The New Year is here and entertaining has never been more fun. Enjoy these delicious recipes. Oceans of fun, health, and happiness, for the best year ever!
Prep time: 5 minutes. Serves: 4
10oz premium vodka
2oz dry vermouth
¼ cup olive juice
12 big fat stuffed olives
Pour vodka and olive juice over an ice-filled shaker. Shake gently. Serve straight up in martini glasses or over ice (how I like them). Place 3 olives (on each toothpick, if you prefer) and add to each glass. Cheers!
GRILLED LOBSTER TAILS WITH MANGO AND AVOCADO SALAD WITH CITRUS DRESSING
Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes
Resting time: 3 minutes. Serves: 4
1 large mango, peel pitted and diced
1 large avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
½ cup cucumber slices
2 scallions, sliced
4 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice, divided
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp kosher salt, divided
Freshly ground pepper, to taste
4 (8oz) lobster tails, thawed if frozen and cut in half lengthwise
Garnish: 8 lime wedges
Preheat grill to medium-high. Toss mango, avocado, cucumber, scallion, 2 tbsp lime juice, in a medium bowl. Prepare dressing: Whisk together the olive oil, orange juice, remaining lime juice, salt and pepper. Prepare lobster: Brush the lobster tails with some of the citrus dressing and sprinkle with the remaining 1/2 tsp salt. Lay the tails on the grill, cut-side down, and cook until the meat is lightly charred and the shell is beginning to turn red, 5 to 6 minutes. Turn and continue grilling until the meat is opaque and cooked through and the shell is completely red, 2 to 4 minutes more. Remove from grill and allow to rest 3 – 4 minutes. In a large bowl, toss the salad greens with the mango, avocado mixture. Divide between 4 dinner plates. Place two lobster halves on each plate and garnish with lime wedges.
Note: You can remove the lobster from the shells before serving if you prefer.
Note: A quick easy salad that can be a meal on its own or a great starter for a dinner party.Serve with a nice glass of champagne or chilled Chardonnay.
Hint: You can substitute shrimp or other sweet and meaty fish in place of the lobster.
TOMATO-BASIL ORZO WITH FETA CHEESE
Prep time: 15 minutes. Cooking time: 10 minutes. Serves: 6
12 oz dry orzo
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
½ cup green stuffed olives, sliced
½ cup chopped fresh basil leaves
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
6 oz feta cheese, crumbled
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
In a saucepan, cook orzo according to package directions for al dente; drain. Add tomatoes, olives and basil. Toss with olive oil and lemon, add feta and toss again. Season with salt and pepper.Serve warm or at room temperature.
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