Seared Chicken Ballantine
- 1 Tbsp Unsalted Butter
- ó Tsp Vegetable Oil
- ó White Onion sliced thin
- 1 bunch Spinach (leaves only)
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- 2 Chicken Thighs (skin on / bone in)
- ó C Bread Crumbs
- 1 Tbsp Vegetable Oil
- ó Tsp Unsalted Butter
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
In a preheated skillet set on medium heat, add vegetable oil and butter until melted. Add sliced onions
and allow to sauté until golden, stirring often. Reduce heat to low and allow to cook slowly, approximately
20 minutes, making sure to stir often. Increase heat to medium and add spinach until totally wilted and
soft. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer contents of skillet to a small bowl to cool.
Remove bone from chicken thighs and season with salt and pepper. Fill cooled spinach mixture into
empty cavity where chicken bones were. Using a bamboo skewer or toothpicks, thread the opening of the
stuffed chicken thigh so that the filling cannot come out.
In a skillet large enough to fit both stuffed chicken thighs, preheat to medium high heat. Add vegetable oil
and butter then add chicken thighs and allow to brown on three sides, appxoimately 2 minutes each side.
Once three sides are browned, flip onto remaining raw side and place skillet in oven for an additional 20
minutes or until chicken is fully cooked. Remove from oven and tent on a plate or cutting board for 10
minutes before serving to allow the meat to rest and retain its juices.
Grapefruit Ginger Sauce
- 1 thumb of Ginger sliced
- 1 Grapefruit (juice of)
- 1 Lime (juice of)
- 2 piece Allspice cracked
- 1 Bay Leaf
- 1 Tbsp White Sugar
Place all ingredients in a small saucepot and allow to boil until reduced by 1/3rd of its original volume.
Lower the temperature to simmer until the liquid coasts the back of a spoon. Strain while hot and
discard all solid ingredients. Reserve sauce until service.
- 8 pieces Okra whole
- ó Tsp Black Peppercorns cracked fresh
- 1/3 C Mango diced
- 1 Tsp Red Onion finely chopped
- ó Red Bird Pepper finely sliced
- ó Tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Kosher Salt to taste
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Place okra on a tray and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and
allow to cool fully. Slice across the length of the okra to make star shapes about ó” thickness. Place in
Add remaining ingredients to bowl and combine well. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
- 2 Eddoes
- Vegetable oil for frying
- Sea Salt
Preheat the vegetable oil for frying to 350 degrees F.
Cutt eddoes into wedges. Using a paring knife, peel the skins very thinly away so you are left with thin
slivers of skin.
Place skins in fryer oil for approximately 1 minute or until crispy. Transfer to 3 layers of paper towel
to drain. Season with sea salt until still hot and wet.
Place eddoe wedges in fryer oil for approximately 3 minutes or until crispy. Transfer to 3 layers of
paper towels to drain. Season with sea salt while still hot and wet.
2 Lb Peppered Ribeye
- 2 Lb piece of centre cut Alberta Ribeye
- 1/2 Tbsp Kosher Salt
- 1/2 Tbsp freshly cracked Black Peppercorns
- 1/2 Tbsp freshly cracked dried Green Peppercorns
- 2 large cloves of peeled and smashed fresh Garlic
- 2 Tbsp cold Unsalted Butter
- 3 sprigs of fresh Thyme
Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Bring the steak to room temperature. Place steak flat side up on a plate, using the palm of your hand press the steak gently on the flat side till it spreads out but is still intact and not splitting.
Preheat a cast iron skillet or oven ready pan, large enough to hold the steak, to medium high heat.
Season steak with salt, then both peppercorns until the steak is evenly seasoned on both sides. Place the steak in the centre of the cast iron skillet and gently press down so that the steak is evenly spread in the skillet. Let it cook on one side undisturbed for 5 minutes or until the steak is well seared on one side. Flip the steak and add the butter, thyme and garlic cloves on top of the steak. Transfer the entire skillet with the steak in the oven and cook for 25 minutes, halfway through baste the surface of the meat with the natural pan juices. Flip the steak in the pan once again and baste with the pan juices again. Now place the thyme and garlic around the edges of the steak so that they are sitting in the pan juices, return to the oven and allow to cook another 10 minutes or till medium doneness.
Remove pan from the oven and immediately transfer the steak to a cutting board and cover loosely with foil and rest meat for 10 minutes before plating. Reserve the pan juices and crispy garlic until ready to plate the dish.
While steak is resting move onto the seared Foie Gras.
Seared Foie Gras
- 1/2 Lb cleaned and deveined Grade A Foie Gras
- Kosher salt for seasoning
- Freshly cracked Black Peppercorns for seasoning
Slice Foie Gras into 1” thick slices and place in the fridge covered with plastic until just before cooking. Make sure Foie Gras is fridge cold until the last moment before cooking.
Preheat a 12” skillet to medium high heat. Prepare a drying station for the finished foie by placing 4 layers of paper towel on a cutting board.
Remove cold sliced foie from fridge and season with salt and pepper. Place in the centre of the preheated pan till it is seared on one side. Using an offset spatula, quickly flip and repeat till seared. It will be smoky and the foie will shrink from rendering its fat.
Immediately remove the seared foie from the pan with an offset spatula and transfer only the foie onto the paper towel drying station.
Reserve the rendered fat in the pan and allow to cool fully. Once fully cooled, this rendered fat can be strained and stored in an airtight container in the fridge for all kinds of things like the most incredible scrambled eggs you have ever eaten, or for finishing soups with; this stuff is liquid gold.
Once steak is rested place the steak on a service platter, spoon the pan juices over the steak. Place the seared foie gras on top of the steak and finish by placing the now crispy garlic from the steak pan over the foie gras and serve immediately.
Serve with Canadian Sparkling Rose of choice.