Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jerk Cornish Hen

A little jerk in your life… well Jerk Cornish Hen that is.. This week food ideas from Smarty Marty is a deliciously prepared Jerk Cornish Hen… So before we get started we need to gather the following ingredients:

1 large bunch scallions, roughly chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper, stemmed, quartered and seeded
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon grated peeled ginger
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 Scotch bonnet chile pepper, stemmed (remove seeds to tame heat)
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 Cornish game hens (1 1/2 to 2 pounds each), cut in half
  • Freshly ground pepper29744758_2220371371307133_353783907184025565_o
  • Combine the scallions, bell pepper, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, thyme, allspice, ginger, brown sugar, chile pepper and 1 tablespoon salt in a food processor; pulse to make a thick sauce. Refrigerate 1/4 cup for serving.

    Season the hens all over with salt and pepper; poke a few holes into the bone side. Rub 1 cup of the jerk sauce all over the hens in a large bowl or pan. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours.

    Preheat a grill to medium; prepare for direct and indirect grilling: On a charcoal grill, bank the coals on one side. For a gas grill, turn off one of the burners after preheating. Remove the hens from the marinade, letting any excess drip off; place skin-side up on the cooler side of the grill (position the legs closer to the fire). Cover and cook until the hens are golden brown, about 15 minutes.

    Baste the hens with any extra jerk sauce, then turn them over to the direct-heat side of the grill; cook, uncovered, until the skin is dark brown and the meat is cooked through but still moist, 5 to 10 more minutes. (A thermometer inserted into the thickest part should read 160 degrees.) Set the hens aside for 5 minutes, then serve with the reserved jerk sauce.

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  • Food Preparation and Styling By Smarty Marty

    Recipe By: /www.foodnetwork.com

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Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Lamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard

We are back for another delicious delight from our weekly food contributor Smarty Marty! Can you feel the “Beet”… Ha! This week we are pairing up some Lamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard & pureed beets. As always first things first we need the following ingredients for this recipe

  • 2 large red beets (1 pound), halved
  • 2 medium Yukon Gold potatoes (1/2 pound)
  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • Four 12-ounce bone-in lamb chops, cut 1 inch thick
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 sage sprig
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 pounds Swiss chard, stems discarded and leaves choppedLamb Chops with sauteed Swiss Chard & pureed beets2
  • How to prepare:

    First things first

    In a large saucepan, combine the beets and potatoes. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the beets and potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets and potatoes, and then coarsely chop; transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

    Step 2

    Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Rub the lamb chops all over with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes.Turn the chops and add the garlic, sage and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cook until the chops are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°, about 7 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to plates and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the butter into the skillet; season with salt. Strain the sage butter through a fine sieve over the lamb chops. Reserve the crispy sage leaves and discard the garlic.

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    How to Make It

    Step 1

    In a large saucepan, combine the beets and potatoes. Add enough water to cover by 2 inches and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until the beets and potatoes are tender, 35 to 40 minutes. Drain well. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets and potatoes, and then coarsely chop; transfer to a food processor. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and puree until smooth. Season with salt and pepper and keep warm.

    Step 2

    Heat a large cast-iron skillet. Rub thelamb chops all over with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Cook over moderately high heat until golden brown on the bottom, 7 to 8 minutes.Turn the chops and add the garlic, sage and 2 tablespoons of the butter. Cook until the chops are golden and an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part registers 135°, about 7 minutes longer. Transfer the pork chops to plates and let stand for 5 minutes. Whisk the lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of the butter into the skillet; season with salt. Strain the sage butter through a fine sieve over the lamb chops. Reserve the crispy sage leaves and discard the garlic.

    Step 3

    Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, melt the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter in the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the chard in large handfuls; let each batch wilt slightly before adding more. Cook, stirring occasionally, until all of the chard is wilted, 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

    Step 4

    Serve the lamb chops with the beet puree and Swiss chard and garnish with the crispy sage leaves.

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    Food Recipe and Directions by – http://www.foodandwine.com

Foodie Tuesday with Smarty Marty- Jamaican Chicken Soup

Smarty Marty Stirs up the pot this week with her take on delicious Jamaican Chicken Soup!

Let’s prepare ourself by gathering up the fresh ingredients needed for this Foodie Idea of the Week

You are going to need the following ingredients

INGREDIENTS

½ Chicken (cut in 8 pieces)
2 sprig Thyme
1 tbsp Salt
1 stalk escallion
4 Pimento Berries (Allspice)
½ lb Yellow Yam

2 Irish Potatoes
2 lb. Pumpkin (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 Cho-cho (Christophine) (cut up into 1 inch pieces)
1 pk Jamaican Chicken Noodle or Cock Soup
1 oz. Butter28337104_2166712283339709_2201332920736104484_o

Preparation

METHOD

1. In a stock pot, add three quarts of water and then add salt to taste. Bring water to a boil then add chicken, pumpkin, and cho-cho together. Boil for 30 minutes.

2. Peel the skins off the yellow yam and potatoes and wash these root vegetables in cold water to remove the dirt.

3. Cut each vegetable into four slices and then add them to the pot.

Special tip: – You man add spinners (small dumplings) to the soup at this time if you wish.

4. The flame should be turned to high at this point and allow to boil for 15 minutes.

5. Add the remaining ingredients to the pot, turn the flame down to medium, and cook for another 10 minutes, then simmer for another 5 minutes.

6. Check the yellow yam to ensure that it is soft. If not, cook until it becomes soft but not mushy.

Cook’s tip: You can speed up the time to prepare this chicken soup by slicing the yellow yam into thinner slices.28238759_2166712833339654_138183401461697417_o28515186_2166716750005929_7117494094711498964_o28616320_2166718143339123_8985270204872366549_o

Photos and Food Preparation and Styling  By Smarty Marty

Recipe By – http://www.jamaica-land-we-love.com

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty! Chicken Marsala with Mushrooms

This week dinner idea is a take on your regular chicken breast!

Chicken Marsala with mushrooms over garlic mashed potatoes

Let the cooking begin… But first here are the ingredients for your dish

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thinly sliced*
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups sliced mushrooms
½ cup Marsala wine** see note
½ cup chicken broth
1 cup heavy whipping cream
1 teaspoon ground mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
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INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat add 1 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the chicken and lightly salt and pepper. Cook until lightly brown and cooked throughout. Remove chicken and set aside on plate.
  2. Add 1 Tablespoon olive oil and sauté the mushrooms for 1-2 minutes. Add marsala wine and bring to a boil over medium high heat for 1-2 minutes. This allows the alcohol to burn out. Add the chicken broth, heavy whipping cream, ground mustard, and garlic powder. Bring to a boil and reduce heat and simmer for about 10 minutes or until it starts to thicken. Place chicken back in the sauce and continue to simmer for about 1-2 minutes.

Chicken Marsala with mushrooms over garlic mashed potatoes

Recipe by- recipe critic

Preparation and Food By Smarty Marty

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Turkey Meatball Subs

We are excited to bring you this week Foodie Tuesday recipe idea! This would be a winner for your family.

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Gathering up Fresh Ingredients

INGREDIENTS

1 pound ground turkey

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 teaspoon dried basil

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1 teaspoon dried parsley

1/2 teaspoon garlic salt

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 large egg

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon Montreal steak spice

1 jar marinara sauce

16 slices provolone cheese

8 buns or sandwich rolls

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together turkey, bread crumbs, basil, oregano, parsley, garlic salt, Parmesan cheese, egg, olive oil, and steak spice. Form meat mixture into 1-1/2″ meatballs and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes, or until cooked through.

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Slice buns in half and place on a baking tray. Place two slices of provolone cheese on the top half of each bun. Preheat oven to broil and lightly toast buns until golden brown and cheese has melted.

Warm marinara sauce in a large saucepan over low-medium heat or in the microwave until heated through.

Top the bottom half of each toasted bun with 3-4 meatballs, cover in marinara sauce and replace the top half of each bun.

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Images & Table Setting by Smarty Marty

Recipe By : http://www.sixsistersstuff.com

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Taco Tuesday with Turkey

This week meal is a classic Taco Tuesday… with Turkey and all the delicious fixings!!!

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 (12 ounce) package ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar20637847_1884850328192574_6970223911366555055_n
  • Directions

    Mix chili powder, cumin, paprika, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cayenne together in a small bowl.

    Cook turkey in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, stirring to break up clumps, until no longer pink, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in chili powder mixture and water. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed, about 10 minutes.

    Stir cider vinegar and brown sugar into the skillet. Simmer until flavors combine, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a serving bowl.

    Recipe from Allrecipes.com

    Images and Styling by Smarty Marty

Foodie Tuesday By Smarty Marty- Cabbage & Sausage Packets

This week’s special recipe is a mix of vegetable and your favorite smoked sausage for a great mix to your weekly food planning!

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Cabbage & Sausage Packets

Ingredient Listing

1 lb. Turkey sausage, cut into 1 inch pieces (or your favorite smoked sausage)
1/2 head of cabbage, cut in 1/4 in wedges
15 small red and white potatoes, quartered
1 large onion, sliced
1/4 cup garlic butter
salt & pepper to taste
4 ice cubes

How to Cook

Preheat your grill to 400 degrees F.
Cut four 18 x 12 inch sheets of foil.
Divide the cabbage, potatoes, and onion over the foil sheets.
Add 1 ice cube to each mound.
Evenly divide the sausage between the packets and top with garlic butter 1 tablespoons per packet, salt, and pepper.
Seal each packet well and place in oven for 50 minutes.
Allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.

Images and Styling By Smarty Marty