March 20, 2014

Brazilian Style Chicken Wings

Crunchy and well seasoned. Hard to resist to this temptation!

BRAZILIAN STYLE CHICKEN WINGS
(servings: 5 / time: 1 hour)

Ingredients
10 chicken wings
4 mashed garlic cloves
salt to taste
Tabasco pepper to taste
juice of 1 lime or lemon
paprika to taste
1 tbs oil
oil (enough to dip fry the chicken)

Directions
1 – In a bowl, combine all the seasonings (garlic, salt, pepper, lemon, paprika and oil) and mix well with a spoon.
2 – Add the wings and mix well with your hands until the pieces are thoroughly seasoned. Let is rest for 30 minutes, out of the fridge.
3 – In a large saucepan, heat the oil and add the chicken.
4 – Let it fry until golden brown on both sides.


Tips and Options

If your pan is not too large, fry half of the chicken and then the other half.
If you prefer, season the chicken the day before and refrigerate in a pot with lid.
Serve as an appetizer or main dish, with rice, potatoes or green salad as sides.
Serve with lemon wedges and an cold beer! 


Original recipe (in Portuguese): Frango à Passarinho.

March 13, 2014

Meringue

Homemade meringues are easier to make than it looks like!

servings: 60
time: 45 minutes

Ingredients
1 cup egg whites
2 ½ cups confectioners' sugar

Directions
1 - Put the ingredients in a saucepan and stir until it begins to boil.
2 - Turn off the heat and transfer the eggs to the mixer, beating until very consistent, firm and shiny (like snow eggs).
3 - Using a pastry bag (or a plastic with a small hole at the tip), make meringues on a cookie sheet and bake in medium heat (300° F).
4 - Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes

Tips and Options
Here is a very easy and delicious idea to use the meringue. In a serving bowl, combine chopped strawberries and other berries, whipped cream and meringues pieces (break with your hands).

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Suspiro.

March 06, 2014

Roasted Butternut Squash

Healthy, easy to make and very tasty. Try this dish today!

servings: 4
time: 1 hour


Ingredients
1.5 lb. butternut squash, cut into cubes
4 thinly sliced garlic cloves
½ onion, chopped
2 to 3 tbs. olive oil
thyme to taste
coarse sea salt, to taste

Directions
1 – In a baking pan, put all ingredients and stir well.
2 – Bake at 350°F, for about 45 minutes.
3 – Every 15 minutes, remove pan from the oven, mix with a spoon and return to bake.

Tips and Options
  • The dish can be served cold or hot.
  • Serve as side dish to any meat, poultry and fish.
  • The baking time varies according to the size of the cubes you cut. Taste as you go to ensure that they are soft as you prefer.
  • To have less work washing the baking pan, line it with foil paper.
  • Blend the left overs (adding water). Freeze and use to make a creamy soup!

+ Info
Besides being very tasty, butternut squash contains carbohydrates, protein, calcium, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, vitamins A, C and E, and very little fat.

Original recipe (in Portuguese): Abóbora Assada.
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