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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Chimichanga By Santiago Jim

Esto es fantástica cena!!

 Jaime here!

Anyone that knows me knows that I am an absolute fan of just about any Mexican food. Because we cook so much for ourselves and the show, there are not many restaurants that really I die to go out for, except… Mexican!! What more than you can ask for than going out being served immediately fresh hot chips, salsa, and then an iced on the rocks jumbo Rita! And I don’t even have to leave my chair!

One of the great things about Mexican food is that is similar in concept to Italian or Mediterranean peasant food meaning with the right know how, simple inexpensive food can be culinary masterpieces. Lest face it, flour and tomatoes?? it does not get any more cheap and easy than that, but try to make gourmet Italian food and you will quickly understand there is a lot of knowledge necessary in order to craft such fine dishes. A lot of that knowledge is knowing not what to do, but what NOT to do. The KISS theory often works well in cooking, Keep It Simple Stupid. This was one of my father’s favorite sayings’.

So, the fact is you can make gourmet Mexican dishes right at home and it is the best company dish period. No doubt Mexican food has loads of flavor and fun while usually being inexpensive to make.

Here is the recipe for a great Mexican Dinner that I fixed up here in Cedar Key Florida, all ingredients are easy and you can tamper with the taste how you like.

Chimichanga Dinner at Home. You will need: Seasoned large cast iron skillet, ground beef or chicken or both, spring onion, cumin, garlic fresh and powdered, coarse black pepper, sea salt, fresh jalapeño peppers, olive oil, sugar, crushed dried red pepper, fresh flour and corn tortillas from the market or home made, fresh parsley, canned whole tomatoes, red wine vinegar, cilantro, cilantro, fresh veggies, tomato, 5 limes avocado, black olives, and some good sour cream. Tools-Spatula that is plastic, tongs, a large bowl, baking dish, and lots of paper towels.

First up SALSA!!!

This recipe is my fav and is a variation of the Border Café salsa and the salsa you would get at Plaza Azteca. This is the basic mix, vary how you like.

In a bowl add:
Three cans whole tomatoes and crush by hand
Three chopped fresh spring onion
One teaspoon crushed red peper
One cup fresh chopped parsley
Three cups fresh cut cilantro
Juices of three limes, or more
Two teaspoons sea salt
One teaspoon course black pepper
One half cup of olive oil
One quarter cup of red wine vinegar
One chopped Jalapeno (cut very small)
10 leaves cut small of Culantro
5frech cut garlic cloves
Two teaspoons garlic powder
One cup of water
Dash of sugar

Mix everything together cover and chill. Then serve close to room temperature.

NOTE: It is good to make a lot of this salsa because it keeps very well in the fridge and goes good with just about everything. Try this the next morning for breakfast, cook one egg anyway you like, place in corn tortilla with some melted cheddar, fold, then garnish with some of this salsa! WOW!

Fresh CHIPS!

IMPORTANT, I can not stress this enough, LISTEN UP! Once you start frying your toritllias give it your full attention and DO NOT LET YOURSELF GET DISTRACTED OR YOU WILLL BE SORRY!!!

Seriously, tell everyone in the room to leave you alone, don’t talk to you, and have total attention to what you are doing. Trust me on this and…… don’t even ask why, I have made enough mistake in the kitchen and have the scars to prove it!

Take your homemade or market purchased corn and flour tortillas. I use both. Some people like the fluffier four tortilla fried, others prefer the corn. Both are authentic and both good. I will usually do the yellow corn as the main chip, then fry flour for serving with dinner as a side.

Heat your cast iron skillet and have your plastic tongs and spatch ready. Also have a baking tray set aside with lots of paper towels ready to be used as a drain. You will have the salt and pepper nearby because as you take the chips out of the skillet to drain you will lightly season with salt and pepper, but LIGHTLY! Very little S&P but some.

Once your oil is up to temp, start frying your quarter cut tortillas and place them in the skillet. This is going to go quickly, maybe only a minute on each side or just until they brown a little. That is it. Then quickly remove them and place on paper towel drain. Season, then transfer to a big bowl lined with paper towels for serving.

MAKE YOUR OWN TACO SHELLS AND CHALLUPS.

With the spatch hold a tortilla halved in the hot oil for a minute or two. Then flip and do the other side while keeping the sides separate using your tong. This is NOT hard to do and if you mess one up, it makes for a great large chip. DO NOT EAT BOXED TACO SHELLS!!! YUUUUUUUK! For the chalupas simply fry on each side.

FILLING, Beef or Chicken, even Seafood.

What ever you feel like or do what I do and buy what is on sale. No mater what you decide basically you are going to pre cook your filling and set aside. You can do this the day before or simply in another fry pan. I do it all during the dinner hour and use the same cast iron skillet making the entire meal a one pot dish. It is easy, just cook your filling first in the skillet, then a quick rinse and dry, then fill with oil and cook the chips and main course.

When you cook your filling the sky is the limit, however I use these simple ingredients no matter what the meat is. For this recipe, we will just do a simple ground beef.

Cook the beef in the skillet and drain the fat. Now add close to a cup of your home made salsa, and equal parts of powdered garlic, cumin, and black pepper. Dash of sea salt and half cup of water and juice of four limes.. Cook and let simmer. During the last 10 minutes add a dash of flour as a thickener, mix, and let rest.

There are times I will do both beef and chicken. The thing is when ever I make these dinners there are so many leftovers we eat like kings for the next week!

STUFF IT!

Take your large flour tortillas and wet all the edges and where ever you will fold with water. Fill the center of the tortilla and fold then set aside. Basically you are just making a burrito at this point. 

Next simply pan fry the Chimichanga in the skillet a few minutes on each side or until golden brown.

Finish off in the oven at 350 degrees with melted cheese if you like. I only bake them for an additional 10 minutes or so.

SERVE IT UP!

I like to serve this with a side of black beans and all the regular fav’s like fresh sliced avocado, lettuce, tomato, salsa, black olives, etc.

This is not a hard dish to make but you do want to be careful when frying the chips because it all happens fast and you need to be on your toes. One other thing, get a lot of tortillas. A lot of your guest will have never had fresh home made hot tortillas right off the skillet and especially with that awesome home made salsa. The chips go FAST! So be prepared and have plenty on hand to cook. The left over chips hold up fantastic in the fridge and we snack on them for days.

TIPS: This is one of those dishes where there really are no short cuts. When doing Mexican dinners I have had nice friends bring bagged chips bought from the store and I politely told them to take it back or use it to feed there dog or maybe brim or carp in the local pond. There is no substitute for fresh home made skillet fried chips with home made salsa. Once you experience this food, there will be no turning back. If your dinner guest want to bring something, as long as it is in a bottle and it is NOT store bought salsa, you should be in good shape.

Adios El  Hombre!

from Cedar Key Florida!!


Jaime Baugh


PS, notes on oil-


Canola oil was first introduced in the 1970s for home cooking and is made from seeds of the canola plant. It’s a great oil to have in your pantry because it is very versatile.
Flavor – Plain and mild
Smoke point* - 400 degrees F
Uses – Sautéing, baking, frying, marinating
Quick tip: Heat 2 tablespoons of canola oil with ¼ cup popcorn kernels in a pot for stovetop popcorn!

MY FAV AND BEST FOR YOU! OLIVE OIL!
Note: People shy away form olive oil for frying because of the expense. What I do is by in bulk and REUSE all oil I use for frying Tortilla chips. I keep a container in the fridge all the time and reuse. This REALLY helps to keep cost down, p[l olive oil is simply good for you and better for you than any other oil. Plus it is the best taste. Sometimes I will mix with a little canola. Overall, I use olive oil anytime I use oil.

Olive oil is a heart healthy staple of the Mediterranean diet and is made from ripe olives. “Extra virgin” is made from the first pressing of olives. “Light” olive oil is lighter in flavor and color but has the same amount of calories as extra-virgin.
Flavor – Extra virgin olive oil: fruity, tangy, bold. Light olive oil: mild
Smoke point: Extra virgin: 400 degrees F. Light: 450 degree F
Uses – Grilling, sautéing, roasting, spreads for breads, base for Italian, Greek and Spanish dishes
Quick tip – Drizzle extra virgin olive oil on top of soups, toasted bread, rice and pasta dishes for a rich flavor.

Peanut oil is made from shelled peanuts and is popular in Asian dishes as well as Southern cooking.
Flavor – Nutty yet mild
Smoke point: 450 degrees F
Uses – Stir-frying, roasting, deep frying, baking
Quick tip – If you have a blender, make homemade peanut butter! Blend 1 cup shelled peanuts and 2 tablespoons peanut oil.
  
Vegetable oil is usually made from a combination of corn, soybeans and/or sunflower seeds and is another great oil to have on hand because it can be used for many different cooking techniques.
Flavor – Plain and mild
             Smoke point: 450 degrees F
             Uses: Sautéing, baking, frying, marinating


Friday, June 13, 2014

No Knead Bread anywhere, anytime, anyplace. The best "to go" bread recipe

Right now I am traveling and have landed in Cedar Key Florida. I brought along with the two cats, Donna, and a ton of production gear, and of all things my starter. I figured I would try some bread recipes while on location for a while.


This no knead recipe is one that requires no special tools, flour, or yeast. The dutch oven that is so often used for baking this bread, is no where to be found. So I improvised. I found a cooking pot and aluminum foil and away I went.

You will need one pack of yeast, four cups of flour, and for this recipe I used one cup of proofed starter and a little over a cup of water. Through in three tabelspoons of extra Virgin olive oil and a teaspoon of sea salt. Mix everything up and fold on a flour surface into a ball.
 
Now do this in the morning so the dough can rise all day, at night place the dough covered in the fridge. In the morning punch down and let sit out all day to rise again. Bake in the afternoon.

Pre heat oven to 450 with the pot inside the oven. Be sure to use heavy duty pot holders so you won’t burn yourself. I also place a steam tray in the oven, it is just a pan with water in it. This keeps the oven humid and will help crust up the bread towards the end of baking.
Rise in a warm place
Use a steam bath,  tray with water in it.
 
Use foil for a lid. "Fake Dutch Oven"
Once oven is at temp, take out the pot and place the dough inside. I rubbed a little olive oil on the top of the dough then scored it twice, covered with foil, then placed in oven.

After thirty minutes, take off foil and bake another 15 minutes, then your done.

This is so simple and makes delicious bread. If you don’t have a sour dough starter I suggest starting one. I use mine every time I bake, the flavor is fantastic.


So when traveling you don’t need to take the pantry, just pick up some cheap flour, water, salt, yeast and a little olive oil and you are set to have some of the best bred in the world. It is hard to mess this recipe up!!

Chow and enjoy!
Jim Baugh
JBO TV

Author of HOOKED

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jim's Galley Update, Anniversary 25th Show 2014

Hi Folks!!
Just a quick note, we are posting here one of our two 25th anniversary shows that will be broadcast by July 2014. This feature highlights the Outer Banks of North Carolina and WOW did we film some fantastic new recipes or which we will be soon posting here. Check out the link below for a great tour of OBX that includes some awesome offshore fishing footage.

Thanks everyone for their continued support and hope you continue to enjoy Jim's Galley Blog and Jim Baugh Outdoors TV. Please like Jim Baugh Outdoors on Facebook and catch up on all the latest.

Godspeed and Chow!
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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Lobster birthday dinner for two recipe.


As recipe’s go I don’t think this one could be any more simple. We love Lobster however it is not something we can afford to do on a regular basis. Lobster is not native to our area so there is no going down to the docks and buying them off the boats.

A lot of people here in the Mid-Atlantic will put different spices in the boil and that is what I was going to do with this dish. Before cooking for Donnas’ birthday I called a friend of mine who lives in Maine and ask him what do the locals do up there. He said simply steam or boil in water with sea salt. That is it. If cooking potatoes, place them in first because they will take longer to cook. For these size Lobsters I only needed to steam them for around 25 minutes.


One thing that I did do was to add one cup of white wine into the sea salt and water mix. The Lobsters went in first, then during the last eight minutes of cooking I added the clams, shrimp, and corn.

This was served up with a garlic butter and white wine reduction.


The best advice I can give for cooking Lobster is do not mess it up by adding a ton of spices like Old Bay. The meat is so good, it really does not need anything else. Other tips, buy hard shell Lobsters you will find they have more meat in them. Some say the soft shell is sweeter meat but my friends of Maine say no, go for the hard shell.


You can put what you like in the boil, our fav was simply Lobster with 50 clams, corn and shrimp. Whatever you like and can get fresh. If I had a crayfish supplier I would throw them in the mix as well.

Purchasing Lobsters may be your biggest challenge. They are pricey and for good reason. I was still a member of a restaurant supply company from back when I had my BBQ smoke house, I got these crustations from them at wholesale. If you shop the discount clubs you probably can find a deal on some frozen tails.


Lastly one of the great things about cooking this boil is the leftover stock. Use it for making seafood soups and you will thank me!!


Chow, and happy birthday Donna!

Jim Baugh
JBO TV