Thursday, July 28, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: NYC Fried Chicken!

A Spoonful of Sofrito:  A pinch of advice that will add  a lot of flavor to your life.

NYC Fried Chicken!

Sofrito Lovers,

If you think good fried chicken comes from places called KFC, Popeyes, Kennedy Fried, or Texas Fried Chicken, then please put down that drumstick-which I'm sure is Pigeon-and take note!

The following article from lists 26 restaurants in NYC, where you can taste ACTUAL delicious fried chicken and not the questionable poultry you're used to-again, I'm pretty sure you're eating flying rat meat.

I love this list's diversity!  There's Southern, Japanese, Latino, and Caribbean style fried chicken dishes that will allow you to explore the unlimited deliciousness of one of the most versatile proteins we cook with.

Read the article, find one of these places, and taste for yourself!  Real fried chicken will change your life!  ¡Buen Provecho!

NYC Fried Chicken: 26 Dishes to Try
By Robert Sietsema Jul 26, 2016, 6:35p

Golden brown and crunchy on the outside, moist and flavorsome on the inside, fried chicken is America's greatest contribution to world gastronomy. And here in New York City it's available in a dizzying array of permutations. There's frying going on in hipster fast food joints, Indian fusion restaurants, Japanese ramen parlors, effete bistros and beer halls, and in the soul food spots where it originated, or was at least reintroduced to the city nearly a century ago. (Fried chicken was also popular in colonial times.) In fact, any place that can summon a giant reservoir of bubbling fat — or a collection of well-blackened cast-iron pans — can make an exemplary batch of fried chicken. The latest fad is sandwiches, many made with proprietary composed patties of incredible scrumptiousness, some with spices built in.

Here are some of our favorite places around town to score some oil-boiled yardbird.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

A Spoonful of Sofrito: Southern Style Dirty Rice.

A Spoonful of Sofrito: A pinch of advice that will add a lot of flavor to your life.

Southern Style Dirty Rice!

Sofrito Lovers,

Check out my video below!

Iheartrecipes's Southern Style Dirty Rice 
recipe from:

1 cup rice
2 cups beef stock
1 lb chicken gizzards
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
1 lb ground beef
2-3 andouille sausage link, diced
1 small onion, diced
1/4 cup diced sweet peppers
salt & pepper to taste

Rinse the rice, then place it in a rice cooker along with the beef stock. If you do not have a rice cooker, you will need to cook the rice on your stove top.

Wash the chicken gizzards, then place them into a baking dish. Drizzle the olive oil over the gizzards, then season them with the onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper. Place the gizzard in the oven on 375 F, for 35-40 minutes. Once the gizzards are done, place them into a food processor, and mince them up OR use a knife to dice the gizzards.

In a skillet, over medium heat, add in the ground beef. Cook the beef , and add in the diced onions and sweet peppers.

Once the meat is browned, add in the diced andouille sausage, and then the minced gizzards. Cook for about 5 minutes, then add in the rice. 

Stir the ingredients, and make sure everything is well combined, and let it cook for an additional 5 minutes…