March 29, 2010

Egg and Mushrooms In A Cup

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This is my version of oeufs en cocotte, the soft, creamy, and delicious eggs baked or poached in small pots or ramekins called cocottes. I don't have those mini cast iron or ceramic pots so I cooked the eggs in my small glass coffee cups because my ramekins are presently occupied. The coffee cups are a bit tall which I found out is better because they hold more yummy sauteed mushrooms. I also didn't bake them as it's easier and faster to poach them in a saucepan directly on the stove and there is no need to heat up the oven.

There are many versions of this egg dish. Some have bacon, cream, and/or cheese and some recipes don't have anything but 2 eggs in a buttered ramekin, but you can use whatever fancies you. I prefer the eggs with button mushrooms simply sauteed in extra virgin olive oil with shallots and seasoned with sea salt and a little minced parsley. The cooked mushrooms are layered alternately with a spoonful of crème fraîche before topping with an egg and poaching in gently simmering water. I love it with slightly sweet toasted brioche fingers which you can use to poke the egg to reveal the pretty runny yolk. I don't mind having this often for breakfast, brunch, and yes, for dinner too.

Oeufs en Cocotte
2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or butter
2 large shallots, sliced
20 pieces button mushrooms, sliced
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
a pinch of ground white pepper
2 teaspoons minced flat-leaf parsley
crème fraîche
4 eggs
sea salt
  • In a skillet, heat oil or butter and saute shallots and mushrooms over high heat until mushrooms are golden. Turn off heat and stir in salt, pepper, and 1 teaspoon parsley.
  • Divide mixture into 8 portions. Spoon one portion on the bottom of a ramekin, add a tablespoon of cream, repeat one more time. Crack one egg on top of each filled ramekin and sprinkle with a little sea salt.
  • Bake in a bain marie in a preheated 350°F oven until the tops are set but yolks are still runny, about 15 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining parsley. Serve with croutons or toasted brioche fingers.

so simple to make yet so satisfying

To make homemade crème fraîche: In a small jar, stir 1 tablespoon buttermilk into 1 cup heavy cream. Cover the jar and leave on the kitchen counter for 24 hours or until the mixture has set. Refrigerate immediately. This will keep for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. This is very good as topping for baked potatoes or sweet potatoes.

March 27, 2010

Peter Reinhart's Biscuits

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One of the enriched baking powder breads in Peter Reinhart's baking book Artisan Breads Every Day is biscuits which he calls The Best Biscuits Ever, and I agree with him. The recipe is so rich with a whole cup of heavy cream and half a cup of butter in less than 2 cups of flour. It's richer than any biscuits and scones I have ever baked. They are very flaky and truly delicious but if you are health conscious, buttermilk is a good substitute for the cream and will still be very yummy.

The Best Biscuits Ever
adapted from Artisan Bread Every Day by Peter Reinhart

½ cup unsalted butter
1¾ cups all-purpose flour, sifted (I used 2 cups)
1 tablespoon sugar
½ teaspoon kosher salt
extra all-purpose flour for dusting
1 cup very cold heavy cream mixed with 2 tablespoons lemon juice or cider vinegar
  • Leave the butter in the freezer for 30 minutes until firm. In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, and salt. Using the large holes of a grater, grate the butter directly onto the flour. Mix with a spoon or spatula and add the cream.

March 23, 2010

Fresh Spring Rolls

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Fresh Spring Rolls

Fried or fresh spring roll is perhaps the food Filipinos are most identified with. Our lumpia wrapper, made with just 2 ingredients, flour and water, in my opinion is the best spring roll wrapper. Because it is very thin it becomes crispy when fried and so light when used as wrapper for vegetable fresh spring rolls.

I made fresh spring rolls with tofu and chickpeas instead of the usual prawns and pork. Because I heart tofu I'm not the least bit surprised that I love this vegan version. I don't eat eat tofu every day but I don't mind having it once a week.

Lumpiang Sariwa

Fresh Spring Rolls
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, chopped
½ cup onion, sliced thin
1 cup fried tofu, coarsely chopped
1 vegetable cube
3 tablespoons water
1 teaspoons sea salt, or to taste
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
1 cup green beans, julienned
1 cup cabbage, shredded
1 cup carrots, julienned
1 cup sweet potato or jicama, julienned
1 cup cooked garbanzos (chickpeas)
¼ cup chopped roasted peanuts, optional
curly green lettuce
store bought lumpia wrapper
brown sauce
minced garlic
  • In a wok or large sauce pan, heat the oil and stir fry garlic and onion for 2 minutes or until onion is translucent. Add the vegetable cube and 1 tablespoon water and stir until cube has dissolved. Add the rest of the vegetables except garbanzos and lettuce.. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring occasionally until vegetables are tender. Add the garbanzos and stir until garbanzos are heated through. Transfer into a bowl and let cool slightly.
  • Separate the wrappers and steam one at a time over simmering water or in the microwave oven covered with wet towel until soft, about 20 seconds. Lay a lettuce leaf in the middle of the wrapper leaving a few inches off the bottom. Spoon vegetable filling on top of the lettuce, and sprinkle with a teaspoon of peanuts if using. Fold the bottom of the wrapper over the bottom of the lettuce and wrap one side over the filling. Wrap the other side to cover completely, leaving the top exposed. Serve with brown sauce and minced garlic.
Brown Sauce
½ cup sugar
1½ cups water
1½ tablespoons soy sauce
1½ tablespoons cornflour
  • Caramelize the sugar in a medium stainless steel saucepan. In a small container, mix soy sauce, cornflour and a little of the water until cornflour is dissolved. Add to the rest of the water. When the sugar has caramelized to a slightly dark brown color, add the water mixture; it will bubble. Let it come to a simmer over medium heat, stirring and scraping the hard sugar constantly until the mixture becomes clear. Transfer into a gravy boat or serving container.
I read somewhere that lumpia wrapper is made with equal parts flour and water. The mixture is brushed thinly on a moderately warm skillet and more of the mixture is brushed on until it is thin enough and cooked just until the edges are dry. I tried making with just half a cup each but it was a FAIL, not epic but still a fail. Some parts were too thick and the edges were too thin. I was just curious and now I know it's not that easy to make flour lumpia wrapper.

This post is for Lasang Pinoy Sundays Chiclet a weekly gallery of food photography, Pinoy style, hosted by Spices.

March 22, 2010

Hot Cross Buns! Hot Cross Buns!

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Hot Cross Buns

I joined a new baking group, the Mellow Bakers created by Yumarama Paul and as the name suggests, the baking will be at a more relaxed pace which is just perfect. We will be baking breads from BREAD by Jeffrey Hamelman.

The first bread chosen for the group is Traditional English Hot Cross Buns. Hard to believe but I have never baked nor eaten a hot cross bun, traditional or otherwise. For real.

The recipe is simple and straightforward. Assemble all the ingredients, mix, let rise, shape, bake, and in less than 4 hours you will enjoy munching on delicious, soft, and slightly sweet hot buns studded with currants. The only thing I had a teensy bit problem with was piping the paste on top of the unbaked buns. The paste, made with a combination of flour, oil, and water has a slight slimy consistency and the ends are difficult to break off. It creates a curly tail and sticks to everything making the tips of the crosses untidy. I practiced first on a plate as there was a lot of paste to spare, which I already halved BTW, but as the photo of the baked buns shows, the lines are crooked and the thickness is not uniform. I had to smooth out the curly ends with slightly wet fingertips. It's not a big deal really but next time I'll omit the oil and just mix flour and water until the paste is pipeable. Although I like the syrup for added sweetness, it made everything sticky. I was constantly washing my hands while taking photos and also while eating. I remedied the sticky mess by putting the bun in a 325° F oven to dry out the syrup resulting in a sugar coating that is oh so good. I will surely make these again but with these minor changes; the recipe is a keeper.

Hot Cross Buns Ingredients
I used cute tiny currants and candied lemon peels

Hot Cross Bun Topping
practice did not make perfect crosses

Hot Cross Buns
soft, sweet, fruity, citrusy, and yummy

Come join and bake with us. Click on the Mellow Baker link above or on the left side bar logo. You can view a recipe based on Hamelman's here.

March 17, 2010

Eggplant Relleno

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Grilled Asian eggplant is one of my favorite vegetables because of its smokey flavor. I usually prepare grilled eggplants and chopped tomato salad with ginger juice and sea salt dressing. It is also delicious simply dipped in beaten egg and pan-fried, Tortang Talong in Flipino. Yesterday I wanted to make egg plant relleno stuffed with vegetables and ground pork but the pork was frozen solid and I didn't want to wait for it to defrost so I used chopped puffed tofu. The result is a very yummy and healthier stuffed eggplants and I didn't notice the absence of pork. I think it tastes even better without because the smokiness of the eggplant is more pronounced. I love it.

Eggplant Relleno
3 Asian eggplants
3 tablespoons light olive oil
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
½ cup chopped onion
½ cup chopped sweet red, yellow, or orange bell pepper
1 tomato, chopped
4 pieces puffed tofu squares, chopped
1 teaspoon sea salt, or to taste
pinch of ground black pepper
2 eggs, well beaten and mixed with a pinch of sea salt
  • Wash the eggplants, trim the top and leave stems on. Prick all over with the tip of a paring knife. Char the skin of the eggplants directly on the stove fire. Wrap in aluminum foil and leave to cool. When cooled, remove the skin and discard. Transfer eggplants into a plate and flatten. Set aside.
  • Heat 1½ tablespoons oil in a skillet and stir fry garlic and onion. Cook until onion is soft, add pepper and tomatoes, stir fry for 2 minutes. Add tofu, salt, and pepper and stir fry for 2 minutes. Transfer into a plate and divide into 3 portions. Wipe the skillet with a piece of paper towel. Heat 1 tablespoon of the remaining oil on medium heat. Place one tofu portion on the skillet, shape it into an oval the size of the eggplant, pour 2 tablespoons of the beaten egg all over the filling and top with one eggplant dipped in beaten egg. Fry for 2 minutes, flip and fry the other side for 1 minute or until light brown. Repeat with the remaining eggplants, adding more oil if necessary. 

March 14, 2010

Daring Cooks: Risotto

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Coconut Milk Risotto Pudding
coconut milk and orange risotto pudding with kabocha squash

The 2010 March Daring Cooks challenge was hosted by Eleanor of MelbournefoodGeek and Jess of Jessthebaker. They chose to challenge Daring Cooks to make risotto.

Knowing the only person in my house who will eat risotto is me, I had to prepare one that I will definitely want to eat and write about for my very first Daring Cooks challenge. Revisiting and being inspired by this yummy recipe I cooked a sweet risotto with just 6 ingredients added to the rice: coconut milk, milk, water, sugar, orange peels, and a pinch of salt. I like that it is easier to cook because the arborio rice is preboiled in plain water before adding both milk. The rice is tender and creamy but not mushy nor gummy and the flavor combination of coconut milk and orange essence is simply delightful. The kabocha squash which is boiled separately in coconut milk, water, and sugar is the 'icing' on the pudding. Each serving is drizzled with a little coconut milk and sprinkled with orange zest.

Coconut Milk Risotto Pudding

Coconut Risotto Pudding
a quarter of a kabocha squash
2 cups coconut milk
1 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons sugar
1 large orange
½ cup arborio rice
a pinch of sea salt
  • Cut kabocha lengthwise into 1 inch thick pieces and cook gently with ¾ cup coconut milk and ½ cup water until fork tender, turning once, about 15 minutes. 
  • Put 1¼ cups of water and the rice in a medium saucepan . With a vegetable peeler, remove the zest of half of the orange and add to the saucepan.Turn the heat on high and let the mixture come to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan and simmer for 12 minutes or until rice is almost cooked. Add 1 cup coconut milk, milk, sugar, and salt and cook over medium heat while constantly stirring until the rice is tender, about 12 minutes. The pudding should be creamy and not soupy. Remove the orange zest and discard.
  • Slice the cooked kabocha. Zest the remaining orange half with a zester. Spoon the risotto pudding into individual bowls, top with a few slices of kabocha. Sprinkle with orange zest and drizzle coconut milk on top. Serve with extra kabocha pieces on the side.

March 11, 2010

Milo Toast

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 Milo and sweetened condensed milk on toasted bread

As a child [up to my 20s], my favorite breakfast drink was Milo malted chocolate powder mixed in ice cold milk. I started drinking coffee in my late twenties and haven't had Milo since. I occasionaly drink Nesquick hot chocolate and sometimes add a little in my coffee, not often because it makes my coffee sweet and I prefer unsweetened coffee.

I read in several Filipino blogs a restaurant in the Philippines that serves Milo Toast, a toasted brown bread topped with dry Milo and a drizzling of sweetened condensed milk. It's a popular breakfast food in Singapore and other Asian cities. I used to eat dry Milo or Ovaltine from a cup. I got the habit from my older sister who was a very picky eater. She was forced by my mother to eat dry Ovaltine because she couldn't stand the combination of Ovaltine/Milo and milk, it made her nauseous. While I didn't have problem with food of any kind, I followed my sister's lead and discovered eating dry Ovaltine or Milo was better as a snack than a drink.

I can't remember the last time we had Milo in the house, maybe more than 20 years ago. We always have Horlicks or Carnation malted milk and Nesquick which doesn't have malt. So I went to the grocery store and bought a small tin of Milo, toasted 2 slices of white bread, topped one with Nesquick and the other with Milo. The Milo won hands down because of two things, flavor and texture. Milo is malted and has granular consistency which is sort of crunchy and I love its tendency to stick to the roof of my mouth. I know I'm weird. And now I'm totally hooked. OMG! Very yummy. Very sweet. Very addicting.

To make Milo Toast: Toast slices of white or whole wheat bread, drizzle all over with sweetened condensed milk, spread Milo on toast, drizzle with more milk. You may also butter the bread before drizzling with milk but I prefer it without. Enjoy the toasts with sunny-side-up fried egg/s and a large mug of coffee or combination coffee and tea with sweetened condensed milk. 

March 10, 2010

Lasang Pinoy, Sundays: Seafood

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LaPis Sundays, a gallery of food photography, Pinoy style, is hosted by SpiCes and Feisty Cook

I prepared the salmon a la Bistek Tagalog (beefsteak) seasoned with calamansi or lemon juice and soy sauce, and served on a bed of sauteed sweet onions

Fried Salmon Steaks and Onions
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 large sweet onion, sliced into rings
a large pinch of sea salt
2 pounds salmon steaks
3 tablespoons soy sauce
3 tablespoons calamansi or lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
ground black pepper, to taste
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a nonstick skillet, sprinkle with a pinch of salt, and cook the onion over medium heat until soft and slightly browned. Transfer into a serving plate, cover to keep warm, and set aside.
  • Pat dry the salmon and coat both sides of the steaks with a mixture of 2 tablespoons lemon juice, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, ¼ teaspoon each salt and ground black pepper. In the same skillet, heat the remaining oil and fry the salmon over medium-high heat until cooked. Spread the onion on the platter. Lay the cooked fish on top of the onion. Heat the remaining soy sauce and lemon juice in the same skillet and pour all over the fish. Serve immediately.

March 8, 2010

Triple Malt Chocolate Cupcakes


I love thick and yummy chocolate malted milkshake. This cupcake is as delicious and has lots of malted milk flavor but won't give you brain freeze. I baked these as gift to a neighbor who last month twice, maybe three times, plowed 2 feet of snow on our cul-de-sac without any compensation. He even helped shovel our driveway once. He does it every year when it snows heavily because he is a nice person. He and his brother-in-law own a snow clearing business and he knows that cul-de-sacs are the last to be plowed, if at all. I gave him and his wife this cake and also baked for them a large loaf of Potato, Cheddar, and Chive Torpedo.

Triple Malt Chocolate Cupcakes
makes about 30 cupcakes
2 cups malted milk powder
1 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
¾ teaspoon baking soda
3 large eggs
1 1/3 cups sugar
2/3 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups whole milk
1 recipe Vanilla Malt Frosting
coarsely chopped malted milk balls
  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Line three 12-muffin pans with paper liners. Set aside.
  • Combine malted milk powder, flour, cocoa powder, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl, and whisk to aerate and break up any lumps. Set aside.
  • Combine eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla in a separate large bowl, and whisk until combined and smooth. Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, and whisk until just incorporated. Add ½ of the milk, and whisk until smooth. Continue with remaining flour mixture and milk, alternating between each and whisking until all ingredients are just incorporated and smooth.
  • Fill cupcake papers 2/3 full. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean, about 25 minutes.
  • Remove pans from the oven and transfer to a wire rack to cool for about 5 minutes. Remove cupcakes from pans and let cool completely on the wire rack. Frost tops of cupcakes with Vanilla Malt Frosting and sprinkle with chopped malted milk balls.
Vanilla Malt Frosting
3 sticks unsalted butter, at room temperature
1½ cups powdered sugar
¾ cup malted milk powder
½ cup milk
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • Combine butter and sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, and beat on low speed until sugar is incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and beat until mixture is light and whipped, about 3 minutes.
  • Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl and the paddle. Add remaining ingredients and return to low speed until ingredients are incorporated. Increase speed to medium high and continue whipping until frosting is evenly combined and light, about 3 minutes.
Recipe adapted from here.

I made this as the original layer cake one and a half years ago. If you are making layer cake, click on the recipe source for baking time. Here is the photo of the layer cake.
Triple Malt Chocolate Cake
a treat that both children and adults will love

I got the malted milk powder from here. You can use either Carnation or Horlicks which are available from the grocery stores but the cake won't be as malty.

March 7, 2010

Movies I Love

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It's been almost one year since I wrote about movies on DVD that I have seen. The movies I watched the past eight months were mostly foreign language and indies. I am not boycotting Hollywood-produced movies but there are only a handful that are worth watching and The Hurt Locker is the only one that I love and think is Oscar worthy. You can bet I am not rooting tonight for the recent blockbuster that has been retitled SMURFAHONTAS by smart alecky types. Not that I will be watching the Oscars anyway; I do not enjoy any award shows because they look like episodes of the Lifestyles of the Vain and Vapid.^__^

The foreign-language movies that I have watched over and over on DVD and streaming from Netflix are Japanese, Korean, Thai, and Chinese. Korean and Thai movies are my latest addiction.

A partial list of Oggi's Movie Awards winners :

Ink USA, independent filmmakers. This is a wonderful good versus evil Sci-fi/fantasy movie about a man and his estranged little daughter who was abducted in her sleep by an incubus-in-training, Ink. In the real world the girl is on a hospital bed in a coma but in another dimension she is traveling with Ink. The incubi who give nightmares are the evil and the good are the storytellers who give nice pleasant dreams to people while they are asleep at night. The storytellers try to save the girl from dying helped by a blind pathfinder who can change a series of events. Of course, the good wins in the end that will lead to Ink's ultimate redemption. This impressive indie movie was made with a tiny budget of $250,000.00. It was downloaded for free 400,000 times and I just wish those people give at least a dollar to the producers so they can make another excellent movie outside the influence of Hollywood. Here is a video of my favorite scene in the movie:

Death Trance Japan. Sci-fi/fantasy set in a post apocalyptic world with warriors, ninjas, zombie ninjas and vampires, a cute but creepy little girl, ginormous weapons, plenty of weird characters, and lots of fight scenes. The warrior, played by my fave Tak Sakaguchi, stole a coffin from a monastery in order to release the goddess of destruction trapped inside it. His main reason is to fight the mother of all fights. Other people want the coffin for different reasons. Some think it has treasures and one lone guy hopes it will grant his wishes. This guy is played by the half Japanese son of Steven Seagal. I love his character, he carries a large bazooka and a raggedy doll attached to his belt and he has thick, think Angelina, pink-glossed lips. There is a not-so-subtle, in fact it's in your face sexual tones in the form of the katana that belonged to the monastery. It has a phallus-shaped handle that throbs when it 'feels' the deserving one is ready for the ultimate fight.The fight between the warrior and the goddess is so weird it's really awesome.

Tak Sakaguchi and his katana Kentaro Seagal and his bazooka

Thirst Korea. A Catholic priest turned into a vampire through blood transfusion.

Chocolate Thailand. Martial arts, drama, action, little bit of comedy

Tom Yum Goong Thailand. Martial arts, drama, action, a little bit of comedy

These Thai movies have food as their titles but they are not anywhere in the movies except for the brief appearance of M&Ms in Chocolate. They have several things in common, most notably the Thai crime bosses, the yakuza, and the transgenders called the third sex in Thailand and in the Philippines. They are very much a part of society and embraced by both countries. Check out Sidney's photo essay on Gay Boxing in the Philippines.

The Hurt Locker USA. Deserves to win the Oscars in all the categories it is nominated in

March 5, 2010

Creamy White Bread

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pain de mie, soft fine-crumbed thin-crust sandwich loaf

I was very disappointed with the 100% whole wheat sandwich loaf in the recently finished The Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge. Earlier this week I baked one loaf of 100% WW bread which is a lot more moist, soft, and most important, edible. However, I am a white bread lover and I can't eat WW bread every day, I just can't. 100% whole wheat bread is not for me. There, I said it. *I hope the food police doesn't come and arrest me* ^_^

And so I'm back to baking my favorite creamy white bread; it is very soft and yummy. I used my new 9 x 4-inch Pullman bread pan with lid which is made here in the USA of recycled steel and has non-stick ridged surface for easy release of bread. I have two similar pans that were made in China. They were very cheap but also cheaply made. The non-stick is fake and I had to line the pans with parchment paper EACH AND EVERY TIME I use them. The surface has now developed some rust, I can't use them anymore, not even as planters. When the USA-made pans in the smaller size became available, I immediately got one and am very happy with it. If you are interested in the pan, check out my amazon store by clicking on the myStore tab. I highly recommend it specially for fine-crumbed pain de mie. The following white bread recipe can also be baked in a regular 9 x 4-inch loaf pan and it will still be delicious.

Creamy White Bread
1 cup warm water
2 tablespoons heavy cream, room temperature
2 tablespoons light olive oil
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
3¼ cups bread flour
1½ teaspoons kosher salt
¼ cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • In the bowl of a standing mixer with the paddle attachment, put the ingredients in the order listed. Mix on low speed for 1 minute, continue mixing on medium-low for 1 more minute. Knead by hand for 3 to 4 minutes until smooth.
  • Transfer dough into an oiled bowl, cover tightly with plastic film and leave to rise for 1 hour.
  • Lightly grease the pan and lid. Remove the risen dough from bowl and knead lightly to remove air bubbles. Flatten into an oval, roll tightly, and ease into the pan. Cover tightly with plastic film and let rise for 45 minutes or until the dough has risen to half inch below the lip of the pan. Slide the lid on and bake in a preheated 350° F oven for 20 minutes. With gloved hands, remove the lid and bake for another 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Remove immediately from the pan and let cool on a wire rack for 1 hour before slicing.
the whitest creamiest yummiest white bread

March 2, 2010


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I have seen and eaten several versions of Callos, a Filipino-Spanish tripe and chickpea stew. Some have beef or pork trotters and others have cubed potatoes. The first time I cooked callos I was put off by the smell of the boiling tripe. My mom told me to boil the tripe for 2 minutes, rinse, then boil in fresh water until tender. It really made a difference and eliminated the strong odor of the tripe.

This recipe is my favorite because it doesn't have pig's feet but has ham as an added ingredient. It is seasoned with sweet smoked Spanish pimenton and bay leaves. The stew is very yummy with either rice or crusty country bread and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.

2 pounds honeycomb tripe
¼ cup olive oil
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped onion
1 small red bell pepper, diced
1 cup sliced Spanish Chorizo
1 pound ham, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 tablespoons Spanish smoked pimenton (paprika)
2 large tomatoes, skinned and chopped
1 cup white wine
2 bay leaves
1 sprig thyme, optional
a pinch of crushed dried red pepper
salt and ground black pepper, to taste
3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • Clean and boil the tripe for 2 minutes, drain and rinse tripe very well. Put back the tripe in the pot, add water to cover, and boil until fork tender, adding more water when needed. Remove the tripe and reserve broth. When cool enough to handle, cut tripe into 1 x 2 inch pieces. Set aside. 
  • In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, heat the oil and saute garlic, onion, and red pepper until onion is soft. Add the rest of the ingredients except chickpeas and 2 cups of reserved broth and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Remove the bay leaves and thyme, add the chickpeas and simmer, uncovered for 15 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning. Transfer into a large serving dish.

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