Unfortunately, California Chrome did not win the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. We were rooting for him since the Derby and continued with our own interpretation of the drinks and foods associated with each race.
1 oz Cherry Pomegranate Juice
Woodford Reserve Bourbon marinated cherry and lemon twist for garnish
Shake first three ingredients vigorously with ice and serve on the rocks. Garnish with cherry and lemon twist
This is a modified version of the original. We purchased steamed lobsters so all we needed to do was retrieve the lobster meat. Two 2-pound lobsters yielded about 2 cups of lobster meat.
|Lobster Place NYC|
2 two-pound steamed lobsters
1/2 stick (1/4 cup) unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons shallots
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon Dry Sack Sherry
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon brandy
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 large egg yolk, beaten
Break claws off of lobster bodies and crack them. Remove the claw meat and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces. Halve the lobsters length-wise along the undersides, remove the meat from the tails, discarding the bodies, and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces.
1 egg white
1/2 tablespoon spice mixture (sweet paprika, cayenne, ground fennel seed, and ground coriander)
1/2 cup yogurt
1/2 cup creme fraiche
2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Freshly ground white pepper to taste
1/4 cup hazelnut oil
1 cup thinly sliced celery
1 dozen red grapes, halved lengthwise
Romaine lettuce leaves
NEW YORK STRIP STEAK
Nothing unique about a New York Strip Steak for the Belmont Stakes. The steak was simply seasoned with Kosher salt, pepper, sweet paprika and cooked in a cast iron pan for about 3-4 minutes per side and then placed in the oven for about six minutes. We then topped it with fresh gorgonzola cheese. The oyster mushrooms were braised in butter and fresh thyme with Kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper.
|New York Strip with Oyster Mushrooms|
On our way to the market, I thought about preparing another NYC dish: Oysters Rockefeller. But since the market had such beautiful Kumomoto and Shigoku oysters--two of my favorites--I did not want to smother them with spinach, etc., and bake them in the oven, so we enjoyed them raw while watching the pre-race show.
|Kumomoto and Shigoku Oysters|