Category Archives: Appetizers

Guacamole

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How we love guacamole! But how do we not love the store-bought weird grey- looking stuff! Our quest for the perfect guacamole started a couple of years ago thanks to the generosity ( and overstock) of a neighbors guacamole tree. Although avocados might have a bad rap or being fatty,  they contain 0 trans fats and do contain 20 vitamins a a cargo load of minerals such as potassium.  In our search for the perfect flavor we discovered a couple of useful facts: you MUST use lime, lemons an guacamole do not jive, and second: you must use fresh peppers. Use serrano peppers if you prefer mild, use jalapenos is you prefer a bit more spice.  ENJOY!

 

Ingredients: (for 2 cups)

2 large ripe avocados
3 firm medium tomatoes, diced
3 jalapenos or Serrano peppers, finely chopped
1 medium sweet yellow onion, chopped
1 green onion with the stalk, chopped
the juice of 1/2 or 1 lime
salt to taste

Cut the avocados in half, remove the seeds. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh and place it in a large mixing bowl. Add the lemon juice and mix. Place the diced tomatoes and onions into the bowl, mix well and add jalapenos and salt to taste, depending on the desired spiciness. Toss all the ingredients together evenly. Let stand for 10 minutes to let the flavors blend. Taste for salt and spiciness. As with all salsas, if too mild add more peppers; if too spicy, add more tomatoes

Use as a dip or as a condiment for fajitas and grilled meats.

Green Beans, Sausage & Sweet Tomatoes

Are you short on time and want to prepare a wonderful dinner?  As they say necessity is the mother of many inventions,  but don’t let the lack of time deprive you and your family from enjoying a delicious dish! Nowadays you markets have an assortment of chicken sausages. They have less fat than the traditional pork sausage and come in varieties such as apple and spice, smoked paprika, and if you like it spicy andouille and jalapeno!  Use fresh vegetables ( or a shortcut with frozen ones) and inexpensive  Queso Blanco and you’ll make a great  dinner for any time of the year.

Ingredients:

2 cups pole or green beans, blanched ( use frozen for a shortcut)
2 smoked chicken & apple sausages chopped
1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in halves
1/2 cup Queso fresco diced
2 Tbsp olive oil

Brown the sausage in a skillet with the olive oil, take the sausage out, keep warn.; lower the heat and place the tomatoes and queso in the drippings, stir gingerly till queso starts to melt.

Arrange the beans on a serving dish, layer on top the sausage and the tomato-queso mix. Serve with spicy tortilla chips for a snack, or over whole wheat pasta fir a dinner.

Foie Gras Salad by Petrossian

 

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Thinking of a romatic Valentine’s day dinner which requires little fuss? Try this tempting luscious foie gras salad. The man issue with foie gras is the quality, get a bad one and your are one step away from .. well cat food. Get the right one and you are in for a treat from the gods or pleasure… 

The crisp apples play opposite to the foie gras terrine. Top with the delicious shallot vinaigrette and voila.. love is in the air!

 

Ingredients:

1 pound baby frisee

16 walnut halves

16 haricot Verts, (french green beans) blanched

1 Granny Smith Apple, peeled and cut into a small dice

Foie Gras Terrine, 8 oz. 

4 teaspoons of white truffle oil

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Roasted Shallot Vinaigrette

1 cup olive oil

4 large shallots, peeled and sliced thinly

3 teaspoons of chopped thyme

3 teaspoons of chopped parsley

¼ cup of sherry vinegar

Salt and pepper

In a large sauté pan, heat olive oil over medium heat until shimmering and add shallots. Sauté for two minutes, then lower the heat to low and add the vinegar, salt, pepper, and herbs. Cook for 10-15 minutes until the shallots are tender .Remove from the heat and cool. When the shallots are cool, add them to a blender and blend for 30 seconds, add the olive oil in a steady thin stream to form an emulsion. Adjust seasonings with salt and pepper if needed.

 

Assembly

 

In a large bowl, combine the frisee, walnuts, haricot verts, apple, and four ounces of the foie gras terrine cut into ¼ inch dice. Dress the salad with the roasted shallot vinaigrette and toss to combine. Divide onto 4 chilled plates and top each salad with a one ounce slice of the remaining foie gras terrine. Drizzle a teaspoon of truffle oil over each slice and serve chilled.

 

Serves 4


Caviar and Steak Tartare by Petrossian

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Yes , I know. The economy is a mess, we are all on tenterhooks and the mood is save, save, save. But There are those important occasions in which we deserve a gourmet treat. An this my dears is it! The chefs  from Petrossian shared this exquisite caviar and steak tartare recipe . 
Tartare is a is a meat dish made from finely chopped high grade beef; combine with a good caviar and you are in heaven.
Although you might have some health concerns on account of the danger of contamination by  bacteria, the important point is to get your meat and caviar from trusted sources: a good butcher shop and Petrossian.

Petrossian is an upscale french restaurant right next to Central Park in NYC. It’s in a beautiful, old-world style building and has great atmosphere and food. If that is out of your way, don’t worry, they ship to any destination.  

So kick back, have a little luxury to ease these troubled times and ENJOY!
 

Ingredients ( 4 servings)

24 ounces of beef tenderloin, cleaned and minced by hand
Tabasco Sauce to taste
Salt and Pepper to taste
4 Tablespoons of drained capers, chopped
4 tablespoons of Dijon mustard
6 ounces of minced shallots
6 ounces of minced chives
4 ounces of minced piquillo peppers
2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1 ounce of Armagnac
Caviar, 80 grams

 

1 baguette cut ¼” thick and lightly toasted, approximately 24 pieces

8 ounces of salad greens

 

In a large chilled bowl, add the  beef, tabasco sauce, salt and pepper, the capers, mustard, shallots, chives, peppers , olive oil  and Armagnac. Mix with a spoon to combine and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper if needed. Pack 6 ounces of the tartare into a ring mold set on a chilled plate. Push down with a spoon to keep the mixture compact. Top with 20 grams of the caviar, smoothing out the top gently with a spoon and remove the mold. Serve with 6 croutons and 2 ounces of greens on the side. ENJOY!

Vegetable Frittata

Into tapas? Try this quick and easy vegetable frittata.  Perfect for a quick lunch, a late night dinner , or as part of a tapas party. It’s a terrific way to eat veggies! . Substitute eggs for egg whites for a low cholesterol version.

Ingredients: (for one 8-inch frittata)

2 cups cooked vegetables, such as broccoli, asparagus or green beans
4 eggs, beaten
1/2 onion, minced
2 Tbls olive oil
grated Pecorino Romano to taste

For best results, use a non-stick 8-inch pan. Sauté the onion in the oil till golden brown. Add the vegetables, salt & pepper to taste. Pour the eggs, let cook till barely set. Gently, slide the frittata on to another dish, then place back into pan to cook the other side, for about 3 minutes. Slide onto serving dish sprinkle with freshly grated pecorino Romano and enjoy!