Korean Style Cast Iron Potatoes

There’s one cuisine I wish I knew much more about and that is Korean. There are a couple of places in town but I have yet to visit. I’m familiar with some of the dishes, especially kimchi, as well as one of my favorite condiments lately, and that is gochujang. If you have never had gochujang, go out and by a small container of it, and I guarantee you will love it. It’s a funky fermented paste that is so addictive. Mixed in mayonnaise makes you wonder where it has been all of your life. I’m trying to get my wife and kids to enjoy it as much as I do, and this was another attempt. I know they all love crispy potatoes, so I decided to serve these Korean style cast iron potatoes with some grilled meat and see if I could persuade them to love it as much as I do.

Korean Style Cast Iron Potatoes
Korean Style Cast Iron Potatoes

These potatoes are way too easy to make and are packed with awesome flavor, plus they are great for leftovers if you are looking for some great crispy hash of sorts.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 yukon gold potatoes, quartered, and chopped into large chunks
  • 2 tbsp gochujang paste
  • 2 tbsp water
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • cilantro to garnish, optional

Start by parboiling your potatoes, and boil them just until they become fork tender, but not mushy. Once tender, strain the potatoes.

During this time, take the gochujang paste and water, and stir to make a smooth mixture.

Heat a skillet on medium-high heat. Add in the oil, give it a good swirl in the pan. Next add in the potatoes, and cook until they get nice and crispy on the exterior, stirring along the way. Add in the gochujang mixture, and give a good toss. Cook for about 2-3 minutes or until the gochujang has been warmed through and coats all of the potatoes.

Shower the potatoes with cilantro, and taste. If you want some salt, which I think potatoes always needs, add it.

Serve immediately. The end result is a great smokey, funky, addictive taste that had me coming back for more. Did my wife and kids love them? That is debatable, but at least they tried. I’ll get them to love this stuff one day, I guarantee it! Hope you enjoy!

Skillet Fried Chickpeas with Garlic and Herbs

One of the things I truly love is snacking. I could snack all day long, however I find that my snacking time is really only after work. My go to snacks are pretty much cheese, hummus, or kettle style chips. As the cheese and chips are not all that great for me, I decided to turn things up a bit and make some simple skillet fried chickpeas, or garbanzo beans.  Chickpeas after all are what I use to make hummus, and as I have roasted them in the oven in the past I wanted to do something a bit different with them this time. This is where a bit of oil, cloves of garlic, and a can of chickpeas came into play.

Skillet Fried Chickpeas with Garlic and Herbs
Skillet Fried Chickpeas with Garlic and Herbs

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 12 oz can of chickpeas, drained, rinsed, and lightly patted to dry
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 cloves of garlic, skin removed, lightly smashed
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme leaves
  • salt to taste

Start by heating a skillet on medium-low heat. Add in the oil and let it come to temperature, a couple of minutes.

Skillet Fried Chickpeas with Garlic and Herbs
Skillet Fried Chickpeas with Garlic and Herbs

Next add in the chickpeas and garlic, and give this a good toss. Continue to cook, and toss at this temperature for about 20 minutes, or until they become nice and crispy. Once crispy, season with salt and thyme, giving them another good toss.

Serve immediately. The result is a great crispy exterior, with a creamy interior along with great garlic notes (feel free to eat the garlic), and a salty thyme flavor that have you going back for more. This is truly a great after work snack, and one that is good for you to boot! Hope you enjoy.

Indian Aloo Gobi

I have really been in love with Indian food as of lately. I’ve always loved the flavors as there is always something so comforting, not only in the smell, but also the taste. Even my boys, who are not particular fans of Indian food (yet), love the smell. This particular dish, aloo gobi, is an Indian dish made with cauliflower, potatoes, and those great Indian spice. It is hands down a great main course, or side dish to be eating with awesome Indian bread such as naan or parathas. I like to make mine with a little more wet, only to scoop up that delicious gravy with some naan.

Aloo Gobi Recipe
Aloo Gobi Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • generous pinch of Hing powder (found at Indian grocery store)
  • 2 cups of fingerling potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cleaned, cut into florets
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 2 Thai chilies, or 1 serrano, diced (adjust according to your heat preference)
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/2 tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dried ground fenugreek seeds
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt, to taste

Just to note, once you have these basic Indian spices, you are on your way in making all sorts of other Indian recipes and what’s not to love about that!?

Start by heating up a large skillet, enough to hold all of the potatoes and cauliflower florets, and heat it to medium heat. Add in the oil and let it come to temperature. Once the oil is heated through, add in the cumin seeds and hing powder. The cumin seeds will start to pop and turn color. Once that begins to happen, add in the onions, and give them a good stir, adjusting the heat if necessary. The goal is to sweat the onions, not caramelize them or burn them.

Aloo Gobi Ingredients
Aloo Gobi Ingredients

After about 4-5 minutes, add in the garlic and ginger paste, and give that a good stir. After about a minute, add in the remaining dry spices, and chilies, stir, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring along the way.

Add in the cauliflower and potatoes. Gently stir to incorporate the spices and garlic and onions throughout the potatoes and cauliflower. Cover, and cook for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the cover, add water, and stir again. Cook for another 6 minutes or so, or until the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked through.

Indian Aloo Gobi Recipe
Indian Aloo Gobi Recipe

Once they are tender, squeeze the lemon juice over the top, along with the cilantro and a generous pinch of salt, give another good stir and plate.

The result is nothing more than awesome Indian comfort food. My wife thought it was too spicy, but ate the small bowl of aloo gobi, along with my daughter, so adjust your chilies accordingly. It was definitely right up my alley. If you are looking for a simple Indian dish to make, give this one a shot. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

Indian Aloo Gobi
Author: 
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: Indian
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 tbsp cumin seeds
  • generous pinch of Hing powder (found at Indian grocery store)
  • 2 cups of fingerling potatoes, cut into 1 inch cubes
  • 1 small head of cauliflower, cleaned, cut into florets
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 2 Thai chilies, or 1 serrano, diced (adjust according to your heat preference)
  • 1 tbsp ginger and garlic paste
  • 1 tsp turmeric powder
  • ¼ tsp cayenne powder
  • ½ tsp coriander powder
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp dried ground fenugreek seeds
  • ½ cup water
  • ¼ cup of fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • salt, to taste
Instructions
  1. Just to note, once you have these basic Indian spices, you are on your way in making all sorts of other Indian recipes and what’s not to love about that!?
  2. Start by heating up a large skillet, enough to hold all of the potatoes and cauliflower florets, and heat it to medium heat. Add in the oil and let it come to temperature. Once the oil is heated through, add in the cumin seeds and hing powder. The cumin seeds will start to pop and turn color. Once that begins to happen, add in the onions, and give them a good stir, adjusting the heat if necessary. The goal is to sweat the onions, not caramelize them or burn them.
  3. After about 4-5 minutes, add in the garlic and ginger paste, and give that a good stir. After about a minute, add in the remaining dry spices, and chilies, stir, and cook an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring along the way.
  4. Add in the cauliflower and potatoes. Gently stir to incorporate the spices and garlic and onions throughout the potatoes and cauliflower. Cover, and cook for about 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, remove the cover, add water, and stir again. Cook for another 6 minutes or so, or until the cauliflower and potatoes are cooked through.
  5. Once they are tender, squeeze the lemon juice over the top, along with the cilantro and a generous pinch of salt, give another good stir and plate.
  6. The result is nothing more than awesome Indian comfort food. My wife thought it was too spicy, but ate the small bowl of aloo gobi, along with my daughter, so adjust your chilies accordingly. It was definitely right up my alley. If you are looking for a simple Indian dish to make, give this one a shot. I guarantee you will enjoy it.

 

African Style Rice

I know what you must be thinking (maybe), ‘why is Dax posting about an African style rice recipe when it is so close to Cinco de Mayo! Shouldn’t he be posting about some Mexican recipe instead!?’.  I thought the same thing, for only a second, but this recipe is too good not to post. Of course I will be knocking out some sort of Mexican torta in a couple of days, but in the meantime, the focus is on an African style rice dish that is loaded with awesome spices.

This recipe was inspired by a couple of different thoughts. One being the chicken suqaar sandwich and some flavors of Indian food that I recently had. When the two came together, it was a match made in heaven. This is a recipe that is a one pot meal, and one that you could eat throughout the day, or week. It makes plenty and has you questioning the spice blend.

African Style Rice Recipe
African Style Rice Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of basmati rice, soaked in water
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 6 cardamom pods, seeds only
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced (or substitute boneless/skinless thighs)
  • 2 cups of chicken stock

Start by adding the rice to a bowl, and cover with cold water. Set this to the side as you prepare the rest of your dish.

Heat a large skillet (enough to hold all of the chicken, vegetables, and rice), on medium heat and add in the canola oil. Let the oil heat up for a minute or so, then add in the diced onions. Cook these for about 7 minutes, or until they just begin to caramelize.

Now add in the garlic, ginger, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, black pepper, and turmeric powder. Give these a good stir, and cook for about a minute so they release their oils. Give this a good smell. Don’t you love it?

Toss in the tomatoes and chicken, and give a good stir.

African Style Rice Recipe
African Style Rice Recipe

Strain the rice, then add the rice to the mixture. Give this another good stir, then add in the chicken stock. Stir again, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice and chicken has fully cooked.

Remove the lid, stir, and give it a taste. If the rice is cooked, great, if not, cook a bit longer. Season with any additional salt.

I served mine as a main course, alongside some Indian mixed pickles to bring a nice accent to the dish.

This African style rice was pretty darn awesome, and pretty to boot due to the turmeric. Hope you enjoy.

African Style Rice
Author: 
Cuisine: African
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 12
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of basmati rice, soaked in water
  • 1 whole onion, diced
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 6 cardamom pods, seeds only
  • 3 star anise
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • ½ tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tsp cracked black pepper
  • ½ tbsp turmeric powder
  • 5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp grated ginger
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, diced (or substitute boneless/skinless thighs)
  • 2 cups of chicken stock
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the rice to a bowl, and cover with cold water. Set this to the side as you prepare the rest of your dish.
  2. Heat a large skillet (enough to hold all of the chicken, vegetables, and rice), on medium heat and add in the canola oil. Let the oil heat up for a minute or so, then add in the diced onions. Cook these for about 7 minutes, or until they just begin to caramelize.
  3. Now add in the garlic, cardamom seeds, cinnamon, star anise, cumin, black pepper, and turmeric powder. Give these a good stir, and cook for about a minute so they release their oils. Give this a good smell. Don’t you love it?
  4. Toss in the tomatoes and chicken, and give a good stir.
  5. Strain the rice, then add the rice to the mixture. Give this another good stir, then add in the chicken stock. Stir again, bring to a simmer, then cover and cook for about 20 minutes, or until the rice and chicken has fully cooked.
  6. Remove the lid, stir, and give it a taste. If the rice is cooked, great, if not, cook a bit longer. Season with any additional salt.
  7. I served mine as a main course, alongside some Indian mixed pickles to bring a nice accent to the dish.