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Poulet Grand-Mère

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This is a tasty, simple recipe that makes a great weeknight dinner while being easy on the pocketbook.  The olive oil mingles with white wine to make divine pan juice perfectly suited for dipping crusty french bread in.  It's also lovely served over pasta, rice or quinoa.

Poulet Grand-Mère

Ingredients

1 whole free range chicken split in half
2 pounds small new potatoes
1 pound of whole cremini mushrooms
2 large carrots roughly chopped in to 1/2" pieces
2 onions peeled and cut in to wedges about 1 inch at the thickest part
10 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cup of white wine
1/2 cup high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil
4" sprig of fresh rosemary
sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350. Thoroughly whisk the olive oil with the wine. In a 9" x 13" roasting pan, toss all of the prepared vegetables with half of the wine marinade and season liberally with salt and pepper. Sprinkle half the rosemary leaves over the vegetables.

Rinse and pat the chicken halves dry.  Position a roasting rack above the vegetables.  Place the chicken in a large bowl and pour the remaining wine-olive oil marinade over the chicken, being sure to coat all pieces thoroughly.  Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides and arrange, skin side up on the rack above the vegetables.

Roast the chicken and vegetables for 45-60 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the largest pieces of chicken register an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Serve the amazing pan juices with a side of noodles, quinoa or rice and make sure you have plenty of crusty bread on hand to sop up the juices with. This is could also be a one dish meal.

Serves 6.
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Balsamic Glazed Ham

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Ingredients

1 bone-in skinless smoked ham, shank or butt end portion, 6-8 lbs.

1 cup Maple Balsamic Condimento, or Cinnamon-Pear Balsamic Condimento
2 tablespoons Dijon or grainy mustard
Directions
Preheat the oven to 325.  

Line a large roasting pan with foil.  With a sharp knife, score the fat all over the ham in a diamond pattern.  Place the ham, cut side down, in the roasting pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake  for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, reduce the balsamic to 1/2 cup, by gently simmering it in a medium sauce pan set over low heat.  This process should be done slowly, taking approximately 25-30 minutes to complete.  When the balsamic condimento has become thick and syrupy and is reduced by half, remove from heat and whisk in the Dijon mustard.

After baking for an hour, remove the ham from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 350.  Using a pastry brush, liberally apply the balsamic glaze all over the ham, paying special attention to working it in to the scored portions.  Cover just the shank end with a small piece of foil to prevent it from burning.  Return the uncovered ham to the oven and roast for approximately 35 minutes, or until the glaze has caramelized and the ham is golden brown.  
Serves 8  
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Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms Fried in Olive Oil

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Spring.  It is an epic time in the kitchen namely because we have access to fleeting ingredients like green garlic, ramps, and squash blossoms.  This recipe harnesses several delightful seasonal ingredients and weaves them in to a flavorful and eye-catching culinary tapestry. 

As complicated as it may look at the outset, there are really just a handful of ingredients that come together to make this dish shine, and as you would expect, olive oil is a among them.  

Ingredients For the Filling

1 small shallot chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon UP EVOO oil 
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup Mascarpone
1 large egg beaten
8 oz. jumbo lump crab meat (Dungeness, if you can get it), picked through for shells
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

12 medium to large fresh zucchini squash blossoms 
 
For the Batter
1 cup seltzer water
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
 
UP EVOO for frying 
 
Combine the shallot, onion, olive oil, lemon juice, mascarpone, egg, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times to finely chop the ingredients and combine.  Place the filling in a medium size bowl, and with the utmost of care, gently fold in the crab meat being very careful not to break it up too much.  Adjust the seasoning, cover, and refrigerate the filling for 1/2 hour.
In a shallow dish or bowl whisk together the seltzer water, flour, baking powder, and salt.
Heat 2 inches of UP EVOO up to 350 F. in a heavy bottom pot or pan. 
 
To Assemble
Make sure the blossoms are clean of debris.  Gently remove the flower stamens.  Using a spoon, gently fill each blossom with approximately 1 heaping tablespoon of chilled crab filling.  Gently twist the ends of the petals to seal.  Swirl each filled blossom in the batter rotating it in the same direction that you twisted the petals so as not to undo your blossom.  Place in the heated oil and fry each blossom for approximately 2 minutes, turning once until light golden brown on all sides.  
 
Remove the blossoms from the oil to a rack to drain.  Serve warm.
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FRESH SNAPPER EN PAPILLOTE WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

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Don't like frying fish because of the lingering odor it can leave?  Looking for a fast, fresh, delicious way to work more seafood in to your diet?  Hate endless clean-up after a meal?  Want to serve an upscale recipe that looks like you toiled endlessly to produce it?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Then I've got the recipe for you!  Pictured on the left, are fantastically fresh snapper fillets simply dressed in a little fresh squeezed lemon juice, white wine, lemon slices, sliced spring onions, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

The snapper and a ingredients are then tightly wrapped in a tidy little parchment packet that bakes in the oven for a mere 15 minutes.  The fish gently steams as it cooks and the ingredients meld together to form a self basting liquid that bathes the fish as it cooks. 

Ingredients
1 pound (about 4 - 4oz.) fresh fish fillets such as red snapper, hake, flounder or sole
4 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup white wine
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
4 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 thin lemon slice for each fillet
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Special equipment needed:  Parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 350.

Arrange each fish fillet in a large square of parchment paper.  Season the fish with salt and pepper, to taste. Top each fillet with one lemon slice, one tablespoon white wine, one teaspoon lemon juice, two teaspoons sliced spring onion, and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Fold the parchment paper around the edges tightly in 1/4-inch folds to create a half moon shape.  Press as you crimp and fold to seal the packets well, or steam might escape.

Arrange the packets on a baking sheet. Bake until the fish is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. To serve, cut open the packets and serve directly in the parchment on a plate or remove the fish to the plate using a spatula, being sure you don't leave the juices behind. Serve along side rice, pasta, quinoa, or with a fresh salad for an ultra healthy, delicious meal. 

Serves 4

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Baked White Truffle Mac & Cheese

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

 

White Truffle oil has a smooth and very intense flavor, a little goes a long way! Many of us grew up on mac and cheese, yet this is definitely not your mother’s mac! 

 

Ingredients

1 pound elbow macaroni, cooked al dente
1 Tbs White Truffle Oil
4 Tbs Unsalted Butter
4 Tbs Flour
2 Cups Whole Milk
1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper
3/4 Cup Fontina Cheese, grated
3/4 Cup Gruyere Cheese, grated
3/4 Cup Extra Sharp Cheddar Cheese, grated
1/4 Cup Parmesan Cheese, grated
1/2 Cup Bread Crumbs
Salt & Pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, heat butter over medium heat in a saucepan. Whisk in flour to create a roux for the white sauce base. Simmer flour and butter over low heat for 5-7 minutes, then add milk in a steady stream, stirring, and simmer for 10 additional minutes. Do not allow to boil. Add salt, pepper, cayenne, and all the cheese except the Parmesan. Stir until all cheese is melted.

Drain pasta and place in oiled baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over pasta and sprinkle top with bread crumbs and Parmesan. Bake for 15 minutes or until top is browned. Let rest for 10 minutes, then drizzle with white truffle oil.

Serves 4-6 

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