Sunday, April 5, 2009

CC Salmon with Black Bean Salsa

I'm always looking for a new way to serve salmon. This one looks and taste like it's from a high-class restaurant.

Black Bean Salsa

2 cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 cups corn, drained
1 red bell pepper, finely chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced (1 tsp pre-chopped)
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
4 green onions, minced
1/4 c. cilantro, chopped
2 limes, juiced, or 1/4 lime juice
1/2 c. olive oil
salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

CC Salmon

2 lbs salmon filet
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 salt
2 T olive oil

Preheat oven to 350.

Coat salmon with oil, sprinkle on salt, cumin and coriander. Bake for about 15 minutes

Mix together all the salsa ingrediants while salmon cooks.

Check fish for doneness. Serve topped with salsa.

Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella

I've blogged before about how much we like Caprese Salad (see earlier post). This pasta dish is like a caprese salad, but in entree form. It is delightfully quick and easy to prepare, and remarkably delicious for its simplicity.

Penne alla Caprese in Crud0 (Penne with Cherry Tomatoes, Basil and Mozzarella)

1 lb ripe and juicy cherry tomatoes, cut in half
1/4 c. olive oil
1 tsp salt
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
4 cloves garlic, peeled
1 pound penne pasta
10 basil leaves, shredded
1/2 lb bocconcini (bite-size fresh mozarella; cut in half)

Toss the tomatoes, oil, salt and red pepper together in a large bowl. Whack the garlic with the side of a knife and toss it into the bowl. Let marniate at room temperature, tossing one or twice, for 30 minutes.

While the tomatoes are marinating, cook the pasta al dente (if you don't know what that means, send me an email).

Remove garlic from the marinated tomatoes and toss in the basil. Drain the pasta, add it to the bowl, and toss well to mix. Check the seasoning, adding salt and more crushed red pepper if necessary. Gently stir in the bocconcini and serve.

Garlic-Roasted Chicken Breasts

This is a fast and simpler way to get the taste of whole roast chicken, but well, faster and easier. This is delicious!

Garlic-Roasted Chicken Breasts

3 large garlic cloves, minced (1 1/2 tsp pre-chopped)
1 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried red pepper flakes
2 T olive oil
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
4 chicken breast halves with skin and bone (2 to 2 1/4 lb) (DO NOT use boneless, skinless)

Preheat oven to 500F with rack in upper third.

Stir together garlic, oregano, red pepper, oil, salt, and pepper.

Cut a 2-inch-long pocket (about 1 1/2 inches deep) horizontally in side of each breast half and spread 1/2 tsp garlic mixture into each pocket. coat chicken with remaining mixture (including under skin).

Roast chicken, skin side up, in a foil-lined large shallow baking pan until just cooked through (20 to 25 minutes).