Radicchio Anchovy Braise

Best dish I’ve made in a while. In a non-stick fry pan, heat oil from jar of Sicilian anchovies. Add wedges of a fresh radicchio and brown. Add 6-7 of the Sicilian anchovy fillets from the jar, minced. Pour in 1/2 cup chicken broth, bring to boil. Cover and simmer for 8 minutes. Add another cup chicken broth and 1 cup fresh pasta. Cover. Stir to make sure pasta is separated. When pasta is cooked and tender, about 2-3 minutes, uncover and heat for another 2 minutes. Serve pasta and braised radicchio and broth in large bowls. Drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Garnish with anchovy fillets to taste and grated parmesan/romano cheese. Should be brothy and anchovy taste subtle.

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New Year’s Lamb Vindaloo

Spicy start to 2017. Trim a 2 lb. leg of lamb and cut into 1-2″ chunks. Dry on paper towels. In a stock pot, brown meat, in stages to assure browning. Sprinkle meat with garlic powder and ground black pepper. Stir. When browned, remove meat to a bowl. In the same stock pot, to the browned bits, add a little olive oil and brown 1 red and 1 yellow onion, sliced. Add 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, sliced. Brown. Add 2-3 jalapeño peppers, de-seeded and sliced. De-glaze with 1/2 cup chicken broth and stir. Turn off heat.

In a small bowl, mix 2 tsp. coriander, 1 tsp. turmeric, 1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger. Turn up heat and add 1-2 cans whole San Marzano tomatoes. Stir tomatoes with peppers and onions. Sprinkle half the spice mix over them. Add the lamb with any juices into the pot. Stir. Sprinkle the rest of the spice mix over the lamb and sauce. Stir. Bring to boil. Cover. Turn to low.

In a small bowl, mix together  1 tsp. cardamom, 1-2 tsp. cayenne, 1/4 tsp. ground cloves, 1 tsp. ground cinnamon, generous 2-3 tbs. sesame seeds. Can add 1 tbs. poppy seeds as well. In a small fry pan, heat 4 tbs. olive oil. Toast spice mix in the olive oil, stir and when hot, pour into stock pot. Add a little water to the fry pan to get any leftover spices, scrape and add to pot. Stir spices and olive oil into lamb and tomatoes thoroughly. Bring back to boil. Cover. Simmer on low for 2-3 hours.

An hour before serving, add raw carrots, chunked; small or diced potatoes; and/or large cauliflower florets. Serve when vegetables are cooked tender but not mushy. Can add a handful of frozen peas until tender, a couple of minutes. Stir and serve in large bowls with naan and chutneys.

Astice di Natale

lobster-pastaChristmas 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. 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 and garnish with diced sun-dried tomatoes, whole capers, and dried basil. Buon Natale!

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. Dry and set aside in a bowl. In a large deep fry pan, heat 1-2 jars Rao’s or Citarella Arrabbiata sauce depending on how many shrimp. For each jar of 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 linguine or favorite pasta. Top with spicy fresh mozzarella balls, basil leaves and 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!

Vitello Balsamico

veal-chopsSautéed Veal Chops with Balsamic & Thyme.

Bring 1″ veal rib chops to room temperature. Pat dry. Season on both sides with ground black pepper, garlic powder, dried thyme, sea salt to taste. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

On the stovetop, heat a dry sauté pan until hot. Place chops into pan and sear on both sides for 4 minutes each side until carmelized. Place pan with carmelized chops into the preheated 400-degree oven and bake for additional 4-5 minutes, depending on preference for medium-rare to medium. Remove pan from oven. Place chops on plate to rest for 5 minutes.

On the stovetop, under low heat, place 3 tbs. butter into the original sauté pan with veal drippings, and add 3 tbs. Fini or best Balsamic vinegar to deglaze for a sauce. Scrape and stir to incorporate all drippings. Serve chops drizzled with sauce, roasted fingerling potatoes and string beans. Serves 2.

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La Crema 2014 Pinot Noir from Willamette Valley, Oregon.

City Scampi

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Usually broil scampi for 6 minutes. The Pierre Franey way. But, with city gas broiler, doesn’t work as well. So. Went for the sauté.

First, in a small bowl, add 8 large dried, cleaned shrimp per person. Coat with extra virgin olive oil, not too much. Add cracked black pepper, oregano, red pepper flakes to taste. Add as much minced garlic as you can stand, the more the better. I even add some garlic powder for good measure. Mix the shrimp around to coat with all of the spices, olive oil, and garlic. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or longer. Take shrimp out and bring to room temperature before cooking.

Bring a large skillet to high heat so that shrimp will sear immediately. Place shrimp in the skillet so they don’t touch. Pour any excess sauce on the shrimp. Sauté for 3 minutes, until golden brown. Turn shrimp and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. No more than that. Make sure to pour any excess olive oil garlic sauce over the shrimp and serve with rice mixed with roasted vegetables.
See Autumn Candy. Delish!

Le Bois Boutteux, Sancerre 2015. From Corks on Columbus. UWS.sancerre

 

Scallops Dive ~ Last Debate

In a fry pan, crisp up pancetta cut into small pieces to taste. Remove to a paper towel on a dish. In the same pan sear sea scallops in the pancetta drippings and if necessary a little olive oil. 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.

Serve with a Sancerre and sip liberally to get through the debate.

Chicken Rosh Hashanah

For a sweet and tender start to the Jewish New Year. Enjoyed at a family get together a few blocks south this year. Happy 5777!

Place chicken thighs and breasts, bone-in, skin-on, in a large baking dish. Rub each piece with salt, ground black pepper and ground cumin to taste.

For sauce: In a small saucepan, bring to a boil 1/2 cup orange juice, 1/4 cup honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar, 3 tbs. Dijon mustard. Pour sauce over chicken and bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes, basting once.

Debate Steak

1 prime strip steak / person from Citarella or your favorite butcher. Pat dry each steak. Press cracked black peppercorns into each side of the meat. In a large preheated cast iron skillet, sear steaks dry until blackish on each side. Finish in preheated 400 degree oven to desired wellness from 3-6 minutes depending on thickness of steaks. Remove from pan. Add 3 tbs. butter to same skillet and brown a finely diced shallot. Add chopped Crimini mushrooms, and 2 cloves mashed garlic. Stir until mushrooms are tender. Add 1/2 cup Pinot Noir and another 1-2 tbs. butter, stir and reduce liquid by half. Cut steaks into thick slices and plate. Pour sauce over them. Prefer steak sliced so the sauce permeates the meat. But, can plate steaks whole with sauce over each as well.

Drink the rest of the Pinot with dinner. Serve with string beans and a crusty bread. Ready for a rowdy Clinton-Trump debate.