Appetizers

Tom & Nancy’s Three Herb Pesto

Tom, who happens to be a long time friend and customer at R&S Market invited me into his kitchen to mix up a batch of this delicious Three Herb Pesto!

 

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The one thing that I love better than cooking… is cooking together!

Tom Dufek is a special customer at R&S Market, but he also happens to be a wonderful person and good friend to The Butcher and I.

Tom and his wife Nancy make this special recipe for a Three Herb Pesto that is perfect for the bounty of tomatoes that are overflowing from your garden this time of year!

My son Anthony Jr., is an avid photographer and videographer, so he was on hand to document the pesto making afternoon …lots of fun!

Make a batch of this pesto to serve with tomatoes and mozzarella or to mix into a delicious pasta dish. If you make extra, it freezes really well in small portions of an ice cube tray… just pop them out and defrost when ready.

 

 

 

 

INGREDIENTS:

2 CUPS OF FRESH BASIL LEAVES
1 CUP FRESH PEPPERMINT LEAVES
1 CUP OF FRESH CURLY PARSLEY
1/4 CUP OF PINE NUTS
3 CLOVES OF GARLIC
1/2 CUP OF OLIVE OIL

1/2 CUP OF PARMESAN CHEESE

1/8 TSP SALT

1/8 TSP PEPPER

 

METHOD:

Add the first six ingredients to your food processor and start mixing. If the pesto doesn’t start to come together you may add another several tablespoons of olive oil.

Once the pesto has started to come to a paste, you can add the parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Process until you see a creamy consistency.

You will find a printable recipe here Three Herb Pesto Recipe

Serve over fresh tomatoes and mozzarella for a beautiful beginning to any meal!

Chowfancy Friends!

Take some time to Cook Together this weekend!

The Butcher’s Wife

Tomato Tart

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This is my version of the tart that Brad served when we visited the Potters Studio at Knarlywood….Use up those beautiful leftover summer tomatoes…served warm or room temperature it will wow the family! ( We couldn’t decide if it should be categorized as appetizer, side dish or dessert…that’s how yummy it is!

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Herb Crusted Frenched Rack of Lamb

Looking for a showstopper this holiday?

Frenched Rack of Lamb looks super fancy, yet roasts in the oven in just under thirty minutes. Rack of Lamb is expensive…but absolutely worth it! Serve this dish if you are feeding a smaller crowd. A little bit goes a long way and will certainly be an unforgettable holiday meal. Depending on the appetites of your guests, I would suggest one rack for every two to three people. Serve a simple side dish and an elegant salad for a gourmet dinner with minimal fuss.

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Poached Pear with Jamon Iberico


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Start this Thanksgiving meal off with a gorgeous poached pear!

These pears look super fancy, but are so simple to prepare. Finish off this sweet dish with a  salty compliment of Jamón Ibérico prosciutto from Spain or Jambon de Bayonne French prosciutto and the family will think they have eaten at the finest of restaurants this holiday!

This beautiful appetizer can be plated individually for a sit down meal. If you are planning a buffet, group the pears on a large platter. The pears can be poached the day ahead and served room temperature…or poached just before dinner and served warm. Either way they are super delicious and make a beautiful presentation!

 

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Pork Sliders

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Sliders are a fun addition to the table. Browsing through a cooking magazine recently, I noticed that there are all sorts of things that you can put between those adorable little rolls.

I decided to grill up a pork tenderloin that had been marinated in a recipe given to me by a special customer…she said it’s always a hit…so I gave it a try… with very delicious results!

The brioche slider rolls that I used are available at the Meat Market Friday thru Sunday…so plan ahead if you’d like to add this dish to the menu!

 

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Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Strecci Sandwich

Have you heard of Sullivan Street Bakery located on Sullivan Street in Manhattan? Well, if not…I will tell you that they are famous for their delicious Brick Oven Artisan breads. R&S Meat Market is lucky enough to receive fresh bread delivery from Sullivan Street bakery..every morning!

Amongst the favorites, are the Strecci bread which is made from pizza dough, sea salt and olive oil. We cannot seem to keep it in the house! If you would like to make these super simple, yet tasty sandwiches be sure to order your loaves ahead of time…this way you will avoid disappointment!
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