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
4 Beetroots about 200gr.each unpeeled
2 cups diced white onion
1 cup diced carrot
1 cup diced celery
2 sprigs thyme, plus ½ teaspoon thyme leaves
1 bay leaf
1300gr.Beer plus ¼ cup extra beer
1 tablespoon canola oil
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon butter
Ground black pepper
Wash under running water the Beetroots. In a large glass bowl, combine the Beetroots with the onion, carrot, celery, thyme sprigs, and bay leaf. Pour in the beer, cover, and marinate for 48 hours in the refrigerator. Remove the Beetroots from the marinade and pat dry on paper towels. Strain the marinade,reserving both the liquid and the vegetables. In a medium saucepan, bring the liquid to a
simmer over medium heat, until it comes to a boil. Strain through a chinois. Preheat the oven to 135°C. Season the Beetroots with salt. Heat the oil in a large ovenproof straightsided sauté pan over high heat. Sear the Beetroots on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per
side, and remove from the pan. Drain any excess oil from the pan, lower the heat
to medium, and add the reserved vegetables. Sweat until tender, about 10
minutes. Add the tomato paste and cook for 3 minutes. Deglaze the pan with the
reserved liquid and reduce by half. Add the stock and bring to a
simmer. Return the Beetroots to the pan, cover, and transfer to the oven. Braise
in the oven until the Beetroots is tender and can be easily pulled apart with a fork, about 2-2½ hours. Remove the pan from the oven and allow to rest, uncovered, for 30
minutes. Gently remove the Beetroots from the braising liquid and set aside. Peel the beets when is warm.Strain the liquid and discard the vegetables. Return the liquid to a saucepan over
medium-high heat until it comes to a simmer. Lower the heat to medium-low and reduce the liquid to
3 cups, skimming frequently. Add the remaining ¼ cup of beer,Feenel seeds and the thyme
leaves and whisk in the butter. Season with ground black pepper to taste
2 smashed garlic cloves
100gr heavy cream
Fleur de sel
Peel potatoes and simmer in salted water to cover until tender, about 15 minutes. While potatoes cook, place cream in a small pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until reduced to about 2 cups.
Place butter in small pan and heat until it just begins to brown and it smells nutty. Set aside.
Drain potatoes and run through a food mill or ricer. Pass potatoes through a fine sieve into a bowl. (A splatter screen set over a bowl can work well. Move potatoes through screen with a plastic scraper.) Lightly fold in the cream.
Reheat browned butter if needed. Swirl browned butter and garlic into potatoes. Top with several grinds of nutmeg and a sprinkling of fleur de sel.
12 baby carrots, trimmed
12 red pearl onions
2 stalks celery
8 baby spring onions
½ cup Vegetables stock
4 tablespoons butter
½ teaspoon salt
Peel each carrot into a smooth cylindrical shape. Peel the pearl onions and the celery stalks. Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and blanch the vegetables until tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice water, and, once cool, drain. Cut the celery
stalks at 45-degree angles in 2-inch sections. In a medium sauté pan over medium heat, warm together the carrots, pearl onions, celery, spring onions,stock, butter, and salt. Cover and simmer until the vegetables are very tender and
glazed, 7 to 8 minutes
Potato Puree Mousseline
2 Bread Crisps, broken into shards
Sauce reserved from making Braised Beetroots
Spoon the potato puree onto 4 plates. Place the Beetroots on top of the puree
and garnish with the glazed vegetables and bread crisps. Top with parsley and
finish with the sauce
30 g butter
½ shallot, sliced
2 cloves garlic, sliced
8 apricots, pitted and quartered
60 g Chamomile Simple Syrup
Heat the butter in a saucepan over medium heat until foamy but not browned. Add the
shallots and garlic to the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened without any color,
about 5 minutes. Add the nectarines to the pan and cook until tender, about 25 minutes.
Transfer the cooked mixture to a blender and puree on high until smooth. Turn to low
speed and blend in the chamomile syrup. Season with salt. Keep warm.
ROASTED DUCK BREASTS
4 duck breasts, each about 550 g
60 g butter
Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F. Trim and remove any silver skin or meat that overlaps
the fat side. Set aside and reserve for the Chamomile Jus. Pat the duck breasts dry with a
paper towel. Season both sides of each portion with salt.
Divide the duck breasts between two large sauté pans and place skin-side facing down.
Heat the pans over low heat to begin rendering. Periodically drain the fat from each pan as
the ducks render, reserving the rendered fat to finish the chamomile jus. When the skin has
fully rendered crispy and turned a deep golden brown, about 12 minutes, transfer the
breasts to a baking sheet lined with a wire rack, skin side facing down and place in the
oven to cook to medium, about 4 minutes. Remove the duck from the oven and let rest in a
warm place for at least 15 minutes before slicing to serve.
15 g grapeseed oil
About 150 g reserved trim from Roasted Duck Breasts
½ shallot, sliced
60 g dry white wine
240 g Chicken Jus
10 g dried chamomile
Reserved rendered fat from Roasted Duck Breasts
Heat the oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add the duck trim to the pan and sear until
deeply caramelized, about 4 minutes. Remove the trim from the pan and set aside. Drain
and discard the rendered fat from the pan. Turn the heat to medium and add the shallots to
the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, about 3 minutes. Add the wine to the
pan and deglaze. Bring to a simmer and reduce until almost dry. Add the caramelized duck
trim and chicken jus to the pan. Heat to a simmer and turn the heat to low. Gently simmer
and reduce the sauce until thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Remove the pan from
the heat and stir in the dried chamomile. Cover the pan and let steep at room temperature
for 7 minutes. Strain the sauce through cheesecloth and season with salt. Break the sauce
with the rendered duck fat and keep warm.
3 nectarines, halved and pitted
25 g olive oil
Brown Butter, melted
Fleur de sel
Cracked black pepper
Preheat the oven to 135°C/275°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Combine the
nectarine halves, oil, and salt in a mixing bowl, tossing to evenly coat. Transfer the nectarines
to the baking sheet, cut sides down, and dust lightly with the confectioners’ sugar. Roast
the nectarines until tender, about 1/2 hour. Remove from the oven and cut two of the halves
into quarters. Brush the cut side of each nectarine with brown butter and season with fleur de
sel and cracked black pepper. Keep warm.
10 Amaranthus leaves
40 g butter
45 g Chicken Stock
Remove the stems from the amaranthus leaves and set the leaves aside. Trim the stems down to
10 cm (4 inches) in length. Using a mandoline, thinly slice the stems lengthwise and
immediately submerge in cold water. Set aside and reserve to garnish the plates. Cut the
cleaned leaves into 5-cm (2-inch) pieces. Heat the butter in a large sauté pan over medium
heat until foamy but not browned. Add the leaves to the pan and stir occasionally
until evenly wilted, about 3 minutes. Season with salt. Add the chicken stock to the pan
and bring to a simmer. As the stock simmers and reduces, it will form a thick glaze. Be
careful not to overcook the leaves or reduce the glaze too far, as the emulsion will break
and make them greasy. Transfer the glazed amaranthus to a paper towel to drain any
excess glaze. Keep warm.
Brown Butter, melted
Fleur de sel
White Balsamic Vinaigrette
Chamomile greens and flowers
Slice the duck breasts in half lengthwise. Brush the cut side of each portion with brown
butter and season with fleur de sel. Place both halves of each portion in the center of each
of four plates. Spoon the nectarine puree onto each plate next to the ducks. Divide the glazed
Amaranthus into one pile on each plate. Divide the roasted and pickled nectarines among the
plates, arranging them next to the duck. Drain the Amaranthus stem shaves from the ice
water and pat dry. In a bowl, dress the Amaranthus stem shaves with white balsamic
vinaigrette. Garnish each plate with the dressed Amaranthus stem shaves and chamomile
flowers and greens. Sauce each plate with the chamomile jus
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