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Quicker Baked Potato

Try this method for speeding up the potato baking process (for a better texture than those that you microwave). Pre-heat the oven to 400. Place the potato in boiling water for 10 minutes. Bake for 30 minutes. This will cut the cooking time in half.



beef, indonesian

1/2 cup tamarind liquid*
2 tablespoon oil
2 lb beef; lean boneless chuck in
1 onion, medium; chopped
4 garlic clove; minced or pres
1 tablespoon ginger, fresh; chopped
1 tablespoon coriander, ground
1 cinnamon stick
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 teaspoon chili paste
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon cloves, ground
1/2 teaspoon anchovy paste
2 1/2 cup coconut milk
1 rice; cooked

* In a bowl, combine 1/3 cup hot water and 2 1/2 Tbsp packaged tamarind pulp or 4-5 inch long whole tamarind pod (shell and coarse strings removed). Let stand for 30 minutes. Knead pulp from seeds: discard seeds. Prepare tamarind liquid using 1/2 cup hot water and 1/4 cup pulp. Set aside. Heat oil in a wok or 5-quart kettle over medium-high heat: add meat, a few pieces at a time, and cook until browned on all sides. Lift out a onion is soft. Add coriander, cinnamon stick, cumin, Chili Paste, pepper, cloves, and shrimp paste (if used). Cook, stirring, until seasonings are well combined. Return beef to kettle; stir to coat with spice mixture. Stir in tamarind liquid and coconut milk. Bring to a boill then cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer stirring occaisonally, until meat is very tender when pierced and sauce is very thick and almost dry (1 1/2 to 2 hours). Remove from heat and discard cinnamon stick; spoon off and discard fat from sauce. Serve with rice. --- per Larry Haftl