Posts Tagged ‘vegetables’

Small Plates, Big Fun!

Monday, September 14th, 2015 No comments
Share
Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel Saffron Broth

Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel Saffron Broth

If I could add another chapter to my book, it would be a Small Plates chapter. Small plates give you an opportunity to explore so many wonderful options to satisfy your palate. You don’t have to go to a trendy restaurant to achieve a dining adventure like that, however. You can do it by inviting a group of friends to create this experience in the comfort of your own kitchen – which is exactly what we did on Saturday night. There were 10 people involved in our Small Plates/Big Fun evening. We divided the group into 5 teams of two chefs each. Each team was responsible for one of the courses. I had most of the ingredients prepared in advance (measured, chopped, etc.) Each team took “Center Stage” in the kitchen as they prepared their assigned dish. We had an extra special bit of fun with this concept when everyone picked a song to go with their dish…Kristina started it all with Hukuna Crostata as she and Marc prepared their Apple Crostata. We also heard Les Poissons during the preparation of the fish dish, among others.

Our menu was as follows:
A few items prepared by hosts to give our chefs some nourishment during cooking:
Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes
Blistered Green Beans

Then the fun started:

Peach and Burrata Arugula Salad by Juan and Karin
Pear + Gorgonzola, Caramelized Onion + Candied pecan+arugula+aged Balsamic as improvised by Annette and Peter
Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel Saffron Broth by Gary and Louise
Chicken Bastilla by Genevieve and Dan
Apple Crostata with Almond-Crumb Topping by Kristina and Marc

The recipe for the Halibut and Penn Cove Mussels in Fennel, Leek and Saffron Broth follows:

Serves 6 as a Main Course or 10 Small Plates

Ingredients
1 cup thinly sliced fennel (bulb only)
1 large leek, washed and thinly sliced
1 onion, finely chopped
3 carrots, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, crushed or minced
1 large tomato, chopped

2 ½ lbs. Alaskan halibut, washed, dried and cut into 3 oz. pieces
3 dozen Penn Cove mussels

4 tablespoons EVO (3 for vegetables and 1 for browning fish)
32 oz. box of fish stock or chicken broth
½ cup dry white wine
Sea salt to taste
1 teaspoon saffron threads
2 tablespoons flat leave parsley, chopped
2 teaspoons G-Rub (recipe in Cook the Part)

Preparation
In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil and sauté onion and fennel for about 5 minutes. Add chopped carrots and leeks and cook until soft.
Add garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add tomato. Add wine and saffron and cook for 5 minutes until all vegetables are soft and flavors are blended. Add ½ of the fish stock. Cook for additional 5-10 minutes.
Brown halibut in an iron skillet.
Add mussels to stock mixture and cook for 2 minutes until most of mussels are opened. Add browned fish to pan and cook just until done, adding more stock if needed. Discard any unopened mussels.

Divide seafood into 10 bowls. Add broth to each bowl. Sprinkle parsley over top. Serve with toasted bread.

Share

Another St. Regis Recipe To Try at Home: Caramelized Cauliflower and Pistachio Pesto

Sunday, October 14th, 2012 No comments
Share
Cauliflower with Pistachio Pesto

Cauliflower with Pistachio Pesto

 

Another of my favorite menu offerings at the J&G Grill was the cauliflower that we ordered for one of our starters.  My publishing partners and I  all love cauliflower and voted this the most incredible of the veggies we tasted.

Caramelized Cauliflower and Pistachio Pesto

I actually came back from Utah and immediately prepared this for Gary.  In the process, I converted the measures from grams and simplified this a bit, but it was still delicious.

For the Pesto  (as I modified it)
5 oz. toasted pistachios
2 cups tightly packed fresh basil
1/2 finely chopped Jalapeño (couldn’t find Green Thai chili)
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 oz. micro-planed Parmesan

Blanch and shock basil, squeeze out all excess water in clean kitchen towel.  In the food processor combine basil, olive oil, and salt and puree until completely smooth.  Add remaining ingredients and puree until coarse.

To Serve:
1/2 cauliflower cut into 1-2″ nuggets
salt/black pepper as desired
2 ounces toasted pistachios
Extra Virgin Olive oil
Chopped basil or micro basil

Heat pan with olive oil and sauté cauliflower until very well caramelized and tender.  add pistachios and cook until toasty, then season with salt and pepper (they also called for marjoram leaves, which I omitted).  Smooth some pesto into the bottom of a hot side bowl.  Fill with caramelized cauliflower and finish with the micro basil.

Share

A Tasty Flower as Appetizer or Side: Sautéed Cauliflower

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 No comments
Share
Cauliflower Sautéed in Olive Oil

Cauliflower Sautéed in Olive Oil

Cauliflower is a close relative of Brussels sprouts, broccoli and cabbage. You either love it or hate it, few are indifferent.
I happen to love cauliflower along with brussels sprouts. In an effort to create more interesting appetizers, I have been preparing vegetables as a first course in addition to multiple offerings of vegetables as sides. This sautéed appetizer is easy to prepare and will get rave reviews from your guests who already love this family of vegetables.

Cauliflower Sautéed in Olive Oil

1 head cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
3 eggs, beaten
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup fine bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil

Steam the cauliflower florets in a steamer pot for 6 minutes. Cool.
Beat the egg with the nutmeg and salt.
Dip the florets in the egg and then the bread crumbs.
Heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil in a sauté pan and add the florets. Brown the florets, turning frequently until golden brown and tender. Serve as an appetizer or as a side vegetable.

Share