M.F.K. Inspired CassouletCreated by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean ConnectionYields 8 dinner servings1# ham hocks1 pound boneless pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes1/2 teaspoon each Kosher Salt and freshly ground pepper1/4 teaspoon chili flakes2 pounds dried Rancho Gordo White beans, washed8 ounces duck prosciutto, cut into strips8 ounces pork prosciutto, chopped, cut into strips1/2 cup duck fat12 cloves of garlic, unpeeled and chopped2 cups carrots, peeled and sliced 1/2 inch thick2 cups white onion, cut in to 1/2 inch pieces1 cup tomato paste4 quarts chicken stockBouquet garni:6 parsley sprigs, 4 small celery ribs, 4 thyme sprigs and 2 bay leaf, tied in cheese cloth.8 duck confit legstablespoon olive oil1 pound fresh small pork sausages links or chunks of sausage1/4 cup fresh bread crumbsDAY ONEPreheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the ham hocks and pork shoulder cubes in a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt, pepper and chili flakes and bake in the oven for 90 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest overnight.Place beans in a bowl, rinse and soak overnight in a bowl in the refrigerator
In a large saucepan, place the pork shoulder cubes and ham hocks and garlic with the duck fat. Add in the two prosciuttos and saute until crispy. Add in garlic, carrots and onion and saute until golden, approximately 5-7 minutes. Add in tomato paste, mixing together and evenly coating the meat and vegetables. Add in stock and bouquet garni and bring to a simmer. Add in beans, mix together and bring to a simmer and allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Gently pour into large cassoulet pan. Roast in oven for 2 hours.
Place duck confit legs and pork sausages on a baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast until crispy, approximately 25-30 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest.
DAY THREE, instead of baking, place cassoulet fridge and then re-heat in your fridge.
Remove cassoulet from oven and arrange duck legs and sausages on top, replace in oven and allow to roast for 30 minutes until duck is crispy. If you do not have access to a butane burner, simply sprinkle with crumbs and bake for 10 minutes or until golden on top.This Cassoulet can be made In steps over 2-3 day’s.Sprinkle with bread crumbs and brûlée with a butane burner and sprinkle and parsley and enjoy! Serve with a Syrah or Cab Franc.
Created by Sheana Davis, The Epicurean Connection
Yields 6 cups
2 cups sharp cheddar, grated
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Delice de la Vallee or Fromage Blanc
½ cup pimiento peppers, drained and chopped coarsely
½ cup Red Peppadews, chopped fine
¼ cup Sweet Drop Peruvian Peppers (or a sweet spicy pickled pepper)
¼ cup green onion, chopped, using the whole green onion
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
½ tsp. Kosher salt
¼ tsp chili flakes
Dash of Tabasco or Crystal Hot Sauce
1 bunch green onions, sliced thin for garnish
Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl, and stir with a rubber spatula. Serve immediately with crackers, or cover, refrigerate, and let flavors marinate.
Serve with toasted Crostini, fresh breads and seasonal crudite. Enjoy! We made this recipe to feature our cheese, although you can use any local Fromage Blanc.
This is a great winter recipe to enjoy in the New Year. Easy to make, quite accommodating on substituting ingredients and is delicious with fresh winter vegetables, toasted crostini or stirred into a pasta.
~Fold Pimento Cheese into scrambled eggs and enjoy with a glass of Champagne.
~Stir Pimento Cheese into fresh warm pasta and enjoy as an entree, served with Beaujoulais Nouveau.
~Fresh Toasted Baguettes, Pimento Cheese and a glass of Pinot Noir.
Happy New Year!
Yields 48 small crackers
1 ¼ c. whole wheat flour
½ tsp. Kosher salt
¼ tsp. paprika
4 Tbs. butter, room temperature, cute in small pieces
1 ½ Tbs honey
¼ c. fresh whey
Sprinkle of Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper for topping
2 tablespoons butter, melted
In a large bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, sugar, salt and paprika. Cut the butter thoroughly into the dry mixture until it it thoroughly mixed and looks like crumbs. In a small bowl, whisk together the honey and whey and add to the flour mixture. Gently mix together and allow to rest for 20 minutes.
Line baking sheets with Use parchment paper, or brush with olive oil. Dust surface with flour and roll 1/3 of the dough out to 1/4 inch thick. Cut with a knife into shapes or use cookie cutters for preferred shapes. Poke with a fork few times. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Omit the paprika and add in fresh ground black pepper or a dried herb of choice.
Add in 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground chili flakes for a spicy version.