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Pan Roasted Salmon with Apple, Onion & Sage

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 salmon fillets
2 c apple cider
1 lg sweet onion, cut ½” slices
1 red apple (firm), diced
4 garlic cloves, slightly smashed
2 T soy sauce
5 lg fresh sage leaves
2 T olive oil

Procedure

1. Place salmon in baking dish, top with all other ingredients, except olive oil.
2. Cover & refrigerate 8 hours.
3. Remove fish from marinade, blot dry.
4. Strain & reserve liquid, apples & onions. Discard garlic & sage.
5. Heat olive oil in large skillet, season salmon with s&p, cook few fillets at time, 3 to 4 mins per side.
6. Keep cooked salmon warm in very low oven, or on platter tented with foil
7. Sauté apples & onions in the same skillet for 2 to 3 mins, add 1 c of the reserved marinade, bring to a boil & season with s&p.
8. Arrange salmon on platter & top with cooked apple & onion sauce.
9. Garnish with fresh sage sprigs & sliced fresh apple.

Warm Garlic & Balsamic Dressing

Ingredients

8 cloves garlic, cut into quarters
⅔ c extra-virgin olive oil
3 T balsamic vinegar
3 T red wine vinegar
1 T dark brown sugar
¾ t ea s&p

Procedure

1. Heat olive oil in skillet on very low heat, add garlic & cook slowly for 8 mins, until just light brown.
2. Remove garlic from oil & set aside.
3. Turn heat under skillet to med-high, add vinegars to oil, cook 1-2 mins.
4. Add brown sugar & let mixture bubble slowly 1 min.
5. Taste for sweet/tart balance, stir in extra brown sugar on balsamic vinegar if needed.
6. Stir in s&p & reserve garlic.
7. Serve warm over salad.

Salad of Tart Greens with Prosciutto

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

1 medium red onion, sliced into thin ½” rings
½ cup red wine vinegar
8 c salad mix (that includes radicchio & curly endive)
½ c lightly packed fresh basil leaves
½ lightly packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
½ c pine nuts, toasted (divided)
3 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal
3 oz parmigiano-reggiano cheese, shaved with veggie peeler into thin curls
3 oz thinly sliced prosciutto di parma, cut into bite-sized squares

Procedure

1. Soak onions in the red wine vinegar for several hours, drain.
2. Wash & dry lettuces, tear into bite-sized pieces.
3. In a large bowl, mix greens, basil & parsley, ¼ c pine nuts, most of scallions & half of parmesan & prosciutto.
4. Right before serving, toss salad with warm balsamic dressing (September’s recipe).
5. Transfer salad to deep platter, scatter top with red onions & remaining parmesan, prosciutto & scallions.

Roasted Pesto Chicken

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 (5-7lb) roasting chicken
1 c basil pesto sauce (homemade is best!)
3 T dry white wine
¾ c (plus 2 T) chicken broth
2 T all purpose flour
3 T whipping cream
fresh basil sprigs

Procedure

1. Pat chicken dry. Slide hand between chicken skin & meat (over breast & legs) to form pockets.
2. Reserve 1 T pesto for gravy, then spread the rest of the pesto under the skin in pockets, in cavity & over outer skin.
3. Tie legs together, tuck wings under body, place chicken in large roasting pan.
4. Preheat oven 450°F & roast chicken 15 mins. Reduce heat 375°F & roast 1¼ hr more (internal temp 165°F).
5. Transfer chicken to platter, pour pan juices into glass cup, degrease & reserve.
6. Add wine to roasting pan & bring to a boil, scrape up browned bits.
7. Combine 2 T broth & flour in a bowl, stir until smooth.
8. In heavy saucepan, add wine mixture, pan juices, ¾ c chicken broth, & flour mixture; bring to boil whisking constantly.
9. Boil until reduced to sauce consistency about 5 mins. Mix in 1 T pesto, cream, s&p.
10. Garnish chicken platter with basil sprigs, serve pesto gravy on the side.

Smoked Salmon & Tortellini Salad

Serves 4

Ingredients

¼ c sour cream or crème fraîche
¼ c olive oil
2 T fresh lemon juice
3 T dijon mustard
1 T dry white wine
s&p
¼ t white pepper
1 – 9 oz package fresh cheese tortellini (or other small pasta)
1 T olive oil
½ c thinly sliced red onion
¼ c chopped chives or green onion tops
¼ c chopped fresh dill (or 1 T dried)
2 T drained capers
3 oz smoked salmon or lox, cut into thin strips

Procedure

1. Whisk first 6 ingredients in bowl, cover & chill dressing.
2. Cook tortellini in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite, drain.
3. Transfer tortellini to bowl, add 1 T oil & toss to coat.
4. Add red onion, chives, dill & capers & toss again.
5. After cooled, add salmon & enough dressing to coat, toss well.
6. Chill & serve.

Herb Cheese & Grits Soufflé

Serves 4

Ingredients

1 c grits, locally milled
milk (according to package directions)
½ c butter, cut into chunks
5.8 oz container boursin cheese (garlic & fine herbs)
1 t salt
¼ t cayenne pepper
2 eggs
½ c liquid egg whites
½ cup milk
1 T finely chopped fresh basil or parsley

Procedure

1. Cook grits in milk according to package directions, remove from heat.
2. Stir butter, boursin cheese, salt, & red pepper into grits.
3. In separate container, vigorously beat eggs & egg whites, then stir in ½ c milk.
4. Add milk & egg mixture into grits & blend.
5. Pour into greased soufflé or baking dish.
6. Bake at 350°F for 35 to 45 minutes, until just set.
7. Garnish with chopped fresh herbs.

Coconut & Black Bean Curry

Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 T olive oil
1 c onion, diced
½ c each red & yellow pepper, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 – 15 oz cans black beans, drained & rinsed
2 T lime juice
1 – 14 oz can coconut milk
2 c chicken or vegetable stock
1 T garam masala
½ T curry powder
s & p
pinch cayenne
4 c fresh spinach, chopped
¼ c fresh cilantro, chopped

Procedure

1. Sauté onions & peppers in oil, 8 mins, add garlic & cook 2 mins more.
2. Transfer to pot, add beans & lime juice, lightly mash about ¼ of beans with fork or masher.
3. Stir in coconut milk, stock, spices, s&p & cayenne then bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer for 20 mins.
4. Right before serving, stir in spinach & let wilt 1-2 mins.
5. Serve over rice or other grain, sprinkle with fresh cilantro & dollop of sour cream.

Parslied Baked Rice with Mushrooms

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

3 T olive oil
½ c chopped onion
1 pound fresh chopped mushrooms
2 c long grain rice (white, brown or mixture)
¼ c fresh chopped parsley, plus extra for garnish
¾ c melted butter
2½ c full fat stock (beef, chicken or vegetable)

Procedure

1. Sauté onions & mushrooms in olive oil for about 10 minutes
2. Add rice & sauté 2 mins.
3. Layer all ingredients in a casserole dish, in the order listed, stir to mix.
4. Bake on 350°F for 1 hr.
5. Sprinkle top with fresh parsley.

The post Parslied Baked Rice with Mushrooms is by Denise Simmons, Corporate Executive Chef and appeared first on Meriwether Godsey.

Simple Tarragon Chicken

Serves 8

Ingredients

1 – 8 oz jar dijon mustard
½ c dry white wine
2 T chopped fresh tarragon
6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, lightly pounded
s&p
tarragon sprigs for garnish

Procedure

1. Whisk together mustard, wine & tarragon in large stainless steel bowl.
2. Place chicken in baking dish, season with s&p, coat with marinade, cover & refrigerate 24 hours.
3. Remove chicken from marinade, reserve marinade.
4. Cook chicken on medium hot grill, 6 mins per side (or sauté in heavy skillet).
5. Heat reserved marinade to boiling.
6. Drizzle hot marinade over chicken & garnish with fresh tarragon.

Note: can substitute chicken thighs

The post Simple Tarragon Chicken is by Denise Simmons, Corporate Executive Chef and appeared first on Meriwether Godsey.

Creamy Braised White Beans & Kale

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 T butter
1 head garlic, halved crosswise
1 c whole milk
1 – 15 oz can chickpeas, with liquid
1 – 15 oz can white beans, drained & rinsed
1 thyme sprig
2 sage leaves
1 bay leaf
⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg
s&p
4-6 kale leaves, ribs & stems removed, cut into 1″ strips
Garnishes: shaved parmesan, olive, red pepper flakes, crusty bread

Procedure

1. Melt the butter in saucepan on med-high.
2. Add garlic, cut side down, cook 1-2 mins to golden brown.
3. Stir in milk, chickpeas, white beans, herbs, nutmeg, s&p.
4. Bring to boiling, reduce heat and add kale.
5. Simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened, about 15 mins.
6. Remove herbs & garlic head, cool garlic & remove soft cloves with fork.
7. Serve beans with shaved parmesan, drizzle of olive oil, pinch of crushed red pepper.
8. Spread crusty bread with soft garlic cloves & serve alongside beans.

The post Creamy Braised White Beans & Kale is by Denise Simmons, Corporate Executive Chef and appeared first on Meriwether Godsey.

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