Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes and Fresh Mozzarella

Grilled-Portobello-MushroomsIngredients:

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus extra for greasing grill pan
  • 4 large portobello mushrooms (about 5 inches in diameter), stemmed
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra for drizzling
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 small to medium sized vine ripened tomatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 8 ounces fresh water-packed mozzarella, drained, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves

Directions:

Drizzle 3 tablespoons of olive oil over both sides of the mushrooms. Sprinkle the mushrooms with salt and pepper. Drizzle olive oil on grill pan to prevent mushrooms from sticking. Grill until the mushrooms are heated through and tender, about 5 minutes per side.

Meanwhile, whisk the extra-virgin olive oil and garlic in a medium bowl to blend. Add the tomatoes, cheese, and basil and toss to coat. Season the tomato salad, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Place 1 hot grilled mushroom gill side up on each of 4 plates. Sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Spoon the tomato salad atop the mushrooms, drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil to finish, about 1 tablespoon and serve.

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis from www.foodnetwork.com

Mussel and White Bean Stew

mussel-and-white-bean-stewIngredients:

  • 2 pounds mussels, scrubbed
  • 3/4 cup dry sherry
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Thai or other small red chile, minced
  • Two 14-ounce cans cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • Salt
  • 3 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Crusty bread, for serving

Directions:

  1. In a deep skillet, combine the mussels, sherry and wine. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over moderate heat until the mussels open, 3 minutes. Remove the mussels from their shells. Strain the broth; reserve 1 cup.
  2. Wipe out the skillet and heat the olive oil in it. Add the garlic and chile and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute. Stir in the beans. Add the broth, season with salt and bring to a boil. Add the mussels and the parsley and heat through. Serve the stew with crusty bread.

Recipe contributed by Alex Raij courtesy of www.foodandwine.com.

Paula Deen’s Crab Cakes

paula deen crab cakesIngredients:

  • 1 pound crabmeat, picked free of shells
  • 1/3 cup crushed crackers (recommended: Ritz)
  • 3 green onions (green and white parts), finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1/2 cup peanut oil
  • Favorite dipping sauce, for serving

 

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mix together all ingredients, except for the flour and peanut oil. Shape into patties and dust with flour.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When oil is hot, carefully place crab cakes, in batches, in pan and fry until browned, about 4 to 5 minutes. Carefully flip crab cakes and fry on other side until golden brown, about 4 minutes. Serve warm with preferred sauce.

Recipe courtesy of Paula Deen from www.foodnetwork.com

Coffee Rubbed Rib-Eye

Ingredients:

coffee rubbed rib eyeCoffee Rub:

  • 1/4 cup ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 cup finely ground espresso
  • 2 tablespoons Spanish paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons chili de arbol powder
  • 2 bone-in or boneless rib-eye steaks, 2-inches thick, approximately 1 1/2 pounds each
  • Canola or olive oil
  • Salt and coarsely ground black pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all spices in a bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  3. Preheat a cast iron pan over high heat. Brush each side of the steak with oil and then season each side liberally with salt and pepper. Rub 2 tablespoons of the coffee rub onto 1 side of each steak. Cook the steak, rub side down until golden brown, about 3 to 4 minutes. Flip the steak over, cook for 2 minutes and then transfer to a baking sheet and cook in the oven to medium-rare doneness, about 8 to 10 minutes. Remove and let rest 5 minutes before slicing.

Recipe courtesy of Bobby Flay from www.foodnetwork.com.

Steamed Mussels with Tomato and Chorizo Broth

Steamed Mussels with Tomato and Chorizo BrothIngredients:

  • 2 ounces dried Spanish chorizo, casing removed, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 pounds mussels, scrubbed, debearded
  • 4 thick slices country-style bread, toasted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or parsley

Preparation:

Heat chorizo and 2 tablespoons oil in a large heavy pot over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until chorizo begins to brown and crisp, about 4 minutes. Add garlic and fennel seeds and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add tomatoes and wine and bring to a simmer; season with pepper. Cook until reduced by three-quarters, 6–8 minutes.

Add mussels. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until mussels open, 6–8 minutes. Discard any mussels that don’t open. Drizzle toast with oil. Serve mussels topped with tarragon with toast alongside.

Recipe by Chris Morocco courtesy of www.epicurious.com.