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.
Little Necks Nectar
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. Ladel 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.
Slice 2 small zucchinis lengthwise, cutting off ends. Place in a baking pan, peel side down. Drizzle with olive oil. Spread a pinch of cayenne on each. Place in the oven until it reaches 400 degrees. Then, broil until crisp on top. Remove from oven. When cool, cut into small chunks. Finely chop 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes.
In a large non-stick fry pan, heat a thin coat of olive oil on high heat. Quickly brown milk-fed veal cutlets, pounded to about 1/4″, on each side. Do it in stages so they don’t touch. Sprinkle with ground pepper and garlic powder. Remove to a plate after each stage. In the same pan with leftover drippings, brown a minced shallot. Add a couple pats of butter. Deglaze with 1/4 cup dry white wine. Add juice of 2 lemons and 1/3 cup capers. Stir. Turn off heat.
In a large pot, add fresh cavatelli to boiling water. After water comes to a full boil again, cook for 5 minutes until tender. Drain. Bring fry pan back to high heat and place veal cutlets and juices back into the sauce until just heated. Serve with shallot, lemon, caper sauce and cavatelli topped with zucchini and sun-dried tomatoes. Sprinkle with romano-parmesan grated cheese.
In a small bowl, whisk together 1 cup plain yogurt, 3 tbs. crushed dill weed, juice of 1/2 lemon, ground white pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or more. When ready to cook, bring sauce to room temperature.
Sprinkle Spanish paprika on both sides of a 1 lb. cod filet. Sauté the filet in a fry pan in a little olive oil and butter. Quickly brown on each side, so moist and not overcooked. Remove from skillet and spoon sauce over cod. Serve with rice and fresh asparagus vinaigrette. Serves 2.
Lovingly derived from Birdie Sandler Strahl’s original, enhanced by daughter Betsey Strahl Levine’s creative touch:
4-5 lb. first cut fresh brisket of beef. Not too lean, need some fat. Serves about 8-ish. It shrinks. In a dutch oven, brown brisket well on both sides to sear. Take out and place on dish. Brown at least 3 large sliced onions, the more the better. Put the brisket back into the pan and season with generous amount of paprika, pepper, garlic powder, salt. Pour 16 oz. canned tomato sauce over the meat.
Bake at 350 degrees tightly covered for one hour. Uncover and add 1 cup sweet Jewish or another fruity red wine. Bake covered for another hour. Uncover and take out the pot roast and slice against the grain. Put sliced meat back into the pot and make sure it is covered with liquid, add chicken broth if necessary. Bake another hour or until it falls apart.
Serve with hot horseradish and Dr. G’s Potato Latkes.
A flat fish native to Northern Europe. It is neither truly sole, nor lemon-flavored. The name is a French derivative which describes the outer scales of the fish and its shallow waters habitat. Since filets are thin, it cooks very quickly. A cartilage spine splits it and small bones need to be removed. Cut the fish away from the spine to form the 2 filets. Season with crushed white pepper.
In a non-stick fry pan, melt 3 tbs. butter and add capers to taste. Place filets in pan and on medium high heat sauté for 2 minutes on each side, basting with the butter sauce. Turn off heat and add juice of 1 lemon. Serve filets with the butter caper lemon sauce. Rice and a veg.
Pat dry swordfish steaks and place in a hot non-stick fry pan, no oil. Sear 2-3 minutes on each side depending on thickness to achieve a golden color. Remove from pan. Turn heat to medium. Add 3 tbs. olive oil, 4-6 sliced green onions/scallions, 4 tbs. capers, 4 tbs. balsamic vinegar, 2 large pats of butter. Sauté for 1 minute. Add 1 cup dry white wine. Increase heat to medium, stir and reduce by half. Adjust vinegar for balance and taste. Place swordfish in the sauce and turn for 30 seconds on each side.
Plate steaks and ladel sauce on top.