The Meals Around the Holiday Meal: Serve Blumer’s Lobster Tacos as a Counterpoint

Bob Blumer's lobster tacos
Bob Blumer's lobster tacos

Tired of eating Holiday Leftovers? We recommend Bob Blumer’s Lobster Tacos to reset fatigued palates

Please, no more turkey and gravy and tryptophan crashes. Give me some energizing south-of-the-boarder zing to brighten a winter day – and pair it with the hedonistic pleasure of eating lobster. Now that’s a reset! The other bonus is that tacos are finger food, so how nice is a meal that doesn’t create another pile of dishes in the sink.

This is the sixth installment of Blumer’s ‘Pescatarian Holiday’ 2021 recipes series with Lloyd Cellars. If you’d like to see all of his ‘Pescatarian Holiday’ recipes, we invite you to scroll through our Online Recipes section. Shop our Online Store or utilize our Store Locator for local shopping!


Purchase Our ‘Flavor Bomb’ Gift Collection Featuring Blumer’s Latest Cookbook & Four Wines

Bob Blumer's lobster tacos

Bob Blumer’s Lobster Tacos

Bob Blumer

A south-of-the-border inspired Maine course 🙂

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 4 mins

Course Main Course
Cuisine Mexican

Servings 4 Tacos

Ingredients

  

  • 2 lobster tails roughly 4 – 6 ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 ounces best-available butter (about 3/4 of a stick)
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • ½ cup cilantro minced, divided
  • ½ jalapeno chili ideally red for color, stemmed, seeded and minced
  • zest of 1 lemon + 3 tablespoons juice divided
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 4 medium size roughly 6-inches flour or corn tortillas
  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 green onions sliced finely
  • Your favorite salsa or hot sauce
  • 1 lime quartered for serving

Instructions

 

  • Use a heavy sharp knife to cut the lobster tails in half. (Place your knife on the end where the flesh is exposed and cut down through to the tail.)
  • Brush the exposed flesh with oil and season with salt and pepper. Reserve.
  • In a small pan, over medium heat, melt butter. When it starts to bubble, add garlic, half of the cilantro, jalapeno, citrus zest and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Stir for 1 minute, then remove from heat and reserve.
  • Half and pit avocados. In a medium bowl, mash avocado with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, the remaining cilantro and the green onion. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Reserve.
  • Preheat grill to medium/medium-high direct heat, or heat a heavy skillet to medium-high.
  • Place lobster tails cut-side down on grill or pan and cook for 4 minutes. Flip, and baste generously with butter mixture. Cook for 2 more minutes, or until tails are cooked throughout.
  • As the tails are cooking, burnish the tortillas on the grill or stovetop until toasted.
  • Spread avocado mixture and salsa over each of the tortillas, then place lobster tails, in their shells, overtop. Instruct the diners to pull their own lobster meat.

Notes

Either or: Serve 4 as an appetizer or 2 as a main

Shopping tip: Frozen lobster tails are not as expensive as you might imagine, and are available in the fish section of many large grocery stores.
 

Keyword Bob Blumer, Lobster, Tacos

Hunger Fighter Bob Blumer’s Crab (Cup)cake is a Savory Delight – Visually & Tastefully

Blumer crab (cup)cake recipe
Blumer is an Ambassador to Second Harvest in Toronto and a supporter of Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. He’s pictured here with Chef Mary Sue Milliken, Share Our Strength Emeritus Board Member

Lloyd Cellars is recommending that you embrace and fight being crabby this holiday season. First, by supporting Blumer’s efforts in fighting hunger through Chefs Cycle for No Kid Hungry. You’ll feel so good knowing you’re helping feed hungry children. Second, by embracing Blumer’s savory Crab (Cup)cakes recipe below to share with friends and family this holiday season. This magical recipe, which pairs beautifully with both our Carneros Chardonnay and Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir is guaranteed to lift the spirits of even the most committed Grinch in your social circle.


About No Kid Hungry

No child should go hungry in America. But 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger through effective programs that provide kids with the food they need. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization working to end hunger and poverty.


This December, Blumer launched his 12 Drops of Christmas campaign on Instagram @BobBlumer. Every day he is offering an item from his art archives or cookbooks. Where noted, 100% of the selling price will be in the form of a direct, tax-deductible donation to @NoKidHungry, as part of his fundraising for the upcoming 2-day, 200-mile Chefscycle.

Other items—which will be noted—are conventional sales. His first drop was a signed, limited-edition lithograph he illustrated for his book Surreal Gourmet Entertains. It is 22” x 32” on fine art paper. The price is a $200usd, tax-deductible donation to NoKidHungry. He’s covering the postage and is happy to personalize it. There are a few available. DM him on Instagram @BobBlumer to order and arrange for the direct donation.

#chefcycle #nokidhungry #surrealgourmet

Blumer crab (cup)cake recipe

Bob Blumer’s Crab (Cup)Cakes

Bob Blumer

If you're going to feel crabby around the holidays, make it good crabby!

Prep Time 1 hr
Cook Time 15 mins

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

Servings 4 Crab Cupcakes

Equipment

  • cupcake liners; muffin tin (not uncommon, but crucial); piping bag with a startip (ideal, but not necessary)

Ingredients

  

Crab Cupcake

  • 1 small beet
  • 2 medium russet potatoes peeled and quartered
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 1 green onion finely sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red bell pepper finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs or panko
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream
  • zest of 1 lemon + 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 garlic clove finely chopped
  • ¼ jalapeño pepper seeds discarded, minced
  • 8 ounces fresh frozen or tinned crab meat (your choices will vary depending on your shopping options. But fear not, all versions will be tasty in this recipe)

Instructions

 

To Finish & Serve

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Spray interior of muffin tin with spray oil. Line the tin with 4 paper liners. Generously spray interior of liners. Spoon crab mixture into liners. Gently press crab mixture down and flatten level with the top of the tin.
  • Just before putting cupcakes in the oven, reheat potatoes by covering the bowl with aluminum foil and placing it over a pot of boiling water for 5 – 10 minutes. When potatoes are steaming hot, finely grate approximately 1 tablespoon of beet and add it to potatoes. Blend thoroughly with a fork. Add more beet for a deeper color if desired.
  • Bake cupcakes for 8 minutes, or until cakes are fully set, yet still moist. Remove cakes from tin immediately so that they do not continue to cook.
  • Use a piping bag with a star tip, or a table knife to ice the cupcakes.

Notes

Level of difficulty: About the same as making cupcakes from scratch

Advance work: The crab mixture can be prepared earlier in the day, to the point that the cakes are ready to be baked. Bake and ice just before serving; Mashed potatoes can be made earlier in the day then reheated over a double boiler just before serving (add grated beet after reheating)

Keyword Bob Blumer, Crab Appetizer, Lloyd Cellars, Recipe

In Pics: Lloyd Cellars new signature event ‘Ferments & Fashion’ in Chicago

Our Inaugural 'Ferments & Fashion' Mixer Brings Style and Smiles to Chicago's Bustling South Loop!
Lloyd Cellars launches new signature event 'Ferments & Fashion' in Chicago

Our Inaugural ‘Ferments & Fashion’ Mixer Brings Style and Smiles to Chicago’s Bustling South Loop!

Special thanks to Sweeney Taud StudioZ & Social Club for hosting us, to DJ Simmy for stepping in on the turntables, and of course vintage clothing stylist Derricka Cole for her paring vintage collection with our vintages. Check her out at @old_new_thrifted2. The following is a gallery that was captured by our friend and photographer Gina Gabero!

Our Pescatarian Holiday with Celeb Chef & Author Bob Blumer is Dishwasher Safe

Blumer's Dishwasher Salmon

Bob Blumer comes clean on making the Thanksgiving kitchen way more interesting!

To celebrate the 2021 Holiday Season, Lloyd Cellars and Celebrity Chef and Cookbook Author Bob Blumer will share seven fish recipes beginning the week of Thanksgiving.

Inspired by Winemaker Rob Lloyd’s pescatarian predilections and the annual Feast of the Seven Fishes, Chef Blumer brings his creative and playful twist to each recipe.

We all know that smiles over delicious food are one of the world’s greatest gifts, especially these days!

Additionally, the Thanksgiving turkey can be a challenge at times to deliver a juicy bird to the table – and it takes hours. Blumer’s surreal ‘Dishwasher Salmon with Honey-Ginger Sauce’ is, believe it or not, one of the most consistent, quick and entertaining ways to deliver perfectly poached filets to your guests.

This dish will pair beautifully with both our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay and Sta. Rita Hills Pinot Noir!


Purchase Our ‘Flavor Bomb’ Gift Collection Featuring Blumer’s Latest Cookbook & Four Wines for the Holidays!

Blumer's Dishwasher Salmon

Dishwasher Salmon with Honey-Ginger Sauce

Bob Blumer, host of Food Network's The Surreal Gourmet, has been doing it for years, claiming to have cooked salmon in dishwashers around the world. All you have to do is wrap the salmon tightly in foil, stick the packet in the top rack, and run it on a regular cycle. ~ Food Network

Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 1 hr

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Servings 4

Equipment

  • Dishwasher
  • Heavy Duty Aluminum Foil

Ingredients

  

SALMON INGREDIENTS

  • 4 6-ounce salmon fillets, skin off
  • 4 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice about 2 lemons
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • toasted sesame seeds to finish
  • finely sliced green onion to finish

HONEY-GINGER SAUCE INGREDIENTS

  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Asian-style hot sauce to taste optional

Instructions

 

SALMON INSTRUCTIONS

  • Place 1 fillet in the center of each square and fold up the outer edges.
  • Cut 4 14-inch(ish) square sheets of aluminum foil.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon lemon juice over each fillet. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Fold the last ¼-inch of each seam over itself 2 or 3 times and pinch the aluminum foil extra tightly to create an airtight and watertight seal around each packet (see photo). To test if the packets are airtight, press down gently on each one with your hand. If any air escapes, rewrap. (SEE PHOTOS BELOW)
  • Place foil packets on the top rack of the dishwasher. Run dishwasher for the entire “normal” cycle.
  • While salmon is “cooking”, prepare the honey-ginger sauce.
  • When cycle is complete, take out salmon, discard foil, place one fillet on each plate. (Note: Don’t be concerned about the opaque white beads that appear on the fillets. They are simply a redistribution of the salmon’s natural fats.)

HONEY-GINGER INSTRUCTIONS

  • To a small saucepan add honey, soy, sesame oil, ginger, orange zest and black pepper.
  • Simmer over medium-low heat for about 3 – 5 minutes, or until sauce begins to thicken. Add hot sauce to taste, if desired. Reserve. Reheat over a low heat just before serving.
  • To Serve Spoon honey ginger sauce overtop each fillet and finish with sesame seeds and green onion.

Notes

  1. Do not attempt to cook a whole fish (don’t think it hasn’t been tried).
  2. Always place fish packets on the top rack.
  3. Make sure other items in the dishwasher, such as silverware, are securely stowed so that they do not fly around and pierce the foil packets.
  4. Set the dishwasher to the “normal” cycle. Some modern dishwashers have “economy” and “cool dry” settings, which are undesirable because they conserve heat. On the other end of the spectrum, the “pots and pans” setting can overcook the fish.
  5. Run salmon through the entire wash-and-dry cycle.
  6. Only attempt to cook salmon while doing the dishes after you have mastered the art of creating air-tight packages.

Level of difficulty: As easy as loading the dishwasher

Shortcuts: Skip the sauce

Advance work: Salmon packets can be prepared earlier in the day

Oven method: Don’t have a dishwasher? Bake foil-wrapped packets in a preheated 400°F oven for 12 minutes (imagine that!).

Keyword Salmon

Rob Lloyd featured in The Somm Journal / Nat Geo Webinar ‘Balancing Act: Chardonnay at its Best’

Winemaker Rob Lloyd Live in the Vineyard

Rob Lloyd Joined Five Winemakers from Burgundy to California for this Educational Webinar

While Chardonnay can provoke strong opinions amongst wine lovers, the grape itself is inherently neutral. The many flavors and nuances commonly associated with it are derived from terroir, winemaking, and aging. Relatively easy to cultivate in a wide range of micro-climates, it is chameleon-like and malleable to both vineyard conditions and winery regimen.

In this “Balancing Act” webinar hosted by Lars Leicht of The SOMM Journal and Andrea Robinson, MS, a diverse group of winemakers educates viewers about the unique terroirs and winemaking techniques that help bring out the best in their Chardonnays. Following introductions, Rob is the first winemaker interviewed.

Winemaker Rob Lloyd Live in the Vineyard
Winemaker Rob Lloyd went live from the vineyards for the webinar

Lloyd Cellars & Prescription Vineyards Q3 Market Support!

Lloyd Cellars Q3 2021 Market Update

VIVINO Scan data illustrates 71% growth since the launch of our 2021 marketing and communications campaigns. Prescription Vineyards in-market programming continues with its exclusive ‘Friday-Eve Live’ wine and music showcases through the end of 2021 – both virtual and live.


In our Lloyd Cellars Market Update, we always share recent scores and links to promotional assets such as Shelf-Talkers, Line Cards, Data Sheets, and Bottle Shots.

~ Please read on for more marketing activities and links to our recent blog features! ~

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Greg Moore, Director of Sales | Greg@LloydCellars.com | (415) 385-9658

Joel Quigley, Director of Marketing Communications | Joel@LloydCellars.com | (707) 495-0831


The Somm Journal & Nat Geo Webinars

The launch of the highly anticipated New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia by National Geographic Books is the catalyst for the innovative approach and synergies among industry leaders in their categories. The SOMM Journal — in association with National Geographic and SommCon — invites you to participate in these complimentary, one-of-a-kind wine-tasting webinar series entitled Geographical Digest.

July 29th 2021 @ 11am PT
Buyer’s Forum: In association with the Somm Foundation, Prescription Vineyards tastes along with 40 qualified wine buyers featuring the upcoming release of our 2019 Clarksburg Chardonnay
Winemaker Rob Lloyd & Director of Sales Greg Moore Lead Our Discussion

September 14th 2021 @ 9:00am PT
National Geographic “Balancing Act: Chardonnay at its Best’ Webinar
in association with the Somm Foundation

Winemaker Rob Lloyd to Speak to Carneros Chardonnay

Note: These webinars are part of a year-long marketing campaign that includes advertising, editorial, and social media


The Somm Journal and Nat Geo’s Post-Coverage of the Pinot Noir Webinar Featuring Rob Lloyd with Six Int’l Winemakers


‘Friday-Eve Live’ Goes Virtual for Our ‘Wine & Music to Rock Your World’ August Promotion

Friday-Eve Live August 2021 x2

‘Friday-Eve Live’ is a production of Lloyd Cellars and Prescription Vineyards, in partnership with A&R Worldwide and Passport Approved Radio and our family of musical artists.

‘The Imaginaries’ Perform August 12 | ‘Waiting for Smith’ Performs August 26


Lloyd Cellars & Prescription announce sponsorship of Hispanic Heritage Month, partnership with two-time Grammy Award-winning Latin artist, Marlow Rosado!

In support of Hispanic Heritage Month, Prescription is underwriting Marlow’s Colorful Sounds concert at Ramkat in Winston-Salem on September 30th in partnership with the Hispanic League. The North Carolina market visit also includes in-store consumer tasting in Winston-Salem and Charlotte.


Texas November In-Market Visit Fouces on Austin Food & Wine, with Promotional Partnerships and Events with Austin Monthly and San Antonio Current

Our November Texas in-market campaign, combining events, print and digital promotions, media lunches and dinners, and ApexDrop Instagram Influencer Holiday Campaign, is expected to generate several million impressions.

One-on-one consumer tastings at exclusive venues in Austin and San Antonio will create demand for our wines at retailers and restaurants throughout the Lone Star state!


The Drop on ApexDrop!

In addition to ApexDrop’s robust content generation and product sampling, each campaign with the 50 Instagram Influencers has had a total following of more than 750,000 followers. Over our last three campaigns, our total reach has surpassed 1.5 million with our Engagements reaching more than 60,000. We invite you to visit our Instagram accounts with Tags to see the quality and diversity of our content and, of course, follow us!

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Recent Scores & Reviews

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Chef Bleifer says, “Do not fear the risotto, embrace its meditative deliciousness.”

Chef Bleifer Mushroom Risotto

The making of Chef Rob Bleifer’s Triple-Mushroom Risotto can help reset life’s priorities


As an everyday staple dish in Northern Italy, we ask ourselves how risotto came to be considered the realm of trained chefs, or at the very least, accomplished home cooks in America. Making risotto does take attention, like systematically stirring in whatever stock a recipe calls for – here Chef Rob Bleifer’s dish is made from chicken and mushroom stock.

Perhaps it’s because instant gratification and a lack of patience are a hallmark of American culture, especially today when answers to anything are a quick Siri question away and overnight shipping has become a standard. As a society, we all need to slow down a bit and taste the beauty of life, and the meditative process of making a delicious risotto is something to embrace, not fear.

Chef Bleifer recommends that you pour yourself a glass of Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay, take a deep breath, and gently stir his Triple-Mushroom Risotto into existence for the good of humankind…

Follow the former Food Network Executive Chef’s adventures on Instagram: @chef_robear

Chef Bleifer Mushroom Risotto

Chef Bleifer Triple-Mushroom Risotto

Chef Robert Bleifer

Chef Robert Bleifer delivers the rich earthiness to the bowl with his Triple-Mushroom Risotto to pair with our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients

  

  • 8 oz cremini or white button mushrooms
  • 8 oz mixed wild mushrooms
  • 4 cups chicken stock not broth
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 cup arborio rice
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parm
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley optional

Instructions

 

  • Remove the stems from cremini mushrooms and chop the caps.
  • Trim the stems from wild mushrooms and slice mushrooms.
  • Place mushroom stems into a small saucepan with the stock and 1 cup of water. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cook covered for 1 hour. Strain and discard mushroom stems.
  • In a medium saucepan, heat 2 tablespoons of oil over high heat. Add chopped creminis and saute for 3 minutes. Season with salt and a few grinds of fresh pepper, reduce heat to medium and continue cooking until the mushrooms have released and then reabsorbed their liquid. Add the onions to the cooked creminis, lower the heat to medium-low and cook for about 7 minutes, or until the onions are wilted, but not browned. Add the garlic and rice and saute for 1 minute, until the garlic is fragrant and the rice is completely coated in oil.
  • Add the white wine and stirring often, let reduce completely.
  • Add 2 ladles of hot chicken/mushroom stock to the rice and stir often, until almost the stock is completely absorbed. Repeat with remaining stock until the rice is tender, but not mushy. If all of the stock has been used and the rice is still undercooked, add water 1 ladle at a time, until the rice is tender.
  • Remove the pan from the heat, stir in grated and season with salt and pepper as needed.
  • Heat a large saute pan over high heat. Add the remaining 3 tablespoons of oil and saute the mushrooms until browned and just cooked through. Season with salt & pepper, deglaze with the remaining 1/4 cup of wine and let the wine reduce completely.
  • If the risotto has thickened too much, add a touch more of the hot stock or water, until the proper consistency. (Perfect risotto is neither pasty nor soupy.)
  • Transfer the risotto to a serving dish and top with the sauteed mushrooms.
  • Top with chopped parsley, if desired.
  • Serve, as in Italy, as its own course, or serve it as a side dish to virtually any fish, chicken, pork, or beef dish.

Keyword Chardonnay, Chef Robert Bleifer, Lloyd Cellars, Mushrooms, Risotta

Chef Robert Bleifer’s Curried Chicken Salad Pairs Beautifully with Lloyd Chardonnay

Chef Bleifer Curried Chicken Salad
Photo courtesy of Institute of Culinary Education
Curry Up and Try This Delicious Food and Wine Pairing

As we transition from spring to summertime, outdoor dining and picnics can become a weekly event. Creating simple all-in-one dishes that hold up well to time and travel is a winning strategy. Chef Robert Bleifer’s Curried Chicken Salad is the perfect East-meets-West dish that can be served on bread, in a lettuce wrap, or over a fresh green salad. We hope you enjoy and remember to follow Chef Bleifer on Instagram at @chef_robear!

Tip: keep your curry on the milder side when pairing with wines.

Need more of our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay? Click to order here!

Chef Bleifer Curried Chicken Salad

Chef Bleifer Curried Chicken Salad

Chef Robert Bleifer

Chef Robert Bleifer created this East-meets-West simple and classic recipe to pair with our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay!

Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian

Ingredients

  

  • 1 tablespoon canola oil or safflower or sunflower
  • 2 teaspoons Madras curry powder
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 ½ cups chopped cooked chicken leftover or rotisserie
  • 1 small apple chopped into ¼ inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 small stalk celery chopped into ¼ inch pieces (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste my chicken was very well seasoned, and I didn’t need to add additional salt
  • Bread and baby romaine for serving

Instructions

 

  • Add oil to a small saute pan, stir in curry powder and place over low heat. 

    Stir often for about 3 minutes, or until the curry mixture gets fragrant and just starts to bubble. 

    Pour the curry into a medium bowl and add mayo. 

    Stir in remaining ingredients and season with salt andpepper to taste.

    Serve with bread and greens.

Notes

Chef Bleifer Curried Chicken Salad

Keyword Chardonnay, Curried Chicken Salad, Lloyd Cellars

Former Food Network Exec Chef Rob Bleifer Partners w/Lloyd Cellars – Serves Up Savory Biscotti as Starter!

Che Bleifer Cameo - Savory Biscotti
Chef Robert Bleifer
Chef Rob Bleifer teases his Lloyd Cellars ‘Back to Fine Dining’ six-part recipe series with his Savory Biscotti

As part of our June 2021 celebration of getting ‘Back to fine dining’ (yes!), we’re excited to announce our partnership with Chef Robert Bleifer, who most recently served as Executive Chef & Vice President of Culinary Production for Food Network for 24-years. Chef Rob has created six recipe pairings to share with our Members and fans, which we’ll dole out in a six-part blog series now through June!

Chef Rob was responsible for everything from managing the kitchen of 18 Food Stylists and Recipe Developers to coordinating with Production teams, Chefs/Hosts, Guest Chefs, and much more. He was also an on-air presence, judging numerous Food Network Challenges, catering the three Food Network Wedding specials, and many other “cameo” appearances.

We invite you to follow Chef Rob on Instagram @chef_robear! He’s got a lot of new projects in works and you’re going to want to be the first to know!

FYI, sister winery Prescription Vineyards is also celebrating ‘Back to Fine Dining’ by being the exclusive wine sponsor for Tampa Bay Restaurant Week this June 17 through 27. Click here to learn more…

We’re going to jump-start Chef Rob’s series with something we’ve never seen before, a Savory Biscotti recipe to pair with our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay. This certainly redefines the idea of ‘breakfast for dinner.’

Happy home cheffing!

Chef Bleifer's Savory Biscotti

Chef Bleifer Savory Biscotti

Sure, you love biscotti with your coffee in the morning, but now it's wine-thirty and you're still craving pastry. Chef Robert Bleifer comes to the rescue with his Savory Biscotti to pair with our Lloyd Cellars Carneros Chardonnay!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine Italian

Ingredients

  

  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh rosemary chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parm
  • 2 tablespoons honey

Instructions

 

  • Set an oven rack to the middle shelf and preheat oven to 350.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together, flour, salt, and baking powder.
  • In a medium bowl or large measuring cup, whisk eggs and then whisk in oil and cheese, herbs, and honey.
  • Add the egg mixture into the flour mixture and mix with a rubber spatula.
  • With floured hands, transfer the dough to a floured work-surface.
  • Roll into a log about 12 inches long and 4 inches wide (it will be flat).
  • Place the log on the cookie sheet and bake for about 20 minutes, until the dough is firm to the touch and lightly golden in color.
  • Cool the log on a rack and lower the oven temperature to 325.
  • With a serrated knife, cut the log into 1/4 inch wide cookies (slice straight across for shorter biscotti or at a 45 degree angle for longer biscotti.
  • Place the sliced biscotti cut-side down onto the cookie sheet and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until dry and golden.
  • Cool on racks and serve immediately, or when fully cool, store in an air-tight cookie tin for several days.

Keyword Chardonnay, Chef Robert Bleifer, Lloyd Cellars, Savory Biscotti

Tasting Panel 94.5 Score for Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay!

Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay 94.5 Points

Lloyd Cellars 2019 Carneros Chardonnay
Lush notes of lemon cream pie add to the silky mouthfeel of this superlative white. A hint of sage, cinnamon, and jasmine make it exotic. Texturally generous with spiced sandalwood and voluptuous notes of chamomile and honey.
~ Meridith May, Publisher

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