If you’ve never attended the Chefs’ Holidays® events hosted by The Ahwahnee® Hotel every winter, there’s still time for 2012. It is the perfect little vacation after the madness of the holidays.
The Ahwahnee is a magical place situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, surrounded by the natural majesty of Half Dome and Yosemite Falls. Built in the 1920′s as a refuge for the affluent traveler, it was the most complex trucking endeavor of its day. Over 5,000 tons of stone, 1,000 tons of steel, and 30,000 feet of timber were hauled over challenging mountain roads to construct what is arguably the most stunning hotel in the Park system.
The Chefs’ Holidays are held each year in January and February, and feature a variety of innovative and acclaimed chefs and events around fabulous food. Go to their site for more information.
Young Broccoli with Burrata, Pine Nuts and Warm Anchovy Vinaigrette
- A good alternative for the anchovies is minced roasted red pepper
- Burrata is essentially a rich mozzarella with cream beaten into it. If you can’t find any, just use a fresh mozzarella cheese.
- Makes 6 servings
- 3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs
- 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 1 tablespoon sliced flat-leaf parsley
- 1 pound Italian broccoli, sprouting broccoli, or broccoli, trimmed
- 6 tablespoons minced salt-packed anchovy
- 1/2 chile de àrbol, sliced thinly on the diagonal
- 2 teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 1 pound burrata or fresh mozzarella
- 1/4 cup sliced shallots
- 1 lemon, for juicing
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 375° F. Bring a large pot of heavily salted water to a boil over high heat.
- Toss the breadcrumbs with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Spread them on a baking sheet and toast 8 to 10 minutes, stirring once or twice, until golden brown and crispy.
- Spread the pine nuts on another baking sheet, and toast them 4 to 5 minutes, until they’re golden brown and smell nutty. Crush half the pine nuts, and combine them with the whole pine nuts, breadcrumbs, and parsley in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
- Blanch the broccoli in the rapidly boiling water 2 to 3 minutes, until just tender. Drain, and cool on a baking sheet.
- Heat the remaining olive oil and the butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add the anchovies and chili and cook 5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon as the anchovy melts into the sauce. Add the garlic and thyme and turn off the heat. Season with 1/2 teaspoon salt.
- Cut the burrata into 6 slices and arrange on 6 dinner plates.
- Heat a large sautè pan over high heat for 1 minute. Add the anchovy butter, shallots, and broccoli and season with salt, pepper, and a squeeze of lemon. Toss well to warm the broccoli and coat it with the anchovy butter.
- Taste for seasoning and plate next to the burrata. Shower the pine nut breadcrumbs over the top.