Gazpacho topped with crabmeat

Ingredients

3 lb ripe plum tomatoes, peeled, seeded, chopped
1 onion, red, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
4 tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
3 tbsp vinegar, red wine
3 tbsp fresh lime juice
salt & pepper to taste
1/4 lb crab meat
1/4 cup cucumbers, peeled, seeded, chopped

How to prepare

Combine 1st 9 ingredients in food processor and chop to desired consistency with steel knife. Allow to sit over night in ‘fridge for flavors to blend. Garnish with cucumber and crabmeat and serve in chilled bowls.

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Chocolate torte with hazel nuts

Ingredients

1/3 cup butter
2/3 cup fine granulated sugar
5 medium eggs, separated
1 whole egg
3 oz semi-sweet chocolate
1 cup (or more) of grated hazel nut
Glaze:
3/4 cup apricot jam
4 oz sweet dark chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
4 tbsp water
1 tsp vanilla

How to prepare

Cream butter with sugar add egg yolks and whole egg mixing well melt chocolate, cool Slightly and add to the above mixture add the grated nuts mix beat whites and fold Them into the mixture Butter well a 10″ springform pan, and sprinkle with dry breadcrumbs put batter into Pan and bake in preheated 350 f oven for app 50 minutes use the knitting needle test For doneness cool and glaze

Glaze:
Cover top and sides of torte with apricot jam melt the rest of the ingredients over A low flame mixing constantly remove from heat and poor over torte

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Potato, onion & roquefort soup

Ingredients

3 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onions, chopped
1 large garlic dove, minced
3 med russet potatoes, peeled, chopped
4 cups (or more) chicken stock
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup crumbled roquefort cheese (3 oz)

How to prepare

Melt unsalted butter in heavy large saucepan over medium heat. Add chopped onions and minced garlic and saut until tender, about 10 minutes. Add potatoes and 4 cups stock. Simmer until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. Add whipping cream and roquefort cheese and stir until cheese melts. Puree soup in blender in batches. Return soup to saucepan. Thin with additional chicken stock if necessary. (can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Bring to simmer before serving.) 6 servings

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Tequila hamma hamma oysters

Ingredients

24 freshly shucked hamma hamma oysters
1/3 cup finely diced seedless cucumbers
2 tbsp finely diced red bell pepper
2 tbsp finely diced poblano chile
1/2 tbsp finely chopped serrano chile
2 tbsp fresh lime juice
1 tbsp fresh chopped cilantro
black pepper
sea salt
frozen jose cuervo traditional tequila

How to prepare

Combine the cucumber, peppers, chilies, lime juice, cilantro and black pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate one hour. Arrange the oysters on a platter with crushed ice. Spoon about 1/2 tbsp of the relish over each oyster. Just before serving sprinkle each with a pinch of salt and a drizzle of tequila.

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Quattro formaggi – williams sonoma pizza book

Ingredients

Potato pizza dough:
1 boiling potato, 5 oz.
1 tsp active dry yeast
3/4 cup plus 2 tbsp lukewarm water
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/2 cup for working
1 tsp salt

1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil.

2 oz gorgonzola
2 oz fresh goat cheese
2 oz fontina’
2 oz mozzarella
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

How to prepare

Boil the potato in water to cover until tender, 20-30 minutes; drain and peel while still hot. Meanwhile, in a small bowl dissolve the yeast in the water and let stand until slightly foamy on top, about ten minutes. In a large bowl stir together the 2 1/2 cups flour and the salt. Pass the hot peeled potato through a sieve into the bowl and form the mixture into a mound. Make a well in the center of the mound and add the yeast mixture to the well. Using a fork and stirring in a circular motion, gradually pull the flour and potato into the yeast mixture. Continue stirring until a dough forms. Let rise in an oiled bowl until doubled, 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Turn the dough out onto a surface dusted with the remaining flour. Shape your pizza as desired, let rise on a peel dusted with cornmeal for about 15 minutes and proceed. Makes enough dough for a 12″ thin-crust or a 9″ thick crust pizza.
Preheat an oven to 450f. If using a baking stone or tiles, place in the oven now. Place the gorgonzola and goat cheeses in the freezer to make them easier to slice. Thinly slice the four cheese separately. Shape the pizza dough and top with the cheeses. Transfer to the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven to 400f and bake until golden, about 10 minutes. Drizzle the oil over the top and serve immediately.

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Antipasto Spread

Ingredients

4-oz cans mushroom stems and pieces drained and finely chopped
1 14-oz can artichoke hearts drained and finely chopped
1 10-oz jar pimiento-stuffed olives drained and finely chopped
1 6-oz can ripe olives drained and finely chopped
1/4 Cup Chopped green pepper
1/2 Cup Chopped celery
3/4 Cup Vinegar
3/4 Cup Olive oil
1/4 Cup Instant minced onion
2 1/2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
1 Teaspoon Onion salt
1 Teaspoon Salt
1 Teaspoon Seasoned salt
1 Teaspoon Garlic salt
1 Teaspoon Sugar
1 Teaspoon Cracked black pepper

How to prepare

Combine first 6 ingredients, mixing well; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Pour dressing over vegetables; place in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid. Shake jar to stir ingredients; refrigerate overnight. Serve spread with assorted crackers.

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Yucatan leg of lamb

Ingredients

1 whole leg of lamb (approx 6.5 lb)
1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
3 tbsp black peppercorns
3 tbsp dried oregano leaves
3 tbsp dried thyme leaves
0 5 tsp sea salt
3-4 dried chipotles chile
3 tbsp olive oil
8-10 prickly pear cactus pads (opt.)
6 cups reserved lamb stock or beef
Salt and pepper to taste

How to prepare

Preheat oven to 325. Trim fell and fat from leg of lamb (the fell is what gives lamb its strong taste it is important to remove it as thoroughly as possible) remove hip bone with a boning knife (you can leave this on, it just makes carving the lamb a little more difficult) re-form the lamb and tie tightly with kitchen string make a stock with the bones and trimmings and set lamb aside, covered with plastic wrap in a sm iron skillet, saut

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Mexican deviled eggs

Ingredients

8 hard-cooked eggs
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup salsa
2 tbsp sliced green onions
1 tbsp sour cream
Salt to taste

How to prepare

Slice the eggs in half lengthwise, remove yolks and set whites aside in a sm bowl, mash yolks with cheese, mayonnaise, salsa, onions, sour cream and salt evenly fill the egg whites, filling will be creamy serve immediately or chill until ready to serve

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Balsamic chicken & broccoli

Ingredients

1 tbsp olive oil
1 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 small yellow onion, thinly sliced, cut into thirds
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1/4 cup white wine
2 whole chicken breasts, boneless, cut into strips
3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 cup broccoli spears
1 cup mushrooms, oyster or shitake, sliced or whole
1/3 cup chicken stock
1/4 tsp salt pasta or brown rice
freshly ground black pepper to taste

How to prepare

Heat the oil in a heavy pot. Add the garlic, onion and shallots and cook until light golden. Keep the pot covered between stirrings and use a tablespoon or so of the wine if more liquid is needed. Add the strips of chicken and enough of the wine to keep the meat from sticking to the pot. Cook until the chicken is white all the way through, about 5 to 7 minutes (use more wine if needed). Remove the chicken and saut

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Chicken and Rice-Cuban

Ingredients

3 tbsp olive oil
3 1/2 to 4 lb whole chicken, cut up into serving pieces
salt and pepper to taste
1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp bijol
2 cups rice
1 cup beer, at room temperature
1/2 cup mayonnaise
20 Sicilian or Spanish olives, chopped
1 red bell pepper, roasted, cut into thin strips
3 tsp capers, chopped if lg
1 cup fresh or defrosted frozen peas
2 hard cooked eggs, sliced, Optional

How to prepare

Heat oil over med heat in a lg nonstick skillet. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper, then add to skillet, turning to brown on all sides. Remove chicken and set aside. Add onion and garlic to pan and cook until soft and golden, about 5 – 10 minutes. Return chicken to pan. Add 2 cups hot water, bijol and more salt and pepper if desired. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes, or until chicken is cooked. Remove chicken and set aside to cool.
Bring remaining water to a boil, add rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer until water disappears, about 10 – 15 minutes. Add beer, replace cover and cook another 10 – 15 minutes, until rice is done and no liquid remains in the bottom of the pan.
When chicken is cool enough to handle shred meat and discard skin and bones.
To serve lay on third of the rice in a flat baking dish. Cover with a third of the mayonnaise, then all the chicken. Next put half the remaining rice, covered with half the remaining mayonnaise, half the olives, half the pimento strips then half the capers. Top with remaining rice, remaining mayonnaise, remaining olives, remaining pimento, capers then cooked peas. If using sliced egg arrange on top before adding peas. Serve warm. Serves 6

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