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Savory Cheddar-Mashed Potato Waffles with Garlic Olive Oil

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

Yup, I put potatoes in my waffle maker. What!? You don't put potatoes in your waffle maker? Heresy!! These golden crisp-on-the-outside and creamy-cheesy on the inside savory snacks are absolutely mind blowing!

 

Ingredients
2 cups cold or room temperature mashed potatoes (preferably unseasoned)
1 cup bleached all purpose flour
1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
2 large scallions thinly sliced
1/3 cup garlic olive oil
1 large egg, beaten
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons salt (less for pre-seasoned mashed potatoes)
fresh ground pepper to taste
Sour cream and hot sauce (optional for serving)

Heat the waffle maker. Meanwhile add all the ingredients to a large bowl including 1/2 of the scallions, and whisk thoroughly.

Grease the hot waffle iron well. Add 1/3 cup for each waffle. Cook until golden brown on the inside, about 5 minutes per waffle. Serve with a dollop of sour cream, additional scallions, and hot sauce, if desired.

Serves 6-8

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Shrimp Etouffee with Baklouti Olive Oil Roux

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

I know roux made with olive oil sounds crazy. Breathe (deeply). Now let's collectively get over it.

If you're familiar with Cajun cuisine then you know about roux. And if you know about roux, you know it's a sacred pillar of the cuisine, revered, and ALWAYS made with a mixture of copious amounts of butter and flour. 


If you're still with me, (I assume if you're still reading this, there exists at least a modicum of trust), then you'll make your roux forever more with extra virgin olive oil and never look back. It will be our delicious, healthy little secret.

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Baklouti Green Chili Olive Oil, or any extra virgin olive oil of your choice
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chopped onions
4 cups chicken, shrimp or vegetable stock
1 green bell pepper, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
4 large garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 bay leaf
salt and pepper to taste
2 pounds medium shrimp, peeled and de-veined
1 bunch of green onions, sliced
Steamed white rice, for serving

Directions
In a large pot or Dutch oven, over medium heat, add Baklouti Agrumato or extra virgin olive oil of your choice. Add the flour, stir it to combine well, and then babysit it. Continuously stir the flour to make a roux - this can take up to 10 minutes and needs your constant attention lest the flour burn. Stir the roux over medium heat until it reaches a deep caramel brown color.
Add all the vegetables and garlic to the roux, and saute until the vegetables become soft, approximately 5-7 minutes. Add the tomato paste to the mixture and stir cooking for another minute. Add the bay leaves, thyme, and stock. Whisk constantly over medium until the mixture becomes smooth and begins to simmer. Turn down the heat to low, taste and adjust seasoning accordingly.
Cook partially covered over low heat, keeping the pot at a simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the shrimp to the pot and cook for approximately 5 more minutes.
Serve immediately over steamed white rice with sliced green onions and more Baklouti for drizzling.
**Disclaimer - this recipe is designed to have a spicy kick. If you still want some of the taste of the Baklouti Agrumato but desire something a bit more mild, go with 1/4 cup Baklouti and 1/4 cup UP extra virgin olive oil of your choice.

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Pan Seared Salmon with Balsamic Mushrooms and Onions

Posted by Rachel Dougherty on

This creamy and decadent salmon dish is a real crowd pleaser. Serve along side a hearty said, your favorite rice dish, or some roasted potatoes. 

Ingredients
1 pound fresh, wild salmon fillets (4)
1/4 pound fresh wild mushrooms such as Chanterelles, Black Trumpets, and or Porcini, coarsely chopped
1 medium, sweet onion, thinly sliced
1 - 4 fresh rosemary sprig, leaves reserved
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil such as Cobrancosa, Picual, or Frantoio.
1/4 cup Traditional Balsamic.
Sea salt and fresh cracked pepper to taste.

In a heavy bottom, large saute pan over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Sprinkle sliced onions with a little sea salt and add to the olive oil, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Add the wild mushrooms and rosemary leaves, (discarding any woody stems). Saute until both the mushrooms and onions become deep golden brown and caramelized.

Add the balsamic to the pan with the mushrooms and onions and de-glaze. Simmer gently and cook until the balsamic is reduced by half. Add the cream, and stir to combine. Cook until the mixture thickens slightly, approximately another minute. Season with salt and pepper to taste and reserve.

Lightly score the salmon skin in several places with a sharp knife without penetrating the flesh. Pat the fillets dry and season with salt and pepper to taste.In a pan large enough to hold the fillets, heat 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil over medium high heat. Pan sear the fillets, for approximately two minutes per side, taking care not to overcook. 

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