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BRILLAT SAVARIN with CARAMELIZED SHALLOTS and TRUFFLE HONEY 1

by Caroline Somers

The first time I tasted this spectacular cheese was at my mother-in-law, Suzanne's house in Palm Springs. Brillat Savarin is the softest, creamiest triple cream brie I have ever experienced. When paired with caramelized shallots and truffle honey, the combination overwhelms in the best way possible! I am extremely lucky to have been introduced to so many wonderful tastes from Suzanne over the past 30 years. Suzanne also introduced me to these gluten-free flat breads, which are a revelation for my girls who are intolerant to gluten. Cooking with Suzanne is one of the great joys of my life. She’s the best cook I know! 

1 wheel Brillat Savarin Affine – (a triple cream brie from Normandy) 

15 shallots, peeled and thinly sliced

Extra virgin olive oil

Sea salt

Truffle honey

French bread, sliced on the diagonal

Gluten-free flat bread (available at VeniceBakery.com)

Fresh sprig rosemary 

Rainforest Crackers (salted date and almond)

 

Bring cheese to room temperature a few hours before serving to make sure it’s very soft. 

To Caramelize Shallots:

Place a saute pan on medium high heat. Add olive oil to cover bottom of pan, then the shallots. Saute shallots, stirring frequently, until they release all the moisture and begin to caramelize. Turn down heat to medium low and continue caramelizing until they are uniformly brown and candied. The process will take about 30 minutes. Remove from pan, season with sea salt and set aside. 

To Toast French Bread:

Lightly oil sliced bread, then sprinkle with sea salt. Toast for a few minutes until barely golden brown. 

To Prepare Gluten-Free Flat Bread:

Lightly oil both sides. Place a saute pan on high heat. Add a light coating of oil to cover the bottom of the pan. Add a few leaves of the rosemary, then the flat bread. Cook for about 3 minutes per side, until warmed through and a little crisp on the edges. Sprinkle with sea salt, then cut into large triangles. 

To Serve:

Place the soft cheese onto a cheese board or serving platter. Add a small dish of the caramelized shallots. Set out the small jar of truffle honey with a tiny spoon. Arrange the two types of bread and crackers.  To serve, place a generous smear of the soft cheese onto a slice of bread or cracker. Top with a few of the candied shallots, then a drizzle of truffle honey.  

 

BASIL PARSLEY PESTO 2


Blanching the basil is the key to keeping your pesto from browning! Use this delicious pesto on pasta, chicken, steak, fish, tomatoes, and more – so versatile.  I like to make large batches and store in glass jars. I served with beautiful baby tomatoes from the Farmer’s Market!


2 cups organic basil leaves, loosely packed
½ cup organic flat-leaf parsley, loosely packed
½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
¼ cup toasted organic pine nuts
¾ cup organic extra virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced
½ teaspoon sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper


Set aside a water bath - small bowl filled with waterand a large handful of ice

Bring small pot of water to boil and add the basil leaves for 30 seconds to soften.

Remove immediately and plunge leaves into the ice water.

After 30 to 60 seconds, remove the leaves from the ice bath, squeeze out excess water, and place into blender or food processor.

Add the remaining ingredients and puree until smooth.

Store in glass jars in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. If you plan on freezing the pesto, don’t add the cheese until you thaw and are ready to use. Makes about 2 cups.

BURGERS WITH CARAMELIZED ONION STEAKS 1


The simplest meals start with good, clean organic ingredients. I use Infusio Vanilla Fig Balsamic to flavor these delicious thick caramelized onions. Yum!

4 organic grass-fed hamburger patties
Sea salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Fresh tarragon
Extra virgin olive oil
2 large onions, cut into 1” slices
Infusio Vanilla Fig Balsamic

 


Season the hamburger patties on both sides with sea salt and freshly ground pepper. Place a few tarragon leaves on top of each patty and set aside.  

 

Place a grill pan on high heat. When hot, add olive oil to the pan to coat the bottom, then add the onion slices.  Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.  Drizzle Infusio Vanilla Fig Balsamic over the onions. Let the onion steaks cook and caramelize for several minutes, then flip and cook the other side for another 8 minutes.  Remove from pan and set aside.  

Using the same grill pan, add the burgers to the pan (with more olive oil, if necessary). Cook 4 minutes per side, or to your desired wellness.  

Top the burgers with the onion steaks and serve.  Serves 4.

GRILLED FIGS WITH PROSCIUTTO & MINT 0

by Caroline Somers

Summer figs make a simple and delicious appetizer with a touch of sweetness from the figs and the saltiness of the Italian cured ham. Drizzle with InfusioVanilla Fig Balsamic and you have a masterpiece!


6 figs, halved
Extra virgin olive oil
Infusio Vanilla Fig Balsamic
6 thin slices prosciutto, halved
1 tablespoon finely chopped mint, plus mint sprig for garnish.


Place a grill pan on high heat. Add olive oil to cover bottom of pan.  Place the figs cut side down on the grill pan. Drizzle the balsamic over the figs. Grill for 3-4 minutes, until browned. Remove from heat and set on a plate.

Wrap each fig in a small piece of prosciutto and place onto a serving platter.  Drizzle a touch more balsamic over the top and garnish with chopped mint. Garnish plate with a sprig of fresh mint.

TANGERINE GRANITA 4


Granita is a shaved ice – it’s a simple way to have a refreshing dessert. You may substitute any kind of juice and get creative!


1⅓ cups water
⅔ cup organic sugar
2 cups freshly squeezed organic tangerine juice


Place water and sugar in saucepan over low heat until sugar is dissolved.
Set aside to cool.
Combine juice with sugar syrup.
Pour into shallow metal tray and place into freezer.
Let set for 4 hours, then rake with a fork. Spoon into bowls to serve.
Garnish with fresh mint. Serves 8