Creamy Lobster Linguine

Creamy Lobster LinguineIngredients:

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 3 shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups tomato puree
  • 1/4 cup cream
  • 1 pound linguine
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan, plus more for serving
  • 1 cup baby arugula, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh tarragon leaves, roughly chopped
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • Two 1 1/2-pound lobsters, steamed, meat removed

Directions:

  1. Heat a large straight-sided skillet over medium heat. Add the olive oil and bacon and cook until the bacon is beginning to crisp, 8 minutes. Add the shallots, garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for an additional 3 minutes, until fragrant. Add the salt, tomato puree and cream; stir to combine. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the linguine for 1 minute less than the package instructions, about 10 minutes. Using tongs, remove the pasta from the water and add it directly to the pan with the sauce. Sprinkle the cheese directly on the naked pasta and toss to coat in sauce. Add up to 1 cup of the pasta water to loosen the sauce as needed. Stir in the arugula, basil, tarragon, peas and lobster meat; simmer until everything is heated through, 1 minute. Serve with additional Parmesan if desired.

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

Crockpot BBQ Beer Pulled Pork Tacos with Crispy Onion Straws and Mango Salsa

Crockpot BBQ Beer Pulled Pork Tacos with Crispy Onion Straws and Mango Salsa 3Ingredients:

  • 1 (3.5-pound) pork shoulder roast (mine was bone-in)
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 32 ounces of barbecue sauce + additional for drizzling
  • 12 small flour or corn tortillas
  • 4-6 ounces freshly grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 batch of crispy onion straws

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 mango, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 red onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 jalapeƱo, finely diced
  • 1 bunch of cilantro, chopped
  • the juice of 1 lime
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions:

  1. Optional but yields the best result: heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and add about 1-2 tablespoons olive oil. Sear the pork on every side (about 2-3 minutes per side) until golden brown before adding to the crockpot.
  2. Add pork to crockpot with onion powder, garlic powder, paprika, salt and pepper. Add beer and 24 ounces of barbecue sauce. Cook on low for 8 hours, tossing once or twice if desired. After 8 hours, shred pork with forks or kitchen tongs and add remaining barbecue sauce. Toss pork to coat and let sit for 10-15 minutes before serving to absorb everything. Remove bone (if bone-in) before serving.
  3. I made the mango salsa about 2 hours before serving and the crispy onion straws about 1 hour before. To assemble tacos, place pork in the center of the tortilla and top with a drizzle of barbecue sauce if desired. Add on cheddar, then onion straws and then a big spoonful of mango salsa. Eat up!

Mango Salsa:

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss well to mix. Can be stored in the fridge for 2-3 days, is best when sits for a few hours so the flavors marry.

Recipe & photo by Jessica Merchant from www.howsweeteats.com

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