Reign On Brown Rice Cruncy Oven Fried Fish – Week 7

Reign On Brown Rice Cruncy Oven Fried Fish – Week 7

Here is a variation of something I made a while back with a twist when it comes to the breadcrumbs. I think it is a healthier offering.

I’ve done with corn flakes, potato chips, panko and regular bread crumbs from package or home made and probably a few others.

Variation of Crunchy oven fired chicken Published September 1, 2008. From Cook’s Illustrated

This is very similar to how I do my chicken cutlets either pan-fried or baked minus a few ingredients.

Serves 4

To prevent overcooking, buy fish fillets at least 1 inch thick. The bread crumbs can be made up to 3 days in advance, cooled, and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Serve with Sweet and Tangy Tartar Sauce (see related recipe) or lemon wedges. Steve tweak: If you have a skinny end of the fish you can always fold under to make it about the same thickness as the other so it cooks evenly.

Ingredients

  • About 2 cups of brown rice cereal – similar to Rice Krispies. Crunched up
  • 1/4 cup plus 5 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour Steve tweak: Whole wheat bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish (optional) Steve tweak: optional? Not in my opinion
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless cod fillet , or haddock fillet, or other thick white fish fillet (1 to 1 1/2 inches thick), cut into 3-4 pieces
  • Lemon wedges

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Instructions

  1. Place the brown rice Krispies in a plastic bag, let air out, take a rolling pin and roll over until most are crunched and palace in a pie plate.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  3. Place 1/4 cup flour in second pie plate.
  4. In third pie plate, whisk eggs, horseradish (if using), mayonnaise, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until combined; whisk in remaining 5 tablespoons flour until smooth.
  5. Spray wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and place in rimmed baking sheet. Dry fish thoroughly with paper towels and season with salt and pepper (optional but recommended to personal taste.) Dredge 1 fillet in flour; shake off excess. Using hands, coat with egg mixture. Coat all sides of fillet with bread crumb mixture, pressing gently so that thick layer of crumbs adheres to fish. Transfer breaded fish to wire rack. Repeat with remaining 3 fillets.
  6. Bake fish until instant-read thermometer inserted into centers of fillets registers 140 degrees, 18 to 25 minutes. Using thin spatula, transfer fillets to individual plates and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

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Note: I have tried this type of rack and a very fine mesh rack, I feel the very fine mesh works much better.

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Pork Carnitas in a Pita Pocket

Pork Carnitas in a Pita Pocket

With the warm weather sneaking in everyone started to talk about ribs, pulled pork and the likes. I love pulled pork, saw this recipe and pinned it for another time. Well today my last day of vacation was that another time. I am so glad I did, I did to have any taco or tortillas but we did have some pita pockets worked just fine. I will warn you this is a slow cooking meal and the smell is like a brisket on a cold winter day it fills the air and it is hard to keep your stomach quiet.  I made the double mistake of doing some outside choirs then walking into the house.

 Ingredients

  • 4 pound boneless pork butt, fat trimmed and cut into 2 inch cubes
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 onion, peeled and halved
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 2 Tb fresh lime juice
  • 2 C water
  • 1 medium orange, juiced and keep the spent halves

ingredients

How

1.  Adjust oven rack to lower middle position and heat to 300 degrees.  Combine all the ingredients in a large Dutch oven, including the spent orange halves and juice.  Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium-high heat, uncovered.  Once it simmers, cover pot and transfer it to the oven.  Cook until the meat falls apart when prodded with a fork, about 2 hours.

cut into 2 inch chunks add all ingredients to dutch oven

2.  Remove the pot from the oven and turn on the broiler.  Use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan and place it on a large foil-lined jelly roll pan.  Remove and discard everything from the pot except for the cooking liquid.  Place pot over high heat on the stove and boil until thick and syrupy, about 20 minutes.  You should have about 1 C of liquid remaining when it is finished.

simmer for about 2 hours break into 3 eaqual parts

3.  While the liquid is reducing, use two forks to pull each cube of pork into three equal sized pieces.

reduce to about 1 cup break into 3 eaqual parts

Once the liquid has become a syrup, gently fold in the pieces of pork into the pot.  Try not to break up the pork any further.

fold meat back into sauce

Taste and add additional salt and pepper.

4.  Spread the pork back onto the foil lined pan and evenly spread the meat around so there is a single layer of meat.  Place the jelly roll pan on the lower middle rack of the oven and broil until the top of the meat is well browned and edges are slightly crisp, about 5 to 8 minutes.

remove from pot to cookie sheetUsing a wide metal spatula, flip the pieces of meat and broil the other side until well browned and edges are slightly crisp, 5 to 8 minutes.  Serve immediately in a tortilla with all your favorite toppings.

Serve2

I intially thought it would be too dry but that was not an issue this was moist and tender no topping required.

Note: I squeezed some extra lime juice on it just before serving.

Roasted Asparagus

Roasted Asparagus

By Amy Johnson

 

Spring is here!

This was so easy and delicious the rosemary was a perfect complement.

Ingredients

•1 bundle/bunch of asparagus

•1 lemon

•handful of rosemary sprigs

•2-tablespoons olive oil

•salt and pepper to taste

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Note: I did not have any fresh rosemary on hand so I used dry. I have made similar but never thought about rosemary, can’t wait until I have some fresh.

 

How:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Thinly slice half of lemon.

Prep asparagus shoots, and spread them along with the lemon slices and rosemary on a parchment lined baking sheet.

Toss all with olive oil, as well as salt and pepper.

Squeeze juice from remaining half of lemon.

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Roast in oven for 7 minutes, then carefully turn asparagus over and continue roasting for another 8 minutes. Watch for preferred doneness. Add additional time if needed. Total roasting time should be between 15-20 minutes.

This Picture by Amy Johnson

This Picture by Amy Johnson

Serve warm.

Here is a good source

https://www.positivehealthwellness.com/diet-nutrition/10-health-benefits-asparagus-need-know/

 

 

 

Oven Roasted Ribeye Fajita with Roasted Veggies.

Oven Roasted Ribeye Fajita with Roasted Veggies.

Oven Roasted Ribeye Fajita with roasted veggies.

I took a small Ribeye out of the freezer not knowing what I would do with it other than knowing that I would pan sear and oven roast. I am still on my own for meals since Lyn is still on her special strict diet and living up to my promise to eat well. Ok Ok sort of living up to it I have days that I have reverted to a meat and potato guy but for the most part…… Anyway she made herself a Fajita and went to the bar to dig in it was then I noticed she did not use the tortillas and asked are you going to use while batting my eyes. No, it must have been two seconds until I figure out my finished meal. By this time the steak had been removed from the oven and had sat for at least 7 minutes so I slice up thin dished out some of the roasted veggie and topped with steak and a sprinkle of grated parmesan cheese.

Ingredients:

Ribeye Steak

Roasted Zucchini, Summer Squash and Baby Roma Tomatoes

Two small tortillas

How:

Season the steaks with salt and pepper and bring to room temperature.

Preheat oven to 425 rack in center.

Heat the oil over medium heat in an oven proof pan.

Sear the steaks for about 3-5 minutes.

Turn and place the pan in oven for about 7 minutes.

Remove cover very loosely with tin foil and let set for 5 minutes before serving.

Slice thin against the grain

Roast vegetable at 450 until desired doneness

Heat taco add veggie and meat

Serve

Oven Roasted Ribeye Fajita with Roasted Veggies.

Thanksgiving Turkey with Maple Syrup and Crispy Bacon Glaze.

Thanksgiving Turkey with Maple Syrup and Crispy Bacon Glaze.

Ingredients:

  • 12-14 lbs fresh turkey
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 quart buttermilk

Glaze (for last 15-30 minutes)

  • 1/2 cup Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Trader Joe’s Dijon Mustard
  • 2 strips Crisp Crumbled Bacon

To stuff inside turkey

  • 1 Navel orange quartered
  • 1 large sweet onion quartered.

How:

Wash and pat dry the turkey. Place the turkey, breast side up, in an oven-roasting bag.

Add the hot sauce, 1 tsp. salt and 1 tsp. pepper to the buttermilk container; shake to combine.

Pour the buttermilk mixture over the turkey trying not to get in cavity. Seal the bag, transfer to the refrigerator and let marinate, overnight turning the turkey over once at least 5 hours. I also turned on side for 1 hour each side.

Remove the turkey and pat dry inside and out. Rub the skin with 1 tbsp. oil; season with salt and pepper. Let rest at room temperature.

Stuff turkey with oranges and onion in body and neck cavities. This is great with chicken also, really adds moisture in my opinion.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees . Tuck the wings behind the back of the turkey. Place the turkey, breast side up, on a rack set in a large roasting pan. Roast, basting once with the pan juices, for 1 hour. Lower the heat to 350 degrees and roast, basting every half hour, until an instant-read thermometer registers 155 degrees when inserted into the thigh, 1 to 1 1/2 hours more. If the turkey is over browning, tent with foil. Remove from the oven, tent and let rest for 30 minutes. We also basted with some maple syrup mixture at the end and allowed to crisp up.

Stuff with oranges and onion season with oil salt and pepper

  Stuff with oranges and onion season with oil salt and pepper

Thanksgiving Day Turkey

Let's eat

Gravy

Save 1-3 tbsp of drippings for the Make Ahead Gravy.

 

Note: The skin was nicely colored, crisp and tasty the meat was really juicy and tender even the breast.

Pork Gravy and Pork Loin roast

by Steve Saver on Friday, May 6, 2011 at 2:06pm facebook
This is from an old post I put on facebook.  I just love the taste of slow roasted pork or even a sirloin beef roast. I have never been able to make a pork roast like my mother in-law Rose did, it just melted in the mouth. She turned me on to the fact that pork had a lot more going for it then just bacon. Kosher bacon of course.

Posted to facebook: “Ok I decided that I never use this (facebook) so I should start and what better way than to share something I like to do, cook. I made loin pork roast the other day that melted in our mouths. BTW this is a kosher piece of pork.”

Pork gravy

(Gravy not my recipe, well not just yet this first run at it)

Ingredients

  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup apple cider or low or no sodium broth
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons agave nectar – eyeball it or here is a hint if you are using measuring devices for honey or the likes. Spray them lightly with oil and they will slide right out of the spoon or cup.
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • Pinch of nutmeg or 2 grates

After you have browned the pork on all sides and removed from pan add the apple sauce and use to deglaze scrapping up the brown bits with a wooden spoon over medium low heat, add the rest of the ingredients and stir constantly until it thickens up season with salt and pepper to taste.

Good stuff

Pork Roast

How

I rinsed with water and then patted very dry

Salted with about 2 teaspoons of salt, wrapped in plastic wrap and refrigerated for half the day but it should work if done for at least an hour.

Preheat oven to 250 you know your oven.

Optional preheat the oven to 400-450 and turned down to 300-325. I usually do this with meat but where I browned the meat first I did not think it is necessary. I was right. Maybe use if you do not like to brown or making gravy.

After that I patted dry again and sprinkled with pepper, dried oregano, crumbled dried rosemary

Then I browned over medium high heat (you know your stove) with a little oil, on all sides took about 10 minutes and put on a rack, fat side up, in my roasting pan. Stuck the baby with a thermometer and set it to 150

Ok here’s the thing I got to talking with Lyn and did not notice how long it took to cook. Estimate about 15-20 minutes per pound but then you know your stove.

Let it sit on counter loosely covered for at least 15 minutes, slice and season to taste. My wife’s a pepper head.

Now eat baby!

You can do the same for sirloin beef roast just use liberal salt and pepper, different gravy though,  I don’t do gravy for the beef. Slow and low cooking makes a tender flavorful roast with these cuts. Season to taste after slicing.

CRUNCHY OVEN-FRIED FISH

We used to pan fry our fish all the time placing an halved onion in the oil to absorb what we were told would be the fish odors. Then we slowly got healthier and were delighted when surfing the channels came upon Americas Test Kitchen and they were making this tried it and now it is a staple. We had baked fish before but it never really came out crispy or stuck to the fish. Who would have thought a skinny nerdy looking guy, Chris Kimball, would become one of my heroes although he does not seem to cook much, so I guess my real heroes are Julia, Bridget, Rebecca and the rest of the crew. He does pull it all together and I am sure he is a fine cook and not how he depicts himself on the show. Please keep inspiring and educating me.

CRUNCHY OVEN-FRIED FISH

Published September 1, 2008. From Cook’s Illustrated

With my minor tweaks and cheats

This is very similar to how I do my chicken cutlets either pan-fried or baked minus a few ingredients.

Serves 4

To prevent overcooking, buy fish fillets at least 1 inch thick. The bread crumbs can be made up to 3 days in advance, cooled, and stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Serve with Sweet and Tangy Tartar Sauce (see related recipe) or lemon wedges. Steve tweak: If you have a skinny end of the fish you can always fold under to make it about the same thickness as the other so it cooks evenly.

Ingredients

  • 4 large slices white sandwich bread , torn into 1-inch pieces Steve tweak: Whole wheat bread
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , melted
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 small shallot , minced (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/4 cup plus 5 tablespoons unbleached all-purpose flour Steve tweak: Whole wheat bread
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish (optional) Steve tweak: optional? Not in my opinion
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless cod fillet , or haddock fillet, or other thick white fish fillet (1 to 1 1/2 inches thick), cut into 4 pieces (see note)
  • Lemon wedges

Instructions

  1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Pulse bread, melted butter, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in food processor until bread is coarsely ground, eight 1-second pulses (you should have about 3 1/2 cups crumbs). Steve tweak: Use already prepared whole wheat or panko bread crumbs added salt and pepper and then melted butter. Transfer to rimmed baking sheet and bake until deep golden brown and dry, about 15 minutes, stirring twice during baking time (0-8 minutes using bread crumbs). Cool crumbs to room temperature, about 10 minutes. Transfer crumbs to pie plate; toss with parsley and shallot. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  2. Place 1/4 cup flour in second pie plate. In third pie plate, whisk eggs, horseradish (if using), mayonnaise, paprika, cayenne pepper (if using), and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper until combined; whisk in remaining 5 tablespoons flour until smooth.
  3. Spray wire rack with nonstick cooking spray and place in rimmed baking sheet. Dry fish thoroughly with paper towels and season with salt and pepper. Dredge 1 fillet in flour; shake off excess. Using hands, coat with egg mixture. Coat all sides of fillet with bread crumb mixture, pressing gently so that thick layer of crumbs adheres to fish. Transfer breaded fish to wire rack. Repeat with remaining 3 fillets.
  4. 4. Bake fish until instant-read thermometer inserted into centers of fillets registers 140 degrees, 18 to 25 minutes. Using thin spatula, transfer fillets to individual plates and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Step-by-Step

Keys to a Crisp Crust I love that they review

Soft, moist fish needs an extra-thick coating of bread crumbs to add flavor and crunch. Here’s how we lay it on thick:

Picture from America Test Kitchen

1. Pulse: Processing fresh crumbs very coarsely maximizes crunch.

Steve tweak: Use already prepared whole wheat or panko bread crumbs added salt and pepper and then melted butter.

Picture from America Test Kitchen

2. Toast: Prebaking buttered crumbs ensures that they are brown and crisp when fish is done. 0-8 minutes using bread crumbs

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3. Dip: Thickening batter with flour and mayonnaise prevents toasted crumbs from turning soggy and glues them firmly to fish.

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4. Coat: Pressing down gently on crumbs helps to pack thick layer on fish.

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5. Elevate: Baking fish on a wire rack set inside baking sheet allows air to circulate underneath.