February 25, 2013

Chocolate Pop Cake

Easy and yummy. The kids are going to love it! And grownups too.

servings: 15
time: 1 hour


Ingredients
1 baked chocolate cake (can be any recipe or from a box)
chocolate ganache*
300 grams of dark or milk chocolate
to garnish: chocolate sprinkles or nuts

*chocolate ganache: in a double boiler, melt 150g milk or semisweet chocolate. Add 1 tbs. butter and 1 cup heavy cream. Stir until it forms a creamy and homogeneous mixture. Let it cool before using.


Directions

1 – In a bowl, crumble the cake.
2 – Add the ganache gradually, stirring gently.
3 – Shape small balls and place them on a baking sheet.
4 – Melt the chocolate in double boiler.
5 – Dip the cake pop into the melted chocolate and insert them in the balls.
6 – Coat the pop cakes in the chocolate and add the garnish of your choice.

Tips and Options
The coat can also be done with white chocolate.


Original recipe (in Portuguese): Pop Cake de Chocolate.

February 18, 2013

Chicken breast with vegetables

Easy and healthy. Dinner ready using only 1 pan.

servings: 4
time: 30 minutes


Ingredients
1 lb. chicken breast cut into cubes
salt to taste
1 teaspoon mustard
juice of 1 lemon
4 crushed garlic cloves
1 tbs. olive oil
½ onion, finely chopped
1 zucchini cut into half moons
6 fresh mushrooms cut into slices
chopped chives to garnish




Directions

1 – In a bowl, season the chicken with salt, mustard, lemon and garlic. Mix well.
2 – In saucepan, heat the oil and add the chicken. Let it brown for about 3 minutes. Stir and leave another 3 minutes.
3 – Add onion, mix well and cover the pan (+2 minutes).
4 – Put zucchini and mushrooms and let cook until they are to your taste, more or less tender.
5 – Taste and add salt/pepper to your taste, and sprinkle chives.

Tips and Options
To make your meal even healthier, serve with a mix green salad.
Add other types of vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, corn, grated carrots.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Peito de frango com legumes.

February 11, 2013

Mashed Potatoes

The Brazilian style to prepare mashed potatoes.

servings: 4
time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
6 large yellow potatoes, peeled and washed
½ cup milk
1 tbs. butter
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese
salt to taste

Directions
1 – Cut potatoes in half, put in a saucepan with a pinch of salt and cover with water.
2 – Bring to a boil until they are very tender (pierce with a fork or try one to see if it is well cooked).
3 – After cooking, remove from heat and drain.
4 – Mash the potatoes using a potato ricer and return pan to heat.
5 – Stirring constantly, add all ingredients: potatoes, milk, butter and cheese. Taste. If necessary, add a pinch more of salt.

Tips and Options

  • Add ½ cup of heavy cream instead of milk. It will make your mashed potatoes even creamier.
  • To enhance the dish, add 1 clove garlic, chopped parsley or chives.
  • Serve with meat, chicken, fish, hot dog or sausage in tomato sauce.


Original recipe (in Portuguese): Purê de Batata.

February 04, 2013

Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy and delicious, this recipe can be prepared with various stuffing combinations.

servings: 4 
time: 40 minutes

Ingredients 
12 white mushrooms, stemmed and cleaned
1 tsp. olive oil
4 bacon slices, diced
4 to 5 sausages, cut into small cubes
1 finely chopped onion
4 minced garlic cloves
1 chopped tomato
parsley
salt and pepper to taste




Directions
1 – Clean mushrooms, remove stems and reserve them.
2 – In sauce pan, heat the olive oil and add the bacon, until well browned.
3 – Add sausage, mix well and leave until it's golden.
4 – Add onion and garlic, stir well, when they are well cooked, add the tomato and parsley.
5 – Prove. Add salt and pepper, if necessary, and remove from heat.
6 – using a spoon, fill each mushroom and place them in a baking sheet.
7 – Bake (at 350°F) for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Tips and Options
If you like, sprinkle mozzarella or parmesan cheese before you bake.
To remove the stems of the mushrooms, just rotate them and they will come out easily.
Be creative and invent new stuffings: ground beef, olives, tomato, shredded chicken breast, cream cheese, turkey breast, corn, cheddar, chives...

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Champignon Recheado.
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