Beef Short Ribs, Potato Puree, and Brussels Sprouts

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


For the beef

2 pounds boneless beef short ribs, cut into 4 pieces
Sea or kosher salt
Extra virgin olive oil

Season the beef very well, and seal individually in a sous vide or FoodSaver bag with 1 teaspoon olive oil.

Cook in a water bath or in a combi at 54°C/129°F for 12 hours. Allow to rest 10 minutes, and chill well in an ice bath. Refrigerate.

For the potatoes

2 pound small Yukon gold potatoes, peeled
Sea or kosher salt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
3 sticks butter

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bring the potatoes to a boil over high heat in well salted water. Drop to a simmer, and cook until they crush easily. Drain well, then transfer to a sheet tray, and place in the oven to dry out. Leave 5 minutes, but do not allow potatoes to take on any color. Warm milk and cream in a small pot on the stove.

Pass potatoes through a ricer or through a tamis or even a mesh strainer into a pot. Do not work potatoes too hard or they’ll get gummy. When all the potatoes have been riced, if they’re still very moist, return them to the oven for a minute. They should be dry and light.

Once the potatoes have dried out, return them to the pot, and slowly start adding milk/cram mixture, and butter. Mix with a rubber spatula over low heat. Add butter and milk slowly, season as necessary, and stop adding butter or milk when the potatoes are soft and creamy rather than stiff and firm. Remove from heat, transfer to a heat proof container, cover tightly in plastic wrap, and keep in a warm spot until ready for use.

To finish

4 cups brussels sprouts, leaves peeled from heads
Sea or kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Canola oil
1 cup fresh parsley
Extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt

Heat a water bath to 49°C/120°F. Warm beef for 30 minutes. Remove from bath, then cut open bags. Discard liquid, dry off beef, and set aside on a rack.

Heat 1 large heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Season the beef well with salt and pepper, add 1 tablespoon canola oil to one pan, and add the beef. Sear well on all sides, then remove from the pan to rest.

Heat a second large heavy bottomed pan over medium high heat. Add 2 teaspoons canola oil, then the brussels sprout leaves. Season with salt and pepper, toss through, and allow to caramelize a bit. Keep tossing for 2 minutes, or until the leaves soften and start to change to a darker green color. Remove from the pan to a bowl, add the parsley, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil.

Set out 4 warm plates. Add a generous swoosh of potato puree. Slice beef thinly against the grain with a very sharp knife, and divide among the plates. Scatter brussels sprout leaves around the plate, season with Maldon sea salt and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil to finish.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Cauliflower Soup with American Paddlefish Roe

January 2nd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4


1 medium leek, white and pale green only, sliced thin
1 large Spanish onion, peeled and sliced thin
2 sticks unsalted butter
¼ cup white wine
1 head cauliflower, trimmed, core removed and chopped (5 florets reserved and thinly sliced for garnish)
Kosher salt
½ oz. best quality American paddlefish roe
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Maldon sea salt


In a 10 quart pot over medium low heat, cook onions and leeks in ½ stick of butter slowly, stirring regularly.
They should not take on any color. After 10 minutes, add wine, and cook until completely reduced. Add ½ cup water, and continue cooking. Should take ½ hour total.

Once the onions and leeks are cooked, add the cauliflower, cover with water, and season with salt. Raise heat to high, and bring to a boil. Once it’s come up, drop to a low simmer, and cover loosly. Cook until cauliflower is very soft, about 30 minutes.

Fill the bowl of a blender about half way with the cooked cauliflower mixture, and blend very well. While the blender is running, add ¼ stick butter, and incorporate. Strain pureed cauliflower through a fine mesh strainer into a pot, or bowl. Continue with remaining cauliflower. Add water to thin mixture as necessary in the blender, and then to desired consistency for the soup. Adjust seasoning.

To serve, brown sliced florets in olive oil on medium high heat. Ladle soup into shallow bowls, top with roasted cauliflower, and a dollop of caviar. Drizzle with best quality extra virgin olive oil, and sprinkle with Maldon sea salt.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Celery Root Salad with Welfleet Oysters, Herbs, Celery Leaves, and Champagne Vinaigrette

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Serves 4


2 heads celery root
2 tablespoons Veuve Cliquot yellow label champagne
Zest of 1 Meyer lemon, juice of half
Best quality extra virgin olive oil
Kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
1 dozen very fresh welfleet oysters (call pat woodbury)
Leaves from 1 head celery
½ cup fresh chervil leaves
¼ cup fresh tarragon leaves
1 tablespoon fresh chives, finely sliced


Peel celery root with a vegetable peeler, and slice as thinly as possible on a mandoline. The thinner you can get it, the tastier it’ll be. Slice the celery root over a bowl with water with lemon (acidulated water). This will prevent the celery root from turning brown. You can slice the celery root well ahead before you’re going to make the salad if you keep the slices in water.

When you are 20 minutes away before serving salad, drain the celery root slices, and dress with the champagne, Meyer lemon zest and juice and a good glug of olive oil. Season well with salt and white pepper. Let it stand. The salt and acid will soften the celery root.

Open the oysters, being careful to catch all the juices in a small bowl. Place the opened oysters in a clean container, and strain the liquor through a fine sieve over them to remove any bits of shell.

Taste the celery root after its softened, and adjust the seasoning as necessary. Distribute amongst 4 plates and serve with celery leaves and herbs.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

Quince and Apple Tart with Half White Flour Crust

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Serves 4 to 6


For the crust

2 cups Cayuga Organics farmer ground half white flour
½ teaspoon sea or kosher salt
½ cup sugar
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into small dice, and very well chilled
¼ cup ice water


Combine flour, salt, and sugar in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse to combine.

Add butter, and blend 15 to 20 seconds.

Start the blender and immediately start pouring water in a slow, steady stream. Should take 10 to 15 more seconds. Stop motor. The dough should appear dry, but hold together when pinched. If it falls apart, add another couple of tablespoons of ice water.

Turn dough out on to a sheet of plastic wrap, form into a 1 inch thick square, wrap, and refrigerate 1 hour to hydrate.

For quine

3 ripe quince
2 cups apple cider
2 cups sugar
1 stick of cinnamon
2 allspice berries
2 slices of lemon
Pinch sea or kosher salt


Peel quince, slice into 6ths, and then core. Place in a sauce pan with the remaining ingredients, and cover with water. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cook partially covered until the quince is very soft when pierced with a paring knife. Carefully remove the quince to a sheet tray and chill.

For the apple puree

2 Granny Smith or other tart apples
½ stick butter
½ cup sugar
Generous squeeze lemon juice
¼ teaspoon sea salt
2 tablespoons corn starch


Add apples, butter, sugar, lemon, and salt to a small pot. Add water to barely come up to the tops of the apples. Bring to a boil, drop to a simmer, and cover with a parchment paper hat. Cook until the apples are very soft – about 30 minutes.

Dissolve corn starch in 2 tablespoons water, and then add to apples. Return to a boil, and then remove from heat, and transfer to the bowl of a blender. Puree well on high, scraping down the sides as necessary, and strain. Refrigerate.

To assemble tart

Cut dough in half, and roll out on a lightly floured surface to about 18” thick. Dust again with flour then transfer to a parchment lined sheet tray, and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Once crust has chilled, place into a 12″ x 4″ rectangular tart mold sprayed with PAM. Work crust into corners, then trim, leaving ¼” of crust above edge of the tart mold. Refrigerate ½ hour to prevent it from shrinking. Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place a sheet of parchment over the tart shell, fill with baking beans, and blind bake in the oven on a sheet tray until golden brown – about 40 minutes.

Remove from the oven, carefully remove parchment, and pour off baking beans (save for another use). Spread ½ to ¾ cup apple puree evenly along the bottom of the tart shell.

Cut quince pieces on a hard bias into ¼ inch slices. Arrange on top of apple puree in an overlapping pattern.

Return to the sheet tray, and bake 30 to 40 minutes, or until the apple puree starts to bubble at the edges, and the crust is a darker golden brown on the edges.

Chill 1 hour, cut, and serve with caramel ice cream, and diced apples cooked in bourbon.

Recipe Property of Gabe McMackin

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