Lately I’ve taken more of an interest in the advancement of my culinary skills. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve always enjoyed cooking but I seem to have reached a certain comfort level when it comes to stir fry, chili, stuffed chicken, smashed potatoes and artichoke dip (my signature dishes).
While working on some cocktail stuff for the site, I found myself promoting bitters as a flavoring for both drinks and food. It occurred to me that I have access to 14 different kinds of bitters, yet I’ve never once used them in the kitchen. I’m in the midst of planning a dinner party for some friends and I decided to see what I could do with bitters for a more exciting, more flavorful meal. After some recipe searching, here’s the menu I came up with, using Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters… let me know what you think!
Cucumber Wrapped Scallops
18 oz (a little over 1 lb) scallops or shelled prawns
1 tsp Angostura Aromatic Cocktail Bitters
1 tbsp of lime and lemon juice (mixed)
2 tbsp olive oil
4 cucumbers (as straight as possible)
Toss scallops in a mixture of bitters, lemon and lime juice and oil. Cover and refrigerate overnight, stirring occasionally. (Marinade will "cook" scallops, turning them white and opaque.) Using a swivel-bladed vegetable peeler, remove skin from cucumber then peel thin ribbons lengths of cucumber then use then to encase the scallops, securing them with toothpicks. Serve slightly chilled.
Angostura New Yorkers
6 New York strip steaks, trimmed of visible fat
1 tsp Angostura Aromatic Bitters
3 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp chopped dill
½ tsp black pepper
1 medium onion, finely chopped
4 tbsp red wine
2 tbsp chopped parsley
2 tsp mixed dried herbs
Place steaks in a single layer in a dish. Combine bitters with other ingredients in a bowl. Mix well. Pour mixture over steaks to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. Grill steaks according to taste. Pour marinade into saucepan, bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes or until onions browns and wine evaporates. Spoon over steaks and serve.
Mmmm… I can’t wait! I’ll make sure to follow up and let you know how it goes.