Panna Cotta Recipes

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Vegetarian Agar Panna Cotta Recipe Recipe

Panna cotta is probably the easiest vegetarian appetizer to prepare once you've figured out how to deal with agar agar. It’s all about the liquid to powder ratio. In case you don’t know, agar agar is a seaweed substitute for gelatin. I've created several savory and sweet panna cottas in the past using it.

Like other gelatin-based products, panna cotta can be be formed in any shape you want. I shaped the ones I made today in verrine glasses. I layered this panna cotta with red hummus, broccoli florets, baby spinach leaves, morel mushrooms and sugar plum tomatoes. Assembling them is very simple and they can be prepared in advance. Serve this panna cotta with a large salad and a baguette and you’ve got yourself a delicious, light meal.


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Terrine de Legumes (Vegetable Pate Recipe) Recipe

Terrine de légumes is another attempt on my part to share one of my favorite French "meat" dishes with my husband Lulu, who's a vegetarian. Pâté en terrine, in French, is a jellied meatloaf, so instead, I created a multi-layered vegetable terrine made of black lentils (for protein), grilled asparagus, crimini mushrooms, mozzarella and sun-dried tomatoes. The jellied part of the terrine is replaced by a mixture of goat milk and agar agar.

I dressed the terrine with spicy parsley vinaigrette and decorated it with roasted chestnuts. You won't miss the meat!


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Meyer Lemon Panna Cotta with Mint Jelly Recipe

I think I'm getting addicted to panna cottas. This dish is so easy to make. I still have a bunch of Meyer lemons from my garden and my herb box is already full of mint. As I was pulling the weeds out while gardening, it occurred to me that I could make a Meyer lemon panna cotta with a mint jelly. 

My husband loved it.  The lemon and mint go suprisingly well together, and the contrast in textures between the jelly and panna cotta brings another dimension to the dessert.


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Rose Panna Cotta with Grenadine Syrup and Crunchy French Pralines  Recipe

Panna cotta is a very easy recipe. It is as versatile as crème brulée or pot de crème. The base is just a dairy with a gelling agent like agar or gelatin. You can create your own signature version by adding your own twist to it. You can use different flavors like rose, strawberry, pandan, peppermint, mocha or any other savory flavor that you can imagine. It is a true culinary chameleon.  


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Savory Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with Beluga Lentil Relish (Panna Cotta au Chevre et sa Macedoine de Legumes) Recipe

Panna cotta de chèvre frais et sa macédoine de légumes is a summery dish. It was such a sunny day today in the Bay Area, so I decided to make something refreshing and light.

In case you don't know, panna cotta is a firm jelly. It can be either be savory or sweet. Instead of using gelatin, I used agar for the vegetarians in the house. I paired the panna cottas with mixed vegetables and lentils to get a balanced meal with proteins, dairy and veggies.  

I served them in little verrines. Verrine is just a fancy word for glasses but they are the latest trend in French cooking. If you host a buffet-style dinner, it's the ideal way to run a stress free party as this dish can be prepared in advance.

savory panna cotta


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