Green bean and potato salad
2016, Salad
Makes 6 · Source Ad Hoc at Home, Thomas Keller
• 1½ pounds thin green beans
• 1 pound fingerling potatoes, about 1 inch in diameter
• 1 sachet
• 1 cup walnuts
• sea salt
• 3 radishes
• ¼ cup minced shallots
• 1 cup sherry vinaigrette
• freshly ground black pepper
• 2 tablespoons minced chives
• 4 figs, halved
• splash lemon juice
• 16 very thin slices of Ibérico ham or prosciutto (about 3 oz)
• extra-virgin olive oil
Bring a large pot of salter water to boil for blanching the beans. Prepare an
ice bath. Set cooling rack over a backing sheet and line the rack with paper
Meanwhile, hold the beans a handful at a time with the ends facing the
same direction and, using scissors, cut off the stem ends. Add the beans
to the boiling water and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until just tender. Drain and
cool in the ice bath, then drain on the paper towels.
Cut the potatoes into 1/4-inch slices; discard the end slices. Put the
potatoes, sachet, and 2 teaspoons salt in a large saucepan, add cold water
to cover, bring to a simmer, and cook until the potatoes are just tender,
about 10 minutes. Drain and spread on a tray to cool; discard the sachet.
Preheat the oven to 375.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, spread the walnuts on the pan,
and toast in the oven, for 10 minutes, or until lightly toasted. Turn the pan
around midway through the 10 minutes. Remove from the oven, transfer to
a plate, sprinkle with flour de see, and let cool.
Fill a small bowl with ice water. Trim the ends from the radishes. Using a
Japanese mandolin or other vegetable slicer, slice the radishes, making
them just thick enough to keep the outer edges intact. Transfer the slices
to the bowl of water to keep them crisp. Drain and dry the slices on paper
towels before serving.
To serve, transfer the beans to a large bowl and add the potatoes, shallots,
and walnuts. Whisk the dressing and spoon it over the salad. Season with
salt and pepper, sprinkle with about half the chives, and toss well.
Arrange about half the salad on a platter. Place half the figs over the salad.
Toss the radishes with the remaining salad, and arrange over the first layer
of salad. Add the remaining figs, and sprinkle with the remaining chives
and a few drops of fresh lemon juice.
Arrange the ham on a small plate and drizzle with olive oil. Serve with the
I omitted the ham and put the sachet ingredients directly into the potato
cooking liquid. I couldn't find fresh figs, so I tried dried figs instead. I added
about 1 tablespoon honey to the vinaigrette and mixed the shallots into the
dressing (mostly for easier assembly).
Sherry Vinaigrette
• ¼ cup sherry vinegar
• ¼ cup red wine vinegar
• 1-1½ cups extra-virgin olive oil
Whisk the two vinegars in a bowl, then whisk in about 1 cup of the olive oil
in a steady stream. The vinaigrette should look broken (do not emulsify the
dressing). Taste to check the balance of acid and oil, and add more olive
oil as needed. Refrigerate in a covered container for up to 1 month.
• 1 bay leaf
• 3 thyme sprigs
• 10 black peppercorns
• 1 garlic clove, smashed and peeled
Lay out a 7-inch square of cheesecloth. Put the bay leaf, thyme,
peppercorns, and garlic near the bottom of the square and fold the bottom
edge up over them. Roll once, tuck in the two ends of the cheesecloth, and
continue to roll. Tie the cheesecloth at both ends with kitchen twine.
Quick and Easy Pressure Cooker
Chicken, Lentil, and Bacon Stew with
Prep 10 minutes · Cook 30 minutes · Makes Serves 4 ·
• 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving
• 8 ounces slab bacon or pancetta, cut into 1/2-inch lardons
• 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 cup)
• 2 medium carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
• 8 ounces dried French lentils, such as Le Puy
• 12 sprigs parsley, leaves roughly chopped, stems tied together
with a piece of kitchen twine
• 2 bay leaves
• 2 1/2 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces (a mix of thighs and
drumsticks for best texture, though breasts will work as well)
• 1 quart homemade or store-bought low-sodium chicken stock
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 teaspoons sherry vinegar, plus more to taste
1. Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium-high heat until shimmering.
Add bacon and cook until starting to crisp around edges, about 1 minute.
Add onions and cook, stirring, until softened but not browned, about 2
minutes longer. Add carrots, lentils, parsley stems, bay leaves, chicken
legs, and chicken stock. Season gently with salt and pepper and stir to
2. Seal pressure cooker and bring to high pressure. Cook for 20 minutes.
Cool pressure cooker under a cold running tap (if using an electric cooker,
use the quick release valve), and open. Using tongs, transfer chicken
pieces to a bowl. Discard parsley stems. Return lentils to high heat and
continue cooking, stirring, until reduced to a thick, stew-like consistency,
about 5 minutes. Meanwhile, shred chicken, discarding bones and skin.
3. Stir chicken and vinegar into beans. Season to taste with salt and
pepper, stir in half of chopped parsley, and serve, passing remaining
parsley, sherry vinegar, and olive oil at the table.
Chocolate-Avocado Pudding
2016, Dessert
• 2 large avocados
• 1 vanilla bean
• ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• ½ cup pure maple syrup
• ¼ cup agave nectar
• ¼ cup orange juice
• ½ tsp kosher salt
• ¾ cup hot water
• 1½ cups heavy cream (optional)
• ¼ cup cocoa nibs (optional)
• ¼ cup chopped hazelnuts (optional)
Scoop flesh from 2 large avocados into a blender and scrape in seeds
from 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise; discard pod. Add 3/4 cup
unsweetened cocoa powder, 1/2 cup pure maple syrup, 1/4 cup agave
nectar, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice, and 1/2 tsp kosher salt and blend to a
coarse purée. With motor running, gradually stream in 3/4 cup hot (but not
boiling) water; blend, adding more orange juice as needed, until smooth
and creamy. Divide pudding among eight 4-6 oz. ramekins or small bowls
and chill at least 2 hours and up to 3 days (cover once set). To serve, whip
1 1/2 cups heavy cream in a medium bowl to soft peaks and spoon over
pudding, if desired; top with 1/4 cup cocoa nibs and/or chopped hazelnuts.