Meatball Banh Mi Wednesday, Oct 19 2016 

Slaw
3 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
1 3/4 cups shredded carrot
1 3 /4 cups shredded daikon radish
1/2 cup thinly sliced scallion greens
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Meatballs
8 ounces ground pork
8 ounces ground chicken breast
1 8-ounce can water chestnuts, drained and finely chopped
1/4 cup finely chopped scallion whites
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon chile-garlic sauce or other Asian hot sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

2 20-inch baguettes, preferably whole-wheat, cut into thirds
1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
1-2 teaspoons chile-garlic sauce or other Asian hot sauce
36 thin slices English cucumber (about 1/2 large)
2/3 cup gently packed fresh cilantro

To prepare slaw: Whisk lime juice and sugar in a medium bowl. Add carrot, daikon, scallion greens and basil and toss to coat. Set aside.

To prepare meatballs: Preheat oven to 450 °F. Line a large baking sheet with foil and coat with cooking spray. Gently mix pork, chicken, water chestnuts, scallion whites, garlic, fish sauce, chile-garlic sauce and pepper in a large bowl (do not overmix). Using a generous 2 tablespoons each, make 18 meatballs. Bake on the prepared baking sheet until just cooked through, 15 to 20 minutes.

To assemble sandwiches: Cut each portion of baguette in half horizontally, then pull out about half of the soft bread in the center of each piece (reserve for another use, if desired). Combine mayonnaise and chile-garlic sauce to taste in a small bowl. Spread about 1/2 tablespoon of the mixture on each piece of baguette. Divide the reserved slaw among the sandwiches and top with cucumber and cilantro. Add 3 meatballs to each sandwich. Serve immediately.

Eating Well, March/April 2012, pages 74-75

Lamb and Sweet Onion Pitas with Orange-Cucumber Salad Tuesday, Aug 16 2016 

2-1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. ground lamb
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 large oranges
1 small English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh mint
2 pitas, halved and very lightly toasted (I substituted Naan)
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add about three-quarters of the onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the onion to a small bowl; set aside.

Cook the lamb, cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in the skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes; drain well.

Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining raw onion and transfer to a large bowl. Cut the peels and pith from the oranges. Working over a bowl to collect the juice, cut the orange segments free from the membranes. Cut the segments into chunks. Add the oranges, orange juice, cucumber, vinegar, mint, and the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the chopped raw onion; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Fill the pitas with the lamb and cooked onions. Add some of the orange-cucumber salad and a dollop of yogurt. Serve the remaining salad on the side.

Fine Cooking, Feb/Mar 2011, page 22

Salmon with Creamy Cucumber-Fennel Salad Wednesday, Jun 12 2013 

Serves 4, Hands-On Time 15m, Total Time 20m

4 6-ounce pieces skinless salmon fillet
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
kosher salt and black pepper
1 lemon, thinly sliced
1/2 cup plain low-fat Greek yogurt
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 fennel bulb, cored and thinly sliced, plus 2 tablespoons chopped fennel fronds
1/2 English cucumber, thinly sliced
rye bread, for serving

Heat oven to 400° F. Rub the salmon with the oil and place on a rimmed baking sheet. Season with the cayenne and ¼ teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Top with the lemon slices and bake until just opaque throughout, 8 to 12 minutes.

Meanwhile, whisk together the yogurt, vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper in a large bowl. Add the fennel, fennel fronds, and cucumber and toss to coat. Serve the salmon with the cucumber-fennel salad and bread.

Real Simple, May 2013, page 212

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Lamb and Sweet Onion Pitas with Orange-Cucumber Salad Wednesday, Jun 13 2012 

2-1/2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
1 medium sweet onion, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb. ground lamb
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 large oranges
1 small English cucumber, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
2 Tbs. red wine vinegar
1 Tbs. coarsely chopped fresh mint
2 pitas, halved and very lightly toasted
1/3 cup plain Greek yogurt

Heat 1-1/2 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add about three-quarters of the onion, 1/2 tsp. salt, and 1/8 tsp. pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden-brown, 8 to 10 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer the onion to a small bowl; set aside.

Cook the lamb, cinnamon, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/4 tsp. pepper in the skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally and breaking up the meat, until cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes; drain well.

Meanwhile, finely chop the remaining raw onion and transfer to a large bowl. Cut the peels and pith from the oranges. Working over a bowl to collect the juice, cut the orange segments free from the membranes. Cut the segments into chunks. Add the oranges, orange juice, cucumber, vinegar, mint, and the remaining 1 Tbs. oil to the chopped raw onion; toss to combine. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Fill the pitas with the lamb and cooked onions. Add some of the orange-cucumber salad and a dollop of yogurt. Serve the remaining salad on the side.

Calories 470; Fat 26g (Sat 9g, Mono 13g, Poly 2g); Protein 25g; Carbohydrates 33g; Sodium 580mg; Cholesterol 80mg; Fiber 4g
Fine Cooking, Feb/Mar 2011, page 22

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Thai Pork Tenderloin with Cucumber Salad Monday, Jun 11 2012 

1 seedless English cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced thin
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
3 Tbs rice vinegar
1 Tbs plus 1 1/4 cups unsweetened coconut milk
5 Tbs minced cilantro
2 (12 oz) pork tenderloins
1 Tbs vegetable oil
1 Tbs grated ginger
1 Tsp chili paste or hot sauce

Combine cucumber, onion, vinegar, 1 Tbs coconut milk, 1 Tbs cilantro, 1/2 tsp salt and 1/4 tsp pepper in bowl. Refrigerate until chilled, about 15 minutes. Meanwhile, pat pork dry and season with salt and pepper. Heat oil in 12 inch skillet over medium high heat until just smoking. Cook pork until browned, 3 to 4 minutes per side. Transfer to plate.

Add ginger to the skillet and cook over medium heat for 30 seconds. Stir in remaining 1 1/4 cups coconut milk and chili paste, scraping up any browned bits, until incorporated. Add pork and any accumulated juices and cook, turning occasionally, until sauce it thickened and meat is cooked through, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer pork to a carving board, tent with foil and let rest for 5 minutes. Off heat stir remaining 1/4 cup cilantro into sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Slice pork and serve with sauce, rice and cucumber salad.

Serves 4

Cook’s Country, July 2011, Recipe card

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