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    Books: Cooking by Cuisine -> Cooking French

    Le Cordon Bleu's Complete Cooking Techniques : the indispensable reference demonstates over 700 illustrated techniques with 2,000 photos and 200 recipes

    by:
    Bleu, Le Cordon




    Publisher:
    Morrow Cookbooks
    Published: November 5, 1997
    ISBN: 0688152066
    Format:Hardcover
    Pages:352


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    Book Description
    Excerpted from Le Cordon Bleu Complete Cooking Techniques : The Indispensable Reference Demonstrates over 700 Illustrated Techniques With 2,000 Photos and 200 recipe by Jeni Wright, Eric Treuille. Copyright 1997. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved
    Cheese Souffles

    Serves 4

    These light-as-air cheese puffs are rightly called souffles, despite their unconventional sabayon-type base. They are served floating on a rich cheese cream, called a fondue after the French word for melt.

    4 eggs, separated
    1/2 cup dry white wine
    Salt and freshly ground pepper
    4 oz. Parmesan cheese, freshly grated

    For the Fondue

    3/4 cup heavy cream 4 oz. Gruyere or other easy-melting cheese, grated

    To Serve

    Snipped chives
    Freshly grated Parmesan cheese

    Put the egg yolks and wine in a large heatproof bowl set over a pan of gently simmering water (bain marie) and whisk them together until they reach the ribbon stage. Remove the bowl from the bain marie and whisk until the mixture is cool.

    In another bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff. Fold the whites gently but thoroughly into the egg yolk mixture and add salt and pepper to taste.

    Bring the cream to the boil in a pan and stir in the Gruyere until melted and smooth. Pour into four shallow ovenproof dishes.

    Using two spoons, shape the egg mixture into quenelles and float on the fondue. Sprinkle each quenelle with one-quarter of the grated Parmesan. Bake at 350 F for 10 minutes or until the souffles are puffed up and golden brown. Serve at once, sprinkled with snipped chives, with grated Parmesan cheese handed separately.

    Alternative Flavorings

    *Replace the Gruyere with blue cheese.
    *Add a little rouille to the fondue.
    *Add freshly chopped herbs to the fondue.

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    Gravlax

    In Sweden, they have perfected the art of salting fish to produce the famous gravlax. Use unskinned salmon fillets; once cured, store wrapped in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

    1. Lay two 2 lb. salmon fillets skin-side down in a shallow glass dish. Combine 5 tbsp. sea salt, 2/3 cup sugar and 2 tsp. crushed white peppercorns and sprinkle over the fish Sprinkle I large bunch of coarsely chopped dill evenly over the salt mixture.

    2. Lay the uncoated fillet, skin-side up over the other. Place foil-covered cardboard over the fillets an weight it down. Refrigerate for 3 days, turning every 12 hours until the seasoning have penetrated the flesh.

    3. To serve, separate the two fillets and cut each one crosswise on the diagonal into thin slices. Fan the slices out on individual plates and serve with lemon and dill, and a mustard and dill sauce.


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