- 4 cups vegetables – such as yams, potatoes, beets, squash, summer squash, parsnips, onions, carrots, garlic, celery… whatever.
- 2 Tablespoons of your preferred cooking oil
- 2 cups chopped greens (kale, chard, spinach, collards, orach etc.)
- ½ cup chopped parsley (or more…parsley is really good and good for you.)
Chicaoji Yogurt Dressing
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons Chicaoji Sauce
This recipe is extremely flexible. Basically, it’s about pan roasting whatever you want to eat, steaming some greens on top of it and then eating this with Chicaoji Sauce & plain yogurt. The quantity of food depends on how many people you are feeding and how big a skillet/pan you have.
- Cut up vegetables (I like to just cut roots in half or quarters and put a flat side down. RW)
- Put them in skillet with the oil and cover with lid. (The lid helps to steam things but isn’t absolutely necessary.)
- Cook these in the oven or on top of the stove. Cooking time and heat varies depending on how soon you want to eat and how finely you cut up the veggies. High heat/finely chopped is faster and low heat/coarsely chopped is slower…. Medium heat….well…you get the idea. (I like to cook root vegetables a long time on low-medium heat until they blacken, i.e. “Cajun Style”. RW)
- Mix Chicaoji and yogurt in separate bowl.
- Toss chopped greens on top of other veggies and continue to cook for a couple of minutes, according to taste. Some people prefer raw greens. I like to cook them 4-5 minutes so that they wilt but are still bright green. Dark greens are interesting because their flavor evolves the longer they are exposed to heat.
- Serve up the vegetables and greens.
- Scoop on the Chicaoji Yogurt Dressing.
- Sprinkle on parsley
- Serve with bread, tortillas, crackers, chips or whatever you prefer.
Here’s a recipe for Salmon Tagine from Jon P. over in Texas.
“Coat salmon generously with Chicaoji and let marinate for 30-60 mins. Do this on the counter to let the fish come to room temp, but if you go longer than 30 mins you might want to do it in the fridge for the first while and then take it out.
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 1-3 medium Shallots, (depending on size) finely chopped
- Couple cloves of garlic, crushed
- Pinch of saffron, ground in mortar & pestle
- 4-6 small or 2 large preserved lemons (removing any seeds!), coarsely chopped
Into stovetop tagine,
- add oil and heat on medium flame,
- add shallots, sautéd half until clear
- Add crushed garlic and continue cooking on low heat for a couple of minutes
- Grind a large pinch of saffron in a mortar & pestle and mix well into shallot/garlic mix and keep cooking on low
- Add preserved lemons
- Cover with tagine lid and let whole mixture cook on low heat for another 15-20 mins
- Let stand until you are ready to cook fish (I usually make this first and then reheat to temp for fish once I’m ready to cook and serve)
- Heat tagine with mixture in it to just slightly higher than medium heat.
- Once things are sizzling immediately add fish, skin side up, so that non-skin side is directly on top of the mixture and cover.
- Let cook for 4 minutes, then
- flip fish so skin is down, moving as much of the shallot/lemon mixture to the top of the fish,
- cover and cook another 5 minutes.
- Turn off heat and let stand another few minutes—this sort of depends on how thick the fish is!! I generally choose pretty thick pieces and then let stand another 3-5 mins.”
My improvised Chicaoji Chili recipe from yesterday – Turned out really well.
3 cups dry black beans (soaked overnight)
1 can chili beans
1 small can of tomato paste
1 quart of my friend Jennifer’s canned tomatoes and zucchini
1/4 cup Chicaoji sauce (makes it mild. if you like it hotter double or triple that)
1/2 lb grass-fed organic local ground beef
Enough water to get the right consistency
Throw it all in a crock pot for a few hours.
That’s it. No other spices. Just the Chicaoji.
From Eric (mousehousekitchen blog)
Marinated skirt steak in the sauce for 30 minutes, grilled until done, chopped it up, put the steak with chopped onions and cilantro in warm corn tortillas, then topped with more Chicaoji. Marvelous!
(Eric commented about Chicaoji on his very informative blog. Thanks, Eric. http://mousehousekitchen.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/brand-unawareness/ )
These are from Isa Chandra Moskowitz’ Post Punk Kitchen Blog (http://www.theppk.com/2011/05/ancho-lentil-tacos/). They’re awesome, and I use Chicaoji instead of the other sauce she prefers. They’re way better with Chicaoji!