Not Your Typical Meat and Potatoes…

I think foodies like like to believe that they coined the term and the concept of fusion foods. But the reality is that fusion foods have been around for centuries if not millennia. And this weeks recipe is really a classic example of what happens when two cultures combine techniques and ingredients to create a whole new food experience. Lomo Saltado is a Peruvian dish that exemplifies fusion cooking. Beef is seasoned with soy sauce and vinegar, paprika and cumin. Then its stir fried in a wok along with onions, roma tomatoes and french fries. It all comes together for some rib stickin’ comfort food.

Lomo Saltado

serves 4

1 lb flank steak cut into thin strips

1 lb Cooked French fries.

¼ cup soy sauce

2 TBS white vinegar

½ cup chicken stock

1 TBS Aji Amarillo Paste *

1 medium sized onion cut into. thin wedges

1 yellow bell pepper cut into thin strips

3 Roma Tomatoes seeded and cut into wedges

¼ tsp paprika

½ tsp cumin

2 scallions chopped

1 clove of garlic minced

2 TBS cooking oil

salt and pepper to taste

In a medium sized bowl combine salt and pepper, cumin, paprika, soy sauce, aji amarillo paste and vinegar. Add in the sliced beef and set aside to marinade for about 15 minutes. In a large wok over medium high heat, heat up 1 TBS cooking oil until it shimmers add the chopped scallions and garlic, Drain the beef but retain the liquid and place the beef into the hot wok an stir until the meat has browned on all sides. Remove the meat and set aside. Add the other TBS of oil to the wok and add in the onions and yellow bell pepper, cook until the onions become translucent. Add the meat back into the wok along with the reserved marinade and stock. Turn down the wok to medium and let the sauce reduce by half. Add the French fries and tomatoes and let the fries and tomatoes warm back up, which will take about a minute. Its ready to serve.

Enjoy.

*Aji Amarillo Paste is available in Latin Markets, If you can’t find it, leave it out and use more yellow bell pepper.

Meal prepping and such

Shepherd’s Pie topped off with colcannon and a mix of cheddar and parmesan cheese.

We’re trying to be better about planning meals for the week, so we’re going to give meal prepping a go again. This week I made Enchilada Suiza and Shepherd’s/Cottage Pie in large 9×13 casseroles that I froze as well as single serving portions for lunches and dinners this week.

Since it’s March, and St. Patrick’s Day is a few weeks away I thought I’d share my recipe for Shepherd’s Pie/Cottage Pie. Shepherd’s Pie now  refers to a casserole with any type of meat that’s topped with mashed potatoes but traditionally Shepherd’s Pie used lamb and Cottage Pie used beef. My version of Shepherd’s Pie uses ground turkey for no other reason than that’s what we had in the house and I top my pie with colcannon, which are super buttery mashed potatoes that are combined with sautéed garlic and kale. This recipe will be enough to make two 9×13 casseroles worth of Shepherd’s Pie. Here’s the recipe.

Shepherd’s Pie Filling

3 LBS ground turkey

1 cup finely chopped onion

1 cup chopped or grated carrot

1 garlic clove finely minced

2 TBS tomato paste

2 TBS Worcestershire Sauce

salt and pepper to taste

1 TBS corn starch or flour

¾ cup chicken or beef stock

oil for cooking

In a large skillet, heat cooking oil over medium high heat until it shimmers. Add the onions, carrots and garlic to the oil and cook over medium high heat until they are soft and the onions start to turn translucent. Push the onion/carrot mixture to the side and add the ground turkey stirring frequently until the turkey browns. Add in the tomato paste, salt and pepper, and Worcestershire sauce mixing thoroughly so that the tomato paste is incorporated. Place the flour/starch into a bowl or measuring cup then add the stock. Mix with a fork until the starch/flour is dissolved. Pour into ground turkey and stir. Turn the heat down to medium low and let cook for about 5 minutes to cook the flour/starch then remove from heat and set aside.

Colcannon

3 large russet potatoes peeled and cut into1 inch cubes

2 cups chopped kale

1 clove garlic finely minced

2 scallions finely minced

1 TBS bacon fat

3 strips of bacon cooked until crispy and crumbled (reserve the bacon fat)

1 stick/8TBS of soften butter

½ cup heavy cream

4 cups grated cheddar cheese

salt and pepper to taste

1 TBS salt for bowling with the potatoes

Place the peeled and cubed potatoes in a large pot and add enough cold water so that the potatoes are just covered. Add in 1 TBS of salt and bring to a boil. Boil over high heat until the potatoes are soft when poked with a fork. This should take about 15 minutes.

While the Potatoes are cooking saute the kale, garlic in 1 TBS of bacon fat until the garlic browns and the kale starts to wilt. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

Once the potatoes are cooked, drain in a colander and then return the potatoes to the pot over medium low heat. Add the softened butter and cream and mash with a potato masher or use a hand mixer to mash. Taste for seasoning. Add in the crumbled bacon and sautéed kale and stir together.

Assembly

Preheat oven to 350F. Divide meat mixture and place into baking dishes flatten with a wood spoon. Top the meat mixture with the colcannon and then top with the grated cheese. Bake at 350F for 25 minutes until the cheese is melted. Enjoy.