September 24, 2014

Chinese Chicken Salad

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Here is a recipe passed down from grandma to ma to my wife. She loves to make this. It's like a nostalgic reminder of her childhood, especially the holidays. Personally, I could do without the maifun, so if you don't want it, try it without.

This recipe also walks you through cooking and shredding the chicken, but if you already have some on hand or prefer another method, I'd love to hear it! Enjoy!



Chinese Chicken Salad

Yield: 8+ servings
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4 cup water
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 head iceberg lettuce, chopped and sliced
  • 1 package maifun
  • oil for deep frying
  • 3 green onions, only the green parts, sliced
  • 1/8 cup toasted almonds
  • 1/16 cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
Cooking Directions
  1. Pat the chicken breasts dry and season with some salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the 1 tablespoon of canola oil, and cook the chicken breasts top-side down until browned, about 5 minutes. Flip the breasts and add the water and additional salt to the water. Cover and simmer on low for 7-10 minutes, until cooked. Let cool slightly (at least 15 minutes) before shredding.
  2. Deep fry the maifun in batches until all are puffed up. Set aside on plates with paper towels.
  3. For the dressing, mix together the last 5 ingredients.
  4. When ready to serve, mix the chicken and lettuce together. Then add in the maifun, then the green onions, almonds, and sesame seeds. Finally, mix in the dressing.

September 10, 2014

Bismarck or Dutch Baby

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Sometimes called a Bismarck, sometimes a Dutch Baby, sometimes a German Pancake, and sometimes probably a whole mess of things. What it is is a baked pancake that houses some delicious fruit (if desired), and a warm, soft interior, yet crispy exterior.

Easier and quicker to make than regular pancakes and possibly even healthier because it's sugar free. This naturally no added sugar pancake will please everyone. Other variations include cooked fruit or preserves or plain with a dusting of powdered sugar and or cinnamon. Enjoy!




Bismarck or Dutch Baby

Yield: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 pear, sliced thin
  • lemon juice
Cooking Directions
  1. Heat oven to 475 F.
  2. Place butter in cast iron or oven-safe dish. Put in oven once it has reached 475 F. Melt the butter until it sizzles and then take it out.
  3. Meanwhile, mix together the flour, milk, and eggs into a batter. Do not overmix.
  4. Make sure the butter has coated the entire pan, and pour the batter into the center.
  5. Bake in the oven for 12 minutes, until it has puffed up and started to brown.
  6. Take the pan out and place the Bismarck / Dutch Baby on a plate.
  7. Sprinkle lemon juice over it and place pear slices everywhere.
  8. Roll it up and serve immediately.