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Curry Lamb Chops with Mint

Mint cools off this very simple, spicy summer lamb dish.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh mint leaves (I used pineapple mint from my herb garden…)

1/4 cup cilantro leaves

Extra virgin olive oil

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon curry

1 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Sea salt

4 lamb loin chops

Rough chop the mint and cilantro and place in a bowl.  Pour in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add the paprika, allspice, curry and red pepper flakes.  Mix with a spoon and add sea salt to taste.

Lamb Marinade

Place the lamb chops in a plate and spoon the spice mixture on both sides.  Let the lamb marinate at room temperature for one hour.  Then, grill on medium high heat for about 4 minutes per side for medium rare, and let rest for a few minutes before serving.

Consider serving with a side of grilled eggplant or ratatouille.

Apple Glazed Berkshire Pork Chops

We recently enjoyed another treat from D’Artagnan (www.dartagnan.com) – a special offer on Berkshire Porterhouse Chops.

These chops were juicy and tender, with the perfect amount of fat marbleized throughout the meat.  The preparation was very simple.  I seasoned the chops with salt and pepper, then made a drizzle consisting of a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of nutmeg, a few tablespoons of brown sugar and several tablespoons of maple syrup.  After searing both sides of the chops on a grill pan on medium high heat on the grill, I poured two cups of Chadds Ford Winery’s Spiced Apple wine atop the pork.  The apple wine created a sweet glaze as I continued to grill the chops for about 7 to 8 minutes per side.

Berkshire Pork Chops

What side dish could stand up to these generous chops?  Baked apples, of course.

Baked Apple

Not Your Boar-ing Burger

While picking up a few items from the grocery store last Friday, my husband decided that a D’Artagnan free range wild boar mini roast would be perfect for dinner.  Just recently, our local grocery store started carrying a wide variety of D’Artagnan products.  While this is very exciting, I still intend to take advantage of special offers from the website at http://www.dartagnan.com!

Rather than roast the roast, we decided on more casual fare – boar burgers.  Below is our recipe…

Ingredients:

One D’Artagnan free range wild boar mini roast (1.5 pounds)

One egg

Worcestershire sauce

Sea salt

Fresh ground pepper

One tomato, sliced

One sweet onion, sliced

Dill pickles

Crusty Italian bread

To prepare the meat for grinding, cut it into small chunks (about one inch cubes).  Then spread the chunks on a baking sheet and place in the freezer for 30 minutes.  Grind the chunks in a Cuisinart in two batches, pulsing until it is the consistency of ground beef or ground pork that you would purchase from a butcher.

The roast makes the perfect amount of ground “pork” for four burgers.  In a large bowl, mix one egg into the ground meat.  Then add several shakes of Worcestershire sauce, a few pinches of sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste.  Mix with your hands and form into four patties.  Grill on medium high heat to your desired temperature.  Top your burger with a slice of tomato and some onion and pickles on toasted Italian bread.  (While I am a purist, my husband likes to add Dijon mustard.)

So, for a truly sweet and juicy “ham”-burger, check out D’Artagnan’s boar online or at your local grocery.

Boar Burger

4th of July BBQ Brunch

Your menu is likely set for your 4th of July cookout or picnic…but what about a weekend brunch? Try a twist on steak and eggs – flank steak topped with eggs poached in salsa. Eggs in Salsa You will find the full recipe for this perfect summertime dish in my article entitled “East Egg, West Egg” (the link is https://cucinadipoppiti.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/june-2013-judicial-palate.pdf).  I recently prepared this dish for one of my cooking classes, and it was a hit due to its simplicity and taste.  My students and I used a combination of pineapple salsa and peach salsa to achieve the perfect balance – the pineapple had a pleasant sweetness while the peach offered a little kick. Steak and Eggs Happy 4th of July!

Let the Game Begin

Please enjoy the recipes in my October issue of The Judicial Palate!

Let the Game Begin

This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, a publication of the Delaware State Bar Association. Copyright © Delaware State Bar Association 2014.  All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.

Sardines – The Tastiest of Small Fish

Sardines are underrated.  Not only are these tiny fish packed full of nutrients, including Vitamin D and protein, but they are also tasty and meaty.  Whenever I see them in a fish market, I buy them.  Although I have scaled and gutted them myself, my preference is to have the fishmonger do it for me.

My favorite preparation is an easy one.  Simply rinse the sardines under cold water and drizzle with some extra virgin olive oil.  Grill them whole – this should only take a few minutes per side, depending on their size.  To serve, top with freshly squeezed lemon juice and season with sea salt and fresh cracked pepper.  For a light appetizer, garnish with fresh herbs or serve over shaved fennel.

Sardine

Grilled Eggplant and Ricotta Makes for a Simple Summer Appetizer

I recently wrote about a very simple way to prepare eggplant in my post, “Fresh from the Farm Stand”.  Most frequently during the summer, I grill eggplant as a side dish after marinating it in extra virgin olive oil and sea salt.  (The small round Sicilian eggplants are my favorite!)

The steps are simple…First, slice the eggplant into rounds of about 1/6 to 1/4 inch thick.  Then, place a layer of slices in a large baking dish and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a healthy sprinkle of sea salt.  Repeat with additional layers until all slices are topped with both oil and salt.  The purpose of the salt it to extract the liquid that causes the eggplant’s bitterness.  Let the slices marinate for about one hour prior to grilling.  Grill the eggplant on medium-low heat, turning the slices with tongues so that they soften and brown.

As an alternative to a side dish, incorporate this eggplant preparation into an appetizer course.  Arrange several slices on a small plate alongside a dollop of ricotta cheese.  Drizzle the ricotta with extra virgin olive oil and top with fresh ground pepper and finishing salt.  Fresh herbs, such as basil, make for a colorful addition to this tasty starter.

Eggplant and Ricotta

Delaware’s Bar at the Grill

Enjoy some recipes for the grill in my June issue of The Judicial Palate.

Delaware’s Bar at the Grill

This article originally appeared in the June 2014 issue of The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, a publication of the Delaware State Bar Association. Copyright © Delaware State Bar Association 2014.  All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.