You don’t have to double check – this is the D’Artagnan blog, and you did just read the word “salad.” We are known as hardcore carnivores, but we are hungry omnivores with an appreciation for a well-composed salad. As long as there is some meat on it.
And it’s summer – the perfect time to try one of our favorite salads, like this smoked duck and cherry salad that serves beautifully as a cold supper on a hot night.
While this salad is perfect for brunch, it could easily satisfy as a dinner. The winning combination of bacon and eggs works well on a bed of asparagus.
A somewhat less traditional salad, with the frisée and romaine lettuces lightly browned in butter, makes a delicious surprise. Then the salad dressing is stirred in the hot pan. Now that is a salad! Watch Marcus Samuelsson demonstrate the technique in this video with Ariane. The rich red meat of squab deserves a bed of salad like this. Did we mention the plums wrapped in bacon? Oh, yeah.
A yearlong favorite, the simplest salad of all: duck confit shredded and served atop your favorite greens. Our recipe has an Asian flair, but you can dress the salad with a basic vinaigrette as well, with equally satisfying results. Get the confit crispy under the broiler for maximum effect.
While it seems minimal, this salad of thinly-sliced cucumbers offers a refreshing crunch when paired with lamb. Is is salad? We will allow it.
Creamy, cool bleu cheese sauce and crunchy shallot rings are the perfect foil for smoky and rich ribeye steaks – hot off the grill. Serve these beauties with your favorite potato dish and a crisp green salad.
2 shallots, thinly sliced into rings
¾ cup whole milk
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup cornstarch
Oil, for frying
2 cups crumbled blue cheese
¾ cup heavy cream
Freshly cracked black pepper
4 Bone-In Ribeye Steaks, about 20 oz. each
1. Add shallots to a small bowl, cover with milk and allow to soak for about 30 minutes. In another small dish, mix together flour and cornstarch. Working in batches, using a fork, dredge the shallot rings in the flour mixture, coating evenly. Put battered rings aside on a plate. In a shallow skillet, heat oil to 350 degrees.
2. Again working in batches, fry battered shallots until golden brown and crisp. Drain on paper towels. Season with coarse salt and set aside.
3. In a small bowl, fold together blue cheese crumbles and cream. Season with pepper. Refrigerate until needed.
4. Heat grill to medium-high or heat coals in a charcoal grill until they glow bright orange and ash over. Lightly oil hot grates.
5. Let steaks stand at room temperature for about 20 minutes. Season both sides of each steak with coarse salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
6. Grill steaks for about 6 minutes on the first side, rotating 90 degrees at the halfway mark to create cross-hatch grill marks, if desired. Using tongs, flip each steak to the other side and grill for another 6 minutes, or until desired doneness. We suggest medium-rare, which would register 125 degrees on an instant-read thermometer.
7. Let steaks rest for 8 -10 minutes before serving, each with a generous spoon of blue cheese sauce. Top with crispy shallots.
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August is National Sandwich Month!
We think a sandwich is perfect anytime, but in the summer a sandwich makes a neat solution for a quick dinner or a picnic lunch. On a hot evening who wants to cook? Opt instead for a cold sandwich with choice charcuterie and a bottle of rosé.
We have already laid out a little history and a plan for sandwich domination here.
You may want to just feast your eyes on a few of our favorite sandwich ideas…like this peppery saucisson sec tartine with refreshing slices of cucumber.
And though we advocate the cold sandwich as a summer meal, it’s hard to resist the lure of this pulled duck sandwich.
Or the lobster roll with bacon, which is undoubtedly the perfect summer sandwich.
A spicy pressed chorizo sandwich with cheese and red peppers satisfies the heat seekers.
Our smoked duck breast works well in a banh mi sandwich, that perfect melding of French and Vietnamese cuisines.
However you enjoy sandwiches this month, reflect on how this simple and portable meal has infinite varieties, from haute to humble.
“America is a confirmed sandwich nation. Everywhere you go you find sandwich stands, sandwich shops, and nine out of ten people seem to stick to the sandwich-and-glass-of-milk or cup-of-coffee luncheon.” – James Beard
Use this rare opportunity to save 25% off customer favorites including organic chicken, Wagyu beef, Rocky Mountain lamb and more. Those in the know shop early and shop hard, because quantities are limited and the deals are hot!
We would like to highlight a few products that you might want to try while they are on sale.
A staff favorite, the Berkshire porterhouse pork chops weigh in at a whopping 16 ounces each (on average). Beautiful and juicy, they are pork at its best.
Our pasture-raised beef brisket is ready for the smoker or a braise in the oven. Whatever method you choose, this hardworking chunk of flavorful beef will serve you well at dinners and outdoor parties.
Guinea hen legs? Absolutely! Not eating guinea hen? You’re missing out on some dark, flavorful meat. They can be grilled or battered and fried like chicken legs.
Our annual August Freezer Sale ends Sunday, August 17th, 2014 and quantities are limited so get shopping!
Duckspotting is snapping & sending in pics of dishes from your favorite restaurants, made with D’Artagnan ingredients! We supply restaurants all over the country & love to see what creative chefs are doing with our products. Keep sending them in!
Where: Felix Restaurant
What: Chef Piere Landet’s Côte de Bœuf
How: Felix Restaurant is at 340 West Broadway, NY, NY 10013 | for reservations, call (212) 431-0021
Dining out & spot some fabulous dishes made with D’Artagnan ingredients? Snap a pic & email with the details to email@example.com
Drumroll please ….Here’s the video of our first-ever public Duckathlon!
This year our farmers came together with our chef clients and they served up games and challenges, and most importantly plenty of food and drink. Winners were declared, prizes distributed and everyone went home with a full belly and a (slightly) light head.
For even more photos of all the action, check our Facebook page.
We want to thank all our sponsors, chefs and farmers … and especially YOU, the public who came and played with us at this unique event. See you next year for Duckathlon 2015!
We’re have a sale on Wagyu beef this week! For a limited time only, save 25% off our entire selection of Wagyu. Choose from gold-standard cuts like Boneless Strip Steak, buttery Beef Tenderloin or ultra-marbled Striploin. Buying a whole Wagyu Ribeye doesn’t just save you money – roasting on the bone gives you more flavor. And it gives you a lot of meat cred.
Is your mouth-watering? Don’t delay, sale ends Thursday, July 31st at Midnight EST.