Saturday, April 30, 2011

Chicken Chasseur (Hunter-style Chicken)


1 (4-pound) chicken, quartered
Salt and pepper
Clarified butter
5 ounces cremini mushrooms, emincer (thinly sliced)
1 large shallot, ciseler (fine dice)
2 ounces Cognac
2 ounces dry white wine
1 1/2 cups enriched chicken stock
1/4 cup tomato concasse (peeled, seeded, and diced tomato)
1-ounce cold butter
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh chervil leaves or flat-leaf parsley

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Season chicken pieces on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a few tablespoons of clarified butter in a Dutch oven over high heat. Place chicken in skin side down and cook until golden brown. Turn the chicken over and brown the other side. Remove chicken to a baking sheet and bake in the oven until just cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes.

Remove all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper, and saute until golden brown. Add the shallots and cook for 30 seconds. Remove the pan from the heat and add the Cognac and cook until completely reduced. Add the wine and cook until completely reduced. Add the stock and tomato and bring to a simmer. Cook until the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon ("nappe") and then swirl in the butter ("monter au beurre"). Once the butter is added, the sauce can not be further reduced because it will break. Season with salt and pepper and stir in the tarragon and chervil.

Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Remove the breastbone from the breast. Cut each breast into 2 even pieces on the bias. Cut the legs into 2 pieces at the joint and on the bias and remove the thighbones. Serve 1 leg piece and 1 breast piece. Make sure only 1 piece contains a bone. Serve on hot plates, napped with the sauce.

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Gratin Dauphinois

3 cups heavy cream
6 russet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/8-inch thick slices (on mandoline or with a knife)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 clove garlic, peeled and halved
1 cup grated Gruyere
2 tablespoons chopped chives, optional

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

Bring 2 cups of the heavy cream to a simmer in a medium saucepan. Add the potatoes, salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes.

Rub the cut side of the garlic clove on the bottom and sides of an 8-inch casserole or baking dish. Add the potatoes and cream and top with the remaining cream and Gruyere cheese. Sprinkle chives over top, if using. Bake on a baking sheet until potatoes are tender and cheese is golden brown and bubbly, about 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.


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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Grilled Corn and Tomato-Sweet Onion Salad with Fresh Basil Dressing and Crumbled Blue Cheese

1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1 teaspoon sugar
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
8 ears corn, grilled in the husk, kernels removed
1 sweet onion (such as Vidalia or Walla Walla), halved and thinly sliced
1 pint Sweet 100 tomatoes or cherry tomatoes, halved
8 ounces blue cheese, crumbled
Fresh basil sprigs, for garnish

Combine the vinegar, basil, sugar, 1/2 teaspoon of salt, 1/4 teaspoon of pepper and oil in a blender and blend until smooth. Can be made 2 hours in advance and refrigerated. Bring to room temperature before using.

Combine the corn kernels, onion and tomato in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat, season with salt and pepper. Let sit at room temperature 30 minutes before serving. Top with crumbled blue cheese and garnish with basil sprigs just before serving. Salad can be made 1 day in advance and served cold or at room temperature.


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Monday, April 18, 2011

Green Chile Cheeseburgers

2 pounds ground chuck, 80 percent to 85 percent lean
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 thin slices Chihuahua or provolone
4 good-quality hamburger buns, toasted
Green Chili Sauce, recipe follows
Romaine lettuce leaves, optional
4 thick slices beefsteak tomatoes, optional
Pickled jalapenos, optional

Heat grill to high. Form meat into 4 (8-ounce) burgers and season each burger on both sides with 1/4 teaspoon of salt and a 1/4 teaspoon of pepper. Grill until charred on both sides and cooked to desired doneness.

Place 2 slices of the cheese on each burger, close the lid or tent with foil, and cook until the cheese has just melted, about 1 minute. Place burgers on buns and top with a few tablespoons of Green Chile Sauce and lettuce, tomato, and pickled jalapeno, if desired.

Green Chile Sauce:
2 poblano chiles, grilled, peeled, seeded, and chopped
1 medium white onion, grilled and chopped
1 to 2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh epazote, or fresh oregano leaves
1/4 cup cold water
1 tablespoon honey
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.


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Friday, April 15, 2011

Peach-Blackberry Pie

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1/2 cup chilled solid vegetable shortening, cut into pieces
4 to 7 tablespoons ice water or more, if needed
3 pounds mixed yellow and white peaches, peeled, pitted, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
1/3 to 1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/4 teaspoons ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground fresh nutmeg
2 tablespoons peach eau de vie
1/4 cup cornstarch or tapioca
1 cup fresh blackberries
2 tablespoons cassis
2 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream
2 to 3 tablespoons turbinado sugar

Combine the flour, sugar, salt in the bowl of a food processor and pulse a few times to combine.

Scatter the butter and shortening over the top of the flour mixture and pulse until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the water a few tablespoons at a time and pulse until the dough just comes together. Remove the dough from the machine and lightly knead on a flat surface until it just comes together. Form into a disk, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

For the filling:

Combine peaches, sugars, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, peach eau de vie and cornstarch or tapioca in a large bowl and mix until well combined. Toss the blackberries with the cassis. Let sit for 10 minutes, then use a slotted spoon to spoon the berries into the peaches, and toss.

Divide the dough in half and roll each half out on a lightly floured surface to 13 to 14- inch round. Transfer 1 of the rounds into the bottom of a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate. Spoon the fruit into the crust using a slotted spoon. Add some of the juices that have accumulated in the bowl. Scatter the butter over the top. Roll up remaining dough on rolling pin and unroll atop peach mixture. Trim edges of both crusts to 3/4-inch overhang. Fold edges over; press to seal. Crimp edges. Cut 6 slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Brush top of the pie with the cream and sprinkle with the turbinado sugar. Place the pie on a baking sheet and bake on the bottom rack of the oven until the crust is golden and juices bubble thickly through slits, covering edges of crust with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 20 to 30 minutes, until the bottom crust is brown and the juices bubbling. Cool pie 3 hours.


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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Country Ham Salad with Fresh Mozzarella and Balsamic-Molasses Vinaigrette


  • 1 pound Kentucky country ham, finely diced
  • 1/2-pound fresh mozzarella, finely diced
  • 2 yellow peppers, roasted, peeled, seeded, and finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chiffonad fresh basil
  • 3/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens, washed and dried


Combine the ham, mozzarella, peppers, and basil in a large bowl. Whisk together the balsamic vinegar, molasses, and mustard in a small bowl; season dressing with salt and pepper. Pour 3/4 of the dressing over the ham mixture.
Place the greens in a large bowl, drizzle with the remaining dressing, season with salt and pepper, and toss to combine. Arrange the greens on a platter and mound the ham salad on top.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Shrimp and Grits


  • 4 cups water
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup stone-ground grits
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 6 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 cup thinly sliced scallions
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced


Bring water to a boil. Add salt and pepper. Add grits and cook until water is absorbed, about 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter and cheese.
Rinse shrimp and pat dry. Fry the bacon in a large skillet until browned; drain well. In grease, add shrimp. Cook until shrimp turn pink. Add lemon juice, chopped bacon, parsley, scallions and garlic. Saute for 3 minutes.
Spoon grits into a serving bowl. Add shrimp mixture and mix well. Serve immediately.
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Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound sliced pancetta, diced
  • 4 shallots, thinly sliced
  • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 8 baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced


Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
Heat oil over medium heat in a roasting pan or large skillet. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and crisp. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft. Add the Brussels sprouts and potatoes and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the vegetables are cooked through and golden brown. Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir in the butter and lemon juice. Transfer to a platter and top with the reserved pancetta.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Squid with Bacon and Garlic Oil

  • 8 ounces slab bacon, cut into lardons
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced into rings
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon freshly chopped thyme leaves


Place the bacon in a medium saute pan over medium heat and cook until lightly golden brown and the fat has been rendered. Increase the heat to high and add the garlic, olive oil, and squid, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook the squid for 2 to 3 minutes or until just cooked through. Stir in the herbs and serve.

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Friday, April 1, 2011

Grilled Flatbread with Asparagus Pesto and Fontina


  • 1 pound grilled asparagus
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves, plus chopped for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 3/4 cup, plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup, plus 4 tablespoons grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 pound fontina cheese, thinly sliced
  • 1 large prepared pizza shell (recommended: Boboli)


Heat grill to high
Combine the asparagus, basil, garlic and pine nuts in a food processor and pulse a few times to coarsely chop. With the motor running, slowly add the oil and process until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper and transfer the pesto to a bowl. Stir in the Pecorino Romano.
Place pizza shell on the grill. Grill until slightly crisp, about 1 minute. Remove the shells and spread each with the pesto. Top with the fontina, return to the grill, close the cover and continue cooking until the cheese has melted, 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from the grill and sprinkle with the remaining Romano cheese and chopped fresh basil. Slice each flatbread into bite-sized pieces.

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