Author: Cooking Frog

The Ultimate Venison Burger Recipe (With Smoked Paprika Aioli)

The Ultimate Venison Burger Recipe (With Smoked Paprika Aioli)

This venison burger meal may be made on the stovetop or the grill, depending on your preference. I gave each of them directions. I have included cooking durations and internal temperatures to assist you in achieving your ideal level of doneness! My friend likes his venison burgers Read More

Homemade Polish Kluski Noodles Easy Recipe

Homemade Polish Kluski Noodles Easy Recipe

Kluski Noodles are a style of egg pasta popular in Poland. They’re produced with wheat flour dough that hasn’t been leavened and is blended with eggs before being boiled. This type of noodle is commonly seen in a variety of Polish soups. If you love Read More

Traditional Greek Lemon Rice Recipe (Greek Rice Pilaf)

Traditional Greek Lemon Rice Recipe (Greek Rice Pilaf)

This convenient and simple Greek Lemon Rice recipe makes four servings of delicious Greek Lemon Rice (also known as Greek Rice Pilaf). This meal is zesty, summery, and filled with flavor from sautéed onions, garlic, Mediterranean herbs, seasonings, and lemons! It’s ready in half an hour!

Are you fed up with the same old white rice? We were, too, which prompted me to conduct some experimentation and study unique ideas to jazz up white rice. So, which one is our personal favorite? This dish for lemon rice is fantastic!

This dish is a riff on Greek rice and takes about 25-30 minutes to prepare, which is approximately the same amount of time it takes to prepare conventional rice! So, with a sprinkle of this and a smidgeon of that, you’ll have a new favorite, a quick lemon rice meal to add to your dinner rotation.

Lemon Rice in the Traditional Greek Style

Long-grain rice is transformed into a meal that is great on its own when cooked with onion, vegetable broth, and lemon. Of course, you could add the parsley and lemon zest immediately before serving, although my mother and grandma didn’t when they served it with a meat dish that already had a sauce.

Traditional Greek Lemon Rice Recipe (Greek Rice Pilaf)

Greek Lemon Rice Preparation

  • Begin by sautéing the finely chopped onion in a skillet. This is a crucial stage in the flavoring process. I use olive oil to sauté in this recipe.
  • After that, add the rice and cook until it starts to turn color.
  • Next, add the stock—I use vegetable broth for a vegetarian version, but you may also use chicken broth
  • Cook over low heat, with the lid on, until the water has been soaked up and the rice has softened.
  • Allow it to sit for a couple of minutes before fluffing with a fork. Combine the lemon juice and freshly ground pepper in a mixing bowl.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon zest if desired, and serve hot or at room temp.

Ingredients for Greek Lemon Rice

  • Onion: For this dish, I prefer white onion since it is relatively mild and adds sweetness to the rice.
  • Rice: Because you don’t want a sticky consistency in this Greek rice dish, you should use plain long-grain rice. Additionally, I prefer plain rice rather than basmati or Jasmine rice, which have a distinct flavor.
  • Broth: I use vegetarian broth, but chicken broth can also be used. Keep in mind that many ready-made broths contain salt, so keep that in mind when adding salt to taste.
  • Lemon: It’s critical to utilize fresh lemon juice rather than bottled lemon juice. This dish relies heavily on lemon, which must be used fresh.
  • Herbs: As previously said, the broth and whichever sauce you choose to put in the accompanying meal give flavor to this sort of rice. If you’re not going to serve it with a sauce, go ahead and add the herbs.
  • Olive Oil: For this dish, I used olive oil because of its clear health advantages and taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is rice pilaf, exactly?

Rice pilaf is a kind of rice, including this Greek rice. Rice pilaf is made by heating rice with sautéed onion and garlic, then simmering the rice in broth. This is the most basic sort of pilaf; it often includes meat, such as chicken or beef, as well as a variety of spices and herbs.

Can I make Greek Lemon Rice in a rice cooker?

It’s not something I’d suggest. The rice should be prepared on the stovetop since it will be sautéed with onion and garlic.

Could I use brown rice instead?

You can try but bear in mind that it will take longer to prepare and may necessitate additional liquid. Check the rice package directions for detailed information on the optimal rice-to-liquid ratio.

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Traditional Greek Lemon Rice

List of Ingredients

  • Fresh ground pepper for serving
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 ½ tbsp. chopped parsley (optional)
  • 2 tbsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • Lemon zest from half a lemon (optional)
  • 1 small white onion (finely chopped)
  • 1 cup uncooked plain white long grain rice
  • 2 cups (500 ml) water or vegetable broth

Directions

  1. On medium heat, heat the olive oil. For about five min, sauté the onion until it is tender and transparent.
  2. Throw in the rice and continue to cook, stirring constantly, until it becomes golden, approximately 1 minute.
  3. Pour in the broth, lid, and reduce the heat to a gentle simmer. Cook for 10-15 minutes (depending on the type of rice you used), or until the rice is cooked and most of the liquid has been soaked up.
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and cover the rice for 10 minutes.
  5. Toss in the lemon juice and freshly ground pepper with a fork.
  6. Season with salt to taste.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon zest, if desired.
  8. Serve at room temperature or hot.

Tips

You should use plain long-grain rice because you don’t want a tacky consistency in this Greek rice dish. I don’t advocate basmati or Jasmine rice because they have a different taste.

Last words

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed making this Greek Lemon Rice recipe. This Greek dish is really refreshing, full of flavors, and ideal for summertime, although I sometimes make it during the winter months, just to get a bit of nostalgia for the summer going. 🙂 That being said, if you’re going to Greece on holiday, please try this dish and let me know if there’s any difference. By the way the restaurant I’ve tried this dish while on vacation in Santorini, Greece is called Anogi

If you have any questions or suggestions for this Lemon Rice recipe, please write them down in the comments section, and as always, I will reply. Oh I almost forgot, please share this Greek recipe on your social media pages, it would mean a lot to me. 

The Best London Broil Easy Recipe

The Best London Broil Easy Recipe

After being marinated in a liquid combination with spices and seasoning, London Broil is a wonderfully soft piece of beef that is broiled in the oven. A sumptuous supper that’s simple to prepare! London Broil is a quick, budget-friendly, hands-off supper that’s excellent for weekday Read More

The Best California Burritos with Carne Asada

The Best California Burritos with Carne Asada

Are you ready for one of the best burritos ever? California Burritos with Spicy Mexican French Fries, carne asada, and all the other ingredients are in my top 10 street foods list! California Burritos are undoubtedly one the best burritos anywhere in the world. These Read More

The Best Authentic Meat Jelly Recipe (aka Aspic)

The Best Authentic Meat Jelly Recipe (aka Aspic)

Today we’re making a meat jelly recipe, yay! In our household, the holiday season, particularly Christmas, are a time to bring the entire extended family around the table and enjoy delectable seasonal foods. One of them, in my opinion, is the best meat jelly recipe.

What is Meat Jelly? 

Meat jelly, technically known as Aspic, is high in minerals and amino acids. It’s a natural source of collagen that promotes, tooth, bone, and joint mobility. It follows the Whole30, Keto, Paleo, and GAPS diets naturally.

Jello History

Meat jelly has been around since the 1300s, when the first and precise Aspic recipe emerged in Le Viandier, a compendium of the finest renowned Middle-Ages recipes.

In 1897, a cough medicine company in LeRoy, New York invented a cough treatment that included a laxative and flavorings from the fruit, which we now know as Jell-O, without the cough reliever and laxative, or perhaps not. Pearl Wait, a LeRoy resident, attempted but failed to commercialize his results

He made $450 selling his formula 2 years later. Jell-O is presently the most popular dessert in the world and is well-known all over the world.

Aspic or Meat Jelly reminds me of a luxurious bone broth. It makes sense because the method and ingredients needed to make bone broth are comparable to those used to make aspic. Just with a lot more meat.

Aspic was used to preserve vegetables, eggs and meat in the Le Viandier recipe. We don’t need to “preserve” veggies in pork gelatin anymore, thanks to modern refrigeration.

The Best Authentic Meat Jelly Recipe

Is Meat Jelly Healthy?

The best thing about this recipe is how nutritious it is. While you cook bones for a long time, the collagen, a protein present in bone, cartilage, marrow and ligaments, is broken down, resulting in gelatin. Gelatin aids in protein absorption while also calming the stomach lining.

That’s why, while you’re experiencing a virus, Meat Soup is so good for your gut. Bone broth or aspic, which contains gelatin/collagen, can help make your skin flexible and decrease cellulite. An additional advantage of bone broth is that it has healing capabilities in the form of amino acids.

Meat Jelly Recipe

Because my mother typically cooked in huge quantities, usually 10-15 servings, this recipe is normally prepared throughout the winter and, more specifically, for Christmas or New Year’s Eve. It’s not a difficult recipe; it just takes a while to cook and requires some attention to detail, but I guarantee you’ll end up with a delicious dinner.

As you may know, aspic is a gelatin substance made by boiling pig components such as the ears, head, skin, and trotters for an extended period of time until the collagen is released.

The Best Authentic Meat Jelly Recipe

Ingredients for Meat Jelly Recipe

Because this recipe is a must-have for the Christmas table, I began gathering the essential meat in advance. Thus I purchased a complete half of pork and set aside half the head with the whole ear, two trotters, and the pigtail for the jelly. I also used roughly 10 oz of pork skin for added collagen, but if you can’t get it, you may skip it.

This sort of ingredient can be found at Eastern European markets or butchers; if you are not able to find all of them, combine several trotters with a pork shank. For this meat jelly recipe, I also included 1.4 kg of turkey wings (approximately two pieces) to the list of ingredients, which will provide a fair amount of collagen to the meat jelly.

Turkey drumsticks, which contain both gelatin and a considerable amount of meat, are another option.

Numerous recipes call for aspic to be made entirely of meat, but I prefer to use veggies. I’ll use about 5-6 carrots, a handful of leeks, a few bunches of celery stalks (about 4 oz), and one one whole garlic to finish it up.

How to make Meat Jelly Recipe

We’ll need a large pot for soups, normally between 300 oz capacity, because we’ll be making a lot of pork jelly, and we’ll have a lot of bone-in meat.

We put the pork on the bottom of the pot, then the turkey meat on top of the pork. You don’t need to bother portioning the pork head because it fit in the pot whole. The vegetables were piled on top of the meat, which I had left untouched.

Sprinkle with four tablespoons of salt, a tablespoon of peppercorns, and two bay leaves (in that order). Fill the pot halfway with cold water, which should be much higher than the level of the ingredients, and set it on fire. 

Turn the heat to high until it begins to boil, then reduce it to medium to low for around 30 minutes or a bit more, scooping the foam that forms on top with a spoon during this time.

This is necessary in order to obtain a clear pork jelly. After around 30 mins, reduce to low heat and continue to cook for a minimum of 3 hours, or until the meat falls off the bone and also the bones and skin produce gelatin.

I used a method to avoid spending too much time in the kitchen; I put the pot in the oven at 250F before going to sleep and left it there until practically dawn, almost 6 hours and meat jelly was ready when I awakened.

The Best Authentic Meat Jelly Recipe

Aspic is being split.

Allow the pot to settle and cool so you can work with the ingredients more effectively. Take all of the solids from the soup pot, place the meat in a bowl with the bones, and divide the veggies.

We may now perform a test to see if we were successful in making the meat jelly. Put a small plate with some of the liquid from the pot in the fridge for 10 min. If it hardens, it’s done; if it doesn’t, we’ll need to add more food gelatin. For me, it worked out great!

We’ll strain the remaining meat and vegetable liquid through a strainer into which we’ll throw one head of crushed garlic. This sieve has two purposes: first, to keep all of the remains in the pot, and second, to flavor the meat jelly with garlic cloves.

I’ll remove all the bone from the meat, which is a fairly difficult job that involves removing all of the bones, even the tiny ones. Depending on the number of servings or the amount of storage space, we prepare appropriate containers to store the meat jelly in, you could use plastic bowls or even more bottomless plates.

To keep things in the fridge without taking up too much room, I used several square plastic dishes with covers. In these dishes, equally, distribute the boned meat, then pour over the gelatin-rich stock. Some people add cooked veggies or even a boiled egg, but I like to leave solely the meat since cooked vegetables deteriorate more quickly.

Next, we just need to cap the containers, set them aside in a cool area (like the fridge), and wait for the meat jelly to solidify. That’s it, we’ve created the ultimate homemade meat jelly recipe, a delectable Christmas dinner meal that we can be proud to serve.

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The Best Authentic Meat Jelly Recipe

Ingredients

  • 24 oz of pork trotters
  • ½ of pork head
  • 10 oz of pork rind
  • 8 oz of pork tail 1 piece
  • 10 oz of turkey wings
  • 14 oz carrots
  • 1 piece leek
  • 5 oz of celery stalks
  • 4 TBSP of sea salt kosher
  • 1 TBSP of peppercorns black
  • 2 pieces of bay leaves
  • Whole garlic

Directions

  • Take out your pork and put it in the pot’s bottom, then the turkey meat on top of the pork.
  • Over the meat, which I kept whole, arrange the veggies. To season the dish, add salt bay leaves and peppercorns.
  • Pour the cold water into the pot halfway, should be much higher than the level of the ingredients.
  • Set the heat to high until it begins to boil, then lower it to medium-low for approximately 30 mins, skimming the foam off the top using a spoon.
  • After 30 mins, reduce to low heat and continue to cook for a minimum of 3 hours, or until the meat falls from the bone and the bones and skin release gelatin.
  • Allow the pot to cool before removing all of the firm contents, separating the meat from the bones in a bowl, and separating the veggies.
    Strain the remaining liquid through a strainer into which you’ll add garlic.
  • Remove all of the bones, including the little ones, from all of the meat, which is a slightly complicated job.
  • Divide the boned beef evenly among the plastic bowls, then pour in the gelatin-rich stock. Wait for the meat jelly to harden in a cold area, like the fridge.
  • If some of your dishes contain too much fat, you can remove part or all of the fat layer from the top if needed. Serve chilled, cut the meat jelly into cubes sliced in half and Hungarian sweet paprika sprinkled on top.
  • Serve with lemon juice and chopped red onions on top.
Motor City Pizza Costco Instructions (3 Ways)

Motor City Pizza Costco Instructions (3 Ways)

Today i will explain how to cook Motor City Pizza Costco in the oven, air fryer, and microwave. Together with the directions, I will go over some suggestions and tricks to guarantee you get that great pizza with a crispy crust. To use the air Read More

The Ultimate Blackened Tuna Steak Recipe

The Ultimate Blackened Tuna Steak Recipe

This Blackened Tuna Steak is ready in about 10 minutes and is bursting with flavor! Simply serve it with your favorite side dishes, in tacos, or on a sandwich! I enjoy any type of blackened fish. Every time I go to a seafood restaurant, I Read More

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese, a last years addition to the Chick-fil-A menu, has swiftly gone to the top of the favorite menu item list. While nothing beats buying it at the restaurant, we’ve created a Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese recipe that will quickly become a household favorite.

If you like Chick-fil-A, you must never forget to get the Mac & Cheese! Their mac and cheese is arguably among the best available. The mac and cheese, made with a variety of cheeses, Is creamy, gooey, rich and just fantastic. It is one of the most popular things on their menu, and both children and adults like it.

Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

You don’t have to look elsewhere if you would like your homemade mac & cheese to taste like Chick-fil-A’s. We’ve created a fantastic copycat recipe that will provide you nearly the same results as purchasing it in the Chick-Fil-A – however, we think the homemade flavor is even better.

My kids loved it, and to be frank, everyone that tried it, did too. It takes conventional macaroni and cheese to the next level, and I don’t think there will be a dissatisfied guest in the house with this dish.

Chick-fil-A’s new Mac & Cheese is cooked fresh every day, and the formula is more sophisticated than you’d imagine from a fast-food chicken restaurant. According to the published ingredient list, the recipe contains many types of cheese, including Parmesan, Pecorino Romano, famous Italian cheese made of sheep’s milk and BellaVitano, a prize-winning hard cheese from Wisconsin.

The BellaVitano cheese lends a delicate nuttiness to the blend, and all 3 hard kinds of cheese contribute a strong umami taste that balances the white and yellow cheddar combination perfectly. Together five types of cheese combine to provide such a wonderful taste, but the mixture could dissolve into a greasy mess if it wasn’t for the help of one additional common cheese: American.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

The value of American cheese is found in the sodium citrate it contains, which balances for its lack of flavor. This organic sodium salt acts as an emulsifier, preventing the fat within cheeses from breaking. We don’t need to prepare a roux to make a wonderfully smooth cheese sauce since we first melt several pieces of American cheese in the milk.

Another trick for cooking the macaroni: don’t follow the guidelines on the package for al dente macaroni since you don’t want the macaroni to be al dente, or somewhat hard. Cook the elbow macaroni for twenty minutes to allow it to soak as much water as possible.

This guarantees that the macaroni does not absorb fluid from the cheese sauce when mixed and that the sauce remains flawlessly creamy.

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

Chick-Fil-A recipes on our website are very popular, and no wonder, because we take a lot of trials and errors until we get it right, or at least the closest to the real thing. So I highly recommend you check some other popular Chick-Fil-A recipes below:

Chick-fil-A Sauce Copycat Recipe

Chick-Fil-A Chicken Salad Copycat Recipe

How to Make Chick-Fil-A Chicken Minis

What about Chick-Fil-A Chicken Sandwich and Mac and Cheese Combination?

What’s the deal with the chicken sandwich and mac & cheese? You’ve almost definitely seen folks put mac and cheese on top of the Chick-Fil-A chicken sandwich if you’re surfing the net.
And, sure, it is truly excellent. The crunchy chicken, pickles, and bread all work well together with Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese. Who would have guessed?

You can also combine the Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese with your favorite burger for an amazing experience, like in the photo below. 

Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

Tips for making the best Chick-Fil-A Mac & Cheese:

  • The secret to making the greatest Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese is a specific cheese mix. We like to cook it for only the right amount of time so that all of the cheeses melt nicely together for a crunchy top.
  • You have to ensure your ingredients are all at room temperature. Instead of being pulled directly from the refrigerator, they just mix better this way.
  • I prefer the whole milk. However, if low-fat milk is only what’s available, you are free to use it. It’s not quite as creamy, but it’s just as tasty.
  • If you can’t seem to find BellaVitano Gold Cheese, you may replace it in this recipe with more parmesan cheese. You may also add heavy cream to provide it with that additional creaminess that all of us crave.
  • For Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese you can use gluten-free noodles if you want a gluten-free dish. 
  • Don’t follow the guidelines while cooking the macaroni, as I’ve said before, you don’t want the macaroni to be al dente. You should cook them for around 20 min, so the macaroni can absorb water and not cheese and the sauce stays nice and creamy. 

FAQs

Can I make Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese in advance?

You can! You can make Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese up to a day in advance and store it in the refrigerator uncooked — I highly suggest you wait to add the cheese for the day of baking.
If you wish to save it for afterward, place it in the freezer uncooked and well wrapped for up to 3 months.

Can I put Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese in the freezer?

Absolutely, if you have mac and cheese leftovers, you may store them for up to 3 months in a freezer-safe storage container. Be careful that it will most likely not be as wonderful when reheated.

How long can I keep Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese in the fridge?

It should preserve for 3-5 days in an airtight container.

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Copycat Chick-Fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe

Ingredients

  • 8 oz of macaroni (elbow macaroni)
  • 1 cup of whole milk
  • 5-6 slices of roughly chopped or torn American cheese (don’t use Kraft Singles) 
  • 1 TBSP of butter, unsalted
  • 1/2 tsp of salt
  • ½ Cup oz of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 oz of white cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 oz of BellaVitano Gold cheese, shredded
  • 3 TBSP of Parmesan, grated
  • 1 TBSP of grated Pecorino Romano

For the Topping:

  • 3 ½ oz of sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 3 ½  white cheddar cheese, shredded

Directions

  • Boil the water in the pot and cook the macaroni for 20 minutes. Remove the water and strain when the macaroni is totally soft.
  • In a medium saucepan over medium/low heat, combine the milk, butter, American cheese, and salt to make the cheese sauce.
  • Warm the milk slowly to melt the butter and cheese. Whisk frequently till the American cheese is melted and the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  • Add in the cheddar cheeses, BellaVitano Gold cheese, Parmesan cheese and Pecorino Romano, and mix in until the sauce is smooth. When it’s done, remove the sauce from the heat.
  • Leave the sauce to cool and thicken for ten min before combining it with the macaroni in a large bowl and allowing it to cool sufficiently so that the cheese does not drop to the bottom.
  • As it rests, gently stir it every now and again.
  • Prepare your broiler by setting it on high and place the macaroni and cheese in a baking dish.
  • To make the topping, combine the yellow and white cheddar cheeses, then spread the mixture over the top of your Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese.
  • Place the pan in the broiler for 2–3 minutes, or until the top is slightly browned. Enjoy!

This recipe is meant for around 6 servings of mac and cheese. 

Tips

  • If you can’t get BellaVitano cheese, use 1 tablespoon more Parmesan cheese instead.
  • If you don’t have American cheese in your kitchen, you can substitute Velveeta or really any cheese with sodium citrate.

Last words

So, there you have it. Like most Copycat recipes this Chick-Fil-A mac and cheese isn’t only about the ingredients, you have to know a few tricks also. I hope you’ve enjoyed it and if you have any questions, or issues with this mac and cheese, please let me know in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as always. 

How to Make Authentic Maritozzi (Italian Sweet Bun)

How to Make Authentic Maritozzi (Italian Sweet Bun)

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