Recipe Publishing Network Newsletter | Issue #7 August 23, 2011
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Enjoy the Bountiful Summer Harvest with Your Fish Dinner
There is something decadent and special about seafood recipes and fish recipes, even if you are serving some basic grilled prawns, a poached fish filet, or something equally simple. Fish and seafood are considered to be gourmet ingredients, even though there are plenty of easy fish recipes that even a novice could put together with relative ease.
So if you are cooking fish or seafood recipes in the summertime, why not combine some of our endless summer harvest of seasonal fruits and vegetables with your next easy fish recipe? Pretty much any fruit or vegetable can be used with fish to make something extraordinarily good.
How to Incorporate Fruit into Fish Recipes
The role of vegetables in fish recipes is obvious; you can boil, steam, roast, bake, microwave, grill or fry them, and serve them with the fish, or you can puree them to make a sauce, but what about fruit? How can you use fruit in fish recipes?
Because fish has a naturally delicate flavor, this means you can use other delicately-flavored ingredients, such as the summer harvest of fruit in your local grocery store, to make sauces, purees and even marinades for your fish recipes.
Some fruits, such as papaya, contain enzyme which break down meat and fish. While this might be handy if you want to tenderize a skirt steak, it is something to bear in mind if you are flavoring fish because you do not want it to go mushy.
The same applies to acidic ingredients like lime juice or lemon juice. This does not have to be a problem and, in fact, you can use this to your advantage. Toss some seafood with citrus juice and other ingredients to make a spicy ceviche recipe. The citrus juice will “cook” the fish as it soaks.
Give Your Fish Recipes an Exotic Flair
You can also use fruit to give your seafood an international touch. If you are seasoning your fish with Mexican spices and serving it with spicy rice, why not counteract the spice by grilling or pan-frying some mango, pineapple, or banana? Fruit makes a great side dish for fish. If you are making your fish into a curry, you can fry lengthwise-sliced bananas in peanut oil and throw in some coconut flakes, for a rich and sweet side dish.
However you choose to team the summer harvest with fish or seafood, knowing that there are lots of fish recipes calling for fruit and vegetables gives you plenty of ideas you can be creative with.
Perhaps you fancy making a fruit salsa recipe to serve with your grilled or baked fish filets, maybe you are looking for some inspiration for vegetable side dishes or fish or it could be that you just like to eat healthily and you are aware of how important seafood, fruit, and vegetables are in a well-balanced diet. Whichever of these is the case, the endless summer harvest of fruit and vegetables offers plenty of scope when making the best fish recipes.
Summer Vegetables Cooking Tips – Bell Peppers
Smooth, shiny bell peppers are delicious in stir-fries or on kabobs, and you can even puree them to make colorful sauces for meat, poultry, or fish. Try threading one-inch squares of bell pepper on to kabobs if you are having a summer cookout, along with your choice of marinated fish, chicken, or pork, and grill the kabobs to perfection. Bell peppers range from green (very savory) to yellow (very sweet) with the red and orange ones being more neutral in flavor.
Modern Pizza – Adding a New Twist to a Classic Favorite
Pizza has been around for centuries, although today’s types of pizza bear only a passing resemblance to the baked flatbreads of hundreds of years ago. When you consider that tomatoes only reached Europe after the colonization of South America, you can see how the first pizza recipes would have been very different to what we know today.
Pizza is basically a combination of dough and topping and there are pizza recipes for all occasions, from traditional favorites for casual get-togethers to gourmet pizza recipes for up market gatherings.
With the huge range of ingredients we have access to nowadays, it is possible to make many varieties of pizza. You can add new, exciting toppings to classic pizza recipes, make traditional pizzas, or think up something totally new.
Where to Find the Best Pizza Recipes
Pizza recipes can range from ultra-simple cheese and tomato-topped crusts to gourmet seafood pizza recipes, fun dessert pizzas, or white pizzas. You can find simple pizzas, gourmet pizzas and everything in between at GreatPizzaRecipes.com, a great site featuring all the best pizza recipes and pizza-making tips.
Even if you have never made a pizza before, you will discover how easy it is to put a pizza together, whether you are topping a pizza crust, making the sauce too, or even making the whole pizza – crust, sauce, and toppings – from scratch.
Not only are there thousands of different topping combinations but there are also plenty of pizza crust recipes and pizza sauce recipes to choose from as well. Once you know how to make pizza, you can mix and match the crusts, sauces, and toppings for unique and delicious results.
Recipe: Pan-Fried Pork Cutlet with a Garlic Cream Sauce
Pork cutlet recipes vary from the very simple to the very complicated, but the following recipe for pork cutlets is simple to make yet offers a gourmet look. The pork is seasoned simply with garlic, basil, salt and pepper, and pan-fried until it is crispy on the outside and cooked through. The sauce combines the stuck-on bits of pork from the bottom of the skillet (these are so rich and flavorful!) with sour cream, chicken stock and garlic.
You can serve pork cutlet recipes with potatoes, rice, fries, noodles, or pasta, depending on the style of the dish, but this one would be especially nice with rice, couscous, or a similar small grain. You could even baked some polenta and cut it into squares or rounds. Pop the cooked pork on top of a pile of rice or couscous, or on a polenta square or round, and you will have made a gourmet meal to thrill your family.
You might also like to serve some tasty vegetables with the pork. Keep it simple by using one type – perhaps green beans, zucchini strips or broccoli will whet your appetite. Green vegetables would also add a nice contrasting color to the dish. So why not make this mouthwatering pork cutlet recipe for tonight’s dinner?
This simple but attractive pork recipe is economical and easy to put together. If you want to serve a little of the sauce on the top and the rest on the side, that is up to you, but you could also drizzle the sauce around the outside of the plate or pour it all over the meat. Pork is an economical meat, compared to some other kinds, but you can make really nice meals with it. Pan-frying pork crisps out the outside while the inside stays moist and juicy. The creamy garlic sauce is the perfect accompaniment to the lightly seasoned pork.
Gourmet Basil and Garlic Pork Cutlets
- 4 bone-in pork chops, ½ inch thick
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 2 teaspoons dried basil
- 1 ½ minced garlic cloves
- ¾ cup chicken stock
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¾ cup chicken stock
- ½ cup sour cream
- 4 portions cooked rice, couscous, or polenta to serve
- Salt and black pepper, to taste
- Fresh chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)
- Rinse the pork chops and pat them dry on paper towels.
- Rub ½ the garlic over both sides, and sprinkle on some salt and black pepper, as well as the basil.
- Heat the oil in a nonstick skillet over a moderate heat and add the meat.
- Cook the pork for 4 minutes on each side or until it is done.
- Keep it warm under tented aluminum foil, while you prepare the sauce.
- Add the chicken stock to the skillet to deglaze it, keeping the heat moderate, scraping the bottom to get the stuck-on bits off.
- Stir the remaining garlic into the sour cream and stir this mixture into the chicken stock mixture.
- Grind some black pepper into the sauce.
- Keep cooking and stirring the sauce until it is thick, without letting it boil.
- Serve the pork cutlets on a bed of rice, couscous, or polenta, with the sauce.
- You can pour the sauce all over the pork or just add a little to the pork and serve the remainder on the side.
- Scatter chopped parsley over the dish if you like.
- (Serves 4)
Number of servings (yield): 4
Summer Vegetables Cooking Tips – Green Beans
Green beans are sweeter and more tender in their natural season, which is from midsummer onwards, and these can be stir-fried or simmered until they are al dente, and then served with pork, chicken or beef. Green beans are easy to prepare. You simply need to top and tail them and then cook them as you like. They are good alone but are also nice with some melted herb butter drizzle over them.
Great Cupcakes and Why We Love Them
There is something about cupcakes which is sure to put a smile on everyone’s face. Not only are these home-baked cakes small enough to look cute but there is almost no end to the range of designs you can use when making them.
Cupcakes come in every color and they can be decorated with frosting, fruit, chocolate, marshmallows, and even real flowers. Basic cupcakes are tasty with a late afternoon cup of tea or coffee, and gourmet ones are popular nowadays at cupcake outlets and you can even find themed cupcakes at weddings and other celebrations.
Cake has been popular for hundreds of years but enjoying a mini cake makes a change from enjoying a slice of a larger cake. Some cupcakes are filled, some are topped with more than one kind of decoration, and others are so easy that a child could make them (as long as you are in charge of the knives and oven, of course!)
Fun Cupcake Ideas to Inspire Your Creativity
So where will you find all these wonderful cupcake recipes and cupcake-making tips? Visit FunCupcakeIdeas.com and prepare to be blown away by the range of cupcake recipes, all of which you can make easily in your own kitchen.
All you need to make cupcakes is a sense of fun, some imagination, and a few basic kitchen supplies which you probably already have. Cupcakes are suitable for any occasion and homemade ones have a charm all of their own.
Summer Vegetables Cooking Tips – Summer Squash
Although many popular winter meals contain squash, this vegetable is also a good choice for summer cooking. Scrub your chosen squash then discard the ends. You can peel it if you want to. Grate, chop, or slice the squash before cooking it. Try steaming sliced squash over half an inch of boiling water until it is barely tender. Steamed squash is nice with melted butter. You can also sauté it in butter over a moderately high heat, then season with salt, black pepper, and herbs.
Choose Summer Vegetables – Why Seasonal Fresh Produce is Best
Eating seasonal produce is a great idea for more than one reason. First, it usually works out cheaper to eat what is in season rather than pay for imported out-of-season produce.
Of course it is going to be cheaper to bring summer vegetables twenty miles across town from the farm to the grocery store, than it is to ship exotic veggies halfway across the world before they go bad.
Try Your Local Farmers’ Market for Bargains
If you shop at a local farmers’ market you can buy summer vegetables which were only picked a few hours ago, or a day ago. Farmers’ markets offer the best, freshest and often the most competitively priced locally grown produce, which you can use in plenty of different recipes.
If you buy out-of-season goods, not only are you paying an inflated price, but you are getting something that was picked weeks (or sometimes months) beforehand; how fresh do you think those will taste?
Summer Vegetables Offer a Wonderful Freshness
Seasonal produce is much better-tasting as well because it will have been recently picked. Some cultures usually choose seasonal produce. If a recipe calls for something that is out of season, they will choose a different recipe.
A good example of this can be seen in Mexican cuisine, where Mexican home cooks take pride in using summer vegetables (or whatever is in season) to make authentic Mexican recipes with a truly fresh flavor.
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