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Veal Scaloppini with Marsala Wine

Veal Scaloppini with Marsala Wine

veal2 pounds veal scaloppini

½ cup all-purpose flour

Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

4 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

¾ cup dry Marsala wine or sherry

 

Veal scaloppini should be cooked and served immediately. Reheating will toughen and dry the meat.  Place scaloppini between 2 pieces of waxed paper and pound until thin. When pounding meat do not use a straight up-and-down movement. Use a sliding action so meat is stretched more than flattened. Place scaloppini on aluminum foil. Coat meat lightly with flour. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter with oil in a large heavy skillet over high heat. When butter foams, add veal. Cook about 1 minute on each side. Veal should be light golden outside and pink inside. Remove veal from skillet. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter and Marsala or sherry. Deglaze skillet by stirring to dissolve meat juices attached to bottom of skillet. When wine is reduced by half, return veal to skillet. Mix gently with sauce. Place meat on a warm platter. Spoon sauce over meat. Serve immediately.

 

 

Veal Paprika with Wine

Veal Paprika with Wine

3 T. Shortening

2 lb. Boneless veal, cubed

3 T. Flour

1 C. Hot water

1/2 C. White wine

1 can Mushrooms (6 3/4 oz)

2 T. Chopped parsley

1 Onion, diced

1 tsp. Paprika

Salt

Pepper

1 C. Sour cream

Heat shortening in a heavy skillet. Add veal; brown well. Stir in flour. Add water and wine. Stir constantly until the mixture is thick and smooth. Add mushrooms, including liquid, parsley, onion, paprika, a dash of pepper and salt to taste. Cover and simmer 45 minutes to an hour. Stir frequently to prevent sticking. Heat but do not boil.

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 487

Fat: 12g

Fiber: 4g

Arni Lemonato

Arni Lemonato

“This is sooooo lemony,” writes author Tessa Kiros. “It is also a dish that you can really leave in the oven and go out shopping for a while and hardly even think about the fact that you left something in the oven.” The trick, she writes, is to keep turning the lamb while it is marinating, spooning some of the marinade over it occasionally, perhaps every hour or so. Use a large round or rectangular roasting pan. You may need to ask your butcher to hack the leg in one place to make it fit in your pan.

11_news_mainframe_life_gourmet_buecher_kochen_international_griechenland_511/2 cups fresh lemon juice (6 to 7 lemons)
1/2 cup olive oil
1 heaping tablespoon dried oregano
11/2 cups water
3 pounds, 5 ounces leg of lamb, bone hacked in one place and hinged, so it fits in the dish
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
23/4 pounds potatoes cut into big chunks

Mix the lemon juice, olive oil and oregano with 11/2 cups of water in a large nonreactive baking dish. Rub the lamb well all over with salt and black pepper and put it in the marinade. Turn it over a couple of times to coat well. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 24 hours, turning it frequently throughout your waking hours. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Transfer lamb and marinade to a roasting pan and cover the lamb with a sheet of parchment paper, and then cover the pan tightly with 3 layers of aluminum foil. Bake for 1 hour. Turn the lamb over, cover again and reduce the heat to 300 degrees. Bake the lamb for an additional 2 hours. Now turn the lamb gently, as it will be very tender. Add the potatoes to the dish and sprinkle a little salt over them. Cover again and bake for 2 hours, turning the potatoes once during this time. Remove the foil, shuffle the potatoes and put back in the oven at 400 degrees. Roast until a little golden here and there, 20 to 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and let the lamb rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Braised Rabbit with Pancetta, Mushrooms and Tarragon

Braised Rabbit with Pancetta, Mushrooms and Tarragon

7 tsp. unsalted butter

1 large rabbit fryer (about 3-1/2 lb.) cut into 6 pieces (reserve liver)

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 tsp. finely chopped shallots or green onions

1 C. dry white wine

1 C. chicken stock

1 branch fresh tarragon, about 4 inches long

2 bay leaves

4 oz. pancetta (unsmoked Italian-style bacon that can be found at specialty markets, or substitute blanched salt pork), cut into 1/4-inch cubes

6 oz. pearl onions, blanched, trimmed and peeled

4 oz. mushrooms, trimmed, cleaned and sliced

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 tsp. chopped fresh tarragon leaves, plus additional for garnish

1 tsp. chopped Italian parsley

 

In a medium flame-proof casserole or Dutch oven, melt 2 tsp. butter over medium-high heat. Add the rabbit pieces and brown on all sides, removing the pieces to a plate in a warm spot as they brown. Salt and pepper to taste. Add another tsp. of butter to the pot, add the shallots and sauté until translucent. Add the wine, scraping up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan with a wooden spatula. Add the chicken stock, the branch of tarragon and the bay leaves. Return rabbit pieces to pan, bring the liquid to a simmer and braise, covered, for 25 to 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a sauté pan over medium-low heat, melt 1 tsp. butter and add pancetta. Cook slowly, stirring frequently, until very lightly browned. Remove to drain on paper towels. Discard fat from pan and add 1 tsp. of butter. Add pearl onions and cook, covered, over medium-low heat until tender. This will take about 20 minutes. Set aside in a warm spot. In another sauté pan, melt 1 tsp. butter. Add mushrooms and cook gently over medium heat until the mushrooms have reabsorbed their juices. Add the mushrooms to the pan with the pearl onions. In the pan that the mushrooms were cooked in, melt remaining 1 tsp. butter. Season the liver with salt and pepper and sauté briefly, about 2 minutes on each side. Keep warm. When the rabbit is done, remove the rabbit pieces from the casserole and hold, covered, in a warm place. Discard the bay leaves and the tarragon branch. Whisk in mustard and boil rapidly until the braising liquid is reduced to a sauce-like consistency. Adjust seasoning. Reduce the heat to low. Add the pancetta, pearl onions, and mushrooms to the casserole and stir to combine. Add the rabbit pieces back to the casserole and turn to coat evenly with the sauce. Ladle some of the sauce on the liver to coat and slice into four pieces. Place the rabbit pieces and the liver on a platter and spoon the sauce around. This is a delightful dish for spring, made with morels and served with egg noodles and asparagus or fiddlehead ferns. A variation we do for summer substitutes basil or summer savory for the tarragon and is served with new potatoes, tiny green beans and yellow and red cherry tomatoes. In the fall, try using chanterelle mushrooms and thyme accompanied by puréed root vegetables.

 

 

 

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Duck Breast with Thyme Infused Honey and Balsamic Pan Sauce

Duck Breast with Thyme Infused Honey and Balsamic Pan Sauce

duck1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black peppercorns

1/4 tsp. sugar

2 boneless Moulard or Muscovy duck breast halves (3/4 to 1 lb. each) or 4 boneless Pekin (Long Island) duck breast halves (about 6 oz. each), skin and fat removed (you can reserve a little fat for cooking the breasts)

3 T. lime blossom, thyme, or wildflower honey

1 T. fresh thyme leaves (and flowers, if possible), plus sprigs for garnish

1 tsp. reserved duck fat or olive oil

3 T. balsamic vinegar

1/4 C. veal demiglace or 1/2 C. low-sodium chicken broth, reduced to 1/4 C.

2 tsp. cold unsalted butter

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

 

In a small bowl, combine the kosher salt and peppercorns with the sugar. Place the duck breasts on a platter and rub the spice mixture into each one. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. About 20 minutes before cooking, remove the duck breasts from the refrigerator to return to room temperature. Pat dry with paper towels. With a paring knife, remove the tenderloin, the thin strip of meat that runs lengthwise down the underside of each breast. In a small saucepan, combine the honey and thyme leaves and bring to just a simmer over low heat, crushing the leaves with the back of a spoon; set aside to infuse for 5 minutes. In a heavy medium skillet, heat the duck fat until hot and shimmering. Add the duck breasts and tenderloins and cook until browned and crusty on both sides but still springy to the touch, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side for the Moulard or Muscovy breasts, or 2 to 3 minutes per side for Pekin breasts, about 1 minute per side for the tenderloins. Just before they are done, brush each duck breast with some of the thyme-infused honey and continue to cook until lightly caramelized. Transfer the breasts to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes. Discard the fat from the pan. Add the balsamic vinegar to the pan and stir to loosen the browned bits on the bottom. Boil until the vinegar is very syrupy, about 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in the remaining infused honey and the demiglace and return to a boil. Boil until thick and syrupy, about 1 1/2 minutes longer. Stir in the cold butter and add the salt and pepper to taste. Using a thin sharp knife, slice each breast on a diagonal 1/8 inch thick. Arrange the slices on four warmed dinner plates. Pour the duck juices left on the cutting board into the pan sauce, strain the sauce over the duck slices, and serve at once.

 

 

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Veal Scallopine with Dijon Sauce, Asparagus and Avocados

Veal Scallopine with Dijon Sauce, Asparagus and Avocados

Salt

1 Lemon

1 lb. very thin Asparagus Tips

2 ripe Haas Avocados

2 T. EVOO plus more for drizzling

1 ¼ lb. Veal Scallopine

Pepper

1 T. Flour, plus more for dredging

3 T. Butter, cut into pieces

½ C. Dry White Wine

1 C. Chicken Stock

2 T. chopped fresh Thyme Leaves

2 tsp. Dijon Mustard

1/3 C. Cream or Half and Half

3 T. chopped fresh Chives

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In a large saucepan, bring 1 inch of water to a boil. Salt the water and add a couple of curls of rind from the lemon and the asparagus tips. Cook for 3 minutes; drain and reserve. Remove pits from avocados. Scoop out the flesh and slice. Dress them with lemon juice, a drizzle of EVOO and a pinch of salt and reserve. Preheat your largest skillet over medium heat. Season veal with salt and pepper on both sides. Dredge in flour. Add 2 T. of EVOO and 2 T. Butter to skillet. When melted, add veal and cook for 2 minutes on each side, or until evenly light golden in color. Place veal on platter under loose tent of foil. Add remaining T. of butter and the flour to the skillet. Cook a minute, then whisk in wine and scrape up the pan drippings with a wooden spoon. Whisk the stock into the wine and add thyme, salt, pepper and mustard. Stir in cream and remove from heat. Arrange asparagus and sliced avocados over the veal and pour a little sauce over the top. Garnish with chopped chives and serve.

 

 

 

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Mock Duck Leg Confit with Root Vegetable Slaw

Mock Duck Leg Confit with Root Vegetable Slaw

duck1/4 cup olive oil

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves

1/4 teaspoon honey

Freshly cracked black pepper and sea salt

2 cups thinly sliced fennel

2 cups thinly sliced celery root

2 cups thinly sliced carrot

2 cups thinly sliced beet

3 thinly sliced shallots

1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, roughly chopped

6 duck legs

 

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, thyme leaves, honey, pepper, and salt.  Use the fine slicer disc of a food processor to thinly slice all the vegetables.  Add them and the parsley to the large bowl, and toss with the vinaigrette.  Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until later.  Preheat the oven to 300 degrees F.  In a wide oven-safe skillet, place the duck legs, skin side down, over medium heat.  Season the duck with salt, and sear until the skin begins to crisp.  Place the whole skillet, with the duck, in the oven.  Roast for 1 hour, then flip the duck legs, and roast for another hour. To serve, mound the softened vegetable salad on a plate, and top with a crispy, almost-confited duck leg.

 

Patrick’s Irish Lamb Soup

Patrick’s Irish Lamb Soup

Irish Lamb Stew1 1/2 pounds lean boneless lamb shoulders, cut in 3/4-inch cubes

12 fl. ounces beer, or water

2 14 oz. cans broth

3 C. cubed new potatoes

2 C. thinly sliced carrots

1 T. olive oil

1 onion, coarsely chopped

1 tsp. seasoned pepper

1 envelope brown gravy mix

2 C. shredded green cabbage

Parsley, chopped, for garnish

 

In 3-quart pan with cover, heat oil.  Add onion and sauté until brown; stirring occasionally.  Add lamb and sauté, stirring until browned.  Stir in beer or water, and pepper.  Cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Mix in broth and gravy mix.  Add potatoes and carrots, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender.  Stir in cabbage and cook just until cabbage turns a bright green.  Serve.  Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.

 

Crispy Spicy Quail

Crispy Spicy Quail

4 Semi-Boneless Quail

2 C. Buttermilk

2 each Eggs-beaten

2 tsp. Flour

2 tsp. Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp. Ground Black Pepper

1 tsp. Salt

2 tsp. Parsley Flakes

 

In a mixing bowl add dry ingredients. Whisk in remaining ingredients. Preheat Fryer to 350F. Dip Quail in batter and drop in Fryer and cook until Crispy (4-5 Minutes).

 

 

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Slow Cooker Veal Stew with Pearl Onions and Oyster Mushrooms

Slow Cooker Veal Stew with Pearl Onions and Oyster Mushrooms

1 serving cooking spray (5 one-second sprays per serving), lemon-flavored

1 lb. lean veal leg, boneless, cut into 1-inch chunks

1/2 C. fat-free chicken broth

1 C. carrot(s), baby, sliced

4 small potato(es), fingerling, sliced 1/2-inch thick

8 small onion(s), red pearl, peeled and halved lengthwise

1 medium garlic clove(s), minced

20 small raw oyster mushrooms, coarsely chopped

2 1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 tsp. dried sage, crushed

3/4 tsp. table salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

 

Coat a ridged grill pan with cooking spray. Preheat pan over high heat until a drop of water sprinkled on pan sizzles. Add veal and sear 1 minute per side. Place veal in a 4- to 5-quart slow cooker. Add broth, carrots, potatoes, onions, garlic, mushrooms, lemon zest, sage, salt and pepper in order listed.  Cover and cook on LOW setting for 5 to 6 hours. Stir well before serving. Yields about 1 C. per serving.

 

 

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Rabbit braised with artichokes (Lapin braisé aux artichauts)

Rabbit braised with artichokes (Lapin braisé aux artichauts)

1 rabbit (or chicken) cut in serving-sized pieces

flour for dusting with salt and pepper

1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil

6 artichokes

2 1/4″ thick slices of slab bacon, diced

1 small sweet onion, diced

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 carrot, diced

1 lemon

3 small tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and diced

1/2 c. dry white wine

2-4 c. homemade chicken broth

Bouquet garni of 4 flat parsley stems, 6 leafy thyme branches, 1 bay leaf tied up with kitchen twine

Salt and pepper

1/4 c chopped flat-leaf parsley (optional)

 

Snap the leaves off the artichokes until only the tender inner leaves remain. Snap off the stem. Trim the remaining green bits from the bottom of the artichoke, and cut off the inner leaves in a bunch at the point where they are very tender. Pare the tough green outer layer off the remaining stem, pairing the stem into a point. Now cut the artichoke bottom into quarters and remove the choke with a sharp knife from each quarter. Rinse to remove any traces of foin (“hay”) and drop them into a bowl of water acidulated with the juice of half a lemon.  Heat 2 T olive oil in a large heavy casserole or Dutch oven. Dredge the rabbit pieces in seasoned flour, shaking off excess. Brown over medium heat, turning regularly, until golden on all sides. Remove rabbit pieces to a plate and dump any oil remaining in the pan. Add 1 T of the remaining oil and the bacon dice. (Omit bacon if you only have access to the thin-sliced vacuum packed supermarket variety.) Sauté until cooked but not “crisp”. Add the remaining T of oil and the onion and carrot. Sauté for 5 minutes, then add the artichoke quarters and the garlic, stir one minute, and add the tomatoes and the white wine. Turn up the heat and reduce until syrupy, stirring constantly, for about 5 minutes. Lay the bouquet garni on top of the vegetables. Arrange the rabbit pieces on top, together with any juice accumulated in the plate.  Pour in enough broth to come halfway up the sides of the rabbit pieces. Cover and bring to a simmer. Continue to simmer over very low heat about 1 hour or cook in the oven at 350 degrees for the same amount of time. The rabbit should be just tender and part readily from the bone. Don’t overcook or it will become dry. Check the liquid level frequently and add more broth if necessary. Turn the rabbit pieces once. When done, remove the rabbit pieces to a warm platter and arrange the vegetables, removed with a slotted spoon, around them. Cover and keep warm. Strain the remaining pan juices into a smaller saucepan and reduce over high heat, skimming frequently, until reduced by 1/3. Pour over the platter and serve immediately. Sprinkle with finely chopped flat-leaf parsley if you like.

 

 

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Herb Marinated Ostrich Steak

Herb Marinated Ostrich Steak

2 pounds tender ostrich steaks (approximately 1 1/2″ thick)

Marinade

2/3 C. balsamic vinegar

1 1/4 C. olive oil 2

T. Garlic, finely chopped

1 T. Rosemary, crushed

1 T. Thyme (leaves)

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

 

Combine marinade ingredients in plastic bag; add meat, turning to coat. Close bag securely and marinate in refrigerator one hour, turning occasionally. Remove meat from marinade; discard marinade. Place meat on rack in broiler pan so that surface of meat is three to four inches from heat. Broil minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness, turning once. Carve into slices.

 

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Roast Duck with Apples & Prunes

Roast Duck with Apples & Prunes

1 (5-lb.) duck

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 T. unsalted butter

1 yellow onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

1/2 tsp. celery seed

1 C. pitted prunes, halved

3 Golden Delicious apples, peeled, cored and cut in wedges

8 fresh sage leaves

1 pint dried rye bread cubes, crusts off

1/2 lemon, juiced

1/2 C. heavy cream

2 T. all-purpose flour

1 C. fruity red wine, such as Pinot Noir

2 C. chicken stock

 

Duck is a notoriously fatty bird. To diminish the fat and produce a crispy skin, begin by trimming the excess fat from the body. Rinse the duck thoroughly, inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels. Season the bird inside and out with a generous amount of salt and pepper. To prepare the stuffing: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, celery seed, prunes, apples, and 4 sage leaves; season with salt and pepper; saute for 10 minutes until soft. Add the bread cubes and toss the mixture together to combine. Put the stuffing in a large mixing bowl and moisten it with a squeeze of lemon and the heavy cream; give it another toss and season with salt and pepper. Spoon the stuffing into the duck cavity. Rip off a foot long piece of aluminum foil and lay it on an insert rack fitted in a roasting pan, let a bit of the foil hang off the end. Lay the duck, breast-side up, on the foil; tuck the wing tips back under the duck, and fold the excess foil over the end of the duck with the stuffing. The foil will protect the stuffing from burning and falling into the delicious duck fat. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Roast the duck for 21/2 to 3 hours, rotating the pan every 20 minutes or so. It may seem like a bother, but it’s the best way to ensure an even crispy skin. The legs will wiggle easily when the bird is done and an instant-read thermometer will register about 180 degrees F when inserted into the thigh. Take the insert rack out of the pan and set the duck on a cutting board to let it rest before carving. Now you have a whole lot of duck fat in the bottom of the roasting pan. Pour out all but a couple of T. of the duck fat into a container and reserve. For the gravy: Place the roasting pan, with the couple of T. of duck fat, on the stove over 2 burners set on medium heat. Sprinkle in the flour and stir to make a paste. Crank the heat up to high and add the wine, cook and stir, scraping the bottom of the pan, until the liquid is reduced slightly. Add the chicken stock and remaining 4 sage leaves, season with salt and pepper. Cook and stir for 1 to 2 minutes until the gravy has thickened slightly.

 

 

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Veal Saltimbocca

Veal Saltimbocca

1 1/3 lb. thinly sliced veal medallions, from the butcher

Salt and pepper

1/4 lb. thinly sliced prosciutto

Several sprigs fresh sage

1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil, , 4 turns of the pan

4 T. butter

1 C. white wine, eyeball it

1/2 lemon, juiced

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Season veal scallops with salt and pepper. Layer 1/2 of the medallions with 1 thin slice ham, folded to fit medallion. The edges of the ham can peak out a bit. Place 1 whole sage leaf on top of ham, then place another veal medallion on top of sage leaf. Heat a large, heavy skillet over medium high heat. Add 2 T. extra-virgin olive oil and 1 T. of butter and  sauté 1/2 of the veal 2 to 3 minutes on the first side, 1 to 2 minutes on the second side. Transfer to a warm platter, then repeat with remaining veal.  Transfer the last of the cooked meat to the warm platter and return pan to heat. Reduce heat to medium low. Add wine to veal pan and scrape up pan drippings with wine and add lemon juice and remaining 2 T. butter to the pan. Pour pan juices over veal and serve.

 

 

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Breast of Duck with Gingered Orange Marinade

Breast of Duck with Gingered Orange Marinade

8 teal or pintail breasts

1/4 C. fresh squeezed orange juice

1/4 C. Steen’s Cane Syrup

1 tsp. Soy Sauce

2 tsp. cracked black pepper

1/8 lb. butter

2 T. sesame oil1 C. chicken stock

1 two-inch piece of ginger root peeled and julienned

1/2 C. sliced green onions

1 T. chopped garlic

1 T. julienned orange peel

Salt to taste

 

Rinse duck breast well under cold running water. Drain well and place the breasts in a ceramic bowl along with the orange juice, cane syrup, soy sauce and cracked pepper. Blend well and allow to marinate at room temperature for two hours stirring occasionally. In a large sauté pan melt half of the butter with the sesame oil over medium high heat. Remove duck breasts and sauté two to three minutes on each side or until duck breasts are medium rare in the center. Remove and keep warm. Into the sauté pan add chicken stock, remaining marinade from the bowl, ginger, green onions, garlic, and orange peel. Bring to a rolling boil. Reduce to simmer and cook three to five minutes. Cook until volume is reduced to approximately one half C. then add the remaining butter stirring constantly. Return the duck breast to the sauté pan and heat two to three minutes, and then serve. Salt to taste

 

 

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Wine Marinated Lamb Chops

Wine Marinated Lamb Chops

lamb1/2 C. salad oil

1/2 C. red wine

2 T. onions, grated

1 garlic clove, slashed

1 1/2 tsp.  salt

1 tsp.  Accent seasoning (optional)

3 drops hot pepper sauce

6 thick lamb chops

 

Make marinade by combining all ingredients except lamb chops in a bowl, mixing well. Pour over lamb chops in a shallow pan. Cover and store several hours or overnight in the refrigerator, turning chops occasionally. When ready to cook, remove chops from the marinade, drain and cook in preheated broiler 7-10 minutes on each side. Baste frequently with remaining marinade.

 

 

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Grilled Duck Breast with Wild Rice-Dried Cherry Pilaf

Grilled Duck Breast with Wild Rice-Dried Cherry Pilaf

4 duck breast halves, boned

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 T. sorghum or firmly packed brown sugar

Salt and pepper

 

With a sharp knife, score the skin on each duck breast, but don’t cut through to the meat. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, lime juice and zest, sorghum, salt and pepper. Use a small brush to paint the surface of each duck breast with the sorghum mixture and let marinate for 1 hour. Prepare a very hot grill and cook the duck breast, skin-side down, for about 4 minutes (watch for flare-ups). Turn and continue grilling for 3 minutes, or until the duck breast is still pink in the center. To serve, slice and fan out on the plate.

 

Wild Rice-Dried Cherry Pilaf:

 

2 T. olive oil

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 C. wild rice

3 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. long-grain white rice

1/2 C. dried cherries

1 T. sorghum

Salt and pepper

 

In a covered casserole, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the wild rice and chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the white rice, dried cherries, and sorghum. Cover again and cook until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Season, to taste, and serve.

 

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Wild, Double-Cut Boar Chops with a Wild Blueberry, Balsamic and Sage Sauce Reduction

Wild, Double-Cut Boar Chops with a Wild Blueberry, Balsamic and Sage Sauce Reduction

3 T. olive oil

2 T. minced shallots

1 tsp. minced garlic

8 ounces wild blueberries, washed and stemmed

1/2 C. balsamic vinegar

10 ounces veal reduction

1 T. plus 1/2 tsp. salt

1 3/4 tsp. fresh cracked black pepper

2 T. chopped fresh sage leaves

1 T. unsalted butter

6 (10-ounce), double-cut boar chops (2 ribs each)

 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Set a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat and add 1 T. of the olive oil. Once the oil is hot, add the shallots to the pan and saute for 30 seconds. Add the garlic and saute for an additional 30 seconds. Place the blueberries in the pan and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Add the balsamic to the pan and bring to a boil. Continue to cook the balsamic until it is nearly completely reduced, about 3 minutes. Add the veal reduction to the pan along with 1/2 tsp. of the salt, and 1/4 tsp. of the pepper. Bring the sauce to a boil, and reduce to a simmer. Place the sage in the pan with the sauce and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the butter to the pan, swirling the pan to dissolve the butter. Set a 12-inch saute pan over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the remaining 2 T. of olive oil to the pan. Season the boar chops on both sides, with the remaining T. of salt and 1 1/2 tsp. of pepper. Place the boar chops in the pan and sear until well caramelized, about 3 minutes. Turn the chops over and sear for 2 minutes more. Place the saute pan in the oven and roast until the boar reaches an internal temperature registers 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 18 to 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can grill the chops. Remove the boar from the oven and serve with the blueberry sauce.

 

 

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Grilled Duck Breast with Wild Rice-Dried Cherry Pilaf

Grilled Duck Breast with Wild Rice-Dried Cherry Pilaf

Grilled Duck Breast w Wild Rice & Dried Cherry Pilaf4 duck breast halves, boned

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 T. sorghum or firmly packed brown sugar

Salt and pepper

 

With a sharp knife, score the skin on each duck breast, but don’t cut through to the meat. In a small bowl, combine the garlic, lime juice and zest, sorghum, salt and pepper. Use a small brush to paint the surface of each duck breast with the sorghum mixture and let marinate for 1 hour. Prepare a very hot grill and cook the duck breast, skin-side down, for about 4 minutes (watch for flare-ups). Turn and continue grilling for 3 minutes, or until the duck breast is still pink in the center. To serve, slice and fan out on the plate.

 

Wild Rice-Dried Cherry Pilaf:

 

2 T. olive oil

1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped

1 C. wild rice

3 C. chicken broth

1/2 C. long-grain white rice

1/2 C. dried cherries

1 T. sorghum

Salt and pepper

 

In a covered casserole, heat the olive oil over medium heat and sauté the onion until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add the wild rice and chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and let simmer for 20 minutes. Add the white rice, dried cherries, and sorghum. Cover again and cook until the rice is tender, about 20 minutes. Season, to taste, and serve.

 

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Venison Steaks with Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce

Venison Steaks with Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce

venison cranberry4 T. Clarified Butter or Vegetable Oil

4 Venison Loin Steaks, about 4 ounces each

2 T. minced Shallot

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 C. Cranberries

3 T. Sugar

1 C. Dry Red Wine

2 ½ C. reduced Venison or Beef Stock

1 T. pureed Chipoltes in Adobo Sauce

1 tsp. fresh Sage, chopped

3 T. Butter, room temperature

 

Heat clarified butter in skillet over medium heat.  Season steaks with salt to taste and sauté them for 1 ½ minutes per side.  Remove them from pan and keep warm.  Pour off all but 1 T. butter, add shallots and garlic and cook 20 seconds.  Add cranberries and sugar and cook for about 30 seconds longer.  Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by ¾ over high heat.  Add stock and chipotle puree and sage.  Reduce by 1/3 and strain through a fine sieve.  Return to a clean saucepan and heat to boiling.  Whisk in the butter and remove from heat.  Serve sauce over steaks.

 

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Greek-Style Lamb Burgers with Minted Yogurt Sauce

Greek-Style Lamb Burgers with Minted Yogurt Sauce

For yogurt sauce:

1 12-ounce container plain yogurt

2 small garlic cloves, minced and mashed to a paste with 1/4 tsp.  salt

3 T. shredded fresh mint leaves, or to taste

 

For burgers:

2 lb. ground lamb

1/2 C. crumbled feta cheese

1/2 C. finely chopped pitted Kalamata olives (12 to 15)

6 small pita loaves, each split halfway around edge to form a pocket

2 small vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced

2 small green bell peppers, cut into rings

1 red onion, sliced thin

 

Make yogurt sauce: Drain yogurt in a sieve lined with a dampened paper towel set over a bowl 30 minutes. Transfer drained yogurt to a small bowl and stir in garlic paste and mint. Make burgers: Prepare grill. Handling lamb as gently as possible, in a bowl combine lamb with feta and olives and form into six 1-inch-thick patties. Season burgers lightly with salt and pepper to taste and grill on an oiled rack set 5 to 6 inches over glowing coals 7 minutes on each side for medium-rare. Transfer burgers to pita pockets and top with tomatoes, bell peppers and onion. Serve burgers with yogurt sauce.

 

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Pinot-Braised Duck with Spicy Greens

Pinot-Braised Duck with Spicy Greens

4 duck legs (about 8 oz. each)

Salt and fresh-ground pepper

1 tsp. herbes de Provence

About 1 bottle (750 ml.) Pinot Noir

2 T. olive oil

1/4 C. minced shallots

4 C. low-sodium chicken broth

1 sprig fresh thyme, rinsed

1 dried bay leaf

1 T. butter

1 onion (about 8 oz.), peeled and chopped

1 lb. broccoli rabe (also called rapini), rinsed, ends trimmed, and cut into about 1-inch pieces, or 1 1/2 lb. mustard greens, rinsed, trimmed, and sliced crosswise

2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced

1 flat anchovy (optional), minced

About 1/4 tsp. cayenne

About 1 T. lemon juice

Pinot-Braised Duck with Spicy Greens

Preheat oven to 375°. Rinse duck legs and pat dry. Lay legs skin side up in a roasting pan that just holds them comfortably. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and the herbes de Provence. Roast duck in preheated oven for 1 hour. Spoon fat from pan and save for other uses or discard. Pour wine over duck; it should be deep enough so meat is immersed but skin is exposed. Continue roasting until skin is golden red, about 30 minutes longer (20 minutes if using convection heat). Meanwhile, pour 1 T. olive oil into a 1 1/2- to 2-quart pan over medium-high heat; add shallots and stir often until beginning to brown, about 2 minutes. Add chicken broth, thyme, and bay leaf; boil, stirring occasionally, until reduced to about 1 1/2 C., about 45 minutes. When duck is done, add 1 C. braising liquid to broth mixture and boil, stirring often, until mixture is reduced by about one-fourth, about 15 minutes. Pour through a fine strainer into a small pitcher or bowl. While broth reduces, prepare greens: In a 12- to 14-inch frying pan over medium-high heat, melt butter with remaining 1 T. olive oil. Add onion and stir often until beginning to brown, about 7 minutes. Add greens (if using mustard greens, add half, stir until wilted, then add remaining) and cook, stirring often, until tender to bite, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic and the anchovy, if using, and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute longer. Remove from heat and season to taste with salt, pepper, cayenne, and lemon juice. Mound greens on plates and set duck legs on top. Serve pan juices alongside.

 

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Venison Marinated & Grilled

Venison Marinated & Grilled

2-3 lbs. tenderloin or other tender parts

1 1/2 oz. of blue cheese

1 large clove of garlic

1 tbs. Worcestershire Sauce

1 tbs. Teriyaki sauce

1/2 C. Cooking oil

2 T. Folgers Coffee Crystals

1 T. Soy Sauce

1 T. salt (more if marinade taste bitter but be careful not to get to much).

1 tsp. coarse black pepper

 

Mix all ingredients together (except meat) in a blender.  Put meat and marinade in plastic container for at least 12 hrs.  Cook on Grill to desired doneness, the oil in the marinade will drip off onto the hot coals and the smoke will help flavor the steaks.

 

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Venison Steaks with Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce

Venison Steaks with Cranberry-Chipotle Sauce

4 T. Clarified Butter or Vegetable Oil

4 Venison Loin Steaks, about 4 ounces each

2 T. minced Shallot

2 cloves Garlic, minced

2 C. Cranberries

3 T. Sugar

1 C. Dry Red Wine

2 ½ C. reduced Venison or Beef Stock

1 T. pureed Chipoltes in Adobo Sauce

1 tsp. fresh Sage, chopped

3 T. Butter, room temperature

 

Heat clarified butter in skillet over medium heat.  Season steaks with salt to taste and sauté them for 1 ½ minutes per side.  Remove them from pan and keep warm.  Pour off all but 1 T. butter, add shallots and garlic and cook 20 seconds.  Add cranberries and sugar and cook for about 30 seconds longer.  Deglaze the pan with the wine and reduce by ¾ over high heat.  Add stock and chipotle puree and sage.  Reduce by 1/3 and strain through a fine sieve.  Return to a clean saucepan and heat to boiling.  Whisk in the butter and remove from heat.  Serve sauce over steaks.

 

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Lamb Chops with Minty Pepper Jelly Pan Sauce

Lamb Chops with Minty Pepper Jelly Pan Sauce

Lamb Chops with Minty Pepper Jelly Pan Sauce

8 loin T-bone lamb chops, about 1 1/2 pounds

3/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper, plus pinch for seasoning

2 T. olive oil

3 T. unsalted butter

1 T. all-purpose flour

2 jalapeno peppers, stemmed, seeded and minced

1/3 C. white wine

3/4 C. chicken stock or low-sodium canned chicken broth

1/2 C. pepper jelly

1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper

3 T. chopped fresh mint leaves

 

Season the lamb chops on both sides with 1/2 tsp. of the salt and 1/4 tsp. of the pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. When hot, add 1 T. of the butter and add the chops. Cook about 4 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter and cover to keep warm while you make the pan sauce. Add the flour and jalapenos to the drippings in the pan and cook, stirring, until the flour is lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Add the white wine and cook until reduced and peppers are tender, about 2 minutes. Add the chicken broth and cook until the sauce has thickened and reduced slightly, stirring to loosen any browned bits on the pan bottom, about 3 minutes. Add the pepper jelly and crushed red pepper and stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the jelly is melted and the sauce is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the mint and the remaining 2 T. of butter. Season with remaining 1/4 tsp. of salt and a pinch of pepper. Serve the sauce with the warm lamb chops, about 1/4 C. per person.

Wild Goose Chase

Wild Goose Chase

Wild Goose Chase

 

1 cup dried apricots, halved

2 cups dried prunes, halved

1/2 cup Madeira wine

1 goose (12 lb.)

juice of 1 orange

2 tart apples

grated zest of 1 orange

salt and pepper to taste

dash paprika

8 slices bacon

1 1/4 cups Wild Goose Sauce (recipe below)

 

Place apricots and prunes in mixing bowl. Add Madeira. Mix and set aside. Preheat oven to 325F. Rinse goose and pat dry. Prick all over with fork. Rub inside and out with orange juice. Add apples and orange zest to apricots and prunes. Sprinkle goose inside and out with salt, pepper and paprika. Stuff cavity with fruit. Skewer opening closed. Lay bacon slices across breast. Place goose, breast side up, in shallow roasting pan. Roast for 1 1/2 hours, removing accumulated fat every 30 minutes. Remove bacon and roast for 1 hour more, removing fat after 30 minutes. Remove from oven. Let stand 20 minutes before carving. Make sauce:

 

pan drippings from roasted goose

2 green onions, chopped

3/4 cup chicken stock

1/2 cup Madeira wine

1 T. peppercorns, slightly crushed

1 tsp. cornstarch

salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

 

Scrape brown pan drippings into saucepan. Add green onions, 1/2 cup stock, Madeira and peppercorns. Simmer 5 minutes. Mix cornstarch with remaining 1/4 cup stock until smooth. Slowly drizzle into sauce, stirring rapidly. Add salt and pepper. Stir, simmer 5 minutes. Serve over goose.

Lemon Garlic Roasted Rack of Lamb

Lemon Garlic Roasted Rack of Lamb

Lemon Garlic Roasted Rack of Lamb

2 racks of lamb, frenched

2 T. olive oil

6 cloves of garlic, finely diced

juice of 1 lemon

salt and pepper, to taste

 

Generously season rack of lamb with salt and pepper. In a large bag, add lamb and olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice. Let marinate at least two hours, or overnight. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Heat a heavy cast iron pan on the stovetop at medium-high heat. Remove lamb racks from marinade, pat with towels to remove excess oil and liquid (doesn’t need to be bone dry, just not dripping.) Add racks to pan and brown on each side, about 4 minutes per side. Move pan to oven and let roast for 15 minutes, fat side down. Flip racks on other side, and roast an additional 10-15 minutes, until internal thermometer reaches 125 degrees for medium-rare, then remove from oven. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Asian Ostrich Satay with Sesame Seeds on Skewers

Asian Ostrich Satay with Sesame Seeds on Skewers

1/3 C. of soy sauce

2 tsp Asian sesame oil

2 tsp minced gingerroot

2 large garlic cloves, finely minced

2 tsp. rice vinegar

1-2 tsp. sugar

1/2 tsp. freshly ground white pepper

1 1/2 T. lightly toasted sesame seeds

1 pound ostrich filet, partially frozen for easy slicing

Fresh cilantro sprigs (optional)

 

Mix together soy sauce, oil, and gingerroot. Garlic, vinegar, sugar, pepper, and sesame seeds. Slice meat on diagonal 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick and add to soy mixture. Toss well to coat all the slices and let stand at room temperature for 1 hour.  Prepare grill. Thread meat on skewers. Place skewers on grill rack, not touching each other. Grill over medium-hot to hot coals, basting once or twice with marinade, until meat is lightly browned, about 2 minutes on each side. Cook rare to medium-rare. Do not overcook. Arrange on a clean serving plate and garnish with cilantro. May want to use Southeast peanut sauce for dipping.

Earl Grey Smoked Duck Breast

Earl Grey Smoked Duck Breast

 

 

2 duck breasts

salt

4 tbsp earl grey tea leaves

4 tbsp long grain rice

4 tbsp brown sugar

star anise (optional)

 

Score the fat on the duck breasts and rub it with salt – this will help the fat get crispy later. I find the thickness of fat on a duck breast a bit much if it hasn’t had a chance to get crispy. Next, line the bottom of a wok with 2 layers of tin foil. Mix together the tea leaves, rice, brown sugar, and star anise and add to the wok. This amount should do 1-2 breasts (or possibly 3); if you’re making more, just increase each ingredient in the smoke mixture in an even ratio. Place the duck in a bamboo steamer or on a trivet in the wok & tightly cover with foil. I put a layer of foil over the duck before covering it with the steamer lid to ensure it was almost air-tight. The foil at the bottom should also be tight around the base of the steamer. Over medium to medium-low heat smoke the duck for 12 minutes – this basically just means turn the heat on; as soon as the wok heats up the dry mixture will start smoking. Next, remove the wok from the heat and let it sit 5 minutes still covered, then place the duck fat-side down in a fry pan over medium heat for 5 minutes to crisp up the fat. When that is done, remove the duck breasts and set aside to rest for 5 minutes.

BBQ Rabbit

BBQ Rabbit

1 (2-3 lb.) rabbit

Celery tops

1 med. chopped onion

2 Tsp.. butter

1 garlic clove, chopped

1/2 C. chopped celery

3/4 C. water

1/4 C. dry wine

1 C. ketchup

2 Tsp.. vinegar

2 Tsp.. Worcestershire sauce

2 Tsp.. brown sugar

1 tsp. dry mustard

1 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. pepper

 

Cut cleaned rabbit into serving pieces, boil with celery tops for 30 minutes. Remove rabbit from water and let stand a few minutes. Cook onion in water until browned, then add remaining ingredients and cook for 20 minutes. Add rabbit and simmer slowly for 1 hour. Serve hot. 4 servings.  

Leg of Lamb with Pistachio Couscous

Leg of Lamb with Pistachio Couscous

1 (6 to 8 lbs.) leg of lamb, aitchbone removed by butcher, trimmed

5 T. extra-virgin olive oil

9 garlic cloves (7 cloves sliced and 2 finely chopped)

1/4 C. honey

1/4 C. fresh lemon juice

1 T. finely chopped fresh rosemary

2 C. couscous

1/2 C. coarsely chopped, toasted pistachios

1/2 C. coarsely chopped dried apricots

1/2 C. currants

1/2 C. chopped scallion

2 tsp. finely grated fresh lemon zest

 

 Preheat oven to 400 degree F. Rinse and pat lamb dry. Season with salt and pepper; let stand at room temperature 1 hour.  Heat 2 T. oil in a heavy roasting pan placed over 2 burners over moderately high heat. Brown lamb on both sides, about 7 minutes. Turn lamb fat side up and cut 1-inch slits in top about 1-1/2 inches apart. Push garlic slices into slits. Combine honey, juice, rosemary, and 2 T. oil in a bowl; reserve for basting. Roast lamb in middle of oven, basting halfway through with honey mixture (adding water, as needed, to bottom of pan if dry), until an instant-read thermometer inserted by 2 inches into thickest part of lamb (not touching bone) registers 125 degree F for medium, 1 to 1-1/4 hours. Transfer lamb in pan to rack; let stand 15 minutes before carving into 1/4-inch-thick slices.  Meanwhile, bring 2-1/2 C. water to boil with chopped garlic and stir in couscous. Immediately cover and remove pan from heat. Let couscous stand, covered, 5 minutes. Add remaining 1 T. oil, the pistachios, apricots, currants, scallion, and zest; salt and pepper to taste. Stir with a fork to combine, breaking up any clumps of couscous.   Serve lamb with couscous and spoon any pan juices over meat. Makes 8 to 10 servings. 

Ostrich with Tequila Marinated Roasted Red Bell Peppers

Ostrich with Tequila Marinated Roasted Red Bell Peppers

Ostrich with Tequila Marinated Roasted Red Bell Peppers

 

3 oz clarified butter

8 (3 oz) ostrich medallions

Flour as needed

3 oz Tequila

1-1 1/2 T. canned green pepper corns

4 oz. Reserved marinade (from roasted pepper recipe below)

1 tsp. Pepper

1 T. salt

3 oz whole butter

1-1 1/2 C. ostrich demi-glace (or stock)

4 T. Chopped shallots

 

Lightly pound ostrich to achieve uniform size pieces 3/8 inch thick. Moisten meat with 1 oz. Tequila. Dredge lightly in flour seasoned lightly with white pepper. Sauté the medallions in clarified butter to rare to medium-rare. Undercook slightly. Remove and hold in warm place.  Sauté the shallots and add green pepper corns. Deglaze the pan with remaining Tequila, add demi-glace and reserve marinade and reduce by half. Swirl in better until melted.  Adjust seasonings and serve the medallions with the sauce.

 

Tequila Marinated Roasted Red Bell Pepper

 

8 flame-roasted and peeled bell peppers cut into 1/2 inch strips

5 oz. Vegetable oil

2 oz. Tequila

3 garlic cloves, diced

3 T. finely chopped herbs of choice

 

Combine all ingredients in a stainless steel container and marinade for 24 hours.

Braised Rabbit in Red Wine with Sage Polenta

Braised Rabbit in Red Wine with Sage Polenta

Braised Rabbit in Red Wine with Sage Polenta

2 T. all-purpose flour

1 tsp. salt

A 2 1/2- to 3-pound rabbit, thawed if frozen, cut into 7 or 8 serving pieces

3 T. olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

2 garlic cloves, minced

2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary leaves

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 cup dry red wine

2 T. coarsely chopped fresh parsley leaves

2 T. minced fresh sage leaves or 1 tsp. dried, crumbled

1 recipe basic polenta, kept warm

 

In a large bowl stir together flour and salt. Add rabbit and toss to coat. In a heavy skillet heat 2 T. oil over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking — then brown rabbit in batches, transferring pieces to a bowl.  Add onion and remaining T. oil to skillet and sauté, stirring occasionally, until softened but not browned. Stir in garlic and rosemary and sauté, stirring, 1 minute. Add broth, wine, and rabbit with any juices and simmer, covered, 1 hour, or until rabbit is tender. Remove lid and simmer until sauce is thickened slightly. Stir in parsley.

 

For basic polenta:

4 cups water

1 tsp. salt

1 cup cornmeal or instant polenta

 

Bring water and salt to a boil in a saucepan and gradually whisk in cornmeal. Cook polenta over moderately low heat (it should be barely boiling), stirring constantly, until very thick and pulls away from side of pan, about 40 minutes for cornmeal and about 15 minutes for instant polenta. Remove pan from heat and cover to keep warm. Stir polenta just before using.  Note: Polenta will keep warm, covered, about 20 minutes. Makes about 3 cups.

 

Finally, stir sage into warm polenta. Serve polenta topped with rabbit and sauce.

 

The sage polenta with the rabbit was quite amazing and you might ask yourself for white meat why does it look so dark? Well, it absorbs the color of the red wine and the flavor which really gives it that rustic richness.

Rabbit Ragù

Rabbit Ragù

Rabbit Ragù

1/4 cup plus 1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

2 T. unsalted butter

1 (1/4-lb) piece pancetta (Italian unsmoked cured bacon), cut into 1/4-inch dice

1 T. finely chopped fresh sage

1 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh rosemary

1 (3-lb) rabbit, boned by butcher and meat cut into 1-inch pieces (1 1/2 lb boned)

1 medium onion, chopped

1 medium carrot, chopped

1 celery rib, chopped

1 cup light dry red wine such as Pinot Noir

1 (14-oz) can Italian plum tomatoes in juice, drained and chopped

1 1/4 tsp. coarse gray sea salt

1/2 tsp. coarsely ground black pepper

Accompaniment: buttered polenta

 

Heat oil and butter in a 12-inch heavy skillet (2 inches deep) over moderate heat until hot but not smoking, then add pancetta and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes. Add sage and rosemary and cook, stirring, 30 seconds. Add rabbit and cook, stirring occasionally, until rabbit is no longer pink on outside, 2 to 3 minutes. Add onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 5 minutes. Add wine and simmer, uncovered, stirring occasionally, until liquid is reduced to about 1 cup, 10 to 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, sea salt, and pepper and simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

Blackberry-Zinfandel Quail

Blackberry-Zinfandel Quail

 

1 cup zinfandel or other fruity dry red wine

1/4 cup finely chopped shallots

1 teaspoon juniper berries, crushed (optional)

1/2 teaspoon cracked black pepper

1/3 cup seedless blackberry jam

2 teaspoons butter

4 (4-ounce) semiboneless quail

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Cooking spray

 

Prepare grill to medium-high heat. Combine first 4 ingredients in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (about 8 minutes). Strain mixture through a sieve over a bowl, reserving wine mixture. Discard solids. Add wine mixture and jam to pan; cook over medium heat 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in butter. Keep warm. Sprinkle the quail with 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and ground black pepper. Place quail on a grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 2 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with wine sauce.

Dutch Oven Lemon Lamb

Dutch Oven Lemon Lamb

Dutch Oven Lemon Lamb

 

Olive oil spray

1 shallot, or ½ small yellow onion, chopped

½ cup couscous

½ cup broth (preferably beef) or water

½ to ¾ pound boneless lamb, cubed

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

½ tsp. dried oregano

1 T. chopped fresh parsley

2 or 3 garlic cloves, chopped

2 tsp. grated lemon zest

½ cup pitted olives, halved

2 medium tomatoes, sliced ¾ inch thick

10 to 15 asparagus stalks, trimmed, or 2 handfuls spinach, roughly chopped

 

 

Preheat the oven to 450°F. Spray the inside and lid of a cast iron Dutch oven with olive oil. Scatter the shallot in the pot. Pour in the couscous and add the broth. Stir to make an even layer.  Put the lamb on the couscous and lightly season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle with the oregano, parsley, garlic, and lemon zest. Add a layer of olives. Lay the tomatoes on top followed by the asparagus. Cover and bake for about 45 minutes, or until 3 minutes after the aroma of a fully cooked meal escapes the oven. Serve immediately.

Seared Duck Breast with Ginger-Rhubarb Sauce

Seared Duck Breast with Ginger-Rhubarb Sauce

2 C. dry red wine
1 C. finely chopped rhubarb
2 T. finely chopped shallots
1 bay leaf
1 star anise
1/2 C. ginger preserves
1/2 tsp. kosher salt, divided
2 (12-oz.) packages boneless whole duck breast, thawed, skinned, and cut in half
1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. olive oil

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil; cook until reduced to 1 C. (about 18 minutes). Stir in preserves and 1/4 tsp. salt; cook 1 minute. Strain wine mixture through a sieve over a bowl. Discard solids.
Sprinkle duck with 1/4 tsp. salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add duck; cook 5 minutes on each side or until desired degree of doneness. Cut duck diagonally across the grain into thin slices; serve with sauce. Serve this dish over creamy polenta with steamed baby bok choy.

Yield: 4 servings
Calories: 380
Fat: 9.5g
Fiber: 0.6g

Two-Grain Pilaf with Veal

Two-Grain Pilaf with Veal

1 (1-lb.) veal or beef shank
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 T. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. vegetable oil, divided
1 C. diced carrot
1 C. diced celery
1 C. diced yellow onion
2 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 C. dry white wine
1 (14 1/2-oz.) can fat-free beef broth, divided
1 (14.5-oz.) can no-salt-added whole tomatoes, undrained and chopped
1 C. water
1 tsp. dried basil
2/3 C. wild rice
1/3 C. uncooked pearl barley
Carrot curls (optional)
Basil sprigs (optional)

Preheat oven to 350�. Trim fat from veal. Sprinkle salt and pepper over veal; dredge in flour. Heat 1 tsp. oil in a large ovenproof Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add veal; cook 2 1/2 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove from pan; set aside. Add remaining 1 tsp. oil, carrot, celery, onion, and garlic to pan; cook over medium heat for 5 minutes or until tender. Add wine, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Return veal to pan; add 1 C. broth, tomatoes, water, and dried basil. Cover and bake at 350� for 30 minutes. Add rice, barley, and remaining broth; cover and cook 1 1/2 hours until veal is tender and rice is done. Remove veal from Dutch oven. Remove meat from bone; discard bone. Shred with 2 forks; return shredded veal to pan. Garnish with carrot curls and basil sprigs, if desired.

Yield: 5 servings
Calories: 258
Fat: 5.4g
Fiber: 5.1g

Southwestern Roasted Quail with Kumquat Sauce

Southwestern Roasted Quail with Kumquat Sauce

6 New Mexico dried red chile peppers
2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
Lemon juice
2 T. olive oil
12 6-ounce quail, breastbone removed
Kumquat Sauce:
1 T. canola oil
2 large shallots, minced or 1/4 C. minced red onion
12 fresh kumquats, chopped with skin intact
2 fresh jalape�o chile peppers, seeded and minced
1/4 C. red wine vinegar
2 C. fresh orange juice
1 T. honey
1 1/2 C. fat-free, no-salt-added canned chicken broth
salt and freshly ground pepper
fresh kumquats and lemon leaves, for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 300�F. Arrange peppers on a baking sheet and roast for 30 to 45 seconds until warmed. Remove the stems and seeds and puree the flesh in a food processor to a fine powder. Stir in black pepper and place in a shallow dish. Set aside. Rinse the quail and pat dry. Sometimes you can buy quail already boned-out, or remove the breastbone by cutting down the bone with a sharp knife and pulling the bone away from the carcass. Rub the quail with lemon juice and brush tops of quail with the olive oil. Sprinkle on the chile pepper mixture and press in gently with your fingers. Increase oven setting to 325�F. Place the quail in a single layer in a large shallow baking pan, breast side up. Add about 1/8 inch water to the pan. Cover with foil and bake for 30 to 45 minutes, until done. To prepare sauce: heat oil in a small heavy saucepan. Add shallots, kumquats and jalape�os. Saute over low heat, stirring, until shallots are limp, about 4 minutes. Stir in vinegar and simmer until liquid almost evaporates. Add orange juice, honey, and chicken broth. Simmer until reduced to about 2 1/2 C. and the sauce lightly coats the back of a wooden spoon. Taste, adding salt (if using) and pepper. Keep warm. To serve, arrange roasted quail on a large serving platter. Nap each quail with 2 T. of the sauce. Place any remaining sauce in a small serving dish to pass separately. Decorate the platter with lemon leaves and kumquats.

Yield: 12 servings
Calories: 243
Fat: 9g
Fiber: 2g

Note: The analysis assumes that you will not eat the skin. If you do, add 50 calories and 5 grams of fat.

Saltimbocca Burgers

Saltimbocca Burgers

 

1 1/2 pounds ground veal

3 cloves garlic, finely chopped

15 leaves fresh sage, thinly sliced

Salt and pepper

1/4 C. extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO)

4 slices prosciutto (about 1/4 pound)

6 ounces fontina cheese, sliced or shredded

Eight 1-inch-thick slices semolina bread

2 C. chopped romaine lettuce from the heart

Juice of 1/2 lemon

 

In a medium bowl, mix the veal, garlic and sage; season with salt and pepper. Form 4 patties, pressing your thumb in the center of each burger to prevent it from bulging while cooking. In a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 T. EVOO, 2 turns of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the burger patties and cook through, about 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Top the burgers with the prosciutto and fontina. Cover the skillet to melt the cheese, about 3 minutes. While the burgers cook, toast the bread and set aside. In a medium bowl, dress the lettuce with the remaining 2 T. EVOO and the lemon juice; season to taste with salt and pepper. Set each burger on a toasted bread slice; top with the romaine and another toasted bread slice.