Tailgating Recipes: Santa Fe Opera

It’s Opera time! In Santa Fe, that means it’s also tailgating time. This year, The Santa Fe Opera opened their 57th season on June 28 with a special tailgating contest to honor this unique tradition. We were so inspired by the contest, that in honor of Oscar’s world premiere, we sought recipes for the best (and most transportable) French cuisine: the stuff of an Englishman’s fond Parisian dreams. An absinthe cocktail starts things off, while smoked fish tartines and rich duck confit make an appearance along with simple haricot verts or white bean salad. Délicieux! Continue reading

White Bean and Duck Confit Salad with Walnut Oil and Arugula

White Bean and Duck Confit SaladWhite Bean and Duck Confit Salad with Walnut Oil and Arugula

2 cups dried white beans (such as lingot, tarbais, cannellini or Great NorthernFrench lingot or tarbais, or Great Northern or cannellini)
Approximately 6 cups chicken stock
Bouquet garni (a small “bouquet” of mixed fresh herbs)
Kosher salt
2 duck confit leg-thigh sections (get a recipe for homemade duck confit here)
1½ Tablespoons walnut oil
1½ Tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 to 3 teaspoons red wine vinegar Continue reading

Smoked Fish and Cucumber Tartine

smoked fish tartine recipeSmoked Fish and Cucumber Tartine

This is a really simple recipe that can be prepared the day before the opera tailgating. Cool food for a hot summer day, this classic French cucumber salad is exquisite topped with smoked fish, and served on dark rye bread or baguette. Paired with a nice glass of Champagne, and served on a checkered tablecloth, this dish would have mademake Oscar very happy. (English cucumber sandwiches were his favorites.) –Chef Christophe Continue reading