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pumpkin gnocchi recipe

Meatless Monday: Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe

pumpkin gnocchi recipe

Fall is a favorite culinary season for many of us. There’s still an abundance of fresh produce to be had in the markets, but the cooling temperatures allow the chef to once more unfold the apron and re-enter the kitchen. Days gets shorter, the light gets more golden, and we again turn to comforting, hearty recipes that will carry us through the winter.

We of course turn to carb-heavy dishes, and pasta is definitely a favorite of all, but after all the pasta salads of the summer, you might be hankering for something more filling and a bit more interesting. Like gnocchi: small, pillowy pasta dumplings are so evocative of Italian Nonnas. Or in this case, pumpkin gnocchi.

pumpkin gnocchi recipe

Alas, many people hear the word “homemade gnocchi” and hear: kitchen nightmare! But don’t be intimidated by this homemade pasta! It’s actually very easy to make, and is a great recipe for any weeknight (yes, we promise).

pumpkin gnocchi recipe

We decided not to go with the traditional potato gnocchi, which can still be quite heavy for this time of year, and also has no nutritional benefits to speak of (other than delicious, which is not a nutritional benefit). Instead, try our very seasonal pumpkin gnocchi, made with roasted pumpkin (butternut squash will also do in a pinch).  Not only is it lighter, pumpkin is also vitamin A and beta-carotene, which are great to pump our immune system for the winter ahead (for more information on the amazing health benefits of pumpkin, check out this article).

pumpkin gnocchi recipe

You can choose to mark the pumpkin gnocchi with the traditional ridges with the tines of a fork, but if you find that too time-consuming, gnocchi can be perfectly (and in some chef’s opinion, correctly) served plain. What is important is to roast the pumpkin instead of boiling it, so you don’t add any water to them – water is the enemy of gnocchi. Also important: make sure the gnocchi are about ½ inch thick, and not any thicker, which will cause the outside to cook faster than the inside.

pumpkin gnocchi recipe

Pair your pumpkin gnocchi with your favorite sauce. In our case, that is a simple and traditional brown butter and sage sauce. A generous serving of grated Italian cheese like Parmigiano Reggiano or Grana Padano, and you’re got a delicious fall dinner recipe.

Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe

18 minutes

20 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Pumpkin Gnocchi Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups pumpkin, cubed
  • 1 tbsp. Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/3 cup Grana Padano cheese, very finely grated
  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour, plus 1/3 cup for kneading
  • 2 tsp. Sea salt
  • 5 tbsp. Butter
  • ¼ cup fresh sage leaves
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a bowl, toss the cubed pumpkin with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  3. Arrange in a baking sheet, and bake until they’re tender and golden about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven, let cool down to warm, and puree using a food processor.
  5. In a bowl, mix 1 cup of the pumpkin puree with the Grana Padano cheese, egg yolk and nutmeg, until incorporated. Slowly add in the flour, mixing and forming a soft dough ball.
  6. Working on a floured surface, cut the dough into equal pieces, then roll them out into ropes of about ½ inch thick. Add more flour as needed as you go along. Cut each rope into small pieces, about ½ inch wide. They should resemble small, plump pillows.
  7. Optional: using a fork dipped in flour, mark the gnocchi with the tines of the fork by rolling it and gently pressing down.
  8. Transfer to a floured baking sheet.
  9. Boil a large pot of salted water, and start adding the gnocchi, a few at a time, stirring once in a while. Once they rise to the surface, cook for an additional 30 seconds, then remove with a slotted spoon or skimmer. Set aside on a pan or large plate while you work on your sauce.
  10. Heat a large saucepan until hot, then add the butter. Once the butter has melted completely, add the sage and stir. Leave it for about ½ minutes, until fragrant, then add the gnocchi and toss till golden. Serve with a good amount of grated Grana Padano.
http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/pumpkin-gnocchi-recipe/

 

Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

Italian Starter: Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears & Mozzarella Burrata Appetizer Recipe

Italian cooking starts with deceptively simple ingredients: hams – like the mouthwatering Prosciutto di Parma – that are cured to perfection, cheeses that are crafted with attention to detail, plus ripe fruit and herbs, all picked fresh, of course.

You might not be able to tour Italy (right now), but you can start you meal with this delicious appetizer made of two Italian classics: salty and buttery Prosciutto di Parma ham, and juicy and sweet Burrata alla Panna, a runny cheese that’s taking the US by storm. Add some perfectly ripe pears baked in honey and a sprig of rosemary, and you’ll be instantly transported to an Italian ristorante.

 

Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

Start with Italy’s finest ham, the classic Prosciutto di Parma, a ball of Burrata cheese, and some ripe and juicy pears.

Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

Assemble it: roll up all the ingredients together, so simple!

 

Italian appetizer with Prosciutto and buratta

The final product: beautiful and delicious!

 

Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears and Mozarella Burrata Appetizer Recipe

Yield: 18

Prosciutto Ham, Baked Pears and Mozarella Burrata Appetizer Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 pears, washed and cut into six lengthwise wedges
  • 3 tbsps. honey
  • 1 tbsp. aged balsamic vinegar
  • 18 slices Prosciutto di Parma
  • 2 mozzarella bur rata balls
  • 4 tbsps. crème fraiche
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh rosemary

Instructions

  1. Turn the oven to 375 F.
  2. Mix the honey and balsamic vinegar in a bowl, and toss with the pears to coat.
  3. Arrange in a baking sheet, and bake for about 25 minutes, or until tender, turning once. Let cool out of the oven.
  4. Cut the burratta into slices. The slices should be about as wide as the slice of prosciutto.
  5. To assemble, place a slice of prosciutto flat on a board, and brush with crème fraiche. Add salt and pepper. Place a wedge of pear and a slice of burrata, at one end, leaving about ½ inch of prosciutto overlapping. Roll into a tight bundle, then, skewer with a stem of rosemary to hold the shape.
http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/prosciutto-pears-burrata-appetizer-recipe/

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Friday Night Dessert: French Fondant Cake Recipe (Lava Cake)

It’s the weekend! After you’re done with work, the gym, and happy hour, let’s talk dessert! Tonight: French Fondant Cake with Ganache Center, or, fondant au chocolat.

lava cake fondant au chocolate

Gooey, super-chocolaty, warm and delicious, a French fondant au chocolat looks very similar to the American Lava Cake, but it’s actually a bit different (and more delicious, we think!). The American version is based on the French Moelleux cake. The main difference? Fondant cakes have a piece of chocolate or ganache in the middle, which melts into liquid chocolate goodness. Think of it as the Lava Cake, reloaded.

lava cake fondant au chocolat

The beauty of the lava cake is that it only LOOKS complicated to make. In reality, it couldn’t be easier. There are no mysterious, hard-to-find ingredients or complicated, intricate techniques. We know, the results look so professional and restaurant-quality, it’s hard to believe, but it’s true!

lava cake fondant au chocolat

All you really need in terms of “special equipment” are ramekins or pudding moulds (also called darioles). The batter is simple (and delicious!): chocolate, eggs, butter, sugar, and a tiny bit of flour to give it body and texture. The only semi-tricky part is melting the chocolate, which needs to be done in a double boiler or “bain marie”. What that really means is that you melt it slowly so you don’t burn it.

lava cake fondant au chocolat

In our recipe, we go one step further and teach you how to make your own chocolate ganache. Don’t be intimidated! It’s really quite simple and gives the molten cakes an extra layer of yumminess. However, if you’re short on time (or energy), just ignore those steps and replace the home-made ganache with a piece of regular baking chocolate, it will work just as well.

Prepping these ahead is a total breeze – you can even make them one day ahead and keep them in the fridge or freezer. The cook in about 15 minutes, so you can turn the oven during appetizers, pop them in the oven while you’re clearing the plates, and voila, have these stunning little cakes on the table before any of you guests even say, “what’s for dessert?”!

Serve these with a scoop of ice cream, and your favorite sauce. It’s Friday and we love a boozy sauce, so we whipped up a Caramel Frangelico Sauce to accompany them. A guaranteed crowd-pleaser, this is the dessert of dreams!

TGIF!

Chocolate Fondant Cake (Lava Cake)

Rating: 51

Yield: 4

Serving Size: 1 cake

Chocolate Fondant Cake (Lava Cake)

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Place the 2 oz. of chopped chocolate in a medium heatproof mixing bowl.
  2. In a small saucepan, heat the cream until just boiling. Pour it over the chocolate, mixing until the chocolate is fully melted and the cream is integrated.
  3. Let cool at room temperature, then take to the fridge for 30 minutes, then further cool it in the freezer for another 15 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  5. Grease the ramekins or molds by brushing them with butter, using a kitchen brush and using upward motions. Reserve in the fridge.
  6. Melt the remainder 7 oz. of chocolate with the butter in a Bain Marie or double boiler, mixing gently until fully melted. Reserve warm.
  7. Whisk the eggs, yolks and sugar until the mix is frothy and pale. Sift in the flour; add the melted butter and chocolate, mixing with a spatula using gentle, enveloping movements to fully blend all the batter ingredients.
  8. Fill about 2/3 of the molds with the batter.
  9. Take the (now solid) chocolate ganache out of the freezer and cut 4 small cubes (about 1 inch square). Insert one into the center of each mold, and then cover with the chocolate batter until the mold is full.
  10. Place the molds on a baking tray and bake for about 12 to 15 minutes at 400 F (you’ll see that will rise).
  11. Remove from the oven, and carefully unmold by tipping over a plate or bowl.
  12. Serve with a scoop of ice cream, and some Caramel Frangelico Sauce. Sprinkle with cocoa powder or icing sugar for decoration.

Notes

This recipe also includes directions to make your own chocolate ganache for the center, If you're short on time - or energy - use a piece of baking chocolate instead, and start the recipe at Step 4.

http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/fondant-cake-lava-cake/

olive oil cake recipe

The Classics: The Case For The Olive Oil Cake

olive oil cake recipe

Rosemary and Chocolate Olive Oil Cake. Ph: The Vanilla Bean Blog

Spongy, light, and delicious, the all-star classic olive oil cake definitely gets less play than it deserves. For some, it’s has a bit of a vintag-y, Old Italy feel that’s so en vogue right now. To us, it’s a wonderful cross between an angel cake and the most incredibly moist sponge cake. It’s rich and dense but still surprisingly airy, with a crisp and crunchy crust that adds interesting textural contrast.

Famously served at iconic NYC eateries Maialino’s (if you want their recipe, the amazing gals at Food52 have a great how-to right here) and Mario Batali’s Babbo Ristorante, olive oil cake is beautifully simple and still amazingly delicious.

Olive oil cake uses of course, olive oil, instead of butter, giving it not only a lighter flavor, but also a lot less saturated fat, calories, more antioxidants from the oil…overall, just much healthier approach to baking. The trick to a fabulous olive oil cake is choosing a mild and subtle olive oil, nothing too strong or too peppery, so that the cake still tastes like, well, cake!

We love how adaptable it is, a great blank slate of sorts, a moist backdrop for all sorts of other flavors, which can vary according to your moods, tastes or just what’s in season at the time. Add lemon or orange zest in the winter, blueberries and raspberries in the summer, and chocolate, well, any time of year is good for chocolate! The end result will always be delicious.

orange olive oil cake

How do you like them orange olive oil cake! CC Image courtesy of Uterior Epicture on Flikr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Olive oil cake is great as a dessert, but you can also enjoy it with your cup of morning or afternoon coffee. Make it in a cake or loaf pan for a traditional look, or in a muffin pan for mini olive oil cakes that are modern and more minimalist.

olive oil cake

Make olive oil cake in muffin tins for a more modern minimalist look. CC Image courtesy of Ulterior Epicure on Flikr. (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The recipe for Rosemary & Chocolate Olive Oil Cake we’re sharing below combines rosemary and chocolate, a matching that is made in culinary heaven. It’s been adapted from Kim Boyce’s Good to the Grain. She uses spelt flour, but you can substitute for all-purpose if you want. 

Rosemary & Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Rating: 51

Yield: Serves 8-12

Rosemary & Chocolate Olive Oil Cake

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup whole spelt flour
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup whole milk
  • 2 tbsp. fresh rosemary, finally chopped
  • 5 oz. bitter chocolate (70% cacao) pistoles, or bar cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt and whisk together.
  3. Take another large bowl and whisk the eggs. Add the olive oil, milk and rosemary, and whisk. Using a spatula, fold the wet ingredients into the flour mix, gently mixing just until combined.
  4. Stir in the chocolate.
  5. Grease an 9 1/2-inch fluted tart pan with olive oil. Pour the mix into the pan, spreading it evenly and making sure the top is smooth and not lumpy.
  6. Bake for about 40 minutes, or until the top golden brown. To test for doneness: insert a skewer or knife into the center of the cake; if it comes out clean, the cake is done.
  7. Let the cake rest for a 5 minutes before removing from the pan.
  8. Serve warm or cool.
http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/olive-oil-cake/

quiche lorraine

A Classic Quiche Lorraine Recipe For Bastille Day

quiche lorraine

 

French Classics: The Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Paired with a fresh salad in summer and spring, or with a hearty in soup in the winter, the perennial classic French Quiche Lorraine recipe is a dish as versatile as it is delicious.

July 14th marks Bastille Day, the day where all of France takes to the street and celebrates the French Revolution. Over here, it’s also the perfect excuse to celebrate France’s incredible contributions to the culinary world. And what better way to celebrate than with a chic and delicious savory quiche?

There are many versions of Quiche Lorraine, and there’s some contention about what a true recipe should include. The original dish from Lorraine region of France did not include cheese. Made popular in America by the iconic Julia Child, this savory tart starts with a base of flaky, buttery tart crust, and builds up with a hearty layer of delicious Gruyere cheese, sumptuous smoked bacon (which you could easily substitute with smoked pancetta), all perfectly seasoned and welded together by a luscious mix of cream, milk and eggs.

Quiche lorraine recipe ingredients

A few simple ingredients, one scrumptious dish.

The secret to a perfect quiche lies in the short crust. It should be buttery but not overwhelmingly rich, the texture both flaky and delicate, and never overwhelmingly dense.

So how do you achieve that? The best way is to make your own pastry dough, which gives you control of the ingredient proportions. Don’t be intimidated! Making this pie crust is actually super simple and an essential skill to have. Our Quiche Lorraine recipe includes instructions to make your own pastry dough, from scratch, in just minutes.  You can even make extra dough and freeze it for later use, so you only do the work once. If however, you’re pressed for time, you can buy ready made dough or pastry shell.

quiche lorraine recipe crust

Master the perfect crust for a foolproof quiche

Once you’ve mastered the Quiche Lorraine recipe, it’s easy to bend the rules and experiment with your own ingredient combinations, and make great, inventive quiche recipes. Add seasonal vegetables, meats and sausage or seafood (like lobster!), and add your favorite cheese. The possibilities are endless…and delicious!

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Rating: 51

Yield: 1 large quiche

Serving Size: Serves 4

Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Ingredients

  • Pastry
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cups butter
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 1 large egg yolk
  • 2 – 3 tbsp. cold water
  • Filling
  • 150 grams of smoked bacon or smoked pancetta, cut into thin strips
  • ½ tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 eggs
  • ½ cup cream
  • ½ cup 2% milk
  • ½ tsp. Porcini salt
  • ½ tsp. Freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup grated Gruyere
  • Special equipment
  • 11” French tart pan (with removable base)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. For The Crust
  3. Place the flour in a large bowl and add the diced butter and the salt. Break the butter with a fork until you get a coarse meal-like (or breadcrumb-like) texture.
  4. Make an indentation in the center of the mix and add the egg yolk and water. Start forming the dough from the outside in, adding more water as needed until you get an even dough ball that doesn’t stick to the walls of the bowl. You want the dough to be soft. Add more flour and water as you go, if necessary
  5. Don’t knead the dough, but press it firmly and wrap it in film. Take to the fridge for at last 20 minutes.
  6. Roll out the dough over a lightly floured surface into a circle. As you roll out the dough, rotate it to ensure uniformity, and sprinkle more flour so it won't stick.The diameter of the crust should be about 1 or 2 inches larger than your pan.
  7. Roll the dough into the rolling pin (see picture), lift and unroll right onto your pan.
  8. With your thumbs, carefully press the bottom and sides of the dough, and make sure the rim of the pan is covered as well. Cut off any excess with a knife.
  9. Pinch the base with a fork.
  10. Blind baking: top with a sheet of foil topped with pastry weights or beans to blind bake the tart shells.
  11. Bake for about 10 minutes, then remove the foil and beans/weights, and bake for another 5 minutes until lightly golden. Set aside to cool.
  12. For the filling
  13. Heat up a large pan with the olive oil, and cook the bacon until golden and soft. Drain and set aside to cool.
  14. In a bowl, with a whisk or a fork, whisk lightly the eggs, cream, milk, pepper, salt and Gruyere.
  15. Spread the mix evenly over the tart.
  16. Bake at 350 F for about 20 to 30 minutes, until the quiche is golden and the filling is firm and has set completely. Tip: to check for doneness, insert a toothpick and remove, it should come out clean.
  17. Serve warm with a fresh green salad.
http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/quiche-lorraine-recipe-bastille-day/

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Dessert: American Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble

American Modern: Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble

pistachio crumble shots

Is there any dessert more quintessentially American than a classic apple pie? This crowd-pleasing dessert is the perfect way to pay homage to America on Independence Day (or any other day!). The height of apple season isn’t until the fall, but apples are (thankfully) available all year-round, so you can make this summery version of the patriotic pie for 4th of July.

apple pie crumble

For our version, we deconstructed it and took the pie out of its shell, layering the different elements and presenting it in modern, individual size glass jars.  You can use small jam jars, mason jars, or even shot glasses for this apple pie crumble.  Instead of a classic crumble, we added meaty pistachios for a great crunchy texture. You can top it off either with ice cream – a la mode – or whipped cream, depending on how hot the weekend gets!

apple pie crumble

Your pistachio crumble should be buttery, crunchy and just a bit salty. Once it’s done, break it apart with your hands into coarse pieces, and make the crumbles as big or as small as you want. If pistachios are not your thing, you could easily substitute for a finally chopped macadamias (yum!), thinly sliced almonds, or just a regular crumble.

 

American Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble

Rating: 51

Yield: Serves 6

American Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Peel and cube the apples to about ¾ inch wide cubes, and place them in a bowl with water and the juice of ½ lemon. This will prevent the apples for oxidizing.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add the ¼ cup lemon juice with 1 cup orange juice, and incorporate ½ cup sugar, and heat over a hot/medium fire. Once the sugar is fully dissolved, add the apples (previously drained) and cook at medium heat until they’re just tender. Leave in the pan to cool down and get started on your crumble. Note: don’t over stir, so the apple cubes don’t disintegrate and lose their shape.
  3. In a bowl, mix the pistachios, 2 tbsp. sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon and cream and mix with a fork (or your hands), until you get a coarse mix.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  5. Spray non-stick spray over a baking sheet, and spread the crumble.
  6. Bake from 8 to 10 minutes, until the crumble is dry and golden. Once cooled, break up the crumble with your hands.
  7. To serve, scoop the apple mix into shot classes or mason jars, then cover with 2 to 3 spoonfuls of crumble. Finish with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/american-apple-pie-pistachio-crumble/

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9 Amazing Recipes For Your Fourth of July Menu

fourthofjulyGFSOUR FOURTH OF JULY MENU!

Fourth of July is all about celebrating America and the great culinary traditions of this incredible country. But it’s also about summer, that bright, hot and sunny season that always seems to just fly us by entirely too quickly. This Independence Day, we’re making the most of the weather and taking our celebration outside – be it poolside or backyard, beach or park, rooftop or balcony, our 4th of July menu is simple, fresh and delicious. The plan: elevated versions of Americana food classics, like grilled cheese, burgers, corn on the cob, slaw, and more. Plus, a show-stopping perfectly-grilled pork tenderloin, and to finish off, a centerpiece worthy patriotic cake. America rocks!

 

Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

grilled pork tenderloin

Photo credit: Bev Cooks

This mouthwatering pork tenderloin recipe by Bev of Bev Cooks is the stuff of grilling dreams. It all starts with a spicy (but not mouth-melting) chipotle pepper, brown sugar and lime marinade, and a succulent pork tenderloin (we suggest the buttery Berkshire Pork Tenderloin by Steaks & Game). The trick is to marinade the pork in advance, so all the flavors will soak right into the meat. We love that this only looks like a time-consuming recipe – the pork actually grills in 45 minutes. Which leaves you plenty of time for cocktails and fireworks. Get the Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin Recipe >

 

Sliders with Beer-Glazed Onions and Brie

gourmet burgers

Photo credit: Confections of a Foodie Bride

You’ve invited all your friends and family over and planned everything to the last red-white-and-blue napkin:  now’s the time to dazzle their tastebuds with a super-fancy burger that will leave your neighbors talking about your Fourth of July menu all sumer long. These elegant and delicious sliders (try out our Australian Wagyu sliders) by Confections of A Foodie Bride are just the thing. Topped with brie and craft brew-glazed caramelized onions, you’ll want to make sure you have enough of these to go around – they’re guaranteed to disappear as soon as you set them out.  Get the Sliders with Beer-Glazed Onions and Brie Recipe

 

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

4th of july grilled cheese recipe

Photo credit: Foodie Crush

We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this grilled cheese recipe by Foodie Crush. It’s sophisticated yet super simple, and there’s something about a grilled cheese that just takes us back to our summers at camp. But there’s nothing childish about this sandwich! It has meaty pieces of sweet snow crab and thick slices of avocado, all topped with melted Havarti cheese. It’s also a perfect vegetarian option to your Fourth of July menu. We might suggest adding a flavored mayo, and you can switch up the Havarti for any of your favorites (like Swiss, Gouda, or even Comte) – but just make sure the cheese you pick melts well (see our great selection of melting cheeses). Get the Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese Recipe >

 

Fruit & Nuts Blue Cheese Slaw

fruit and nut slaw

Photo credit: Tidymom.net

This coleslaw recipe is a far cry from the traditional mayo-soaked slaw of picnics of yore. First of all, it’s loaded not with mayo but with delicious fruits like strawberries, mandarin oranges and grapes, then sprinkled with meaty pecans and topped with crumbled blue cheese. It’s also really simple to put together (you can even make it ahead the day before your party) AND it’s vegetarian. A great way to class up classic picnic fare! Get the Fruit and Nut Slaw Recipe by Tidy Mom > 

 

Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Salad

shrimp and avocado salad

Photo credit: Dine and Dish

The riot of colors and flavors in this salad by Dine and Dish completely grabbed us. It combines fabulous (and healthy!) seasonal summer ingredients like juicy tomatoes, meaty avocados and sweet corn, but it goes a step further with the zesty addition of Sriracha grilled shrimp. The contrast of the crisp lettuce, the creamy avocado and the hot shrimp is festive, delicious and hearty.  A drizzle of a great quality olive oil and some good balsamic vinegar, and you’ve got a side dish for your Fourth of July menu that can easily serve as a main course for your vegetarian and/or health conscious guests.  Get the Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Avocado Salad Recipe >

 

Smoky Parmesan Corn On The Cob

parmsancorn_endlessmeal

Photo credit: The Endless Meal

Corn on the cob and summer go together, no question about it. Add Parmesan and a hint of smoked paprika to the equation, and you’ve got a dish worthy of your fireworks! This corn on the cob recipe by The Endless Meal will be your go-to summer staple, guaranteed.  Just brush the butter and parmigiano mix on the corn and wrap in foil (you can do all this and refrigerate up to two days in advance) and then throw on the grill alongside your burgers.  The perfect summer gourmet side dish for your Fourth of July menu! Get the Parmesan Corn on The Cob Recipe >

 

Red, White & Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas

fourth of july menu dessert

Photo credit: Mommy’s Kitchen

This patriotic dessert by Mommy’s Kitchen will please kids and adults alike! We’re big fans of adding fresh, seasonal produce to everything, and these “mini pizzas” (actually cookies) are the perfect vehicle to give kids a serving of fresh fruit (sneaky!). You can make your favorite cookie recipe, top it with a cream cheese filling and then add slices of fresh berries – just make sure you have blueberries for that red, white and blue theme. Or, instead of cookies and cream cheese, try some fresh blini and creme fraiche for a savory, grown-up alternative. Get the Red, White and Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas Recipe >

 

Summer Sangria

fourth of july menu sangria

Photo credit: Eat Drink Love

What’s a party without a signature cocktail? Our pick this year is this delish fruit-filled sangria by Eat Drink Love. It’s sweet, it’s filled with berries, and just like a punch, you can just make a big ol’ pitcher instead of laboring at the bar over individual drinks.  To keep with the patriotic theme, use blueberries and strawberries, and cut out some pineapples (it’s not white, but it’s close enough!) with a star-shaped cutter. Get the Summer Sangria Recipe >

 

Ombre Independence Day Cake

4th of july cake

Photo credit: Brit + Co.

Does this cake really need an introduction? Don’t you just want to run to the recipe just by looking at it? We did! This is the piece (of cake) de resistance for our Fourth of July menu. The crafty gals at Brit + Co. (their site is a treasure trove of all sorts of ideas – from food, to crafts to fashion – go get lost in the awesomeness!) made the executive decision to use cake mix and ready-made frosting to offset the time it takes to assemble the cake, but more enterprising and expert bakers can definitely use their favorite cake recipe and make their own frosting instead. This is the moment to go BIG, and this cake definitely fits the bill – just make sure you have enough height on your fridge to store it. Get the Ombre Independence Day Recipe > 

 

Happy Fourth of July!

 

A big thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who let us share the amazing recipes that make up our Fourth of July menu. We encourage you to visit their blogs and sites for more incredible recipes, menu ideas and general awesomeness.

Which one of these yummy recipes is your favorites? Do you have any great recipes for the Fourth? Share them in the comments below or on Facebook

4th of july dessert

Video: A Patriotic 4th of July Dessert!

4th of July dessert

 Juicy peaches, sweet strawberries and plump berries are ripe for the picking – and ready to be the star of your 4th of July desserts.

Need some inspiration for your 4th of July dessert? Joan Nathan’s fruit crisp is our featured pick! It’s filled with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, then topped with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, for the perfect and most delicious red, white and blue patriotic dessert.

There’s nothing more wonderful in the too-short summer season than making the most of the bounty of fruit that is just bursting with flavor and color. Juicy peaches, sweet strawberries and plump berries, to name a few, are ripe for the picking – and ready to be the star of your summer desserts. For this 4th of July dessert “pie”, the concept of tart is turned upside down, with the dough on top, the fruit at the bottom. This way, the juices of the fruit don’t turn the dough soggy, ensuring crisp bites.

Serve in spoonfuls over bowls, or, to give the presentation a more “summery” twist, spoon into mason jars and use long milkshake spoons.

Bonus!  This wonderful recipe is an all-season must – just replace the summer berries and rhubarb with whatever fruit is at the market, like crisp apples in the fall, or citrus fruit in the winter.  If the weather is cooler, top with whipped cream instead of ice cream (although we’re partial to ice cream all year long!).

 

 

 

Video: Tablet Magazine

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Passion Fruit Pavlovas

passion fruit frozen puree pavlovas

 

Sweet, with a dash of fresh citrus flavor, airy pavlovas are the perfect dessert to welcome summer.  

The filling – or topping – of our pavlovas is made with exotic Passion Fruit Frozen Puree, but feel free to give your imagination free rein and use any of the other lush flavors from our incredible Boiron line of French fruit purees – or mix it up and offer a variety.

Pavlovas are a classic European dessert of light and crusty meringue. Named after a Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, the dessert is, surprisingly enough, a New Zealand invention (though a hotly contested one) and the New Zealand’s National Dessert.

The stiff meringue “pillows” hold up beautifully and provide the perfect centerpiece for the lush passion fruit cream, with a soft center that melts in your mouth at the first bite. The trick to the pavlova is that once it’s done baking, it should be left to cool down completely in the oven, to avoid deflating.

 

Passion Fruit Pavlovas

Serving Size: 8

Passion Fruit Pavlovas

Ingredients

  • MERINGUE
  • 4 eggs, separeated into whites and yolks
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Corn starch
  • PASSIONFRUIT PUREE FILLING
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Grated lime peel
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup Passion Fruit Frozen Puree
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 limes, sliced thinly
  • 2 sprigs fresh Rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 275 F.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg whites into soft peaks, then add the sugar one tablespoon at a time, beat continuously until you stiff peaks forms. Stop beating, incorporate the vinegar and cornstarch, then whip about 30 seconds more until you get a fully combined.
  3. Place a sheet of sheet of parchment paper over a baking sheet, and with a pencil, draw 8 circles of about 3-½ inches diameter.
  4. Drop one or two full tablespoons or 1/3 cup of meringue in the center of each circle. With a spoon, gently press into the center of each circle to create an indent or shallow hollow.
  5. Transfer to oven and reduce the heat to 200 F. Bake for 1 to 1 ½ hours. The meringue circles should be easily lifted from the parchment paper. When it’s done, leave to cool in the oven and then take to a dry place without covering.
  6. While meringue is baking, start your filling.
  7. In a bowl, mix the egg yolks and the 1/2-cup sugar, and add the lime peel and juice.
  8. Place the bowl in a water bath or double boiler – simmering, not boiling – mixing with a wooden spoon until it thickens. Make sure the water doesn’t boil over, or the preparation will spoil. Remove from heat.
  9. Add the yogurt and the Passion Fruit Frozen Puree and transfer the bowl to an ice bath to cool. Use immediately or store in the fridge
  10. Fill the pavlovas with the passion fruit filling and garnish with two half-slices of lemon and a bit of rosemary.
http://www.gourmetfoodstore.com/gourmet-food-blog/passion-fruit-pavlovas-recipe/

 

 

Recipe: Marcela Sorondo for Gourmet Food World
Photo: Monica Sempertegui for Gourmet Food World

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Celebrating Dad: A Father’s Day Menu In 4 Steps (+ 2 Dad-Worthy Recipes)

It’s Our Father’s Day Menu!

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The weather just calls us out to the great outdoors (or the backyard), so we thought up a Father’s Day menu that’s designed to enjoy al fresco.

Each Dad has a different palate, but a quick poll around the Gourmet Food Store office turned up one unanimous winner – meat. Grilled meats, to be specific. So this year, our Father’s Day menu is about firing up that grill and giving Dad an upscale version of his favorites foods.

And of course, no cookout would be complete without a signature cocktail, something for Dad to sip while he opens his presents. A selection of sweet desserts, a thoughtful, heartfelt card and lots of hugs and kisses, and you have the recipe for his most fantastic Father’s Day ever!

Step 1: Dad’s Upscale Dogs

Nothing could be easier or more delicious than throwing some delicious franks on the grill. To level things up a bit, try these fabulous Wagyu mini-dogs. Made from all-natural Australian Wagyu beef, they’re a super affordable way to give Dad a taste of the world-famous Kobe beef without breaking your retirement-fund piggy bank. Pair them with a sophisticated honey mustard dipping sauce, which you can make ahead and keep refrigerated – just warm it up when you’re serving the dogs.

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Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce Recipe

In a small pot, mix all ingredients and simmer for 25 minutes on medium-low heat.

  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry ground  mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

 

Step 2: Cool Caipirinha Cocktail

He’ll need a refreshing beverage to wash down all this food, and we think he’ll appreciate this one. All Dads love sports, so in honor of the World Cup festivities, we included Brazil’s most popular cocktail to our Father’s Day menu: the citrusy and sweet Caipirinha. Limes, sugar, cachaca (pronouns kah//SHAH/sah) and lots of ice are all you’ll need to craft this cocktail. Need some pointers? This video will show you how to make the perfect Caipirinha.

A father's day cocktail

Caipirinha Ph: : Maurice Chédel

Step 3: The Father of All Burgers

This next course is the one that will make you his favorite forever: Grass-Fed Burgers Topped With Foie Gras. Start with great-quality grass-fed beef patties (or grind your own). The secret is in the foie gras slices – rich and succulent, it adds a layer of delicious decadence to what would otherwise be a regular backyard burger. Keep in mind that this is a relatively heavy dish, so make sure Dad doesn’t load up on lots of chips (or too many of those delicious Wagyu cocktail hot dogs) beforehand. Or, just leave enough time between the appetizer and the burgers!  See the full recipe for this meaty masterpiece below.

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Step 4: Dad’s Just Desserts

After recovering from his food coma, Dad will certainly be ready for his something sweet. Surprise him with a variety of summer-ready mini tarts from Galaxy Dessert. The Tart Sampler includes four Dad-approved tarts: Pecan, Apple, Lemon and Key Lime. The best part? These delicious tarts are pre-made and all ready to go, no cooking required – and after all the work you put into the meal, we’re sure you’ll appreciate this sweet break from the oven!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grass Fed Beef Burgers with Foie Gras

Serving Size: 4

Grass Fed Beef Burgers with Foie Gras

Ingredients

  • 4 Kaiser rolls
  • 4 burger patties
  • 4 slices of fresh foie gras
  • 12 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tsp. of balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup heavy cream.
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Fire up the grill and get the heat up to high. While the grill is heating up, start on your foie gras.
  3. Season the foie gras slices with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat a medium non-stick saucepan over very high heat. When it’s smoking hot, place the foie gras slices. Cook for about two minutes – the fat should start rendering immediately – then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the pan (but don’t wash or discard the pan) and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes. While the foie gras is in the oven, start your shitake cream sauce.
  6. In the same pan used to cook the foie gras slices – which should have the rendered fat from the foie gras – add the shiitake mushrooms, 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar and a 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Incorporate the heavy cream and cook, stirring, until the cream turns light brown.
  7. Leave the foie gras in a warm place while you cook your burgers.
  8. Season the burgers with salt and pepper and place on the grill over a hot fire – which will get you that nice crust. Grill each side for about 4 to 5 minutes – checking to make sure it’s not burning – then flip, and grill for another 2 minutes or so. To check for doneness, use an instant-read food thermometer: 125°F for medium rare or 135°F for medium.
  9. Serve each burger over a warm roll, topped with a slice of foie gras and drizzle with the shiitake sauce.
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