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Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

Basil Pesto

These days I have an abundance of fresh basil leaves. I don’t have much of a green thumb but basil plants and I somehow get along really well. And so I am trying not to let this wonderful aromatic herb go to waste by making some basil pesto. It is quick and easy to make and, although I have not tried it myself, I have read that pesto also can be made using walnuts, unsalted cashews, almonds, pistachios and even  sunflower seeds. Besides using pesto on your pasta, it can also be used as a sandwich spread, baked into bread, add a little to your soup or marinara sauce for extra flavor. Today I am freezing mine by dropping spoonfuls into an ice cube tray. Once frozen, I pop them out of the tray and into a freezer bag for later use. Enjoy!

Basil Pesto (makes approx 1 cup)

Ingredients:

2 cups packed basil leaves

1-2 large garlic cloves

60 grams pine nuts

1/2 cup reggiano parmesan cheese, shredded and loosely packed

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

lemon juice, a big squeeze

salt to taste, a pinch

Directions:

Place basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts and cheese into a food processor and pulse until coarsely chopped. While the food processor is running, add olive oil and lemon juice. Scraping down sides, process until desired consistency. Add salt to taste.

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Karrysalat - Danish Curry Salad

Karrysalat – Danish Curry Salad

I never liked Danish Karrysalat until I made a homemade version to serve at my Danish Christmas luncheon. You may ask, why did I make it in the first place if I knew I didn’t like it. Well traditionally Karrysalat is a classic topping for marinated herring and marinated herring is a “must” at any self-respecting Danish Christmas luncheon table. And when I tasted my homemade Karrysalat I was instantly hooked because it is so much better than the store-bought kind. Like I mentioned, it’s is served with marinated herring on top of Rugbrød (dark Rye bread) but I could eat it on top of just about any kind of lunch meat. This is super delicious and I recommend that you whip up a batch immediately and enjoy. 🙂

Karrysalat

Karrysalat – Curry salad

Ingredients:

3 hard boiled eggs, diced

5 sweet Gherkins, diced (Cornichoner in Danish)

2-3 tablespoons petite diced red onion

1 small apple, diced

2 deciliter mayonaise

2 tablespoons creme fraiche

1 teaspoon curry

1/2 teaspoon dijon mustard

1/4-1/2 teaspoon sea salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

Dice eggs, gherkins, onion and apple into small pieces. Add remaining ingredients and stir gently to combine. Allow salad to rest in refrigerator for at least a couple of hours before serving. Will keep for about 1 week in refrigerator. Enjoy!

Source: adapted from Beretninger fra et autentisk landbrug

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Greek Tzatziki Sauce

I have been eyeballing the Greek Tzatziki sauce for quite some time now. Does yogurt, cucumber, garlic and dill not sound perfectly delicious to you? or does it sound a bit foreign and odd? Well I assure you that it’s a wonderful creation! If you decide to make this sauce I would recommend that you make it one day before you intend to use it. Place it in the refrigerator overnight to really allow the flavors to develop. Also, make sure to use a plain Greek yogurt which has a thicker consistency. If you decide to use regular yogurt, you’ll need to let the liquid drain from the yogurt for 2 hours before using, to get the thicker consistency.

Making Tzatziki Sauce

Tzatziki sauce of course goes perfectly with the Greek Gyro sandwich. The first time I tasted a Gyro was actually in Denmark when I was a teenager and it left a big impression on me because it was super delicious….nothing like I had ever tasted before. Since then I’ve had Gyro’s from time to time, some better than others, and I finally decided to make the Tzatziki sauce myself. This recipe is truly wonderful, even my husband who does not eat yogurt or cucumber, really liked it – imagine that! Some other uses for the Tzatziki sauce could be served with Pita wedges as an appetizer, goes well with lamb, fish, chicken, veggies and falafel. I hope you enjoy this sauce as much as we have 🙂

Greek Gyro

Ingredients:

Tzatziki Sauce:

1 english cucumber, seeded

1 teaspoon salt, to draw out liquid in cucumber

1 lb Greek yogurt, plain (1 1/2 cup or 450 grams)

1/2 lemon, juiced

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 tablespoon dill, chopped

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Gyro:

chicken, cut into bite-size pieces and cooked to your liking

onion, slice and cook until soft and sweet

Pita bread

lettuce

tomatoes

kalamate olives

feta cheese

Tzatziki Sauce

Directions:

To make Tzatziki Sauce: Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthwise and scrape out seeds using a spoon. Chop or shred cucumber and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt to draw out the liquid. Place cucumber in a sieve to drain for at least 1/2 hour. In a small bowl combine yogurt, lemon juice, garlic and dill. Once the cucumber has finished draining, add it to the yogurt mixture and give it a quick spin in the blender until you have your desired consistency. Place in refrigerator for at least 3-4 hours before serving to allow flavors to develop, or even better, leave it refrigerated overnight.

To assemble Gyro: Wrap gyro in aluminum foil and heat in toaster oven for a few minutes until warm. Add the warm chicken and onions. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, olives, feta cheese and Tzatziki sauce. Wrap loosely in foil to hold Gyro together and enjoy!

Source: adapted from Kalyn’s Kitchen

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Crab Cake Sliders

Sliders seem to be a very popular item on todays restaurant menus. They are often served as an appetizer but can certainly go over for lunch or as a light dinner. These fashionable little mini foods can be made with a variety of ingredients like oysters, pulled pork, burgers of all kinds, as a sandwich or with meatballs and….drumroll please….as mini crab cakes. I had been craving these little guys for a while and when Joe suggested we get some seafood from our local market I knew just what it was going to be. Let me tell you, these crab cake sliders are really delicious and if you make the sauce ahead of time the flavors in the sauce intensifies very nicely.

Ingredients:

Crab Cakes:

1 lb crab meat

7 saltine crackers, crumbled

1 egg, beaten

2 tbsp mayonnaise

1 tsp gray poupon mustard

1/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce

1/2 tsp old bay

1/2 tsp salt

oil for frying

Horseradish Tartar Sauce:

3 tbsp mayonnaise

2 tbsp sweet relish

1/4 – 1/2 tsp horseradish (depending on your taste)

King’s Hawaiian rolls

Directions:

Start by making Tartar Horseradish Sauce by mixing together mayonnaise, relish and horseradish in a small dish. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Beat egg, set aside.Crumble saltine crackers, set aside. Using your clean hands, gently inspect crab meat for shells and place in a bowl. Add egg, mayonnaise, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, old bay, salt and crackers. Gently mix all ingredients together and form into small 2 inch patties.

Preheat oven or toaster oven to 400 degrees F. Add oil to pan and heat to medium high heat. Brown patties on both sides, remove from pan and place on baking sheet lined with foil. Finish cooking in oven or toaster oven for 10 minutes. Add rolls to oven the last 1-2 minutes of cooking time to heat through.

Assemble crab cakes on rolls with dressing. Enjoy

Crab meat patties ready for cooking

Source: My Danish Kitchen

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Remoulade

Remoulade

Remoulade is a Danish condiment used to top off fish, hot dogs, open-faced sandwiches of varying kinds, even for dipping French Fries into. Whenever I travel back home to Denmark, Remoulade is one of the many food related items that fill my suitcase when I come back to the US. Then one day my good Danish friend Mona told me how to make it myself and it taste just like the real thing. It is similar in taste to a Tartar sauce, only sweeter and it’s really easy to make. Make sure to use a yellow mustard to give the Remoulade its distinct yellow color. Enjoy!

Sweet relish squeezed dry

Ingredients:

1 cup sweet relish

1 cup Hellman’s mayonnaise

3 teaspoons yellow mustard

1/2 teaspoon sugar

Directions:

Place relish onto a piece of cheese cloth or a clean kitchen towel, twist into a tight ball and squeeze out as much fluid as you can. Place squeezed relish into a small bowl and add mayonnaise, yellow mustard and sugar. Mix until well combined. Place in an airtight container and keep refrigerated until ready to use.

Source: my good friend Mona

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Restaurant Style Salsa

I finally decided to make a homemade Salsa, like the one you get at a restaurant. The one that there’s no stopping once you get started, the mouth-watering one, the spicy one, the one they bring you refills on which you gladly accept. Yep, that’s the one ! This is Ree Drummond’s recipe and she hit it right on. I was a little afraid of how spicy it would turn out so I did not include the jalapeno seeds and that made it “mild”. The next time  I was more adventures and included all the seeds and that gave it a little heat. This salsa is fresh and simply put “delicioso”.  

Salsa Ingredients

Ingredients:   

1 can (28 oz) diced tomatoes (San Marzano)   

2 cans (10 oz) Rotel (diced tomatoes and green chilies)    

1/4 cup chopped onion   

1 clove garlic, minced   

1 whole jalapeno, quartered and sliced thin   

1/4 tsp sugar   

1/4 tsp salt   

1/4 tsp ground cumin   

1/2 cup cilantro   

juice from 1/2 Lime   

Directions:   

Combine tomatoes, Rotel, onion, jalapeno, garlic sugar, salt, cumin, lime juice and cilantro in a blender or food processor. Pulse until you get desired consistency. Test seasoning with some Tortilla chips and adjust as needed. Refrigerate salsa for at least an hour. Serve with your favorite Tortilla chips.   

Pulse away

   

Source: Pioneer Woman Cooks   

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