Posts for July 2nd 2010
The red pizza is the most classic, with tomato sauce, mozzarella, and a BLT garnish. The white pizza celebrates the ingredients of the season with a fresh corn, zucchini, and leek topping. The blue is the most exotic, with Peruvian purple potatoes, blue cheese, and caramelized onions.
Get started a day in advance on preparing the toppings, then all you have to do during the barbecue is grill the dough and finish the pies. Serving the pizzas as a trio is an excellent conversation starter; each of my guests were eager to say which was their favorite. I loved them all! For the recipes, keep reading.
Southlawn Herb Garden Mayo
2 large eggs
4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons white wine vinegar
1 teaspoon sea salt
2 cups grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 lemon, zested
1 tablespoon of chopped thyme
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup diced celery
1 cup diced scallions
2 green apples, cored and diced
1/2 cup canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1 cup store-bought mango chutney
30 ounces ground turkey
1/2 cup grated lemon zest
1 cup fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup fresh chives
1/4 cup fresh parsley
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Multigrain potato buns, cut in half
6 leaves iceberg lettuce
6 ruby-red tomato slices
2 cups thinly sliced Spanish onions
6 slices Swiss cheese
- Make the mayonnaise: Add the eggs, mustard, vinegar, and salt to a food processor blender or blender food processor. Process for 30 seconds in the food processor or 10 seconds in the blender. With the motor running, drizzle in the oil slowly at first, then after a few seconds add the oil in a thin, steady stream until all the oil is added and the mixture is smooth. Stop the motor and taste. If the sauce is too thick, thin it with a little hot water. If too thin, process a little longer. The mayonnaise can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
- Add lemon, thyme, salt and pepper.
- Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the celery, scallions, and apples. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 15 to 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
- Add the chipotles and 1/2 tablespoon of adobo sauce from the can and the chutney to a blender. Puree until smooth. Transfer to a bowl.
- Add the celery mixture and stir until well combined.
- Add the turkey, lemon zest, lemon juice, chives, parsley, salt, and pepper and stir until well combined.
- To make the patties, roll six 5-ounce turkey balls and form each ball into a patty. Arrange on a tray, cover, and refrigerate.
- Butter bread on both sides. Lay on flat top for 1 minute on each side. Set aside.
- To make caramelized onions, heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the onions -- don't worry if they're piled high; they will cook down. Turn with a spatula so all the onions are evenly coated in oil. Continue to cook, turn the onions every 8 minutes, until the slices have turned a dark, rich brown color, about 25 minutes. If the onions begin to burn, reduce the heat to medium-low and add more oil. Remove the onions and place them in a bowl.
- Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add enough just oil to cover the entire bottom. After 2 minutes, reduce the heat to medium and place the patties into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper and cook for 3 minutes. Flip, and cook on the other side for 1 minute.
- Place 1 slice cheese on each patty and continue cooking 2 minutes more for medium-rare. Cover with a lid for the last 30 seconds to melt the cheese.
- To assemble the burgers, place 1 patty on a toasted bun bottom. Top the patty with a tablespoon of caramelized onions, 1 lettuce leaf, 1 tomato slice, 1 onion slice, and a spoonful of the Southlawn Herb Garden Mayo. Cover with the bun top. Repeat with the remaining ingredients.
- Wrap the sandwiches in wax paper. Place burger in the middle of wax paper. Pull one corner over then pull in right side corner and left side corner. Finish by pulling the remaining corner over top. Let rest 2 to 3 minutes and serve.
Makes 6 burgers.
- Main Dishes, Poultry
- North American
1/2 cup pitted, peeled rambutans (fresh is preferred, but canned will work, too)
1-1/2 ounces ginger-flavored vodka, such as Skyy Infusions Ginger
1/2 ounce Cointreau
1 ounce club soda
- In a cocktail shaker, combine rambutans and muddle until they are broken up and have released their juices, but not completely pulverized.
- Fill the shaker halfway full with ice, then add ginger-flavored vodka, Cointreau, and club soda. Shake vigorously, then strain into a martini glass.
- Drinks, Cocktails
Source: Flickr User David Sifry
I'm returning to my hometown of Houston to spend time with the fam. I'll undoubtedly hit up one of my favorite Bayou City spots, Goode Co., for brisket and perhaps even a slice of pecan pie. I'm also looking forward to spending some time in front of the charcoal with Dad, which means there'll be some beautiful barbecued chicken, steak, and corn to look forward to. What are you noshing on while you celebrate your independence?
1 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
3 Fresh Raspberry and 3 Fresh Blueberries
4-6 Mint Leaves
.75 oz Simple Syrup
2 oz Gin (recommended: Bluecoat)
- Put the lemon juice, mint, and berries into mixing glass and lightly muddle.
- Add the simple syrup, gin, and ice. Shake vigorously.
- Fine-strain over the rocks into a double old-fashioned glass and top with a splash of soda. Garnish with lemon wheel and one raspberry.
Makes 1 cocktail.
- Drinks, Cocktails
- North American