March 28, 2013

Baked Cod Fish

This traditional Portuguese-Brazilian dish is usually served on the Good Friday.

servings: 4 to 5
time: 1 hour


Ingredients
1 lb. Cod fish, cut into chunks
olive oil
6 boiled potatoes, cut into thick slices and cooked with a pinch of salt
3 tomatoes cut into slices
1 sliced onion
4 boiled eggs, sliced
green or black olives
salt to taste
chopped parsley to garnish



Directions
1 – In a bowl, put the pieces of cod and drizzle with olive oil and salt. Mix gently.
2 – In a baking pan, assemble layers with cod, potatoes, onion, tomato, egg and olives.
3 – Drizzle a little bit of olive oil, cover with foil and bake in the oven (325°F). The approximate cooking time is 30 minutes.
4 – After baking, check the necessity to add more salt, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Tips and Options
  • Add pepper slices.
  • To give more flavor to the fish, boil the cod in milk for 3 minutes before using in the recipe.
  • Serve with white rice, green salad and other steamed vegetables such as broccoli and carrots.
  • Use leftover fish to make codfish croquettes.
  • Add pepper strips.
  • To give more flavor to the fish, the cod in milk Parboil before using in the recipe.
  • Serve with white rice, green salad and other steamed vegetables such as broccoli and carrots.
  • Use leftover fish to make codfish balls.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Bacalhau ao forno.

March 18, 2013

Easy Baked Fish Fillet

Healthy, delicious and quick to prepare. That sounds really good!

EASY BAKED FISH FILLET
(servings: 5/ time: 30 minutes)

Ingredients
5 large fish fillets
3 crushed garlic cloves (divided in 2 parts)
1 finely chopped onion
2 chopped tomatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper
juice of 1 lemon
chopped parsley
 

Directions
1 – Season the fillets with olive oil, salt, pepper, ½ of the garlic and lemon juice.
2 – Place in a baking pan, cover with foil and bake in the oven (350°F) for 10 minutes.
3 – In the meantime, mix in a bowl: onions, tomatoes, the other half of the garlic, a pinch of salt and a drizzle of olive oil. Stir well.
4 – Remove the fish from the oven and remove the foil.
5 – Add the mixture on the bowl on top of each fillet and return the pan to the oven for another 5 to 10 minutes.
6 – Remove from oven, sprinkle with parsley and serve.

Tips and Options
  • Mix green salad, rice or mashed potatoes are good side dishes for that recipe.
  • Thyme is another excellent seasoning for fish.
  • A teaspoon of mustard will also give a special taste to the dish.
  • To give the dish a touch of oriental flavor, substitute the salt for soy sauce and the parsley for green onions.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Filé de Peixe assado.

March 11, 2013

Sausage and Green peas Risotto

Use those sausage and green peas that are in your freezer and prepare this easy, fast and tasty dish.

servings: 4
time: 45 minutes

 
Ingredients
8 sliced sausages
1 cup frozen green peas
2 cups arborio rice (rice for risotto)
4 cups beef broth
1 cup dry red wine
1 tbs. olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
2 crushed garlic cloves
1 cup chopped mushrooms (optional)
1 tbs. butter
salt and pepper to taste
chopped parsley or chives

Directions
1 – In a saucepan, bring the beef broth to a boil and keep it hot.
2 – In a different saucepan, heat the olive oil and add sausage, onion, garlic, salt and pepper. Saute until golden.
3 – At medium-high heat, add the rice and stir for 3 minutes.
4 – Add the wine and stir until the liquid is completely absorbed. Then, add green peas and mushrooms.
5 – After that, put 1 ladle of warm broth and stir until the liquid has almost evaporated completely.
6 – Repeat the process until the rice is al dente (about 18 minutes, counting from the moment you put the wine), or cooked to your taste.
7 – Turn off the heat, add butter and parsley. Leave the pan covered for 3 minutes, stir and serve.

Tips and Options
  • The butter added at the end makes the dish creamier. You can also substitute for parmesan cheese or cream cheese.
  • Use any type of sausage: chicken, turkey, beef, pork or vegetarian.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Risoto de Salsicha com Ervilha.

March 04, 2013

Sauteed Garlic Asparagus

Give a little twisty for this common side dish.

servings: 4
time: 15 minutes


Ingredients
1 bunch fresh asparagus
1 tbs. olive oil
2 garlic cloves, minced or crushed
salt and black pepper to taste

Directions
1 – In a skillet, heat the olive oil and add asparagus and garlic.
2 – Add a pinch of salt and pepper. Stir and cover the pan.
3 – Stirring occasionally, cook until asparagus are al dente (about 10 minutes), or cooked to your taste.

Tips and Options
  • If the pan gets too dry, add 1 tbs water during cooking.
  • Substitute olive oil for 1 tbs. butter.
  • Spice up the dish by putting other vegetables cut into long strips: carrots, sweet potatoes, hearts of palm, yellow carrots.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Aspargos ao Alho.
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