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Mussels With Garlic Basil Bread Crumbs

 

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This style of mussels are so delicious. Most importantly, the broth that rests in the bottom of the bowl is heavenly. For this recipe, I’m focusing on the toasted bread crumbs.

To get my recipe for this broth, go to the search button at the top right and type in “mussels”. That will take you right to my post on “Mussels, Updated”

Having the toasted flavored bread crumbs nestled inside the shells gives great texture to the mussels.The fresh herbs and garlic add extra flavor. It’s so simple to make. Let me show you.

I have six pounds of mussels that I’ve divided into two batches. For the first night of our mussel extravaganza, I made them my traditional way. The second night, I thought I’d change it up a bit. Making them with garlic basil bread crumbs. Still using my delicious broth as a base, but instead of using crusty bread along side, I would add the bread into the recipe.

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It’s important to remember to always clean you mussels in advance. Cleaning the beards, scrubbing the shells, and also making sure the mussels discard any sand they may have. To do this, fill up your sink with cold water and add a couple of tablespoons of flour. Mix the flour around with your hands, then add the mussels right in. They will filter out the sand by drinking in the flour that’s in the water.Pretty cool! I usually let them stay in the sink for about 10 minutes.This will prevent any sand from getting into your final dish. You don’t want the mussels to release any sand they may be holding and it ending up in your broth.

Have a large pot on the stove, preheated, on med-high heat. Add the cleaned mussels to the pot. Pour in a whole bottle of white wine. Place the lid on and let the mussels steam. Once all the mussels have opened, they’re done. If you see any that have not opened discard them. I like to stir the mussels once through the steaming process so they can all drink up some of the wine. This whole process happens really quickly.

Yields: 2 servings at 1-1/2 pounds per person
Prep Time for Mussels: 30-40 minutes (includes filtering the sand out in the sink)Prep Prep Time for bread crumbs: 10 minutes
Cook Time for bread crumbs: 5-7 minutes
Equipment: large stock pot
Ingredients:
recipe of the broth is at “Mussels updated”
3 pounds of cleaned mussels
1 bottle of dry white wine
1 stick of melted unsalted butter
1 tablespoon of Kosher salt
1 teaspoon of freshly cracked black pepper
2-1/2 cups of Italian seasoned bread crumbs
5 cloves of garlic
1-1/2 tablespoons of lemon zest
1/4 cup of pine nuts
1 cup of Italian flat leaf parsley
1-1/2 cups of fresh basil leaves

Directions:
As I mentioned earlier, I’m using 3 pounds of mussels for this recipe. I start with a stick of unsalted melted butter in a large saute pan, on medium heat. I sprinkle in some Kosher salt and pepper to the melted butter. This will season the bread crumbs. To the melted butter add in Italian style bread crumbs. Using a spatula, toss the bread crumbs through so that they get covered with the butter. Folding the bread crumbs continuously, until the bread crumbs have absorbed all the butter and have toasted up nicely. This take about 5-7 minutes or so. Once they are all nice and toasted,  turn the heat off and set them to the side.

In a food processor, add in some garlic cloves that have been halved. and pulse them until a few times until they’re minced. In a large bowl add the minced garlic. To the bowl add in pine nuts and lemon zest.

Next, for the fresh herbs. I have fresh Italian flat leaf parsley and fresh basil leaves. I add those into the food processor and pulse them a few times just to the point where they are chopped but not minced. I want to see their green color come through when they are mixed with the bread crumbs.

Add the toasted bread crumbs into the bowl and mix all the ingredients together. When ready to plate, ladle the broth into the bottom of the bowl, then the cooked mussels. Finish by generously sprinkling the toasted garlic basil bread crumbs over the top.

 

 

 

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Braised Boneless Short Ribs And Root Vegetables In A Red Wine Reduction Over Cheddar Grits

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This has to be one of the coldest days we’ve had in Orlando in a really long time, so I needed to bring out the big guns for dinner tonight. Steve’s been working on roofs all day and I know he’d want a comforting dish to warm him up. I went to our local Farmers’ Market and decided on short ribs. They offer boneless short ribs which I’ve never seen anywhere else before, so I bought them.

The name of my dish, Braised Short Ribs With Root Vegetables In A Red Wine Reduction Over Cheddar Grits sounds super fancy but really it’s not.

I should tell you that our local Farmers’ Market is called Freshfields Farm. I posted a link at the bottom of this post in case you’d like to click and visit.

I definitely needed good white cheddar for my grits, and Freshfields Farm also offers a variety of cheeses, so this worked out perfectly.

Next, I was onto the produce side of Freshfields Farm to check out the root vegetables available for my dish tonight. I found a beautiful butternut squash and some leaf top carrots. Those are going to be perfect for my Braised Boneless Short Ribs.

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To start this dish, the vegetables need to be prepped. It’s important that they all be approximately the same size so they cook evenly. Besides the butternut squash, carrots, onions, and minced garlic using a food processor purèe the Piquillo peppers.

This is what the boneless short ribs look like. You can see they have great marbling throughout the meat, which will make for a tender and flavorful dish.

Instead of browning the meat off in batches, in my Dutch oven, I’m going to sear the meat all at one time by roasting the short ribs in the oven at a very high temperature. I love this method instead of browning them off in batches on top of the stove. Also, I can start cooking the vegetables off on top of the stove while the meat is searing.

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Be sure to keep checking their progress until they look like the picture above.

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On the stove top, start softening the vegetables in the Dutch oven. It’s really important to season each layer as you go.  I’ll show the total amount of Kosher salt and pepper in the ingredients list.

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For the liquids, first, add the Cabernet Sauvignon to deglaze the pot. Using a wooden spoon to scrape all the bits off the bottom of the pot. After the wine has reduced, add the beef consomme and beef broth.

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Adjust the oven temperature to 325-degrees F.

Remove the short ribs from the oven.

Add the seared short ribs and their juices (the juice is extra flavor) to the pot with the vegetables.  Bring all this up to a boil then reduce to a simmer and place into the oven for 2-1/2- 2-3/4 hours. The short ribs will be fully cooked and fork tender.

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Carefully remove the short ribs from the oven. Turn the oven temperature to 350-degrees F. Carefully remove the short ribs from the pot and set onto a plate.

In a small bowl make a *slurry. Add the *slurry to the pot. Bring the sauce back up to a boil. Stirring everything continuously until the sauce thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. You want it to be like a loose gravy, so when you ladle it over the cheese grits, the sauce will cling to the veggies and soak into the grits.

At this point, add the meat back into the pot and place the lid on. Set the pot on a back burner on very low or warm if that setting is available on your stove.

Next, onto making the cheddar grits.

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Adjust oven temperature to 350-degrees F.
In a large saucepot, I add heavy cream and water. Bring up to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt. Using a  whisk add the grits. As soon as the liquid is completely absorbed,  remove the grits from the heat and add the unsalted butter. Switch to a wooden spoon, stir until butter is incorporated. Next, added the grated white cheddar, stir to combine.

Next, in a 9 x 11 buttered baking dish, add the cooked grits. spread the grits evenly into the buttered casserole dish. spring white cheddar on top. Cover the casserole dish with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until grits are hot and bubbly.

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Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cooking Time For Short Ribs: 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours
Cooking Time For Grits: 1 hour
Oven Temp: 325 degrees
Yields: 4-6 servings
Equipment, 6-quart Dutch oven, food processor, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, 9 x 11 baking dish

Ingredients For Boneless Short Ribs:

3 cups of water
1 cup of heavy cream
1 teaspoon of Kosher salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups of shredded white cheddar (reserve 1/2 a cup for the topping)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
To start this dish, the vegetables need to be prepped. It’s important that they all be approximately the same size so they cook evenly. Besides the butternut squash, carrots, onions, and minced garlic using a food processor purèe the Piquillo peppers.

In a large mixing bowl, add the short ribs, 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons of Kosher salt, 1 tablespoon freshly cracked black pepper. Mix to combine. Lay the marinated short ribs, in one layer, spread out, onto two baking sheets. Roast for 20 minutes. Halfway through the roasting process, flip the short ribs to get a good caramelization on all sides.

Note: Oven temperatures may vary slightly. The 20 minutes roasting time for the short ribs is an approximate time.

In a Dutch oven preheated on medium-high heat, add the olive oil, onions, and carrots. Season with Kosher salt and black pepper. Sautè those for 2-3 minutes. Next, add the diced butternut squash minced garlic, and tomato paste.

Continue cooking adding the remaining Kosher salt and black pepper, stirring occasionally for another 2-3 minutes. Note: It’s important to season each layer as you go. Once the vegetables start to soften, add the purèed Piquillo peppers stirring to combine with the vegetables. Next, add the crushed red pepper flakes, and fresh herbs, stir to combine.

For the liquids, first, add the Cabernet Sauvignon to deglaze the pot. Using a wooden spoon to scrape all the bits off the bottom of the pot. After the wine has reduced by half add the beef consomme and beef broth.

Remove the short ribs from the oven. Turn the oven to 325-degrees F.

Add the short ribs and their juices to the Dutch oven, stir to combine. Bring up to a boil, place the lid on and transfer the pot to the oven. Cook for 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours or until the meat is fork tender.

Set oven temperature to 350-degrees F.
Remove the pot from the oven, carefully transfer the short ribs to a dish. Add the premade *slurry to the pot, stir to combine. Bring the sauce back up to a boil until sauce has the consistency of a loose gravy. Turn the heat down to the lowest temperature or a warm setting. Add the meat back into the pot. Place a lid on to keep hot.

Tip: Spray the dull side of the foil with non-stick cooking spray before covering the grits. The will prevent the cheese on top from sticking to the foil.

In a large saucepot, I add heavy cream and water. Bring up to a boil. Add 1 teaspoon of Kosher salt. Using a  whisk add the grits. As soon as the liquid is completely absorbed,  remove the grits from the heat and add the unsalted butter. Switch to a wooden spoon, stir until butter is incorporated. Next, added the grated white cheddar, stir to combine.

Next, in a 9 x 11 buttered baking dish, add the cooked grits. spread the grits evenly into the buttered casserole dish. spring white cheddar on top. Cover the casserole dish with foil. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5-7 minutes or until grits are hot and bubbly.

To Serve:

*slurry:  For each cup of liquid, you want to thicken, start with 1 tablespoon of cornstarch in a small bowl. Add an equal amount of cold liquid and stir until smooth paste forms. Whisk the slurry into the hot simmering liquid you want to thicken.

 

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Italian Sausage Sandwiches With Peppers And Onions

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Who doesn’t love an Italian Sausage Sandwich With Peppers And Onions like the ones you get at the state fair. Now you can enjoy them whenever you want, not just when the fair comes to town. These Italian Sausage Sandwiches With Peppers And Onions are so good, they’re nestled in between a deliciously grilled baguette.

Here’s how I do it.

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Going that extra step of grilling the sausage links gives a nice smokey flavor and the grill marks look great.

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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 to 40 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Yields 4 sandwiches
Equipment: 8-inch sautépan with lid, 12-inch sautépan, indoor grill pan, large mixing bowl

Ingredients:
1 pound (5 links) sweet Italian sausage (substitute hot Italian sausage)
1/4 cup unsalted  chicken broth
1 red bell pepper, julienned
1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
1 green bell pepper, julienned
1 large sweet onion, finely sliced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon tomato paste
1 large-size baguette, grilled
1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
Parmesan cheese, grated

Directions:
In a small sautépan add the sausage links. Pour in the unsalted chicken broth, turn the heat to medium and place the lid on. Bring it to a boil then reduce. heat to a simmer. Poach on medium-low heat for about 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and transfer the sausage links to a plate, set aside.

While the sausage links are poaching. Prep all the vegetables for this dish placing them all into a large mixing bowl. Keep the minced garlic separate.

In a large sautépan on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and crushed red pepper flakes. Add all the veggies and let them start to sweat. Add Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper stir to combine. After about 7 to 10 minutes, once the peppers and onions have softened add the tomato paste and the minced garlic. Stir to combine allowing the tomato paste to melt and heat through and the garlic becomes soft and fragrant.

I like for the veggies to still have a slight crunch to them not cooked all the way to the soft stage. That’s just a personal preference. At this point, take the veggies off the heat, set aside.

Preheat indoor grill pan to medium-high heat, Turn the overhead fan on.

Get your grill pan screaming hot, set the sausage links on the grill. Using a grill-press for even grilling and turning them every 3 minutes until they’re cooked through around 10 to 12 minutes total.

Adjust the heat on the grill pan to medium-low heat, I cut the baguette in half then in half again yielding 4 smaller pieces. Slice each of the four lengthwise not cutting them completely thought. Split them open, spread the butter on each side of all four and placed them on the grill, using a grill-press to ensure they toast evenly. This takes only a couple of minutes. Note: Keep a close eye on them so they don’t burn.

To serve, place a sausage link onto the grilled bread, spoon on the onions and peppers. Top with a sprinkle of fresh grated Parmesan cheese.

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Pappardelle With A Beef Short Rib Ragu

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Parpadelle

Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle

This dish is one you’ll want to serve to family and friends. I just loved the response I received. I know that once you make my Beef Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle, it will be something you’ll make again and again. Let’s get started.

The star of this dish is the beef short ribs. I want to let you know that this cut of meat can be expensive. My butcher happens to carry both styles of beef short ribs, bone-in and boneless. The boneless type of beef short ribs is cut from either chuck or plate and consist of rib meat. I’m going to use both bone-in and boneless beef short ribs in my Beef Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle.

Whenever making this type of dish, it’s important to prep all the vegetables.

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I have 2 1-pound packages of boneless and a 1 2-pound package of bone-in beef short ribs. Above you will see that I have set the meat out on a paper towel to pat them completely dry on all sides. The reason for this is to get a good sear on the outside of the meat.

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I toss all the meat in some olive oil, Kosher salt, and pepper, and then spread them out onto 2 baking sheets. They will go into the oven at 450-degrees F. for 15-20 minutes.

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This is what they will look like when they come out. While the short ribs are roasting in the oven, on top of the stove the base for the sauce starts. You want to use a large braising pot or any type of heavy bottom pot like a Dutch oven.

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Now at this point, I have my liquids for this dish ready and on standby.

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You do not want to cover the veggies completely with liquid, just about 1/2 of the way up, because the veggies will release their own liquid.

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Cover, carefully transfer the pot the oven. Cook for 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours.

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WOW! Does this look amazing? So now I going to remove the meat to take the bones out and shred the meat.

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I have to say, by adding the sweet potato to this dish gives a nice sweetness. To thicken the sauce I process the veggies in a food processor. Be careful when processing hot liquids not to fill the processor more than a third of the way full.

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Start ladling the veggies into the processor.

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This is what the thickened sauce will look like when you’re done.

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Add all the shredded beef short rib meat to the sauce, stir to combine. Cover to keep hot.

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This Artisanal pasta cooks for only 8 minutes. You want to cook the pasta to the al-dente stage.

Braised Beef Short Ribs With Parpadelle

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Yields: 4 servings
Equipment: 6-quart Dutch oven, 2 rimmed baking sheet pans, food processor, large stockpot for cooking pasta

Ingredients:
2 1-pound packages of boneless beef short ribs
12-pound package of bone-in beef short ribs
1/3 cup of good olive oil
2 1/2 tablespoons Kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper

3 tablespoon of good olive oil
5 large cloves whole garlic, peeled
2 ribs of celery, 2 1/2 inch dice
1 sweet potato, peeled 2 1/2 inch dice
2 medium-size carrots, 2 1/2ich dice
1 red and yellow bell pepper, 2 1/2 inch dice
1 large sweet onion, 2 1/2 inch dice
1 1/2 tablespoon Kosher salt
1 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
3 sprigs fresh rosemary
2 fresh bay leaves, substitute dry
6 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 28-ounce can San Marzano tomatoes, without their liquid
2 1/2 cups of Cabernet Sauvignon
3 cups of unsalted beef stock
Garnish with fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
Garnish with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

2 packages of Pappardelle

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
Lay all the short ribs in a single layer onto paper towels. Take another paper towel and pat the tops dry too. Once dry, transfer the short ribs to a large mixing bowl. Add olive oil, Kosher salt, and fresh ground black pepper. Toss together until all the ribs are coated.

Lay the seasoned short ribs in a single layer onto 2 rimmed baking sheets. Roast for 15 to 20 minutes until caramelized.

While the short ribs are roasting dice the vegetables, tie the herbs up together with kitchen twine (herb bouquet), and have all the liquids premeasured for the dish.

In a Dutch oven on medium heat, add the olive oil. To that add the diced onions, diced sweet potato, diced carrots, diced celery, and diced bell peppers. Season with Kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper. Sautè for 10 minutes until softened and golden brown.

Add tomato paste to the pot, and stir to combine. Add 1 cup of the Cabernet, stirring and scraping the brown bits off the bottom of the pot until clean. Add the remaining red wine and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half. Add the whole garlic cloves, unsalted beef stock, and the tied up fresh herbs.

Adjust the oven temperature to 350-degrees F.

Remove the short ribs from the oven and transfer them to the pot. Bring the liquid to a simmer on medium-high heat. Cover the Dutch oven and place it into the oven. Cook until the short ribs are very tender, 2 1/2 to 2 3/4 hours.

Carefully remove the cooked short ribs from the pot. Let cool down enough before handling. As soon as the ribs are cool enough, remove the meat from those that have bones. Using two forks shred all the meat into small pieces.

Thicken the sauce in small batches.  First, remove the herb bouquet. Ladle 1/3 of the liquid into a food processor. Note: Be very careful when processing hot liquids. Place the lid on and hold, with one hand, a dish towel over the top opening. Transfer the thickened sauce, from the food processor to a large bowl until all the sauce has been processed.

Return the thickened sauce back into the pot along with the shredded beef short ribs, stir to combine. Cover to stay hot while making the pasta. If you have a burner with a “warm” setting, that’s perfect.

Fill a large stockpot with water. Set over high heat and bring to a boil. Salt well and stir in pasta. Cook until pasta is al dente. Drain pasta. Add the drained pasta to a large serving platter. Ladle the Beef Short Rib Ragu over the pasta and gently toss.

Garnish the Beef Short Rib Ragu With Pappardelle with fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley and shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. Serve immediately.

 

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