Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fried Egg Au Gratin

I dressed up some regular old fried eggs to make a more appealing breakfast.  This takes 10 minutes, costs $3 and feeds one.

Fried Egg with Manchego Cheese
2 organic eggs
1 organic leek, chopped
1 organic shallot, thin sliced
1 piece aged Manchego cheese, grated
1 tablespoon butter

In a medium sautee pan start butter with shallots and leeks.  Let cook for 5 minutes or until lightly golden.  Add two eggs to pan and let cook.  Place in broiler with a little cheese on top to cook tops of eggs.  Add more shaved cheese on top to finish. 

Great start to a great morning!  Buon Apetitio!!

Friday, February 8, 2013

Big Eye Tuna, White Asparagus, Vegetable Strings, Pomelo Beurre Blanc

Big Eye Tuna is a little more pink in color and more fishy in flavor then its more popular cousin Ahi Tuna.  Im trying to keep the carbs down so this dish fit the dietary and taste requirements I had for dinner this evening.  This dish takes 30 minutes, feeds 2 and costs about $35.

Paprika Dusted Big Eye Tuna
3 tablespoons Hungarian paprika
1 tablespoon pink sea salt
1 teaspoon white pepper
1 dash cayenne pepper
2 6oz pieces sushi grade Big Eye Tuna

Pat Tuna dry with a moist paper towel.  Coat in spice mix.  Sear both sides in a medium high skillet for about 3 minutes on each side.  Let rest, slice and serve

Vegetable Strings
1 zucchini
1 squash
1 leeks
1 shallot

Julienne all the vegetables on a Japanese Mandolin.   Sautee on medium high heat in a skillet with a little butter and oil.

Butter Poached White Asparagus
Blanch asparagus for 4-5 minutes and plunge in ice bath.  In a smalll saucepan heat up half a stick of butter on medium low and add in asparagus.  Let poach for 15 minutes.

Pomelo Beurre Blanc
1 cup white vinegar
1 shallot, fine dice
1/2 pomelo, juiced
1/8 cup coconut water
3 tablespoon butter

In a small sauce pan start shallots and vinegar on medium heat.  Reduce until about 2 tablespoons of liquid remain.  Strain shallots from vinegar and set aside.  In same small sauce pan reduce pomelo and coconut water to half and then add reduced vinegar.  Put on low heat and slowly whisk in the butter piece by piece.

Pomelos are in season right now and the citrus flavor was a nice compliment to the rich and buttery tuna.  Buon apetito!!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Baby Kale, Heirloom Tomato, Spanish Clementine, Lamb Chops

Baby kale in a salad is great tasting and super healthy.  Add some baby lamb chops and a delicious vinaigrette and now you have a quick dinner that is good for you.  This takes 30 minutes, costs $25 and feeds two.

Baby Kale Salad
12 oz organic baby kale
2 heirloom tomatoes
1 Spanish clementine, peeled and sectioned
1/2 English cucumber, peeled and chopped

Spicy Vinaigrette
5 tablespoons white balsamic vinaegar
5 tablespoon rice white vinegar
1 tablespoon spicy pepper jelly
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon diced shallots
1/16 cup canola oil

Lamb Chops
3 baby Australian lamb chops, trimmed

Season with olive oil, salt, pepper, marjoram and oregano.  Pan sear and let rest.

Buon Apetito!