WSJ 5/27/2017.  Italian frozen chocolate mousse. QED.  Svgs 8.  Takes 4 hours to freeze.

INGREDIENTS

½ C sugar

3 large eggs

2 egg yolks

2 C heavy cream

8 ounces semisweet (63% cacao or higher), melted, warm but not hot.

¾ C toasted, coarsely chopped almonds

DIRECTIONS

  • line 9×5 loaf pan with plastic wrap
  • A. MELTED CHOCOLATE  melt 8 oz chocolate in double boiler, remove from double boiler, set aside.
  •  B. EGG MIXTURE In double boiler over simmering water, whisk: eggs & sugar & pinch of salt until pale & frothy ~ 4 minutes. Remove from heat (I transferred to large bowl).
  • C. CREAM MIXTURE In a bowl, Beat 2 C cream (with whisk attachment) to soft peaks. Set aside 2/3 C of whipped cream for serving – keep chilled in refrigerator until needed when serving.
  • Fold A Chocolate  into B Egg mixture with rubber spatula.                                                                                       Quickly but gently fold in C whipped cream to A&B mixture.
  • Add ¾C toasted almonds to chocolate mixture. Transfer to loaf pan lined with plastic wrap. Cover & freeze 4 hours.
  • Slice & serve with dollop of whipped cream

Cassoulet Duck Confit

May 27, 2017

Chef Laurence Jossel. Use store bought duck confit (or chicken legs). January 9th traditional dish from Languedoc. Smoky French garlic sausage & slab bacon.  Can make ahead then reheat (bread crumbs added last).Svgs 8. Oven 350°.

INGREDIENTS

  • 5 TB OIL (3TB & 2 TB)
  • 4 OZ pancetta diced into ½” pieces
  • 1 med onion diced ½” pieces
  • 1 LB  dried Flageolots or Great Northern beans – rinse &picked, soak 2 hrs, drain.
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • 1 QT chicken stock
  • 1 head garlic- separate into cloves & peel
  • 4 pcs duck leg confit
  • ¾ LB smoky French garlic sausage, slice cross wise ½” thick
  • 4 oz lean slab bacon cut into 1″ cubes
  • 2 C coarse fresh bread crumbs (or Panko)
  • 2 T chpd parsley

A. Saucepan / dutch oven: cook beans 1 hr

  • 3 TB olive oil & pancetta – moderate heat, 5 minutes
  • Add onions, stir until softened 7 min.
  • Add beans (soaked, drained) thyme & 1 QT chicken broth
  • Boil, reduce to simmer, cook 1 hour until beans al dente (or pressure cooker)

B. Add head of garlic cloves, simmer 15 min, discard thyme. Let cool, refrigerate over night (optional).

C. Preheat oven 350°. Rewarm beans.

  • Transfer to deep baking dish or Dutch oven.
  • Nestle in Duck legs confit, sausage & bacon
  • Bake 40 min
  • Remove from oven let rest 15 min. (or can refrigerate up to 2 days)

D. Cast iron skillet : crisp bread crumbs

  • Moderate Hi heat, 2 TB olive oil & 2 C bread crumbs. Stir until brown & crisp 3 min.
  • Sprinkle bread crumbs & parsley over cassoulet & serve

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