Balsamic BBQ Sauce... EVER!
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cups ketchup
1 cup Balsamic - your choice (UP dark balsamic works best here)
2 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
2 tablespoons dry mustard
2 tablespoons Baklouti Olive Oil, UP EVOO or any fused/infused olive oil of your choice
1 small white or yellow onion, minced
2 teaspoons granulated garlic
2 teaspoons smoked paprika (mild or spicy)
2 teaspoons cayenne (optional for lover's of heat)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
Heat the olive oil of your choice in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add ketchup, Worcestershire, molasses, brown sugar, balsamic vinegar, mustard, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 30 minutes, stirring frequently.
Transfer sauce to the jar of a blender and blend until smooth. Let cool to room temperature, transfer to a jar and store in refrigerator for up to a month. This is great on everything - chicken, ribs, burgers, shoes. You can literally put it on anything, and I encourage you to do so.
Makes approximately 3 cups
Italian Style Blood Orange Cookies
3 cups unbleached organic flour (I like to use Pamela's GF Artisan Flour Blend or Bob's 1:1 GF Flour)
2 cups granulated cane sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 finely grated orange peel
1 cup Blood Orange (fused) Agrumato Olive Oil
2 large room temperature eggs, whisked
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed orange juice
Powdered sugar for garnish
Preheat the oven to 350 F.
In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment or in a large mixing bowl, add the sugar, orange agrumato oil, orange juice, and eggs. Beat on medium speed until thick and creamy, about 3 minutes.
In a separate bowl whisk together the flour and remaining dry ingredients.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients in three additions beating in between additions until no dry spots remain.
Pipe the cookie dough using a pastry bag fitted with a star shaped pastry, portioning approximately two teaspoons of dough per cookie, onto a parchment lined cookie sheet pan. Alternatively, use two spoons to drop batter onto the cookie sheet. Bake in the center of the oven for 10 minutes.
Increase the heat to 425 F and bake for an additional 2 minutes to aid in creating a golden brown exterior. Remove the cookies to a rack to cool. Repeat with the remainder of the dough. When fully cooled, dust with powdered sugar.
Yields about 48 cookies
Baklouti Chili Agrumato - Cheddar Cheese Cornbread
Warm, spicy, ever so cheesy, and savory, this cornbread is delicious by itself or accompanied by a steamy bowl of soup.
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder 1
1/2 cup Baklouti Chili Olive Oil
8 ounces sharp grated Cheddar, 2 ounces reserved
1/3 cup chopped scallions, +2 tablespoons reserved
Pour the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and sprinkle with the reserved grated Cheddar and extra chopped scallions. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool and cut into large squares. Serve warm or at room temperature.
Roasted Beet Salad with Fresh Goat Cheese, Arugula and Toasted Pecans!
Roasted Beet Salad
1 1/2 pounds fresh beets
1/3 cup arugula blossoms (optional)
8 oz. chèvre (fresh goat cheese)
6 cups baby arugula or mixed greens
1 cup whole pecans, toasted
1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons White A-Premium balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon good quality grainy mustard
fresh ground pepper to taste
1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons UP Certified Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Preheat the oven to 400. Trim the beets and wrap in one foil packet drizzled with a tablespoon of water. Roast for 1 hour or until tender when pierced through with a knife. Once the cooked beets are cool enough to handle, peel them by rubbing the skin off between paper towels.
Cut the peeled beets in to 1" pieces and toss with 2 tablespoons of white balsamic whisked together with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and set aside.
In a medium size bowl, whisk the remaining white balsamic with the grainy mustard until well combined. Slowly drizzle in your olive oil of choice, whisking constantly until the mixture is thickened or emulsified. Add freshly ground pepper and sea salt to taste.
Arrange the greens in a bowl or on a platter and dress with the white balsamic vinaigrette. Add the marinated roasted beets to the salad, along with the crumbled fresh goat cheese, and toasted pecans
Serves 6-8 generous portions
Traditional Paella with Shrimp, Chorizo, and Spicy Gordal Olives
4 tablespoons UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Red Bell Pepper – cut into thin strips
1 Green Bell Pepper - cut into thin strips1 Yellow Bell pepper - cut into thin strips
5 large cloves or garlic minced
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
salt pepper to taste
1 pound Spanish Chorizo sausage sliced into ¼ inch slices
1 pound boneless skinless chicken thighs cut in strips
One large tomato diced or one 14 oz can diced
1 cup Spicy Red Piri-Piri Pepper stuffed Gordal olives drained, halved
One medium onion chopped
Shrimp – 16 jumbo shrimp, shell on
Smoked Paprika – 2 teaspoons
1 teaspoon saffron
1 pound Valencia Rice
Chicken broth – 6 cups
Heat the broth in a pot over medium heat until it simmers. Turn off the heat and add the saffron threads, crumbling as you add them to the stock. Set aside to steep.
In a 16" paella pan or equally large, shallow, heavy duty oven-proof skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of oil and saute peppers and onions until translucent. Remove the vegetables with a slotted spoon and set aside. In the same pan, saute the chorizo for about 5 minutes.
Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika. Add the chicken to the sausage and cook until just barely golden brown, remove and set aside.
Add 2 more tablespoons of olive oil to the same pan. Add the rice and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently until it begins to toast scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the pan so it doesn't burn.
To the pan with the toasted rice add the tomato, thyme, garlic and chili flakes and cook down, stirring until almost a paste consistency, about 15 minutes, scraping the bottom so that the contents don't burn.
Preheat the oven to 425 F.
Add the chorizo, chicken, cooked vegetables, and olives over the top of the rice, add the broth, stir once, and then no more stirring from this point on. Bring to a simmer on the stove top for 10 minutes. Cover with foil and cook in the oven for 10 minutes longer. Remove the foil and allow the top of the paella to become golden, approximately another 5 minutes.
Remove for oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes covered.
Serve with lemon wedges.