Salsa Verde Cruda

 

This recipe is from Gabriela Camara teaches Mexican cooking on Master Class. From the Master Class cookbook “different salsas serve different purposes and speak to different traditions. Each region has its own specialty salsa based on the local ingredients and local palates. This raw, creamy salsa is simple to make. It packs medium heat and a lot of fragrance. You can use hearts of romaine instead of little gem lettuce here, the idea is to add freshness and crispiness to the mix. Seek out a very ripe avocado. It should offer no resistance when touched lightly from the outside and be soft enough to press a spoon into.” Ingredients are all in grams, I just eyed everything and added to taste.

Ingredients:

  • 860g small tomatillos
  • 20g white onion, roughly chopped
  • 35g cilantro leaves
  • 2g garlic cloves, cut in half
  • 20g chiles serranos, de-stemmed
  • 20g little gem lettuce
  • 165g avocado
  • 140ml water
  • salt to taste

Directions:

Add all ingredients to a blender or food processor. Blend until smooth.Taste for seasoning and add more salt if necessary.

 

 

 

Ramsey’s Chicken Supreme

 

I purchased the Master Class series; I don’t regret it. I’ve been watching many of the cooking classes and this is the first dish I made from the series: Gordon Ramsey’s Chicken Supreme. He made it with root vegetables but I opted for potatoes and raw carrots. The problem I usually encounter with a boneless chicken breast is that they are easy to overcook and turn out tasting dry. This method produced a very tender chicken breast. My daughter took a bite and said “thank you Gordon Ramsey.” So I would also like to say “thank you Gordon Ramsey” I know he will never read this but I appreciate his teaching methods.  I will use this method moving forward.

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skin-on chicken breast
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 TBS grape seed oil
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • fresh thyme
  • 1 stick butter
  • 2 shallots
  • 1/4 cup brandy
  • 3/4 cup veal demi-glace (or chicken broth)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a large skillet over high-heat and add grape seed oil. Lower the heat to medium and add garlic and thyme. Place the chicken breast, skin side down, in the pan. Don’t move chicken until skin releases and browns on the edges, about 4 minutes. Tilt the chicken to the edge of the pan, searing the sides, about 10 seconds per side. Flip the chicken and add 6 TBS butter. As the butter melts, carefully and continuously spoon it over the chicken, basting the skin until golden, about 3 minutes. Flip the chicken back to skin side down and transfer the pan into oven for 10 minutes, until golden brown and juices run clear. Remove from oven and transfer to a plate to rest. Drain the excess fat from the pan into a small bowl.

Place the skillet back over medium heat. Add shallots and remaining 2 TBS butter. Transfer garlic and thyme back into the pan. Stirring frequently, continue to cook until shallots caramelize, about 4 minutes. Lower the heat and carefully pour the brandy in. Be cautious of the flambe caused by the alcohol burning off. Scrap the bottom of the pan, add broth, salt and pepper. Cook a few minutes then pass through a sieve into a small pot. Push the shallots and garlic into the strainer through the sieve. Place back over heat and reduce for about 5 minutes. Drizzle sauce over chicken but be careful not to moisten crispy skin.