Sunday Pork Roast with Potatoes / Nedjeljno svinjsko pečenje sa krumpirima

While I was a kid, you could easily tell that it’s Sunday simply by mouth-watering smells of roasted meat, floating through our building staircase. Growing up in a communist country (and later on during the war and post-war times) meant that meat was a scarcity and a luxury. We’d rarely have it during the week, but on the weekends, especially on Sundays, whole families would get together to feast on some sort of roast, usually with potatoes on the side. In lieu with those past traditions and memories, I decided to make a good old hunk of roasted pork.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.64 EUR per serving / 6,55 EUR for all)

For the meat:

1 kilo of whole pork rib roast (5.30 EUR)

1 tbsp pork lard (0.01 EUR)

1 tbsp herb steak seasoning (0.13 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

For the potatoes:

4-5 large new potatoes (0.80 EUR)

1 tsp pork lard (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

¼ cup water (–)

For the gravy:

1 tbsp butter (0.13 EUR)

¼ cup stock or water (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp corn starch (0.02 EUR)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

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METHOD:

Prepare the meat the day before by rubbing it all around with lard, seasoning and salt. I used a prepackaged herb mix, but go ahead and use whichever flavors you fancy. The world is your oyster. Refrigerate the meat uncovered until the next day.

Remove the meat from the fridge at least half an hour before cooking, so it comes to room temperature. Preheat the oven to 200°C. In a pan on high heat, quickly sear the meat on all sides to close all the pores and ensure maximum juiciness. Transfer the meat to a baking tray, together with all the bits you scraped off from the searing pan. Chop up the potatoes, toss with lard, salt and pepper, and then arrange them around meat. Pour ¼ cup of water into the tray and place the tray into a preheated oven for 1 hour and 30 minutes. It won’t hurt if you stir the potatoes once or twice during roasting and add a tiny splash of water to the pan if things start looking too dry.

Once the meat is done remove it from the tray and let it sit for about 15 minutes before you start slicing. Give the potatoes one final stir and return them to the oven for these last 15 minutes so they crisp up a bit.

After the meat had time to rest, carefully carve it from the bone and slice. Transfer to a serving plate, together with potatoes. To make the gravy, strain any leftover juices you have in your roasting pan to a small saucepan and add butter and water (or stock) with dissolved corn starch. Bring to a boil and cook for a minute or two to slightly thicken. Taste and season with salt and pepper as needed. Serve immediately.

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Dok sam bila klinka lako ste mogli pogoditi da je nedjelja samo po mirisima pečenja od kojih cure sline, a koji bi lelujali po haustoru zgrade. Kad ste dijete iz ere komunizma (a kasnije i iz ratnog i poratnog razdoblja), navikli ste da je meso luksuz. U tjednu bi smo ga poprilično rijetko jeli, ali vikendom, a posebno nedjeljom, svi bi smo se skupili oko nekakve pečenke sa krumpirima. U duhu tih minulih tradicija i sjećanja, odlučila sam pripremiti dobro staro svinjsko pečenje.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 12,31 kn po porciji / 49,23 kn za sve)

Za meso:

1 kg svinjskog karea s kostima, u komadu (40,00 kn)

1 žlica svinjske masti (0,10 kn)

1 žlica miješanog začinskog bilja za steak (1,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

Za krumpire:

4-5 velikih mladih krumpira (6,00 kn)

1 žličica svinjske masti (0,05 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

¼ šalice vode (–)

Za umak:

1 žlica maslaca (1,00 kn)

¼ šalice temeljca ili vode (0,50 kn)

1 žličica kukuruznog škroba (0,15 kn)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,15 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Dan prije priredite meso tako da ga sa svih strana dobro natrljate sa mašću, mješavinom začinskog bilja i soli. Ja sam upotrijebila gotovi mix za steak, ali vi se slobodno razmašite i iskoristite ono što vam se najviše sviđa. Meso ostavite preko noći nepokriveno u hladnjaku.

Pola sata prije nego krenete sa kuhanjem izvadite meso iz hladnjaka kako bi došlo na sobnu temperaturu. Pećnicu zagrijte na 200°C. U tavi, na jakoj vatri, kratko popecite meso sa svih strana, samo da se pore zatvore i da osigurate maksimalnu sočnost. Meso skupa sa svim komadićima koje postružete iz tave preselite u protvan. Narežite krumpire na komade, pomiješajte sa mašću, soli i paprom, te rasporedite oko mesa. Ulijte ¼ šalice vode u protvan i stavite u zagrijanu pećnicu na 1 sat i 30 minuta. Neće škoditi ako jednom ili dva puta promiješate krumpire tokom pečenja, a po potrebi u tavu dodajte još mrvicu vode ako vam se situacija čini presuhom.

Kada je meso gotovo maknite ga iz protvana i ostavite da miruje oko 15 minuta prije nego krenete sa rezanjem. Krumpire još jednom promiješajte, pa vratite u pećnicu još tih zadnjih 15 minuta dok meso odmara, a kako bi se malo zahrskali.

Kada je meso odstajalo, pažljivo ga skinite s kosti i narežite na tanke ploške. Preselite meso na pladanj za posluživanje skupa sa krumpirima. Da pripremite umak, u mali lončić procijedite sve što vam je ostalu u protvanu. Dodajte u to maslac i kukuruzni škrob rastopljen u vodi (ili temeljcu). Pustite da zavrije i kuhajte minutu-dvije, samo da se zgusne. Kušajte i po potrebi dodajte soli i papra. Poslužite odmah.

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Sunday Pork Roast with Potatoes / Nedjeljno svinjsko pečenje sa krumpirima

Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken / Hrskava pohana piletina iz pećnice

If there was one typo of food I had to eat every day till the end of my days, I’d most likely go with fried chicken. Admittedly, that probably isn’t the wisest dietary choice, but I love that dish so so much. I assume that most people would pick up some chocolate or cookies when needing comfort or celebration, but not me. Just give me some fried chicken and I’m happy.

So in order to have some emergency chicken on hand, I took a bit of time during the weekend and prepared a big batch. Good deal of it went uncooked into the freezer. The beauty is you don’t need to thaw anything, just brush the frozen chicken chunks lightly with oil and roast into irresistible crispiness in a preheated oven.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 20 pieces / 0.36 EUR per piece / 7.27 EUR for all)

For the meat:

2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (6.00 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

For the liquid batter:

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

1 cup sparkling water (0.20 EUR)

2 tbsp olive oil (0.09 EUR)

2/3 cup all-purpose flour (0.04 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp garlic powder (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp smoked paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.03 EUR)

For the dry mix:

2 cups breadcrumbs (0.40 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

For the roasting:

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.07 EUR)

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METHOD:

First prepare the meat by cutting each chicken breast into ten approximately equal pieces. Season generously with salt and set aside to rest for about 10-15 minutes.

Prepare the liquid batter by whisking together egg, sparkling water and olive oil. Whisk in flour, salt, pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika and Hungarian paprika until the batter is even and no lumps remain. If needed, add a bit more water or flour. You want the final product to be somewhat like pancake batter. Whisk the breadcrumbs with a pinch of salt in a separate bowl.

Preheat the oven to 200°C and line a baking tray with parchment paper. Dunk chicken pieces in the liquid batter, then coat generously with breadcrumbs. Using your hands press the breadcrumbs into the meat and spread the coated chicken pieces on a prepared baking tray. Repeat until all of the meat is coated. At this point you can also freeze the extra chicken for later. Just put the whole baking tray into the freezer and after two hours transfer the chicken pieces into a freezer bag and wrap tightly.

Lightly brush chicken pieces on both sides with sunflower seed oil and bake for 25 minutes, until crispy and golden. Serve immediately.

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Da sam do kraja života osuđena na samo jedno jelo, vjerojatno bi se odlučila za pileće pohance. Naravno, to baš i nije najmudriji prehrambeni izbor, ali za pohancima sam jednostavno luda. Pretpostavljam da bi većina ljudi posegnula za čokoladom kada žele utjehu ili nešto proslaviti, ali ne ja. Samo mi dajte pileće pohance i ja sam sretna.

Pa kako bih u kriznim situacijama uvijek imala pohanaca pri ruci, za vikend sam izdvojila nešto vremena i bacila se na pripreme. Dobar dio pohanaca sam panirane i sirove ubacila u zamrzivač, a super stvar je da ih prije pečenja ne trebate odmrzavati. Samo ih smrznute lagano premažite uljem i u zagrijanoj pećnici ispecite u hrskave poslastice.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 20 pohanaca / 2,71 kn po pohancu / 54,27 kn za sve)

Za meso:

2 velika odkoštena pileća prsa bez kože (45,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Za tekuću smjesu:

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

1 šalica gazirane mineralne vode (1,50 kn)

2 žlice maslinovog ulja (0,66 kn)

2/3 šalice glatkog brašna (0,33 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

1 žličica češnjaka u prahu (0,50 kn)

1 žličica dimljene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica slatke crvene paprike (0,25 kn)

Za suhu smjesu:

2 šalice krušnih mrvica (3,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Za pečenje:

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo priredite meso na način da svako pileće prso izrežete na deset otprilike jednakih komada. Dobro nasolite i stavite na stranu.

Spremite tekuću smjesu tako da u posudi skupa razmutite jaje, mineralnu vodu i maslinovo ulje. Dodajte brašno, sol, papar, češnjak, dimljenu papriku i slatku papriku, te miješajte sve dok smjesa ne bude jednolična i bez grudica. Po potrebi dodajte još malo vode ili brašna. Gotova bi smjesa trebala biti kao gusto tijesto za palačinke. U posebnoj zdjeli pomiješajte krušne mrvice sa soli.

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C, a protvan obložite papirom za pečenje. Komade piletine umočite u tekuću smjesu i onda dobro obložite krušnim mrvicama. Rukama utisnite mrvice u meso, a tako pripremljene komade mesa raširite po pripremljenom protvanu. Ponavljajte dok svo meso nije panirano. Ovako pripremljenu piletinu možete sada i smrznuti. Jednostavno cijeli protvan na dva sata ubacite u zamrzivač, a poslije meso samo preselite u vrećicu za smrzavanje i dobro zamotajte.

Meso prije pečenja lagano premažite suncokretovim uljem na obje strane te pecite oko 25 minuta, dok pohanci ne budu hrskavi i zlatni. Odmah poslužite.

Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken / Hrskava pohana piletina iz pećnice

Grilled Thin Sliced Beef Bottom Steaks / Pečeni juneći šnicli na naglo

Obviously, I haven’t invented anything new with throwing a bunch of steaks on a grilling pan. This dish is so simple you can barely call it a recipe anyway, but if you think that grilling thin steaks is something overly complex – fear not; this is super simple and you should definitely do it.

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INGREDIENTS:

1 kilo thinly sliced beef bottom steaks

1 tsp salt

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper

5 garlic cloves, minced

5 tbsp olive oil

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METHOD:

Start off by bashing the stakes up with a tenderizer on both sides. For easier cleanup, wrap your cutting board in cling foil and put a freezer bag over the meat. Once all the steaks are beaten thinly, place them in a clean zip-lock bag and add in salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil. Using your hands massage it all into the stakes, squeeze out as much excess air as you can out of the bag, seal and refrigerate overnight.

When ready to grill, remove the meat from fridge and allow it to come to room temperature for about 15 minutes. Preheat the grilling pan on medium-high heat for a few minutes. Drain the meat off excess marinade and add to preheated pan. Briefly grill on each side. For best results, keep the meat a bit underdone. Serve immediately.

Raw stakes will keep refrigerated in this marinade for a few days, so go ahead and prepare a bigger batch for a super quick lunch.

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Očito je da nisam izmislila ništa novo kada sam šnicle bacila na tavu. Ovo jelo je toliko jednostavno da ga se i ne može nazvati receptom. Ali ako mislite da je ispeći juneće šnicle neka jako komplicirana radnja – ne bojte se. Ovo ne može biti lakše i nema razloga da ne prionete na posao.

SASTOJCI:

1 kilogram tanko narezanih junećih šnicli

1 žličica soli

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra

5 češnjeva češnjaka, sitno nasjeckanih

5 žlica maslinovog ulja

PRIPREMA:

Za početak batom dobro istucite šnicle na obje strane. Da lakše sve počistite, dasku za rezanje omotajte u prijanjajuću foliju, a preko mesa stavite vrećicu za smrzavanje. Kada ste istukli sve šnicle, stavite ih u čistu vrećicu za smrzavanje te ubacite unutra sol, papar, češnjak i maslinovo ulje. Rukama umasirajte sve sastojke u šnicle, istisnite višak zraka iz vrećice, zavežite i stavite u hladnjak preko noći.

15-tak minuta prije nego krenete sa pečenjem izvadite šnicle iz hladnjaka da dođu na sobnu temperaturu. Gril tavu dobro ugrijte na srednje-jakoj vatri. Ocijedite meso od viška marinade i stavite na zagrijanu tavu. Kratko pecite na obje strane, a za najbolje rezultate bolje je da je meso slabije pečeno. Poslužite odmah.

Sirovi šnicli u ovakvoj marinadi mogu stajati u hladnjaku i do par dana, pa za brzi ručak slobodno unaprijed pripremite i malo veću količinu.

Grilled Thin Sliced Beef Bottom Steaks / Pečeni juneći šnicli na naglo

Baked Turkey Meatballs / Pečene pureće mesne okruglice

I’ve been in a mood for meatballs for the longest time ever. Since the weather is pretty warm, I decided to make the meatballs with ground turkey, as it’s lighter than beef or pork. Naturally, the batch I’ve prepared was huge, so I munched on these for the whole week. Feel free to scale down and adjust the amounts to your liking.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields about 40 meatballs / 0.21 EUR per meatball, 8.35 EUR for all)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

5 garlic cloves (0.17 EUR)

1.200 grams of ground turkey (6.67 EUR)

1 egg (0.20 EUR)

1 cup bread crumbs (0.40 EUR)

¼ cup sunflower seed oil (0.10 EUR)

1 tbsp Gochujang – Korean chili paste (0.13 EUR)

½ cup Ajvar – red horn pepper paste, here and here are recipes for homemade (0.40 EUR)

1 tsp smoky red paprika (0.07 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.07 EUR)

½ tsp dried chili flakes (0.03 EUR)

2 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

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METHOD:

Preheat the oven to 200°C. Finely dice the onion and mince garlic. In a large bowl mix all of the ingredients together with your hands. Using a spoon or a small ice cream scoop (which is my personal favorite for this job) scoop up the mixture and form into small balls. Spread the meatballs on a baking tray and bake for about 30 minutes, until they are nice and crispy on the outside. You can also bake the meatballs in a silicone muffin tray, which I find even better for the job as it makes the cleaning less tedious. These meatballs reheat great and once baked should keep in your fridge for at least five days.

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Već mi se sto godina jedu mesne okruglice, a pošto je vrijeme dosta toplo, odlučila sam se za mljevenu puretinu jer je lakša od svinjetine ili junetine. Naravno, morala sam odma napraviti enormnu količinu pa sam okruglice tamanila cijeli tjedan. Vi slobodno prilagodite količine sastojaka svojim potrebama.

SASTOJCI:

(Za oko 40 okruglica / 1,56 kn po okruglici / 62,52 kn za sve)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

5 češnjeva češnjaka (1,25 kn)

1.200 grama mljevene puretine (50,00 kn)

1 jaje (1,50 kn)

1 šalica krušnih mrvica (3,00 kn)

¼ šalice suncokretovog ulja (0,75 kn)

1 žlica Gochujanga – korejske chili paste (1,00 kn)

½ šalice ajvara – tu i tu su recepti za domaći (3,00 kn)

1 žličica dimljene crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,50 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

2 žličice soli (0,02 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Zagrijte pećnicu na 200°C. Fino nasjeckajte luk i češnjak. U velikoj zdjeli rukama dobro izmješajte sve sastojke. Žlicom ili malom žlicom za sladoled (što je moj osobni favorit za ovaj posao) grabite smjesu i oblikujte u male kuglice. Okruglice raširite po protvanu za pečenje i pecite oko 30 minuta, dok se izvana lijepo ne zahrskaju. Okruglice možete također peći i u silikonskom kalupu za mafine, što je po meni još bolje jer olakšava čišćenje. Ove okruglice se super podgrijavaju, a jednom pečene u frižideru mogu držati barem pet dana.

Baked Turkey Meatballs / Pečene pureće mesne okruglice

Creamy Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs / Piletina u kremastom umaku od vrhnja sa povrćem i začinskim biljem

Yes, another chicken recipe! I’ve been craving chicken in cream sauce for a while, so naturally I cooked a humongous batch to eat to my heart’s desire. The only problem with this dish is that it’s so good you’ll have a hard time putting your fork down, so consider yourselves warned.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 8 servings / 1.58 EUR per serving / 12.62 EUR for all)

For the chicken:

3 chicken breasts (8.00 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

1 tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.03 EUR)

4 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.05 EUR)

For cream sauce:

1 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.01 EUR)

1 large onion (0.10 EUR)

1 large zucchini (0.67 EUR)

4 large carrots (0.40 EUR)

4 garlic cloves (0.13 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

Good pinch of freshly ground black pepper (0.01 EUR)

2 cups of cooking cream (2.00 EUR)

Handful of fresh chives (0.20 EUR)

Handful of fresh parsley (0.20 EUR)

For serving:

8 cups cooked rice (0.80 EUR)

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METHOD:

Remove bone and skin from chicken breasts then cut the meat in small chunks. Toss with salt and pepper, so all of the pieces are coated, and allow it to sit a bit. While the chicken is resting wash and peel your veggies. Dice the onion, shred zucchini and carrots on a box grater, mince garlic and chop up chives and parsley.

In a medium-sized pot roast chicken pieces in a few batches on sunflower oil until crispy. Add a bit more oil to the pot as necessary. Remove all chicken pieces from the pot, deglaze with a bit of water and pour all the delicious juices over chicken. Set the meat aside.

Add remaining tablespoon of oil to the pot and saute onion until slightly translucent. Add in zucchini, carrot and garlic, season with salt and pepper, and cook for about 10 minutes until most of the water from the veggies evaporates, while stirring occasionally. Return the meat to the pot, pour cooking cream over everything and stir to combine. Cook for a few minutes until the sauce thickens to desired consistency. Finally stir in chives and parsley and serve over cooked rice.

This dish reheats great, so you’ll be all set if you’re making a big batch to take to work.

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Da, još jedan recept s piletinom! Već mi se duže vrijeme jede piletina u umaku od vrhnja, pa sam naravno skuhala enormnu količinu da mogu to tamaniti do mile volje. Jedini je problem sa ovim jelom što je toliko fino da će vam biti teško ostaviti vilicu. Smatrajte se upozorenima.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 8 porcija / 11,83 kn po porciji / 94,62 kn za sve)

Za piletinu:

3 pilećih prsa (60,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

1 žličica svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,25 kn)

4 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,40 kn)

Za umak:

1 žlica suncokretovog ulja (0,10 kn)

1 veliki luk (0,75 kn)

1 velika tikvica (5,00 kn)

4 velike mrkve (3,00 kn)

4 češnja češnjaka (1,00 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

Dobar prstohvat svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,10 kn)

2 šalice vrhnja za kuhanje (15,00 kn)

Pregršt svježeg vlasca (1,50 kn)

Pregršt svježeg peršina (1,50 kn)

Za posluživanje:

8 šalica kuhane riže (6,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Odkoštite pileća prsa i skinite kožu, pa narežite meso na manje komadiće. Pomiješajte sa soli i paprom da svi komadi budu obloženi, pa ostavite da malo odstoji. Dok meso odmara, operite i ogulite svo povrće. Narežite luk na kockice, naribajte tikvicu i mrkvu, te fino nasjeckajte češnjak, vlasac i peršin.

U loncu srednje veličine u nekoliko manjih tura na ulju ispecite komadiće piletine da se zahrskaju. Po potrebi dodajte malo po malo ulja. Maknite sve komadiće mesa iz lonca, a sa malo vode otopite sve što se uhvatilo na dnu lonca i prelijte te ukusne sokove preko piletine. Stavite na stranu.

U lonac dodajte preostalu žlicu ulja, pa prodinstajte luk da bude staklast. Ubacite tikvicu, mrkvu i češnjak, začinite sa soli i paprom, te kuhajte uz povremeno miješanje desetak minuta da većina vode iz povrća ispari. Vratite meso u lonac, prelijte preko svega vrhnje za kuhanje i dobro promiješajte. Kuhajte par minuta da se umak zgusne do željene konzistencije. Na kraju umiješajte vlasac i peršin te poslužite preko kuhane riže.

Ovo se jelo super podgrijava tako da ćete imati riješen ručak za ponijeti na posao ako skuhate veću količinu.

Creamy Chicken with Vegetables and Herbs / Piletina u kremastom umaku od vrhnja sa povrćem i začinskim biljem

Pork Goulash / Svinjski gulaš

I’ve been in a mood for a nice thick goulash for a while now and when I finally stumbled onto pork leg on sale, I was all set. I suggest using meat with a bit of fat in this recipe, as the fatty bits are going to cook off and in return leave the meat juicy and tender. I decided to cook store-bought gnocchi on the side, but you can totally make this with rice, mashed potatoes or pasta. Of course, whipping up your own gnocchi would be even better, but alas, I was a bit lazy for that venture.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 6 servings / 0.82 EUR per serving / 4.94 EUR for all)

To prep the meat:

500 grams of pork leg or shoulder (2.00 EUR)

1 tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp freshly ground black pepper (0.02 EUR)

2 tbsp all-purpose flour (0.01 EUR)

3 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.04 EUR)

For the goulash:

2 tbsp sunflower seed oil (0.03 EUR)

2 large onions (0.20 EUR)

1 garlic bulb (0.27 EUR)

2 large carrots (0.20 EUR)

1 tin of peeled tomatoes (0.80 EUR)

2 small potatoes (0.07 EUR)

Good pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

½ tsp dried red pepper flakes (0.03 EUR)

½ tsp smoked red paprika (0.03 EUR)

1 tbsp sweet Hungarian paprika (0.07 EUR)

2 tbsp dried parsley (0.13 EUR)

1 bay leaf (0.01 EUR)

2 cups water (–)

For gnocchi:

Water (–)

Pinch of salt (0.01 EUR)

500 grams of gnocchi (1.00 EUR)

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METHOD:

First prepare the meat by cutting it into cubes and tossing with salt and pepper. Set aside and let it rest for half an hour. While the meat rests wash, peel and dice all the vegetables. After 30 minutes, toss the meat with flour to coat evenly. Place a large heavy pot on high heat and add a tablespoon of oil to it, then quickly sear the cubed meat on all sides. Work in small batches, adding more oil as necessary. Remove all meat from the pot and set aside.

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Add remaining two tablespoons of oil to the same pot and saute onion for a few minutes until translucent. Toss in garlic and carrot and stir to cook briefly until softened. Dump in peeled tomatoes and crush them with a spatula. Return in the meat, add potatoes, salt, red pepper flakes, smoked and Hungarian paprika, parsley and bay leaf, cover everything with water and bring to a rolling boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer with a lid cracked open for about an hour, until nicely thickened. The flour from searing the meat should be enough to thicken the goulash, but you can also simmer it with a lid off for a while if it appears too soupy. Taste and adjust seasoning.

While the goulash is coming along, cook the gnocchi in salted water as per packaging instructions. Drain and serve with goulash ladled on top and sprinkled with some finely grated hard cheese, if you are so inclined. This dish freezes and reheats great, so be sure to cook enough to have a bit reserved for later.

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Već sam dulje vrijeme raspoložena za fini gusti gulaš, a kada sam naletila i na svinjski but na sniženju, bacila sam se na kuhanje. Moj je prijedlog da ovdje upotrijebite mrvicu masnije meso. Masnoća će se s vremeno iskuhati, a samo meso ostati će sočno i mekano. Ja sam se kao prilog odlučila uzeti kupovne njoke, ali ovo možete svakako složiti sa rižom, pire krumpirom ili tjesteninom. Naravno, bilo bi još bolje da sam sama išla raditi njoke, ali sam za tu avanturu bila malo prelijena.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 6 porcija / 6,14 kn po porciji / 36,86 kn za sve)

Za prirediti meso:

500 g svinjskog buta ili plećke (15,00 kn)

1 žličica soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice svježe mljevenog crnog papra (0,13 kn)

2 žlice glatkog brašna (0,10 kn)

3 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,30 kn)

Za gulaš:

2 žlice suncokretovog ulja (0,20 kn)

2 velika luka (1,50 kn)

1 glavica češnjaka (2,00 kn)

2 velike mrkve (1,50 kn)

1 konzerva pelata (6,00 kn)

2 mala krumpira (0,50 kn)

Dobar prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

½ žličice sušenog čilija u pahuljicama (0,25 kn)

½ žličice dimljene slatke paprike (0,25 kn)

1 žlica slatke crvene paprike (0,50 kn)

2 žlice sušenog peršina (1,00 kn)

1 lovorov list (0,10 kn)

2 šalice vode (–)

Za njoke:

Voda (–)

Prstohvat soli (0,01 kn)

500 grama njoka (7,50 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Prvo priredite meso tako da ga narežete na kockice i pomiješate sa solju i paprom. Ostavite da miruje oko pola sata. U međuvremenu operite, ogulite i narežite svo povrće. Nakon pola sata posipajte meso brašnom i promiješajte da se ravnomjerno obloži. Stavite veliki lonac na jaku vatru i na žlici ulja brzo popecite meso sa svih strana, samo da se ulovi korica. Napravite to u nekoliko manjih tura, a po potrebi dodajte još malo po malo ulja. Maknite svo meso iz lonca i stavite na stranu.

U isti lonac dodajte preostale dvije žlice ulja i prodinstajte luk par minuta dok ne postane staklast. Ubacite češnjak i mrkvu, promiješajte i kratko kuhajte da omekšaju. Dodajte pelate i izgnječite ih sa špatulom. Sada vratite u lonac meso, pa dodajte krumpire, sol, čili pahuljice, dimljenu i slatku papriku, peršin i lovorov list, te prekrijte sve sa vodom i pustite da zavrije. Smanjite vatru na srednje-nisku i krčkajte sa odškrinutim poklopcem oko jedan sat, dok se gulaš lijepo ne zgusne. Brašno od prženja mesa trebalo bi biti dovoljno da zgusne gulaš, no po potrebi završiti kuhanje i otklopljeno ako vam se čini da je prejušno. Kušajte i prilagodite začine.

Kad gulaš bude pri kraju skuhajte njoke u slanoj vodi prema uputama na pakiranju. Ocijedite i poslužite njoke prelivene sa gulašom i po želji posipane sa malo parmezana. Ovo se jelo super smrzava i podgrijava, pa skuhajte više da si možete malo spremiti i za kasnije.

Pork Goulash / Svinjski gulaš

Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice / Pržena riža s piletinom i teriyaki umakom

I was in a mood for something flavorful and spicy, but also had a lot of odds and ends floating around the fridge. Instead of resorting to a takeout, which is undoubtedly always my first instinct, I decided to whip up a fried rice dish. For me, fried rice is always the best way to use up any boring leftovers.

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INGREDIENTS:

(Yields 4 servings / 1.28 EUR per serving / 5.11  EUR for all)

For fried rice:

1 chicken breast (2.67 EUR)

½ tsp salt (0.01 EUR)

2 tbsp corn starch (0.07 EUR)

5 tbsp sunflower seed oil, divided (0.03 EUR)

2 large carrots (0.13 EUR)

1 red bell pepper (0.20 EUR)

3 cloves of garlic (0.10 EUR)

¼ small head of cabbage (0.20 EUR)

1 onion (0.10 EUR)

2 cups precooked rice (0.20 EUR)

For teriyaki sauce:

1/3 cup soy sauce (0.33 EUR)

½ cup warm water (–)

1 tbsp corn starch (0.03 EUR)

2 tbsp honey (0.27 EUR)

1 tsp toasted sesame oil (0.07 EUR)

Pinch of cayenne pepper (0.03 EUR)

Additional:

4 tbsp crushed cashews for serving (0.67 EUR)

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METHOD:

Dice the chicken, sprinkle with salt and let sit for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile, wash, peel and thinly slice all the vegetables so you have everything ready once you start cooking, as it’s gonna go quickly. Place wok on high heat to get it thoroughly warmed up. Toss chicken with corn starch.

Add 2 tablespoons of oil to hot wok and half of the chicken. Stir-fry for a few minutes, until chicken is crispy and golden. Remove chicken from wok and then repeat the process with remaining meat and fresh 2 tablespoons of oil. If necessary, deglaze the pan in between. Once you removed the chicken, add a bit of water to wok, place it back on high heat and scrape all the bits off with a spatula. Allow most of the water to evaporate, but be sure to reserve this sauce with all its delicious bits for later.

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Once all the meat is done and you did another deglazing, add remaining oil to the wok and gradually add in thinly sliced carrots, bell pepper, garlic, cabbage and onion, following this order. Stir-fry for a minute or two before adding in each new vegetable. Return chicken to the wok, add precooked rice and stir everything well.

In a bowl, quickly whisk together all sauce ingredients and add the sauce all the juices left over from deglazing the pan. Pour sauce over veggie, meat and rice mixture in wok, give everything a good stir and cook for a few seconds, just until the sauce thickens. Serve immediately sprinkled with crushed cashews.

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Jelo mi se nešto bogatog okusa i začinjeno, ali sam imala i hrpu nekakvih ostataka koji su mi se povlačili po frižideru. Umjesto da pribjegnem tome da naručium dostavu, što mi je bez dvojbe uvijek prvi instinkt, na brzinu sam smutila ovu prženu rižu. Jer za mene je pržena riža uvijek najbolji način za iskoristiti dosadne ostatke hrane.

SASTOJCI:

(Za 4 porcije / 9,57 kn po porciji / 38,26 kn za sve)

Za prženu rižu:

1 pileća prsa (20,00 kn)

½ žličice soli (0,01 kn)

2 žlice kukuruznog škroba (0,50 kn)

5 žlica suncokretovog ulja, podijeljene (0,25 kn)

2 velike mrkve (1,00 kn)

1 crvena paprika (1,50 kn)

3 češnja češnjaka (0,75 kn)

¼ male glavice kupusa (1,50 kn)

1 luk (0,75 kn)

2 šalice kuhane riže (1,50 kn)

Za teriyaki umak:

1/3 šalice soja sosa (2,50 kn)

½ šalice tople vode (–)

1 žlica kukuruznog škroba (0,25 kn)

2 žlice meda (2,00 kn)

1 žličica tostiranog sezamovog ulja (0,50 kn)

Prstohvat kajenskog papra (0,25 kn)

Dodatno:

4 žlice drobljenih indijskih oraščića za posluživanje (5,00 kn)

PRIPREMA:

Narežite piletinu na kockice, posolite i ostavite da odstoji 20-tak minuta. U međuvremenu operite, očistite i tanko narežite svo povrće kako bi bilo spremno kada krenete kuhati, jer će sve ići jako brzo. Stavite wok na jaku vatru da se dobro ugrije. Piletinu pomiješajte sa kukuruznim škrobom.

U vrući wok dodajte 2 žlice ulja i pola piletine. Pržite uz miješanje nekoliko minuta, dok piletina ne bude hruskava i zlatna. Maknite meso iz woka i ponovite sa ostatkom piletine i nove 2 žlice ulja. Po potrebi prethodno otopite sve sedimente koji su se skupili u woku od prženja mesa, i to tako da dodate u wok mrvicu vode i nad vatrom špahtlom postružete sve što se za wok prilijepilo. Pustite da većina vode ispari prije nego što ćete takav umak, sa svim ukusnim mrvicama od pečenja sačuvati za kasnije.

Kada je svo meso gotovo i još ste jednom otopili sve mesne sedimente, dodajte preostalu žlicu ulja i postepeno ubacujte tanko narezane mrkvu, papriku, češnjak, kupus i luk, i to slijedeći ovaj redoslijed. Svaki puta minutu-dvije miješajte i pržite prije nego dodate novo povrće. Vratite piletinu u wok, dodajte kuhanu rižu te sve dobro promiješajte.

U zdjelici brzo pomiješajte sve sastojke za umak skupa sa umakom koji ste sačuvali od prženja mesa. Prelijte preko mješavine povrća, mesa i riže te sve dobro pomiješajte. Kuhajte par sekundi, samo dok se umak ne zgusne. Poslužite odmah posipano sa drobljenim indijskim oraščićima.

Chicken Teriyaki Fried Rice / Pržena riža s piletinom i teriyaki umakom