Sunday Afternoon Samoosas

Though many versions of this dish exist, beef or chicken samoosas filled with traditional spices are most popular in the Cape Malay communities of South Africa. They are served at parties or anywhere that people gather, and often with peach chutney. The sweetness of the chutney paired with crispy spiced beef parcels keep people coming for more. You can buy South African chutney online now, as well as most of the spices used. Traditionally,  pur or readymade Indian pastry is used. Pur is a common item at any Indian grocery store, but I could only find phyllo pastry where I live. Both work wonderfully.

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I remember my mom frying samoosas last December when I visited home for the first time in eight years. Making them in large batches (necessary during holiday season) is time consuming, so she had ordered 250 premade but unfinished from a lady who is well-known for her samoosas. Every town has that Aunty - One who has perfected the art of samoosas, savory pies or smaller confections like lamingtons. Those aunties are a godsend for people like my mom who work full-time. If you do not order by November, you can forget about it because they are that popular. The fragrant aroma of coriander and leaf masala filling our house during the holidays is always magical. Mom knew how much I had missed samoosas while living here in the states, and 250 seems like a lot, but we enjoyed them so much almost every day. If only I could've brought some back with me!

When I returned home to Mississippi in January I was inspired to make them here and shared the image to Instagram, but never made the recipe available. I'm sorry for the wait :) We booked our tickets back to Cape Town the other day and thinking of all the samoosas I'll soon be eating, I remembered. You can substitute the beef with ground chicken thighs or even lamb - I just wanted to share how I make mine, but feel free to change it up as you wish :) 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 lb ground sirloin or lean ground beef
1 medium yellow onion, finely diced
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1 teaspoon fenugreek powder
1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1 tablespoon South African curry powder OR mixed masala
1/4 cup finely minced fresh coriander
1 teaspoon each sugar and salt
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
10 sheets phyllo pastry (You may need more depending on how much filling added)
1 small egg, beaten (to seal pastry)
olive oil spray
Optional to serve: Peach Chutney 
 

Filling:
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add ground sirloin until browned, about 5 minutes. Add the onion, garlic and spices and sauté until onions are golden and soft. Finish the filling by adding coriander, sugar, salt and lemon juice. Stir and remove from heat - Allow to cool. Can be made ahead of time, stored in the fridge and assembled later. 

Preheat oven to 375F.

Assembly:
Place phyllo on a clean, dry surface and use a sharp knife to divide phyllo rectangle into three parts lengthways. You should have three equal long stacks of pastry. Take one at a time and cover the remaining sheets with a clean damp kitchen towel so that they don't dry out. 

Lay the phyllo strip on a work surface and add a tablespoonful of filling to the top corner, then fold the filled pastry across to close the open side. Keep folding from one edge to the other, keeping the triangular shape and making sure the corners are tight, until you're left with a lip. Brush it with the beaten egg and secure. Alternatively you could make a slurry of 1 tablespoon cake flour and 2 tablespoons water to do this. If you prefer, you could also just cut this portion off. Set finished samoosa aside on a baking sheet covered with a clean damp kitchen towel and repeat this process with all phyllo pastry sheets. Makes 30 - These freeze very well in an airtight container and then you can bake it off later. 

Spray with olive oil spray and bake for 8 minutes or until pastry is golden. Serve immediately. 

 

Easy Enchiladas

Ever have a craving for something but unable to place exactly what it is? I found myself at home one evening after a hectic day of shooting stills for clients, so starving hungry. How can one work with food all day and be hungry? It's possible - Because I don't always cook what I really want when working. I realized after (As I always do) that the craving was for my Mom's enchiladas. The kind of meal that you whip together with fridge and pantry basics. The kind of dinner that doesn't take any time at all and that doesn't require me to beautify it. I know it's good, I know it's reliable, I know I can cut down on prep time and I have a well stocked pantry to thank for it. I've partnered with Cans Get You Cooking to share with you some of my pantry staples and how I use them to make this easy dish! 

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My dad worked in the canning industry for 20 years - Making the machinery that allowed fresh produce grown in our farming community to be safely canned and preserved for market. Did you know that it takes about 4 hours from the time produce is harvested until it's canned, sealing in nutrition and flavor? Not long considering some fruit and vegetables sit on grocery store shelves for a much longer time. 

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I feel pretty strongly about this because we live in a day and age where social media has led us to exclude certain things or change our way of eating, when it's important to realize that not all people have countless resources. Not all people are getting the nutrients that they need. Not all people have an unlimited amount of time or the luxury of wasting any food. It really is a fact: Most Americans throw away approximately 15 to 20 percent of the fresh fruits and vegetables they purchase every year. Stocking up on some canned goods can help with this exactly because they are shelf stable. 

My mom made good use of the boxes of canned goods that dad brought home from work. Most of the time they weren't labeled so we took turns opening cans and as kids, being surprised by what was inside gave us all the giggles. Most of the time it was tomatoes, beans, corn or jam. So many memories of creative meals made using canned goods - but this Enchilada recipe is probably my favorite. It reminds me of late nights studying for high school finals and a hot midnight plate brought to me my mom. It reminds me of Friday's when we would cook and eat a meal from a different part of the globe. Simple as it may be, I love the nostalgia and the taste. I hope you enjoy this easy recipe.

Easy Weeknight Enchilada
Serves 4

1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 cup onion, finely minced
1 4.5oz can chopped green chiles (I like Trader Joe's or Old El Paso)
1 tablespoon garlic paste
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon smoked paprika powder
1 tablespoon cumin powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 14.5oz can Muir Glen Organic Crushed Tomatoes
1 10oz Old El Paso Red Enchilada Sauce - Mild, divided
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
4 flour tortillas
2 cups shredded jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350F.

1. Combine beef, onion, green chiles, garlic paste and salt in a large skillet over medium-high heat and sauté until onions are translucent and beef browned. Add smoked paprika, cumin, cayenne, crushed tomatoes and half of the red enchilada sauce. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, until reduced and thickened (About 10 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

2. Divide beef mixture between flour tortillas by placing spoonfuls in the middle, then roll the tortillas and place next to each other in a skillet or ovenproof baking dish. Top with shredded cheese and remaining enchilada sauce. Bake for 15 minutes or until cheese has melted and browned. Serve immediately. 

Keto Chicken Parmesan with Fresh Tomato Slices

This post is sponsored by Belgioioso and FeedFeed.

Where does the time go my dear? My mother used to say that at the end of every single Summer. We had spent the warmest days of the year enjoying lengthy outdoor dinners, eating fruit harvested just a mile away and listening to crickets awake after their slumber. We held on to what Summer brought for as long as we could until it was time to polish our school shoes, put up the outdoor seating and prepare as all routine returned back to normal once again. Aaah, Summer is always a dream, isn't it? To this day, I spend the last week of August gathering as much Summer produce as I can to preserve and cook with. 

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I recently made the decision to try following a Keto diet and have since been coming up with ways to enjoy my favorite Summer recipes, minus the carbs. Thankfully, cheese (Fresh Mozzarella in particular) is a very popular and beloved ingredient in the ketogenic way of eating. The cream of the crop in terms of mozzarella for me is the line of BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella.  You all know (If you've known me for a while) that delicious cheese is my kryptonite :)

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BelGioioso as a company was started in 1979 when founder Errico Auricchio moved to Wisconsin from Italy with his family and started making the cheese he grew up eating. The company grew and now offers over 25 varieties of specialty cheese to the U.S market and counting. I love family companies so much, tradition and recipes passed down from one generation to the next - What a legacy to leave and what a way to continue the traditions of one's home country. As an immigrant to this country myself it really resonates with me. Heritage is everything and it shows in their products - I've always found their cheese to be so fresh and truly, you can taste the love. That's exactly how I feel about simple food prepared with intention. It doesn't have to be complex to be delicious, and it doesn't have to take a long time to prepare. This recipe is perfect for those weeknights where you're short on time and uses up some of those Summer tomatoes you still have on the counter :) I did not include a recipe for marinara because we all have our favorite, jarred keto-friendly marinara works perfectly here. Else, roast some tomatoes and garlic then blend it with some olive oil.  I used one of BelGioioso’s freshly sliced cheese logs, which I always have on hand to save time. They are wonderful marinated and eaten as is or used in caprese salads, sandwiches and so on. But you already knew that!

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Ingredients:
Serves 4

1 BelGioioso Freshly Sliced Mozzarella Cheese Log
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
½  cup olive oil, divided
½ cup fine almond flour
½ cup BelGioioso Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
2 large chicken breasts, split in half lengthways
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon crushed black pepper
1 egg, beaten
2 cups marinara
2 campari or other tomatoes, sliced
Optional garnish: Fresh oregano, basil and cracked black pepper

Method:

Preheat oven to Broil.

Season BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella with oregano, basil and red pepper flakes and drizzle with ¼ cup olive oil. Set aside to marinate.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet to medium-high and add remaining olive oil. In a shallow bowl, whisk almond flour and BelGioioso Grated Parmesan with a fork to combine. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper, then dip in beaten egg mixture and dredge with almond flour cheese mixture.

Shallow fry for 2-3 minutes per side and remove chicken. Add marinara (I love making my own and freezing, then using in dishes like this) to skillet and place the chicken on top, followed by the marinated BelGioioso Fresh Mozzarella slices. The reason why I do this instead of the traditional method of pouring the sauce on top is because I like to keep the top crispy. Please change this up if you’d like.

Broil for 5 minutes in the oven until the cheese is melted and bubbling and chicken registers 165F when using a thermometer. Remove skillet from oven and top with fresh tomato slices, followed by fresh oregano and cracked pepper. Serve immediately - Delicious on top of zucchini noodles! Keep scrolling for a few step-by-step images.

 When dredging the chicken, sometimes I omit the egg and it works very well. A great way to reduce some of the calories.

When dredging the chicken, sometimes I omit the egg and it works very well. A great way to reduce some of the calories.

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Easy Scallops with Haricots Verts & Prosciutto

Can you believe, I've never cooked with scallops before today! Years of living in South Korea where they are abundant, and I never had the desire to pick them up from market. Even so I found them extremely easy to prepare today and chose to serve them with seasonal haricots verts (fancy name for French thin green beans), crispy proscuitto (Green beans and prosciutto - You just gotta have them together) and a simple brown butter pan sauce with capers and lemon. 

I had gotten a box of fresh fish from a seafood subscription company a week ago, and thought why not give it a go! They are a sustainable seafood choice and best of all, take a very short time to cook. Hope you enjoy this easy and keto friendly recipe for one :) Double and adjust as you see fit!

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Ingredients:

4 large sea scallops, side muscles removed and patted dry.
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons grass-fed butter, divided
1 cup haricots verts (about 4 oz)
1 slice prosciutto
1 tablespoon capers, packed in brine, drained
Juice of 1/2 lemon

Method:

Bring a small pot with salted water to a low boil. Place a steaming rack on top and add haricots verts. Steam for 5 minutes or until desired doneness - I like mine still crunchy.

While the haricots verts cook, bring skillet with 1 tablespoon of butter to medium-high heat. Season the scallops on both sides with salt, pepper and garlic powder and them place them in your skillet. They should sizzle as they hit the pan. Cook without moving them for 2-3 minutes and flip to sear the other side for the exact same time. Remove scallops from the pan and add the prosciutto to crisp it up. This should only take 2 minutes. Once it's crispy remove it and set aside. Add remaining tablespoon of butter and capers plus lemon juice to the same skillet. Simmer and stir then turn the heat off. 

The steamed haricots verts should be done by now. Plate them, place the crispy proscuitto on top followed by the scallops. Pour pan sauce over everything and enjoy! I did add some chopped chives to mine which added a lovely bit of extra freshness. 

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