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

 

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.

 

Tandoori Shrimp

Serves 2.

In a medium-sized bowl, mix together 2 tbs. plain yogurt; 1/4 tsp. each cardamom, coriander, ginger, turmeric, cayenne; 2 cloves chopped garlic. Clean and devein 16 large shrimp. Pat dry. Add to the bowl and stir into the mixture to coat all shrimp evenly. Cover with Saran wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or more.

When ready to cook, bring shrimp and marinade to room temp. Put shrimp on paper towels to remove excess marinade. Place shrimp on a cookie sheet so not touching. Preheat oven broiler to hottest temperature. Place shrimp under the broiler on top rack for 6 minutes. Do not turn the shrimp. Take out of oven.

Serve with rice and chutneys.

Scampi w/ Couscous & Bruschetta

Clean and devein 8 large shrimp per person. Pat dry. Toss with olive oil to coat. Season with garlic powder, chopped garlic, the more the better, oregano and red pepper flakes to taste. Place on a cookie sheet so not touching. When the oven broiler is hot, place on top rack and broil for 6 minutes. No need to turn.

Prepare couscous with chicken broth 1:1 ratio. Season with dried basil. Add steamed florets of broccoli. Fluff together. Serve with the scampi. Top the couscous with a few teaspoons of tomato bruscetta.

6-Minute Tandoori Shrimp

Pierre Franey’s time-tested cooking method. 6 minutes under the broiler, no turning. Perfect every time.

16-18 shrimp. Serves 2.

Clean and de-vein largest fresh shrimp you can get. Place on paper towels to dry.

Mix together in a medium-sized bowl, 2 tablespoons plain yogurt, 1/4 tsp. each of cayenne, cardamom, coriander, ginger, turmeric, cumin, cinnamon; 1/2 tsp. paprika. Garlic powder to taste. Add cleaned dried shrimp.

Stir to coat shrimp. Place coated shrimp on a cookie sheet so not touching, using all of the coating mixture.

Turn oven broiler to high and when hot, place cookie sheet on highest rack. Broil for 6 minutes. That’s it. No turning.

Sprinkle with lemon or lime juice. Serve with Kazmati rice and chutneys.

Linguine with Clam Sauce

linguine clam

Little Necks Nectar – Northampton Kitchen 

Serves 4. Figure 1 dozen little necks per person.

In a bowl or glass container, add the following:

A generous half cup of olive oil
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
6 cloves of garlic (3 chopped, 3 mashed)
1/2 cup chopped parsley
3 tbs. UNsalted butter

In a deep stock pot, heat 3 tbs. vegetable oil. Add 4 dozen cleaned little neck clams. Cover on high heat until clams start to open and release their juices, 4-5 minutes.

Add above sauce ingredients, stir and cover for another 3-5 minutes until all clams have opened and sauce is heated.

Concurrently prepare enough linguine to serve 4.

Ladle clams and sauce over the pasta.

Have a crusty bread on hand to sop up extra sauce.

We use a lot of garlic, you can use less. Never use salted butter. Clams have enough. The star is the sauce, finished by the nectar of the little necks.

Astice di Natale

CHRISTMAS LOBSTER PASTA

lobster-pasta

Christmas Eve. After decades of Lobster Newburg, no such sauce to be found in Manhattan. So. A new recipe. Lobster in a butter sauce over fresh pasta.

1/4 lb. cooked lobster meat from Citarella per person. More is fine.

Serves 8+.

In a large stock pot on medium high, heat 2 – 3 lbs. lobster meat in 1 lb. melted butter, juice of 2 lemons. Add cracked pepper to taste.

Serve over fresh pasta.

Garnish with diced sun-dried tomatoes, whole capers, and dried basil.

Buon Natale!

 

Note: Aragosta v. Astice. It looks like a New England lobster is astice. A warm water langouste appears more aragosta.

Holiday Shrimp Fra Diavolo

After you’ve trimmed the tree, it’s time for a hearty reward.

Shell, clean 6-8 large shrimp per person. Pat dry and set aside in a bowl.

In a large deep fry pan, heat 1 jar Rao’s or Citarella Arrabbiata sauce. Add 1/2 cup dry red wine, 1/4 tsp. cayenne, pepperoncini flakes and dried oregano to taste. Stir.

Add shrimp to the sauce and cook on medium heat to keep a low boil until done, about 6 minutes. Serve over favorite pasta.

Top with spicy fresh mozzarella balls and/or basil leaves. Finish with lemon zest.

 

You can use any tomato sauce, just add more pepperoncini flakes than you would for Arrabbiata. It’s meant to be spicy hot. Il diavolo!

Scallops w/ Pancetta

In a fry pan, crisp up pancetta cut into small pieces to taste. Remove to a paper towel on a dish. Serves generous 2.

In the same pan sear 12-16 sea scallops in the pancetta drippings and if necessary a little olive oil. 3 minutes on each side. Scallops should not be touching and will be golden brown on both sides and opaque in the middle. Do not overcook.

Season with cracked brown pepper.

Add a few julienned sun-dried tomatoes to the pan with minced garlic and melt a pat of butter to finish.

Serve scallops, sun-dried tomatoes and butter-garlic sauce over pasta and garnish with the pancetta.

Saucy Shrimp

Great with a freshly baked crusty bâtard from Hungry Ghost Bakery in Northampton, Massachusetts. Lots of sauce to dip it in.

Clean and devein eight large shrimp per person. Pat dry.

In a large bowl, add 1/4 cup olive oil, garlic paste, oregano, red pepper flakes, black ground pepper to taste. Stir. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Refrigerate for a couple of hours or so.

When ready to eat, take out shrimp and bring to room temperature. Place coated shrimp on a baking sheet so not touching. Broil on high heat top rack for 4 minutes. Don’t turn. Remove from oven.

Meanwhile:

Finely chop 6-8 cloves fresh garlic, 2 small shallots, 1/2 cup fresh parsley. Squeeze juice of 1 1/2 lemons into a cup. In a large sauté pan, brown a stick of butter until bubbly. Add the garlic and shallots and brown. Add 1 cup dry white wine. Stir. Add lemon juice and parsley. Turn off heat.

Place eight shrimp into each pasta bowl or deep plate. Pour the sauce evenly over the shrimp on each plate. Add a bit more fresh parsley and grate lemon zest on top.

Serve with that crusty bread. Dunk liberally.