Monday, April 4, 2011

A Few Recipes

Spinach-Pepper Sandwich

½ bell pepper
2 slices of bread
Some spinach
A little margarine or butter
As much cheese as you want, I like Sharp Cheddar

Take the bell pepper and julienne it. Put a pan on medium high and put the oil of your choice in the pan. Put the pepper on the pan and fry it until it browns on the sides. It should cook quickly. Build your sandwich: bread, cheese, spinach, pepper, a bit more cheese, bread. Toss it on the stovetop and cook it grilled cheese style. Add a spicy something for an extra kick.

Make-shift Alfredo

1 tbsp butter
1 Small Yellow Onion
1 Red pepper
1 ½ -2 Cups milk
3 tbsp Flour
1-1 ½ cup cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Dice up the onions and bell peppers, put them in a pan on medium heat in butter and any appropriate seasonings (basil, thyme, rosemary, salt, chili pepper, paprika, pepper. Really whatever you like, just remember that it’s going to be creamy). Cook for 5-8 minutes, or until the onions turn clear. Add milk and cheese, turn heat down to med-low. Stir in flour until it reaches desired thickness. Stir occasionally to mix the cheese in with the other ingredients. This should take 5-10 minutes.

Leftover Fried Pasta

Leftover pasta
Olive oil
Salt and spices

Put some oil in a pan on med-high. Add the leftover pasta; turn the heat down to med. Add salt and spices for flavor. Add olive oil as needed. Fry until crunchy (about 5-7 minutes). Add whatever you want to flavor it accordingly. The little bit of crunch adds a new dimension to the pasta’s texture and enhances even the most mundane sauces.

Fried Tofu

Tofu
Olive oil
Spices

Put the olive oil in a pan on med-high. Cut the Tofu into desired shape (probably some variation of a cube). Toss your shapes in the pan. Toss spices on top of the tofu. Fry until browned. Flip and do the same. Approximately 10 minutes total. Once done, add to other dishes or serve alone. The trick is to add the flavor that tofu does not have. That means creating texture and mixing the flavors of the tofu’s seasoning with whatever dish it will be paired with.