Category: TSF Sauces

Turkish Pomegranate, Eggplant, and Lentils

This is a great, simple, tasty recipe from Turkey that takes a little bit of time to cook, but is well worth the time – full of flavor, satisfying, and vegan.  To keep the textures and flavors of the vegetables distinct, it’s important that you layer the eggplant in a pot with tomatoes, lentils, chopped onions and garlic, then slowly cooks it, covered, without stirring. This dish is best when made ahead and allowed to mellow for at least a few hours. Print Recipe Turkish Pomegranate, Eggplant, and Lentils 1/4 teaspoon Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion finely diced4 cloves garlic medium sized, finely minced2 medium tomatoes chopped2 medium green peppers, such as Anaheims stemmed, seeded and coarsely chopped 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper Optional1/2 cup Serious Foodie Pomegranate Grill SauceSeeds from 1 pomegranate Optional Course Vegetarian Cuisine Mediterranean Prep Time 20 minutes Cook Time 2 hours Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 1/2 cup red lentils2/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil1 medium yellow onion finely diced4 cloves garlic medium […]

Grilled Romaine with New Zealand Shrimp

We try to grill everything – we love the crisp, smoky flavors you can get from any type of grill (charcoal preferred, but gas will do). Hearts of romaine prepared on the grill is a smoky crisp surprise. Top with shrimp, corn, tomatoes, avocados, and fennel to create a unique and crunchy summer grilled romaine salad.  Easy & healthy – the way we like to rock, especially during the summer.  Try this salad with some dry rose – we like Quixote Petite Syrah Rose (deep rose-colored wine with notes of raspberry, strawberry and lavender – $20) or Il Rosé Di Casanova La Spinetta (a crisp wine, with notes of strawberry, peach blossom, citrus – $15). Click HERE to shop for the Serious Foodie products. Print Recipe Grilled Romaine with New Zealand Shripm The key to grilling any vegetable or fruit is to make sure (1) your grill is well oiled and (2) your vegetable or fruit is well oiled. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Main Dish, Seafood, Serious Foodie Sauce Cuisine New Zealand Prep Time 30 minutes Cook Time 15 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 4 tablespoons olive oil1/2 teaspoon Serious Foodie Asian Fusion spice […]

Korean Braised Beef Ribs

Korean braised beef ribs (Kalbi) are slightly spicy, slightly sweet, full of umami, and are easy to make – although it takes some wait time to slow cook.  But the result of braising makes them fall-off-the-bone tender, and deeply flavorful.  We are using the award-winning Serious Foodie Korean sauce (click HERE to purchase online), which is made from authentic Korean (and gluten-free) ingredients. A word about the actual cuts.  For the braising version, you can use almost any cut (short rib or full rib).  You can also find Korean-style short ribs at most Asian markets, which is also known as “flanken.”  This refers to a strip of beef cut across the bone from the chuck end of the short ribs. Unlike American and European-style short ribs, which include a thick slice of bone-in beef, Korean-style short ribs are cut lengthwise across the rib bones. The result is a thin strip of meat, about 8 to1 0 inches in length, lined on 1 side with 1/2-inch thick rib bones. The thin slices make for fast cooking on the grill (lots of good recipes – the Food Network version works well, and you can easily substitute our Korean Grill Sauce.). Not so […]

Pear Cranberry Salad with Fig Dressing

This simple, healthy salad comes together in minutes, and uses one of the Serious Foodie Sauces as the basis for a delicious dressing that you are bound to use time and again. Pear Cranberry Salad with Fig Dressing Ingredients 1 large bag of arugula or spring mix 1 large pear, sliced (Bosc or Anjou work best) 1/2 cup dried cranberries 3 tablespoons Serious Foodie Fig/Orange Sauce and Marinade 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar (white balsamic is best) 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil. Salt and pepper 1/8 pound feta, crumbled Optional:  1/2 cup walnuts, chopped Directions In a large salad bowl, combine the arugula or spring mix, sliced pears, and cranberries. Whisk together the Serious Foodie Fig Sauce, vinegar, and salt & pepper.  Slowly whisk in the olive oil. Dress the salad, as desired, and toss. Add the feta cheese and optional walnuts, and toss again before serving

Mini-Eggplant Recipe

We found these little beauties at our local farmer's market this weekend, and we had to come up with a cool and easy recipe to share.  These baby eggplants like to be stuffed, and are in fact the perfect size for this technique. Being as small as they are, the outer shell of the eggplant cooks completely as the filling cooks so no prior prep or precooking is needed before they are stuffed. They're less than 4 inches in diameter (called "Nubia" eggplants), and probably the best tasting mini variety. Our recipe is a slight variation on classic Italian cooking, which includes the flesh removed from the eggplants, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggs, cheese - and a bit of pancetta.  Since you can serve this at room temperature, this dish is an elegant touch to any party, even a tailgate event. 3.2.2925 Mini-Eggplant Recipe Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 50 mins Serves: 4 servings Use your imagination to create variations on this recipe, such as substituting in feta cheese for Pecarino and mint instead of the oregano Ingredients 4 to 6 baby eggplants 3 tablespoons olive oil 1/2 medium onion, Peeled & [...]

It’s Taco Tuesday!

Ever since we saw the Lego Movie, we’ve been celebrating Taco Tuesday.  First, because it’s fun.  Second, because it can be very creative & delicious (which also is fun). There was a wonderful article in the Wall Street Journal by Elizabeth G. Dunn (we love her writing) where she chronicles the comeback of the taco (click HERE to connect to her article).  As she states, “… gastronomy’s top echelon has plunged into a state of intense taco-consciousness.”  So in homage to this new taco-consciousness, we present one of the recipes from the WSJ article, as well as two of our own, including our favorite veggie taco recipe.  You can also find our delicious Mexican Mole Pulled Pork Tacos by clicking HERE. Tacos with Green Chile Sauce Prep time: 15 mins Cook time: 30 mins Total time: 45 mins Serves: Serves 4 Here we use the Hatch Chile Sauce from The Serious Foodie – but you can substitute any green chile sauce into this recipe. Ingredients 1 full boneless chicken breast, sliced into cutlets (to see a simple article from Serious Eats on how to prepare the cutlets, click HERE). 2 tablespoons or more of spice rub (we used the Serious […]

Simple Pulled Chicken

A favorite at any party, tail-gate, or picnic is pulled meat – chicken, pork, beef, or even lamb.  For great, flavorful pulled meat, there is the long way (sitting in front of your favorite smoker), or the short way. We have tested a number of techniques to create some wonderful BBQ-style chicken, pork, or beef recently using some of the Serious Foodie sauces (click HERE to check out all our products).  The folks that tasted our final product raved about the flavors, so we wanted to share our simple recipe with you.  This dish comes together in a snap, and stays true to the Serious Foodie mantra of easy, delicious, and healthy gourmet at home. The featured image shows pulled chicken with the Mango/Aji Amarillo sauce,  but you can also use the Peruvian Blood Orange/Aji Panca sauce, Hatch Chile sauce, Pomegranate grill sauce, New Zealand grill sauce, or the Mexican Mole. This recipe works perfectly with one of our fresh slaw recipes – click HERE.  We love the Asian slaw with the Mango pulled chicken shown in the featured image.  We used a very nice carrot slaw for the Mexican Pulled Chicken sandwich. Simple Pulled Chicken – The Serious Foodie […]

Serious Foodie Meat Chili

Chili is a favorite of pot-luck parties, and tailgate parties, or simmering dish that makes the house smell wonderful - and our Serious Foodie recipe, which we've perfected over the years, is no exception.  Using the Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce (click HERE to order on-line), this recipe is a no-fuss chili that always has our friends coming back for seconds. It's a slightly spicy complex sauce that should please any chili perfectionist. If meat isn't your thing, then we have an equally great vegetarian version:  click HERE. Or, if you have some turkey or chicken hanging out in your frig, try our version of turkey chili - click HERE. Serious Foodie Meat Chili Author: Mr. Serious Foodie You can substitute ground turkey or chicken for a lighter version. Add some of your favorite hot sauce, or jalapenos, to pump up the heat. Ingredients 1 to 1.5 pounds ground beef 4 tablespoons safflower oil (or any other neutral tasting oil) 1½ cups diced sweet yellow onions 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers (add some jalapenos for a bit more heat) 1 medium to large carrot, diced 2 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice 2 [...]

Slaw Is Not Just Cabbage

Coleslaw is found at almost every outdoor meal - but mostly it's the typical soggy mayonnaise-dressed, cabbage-centric boring stuff you can find in any grocery store by the pint or quart. For us, we needed to dig into the foundation of what salw means, and how we can make it fun, and a bit healthier. There is actually no real definition of the word "slaw" - but it seems to mean shredded raw vegetables, in general.  So that's where we'll start. Beet Slaw We have the Serious Foodie version of slaw that we've used at many events, using carrots, raw beets, and fresh yellow peppers - then dressed it with our amazing Serious Foodie Blood Orange/Aji Panca dressing made from one of our sauces (click HERE for the recipe).  Also check out the really great Quinoa and Roasted Corn salad, which is almost a slaw by our definition (click HERE for the recipe). In this article, we present a few of our favorite combinations.  Think about using any of these combinations at your next BBQ event, or take it along the your next tailgate party. The Slaw Primer It's actually quite simple.   Just pick one or more for each category: THE [...]

Pork Spare Ribs with Pomegranate Glaze

There are more recipes for making ribs than hot sauce brands.  Folks have fights over dry rubs, wet rubs, mop sauces, finishing sauces, to smoke or not to smoke, etc.....but all we wanted were tasty ribs without baby-sitting a smoldering fire all day.  We know this is a sacrilege to the pit masters, but if we want authentic slow smoked ribs, there are plenty of places to get take-out without wasting all day. We've tried many variations on fuss-free ribs, especially if we need to make a bunch of other food for a party/tailgate.   The cooking science was all essentially the same - a slow cooking method with a bit of acid (vinegar, lemon, lime) and salt was needed to break down the tough connective tissue.  Flavor can be infused before, during, and after slow cooking. We used a braising step followed by a grilling step to get the right texture, and maximize flavor, featuring two of our favorite ingredients: beer and the Serious Foodie gourmet sauces. If you want a bit of extra flavor, you can dry-rub the ribs (Serious Foodie Kentucky Bourbon Rub was our favorite), wrap in plastic, and refrigerate overnight. We also tried a pressure cooker [...]