Monday, October 8, 2012

Stuffed Fillo with Chicken/Spinach and Onion

You will need: About 1 lb of thin sliced chicken breasts,
about 8 oz of spinach, 1 onion, Fillo Dough, about 1 1/2 sticks of butter (6 oz) salt, pepper

Slice and then dice chicken into small pieces

Melt butter
Line pan with non stick foil, unroll Fillo dough
(cover second half with wet towel so it doesn't dry out)

Spread oil on the base of the dough

Place chicken on it, add salt and pepper to taste

Add onion

Add spinach

Take half of Fillo from the bottom and start rolling
and apply butter to each sheet under and fold

When done folding, it will start looking
like an unfinished roll

Now remove wet towel from the other half
and apply butter to each individual sheet
and fold over the roll with mix in it.

After you are done, it is a roll!
Pre-heat oven to 350 F and bake for about 45 minutes

Ready! Enjoy!

Ready! Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

General Tso's or Sesame Chicken

You will need: About 2 cups of flour (sifted), 2 eggs, about 1.5-2 lbs of chicken breasts,
salt, pepper, paprika,  General Tso's sauce, sesame seeds (optional)

In a bowl, break 2 eggs

Add: salt pepper, paprika to taste
Trim chicken breasts from fat and cut into cubes
Deep in the egg mix

Then into flour
Pre-heat oven to 450 F
Shake off extra flour from the chicken cubes, you may want to deep them back in the egg  mix.
Place on the baking pan with non stick oil or parchment paper and bake for about 20 minutes, flip once.

In a bowl place some General Tso's sauce
Carefully remove cooked chicken from the oven (be careful don't get burned!)
And add to the sauce, mix carefully to coat entire chicken
In a clean foil or parchment paper layer coated chicken and place back to cook for 5 more minutes,
this will give the chicken the sticky and caramelized taste and looks

Add sesame seeds on top: white or black (your choice) and serve. I served with  fresh mozzarella which was a delicious combo to take down the heat and it gives a yummy flavor.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Matza Babka (Basic recipe)

You will need Matzos, 2 eggs, salt, pepper,
a pinch of baking soda/powder boiled hot water
Take out Matzos from the box, place in a deep bowl


Slowly add boiling hot water (be careful, don't burn)

Cover only enough

Add salt pepper and pepper to taste (be careful and don't over salt)

Add baking soda/powder (on the edge of the spoon/knife)

Add 2 eggs

Mix well

In a warmed up skillet (I prefer non stick, so it would flip and slide out easier),
spray with oil or  spread evenly with paper towel to coat entire inner surface.
Place entire content from the bowl, spread out and press slightly. Flame should be  between medium and high

Cover with the lid. Cook for about 10 minutes (the bottom will start to crisp up,
be careful not to burn it or under cook), monitor with the spatula by slightly elevating in between.
Adjust cooking time according to the strength of your flame.

Carefully slide it out on a large platter
Re-oil the pan and carefully flip back on the skillet, uncooked side down.
See how the top is nice and crispy looking? This is the consistency you are looking for. Cook the bottom side thee same way with covering the lid. When ready turn off the heat and slide ready Babka on the platter.
Let it cool down and slice in portion sizes.

Ready! Enjoy!
(P.S. This is a basic babka recipe, you may wish to add your desired ingredients to it,  your choice!
For ex. raisins, dried fruit or mushrooms if unsweetened