Red Wine Braised Short Ribs

Red Wine Braised Short RibsIngredients:

  • 4 English cut beef short ribs, trimmed (roughly 8 ounces each)
  • Kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 bottle full bodied red wine, such as Cabernet
  • 4 cups low-sodium vegetable stock
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.

Pat ribs dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on all sides.

Heat 2 tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ribs and brown on all sides. Transfer the ribs to a plate, then add the garlic and stir until softened but not brown, about 1 minute. Carefully pour in the wine, bring to a boil and cook until reduced to about 1 cup. Add the ribs and any juices they have released back to the pot along with the stock. Reduce the heat and bring to a simmer, then cover the pot and transfer it to the oven, to braise, until the meat easily falls off the bone, about 3 hours.

Transfer the ribs to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Strain the braising liquid through a fine mesh sieve into a saucepan set over medium-high heat. Simmer the liquid, skimming fat as necessary, until thickened, about 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Taste for seasoning and adjust, if necessary. Transfer the ribs and sauce to a serving dish and serve.

Recipe from Claire Robinson courtesy of www.foodnetwork.com

Shrimp Scampi with Linguini

Shrimp Scampi with LinguiniIngredients:

  • 1 pound linguini
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 2 shallots, finely diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes, optional
  • 1 pound shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley leaves

Directions:

For the pasta, put a large pot of water on the stove to boil. When it has come to the boil, add a couple of tablespoons of salt and the linguini. Stir to make sure the pasta separates; cover. When the water returns to a boil, cook for about 6 to 8 minutes or until the pasta is not quite done. Drain the pasta.

Meanwhile, in a large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons butter in 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Saute the shallots, garlic, and red pepper flakes (if using) until the shallots are translucent, about 3 to 4 minutes. Season the shrimp with salt and pepper; add them to the pan and cook until they have turned pink, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove the shrimp from the pan; set aside and keep warm. Add wine and lemon juice and bring to a boil. Add 2 tablespoons butter and 2 tablespoons oil. When the butter has melted, return the shrimp to the pan along with the parsley and cooked pasta. Stir well and season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over a bit more olive oil and serve immediately.

Recipe courtesy of Tyler Florence from www.foodnetwork.com

Avocado, Roasted Corn and Shrimp Salad

This recipe is quick, light, and perfect for spring! Pair it with something similar like a pinot blanc, such as, Camille Braun Cuvée Marguerite-Anne Pinot Blanc 2014 from our Premier Wine Series Club!

Avocado-Roasted-Corn-and-Shrimp-SaladINGREDIENTS:

  • 6 ears corn, husked
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 tomato, cubed
  • 1 lb. ready to eat shrimp, tails removed
  • 1 medium California Avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chiffonade
  • 3 Tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • As needed Kosher salt & freshly ground pepper, to taste

INSTRUCTIONS:

Fire up the grill to a medium hot temperature. Rub corn with 1 tablespoon oil. Grill, turning frequently, until corn is charred and heated through, 10-12 minutes. Remove from grill. When cool, slice kernels from the cob and transfer into a large bowl. Can use boiled or microwaved corn, but please don’t. The grilled corn with the olive oil MAKES this dish.  Mix remaining 2 tablespoons oil, tomatoes, basil and lime juice into corn. Add shrimp and diced avocado. Toss lightly, ensuring that the avocado dices stay intact. Season to taste with salt, pepper, and more lime juice, if desired.

Recipe and photo from: www.californiaavocado.com

Super Bowl Foods & Wine

The big game is happening this Sunday. Party food is high in calories, so we will all be chucking that diet we all started at the first of the year. Oh boy, I am looking forward to eating party food and drinking my fair share of some tasty wines. Oh yeah, and watching the Patriots and Seahawks battle for the title.

Don’t just stick to one type of wine, enjoy your Super Bowl party food with a variety of wines. If your friends are like mine the wine won’t go to waste. Start with a sparkling wine, Viognier, Pinot Gris or Sauvignon Blanc with the veggie tray or chips if you dare.

Work your way through the game with either a Merlot or Zinfandel and then a Cabernet Sauvignon while munching on the chili, burgers, meatballs and pizza.

Just because it is game day don’t forget the chocolate with a port or a sherry to complete a great party night.

Here is an infographic to help you pair up your party foods with your wines for the Big Game Day.

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Sour-Cherry-Stuffed Duck Breasts with Thyme

This festive duck roast is stuffed with a delicious sweet-and-sour cherry filling. Pair it with our Collectors Series Silvio Grasso Barolo 2011.

SERVINGS: 8 TO 10

Sour-Cherry-Stuffed Duck Breasts with ThymeINGREDIENTS

  • Four 1- to 1 1/4-pound whole boneless Muscovy duck breasts (see Note), skin scored in a crosshatch pattern
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small shallot, minced
  • 1 cup dried sour cherries (6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • Freshly ground pepper

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Lightly season the duck breasts all over with salt and set them skin side down on a large baking sheet. Refrigerate uncovered until the meat looks shiny, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a medium skillet, melt the butter. Add the shallot and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until just starting to brown, 4 minutes. Add the dried sour cherries and sugar and cook, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is dissolved and just starting to caramelize, 5 minutes. Add the vinegar and 1/4 cup of water and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed, 3 minutes. Fold in the parsley and thyme and season the stuffing with salt and pepper. Let cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 400°. Set the duck skin side down on a work surface. Spread the cherry stuffing over the breasts evenly. Fold over one side of each breast to enclose the stuffing and tie them in 5 places with kitchen twine to make 4 neat roasts.

Heat a large ovenproof skillet. Season the roasts all over with pepper and cook over moderate heat, turning occasionally, until the skin is browned and nearly crisp, 10 to 12 minutes; spoon off the excess fat in the skillet as needed.

Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the duck for about 12 minutes, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of each breast registers 118° to 120°. Transfer the duck breasts to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes. Snip off the kitchen twine. Thinly slice the roasts crosswise and serve.

MAKE AHEAD
The sour cherry stuffing can be refrigerated overnight. Bring to room temperature before using.

NOTE
Ask your butcher for whole boneless duck breasts. They are also available online from D’Artagnan or Grimaud Farms.

Recipe and photo from www.foodandwine.com.