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Rolled Stuffed Steak Recipe Recipe

Rolled Stuffed Steak Recipe

08.29.11 by Jackie

Today I tested a rolled stuffed steak recipe for my Labor Day menu. I grilled the steak on the barbecue. First, I made a red olive tapenade and used it as the spread for the steaks. I selected boneless beef round as it's a leaner cut of meat.

The marinade I prepared served both as the meat tenderizer and the sauce. It was a simple mix of olive oil and lemon juice. I used California Olive Ranch olive oil, which I just received in the mail. The extra virgin olive oil is fragrant with bold, fruity notes. It imparted a very distinct and pleasant flavor to the beef, and I would definitely use it again.

I enjoyed the olive oil so much that I asked Kirsten from California Olive Ranch if we could give away a bottle to Pham Fatale readers. Kirsten very kindly agreed, and has generously offered not one, but three bottles! We’re planning on selecting three winners at random this week, with the first giveaway starting today.

For a chance to win the first bottle, all you need to do is complete the form below the description. It should take about 30 seconds. Please use a VALID email address because this is how we will contact you if you win! The 30th of August is the deadline; any entries after that date will be not qualify for the giveaway. I will randomly pick the first winner and announce the name on Wednesday, August 31st.

And for those of you who can't wait to try California Olive Ranch olive oil, head over to their online store, enter coupon code BLOGFRIENDS, and enjoy a 10% discount (for Pham Fatale readers)!

California Olive Ranch Giveaway Entry Form:

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Turbot Fish in Tomato Sauce (Breaded Fish Recipe) Recipe

Turbot is a flat, white-fleshed, delicately flavored fish. To avoid overpowering the mild fish, I breaded and pan-fried it to create a crispy outer layer, and then placed the fish on a bed of simple tomato sauce.

I garnished the top with Castelvetrano green olives, which added a mild, lightly salted, briny taste. The fish was both flaky and meaty in texture and full of flavor.


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Kumquat Olive Relish Recipe Recipe

Kumquat Olive Relish Recipe

06.27.11 by Jackie

Mustard and ketchup don't have to be the only condiments on your table. You can make your own that are, dare I say, unique and more flavorful. For example, whenever I serve grilled chicken breasts, tuna or even grilled tofu, I like to enhance the usual bland dish with a flavorful relish. I recently served the relish with Gouda cheese  and crackers. The two pair wonderfully. 

I recently used kumquat marmalade from last winter and mixed it with large, meaty and slightly sweet olives. In addition to imparting a citrus flavor, this olive relish also adds a pleasant texture to the food. Best of all, it can be prepared way in advance.


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Olive Mashed Potatoes Recipe

Olive Mashed Potatoes

01.14.11 by Jackie

I came up with the idea of making olive-flavored mashed potatoes (purée de pomme de terre aux olives) while strolling through Parisian open-air markets. Most of them carry the most delicious varieties of olives that are not overly salty. After tasting many varieties, I bought delicious bright green olives that are large, meaty and slightly sweet with a nutty taste to the palate.

Parisian kitchens in general are tiny and contain the bare minimum when it comes to cooking. I mashed the potatoes using the back of a fork, pitted and coarsely chopped the olives and finally mixed them into the purée, adding a little crème fleurette (cream). My husband Lulu loved it and was totally impressed that I was able to pull it off in our tiny kitchen!

Besides visiting museums and monuments in Paris with Lulu, I have to admit that perusing the Parisian open-air markets was my favorite activity! Tasting and seeing the wonderful colors and produce gave me so many ideas and inspirations for new flavor pairings. I’ll be sharing them soon.

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Pissaladiere Nicoise Vegetarienne (Vegetarian Mediterranean-Style Onion Tarts) Recipe

In France, you can't start a proper meal without an appetizer. This recipe marks the start to my 4-course "French meal" in honor of the opening of the movie called "Julie and Julia".  I thought about making mini quiches, but I decided against it because of the vegetarians in the house who find them a bit eggy. I settled on making Pissaladière niçoise.

Pissala what, you say? Pissaladière niçoise is named after the city of Nice, located on the Mediterranean coast in southern France. The dish is composed of all the typical ingredients from the region such as black olives, onions, garlic and a bouquet garni (see tips). You can either use pizza dough or pastry dough. The only change I made is that I substituted nori for the anchovies. I know it's not traditional but none of the vegetarians in our house like anchovies. If you don't have a problem with them by all means, use them instead. They add additional flavor and complexity.


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