Monthly Archives: December 2012

Seafood Dinners Made in a Jiffy

Are you planning a dinner for your loved ones? Want to make the dinner memorable? If the answer to these questions is yes then you should try out seafood recipes. Seafood, if well prepared tastes fantastic and can win over anyone.

Seafood has a very delicate taste and tastes good only if it is seasoned right and cooked with ingredients that enhance the flavor of the seafood. Seafood is not restricted to different kinds of fish but also includes shrimp, crab, mussels, oysters, clams, squid, lobsters, prawns and many more. So, if you are deciding on that perfect dinner menu you might want to include some delectable seafood dishes.

For fantastic seafood dinner ideas you could consider:

Herbed Salmon
Drizzle the salmon with plenty of herbs like, dill weed, parsley, tarragon and chives and a lovely buttery lemon sauce.

Crispy Catfish with Apple-Celery Slaw
The catfish is first pan-fried and served with a crunchy slaw with a dressing of mayo, honey and lemon juice.

Shrimp with Peppers & Corn
This is a one-dish dinner that is spiced up with chili-0seasoned tomatoes and smoky cumin.

Coconut Shrimp with Mango Sauce
This is a quick meal your family will love and enjoy. All you have to do is dip the shrimp in a delicious mango sauce and shredded coconut.

Shrimp Boil on a Stick
This is a kabob idea styled dish which consists of jumbo shrimps, new potatoes, sweet corn and sausages. It can be made in less than an hour.

There are many such ideas that can make your dinners special. You can cook up lobster delicacies and the best part is that you won’t have to wake up at the crack of dawn to go shopping for the freshest of seafood. You can now buy seafood online from online seafood stores.

These stores offer a huge range of seafood. They also sell ready to cook meals. So, if you have a dinner planned but no time to cook, you can order these ready to cook meals and prepare the dinner in a matter of seconds.

These sites are very convenient for working professionals. All you have to do is log on, select your seafood, pay online and have it delivered to your doorstep in a promised time frame. So, now you can plan dinners without worrying about how you are going to buy the seafood. These stores are affordable and popular.

A Delicious Cowboy Rib Eye Steak to Please Your Taste-Buds

When it comes to gorging on beef you hardly look here and there because you remain too engrossed with its taste; so much so that you have almost made it a point to have steaks every weekend. Be it get-togethers, birthday parties or anniversaries you almost make it a point to include beef in the list; interestingly your family is also fond of steaks.

Now that your husband has special likings for cowboy rib-eye cuts you want to prepare a creamy rib-eye delicacy. Rib eye cuts are utterly delicious so much so that he almost seems to drown in its rich flavor.

Now, here goes the pan roasted cowboy rib-eye recipe in Swiss chard:

  • Fresh rosemary, 1 sprig
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Fresh Thyme, 4 sprigs
  • Freshly ground pepper and kosher salt
  • Large rib eye steaks (16-18 oz each)

Ingredients for bread crumbs topping:

  • Butter, 1 tablespoon
  • Virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon
  • Thyme, 2 sprigs
  • Thinly sliced garlic cloves, 2-3
  • Rosemary (leaves removed), 2 sprigs
  • Thyme, 2 sprigs
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Bread crumbs, 1 cup
  • Pepper and salt for taste

Creamed chard

  • Swiss chard (leaves removed and stem chopped), 1 bunch
  • Bay leaves, 2
  • Heavy cream, 2 cups
  • Garlic cloves, 2-3
  • Fresh rosemary, 2 sprigs
  • Thyme, 4 sprigs
  • Grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper for taste
  • Juiced lemon, 1

Preparation
Place a cast iron pan over medium high flame on an oven. Add around 2 counts of virgin olive oil and then add thyme and rosemary. When the herbs begin to crackle, their flavor will infuse in the oil. Next, remove herbs and place them on a tissue lined plate. After this, start with the seasoning of rib eye steaks. Season each side with kosher salt and pepper and then, add them in the pan and brown them. It will take around 4 minutes for the browning. Next, turn the rib eye steaks and insert the pan inside a preheated oven, say on the bottom-most shelf (it will take around 12 minutes for a medium rare). For medium it will take around 2 minutes more.

Next, place a sauté pan on an oven over medium heat. After this, add around a tablespoon of virgin olive oil and some butter. After the butter melts, add the rosemary and thyme leaves and then, the bread crumbs. Stir to make a mixture. After the bread crumbs become toasted, add some pepper and salt for seasoning.

Now, for the Swiss chard cream, you will need to add cream in a saucepan along with thyme, rosemary, bay leaves and garlic. Make sure that the heat allowed to the sauce pan is medium. Next simmer until the mixture reduces and becomes thick. Blanch the leaves in salted water and wait till they turn wilted. Remove the Swiss chard from water and drain it with a strainer. Remove any excess water from Swiss chard with paper towels. After this, set it aside at normal temperature.

When you are ready remove garlic and herbs from the cream and enfold the cream with Swiss chard. Add the parmesan cheese and season the mixture with pepper and salt.
After the steaks done remove them from oven and allow them to rest; say for about 5 minutes. Top the steaks with creamy Swiss chard and garnish with toasted bread crumbs and lime juice. Season the dish with salt.

Enjoy Christmas with Delicious seafood Delicacies

Planning your Christmas party is one of the most important tasks this winter. So, the most important thing to remember is that one of the things guests love to remember a party by is the food. If the quality of food is not up to the mark, they will not be talking about it into the New Year, but if it’s delicious, they will be begging for an invite the next year too.

Seafood has off late become a huge popularity among guests of all age groups. It is also the finest source of proteins, minerals and acids. It is also one of the most popular food items that people like to cook in different ways as per their taste and preferences. This is why there are a wide number of seafood recipes popular all across the world. Here are some tips on planning the perfect seafood dinner during Christmas:

  • Starters – For starters, a real Christmas treat could be a shrimp cocktail with a crab salad accompanied with wine.
  • Main Course – The main course can comprise a variety of tasty seafood items like crabs, lobsters and squid. Lobster bisque is renowned throughout the world. It contains Worcestershire sauce, Tabasco sauce, shallots chopped green onions, garlic cloves, dried thyme, white wine and dry sherry, which make it even more delicious and special. It is served smooth and creamy. Most of the people prefer it for grand occasions like Christmas celebration. When it comes to squid it is the finest seafood item. Most people like to have fried salt and pepper squid. It contains special ingredients like vegetable oil, sea salt, green onions, corn flour, red chili, and black peppercorns. It really gives unique taste and is a party favorite.
  • Desserts – Desserts are the most sought after part of any party menu. Seeking out holistic Christmas desserts may appear to be seeking oases in a barren desert. It is necessary to serve cakes and cookies which go hand in hand with Christmas like a light dessert such as the Strawberry-Rhubarb Angel Torte after such rich seafood. It contains grated orange peel, fresh rhubarb, granulated sugar, orange juice, fresh strawberries and ricotta cheese. It is sure to end your party on a sweet note.

Seafood has unprecedented health benefits too. It highly reduces serious health issues and also offers vital minerals, proteins and vitamins. People looking for healthier protein options often switch to these unique and tasty seafood species. For extra seafood delicacies, people prefer crabs, shrimps, lobster, squids and tuna and Pollock fishes.

Therefore, if you are planning to arrange a Christmas party this year at your own place, you can plan a seafood dinner for the Christmas Eve.

A Jingling Recipe for a Colorful Christmas

The sea is endless and so are the recipes that use sea picks; agree or not? A typical Christmas lunch or dinner will not exactly include sea picks for the menu; but nowadays we are literally craving for seafood that tastes yummy and makes healthy treats. So why not include seafood for a very special Christmas treat? If your heart is craving for it then just go ahead and make plans for a different Christmas menu.

Keeping beef, turkeys and pork aside, you can plan for something oceanic, something freshly picked and cooked from the seas. From fish, lobsters and crabs to scallops, oysters and squids you can lay your hands on any of them.. and of course if you are a bit allergic towards squids and crabs you can go ahead with fish.

Are you finding it tough to narrow down on your list of choices on sea fish recipes? You can rely on this succulent Thai preparation with pickled cucumber. Look at the ingredients given below:

  • Fish fillets, 800gms
  • Chopped coriander, 2tbs
  • Seeded and chopped birdseye chillies, 2
  • Lebanese cucumber (halved lengthwise), 3
  • Thinly sliced shallots, 2
  • Crushed garlic, 1 clove
  • Brown sugar, 1tbs
  • Fish sauce, 1tbs
  • Coriander leaves, 1 cup
  • Coriander leaves, 1cup
  • Lime juice, 1/4th cup
  • Vegetable oil, 2tbsp
  • Steamed long grain rice with lime wedges

Take a food processor and process the fish until the same becomes a paste. Now, take a large bowl and transfer the fish paste inside it. Add the garlic and chopped chili alongside the chopped coriander. Now, season the mixture with pepper and salt. Next, take the mixture and shape it evenly into pieces resembling that of cakes.

Take a teaspoon and eliminate the seeds from within. After removing the seeds slice it up in thin slices in a diagonal pattern. Place shallots, cucumbers, lime juice, remaining chili, sugar and fish sauce in a medium sized bowl. Cover the mixture and refrigerate it for the time it is ready for serving. Stir coriander leaves with the mixture.

Take a non-stick frying pan and heat oil over medium flame. Cook the fish cakes for 2 minutes (note: this 2minutes span is meant for each side of a cake). Fry until the fish cakes turn golden and are evenly done. Drain the fish cakes, in tissue, and serve the same with steamed rice, pickled cucumber and lime wedges; and even if you are unable to prepare the food at home you can enjoy Christmas in best seafood corner.