Grape Tomato Salad with Parsley and Dill

Grape Tomato Salad with Parsley and Dill - Candy Coated Culinista

Grape Tomato Salad with Parsley and Dill – Candy Coated Culinista

Tomato lovers this is a recipe for you. This is super simple and can be switched up with herbs.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Slightly altered from The New Rules

Ingredients
• 2 pints grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• 3 medium garlic cloves, minced
• 1 medium shallot, halved and thinly sliced
• ¾ cup lightly packed fresh flat-leaf parsley
• 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
• ½ cup tightly packed fresh dill roughly chopped

Assembly
1. In a large bowl salt halved grape tomatoes with ½ teaspoon of kosher salt.
2. In a small bowl stir together lemon juice, garlic, shallot and half the salt and pepper and set aside for 10 minutes.
3. Add the shallot mixture parsley and oil to the tomatoes and toss well.
4. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
5. Add dill and toss.
6. Transfer to a serving dish with a slotted spoon and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This is a vibrant well seasoned salad that can easily go with meat, seafood or alone. I made a few changes to the recipe by using what I had on hand. I used cilantro instead of dill and red pearl onions instead of shallots. This salad reminds me of a cucumber salad my mom used to make that I loved and it brought back some great memories.

Grilled Herb-Marinated Chicken – Candy Coated Culinista

Grilled Herb-Marinated Chicken - Candy Coated Culinista

A chicken recipe that is just unique enough to have everyone raving about this recipe and you begging for outdoor grilling season.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 4 hours to overnight
Cook Time: 35 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From Cook Like A Local

Ingredients
• 3 pound chicken or 3 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken parts
• 1 cup fish sauce
• ¼ cup honey
• Juice of 4 limes, plus 2 cut limes cut into wedges, for garnish
• 10 garlic cloves
• 2 bunches scallions (about 12) trimmed
• 1 bunch cilantro, plus more chopped, for garnish
• 2 jalapenos
• ¼ cup vegetable oil

Assembly
1. Break down whole chicken into parts, breast, leg, thigh, wing etc.
2. Combine the fish sauce, honey, lime juice, garlic, scallions, cilantro, jalapenos and oil in a food processor. Puree until smooth.
3. Place chicken in a ziplock bag and pour marinade in and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Remove chicken from the marinade letting excess drip away.
5. Preheat oven to 350°.
6. Place pieces on a cast iron skillet in batches over medium-high heat and sear all sides.
7. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes.
8. Place on a platter and top with cilantro and serve immediately with lime wedges.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I can’t rave about this recipe enough the marinade is everything and the longer you let it do its thing the better. Some of the ingredients like the fish sauce may seem a touch odd; but it adds that Asian flare; and if you are like me a great way to use up that fish sauce from that one recipe a while back. The chicken was fresh, bright, with a slight kick and salty and sweet. It really hit all the flavour profiles and the recipe worked well baked. It is a little cold for grilling as we had snow just the other day; but sear all side in a cast iron skillet and bake in the oven and it’s just a lovely. This is in my rotation now and to save time use chicken parts; I did and it made my life so much easier.

Z is for … Zucchini & Tomato Ratatouille

Z is for … Zucchini & Tomato Ratatouille – Candy Coated Culinista

Who knew a stewed vegetable dish from very humble beginnings could look so elegant and enticing.

Yield/Serving: 6-8
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 55 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy, time consuming

Ingredients
• ¾ cup tomato sauce
• ½ white onion, finely chopped
• 4 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 medium yellow zucchini
• 2 medium green zucchini
• 5 roma tomatoes
• 2 tbsp herbs de provence
• 2 tbsp sea salt
• 2 tbsp black pepper

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
2. Pour tomato sauce in a smallish square casserole dish and spread out thinly.
3. Finely chop and mince garlic and stir into tomato sauce.
4. Pour extra virgin olive oil into tomato sauce and stir.
5. Trim the ends off the zucchini and roma tomatoes.
6. Cut vegetable 1/16” thick (very thin slices) and separate into three bowls.
7. Start layering a green zucchini, yellow zucchini and roma tomato and alternating around the casserole dish. Overlap each piece a little and allow some to be visible.
8. When each layer is completed into the middle sprinkle some herbs de provence, sea salt and black pepper.
9. Repeat step 8 until all vegetable are used up.
10. Cut a piece of parchment paper the size of the inside surface of the dish, and place and press down on top of the vegetables.
11. Bake for 55 minutes,

Tips
• Ensure the zucchini and roma tomatoes are roughly the same width.
• Use a mandoline if you own one.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This dish tasted amazing and the vegetables weren’t too soft. I added the herbs du Provence as I thought this simple recipe could use some added spices. I love how the end result looked. Just looking at the layered vegetables and the time and patience it took to thinly slice the vegetables by hand made me feel quite cheffy.

Z is for … Zucchini & Tomato Ratatouille – Candy Coated Culinista

Shrimp with Kerkennaise Sauce

Shrimp with Kerkennaise Sauce - Candy Coated Culinista

A dish so divine it could only come from the Kerkennah Islands.

Yield/Serving: 4
Time: 35 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From The New Rules

Ingredients
• 2 plum tomatoes, cut into large chunks
• 1 Fresno chilli, stemmed, quartered and seeded
• 1 medium garlic clove, smashed and peeled
• ½ tsp ground coriander
• ½ tsp caraway seed, coarsely ground
• 2 tbsp white wine vinegar
• 23 scallions, white parts cut into 1-inch pieces, green thinly sliced, reserved separate
• ¼ cup lightly packed flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
•1/3 cup pitted green olives, chopped
• 1 tbsp tomato paste
• kosher salt and ground black pepper
• 4 tbsp grapeseed or other neutral oil, divided
• 1 ½ pounds extra-large shrimp, (tails left on), deveined and patted dry

Assembly
1. Using a food processor combine tomatoes. Chili, garlic, coriander, caraway, vinegar and scallion whites and pulse until finely chopped, About 10 pulses.
2. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in scallion greens, parsley, olives, tomato paste and 2 tablespoons of oil.
3. Set aside at room temperature for about 20 minutes.
4. Taste ad season with salt and pepper.
5. Season shrimp with ½ teaspoon each salt and pepper.
6. Using a non-stick pan over medium-high heat add 1 tablespoon of oil.
7.Add shrimp and cook until a golden brown, about 2 minutes and continue to cook for another 20 to 30 seconds until shrimp is opaque.
8.Transfer to a serving dish and spoon sauce over shrimp and serve sauce on side.

Tips
• Sauce taste better the second day when it has time to marry

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The rule for this recipe was “Stick with single-sided searing” as to not overcook and finish off cooking with the residual heat. I would make this recipe again just for the sauce. I could see this sauce over any protein really. I even caught myself numerous times enjoying the sauce by the spoonful. So much so that I this tis makes an amazing gourmet salsa. Which will be showcased at my super simple Superbowl meal this Sunday. I didn’t shell my shrimp as I though a more rustic look made sense to me. I picture fresh caught shrimp clean and deveined and served au natural.

Party Wings with Cholula Butter

Party Wings with Cholula Butter – Candy Coated Culinista

I never thought the day would come where I am actively searching for hot sauce what????

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 30 – 35 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Food 52 Any Night Grilling

Ingredients
• 3 pounds chicken wing drumettes
• Olive oil, for drizzling
• Kosher salt, to taste
• Ground black pepper, to taste
• ¼ cup Cholula hot sauce
• 3 tbsp freshly chopped parsley
• 2 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
• 2 cloves garlic, minced

Assembly
1. Place the drumettes in a large bowl and drizzle with enough olive oil to lightly coat and generously season with salt and pepper and toss.
2. Prepare charcoal grill to medium-high heat and coat the gill pan with extra virgin olive oil over high heat using a paper towel.
3. While the grill is heating up in a separate bowl stir together the Cholula, parsley, butter, leon juice and garlic.
4. Grill drumettes, flipping and rotating as needed until nicely charred, about 5 to 7 minutes moving to direct heat after and continue to cook with the grill closed for 20-25 minutes.
5. Place drumettes into a bowl with the Cholula butter and toss vigorously until well coated and serve immediately.

Tips
• Other options is the above recipe isn’t your thing:
o Swap fresh lime juice & chopped fresh cilantro for the lemon juice & parsley
o Dijon mustard instead of Cholula & ½ cup chopped fresh herbs (basil, chives, or tarragon)
o Combine 3 to 4 tbsp pesto or olive tapenade & 2 tbsp olive oil
o Marinate ½ cup tiki dressing & chopped fresh cilantro and mint & toasted sesame seeds
o 3 tbsp pickled mustard seeds chopped fresh parsley
o Combine ½ cup of your favourite bottle or homemade peanut sauce & fresh lime juice & thinly sliced scallions

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The only time I have ever heard or seen a Cholula bottle was at my co-workers desk and she loves hot sauce. Of course, I’m never looking for hot sauce in the shops; but you know what this was an excellent dish. I didn’t find the Cholula hot at all. My only complaint is the price per bottle in Canada and at $7 I could have found something comparable and local and probably with a better taste to. Also we only have the one flavour imported to Canada, so trying another option like Chili Lime or Chili F+Garlic would have been great. Other than that I used chives instead or parsley these wings were to tasty and flavourful with a slight kick. These disappeared so fast I should have made another batch and I will next time.

Huevos De Caja

Huevos De Caja – Candy Coated Culinista

It’s always funny that you never notice ingredients in the grocery store until you need it…

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 40 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Nopalito

Ingredients
Huevos De Caja

• 2 tbsp canola oil
• 2 homemade soft corn tortillas or store-bought
• 1 tbsp kosher salt
• 1 tbsp white vinegar or freshly squeezed lemon juice
• 4 eggs
• 1 cup Frijoles Negros Refritos or good quality refried beans, warmed
• ¼ cup salsa cilantro
• ¾ cup grated jack cheese
• Chopped cilantro leaves
Frijoles Negros Refritos
• 2 tbsp canola oil
• 1 medium white onion, finely chopped
• 1 can black beans drained.
• 1 ½ tsp dried organo
Salsa Cilantro
• 4 large tomatillos, husked and rinsed
• 1 jalapeno
• 1 clove garlic
• Salt
• 2 tbsp cilantro leaves, chopped
• 2 tbsp white onion, chopped

Assembly
Huevos De Caja

1. Boil water and season with salt and vinegar.
2. Lower heat to a simmer.
3. Crack egg into a small bowl and ease into water.
4. Cook until the outsides are set and the inside is still runny, 3 to 4 minutes.
5. Remove using a slotted spoon and set aside.
6. In a small pan cazuelas or cast-iron skillet, place tortillas in pan followed by refried beans in a next shaped. Then tip poached eggs into centre and divide the salsa pouring on top.
7. Sprinkle jack cheese and bake in oven until completely melted for about 5 minutes.
8. Serve immediately and garnish with cilantro
Frijoles Negros Refritos
1. In a medium pot over medium-high heat, heat oil until hot.
2. Add onions and stir occasionally until a dark golden bron, 3 to 5 minutes.
3. Add in the oregano and let cook for another 1 to 2 minutes and let beans get hot.
4. Smash the bean mixture until slightly chunky.
5. Add a little water if need to reach the desired consistency.
Salsa Cilantro
1. Using a medium saucepan, combine tomatillos, jalapenos, garlic and enough water just to cover and season with salt.
2. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer and let cook for 15 minutes, or until tomatillos and jalapenos begin to dull in colour.
3. Transfer mixture discarding the water to a blender and blend until salsa is smooth, but the seeds are still visible.
4. Pour into a bowl and chill.
5. Add in onions and cilantro just before serving.
6. Add additional salt if necessary.

Tips
• The recipe for Frijoles Negros Refritos calls for 1 cup canola oil; which I found to be a huge amount of oil even using the full 6 cups of black beans. I used 2 tbsp of canola oil with one can on black beans.
• I served mine with homestyle Mexican salsa, chipotle peppers in Adobo sauce.
• Purchase green Mexican salsa and add some cilantro if you don’t want to make Salsa Cilantro.
• You can also do step 6 & 7 using a frying pan and serve in a plate.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have walked by the Mexican food section for many years in the same row with the Asian and Indian foods I pick up and yet I never saw them. I will start grabbing the Mexican salsa from now one instead of the Amaericanized salsa brands in the other aisle. This is another massive recipe. This book really serves a crowd and I’m happy I batched down the refried beans as I was only making it for this recipe. I used the leftover refried beans in some shrimp taco’s. I must say I made this recipe purely because the photo caught my eye; even though I didn’t think I liked refried beans and the last poached egg I made didn’t turn out the best. When this was a pleasant surprise with a runny egg served with two types of salsa, refried beans, adobo peppers. I served mine with some shrimp and with Agua de Jamaica and oh so tasty.

Huevos De Caja – Candy Coated Culinista

Italian Stuffed Shells

Italian Stuffed Shells – Candy Coated Culinista

A striking Italian meal that is great for a dinner party or a Sunday dinner.

Yield/Serving: 8-10
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium, time consuming

Ingredients
• 36 Jumbo shells
• 1 lbs ground beef
• 1 tsp canola oil
• 1 small onion, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp season salt
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tsp dried basil
• 1 cup pasta sauce
• 2 cups spinach, stems removed and chopped
• ¾ cups ricotta
• 1 egg
• ½ cup grana padano
• ¼ cup parmesan cheese
• 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Assembly
1. Over high heat boil shells in batches and cook until al dente draining and setting aside. Ensure not to break or cook a few more just to be safe.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat add canola oil and onion and garlic and cook until softened.
3. Add in ground beef and spices and brown.
4. Add in ¾ cups pasta sauce in ground beef mixture and set aside.
5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
6. Set out two casserole dishes and pour a thin layer of pasta sauce into each casserole dish.
7. In a medium sized bowl add spinach, ricotta, egg, grana Padano, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese and combine.
8. Start assembling the shells by adding ground beef first followed by ricotta mixture and place in casserole dishes.
9. Shred a little more grana padano and mozzarella cheese overtop and drizzle more pasta sauce overtop.
10. Bake for 45 minutes covered with aluminum foil and then serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipe was very time consuming more so than a lasagna; but if you make a few batches like I did it is well worth the while. I made two meat filled shells casserole dishes and one vegetarian casserole option and these tasted great all be it a touch messy to eat. The shells were the perfect amount of meat, cheese and veg and very eye catching. I would definitely make this again; just not in the next few months. Also this is not a weekday meal, unless you start as soon as you get home from work as this took me almost 2 hours from beginning to end.

Italian Stuffed Shells (Pre-Oven) – Candy Coated Culinista

Lamb Kofta with Garlic Sauce and Pickled Onions

Lamb Kofta with Garlic Sauce and Pickled Onions – Candy Coated Culinista

A great middle eastern dish that is so scrumptious and satisfying you’ll have to hold yourself back from overeating.

Yield/Serving: 4-5
Difficulty level is: Easy, time consuming

From At My Table

Ingredients
Kofta

• 1 pound ground lamb
• 1 peeled and coarsely grated, to give ¾ cup loosely packed
• 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
• 1 tsp ground cumin
• 1 tsp ground coriander
• ¼ tsp ground allspice
• ½ tsp ground white pepper
• 1 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
• 3 tbsp finely grated parsley
• 3 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
• 2 tbsp olive oil
Garlic Sauce
• 1 2/3 cups Greek yoghurt
• 4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
• 1 – 2 lemon zest of 1 lemon and 3 tbsp of juice
• 2 tsp sea salt or kosher salt
• 2 tsp dried mint
Toppings
• Tomatoes
• Iceberg lettuce
• Faltbreads
Quick Pickled Onions
• 1 small red onion, peeled & cut into half moons
• Juice from 2 -3 limes

Assembly
Kofta

1. Combine all ingredients except olive oil into a large bowl and roll into sausage shapes. Do not compact the lamb mixture once in the desired shape.
2. Slightly flatten sides and place on a baking sheet lines with cling wrap and place in fridge for 30 minutes.
3. Combine yoghurt, garlic, lemon zest, juice, salt and dried sauce together.
4. Slice red onion into half moons and let marinate in lime juice
5. Using a large frying pan heat frying pan and cook kofta on medium-high heat for 5 of so minutes each side until cooked all the way through.
6. Serve inside faltbreads along with toppings

Please Enjoy

My thoughts

It was great making koftas another way as last time I made them it was a bowl and I quite enjoyed them. I decided to serve mine with cucumber, pomegranates, and pickled onions to bulk up the meal a little. This was a lovely meal; but it was time consuming. It didn’t seem like it would take so long and since there is not times given I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. The directions were a little off, so to achieve the kofta look I was accustomed to I sear all sides and cooked the remaining time in the oven. Almost 2 hours beginning to end. That’s a little long for me on a weekday after getting home for work; but then there is leftovers for the next couple of days. A trade off perhaps?

Lamb Kofta with Garlic Sauce and Pickled Onions – Candy Coated Culinista

Garlicky Shrimp & Tequila Lime

Garlicky Shrimp & Tequila Lime – Candy Coated Culinista

What beats a 5 minute shrimp dinner … nothing.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 5 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From Now & Again

Ingredients
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• 1 tbsp unsalted butter
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 pound large shrimp, uncooked, peeled and deveined
• ½ tsp kosher salt
• 3 tbsp silver (blanco) tequila
• Finely grated zest from 1 lime
• 2 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice
• Small handful of fresh cilantro leaves, coarsely chopped

Assembly
1. Heat olive oil and butter in a cast iron pan for about 1 ½ minutes over medium-high heat.
2. Once butter has melted add garlic and cook for 30 seconds.
3. Add shrimp and sprinkle with salt, stirring occasionally until opaque about 1 ½ minutes.
4. Pour tequila in and cook until it evaporates, another 1 minute.
5. Turn off heat, add lime zest and juice, and toss.
6. Add cilantro and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was a unique recipe and in theory I thought I would love this. I loved my vodka shrimp; but the tequila shrimp I found slightly bitter; but maybe that was just me. Otherwise I enjoyed the simplicity of the recipe. I served mine with some rapini and my salsa potatoes.

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce

Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce – Candy Coated Culinista

My love of Greek food never fades and yet I have never made chicken souvlaki at home.

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Tzatziki Sauce

• 1 cup Greek Yoghurt
• 1 tbsp lemon juice
• 1 clove garlic
• ¼ of English Cucumber
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
• Sea salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
Chicken Souvlaki
• 3 chicken breasts
• 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• ¼ cup lemon juice
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 tbsp dried oregano
• ½ tsp sea salt
• Black pepper, to taste
• Tomatoes
• English cucumber
• Red onion
• Kalamata olives
• Romaine lettuce
• Mozzarella cheese
• 6 Greek pitas

Assembly
Tzatziki Sauce

1. In a food processor add yoghurt, lemon, garlic, cucumber, sea salt, dill and pepper and blend.
2. Pour into a container and let chill.
Chicken Souvlaki
1. Make marinade of lemon juice, garlic, oregano, sea salt and black pepper.
2. Cut chicken breasts into cubes and pour marinade over top and place in fridge for 3 hours to marinate.
3. Using a cast iron skillet pour extra virgin olive oil into pan and cook chicken cubes, 3 minutes per side or until cooked through thoroughly.
4. Serve pitas warmed and add toppings along with tzatziki and mozzarella.

Tips
• Tzatziki can keep for a few days.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This was a messy but delicious meal and I’ve never had a chicken souvlaki that wasn’t messy so I know I did this right. I especially loved the sauce that was extra garlicky and had a wonderful kick. The chicken was moist and succulent.

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