Challenging Family Recipes
Mark Twain once said that "New Orleans food is as delicious as the less criminal forms of sin." We think he got that one right. Try indulging in this rich, traditional, New Orleans-style gumbo, studded with sausage and chicken and thickened with a dark mahogany roux. There will be enough to feed a crowd, or you can freeze several portions for later gratification.
This delightful recipe was created by a friend of MTG, Chef Kurt Kulzer. He's a terrific cook, great fun, and has a wonderful knack for creating some terrific recipes using our stocks and sauces. We tip our toque to Kurt, and hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.
Braised lamb shanks are wonderfully succulent and versatile, as this mildly-spicy curry dish shows. If you like, once the shanks are tender, cut the meat in chunks off the bone. To keep the theme: serve the meat over red lentils simmered in diluted Glace d'Agneau Gold and mixed with a little butter and some dried currants.
A twist on the classic "Wellington" dish--using lamb instead of beef and won ton wrappers to stand in for the puff pastry (yes, they work beautifully!), but keeping the classic paté and mushroom filling and the red wine and mushroom sauce. This dish will earn raves from your guests as an elegant first or middle course, or you may double it and serve two apiece as a substantial main course.
Try your hand at making this extraordinary soup. Rich and creamy, with complex layers of flavor and plentiful chunks of fresh lobster, it's worth every ounce of effort required. Serve it in elegant small portions as a first course, or increase the portions a bit and serve it as a stunning main dish.
Our fragrant, saffron-scented soup is nice and garlicky. It will transport you to southern France with your first spoonful. We take a shortcut for the aïoli garnish, using a ready-made mayonnaise. Stir it into the soup before serving.
Mexican cooking at its sweet and savory finest: a complex mixture of the smoky heat of dried chiles, aromatic toasted spices, garlic, tomatoes, nuts, and raisins, with an almost magical depth created by the addition of a small amount of unsweetened chocolate. This classic sauce is worth every minute it takes to create. Mole is traditionally served with turkey, but it also pairs beautifully with chicken, pork, or veal.
Juicy venison chops with a crunchy, cracked pepper crust played against the taste of sweet venison meat and woodsy morels are definitely worth celebrating. With our Glace de Gibier, this heady sauce is ultra simple! Sautéed carrots and steamed broccoli florets, or Brussels sprouts, would nicely complement this luxurious dish.
This classic, rich, slow-simmered dish combines a hearty bean stew with a savory pork and sausage stew, all topped with a crust of bread crumbs drizzled with our Graisse de Canard Gold. Cassoulet is quintessential French country cuisine, a labor of love, so set aside an afternoon to make it and serve it to friends and family warm and fragrant from your oven.
A whole turkey is grand for the holidays, but a juicy boneless turkey breast with delicious pan gravy is so easy and just the right size to savor any time of the year. As you slice the turkey, there's swirl of green herbs and Dijon mustard. Serve it hot or at room temperature.
Tender slices of duck breast are fanned atop a savory risotto flavored with sweet butternut squash, Parmesan, and sage. Add a drizzle of balsamic-scented pan sauce, garnish with some fresh sage leaves, and you have a fantastic dish that your dinner guests will rave about. Serve it with a simple green salad and a glass of Pinot Noir for an elegant supper.
A gorgeous centerpiece for a special meal: butterflied pork stuffed with a succulent mixture of bread, apples, onions, and pecans and coated with rosemary and garlic. Serve the spiral slices of roast pork and stuffing drizzled with warm, savory pan juices.
This classic Spanish dish orginated in Valencia, where it is traditionally made with rabbit, chicken, and snails. The contemporary version here is filled with delectable vegetables, sausage, and shellfish--but the real treat in either case is the rice. It soaks up the flavors of all the ingredients, including onion, garlic, tomatoes, smoked paprika, and a saffron-scented mixture of stock and wine. Cooked in a large, wide pan, paella makes the perfect dish for entertaining. Just place the pan in the middle of the table so guests can help themselves, and pour a chilled Spanish rosé.
This rich, luxurious soup gets its flavor from both the shrimp and their shells in this classic French preparation with mirepoix, garlic, tomatoes, and white wine. Accented with cream and sherry, it's sure to wow your dinner guests.
Heady aromas emanate from this satisfying, rustic, one-dish pasta meal inspired by southern Italy. White fish filets brushed with sun-dried tomato pesto simmer over aromatics in a wine-scented fish stock. Finally they almost melt into a sauce, and spaghetti, olives, capers, and fresh basil are stirred in. Add grated Parmesan if you like. (We do.)