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BON APPETIT ~ ROASTED DOMINO POTATOES

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

This fantastic recipe was found in the October 2011 issue of Bon Appetit magazine.   In your pantry,  you probably have the few ingredients you’ll need to make this dish.  Take special care in the cutting of the potatoes for a beautiful presentation.  If you have a mandolin use it carefully.  The bay leaves give off a wonderful aroma as they are baking.  This recipe served 8 people at our Beachpeach Celebration dinner.    Very easy to make and elegant to serve.   ~ Sheryl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 5 or 6 Idaho Potatoes
  • 6 TBSP Butter
  • Bay Leafs
  • Kosher Salt

 

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.   Use a heavy 13×9 baking dish or heavy sheet pan with sides.   Melt 2 TBSP butter.  Pour into baking dish.  

Cut off sides of potatoes to form a square and slice 1/8″ thick.  ( A mandolin works wonderful for this if you have one.) Keep potatoes in stacks.  Slide stacks of potatoes into the baking dish as you would “dominoes”.  

Tuck bay leaves randomly among the potatoes…the more the merrier. 

Melt the remaining 4 TBSP butter and pour over entire dish. 

Sprinkle with kosher salt (you want to see the salt crystals). 

Bake  approximately 40 minutes or until edges are “crispy”.  

Serve casually in baking dish or carefully move potatoes to a platter, keeping the potatoes in a “domino” position.

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CLAMS CASINO RECIPE

From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Clams casino became a favorite of mine when my brother Billy would dig clams on Martha’s Vineyard.  Billy would come back to the house with a pail full of cherrystones.  We would spend “some time” at the kitchen counter shucking these open.   I always passed the hardest ones over to Billy to open. Sometimes you just have to let the calms “rest” and forget you are nearby.

Note to Non-Shuckers:  Read below to find out the easiest way to open the clams without worrying about cutting your hand off during the process.

Once you get the hang of opening the clams, it becomes a competitive part of making the dish, and making some fun memories too.  ~Sheryl

INGREDIENTS:

  • 18 Medium sized cherrystone or littleneck clams
  • 2 TBSP unlsalted butter
  • 3 Strips center-cut bacon, each sliced into 6 pieces (18 total)
  • 3 TBSP finely diced red pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 TBSP finely grated Parmesan
  • pinch of salt
  • freshly ground pepper
  • 2 TBSP chopped fresh parsley
  • lemon wedges
  • Rock salt (or Kosher salt)

Heat butter in a skillet over medium heat.  Add bacon and saute until cooked but not quite crisp.  Transfer bacon pieces to paper towel.  Reserve butter in pan and add red pepper and saute 2 minutes.  Add garlic and saute 1 minute more.

Turn off heat and stir in breadcrumbs, Parmesan, pinch of salt and pepper.   Reserve until needed.

For those of you who do not know how to “shuck” a clam, I will give you the easy way out :

Add about 2 inches of water to a pot.  Bring to rapid boil.  Add clams and cover.  Cook for 2 minutes.  Pull out open clams.  Cover and cook another minute.  Pull out open clams.  Repeat until all clams are opened.  It’s CRITICAL to remove the clams as soon as they open.  Allow clams to cool until they can be handled.  Twist and pull the clamshells apart and remove the clam.  Place the clam back into the deeper of the two shell halves.

Spread the rock salt in a baking dish.  Set the clams on top of the salt and press down slightly.  This will keep the clams from moving and spilling out their contents.

Spoon the breadcrumb mixture evenly over the top of each clamshell.

Top with a piece of bacon.

Broil on high until tops are crisp and brown ( 4- 6 minutes).

Sprinkle on fresh parsley and serve while hot with lemon wedges.

“SO GOOD” BAKED SEA SCALLOPS RECIPE

 From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

These are “so good”- which is what you’ll be hearing from scallop fans at your dinner table.   Not sure if you’re a scallop fan?  Try this recipe and you will become one.  Fast. 

Do you buy big or small scallops?  The most obvious difference between sea and bay scallops is their size.  Sea scallops are much bigger, generally running 10 to 20 to the pound, while you will get something in the range of 50 to 90 bay scallops for the same weight.   Both sea and bay scallops lend themselves to the same dishes.  Avoid overcooking, which is fatal to flavor and texture.  

The ingredients are kept minimal and the taste is right out of the ocean.  Serve alone or as part of a surf and turf.  Simply follow along with the pictures below.   

Ingredients:

  • 1 -1/2 pounds Sea Scallops
  • Juice of one  REAL Lemon
  • 2 TBSP Butter, divided
  • 1/2 sleeve of Ritz Crackers
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Put one tablespoon of butter in bottom of casserole dish.  Place in oven for a couple minutes to melt.   Pull out of oven.  Place scallops in casserole dish.  Season with salt and pepper and pour juice of one lemon over the scallops.   Crush 1/2 sleeve of Ritz crackers.  Sprinkle on top.  Place cut up tablespoon of butter on top of crackers.  Bake 10-12 minutes.   Do not overcook!  Just keep checking on the scallops after 10 minutes and give them another minute or so afterwards.  They will remain juicy.   Serve with slices of lemon on the side.

 Let me know what you think about this recipe.   

Did you hear “these are so good” when you served them?

~SHERYL

 

 

PERFECTLY CRISP PAN-SEARED CHICKEN BREASTS RECIPE WITH LEMON & CHIVE SAUCE

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From a tiny BEACH kitchen:

Cooking is often about time.  This is one of those recipes that takes a little bit more time and is totally worth the effort.  A mixture of 3 parts flour to 1 part cornstarch creates a thin, brown, crisp coating that keeps the chicken moist.   The chicken comes out tender on the inside and crisp on the outside.  It tastes better than real chicken skin. 

Do you have a few more minutes?  Then take 5 minutes and make this Lemon and Chive Pan Sauce to pour over the chicken.   Add a green veggie on the side ~ and you are DONE!

Note: An instant read thermometer is key if you do not want to overcook meat.   Without one, you will often  slice into the meat to check for doneness- then the juices run out before they set- leaving the meat dry.   Make a small investment in this kitchen tool.  It will change your world.  Well, you know, not really, but it does have a small WOW factor.  

Ingredients to Pan Sear Chicken:

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (6 to 8 oz each)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt or 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 TEAspooon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

POKE AND SALT:  Salting chicken seasons the meat and keeps it moist.  Poking thicker parts of the breasts with a fork ensures even seasoning.

COVER AND BAKE: Place chicken in 13 x 9 baking dish and cover tightly with foil.  Bake in a 300 degree oven until instant read thermometer reads 145 degrees.  (30 to 40 minutes)   Baking at low temperature in a foil covered dish cooks the chicken evenly and keeps it from drying out.

Remove chicken from oven and transfer to plate lined with paper towels.  Pat dry with paper towels.  Heat oil in 12″ skillet over medium heat.  While pan is heating, whisk butter, flour, cornstarch, and pepper in a small bowl.  Light brush top of chicken with coating. 

BRUSH ON COATING:  Brushing melted butter, flour and cornstarch onto breasts creates “skin” to protect meat during  searing.

SEAR QUICKLY:  Place chicken in skillet and cook until browned.  3 to 4 minutes. While chicken browns, brush with remaining mixture.   Flip with tongs.  Cook 3-4 minutes until second side is browned and thickest part of chicken registers 160 degrees on instant read thermometer.   Transfer chicken to large plate and let rest 5 minutes.   Prepare sauce……

Lemon and Chive Pan Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 medium shallot, minced (about 3 Tbsp)
  • 1 TEAspoon unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 TBSP juice from 1 lemon
  • 2 TBSP minced fresh chives
  • 1 TBSP unsalted butter, chilled
  • salt and ground pepper

Add shallot to now empty skillet and cook over medium heat until softened- about 2 minutes.  Add flour and cook 30 seconds, stir constantly.  Add broth, increase heat to medium high, bring to simmer, scraping pan bottom to loosen browned bits.   Stir in any accumulated chicken juices from baking pan, simmer 30 seconds.   Turn off heat.  Whisk in lemon juice, chives and butter.  Season with salt and pepper.  Spoon over chicken and serve immediately.  Enjoy!

Adapted from COOK’s, Number 103

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