Oven Baked Short Ribs with Beer Boosted BBQ Sauce

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I’m a fan of Amy Thielen, chef and host of Food Network’s Heattland Table. I actually owned her book, The New Midwestern Table, before she had a cooking show. She recently moved back to Minnesota and is growing her own vegetables, cooking over open fire in her yard, and really living the Midwestern life. Although, most of the working the land, growing her own food (almost all of it!) is not familiar to me or relatable ☺ , her cooking style is fantastic and I love her recipes. She uses fresh ingredients, great flavor combinations and easy techniques to create scrumptious meals that families would enjoy. This one is slightly adapted by me, to make it simpler and I’ve also included a crock-pot version for those of you who like that easy cooking option. These are seriously flavorful ribs that fall off the bone. Make them mid-week as a treat or on a Shabbos night.

Oven Baked Short Ribs with Beer Boosted BBQ Sauce
Serves 6 - 8
Ribs:
6 pounds beef short ribs, on the bone
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon dried thyme
½ teaspoon crusted red pepper
1 -inch knob fresh ginger root, peeled and cut into 4 pieces, then slightly smashed
Beer BBQ Sauce:
1 fresh jalapeno pepper (depending on desired heat), stem discarded – for a little heat just chop and include seeds, for little to no heat, remove seeds and membrane)
1/2 medium sweet onion, cubed
4 inches fresh ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons margarine
1 bottle dark beer
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro or parsley
Zest and juice of 1 lime (2 teaspoons zest, 2 tablespoons juice)

For the ribs: Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Rub each piece of rib with salt, and sprinkle with the pepper, thyme and crushed red pepper. Arrange the ribs in a large roasting pan, add 1/4 cup water, and the ginger, cover tightly and bake until tender when poked with a fork, about 3 hours.

For the beer bbq sauce: In a food processor, combine the jalapeno, onions, ginger and salt, and process until smooth.

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and add the margarine. Add the onion mixture to the pan and cook, stirring often, until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the beer, molasses, brown sugar and maple syrup, and cook at a simmer until the mixture thickens but is still saucy, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the cilantro, lime zest and juice and a bit of the pan juices.

To glaze the ribs, raise the oven temperature to 450 degrees F. (You may also glaze these ribs over a medium-hot grill.)

Brush the mop on both sides of the ribs and roast, stopping to reapply the mop, until you've used it all and the ribs are coated with shiny black glaze, about 10 minutes.

Crock Pot Version

Rub each piece of rib with salt, and sprinkle with the pepper, thyme and crushed red pepper. Arrange the ribs in crock pot, add 1/4 cup water, and the ginger, cover tightly and cook on high until tender when poked with a fork, about 3 - 5 hours.

For the beer bbq sauce: In a food processor, combine the jalapeno, onions, ginger and salt, and process until smooth.

Heat a large saute pan over medium heat and add the margarine. Add the onion mixture to the pan and cook, stirring often, until caramelized, about 10 minutes. Add the beer, molasses, brown sugar and maple syrup, and cook at a simmer until the mixture thickens but is still saucy, 10 to 15 minutes. Add the cilantro, lime zest and juice and a bit of the pan juices.

Add sauce to ribs and toss to coat. Cook an additional 1 -2 hours or until ribs are tender.

Alternatively, place ribs, spices, water and cooked prepared bbq sauce in crock pot and toss to coat. Cook on high 5 – 7 hours until ribs are tender and cooked through.

Asian Kale Salad

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Serves 4 - 6

1 bunch kale (about 8 oz.), chopped *If you have extra time and enjoy your kale a little softer and less bitter, try massaging a teaspoon of olive oil into the leaves before adding the rest of ingredients
1 bunch cilantro (about 4 oz.), chopped
3 green onions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
2 carrots, shredded (about 1 1/4 cups)
1/2 cup roughly chopped roasted almonds
1/4 cup reduced-sodium tamari or soy sauce
2 tablespoons seasoned rice vinegar
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
Pinch of red pepper flakes

Toss all ingredients together in a large salad bowl. Let sit, tossing often, until slightly wilted, 15 to 30 minutes.

Asian Meatballs

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Makes 1 ½ cups

1/2 cup sake or dry white wine
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons mirin
25-count bag Basic Meatballs

In a saucepan, combine the sake, soy sauce, sugar and 1/4 cup of the mirin; boil until reduced to 1-1/2 cups, 3 minutes. Let cool.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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Makes 2 cups sauce and serves 6 – 8

1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup ketchup
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
2 1/4 cups pineapple juice
1 tablespoon cornstarch
25-count bag Basic Meatballs (still frozen is fine)
1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
1 cup drained small pineapple chunks
Steamed long-grain rice, for serving
2 tablespoons sliced green onions, for garnish

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and 2 cups of the pineapple juice. Bring to a boil.

Mix the cornstarch into the remaining 1/4 cup pineapple juice, whisking to get out all the lumps. Whisk into the skillet and add the Basic Meatballs. Bring to a simmer and add the sriracha. Cover and cook until the sauce is thickened and the meatballs are heated through, 8 to 10 minutes. Stir in the pineapple chunks.

Serve over steamed rice, garnished with green onions.

Barbeque Meatballs

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Makes about 2 cups of sauce and serves 6-8

2 cups barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, non-fish variety
25-count bag All-Purpose Meatballs (still frozen is fine)
Mashed potatoes, for serving

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add the barbecue sauce, vinegar, brown sugar, hot sauce and Worcestershire and bring to a boil. Add the Basic Meatballs and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook until the meatballs are heated through, 8 to 10 minutes.

Spoon over mashed potatoes and sprinkle with parsley. Serve with a green salad.

Meatballs with Three Sauces

Make these basic meatballs and freeze them in bags so that you can whip them out and add a sauce for a quick dinner any day of the week. These can be made with ground chicken or turkey too.

Basic Meatballs
Makes about 125 meatballs

5 pounds ground beef, chicken, turkey or a mixture
1-1/2 cups plain breadcrumbs
1/2 cup soymilk or almond milk
1/4 cup non-dairy creamer or pareve whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons whole-grain mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
4 large eggs

To make the meatballs, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, soymilk, pareve cream, parsley, mustard, salt, black pepper, red pepper flakes and eggs in a large mixing bowl. Mix together well with your hands. Scoop out 1-tablespoon portions and roll them into balls with your hands. Place the meatballs onto parchment-lined baking sheets and put the baking sheets.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes.

Freezer instructions: Put the cooked meatballs in a single layer on baking sheets and put into the freezer. When frozen, divide them into freezer bags, 25 per bag, and return them to the freezer.

Crispy Herb Roasted Chicken

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Serves 4

1 (3 -4 pound) whole chicken, or pieces
¾ stick (6 tablespoons) margarine, room temperature (use Earthbalance margarine sticks which are compressed canola oil)
Zest and juice of 1 orange
3 gloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 ½ teaspoons Kosher salt
½ - 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 - 3 tablesooons fresh herbs of your choice, basil, oregano, chives, tarragon, sage, dill, parsley, etc.)
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard (for Passover use Passover mustard)
2 tablespoons honey

Place chicken in large roasting pan.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix margarine, orange zest(reserve juice for later), garlic, onion powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper, herbs, and Dijon mustard until blended. With your fingers, gently separate skin from chicken, leaving the skin on the pieces/whole chicken but allowing space to coat the top of the chicken meat. Use half of the herb mixture and spread under the chicken skin, coating all the chicken. Use the other half on top of the chicken skin, coating all the skin with herb mixture. Drizzle the orange juice and honey over the chicken.

Cook for 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until chicken is golden brown and cooked through. Internal temperature should be 165 degrees. For chicken pieces, 1 hour should be enough.

Maple Dijon Chicken

Serves 8 servings

2 chickens, cut in 1/8’s
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon black pepper
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
2/3 cup orange juice
4 tablespoons Dijon mustard (for Passover use 2 tablespoons Passover mustard)
3 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 teaspoons dried thyme or rosemary

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place chickens in two low-sided roasting pans. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

In a small saucepan, whisk together maple syrup, orange juice, mustard, oil, and thyme or rosemary. Simmer over medium heat until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Pour evenly over chicken.

Roast chicken, basting occasionally, for about 50 minutes or until juices run clear, or an internal thermometer registers 170 degrees.

Serve with pan juices.

Super Simple Lemony Roast Chicken

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Serves 4

½ loaf stale challah, torn into pieces (for Passover use 2 lbs. baby red potatoes cut in half)
4 shallots, quartered
2 lemons, quartered
6 cloves garlic, each cut in half
¼ cup olive oil
1 chicken, cut in 1/8’s
Kosher salt and pepper to taste
¼ cup parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On a baking sheet, toss bread, shallots, lemons, and garlic. Place chicken pieces on top. Drizzle everything with olive oil and generously sprinkle with salt, pepper and paprika.

Roast in oven for 50 minutes. Serve warm with pan juices and lemons squeezed on top.

Asian Chicken Meatballs

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Serves 5

1 pound ground chicken
½ cup breadcrumbs
½ cup minced scallions
3 tablespoons minced ginger
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
2 teaspoon soy sauce
¼ teaspoon Kosher salt
Sauce: Store bought Chili-Garlic, Duck, or Peanut Sauce

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a large bowl, gently mix all ingredients together. With your hands, gently form into 1 ½-inch balls and arrange on a parchment lined baking sheet in one layer. Spray meatballs with non-stick cooking spray or brush with canola oil.

Bake for 13 minutes. Serve with store-bought Asian-Chili sauce or Peanut Sauce.

Chicken Caesar Skewers

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Serves 6

½ cup mayonnaise
1 garlic clove, minced
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard (for Passover use Passover mustard)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce, non-fish variety (for Passover use Passover soy sauce)
2 pounds, boneless chicken thighs or breasts, cut into 1–inch pieces
Skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes
Sauce, optional: Store bought pareve Caesar dressing

In a large bowl mix mayonnaise, garlic, Dijon, olive oil, and Worcestershire sauce. Add chicken, tossing to coat chicken well. Marinate for 20 minutes and up to 4 hours in the refrigerator. Thread chicken on skewers. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.

Preheat oven to broil. Broil for 8 minutes. Serve with romaine lettuce, croutons, store-bought Caesar dressing.

Bourbon Chicken

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Serves 4

2 lbs boneless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 garlic clove, crushed
1/4 teaspoon ginger
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 cup apple juice
1/3 cup light brown sugar
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup soy sauce
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add chicken pieces and cook until lightly browned, about 6 minutes total. Remove chicken from pan.

Add remaining ingredients, heating over mediumand cook until well mixed and dissolved, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to pan and bring to a hard boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.

Serve with white rice.

Crispy Cinnamon Chicken

2 chickens, cut in 1/8th’s
1-1/2 cups cornflake crumbs
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 cup soy milk mixed with 1 teaspoon vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place cornflakes crumbs, brown sugar and cinnamon in large, sturdy Ziploc bag (the freezer ones work nicely). Shake to combine. Pour soy milk-vinegar mixture into a bowl. Dip each chicken piece into soy milk; then add to bag. Every 3 pieces or so, close bag and shake to coat chicken with crumbs. Place in pan and bake for about 1 hour.

Green Beans with Peanuts

credit: kalyns kitchen

Adapted from a recipe in Martha Stewart’s Everyday Food
1 pound green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
2 teaspoons soy sauce
¼ teaspoon minced fresh ginger
½ teaspoon lemon juice
½ teaspoon brown sugar
¼ cup unsalted peanuts
¼ cup chopped cilantro

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Toss beans with oil, salt and pepper and place on baking sheet or in roasting pan. Roast for about 15 minutes, turning halfway through. Whisk together soy sauce, ginger, lemon juice and sugar and mix into beans. Add peanuts and cilantro.

Roasted Peppers and Anchovies

Easy

This actually isn’t much of a recipe but it tastes so good I couldn’t leave it out.

Jarred or canned roasted red peppers, drained
Canned whole anchovies, drained

Lay out flat the number of red peppers you want to use. Top each one with a whole anchovy laid flat. Let sit at room temperature for 30 minutes to allow flavors to blend.
Serve.

Chutney Chicken Salad

For salad:
1 small onion, diced
4 teaspoons lime juice
2 teaspoons curry
¼ teaspoon granulated garlic
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
6 cups mixed salad greens, torn
1 cucumber, chopped
1 carrot, cut into strips
1 red pepper, cut into thin strips
½ jicama, cut into thin strips

For dressing:
¼ cup rice vinegar
3 tablespoons chutney
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons sugar
½ teaspoon minced garlic
Dash pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil

Process onion, lime juice, curry and garlic until a paste is formed. Rub on each side of chicken breasts, cover and chill for ½ hour. Grill or broil chicken on a lightly greased rack for 12 to 15 minutes, turning halfway. Cool and cut into pieces. Toss together the greens, cucumber, carrot, pepper and jicama. Whisk together the rice vinegar, chutney, mustard, sugar, garlic and pepper (or use a hand blender). Whisk in olive oil to emulsify. Toss with salad and serve.

Sesame Spinach

credit: simplyrecipes.com

Easy

2 (10 ounce) packages fresh spinach
3 to 4 tablespoons sesame oil
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
Dash salt

In a large frying pan over a medium heat, sauté the red pepper flakes in the sesame oil. Add the garlic and sesame seeds and continue sautéing until browned – 3 to 4 minutes. Add the spinach and stir frequently to blend the flavors and keep it from burning. When just wilted, remove from heat and sprinkle with salt. Drain and chill. Serve cold or at room temperature.

Hermits Again

credit: maryjanesfarm.com

I have my favorite hermit recipe but I am always open to trying more.

¾ cup margarine
¾ cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon cloves
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ cup brewed coffee, cooled
1 egg
1 teaspoon vanilla
1-1/2 cups flour
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cream together margarine and brown sugar. Add
cinnamon, baking soda, cloves and nutmeg and continue beating. Beat in coffee, egg and
vanilla. On low speed, add flour, raisins and nuts. Drop by rounded tablespoons onto
ungreased cookie sheets. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove to wire racks to cool.

Roasted Eggplant Soup

Adapted from The Smitten Kitch

Serves 8

6 medium tomatoes, halved

2 large eggplant (about 3 pounds), halved lengthwise
2 onions, halved

10 large garlic cloves, peeled

4 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried

8 cups chicken stock or vegetable broth

¼-1/2 cup pareve cream or soy milk (you can add more to taste, or skip this entirely)

1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon coriander
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (or less if you do not like any spice)
Garnish: tofutti sour cream and scallions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Arrange tomatoes, eggplant, onion and garlic on a large baking sheet. Brush or drizzle vegetables with oil then roast them for 20 minutes, pausing only to remove the garlic cloves and returning the pans to the oven for another 25 minutes, until the remaining vegetables are tender and brown in spots. Remove from oven and scoop eggplant from skin into a heavy, large saucepan or soup pot. Add the rest of the vegetables, the thyme, the cumin, coriander, crushed red pepper, and the chicken or vegetable stock and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Cook until onion is very tender, about 45 minutes to 1 hour. Cool slightly.

Working in batches, purée soup in blender until it is as smooth as you’d like it to be. (Or, if you have an immersion blender, you can do this in the pot.) Back in the pot, add the pareve cream and bring the soup back to a simmer. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with some pareve tofutti sour cream.

Roasted Chicken with Smoky Orange Sauce

Easy

Serves 8 servings

Ingredients
Cooking spray
8 (5-ounce) skinless chicken breast halves (with bone)
Salt and ground black pepper
1 cup orange marmalade
1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon liquid smoke (or 1 teaspoon smoked paprika)
1 teaspoon chili powder

Directions
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a large roasting pan with cooking spray.
Season chicken all over with salt and black pepper. Arrange chicken in prepared pan and set aside.
In a small bowl, combine orange marmalade, soy sauce, chili powder and liquid smoke. Mix until blended. Pour mixture over chicken.
Roast 35 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Smashed Potatoes with Pareve Sour Cream and Chives

Serves 8 servings, serving size 3/4 cup

Ingredients
2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes (4 medium) unpeeled, cut into 1-inch pieces
1/2 cup low-sodium chicken broth, warmed
1/2 cup tofutti sour cream
3 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
Kosher Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place potatoes in a steamer basket fitted over a large pot of boiling water. Cover and steam for about 15 minutes, or until potatoes are tender.

Transfer potatoes to a large bowl. Add the broth, and coarsely mash the potatoes. Stir in the tofutti sour cream, balsamic vinegar and chives. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Blondies with Coconut, Nuts, and Chocolate

Adapted from original recipe by Guy Fieri
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 1/3 tablespoons ( 1/3 cup) unsalted margarine, at room temperature
3 ounces pareve cream cheese, at room temperature
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 large egg
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, almonds or pecans
1/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Mist an 8-inch-square glass baking dish with cooking spray. Whisk the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl.

Beat the margarine and pareve cream cheese in a large bowl with a mixer at medium speed until fluffy. Add the brown sugar and beat 3 to 4 more minutes. Beat in the egg and vanilla. Add the flour mixture and mix on low speed until just combined. Fold in the hazelnuts, coconut and chocolate chips with a wooden spoon.

Spread the batter in the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let cool 20 minutes in the pan before slicing.

Spinach Salad with Imitation Bacon Vinaigrette

Serves 4

3 whole Eggs
7 slices pareve imitation bacon or 7 slices pastrami
1 whole red onion,
2 cups white button mushrooms, sliced
8 ounces, weight Baby Spinach
5 tablespoons canola oil
3 tablespoons Red Wine Vinegar
2 teaspoons Sugar
½ teaspoons Dijon Mustard
1 dash Salt

Preparation Instructions
Cook eggs: cover with water, bring to a boil, then turn off heat and allow the eggs to sit in water for 20 minutes. Drain off water and add ice on top of eggs. Peel the eggs and slice (if you have another method to perfectly hard boil an egg, that is fine too).

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a sauté pan. Cook the imitation bacon until crisp. Remove and place on a paper towel. Reserve the grease to use in the dressing.

Add 2 more tablespoons of oil to a separate skillet over medium heat.

Slice red onions very thinly, then add to skillet. Cook slowly until onions are caramelized and reduced. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Slice mushrooms and add them to the same skillet. Cook slowly until caramelized and brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.

Chop imitation bacon.

Make hot dressing: Mix reserved imitation bacon grease, vinegar, sugar, and Dijon to a small saucepan or skillet over medium-low heat. Whisk mixture together and heat thoroughly.

Add spinach to a large bowl. Arrange onions, mushrooms, and imitation bacon on top. Pour hot dressing over the top; toss to combine. 
Arrange the eggs over the top of the salad and serve.

Alternatively, store the dressing in the refrigerator and take it out at least one hour before dressing the salad.