Monday, January 19, 2009

Monday - Happy MLK Day!

Afghan noodles (recipe in the comments)
Cucumber salad

Hot tea

Here's another recipe I can't believe I haven't blogged! This is a classic I grew up with. My mom got this out of a Time Warner Cookbook series she has - the "Fresh Ways" series. This was one of my first exposures to ethnic cooking at home, launching a major focus of my cooking career. At this point, I doubt this is in any way an authentic Afghan meal, but it is definitely not a traditional flavor. The mix of chili powder, yogurt and mint in the sauce blends in truly unexpected ways with a pretty standard tomato/meat sauce for pasta. This is one of the recipes we could eat FAR more often then we do, making it seem crazy that we haven't had it in over one and a half years. At any rate, this is wonderful. Everyone should add these flavors to their repertoire!

Prep Notes
Difficulty: Easy
Chopping: Mint, onion, garlic
Time: 40 minutes
Make ahead: This sauce is fabulous left over or even made ahead and frozen for a later meal.

J: "I've missed this - a lot."
M: "Fabulous blast from our past!"

1 comment:

J said...

Afghan Noodles – M & J (inspired by Fresh Ways with Pasta)
Serves 3-4

½ lb wide egg noodles
Small amount of butter
½ cup yogurt
2 T chopped fresh mint or 2 t dried mint
2 ¼ t mild chili powder, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 T minced garlic, between ½ and 1 whole BULB
2 t olive oil
1 lb lean ground meat (beef was called for in the original, we typically use buffalo)
½ t salt
1 15 oz can diced tomatoes, drained
1 8 oz can tomato sauce

Sauce: Combine yogurt with mint and ¼ t chili powder. Set aside until serving.

Noodles: Cook noodles. Drain and toss with butter to prevent sticking.

Meat: Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion and garlic and sauté for 3 minutes. Add meat, remaining 2 T chili powder, and salt. Cook for 6 minutes, stirring frequently to break up the meat and brown. Stir in tomatoes and sauce. Cook for 2 minutes more. Season with pepper (we use a fair amount).

Serve over egg noodles with yogurt sauce on top.