John\’s 29

John’s birthday was this past Thursday. For his present I cooked a nice dinner for John, Christine, Elise and myself on Friday evening.

Applewood smoked Sockeye salmon with roasted garlic and Anaheim bearnaise topped with lump crab meat and caviar. On the side sauteed turnips, zucchini and red peppers and smashed potato and poblano galettes with matchstick potatoes. [photo]

I hate to toot my own horn but that was a damn good meal.

    Garlic & Anaheim bearnaise
    1 bulb garlic roasted
    1 anaheim pepper
    1/2 C. white wine vinegar
    1 shallot
    4 egg yolks
    clarified butter
    1 C. boiling water

    Boil finely chopped garlic, shallot and anaheim in vinegar until almost all of the liquid has evaporated. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

    With a wire wisk, add egg yolks one at a time, stirring constantly. Temp with hot water very slowly. Whisk in clarified butter.

    Smashed Potato & Poblano Galette
    1 lb. potato of you choice
    1/2 lb. sweet potato
    1 large poblano pepper
    1 shallot
    1 tsp chili powder
    1 tsp white pepper
    1 tsp cumin
    1/4 C. clarified butter

    Shred potatoes and drain on paper towels. Coursely chop poblano and shallot. Add all ingredients in mixing bowl. Toss.

    Heat oil to smoking point in large skillet. Add potato mixture and spread mix to form a large pancake. Cook to golden brown on both sides. Remove from skillet and warm at 400 degrees in oven for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, smash pancake with hands and add 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Salt to taste.

Here are some photos of the evening.

Around 10:30, Philip showed up after a long drive from Houston where he picked up his Z06 Corvette. Damn, that car is awesome. I’ll leave it up to your imagination how fast we drove down Wm. Cannon. That car is unreal! And Riley approved.

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