One of our favorite appetizers at an Indian restaurant is Chicken Pakora bites. They are light and crispy but very different than your average chicken tenders. As you know from our Chinese Chicken Meatball Soup Danny loves Chickarina soup so we decided to make an Indian version. It turned out great! This soup is the perfect way to enjoy a Fall evening.
Chicken Pakora Meatballs
- 1 1/2 Lbs. Chicken Diced
- 1 1/2 Eggs
- 1/2 Cup Chicken Pakora Mix (Chickpea Flour)
- 1/4 Cup Shmaltz
- 1 Tablespooon Butter
- 2 Cloves Garlic, Minced
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cayenne
- 1/4 Teaspoon Cardamom
- 1 Tablespoon Curry Powder
- 1 Tablespoon Garam Masala
At your supermarket if you can find Pakora mix use this. If not use chickpea flower.
Mix all ingredients together to make meatball mixture.
In a cast iron skillet heat up 1/2 cup of butter or ghee. Form meatballs and put in pan. These should start to sizzle loudly. Cook each meatball for 3 minutes a side – they should be golden brown.
Set aside meatballs.
- 1 Cup Onion, Chopped
- 2 Carrots, Chopped
- 1/2 Cup Butter
- 3 tablespoons Chickpea Flour
- 2 tablespoons Coriander
- 2 tablespoons Cumin
- 1 teaspoon Turmeric
- 8 Cups Chicken Broth
- 1 Apple, Chopped and Cored
- 1/2 Cup White Rice
- 1 Cup Heavy Cream
- 2 Tablesppons Fresh Chopped Ginger
Saute onions, celery, carrot, and butter in a large soup pot. Add flour and spices, and cook 5 more minutes. Add chicken stock, ginger, mix well, and bring to a boil. Simmer about 1/2 hour.
Add apple, rice, chicken, salt, and pepper. Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until rice is done.
When serving, add hot cream.
This chili is not to be confused with our Arrogant Bastard Chili. This is a whole new thing. We made a roux and cooked our fresh veggies in this to make this dish rich and flavorful. It also gives it it’s red velvet color. Like any FullBellyBlog dish this is no ordinary chili. This chili is without beans, hamburger meat, and tomatoes. We used our pressure cooker to speed up the cooking time but if you don’t have a pressure cooker (get one) you can cook this on the stove until the meat is tender. Enjoy!
Posted in Pressure Cooker, Soup and Chili
Tagged ancho, bean sauce, chile de arbol, Chili, chili powder, chuck, cumin, garlic, guajilo, jalepenos, onion, oregano, ox tail, poblano, roux, tomato
I recently started reading the book, Heat and became obsessed with the idea of making homemade pasta. I really was tempted to quit my job and move to Italy and learn how to make pasta. In the book he talks about how the only way to really learn is to learn from someone in Italy who has been doing it their whole life. Although I studied in Rome my Italian is not strong enough to pack up my life and move there. So for now I will practice making it in my kitchen. I just went out and bought a pasta roller, (I know it’s not authentic), and am loving this machine. This post will be updated as I learn to make new pasta shapes, new dough recipes and new sauces for my homemade pasta. Hope you enjoy!
Short Ribs cooked in Barolo wine is a delicious version of a ragu. You can make the Short Rib a few days before you serve. This recipe serves 4 with room for leftovers!
Posted in Italian, Pressure Cooker
Tagged barolo, butter, carrot, celery, chicken stock, garganelli, garlic, onion, oregano, parmasean, pecornio, pressure cooker, rosemary, shitakes, short rib, thyme, wine
Danny and I have started playing a new game when we make dinner. It is very similar to the Food Network show “Chopped”. Danny picked out ingredients, presented them, and I had to cook a dish with them. These ingredients weren’t as difficult as you see on the show but this is a great way to challenge yourself to be creative.
Posted in Asian, Pressure Cooker
Tagged coriander, cumin, garlic, ginger, hot chili oil, mushroom, paprika, pepper, potatoes, Sage, short rib, soy, star anise
Mussels are a great meal because they are cheap, easy to cook, and can be paired with almost anything. Duck and fennel go perfectly with mussels. We cooked our own duck stock then paired it with white wine and vegetable stock. In went the homemade duck sausage and fennel. This was the perfect way to break in our brand new kitchen.
Posted in Seafood, Uncategorized
Tagged bacon, cayenne, duck, Fennel, garlic, mussels, paprika, salt, sausage, stock, white pepper, wine
Full Belly Blog cannot take credit for this recipe. We found this in one of our favorite cookbooks, Mozza. We usually don’t post about recipes we haven’t created but this was just too delicious to not share. This recipe is for slow cooking. Don’t rush any of the steps because in the end you will have the perfect bowl of pasta.
Posted in Italian
Tagged bolognese, pancetta, parmesean, pasta, pecornio, pork, ragu, shells, slow cooking, soffritto, veal, wine
We are huge fans of skirt steak, mostly because it is a cheaper cut of beef. Other people must be catching on to how great skirt steak is because it’s hard to find cheap skirt steak anymore. After cooking this dish our new cheap cut is hangar steak. We cooked it pretty rare here but it was flavorful and delicious. In this Chimichurri sauce we used our homegrown Greek oregano along with a hint of orange.
Posted in Steak
Tagged chimichurri, egg, greek oregano, hangar steak, orange, parsley, portuguese, potatoes, rare, red pepper flakes, steak, Zest
David Chang has a show on PBS called, “The Mind of a Chef”, which we recently discovered. This show inspired us to make chicken soup. Danny’s favorite soup is Progresso’s Chickarina soup which is where we came up with the idea for the chicken meatballs. After collecting and drying all of our herbs we grew this summer we used some of the fresh fennel seed and lemon thyme in these meatballs. Hope you enjoy this on a cold winter day!
Posted in Soup and Chili
Tagged broth, carrots, chicken, chinese, egg, Fennel, lemon thyme, meatballs, noodle, onions, panko, parmesean, red pepper flake, scallions, sesame, shallots, smoked salt, soup, soy sauce
Most Gringos, ourselves included, don’t know much about Mexican food. The elaborate preparations and regional intricacies are usually lost in the typical, one-size-fits-all “joints” one finds north of the border. It’s a shame. Mexican food: the soulful child of European and Mayan parents, rivals any cuisine in assertive style and compelling flavor. Lizzie and I are two certified “Gringos” from the tri-state area and have begun the journey into our southern neighbor’s cuisine with Rick Bayless, author of Everyday Mexican, as our guide. We have customized one of his recipes for Enchiladas from Mexico City, for our Enchiladas De Dos Gringos.
Posted in Mexican, Pressure Cooker
Tagged Annatto Seeds, cilantro, cumin, enchiladas, jalapenos, mexican, mexican crema, oaxaca cheese, poblanos, pork, pressure cooker, tomatillos, tortillas
On this beautiful Sunday we made some pizzas to celebrate the end of a great summer. We came up with two completely different toppings. The first one being a ricotta, lemon, basil pizza, which was light but really flavorful. The second being a guanciale mozzarella pizza which was savory and rich. Both are delicious and both are easy to make.
Posted in Italian, Pizza
Tagged basil, cherry tomato, garlic, guanciale, Lemon, mozzarella, oil, pecornio, pizza, ricotta, Zest
While Bloody Mary’s are generally thought to best compliment a cold morning, we used the power of fire and smoke to transform the winter classic into a delicious summer cocktail that pairs well with any backyard BBQ. Oak smoked tomatoes, pulla pepper infused vodka and canned chipotle juice are some of the original elements we used to make our spicy, Smokey Marys.
Posted in BBQ, Cocktails
Tagged adobo sauce, beef stock, celery, celery salt, horseradish, infused vodka, Lemon, olive brine, smoke, smokey marys, tomatoes, worcestershire sauce
Danny and I were thinking about how we should cook something other than just BBQ this past weekend. We couldn’t part totally without that grilled flavor so we decided to grill some lobster tails paired with homemade red curry. Red curry is not something that we usually eat so when we set out to make our own we made sure to buy some canned pastes at the store to get an idea of the flavors. Luckily we have a great Asian market around us and found mostly all of the ingredients that are in an authentic red curry sauce. It was spicy but the coconut rice we made to go along with it really cooled the dish off. You gotta try this dish!
Real pulled pork takes a long time. That’s what makes it good. I suppose you could save time: dice up some pork loin and pour on liquid smoke after you pressure cook it. You could also buy a Honda, slap a stripe on it and call it a race car. But its not. And it never will be.
This is how we made out pulled pork…..
Posted in BBQ
Tagged chipotle, cilantro, citrus, cumin, grapefruit, guajillo, lime, mop sauce, pasilla, pork, pork shoulder, pulled pork, rotisserie, smoked, spit, tequilla
Fullbellyblog’s newest toy is a motor operated rotisserie attachment for a Weber charcoal grill. We wanted to christen the spit with something new, original and delicious: Duck! The bird marinaded in a mixture of expected Asian ingredients with one unusual addition: Root Beer. The sweet taste and complex flavorings of the soda complimented the Chinese 5 spice powder and molasses.
This idea was completely made up by yours truly. A couple days ago I heard about someone grilling avocados so my mind went straight to smoke. I thought about how good the creamy avocado flavor would taste with some hickory smoke. Danny and I went to the store to get ingredients. As we were walking out there was a huge bin of watermelons. It occurred to me that instead of the tomatoes used in the guacamole we could use watermelon. This dish was really flavorful. We ended up pairing it with some grilled pork tacos. The only thing I might change and Danny does not agree with this is that I would use one fresh avocado not smoked to keep some of the original flavors. He thought it was perfect this way. Try both!
We are calling these exploding ribs because we actually almost blew up the back yard while cooking these. We’re still hoping the Landlord does not realize what we did. Apparently if concrete gets too hot it explodes. Halfway through cooking these we heard a huge explosion and a boy down the street yell “fireworks!”. We ran back and saw that there were chunks of charcoal everywhere. Thankfully the ribs were fine. Oh yeah and the house too. Note to self- don’t overheat concrete.
We came up with this recipe from two small idea’s the first being dehydrating lemon zest in our food dehydrator and the second being a red wine cured sausage we had. Realizing these ideas would be perfect for some slow cooked ribs. These took around 4 and a half hours. They were so moist on the inside and crisp on the outside that I think they were our best ribs yet.
Posted in BBQ
Tagged baste, bbq, charcoal, exploding, Fennel, glaze, hickory, Lemon Zest, Negev Nectar, parsley, Red Hot Pepper Flakes, Ribs, rub, Sage, salt, Sugar, tomatoes
Danny is always creating different sauces and spice mixtures. We decided to create some colorful sauces with our Negev Nectars olive oil for Cinco de Mayo. Negev Nectars olive oil is fruity which makes it a great pairing with peppers and spicy flavors. For all three sauces we used different peppers as the base and paired each with corresponding colors.
Posted in Mexican
Tagged adobo sauce, Aji Amarillo, Allspice, Annatto Seeds, chipotle peppers, cilantro, cumin, Lemon, lime, Negev Nectars, Nutmeg, olive oil, onion, Poblano Peppers, Red Bell Peppers, salt, Yellow Bell Pepper, Zest
While we can’t claim that we invented this clever technique, we can vouch for the remarkably juicy, tender chicken it produces. Beer can chicken is simple, tasty and has an extra dash of showmanship that will appeal to all serious grill jockeys.
I think I had been craving wonton soup for at least week before making this. I wanted good wonton soup, not the bland crap you get at a Chinese restaurant. Danny and I came up with the idea of making duck wonton soup. This is totally different than what they serve in China but who cares. It was awesome! We made our broth from duck stock and the wontons are filled with duck. We used our pressure cooker to speed up the process of making duck stock. The results? DELICIOUS.
Posted in Soup and Chili
Tagged boil, broth, chinese five spice, duck, duck fat, oyster sauce, rice vinegar, scallions, sesame oil, soy sauce, wonton, wonton wrappers
Our friend Dave who is also very into food like us, is starting his own East Village Food Tour. The idea all started when we were eating Porchetta sandwiches one afternoon. We saw a group of tourists on a food tour and decided that this would be a great idea. Dave doesn’t have every detail figured out yet so this past Sunday we did a test drive. We did the Italian tour. If you’re interested in going on a tour email EastVillageFood@gmail.com.
Posted in Uncategorized
Tagged artichokes, black pepper, Cacio E Pepe, cheese wheel, crunch, italian, margherita, mozzarella, mushrooms, pecorino, Porchetta, pork, roman, Russos, SouthBrooklynPizza, vino
Sausage Peppers is one of the greatest combinations. To put a little twist on this classic we grilled the onions and peppers directly over the coals. Afterwords we put a pan on the coals with oil to get that super smokey flavor. Our one mistake while making this dish was we forgot to pick up some bread to soak up the delicious oil. Guess that’s why we call ourselves knuckleheads.
Posted in Italian, Uncategorized
Tagged bell pepper, charcoal, coals, fennel seed, italian hot pepper, olive oil, parsley, pepper, salt, sausage
On the first day of Spring we decided we needed to start the BBQ season out right. Grilled pizza is great and so fun to make. You can choose whatever toppings you like. We made one pizza a spicy oil margherita and another a ricotta sausage and sun dried tomato oil. Both were great! One tip is to roll the dough out as thin as you can.
Posted in Italian, Pizza
Tagged basil, chile de arbol, coals, crust, dough, grill, heat, kalmata olive powder, mozzarella, olive oil, pecorino, pizza, ricotta, rise, salt, sausage, sundried tomato paste, tomato, yeast
We love short ribs and wanted to try braising them in a red wine sauce.This is very simple and easy. It took us no time to braise in the pressure cooker. The key to this great sandwich is fresh Italian bread and Danny’s special salt and pepper mix. Crush up fresh peppercorns, 1 chilie de arbol, and kosher salt for the perfect touch. We used a piece of swiss cheese on top of the sandwich but decided sharp cheddar would go well on this too.
Posted in Pressure Cooker, Sandwiches
Tagged bay leaf, braised, bread, chicken stock, chile de arbol, garlic, onion, pepper, pressure cooker, red wine, salt, short rib, sundried tomato paste, swiss, toast
This our take on the American classic: Pork shoulder smoked so long it shreds off, doused in a vinegary sauce and topped with homemade slaw all on a soft, warm bun. To get the pork right, you will want to be able to dedicate 6-8 hours on this meal. We think it’s worth it. Continue reading
Posted in BBQ, Sandwiches
Tagged apple wood, bbq rub, coleslaw, pork shoulder, pulled pork, pulled pork recipe, pulled pork sandwich, smoke pulled pork, smoked pork, vinegar sauce
A friend of ours is currently living in Thailand. Since we are obsessed with different types of food we started wondering what great stuff she had been eating out there. Asian food is something that Danny and I have barely explored. When our friend said she loved Pad Krapow Moo we decided lets make this into one of our favorite things. A sandwich! Danny loves using the pressure cooker I got him for Christmas, so we decided to cook the pork with this. We got our ingredients at an Asian market in town. If you don’t have any near you, you can always substitute any thing you cant find. Be creative! Continue reading
Posted in Asian, Pressure Cooker, Sandwiches
Tagged bamboo, basil, broth, fried egg, krapow muu, peanut, pork, pressure cooker, sandwich, satay, soy sauce, steamed buns, Thai chilies
We tried this recipe the other night and thought it was delicious. Go to your local Spanish market to find dried Guajillo Chilies. They are smoky with the perfect amount of spice. We sliced up flank steak fried it in short rib fat for the tacos and topped them with pickled red onions and jalapenos.We were inspired by recipes from “Sauces, Rubs and Marinades” and “Cooks Illustrated”.
Posted in Mexican
Tagged cumin, guajillo, herb paste, jalapenos, onions, pickled, santana, sizzle, smoky, spicy, steak, taco
If you think mediocrity is sexy and you want a sweet, tomatoey sludge with beans and hamburger meat, may this blog’s bounce rate be damned: GET OUT NOW! Click that back button on your browser ’till your trigger finger aches. If you want some ill, helter-skelter stew that AIN’T FOR THE MASSES, well then you’ve come to the right place.
We think chili is best enjoyed on a cold day. It should be invigorating and comforting, but also sting. Beer makes for a fantastic chili base and Stone Brewing Company’s Arrogant Bastard Ale is only fitting for such an arrogant bowl of red. This is how we make ours:
Posted in Soup and Chili
Tagged Arrogant Bastard Ale, bacon fat, blues, brisket, Chili, Chopped, chorizo, lightin hopkins, Peppers, primal, short rib, simmer, texas, tomatoes