White Bean and Bread Salad with Tomatoes, Capers and Anchovies

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 3 red peppers, halved
  • 1 yellow pepper, halved
  • 3/4 cup olive oil, plus extra for tossing
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 loaf ciabatta
  • 1 14-ounce can white cannellini beans, drained
  • 8 anchovy filets (shop local!)
  • 1/3 cup capers
  • 1/2 cup basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

For the tomato dressing:

  • 3 ripe tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Toss the peppers in the olive oil and scatter with the garlic.

Transfer to a baking tray and roast for 30 minutes, or until blistered. Remove from the heat and cover with foil. Leave to sweat until the skins soften and are easily peeled away. Discard the skins.

Roughly tear the ciabatta and, in a pan over a medium heat, lightly fry the pieces in the olive oil until slightly crisp and golden.

Rinse the beans and toss with the thinly sliced anchovy fillets, capers, basil, parsley and roasted peppers. Toss the crusty ciabatta bits into the salad at the last minute, allowing them to soak up the juices. Season to taste. Serve with the chunky fresh-tomato dressing.

To make the tomato dressing: Roughly purée the tomatoes and garlic. Add the olive oil and season to taste.


Dungeness Crabcakes with Green Cocktail Sauce

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 10 slices white bread
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce
  • 7 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pound fresh cooked Dungeness crabmeat, picked over for bits of shell and cartilage with claw meat and large pieces left whole
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup seeded and chopped green bell peppers
  • 1/4 cup seeded and chopped red bell peppers
  • Unsalted butter, for pan frying, about 6 tablespoons
  • 4 to 8 lemon wedges

Green Cocktail Sauce:

  • 8 ounces tomatillos, husked and cut into quarters
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons green hot pepper sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon peeled and grated fresh horseradish

Directions

For cocktail sauce, puree tomatillos and drain liquid. Mix with remaining ingredients.

For crabcakes, tear up the bread and pulse in a food processor to make fine, soft crumbs (about 6 cups.) Put crumbs in a shallow pan and mix in 1/2 cup of the chopped parsley (reserving the rest). Set aside.

In a food processor, combine the egg yolk, lemon juice, Worcestershire, hot pepper, mustard, paprika, thyme, celery seeds, and black pepper. With the motor running, slowly add the oil through the feed tube in a steady stream until the mixture emulsifies and forms a mayonnaise. Remove and refrigerate.

Squeeze as much liquid as possible out of the crabmeat, onions and bell peppers. In a large bowl, combine the onions and bell peppers with remaining 1/4 cup parsley. Add the chilled mayonnaise and crabmeat and toss lightly to combine.

Add 1 cup of the bread crumb mixture and combine. Do not overwork or the crabcakes may get gummy. Gently form 8 patties and roll them lightly in the remaining bread crumbs.

Preheat oven to 425 degree. Using a nonstick saute pan and butter as needed, panfry the crabcakes, in batches, until golden brown on both sides and place them on a baking sheet as they are browned, put them in the oven until they are heated all the way through, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve with a cocktail sauce and a lemon wedge.

Note: The crabcakes hold together better if prepared a day ahead and stored in the refrigerator before cooking. Store them in the pan of bread crumbs, covered with plastic wrap.

Source: FoodNetwork.com

Grilled Rosemary Salmon

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 2 salmon fillets or steaks, preferably fresh and local (3/4 lb each)
  • 1/2 c. orange juice
  • 1/2 c. oil
  • 2-3 additional tbsp. fresh rosemary
  • Rosemary paste:
    • 1/2 tsp. rosemary
    • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 1 1/2 tsp. salt

Prepare rosemary paste, mixing rosemary, garlic and salt. Rub paste on salmon (if you use steaks, rub on both sides). Place salmon in a plastic container. Pour orange juice and oil mixture over salmon. Turn salmon over and be sure both sides are marinated. Refrigerate for 2 hours, basting and turning frequently.

When ready to cook, heat gas or charcoal grill to a very hot temperature. Just prior to putting salmon on, toss 2-3 tablespoons fresh rosemary on the coals or grill irons. (Fresh is best, but you can use dried rosemary.)

Grill salmon 5-10 minutes on first side (important: until meat starts to flake). Grill 5 minutes on second side (until meat flakes). Don’t overcook, will dry out or burn.

Source: Cooks.com

Spicy Chinese Dungeness Crab

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients

  • 2 whole Dungeness crabs
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 (3-inch) knob ginger, minced (about 3 tablespoons)
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 3 to 4 fresh red bird’s-eye chiles, seeded and minced
  • 1 tablespoon Chinese fermented black beans or black bean sauce
  • 1 tablespoon shaohsing rice wine or sherry
  • 1/2 cup plain tomato sauce, purchased or homemade

Using a cleaver or large chef’s knife, cut Dungeness crabs in half lengthwise and remove back shell and spongy green matter.

Remove claws from body section and, using the back of a cleaver or chef’s knife, crack in several places. Cut each body section into two or three pieces, leaving legs attached. Rinse all pieces thoroughly and pat completely dry.

In a wok or large skillet over moderate heat, heat the oil until hot but not smoking. Add ginger, garlic, and chiles, and stir-fry until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add black beans and stir-fry several seconds. Add crab and stir-fry until meat begins to turn opaque, about one minute. Stir in rice wine, tomato and chili sauces, sugar, salt, pepper, and one cup water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer, uncovered, stirring frequently, until crab meat is fully cooked, three to four minutes.

In small bowl, whisk together cornstarch and two tablespoons water. Stir into crab mixture in pan and simmer, uncovered, until sauce thickens, about one minute. Stir in eggs and simmer, uncovered, until bits of egg are fully cooked, about one minute.

Stir in cilantro and scallion. Serve immediately with steamed Chinese buns or baguette slices.

Source: Epicurious.com

Grilled Fish Tacos

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped white onion, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice, divided
  • 3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano (preferably Mexican)
  • 1 pound of your favorite local firm white fish
  • Coarse kosher salt
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or Greek-style (thick) yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • Corn tortillas
  • 2 avocados, peeled, pitted, sliced
  • 1/2 small head of cabbage, cored, thinly sliced
  • Fresh green salsa
  • Lime wedges

Stir 1 cup onion, 1/4 cup cilantro, oil, 3 tablespoons lime juice, orange juice, garlic, and oregano in medium bowl. Sprinkle fish with coarse salt and pepper. Spread half of onion mixture over bottom of 11×7x2-inch glass baking dish.

Arrange fish atop onion mixture. Spoon remaining onion mixture over fish. Cover and chill 30 minutes. Turn fish; cover and chill 30 minutes longer. Whisk mayonnaise (or yogurt), milk, and remaining 2 tablespoons lime juice in small bowl.

Brush grill grate with oil; prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill fish with some marinade still clinging until just opaque in center, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Grill tortillas until slightly charred, about 10 seconds per side.

Coarsely chop fish; place on platter. Serve with lime mayonnaise, tortillas, remaining 1 cup chopped onion, remaining 1/2 cup cilantro, avocados, cabbage, green salsa, and lime wedges.

Adapted from a recipe at Epicurious.com

Portuguese Grilled Sardines

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Sardines grilled the Portuguese way. Try them with a vinho verde (young white wine) from Portugal. Source: Food & Wine

Ingredients

  • 4 3/4-inch-thick slices bread, from a large country loaf
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 16 large sardines, cleaned (about 2 pounds in all)
  • 1 tablespoon coarse salt

Light the grill or heat the broiler. Using 4 1/2 tablespoons of the oil, brush both sides of each slice of bread. Sprinkle both sides with the table salt. Grill or broil the bread, turning once, until crisp and golden on the surface but still soft inside, about four minutes in all.

Rub the sardines all over with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons oil and sprinkle with the coarse salt. Grill or broil the sardines for four minutes. Turn and cook until golden brown and just done, about three minutes. To serve, top each piece of grilled bread with four sardines.

Cod with Zucchini Salsa Verde

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients

  • 10 ounces zucchini (about 2 medium), trimmed, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro plus leaves for garnish
  • 1/3 cup chopped white onion
  • 5 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons chopped seeded jalapeño chiles
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons finely grated lime peel
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
  • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 6 6-ounce skinless cod or halibut fillets

Combine zucchini, chopped cilantro, and next four ingredients in blender. Add 1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt. Puree until salsa is smooth. Can be made two hours ahead. Transfer to small bowl. Cover; chill.

Preheat broiler. Line broiler pan with foil; coat foil with nonstick spray. Combine 1 1/4 teaspoons pepper, coriander, and remaining one teaspoon coarse salt in small bowl; stir to blend. Pat fish dry. Sprinkle fish on all sides with seasoning mixture.

Arrange fish on prepared pan. Broil until just opaque in center, three to four minutes per side, depending on thickness.

Transfer fish to plates. Spoon some salsa over. Garnish with cilantro leaves. Serve with remaining salsa.

Serves six. From Epicurious.com (http://www.epicurious.com

Grilled Salmon with Lime Butter Sauce

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Ingredients

  • Six 6-oz pieces center-cut salmon fillet (about 1 inch thick) with skin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lime zest
  • 6 tablespoons lime butter sauce (recipe below)
  • Lime Butter Sauce:
    • 1 large garlic clove, chopped
    • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, melted

Prepare sauce by puréeing garlic with lime juice, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth. With motor running, add melted butter and blend until emulsified, about 30 seconds. Prepare grill for cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderate heat for gas).

Season salmon all over with salt and pepper, then grill, flesh sides down, on lightly oiled grill rack (covered only if using gas grill) 4 minutes. Turn fillets over and grill (covered only if using gas grill) until just cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes more. Sprinkle fillets with zest and top each with 1 tablespoon lime butter sauce.

Note: If you aren’t able to grill outdoors, salmon can be cooked in a hot lightly oiled well-seasoned large (2-burner) ridged grill pan over moderately high heat.

Serves six. Source: Epicurious (www.epicurious.com)

Indonesian Albacore Satay

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Did you know? The albacore harvested by Oregon & Washington fishermen are younger fish (three to five years old) between 10 and 30 pounds, and are higher in Omega-3 fish oils than the large, lean, older albacore caught mostly by foreign longline fishermen in the central Pacific. Because these fish are young, mercury accumulation is not a concern.

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 pounds skinless Pacific albacore, cut into large cubes

Marinade:

  • ¼ cup lime juice
  • 4 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Dipping Sauce:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons warm water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • generous pinch of cayenne
  • ¾ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoons salt-reduced soy sauce
  • ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger

Rinse albacore with cold water; pat dry with paper towels. In glass or ceramic bowl, combine marinade ingredients. Add albacore cubes and marinate in refrigerator for 30 minutes, tossing cubes gently halfway through marinating time. While albacore is marinating, make dipping sauce by blending peanut butter and warm water, and adding remaining ingredients.

Drain albacore, reserving marinade. Thread albacore cubes on metal or bamboo skewers. Place skewers on greased grate 4-5 inch from hot briquettes.

Cook 4-6 minutes per inch of fish (measured at its thickest point), turning to cook all sides. Baste frequently with reserved marinade. Do not overcook!

Albacore should be pink in center when removed from heat. Serve with dipping sauce. Makes 4 servings.

Source: Oregon Albacore Commission.

Quick and Easy Cioppino

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Cioppino was developed in the late 1800s by Italian fishermen who settled in the North Beach section of San Francisco. Cioppino is traditionally made from the catch of the day, which in San Francisco is typically a combination of Dungeness crab, clams, shrimp, scallops, squid, mussels and fish. Originally it was made on fishing boats at sea by combining various leftovers of the day’s catch.

Ingredients

  • 1 fennel bulb, stalks discarded and bulb cut lengthwise into 6 wedges
  • 1 medium onion, quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 Turkish bay leaves or 1 California
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes
  • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes in juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 cup full-bodied red wine such as Zinfandel or Syrah
  • 1 (8-ounce) bottle clam juice
  • 1 pound skinless fillets of thick white-fleshed fish such as halibut, cod, or pollock, cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 1 pound (total) mussels, clams, shrimp, crab, scallops, squid, etc.

Pulse fennel, onion, and garlic in a food processor until coarsely chopped.

Heat oil in a 5- to 6-quart heavy pot over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then stir in chopped vegetables, bay leaves, thyme, red-pepper flakes, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper.
Cook, covered, over medium heat, stirring once or twice, until vegetables begin to soften, about 4 minutes.

Add tomatoes with their juice, water, wine, and clam juice and boil, covered, 20 minutes. Stir in seafood and cook, uncovered, until fish is just cooked through and mussels open wide, 4 to 6 minutes (discard any that remain unopened after 6 minutes). Discard bay leaves.

Serve with a baguette or rice.

Note: Tomato base can be made in advance, with seafood added later.

Adapted from a recipe at Epicurious.com