Bay Leaf Recipes

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Spanish Octopus

Rating: 4.71 stars
Above and beyond the ingredients, the cooking method, or should I say methods, couldn't be easier. As long as you braise it gently on low heat, until just tender, and then give it a nice sear before serving, you should be in great shape. This smoky braised octopus is great served with crusty roasted potatoes.

"Special" Roasted Potatoes

Rating: 4.74 stars
The secret to these deliciously crusty potatoes is the pre-oven boiling in a salted and seasoned liquid. The potatoes not only absorb flavor and salt, but more importantly the surface of the potato cooks, which is what forms the great crunchy texture in the oven.

The Famous Seafood Seasoning Recipe

Rating: 4.22 stars
This one really wasn't that hard to crack...The ingredients are printed on the container! The only difficult part was working out the correct ratios for each spice, or herb... But patient perseverance, and good ol' 'trial and error' saved the day. The original Old Bay® Seasoning was invented in the 1940's by an American-German immigrant named Gustav Brunn. Initially, it was intended only for use on crab meat (as there was plenty of it in the Chesapeake Bay area where Gustav lived!), but in the last decade or so, it's used in other food areas, such as poultry and salads.

Puerto Rican Canned Corned Beef Stew

Rating: 4.78 stars
Simple, easy, and quick... This is a stew using canned corned beef and ingredients easily found in most home pantries and refrigerators. The end result is delicious and satisfying. Typically it is served over white rice. The perfect side dish is fried sweet plantains.

Russian Mushroom and Potato Soup

Rating: 4.74 stars
I make this soup every Halloween and is the 'signal' to the family that the cool weather has arrived. I've been making it for 15 years now and out of all the soups I make, it is still everyone's favorite. Enjoy!

Orange and Milk-Braised Pork Carnitas

Rating: 4.82 stars
It must have been the subliminal beer and liquor advertising that got me, because I wasn't even thinking about Cinco de Mayo when I decided to make this milk-braised pork carnitas recipe. The milk braising beforehand seems to give the meat a little extra succulence. The subtle sweetness from the orange is also very nice.

Braised Beef Cheeks

Rating: 5 stars
This has been a hit with everyone that has tried it.

Homemade Dill Pickles

Rating: 3.63 stars
If you make a simple salt brine, add some spices, and submerge Kirby cucumbers in it for about a week, you get some fairly delicious pickles. I'm pretty sure if you measure your salt right and store the fermenting pickles at an appropriate temperature you'll get crunchy pickles.

Chef John's Cheater Demi-Glace

Rating: 5 stars
You can make a demi-glace using chicken wings and beef shanks since veal bones can be hard to come by. This alternative method works amazingly well and the demi-glace closely resembled the real thing in look, feel, and flavor.

Slow Cooker Filipino Chicken Adobo

Rating: 4.2 stars
This chicken adobo is a Filipino favorite made in the slow cooker. Serve with rice.

Chuck's Super Chili

Rating: 5 stars
This chili is slightly sweet with a touch of heat; the wine gives it a different taste. Everyone in my family loves this chili. I've won a couple of work chili cook-offs with this recipe and done well in some larger cook-offs as well.

Spanish Green Beans and Tomatoes

Rating: 4.39 stars
A traditional Spanish side dish that I've served on holidays for many years. But it's a simple, tasty dish anytime!

Inspiration and Ideas

Canning Pizza or Spaghetti Sauce from Fresh Tomatoes

Rating: Unrated
This can be used for either pizza sauce or spaghetti sauce. It can be canned or frozen. Store canned tomato sauce in a cool, dark area.

Day-After-Thanksgiving Turkey Carcass Soup

Rating: Unrated
This easy and delicious turkey soup is made using leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner. I usually make cornbread muffins to serve with it.

Vegan Turkish Red Lentil Soup

Rating: 4.36 stars

This delicious red lentil soup is super easy to make and full of flavor. It's vegan as well -- win/win! My dad combined a few different recipes over the years and this one was decidedly the winner. It's been made by many people throughout the family and is always met with great compliments! Cannot emphasize enough that you really need to use red lentils for this recipe as it's key to the taste. If you can't find them in your regular grocery store, they are always in stock at the nearest Indian food market. Best served with your favorite freshly baked bread!