Dr. G’s Veal Rib Chops

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Pat veal rib chops dry. Season with ground black pepper and garlic powder.

 

Lightly coat the bottom of a sauté pan with olive oil and place it on the stovetop over medium high heat.  Once the pan is hot add the chops and sear – about 5 minutes on each side. Place the pan in the preheated oven for 8-10 minutes depending on thickness of the chops. Goal is slightly pink medium rare (internal temperature of 135-140 degrees before resting).

 

Remove the pan from the oven and place the chops on a clean plate to rest for 5 minutes.

 

 

While the chops are resting, place the sauté pan containing the juices and cracklings back on the stove on medium heat. Deglaze with a little Balsamic vinegar and stir scraping the cooked bits from the bottom of the pan. Add to the pan 2 large pats of butter and 1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen Vidalia Onion Fig Sauce and stir well.  Bring the sauce to a slight boil and turn off the heat.

Plate chop and spoon sauce on top, with a potato pancake and roasted asparagus.

 

– Gary Levine

Croque-Carol

Croque-Monsieur is a grilled cheese & ham sandwich. Croque-Madame the same with an added fried egg on top. I have been loving a Croque-Carol to take advantage of tender Spring asparagus.

 

 

Steam fresh asparagus spears. Chill. When ready to cook, bring to room temperature. Can use a few for each sandwich.

Place a piece of 7-grain bread in a metal pie pan. Add thin slices of mild cheddar cheese and top with the fresh asparagus spears. Place under a broiler until crust is crispy and cheese is melted. Cut into squares.

A perfect lunch with a lemon fizz – lemon juice & sparkling water.

No need for ham. But you could.

Teriyaki Pork Tenderloin Cutlets

Pork tenderloin is a highly versatile cut of meat.  When cut crosswise and pounded into cutlets it can be treated like a veal cutlet. In this case a sesame ginger teriyaki marinade gave it an Asian flavor.

Cut a 1 lb. pork tenderloin into crosswise pieces of about 1 1/2″ each. Pound each piece into a cutlet of 3/8″. Place the cutlets in a bowl and coat with a sesame ginger teriyaki sauce. Cover and marinate for 4 hours+.

Make light brown rice so that it will be ready when cutlets are finished cooking.

When ready to cook, bring cutlets to room temperature and pat them dry, removing the marinade. Set aside. In a cast iron skillet, add 1-2 tbsp of olive oil to coat the bottom of the pan and brown 1 bell pepper julienned and 1 small onion cut into 1/4″ thick half-moon slices. Season with ground black pepper and garlic powder to taste (3-4 mins). Set aside on a plate.

Add a little more olive oil to the skillet and brown the cutlets on each side, about 4 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set aside on a separate plate.

 

 

Transfer the cooked rice into the skillet on low heat to soak up the juices and cooked bits. Add 2 tbsp sesame oil, 1/2 cup fresh teriyaki ginger sesame sauce. Stir over low heat until the rice is heated and the sauce distributed. Add the peppers and onions into the skillet and mix into the rice and sauce.

Serve 2 cutlets per serving with the rice, onions, peppers and teriyaki sauce.

 

 

– Gary Levine

4 Zucchini – 2 Meals

ZUCCHINI FRITTERS

 

 

2 medium zucchini
1 bell pepper, diced
1/2 tsp. salt

Into a colander, grate zucchini (peeled or partially peeled) on medium holes of box grater. Add diced bell pepper and salt. Let stand in colander for 10 minutes to render moisture. Wring out water with cheesecloth or paper towel.

Mix together:

1/3 cup all purpose flour
kosher salt
ground black pepper
pepperoncini flakes
1 beaten egg
1/3 cup grated parmesan
2 cloves minced garlic

Add grated zucchini and diced bell pepper and blend well.

In a large skillet, with olive oil to coat and a little butter on medium high heat, ladle the mixture into round mounds with a tablespoon and fry on both sides until golden brown & crispy on the outside. Let cool. Refrigerate to reheat later.

 

 

Note: If I had scallions, I would have added them, thinly sliced as well.

 

 

ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Cut 2 zucchini crosswise in half. Trim off the ends. Slice lengthwise into thin flat strips. Slice 6-8 mushrooms.

In a small bowl, beat together 1 cup ricotta and 1 egg, dry basil to taste. Slice 1 cup fresh mozzarella cheese.

Use a non-stick loaf pan. Cover the bottom of the pan with your favorite marinara sauce. Add half the zucchini strips, half the mushrooms. Season with dried oregano and ground black pepper. Spoon half the ricotta in dollops over the zucchini & mushrooms. Add half the mozzarella cheese. Pour marinara sauce on top to cover all the vegetables and cheese.

Repeat layering the rest of the zucchini, mushrooms, season again. Add the rest of the ricotta in dollops and mozzarella. Top with another covering of marinara sauce. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top.

Bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Remove from oven and let set or refrigerate covered for next day reheat.

 

 

 

Note:  Could brown ground beef in a skillet, let cool and then add it as a meat layer. Also, leftover cooked veal or pork chop cut into small pieces.

 

Baked Chicken Tikka

Stonewall Kitchen Tikka Masala Simmering Sauce is the base. In a large bowl pour half a jar with 1 tbs. plain yogurt. Blend. Add 4 chicken thighs and coat with the sauce. Cover and refrigerate for a few hours or overnight.

When ready to cook, take chicken out of the fridge. Slice 1 large bell pepper, 2 small chili peppers, and 1 medium-sized onion. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

In a deep baking dish, put the peppers and onions in the pan and drizzle with olive oil, season with garlic salt & pepper. Stir around to coat. Push aside to have each chicken thigh coated with the sauce rest on the bottom of the pan with peppers and onions around each of them.

Place baking pan into the oven and after 15 minutes, turn heat to 400 degrees. Bake for 1 hour 15 minutes or until sauce turns a little crispy black on top and onions & peppers are blackened and crispy.

Serve with rice.

 

Note: You could use any favorite Asian or barbecue sauce as a marinade without yogurt in place of the Tikka Masala using the same baking method.

mAd Ben Deglazed

Amazing what culinary prowess is revealed when a creative advertising executive can’t go out to NYC restaurants for a while.

From his great UWS kitchen, with a Whole Foods nearby. And plenty of good wine. Which must always be consumed after uncorking it for the deglaze.


Pork Tenderloin w/ Zucchini & Mushrooms

 

1 lb. pork tenderloin. Pat dry and season on all sides with and rub into the meat a little garlic powder, then sea salt & pepper. Lighter on the salt.

In a dry, hot cast iron skillet, sear & brown the tenderloin on all sides. As you turn the tenderloin, press in dried rosemary with the back of a spoon. Once all sides are browned, put skillet into a preheated 450 degree oven for 10-12 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small fry pan, brown a small zucchini and a few mushrooms, sliced. Season with ground black pepper to taste.

Remove the pork loin from the oven to a plate. Let rest for 10 minutes while you open a bottle of a nice Willamette Valley Pinot Noir and deglaze the skillet with 1 cup. Stir with all the bits from the tenderloin. Add the zucchini and mushrooms and reduce the sauce by half.

Slice the tenderloin and plate with the zucchini, mushrooms and resulting sauce over the pork. And. Savor the rest of the Pinot.

 

Chicken Breasts w/ Lemon & Capers

 

 

Lightly pound boneless skinless chicken breasts. Coat with bread crumbs in a shallow bowl. Put water to boil in a large pot and add pasta until al dente & drain. In a fry pan, brown chicken on both sides in olive oil. Put chicken on a plate.

To the fry pan add butter and stir until browned, deglaze with a little Savignon Blanc. Add juice of 1 lemon, a mashed garlic clove, and capers with a little of their brine. Stir sauce until heated and slightly reduced. Add back chicken breasts and pasta to the fry pan.

Serve chicken with all the sauce on the pasta. And. Of course. Enjoy with the wine.

 

 

 

Seared Sea Scallops

Fresh sea scallops from Whole Foods on Columbus Circle. Season with ground black pepper. In a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil on high heat, sear scallops to a golden brown on each side. Add a little butter and brown. Deglaze with a dry French white wine. Serve with fresh greens vinaigrette and a baguette.

And. De rigueur. Sip the rest of the Sancerre.

 

 

 

 

– Ben Levine

 

Pork Chop w/ Mustard Sauce & Tangy Artichoke Slaw

Another gem from mAd Ben

 

 

Sauce

Drain liquid from one can of quartered artichoke hearts into bowl. Add 1/3 cup of Dijon mustard, 1 tbsp. paprika, 1 tsp. cayenne, salt and pepper to taste. Blend.

Artichoke Slaw

Chop drained hearts into strips as if they’re going into a chopped salad and put in separate bowl. Squeeze half lemon over artichokes, add 1/4 cup olive oil, salt and pepper to taste. Toss together in bowl and put to side.

Loin Pork Chop

Rub garlic powder, salt and pepper on both sides of pork chop. In skillet, add tbsp olive oil and bring to heat. Place pork chop in skillet. Should immediately sizzle. Brown both side of chop (1 minute each). Put chop in preheated over 300 degrees for 10 minutes or until 130 degrees internal temp. Remove pork chop and place aside on plate to rest.

Finish

In skillet, turn down heat and add 2 tbsp butter as well as sauce mix (if you need an excuse to open a bottle of white wine, add a splash of that too). Lightly scrape bottom of skillet, mix contents, let simmer for 5 minutes. Add chop back to skillet and spoon sauce over for 1 minute.

Plate pork chop and pour sauce from skillet over it with artichoke slaw on top.

– Ben Levine

 

 

Beth’s Seafood-Stuffed Lobster

From Beth Larsen, owner/fishmonger
The Net Result, Vineyard Haven, Massachusetts

Click on the above link – they ship!

 

 

As shared with Beth’s friend, my sister Deb –

Boil lobsters until slightly undercooked. Take claws off, pick out the meat & reserve. Split the body only, leaving the tail meat intact.

Make a white sauce with equal parts butter to flour, and heat up to make a roux. Add milk or cream to this until you get a creamy sauce, stirring constantly. Add salt, pepper and paprika to taste.

In a skillet sauté baby shrimp, bay scallops, and fresh crabmeat in melted garlic butter and a little white wine. Put into the cavity with the claw meat on top.

Pour the cream sauce over the seafood in the cavity and top with bread crumbs. Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

 

Gwen’s Wine-Braised Chicken w/ Olives

2-3 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on)
2-3 tbsp olive oil (enough to coat pan)
1 yellow onion, chopped
1-2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup white wine vinegar
1 tsp dried thyme
1/2 cup kalamata olives, chopped
1 tbsp butter
Juice of 1 lemon (~2 tbsp)
1/2 cup chopped parsley, basil or other fresh herb (Optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Pat dry chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper.

Heat olive oil in a skillet (I used an 8” skillet for two thighs) and, once hot, place the chicken, skin-side-down in the pan, allowing to brown for 3-4 minutes until skin is crisp. Flip chicken and brown for an additional 3-4 minutes (chicken will not be cooked through). Remove chicken from pan to a separate plate.

In the same pan, add the chopped onion and garlic and cook until soft. Pour in wine and vinegar and deglaze the pan (scrape up brown bits from the bottom). The vinegar will smell quite strongly, but it’ll mellow during the cooking process.

Add the chicken back to the pan, skin side up, making sure the onion-wine-vinegar mixture does not cover the chicken. Put in the oven for 15 mins or until cooked through.

Remove from oven and place chicken on the serving plate. Put the skillet back on the stovetop over medium heat (be careful as the handle will be hot!). Mix in olives and fresh herbs and cook for 1 minute.Stir in butter until sauce becomes glossy and slightly thicker.

Remove from heat and stir in lemon juice. Spoon sauce over chicken and serve!

Because of its acidity, recommend serving with a rich side dish like risotto or mashed potatoes

 

– Gwen Hasenauer