Posts Tagged ‘Beef’

Recipe – Cotlet

August 19, 2009

Mimi’s Tip *
Cotlet is a great complimentary side dish and makes a delicious sandwich the day after : ) 

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STUFF:

Staples: Oil, Salt & Pepper, 1 Egg, 1 Onion, Bread Crumbs 1 box
Spices: Saffron (tea spoon), Cinnamon (1 spoon)
Meat: Ground Beef 1.5lb (Alternative: Turkey, Tuna, Chicken)
Veggies: 5 Long Brown-skinned Potatoes
Garnish: Fresh parsley, Jar of Small Pickles, Box of Cherry Tomatoes

DIY:

Makes about 20 patties
Takes about 1.5 hours of prep and cooking time

 

Preparing the Mix

1. Peel and grate one onion in a mixing bowl

2. Peel the skin off 5 potatoes and boil them in water. When they are cooked drain them and let them cool. Once they are cool grate the potatoes in the large mixing bowl with the onions

3. Add the 1.5lb of ground meat

4. Add about 3 spoons of bread crumbs to the mix

5. Crack one egg and add it to the mix 

6. Add salt & pepper, a tea spoon of saffron water and a dash or two of cinnamon to the mix

7. Use your hands to mix everything together in the mixing bowl. Don’t be shy when you’re mixing get right in there!

8. Take a towel and make it wet. Squeeze all the water out of it so that it is just damp. lay the towel over the mixing bowl and let the mixture sit for about 30 minutes in the fridge. This will help all the flavors mix together nicely.

 

Cooking the Cotlet

Before you start frying there’s some minor prep. 

1. Get your mix from the fridge and grab a chunk at a time making balls and then squashing and patting your hands together to make hand-shaped patties. There should be enough to make about 20 patties depending on your hand size! 

2. Take a chopping board and layout a generous portion of bread crumbs. You’re going to use as batter for the patties

3. Take a plate and lay 3 or 4 paper towels on it. Leave this beside your frying pan on the side counter. You’ll use this to soak up all the grease. Also have your serving dish handy there too so you can move the patties when they are done.

4. Now you’re ready to fry! Find a large frying pan, turn up the heat and get the oil ready for frying.

5. Fry as many patties in the pan that can comfortably fit in your pan. Don’t squash them together! Fry one side for a few minutes until golden brown and then flip it over. Caution on the oil…it tends to pop and catch you when you least expect it!

6. Once both sides are golden brown move it carefully to the plate with the paper towels to soak up the grease

7. Lay all the finished patties on a beautiful serving tray and garnish with small pickles, cherry tomatoes and/or fresh parsley and you’re done!

Noosh e Jan! 

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Recipe ~ Adas Polo Gheimeh Lapash

August 19, 2009

Mimi’s Tip *
Persian cooking takes time and love…you must be prepared to do all the prep – no shortcuts!

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Mimi's Special Rice

STUFF:

Staples: Water, Oil, Salt & Pepper, Rice (2 cups)
Spices: Saffron (tea spoon), Cinnamon (1 spoon), Advieh (1 spoon), Turmeric (1 spoon)
Beans: Split Peas (1/3 cup) & Lentils (1 cup)
Meat: Beef steak (1lb)

DIY:

Feeds 4 people
Takes about 3-4 hours of prep and cooking time
 

Preparing the Meat:

1. Take the piece of beef and chop it up into small squares
2. Fill a bowl with water and leave the meat chunks to soak for 2 hours
 
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Preparing the Rice:  

1. Take 2 cups of basmati white rice  and rinse it in hot water
2. Add water back into a the bowl and add salt and leave to soak for an hour. This make the rice grains expand in length 

ricePreparing the Split Pea:

1. Soak 1/3  cup of dry split peas for an hour
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Cooking the Split Pea and Meat Mixture: 

1. Take 2 medium sized onions peel and then chop them finely. 

2. Add a generous spoon of oil to your frying pan turn up the heat and start frying your onions 

3. When the onions start to brown add a dash or two or turmeric, salt & pepper and the meat chunks

4. Mix this all together for a minute or two and then turn down the heat, add the lid and let it simmer

5. Keep an eye on the meat. When it’s nice and tender add the split peas and dash or two of cinnamon and mix together

6. Add a cup of water to the mixture, close the lid and let it simmer

 

Cooking the Rice

1. Take a large pot and add the cup of lentils to the water and bring to boil

2. When the lentils are slightly aldente (half cooked) add 2 cups of rice

3. When the rice is aldente pour the rice and lentils into a collander and rinse with water

4. Add 2 spoons of oil and 1/3 cup of water to the bottom of the pot

5. Add a bit of the lentil rice to cover the bottom of the pan

6. Add some of the split pea and meat mixture

7. Keep repeating this layering effect and also add a dash of saffron and oil to each layer

5. When you reach the top of the pot, cover with a towel and close the lid to steam

6. You’ll know when the rice is ready when you start to smell the burnt rice (tadeeg). Normally it take about 30-40 minutes

7. Serve on a beautiful rice platter and put the burnt rice (tadeeg) on a seperate plate and you’re done!

Noosh e Jan!