Deviled Egg Roundup

It seems to me that most people have a love-hate relationship with deviled eggs. The hate side of the egg aisle definitely has reason. Everyone has been to a family potluck where they rest, inevitably, on the six-foot folding table in one of those amazing decorative trays only used for deviled eggs. Usually the tray is shaped like a chicken or something fun. Pause–I just spent ten minutes googling decorative egg platters. Good lord.

Anyway, the problems with most deviled eggs you or I have probably had are many. They either are dry or too full o’ mayo, they have no seasoning just some yellow mustard or something, they are overcooked–or my personal favorite, they have that “been out too long” taste since the creator made them early that morning and hours have passed while they got to their final destination in a trunk full of other potluck paraphernalia.

I’m going to request that you erase all of these painful memories and try at least one of these little guys. You can still serve them on one of these, though. Alright, click through to find out about all three recipes featured in my deviled egg roundup and also, how to hard-cook eggs perfectly.

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BRUSCHETTA

Ah, one of the most mispronounced food words, bruschetta. Let’s get this straight and out of the way–it is pronounced bru-sketta, not bru-shetta. I’m not all about overly accenting my foreign language food words but I at least want to get somewhere in the zone of right without sounding pretentious–it is such a fine balance, isn’t it?

Okay, onto the task at hand. Bruschetta is an antipasto that consists of grilled bread, rubbed with garlic, and classically topped with tomatoes, olive oil, and salt & pepper. However, there are endless varieties to how you can play the topping game. These are two that I’m currently having a close and personal relationship with.

// Shiitake & Roasted Garlic Bruschetta

In a little twist on the traditional raw garlic application, roasted garlic is used in this recipe, giving the bruschetta a sweeter garlic flavor. I added a little freshness to the rich flavor of the mushrooms & roasted garlic by topping each one off with fresh lemon zest.

Ingredients (makes 8-10)
1/2 french baguette sliced about 1/2 thick at an angle (fun fact: bruschetta is the elusive solution to the day old, seemingly useless baguette) 
2 cups shiitake mushrooms
1 head of garlic
1 tablespoon of lemon zest
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
olive oil
kosher salt

Directions 
1. While oven is preheating to 400°, cut off the top of the head of garlic, exposing the cloves. 

2. Place head of garlic on a piece of aluminum foil and drizzle with olive oil, so that exposed cloves are coated.
3. Wrap foil around the garlic, creating a sealed pouch. Roast for 40 minutes. (note: this can be done in advance and I always do a few more than one, just to have it around!) 
4. Remove stems from the mushrooms and wipe clean (note: never run mushrooms under water, it will water log them! just wipe off any dirty with a barely damp towel) 
5. Roughly chop any mushrooms that are larger than bite size and place them in a piece of aluminum foil.
6. Add thyme to mushrooms and drizzle with about a tablespoon of olive oil

7. Add mushrooms to oven when garlic has 20 minutes left on the timer. Turn mushrooms over once, after 10 minutes.
8. To toast bread, place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add to oven when 5 minutes are left on the timer. Turn bread over, after 3 minutes.
9. To assemble: Spread a clove (or two) on the toasted bread, sprinkle garlic with a little salt. Top with roasted shiitakes and finish off with lemon zest.

Alright, now if that wasn’t good enough, try this next one on for size.

// Corn, Tomato and Mint Bruschetta

This bruschetta is summer produce personified. The corn is roasted and mixed with red and yellow cherry tomatoes then drizzled with a rustic fresh mint & walnut pesto.

Ingredients (makes 8-10)
1/2 french baguette sliced about 1/2 thick at an angle
1 ear of fresh corn

1 cup of cherry tomatoes cut in half (I used a mixture of yellow and red)
1/2 cup fresh mint
5 raw walnuts
1 clove of garlic
olive oil
kosher salt & pepper

Directions 
1. Preheat oven to 400°, remove husks and silk from corn.

2. Place corn on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil and salt & pepper
3. Roast for 30 minutes, turning once at 15 minutes.
4. While corn is roasting, combine mint, walnut, garlic, 1/4 olive oil, and a pinch of salt to taste in a food processor. Process until combined but still coarse.
5. To toast bread, place on a baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil. Add to oven when 5 minutes are left on the timer. Turn bread over, after 3 minutes.

6. As soon as bread is removed from the oven, rub each toast with a halved raw garlic clove
7. After corn has cooled enough to handle (about 5 minutes), hold the ear vertically and with a knife, carefully cut kernels from the cob.
8. To assemble: Spread a little of the mint pesto on the bread before topping with corn and tomatoes. Finish off with a little more pesto!

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LEMON CILANTRO SHRIMP

With summer officially here, I am trying to get into the kitchen to create some seasonally appropriate eats. As you know, I’ve been so breakfast obsessed lately that I’ve barely created one lunch or dinner to share. I’m declaring that it’s that time to get back into the other two wonderful meals of the day. I’m kicking off my new resolve with these beautiful, one-bite Lemon Cilantro Shrimp.

Ingredients (makes 10 bites)
Shrimp:
10 shrimp with tails removed, peeled and deveined (I used 18-20 count wild-caught mexican shrimp)
1/2 teaspoon of each: smoked paprika, coriander, crushed red pepper, cracked black pepper, and kosher salt
2 tablespoons olive oil

1/4 cup dry white wine

Lemon Cilantro Pesto:
1/2 cup cilantro
1 large garlic clove
1/4 olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon or 1/4 cup

Topping:
1 radish, thinly sliced

Directions
1. Place shrimp in a zip-top bag and add spices and olive oil. Close bag and massage spices and oil to evenly coat. Marinate for at least 10 minutes.

2. While shrimp are marinating, add all pesto ingredients into food processor (or you can chop dry ingredients and hand-mix with the oil & lemon!) and set aside with sliced radishes.

3. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and sear shrimp in a dry pan for 2 minutes per side. The shrimp will still be slightly underdone at this stage.
4. Slowly add white wine to pan, using the wine to get the brown bits from the bottom of the pan up and into the sauce. Continue to cook the shrimp for 1 minute before removing the shrimp from the heat.

5. Assemble each bite by topping each shrimp with a radish slice and a generous spoonful of the pesto. Finish with a little more fresh lemon juice.

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