Lebanese Batata Chap

Lebanese Batata Chap

 

Lebanese Batata Chap

Batata chap has a crisp outer layer made from mashed potatoes and a juicy filling, seasoned with the Lebanese seven spice blend. Originally from France, the recipe for ‘croquettes’ has been adopted by various cultures. Batata chap is a Mediterranean variation hailing from Beirut, Lebanon. The beauty of this recipe is the diverse filling styles one can make. Branch out to fish, cheese, rice, lentils, or beans.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Lebanese
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground beef or lamb
  • 2 lb russet potatoes peeled
  • 1.5 cup tomato puree
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic grated or pressed
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup yogurt
  • 1 cup starch arrowroot powder or corn
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Optional

  • 0.5 cup pine nuts
  • a fresh salad of your choice

Batata Chap Culinary Spice Kit

  • Allspice, black peppercorn, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, coriander, cloves

Instructions
 

Filling

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry onions and optional nuts for 5 minutes.
  • Add meat, salt to taste, and Batata Chap spices.
  • Stir-fry until the meat is crumbled.
  • Add tomato puree and adjust salt.
  • Cook for about 5 minutes until the sauce thickens.

Potatoes

  • In a POT, boil potatoes until soft. Drain and mash. Add salt & pepper to taste.
  • When cooled, add eggs and starch. Mix well.

Patties

  • Form little ‘golf balls’.
  • Press each ball as flat as possible and fill it with 1 tsp of meat.
  • Press the dough around the meat until closed.
  • Pat the patties until flat and smooth.
  • Preheat OVEN to 375°F.
  • Place the filled patties on a greased baking sheet.
  • Spray them with oil.
  • Bake for 15-20 minutes until they turn brown on all sides, turning halfway.

Sauce

  • In a CUP, mix yogurt, garlic, and 1 tsp olive oil. Season with lemon juice and salt to taste.
  • Serve
  • Serve batata chap with the remaining meat sauce, yogurt sauce, and a fresh salad.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

  • Substitute beef with chicken, turkey, or pork.
  • Substitute meat with 2 cups cooked green lentils or black beans. Use Batata Chap spices to taste.
  • Substitute a part of the tomato puree with fresh chopped tomatoes.
  • Instead of baking, fry batata chaps in hot oil
  • Instead of the forming the patties, use a greased baking pan. Spread half of the potato dough on the bottom. Spread the filling on top. Finish with another layer of potato dough. Spray the top with oil.
  • Alternatively, use the Batata Chap spices for Lebanese Pumpkin Kibbeh
Keyword allspice, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
Italian Vellutata

Italian Vellutata

 

Italian Vellutata

Vellutata, which means "velvety," is a simple and gentle yet elegant soup. What makes it "velvety" is its fusion of a creamy vegetable base topped with a light mushroom sauce. Try diced mushrooms for a change and more texture. Our spice blend adds the extraordinary flavor of precious porcini mushrooms combined with chives and tarragon. If you are not a fan of vegetable cream, serve the sauce with your preferred pasta.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 lb sirloin steak or chicken breast thinly sliced
  • 2 lb cauliflower roughly chopped
  • 1 large potato diced
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 8 oz mushrooms diced or sliced
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 tbsp heavy cream
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Vellutata Culinary Spice Kit

  • Porcini mushrooms, garlic, tarragon, chives

Instructions
 

Cream

  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add the onion and fry until they turn brown.
  • Add the cauliflower and potato.
  • Season with salt & pepper to taste. Fry for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the broth. Mix well. Cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low.
  • Cook for 10 minutes. Let it cool a bit.
  • Transfer the soup to a BLENDER.
  • Blend it until smooth. Return the soup to the POT.
  • Add the cream. Adjust salt & pepper.
  • Mix well. Cook for 5 minutes without lid.

Sauce

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Add the meat seasoned with salt & pepper to taste and fry it to your desired doneness.
  • Take the meat out and set aside.
  • Add the mushrooms. Fry until they are soft.
  • Add the Vellutata spices and salt to taste. Mix well.
  • Return the meat. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.

Serve

  • Serve the cream in bowls topped with the mushroom sauce. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Omit the meat.
  • Substitute cauliflower with zucchini.
  • Substitute heavy cream with sour cream.
  • Substitute mushrooms with leek or green asparagus
Alternative Recipe
Substitute the soup with cooked pasta.
Add 1 cup of heavy cream with the Vellutata spices to the sauce.
Keyword chives, porcini mushroom, tarragon
Sabzi Polo Mahi

Persian Sabzi Polo Mahi

 

Sabzi Polo Mahi

Sabzi Polo Mahi is one of the many dishes served for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Fluffy Basmati rice is cooked with fresh herbs, including fenugreek leaves which have an exceptional aroma that you can smell and savor. It makes all the difference. The fish is seasoned with advieh, a Persian spice blend that works as well on poultry.
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb fish fillet of your choice (*)
  • 1.5 cups basmati rice
  • 1 cup chopped herbs (**)
  • 1 green onion finely sliced
  • 1 egg whisked
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • salt & pepper
  • vegetable oil

Sabzi Polo Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Fenugreek leaves
  • [2] Turmeric, cumin, coriander, garlic

Instructions
 

Rice

  • Rinse rice thoroughly. Soak rice in cold water with 1 tbsp salt for 2-24 hours. Drain.
  • In a POT, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.
  • Add rice and salt to taste.
  • Boil 5-10 minutes until the rice is still firm inside but soft outside. Drain + rinse.
  • Add onions, herbs, and Sabzi Polo [1] spices.
  • In the same POT, add 1/4 cup of oil.
  • Add the rice-herb-mix in the form of a cone.
  • Sprinkle with 1 tbsp oil. Make 4 deep holes with the end of a spoon.
  • Cover. Steam over slow heat for about 30-45 minutes until the rice is cooked.

Fish

  • Rinse and pat dry the fish. Season it with a light coat of Sabzi Polo [2] spices.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Place egg and flour each on a PLATE.
  • Cover all sides of the fish in the egg then in the flour.
  • In a PAN, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry fish on both sides until cooked and golden.

Serve

  • Serve fish with rice. Sprinkle with lemon juice to taste. Enjoy!

Notes

(*) For instance: mahi-mahi, cod, tilapia, snapper, halibut, or salmon.
(**) A combination of parsley, dill, and cilantro works great. Add tareh, the Persian chives, if you have a chance.
  • Substitute fish with poultry breast. Cut it lengthwise.
  • Optionally, fry the fish without egg and flour.
Keyword methi, turmeric
Turkish Urfa Kebab

Turkish Urfa Kebab

 

Turkish Urfa Kebab

Turkish Urfa Kebab

Urfa Kebab has a chocolate aroma with mild heat from Urfa pepper. Both can be widely found in Southern Turkey. The irregular shaped flakes of Urfa biber, also known as Isot pepper, are a versatile condiment that can be sprinkled on cheese, salad, or vegetables of any kind for a new distinct flavor. They might become a favorite condiment in your kitchen.
 
Hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Turkish
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb ground meat e.g. lamb or beef
  • 1/2 yellow or orange bell pepper finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp parsley finely chopped
  • 2 cups yogurt plain
  • skewers*
  • 2 cloves garlic grated
  • 1 lemon for juice
  • oil
  • salt

Urfa Kebab Culinary Spice Kit

  • Urfa biber flakes

Suggested Sides

  • lettuce of your choice shredded
  • flatbread e.g. pita or lavash or cooked rice

Instructions
 

Yogurt Sauce

  • Mix yogurt with 1-2 tbsp lemon juice, 1 tsp oil, and a pinch of salt.

Prepare Kebab

  • In a large BOWL, add bell pepper, tomatoes, parsley, garlic, Urfa Kebab spices, and salt to taste (1 tsp recommended).
  • It’s best when all ingredients are very finely chopped.
  • However, don’t use a food processor to avoid making a paste.
  • Mix well. Add meat.
  • Knead thoroughly for 5-10 minutes.
  • Wrap 2 tbsp of meat tightly around each skewer.

Fry Kebab

  • In a PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium-high heat.
  • Fry kebab until crisp and cooked through.

Serve

  • Serve kebab in bread or with rice and topped with lettuce and yogurt sauce.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*If using wooden skewers, soak them for 30 minutes.
Vegetarian:
  • Substitute meat with 2 additional tomatoes.
  • Spread mixture on prepared pizza dough and bake according to package instructions.
  • Serve pizza with yogurt sauce.
Keyword urfa pepper
Peruvian Anticuchos

Peruvian Anticuchos

 

Peruvian Anticuchos

“Anti-cucho” translates most likely to 'cuts from the Andes region'. Anticuchos have a long history dating back to the pre-Columbian era of the Incas. Initially, they were made with llama meat. The Spaniards changed the meat, added new spices, and put the meat on skewers. Today, anticuchos are preferably made of beef heart, chicken, or steak and most popular during National Holidays and at summer barbecues.
Hands-on time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Peruvian
Servings 3 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb beef tenderloin or sirloin cut into thin 1-inch squares
  • 1 lb potatoes cooked or baked
  • 2-4 corn ears
  • 12 skewers*)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • 1/2 cup parsley and/ or cilantro packed
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • vinegar
  • oil
  • salt & pepper
  • !Culinary Spice Kit
  • Roasted garlic, Peruvian aji amarillo pepper, salt, cumin, black pepper, annatto

Notes

▪ Substitute beef with chicken breast or boneless pork chops, or with beef heart, the most popular version.
▪ Add to or substitute corn with onions, mushrooms, green asparagus, or bell peppers.
▪ Substitute corn ears with 3 cups frozen corn kernels and quickly fry them with the garlic in the PAN after the skewers are done.
▪ Add some fresh mint to the sauce.
*) Soak wooden skewers for 30 minutes in water before using them.
Keyword aji amarillo, annatto
Italian Saltimbocca

Italian Saltimbocca

 

Saltimbocca alla Romana

Italian Saltimbocca

Preparing this dish is simple. Its flavor is irresistible - it jumps right into your mouth ("salt-im-bocca"). An Italian everyday dinner consists of at least two courses: pasta, soup, or risotto followed by meat or fish with vegetables or salad. Saltimbocca is a popular second course. 
We recommend pasta seasoned with a simple sauce as the first course.
Make the recipe again: Try authentic Saltimbocca alla Romana with fresh sage leaves and thin slices of veal. 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1.5 lb chicken breast boneless, skinless, cut into 6-8 thin large slices
  • 8 slices prosciutto (raw ham), very thin
  • 3/4 lb spaghetti or other pasta
  • 1 cup black olives sliced
  • 4 anchovy filets
  • 2 cloves garlic smashed
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine or cooking wine
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper

Saltimbocca Culinary Spice Kit

  • [1] Sage
  • [2] Sun-dried tomatoes

Suggested Sides

  • fresh Italian bread sliced
  • asparagus, cauliflower, or broccoli cooked
  • spinach or mushrooms sautéed with garlic

Instructions
 

1st course

  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Cook garlic for 1 minute.
  • Add anchovies. Cook 2 minutes.
  • Add olives. Cook until olives turn slightly brown.
  • Add cooked spaghetti and 1 cup of the cooking water to the PAN. Cook for 1 minute.
  • Sprinkle Saltimbocca [2] spices on plated dish.

2nd course - Prepare

  • Cover the chicken slices with PLASTIC WRAP and pound them to about 1/8 inch thickness.
  • Season them with the Saltimbocca [1] spices in an even layer. Don’t add salt!
  • Place prosciutto slices on top.

2nd course - Cook

  • In a PAN, over medium heat, melt the butter.
  • Place the chicken bundles in the PAN in one layer, prosciutto side up.
  • Season with pepper to taste.
  • Fry chicken for a couple of minutes until the bottom starts to brown.
  • Add wine. Reduce heat to low. Cover.
  • Let cook for a few minutes until the chicken is done.

2nd course - Serve

  • Serve with your preferred sides.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

Variations
▪ Substitute chicken with veal or pork cutlets.
▪ Substitute chicken with eggplant or zucchini.
▪ Substitute prosciutto with Spanish jamón serrano, bacon, or cheese.
▪ Substitute wine with broth.
Keyword sage, sun-dried tomatoes