flour mixture, place in
milk/eggs, and then back to flour mixture. Do this one piece at
a time making sure that there is total coverage over entire
surface of chicken in each step.
KFC uses pressure cookers to fry chicken, which is risky to do
at home. If you are using a deep fryer, fry a few pieces at a
time for about 20 minutes, covered, turning occasionally.
Likewise, if pan frying, cook, covered, turning occasionally
for about 30 minutes. As always with chicken, check the middle
of a large piece to check if it is done.
Allow to drain on paper towels when cooking is completed.

Long John Silver's Battered Fish
3 Cups Soybean oil
2 Pounds Fresh cod fillets
1 Cup Self−rising flour
1/3 Cup Dry Mustard
1 Cup Water
1 Egg
2 Teaspoons Granulated sugar
2 Teaspoons Salt
Sift together mustard and flour.
Heat oil to 400. Cut the fish into approximately 7x2" wedges.
With a mixer blend the flour mixture, water, egg, sugar, and salt.
Dip each fillet into the batter coating generously and quickly drop
in the oil. Fry each fillet until dark golden brown about 5 minutes.
Remove and drain.

Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica
Gratinata Sauce:
2 Teaspoon Butter
2 Teaspoon chopped garlic
1 Teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon chopped rosemary
1 cup marsala wine
1/4 Teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 cups heavy cream
Saute butter, garlic , and rosemary until garlic begins to brown.
Add marsala wine and reduce by one−third. Add remaining ingredients
and reduce by half of original volume. Set aside:
Penne Rustica:
1 Ounce pancetta or bacon
18 each shrimp peeled and devained
12 Ounce grilled chicken breast, sliced
4.5 cups of granita sauce
48 Ounce Penne Pasta, precooked
3 Teaspoon pimentos
6 Ounce butter
1 Teaspoon chopped shallots
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 cups parmesan cheese
1/2 Teaspoon paprika
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary
Saute pancette until begins to brown. Add butter, shallots, and shrimp. Cook
until shrimp are evenly pick but still translucent. Add chicken, salt,
pepper, and mix thoroughly. Add granita sauce and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese
and simmer until sauce thickens. In a large bowl, combine shrimp and chicken
mixture with precooked pasta. Place this mixture into single serving dishes
or one large casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and pimentos and
sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 475 for 10−15 minutes. Remove and garnish
with fresh rosemary sprig. Serves six.

Nutri−Grain Bars
1 pkg yellow cake mix
3/4 cup butter
2 1/2 cups quick oats
12 ounces preserves or jam
1 T water
Preheat oven to 375. Melt butter. Combine cake
mix and oats in a large bowl; stir in the melted
butter until the mixture is crumbly. Measure half
of this mixture (about 3 cups) into a greased
13x9x2−inch pan. Press firmly into pan to cover
the bottom.
Combine preserves and water; spoon over crumb
mixture in pan, and spread evenly. Cover with
remaining crumb mixture. Pat firmly to make top
even.
Bake at 375 for 20 minutes−−top should be very
light brown. Cool completely before cutting into
bars.

O'Charley's Baked Potato Soup
3 lbs. red potatoes
1/4 cup butter, melted
1/4 cup flour
2 quarts half−and−half
1 pound block Velveeta cheese, melted
White pepper, to taste
Garlic powder, to taste
1 tsp. hot pepper sauce
1/2 lb. bacon, fried crisply
1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2 cup fresh chives, chopped
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
Dice unpeeled red potatoes into 1/2−inch cubes. Place in a large Dutch oven,
cover with water and bring to a boil. Let boil for 10 minutes or until
almost cooked. In a separate large Dutch oven, combine melted margarine and
flour, mixing until smooth. Place over low heat and gradually add
half−and−half, stirring constantly. Continue to stir until smooth and liquid
begins to thicken. Add melted Velveeta. Stir well. Drain potatoes and add to
cream mixture. Stir in pepper, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce. Cover and
cook over low heat for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Place soup into
individual serving bowls and top with crumbled bacon, shredded cheese,
chives and parsley.

Pepperidge Farms Milano Cookies
1 cup salted butter, softened
3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 cups all−purpose flour
1 Tbls. salted butter
1 cup semi−sweet chocolate chips
Preheat oven to 325 F. In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and sugar
at medium speed. Then add vanilla and flour, blend thoroughly at low
speed. Shape a level tsp of dough into 1" balls, then roll to a log
shape, about 2" long. Place on ungreased cookie sheet, 2" apart.
Bake 17−19 min, or until cookies spead and turn a golden brown.
Cool on a flat surface.
Microwave or melt chocolate and 1 Tbls. butter in a double boiler.
(microwave on high, stir every 30 seconds just until melted)
Let cool slightly, and spread chocolate on one cookie and top
with another.

Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits
Dough:
1 1/4 lbs. Bisquik
3 Oz. freshly shredded cheddar cheese
11 Oz. cold water
Garlic Spread:
1/2 cup melted butter
1 teas. garlic powder
1/4 teas. salt
1/8 teas. onion powder
1/8 teas. dried parsley
To cold water, add Bisquik and cheese, blending in a mixing bowl.
Mix until dough is firm.
Using a small scoop, place the dough on a baking pan lined with
baking paper. Bake in 375 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes or until
golden brown. While biscuits bake, combine spread ingredients.
Brush baked biscuits with the garlic topping.

Starbuck's Frappuccino
1/2 cup fresh espresso
2 1/2 cups lowfat milk (2 percent)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon dry pectin
Combine all ingredients in a covered container. Shake until
sugar and pectin are dissolved.

T.G.I. Friday's Sizzling Vegetable Fajitas
8 oz. chopped cilantro, for pesto
3 cloves garlic, for pesto
1/2 cup olive oil, for pesto
salt and pepper, to taste, for pesto
2 oz. freshly grated Parmesan cheese, for pesto
1 medium onion, sliced
1/2 tbsp. margarine
carrots, zucchini and yellow summer squash, cut julienne−style
broccoli and cauliflower, cut into small florets
green pepper and mushrooms, thinly sliced
snow peas, whole
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 flour tortillas, warmed
lime wedge, for garnish
To make pesto, put cilantro and garlic in a food processor and
process until finely chopped. With machine on, gradually add olive oil.
Season and blend in cheese.
Slice enough onion to equal about 1/2 cup. Saute with margarine in a
small cast−iron skillet over medium−high heat. Cook past translucent
stage until browned, about six to eight minutes.
Prepare about 2 cups of vegetables −− the combination depends on
personal taste. Cook all vegetables except mushrooms in lemon juice
and 2 tablespoons of pesto over medium to medium−high heat. When
almost at al−dente stage, add sliced mushrooms. Continue cooking for
about one minute. (The remaining pesto can be refrigerated for future
use.)
Place vegetable mixture over sizzling onions, then spoon
vegetable−onion mixture into center of warmed tortillas. Top with
condiments (guacamole, sour cream, shredded Cheddar cheese, salsa)
to taste, then roll up tortillas.

Uncle Ben's Seasoned Long Grain & Wild Rice
DRY MIX:
1 Tablespoon Chicken bouillon powder
1 Teaspoon Dry chopped onion
1/2 Teaspoon Dry minced parsley
1/4 Teaspoon Garlic powder
1/4 Teaspoon Onion powder
1 Teaspoon Ground turmeric
1/2 Teaspoon Ground cumin
1/4 Teaspoon Ground ginger
1/2 Teaspoon Black pepper
1−1/2 Teaspoon Seasoned salt
RICE MIXTURE:
2 Cup Water
2 Tablespoon Butter or margarine
1 Cup Premium Minute Rice
1/3 Cup Dry wild rice
Combine all of the ingredients as listed in Dry Mix in medium saucepan. Add
to this water, butter, rice and dry wild rice. Bring to boil. Stir once or
twice just to combine. Cover pan with lid tightly. Simmer gently 8 to 10
minutes or until almost all liquid has been absorbed. Makes 3 cups cooked
rice.

V−8 Juice
8 carrots, cut into chunks
4 stalks celery, cut into chunks
6 tomatoes, cut into chunks
1 bunch fresh spinach
handful of parsley
1/2 a white onion
1 fresh, raw beet, cut into chunks
1 or 2 cloves fresh garlic
Run all ingredients through your juicer. Stir, chill, stir and serve.

Wendy's Frosty
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Nestle's Quik
3 cups Softened Vanilla ice cream
place in refrigerator for 1 hour
Blend Milk and Quik for 10 seconds on high speed.
"Pulse" in the ice cream until barely mixed.

York Peppermint Patties
1 (14−ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 tablespoon peppermint extract
green or red food coloring, optional
6 cups confectioners' sugar
Additional confectioners' sugar
1 − 16 oz. bag semi−sweet chocolate chips
In large mixer bowl, combine Eagle Brand, extract and food coloring if
desired. Add 6 cups sugar; beat on low speed until smooth and well blended.
Turn mixture onto surface sprinkled with confectioners sugar. Knead lightly
to form smooth ball. Shape into 1−inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on wax
paper−lined baking sheets. Flatten each ball into a 1 ½−inch patty. Let dry
1 hour or longer; turn over and let dry at least 1 hour.Melt the chocolate
chips in a microwave set on high for 2 minutes. Stir halfway through the
heating time. Melt thoroughly, but do not overheat. Melting the chocolate
chips can also be done using a double−boiler over low heat. With fork, dip
each patty into warm chocolate (draw fork lightly across rim of pan to
remove excess coating). Invert onto wax paper−lined baking sheets; let stand
until firm. Store covered at room temperature or in refrigerator.

Zwieback
1 Package (2−1/4 teaspoons) active Dry yeast
1/4 Cup Plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 Cup Warm water
1 Cup Plus 2 Tablespoons milk
4 Tablespoon (1/2 stick) butter or Margarine
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla extract
1/8 Teaspoon Ground mace
1/8 Teaspoon Ground cinnamon
1/8 Teaspoon Ground nutmeg
1 Egg, lightly beaten
3 3/4 Cup All−purpose flour
2 Tablespoon Butter, melted, for glazing
The method for making Zwieback is quite different from that for most other
crackers. "Zwieback" means "twice baked." First you bake a yeast bread,
aromatically flavored with nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and mace. Then you
slice it and slowly dry the slices in a slow oven. For convenience, make the
bread over a two−day period. Bake the bread the first day and dry it the
second. If stored in an airtight container, Zwieback will keep almost
indefinitely. In a small bowl, combine the yeast with 1/2 teaspoon of the
sugar and the warm water. Set aside in a warm place until the mixture starts
to foam, about 5 to 10 minutes. In a small saucepan, mix the milk and the
remaining 1/4 cup of the sugar. Add the 4 Tablespoons butter and heat until
the butter has completely melted. Transfer the mixture to a bowl and allow
to cool to lukewarm. In a large bowl or in the food processor, combine the
cooled milk mixture with the yeast mixture. Stir in the vanilla. Add the
mace, cinnamon, and nutmeg and mix well. Beat in the egg. Slowly add the
flour, adding just enough to make a smooth dough that is not sticky. If
mixing by hand, the dough will become too stiff to stir, and you should
knead in the last of the flour with your fingers. Then knead well for at
least 5 minutes, forming the dough into a ball. If using a food processor,
pulse until the dough comes together in a ball. Place the dough in a large,
lightly oiled bowl and turn it over to coat all sides. Cover with a damp
towel and set the dough in a warm place until it has doubled in bulk, about
1−1/2 to 2 hours. Punch the dough down and knead a few strokes. Cover and
allow the dough to double in size again, 30 to 45 minutes. Punch the dough
down and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface or pastry cloth. Knead
about 30 seconds to remove the air. Divide the dough into 3 equal portions.
With your hands, roll each into a smooth cylinder or loaf about 2 inches
thick and 9 inches long. Place the loaves crosswise on a lightly greased or parchment−lined baking sheet, leaving at least 3 inches between the loaves.
Brush all exposed surfaces of each loaf with the melted butter. Set the
baking sheet in a warm place and let the loaves rise until doubled in bulk,
about 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375F. Bake the risen loaves for 25 to
30 minutes, or until the bottoms are reddish brown and make a hollow sound
when thumped. Allow the loaves to cool thoroughly on racks. Preheat the oven
to 200F. Cut the cooled loaves into 1/2−inch slices. Place the slices flat
on the baking sheet and allow them to dry out in the oven for 45 to 60
minutes, or until thoroughly dry. Check occasionally and turn the slices
over as they dry on one side. When dry, raise the oven temperature to 300F.
for 10 to 20 minutes to brown the Zwieback slightly. Cool on a rack. Yield:
40−50.

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