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What you need:

¼ cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp Sherry vinegar
1 ½ cups orange juice
2 tbsp shallots, minced
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
4 oranges, sections cut from membranes
2 duck breast halves, seasoned with salt and pepper
¼ cup unsalted butter
2 tbsp orange zest

What you do:

Boil the sugar and water for several minutes, until the syrup caramelizes and turns a golden brown color. Add the vinegar, juice, shallots, and chicken stock and simmer until the sauce is reduced to a little less than a cup. Add butter and 1 tablespoon of orange zest. Stir in orange sections.

In a  frying pan or a skillet, sear the duck breasts over high heat. Cook the duck for about 9-11 minutes on each side. Pour the prepared sauce over the duck breasts and garnish with the remaining orange zest.

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What you need:

3 ripe medium beefsteak tomatoes (about 1 1/2 pounds), cored and cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 4 cups)
2 medium red  peppers (about 1 pound), cored, seeded, and cut into 1/4-inch cubes. (about 2 cups)
2 small cucumbers (about 1 pound), one peeled and the other with skin on, both seeded and cut into 1/4-inch cubes (about 2 cups)
1/2 small sweet onion (such as Vidalia, Maui, or Walla Walla) or 2 large shallots, peeled and minced (about 1/2 cup)
2 medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
2 teaspoons table salt
1/3 cup sherry vinegar
Ground black pepper
5 cups tomato juice
2 1/2 tbsp minced chipotle chiles in adobo (start with a little and then add to it…depends on how spicy you like it)
1/4 cup minced fresh cilantro leaves
6 tbsp lime juice
2 tsp grated lemon zest
8 ice cubes
Extra-virgin olive oil for serving

what you do:

Combine the tomatoes,  peppers, cucumbers, onions, garlic, salt, vinegar, and pepper in a large (at least 4-quart) nonreactive bowl.

Let stand until the vegetables just begin to release their juices, about 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato juice, chipotle chiles, cilantro, lime juice, lemon zest, and ice cubes.

Cover tightly and refrigerate to blend flavors, at least 4 hours and up to 2 days.

Adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper and remove and discard any unmelted ice cubes.

Serve cold, drizzling each portion with about 1 tsp extra-virgin olive oil and topping with the desired garnishes

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