We’re coming up on the traditional Valentine’s Day this month, but this year we’re proposing something a little different if you’re up for it.
Love is a beautiful thing. And as it was once said, they are as many forms of love as there are moments in time. So this February 14th meet up for what we’re calling PALentine’s Day - a celebration of love with friends, family, ladies & gents, pets, single, married, co-workers - whomever you call a pal.
The idea here is no pressure. Don’t get me wrong, my love for late 80s hip hop tells me that sometimes it does in fact take two, but not always. Sometimes it takes three, four, or a whole village. We’ve got some recipes for you, so keep reading, get some pals together, spin some records, and talk about what’s good.
It's about to get fancy in here with
Oven Roasted Truffle Fries.
3 pound bag russet potatoes
White truffle oil
Grated parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper to taste
About 6-7 wedged potatoes will easily feed four depending on your crowd. Peel potatoes and soak in cold water for a half hour. Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and then slice each half into ¼ inch thick wedges. It can be a rough cut, or if you like more uniformity use a mandolin or a food processor with a custom blade. It’s best to slice them about the same size so they cook evenly.
Roast for about 30 minutes and turn the wedges so each one cooks evenly. Once they are fork tender, put under the broiler on high for 3-4 minutes (broilers vary so keep an eye on them) and cook until the fries are golden brown and crispy. Let cool for two minutes, drizzle with white truffle oil, and a dusting of grated parmesan cheese. Be sparing with the white truffle oil, it’s rich in flavor.
Roses are red,
Sauteed Onion Sliders are Blue.
2 pounds ground beef
Salt & pepper
Dry onion soup mix
1 large white onion (for sautéing)
2 packs King’s Hawaiian® rolls
Your favorite Bleu cheese (Stilton has lots of tang, Roquefort is milder)
Decorative skewers for presentation (optional)
Mix two packs of dry onion soup in with the ground beef, season with salt and pepper, add two eggs. Hands work the best! If you find the mixture is too wet, sprinkle with breadcrumbs. The mix should yield 10-12 burgers. Form small burger patties that fit in the center of your hand. About 2 - 21/2 inches wide. They will shrink a bit when cooking. Cut the large onion in about ½ inch slices and cut those slices in half. You want long strips. Sautee over medium heat for about 10 minutes or until they are caramelized.
Won't break your heart.
Madeleines are French tea cakes typically dipped in chocolate. For this recipe we used Red Velvet cake batter and vanilla buttercream frosting. Madeleine molds are available in full and mini sizes. We used a silicone mini mold version because it’s non stick and easy to clean.
Red Velvet cake mix
Vanilla buttercream frosting
Preheat oven to 325 F. Mix the batter according to the box instructions and fill up the Madeleine molds about three quarters of the way. Bake about 10 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and remove each cake. Using a butter knife or a rounded cheese knife, spread frosting on the flat side of the cake and sandwich with the flat side of another cake.