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Garlic Herb and Parmesan Crostini

20 Oct

Great little crostini you can garnish over soups, salad, pasta, or dips. A nice crunchy crostini that is exploding with a fresh herby cheesy flavor! The thyme provides a very natural aromatic flavor that perfectly compliments the parsley and the rich garlic flavor that explodes in your mouth! You can make this with a variety of different herbs and seasonings that cater to your particular dish and taste.

What ya need:
French baguette, or similar

fresh parsley

fresh thyme

1 clove garlic

fresh parmesan

2 1/2 tbls butter

1 tbls extra virgin

sea salt

crack black pepper, coarse

Heres what ya do:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2. Slice the baguette on an angle and lay out on a baking sheet.

3. Chop the parsley and thyme and mince the garlic, mix with the butter and oil and sea salt + coarse fresh cracked black.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Spread on top each slice of baguette. Sprinkle each with fresh grated parmesan.

5. Bake until parmesan is melted and the crostini are a nice golden brown.

 

Cheers!

 

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Fish and Chips with Savory Slaw and Dill Tartar

12 Oct

One of my favorite memories from my child hood, a day at the beach and always a visit to the beachfront shack for homemade fish and chips. For me great fish and chips is about a nice
Flaky white fish, in our case cod, encompassed in a fluffy and crunchy beer batter, showered with malt vinegar and tartar sauce with some nice hot chips to accompany!

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Garlic Rosemary Croutons

9 Oct

Please don’t ever buy a bag of croutons, they are stale, loaded with preservatives, and are horribly over-seasoned. Croutons are so easy to make and this is a killer recipe that you can really take in your own direction and really build the flavors in the crouton around your whole dish. This work great on my Classic Caesar Salad but you can also make a little oregano and parmesan to top off a Bouillabaisse or tomato soup or with Cayenne Pepper and a dash of Paprika to dip into my delicious Hummus. The possibilities are endless.

What ya need:
1 loaf of your favorite bread, I prefer a french loaf
2 garlic cloves, minced
3-4 sprigs rosemary, chopped
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
salt+pepper
Heres what ya do:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
2. Cut your loaf of bread into 3/4″ cubes and place in large bowl.
3. Whisk together your garlic rosemary, and olive oil and pour over the diced bread. Give them a good toss and make sure all the pieces are lightly coated.
4. Toss in the oven until crispy and golden brown, about 10-15 minutes. Throw em on your salad, soup, or dip.
Cheers!

Classic Caesar Salad

9 Oct

By far my favorite salad, its tangy, salty, savory, and creamy. Add a nice sliced breast of chicken, some fresh cut tomatoes and my homemade garlic croutons. Top it all with some shaved parmesan and fresh cracked black you got yourself the best homemade caesar salad you’ve ever had.

What ya need:

for the dressing:

2 cloves garlic, smashed
Dijon mustard
1 egg white (or substitute tablespoon mayo)
fresh grated parmesan
juice of lemon
red wine vinegar
worchestire sauce
chopped anchovies
extra virgin
fresh cracked pepper

for the salad:

head of romaine
cherry tomatoes, halved
my Homemade Garlic and Rosemary Croutons
shaved parmesan
lemon wedge
fresh cracked pepper

Heres what ya do:

1. Combine vinegar, worchestire, dijon, egg white, and lemon juice in bowl and whisk. Add in anchovies, parmesan, black pepper and whisk again.

2. Slowly drizzle the olive oil while whisking to emulsify the oil into the dressing. It is important to whisk fast and drizzle the oil slowly or else the oil and vinegar in your dressing will separate. Whish until the dressing is a nice light and creamy consistency, I find its about a 1/4 cup oil oil in all.

3. Clean and chop your romaine leaves and place on plate top with cherry tomatoes and Homemade Garlic Croutons (you can also add a Grilled Chicken Breast or some fresh avocado slices).
Drizzle your dressing over nicely.

4. Garnish with lemon wedge, shaved parmesan and some fresh cracked pepper.

All hail the Caesar!