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Crab Stuffed Squash Blossoms Fried in Olive Oil

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Spring.  It is an epic time in the kitchen namely because we have access to fleeting ingredients like green garlic, ramps, and squash blossoms.  This recipe harnesses several delightful seasonal ingredients and weaves them in to a flavorful and eye-catching culinary tapestry. 

As complicated as it may look at the outset, there are really just a handful of ingredients that come together to make this dish shine, and as you would expect, olive oil is a among them.  

Ingredients For the Filling

1 small shallot chopped
1 green onion, chopped
1 tablespoon UP EVOO oil 
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup Mascarpone
1 large egg beaten
8 oz. jumbo lump crab meat (Dungeness, if you can get it), picked through for shells
1/2 teaspoon sea salt or to taste

12 medium to large fresh zucchini squash blossoms 
 
For the Batter
1 cup seltzer water
1 cup all purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
a pinch of salt
 
UP EVOO for frying 
 
Combine the shallot, onion, olive oil, lemon juice, mascarpone, egg, and salt in the bowl of a food processor.  Pulse a few times to finely chop the ingredients and combine.  Place the filling in a medium size bowl, and with the utmost of care, gently fold in the crab meat being very careful not to break it up too much.  Adjust the seasoning, cover, and refrigerate the filling for 1/2 hour.
In a shallow dish or bowl whisk together the seltzer water, flour, baking powder, and salt.
Heat 2 inches of UP EVOO up to 350 F. in a heavy bottom pot or pan. 
 
To Assemble
Make sure the blossoms are clean of debris.  Gently remove the flower stamens.  Using a spoon, gently fill each blossom with approximately 1 heaping tablespoon of chilled crab filling.  Gently twist the ends of the petals to seal.  Swirl each filled blossom in the batter rotating it in the same direction that you twisted the petals so as not to undo your blossom.  Place in the heated oil and fry each blossom for approximately 2 minutes, turning once until light golden brown on all sides.  
 
Remove the blossoms from the oil to a rack to drain.  Serve warm.
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FRESH SNAPPER EN PAPILLOTE WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL

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Don't like frying fish because of the lingering odor it can leave?  Looking for a fast, fresh, delicious way to work more seafood in to your diet?  Hate endless clean-up after a meal?  Want to serve an upscale recipe that looks like you toiled endlessly to produce it?

If you answered yes to any of the questions above, Then I've got the recipe for you!  Pictured on the left, are fantastically fresh snapper fillets simply dressed in a little fresh squeezed lemon juice, white wine, lemon slices, sliced spring onions, sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and Extra Virgin Olive Oil.

The snapper and a ingredients are then tightly wrapped in a tidy little parchment packet that bakes in the oven for a mere 15 minutes.  The fish gently steams as it cooks and the ingredients meld together to form a self basting liquid that bathes the fish as it cooks. 

Ingredients
1 pound (about 4 - 4oz.) fresh fish fillets such as red snapper, hake, flounder or sole
4 tablespoons Extra-Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 cup white wine
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
4 tsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 thin lemon slice for each fillet
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste


Special equipment needed:  Parchment paper

Preheat the oven to 350.

Arrange each fish fillet in a large square of parchment paper.  Season the fish with salt and pepper, to taste. Top each fillet with one lemon slice, one tablespoon white wine, one teaspoon lemon juice, two teaspoons sliced spring onion, and one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil. Fold the parchment paper around the edges tightly in 1/4-inch folds to create a half moon shape.  Press as you crimp and fold to seal the packets well, or steam might escape.

Arrange the packets on a baking sheet. Bake until the fish is cooked through, about 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. To serve, cut open the packets and serve directly in the parchment on a plate or remove the fish to the plate using a spatula, being sure you don't leave the juices behind. Serve along side rice, pasta, quinoa, or with a fresh salad for an ultra healthy, delicious meal. 

Serves 4

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Greek Style Chicken Slouvaki with Lemon, and Garlic Olive Oil Garlic Roasted Potatoes

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Chicken Souvlaki 
1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast cut in 1" pieces

Marinade
1 cup whole milk plain yogurt
1/3 cup garlic olive oil
juice from half a lemon
1 tablespoon oregano white balsamic
2 teaspoons kosher salt
fresh ground pepper to taste

Place the marinade ingredients into a bowl and whisk thoroughly. Add the chicken and marinade into a ziplock bag or large bowl with a cover. Refrigerate for a minimum of 4 hours or up to 24 hours. 


To cook the chicken, prepare a grill for indirect cooking, or preheat the oven to 400 F. The chicken can be cooked on skewers or in a single layer on a greased broiler pan.

If grilling, place the skewered chicken on to the grill over indirect heat, turn every two minutes to cook all sides of the chicken, approximately 8 minutes in total. Remove and allow to rest briefly while covered.

If broiling in the oven, either skewer the chicken or place in a single layer on a mesh cooking rack or broiler pan. Cook the chicken on the top rack at 450 F. for 6 minutes and then turn the broiler on for an additional 4 minutes of broiling. Turn the chicken to brown each side. Serve immediately

Serves 4-6

 


Olive Oil Roasted Lemon Garlic Potatoes
2 pounds waxy skin potatoes cut in half (or quarters if large)

Marinade
1/2 cup lemon olive oil
5 cloves fresh garlic, minced
3 tablespoons oregano white balsamic
1/2 cup chicken stock or water
2 teaspoons kosher salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
finely chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Preheat the oven to 400 F. Whisk the marinade ingredients except the water in a large bowl. Toss the potatoes with the marinade and arrange in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Add water to the bottom of the pan with the potatoes. Cook for 40 minutes until the water is evaporated and the potatoes are crusty-golden brown. Adjust seasoning as necessary and serve sprinkled with fresh parsley.

Serves 6 as a side dish

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Capellini with Lemon and Scallops

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This dish takes just a few minutes to prepare and will wow any dinner guest. You can use any long, thin pasta such as spaghetti or linguini as well.

Ingredients:

1 pound bay or sea scallops
1/2 Cup flour
2 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil for searing scallops
4 Tablespoons Lemon Olive Oil
1 Lemon, zested and juiced
1 pound capellini, cooked al dente
1/3 Cup flat leaf parsley, chopped plus some for garnish
Salt and Pepper to taste

Method:

If using bay scallops, leave whole. If using sea scallops, cut into halves or quarters. In a large bowl, combine flour with salt and pepper. Toss scallops in flour to coat. In a skillet using high heat, add olive oil and heat up for about 30 seconds. Place scallops in skillet to sear, turning when necessary. The scallops shouldn't take more than 3 or 4 minutes to cook. Add lemon juice to skillet, remove from heat and cover. Cook the capellini according to package, drain and reserve 1/4 Cup of the cooking water.

To Serve:

Place pasta in large serving bowl. Add lemon olive oil and scallops, toss to combine. If dry add a little of the cooking water and toss again. Top with lemon zest and parsley for garnish.

Serves 4

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