Orange Glazed Chicken Breasts


Orange Glazed Chicken Breasts
Serves 4
1-tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon green garlic, minced
Grated zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons brown sugar
4 boneless chicken breasts
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
2 Navel oranges, peel and pith removed, and segmented
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
Salt and pepper
1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1. In a large skillet, heat the oil and butter, add the green garlic and orange zest, and swirl in the pan for 30 seconds until fragrant.
2. Make a paste of the mustard and brown sugar, lightly coat the chicken with the mixture, brown in the butter and oil mixture for 3 to 4 minutes on each side.
3. Mix the cornstarch with the orange juice, and pour into the pan, add the oranges, and lime juice, simmering for 2 to 3 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
4. Season the sauce with salt and pepper, and stir in the parsley. Serve over rice, or potatoes.
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Salmon Wellington Stuffed with Crab and Asparagus


Salmon Wellington Stuffed with Crab and Asparagus
Serves 8
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 ½ teaspoon Old Bay Seasoning
Eight 4 to 5-ounce salmon filets, skin removed
16 asparagus spears, trimmed to fit the length of the salmon filets, and the ends peeled
½ teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
One pound phyllo dough, defrosted
1 ½ cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, milky solids removed
1 cup dry bread crumbs
½ pound lump crabmeat, picked over for shells and cartilage
Sprigs of dill for garnish
4 whole lemons cut in half wrapped in cheesecloth and tied with chives or lemon wedges
1. In a large sauté pan, melt 2 tablespoons of butter with the oil, over medium high heat. Season the filets with the Old Bay.
2. When the foam from the butter subsides, add the salmon and cook on one side for 3 minutes, until the side begins to turn golden. Turn the salmon and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until the salmon begins to color on that side. Remove the salmon from the pan, drain on paper towels and cool to room temperature.
3. Wipe out the pan, and melt the remaining butter. Toss the asparagus in the pan, seasoning with the salt and pepper, and cooking for 2 minutes to begin to soften the asparagus. Remove from the pan, and allow to cool.
4. Unwrap the phyllo and cover it completely with a clean kitchen dish towel. Lay one piece of phyllo on a flat surface and brush with butter. Sprinkle with some of the bread crumbs, and continue to layer until you have 4 sheets of phyllo buttered and sprinkled with crumbs. Arrange the salmon filet in the center of the phyllo and top with two tablespoons of crabmeat and two spears of asparagus. Bring up the opposite ends of the phyllo towards the center and twist the phyllo into a knot. Brush the phyllo all over with butter, and transfer the package to a foil, silicone or parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining salmon, cover and refrigerate the Wellington’s for up to 24 hours.
5. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Remove the Wellington’s from the refrigerator 30 minutes before baking to bring to room temperature. Bake the Wellington’s for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the pastry is golden brown, and meat thermometer inserted into the salmon registers 165 degrees on an instant read meat thermometer. Remove the salmon from the oven, pool some of the veloute sauce on a dinner plate and transfer the salmon to the plate, using a long spatula. Serve garnished with sprigs of dill, lemon halves wrapped in cheesecloth and any remaining lump crab.
Cook’s Note: Phyllo is quite simple to work with if you keep it covered and work quickly. Don’t let it scare you, as it can be a great way to wrap many different fillings. Leftover phyllo can be refrigerated for up to 7 days—it can be used as a crust for chicken pot pie, or your favorite berry, apple or peach pie.
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Chicken Cacciatore


Chicken Cacciatore
Serves 6
3 1/2 pounds bone-in chicken parts
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
One 1/2-inch thick slice pancetta, cut into fine dice, or 4 strips bacon cut into fine dice
4 garlic cloves, sliced
2 tablespoons finely chopped rosemary
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1. Wash the chicken and drain in a colander. Season the chicken liberally with the salt and pepper.
2. In a large skillet, heat the oil and saute the pancetta until it is crispy.
3. Brown the chicken in the skillet, turning frequently. Sprinkle the garlic and rosemary over the chicken, and pour the vinegar into the pan. Bring to a boil, allowing some of the vinegar to evaporate.
4. Cover the skillet, and cook the chicken over medium low heat for 15 minutes.
5. Turn the chicken in the sauce, and cook another 10 minutes, uncovered, turning frequently. Serve the chicken warm or at room temperature.
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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Rosemary Glaze


Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Orange Rosemary Glaze
Serves 4
For the Glaze
1 cup orange or tangerine juice
1 teaspoon grated orange or tangerine zest
1 tablespoon finely chopped rosemary
2 tablespoons brown sugar
In a small saucepan, combine the ingredients, and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes, until the glaze begins to thicken. Remove from the heat. The glaze will keep in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
For the Pork Tenderloin
1/2 cup coarse salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 pork tenderloins (about 2 pounds total)
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
1. In a medium bowl, mix salt and sugar with 1 quart cool water until dissolved. Trim the tenderloins of excess fat and silverskin and put into a zip-lock bag. Pour the brine into the bag, seal and let stand about 45 minutes. Remove the pork from the brine, rinse thoroughly, and pat dry.
2. Rub the brined tenderloins all over with some of the glaze and then season with the pepper.
3. Heat a gas grill, turning all the burners to high until the grill is fully heated, 10 to 15 minutes.
4. Put the pork on the hot grill grate. Close the lid and grill for 7 minutes. Turn the pork over, close the lid, and grill for another 6 minutes.
5. Turn off the heat (keep the lid closed) and continue to cook the pork for another 5 minutes.
6. At this point, an instant-read thermometer inserted into the middle of the thickest end of the tenderloin should read 145° to 150°F. (If not, close the lid and let the pork continue to roast in the residual grill heat.) Remove the pork from the grill and let rest for 5 minutes before carving. Cut across the grain into 1/2-inch slices and serve immediately, with the remaining glaze.
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