Chef Mike’s Picnic Basket Easter
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EASTER BASKET AT THE PARK
SPICED PICKLE SPEARS
Whole Wheat “Easter Twist”
Easter Challah or Egg Twist is the perfect foil for boozy ham or fresh Polish sausage. I’ve lightened the dough using a variety of flours and the addition of honey gives the bread a subtle sweet flavor and taste.
Place the flours, eggs and yeast into the bowl of a heavy duty mixer and attach the paddle. Mix on low for 1 minute then stop. Place the remaining ingredients into a saucepan, stir and bring to about 120 degrees. With the machine running, slowly pour in the liquid until it forms a rough ball around the paddle then stop. Replace with the dough hook and knead for 2 to 3 minutes on low speed until the dough is smooth and elastic. Cover the bowl with a piece of plastic wrap and let rise for about 1 ½ until the dough is doubled in size. Punch the dough down, let rest 10 minutes then divide into 4 equal pieces. On a lightly floured work surface, roll each piece into a fat cigar and lightly braid 2 pieces together to form 2 loaves. Place the braided loaves onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan that is dusted with cornmeal, cover with a kitchen towel and let re-rise until almost doubled about 1 hour. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees, egg wash the loaves and bake in a hot oven for 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.
Boobki’s “Boozy Ham” with Brown Sugar and Bourbon
My cousin Boobki from Wausau, Wisconsin, was a real character who loved farming and experimenting in smoking his own ham. The recipe produces a beautifully glazed, sweet and boozy style ham.
Pre-heat the oven to 325 degrees. Using a sharp chef’s knife, remove the tough outer fat that’s covering the ham, leaving about ¼ inch of the white fat intact. Again using the knife, score the remaining fat making diamond shapes all around the ham. Place the meat onto a wire rack fitted over an oval Pyrex dish. Add 2 cups of water to the bottom of the pan and cook for 1 ½ hours. Remove from the oven and pour off the water. Combine the honey, brown sugar and mustard in a small bowl and using a spatula, thickly paint the ham completely all the way around. Pour the bourbon into the bottom of the pan, place back in the oven and cook the ham, basting often with the bourbon juices, for another 40 minutes.
New Potato, Green Bean & Cherry Tomato Salad
Simple, refreshing, and utterly delicious!
Combine the dressing ingredients in a small jar and set aside. Clean the potatoes, leave the skin on and quarter with a sharp knife. Cook in a large pot of lightly salted water for 4 to 6 minutes then remove with a skimmer to a colander to cool. Blanch the green beans in the same water for 2 to 3 minutes until al dente then remove to a colander to cool. Slice the red onion in half then slice into thin strips. Place the chilled potatoes, green beans, tomatoes and red onion into a mixing bowl, combine, pour on the dressing, mix and chill before serving.
This menu and the recipes were provided by Michael Baruch (e-mail Chef Mike)
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