Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette


Melon Caprese Skewers with Basil Vinaigrette
  1. 1/2 cup Basil Vinaigrette (recipe below)
  2. 1 small cantaloupe, scooped into balls
  3. 1 small honeydew, scooped into balls
  4. 1 small seedless watermelon, scooped into balls
  5. 20 fresh water-packed mozzarella balls, drained
  6. 10 thin slices prosciutto, cut in half lengthwise, gathered into ruffle
  7. Basil leaves
  8. Small wooden skewers
  9. Maldon sea salt
  10. Freshly cracked black pepper
Basil Vinaigrette
  1. 1 shallot, roughly chopped
  2. 2 cup tightly packed basil leaves, stems removed (about 4 ounces)
  3. 1 glove garlic
  4. 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  5. 1/2 cup olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
  1. Thread an assortment of the ingredients on the skewer - melon ball, basil leaf, mozzarella ball, ruffled prosciutto, etc.
  2. Arrange skewers on platter. Drizzle with Basil Vinaigrette and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt and cracked pepper.
Basil Vinaigrette
  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-powered blender and blend for 60 seconds until very smooth. Adjust salt and pepper as needed. Will keep refrigerated for up to 3 days.
Adapted from What’s Gaby Cooking
Adapted from What’s Gaby Cooking
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Parmesan Galette with Two Fillings


Parmesan Galette with Two Fillings
Serves 6
For the pastry
  1. 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  3. 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  4. 1/4 cup sour cream or plain yogurt
  5. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  6. 1/4 cup ice water
Artichoke Spinach Filling
  1. 15 ounces artichoke hearts - drained
  2. 5 ounces fresh spinach (add this to the onions after they’ve been caramelized)
  3. 1/2 cup fontina cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces), grated or cut into small bits
  4. 1/4 cup Parmesan
Butternut Squash Filling
  1. 1 small butternut squash (about one pound cut into ½” cubes)
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. ¾ cup fontina cheese (about 2 1/2 ounces), grated or cut into small bits
  4. 1 ½ teaspoons chopped fresh sage leaves
  1. Make pastry: In the bowl of a food processor, combine the flour and salt and mix. Add the butter and mix until it resembles coarse meal. In a small bowl, whisk together the sour cream, lemon juice and water and add. Pulse until it is combined. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Caramelize onions
  1. Melt butter in a heavy skillet and cook onion over low heat with the remaining half-teaspoon of salt, stirring occasionally, until soft and lightly golden brown, about 20 minutes. Stir in cayenne.
Assemble galette
  1. On a floured work surface, roll the dough out into a 12-inch round. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Spread onions/spinach mixture and fontina over dough, then layer artichokes and Parmesan over the dough, leaving a 1 1/2-inch border. (For the Butternut Squash filling, toss squash pieces with olive oil and a half-teaspoon of the salt and roast for 30 minutes at 375 or until pieces are tender, turning it midway. Set aside to cool slightly.) Then mix with onions, cheese and herbs. Fold the border over the filling, pleating the edge to make it fit. The center will be open.
  2. Bake at 400 degrees until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven, let stand for 5 minutes, then slide the galette onto a serving plate. Cut into wedges and serve hot, warm or at room temperature.
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Tofu and Cashew Lettuce Cups

Tofu and Cashew Lettuce Cups
Serves 4
  1. 2 tablespoons Canola oil
  2. 14 ounce package firm tofu: drained and cut into 1-inch squares
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon grated ginger
  5. 1 bunch scallions, trimmed and sliced
  6. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  7. 1 8-ounce can sliced water chestnuts; drained and chopped
  8. 1/3 cup roasted unsalted cashews; chopped
  9. 2 cups cooked brown rice
  10. 1 small head of Bibb lettuce, leaves separated
  1. 1/4 cup soy sauce
  2. 1/4 cup honey
  3. 1 tablespoon Asian chili sauce
  4. Combine ingredients in a small bowl and set aside
  1. Heat oil in a large skillet or wok over medium-high heat. Cook garlic and ginger until golden and fragrant, one minute. Add tofu, stirring occasionally until browning begins, about three minutes. Add the scallions and carrots and cook for one minute. Stir in water chestnuts and soy mixture. Cook until heated through, about 3 minutes (if needed, thicken with 2 t. cornstarch dissolved in two tablespoons of cool water). Remove from heat and add cashews.
  2. Divide rice and tofu mixture among individual lettuce leaves.
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A Trio of Deviled Eggs

Trio of Deviled Eggs
Devilish Deviled Eggs
  1. 4 hard boiled eggs
  2. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1 teaspoon horseradish mustard (Braswell’s Select)
  4. salt and pepper to taste
Dilly Deviled Eggs
  1. 4 hard boiled eggs
  2. 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1 teaspoon champagne dill mustard (Braswell’s select)
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Garnish: sprig of dill
Deviled Bacon and Eggs
  1. 4 hard boiled eggs
  2. 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  3. 1 tablespoon Terrapin Ridge Farms Hot Pepper Bacon Jam
  4. Salt and pepper to taste
  5. Garnish: a dollop of the hot pepper bacon jam
  1. Peel the eggs and slice them in half lengthwise. Remove the yolks and mash them with the mayonnaise and mustard. Salt and pepper to taste and blend until creamy. Stuff equal amounts into the hollow of each egg. Sprinkle with paprika or garnish with herb.
  2. For the Dilly Deviled Eggs: follow recipe above and substitute the horseradish mustard for the champagne dill mustard.
  3. For the Deviled Bacon and Eggs: follow recipe above and substitute Hot Pepper Bacon Jam for mustard.
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Roasted Grape and Olive Crostini

Roasted Grape and Olive Crostini
Yields 12
  1. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  2. 1 cup grapes, seedless
  3. 1 cup olives, pitted
  4. 1 ½ teaspoon finely chopped fresh rosemary
  5. Salt
  6. Red pepper flakes, to taste
  7. About 12 baguette slices, toasted
  8. ¾ cup ricotta
  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Combine olive oil, grapes, olives, 1 tsp. rosemary, salt and red pepper flakes in a baking dish. Roast until grapes are wilted and leaking juices, about 35-55 minutes, rolling ingredients around a few times during roasting.
  2. Slather toast with ricotta, and then heap each with grapes, olives and their pan juices.
  3. Finish with remaining rosemary.
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Roasted Tomatillo and Serrano Pepper Guacamole

Roasted Tomatillo and Serrano Pepper Guacamole
  1. 3 tomatillos, husked and rinsed
  2. 2 fresh serrano chiles, stemmed
  3. 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
  4. 1 clove garlic, minced
  5. Juice from 1 lime
  6. 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  7. Salt and black pepper, to taste
  8. 3 ripe avocados
Homemade Corn Chips
  1. 1 package corn tortillas (about 12)
  2. Vegetable oil
  3. Salt and pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat broiler. Broil tomatillos and serrano peppers in a flameproof shallow baking pan about 4 inches from heat until tops are charred, 7 to 10 minutes. Turn tomatillos over with tongs and broil until charred, about 5 minutes more. Place charred tomatillos, serranos, cilantro, minced garlic and lime juice in a mixer and blend until smooth.
  2. Pit and peel avocados. Add avocados and tomatillo mixture to a large bowl and mash until incorporated but still chunky. Stir in diced onions, salt and pepper to taste. Place in serving bowl.
  3. Top guacamole with pepitas, cojita cheese, or in season fruit. Serve with homemade chips.
Homemade Chips
  1. Cut tortillas into 6 pieces each. Toss with oil, salt and pepper. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 7 minutes. Flip tortillas over and bake another 7-10 minutes.
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Chinese-Style Chicken in Lettuce Cups

Chinese-Style Chicken in Lettuce Cups
  1. 1 pound ground chicken
  2. ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
  3. 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  4. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  5. 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  6. 1 jalapeno chile, chopped
  7. 1 teaspoon sugar
  8. 1 teaspoon chili-garlic sauce or hot pepper sauce
  9. 1 tablespoon Asian sesame oil or vegetable oil
  10. Boston lettuce leaves
  1. Combine first 8 ingredients in bowl and stir to blend.
  2. Heat oil in medium skillet over high heat. Add chicken mixture. Sauté until cooked through, breaking up with the back of fork, about 4 minutes. Transfer chicken mixture to bowl in center of platter. Arrange lettuce leaves around. Roasted peanuts, chopped green onions and chili sauce can be used for garnishes.
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Roasted Vegetable Salsa

Roasted Vegetable Salsa
  1. 5-6 ripe tomatoes
  2. 2 jalapeño peppers
  3. 2 red bell peppers
  4. 2 red onions
  5. 2 cloves garlic
  6. ¼ cup cilantro
  7. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  8. salt and pepper, to taste
  9. Juice from 1 lime
  10. 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Slice all the vegetables in quarters. Toss with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Place all the vegetables on a baking tray and roast them in the oven for ½ an hour. Remove the vegetables from the oven and let them sit for a while to cool down.
  3. Peel the tomatoes and peppers. Remove seeds from jalapeño, to likeness of heat. Place all the vegetables in a food processor or a blender and pulse until the salsa is the consistency you like.
  4. Place in a bowl and add lime juice and cider vinegar. Season to taste, cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. Serve with homemade corn chips.
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Publican’s Mussels in Sour Beer

Publican's Mussels in Sour Beer
  1. 1 tablespoon of butter
  2. 1 tablespoon of sliced celery
  3. 1 tablespoon of sliced garlic
  4. 1 tablespoon of sliced shallot
  5. 1 fresh bay leaf
  6. 1 teaspoon of picked thyme
  7. ½ teaspoon of chili flake
  8. 2 pounds of mussels
  9. 3-4 ounces of gueuze (a sour beer available at most large wine & beer outlets)
  10. 2 tablespoons of butter
  11. 2 tablespoons of chopped celery leaf
  12. 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  13. Salt and pepper to taste
  1. 8-10 minutes before you want to serve, melt half of the butter in a 3 quarts sauce pot over high heat. Add celery, garlic, shallots, bay leaf, thyme, chili flake and sweat for a minute or two.
  2. Add mussels to pot and stir to incorporate the ingredients. Add the gueuze and cover pot until all of the mussels open; about 4-5 minutes. Uncover pot and stir in the remaining butter.
  3. Finish the mussels with a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of lemon juice. Sprinkle the celery leafs over the top of the mussels and serve immediately with a hot, fresh baguette.
  1. Courtesy of Cheers to the Publican cookbook.
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Broccoli, Cheddar and Wild Rice Fritters

Broccoli, Cheddar and Wild Rice Fritters
  1. 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  2. 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  3. Freshly ground black pepper
  4. 2 cups cooked wild-rice blend or other leftover rice
  5. 1 cup finely chopped parcooked broccoli florets, cooked
  6. 2 scallions, finely chopped
  7. ¾ cup coarsely grated sharp cheddar
  8. Butter and olive oil, for frying
  1. Make the batter: Using a fork, beat the eggs with the salt and pepper in a bowl until combined. Add the rice, broccoli, scallions, and cheddar and stir to combine.
  2. Cook the fritters: Heat a large frying pan over medium-low heat. Once it’s hot, add a tablespoon of olive oil and a pat of butter; let them warm. Using a soupspoon, scoop about 1 ½ tablespoons of the rice mixture into the pan and lightly press the top so it flattens to about ½-inch thickness. Here’s the essential bit: keep the heat low enough so that it takes a few minutes for the undersides to brown; if you move a fritter sooner, it will fall apart easily. But once the fritters are brown, the eggs have cooked, and the cheese has melted, it’s much easier to flip and repeat on the other side. Make the rest of the fritters with the remaining rice mixture, giving it an occasional stir.
  3. Note: I make these in a seemingly small size (2 inches) because that makes them easier to flip. Larger, they’re much more fragile until the egg sets up.
  4. Do Ahead: Keep the fritters warm in the oven or eat them immediately. The fritters will keep in the ridge and reheat well; you can also freeze them. But there aren’t usually leftovers.
  1. From Smitten Kitchen Everyday cookbook
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