Rillettes with Fines Herbes Bavarois
1 salmon fillet, skin, bloodline, and pin bones removed, about 455 g
2 lemons, sliced 6 mm (¼ inch) thick
40 g Mayonnaise
115 g crème fraîche
Grated zest of 1 lemon
½ shallot, finely chopped
5 g finely chopped dill
5 g finely chopped tarragon
3 g finely chopped chervil
5 g sliced chives
20 g lemon juice
Cut the salmon into four pieces of equal thickness. Season the salmon liberally with salt
on all sides. Line the bottom of a large saucepan with enough lemon slices to fully cover.
Place the salmon pieces in the pan and cover with olive oil. Heat the pan over very low
heat and cook until tender and flaky, about 18 minutes. Let cool to room temperature in
the confit oil. Drain the salmon from the oil, pat dry, and transfer to a mixing bowl. Gently
flake the fish apart without shredding and fold in the mayonnaise, crème fraîche, lemon
zest, shallot, herbs, and lemon juice until fully incorporated; do not overmix. Reserve the
salmon rillettes, refrigerated, in an airtight container until ready to serve.
FINES HERBES PUREE
50 g baby spinach leaves
50 g chives, coarsely chopped
40 g flat-leaf parsley leaves
15 g tarragon leaves
25 g chervil leaves
Heat a pot of salted water to a boil over high heat and prepare an ice bath. Blanch the
spinach and herbs each separately for about 5 minutes, until they are completely tender—
when you rub them between your fingers, they should fall apart. As they emerge from the
boiling water, immediately shock each batch of greens in the ice bath and, once cold,
remove and squeeze out any excess water. Place the blanched greens in a blender with a
splash of ice water and blend on high speed until completely smooth. Pass the puree
through a fine-mesh tamis and reserve in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 24
FINES HERBES BAVAROIS
3 sheets gelatin
150 g cream
2 egg yolks
80 g Fines Herbes Puree
10 g lemon juice
6 g salt
45 g water
Bloom the gelatin sheets in ice water. Using a stand mixer, whip the cream to medium
peaks. Set aside and keep cold. Whisk the egg yolks, fines herbes puree, lemon juice, and
salt in a separate bowl until fully incorporated. Heat the water in a saucepan over low heat
until warm. Squeeze the bloomed gelatin to drain any excess water and combine with the
warm water. Stir until fully melted. Remove the pan from the heat and temper the gelatin
into the fines herbes mixture. Whisk together until incorporated. Fold the whipped cream
into the thickened mixture in three additions. Once fully incorporated, place a layer of
plastic wrap directly on top of the bavarois and refrigerate until set, about 3 hours. When
ready to serve, whip the bavarois with a wire whisk until completely smooth.
4 slices miche, toasted
Divide the rillettes among four glass jars. Top each with a quenelle of the fines herbs
bavarois. Garnish each jar with fennel fronds, fennel blossoms, and chervil. Serve with
Cantaloupe melon and Jamon Serrano
Italian Focaccia. A bread that is known and liked all over the world. Focaccia is a flat bread, Italian bread baked in the oven, which is very similar in texture and style to Pizza. The first confirmation of the word focaccia appears in 1300. In Ancient Rome, called panis focacius was a flat bread baked in a hearth. The word comes from the Latin hearth “hearth, place of baking“. The basic recipe is believed to have originated from the Etruscans, but today it is widely associated with Ligurian cuisine.
I love good focaccia. Great dough a little thicker than pizza dough, olive oil, rosemary and salt.
The flavors combine beautifully with each other and it is one of my favorite things that I eat as an appetizer or alone and of course everyone likes it.
Wanting to make a Focaccia after many attempts in the past, some with success and others without the right result, I thought of experimenting a bit not with the appearance, not with the baking but mainly with the process.
Usually when I was making a focaccia, I just kneaded the dough, left it to rest for 1 hour and baked it.
The result is usually mediocre but tasty.
I thought that in focaccia we add dried tomatoes, salt and rosemary, without thinking that we can work other variations.
So I made this focaccia, without dried tomatoes and rosemary, but I replaced them with onions and basil.
I replaced the flour for all uses with type 00 flour. I removed the bench mixer and the dough was made by hand.
Baking time reduced by 15 ‘
The big difference was in the rest times.
Kneading and 1 hour rest, light kneading and 1 hour rest, kneading and 1 hour rest.
A total of 3 hours of rest from 1 hour that I was used to.
The result is extremely amazing.
A much more fluffy focaccia emerged and the most important thing is that after 3-4 days it is still quite fluffy.
There is also the theory that 4 hours of rest are needed, which I will try in the near future
Makes about 2.5 kg
3.5 kg chicken necks and backs
1 white onion, diced 5 cm (2 inches)
1 celery stalk, diced 5 cm (2 inches)
5 sprigs thyme
Put the chicken necks and backs in a large pot. Cover generously with cold water. Drain
and discard the water. Repeat the rinsing process two times. After the third rinse, drain and
cover with cold water. Heat over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Skim and discard
any impurities that may rise to the surface. Add the onion, celery, and thyme to the pot and
turn the heat to low. Continue to simmer the stock, skimming occasionally, for 6 hours.
Strain the stock through a chinois. Reserve in an airtight container, refrigerated, for up to 3
days, or frozen for up to 1 month.
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