Wild Shrimp Cakes with Cilantro-Caper Aioli

EVOO fries up the best crab cakes!

EVOO fries up the best crab cakes!

Wild Prawn Cakes

  • 1 pound raw, wild shrimp, peeled and deveined, finely chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, finely minced
  • 3 medium green onions, finely minced
  • 1/3 cup finely minced cilantro leaves
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1 cup + 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt

Use a Fresh Harvest Ultra Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil for frying. 

Directions

Heat 3/4″ of Fresh Harvest Olive Oil in a heavy, wide frying pan over medium-high (heat to 350 degrees on a deep fry thermometer).

In a medium bowl, mix together all of the ingredients, reserving 1 cup of panko bread crumbs for breading the shrimp cakes.  Place the panko crumbs in wide dish.  Portion the cakes evenly in to four patties and coat thoroughly with the reserved panko bread crumbs.

Fry the shrimp cakes for 3 minutes per side, until the bread crumbs are golden brown and the shrimp cakes are cooked through.

Cilantro-Caper Aioli

Directions

Place the egg yolks, water, salt, capers, and lemon juice in the bowl of a blender of food processor.  Pulse to finely chop the cilantro and capers. With the motor running, drizzle the oil mixture in slowly, being careful not to pour too quickly.

Simple Baby Greens Salad
4 cups baby greens, for serving
2 tablespoons mild to medium intensity Fresh Harvest Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 tablespoon Fresh Harvest Honey Ginger White Balsamic

Directions

Whisk together the olive oil and balsamic.  Toss the baby greens with the vinaigrette and serve the shrimp cakes over the baby greens with a dollop of the aioli.

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Pan Seared Scallops with Lemon Caper Sauce

PAN SEARED SCALLOPS WITH LEMON CAPER SAUCE

Use our Dill and Butter olive oil to create an amazing sauce. 

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • ⅓ cup kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 5 cups cool water
  • 1-pound large scallops, 1 ½ inches wide, about 14 to 16
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Harvest Dill olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon Fresh Harvest Butter olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 Shallot (optional)
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 1 cup unsalted, organic chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoon capers, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • Salt and Black pepper, as needed for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon chopped chives (optional)
  • Fresh dill sprigs & Lemon Wedges (optional)

 

Directions:

  1. Stir salt and water in a medium bowl. Add scallops and let stand for 10 minutes. Drain scallops, rinse with cold water, then lay and pat on paper towels. Be sure to dry very thoroughly. Remove as much water as possible. Let scallops dry for at least 15 minutes before cooking.
  2. In a 12-inch sauté pan or cast iron skillet, heat olive oils over medium-high heat until oil just begins to shimmer.
  3. Place scallops into the hot pan without crowding. Gently press scallops with spatula to make contact with the pan. If you didn’t dry them well enough, it will create a bit of a splatter mess, so have a screen handy just in case. 
  4. Sear scallops without moving them, continuing to cook until bottoms are a rich golden brown, 3 to 3 ½ minutes.
  5. Turn the scallops over and cook the second side.
  6. When the scallops are opaque in color and firm to the touch, about 1 to 2 minutes, transfer to a plate.
  7. In the same pan reduce heat to medium. Add garlic and shallots and cook for 1 minute until fragrant, not brown.
  8. Increase heat to medium-high and add wine. Simmer wine, stirring as needed until the wine is reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  9. Turn heat to high and add the chicken stock, lemon zest, lemon juice and capers to the pan. Cook until sauce is reduced by half, about ½ cup, 8 to 10 minutes.
  10. Turn off heat and whisk in Dijon mustard.
  11. Turn heat to medium and add scallops back to pan, cook until warm, 2 minutes.
  12. Taste sauce and season with salt and pepper as needed.

Garnish scallops with chives, dill and or lemon wedges.  Serve with rice, risotto or pasta. 

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Toasted Ravioli

An easy and tasty appetizer for your next gathering!

INGREDIENTS:

 

Directions:

Line several baking sheets with parchment or wax paper. Whisk eggs and milk in a shallow dish or pie plate. Place the breadcrumbs in another shallow dish.

Dip single raviolis in the egg mixture, letting the excess drip off, then dip and coat with breadcrumb mixture.  Place the breaded ravioli on the baking sheets (not touching) and freeze until hard, about 15 minutes.

Heat olive oil in a deep skillet to about 350 degrees F. Fry the ravioli in 2 or 3 batches, turning as needed, until golden brown, 4 to 6 minutes per batch.  Add oil and heat as needed to process all the ravioli.

Once ravioli is fried, plate and immediately sprinkle with the parmesan. Serve with the marinara sauce (see our recipe) spooned over ravioli or use for dipping.

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Smokehouse Potato Puffs

Olive Oil Smoke Potato Puffs

Creamy, cheesy, smoky with a hint of spice, these puffs can be served as a side dish or an appetizer. A real crowd pleaser!

 

INGREDIENTS:

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400°F.

Wash potatoes and cut into 1-2” chunks. Bring a pan of salted water to boil and add potatoes. Cook until fork tender but still firm, about 10-15 minutes. Drain water. Add cream or sour cream, salt and pepper, olive oils and salt/pepper to potatoes then mash until consistency is rich and creamy. Let cool for 10-15 minutes.

Combine mashed potatoes, beaten eggs, cheddar cheese, bacon bits and chives. Mix well.

Grease a standard muffin pan (use more of our Smoked olive oil if possible, which gives a great flavor) and mound a spoonful of potato mixture into each cup. You can use different sizes of muffin pans but will need to adjust baking time accordingly.

Sprinkle each cup with a bit of parmesan cheese.

Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. If using convection or non-standard sized muffin pans, adjust time accordingly.

Cool for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

Optional: top with a dash of sour cream and chive.

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Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Maple Balsamic

brussels sprouts with bacon and maple balsamic

Ingredients:

  • 4 slices pancetta or thick-sliced bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 1 1/4 pounds Brussels sprouts, outer leaves removed and ends trimmed
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons sherry or water
  • 3-4 tablespoons Fresh Harvest Maple Balsamic
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • Slivered almonds, optional

 

Instructions:

In a large skillet, cook the pancetta or bacon pieces until they are crisp. While the pancetta cooks, rinse the Brussels sprouts under water. Remove the bacon and drain on a paper towel. Discard the bacon fat and wipe out the skillet.

Cut the brussels sprouts in half or quarters.

Add the brussels sprouts in the skillet the bacon was cooked in and begin to sauté over medium heat until they start to slightly brown, sprinkling them with the sherry or water so they don’t stick, about 5 minutes.

Drizzle the brussels sprouts with balsamic vinegar and continue sautéing until the sprouts are just tender, about 5 to 6 minutes more.

Season with freshly ground black pepper and top with bacon pieces and slivered almonds if desired.

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Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Balsamic Gastrique

Glazed Sweet Potatoes with Maple Gastrique

A classic sweet potato recipe using our Maple Balsamic. Easy, delicious and nutritious. A ‘gastrique’ is a simple sweet-and-sour type of sauce. The sugars in our balsamic caramelize and reduce to make a tart, slightly thickened syrup.

Ingredients:

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes
  • ¾ cup Fresh Harvest Maple Balsamic
  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • Black Pepper and Salt (to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. chopped fresh marjoram leaves

NOTE: You can also use 3-4 tbsps. of Fresh Harvest butter olive oil in lieu of butter for a vegan dish.

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°

Slice each sweet potato in half lengthwise, and slice each half crosswise into 1-inch-thick half-moons.

Melt butter in a large cast-iron or other ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat evenly.

Add Fresh Harvest maple balsamic; toss potatoes to coat, and bring to a boil. Toss and immediately transfer skillet to oven.

Transfer skillet to oven; cook, stirring occasionally, until potatoes are golden, well glazed, and tender when pierced with a paring knife, about 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, and season with salt and pepper to your taste.

Serve warm, garnished fresh marjoram.

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Butternut Squash Hummus

Butternut squash hummus bestseller

This hummus makes a healthy addition to any diet (even low carb) because it’s packed with fiber and vitamins that contribute to your overall well-being.

Ingredients:

  • 1 butternut squash
  • 1-14 oz. can chickpeas (reserve some liquid)
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Harvest extra virgin olive oil, plus extra for butternut squash (mild or medium EVOO)
  • 1 teaspoon paprika, more for garnish
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Juice of one fresh lemon
  • (optional) Drizzle with a Fresh Harvest olive oil to serve, use extra-virgin, fused or infused. For this recipe we recommend our Milanese Gremolata or our olive wood Smoked Olive Oil.

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Peel the butternut squash and cut in half. Rub with our olive oil and a sprinkling of sea salt.
  3. Roast on a baking sheet for 35 minutes, turning halfway. Allow to cool completely. (Can be done in advance and kept in fridge).
  4. Add all ingredients into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Add some of the chickpea liquid to the hummus one tablespoon at a time as needed to help make the hummus creamier.
  5. Put the hummus in a bowl and top with our extra virgin olive oil (lots of options). Chill well.
  6. Serve with baby carrots, cucumber slices, raw veggies, naan bread, crackers or pita chips.

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Slow Cooker Balsamic BBQ Pulled Pork Sliders

Pulled Pork Sliders

By Troy Johnson

This recipe uses a crock pot to cook the pork shoulder, but you can also smoke it. Slow cooking is key for the meat to be ‘pull able’ and tender.

  • A nice 2 ½ lb boneless pork shoulder roast
  • 1 cup chopped onion (1 large)
  • ¾ cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 medium)
  • 1 cup of your favorite local beer (med or dark is best)
  • ¼ cup liquid smoke (Hickory or Mesquite)
  • ½ tsp. rosemary
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp.  smoked paprika (or more if you like!)
  • ½ to 1 cup of Troy’s balsamic BBQ Sauce (click here for recipe)
  • Coleslaw or pickles (from the deli or make your own)
  • 20 cocktail size Hamburger Buns (Slider rolls)

Trim any excess fat from meat. Put onions and peppers in bottom of crock pot. Place pork shoulder on top. Mix beer and Liquid Smoke and pour over meat. Top with rosemary, salt, pepper and the smoked paprika. Cook in your slow cooker on LOW setting for 9-10 hours. Transfer meat to cutting board, pull pork into shreds using fork and discard any fat, juices and the cooked onion and pepper. Return shredded pork to crock pot and cover with the Balsamic BBQ sauce. Stir. Cook on low for 1 hour.

To serve, spoon meat mixture onto bun bottoms. Top with coleslaw or pickles (optional) and bun top. Enjoy!

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Saiko Tangerine Balsamic Wings

Saiko “the best” Wings

Ingredients:

 

Instructions:

Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. In a large shallow bowl or ziplock bag add all the ingredients, reserving 1 tablespoon garlic olive oil and cayenne olive oil. Add the wings and toss well to coat. Cover and marinate the wings in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours or up to 8 hours – the longer the better!

Remove wings from marinade and pat dry. Heat a large (preferably non-stick) saute pan (12″+) over medium heat. Add one tablespoon Cayenne and one tablespoon of garlic olive oil to the pan. Add the wings and fry until browned on each side, about 5 minutes. Continue cooking the wings, turning them over often to coat as the glaze caramelizes. Cook until the wings are nicely browned, sticky, and cooked through. Garnish with additional sliced scallions before serving.

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Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Basil and Ricotta

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta with Basil and Ricotta

Ingredients:

  • 1 loaf of good quality crusty Italian or French Bread
  • 2 cups fresh, good quality ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Harvest UP Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Harvest Tuscan Herb or Garlic Olive Oil
  • 3 cups super sweet cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 3 large garlic cloves
  • 1 cup good quality sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained well
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • fresh cracked pepper to taste

Directions:

Preheat a grill, BBQ or oven to 425 F.

In a medium bowl, whisk the ricotta with 1 teaspoon salt and set aside. Toss the cherry tomatoes with 1/4 cup fresh UP EVOO, a teaspoon of salt, and pepper to taste. Roast the cherry tomatoes in a cast iron skillet for 15 minutes until blistered and fragrant. Set aside to cool.

Slice the bread into 1″ thick slices, drizzle the slices with 1/4 cup UP EVOO, and grill over high heat, on the BBQ or an indoor cast iron grill until golden, about 5 minutes per side. Using two of the garlic cloves, rub each side of the still warm grilled bread. Set aside.

Sundried tomato and basil pesto: In the bowl of a food processor or blender, add the sundried tomatoes, 1/2 cup basil, 1 garlic clove, 1/4 cup Tuscan Herb Olive Oil and process to a paste consistency.

For assembly: spread 1 tablespoon sundried tomato pesto over one side of the each slice of grilled bread. Top by spreading 1 tablespoon of ricotta. Then place 2 or 3 cherry roasted cherry tomatoes over the ricotta layer, and then add a basil leaf between each tomato (if you’re feeling fancy). Otherwise just sprinkle the bruschetta with torn basil leaves. Finish each bruschetta with additional sea salt, fresh ground pepper, and a drizzle of Fresh Harvest EVOO or infused olive oil of your choice. Serve immediately!

OPTIONAL: Finish drizzle with Fresh Harvest Denissimo Balsamico!

 

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