Veal Scaloppini with Asparagus from Chef Jacques

April 2, 2011

Veal Scaloppini with Asparagus – Serves 4
From Chef Jacques of Chez Francois

2 quarts water
2 tablespoons salt
1 bay leaf
2 cloves
2 pounds fresh jumbo asparagus
4 veal scaloppini, cut from the top round
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour
1 stick butter
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
4 slices Virginia ham
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 teaspoons capers
8 tablespoons grated Gruyère cheese
2 hard boiled eggs
4 sprigs fresh parsley

In a saucepan, combine the water with the salt, bay leaf, and cloves and simmer for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, peel the asparagus and cut off the tough lower stems. Lay the asparagus in a deep pan so that all the tips are facing in the same direction. Cover the asparagus with the seasoned water, bring to a boil, and simmer 5 to 6 minutes. Drain at once on towels. Preheat the broiler. Pound the veal to an even thickness of ¼ inch with the flat side of a meat cleaver. Season with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, shaking off the excess. In a large sauté pan, combine 2 tablespoons of the butter and 1 tablespoon of oil over high flame until the butter begins to brown. Add the veal and sauté quickly on both sides until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove the veal and keep warm. Add the slices of ham and lightly sauté, about 20 seconds on each side. Place a slice of veal and a slice of ham side by side on warm dinner plates. Arrange the asparagus on top of the meats and sprinkle with the vinegar and capers. Top with the grated cheese. Place the prepared plates under the broiler to brown the cheese. Brown the remaining butter. Remove the plates from the broiler and pour the browned butter over the asparagus. Garnish each plate with two quarters of hard-boiled egg and a sprig of fresh parsley. Serve at once.

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Reprinted with permission from Chef Jacques of Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia. Simply the best restaurant in Northern Virginia and the entire DC area. Chef Jacques is one of America’s most respected and innovative culinary personalities. Continuing in his father, François’ footsteps, Jacques loves to create and serve contemporary French fare, whether at his family’s Washington DC restaurant, L’Auberge Chez François, or at one of his popular cooking demos and luncheons. His menus feature classic Alsatian and French cuisine reinterpreted for American palates. When he isn’t in the kitchen Chef Jacques can be found sharing his gourmet cooking secrets and tips to sold-out audiences, in the pages of national magazines, and on radio and television programs across the country.
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ESPRESSO CRÈME BRÛLÉE

January 27, 2011

From Chef Jacques of Chez Francois in Great Falls, Virginia.

Serves 6

FOR THE CUSTARD:

2 cups brewed espresso coffee
10 egg yolks
2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice or sugar
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
Pinch of sea salt
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

TO PREPARE THE CUSTARD:
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees.

Place the freshly-brewed espresso in a small saucepan, place over high heat, and reduce by ½ to concentrate the flavor. Chill.

Beat the eggs in a medium glass or stainless steel bowl and thoroughly whisk in the evaporated cane juice. Add the remaining ingredients, mixing completely.

Divide the custard among six 6-ounce oven-proof ramekins.

Set the prepared ramekins into a shallow baking dish or pan, at least 1 inch deep. Pour hot tap water into the baking dish to a level halfway up the sides of the ramekins.

Carefully place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake until the custards are set, about 35 minutes. Test for doneness by inserting a toothpick into one of the custards. Custards are set if toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from the oven and lift the ramekins out of the water bath and cool.

Sprinkle 2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice or sugar over each and place under a preheated broiler to melt and lightly brown the sugar.

HINT: The evaporated cane juice does not caramelize quite as well as white sugar.

Reprinted with permission from Chef Jacques of http://www.chefjacques.com. If you are in Northern Virginia make sure to visit Chez Francios, best French restaurant in the area, and maybe even, the entire U.S.


Bouillabaisse from Chef Jacques Haeringer

November 18, 2010

Bouillabaise from Chef Jacques Haeringer of L'Auberge Chez Francois


Bouillabaisse

1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup EACH finely chopped onion, carrots and leeks, well-washed
1/8 cup finely julienned celery
2 teaspoons minced shallots
3/4 cup chopped fresh tomatoes
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 1/2 cups fish stock
1 tablespoon sea salt, approximately

I bouquet garni consisting of ½ teaspoon fennel seed,
1/2 teaspoon anise seed, 1/2 teaspoon cracked black peppercorns, 1 bay leaf, 1 clove, pinch of thyme and 2 cloves garlic crushed, wrapped in a cheesecloth
1/2 teaspoon saffron
10 mussels
8 little neck clams
1/4 pound sea scallops
1 ‑1 pound Maine lobster
1/4 pound raw shrimp (20‑24 count)
8 ounces fish fillets (red snapper, sea bass, grouper)
4 oysters, optional
2 teaspoons Pernod
2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh fennel
1/4 teaspoon chopped garlic

Heat the olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven. Add the onions, leeks, celery, and carrots and cook covered until tender, about 15 minutes, stirring often. Add the shallots, tomatoes, tomato paste, white wine, fish stock, salt, and bouquet garni. Boil for approximately 2 5 minutes. Add the saffron, and simmer 5 more minutes.

While the broth is cooking, prepare the seafood. Clean the mussels individually under cold running water, scraping off any clinging barnacles or “beards.”

Discard any half‑open shells or any unusually heavy ones, indicating internal grit.

Rinse the clams, oyster, and scallops in cold water.

Using a sharp heavy knife, force the point of the blade through the top of the lobster head between the eyes; then cut down through the center of the head and tail, splitting the lobster in half. Remove and discard the stomach sac behind the eyes, and the intestinal vein running down the center of the tail. Remove the claws and crack them with the blunt edge of the blade.

Peel and de-vein the shrimp.

Cut the fish fillets into 2‑ to 3‑inch diagonal slices.

To prepare the Bouillabaisse:

Add the mussels and clams to the boiling broth and simmer 5 minutes. Then add the lobster, shrimp, scallops, and fish. Continue boiling until all the shellfish are open, approximately 5 to 8 more minutes. Do not overcook.

Remove from heat, adjust seasoning (more garlic or saffron according to taste), add Pernod, chopped fennel and serve immediately in large warm soup platters.

Garnish with the garlic toasts.

Hint: Prepare the broth ahead and refrigerate. Reheat and cook the seafood just prior to serving. Freeze any remaining broth to use another time.

Thank you to Chef Jacques Haeringer for allowing us to repost his recipe. If you are in Northern Virginia, you must go to his restaurant, L’Auberge Chez Francois. It is simply the best!


Citrus Salad with Ginger from Chef Jacques

November 18, 2010

Citrus Salad with Ginger
From Chef Jacques Haeringer
L’Auberge Chez Francois
Serves 2
This salad also makes a great dessert
2 oranges
2 small grapefruit
1 banana
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh ginger

2 tablespoons evaporated cane juice. – Using a sharp knife, cut away the outer rind and white membrane of both the oranges and grapefruits. Section the citrus by cutting along the longitudinal membranes. Peel and slice banana into 1/4 inch rounds.

Place the prepared fruit in a bowl. Add the ginger and sweetener.

Allow to marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1/2 hour before serving.

Garnish with mint leaves

Variation: Sweeten with honey.

We thank Chef Jacques Haeringer for permission to repost his recipe.

Please also stop by his wonderful restaurant in Great Falls, Virginia. I believe this is the best restaurant in Northern Virginia.