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Antipasto Platters Made Easy


Antipasto Platters

Antipasto Platters (2)

Antipasto Platters (3)

Whenever I’m doing an antipasto platter, buy the best ingredients I can find,  I like to  assemble them and dress a few of them. For example; the Bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls) I like to add flavorings, the artichokes can be tossed with strips of roasted red peppers, and the cantaloupe and bread sticks, wrap with some delicious meats. Keeping the same items together gives a more uniform look to the platter. I also always try to utilize herbs from my garden. Here I’m using fresh basil as a garnish for the platters.

Dress the grape tomatoes with E.V.O.O. and a sprinkle of Kosher salt.

What’s great is that all the ingredients are store bought so it makes these platters fast and easy to put together. For the seasoned Bocconcini, the recipe is really simple. These platters required for me to double the recipe below.

Marinate For Bocconcini:
1-8 ounce package of mini Bocconcini
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup of E.V.O.O.

Directions:
Separate all the mini mozzarella balls and place them into a small bowl along with the rest of the ingredients. Using a spoon, gently mix together.

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Two-Heirloom Tomato Salads


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Orzo And Heirloom Tomato Salad

Heirloom tomatoes are in season right now, so I’m buying them fairly regularly. I have, two, really easy and delicious salads here that can be a main coarse or a side dish with any protein you like. The second one is completely vegetarian. Let’s talk about my first salad.

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Heirloom Tomato Salad With Bocconcini And Sopressata.

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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients:
1-1/2 heaping cups of diced Sopressata  (or diced Genoa Salami)
8 cups of heirloom tomatoes – halved and wedges ( depending on whole or grape size tomatoes)
1- 8 ounce package- herb marinated Bocconcini (mini mozzarella balls or pearls)
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup e.v.o.o.
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1-1/2  tablespoons Kosher salt
1-1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup of freshly chopped tarragon leaves

Dressing For Salad:
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1/2 cup e.v.o.o.
2 tablespoons Agave nectar
1-1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1-1/2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper
Directions:
Place all ingredients in a “2 cup” measuring cup. Whisk all the ingredients together until well combined.

Marinate For Bocconcini:
1-8 ounce package of mini Bocconcini
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon dried parsley leaves
Pinch of Kosher salt
Pinch of freshly cracked black pepper
1/4 cup of E.V.O.O

Directions:
Separate all the the mini mozzarella balls and place them into a small bowl along with the other ingredients. Using a spoon, gently mix together.

Direction For Heirloom Tomato Salad:
In a large salad bowl, place all the halved and tomato wedges. Add in the marinated mozzarella balls. Next, add in the chopped fresh tarragon leaves. Pour the dressing over and toss all the ingredients together. Serve with your favorite bread.

Orzo And Heirloom Tomato Salad

My second tomato salad called, Orzo And Heirloom Tomato Salad. This on is a vegetarian salad, totally meat free!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Level: Easy

Ingredients:
1 pound of cooked drained and cooled orzo pasta
2 cup of arugula leaves
4 cups of diced and halved heirloom tomatoes ( depending whether whole or grape size)
1-14.6 ounce jar of long stemmed artichoke hearts, halved
1-8 ounce package of Bocconcini ( mini mozzarella balls
1 lemon juiced
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar
1-1/2 tablespoons of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley

Directions:
Place the halved and diced heirloom tomatoes, cooked and cooled orzo pasta, halved artichokes hearts, mini mozzarella balls arugula leaves, Kosher salt, black pepper, and chopped parsley into a large salad bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and drizzle the two tablespoons of agave nectar over the top. Toss through gently. Next, refrigerate until your ready to serve as a colorful and tasty side dish.

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Jumbo Lump Crab- Two Ways


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Jumbo-Lump

Crab!!!!

 

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Crab Avocado Dip

Crab Tacos (3)

 

Jumbo lump crab meat is so versatile. It starts out as a “blank slate” to which you can add any ingredients you like. The options are really endless. I’m going to share with you my two favorite ways to enjoy crab.

I’m using cilantro and chives, from my garden, for both my Crab Guacamole Dip and Jumbo Lump Crab Tacos. Above I’ve shown a few different ways you might like to serve these recipes. For example; mini crab tacos, crab guacamole tostadas, or a crab guacamole dip, with chips or pita chips.

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                  Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Each Recipe Yields: 6 servings each

Ingredients For Crab Tacos:                                                     Ingredients For Crab Guacamole
1 pound jumbo lump crab meat                                                                     Dip:                         juice of 1-1/2 limes                                                                      1/2 pound jumbo lump crab
1/4 cup finely diced red onion                                                   meat
1/4 cup of finely minced seeded Fresno chili                          4 avocados
2 tablespoons finely minced fresh chives                                juice of 1-1/2 limes
2 tablespoon of freshly chopped cilantro                                2 tablespoons of finely
1 tablespoon Kosher salt                                                             chopped cilantro leaves
pinch of freshly cracked black pepper                                    1/4 cup fresh salsa
mini crunchy taco shells                                                            1/4 cup of finely diced                                                                                                                           red onion                                                                                                                                                 2 tablespoons of finely                                                                                                                          minced Fresno chili                                                                                                                                2 tablespoons Kosher salt                                                                                                                      1 teaspoon freshly cracked                                                                                                                  black pepper

Directions:
Half and seed all 4 avocados. Place into large bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients to the bowl. Using a fork, smash the avocados and incorporate them with the other ingredients. Leave some chunky pieces for texture. Reserve a couple of tablespoons of crab meat for garnish. Add the lump crab meat to the guacamole and gently stir through. Won Ton Wrappers (2)

Directions for mini crunchy taco shells:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Place elevated metal cooling rack (usually used for cooling cookies) on a baking sheet. Using either round or square won ton wrappers, lay the won ton wrappers over each wire of the rack forming a taco shape. Bake for 8-9 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool slightly. Gently remove shell from the rack and stuff with the delicious crab filling. Note: I like to use a teaspoon of guacamole on the dish as food glue. This will enable the tacos to stand up-right on the plate. Serve three for an appetizer.

 

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Steak And Tomatoes


 

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Some Color

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Flavor!

 

 

 

 

 

NY Strip Steak With Heirloom Tomato Salad

NY Strip Steak With Heirloom Tomato Salad (2)

Steak and tomatoes are a terrific combination.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Inactive Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yields:  2 servings
Cook Time: 14-15 minutes
Equipment: 10 inch cast iron skillet

Ingredients:
2-8 ounce, 1-1/2 inch thick NY strips
1 tablespoon olive oil
Seasoning Mix For Steaks:
2 tablespoons Kosher salt
2 teaspoons of freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons of garlic powder
4 cups of heirloom tomato wedges
1-14.6 ounce jar of long stemmed artichoke hearts
1/2 red onion thinly sliced
2 tablespoons of freshly chopped flat leaf Italian parsley
Red wine vinaigrette

Ingredients for dressing:
1/4 cup of red wine
1/2 cup of e.v.o.o.
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of Agave nectar
1 teaspoon freshly grated garlic
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

Directions For Dressing:
Place all the ingredients into a jelly jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake well until all the ingredients are well combined.

Directions For Heirloom Tomatoes:
Place the tomato wedges, artichoke hearts, chopped parsley, and sliced red onions into a large bowl. Pour on the dressing and toss through. Set the bowl aside until steak is ready.

Directions For Steak:
Important: Let the steak come to room temperature, about 15 minutes, before placing it into the hot pan.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F., convection, 400 degrees.

Trim and season the steaks to your taste. In a 10 inch cast iron skillet over med-high heat add 1 tablespoon of olive oil. When pan is hot, sear both sides of the steaks for 2-3 minutes. You want a golden brown crust on the outside of the steak.

Transfer pan the the preheated oven. Now come the variables.  The steaks thickness, how long they were seared, and the temperature of the oven. Cook to the final temperature you want. Remember that you may get a few more degrees after removal from the oven. I call this “carry over cooking time”.

It took about 6-7 minutes to reach an internal temp of 135-140 degrees, medium rare. Remove the steaks, transfer to a plate, cover with foil, and let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

To serve, slice the steaks on the bias. Fan the slices of steak out onto a plate along side the heirloom tomato salad. Serve with some of your favorite bread.

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