I finally thawed that duck we bought circa Christmas last year. We have plenty of duck fat so a confit was a no-brainer:The 6 inch deep hotel pan was just about perfect for this…This is after 3 or 4 hours at 250. I grabbed a bone with tongs and it slipped right out. Had to have been a thigh bone because the two leg bones were still there.I had the notion that I could crisp the skin under the broiler of my toaster oven but I think a pre-heated 500 degree oven would have been the better call. The skin wanted to brown under the broiler but I could see that it was going to burn the high spots. I pulled the skillet because the veggies were done and needed to be served.We went with Brussels sprouts and teeny potatoes with prosciutto, sauteed in olive oil and balsamic vinegar.The blueberry sauce was a reduction of red wine, balsamic vinegar, and the last of our blueberry syrup, with a dash of allspice and cinnamon.The rice is my favorite box mix, Zatarain’s Long Grain and Wild Rice.
Lots of love out there for thin crust pizza but we really like these cheese crust pies with plenty of toppings. This one has sausage, prosciutto, onions, mushrooms, and pepper rings. We use the snack type string cheese to roll in the edges, it comes in various flavors and types but get the good stuff to be sure it melts nicely.I like to brush garlic infused olive oil on the crust edge and then give it a generous sprinkle of kosher salt.
This was very good and really easy to put together. I saw an off hand comment someone made about having lemon butter pasta with Brussels sprouts the other day and a search turned up a NY Times recipe that looked good. I went with bacon and prosciutto for this one, and an entire head of garlic. A couple of tablespoons of butter went into it at the end along with a splash of good olive oil and the juice of half a lemon.I followed the “pinch of red pepper flakes” option instead of the pretty red chilies in the recipe photo because I didn’t have any. Mrs J got one of the pepper flakes on the tip of her tongue after enjoying half of her plate and quit eating, declaring the bottom half to be too hot. I have to admit, my pepper flakes from the cayennes I dried from last summer’s crop are actually hot, unlike the ones they sell at the Kroger spice aisle.
I usually make a batch of wild rice mix from a box but was persuaded to make mashed potatoes for this dish after seeing it done that way over at r/tonightsdinner. These potatoes have a lot of sour cream and a couple garlic cloves and are pretty good all by themselves but the Marsala gravy is really killer on them.Tyler Florence has a recipe that calls for prosciutto so I gave it a shot. It’s good but I’m not seeing much benefit from it being in there. I may have not done it right. Anyway, if you don’t have it you can leave it out and you will still have a very good result.
I started the dough for this yesterday, 2 cups of bread flour, one cup water, 1/4t tsp yeast, a pinch of sugar and a dash of salt. It was pretty well inflated by noon, I dumped it into a pizza pan and massaged it into shape while the oven preheated to 425-ish. It par-baked for eight minutes and then I pulled it to furnish with toppings. I had some leftover roasted plum tomatoes that went on first in lieu of a sauce, sprinkled on shredded mozzarella, sparingly, and then piled on the meats. Italian sausage, already browned and drained, crispy bacon pieces, fried ham, and prosciutto that was tossed in the bacon grease to brown a bit.
Mrs J’s side got pickled
onion pepper rings, I added mushrooms and chopped ripe olives. I gave it another sprinkle of mozz and slid it back into the oven, it needed another ten minutes or so. It must have been better than usual because Mrs J went on and on about how good it was. I thought it one of my better efforts – she wasn’t just blowing smoke.
I had a block of feta I bought a while back with no clear idea of what to do with it. I was afraid it would go bad so we used it up in a pasta salad. This one has kalamata olives, cherry tomatoes, prosciutto, the feta, and fresh basil in a store bought roasted pepper vinaigrette. The local market has been stocking various pasta shapes lately and we grabbed these in a bag that was labeled “gigli Italian pasta” – something I hadn’t seen before. Turns out it’s another name for campanelle “little bells”.
Also on the plate is a sandwich done in the style of a Cubano out of my new panini press. I guess I’ll eventually get around to doing a gadget post on that.
I think lemon goes really well with chicken, and I’m a real sucker for flour dredged chicken parts served with sauces. This is a recipe that combines all of that. Plus capers! We liked the sprouts and prosciutto dish so well that I did that one again, and rounded out the meal with a box mix rice pilaf.
I’ve ordered a couple of times now from a St Louis based food retailer, Ditalia, getting in rolls of pancetta, different cheeses, olive oil and a few other items as they suit my whim of the moment. I just got in a fair sized chunk of prosciutto and wanted to use some right away. I managed to slice a few little wafers with my old raggedy meat slicer but this prosciutto is more than it can handle. It needs to sliced so thin you can read through it. I have a pal that may be able to help me out with the slicing.
Anyway, back to the sprouts – I searched for prosciutto and sprouts and ran across this recipe that called for shallots and pine nuts along with stuff I actually had on hand and decided it was close enough. I used onions and left out the pine nuts, it worked out well.