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Chocolate Balsamic Chicken Mole

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Ingredients

4 tablespoons UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
5 pounds skinless boneless chicken thighs
4 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 cup dark chocolate balsamic
1 1/4 pounds onions, sliced
1/2 cup shelled pumpkin seeds
6 large garlic cloves, sliced
4 teaspoons cumin seeds
4 teaspoons coriander seeds
4 ounces dried pasilla chiles,* stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces, rinsed
1 ounce dried negro chiles,* stemmed, seeded, torn into 1-inch pieces, rinsed
1/4 cup dried currants or raisins
3-4" strip of orange zest
1 1/2 teaspoons dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Fresh cilantro for garnish 
Directions
Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a heavy stock pot over medium-high heat. Season the chicken with  with salt and pepper and and sauté in batches until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Place the browned chicken in a large bowl until all remaining chicken is browned.

Add the chicken back to the still warm pot with any juices. Add the broth, balsamic and orange juice; bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 25 minutes until the chicken is tender.

In a separate pot heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onions and sauté until golden brown, about 18 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add pumpkin seeds, garlic, cumin, and coriander. Sautéuntil the seeds and garlic begin to color, about 2 minutes. Add chillies and stir until soft, approximately 3 minutes.

Transfer the cooked chicken to a large bowl and reserve. Pour chicken cooking liquid into saucepan with onion mixture. Add the orange peel and oregano and cinnamon to the the pan. Cover and simmer until chiles are very soft, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes. 
Remove from heat and working in small batches, transfer sauce mixture to blender and puree until smooth; return to reserved pot. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Coarsely shred chicken and return to sauce; stir to coat. 
This can be made up to two days ahead of time. It's actually even better the next day! Simply chill in a covered container and rewarm over low heat before serving. Serve with rice or warm corn tortillas,  along with a garnish of chopped fresh cilantro.
Serves 6

 

 

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Where have you been my whole life, Chimichurri?

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Like a bright star in the night sky, tangy, vibrant chimichurri can illuminate dishes such as grilled or roasted meats, roasted vegetables, starchy dishes, and even seafood. There are no rules about when or where you can use this versatile condiment to bring a splash of flavor and pleasing contrast to your culinary creations. By using exceptional ingredients, even in simple applications such as this, a high level of refinement can be obtained. The finest, freshest olive oil on the planet, used as the base for Chimichurri pays homage to the early harvest green fruit notes unique to UP extra virgin olive oil. The green herbaceous flavors will elevate your chimichurri to levels heretofore unknown.   

Chimichurri Sauce
Ingredients
2 cups packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
4 medium garlic cloves, peeled and smashed
1/4 cup packed fresh oregano leaves (or 4 teaspoons dried oregano)
1/4 cup pinot noir red wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 cup Certified UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Place the ingredients in to the bowl of a food processor and pulse until the ingredients are chopped and the sauce is combined. Can be made ahead and stored under refrigeration for up to one week in a tightly sealed container. Freezes well for future use. 
Use over grilled or braised lamb, pork, beef, poultry, in potato salad, over grilled or roasted vegetables, as a marinade for meats, over seafood, as a bread dip, and over hummus.
Makes about 1 1/2 cups of condiment. 
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Pasta with Mushroom-Sage Olive Oil, Fried Sage & Pecorino

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Ingredients
4 tablespoons Wild Mushroom & Sage infused Olive Oil
6 fresh sage leaves, cut in thin strips
2 oz. pancetta thinly sliced (optional)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup grated Pecorino Romano
kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

12 oz. dry pasta of choice, cooked al dente in lightly salted water

Directions
While your pasta cooks add the olive oil to a large saute pan over medium heat. Add sage leave strips and (pancetta if using). Fry for a couple of minutes until the sage and pancetta strips are crispy but not burnt. Add the lemon juice and whisk. Set aside. Drain the pasta but leave a fair amount of cooking water in the pasta. Add the wet pasta to the saute pan and return to heat tossing to coat and thicken the sauce. Test for seasoning, adding fresh ground pepper and additional salt if desired, and serve immediately.

Serves 4
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Roasted Red Pepper & Carmelized Balsamic Onion Jam

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 This is caramelized onion and roasted red pepper jam.  And as jams go, it's chunky, spreadable, and concentrated.  However, this is where the similarities stop.  This is a savory jam, or condiment, if that definition speaks to your culinary comfort level.  
This condiment is both savory and pungent with the addition of Cayenne (Fused) Agrumato Olive Oil.  However, it's not designed to be over the top.  Its function is to accentuate or elevate the food it's served with.  Now focus on that Italian sausage bagel dog - just as ordinary as can be until we slather it in the onion-pepper condiment, right? Yes!  I promise if you take the time to make this exceedingly easy savory jam, you will elevate your ho-hum chicken breast, pork shop, baguette, and or eggs to new levels heretofore unknown.
 
Ingredients
1 large yellow onion thinly sliced (about one cup, packed)
1 jar red peppers drained, and finely chopped 
2 tablespoons Aged Fig Balsamic 
2 tablespoons + 2 tablespoons UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon (+/- to taste) Cayenne (Fused) Agrumato Olive Oil 
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
1 teaspoon sea salt or kosher salt - to taste
fresh ground pepper to taste 
Directions
In a heavy bottomed saute pan (cast iron if available) heat 2 tablespoons of Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat.  Add the onion and season with salt.  Slowly cook down the onions gently until the slowly become caramelized.  This will take about 20 minutes with constant stirring.  The goal here is to coax out the sweet, complex flavor of golden caramelized onions without actually burning them, as charring them will create bitterness.
During the last five minutes of cooking, add the chopped peppers, balsamic, ground black pepper, and thyme - increase heat to medium and continue stirring and cooking to reduce the balsamic.  Add the still hot mixture to the bowl of a food processor or blender along with one tablespoon (if desired) of Cayenne (Fused) Olive Oil, and one tablespoons of UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Process to desired consistency - I like a smooth paste. Adjust seasoning with additional salt and pepper if desired. 
Spoon in to a jar and allow to cool.  Serve with vegetable crudites, crackers, pork, chicken, sausages, as a replacement for Sriracha, or catsup, with fries, over eggs, with roasted potatoes - essentially, with everything.   
Can be stored in a sealed jar, chilled for up to a week.  
Makes about 1 cup of savory onion-pepper "jam" 
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Poulet Grand-Mère

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This is a tasty, simple recipe that makes a great weeknight dinner while being easy on the pocketbook.  The olive oil mingles with white wine to make divine pan juice perfectly suited for dipping crusty french bread in.  It's also lovely served over pasta, rice or quinoa.

Poulet Grand-Mère

Ingredients

1 whole free range chicken split in half
2 pounds small new potatoes
1 pound of whole cremini mushrooms
2 large carrots roughly chopped in to 1/2" pieces
2 onions peeled and cut in to wedges about 1 inch at the thickest part
10 cloves of garlic
1 1/2 cup of white wine
1/2 cup high-polyphenol extra virgin olive oil
4" sprig of fresh rosemary
sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350. Thoroughly whisk the olive oil with the wine. In a 9" x 13" roasting pan, toss all of the prepared vegetables with half of the wine marinade and season liberally with salt and pepper. Sprinkle half the rosemary leaves over the vegetables.

Rinse and pat the chicken halves dry.  Position a roasting rack above the vegetables.  Place the chicken in a large bowl and pour the remaining wine-olive oil marinade over the chicken, being sure to coat all pieces thoroughly.  Season the chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides and arrange, skin side up on the rack above the vegetables.

Roast the chicken and vegetables for 45-60 minutes until the vegetables are tender and the largest pieces of chicken register an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Serve the amazing pan juices with a side of noodles, quinoa or rice and make sure you have plenty of crusty bread on hand to sop up the juices with. This is could also be a one dish meal.

Serves 6.
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