Chicken ragout à la Ana recipe

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A Romanian recipe that has been in my family for years, a simple stew with chicken, peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Bedfordshire, England, UK

1 person made this

IngredientsServes: 3

  • 1 onion
  • oil as needed
  • 1 pepper, chopped
  • 4 mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 teaspoons plain flour
  • 1/2 chicken breast fillet, cubed
  • salt and pepper
  • 7 tomatoes
  • 5 tablespoons red wine
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • chopped parsley

MethodPrep:10min ›Cook:30min ›Ready in:40min

  1. Chop the onion and fry it in a bit of oil.
  2. Then add the chopped peppers and the sliced mushrooms. Add the flour and mix everything together.
  3. When the onion is soft add the chicken. Add salt and pepper.
  4. In the mean time boil the tomatoes in some water.
  5. When they start to break, take them out and peel and mash them with a fork.
  6. Add them to the pan with the onion and chicken, then add the wine and let it simmer.
  7. When the chicken is cooked, crush the garlic and add it to the sauce. Let it simmer for another 15 to 20 minutes. At the end add the chopped parsley.
  8. Serve with mashed potatoes.ENJOY!!!

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How to make the best roast potatoes

I was taught how to roast potatoes perfectly when I worked in a pub kitchen in London many moons ago. We used to make crispy golden roast potatoes to serve with drinks at the bar. The head cook who I worked under knew what she was talking about, and I have been making potatoes like this ever since.

Now that I have progressed somewhat down the culinary road, I have discovered a few new things, like using duck fat instead of sunflower or canola oil. This truly makes a very big difference in terms of flavour. Duck fat can reach very high temperatures which you need to get the potatoes really crispy, and of course, being an animal fat, it is laced with flavour.

I have been reading up on numerous recipes on how to make the best-ever-roast-potatoes, and there are a few similarities. Namely the use of duck fat and the technique of parboiling and fluffing up the spud before roasting.

One part where there seems to be some discrepancy is whether to heat the oil/fat up before you add the potatoes or not. In London we never did. In some recipes, the potatoes get dusted in flour before being roasted and in others, garlic and other bits were added.

At the Woolworths Christmas range launch lunch in July we were served duck fat roasted potatoes which were heavenly and I asked the chef how he made these. He never pre-heated the fat either.

I had also read about adding vinegar to the water when you par-boil the potatoes, something to do with preventing them potato from falling apart if you over-boiled it – so I used the juice of half a lemon instead, just to give it the mildest zing, although you don’t taste it specifically.

On the potato front, we in South Africa don’t get terribly many varieties as you do in the USA or the UK. Maris Piper are excellent for roasting (and making crispy chips). I like to use the Woolworths Mediterranean potatoes because they have a fabulous taste, but use the best that you can find that are suitable for roasting.

I made my own fat from rendering the fat off 3 ducks I roasted recently for my Spier Secret Festival dinner and the duck ragout I made. I have it stored in my fridge for all the Christmas roasting that is going to take place. Woolworths now stocks duck fat, so it is easy to come by. To keep these vegetarian use sunflower or canola oil.

So armed with all this knowledge over the years, this is my version of the roast potatoes.

This is what you need – adjust according to how many you need, and my suggestion is to make way more than you think.

Damon Lee Fowler

Now that we&rsquore finally getting a little bit of a nip in the air, here&rsquos another simple apple tart that is just the thing to warm and soothe.

The most important part of a good pie or tart is good pastry, which is fortunately a snap to make, especially if you own a food processor.

Pâté Brisée
This is essentially Julia Child&rsquos recipe, from her book From Julia Child&rsquos Kitchen. Once you&rsquove made this classic pastry in the food processor, you&rsquoll never look back.
Makes enough for 2 9-inch pie shells

8 ounces (about 1¾ cups) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
5 ounces (1¼ sticks) unsalted butter, cut into small bits
2 tablespoons chilled lard or vegetable shortening, cut into small bits
About ½ cup ice water

1. Chill the steel chopping blade of the food processor in the freezer for at least 5 minutes. Insert it into the machine, add the flour, sugar, and salt, and pulse to sift. Add the butter and lard and process until the whole mass resembles coarse meal. Pulse in the water a little at a time, starting with ¼ cup, and then adding more by spoonfuls until it is just holding together. You may not need all of it.

2. Turn the dough out onto floured work surface and finish blending by hand, pressing and pushing the dough away from you with the heal of your hand, sprinkling on more water if needed (keeping in mind that it should be malleable but not sticky). Gather the pastry into a ball, wrap it well in plastic wrap, and chill it for at least 20 minutes before rolling it out.

Once the pastry is ready, the tart goes together in just minutes. The classic preserve for the glaze is either apricot jam or currant jelly, but I happened to have a jar of local Mayhaw jelly on hand, and it worked handsomely.

A Simple Apple Tart
Serves 6

1 recipe Pâté Brisée (recipe follows)
About ½ cup cinnamon sugar (recipe follows)
3 large, firm crisp apples such as Gala, Honeycrisp, Arkansas Blacks, or Granny Smiths
1 cup apricot jam, or currant or Mayhaw jelly
2 tablespoons sugar

1. Roll out the pastry into a round about 1/8-inch thick. Fold it into quarter and lay the resulting point in the center of a 10-inch removable bottom tart pan. Gently unfold the pastry and let it fall into the edges of the pan, gently pressing it into the flutes. Roll a rolling pin over it. The sharp edges of the pan will cut the pastry without stretching it. Prick the bottom well and refrigerate while preparing apples, at least 20 minutes.

2. Position a rack in center of the oven and preheat to 450º F. Peel, core, and slice the apples into 1/8-inch slices. Sprinkle pastry thickly with cinnamon sugar. Arrange apples in overlapping, circles on the pastry. They&rsquoll almost be standing to make them all fit. Sprinkle them generously with cinnamon sugar.

3. Bake 20 minutes, until the edges of the pastry have begun to brown and the apples are beginning to soften. Reduce heat to 400 degrees and bake 20 minutes more, or until apples are tender and crust is golden and crisp. Remove it from the oven and let it cool slightly.

While the tart bakes, rub the jam through a sieve, if using. Put the jam or jelly in a small saucepan with 2 tablespoons sugar, stir well, and melt it over medium-low heat. Simmer until the sugar is fully dissolved and the glaze is thick, about 2-3 minutes. Gently paint the apples and edges of the tart with the glaze. Let it cool enough to handle and set the pan on a large can. Carefully lower the rim and then slide the tart onto a serving platter. Serve it warm or at room temperature.

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October 30, 2012 7:50 PM EDT

It makes me want to make and enjoy an Autumn Apple Tart.
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This is a very simple recipe and can be altered and embellished – swap the thyme for rosemary or sage use red wine instead of white or try cider stir in some whole grain mustard towards the end of the cooking time add some diced bacon or pancetta with the vegetables and so on. For a deeper rabbit flavour, replace the chicken stock with rabbit stock – ask your butcher for extra rabbit bones with which to make it.

Copy our continental cousins – the Italians add ripe tomatoes or olives to their rabbit stews, the French prunes, red wine or brandy and the Spanish are partial to a generous glug of sherry and some Serrano ham.

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A meaty ragu (with pasta) is one of my favorite foods. If there’s one on the menu, there’s a pretty good chance I’m ordering it. One of my favorites is an oxtail ragu commonly served with a wide, flat pappardelle pasta. There’s just something about the beefy, meaty oxtails imparting their flavor into a rich and hearty sauce with pasta. It’s a dish I’ve wanted to make for some time but was never quite confident enough in my ability to do it. Turns out, it was actually fairly easy. Just takes a little time, but it was well worth it.

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Recipe (adapted from Mario Batali, Babbo Cookbook)
2.5 lbs oxtail
Kosher salt and ground pepper
Flour, for dredging
1 onion, diced
2 cups red wine
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup tomato sauce
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
Pecorino romano, for grating

Salt and pepper the oxtails and dredge oxtails in flour. Sear until well-browned on all sides. Remove oxtails.

Add onion and cook until lightly browned, a few minutes. Add red wine, scraping up the browned bits, followed by the chicken stock, tomato sauce and fresh thyme. Bring to a boil.

Add back the oxtails and their juices to the pot and put into a 375 degree oven for 3 hours.

Once oxtails are tender and falling off the bone, remove from sauce and let cool. Strain the sauce or blend all ingredients to achieve a smooth consistency.

Once the meat has cooled, pull meat apart from bones and shred into small pieces. Add back into sauce.

Cook pasta according to directions. In a saucepan, add meat and sauce to warm. Once pasta is a couple of minutes away from being done, drain and place pasta in saucepan with enough pasta water to maintain desired sauce consistency. Cook sauce and pasta together until well-incorporated and pasta is done. Plate and grate cheese over the top.

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Taste-wise, I preferred the thicker and wider Delverde pasta but found it to break apart while cooking far too easily. I could understand it breaking apart if overcooked, but these guys starting falling apart after a few minutes of cooking. The Rustichella variety held up together perfectly during the cooking process, but it didn’t have the same mouth feel as the thicker Delverde.

Fully assembled and plated pasta with the Delverde.

I also experimented with a couple of added touches. I liked adding some bitter greens (I had some Chinese broccoli on hand, of which I used just the leaves – they worked very similar to rapini) I thought it added a whole new dimension, and its fresh, slightly bitter flavor helped to offset the richness of the dish. Plus, it made me feel less guilty about eating this in large quantities. I also did one with some clementine zest (’tis the season!) which added some bright citrus to help cut through the richness, though I preferred just the greens.

I was pretty happy with the way this turned out. I’m still searching for the perfect pasta (it may have to be made fresh…sigh) but I thought the ragu was exactly what I was looking for. Rich and tremendously flavorful, it would’ve worked well on any pasta. Or even mashed potatoes. Or spread on some toasted bread. Probably with any starch. I’ll definitely be making this again.

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6 to 8 dozen frozen tortellini (The original recipe specifies two packages or 8 dozen, but you’ll want enough for everyone to have about a dozen each. The recipe header describes tortellini as “tiny,” so 4 to 6 dozen of today’s larger tortellini may be enough.)

¼ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

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Chicken ragout à la Ana recipe - Recipes

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In Germany, two-hundred thirty-one

One hundred in France in Turkey, ninety-one

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Erwin Schrott as Don Giovanni, with Ana Maria Martinez as Donna Elivra in a production at Covent Garden in 2007. The New York Times critic had nice things to say about Schrott’s voice, and much more about the way he looked.

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Playa Mesa: Mexican. Delivery through UberEats and DoorDash. Takeout family packs and margaritas to-go. Call or email [email protected] 428 E. 17th St., 949-287-5292 playamesa.com.

Seasons 52: Seasonal, healthful choices. Curbside pickup and free local delivery within 20 minutes of the restaurant. Flatbreads, soups, entrees, mini-indulgences and three-course family meals with sides for four. Discounted wine, beer and cocktails to-go. 3333 Bristol St., 714-437-5252, seasons52.com.

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Craft House: Gastropub. Curbside pickup and batched cocktails. 34094 Pacific Coast Highway, 949-481-7734, eatatcrafthouse.com.

Glasspar: Seafood. The restaurant has made itself over into a seafood market with wine and cocktails to-go on Wednesday and Saturdays. 24961 Dana Point Harbor Drive, 949-240-6243, glasspar.com.

Whitestone Restaurant: Global. The restaurant offers its lunch and dinner menu and kids’ menus, as well as carry out cocktails, takeout and curbside pickup. 34212 Pacific Coast Highway, 949-489-8911, whitestonerestaurant.com.

Fountain Valley

The Recess Room: Gastropub. Call to order takeout, delivery not available. Also providing free lunches each week for students and seniors. Call ahead and provide your name and estimated time of arrival between noon and 4 p.m. on Fridays. Volunteers will bring your order out to you, curbside. Senior citizens may send a family member or friend to pick up food, or The Recess Room can deliver within Fountain Valley city limits.18380 Brookhurst St., 714-377-0398, therecessroom.com.

The Cellar: French, extensive wine list. Pickup and delivery. Wine and cocktails to go. 305 N. Harbor Blvd., 714-525-5682, cellardining.com.

Kahn Saab Desi Craft Kitchen: Halal cuisine. Takeout and delivery through Grubhub, DoorDash, and Postmates. Family takeout barbecue kits of smoked beef kabob, Malai chicken tikka, or Afghani Seekh kabob, served with vegetable biryani for $50. Discounts if you order by phone. Chef Imran “Ali” Mookhi prepares rice and lentils vegan meals to give away each Friday from 4-7 p.m.. He’s also distributing raw bags of rice and lentils. 229 E. Commonwealth Ave., khansaaboc.com.

Garden Grove

Nova: Cocktails, beer and bottles of spirits and wine. Call or email [email protected] Curbside pickup only. 12361 Chapman Ave., 201-300-5312, novaoc.com.

Huntington Beach

Matter of Craft Bottle Shop, Tap Room & Scratch Kitchen: Pizza and beer. Order online or by phone for pickup. In-house delivery and via DoorDash. Offering mix-and-match six packs, hard kombuchas, hard seltzers and hard ciders for 20% off. Special daytime happy hour pricing with $5 off all artisan pizzas, half-off wings, $6 specialty cocktails and wines by the glass and $5 select draft beers from 4-6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. 21022 Beach Blvd., 714-587-9002, matterofcraft.com.

Sessions West Coast Deli: Gourmet sandwiches. Scratch-made sandwiches, salads and sides, coffee and hard kombucha for curbside pickup or delivery through Postmates, Grubhub, DoorDash and UberEats. Call or order online. Irvine and Newport Beach locations also open, Fashion Island temporarily closed. 414 Pacific Coast Highway, 714-594-3899, sessionswcd.com.

Solita Tacos & Margaritas: Baja style Mexican. Solita and sister restaurant Sol Cocina in Newport Beach, are offering call-to-order service for takeout during normal business hours. Limited menu, order online through the website. 7631 Edinger Ave., 714-894-2792, solitatacos.com.

Adya: Indian. Pickup items include chicken tikka masala or paneer masala meal for four with rice, naan, dal and vegetarian Curry of the Day or Chana Masala meal for four with rice, naan, dal and salad. Vegan meal can be requested with chana masala. Delivery through Postmates, DoorDash, Grubhub, and UberEats. Adya is also offering curries at OC Baking Company in Orange, see listing for that city. Anaheim location is closed temporarily. 4213 Campus Drive, 949-679-2299, adya-irvine.square.site.

Andrei’s Conscious Cuisine: Naturally raised meats, sustainable seafood. Curbside pickup and delivery Grubhub, DoorDash, UberEats and Postmates, with an à la carte menu and Family Packages of 2-8 servings. Bottled wine and Champagne for 25% off, $3 beers. Call to place family orders. Closed Monday. 2607 Main St., 949-387-8887, andreisrestaurant.com.

Curry Up Now: Indian Street Food. Takeout and delivery with seven daily specials and five family meals which feed four, six or eight people (for $55, $79 and $101) and come with a choice of four entree combos or the Burrito Pack, plus a variety of sides such as daal lentils and turmeric rice, samosas, chutneys, mac and cheese and cookies. 922 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-932-0153, curryupnow.com.

Fogo de Chão: Brazilian steakhouse. Curbside pickup and free delivery of prepared foods and ready-to-grill meats. 623 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, 949-398-1500, fogodechao.com.

Phan55: Vietnamese. Takeout, curbside pickup, delivery through DoorDash, UberEats, Grubhub and Postmates. Beer and wine to-go. 8557 Irvine Center Drive, 949-825-5117 6000 Scholarship Drive, 949-724-1236 phans55.com.

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