Scallop Crudo Lemon Shooters

March 31st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink

crudo

Chili Mint Scallop Crudo with Shaved Baby Fennel and Ginger
Serves 6
Ingredients
6 large scallops, (side muscle removed) and sliced thin and cut into strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ orange
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine or grated
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved thin
Baby Arugula ( handful)
Lemon sliced, sliced thick enough to hold goods on top
Flake salt
Directions
Place the sliced scallops in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, oil, zest, chilies and herbs until well combined. Pour over the scallops and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.  Add the shaved fennel in to the mixture in the last 5 minutes before serving, mix well.   For serving, arrange the lemon sliced on a flat surface, wooden cutting board, or serving dish.  Lay a few baby arugula leaves down over the lemon slices ( about 3-4 depending on the size of the leaves, you want it to be flat).  Add a spoon full of the scallop crudo a top the lemon making sure you get even amounts of scallop and fennel and chilies, you may even have to add fennel and chilies or extra scallop piece by hand.  Sprinkle the finished goods with a tiny pinch of flake salt.  To eat pick up the lemon slice like it is an oyster shell and slide the crudo into your mouth!

Serves 6

Ingredients

6 large scallops, (side muscle removed) and sliced thin and cut into strips
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 lime
Juice of ½ orange
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon ginger, chopped fine or grated
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and sliced  into super thin strips any length no more than half an inch
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 baby fennel bulbs, shaved thin
Baby Arugula ( handful)
Lemon sliced, sliced thick enough to hold goods on top
Flake salt

Directions

Place the sliced scallops in a large bowl and sprinkle with salt, let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the citrus juice, oil, zest, chilies and herbs until well combined. Pour over the scallops and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving.  Add the shaved fennel in to the mixture in the last 5 minutes before serving, mix well.   For serving, arrange the lemon sliced on a flat surface, wooden cutting board, or serving dish.  Lay a few baby arugula leaves down over the lemon slices ( about 3-4 depending on the size of the leaves, you want it to be flat).  Add a spoon full of the scallop crudo a top the lemon making sure you get even amounts of scallop and fennel and chilies, you may even have to add fennel and chilies or extra scallop piece by hand.  Sprinkle the finished goods with a tiny pinch of flake salt.  To eat pick up the lemon slice like it is an oyster shell and slide the crudo into your mouth!


Pan Roasted Bass with Tropical Mango Salsa and Coconut Cilantro Rice

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

Ger-Nis Herb Chili Pepper
1 tangerine
4 4-ounce bass fillets, skin on (no more than two inches thick)
Avocado oil or olive oil
1 cup fresh pineapple, cubed small
1 cup ripe but firm mango, cubed small
¼ cup red bell pepper, chopped small
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
¼ cup green onions, sliced thin
¼ cup cilantro
Juice of 2 limes
2 teaspoons green chilies, deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon salt
Coconut Cilantro Rice (recipe follows)

Directions

Season both sides of the sea bass with the Chili Herb Black Pepper and drizzle with a little tangerine juice and let sit until room temperature. Heat the oil in a skillet to medium high heat. Place the fish pieces skin side up in the hot pan and cook for about 3 minutes, making sure not to disturb or flip too early. Flip after three minutes and cook for another 4 minutes. Place some coconut cilantro rice on a plate and lay the cooked fish on top (skin side down). Spoon some of the tropical salsa over the top.

Coconut Cilantro Rice

Serves 4

Ingredients

2 cups long white rice
2 cups coconut milk
2 cups water
2 tablespoos sugar
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Chili Herb Pepper
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine

Directions

Combine all the ingredients, except the cilantro, into a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Once the mixture is boiling cover and reduce to a low temperature. Simmer covered for about 20 minutes and then remove from heat and leave covered and let stand 5-8 minutes. Add the cilantro and mix, fluffing with a fork before serving.

Citrus Shrimp Ceviche with Avocadoes & Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

April 4th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

This dish has great balance utilizing all types of citrus: limes, lemons and tangerines, and has slightly sweet herbaceous tones that blend well with the buttery-ness of the avocado. A lovely dish that is simple to prepare and exciting for your guests.

Ingredients

Ger-Nis Citrus Finishing Salts
1 pound medium sized shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
¼ cup citrus champagne vinegar (substitute regular champagne vinegar)
¼ cup citrus juice (a mixture of tangerine, meyer lemon or regular lemon and orange)
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 teaspoon lime zest
1 teaspoon orange zest
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
1½ teaspoons fresh parsley, chopped fine
1½ teaspoons fresh cilantro, chopped fine
1 teaspoon fresh chives, chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh mint, chopped fine
½ red onion, sliced super thin
A few greens, butter leaf lettuce, mesclun mix or micro greens
2 avocadoes, ripe but firm, peeled, pitted, halved and sliced
Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle (recipe follows)

Directions

Bring a medium sauce pan with water to a boil. Add about a tablespoon of the citrus salts to the water. Reduce the temperatre to a low rolling bowling. Add the shrimp and cook for 1½ minutes. In the meantime prepare an ice bath (a big bowl of ice water). Strain the shrimp and place them quickly in the ice bath, making sure to stop the cooking process. When the shrimp are fully cooled and cold, strain and set aside. Whisk together the vinegar, citrus and lime juice, zest, sugar and salt until well mixed. Add the pepper, herbs, red onion and mix well. Season mixture to taste. Gently mix in the shrimp and allow to marinate for about 20 minutes (the shrimp marinade is best served at room temperature or cool, not cold, so ideally refrigerate for about ten minutes and then take out for the last ten). To serve, arrange some greens of choice on a small plate and arrange some avocado slices over the plate. Using a slotted spoon, spoon the marinated shrimp over the avocado and greens. Drizzle some lemon thyme pesto over the salad and garnish with citrus herb finishing salt.

Lemon Thyme Pesto Drizzle

Makes 1 cup pesto

Ingredients

¼ cup fresh lemon thyme leaves (substitute basil if you cannot find lemon thyme)
¼ cup fresh parsley leaves
½ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon Ger-Nis Finishing Salt

Directions

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

Ramen in Spicy Seafood Broth

October 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4

Ingredients

8 ounces Ramen Noodles
1 head garlic, cloves separated and smashed
1 small jalapeño pepper, sliced into paper-thin rings (with its seeds)
1 small bunch cilantro, stems removed from leaves and reserved, leaves coarsely chopped (about ½ cup)
1 cup dry white wine
1 cup frozen peas
1 medium carrot, peeled, halved lengthwise, and sliced thin on the bias
12 little neck clams, scrubbed
1 pint dry sea scallops
½ cup white miso
Lemon wedges for serving

Directions

1. In a medium saucepan over high heat, bring 5 cups of water, the garlic, jalapeño, cilantro stems and wine and to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain out the solids and return the broth to the saucepan, remove from heat.

2. In a separate pan of boiling water cook the ramen, drain in a sieve and rinse under cold running water. Drain well and set aside.

3. Bring the broth to a simmer. Add the peas, carrot, scallops, and clams with their juices, simmer 2 minutes.

4. In a sieve placed directly into the broth, add the miso and press into the soup using a rubber spatula or the back of a wooden spoon. Simmer for 1 minute.

5. Re-heat the ramen in the sieve under hot running water. Drain well and divide among 4 deep bowls. Ladle the soup over the ramen, sprinkle with chopped cilantro and serve with lime wedges.

© Recipe Property of Peter Berley

Little Lemony Fried Anchovies or Bait fish with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

September 12th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

1 pound fresh anchovies or bait fish
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, chopped fine
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, chopped fine
2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
1 thai chili, sliced thin
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 cup flour
2 teaspoons salt
Oil for frying
Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce (recipe follows)
Lemon Wedges

Directions

First prepare the anchovies or baitfish by cutting or pulling off their heads with a slight twisting motion and thus removing the guts at the same time. The guts come out from the top by pulling on them with your fingers if they didn’t come out with the head twist pull. Rinse the anchovies after they are cleaned and pat them dry with paper towels. In a mixing bowl whisk together the lime zest, ginger, garlic, rice wine vinegar, chili, and lime juice. Mix together with the anchovies and let stand for about 10 minutes. Heat about 1-2 inches of oil in a large pan to about 145°F. In another flat shaped bowl combine the flour and the salt and mix. Dredge a few of the anchovies in the flour and shake off any excess. The anchovy should be just lightly coated with flour but evenly. Place in the oil and fry until crispy. About 3-4 minutes total. Testing to make sure they are cooked through and crispy. Serve with Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce and lemon wedges.

Thai Basil Pesto Cocktail Sauce

Makes 1½ cups

Ingredients

½ cup tomato sauce
3 tablespoons ginger rice vinegar
3 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon red chili paste
2 tablespoons canola oil or grapeseed oil
1 cup thai basil leaves
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until a smooth sauce is made. Season to taste with salt and lime juice.

Spanish Seville Squid Cocktail

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds cleaned squid, sliced in rings
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Olive oil
½ medium Spanish onion, sliced thin
½ cup red bell peppers, sliced thin
½ cup orange bell peppers, sliced thin
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved (gold ones especially nice)
1 cup Spanish black olives, pitted and halved
Juice of 2 lemons
1 tablespoon shallot, chopped fine
¼ cup sherry vinegar
¼ cup olive oil
3 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

In a large sauté pan heat oil and add garlic and lemon zest. Lightly sauté the squid until just tender, a sort of par cook (approx 3 minutes). Take off heat and place in large bowl. To the squid add the peppers, tomatoes and olives. In another mixing bowl whisk together the lmon juice, shallots, vinegar, oil and herbs, season with salt and pepper and pour over squid mixture. Let stand for about 15 minutes before serving.

Chili Mint Mackerel Ceviche

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2 pounds Atlantic Mackerel fillets, chopped in large flat pieces
2 teaspoons salt
Juice of 2 lemons
Juice of 2 lime
2 tablespoons champagne vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon lime zest
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 teaspoon fresh green chili, de-seeded and chopped superfine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 avocados sliced
1 cup segmented citrus pieces, lemons, oranges and grapefruits (your choice)

Directions

Place the chopped fish in a large bowl and salt it and let sit for a few minutes. In separate bowl whisk together the lemon juice, oil, zest, chilis and herbs until well combined. Pour over the fish and mix well. Let stand in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes before serving. For serving place fish down and granish with avocado and citrus segments and drizzle ceviche juice over the top.

Dry Seared Sea Scallops with Spiced Browned Plum Butter

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Sea scallops are labeled two ways, wet and dry. Dry sea scallops have not been treated with the solution STP (sodium tripolyphosphate) which is added to make the scallops retain a high moisture content and ultimately helps commercial seafood counters get a longer shelf life than should be recommended. It also makes the scallops weigh more and whrn paying a hefty price by the pound this can be significant in the price you pay. The dry scallops brown sear much better than the wet, their sweet and delicate flavor is more predominanat and they tend not to have the rubberty texture of the treated wet ones. So keep you eyes peeled and ask if the sign isn’t clear!

Ingredients

12 dry sea scallops
2 teaspoons Chinese five spice
1 teaspoon pink flake salt
2 teaspoons turbinado sugar
2 tablespoons Spiced Plum Butter (recipe follows)
¼ cup sweet saki

Directions

Rinse and clean the scallops and pat dry with a paper towel. In a small bowl mix together the five spice, salt and sugar until well combined. Sprinkle a little bit of the mixture on both sides of the scallop. In a large sauté pan place a few tablespoons of the spiced plum butter and bring to a medium high heat. When the pan is hot and the butter beginning to brown or turn an amber color and bubble add the scallops faced down on one side and let sear for about 3 minutes, basting with the butter and without moving or turning. Reducing heat as needed to avoid burning the butter. Flip over and sear the other side and again allow to cook for about 2-3 minutes until seared and cooked through tender. Add the sake and move the pan making sure to deglaze the pan and that the scallops are not stuck to the pan. Serve with a small spoon full of sauce on the scallops.

Lobster, Tomato Corn Pies with Corn Aioli

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 15 pies

Ingredients

1 medium shallot
2 cups lobster meat, cooked
2 cups fresh corn kernels
1 cup tomatoes, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh chives, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
Savory Pie Dough
1 egg beaten
Coarse Salt

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl mix together shallot, lobster, corn, tomatoes and herbs, mix well and season with salt and pepper. Roll out the pie dough and cut into 15 circles about 8 inches in diameter. Place about a 3 tablespoons of the filling in the center of the dough, and fold then empanada style by rolling from one side to the other. Brush with the beaten egg and place in the oven and bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and sprinkle with coarse salt.

Sweet Corn Aioli

Makes 2 cups

Ingredients

2 egg yolks
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon citrus champagne vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 cup fresh sweet corn kernels
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender of food processor, place egg and garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar, lemon zest and juice. Add the corn kernels and blend until the kernels are chopped but not toatlly smooth. The sauce should be creamy with bits of corn.

Garden Tomato Clam Fritters with Lemon Aioli

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 fritters

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 cups clams, chopped (canned)
1 egg
¼ cup milk
½ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato puree
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
Oil for frying
Lemon Aioli (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges for garnish

Directions

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, lemon zest and parsley. Drain the clams and set aside. In a nother medium bowl whisk together the egg, milk, tomatoes, tomato puree and red onions. Add the clams and mix well. Little by little add the dry ingredients into the wet until a thick batter is produced. In a medium fry pan with oil of about 3 inches, heat to about 360°F. When oil is hot drop by spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, flipping a few times. Drain on paper towels and serve with lemon wedges and lemon aioli.

Lemon Aioli

Makes approximately ¾ cup

Ingredients

3 cloves garlic
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 large egg yolk
½ teaspoon Dijon mustard
Coarse sea salt
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon canola oil
Freshly ground black pepper

Directions

Place garlic, lemon juice and zest, egg yolk and Dijon in a blender and puree. Season with salt. Slowly stream in oils until creamy and everything is emulsified.

Thai Clambake

September 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Canola oil
3 tablespoons garlic, chopped superfine
2 tablespoons ginger, chopped superfine
2 Kaffir lime leaves, chopped superfine
2 thai chilies, deseeded and chopped superfine (add more for more heat)
2 tablespoons lemongrass bulb, outer layers removed, inner core blanched, shocked and minced
½ cup smoked sausage
1 cup clam broth or seafood stock
2 cup sake
2 cups coconut milk, unsweetened
2 tablespoons hoison sauce or fish sauce
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
½ cup fresh thai basil, chifonade
½ cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
¼ cup scallions, thinly sliced
1 pound littleneck clams, cleaned and trimmed
1 pound mussels, cleaned and trimmed

Directions

In a large heavy bottom soup pan heat the oil to medium and add the garlic, ginger, lime leaves, chilies and lemon grass and let it sweat for a few minutes. Add the smoked sausage and cook a few more minutes and drain off any excess fat. Add the clam broth, sake, hoisin and coconut milk, bring to a boil and them allow to simmer. Add the clams and mussels and cook until they open about 5 minutes total. Discard and shells that did not open. Toss on the scallions, cilantro, thai basil and mint and stir. Serve over rice.

*Recipe property of Laura Kimberly Merrick

Garden Tomato Clam Fritters with Lemon Aioli

August 10th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Makes about 30 fritters

Ingredients

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped fine
2 cups clams, chopped (canned)
1 egg
¼ cup milk
½ cup tomatoes, chopped fine
2 tablespoons tomato puree
¼ cup red onion, chopped fine
Oil for frying
Lemon Aioli (recipe follows)
Lemon wedges for garnish

Directions

In a large bowl sift together the flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, lemon zest and parsley. Drain the clams and set aside. In another medium bowl whisk together the egg, milk, tomatoes, tomato puree and red onions. Add the clams and mix well. Little by little add the dry ingredients into to the wet until a thick batter is produced. In a medium fry pan with oil of about 3 inches, heat to about 360 ° F. When oil it hot drop by spoonfuls into the hot oil and fry for about 2-3 minutes or until golden brown, flipping a few times. Drain on paper towels and serve with lemon wedges and lemon aioli.

Lemon Aioli
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

1 egg
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 tablespoons chopped garlic
1 cup of extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
½ teaspoon salt

Directions

In a blender or food processor, place egg, zest and juice and chopped garlic. Whirl until garlic is smooth. With the motor running, add the oil in a slow stream, until the sauce is thick and emulsified. Add the vinegar and salt. The sauce should be creamy and will have a nice garlic bite. If the aioli is runny, this may mean the egg was old. To fix this problem, either try again with a fresher egg or add store-bought mayonnaise to the sauce.

Pickled Shrimp & Fennel

August 10th, 2011 § 1 comment § permalink

Serves 9

Ingredients

4 lemons (juice of 4, zest of 2)
1 cup white wine vinegar (lemon champagne vinegar also is great)
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon wholegrain mustard
2 teaspoons fennel seeds
1 teaspoon dried chili flakes
1 teaspoon mustard seeds
2 cloves garlic chopped fine
3 fresh bay leaves
1 large fennel bulb, sliced thin
1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped
1/4 cup fresh lemon thyme, chopped (regular thyme is okay)
1 medium red pepper, julienned
1 medium red onion, julienned
1 ½ pounds large shrimp, peeled, deveined tail on or off
Salt/pepper

Directions

Zest 2 lemons and juice all of them. In a large mixing bowl whisk together, lemon juice, zest, vinegar, olive oil, mustard, fennel seeds, chili flakes, mustard seeds and garlic. Set aside. Steam shrimp in double boiler for about 5-6 minutes or until cooked thoroughly, allow to cool. In another large mixing bowl mix fennel, parsley, lemon thyme, red peppers and red onions. Pour vinegar mixture over shrimp mixture and mix well. Season with salt and pepper and refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving.

Stewed Squid with Salsa Verde

August 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

Ingredients

2-3 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh red chili, chopped
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
2 pounds fresh squid, cleaned and sliced thick
6-8 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chickpeas, cooked
1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves
1 tablespoon fresh parsley leaves
2 teaspoons salt
½ cup white wine
Salsa Verde for serving (recipe follows)

Directions

In a large sauté pan, heat the oil, chili and lemon zest. Add the onion and garlic and sauté until semi translucent or about 3-4 minutes. Add the fresh squid and sauté a few minutes. Add the tomatoes, chickpeas and herbs to the mixture and season with salt. Add the wine and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and simmer covered for about 20-30 minutes or until tender. Serve with the salsa verde drizzled over the warm squid with crusty bread.

Salsa Verde
Makes 1 cup

Ingredients

3 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped fine
1 tablespoon fresh mint, chopped fine
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon fresh red chili, chopped fine
1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
2 teaspoons wholegrain mustard
½ cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions

In a small bowl whisk together all ingredients and let stand for ten minutes before serving.

Cavatelli with Seared Squid, Oven-Roasted Tomatoes, Baby Arugula and Black Olives

July 4th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

025

4-6 servings

Ingredients

For the Cavatelli

1 pound all-purpose flour, or Italian OO flour
1 pound whole-milk ricotta, drained/hung in cheesecloth overnight
4 ounces semolina
3 ounces Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, freshly grated
Water, just enough to make a firm dough

For the Sauce

10½ ounces baby arugula, long stem ends removed
8 ripe plum tomatoes, peeled and seeded
Zest of 1 lemon and 1 orange, peeled into strips (no pith)
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 spring fresh thyme
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
3½ ounces black olives, pitted and sliced

For the Calamari

1 pound calamari, fresh or frozen, tubes and tentacles cleaned and separated
2 cloves of garlic, sliced thin
Pinch pepperoncino
Zest of 1 lemon, freshly grated
1 tablespoon Italian flat leaf parsley, freshly chopped

Directions

For the cavatelli

Combine the flours in a large bowl. Add ricotta and the parmesan and mix by hand to combine.
Add the water a little at a time, just enough to form a stiff dough. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work table and knead by hand until smooth and elastic. Be careful not to add too much water, but the dough should not be tacky or sticky.Wrap the dough in plastic wrap for up to a few hours.

To shape the cavatelli: cut the dough into pieces, and then roll one piece into a rope about ½ inch in diameter. Keep the remaining pieces covered in plastic wrap until needed. Using a small knife or a bowl/bench scraper, cut the dough rope into pieces about ½ inch long.

Press the pieces with your index finger against the blade of a butter knife with a rounded tip, flattering each piece of dough until fairly thin. Pull the knife toward you, dragging the dough across the work surface so that it curls itself around the tip of the knife to form a shell shape. Place on a floured sheet tray until ready to use.

For the calamari

Cut the calamari into tubes about ½ inch thick.

In a medium sauté pan over a low flame, heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil with the sliced garlic. Add a pinch of pepperoncino. When the garlic has softened and given off all of its aroma, turn off the heat and set aside.

Heat a large cast iron skillet or grill pan over high heat. Sear the calamari tubes and tentacles in just a little oil nicely colored on both sides. Remove to the smaller pan with the garlic. Toss with the freshly grated lemon zest and parsley. Adjust seasoning.

For the Sauce

Cut the peeled and seeded tomatoes into petals. Toss them in a bowl with salt and pepper, crushed garlic, strips of lemon and orange zest and fresh thyme sprigs. Lay them in a single layer on a baking sheet. Roast them in a 325°F oven until they are soft, shrunken and slightly golden.
Clean the arugula well.

Boil the cavatelli in abundant salted water until just al dente.

In a large sauté pan over medium low flame, heat a few tablespoons of the olive oil with the roasted tomatoes and olives. Strain the pasta and toss into the sauce, adding the arugula and toss together until it is just wilted. Add a few drops of pasta water and olive oil to the pan to achieve a creamy consistency. Adjust the seasoning. Spoon into warm bowls and top with the seared calamari dividing the rings and tentacles evenly among the bowls.

Squid Stewed with Chickpeas and Peppers

February 3rd, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients

Olive oil
1 cup diced white onions
8 cloves garlic, smashed and chopped
1 pound dried chickpeas (soaked overnight)
2 cups canned tomatoes, strained and chopped
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 teaspoon pimento or smoked paprika
1 tablespoon red chili flakes
2 cups white wine
Water
1 pound squid, cleaned and cut into rings
½ cup diced piquillo peppers
Sherry vinegar
Extra virgin olive oil
Baguette, for serving

Directions

In a flat-bottom, high-sided saucepan, heat ¼ inch olive oil until shimmering. Add onions and garlic and cook until they are just beginning to brown. Add chickpeas and cook until toasted. Add tomatoes and parsley and cook for another two minutes. Add pimenton and chili flakes. Add wine and reduce by ¾. Add water to cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a low simmer and cover. Cook until chickpeas are ¾ of the way cooked, then add squid and piquillo peppers. Cook until squid is tender and creamy. Finish with a few drops of sherry vinegar and olive oil. Serve with bread.

Seafood Spaghetti with Herbed Lemon Cream Sauce

January 18th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter, plus 1 additional tablespoon of butter
5 cloves garlic, chopped fine
2 shallots, chopped fine
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon chili flakes
3 squid bodies (calamari) cleaned and sliced into thin rings
½ pound shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
½ pound baby scallops
2 teaspoons salt
1 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine, stems removed
¼ cup fresh chives, chopped fine
¼ cup fresh basil or red basil, chopped fine
½ cup white wine
½ cup lemon juice
1 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
1 cup heavy cream
Salt/pepper

DIRECTIONS

In a large heavy bottom skillet, heat olive oil and butter on a medium high heat. Add the garlic, shallots, lemon zest and chili flakes. Sauté for a few minutes until garlic and shallots just start to brown. Add the calamari, shrimp and scallops. Season with salt. Sauté a few minutes until just beginning to brown, about 4 minutes. Add the fresh herbs and sauté about 1 minute. Add the wine and lemon juice next and turn to medium low. Allow liquid to reduce by about half. Add the cherry tomatoes and allow to cook about two minutes or until the tomatoes are just soft. Add the heavy cream, turn burner to low and season with salt and pepper.

Cook pasta according to pasta directions. Mix the spaghetti and the sauce and serve!

Seafood Fusilli and Creamy Lobster Sauce with Shaved Fennel and Lemon Salad

January 14th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6

INGREDIENTS

1 pound pasta dough, cooked

For lobster sauce

2 tablespoons butter
1 yellow onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped fine
1 cup white wine
2 lobster bodies, cut in half vertically (Your fishmonger should be able to provide you with lobster bodies at no charge)
2 cups heavy cream
6 to 8 threads saffron
Kosher salt
Pepper

For salad

1 bulb fennel
Juice of 2 lemons
Kosher salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

For seafood sauté

Olive oil, for sautéing
3 squid bodies (calamari), cleaned and sliced in 1″ circles
½ pound (26-30 count) shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
3 tablespoons fresh chives, sliced fine

DIRECTIONS

For lobster sauce

In a large sauté pan, over medium heat, add butter. Cook onions and garlic until translucent, making sure to not get any color. Add white wine and reduce until almost evaporated. Add lobster bodies, cream, and saffron. Season with salt and pepper. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 30 to 40 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh sieve and set aside.

For salad

To prepare the fennel, cut off the top stalks and discard. Next, trim the root end and then quarter lengthwise. Remove the core and thinly slice the fennel on a mandolin or with a sharp knife crosswise. Place fennel in a large bowl and set aside. Add lemon juice, salt and extra virgin olive oil and mix. Set aside.

For completed dish

In a large sauté pan, add olive oil over medium high heat. Add shrimp and cook, 1 minute. Add calamari and sauté 1 minute more. Add lobster sauce and warm through, 1 to 2 minutes. Pour sauce over pasta and garnish with fennel salad and chives. Serve immediately.

© Recipe Property of Rafi Hasid

Fresh Herb Fennel Crusted Tuna, Scallops & Shrimp Seafood Stew

October 8th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

Serves 6-8

Ingredients

Olive Oil
1 pound tuna roast (ask your butcher for uncut tuna steaks-you need 1 large piece)
1 pound medium or small scallops
1 pound peeled shrimp
Zest and juice of 3 lemons
¼ cup fennel seeds
¼ cup peppercorns
¼ cup coarse sea salt
1 teaspoon red chili flakes
½ cup fresh parsley, chopped
½ cup fresh oregano, chopped
½ cup fresh basil, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped fine
1 large red onion, chopped
1 large red pepper, chopped
1 large yellow pepper, chopped
¾ cup Kalamata olives, pitted and halved
3 cups roma tomatoes, chopped
1½ cups white wine
Salt and pepper

Directions

Marinate tuna, scallops and shrimp with lemon juice for about 1 hour. Grind in a grinder or smash lemon zest, fennel seeds, cracked peppercorns, chili and course sea salt until a gritty spice mixture is created. Heat a thick-bottomed stew pan to high heat with a generous portion of olive oil. Rub tuna with spice mixture and brown tuna on all sides. Remove tuna and add garlic, onions and peppers to pan. Sauté until tender or about 3 minutes Add half of fresh herbs, shrimp and scallops. Sauté for just a few minutes. Add wine and stir while removing the bits that stuck to the pan. Reduce heat to low. Add tomatoes. Stir well and add tuna and kalamata olives. Simmer for about 1 hour, stirring occasionally and breaking up the tuna as it cooks. Add remainder of the fresh herbs and take of heat and let stand for five minutes before serving. If needed, a bit of water can be added but only if the tomatoes have not given off enough liquid in the middle of the cooking process.

Best served over Israeli couscous.

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