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Party Foods

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Bar Nuts, Cevicherias, Tascos, Grilled Cheese, Charcuterie. Is this a good start?

What makes a party is not only the drinks but the food. A party guy likes a bowl of punch and lots of party foods, lots of party foods. So here they come.

Candied Bacon Cashews. Take 1/4 pound slab bacon, cut into1/4-inch dice; 1/2 cup sugar; 4 cups raw cashews (1 1/4 pounds); 1 tablespoon unsalted butter; and Smoked sea salt.

1. In a small skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until browned, about 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate. Measure out 1 tablespoon of the rendered bacon fat and reserve.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar with 1/2 cup over high heat, stirring constantly, until golden. about 8 minutes. Stir in the butter and the reserved 1 tablespoon of bacon fat an d cook over low heat, stirring for 2 minutes. Stir in the diced bacon and season with smoked salt. The salt is in a specialty food store or by the internet at surlatable.com.

3. Let cool completely, then serve the 5 cups. It takes about 20 minutes to make this idea. In Boston, Chef Colin Lynch at Drink came up with this party food. He even stirs in crispy bits of bacon and a little rendered bacon fat, too.

Scallop Ceviche with Sweet Potatoes. Now you find out more why I took a holiday to Lima, Peru. To eat some Coy yes, but seafood and sweet potatoes were not far behind.

1. Take 1/4 cup fresh lime juice;

2. 1/4 cup bottled clam juice or fish stock;

3. 2 tablespoons aji' limo paste.; (This is available at specialty food shops or at spanishtable.com. Limo paste is a Peruvian ceviche staple made from tiny aji' chiles).

Have a Happy

Larry Eiker
Eiker's Burgoo of Food Ideas