Kale or Swiss Chard Fries

Kale Fries

 

 

Kale what? Kale fries. Yes, I battered and fried up some kale stems, and they were delicious. So yes, Kale Fries!

I usually relegate the stems from all my greens to the compost bin, but in this instance I went for something a little bit different. The stem of greens such as chard, kale and collard greens are edible, but they do take a little longer than the leaves to get tender. Which is why we often discard the stems.

Kale Fries

Look how beautifully gorgeous and colorful the stems of chard and kale are? Yes, they will add lots of nutrients to your compost, but they can also add lots of nutrients to your dinner!

I developed this recipe for Cut ‘N’ Clean Greens, so please head over to their website for the full recipe for Kale Fries.

It will be so worth it. If you are serving kale or chard with dinner, consider these Kale Fries your appetizer. Nothing goes to waste, and your guests think you are a genius for serving those lovely tempura vegetables!

Kale Fries

 

Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

 

When it comes to soups, I love mine chunky. Sure, a velvety Potato Leek Soup, or a Spicy Carrot-Sweet Potato Soup have their place, and are welcome on my dinner table. But I do love a soup with pieces of meat and vegetable floating around in the bowl, like this Hatch Chile Meatball Soup.

My last post was a recipe for a Hatch chile infused chicken stock, which was made specifically for this soup. Fresh Hatch chiles were used to flavor the stock with a slightly spicy and herbal note, and the meatballs use Hatch chile powder for another layer of flavor.

This meatball recipe makes more than you will need for this soup, but they are really tasty on their own. I cooked up some of the batch in BBQ sauce, and baking or sautéing them in bacon fat is also a great way to cook them.  I mean, really, anything sautéed in bacon fat is wonderful.

Hatch Chile Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings 36 meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1-2 teaspoons mild Hatch chile powder

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, using clean hands, mix together all the ingredients until combined well.

  2. Using your hands, roll the seasoned meat into golf ball sized meatballs.

  3. Cover and refrigerate the meatballs until ready to use.

 

Hatch Chile Meatball Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Hatch chile chicken stock
  • 4 cups water
  • 12 Hatch chile meatballs
  • 1/2 pound pee wee Dutch yellow potatoes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 pound baby zucchini stem end trimmed
  • juice of one lime

Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, bring the stock and water to a boil.

  2. Reduce the heat to a simmer, then add the meatballs.

  3. Cook the meatballs for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. Add the potatoes, salt, pepper, cumin, coriander, and paprika. Simmer for 10 minutes 

  5. Add the zucchini, and simmer for an additional 15 minutes.

  6. When ready to serve, stir in the fresh lime juice.

Spicy Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Spicy Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers #tryturkey

 

Turkeys and I are good friends. Well, friends in the sense that I love to eat them up. So maybe frenemies is the better term, but either way I love turkey.

From Succulent Spiced Turkey Carnitas,

Turkey Carnitas

 

to Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers,

 

Mini Brie Stuffed Turkey Burgers | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

to Turkey Chili Pasta,

Turkey Chili Pasta

and Cherry Chipotle Glazed Turkey Meatballs,

 

Cherry Chipotle Glazed Turkey Meatballs | Black Girl Chef's Whites

 

it is obvious I am a fan of the All American bird. Did you know Benjamin Franklin proposed the turkey as the symbol of America? The bald eagle won that battle, but its always nice to be nominated.

My latest recipe featuring turkey is an amazingly flavorful and easy Spicy Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers. Think of those stuffed bell peppers your grandma used to make, but so, so much better!

 

Poblano Chile Peppers

 

Turkey is a very mild meat that lends itself to so many different flavor profiles. Poblano peppers are a mildly spicy chile, that is most often recognized as the pepper used in the Mexican dish Chile Relleno. For this recipe, I chose to season ground turkey with a myriad of spices before stuffing and baking it in the halved chiles. While the recipe is simple, the results are not!

I am working with the National Turkey Federation to promote awareness about how versatile and delicious turkey is. Don’t just think about turkey at Thanksgiving, consider it a meat to buy year round. Not only is is easy to cook, it is considerably lower in fat than many other meats and tastes fantastic.

The National Turkey Federation supports its farmers to raise well-treated turkeys in comfortable settings that are environmentally safe and that by doing so raise the tastiest turkey. By providing all the information retail and restaurant professionals need to raise awareness educate and inspire people to try an unexpected, healthy and flavorful lean protein – turkey.

Spicy Turkey Stuffed Poblano Peppers
 
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Serves: 8 peppers
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons Pepitas, or roasted pumpkin seeds
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground chipotle chile
  • 4 poblano peppers, halved, seeds removed
  • Sliced jack cheese (optional)
Instructions
  1. Heat the oven to 350° F.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine the turkey, shallots, pepitas, salt, thyme, cumin, coriander and chipotle.
  3. Using clean hands, throughly mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Place the poblano pepper halves into an 11 X 9 baking dish,
  5. Divide the turkey mixture between the peppers.
  6. Gently press the turkey into each pepper, evenly distributing the meat.
  7. An optional garnish is sliced mild cheese. If using place the cheese on top of the turkey.
  8. Cover the dish with foil and bake 40 minutes.
  9. Remove the foil from the dish and bake an additional 10-15 minutes, until the turkey is nicely browned.
  10. Serve immediately.

 

I’ve given you five excellent turkey recipes but for additional recipes, tips, videos and resources on turkey,  visit the Serve Turkey website.

 

You  can also find great information and recipes on the Serve Turkey Facebook page as well as the Serve Turkey Twitter account.

 

 

Top Posts of 2015

2015 Top Posts

2015, where did you go? It seems like just yesterday you came into my life. And now, you are ready to depart, leaving me behind. But with all honesty, I am ready to let you go!

Buh Bye!

Thank you to my readers for riding along with me on this journey of food, family and fun. At times my creativity flowed, other times I just couldn’t even get a drip of creativity going.  But looking back at some of my top posts for 2015, I am proud of these recipes, and hope you enjoyed making them as much as I did.

Happy New Year!

 

Gumbo

Gumbo Tutorial

 

Red Cooked Oxtails Are Taken to a Whole New Level!

Red Cooked Oxtail Dumplings

 

Spicy Avocado Goddess Dressing | Black Girl Chef's Whites

Avocado Love

 

Shaved Purple Asparagus Salad with Kumquat Dressing

Shaved Purple Asparagus Salad with Kumquat Dressing

 

Pickled Shishito Peppers

Pickled Shishito Peppers

 

Bacon Shrimp Avocado Dip

Bacon Shrimp Avocado Dip

 

Mustard Green and Smoky Chickpea Strudel

Mustard Green and Smoky Chickpea Strudel

 

Smoky Date Pulled Pork Packets

Smoky Date Pulled Pork Packets

 

 

 

Red Cooked Oxtail Dumplings

Red Cooked Oxtail Dumplings

I had never had a dumpling of any kind with oxtails. I have eaten more than my fair share of dumplings in my day, but never with oxtail. After making these Red Cooked Oxtail Dumplings, one thing I know for sure is that I will eat oxtail dumplings again.

After making a large batch of Red Cooked Oxtails, I froze some of the oxtails.

Red Cooked Oxtails

Those oxtails were so sweet, sticky and succulent from the long slow braise in red cooking liquid. The meat fell off the bone and barely needed chewing. They were probably the richest oxtails I had ever made.

These dumplings are incredibly simple because I used store bought wonton wrappers. You will not need the entire package of wonton wrappers, so be sure to freeze them for future use.

Serve them with your favorite dumpling dipping sauce. I recommend Sweet Chile Sauce, which balances the richness of the oxtails.

 

Red Cooked Oxtail Dumplings

Red Cooked Oxtail Dumplings
 
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Serves: 15-20 dumplings
Ingredients
  • 2 cups Red Cooked Oxtail meat
  • wonton wrappers
  • 1 egg, beaten with a teaspoon of water
  • vegetable oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Heat the oxtail meat slightly to make it easier to work with.
  2. On a a clean, dry surface place a few wonton wrappers.
  3. Place about 1 - 2 teaspoons of oxtail onto each wrapper.
  4. Brush a small amount of the egg onto the edges of the wrapper.
  5. Fold the wrapper in half diagonally, pressing out any air, and sealing the edges well.
  6. Repeat with the remaining wrappers and oxtail.
  7. If desired, brush the tips of the triangular dumplings with egg and fold inward to make a pentagonal dumpling.
  8. In a small pot, pour enough oil to deep fry the dumplings.
  9. Heat the oil to 350° F.
  10. Fry the dumplings in batches until golden brown and crispy, about 4 - 5 minutes.
  11. Drain well on paper towels to absorb any excess oil.