Sunday, November 18, 2012

My Pie Crust Recipe

I have used this pie dough recipe since culinary school, however I have changed it slightly so it is easier to make. It has always been awesome!

This recipe makes enough dough for 3 pie bottoms.

1 lb 2 oz flour
2 tsp salt
2 oz sugar
12 oz unsalted butter, cold and cubed
6 oz cold water

Mix the flour, salt and sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with paddle attachment. Add the butter and mix on LOW until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs- do NOT let it become a dough. Add the cold water and mix on LOW for 10 seconds, or just until it comes together as a dough- do not overmix. Shape the dough into 3 even sized disks and wrap each one in plastic wrap. Chill for 30 minutes before using, or freeze for later use.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Delicious Chicken Tikka Masala

I tried out a new recipe for one of my favorite meals last night. Thought I would spread the word- it was so good!

Chicken Tikka Masala

Mix the following ingredients in a bowl and add the chicken. Marinade the chicken in the mixture for at least 1 hour.

1 cup plain yogurt
1 Tb lemon juice
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp salt
3 chicken breasts

For the sauce: Melt the butter in a skillet and add the garlic and jalapeno. Saute for 1 minute, then add the remaining ingredients. Whisk to combine and allow it to cook for 20 minutes to thicken.

1 Tb Butter
1 clove minced garlic
1 tsp minced jalapeno (this makes the sauce pretty mild, add more if you want it spicier)
2 tsp cumin
2 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
8 oz tomato sauce
8 oz cream
1 tsp minced cilantro

In the meantime, either grill or saute the chicken until golden brown and cooked through. Chop into 1" cubes and place in the sauce.

Serve over rice and with a side of naan. (I just bought some naan at Harmon's and toasted it for 3 minutes with olive oil on it.)