Archive | April, 2011

Ginger-Scallion Egg Drop Soup

21 Apr

Chinese Food. One of those things I have a love/hate relationship with. Like ice cream, or chocolate, or french fries. They’re always there for you when you need them but when you eat them you almost always regret it. If only goji berries and broccoli rabe were my comfort foods.

You guys know how I feel about eating chicken every day of the week, and this is another great recipe to switch it up a bit. The broth is infused with ginger, scallions, and spices and the chicken is poached right in the broth. Its a SUPER quick, REALLY delicious weeknight meal, just serve it with some plain or coconut rice and/or dumplings and you’ll have a praiseworthy meal. The soup is filling enough to just eat on its own, too.

I’ve never made an egg drop soup before so this was an experiment…my biggest issue? I was trying to photograph the whisked eggs going into the soup instead of constantly whisking, the most important part! It still came out really tasty but I would have preferred the eggs to blend in with the broth a bit more. Try it, and let me know what you think!

Ginger-Scallion Egg Drop Soup

Makes 2 main course servings or 4 starters

From Gourmet

Ingredients

6 scallions, divided

2 cups water

1 1/2 cups low-sodium chicken broth

1 2-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced

1 skinless boneless chicken breast half (6 to 8 oz)

2 large eggs, lightly beaten,

1/4 teaspoon white pepper

Sesame oil

Smash 3 scallions and cut into 2-inch pieces, then put in a 2-quart saucepan with water, broth, ginger, and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Bring to a simmer, then poach chicken at a bare simmer, uncovered, until just cooked through, 12 to 15 minutes. Transfer chicken to a cutting board and let broth steep, covered, 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, chop remaining 3 scallions and shred chicken.

Discard scallions and ginger from broth and bring to a brisk simmer. Add beaten eggs in a slow stream, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in scallions, chicken, and white pepper. Serve drizzled (lightly) with sesame oil.

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Cheddar + Smoky Aioli

12 Apr

I don’t know if you noticed but…the WEATHER was amazing today. We have a few nice days ahead of us this week, and I figured that some people might be interested in breaking out their grill for the first time this season. Really, nothing is better than a good turkey burger on the grill for dinner on a night like this.

As I was perusing for interesting turkey burger recipes, my eye of course landed on this Moroccan-spiced one. If you know my tastes, you know that Moroccan spices rank high on my list of favorite flavors and I am always thrilled to see them in unusual places, like pizzas, or these burgers.

All my different pursuits lately have been keeping me extremely busy, so a recipe that is quick is always a plus. These burgers take about 40 minutes from start to finish. An IDEAL weekday dinner.

 

Moroccan-Spiced Turkey Burgers with Cheddar + Aioli

Makes 4 burgers

Ingredients:

1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds

1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds

1/2 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil plus additional for brushing

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1 garlic clove, pressed

1 pound ground dark-meat turkey

4 1/3 -inch-thick red onion slices

1 large or 2 small red bell peppers, quartered

4 slices extra sharp cheddar cheese

4 sesame-seed hamburger buns

Arugula

Toast cumin seeds and coriander seeds in small skillet over medium-high heat until aromatic and slightly darker in color, shaking skillet often, about 1 1/2 minutes. Cool. Finely grind toasted seeds in spice grinder or in mortar with pestle. Whisk mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, fresh lemon juice, smoked paprika, garlic, and ground spices in small bowl. Season aioli to taste with salt and pepper.

Place turkey in medium bowl. Add 2 tablespoons aioli; mix gently. Using damp hands, divide turkey mixture into 4 equal portions, then form each into scant 3/4-inch thick patty, about 3 1/2 inches in diameter. Using thumb, make small indentation in center of each burger.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle burgers with salt and pepper. Brush onion slices and bell pepper pieces with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill onions and bell peppers until soft and charred, about 4 minutes per side.

Grill turkey burgers 5 minutes. Turn over; grill until almost cooked through, about 3 minutes. Top each burger with 1 cheese slice and grill until meat is cooked through and cheese melts, about 2 minutes longer. Place 1 turkey burger on each of 4 bun bottoms. Arrange grilled red pepper pieces, then grilled red onion slices over. Top each with dollop of aioli and some arugula. Cover burgers with bun tops and enjoy!