Storm the Cassoulet

New England Clam Chowder

 Ingredients

1 1/4 pound canned clams, minced, juices reserved

2-3 cups bottled clam juice

2 bacon slices, minced

1 onion, diced

2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1 bay leaf

1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves, chopped

1 pound potatoes, peeled, diced

3 cups heavy cream or half and half

6 tablespoons dry sherry, or to taste

Salt, to taste

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Tabasco sauce, to taste

Worcestershire sauce, to taste

Oyster or saltine crackers, as needed

 Method

Drain the clam juice from the minced clams and combine with enough bottled juice to equal 3 cups of liquid.

Cook the bacon slowly in a soup pot over medium heat until lightly crisp, about 8 minutes.

Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5-7 minutes. Add the flour and cook over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, for 2-3 minutes.

Whisk in the clam juice, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. The liquid should be the consistency of heavy cream. If it is too thick, add more clam juice to adjust the consistency. Add the bay leaf and fresh thyme.

Add the potatoes and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes.

Meanwhile, place the clams and cream in saucepan and simmer together until the clams are cooked, about 5-8 minutes.

When the potatoes are tender, add the clams and cream to the soup base. Simmer for 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the sherry. Season to taste with salt, pepper, Tabasco, and Worcestershire sauce. Serve in bowls with the crackers on the side.

From Gourmet Meals in Minutes by The Culinary Institute of America, (C) 2004 Lebhar-Friedman Books

 

 

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Brazilian Steak Salad

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courtesy of Camilla Alves

Ingredients

1 tablespoon honey

5 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce, divided

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 teaspoon fresh ginger, finely grated

1½ pounds flank steak, thinly sliced across the grain on a diagonal

1/2 pineapple, peeled, cored and cut into 1/2-inch rounds

2 red bell peppers, stemmed, seeded and quartered

1 lime, juiced

1 orange, juiced and zested

2 teaspoons seasoned rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon garlic chili sauce

1/4 cup canola oil

8 ounces baby spinach (about 2½ quarts lightly packed)

Method

Preheat grill to medium-high heat.

In a medium bowl, whisk together honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, garlic and ginger. Add the steak to the bowl and toss to coat. Set aside to marinate.

Place the pineapple and peppers on the grill and let cook with lid down until they begin to char, turning once, about 3 to 6 minutes total. Transfer to a plate and cut pineapple and peppers into chunks. Set aside.

In a small bowl, whisk together the lime juice, orange zest and juice, remaining 3 tablespoons soy sauce, vinegar, garlic chili sauce and oil. Set dressing aside.

Grill the steak with lid down until the meat is sizzling and mostly browned, turning once, 2 to 4 minutes total (be careful that slices don’t fall through grate).

Toss together spinach, pineapple, bell pepper, steak and dressing in a large bowl until evenly coated.

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Pulled Pork in the Slow Cooker

Makes 16 servings (about 4 pounds of cooked meat)

What You Need

Ingredients
2 tablespoons kosher salt, preferably smoked
2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 teaspoons garlic powder (no salt)
2 teaspoons onion powder (no salt)
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/2 teaspoon celery seed

2 tablespoons dry ginger
1 pork shoulder or pork butt (7 to 8 pounds with bone, 6 to 7 pounds if boneless)
2 medium onions, quartered

Instructions

Make the rub: Place the salt, brown sugar, paprika, black pepper, chili powder, smoked paprika, dry mustard, garlic powder, onion powder, cornstarch, cayenne, ginger and celery seed in a small bowl and mix to combine.

Prep the slow cooker: Place the onions in a 6-quart or larger slow cooker.

Add the meat: Trim any excess fat.  Transfer the meat to the slow cooker, fat side up. Cover and cook on LOW until the meat is soft enough to pull apart with a spoon, 14 to 16 hours.

Shred the meat: Transfer the meat to a large bowl and let stand until cool enough to handle. Pull the meat apart into large chunks or shred with a fork, discarding any bone, connective tissue, and large clumps of fat.

Strain the liquid: Pour the cooking liquid through a fine-mesh strainer set over a medium bowl and discard the solids. If you are serving immediately, spoon off as much fat as possible from the surface. For best results, refrigerate until the fat solidifies and collects on top, then scrape off and discard the fat (keep the meat covered and refrigerated during this time).

Moisten the meat: Toss the meat with enough defatted cooking liquid to moisten. Serve the meat warm, or let cool, cover, and refrigerate to use in other recipes.

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Beef Wellington with Madeira Sauce

Ingredients:

2 pounds filet mignon Salt and black pepper, to taste 2 tablespoons olive oil 1/4 cup whole-grain Dijon mustard 1/2 pound prosciutto di Parma 1 sheet puff pastry, thawed 1 egg yolk 1 tablespoon whole milk

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  (If using individual filets, see cooking time note below).

Pat filet mignon dry with paper towels and season generously with salt and black pepper. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. When the oil begins to smoke, add the filet mignon and brown from 1 to 2 minutes on all sides. You want to create a nice sear on the outside of the steak but leave the inside raw. Remove from heat and place on a cutting board to cool.

Cover cooled filet with Dijon mustard.  Spread the pate or the mushroom duxelles over the beef. Lay out the prosciutto on top of the pate/duxelles.

Lay out a clean, long piece of plastic wrap. Gently roll out puff pastry until it is a 1/4-inch thin. Place the wrapped steak on one end of the puff pastry and wrap. Pinch the ends closed and trim off any excess puff pastry. Use the plastic wrap to tightly seal the puff pastry. Pop it in the fridge for about 5 minutes to let it firm up again.

In a bowl, mix together egg yolk and milk.  Place a sheet of parchment paper or aluminum foil on a baking sheet. Remove Wellington from fridge, remove the plastic wrap, and lay the Wellington seam-side down on the baking sheet. Baste the top of the puff pastry with the egg wash.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 25 to 30 more minutes.  Pastry should be a rich, golden brown, and the beef medium-rare.   Remove from the oven and let rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing into medallions. Serve warm with the Madeira sauce.

Individual filets:  Bake about 12 minutes for rare, 16 minutes for medium, or 20 minutes for well done.

 

Madeira Sauce

Ingredients:

3/4 cup of Madeira wine

2 cans of Campbell’s Beef Consommé

2 stalks of celery

1 onion quartered

1 smashed garlic clove

2 tablespoons of cornstarch

Method:

In a sauce pan, add 1/2 cup of Madeira wine, 2 cans of Campbell’s Beef Consume 2 stalks of celery 1 onion quartered and one smashed garlic clove. Bring to boil and simmer 30 minutes.  In a separate bowl mix 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and 1/4 cup of Madeira wine. Blend into sauce pan with consume. this is a thin type of Au Jus rather than a thick and heavy gravy.  (Add any reserved juices from cooking the Beef Wellington.)

 

Mushroom Duxelles (in lieu of pate)

Ingredients:

1 pound cremini mushrooms, coarsely chopped

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Method:

To make mushroom duxelles: Add mushrooms to a food processor and process until completely smooth. The consistency is similar to wet hummus.

In a pan over medium heat, add mushroom paste, olive oil, salt, and pepper. Spread the mixture evenly over the surface and cook on a medium-low heat until the moisture in the paste has reduced and the mixture has the consistency of a spreadable pâté. Remove from heat and let cool.

 

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Cracker Barrel Broccoli Cheddar Chicken

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Ingredients:

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can of Campbell’s Cheddar Cheese Soup
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups Ritz Crackers (one sleeve)
4 tablespoons of melted butter (you can use more)
8 ounces frozen broccoli
4 ounces shredded cheddar cheese
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt

Method:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Make can of Cheddar cheese soup mix according to package directions (one can of soup mix to one can of milk). Place chicken breasts in a baking dish. Season with seasoned salt. Pour 3/4 of the prepared soup over the chicken breasts. Add broccoli to chicken that has been covered with the cheddar soup. Melt butter and combine with Ritz crackers, sprinkle buttered crackers over the broccoli. Add remaining soup mix, and bake for approximately 45 minutes or until the chicken is done. (Check chicken by cutting the thickest part and look to see that the chicken is uniform in color). When chicken has been removed from oven sprinkle with shredded cheddar cheese.

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Engagement Chicken

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Ingredients:

1 whole chicken (approximately 4 pounds)

1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, plus 3 whole lemons—including 1 sliced for garnish

1 tablespoon kosher or coarse sea salt

1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Fresh herbs for garnish (4 rosemary sprigs, 4 sage sprigs, 8 thyme sprigs, and 1 bunch fl at-leaf parsley)

Method:

Position an oven rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat the oven to 400°F. Remove the giblets from the chicken, wash the chicken inside and out with cold water, then let the chicken drain, cavity down, in a colander for 2 minutes.

Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Place the chicken breast-side down in a medium roasting pan fi tted with a rack and pour the lemon juice all over the chicken, both inside and out. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper inside and out.

Prick 2 whole lemons three times each in three different places with a fork and place them deep inside the cavity. Chicken cavity size may vary, so if one lemon is partly sticking out, that’s fine. (Tip: If the lemons are stiff, roll them on the countertop with your palm before pricking to get the juices flowing.)

Put the chicken in the oven, lower the oven temperature to 350°F, and roast, uncovered, for 15 minutes.

Remove the roasting pan from the oven. Using tongs or two wooden spoons, turn the chicken breast- side up. Insert a meat thermometer in the thigh, and return the chicken to the oven and roast for about 1 hour to 1 hour and 15 minutes or until the meat thermometer reads 180°F and the juices run clear when the thigh is pricked with a fork. Continue roasting if necessary. Keep in mind that cooking times in different ovens vary; roasting a chicken at 350°F takes approximately 18-20 minutes per pound, plus an additional 15 minutes.

Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes before carving. And here’s the secret: Pour the juices from the roasting pan on top of the sliced chicken— this is the “marry me juice.” Garnish with fresh herbs and lemon slices.

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Grilled Grouper with Watermelon Salsa

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Ingredients:

4 (4-oz.) grouper fillets

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 teaspoon salt, divided

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon

1/4 cup chopped pitted kalamata olives

1/2 English cucumber, chopped

1 small jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced

2 tablespoons minced red onion

2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar

Method:

Preheat grill to 350º to 400º (medium-high) heat. Sprinkle grouper with pepper and 1/2 tsp. salt. Drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil.

Grill fish, covered with grill lid, 3 to 4 minutes on each side or just until fish begins to flake when poked with the tip of a sharp knife and is opaque in center.

Combine chopped watermelon, next 5 ingredients, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt and 1 Tbsp. olive oil. Serve with grilled fish.

 

 

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Coconut-Lime Chicken

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by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

2 packed tablespoons grated lime zest, plus 1/4 cup juice (from 2 limes)

2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh ginger

4 cloves garlic, finely grated

2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar

Fine salt

1 can (13.5 ounces) coconut milk

1 whole chicken (3 1/2 to 4 pounds), cut into 10 pieces

Cooked jasmine rice, shredded carrot, chopped peanuts, cilantro leaves, sliced shallot, and lime wedges, for serving

Method:

In a large glass bowl, combine lime zest and juice, ginger, garlic, sugar, and 1 1/2 teaspoons salt. Slowly whisk in coconut milk until mixture is smooth. Submerge chicken in marinade, cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 and up to 12 hours.

Preheat oven to 475 degrees. Cover a rimmed baking sheet with foil and fit with a wire rack. Remove chicken from marinade and shake to remove excess. Arrange in a single layer on rack, skin side up. Roast until an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees, 30 to 35 minutes. Serve with suggested accompaniments, if desired.

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Cheese-Crusted Pork

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by Martha Stewart

Ingredients:

3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs

3/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano (3 ounces)

Coarse salt and pepper

1/2 cup all-purpose flour

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

4 boneless pork loin chops (1 pound total)

1/4 cup olive oil

Method:

In a shallow dish, combine panko, pecorino, 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Place flour and eggs in separate shallow dishes. Season pork with salt and pepper. Coat pork in flour, shaking off excess; dip in egg, then coat with panko mixture, pressing to adhere.

In a nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high. In 2 batches, add pork and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate; repeat with remaining pork.

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Beecher’s “World’s Best” Mac & Cheese

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INGREDIENTS:

SAUCE:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
3 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups whole milk
7 ounces Flagship cheese, grated (about 1 3/4 cups)
1 ounce Just Jack cheese, grated (1/4 cup)
½ teaspoon coarse salt
¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder

PASTA
6 ounces penne pasta (about 3 ¼ cups)
1 ounce (1/4 cup) Flagship cheese, grated
1 ounce (1/4 cup) Just Jack cheese, grated
¼ to ½ teaspoon chipotle chili powder Instructions

METHOD:

To prepare sauce, melt butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat and whisk in the flour. Continue whisking and cook for 2 minutes. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Cook until sauce thickens, about 10 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat. Add cheeses, salt, chili powder and garlic powder. Stir until cheese is melted and all ingredients are incorporated, about 3 minutes. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350F. Butter or oil an 8-inch baking dish. Cook penne 2 minutes less than package directions. (It will finish cooking in the oven.) Rinse pasta in cold water and drain well.

Combine pasta and sauce in a medium bowl; mix carefully but thoroughly. Scrape the pasta into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle top with cheeses and then the chili powder.

Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

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