Simple Asparagus, Ham, and Grueyère Fritatta

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Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds organic Yukon Gold potatoes, unpeeled, washed, cut into 1" pieces
2 cups fresh asparagus spears, woody parts trimmed, cut into 1" pieces (spinach works too)
1 bunch green onions finely chopped - you could also opt for shallots or onion here instead
1 cup Canadian bacon or smoked ham cut into 1" pieces - or go meatless with sauteed mushrooms
1 cup grated Gruyère cheese or substitute for any cheese you like, or simply leave it out, it's all good
8 large eggs, whisked
1 teaspoon salt or to taste
fresh ground pepper
1/4 cup UP EVOO or any infused olive oil of your choice.

Preheat the oven to 375 F.

Place the cut potatoes in a medium pot, cover with water, and bring to a boil over high heat. Boil for 5 minutes, drain, and reserve.

In a large, heavy, oven-proof skillet (a 12" cast iron is ideal here) heat the olive oil over medium high heat. Add the potatoes and cook until golden brown, turning once. Add the green onions, asparagus, and saute over medium heat for another 2 minutes.

Whisk together the eggs, salt, cheese, and pepper. Pour over the potatoes directly into the pan, shake the pan a couple times gently to distribute the egg, and pop the pan in the oven for 20-25 minutes, until the egg is set and the top is golden brown.

Remove from the oven, and run a knife along the inside perimeter to loosen from the pan. Allow to cool in the pan for 10-15 minutes,before inverting onto a serving plate. Cut in slices and serve with a lovely salad of baby spinach or arugula dressed with Milanese Gremolata whisked with Sicilian Lemon White Balsamic for a light, healthy meal.

Serves 6-8
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Amazing Balsamic BBQ sauce

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Best Balsamic BBQ Sauce... EVER!
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup Dark Balsamic - your choice 
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons Baklouti Olive Oil, UP EVOO or any fused/infused olive oil of your choice
1 small white or yellow onion, minced
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (mild or spicy)
2 teaspoons cayenne (optional for lover's of heat)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste


Heat the olive oil of your choice in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ketchup, Worcestershire, molasses, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, mustard, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.

Transfer sauce to the jar of a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month. This is great on everything - chicken, ribs, burgers, shoes. You can literally put it on anything, and I encourage you to do so.

Makes approximately 3 cups
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Caramelized Brussel Sprouts with Cremini Mushrooms and Pomegranate Balsamic

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Whether you fall into the brussles sprouts hater's club or the brussles fan club, this recipe is for you. After much initial protesting, this recipe quickly turns brussles haters into converts and the fans just love them even more.

Ingredients
1 1/2 pounds small, fresh brussles sprouts, dried end trimmed, and cut in half
1/2 pound fresh Cremini mushrooms sliced in half
1/4 cup Mushroom-Sage olive oil (or olive oil of you choice such as lemon, garlic, UP EVOO, etc.)
1 medium shallot thinly sliced
2 Tablespoons pomegranate balsamic
1 teaspoon salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions
Heat a heavy-duty 12" saute pan, add the olive oil. Add the shallot and saute over medium until translucent. Add the mushrooms and brussles sprouts and saute over medium-high heat until the mushrooms and brussles sprouts begin to caramelize (about 6 minutes).  Add the 2 tablespoons of pomegranate balsamic to the pan stirring and scraping to de-glaze it. (Make sure to scrape up the browned bits of mushroom and shallot at the bottom while evenly coating the brussles sprouts). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately.

Serves 4-6

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Fajita Style Chicken Curry with Baklouti

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                                Ingredients
3 lbs. boneless chicken thighs cut into 2" pieces
3 large onions finely chopped
1 tablespoon finely grated ginger
2 tablespoons sea salt
1⁄2 teaspoon whole mustard seed
1⁄2 teaspoon whole cumin seed
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
5 curry leaves (optional)
2 tablespoons garam masala
1 tablespoon turmeric
freshly ground pepper to taste
1 tablespoon garlic olive oil
3 tablespoons Baklouti Chili Fused Olive Oil 
1 tablespoon Honey Ginger White Balsamic
1/2 cup chicken stock 
1 cup diced tomatoes
1⁄2 cup cilantro
2 thinly sliced serrano chilies - optional

Directions
Heat Baklouti in a large heavy bottom dutch oven over medium flame. Add the mustard seed, cardamon, cumin seeds to pot. Stir until fragrant and the seeds begin to pop. Add curry leaves if using. Add finely chopped onions and cook until well browned, about 7-10 minutes

Add the ginger, garam masala, turmeric and garlic olive oil to the pot stirring well until combined. Add chicken to the pot with tomatoes, stock, a cup of water, and honey ginger white balsamic. Add salt and pepper and allow to simmer gently for 30 minutes until the curry has reduced and thickened a bit.

Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve over steamed basmati rice with cilantro and thinly sliced serrano chilies as garnish.
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Savory Herb Crepes with Spinach, Gruyere and Olive Oil Fried Egg

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Crepe Batter

2 large eggs
1 1/4 cups whole milk
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Pinch kosher salt
1 tablespoon minced fresh herbs, such as parsley and/or basil
In a blender add the wet ingredients including 1 tablespoon of olive oil and pulse to combine. Add the flour, salt and herbs. Pulse again to fully incorporate the dry into the wet. Scrape the sides once during the process to loosen any dry flour and pulse until homogenous. 
Heat a nonstick 10" pan over medium heat 2 teaspoons UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Wipe out the oil until just a sheen is left in the pan. Pour approximately 4 tablespoons of crepe batter into the hot pan, and while holding the handle, swirl the batter to create a round crepe that covers the entire bottom of the pan. Cook for about 1 minute over medium heat and then carefully flip to cook the crepe on the other side for another 30 seconds or so. Set finished crepes aside while making the filling

Crepe Filling
3 teaspoons UP extra-virgin olive oil or infused oil such as Tuscan Herb, Garlic, or Gremolata
2 large shallots, about 1/4 cup minced
4 cups packed fresh spinach leaves
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
For the crepe filling, heat a 12" skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and shallots. Cook the shallots until translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the spinach to the shallots and cook until soft, another
3minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Remove to a covered bowl to keep warm.
Fried Eggs
1 tablespoon UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 large hen eggs
Heat the oil in a nonstick 10" skillet over medium heat. Cook the eggs until the desired doneness. Sunnyside up is preferable. Set aside 
For Assembly
4 ounces Gruyere cheese or any other type melting cheese, shredded
4 eggs cooked sunny side up, poached, or however you like them
additional salt and pepper to taste
1 tablespoon UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Wipe clean the 10" non-stick pan. Place each crepe on a clean work surface and sprinkle the cheese over the center of the crepe. Add a quarter of the warm spinach mixture on top of the cheese, and add an egg over the top of the spinach. Fold four sides of the crepe edge into make a square that leave the yolk exposed on top. Heat the pan over medium. Add the olive oil to the skillet and place each constructed crepe back into the pan to gently brown the bottom and melt the cheese. About 3 minutes per crepe. Season and serve immediately. 
Makes 4
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