Prime Rib Roast with Cauliflower Cheese

Prime Rib Roast

Prime Rib Roast

Saw this on sale at Rouses and we went for it. It was my first time cooking prime rib. It was a steal for under $12!

Ingredients:

Semi-boneless Prime Rib Roast (standing rib roast), at room temperature (very important)

Step 1Take the prime rib out of the refrigerator one to two hours before you plan to cook it. Blot it dry with paper towels, then pat sea salt or coarse kosher salt all over its surface; set it aside on the kitchen counter. This time period serves two important purposes: One, it brings the meat to room temperature so it cooks more evenly; two, it allows adequate time for moisture to be reabsorbed into the meat after the salt pulls it out and flavors it.

Step 2Set an oven rack one tier below the middle so your rib roast is approximately centered in the oven during cooking. Set your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit to preheat during the last 15 minutes of its time sitting on your counter.

Step 3Coat the surface of the beef to taste with freshly cracked black pepper or other desired seasonings, or let the flavor of the beef stand on its own. Other ingredients to use include dried rosemary or thyme, garlic or onion powder or a pre-mixed meat rub.

Step 4Place the prime rib on the rack of a sturdy roasting pan with the ribs down and the fat-side facing up. Put it onto the pre-set oven rack. Cook it for about 3 to 4 hours, with the cooking time varying considerably, depending upon the size of your rib roast. Starting at about 2 1/2 hours in for a three-rib roast or 3 hours in for a six-rib roast, monitor the internal temperature of the beef with an instant-read meat thermometer. Remove it from the oven as soon as it hits 135 F to cook it to medium, with a final temperature of 145 F, as recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Step 5Turn the oven temperature up to its highest setting — 500 or 550 F — while resting the semi-boneless rib roast on a serving platter. During resting, its temperature continues to rise, and its internal juices settle.

Step 6Put the meat back on the rack of the roasting pan and return it to the middle of the oven after about 20 minutes. Cook it for about 6 to 10 minutes, just until the outside develops a crisp browning. Take it out and return it to the platter before serving.

Tips

  • Some cooks prefer to cook a semi-boneless beef rib roast to a different temperature than that recommended by the USDA. If you want yours rare, take it out of the oven the first time at 110 F for a final temperature of 120 F; for medium-rare, take it out initially at 120 F for a final temperature of 130 F; for medium-well, take it out at 140 F for a final temperature of 150 F; and for well-done, take it out at 150 F for a final temperature of 160 F.
  • Use the meat’s drippings in the bottom of the roasting pan for flavoring a sauce or gravy.
  • “Semi-boneless” refers to the fact that a prime rib cut contains the rib bones but not any part of the backbone.

Cauliflower Cheese

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium cauliflower (approx 1lb/450g)
  •  2 oz butter
  •  2 oz all purpose/plain flour
  • 1 level tsp mustard powder (optional)
  • Large pinch salt
  • 1 pint milk
  • 2 oz cheddar cheese or similar, grated plus extra for sprinkling on top
  • 1/4 cup sherry
  • Freshly ground pepper

Preparation:

  • Heat the oven to 400F
  • Remove the green outer leaves from the cauliflower, cut a deep cross in the bottom of the stem then steam whole over a pan of boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove the cauliflower from the heat and leave to cool. The cauliflower should not be cooked thoroughly, just lightly steamed and beginning to soften.
  • Place the butter and flour into a large saucepan. Over a low heat stir the butter and flour until the butter has melted and the flour is incorporated. Add the salt and mustard powder (if using) and continue stirring for 2 minutes.This is to cook out the floury taste and to soften the starch grains in the flour ready to make the sauce.
  • Turn the heat up to medium and add the milk in one go and whisk furiously until all a smooth sauce is formed. Continue stirring until the sauce is thickened and glossy (about 5 minutes) If the sauce is very thick add a little more milk, add sherry. The sauce should be thick but still a little on the runny side. Add the grated cheese and stir until melted. Remove from the heat.
  • Break the cauliflower florets from the thick, central stalk taking care not to break it into tiny pieces. Place the florets in a greased baking dish large enough to hold all the florets in one layer.
  • Pour the thickened cheese sauce over the cauliflower ensuring all the florets are covered. Sprinkle with grated cheese and a good twist of black pepper.
  • Bake in the hot oven until the sauce is bubbling and golden brown on the top, approx 30 minutes.

 

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe

Broccoli Rabe

This is exactly why we love the Hollygrove Market box. I’ve never tried broccoli rabe and it was in the weekend box – we found a recipe online, sauteed it up and are new fans of the tasty and easy vege.

Ingredients
Kosher salt
1 bunch broccoli rabe, tough, non-leafy stems removed
Extra-virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic, smashed
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
Half of a sliced onion

Directions
Bring a large pot of well salted water to a boil. Set up a bowl of well salted ice water. Drop the broccoli rabe into the boiling water and cook for 1 minute. Remove from the boiling water and plunge immediately into the ice water. Once cool remove from the ice water and let dry. It can be used right away or held for future use.

Coat a large saute pan with olive oil. Add onion and saute until translucent. Add smashed garlic and crushed red pepper and bring to medium heat. Once the garlic is brown and aromatic, remove it from the pan and discard. It has fulfilled its garlic destiny. Add the broccoli rabe and toss around in the oil to heat up and season. Remember the broccoli is already cooked. Add more oil, if needed and season with salt if needed (it probably will).

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/anne-burrell/sauteed-broccoli-rabe-recipe2.html?oc=linkback

 

 

Julia Child’s Coq au Vin

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Julia Child’s Coq au Vin 

All hail Julia! This tasted AMAZING. The only thing I would do differently is brown the chicken a bit more and use a better red wine. The chicken came out looking a bit purple..but delicious!

Ingredients
3 to 4-ounce chunk lean bacon
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 1/2 to 3 pounds frying chicken, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
1/8 teaspoon pepper, plus additional for seasoning
1/4 cup cognac ( I used brandy)
3 cups young, full-bodied red wine, such as Burgundy, Beaujolais, Cotes du Rhone, or Chianti
1 to 2 cups brown chicken stock, brown stock or canned beef bouillon
1/2 tablespoon tomato paste
2 cloves mashed garlic
1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
12 to 24 Brown-Braised Onions, recipe follows
1/2 pound Sauteed Mushrooms, recipe follows
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
Fresh parsley leaves
Brown-Braised Onions:
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 tablespoons oil
18 to 24 peeled white onions, about 1-inch in diameter (I used frozen pearl onions)
1/2 cup brown stock, canned beef bouillon, dry white wine, red wine, or water
Salt and pepper
Medium herb bouquet: 4 parsley sprigs, 1/2 bay leaf and 1/4 teaspoon thyme tied in cheesecloth
Sauteed Mushrooms:
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, washed, well dried, left whole if small, sliced or quartered if large
1 to 2 tablespoons minced shallots or green onions, optional
Salt and pepper

Directions
Remove the rind and cut the bacon into lardons (rectangles 1/4-inch across and 1-inch long). Simmer for 10 minutes in 2 quarts of water. Rinse in cold water. Dry. THIS IS IMPORTANT. REMOVES THE SMOKEY TASTE FROM BACON

In a heavy large heavy bottomed casserole or Dutch oven, saute the bacon slowly in hot butter until it is very lightly browned (temperature of 260 degrees F for an electric skillet). Remove to a side dish.

Dry the chicken thoroughly. Brown it in the hot fat in the casserole. (360 degrees F for the electric skillet.)

Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Return the bacon to the casserole with the chicken. Cover and cook slowly (300 degrees F) for 10 minutes, turning the chicken once.

Uncover, and pour in the cognac. Averting your face, ignite the cognac with a lighted match. Shake the casserole back and forth for several seconds until the flames subside.

Pour the wine into the casserole. Add just enough stock or bouillon to cover the chicken. Stir in the tomato paste, garlic and herbs. Bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer slowly for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the chicken is tender and its juices run a clear yellow when the meat is pricked with a fork. Remove the chicken to a side dish.

While the chicken is cooking, prepare the onions and mushrooms.

Simmer the chicken cooking liquid in the casserole for 1 to 2 minutes, skimming off fat. Then raise the heat and boil rapidly, reducing the liquid to about 2 1/4 cups. Correct seasoning. Remove from heat, and discard bay leaf.

Blend the butter and flour together into a smooth paste (beurre manie). Beat the paste into the hot liquid with a wire whip. Bring to the simmer, stirring and simmer for 1 to 2 minutes. The sauce should be thick enough to coat a spoon lightly.

Arrange the chicken in a casserole, place the mushrooms and onions around it and baste with the sauce. If the dish is not to be served immediately, film the top of the sauce with stock or dot with small pieces of butter. Set aside uncovered for no longer than 1 hour or cool, cover and refrigerate until needed.

Shortly before serving, bring the casserole to a simmer, basting the chicken with the sauce. Cover and simmer slowly for 4 to 5 minutes, until the chicken is heated through.

Serve from the casserole, or arrange on a hot platter. Decorate with sprigs of parsley.

Brown-Braised Onions:
When the butter and oil are bubbling in the skillet, add the onions and saute over moderate heat for 10 minutes, rolling the onions about so they will brown as evenly as possible. Be careful not to break their skins. You cannot expect to brown them uniformly.

Braise them as follows: Pour in the stock, season to taste, and add the herb bouquet. Cover and simmer slowly for 15 to 20 minutes until the onions are perfectly tender but retain their shape, and the liquid has evaporated. Remove herb bouquet. Serve them as they are.

Bake them as follows: Transfer the onions and their sauteing fat to a shallow baking dish or casserole just large enough to hold them in 1 layer. Set uncovered in upper third of a preheated 350 degree F oven for 40 to 50 minutes, turning them over once or twice. They should be very tender, retain their shape and be a nice golden brown. Remove herb bouquet. Serve them as they are.

Sauteed Mushrooms:
Place the skillet over high heat with the butter and oil. As soon as you see that the butter foam has begun to subside, indicating it is hot enough, add the mushrooms. Toss and shake the pan for 4 to 5 minutes. During their saute the mushrooms will at first absorb the fat. In 2 to 3 minutes the fat will reappear on their surface, and the mushrooms will begin to brown. As soon as they have browned lightly, remove from heat.

Toss the shallots or green onions, if using, with the mushrooms. Saute over moderate heat for 2 minutes. Sauteed mushrooms may be cooked in advance, set aside, then reheated when needed. Season to taste just before serving.

We placed the chicken atop mashed potatoes and served with green beans.

Inspired by: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/chicken-in-red-wine-with-onions-mushrooms-and-bacon-coq-au-vin-recipe.html?oc=linkback

 

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

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Cauliflower Crust Pizza

For you Paleo or Atkins folks, this is a great alternative pizza crust. It’s a bit tricky and time-consuming, but satisfies a pizza craving. 

Ingredients:

4 cups raw cauliflower rice ( I made this by chopping up a head of cauliflower and placing in blender with a bit of water. Just pulse until cauliflower is the consistency of rice.)
1 egg, beaten
1/3 cup soft goat cheese (chevre)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
pinch of salt

Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 400F.
  2. To make the cauliflower rice, pulse batches of raw cauliflower florets in a food processor, until a rice-like texture is achieved or see directions above if you do not have a food processor.
  3. Fill a large pot with about an inch of water, and bring it to a boil. Add the “rice” and cover; let it cook for about 4-5 minutes. Drain into a fine-mesh strainer.
  4. THIS IS THE SECRET: Once you’ve strained the rice, transfer it to a clean, thin dishtowel. Wrap up the steamed rice in the dishtowel, twist it up, then SQUEEZE all the excess moisture out! It’s amazing how much extra liquid will be released, which will leave you with a nice and dry pizza crust. SUPER IMPORTANT!
  5. In a large bowl, mix up your strained rice, beaten egg, goat cheese, and spices. (Don’t be afraid to use your hands! You want it very well mixed.) It won’t be like any pizza dough you’ve ever worked with, but don’t worry– it’ll hold together!
  6. Press the dough out onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. (It’s important that it’s lined with parchment paper, or it will stick.) Keep the dough about ⅓” thick, and make the edges a little higher for a “crust” effect, if you like.
  7. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 400F. The crust should be firm, and golden brown when finished.
  8. Now’s the time to add all your favorites– sauce, cheese, and any other toppings you like. Return the pizza to the 400F oven, and bake an additional 5-10 minutes, just until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
  9. Slice and serve immediately!

Inspired by: http://detoxinista.com/2012/01/the-secret-to-perfect-cauliflower-pizza-crust/ &

Blue Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Fried Green Tomato and Jalapeno Hollandaise

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Blue Crab Cake Eggs Benedict with Fried Green Tomato and Jalapeno Hollandaise

We decided to forgo Easter brunch in the Quarter, and take a stab at making something fancy at home. Although we missed Chris Owens Easter parade this year, we enjoyed brunch in the comfort of our front porch, relaxing with great company and bottomless mimosas. 

Blue Crab Cake Eggs Benedict 

Ingredients:

3 eggs

1 tbsp olive oil

1 1/2 tsp white vinegar

1 tbsp salt

Fresh crab cakes from Whole Foods

Fried Green Tomatoes (see recipe below)

Jalapeno Hollandaise (see recipe below)

Directions:

Preheat over to 350 degrees

Spray baking sheet with oil

Place crab cakes in over or 15  minutes

 

Poached Egg Directions:

Poached eggs are a particular challenge. Follow this recipe, and you will actually get perfect poached eggs, reliably.

Before you do anything, you’ll need to pass your eggs through a fine mesh filter. Crack an egg over a cup or mug into a mesh filter, and let it sit for a few minutes. The least dense part of the egg white will drip through, leaving only the more dense egg white behind. Pour out the loose white after a few minutes and transfer the egg left behind in the mesh filter to the cup/mug. Repeat this process for the remaining number of eggs.

Use a medium sized saucepan and fill it with enough water to cover the eggs. This is about 3 inches of water and for three eggs amounts to about a quart of water. To this amount of water, add the white vinegar and salt, and bring the water to a boil. The purpose of the vinegar is to help keep the whites of the eggs together, and the purpose of the salt is to give a bit of flavor and egg buoyancy.

Once the water has started boiling, turn the heat down to a low-medium, about a 3-4 on a scale of 10. Carefully tip the eggs from the cups into the water, but watch your velocity. Too quick and the yolk could break, too slow and the whites could break. Be confident, and that’s the right speed.

Let the eggs poach for 3 minutes. At about this time, the eggs should start to float up from the bottom. This means they are done. Scoop them out with a slotted spoon and enjoy your perfectly poached eggs.

 

Crab cake directions:

Heat olive oil in pan over medium heat. Place crab cakes in pan and cool until browned on both sides.

Plate crab cakes. Top with fried green tomatoes. Carefully place poached egg on top. Drizzle with jalapeno hollandaise.

 

Fried Green Tomatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 medium, firm green tomatoes
  • Salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 1/2 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup peanut oil or other vegetable oil

METHOD

1 Cut unpeeled tomatoes into 1/2 inch slices. Sprinkle slices with salt. Let tomato slices stand for 5 minutes. Meanwhile, place in separate shallow bowls: the flour and Cajun seasoning (if using), buttermilk and egg, and bread crumbs and cornmeal.

2 Heat the peanut oil in a skillet on medium heat. Beat the egg and the buttermilk together. Dip tomato slices in the flour-seasoning mix, then buttermilk-egg mixture, then the cornmeal-bread crumb mix. In the skillet, fry half of the coated tomato slices at a time, for 3-5 minutes on each side or until brown. Set the cooked tomatoes on paper towels to drain.

Jalapeno Hollandaise

1 jalapeno
2 egg yolks
1/2 stick butter melted
juice of half a lemon
1/4 t seasoning salt
4 T hot water
pepper to taste

De-seed the jalapeno and add to a small food processor along with the yolks, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Pulse until well combined. Melt the butter and add this to the food processor and combine all ingredients until creamy and thick.

Grilled Chicken Flatbread Pizza with Alfredo Sauce

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Nice semi-healthy alternative to the traditional pizza crust. This is a great use of leftover as well!

Grilled Chicken Flatbread Pizza with Alfredo Sauce

INGREDIENTS:

Whole wheat lavash bread

Jarred light alfredo sauce

Leftover cooked chicken

Cooked thick-cut bacon

Tomatoes

Fresh spinach

Fresh basil

Green onions

Minced garlic

Goat cheese

Mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 425 degree. Spoon alfredo and minced garlic on lavash. Cover with toppings. Finish with shredded mozzarella and goat cheese. Cook for 10-15 minutes.

Mouthfools Mardi Gras King Cheesecake

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Mouthfools Mardi Gras King Cheesecake

Ingredients:

Filling:
3 packages cream cheese (room temp)
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1/2 cup Bailey’s Vanilla Cinnamon liqueur
2 Tbs lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
4 eggs (room temp)
Food coloring
6 tsps sugar (for topping)

Crust:
1 package cinnamon graham crackers
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
1/3 cup melted butter

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Crumble the graham crackers. Mix together crushed graham crackers, brown sugar, flour, and melted butter. Press mixture into the bottom of a springform pan. Bake 10 minutes; remove from oven and set aside. Keep the oven on.

Beat cream cheese and sugar in a large separate bowl until smooth. Then add Greek yogurt, Bailey’s, cinnamon, lemon juice, and vanilla. Beat eggs into mixture one at a time.

Separate filling equally into 3 bowls. Add food coloring to make one green, one purple, and one gold.

Pour filling into prepped crust as 3 different layers.

Bake for 1 hour with water bath placed beneath. (I just fill a pie tin with water)

At 1-hour mark turn off oven, but leave the cake inside with door cracked open for another hour.

Cool cheesecake in the refrigerator for a few hours before attainment of bliss.

After cheesecake has cooled, put 2 teaspoons sugar in a cup along with green food coloring and mix to color sugar. Sprinkle as topping. Repeat process with purple and gold.

HAPPY MARDI GRAS!