Stacked Tomato Salad with Black Olive Tapenade and Sweet Basil Dressing
- 3 pounds ripe tomatoes, (beefsteak, yellow, and heirloom), sliced into 1/2-inch thick rounds
- Tapenade, recipe follows*
- 1-pound goat cheese, thinly sliced (or use Mozzarella, but goat is better)
- Fresh basil leaves and sprigs, for layering and for garnish
Sweet Basil Dressing, recipe follows below
Place a tomato slice on a plate and spread with some of the tapenade. Then place a slice of the goat cheese on top, add a few basil leaves, and finish with another tomato slice. You can add another layer to make Napoleon as high as you desire. Top with another small spoonful of the tapenade and then drizzle the Sweet Basil Dressing over the tomato and around the plate. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil and repeat to make 4 to 6 plates. For a smaller version, use Roma tomatoes.
Tapenade (Honestly, I buy a small jar at the store…a whole lot easier)
- 2 cups kalamata or niçoise olives, pitted
- 3 cloves garlic, peeled, coarsely chopped
- 5 anchovy fillets
- 2 tablespoons pine nuts
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Combine olives, garlic, anchovies and pine nuts in a food processor and process until smooth. With the motor running, slowly add the oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Sweet Basil Dressing
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 3/4 cup pure olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 12 basil leaves, cut into chiffonade (roll the leaves in a little tube shape and slice across the leaves)
Whisk together vinegar, Dijon mustard, and honey in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and then stir in the basil.
Just in case you are wondering about the difference between a Chef’s Salad and a Cobb Salad, here is what I found in Wikipedia –
A Chef Salad and Cobb Salad both have lettuce, cheese and meats such as bacon, chicken breast, and ham, plus hard boiled eggs. But a Cobb salad usually has a mixture of lettuces, and also has avocado and tomatoes. It was named after Robert Cobb who was the owner of the famous Hollywood Brown Derby and created by his chef in 1937.
This is the Pinterest version I was able to locate. Cobb Salad Dressing.
Classic Cobb Salad
- 3 strips bacon
- 1 boneless, skinless chicken breast or leftover baked ham, chopped
- 3/4 head iceberg lettuce (or salad greens blend)
- 8 grape tomatoes (I chopped up a Roma tomato)
- 1 avocado
- 2 hard-boiled eggs
- 1 1/2 ounces blue cheese crumbled
- 3 ounces ranch dressing (or blue cheese dressing) OR Cobb Dressing below*
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lay out bacon strips on a foil-lined baking sheet. Cook for 10-12 minutes or until is crispy. Removed from oven and transfer bacon to a paper towel-lined plate to drain.
- Heat grill or a skillet over medium-high heat). Cook chicken, flipping once, for about 3-4 minute per side. Make sure chicken reaches 165 degrees F internal temp and is no longer pink. Remove to a plate to rest. (Substitute chopped ham in place of chicken).
- Rinse and dry lettuce, then remove outer leaves and core. Cut into bite-sized pieces and place on a platter or shallow serving bowl.
- Rinse and halve tomatoes. Place on top of the lettuce to one side of the bowl. Slice eggs and place next to the tomatoes in a line. Cut avocado in half, remove from skin and then chop or slice. Add next to eggs.
- Slice or dice chicken and place on salad next to avocado. Crumble bacon and place next to the chicken/ham. Crumble blue cheese and place next to bacon.
- Serve with the ORIGINAL dressing!
Cobb Salad Dressing
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp sugar
- 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
- 2 tsp salt
- 3/4 tsp black pepper
- 3/4 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1/4 tsp dry mustard
- 1 tsp garlic minced
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 3/4 cup salad oil
- Place all ingredients in a blend and blend together until well mixed.
- Refrigerate until ready to use.
One of the most desired cuts of beef in Brazil is called (picanha) . It is also very common in higher end restaurants in Yucatan these days. What is it?
Picanha is a cut of beef called sirloin cap in the United States or the rump cap in the United Kingdom, that is popular in Portugal and Brazil. In the United States, it is little known, but referred to as the rump cover, rump cap, or culotte.
In a Brazilian restaurant it is often served on large skewers…
I chose to roast it whole.
There are THREE steps to the recipe, which involves marinating overnight in the refrigerator (see below) with a citrus-herb salt rub.
Simple Roasted Picanha Recipe
Step One – Citrus-Herb Salt Rub
- 1 tablespoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
- Zest of one small lemon, approximately 2 teaspoons
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh oregano
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
Score the fatty blanket on the picanha by making criss-crossing cuts into the fatty blanket covering one side of the picanha. Fat behaves differently than meat when cooked. It loses more liquid and therefore shrinks more. By scoring the fat, you can prevent the piece from curling and dis-forming while it grills.
Rub the salt mixture into the cross cuts of the fat. Refrigerate overnight.
Step Two – Preheat oven to 400 degrees, letting the picana come to room temperature.
Prepare the chimichurri sauce by mixing the following ingredients…
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 teaspoons chili pepper flakes (less for milder flavor)
- 2 teaspoons minced oregano leaves
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 tablespoon red wine vinegar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
Step Three – Sear and Roast the picana as follows
Heat a large oven-safe skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Pour in a few tablespoons of olive oil.
Sear the beef until browned on both sides,approximately 2 minutes per side.Transfer the skillet to the oven with the fatty side of the piranha facing up.
Cook the roast for 35 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 128-130° for medium-rare. Remove the roast from the oven, cover with foil and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing. The temperature will rise 10 degrees while resting!!
Slice against the grain for tender cuts.
Here is my recent attempt to duplicate that restaurant experience in our oven…in case there is too much snow to fire up the Barbie, mates. Sliced after resting with chimichurri sauce.
Too many Argentinian chorizos…My best friend, Pinterest, shared this recipe! Fortunately I had some chicken thighs, cherry tomatoes and black olives…
Spanish Chicken and Chorizo Traybake
Spanish Chicken & Chorizo Traybake
Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal, Whole30
- 1 yellow bell pepper deseeded and cut into chunks
- 1 red bell pepper deseeded and cut into chunks
- 1 red onion cut into wedges
- 1 white onion cut into wedges
- 6 boneless skinless chicken thighs (or 4 chicken breasts)
- 1 cup cherry tomatoes
- 2/3 cup chopped chorizo
- 1/2 cup black olives
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- 3 cloves garlic crushed
- 1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 1 tbsp red wine vinegar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 1 tbsp fresh parsley
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius (390F)
- In a large pyrex baking dish add the chopped bell peppers, onions, cherry, chorizo, tomatoes and olive.
- In a bowl whisk together the olive oil, crushed garlic, paprika, oregano, vinegar, salt and pepper. Pour 2/3 of the sauce over the veggies and toss with your hands to ensure everything is well coated. Place the chicken pieces on top of the veggies and brush with the remaining sauce.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes, remove from the oven half way through cooking and spoon some of the sauce from the bottom of the dish over the chicken and veggies before returning back to the oven to bake.
- Check the chicken to ensure it’s no longer pink. Sprinkle the veggies with chopped parsley before serving.
Still time to prepare this wonderful quiche for Easter morning, friends!Its not all that difficult, if you start with a refrigerated crust. Make sure to really clean the leeks well, as they often have dirt hidden inside!! Serve with some ice fresh strawberries…
Could also be good to use up that leftover ham after Easter!
Caramelized Leek, Parmesan and Ham Quiche
- 1 3/4 oz. Ham
- 1 Leek
- 1 Egg wash
- 2 Eggs,
- 2 tbsp Brown sugar
- 1 Salt and pepper
- 1 tsp Olive oil
- 1 tbsp Red wine vinegar
- 10 slices Parmesan cheese
- 1/3 cup Cheese, grated
- 1/3 cup Cream
- 1/3 cup milk
Prepare the caramelized leek. Clean the leek and peel off the top layer of skin. Cut in half length-ways then finely slice width ways. Heat the olive oil in a small saucepan over a medium heat and gently cook the leek for a few minutes until soft. Add the brown sugar and red wine vinegar. Stir for another couple of minutes until the sugar has dissolved and set aside to cool.
Prick the bases of the pie shell with a fork about a dozen times evenly around the base. Place on a tray and into the oven for the time recommended on the package.
Remove the pie shell from the oven. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes. Remove, brush the shell with egg wash and cook for a further 3 minutes.
Remove the quiche from the oven. Evenly distribute the shaved ham and caramelized leek evenly over the crust. Sprinkle over the grated cheese. In a mixing bowl whisk together the 2 eggs, ⅓ cup of milk and ⅓ cup of cream. Season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a jug and carefully pour into the pie shell. Cook for 20 minutes.
- Cool for at least 10 minutes before slicing to serve.
Thanks to all of you who follow and view my blog. As of today I have reached 13000 VIEWS and over 5400 Visitors!!! Hope you will continue to spread the word…hope you still have time to try this wonderful salad…
Today’s Caesar salad is tomorrows Mediterranean Caesar Salad if you have left over homemade dressing…which I always do. I just substituted the Parmesan and sliced mushrooms for feta cheese and black olives. You could even add a few garbanzo beans for added protein and texture. We actually liked it better tha the original Caesar!
Mediterranean Caesar Salad
The Dressing –
- 1 ½ teaspoons fish sauce or use the traditional anchovy paste (TIP)
- 3 or 4 crushed garlic cloves
- 1 T. Dijon mustard
- 1 T. lemon or lime juice
- 1 T. red wine vinegar
- 1 egg yolk
- ¾ cup oil (NOT olive oil) vegetable oil
Blend all ingredients in a shaker,. Shake and refrigerate until needed…
The Salad –
- Romaine lettuce torn in pieces
- 2 or 3 sliced green onions
- 3 or 4 strips crisp bacon crumbled
- Black olives halved (to taste)
- Feta cheese (to taste…I like lots)
- Caesar bread crouton
- mushrooms sliced
*For more protein throw in a few canned garbanzo beans
This has to be one of my favourite fall recipes and it would be great with your Thanksgiving Dinner! The origin of the recipe was the Dallas News way back in 2008. When I searched online it is nowhere to be found, either on Google or Pinterest as far as I could check. Fortunately I had a copy! You’re going to love serving this fragrant dish with your dinner.
Fragrant Fall Red Cabbage with Apples and Bacon
4 slices bacon cut into 1 inch pieces
1 large head red cabbage cored and thinly sliced
1 large red onion, halved and thinly sliced
2 apples, halved, cored and sliced
¾ cup red wine vinegar
¼ cup maple syrup
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon allspice
Salt and pepper to taste.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, cook the bacon until lightly browned, but NOT crispy, about 4 minutes.
Add the cabbage, onion and apples. Stir well to coat with bacon drippings. Cover and cook until the vegetables and apples are limp, about 15 minutes.
Add the vinegar, maple syrup and spices. Stir well, then season with salt and pepper.
Serves 8 to 10
What happens when you buy too many cherry tomatoes at Costco? You get desperate to use them up…LOL. This salad was great!
Cherry Tomato Salad http://www.annies-eats.com/
2 pints ripe cherry tomatoes, quartered (about 4 cups)
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 cloves of garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1 medium shallot minced
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
ground black pepper
1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced into 1/2 inch chunks
4 ounces crumbled goat cheese (about 1 cup)
1-2 tablespoons parsley minced
Combine the tomatoes, salt and sugar in a medium bowl and toss. Let stand for 30 minutes. Transfer the mixture to a salad spinner and spin until the seeds and excess liquid have been removed (about one minute). SAVE 1/2 cup juice.
Return the tomatoes to the original bowl.
Combine 1/2 cup of the liquid with garlic, oregano, shallot and vinegar in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Simmer until mixture is reduced about 6 to 8 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature. Whisk in the oil and season with pepper to taste.
Add the cucumber, goat cheese and parsley to the bowl of tomatoes. Toss with the dressing and serve.
Escabeche de Cebolla (Yucatecan Pickled Red Onions)
MAKES ABOUT 1 ¾ CUPS
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 large red onion, thinly sliced lengthwise
1 tsp. whole black peppercorns
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. cumin seeds
3 cloves garlic, peeled and halved lengthwise
1 ½ cups red wine vinegar
In a bowl, toss salt and onion together; let sit until onion releases some of its liquid, about 15 minutes. Transfer to jar along with peppercorns, oregano, cumin, and garlic, and pour over vinegar; seal with lid. Refrigerate at least 4 hours before using.