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Baked Cheesecake

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 1 cup                      Graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup                     Brown sugar
  • 4 Tbsp                     Butter, melted
  • ½ each                    Lemon zest (zest from half a lemon)

Ingredients for the cake batter:

  • 2 cups                      Greek yogurt
  • 1 ½ cups                  Sour cream
  • 3 each                      Eggs, large
  • 1 ¾ cups                  Powdered sugar
  • 3 Tbsp                      Flour
  • 3 Tbsp                     Cornstarch
  • 1 ½ tsp                    Vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean scraped)
  • 1 each                      Lemon zest
  • 1 each                      Orange zest

Ingredients for topping:

  • 1 cup                      Sour cream
  • 2/3 cup                   Powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Prepare 8’ ring with parchment and foil on the bottom and spray with pan spray. Place on the baking sheet.
  2. Mix all crust ingredients together, place in the bottom of the prepared ring, and pack crust making sure it is flat and even.
  3. Mix all of the filling ingredients together, pour them into the ring. Bake at 325F for 10 and then lower the temperature to 280F for another 40 minutes until the center of the cake sets and the whole cake giggles together.
  4. While the cake is baking mix together the sour cream and powdered sugar for the topping. When the cake is ready pull it out of the oven, spread the topping, and place back in the oven at 350F for 5 minutes.
  5. Let the cake cool for 30 minutes before refrigerating overnight.

 

Bread Pudding

 Ingredients:

  • 6 cups                   Bread, 1” cubes slightly toasted
  • 1/3 cup                 Sugar
  • 2 cups                   Milk
  • 2 each                   Eggs
  • 1 tsp                     Vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup                 Chocolate chips

Directions:

  1. Cut the bread to 1-inch cubes and lightly toast in the oven.
  2. Mix the sugar, milk, eggs and vanilla extract together.
  3. Add the bread to the liquid and press down to get all of the bread wet.
  4. Let the bread sit in the liquid for 30 minutes
  5. Spray a 6-cup pan. Place some of the bread mixture and the sprinkle chocolate chip. Continue alternating with the bread mixture and chocolate chips until they are all in the pan.
  6. Bake at 350F for 30-40 minutes until the center in giggly and it is brown on top.
  7. Let it sit for 15 minutes before cutting and serving.
  8. Serve with caramel sauce or any other sauce.

 

Challah in a Bag

 Yields 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp                   Dry yeast
  • 3 ½ cups               All-purpose flour
  • 1 cup                     Warm water
  • 4 Tbsp                   Granulated sugar
  • ½ Tbsp                  Salt
  • 1 each                   Eggs
  • ¼ cup                    Vegetable oil
  • 1 each                   Egg, lightly beaten for egg wash

Directions:

  1. Using a one-gallon Ziploc bag. Place the yeast, sugar and warm water. Close the bag and shake, let it sit for a few minutes. Ad the Egg, salt and oil to the bag and shake again to break the egg. Add 3 cups of the flour, try to get all the air out of the bag before closing. Shake it well, roll the bag around and knead it slightly to blend in all the flour.
  2. Let the dough rise for one hour in the bag.
  3. Add the remaining ½ cup of flour in the bag and mix it so the dough comes away from the bag.
  4. Divide the dough to 3 pieces, adding more flour if needed (the dough will be very soft!), roll out each piece and braid.

Place on a baking sheet and let rise another 30 minutes. Brush with egg wash and bake @ 350F for 30-40 minutes.

 

Chocolate Balls

 Ingredients:

  • 7 Tbsp                Unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup               Semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/3 cup               Milk
  • 2 Tbsp                Date paste
  • 200 grams          Tea cookies (1 package)
  • Toppings            Sprinkles, cocoa powder, shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Melt the butter and chocolate together in the microwave, Set aside.
  2. Place the tea cookies in a gallon Ziplock bag. Crush the cookies in the bag.
  3. Place the crushed cookies in a bowl and mix together with the butter, chocolate, milk and date paste.
  4. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  5. Scoop, roll in your hands and toss in your preferred toppings.
  6. Keep refrigerated.

 

Cookie Dough

 Ingredients:

  • 21 Tbsp                 Butter, softened
  • 10 Tbsp                 Sugar
  • 1 each                   Egg
  • ¾ tsp                    Vanilla extract
  • Pinch                     Salt
  • 3 1/3 cups             Flour
  • ½ tsp                    Lemon zest

Directions:

  1. Place butter and sugar in an electric mixer with the paddle attachment.
  2. Cream together until smooth and light, scraping the sides of the bowl a few times.
  3. Add the egg, vanilla extract and lemon zest. Mix together until fully combined, scraping the sides of the bowl if necessary.
  4. Add the flour and mix just until incorporated.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap in rectangles about 1-inch thick and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  6. If dough is refrigerated over night let sit out for 30 minutes before rolling it out.
  7. Roll out to 1/8-inch thickness and cut in desired shapes.
  8. Bake at 325F for about 10-15 minutes until the edges of the cookies are golden (rotating the tray in the oven if necessary).
  9. Let completely cool before decorating.

 

Layered Tea Cookie Cake

 Ingredients for the cake:

  • ½ Tbsp                  Instant coffee (for dipping the cookies)
  • ½ Tbsp                  Boiling water (for dipping the cookies)
  • 1 cup                     Milk (for dipping the cookies)
  • 20 each                 Tea cookies (about 1 package)
  • 8 ounces               Cream cheese
  • ¼ cup                   Sugar
  • 1 ½ cups               Heavy cream
  • ½ cup                   Vanilla instant pudding

Ingredients for the ganache:

  • ½ cup                    Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/3 cup                  Heavy cream

Directions:

  1. Dissolve coffee with water and mix with cold milk, set aside.
  2. Soften the cream cheese in the microwave and mix with the sugar until there are no more clumps.
  3. Whip together the heavy cream and vanilla pudding mix. When it thickens add the cream cheese mixture and continue whipping until thick.
  4. Dip each tea cookie in the milk mixture for 2-3 seconds.
  5. place the biscuits in a single layer on the bottom of a rectangle 8x6 pan.
  6. Spread a thin layer of the cream on the biscuits and place another layer of dipped biscuits on top.
  7. Repeat 2 more times to get 3 layers of tea cookies and 3 layers of cream, the top layer should be cream. Place in the freezer for 2 hours.
  8. To make the ganache, heat the cream and chocolate in the microwave (30 seconds at a time so it doesn’t overheat). Mix until fully incorporated.

pour the ganache over the top layer of the cream. Freeze for 2 more hours or refrigerate overnight. You can keep in the freezer for a week and defrost before serving.

 

Matza Lasagna

 Ingredients:

  • 3 each                 Matzah
  • 2 cups                 Tomato sauce
  • 8 oz                    Cottage cheese
  • 8 oz                    Mozzarella, shredded
  • 3 oz                    Parmesan cheese
  • 1 each                Egg, lightly beaten
  • To taste              Sautéed vegetables

Directions:

  1. Soak each matzah in hot water for 30 seconds and set aside.
  2. Mix the cottage cheese, parmesan, mozzarella and egg together. Leave a small amount off parmesan and mozzarella aside to sprinkle on top.
  3. Lightly grease a square 8-inch pan.
  4. Spread a small amount of tomato sauce on the bottom of the pan and place one matzah on top of the sauce.
  5. Spread 1/3 of the cheese mixture on the matzah and spread. If you are adding any sautéed vegetables spread some on top of the cheese layer and then cover with more tomato sauce.
  6. Continue placing the ingredients in the same order: Matzah, cheese, sautéed vegetables and tomato sauce. After you have spread the last layer of tomato sauce sprinkle the remaining mozzarella and parmesan cheese on top.
  7. Bake at 350F for about 45 minutes until golden on top, let sit for 10 minutes before serving.

 

No-Bake Cheesecake

 Ingredients for the crumbs:

  • 1 cup                      Graham cracker crumbs
  • ¼ cup                     Brown sugar
  • 3 Tbsp                     Butter, melted
  • ¼ each                    Lemon zest (zest from half a lemon)

Ingredients for the cake batter:

  • 1 ¼ cups                  Heavy cream
  • 24 ounces                Cream cheese, softened (3 8oz packages)
  • ¼ cup                      Granulated sugar
  • 3 Tbsp                     Powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup                      Sour cream
  • 2 tsp                        Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp                        Vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean scraped)

 

Directions:

  1. Mix together the ingredients for the crumbs.
  2. Combine the cream cheese and granulated sugar. Mix together until it is smooth scraping the sides and bottom.
  3. Add the powdered sugar, sour cream, lemon juice and vanilla extract. Mix until all combined.
  4. Using a whisk attachment on the electric mixer or by hand, whisk heavy cream to stiff peaks (if whisking by hand the heavy cream and the bowl should be cold).
  5. Fold the whipped cream with the cream cheese mixture until it is fully combined and there are no streaks. Place cheesecake mixture into a piping bag.
  6. Prepare individual cups or bowls. Sprinkle a layer of crumbs and then pipe the cream cheese mixture on top, refrigerate for 2 hours or more. Decorate with crumbs or fruit when serving.

 

Pancakes

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup                     All-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp                   Sugar
  • 2 tsp                      Baking powder
  • ¼ tsp                     Baking soda
  • ½ tsp                     Salt
  • ¾ cup                    Buttermilk
  • 1 each                   Large egg
  • 2 Tbsp                   Vegetable oil
  • ½ tsp                     Vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix the milk, egg, oil and vanilla in a small bowl.
  3. Add the milk mixture to the flour mixture and stir gently with a rubber spatula until just combined, the batter will still be a little lumpy. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes.
  4. Spray a nonstick pan with vegetable oil spray and heat over medium heat until hot, about 1 minute.
  5. Use a squeeze bottle or measuring cup to pour the batter on the pan. Make sure to leave space so they don’t stick together. When the batter is bubbly all over flip and cook the other side until done.

 

Passover Dinner Rolls

 Ingredients:

  • 2 cups                Matzah meal
  • 1 Tbsp                Sugar
  • ½ cup                 Oil, or butter
  • 2 tsp                   Salt
  • 1 cup                  Water
  • 4 each                Eggs 

Directions:

  1. Combine the matzah meal, salt and sugar in a bowl.
  2. Bring water and oil to a boil.
  3. Add the boiling liquids to the matzah meal mixture and mix well.
  4. Add the eggs one at a time.
  5. Let the mixture stand for 15 minutes.
  6. Using gloves or oil hands and shape the mixture into elongated rolls. The mixture will make about 12 medium rolls.
  7. Place on greased cookie sheet or line with parchment.
  8. Bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.

 

Pizza Dough

 Ingredients:

  • ¾ cup                     Warm water
  • 1 tsp                       Active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 2 cups                     All-purpose flour
  • 1 Tbsp                     Olive oil
  • 1 tsp                       Salt
  • ½ tsp                      Sugar

Directions:

Making the pizza dough:

  1. Place the warm water in a large bowl. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the flour, salt, sugar and olive oil. Mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until a dough starts to form.
  3. Knead the dough by hand on a floured surface (adding flour as needed if it is too wet), the dough will be a little sticky.
  4. Spread a thin layer of olive oil over the inside of a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn it around so it gets coated with the oil.
  5. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise for 1 ½ hours in a warm place. Or refrigerate for up to 24 hours.

Pizza assembly:

  1. Preheat the oven to 475F.
  2. When using refrigerated dough let it sit in room temperature for 30 minutes.
  3. Dust your hands with flour and punch the dough down so it deflates, divide the dough in half.
  4. Flatten the ball of dough starting at the center and working outwards using your fingertips (make sure the surface is floured so the dough won’t stick).
  5. Turn the dough and stretch until it reaches the desired diameter (10-12 inches).
  6. Transfer the dough to baking sheet lined with parchment (or a pizza stone) and brush lightly with olive oil. Let it sit while you spread out the second piece of dough.
  7. Spoon on 1/3 cup of tomato sauce and sprinkle with cheese and desired toppings.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes until crust is browned and the cheese is golden.

 

Pizza Sauce

 Ingredients:

  • 1 can                     Whole peeled tomatoes, 14 oz can
  • ½ Tbsp                  Olive oil
  • 1 tsp                       Onion powder
  • ½ tsp                      Garlic powder
  • ½ tsp                     Dried basil
  • 1 tsp                      Dried oregano
  • ½ tsp                     Kosher salt
  • To taste                Black pepper

Directions:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Taste and adjust seasonings.
  3. Store sauce in the refrigerator until ready to use.

 

Royal Icing

 Ingredients:

  • 4 each                   Egg whites
  • ¾ tsp                      Lemon juice
  • 4 cups                   Powdered sugar
  • As needed             Food coloring

Directions:

  1. Place egg whites in the bowl of an electric mixer with the whisk attachment and whip on high speed until foamy.
  2. Switch to low speed and gradually sift the powdered sugar into the egg whites until the sugar is completely incorporated.
  3. Add the lemon juice and whip on high speed until the icing is very thick and forms stiff peaks, 5-10 minutes.
  4. Separate to small bowls and color as desired.
  5. If you want to thin down the icing add water a few drops at a time until it is the right consistency.
  6. Use the thick icing for the boarders of the designs and fill in the center with the thinner icing.
  7. Let the cookies air dry until the icing hardens.
  8. If not using the icing immediately store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 2 days.

 

Strawberry Fluff

 Ingredients:

  • 2 each                Egg whites
  • ½ cup                 Sugar
  • 1 ½ cups            Strawberries, sliced

Directions:

  1. Place plastic containers in the freezer.
  2. Beat egg whites until foamy, gradually add the sugar.
  3. Add the sliced strawberries (mash a bit before for less strawberry chunks).
  4. Continue beating until mixture almost doubles in bulk.
  5. Freeze overnight.
  6. Large mixers can hold a double batch.

 

Challah 

Yields 2 medium loaves

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ tsp                            Dry yeast
  • 4 ¼ cups                         All-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup +1/8 cup               Warm water
  • ¼ cup                              Granulated sugar
  • ½ Tbsp                            Salt
  • 2 each                             Eggs
  • ¼ cup                              Vegetable oil
  • 1 each                             Egg, lightly beaten for egg wash

Directions:

  1. Combine the water, sugar and yeast in a bowl to dissolve the yeast.
  2. Using an electric mixer with the dough hook or mixing by hand, add the eggs, oil, flour and salt. Continue kneading until dough is soft and elastic, not sticky.
  3. Place dough in a large greased bowl, turning over the dough to grease all sides. Cover with a towel and let rise in a warm place 1-2 hours or until doubled in size.
  4. Remove from bowl, punch down and cut in half. Divide each piece into 3 pieces for braiding.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough springs back lightly to the touch, about 1 hour. Heat the oven to 350F.
  6. Brush the dough very gently with egg wash (you could sprinkle toppings like sesame seeds or poppyseeds).
  7. Bake at 350F until the braids are dark golden brown and shiny, 20 to 30 minutes. Cool completely on a rack.

 

 

Guest Chef Recipes

 

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Avocado Chimichurri by Chef Michael Hornback

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Large Portobello Mushrooms wiped cleaned and stems removed

Mushroom marinade:

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • ½ cup extra avocado oil
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ½ tsp ground cumin
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika
  • 3 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp minced shallots
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh oregano

Chimichurri:

  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • ½ c red wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ cup cilantro chopped
  • ½ cup fresh flat leaf parsley chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • ½ tsp crushed red pepper – adjust up or down for heat preference
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 large ripe avocado

Method of Preparation:

Mix all the marinade ingredients together. Brush onto mushrooms and let sit for 10 minutes. Turn mushrooms and brush again and let sit another 10 min. You can continue to distribute marinated during this time to make sure mushrooms stay coated. An alternate method is to place mushrooms gently in a gallon sized zip lock bag, add marinade and zip shut. Let mushroom sit in marinade for 15-20 mins flipping the bag several times during process to ensure even coating.

Prepare chimichurri by hand chopping herbs, garlic and shallot. Add and mix together in a bowl with vinegar, oil, salt and pepper and red pepper flakes. Add avocado and gently toss and set aside.

Heat a grill pan or cast-iron skillet over medium heat. Place mushrooms cap side down in hot pan and cook for 2-3 minutes to caramelize. Flip over and cook an additional 2-3 minutes brushing mushrooms with marinade during the cooking process to boost and infuse more flavor. Once mushrooms are cooked through to desired tenderness remove from skillet and place on a platter. Top with avocado chimichurri and enjoy

 

Strawberry Basil Balsamic Gazoz by Chef Michael Hornback

 Macerated fruit:

  • 1 lbs. summer fruit – berries, stone fruit, melon etc.
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar – you can substitute different types of sweetener like coconut sugar, agave, honey
  • 2-4 Tbsp liquid like lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, vanilla extract, brandy etc.

Slice fruit into bite sized pieces. Place into a large bowl and sprinkle with sugar and liquid. Toss to evenly coat fruit and cover. Let fruit sit at room temperature for 30 minutes, then refrigerate, stirring occasionally.

Simple Syrup:

  • 1 ½ cups summer fruit
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar – alternate sweeteners can be used such as maple syrup, agave, coconut sugar, honey, brown sugar

Optional: herbs and spices of choice can be added like black peppercorns, lavender, bay leaves, thyme sprigs, jalapeno, lemon rind etc.

Add fruit, sugar, water and herbs/spice to pan. Bring to a very low simmer for about 15 -20 minutes remove from heat and let steep and additional 10 minutes. Strain through a fine mesh strainer into a jar and cool in fridge.

To Serve:

Add 2 Tbsp macerated fruit to a tall glass. Add 2 Tbsp simple syrup. Add crushed ice and soda water stir and garnish generously with fresh herbs, cucumbers, flowers fruit etc.

 

White Bean and Arugula Salad by Chef Michael Hornback

 Ingredients:

  • 4 cups arugula
  • ¼ red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 15 oz can cannellini beans, rinsed and drained

Dressing:

  • 3 tbsp Avocado Oil
  • Juice of one lemon
  • 1 ½ tsp grated lemon rind
  • 1 ½ tsp Dijon Mustard
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste

Method of Preparation:

Mix avocado oil, lemon juice, lemon rind, Dijon mustard in a bowl, and add S&P to taste.

Mix in cannellini beans and toss in the dressing. Add arugula and gently toss to coat the leaves. Serve on 1 large platter or on individual plates.

 

Hummus by Miriam Ninyo

 Ingredients:

  • 1 each                   15 ½ oz can of chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 3 each                   Garlic cloves
  • 3 Tbsp                   Tahini paste
  • 2 tsp                      Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp                      Salt
  • 1/3 cup                  Fresh lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp                   Olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp                   Water

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor or blender, first puree the garlic, then add the chickpeas, tahini, cumin, salt, lemon juice and oil. Pure until a creamy paste is achieved. If necessary, add the water a little at a time.
  2. To serve, spread hummus in a shallow serving dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with cumin and paprika.

Variations:

  • Kalamata olives rinsed and drained
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Marinated artichoke hearts

 

Lebanese Grilled Eggplant Dip by Miriam Ninyo

 Ingredients:

  • 2 each                   Grilled eggplant (pierce slightly before grilling)
  • ¼ cup                    Tahini
  • ¼ cup                    Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp                    Lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp                    Olive oil
  • 1 each                    Garlic clove
  • ½ tsp                      Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp                      Zaatar

 

Directions:

  1. When eggplant is cool, cut in half and scoop out the inside.
  2. Place all ingredients in a bowl of a food processor fitted with a metal blade. Process by pulsing until all combined but not smooth. Season to taste with more salt and let sit for at least 15 minutes for flavors to meld.
  3. Garnish with paprika and serve with pita, crackers or veggies.

 

Muhammarah by Miriam Ninyo

Roasted pepper and walnut dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup                     Walnuts, toasted
  • 1 each                   Sliced Italian bread or baguette torn into pieces
  • 1 jar                      Roasted peppers, drained
  • 2 Tbsp                   Olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp                   Pomegranate molasses
  • 1 Tbsp                   Tomato paste
  • 1 tsp                      Salt
  • 1 tsp                      Cumin
  • ½ tsp                     Aleppo pepper or Hungarian paprika

 

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor with a metal blade, place all ingredients and puree into a smooth paste. Stop to scrape the sides and continue till smooth.
  2. Serve with pita wedges or veggies.

 

Spanakopita by Miriam Ninyo

 Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp                   Unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup                    Olive oil
  • 1 pound                 Filo pastry
  • 4 bunches              Fresh spinach washed, stemmed and coarsely chopped
  • 2 bunches              Scallions finely chopped
  • 1 cup                     Parsley finely chopped
  • 6 each                   Large eggs, beaten
  • ½ pound                Cottage cheese
  • 1 pound                 Feta cheese crumbled
  • 2 Tbsp                   Fresh dill, chopped
  • ¼ cup                    Uncooked cream of wheat

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Melt butter and olive oil together. Brush 11 X 15 baking tray with butter and oil mixture. In a large bowl, combine the remaining ingredients except filo.
  2. Layer 2 sheets of filo at a time and brush with oil mixture until half of the package is used. Spread spinach mixture evenly over half filo layers and continue layering filo and brushing till done.
  3. Before baking, cut into squares and bake for 50 mins until the pastry is golden.
  4. It can be made into triangles by cutting filo pastry into long strips.

 

Tabouleh (Bulgar Salad) by Miriam Ninyo

 Ingredients:

  • 1 cup                      Fine bulgur
  • 6 Tbsp                    Olive oil
  • ¾ cup                     Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp                    Ground cumin
  • 1 tsp                       Aleppo pepper
  • 1 Tbsp                    Kosher salt
  • 5 each                    Tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 bunches               Scallions, chopped
  • 1 bunch                  Italian parsley, stems trimmed and finely chopped
  • 3 Tbsp                    Fresh mint, chopped
  • Romaine lettuce for serving

 

Directions:

  1. Soak 1# bulgur in hot water for 15 mins and drain.
  2. Combine bulgur, olive oil, lemon juice, cumin, Aleppo pepper and salt in large mixing bowl. let mixture stand for 30 minutes. Or until bulgur softens.
  3. Add tomatoes, scallions, parsley and mint to the bulgur mixture and toss to combine.
  4. Serve with romaine lettuce.

 

Balsamic Vinaigrette by Chef Zov

Makes about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup canola oil

Blend the balsamic vinegar, rice vinegar, garlic, mustard, shallots, maple syrup, molasses, salt, and pepper in a blender until smooth. With the machine running, gradually add the oil in a thin stream, blending until the mixture is completely emulsified.

Do-Ahead Tip: Refrigerate the vinaigrette in a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid for up to 3 days. 

 

Grilled Moroccan Salmon with Charmoula Sauce by Chef Zov

Salmon:

  • 6 (6-ounces each) boneless skinless salmon fillets
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ⅓ cup Moroccan Spices (recipe follows)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil

Charmoula Sauce:

  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1½ pounds plum tomatoes (about 9), seeded and finely diced
  • ¾ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon Moroccan Spices
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Cilantro sprigs, for garnish

To make the salmon: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Sprinkle the salmon with black pepper and salt. Place ⅓ cup of the Moroccan Spices on a plate. Dredge the salmon in the spices to generously coat the top and bottom (do not coat the sides of the salmon).

Heat 3 tablespoons of oil on a large griddle over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon fillets just until golden brown, about 1 minute per side. Using a metal spatula, transfer the fillets to a heavy large rimmed baking sheet. Bake just until the fillets are cooked through, about 5 minutes.

Meanwhile, prepare the charmoula sauce: Heat the ¼ cup of the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the shallots and garlic and sauté until tender, about 1 minute. Add the tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice, Moroccan Spices, salt, and pepper. Sauté just until the tomatoes release their juices but they still hold their shape, about 1 minute.

Place the salmon fillets on warm plates and spoon the sauce over. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve.

COOK’S NOTES: Make sure you don't overcook the salmon; the texture should be moist and flaky. Mashed potatoes and braised fresh spinach make good accompaniments to the salmon.

Serves 6 

 

Lentils and Rice Caramelized Onions (Medjederah) by Chef Zov

 Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced (about 6 cups)
  • 5¾ cups water
  • 2 cups dried green lentils
  • 6 tablespoons
  • (¾ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 cups long-grain white rice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Mint sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

Heat the oil in a deep large nonstick frying pan over medium heat. Add the onions and sauté until they are deep golden brown and caramelized about 45 minutes. Set aside.

Combine the water and lentils in a heavy large saucepan. Cover and bring the water to a boil over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer gently until the lentils are almost tender, but still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Stir in the butter. Add the rice, salt, and pepper. Cover and bring the cooking liquid to a boil again over high heat. Decrease the heat to medium-low and simmer until the rice and lentils are tender and the cooking liquid is absorbed (do not stir the mixture while it cooks), about 20 minutes. If some water remains unabsorbed in the saucepan, remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand uncovered for 5 minutes.

Fold the caramelized onions into the pilaf. Transfer the pilaf to a bowl. Garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

COOK’S NOTES: This side dish is a wonderful companion to grilled salmon or halibut. Top it with crisp fried onion rings for a contrast in texture, or serve it with a simple tomato salad for a fantastic meatless meal. The pilaf will keep for up to 2 days, covered and refrigerated. To serve, rewarm over medium-low heat, fluffing it with a fork to ensure that it warms thoroughly and evenly.

Serves 8 to 10

 

Moroccan Spices by Chef Zov

 A combination of warm spices that blends beautifully with soups, salads, seafood, chicken, or any other meats.

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons paprika
  • 2 tablespoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon grated nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions:

Stir all the ingredients in a small bowl to blend. Transfer to a jar and seal with the lid. Refrigerate up to 1 week.

Makes ¾ cup

 

 

  If you have questions about the Blaze Bernstein School of Culinary Arts contact Chef Liron Herzog at: lironh@jccoc.org