Mom de Cuisine


Mexi-Monday: Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup
September 19, 2011, 3:53 pm
Filed under: Chicken, Main Course, Soups | Tags: , , , ,

 

 

I think that “Mexi-Monday” will have to become make-ahead Monday.  Now that Ramadan has ended, life has picked up in our host country.  We are able to get out more, meet new friends and enjoy our surroundings.  We’ve been getting home late after a day of play dates, coffees with friends, and ballet and music lessons.  Fortunately, this meal can be thrown together in minutes with a little preparation.  

I first made this soup for my husband some time ago when he was sick.  He needed soup, but doesn’t fancy chicken noodle so much, so I tried to make a version that even he couldn’t resist.  This has become one of the meals that he looks forward to me making.  It was nice for all of us to come home from a busy day to a comforting, homemade soup.   

 

Mexican Chicken Noodle Soup

 

Ingredients:

2 cups shredded chicken (you can use a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store, or shred up leftovers)

5 cups chicken stock

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large onion, diced

1/4 cup jalapeno, diced (remove the seeds if you don’t want it too spicy)

2 cloves garlic

1 can fire roasted tomatoes

4 tablespoons cumin

1 chipotle chili, finely diced

2 cups dried egg noodles

Cilantro for garnish

Lime for garnish

 

Preparation:

In a heavy bottomed pot, sauté the onion and jalapeno in the olive oil over medium-high heat.  When soft, add the garlic, chipotle, and cumin and sauté for another 2-3 minutes.   Add chicken and tomatoes and stir in stock.    Simmer 20 minutes, or until liquid reduces slightly

While soup simmers, prepare noodles.  Add noodles to salted, boiling water.  Cook until just shy of al-dente.

Ladle soup in bowls.  Add noodles and top with cilantro and a squeeze of lime juice.

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Oxtail Ragu: A Welcome Home Supper
September 10, 2011, 2:48 pm
Filed under: Beef, Main Course | Tags: , ,

You know the saying, absence makes the heart grow fonder?  My husband and I love and appreciate each other everyday, but when he is away the kids and I miss him terribly and are always overjoyed when he comes home.  If you read my post about the gnocchi tater tots, you know that my husband recently had to go on a trip for work.  I was so excited for him to come home, I began pondering what I would make as a welcome home meal for him the day he left. 

I wanted to make a roast, something homey and warming that I could start in the morning and let it go all day.  But, alas, I had no roast and no motivation to go to the store to get one.  I did have some ox tails in the freezer though.   If you’ve never had ox tails, they are very similar to short ribs.  Fatty, kind of greasy, but if cooked low and slow, practically melt in your mouth.  I’ve only had ox tails on one previous occasion: a Reggae concert we attended some months back.  I came across the recipe on Epicurious when I was looking up recipes for gnocchi.  These were an italian take on ox tails (obviously!  The original recipe is served with gnocchi) which was good, but now that I’ve got the technique down I think I will try for Jamaican flavors next time.

So my husband is welcomed home with an ox tail ragu over buttered egg noodles; my way of saying, “Love you, Honey! I’m so glad you’re home!”

Oxtail Ragu over Buttered Egg Noodles

*Adapted from Oxtail Ragu with Semonila Gnocchi

Ingredients:

5 pounds 2- to 3-inch pieces oxtails

All purpose flour

1/2 cup olive oil

5 large celery stalks, coarsely chopped

2 large carrots, peeled, chopped

1 large onion, very coarsely chopped

2 cups dry red wine

1 1/4 cups canned crushed tomatoes with added puree

4 garlic cloves, chopped

6 fresh Italian parsley sprigs

2 large fresh rosemary sprigs

3 Turkish bay leaves

2 cups beef broth

1 cup low-salt chicken broth

1 package egg noodles

2 tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons parsley

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Sprinkle oxtails with salt and pepper, then flour. Heat oil in heavy wide ovenproof pot over high heat. Add oxtails; cook until brown on all sides, about 15 minutes. Transfer to bowl. Add celery, carrots, and onion to pot. Reduce heat to medium-high and sauté until vegetables brown, about 15 minutes. Add wine and tomatoes. Boil until thickened to chunky sauce, about 5 minutes. Sprinkle in garlic. Tie parsley, rosemary, and bay leaves with kitchen string and add to pot. Return oxtails to pot in single layer. Add all broth; bring to boil. Cover pot; place in oven.

Braise oxtails until very tender, about 2 hours. Transfer oxtails to rimmed baking sheet. Using potato masher, crush juices and vegetables in pot to coarse sauce. Pull meat off oxtails and add to sauce. Season ragù with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Cool, cover, and chill. Rewarm before continuing.

Cook egg noodles, according to package directions in salted water.  Drain and toss with butter and parsley while pasta is still hot. 

Serve Ragu over hot, buttered noodles.