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Monday, October 19, 2009

Chickpea Fries Recipe from great restaurant Ubuntu

I've got to try these fries.
Chickpea Fries
Recipe created by Jeremy and Deanie Fox

Chickpea Fries
Photo: Coral von Zumwalt
Fries get reinvented with chickpea flour (the protein! the crunch!), and the dipping sauce is no ordinary side. Romesco, a zesty Spanish sauce, is a mixture of roasted red peppers, garlic, paprika, and more.

Try them also with "Carta da Musica" Flatbread with Arugula and Truffled Pecorino.

This recipe is from Ubuntu's Garden-Fresh Menu.

Serves 4

* 2 1/2 cups chickpea flour , plus more for dusting
* 1 cup cornmeal
* 2 cloves garlic , finely grated
* 3 Tbsp. kosher salt , plus more to taste
* 1/4 cup chopped parsley
* 1 Tbsp. chopped rosemary
* Zest of 2 lemons
* Vegetable oil , for frying
* Romesco , for serving (for recipe, see Romesco sauce below)

In a stainless steel pot over high heat, combine chickpea flour, cornmeal, 7 cups of cold water, garlic, and salt. Whisk gently to prevent sticking on the bottom; over-whisking will cause the final product to "soufflé" and fall.

Once the mixture begins to thicken and bubble (after about 3 to 4 minutes), reduce heat to medium and switch to a rubber spatula. Add remaining ingredients except oil, stir to combine, and continue stirring to prevent sticking. When mixture pulls from the sides of the pot like a dough (after about 6 to 8 minutes), transfer it to a rimmed sheet pan lined with nonstick aluminum foil. Spread mixture out evenly, cover with a sheet of plastic wrap, and top with another sheet pan. Refrigerate for 4 hours until completely cold and set.

Carefully remove mixture from pan by gently lifting the bottom layer of aluminum foil onto a cutting board. Remove plastic wrap, then cut into "fries" about 3 inches long.

Heat oil in a large pot until it reaches 375° on a deep-fat thermometer. Toss fries lightly in additional cornmeal, and deep-fry them in small batches until crispy, about 3 minutes. Remove and set on paper towels. Sprinkle with kosher salt to taste and serve with romesco on the side.

More info on Jeremy Fox

Grilled Figs with Burrata and Romesco Toast
Recipe created by Jeremy Fox

Grilled Figs with Burrata and Romesco Toast
Photo: Coral von Zumwalt
Crusty, romesco-smeared toast pairs well with grilled figs and ultra-creamy burrata cheese.

This recipe from Ubuntu's Garden-Fresh Menu yields enough romesco to also use as a dipping sauce for the Chickpea Fries, and if you are making the Roasted Pepper Consommé with Okra and Almonds, save the peppers to use here in preparing the romesco.

Serves 4

* 1/2 cup toasted unsalted almonds
* 2 Tbsp. toasted hazelnuts
* 16 roasted red peppers
* 3 cloves garlic , peeled and finely grated
* 5 Tbsp. olive oil , plus more for grilling
* 2 tsp. smoked paprika
* 2 Tbsp. sherry vinegar
* 3/4 tsp. salt

Note: If you cannot find burrata, fresh mozzarella is also fine to use.

Prepare a gas grill or grill pan, then make romesco sauce: In a food processor, chop almonds and hazelnuts. Add peppers, garlic, and olive oil; process until combined. Mix in paprika, vinegar, and salt. Set aside.

Brush bread with olive oil and grill, flipping once, 2 to 3 minutes per side.
put sauce on


Pea Consommé with Mint

* Recipe by Jeremy Fox

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The Good News This delicate broth is full of vitamin C, thanks to the pea pods Jeremy Fox simmers. (Snow peas are just as delicious and easier to find.) He tops the consommé with shards of white chocolate because he likes the way it brings out the peas’ sweetness while adding only a little fat.
Pea Consommé with Mint

* Recipe by Jeremy Fox

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Pea Consommé with Mint

* Recipe by Jeremy Fox

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Pea Consommé with Mint


* Healthy
* Make-Ahead
* Vegetarian


1. 2 pounds English peas in the pod, peas shelled and pods reserved, or 1 pound snow peas plus one 9-ounce box frozen peas, thawed
2. 1 garlic clove, smashed
3. 1 medium shallot, thinly sliced
4. 1/3 cup small mint leaves
5. 1 quart water
6. 2 teaspoons Champagne vinegar
7. 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
8. Salt
9. 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
10. 2 tablespoons roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
11. 2 tablespoons chopped white chocolate
12. 1/2 cup pea shoots


1. In a 12-inch piece of cheesecloth, wrap the pea pods or snow peas with the garlic, shallot and 1 tablespoon of the mint leaves into a flat bundle; tie with kitchen twine. In a large saucepan, cover the bundle with the water and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook over very low heat for 2 hours.
2. Strain the consommé into a bowl, pressing on the bundle. Return the consommé to the saucepan. Add the peas, vinegar and lemon juice and season with salt. Cover and reheat gently. Ladle the consommé into bowls and drizzle with the olive oil. Garnish with the nuts, white chocolate, pea shoots and the remaining mint leaves; serve

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