Monthly Archives: February 2012

Grilled Mushroom-Cheddar Melts


PrintGrilled Mushroom-Cheddar Melts

Serving Size: Makes 2 sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 large shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 pound mixed wild mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, plus 3 additional sprigs
  • 1/2 tablespoon chopped parsley leaves (optional)
  • 1 large garlic clove, coarsely chopped
  • 4 slices country or sourdough bread (white or whole wheat)
  • 1/3 pound sharp white cheddar cheese, thinly sliced


  • In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the shallot and the mushrooms, and saute, stirring every few minutes, until the mushrooms have begun to release their liquids, about 5 minutes.
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    Quinoa Cakes With Basil and Parmesan


    PrintQuinoa Cakes With Basil and Parmesan

    Serving Size: Makes 6-8 cakes

    This is a great recipe for putting your mini food processor to work. Instead of chopping your onion and garlic by hand, simply do so in your mini prep. Add to the bowl, and continue by pulverizing your Parmesan, followed by your nuts, and finally your bread crumbs. This will take a lot less time and work than doing it by hand, but of course you can do so as specified in the recipe.


    • 1 cup cooked quinoa (from 1/3 cup dried)
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh basil
    • 1/2 small yellow onion, finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
    • ¼ cup nuts (pecans, pine nuts, or cashews), ground in a food processor or coffee grinder
    • 1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs (from 1 slice sandwich bread, Udi’s Gluten-Free or regular)
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil


  • Mix together the quinoa, salt, herbs, onion, garlic, cheese, nuts, and bread crumbs in a medium mixing bowl.
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    Roasted Fennel & Asiago Tartlettes


    PrintRoasted Fennel & Asiago Tartlettes

    Yield: Makes 24 bites


    • 2 fennel bulbs, trimmed, quartered, and thinly sliced
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 2 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
    • 1 1/2 cups coarsely grated young Asiago cheese


  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, toss the fennel, olive oil, salt, and sugar together until the veggies are coated. Turn out the fennel onto 2 parchment-lined cookie sheets. Roast in the oven until caramelized, about 30 minutes, flipping the fennel slices halfway through the cooking process. Set aside. (This can be done up to 3 days in advance.)
  • Cut the puff pastry with a 3-inch round cutter into circles.
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    Devilish Eggs with Lime and Siracha


    PrintDevilish Eggs with Lime and Siracha

    Yield: Makes 24 eggs

    You can make the hard boiled eggs in advance–just store them carefully so there is no breaking.


    • 1 dozen extra-large eggs
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 3 tablespoons lime juice (from about 1 lime)
    • 1 ½ teaspoons siracha
    • ¾ teaspoon salt
    • Sweet paprika, for garnish


  • Cut the hard boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Over a medium mixing bowl, gently squeeze the center of the eggs so the yolk pops into the bowl. With a fork, mash the yolks with the mayo and mustard until smooth. Add the lime juice, siracha, and salt, and mix until incorporated.
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    Corn Cakes with Lemon Chive Crème Fraiche


    PrintCorn Cakes with Lemon Chive Crème Fraiche

    Yield: Makes 12 cakes

    You can make the cakes the night before and bake them off at 350 degrees before serving, until each cake is browned and heated through.


    • 2/3 cup yellow cornmeal
    • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/8 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    • 1 egg
    • 1 cup fresh corn kernels (about 2 ears)
    • 2 shallots, minced
    • 4oz crème fraiche
    • 3 tbsp chopped chives (plus more for garnish)
    • ½ lemon, juiced (about 1 tbsp)
    • ¼ tsp salt


  • In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt.
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    Lemon Ricotta Crostini with Truffle Honey


    PrintLemon Ricotta Crostini with Truffle Honey

    Yield: Makes 30-40 bites


    • 1 ficelle, thinly sliced
    • 2 garlic cloves
    • 1/4 cup honey
    • 1 teaspoon white truffle oil
    • 1 1/2 cups ricotta
    • zest of 1 lemon
    • Lemon slices for garnish


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  • Arrange the bread on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for 3-5 minutes, until lightly browned on the top, but not hard.
  • In the meantime, place the honey in a small mixing bowl and heat in the microwave for 5-10 seconds, until slightly warmer than room temperature. Mix in the truffle oil until well combined.
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    Potato Crisps with Creme Fraiche and Caviar


    PrintPotato Crisps with Creme Fraiche and Caviar

    Yield: Makes about 50 bites


    • 1 bag Kettle sea salt potato chips
    • One 8-ounce container creme fraiche
    • 1 oz black caviar
    • Chives for garnish
    • 50 oyster shells, scrubbed and rinsed thoroughly (optional)


  • Spoon a small dollop (1/2 tsp) creme fraiche onto each potato chip. Top with a few beads of caviar, and a sprinkle of chives. Fit each potato chip into an oyster shell of matching proportion. Serve on platters.
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    Broiled Oysters with Siracha-Lime Butter


    PrintBroiled Oysters with Siracha-Lime Butter

    Yield: Makes 1 dozen oysters

    Adapted from melissav on Food52

    The original recipe is pretty straightforward, but the butter recipe made enough for plenty more oysters, so I’ve adapted it to my quantities.


    • Juice of 1/2 a lime
    • 1 teaspoon sriracha
    • 1 tablespoon finely minced shallots
    • 2 teaspoons finely chopped cilantro
    • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3 tablespoons butter, cut into 12 equal cubes
    • a dozen oysters on the half shell


  • Combine the lime, sriracha, shallot, cilantro and salt in a bowl. Divide among the oysters. Top each oyster with a cube of butter.
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