Thursday, October 08, 2009

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Ridgewood cured lamb
This is Ridgewood cured lamb. I bought it at Choice Greene last Sunday - it's made by one of their customers and he also has ham (one of our favorites) and smoked duck. Below are a few ways to use it:

Sunday antipasti
I made an antipasto platter with fresh hand-dipped ricotta, Appenzaler, an Australian blood orange, some Granny Smith apple slices and wonderful crusty sourdough bread.

Butternut squash soup
The next day I made butternut squash soup, recipe below. Delicious delicious delicious.

Stuffed chicken with steamed vegetables
Then the next night I made this stuffed chicken with parsley-shallot cream sauce. The best part is, I cooked the chicken in the toaster oven. Here's the recipe:

Chicken breasts, skinned and butterflied
Sun dried tomatoes (I buy the kind stored in olive oil), julienned
Cured lamb (you can also use prosciutto, ham, etc), sliced into small pieces
Heavy cream
Shallot, minced
Fresh parsley, chopped
Flour and butter, enough for a small roux

1. Preheat the toaster oven to 350. For each portion, use half of the butterflied breast - it's thin enough to roll up. Starting at one end, pack a little bit of spinach, sun dried tomato and lamb, then roll the chicken up. Secure with toothpicks.
2. Salt and pepper the outside, then place into the toaster oven.
3. Start on the cream sauce. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and sautee the shallots. Add about a tablespoon of flour and cook for about 30 seconds. Add about a cup of cream and keep stirring.
4. Lessen the heat, then season with salt and pepper. I noticed at this point that it needed a little zing so I added just a drop of orange oil. WRONG MOVE. Some zest would have been better.
5. Turn the chicken.
6. Add the parsley to the sauce just before you're ready to serve. Spoon it over the chicken after removing the toothpicks.

Easy and yummy (will use zest next time!). I steamed carrots, red bliss potatoes and brussel sprouts as well for a healthy side.

I still had more for a FOURTH dish. So last night I made a fake alfredo pasta using the fresh ricotta. Super easy and simple - just sautee some sliced scallions in a pan and add the ricotta. Add your cooked pasta, using some of the pasta water to thin out the ricotta and make it a sauce. Season with salt and pepper. Top with fresh parsley and the cured lamb (or prosciutto, or bacon..) and a tiny drizzle of extra virgin olive oil. NOM.

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That is so funny! I'm throwing a housewarming party soon to finally celebrate having a place of my own and one of the things I'm requesting is a toaster oven, one big enough that a pie can fit... simply because i intend to use it for much more than toast!