Thursday, July 7, 2011

Recipes to Test

Season 11 of America's Test Kitchen just came out. After watching half of the episodes these are the new recipes I want to test for myself.
  • Chicken Pot Pie with Savory Crumble Topping. Candidate for a pot luck dinner where we can do the final 15-30 minutes of cooking on site.
  • Spicy Mexican Shredded Pork Tostadas (Tinga). Make a batch and use through out the week. This should be good for my normal breakfast, oatmeal & yogurt.
  • Beef Empanadas. Like the tinga above, might be good for breakfast. (Note to self, buy tequila.)
  • Chewy Brownies. Don't want the calories around the house but I want to verify that the chemistry works ;) as advertized.
  • No-Fuss Creamy Polenta. Quick and easy, for went potatoes are just to routine/ordinary.
  • Almost Hands-Fee Risotto with Parmesan and Herbs. Sharon loves risotto.
  • Pan-Seared Scollops. Because I love scollops when prepared correctly. Test both the lemon brown butter and tomato-ginger sauces.
  • Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano and Black Pepper (Cacio E Pepe). When you just want pasta and are tired of red sauce.
  • Inexpensive Charcoal Grill-Roasted Beef with Garlic and Rosemary. Beef, grilled, say no more, say no more.
  • Roasted Smashed Potatoes. A new way to eat fried potatoes.
  • Foolproof Grilled Tuna. Technology for cooking fish steaks on the grill.
  • Charcoal-Grilled Argentine Steaks with Chimichurri Sauce. Improved technology for getting a good crust and the sauce is right up my alley. (Argentina is currently in my mind from the Presidential Agent books.)
  • Indoor Pulled Pork. Lexington vinegar and South Carolina mustard barbecue sauces.
  • Horseradish-Crusted Beef Tenderloin. Includes a horseradish cream sauce.
  • Roasted Carrots. I think we've done this recipe with a bit of sugar added.
  • Foolproof Vinaigrette. It has been 40 years since I cared about my salad dressing recipes, maybe it is time to learn some new tricks. Vinaigrettes will go nicely on grilled fish.
  • Greek-Style Shrimp with Tomatoes and Feta. We love the cherry tomato salad and have ouzo in the fridge plus flash frozen shrimp in the freezer. This might be the recipe I got from Cooks Illustrated, it is on our "menu" list.
  • Stir-Fried Shrimp with Snow Peas. Because it has 15-18 different ingredients and we like shrimp. Sharon makes something similar to this from time to time and it is delicious.
  • Mediterranean Chopped Salad. Reminds me of the wonderful Greek tomato salad so lets try this one as well (when we can't get good tomatoes.)

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