Saturday, February 28, 2009

Mussels in a Tomato Wine Sauce

Mussels in a tomato wine sauce make a simple appetizer or side dish anytime. I like to serve them with fresh bread before a meal or as a snack.

Ingredients:

2 pounds mussels (cleaned and debearded)
1 tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup dry white wine
1 400 ml (about 14 oz.) can of chopped tomatoes or 3 large fresh chopped tomatoes
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Saute the garlic in olive oil for about 1 minute

Add the wine, tomatoes, salt and pepper

Bring to a boil and then add the mussels

Reduce the heat and simmer covered for about five minutes (or until shells are open)

Throw away any shells that do not open


Serve the mussels with bread, rice, noodles, or even on their own!

Friday, February 27, 2009

Prosciutto with Olives and Crackers {Appetizer}

This was a simple appetizer served at my sister's place before dinner. The saltiness of the  prosciutto together with olives and crackers was a great combination. Some cheese would have been great with it too. I will definitely add this to my list of appetizers when I throw my next party.

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Roasted Red Pork


Roasted red pork is tender and has a nice sweet flavor. It is great served with rice and vegetables for a nice meal or eaten on its own as a snack.

Ingredients:

1 pound of pork tenderloin
1 cup water
1/4 cup soy sauce
1 tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. five spice powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 cloves minced garlic
2 tbsp. vegetable oil
A few drops of red food coloring (optional)


Instructions:

Prepare the pork by removing any skin or fat.

Cut the pork lengthwise, then cut each half into 5" pieces.

Mix together the remaining ingredients, with exception of the water in a mixing bowl. The red food coloring is only necessary if you would like the pork to have a red hue.

Dip each pork strip into the mixture, turning to coat evenly.

Lay the pork strips in a single layer in flat dish.

Pour the remaining liquid mixture on top of the pork strips.

Cover and refrigerate the pork for at least two hours to overnight. Turn the pork occasionally to even out the marinating process.

Roast the pork in a 400 degree F oven for 8 minutes. Turn the pork, then roast for another 8 minutes.

Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before slicing.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fried Pork Dumplings




These fried pork dumplings are one of my favorite snacks. They can be found at most Chinese bakeries and at some restaurants that serve Dim Sum. I wish I knew how to make them as they are not always easy to find in my area. The outer shell is very crispy and the inside usually has just the right amount of flavor. They are quite greasy as they are fried, but they taste so good!
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