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Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans

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French style green beans, better known as Haricots Verts, are a very thin variety and the perfect choice for my Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans. I’ve made green beans with tomatoes many times and over the years, adding this and leaving out that, but now I’ve tweaked this recipe and it’s perfect. I think it’s my choice of spices and aromatics that puts a unique twist on these Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans and gives it complexity and depth of flavor.

I love cumin because of its grassy and earthy flavor so I decided to add this spice to my recipe. It made a HUGE difference!

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields: 6 servings
Equipment: 5-quart saucepot, 2 large mixing bowls, spider

Ingredients:
2 pounds of French-style green beans (*Haricots Verts)
2 tablespoons of grapeseed oil (substitute any neutral oil)
1 sweet onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 15-ounce can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes and their juice
1 1/2 cups of water
1 tablespoon of ground cumin
1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
1 tablespoon of dried oregano
1 tablespoon of dried rosemary
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of fresh ground black pepper

Directions:
Start by going through the beans and cutting off the root ends. In a pot of boiling salted water *blanch the beans for 1 to 2 minutes, then immediately transfer to an ice bath. This sets the beautiful green color. Transfer the green beans to a plate lined with a paper towel to drain any excess water. Pat dry with a kitchen towel and place into a large bowl.

In a saucepot over medium heat add grapeseed oil. To that, add ground cumin allowing the spice to melt into the oil. This will give the cumin a chance to *bloom. Once you can smell the aroma from the cumin add the diced onions and the cayenne pepper. Cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes until onions have softened and become translucent. Next, add the diced bell green peppers, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper, continue stirring and cooking for another 3 to 5 minutes. Next, into the pot, add the dried oregano and rosemary. Rub these spices through your fingers to release its flavor as you drop them into the pot, stir through. Finally, add the minced garlic and continue stirring.

Add the *blanched green beans, can of diced fire-roasted tomatoes along with the juice, and water. Stir all the ingredients together while bringing the green beans up to a boil. Turn down to a simmer cooking uncovered for 30 minutes. Remove from the heat and cover until ready to serve. Enjoy my Slow Cooked Southern Style Green Beans with your next meal.

Serve hot.

*Haricots Verts: Usually known as French beans are a thinner and shorter variety.

*To Blanch: Blanching is a cooking process wherein a food, usually fruit or vegetable, is scalded in boiling water. Removed after a brief, timed interval and finally plunged into iced water (shocking or refreshing) to halt the cooking process.

*Bloom: The process of gently frying spices in oil. It’s a quick way to deepen their flavor. Cook just until the spices smell nice and toasty; any longer and you risk burning them.

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Chicken Milanese

 

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My Chicken Milanese recipe is so easy and versatile you can make it using pork or turkey as well. You want to ask your butcher to slice the meat, “scaloppine-style”, which is a very thinly sliced cutlet.

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Brown rice with fresh herbs

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 53 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 2 large mixing bowls, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 12-inch sauté pan

Ingredients:
2 boneless skinless chicken breast, sliced scaloppini-style (yields 10 thin cutlets)
1/4 cup of grapeseed oil (substitute a neutral oil, ex. Canola oil)
6 large eggs
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of garlic powder
1 teaspoon of dried rosemary
5 cups of store-bought Italian-style breadcrumbs
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon of fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped
2 tablespoons of fresh oregano leaves, roughly chopped
1 tablespoon of fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped

Tip: If you going to use dried herbs use half the amount of fresh.

Directions:
To start you want to marinate the chicken. In a large bowl, add eggs, Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried rosemary, and freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley. Whisk to combine.

Add the chicken cutlets into the bowl with the marinade, toss making sure all the cutlets are well coated. Cover with plastic wrap, transfer to the frig for a minimum of 30 minutes.

In the meantime, prepare the breading for the chicken. In another large bowl add the store-bought Italian style bread crumbs, freshly chopped Italian flat-leaf parsley, fresh oregano, and fresh thyme leaves. Mix to combine.

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add the grapeseed oil. Allow a few minutes for the oil to come up to temperature. It’s important to shallow fry the chicken in batches, (maybe 3 cutlets at a time) do not overcrowd the pan.

Preheat oven to 250-degrees F.
This process goes really quickly, about 2 to 3 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the chicken fillets.  hat I like to do is, as they come out of the pan, place them on a rimmed baking sheet pan fitted with a wire rack and keep them warm in the oven while the remaining batches of chicken finish cooking. That’s all there is to it.

I serve my Chicken Milanese with a simple herbed brown rice and Sauteéd Haricots Verts With Toasted Almonds.

 

Sautéed Haricots Verts With Toasted Almonds

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Grilled Red Curry Chicken Over Couscous With Cranberries And Golden Raisins

Grilled Red Curry Chicken

My Grilled Red Curry Chicken Over Couscous With Cranberries And Golden Raisins is a balance of spicy and sweet flavors, paired perfectly, to take you on an amazing food journey.

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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 17 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 32 minutes
Yields: 8 servings
Equipment: 3-quart saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, 1-gallon resealable plastic baggie, indoor grill pan, 1 small bowl, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, butterflied (yielding 8 cutlets)
1 1/2 tablespoons of cumin seeds, ground
3 cloves of garlic, ground
1 tablespoon of grapeseed oil
3 cups of full-fat Greek yogurt, plain
3 tablespoons of red curry paste
1 tablespoon of light brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons of Kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
1 teaspoon of fresh cilantro leaves, finely chopped, plus extra for garnishing Couscous
1 teaspoon of ground cumin
3/4 cup of Couscous
1 1/2 cups of unsalted chicken broth
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 cup of golden raisins

Directions:
Start by *butterflying four chicken breasts yielding a total of 8 chicken breasts.  In a mini food processor, add cumin seeds, garlic cloves, and grapeseed oil. Pulse until they form a chunky like paste. Transfer to a large mixing bowl. Next, add 2 cups of plain Greek yogurt, red curry paste, light brown sugar, and Kosher salt, mix to combine.

Place the 8 butterflied chicken breasts into a large plastic resealable bag. Using a rubber spatula, add the yogurt marinade to the chicken. Release the air, seal the baggie, and transfer the chicken to the frig for 6 hours. The yogurt works as a great tenderizer for the chicken.

Preheat oven to 250-degree F.
Preheat an indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Using a pair of tongs, grab each marinated chicken breast, allowing excess marinade to drip off, place them onto the grill pan. Grill for 3 to 4 minutes on the first side and around 2 to 3 minutes on the other side. When all 8 chicken breasts are finished grilling, transfer them to a baking sheet pan cover with foil, transfer to the oven to keep warm.

To make the quick dipping sauce for the chicken, add 1 cup of Greek yogurt, ground cumin, 1/2 teaspoon of Kosher salt, 1/2 teaspoon of freshly ground black pepper, chopped mint, and cilantro to a small mixing bowl. Stir to combine, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate.

For the Couscous, add unsalted chicken broth, olive oil, cranberries, and golden raisins up to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to medium-low allowing the fruit to steep for 2 minutes. Next, add the Couscous. Remove from the heat and cover. Let stand for around 10 minutes or until the liquid is fully absorbed. Fluff with a fork. Garnish with fresh cilantro leaves.

To serve, add a good helping of Couscous to a serving plate. Slice the grilled chicken on the bias and arrange over the Couscous. Serve with a dollop of the yogurt dipping sauce. This is my Grilled Red Curry Chicken Over Couscous With Cranberries And Golden Raisins.

*Butterfly (a piece of meat or fish) almost in two and spread it out flat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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