Rice Pork Pilaf- Plov

Plov is usually made outside in a large pot, using lamb. I made mine with pork. But is also good with beef, chicken or any meat you have. This is a whole meal in its self.

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Ingredients
1 1/4 Cup Jasmine rice
10 oz Meat (pork)
1 1/4 cup chopped onion
\/1 1/4 cup chopped carrot
3 Cloves Garlic
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 Cup olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
3 oz raisins
Will need a large skillet
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To Prepare;
Chop onions into bite size pieces, julienne carrots,slice garlic into fourths and cut meat into bite size pieces. Fill Large skillet with oil and butter, add meat and saute 10-15 minutes. Add onions,garlic and saute another 5 minutes. Add carrots raisins, fennel seed and sautes additional 5 minutes. add rice and stir fry another 5-6 minutes. Add three cups of water and bring to a simmer, Close lid, turn on low and let all rice absorbs water about 25-30 minutes. stirring twice during the cooking process. Makes about seven cups. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Baked Eggplant parmesan with Homemade Tomato Sauce

If you love lasagna, you will love the Eggplant bake. I baked my eggplant instead of frying it, Just to save on some fat. The results were the best, I served it by it self with a nice simple green salad. without the cheese you would have your self a vegan course.
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Ingredients
2 Medium Eggplants
2 Eggs
2 Cups seasoned breadcrumbs
1/2 Parmesan cheese
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Salt
1 teaspoon olive oil

Sauce
3 14 Oz  Hunts Canned Diced tomatoes
2 Tablespoons Virgin Olive Oil
4 basil leaves
3 Cloves of Garlic
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

To Prepare;
Preheat oven to 380 F.
Slice Eggplants into 1/8 inch slices, sprinkle salt on both sides and set aside for 20 minutes
Whisk eggs well, in a dish. Combine breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese in another bowl.
Dip Eggplant slice into egg mixture then into breadcrumbs and place onto a large baking dish. Repeat until all Eggplant pieces are coated.
Bake Eggplant for seven minutes per side.

Sauce;
In Food Processor combine, Tomatoes,Olive Oil, Basil leaves,garlic and sugar blend until well blended and smooth. Transfer into pan and bring to a simmer. Simmer 5-10 minutes.

To Make dish
In Ceramic baking dish, great with 1 teaspoon olive oil, 1/4 cup of tomato sauce and eggplant slices until bottom is covered.
second layer, sauce, eggplant 1/2 cup cheese and so on until you use up eggplants, sauce and cheese leave 1/2 cup cheese. After dish has baked, add 1/2 cup cheese to the top uncover and bake additional 5 minutes. Bake at 370 for 45 minutes covered with foil.
makes 6-8 servings.

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Braised Potatos with Meat in Clay Pots

This is one meal is combined together. The original Ukrainian recipe does not use soy sauce. But I think this gives it more flavor and just overall a good dish. Since it’s getting cooler outside this is a perfect dish to eat.

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Ingredients
6 medium russet potatoes
1 large carrot grated
1/2 medium onion
8 oz cubed pork
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 heaping tablespoon ketchup
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/2 cup chicken stock

Will Need Clay Pots Schlemertopf Clay Baker, 6.25 qt, 6.25 qt. (Google Affiliate Ad)

To Prepare;
Cut up potatoes into 1 inch cubes. Heat pan with 1 table spoon butter and saute for 3-4 minutes just as some color is starting. Remove and put into a mixing bowl. Add carrots and onions into the pan and saute 2/3 minutes or just until wilted and add to potatoes. Saute meat just until almost done 3/4 minutes and mix in with potato mixture.
Add mayonnaise, soy sauce, salt garlic, and fennel and mix well. and divide between three clay pots or just into one large deep baking dish. Divide chicken stock between three clay pots cover and bake at 365 for 45 minutes. PhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucketPhotobucket

Chicken Shrimp Stir Fry

Stir Fry’s are a must at my house, I think this is one of the fastest dishes to serve and can be made with just about any vegetable combination that you like. Serve over white/brown rice and you have a tasty meal.

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1/2 Medium Eggplant cut into strips
1 bunch bok choy chopped
1 small onion cut in two and sliced
1 small red pepper sliced into strips
1 small yellow pepper sliced into strips
1 small carrot sliced into strips
1 small zucchini sliced into strips
3-4 mushrooms thinly sliced
1/2 small tomato chopped
1/4 cup cilantro chopped
3 garlic cloves pressed
1 inch piece ginger grated
2 tablespoons oyster sauce
16 oz raw peeled shrimp
2 teaspoons corn starch
1 small chicken breast cut into strips

Sauce
1 cup water
1 heaping tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup kikkoman  soy sauce
mix well
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To Prepare;

Heat wok or a large frying pan on high heat, Saute shrimp just until they turn pink and set aside,  mix chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and 2 teaspoon of corn starch, this will make your chicken crispy. stir fry chicken just until almost done 2-3 minutes and set aside too.
Heat wok again at 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil and start by stir frying vegetables that are the toughest in this case, Onion and carrots stir fry 2 min, add eggplant stir fry 2 more minutes and add a handful at a time the rest of the vegetables until you have all vegetables in the wok, add garlic, ginger, shrimp, chicken, and sauce into pan and heat through mixing well and until sauce is bubbly. about 10 minutes.
Makes about 6 servings

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Steak Fajitas

Summer is all about east fast and Delicious meals, Fajitas are just that. The colors are very vibrant I make them pretty often and serve with homemade tortillas, sour cream, black beans, salsa and guacamole.

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Ingredients;
1lb steak
1/2 green pepper
1/2 red pepper
1/2 yellow
1 medium Onion
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon cilantro
3 tablespoons oil
freshly ground pepper

To Prepare;

Marinate steak in 1 tablespoon oil, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 tablespoon cilantro and 2-3 turns of freshly ground pepper or 1/4 tsp. pepper if you don’t have fresh. for 30 minutes or while preparing all vegetables. Julianne vegetables.

Turn skillet onto medium high (I have a gas stove) Add 2 tablespoon of oil,  fry steak until just about done 2 minutes add all the rest of the ingredients. turn stove to high and cook another 3-4 minutes or untill vegetables are still firm but have some char on them.
makes 8 fajitas

serve with tortillas, sour cream, black beans, salsa, cheese and the list is endless

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Thai Basil Beef

If you are looking for a flavor filled dish with great aroma that is sweet, sour and salty, don’t look any further.

I have a large crop of basil and this is a great way to use it up. 

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Ingredients
1lb beef steak
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 green pepper
1/2 yellow pepper
1 small zucchini
1 medium red onion
3 cloves minced garlic
1/2 cup basil leaves chopped
1/2 small Thai chili seeds removed
2 tablespoons fish sauce
3 tablespoons oyster sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
1/4 cup water
To Prepare
Julianne peppers, onion, zucchini and set aside. Cut steak into long strip. Heat skillet to medium high heat. Add beef and fry until almost done 2-3 minutes. Add vegetables and stir fry another 3-4 minutes. Add sauce and heat through
While beef is frying make sauce by adding, garlic, basil, chili, fish sauce, oyster sauce, sugar, soy sauce, and water, Mix until sugar is dissolved. 
Serve over Rice. Makes 3-4 servings

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