New Year’s Eve Rack Of Lamb

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I always cook for my neighbors on New Year’s Eve, and this is what we’re having this year. I’ll post recipes for the rest of the meal later today!

Yield Serves 4

Ingredients

2 full racks of lamb (about 2 1/2 pounds), frenched

4 teaspoons olive oil

Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper

1 cup fine fresh breadcrumbs

3 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary

3 teaspoons finely chopped garlic

2 tablespoons coarsely chopped flat-leaf parsley

4 tablespoons Dijon mustard

1 tablespoon honey

Directions

Preheat oven to 450 degrees with oven rack in center. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until very hot. Rub lamb with oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place in skillet, and sear until golden brown all over (including ends), about 3 minutes per side. Place on a baking sheet. Let stand until cool, about 30 minutes.

In a small bowl, combine breadcrumbs, rosemary, garlic, parsley, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.

In another bowl, combine honey and Dijon Mustard.  Brush lamb with honey/mustard mixture, making sure the entire surface is covered.

Pat seasoned breadcrumbs over racks (reserve any remaining breadcrumbs for another use), covering Dijon in an even layer. Return to baking sheet, and roast until a thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the meat registers 130 degrees, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before carving into individual chops.

Holidays With Honey – Smoked Salmon Seven Grain Bruschetta With Honey Mustard, Tomato And Dill

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Smoked salmon is another good Winter Solstice dish.  Serve these bruschetta with the Winter Solstice cocktail!

Yield:  4-6 servings

Ingredients

1 loaf seven grain bread, sliced on diagonal into 1/4-inch thick slices

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Canola oil, to brush bread

Extra-virgin olive oil,  for drizzling

3 tablespoons Dijon Mustard

2 tablespoons honey

2 to 3  tomatoes, thinly sliced

8 ounces smoked salmon, sliced paper thin

1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill

Juice of 1 lemon

Dill fronds, for garnish

Directions

Preheat a grill pan over high heat. Brush the bread with canola oil, salt and pepper. Grill the bread until slightly charred on each side, about 30 seconds per side.

Remove the bread to a cutting board and drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Combine honey and mustard in a small bowl.

Spread the bread with honey mustard and put sliced tomato on each slice of bread. Drizzle with honey mustard and top with a few slices of smoked salmon. Add another drizzle of honey mustard and top with black pepper and a sprig of dill.

Whisk together a few tablespoons of lemon juice and a few tablespoons of the extra-virgin olive oil and drizzle over the tops. Garnish with dill fronds.

Holidays With Honey – Potato Zucchini Croquettes With Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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Few things are more satisfying than fried potato and zucchini.  An awesome holiday appetizer!

Yield:  20 to 24 pieces

Ingredients

2 russet potatoes (about 1 pound)

1 1/2 cups grated Cheddar

1 medium zucchini

1/4 bunch chives

Salt

Fresh ground pepper

1 egg

Vegetable oil for shallow frying

2 cups fresh or dry bread crumbs

Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce:

1 cup whole grain-style Dijon mustard

1/4 cup honey

Directions

Place potatoes, in their skins, in cool water. Bring to a boil, then simmer until they can be pierced with a skewer, offer no resistance, and slides off easily. Remove from the water and cool completely.

With a table knife, remove the skin from the potatoes and grate on the large holes of a box grater, into a bowl. Also, through the small holes, grate the zucchini. Chop or slice the chives finely and add to the bowl. Add the salt and pepper, to taste, along with the egg. Combine mixture well and form into patties or a log shape.  If making a log, cut into 2-inch oval pieces. Dredge in the bread crumbs. Place on a plate until ready to cook.

In a saute pan, heat 1/4 to 1/2-inch of vegetable oil, add the croquettes, a few at a time. Don’t crowd them. Fry until the bread crumb crust begins to brown. Remove to a paper towel lined plate when cooked, to drain. Repeat process with the remaining croquettes. Serve warm.

Combine the mustard and honey and serve as a dipping sauce for the croquettes.

Awesome Turkey Burgers

The secret ingredient is honey!

  • 1 1/4 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 large red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • 1 carrot, coarsely grated
  • 1 small red onion, cut into rings
  • 1 tomato, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

Mix together turkey, onion, bell pepper, garlic, cilantro, oregano,honey, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, a scant 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Form into 4 (4 1/2-inch-wide) patties.

Heat a large griddle or 12-inch heavy skillet over medium heat until hot, then lightly toast buns.

Oil griddle, then cook patties, turning once, about 10 minutes total or until done through. Transfer to buns.

Mix together cabbage, carrot, and 1/4 teaspoon salt, then cook, turning occasionally, until slightly wilted, about 2 minutes. Divide among burgers.

Oil griddle again, then sear onion and tomato, turning once, until slightly charred, about 2 minutes total. Divide among burgers.

Stir together ketchup, mayonnaise, and mustard, then top burgers with sauce.

Hail Caesar!

I love Caesar salad, and this is the best recipe I’ve found.

Please don’t leave out the anchovy fillets!  They’re what gives the dressing its zing!!

Ingredients

1 egg yolk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
2 anchovy fillets, mashed
Scant 1 cup vegetable oil
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 large head romaine lettuce, cleaned and cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
Freshly grated Parmesan
2 cups croutons

Directions

In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg yolk, lemon juice, garlic, Worcestershire, pepper flakes, mustard, and anchovies. Slowly whisk in the oils to emulsify. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper.

Place the lettuce in a large bowl. Sprinkle with Parmesan and black pepper. Drizzle with desired amount of dressing and toss well. Sprinkle top with croutons.