Monthly Archives: January 2013

Lobster and Tetilla Cheese Melts

Lobster and Tetilla Cheese Melts

By Chef  Lippe

tetillaIf you love lobster and cheese this one is VERY addictive! Tellia Cheese is made in Galicia Spain with fresh cow’s milk that is semi-cured. It has the taste of fresh milk and butter with a touch of vanilla and walnuts and is wonderful with grapes or as you will see melted over lobster.

tetilla and lobster

Ingredients:

1 boiled lobster cleaned and cut into pieces

2 cloves of garlic chopped fine

1/3 cup of white wine

Olive oil

1 Tetilla Cheese cut into pieces

Tomato (fresh from garden) chopped

Directions:

  • Add olive oil to pan and brown minced garlic
  • Add wine and chopped lobster and stir to gently warm lobster
  • Stir in Tetilla cheese and let simmer until melted
  • Add a few spoons of chopped fresh tomato
  • Pour over toasted roll

ENJOY

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Burrata with White Peaches

Burrata with White Peaches

serves 2

burrata and peaches

INGREDIENTS

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

2 4-ounce balls of burrata, sliced

2 large white peaches, pitted and cut into wedges

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

Freshly cracked black pepper

Sea salt

Crusty bread for serving

DIRECTIONS

Pour the vinegar into a small pan over medium heat, and simmer until the vinegar has thickened and reduced to 1½ tablespoons. Set aside to cool.

Arrange the sliced mozzarella and peaches on a round board or plate. Drizzle with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Once the balsamic reduction has cooled, it will be even thicker. Drizzle all over the peaches and cheese. Slice up some crusty bread, and tuck it around the edges of the platter. Enjoy.

 

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Squid Ink Pasta with Pumpkin, Sage and Browned Butter Recipe

Squid ink pasta typically comes as either spaghetti or linguine; we made ours in casarecce which will work fine also.  Dust the insides of the pumpkin with a little sugar, just to accentuate the sweetness of the pumpkin. You can use either brown or white sugar, or skip it all together.

squid-ink-pasta-with-pumpkin

INGREDIENTS

4 small sugar pumpkins, each about 1 pound to 1 1/2 pound

Salt

2 to 4 teaspoons of white sugar, or 2 to 4 Tbsp of brown sugar (to taste)

1 pound squid ink pasta

6 Tbsp butter

1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh sage leaves (with a few small whole leaves for garnish)

A splash of apple cider vinegar

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Slice off the top quarter of each pumpkin and scoop out the insides. Using a strong metal spoon or a small sharp knife, scrape all the fibrous insides out of the pumpkins. Sprinkle the insides of the pumpkins with salt and sugar. Set the pumpkins on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until a fork easily pierces the flesh and the edges are lightly browned.

Prepare the pasta water while the pumpkins are cooking. Bring a large pot of well salted water (it should taste like the sea) to a boil. When the pumpkins have about 10 minutes to go before they’re done, add the pasta to the boiling water. When the pumpkins are cooked remove from the oven to a serving dish or plates.

While the pasta is cooking, prepare the browned butter sauce. Heat the butter in a sauté pan over medium heat. Add the sage leaves and cook until browned bits begin to form in the butter and there is a lovely nutty aroma. Remove any whole sage leaves you are using for garnish. Remove the pan from the heat and pour the browned butter into a large serving bowl (this will stop the butter from cooking further). Browned butter can easily turn to blackened butter, which is not the flavor you want for this recipe.

When the pasta is ready (al dente, slightly firm, but cooked through), use tongs to remove the pasta from the pot to the large bowl with the browned butter. Allow some of the water from the pasta to drip into the bowl, it will help with the sauce. Toss the pasta with the browned butter. Splash a little cider vinegar over it. Taste for salt, it will likely need a bit more, especially if you’ve used unsalted butter. Add more if needed. Serve the pasta in the baked pumpkin shells. Garnish with reserved whole sage leaves that you had cooked with the sliced sage in the butter.

Yield: Serves 4.

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Spinach & Artichoke Dip with Romano Cheese

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Spinach and Artichoke Dip
Ingredients:
1/4 cup butter
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoon minced onion
1/4 cup flour
2 cups heavy cream
1/4 cup chicken broth
2/3 cup grated pecorino romano cheese
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 tablespoon hot sauce
1/2 tablespoon salt
1/4 cup sour cream
2 cups fresh baby spinach chopped
12 ounce jar canned artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1/2 cup shredded white cheddar cheese

Instructions:
1.  Melt butter in large sauce pan.
2.  Add the garlic and onion and saute until they are golden, about 5 minutes.
3.  Stir in the flour and cook for 1 minute.
4.  Whisk in the heavy cream and chicken broth.   Allow the mixture to come to a boil (3-5 minutes), stirring occasionally.
5.  Stir in the romano cheese, lemon juice, hot sauce and salt.  Keep the mixture on the heat until the cheese melts.
6.  Turn the heat off and stir in the sour cream.
7.  Stir in the spinach and artichoke hearts.
8.  Spoon the mixture in a 13″x9″ oven safe dish.
9.  Top with the shredded white cheddar cheese.
10.  Bake at 375* for about 15-20 minutes.  The cheese should be melted and the dip should be bubbling along the edges.
11.  Serve warm with chips or crusty bread.

NOTES:
* Dip can be prepared in advance.  Complete steps 1-9 then cover and keep in the refrigerator.  Bake it off when ready to serve.
* Dip freezes really well.  If I’m making it for a smaller gathering, I will spoon the mixture into 2 smaller serving dishes.  I freeze one and serve the other.  Just defrost your frozen dip before placing in the oven.

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Lemon Pasta Sauce

By Chef Lippe

I love this dish served with fresh fish or clams. It is so easy to make and only takes 10 minutes from start to finish. If you like a lot of lemon flavor use our lemon and garlic linguine.

lemon pasta sauce 

INGREDIENTS

10 ounce package of Fratello Sole fresh linguine

1 clove garlic for rubbing

2 lemons (zest of 1 lemon, juice of 2 lemons)

5 tablespoons olive oil

Salt

1 cup finely grated parmesan cheese plus extra for sprinkling

Bunch fresh parsley, leaves picked and chopped

 

DIRECTIONS

Place the fresh linguine in a pot of boiling salted water and stir immediately to prevent the strands from sticking. Cook pasta to al dente’.

Cut the garlic in half and rub the exposed area along the interior of a large serving bowl. The raw garlic flavor will coat the inside surface of the serving bowl. Discard the garlic. Add the freshly squeezed lemon and slowly drizzle in olive oil while whisking. Whisk until the ingredients have emulsified. Mix in the salt and parmesan cheese.

When the linguine is ‘al dente’, drain and add to the serving bowl. Mix the pasta with the lemon sauce to coat evenly. Sprinkle the pasta dish with parmesan cheese, fresh parsley and lemon zest. Serve immediately.

 

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Pasta for Dinner or Dessert???

By Chef Lippe

Yes I know, that I am crazy (mash potato fudge and chocolate pasta with chilli sauce) but this was a big hit for desert the other night! Now that I make and sell pasta 24/7 (at least it feels that way) I always have fresh pasta around the house and thought a desert might be good with some of the lemon fettuccini I made last week. Besides, pasta is made from flour and eggs, the basis of Western pastries, so there is no reason why it shouldn’t work. I decided to give it a try.  I have also included a second recipe where I cooked the pasta into a cake. Enjoy!

sweet pasta

Ingredients

1 pint half-and-half

1 lemon, zested

1 orange, zested

2 tablespoons honey

1 pinch kosher salt

12 ounces linguine, fresh (or fettuccini)

1 tablespoon lemon juice

3 ounces semisweet chocolate

1/4 cup hazelnuts (chopped and toasted) (optional)

Directions

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil.

In a large heavy skillet heat the cream, zests, honey and salt over medium heat, being careful not to boil the cream. Stir occasionally for about 4 minutes.

While this is cooking add fresh pasta to boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Drain pasta and add to skillet.

Add lemon juice and stir to combine. Place on severing dishes, add shaved chocolate and hazelnuts.

 

Sweet Pasta Cake

sweet pasta cake

Ingredients

10 ounces fresh linguine
Olive oil for greasing
4 tablespoons of Amaretto liquor
½ cup raisins
4 eggs
½ cup sugar
¼ cup almonds, chopped
Zest of 1 orange
4 granny smith apples
Juice of ½ lemon
4 tablespoons of sugar
Salt

Directions

Place the raisins in a small bowl and pour over the Amaretto liquor. Leave to soak for 10 minutes.

Preheat the oven at 350 degrees.

Peel, core and coarsely grate the apples. Place in a bowl and squeeze over the lemon juice (so that they do not turn brown).

Line a 8 x 8 cake pan with baking parchment and lightly brush with oil.

In a large saucepan, cook the linguine in the salted boiling water. Drain and rinse under cold water. Set aside.

Meanwhile, in a large bowl lightly beat the eggs with the sugar. Add in the almonds, the orange zest and the raisins with the Amaretto liquor. At last fold in the pasta and the grated apples.

Pour the mixture in the cake pan, cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes.

Once the 40 minutes are up, remove the foil, sprinkle with sugar and continue to bake for a further 10 minutes until lightly browned and crispy on top.

Let cake rest for 15 minutes before cutting.

 

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