Category: Food

Super Ideas for Your Super Party

Super Bowl parties – or any time you bring a group of friends together – doesn’t need to mean lots of time in the kitchen, or a quick run to the local take-out place. It’s pretty easy to pump up your parties with some simple tricks, using flavorful ingredients. Take popcorn, for instance.  We did an article on why you should make your own, and why everyone will rave about your popcorn (click HERE).  And you can pull the same trick with any nut mixture, Chex, etc (click HERE).  Just take some unsalted nuts and/or Chex, toss with some healthy oil (we prefer sunflower), then toss with your favorite spice rub from the Serious Foodie .  Bake at 250 deg for 1 hour, tossing every 15 minutes. How about the world’s easiest fancy finger food –   crostini (or bruschetta; click HEREfor an explanation about the differences).   We featured a crostini recipe with brie, arugula, and Serious Foodie Fig/Orange sauce  (click HERE), along with links to other websites for other crostini recipes.  Check out these cool crostini recipes: Kale & White Bean (click HERE), Sweet Potato & Feta (click HERE), Radish & Miso Butter (click HERE), and Smoked Trout & Apple (click HERE). And the […]

Vegetarian Chile with Serious Food Hatch Chile Sauce

A Great Super Bowl Recipe – We are always looking for simple & healthy dishes with an upscale taste – especially for parties.  Here we prepare a green vegetarian chili that is as tasty and satisfying as any meat-based chili we have cooked. The use of diced portabello mushrooms gives a meaty texture to the chili, and the corn gives natural sweetness and crunch.  The Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Cooking Sauce makes this recipe a cinch to put together – with a spicy complex flavor that should please any chili perfectionist. Looking for a meat green chile recipe?  Click HERE. Vegetarian Chile with Serious Food Hatch Chile Sauce Author: Mr. Serious Foodie Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 1 hour 15 mins Serves: Serves 4 to 6 Serve this hearty chili with brown rice or hearty bread. Ingredients 4 tablespoons safflower oil (or any other neutral tasting oil) 1 1/2 cups diced sweet yellow onions 1 cup chopped red and/or yellow bell peppers 1 medium to large carrot, diced 1 medium summer squash, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice 2 medium zucchini, stem ends trimmed and cut into small dice 1 1/2 pounds portobello […]

Meatless Deliciousness – Swiss Chard Enchiladas

You  don’t need a pantry-full of stuff to make this packed-full-of-flavor, healthy vegetarian dish.  Try making up a lot of extra Swiss chard, using it for morning omelettes the next day.  Eliminate the crema and cheese, or use a vegan version, to make this dish vegan.  Use a pure corn tortilla to make it a gluten-free dish. ———————————————————————————————————- Swiss Chard Enchiladas TOTAL TIME: 30 minutes SERVES: 4 Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce (Click HERE to order) 2-3 medium cloves garlic – minced ¾ cups crema or sour cream 6-8 cups Swiss chard (2 bunches), ribs removed and leaves roughly chopped Sea salt Black pepper ¾ cup canola oil 12 corn tortillas 1½ cups Oaxacan or Monterey Jack cheese, coarsely grated ⅓ cup queso fresco, crumbled Lime wedges, for serving Cilantro 1. Make filling: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add garlic to pan, then sauté until aromatic and lightly golden, about 1 minute. Add chard and salt and pepper to taste, then sauté until leaves wilt but retain their bite, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat, stir in Oaxaca cheese, 1 cup of the Serious Foodie Hatch Chile Sauce, and season to taste. 2. Fill a small pot […]

Sicilian-Style Pasta with Cauliflower

Sicilian-Style Pasta with Cauliflower We came across a package of tri-colored cauliflower, and we got inspired to find a recipe that was a bit different than our usual steamed, roasted, or sauteed cauliflower.  We wanted to highlight the color and flavor of these amazing looking vegetables, and create a satisfying main dish that fits our new vegetarian diet. This recipe uses the Sicilian concept of sweet/spicy/salt/sour.  And it’s simple, and delicious.  Even though Calabria is not strictly Sicilian, we add some of the Serious Foodie Calabrian Pepper Relish to spice up the dish – the Sicilians also love their spicy peppers. Print Recipe Sicilian-Style Pasta with Cauliflower The real trick to this recipe, and most pasta recipes, is to make sure that the pasta is cooked a bit less than al dente. Adding the pasta to the sauce, and simmering for 5 minutes, will infuse a lot of flavor into the pasta. Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Course Main Dish Cuisine Italian Prep Time 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings people MetricUS Imperial Ingredients 3/4 lbs. Whole grain pasta We use the Ancient Grains version with brown rice and quinoa.1 tablespoons Kosher sea salt1/4 cup Extra […]

Rigatoni with Broccoflower, Tuna, and Lemon Ragout

We were inspired by a recipe printed in the Wall Street Journal (issue 3/1/20) by Chef Philip Krajeck (Rolf and Daughters and Folk, Nashville TN visited by Serious Foodie Nov 2019) who uses a bunch of simple, easily obtainable ingredients to make an elegant healthy dish. Rigatoni with Cauliflower, Tuna, and Lemon Ragout Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe This easy recipe uses easy to get ingredients, and simple techniques to create a truly outstanding, delicious healthy-ish meal. CuisineItalian Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Rigatoni with Cauliflower, Tuna, and Lemon Ragout Votes: 0 Rating: 0 You: Rate this recipe! Print Recipe This easy recipe uses easy to get ingredients, and simple techniques to create a truly outstanding, delicious healthy-ish meal. CuisineItalian Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Servings Prep Time 4 people 15 minutes Cook Time 30 minutes Ingredients 1 head broccoflower florets and tender stalks cut into 1/2 inch pieces 5 cloves garlic thinly slice 3 cloves, peel the other 2 1/2 cup olive oil 2 pieces bread, toasted Tear or cut into […]

Diet with Paleo or Veggie?

Paleo or vegetarian? It’s a hard choice when trying to lose some weight, and wanting to maintain a healthy diet (we’re not going to be making any value judgments on meat versus vegetables here). We tried a strict vegetarian diet – and lost hardly any weight. Too many legumes and grains drove our carb load up. It’s not impossible, just hard. But we’re not knocking the veggie/vegan trend at all, but we just need to lose a few pounds. And many of us do like our meat. Here’s our compromise: 3 days vegetarian, 3 days paleo. We leave one day for “cheating”, adding maybe a bit of carb. So far, so good. After a few weeks, we’re down a few pounds. When we do our vegetarian thing, we absolutely need and want flavor. But without adding much in the way of calories. So here’s a few tricks: • Use sauces. Lots of flavor packed into a small amount of calories. Our favorites are Serious Foodie Korean sauce and sriracha (the natural, organic stuff if you can find it). • Flavored oils and vinegars. If you like mushroom, then drizzle a bit of truffle oil over anything. Not cheap stuff, but […]

Homemade Pizza – Not Hard At All!

We love pizza, especially fresh out of the oven.  So, how better to impress your football-loving friends than with your own homemade pizza, fresh out of your oven? Making pizza at home is a lot easier than you might think.  The task requires only a few ingredients which can be prepared a day ahead.  And you can add whatever toppings you might want – and it will be a whole lot more fun than the local delivery joint. Our major revision to this post is the way we handle making pizza dough.  It’s super easy, and it is almost fool-proof.  We are using the method we saw on Christopher Kimball’s Milk Street show (click HERE to see the original post), which comes together in minutes. Our favorite party idea:  Have guests bring their favorite ingredients – then mix & match. Here’s a quick primer on what to do, with a few of our favorite recipes. What You’ll Need The tools you’ll need for homemade pizza can be found in some grocery stores, specialty kitchen ware stores (for example, Sur la Table), and Amazon.com. While you can use a sheet pan, a pizza stone is really the best for getting a […]

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 […]

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, 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. 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 tablespoons minced garlic 2 cups fresh corn kernels (about 3 ears; you can grill the corn first for extra flavor). Salt and pepper 1 bottle Serious Foodie [...]