Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Rotini in Kumquat Jalapeno Compound Butter


Enlarged to entice,kumquats are miniature oranges with completely edible aromatic peel and tart juicy center.Almost the size of large grapes ,these are perfect pop-in-your-mouth snack.I fancied them to create exciting eats.Here is the compound butter for starters.


Why compound butter with kumquats? Also ,isn't butter the unfavorable ingredient of a Health Nut?.Not really,dietitians recommend up to 2 tablespoon of daily serving of butter for those without diagnosed heart disease and a tablespoon(30mg) for those with the heart condition.For the following recipe I use pure butter,that is Organic.Or a good butter substitute for those watching fat calories.As for the flavoring,the Kumquats blended ,gives the zesty kick and the sweetness of the juices complements well with the heat from chili peppers.The fusion butter can be savored as a spread on whole grain crackers,toast or used to flavor up grilled fish or pasta.

Recipe : Kumquat Jalapenos Compound Butter
Ingredients
1 stick Organic butter(cut in cubes) or 1 cup(4 ounce) butter substitute(I Can't Believe It's Not Butter or Smart balance)
1 big or 2 medium Jalapeno,seeded and chopped
3-4 kumquats ,rinsed ,seeded and chopped
1 tablespoon parsley,chopped
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Method
Process the jalapenos,kumquats,parsley in a food processor until finely chopped.Add in the butter or butter substitute and blend until well combined,takes longer if using real butter.
Remove from the processor,place on a parchment paper or plastic wrap,shape in to a log.Chill for an hour or two,longer for the butter substitute.

Recipe : Rotini with Stir-fry Vegetables and Kumquat Jalapenos Compound Butter

Use whatever form of pasta in the pantry,rotini boxes were surplus in mine.The amount of compound butter can be doubled,1 tablespoon is for strictly keeping the fat calories under dietary guidelines for those with heart condition.Cooked together with copious serving of vegetables this an comforting pasta meal.

Serves 2-3


Ingredients

1/2 pound Whole grain Rotini pasta.
1/2 pound Stir-fry mix Vegetables(beans,sugar snap peas,broccoli,carrots,peppers and mushrooms)
1 tablespoon Kumquat Jalapenos Compound Butter(recipe above)
2 big cloves garlic,finely chopped
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
2 tablespoon fresh parsley,finely chopped
few slices of fresh kumquats for garnish

Method
Cook the rotini pasta until al-dente as per the package directions.Drain.
While the pasta is cooking, heat oil in sauce pan on medium heat,add the vegetables and garlic saute for few minutes 6-7 minutes until tender.Season with salt,pepper and herbs.Mix in the cooked pasta and compound butter,saute another 2-3 minutes.turn off the heat.Garnish with fresh kumquat slices and serve.

The Kumquat compound butter is my entry for 5 star make over : Compound butter and the pasta for Presto Pasta Nights,host of the week is Our Taste of Life

29 comments:

Cool Lassi(e) said...

Love the compound butter that does double duty. Very bright and very exotic! I am still thinking about what I should come up with for this month's 5 * foodie challenge.

Nithu Bala said...

Wow! so delicious..love the click dear..

notyet100 said...

wow this looks delicious,..

RV said...

I would like to spread this over my bread and love the addition of jalepenos. looks very yummy yummy

Tina said...

Superb and delicious...

Sharmila said...

Kumquats are very new to me. Love the idea of teaming them up with butter. :-)

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What an interesting way of using kumquats! That butter looks delicious.

Cheers,

Rosa

Shama Nagarajan said...

delicious butter..tempting picture

5 Star Foodie said...

A very unique and fabulous combination with kumquats in the compound butter! Thank you so much for sending it in for the 5 Star Makeover, awesome entry!

Anonymous said...

Healthy Stuff.

Joanne said...

This is by far the most intriguing compound butter I've ever seen! Let alone considering the fact that I've never had kumquats before. Looks so delicious with the pasta.

Rachana Kothari said...

This compound butter looks so exotic and delicious. Would love to spread it over my bread:) The Pasta looks equally yummy! Great recipes Yasmeen!

Priya said...

I would like to have few spoons from the compound butter...awesome...

Anonymous said...

Yum! Yum!

Pavithra said...

Looks good and delicious. Love kumquats and this is really nice idea for using in spread surely will try as I love all kinds of spreads and wish to collect for my cookbook. They looks gorgeous .. all photos are excellent first is gorgeous and professional.

FoodLovers said...

gorgeous pics yasmeen

Ruth Daniels said...

What a terrific idea for pasta. I love the idea of the butter. And don't those kumquats look wonderful.

Thanks for sharing with Presto Pasta Nights. Hope to see you back often.

Organic said...

I've never found this member of citrus family.Sure must be a zesty spread with the butter.

Sarah said...

Another fantastic idea Yasmeen.Wish these were sold were I live = )

Viki's Kitchen said...

I too love that kumquat fruit. Knew the correct name from you only:) Nice idea to include it in butter. Pasta looks great too.

Gita said...

I have seen these tiny cute ornages in Chinese supermarkets...but I was not sure whether they would taste good and how to peel them...ha ha :) great recipes Yameen...both the butter and pasta looks colorful and good.

Gulmohar said...

That would be a great spread..looks too good

Jamie said...

Look at that!Can't imagine the citrusy punch in the delicious spread.

Lena Rashmin Raj said...

hai Yasmeen.. :) alwayz i get some new things in your blog.. :) snaps are too tempting.. :)

Saveurs et Gourmandises said...

Un beau blog. Je reviendrai.
A bientôt.

JASMINA said...

Salam Yasmeeeeennnn :)...
Thanks for your compliment regarding my hair.I'm fine...just taking a break from blogging.
I read with great pleasure this post,as I knew about this fruit,but I've never really known how to use it.Your recipe sure looks very delicious...I'd definitely would use it with meat :).
Kiss,kiss my dear!

MaryMoh said...

This butter looks refreshing and must be full of flavour. I love kumquats and I can just imagine the beautiful taste.

Parita said...

The butter sounds utterly butterly delicious and flavorful:) I love jalapenos and with kumquat i am sure it must have tasted awesome!

Indhu said...

I love the idea of that compound butter... a very creative recipe Yasmeen :)

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