Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hunter's Schnitzel (Serbian = Lovacke Snicle)

This is a great alternative to a fried dish. It makes a delicious sauce too!


2 thin steaks
1/2 red onion
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp Vegeta or other seasoning salt
1 tbsp flour
3 cups water
salt and pepper

Mashed potatoes:
3 large potatoes
3 tbsp butter
1/2 cup milk
salt to taste

First, tenderize the steaks with a meat tenderizer on both sides.

Sprinkle salt and pepper.

Fry in oil for about 5 minutes per side over high heat.

Remove the steaks and place them into a plate. Add minced onions, Vegeta, paprika and flour.

Mix together well and let the onions fry for a couple of minutes.

Add water and mix it all into a smooth sauce.

Put the meat back into the pan, lower the heat and cover. Cook for another 30-45 minutes until the meat is soft.

Serve over mashed potatoes or rice. Garnish with parsley.

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Chicken with Sun Dried Tomatoes

2 chicken breasts
1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil
1 cup chicken broth
1 tsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste

Side dish- potatoes:
handful of baby red potatoes
olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

If the chicken breasts are too thick, cut them into 2 thin pieces each. Sprinkle them with salt and pepper on both sides.

Fry them in oil over medium/high heat.

In the meantime, cut the baby potatoes into halves or quarters and fry in oil in a separate pan. Add salt and pepper to taste. Don't forget to stir them while you prepare the chicken.

When the chicken in done, remove it from the pan and set on a clean plate. In the remaining oil add sun dried tomatoes, oregano, chicken broth and vinegar. Reduce the heat to low and stir for about 5 minutes. The liquid will reduce to about half of what you started with.

Place the chicken back into the pan to allow it to absorb the sauce. Turn it over several times.

By this time, potatoes should also be done and ready to serve.

Serve hot with sauce and sun dried tomatoes over chicken.

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Pasta with Sun Dried Tomatoes and Feta

Here is one idea for a quick and simple meal. I was a little bit hungry the last night, but not hungry enough to go through a whole cooking ritual. So, I improvised this 15 minute meal which tasted really good and so I want to share it with you all.


6-8 oz rigatoni pasta

1/3 cup sun dried tomatoes in oil

1/4 cup feta

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Cook the pasta according to the instructions on the package. Heat the oil in a pan and throw in sun dried tomatoes and drained pasta.

Stir for a couple of minutes. Add feta and mix again.

Serve with freshly grated Parmesan on top.

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Sunday, June 6, 2010

Teriyaki Chicken with Bell Peppers and Tomatoes


2 chicken breasts
1 orange bell pepper, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
handful cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
2 cups white rice
salt to taste

1/2 cup soy sauce
1/2 cup red wine
1 tsp minced ginger
2 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
4 tbsp olive oil

Prepare the marinade by mixing all the ingredients together in a bowl. Cut the chicken breast.

Place the chicken into the marinade 2-6 hours before you are ready to cook it.

When you are ready to cook, start your rice in the rice cooker while you prepare the chicken and veggies.

Heat the oil on a wok. Add chicken. Fry on a high heat until chicken is completely cooked.

Slice pepper and onion.

Add pepper and onion to the wok and stir. Lower the heat to medium. Cook for a couple of minutes.

Add cherry tomatoes. Salt to taste. Stir. Tomatoes will fall apart and give it a nice flavor.

The veggies should be soft, but not completely overcooked.

Serve over white rice.

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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Rose Bread by Ana Lazic (Serbian = Погача Ружа)


1 cup water
1 cup milk
2 tea spoons dried yeast
1 tea spoon salt (if salted butter is used, use less)
1/3-1/2 cup oil
4 cups white flour
1/4 lb unsalted butter

Mix flour, yeast and salt in a bowl. Heat up milk for 1 min on high in the microwave. Add water and oil to the warm milk, pour this mix over the flour mix. Mix everything well and let the dough sit for 45-60 min. Split the dough into four portions.

Stretch each portion relatively thin.

Spread the butter on top.

Roll into a log.

Cut the log into pieces (each piece will become a rose after baking) and place them next to each other with some space in between in a buttered pan. Let the dough rise for 30 min. more - the individual pieces should start touching each other.

Bake at 400ºF for 25 min. In a small bowl, mix a small amount of water and vegetable oil. While the dough is still warm, cover each rose with a thin layer of oil+water mix using a brush.

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