Tag: garlic

Grilled Argentine Shrimps with Chimichurri

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 500 g / a dozen whole Argentine red shrimps
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 1 bunch of fresh parsley leaves
  • juice of 1 lime

Preparation method:

  1. Peel off the shell of the shrimps leaving on the last segment of the tail.
  2. Devein them if you are skilled enough, I was lazy, so I left most of them with the veins.
  3. Chop the garlic.
  4. Chop these parsley leaves.
  5. Place the parsley leaves, 100 ml olive oil, the chopped garlic cloves and lime juice into a bowl.
  6. Using a hand/stick blender them until everything is mixed nicely together.
  7. Coat the shrimps with a bit of remaining olive oil and grill them 1- 2 minutes per side until cooked and have nice grill marks. Proceed in batches if having a smaller grill, like me.
  8. Lay the shrimps on a large plate and drizzle the chimichurri sauce over them. Serve while hot.

Pork Belly Braised and Stewed with Beetroot Recipe

Ingredients (4 servings):

  • 1 kg boneless pork belly
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 5 shallots
  • 2 medium beetroots
  • 1 red chilli pepper
  • 1 tablespoon kalamansi sauce
  • salt and pepper to taste

Preparation method:

  1. Slice as thin as you can the pork belly, about 1 cm, season them with salt and pepper.
  2. Chop roughly the garlic.
  3. Halve the shallots.
  4. Slice the chilli pepper.
  5. Peel and slice the beetroots.
  6. Heat a non-stick heavy bottomed frying pan, over medium-high heat, fry the belly slices on both sides until browned. Work in batches if needed.
  7. Fry the garlic golden brown then fry the shallots, press them a bit with a wooden spoon to open up like a flower and sauté them like this.
  8. Return all the pork pieces fried garlic and shallots to the pan, top with the beetroot slices, sliced chilli, the kalamansi sauce and add enough water to cover them all.
  9. Cover the skillet with a lid and simmer for about 35-45 minutes until the beets are soft and bellies are falling apart at the fork’s touch. If needed add more water during this process in order to have enough juice to stew. Adjust with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  10. Serve while hot with some steamed buttered broccoli and boiled purple potatoes.

Confit Duck Gizzards Recipe

Ingredients (2 servings):

  • 1/2 kg duck gizzards
  • 1 jar of duck fat
  • 6-7 garlic cloves
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 2-3 tablespoons fish sauce
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Italian flat pasta
  • a bunch of green onions        

Preparation method:

  1. Chop the garlic.
  2. Wash and then pat dry the gizzards.
  3. Add the gizzards into a bowl or a smaller pot together with the olive oil, salt, ground pepper, chopped garlic and fish sauce. Let them marinate overnight, or at least a few hours.
  4. Heat your oven to 90 degrees C.
  5. Pour the duck fat in an oven-safe pot and heat it up until the fat gets liquid.
  6. Remove the gizzards from their marinade, shake off the extra bits and lay them in the pot with duck fat, so they are entirely covered by the fat.
  7. Cook in the oven for 3-4 hours until cooked to your desired doneness.
  8. Cook the pasta according to the instructions but I would recommend taking one minute of their recommended cooking time.
  9. After cooked place them in a frying pan together with the remaining marinade and sautee them for 1-2 minutes over low heat.
  10. Served the gizzards with the garlic-olive oil pasta, garnish with some greens, I used chopped green onions.