Lunch

Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine

Beet and Goat Cheese Terrine 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This terrine makes a beautiful brunch dish for a special gathering.  If you can’t find watercress, you can substitute baby or micro arugula. Serve with our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients
8 golden beets, unpeeled
6 ounces fresh goat cheese
2 ounces cream cheese
1 Tbsp fennel, finely diced
3 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp tarragon, lightly chopped
¼ cup Round Pond Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 bunch watercress or baby/micro arugula
Salt and pepper to taste

Roast beets in 350°F oven for 45-60 minutes or until fork-tender.  Remove and allow to cool, then peel and slice evenly.

Puree goat and cream cheeses until very smooth.

In a small bowl, combine fennel, lemon juice, and half the tarragon. Set aside.

In a plastic-lined mold (small baking dish or small to medium-sized loaf pan), layer beets then cheese mixture, and season, then repeat (similar to a lasagna).  Repeat until mold is full, with beet layer on top.  Fold excess plastic over the top and refrigerate at least 30 minutes to set.

Once set, pull terrine out of mold, but do not unwrap from plastic.  Slice while still wrapped to preserve the shape.  Then whisk Italian Extra Virgin Olive Oil into the fennel-lemon mixture to emulsify.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss watercress and additional tarragon with vinaigrette and serve alongside terrine slice.  Enjoy!

Yields 6 servings

Goat Cheese and Zucchini Cake

Goat Cheese and Zucchini Cake 1482 953 Round Pond Estate

This French recipe for goat cheese and zucchini cake makes a wonderful accompaniment to a picnic or a lovely light meal.  It pairs wonderfully with our Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients
1-1/2 pounds zucchini
3 large eggs
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 cup 2% milk (warmed up slightly)
8 ounces fresh Goat cheese, cubed
4 ounces grated gruyère cheese
1 Tbsp finely chopped chervil or tarragon
salt and pepper
Fleur de Sel to serve

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Wash zucchini and cut into slices with skin on. In a skillet, put two tablespoons of Round Pond olive oil and brown zucchini for 15 minutes over medium heat. Toss with salt and pepper. Set the zucchini aside on a paper towel to absorb unwanted grease.

In a bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, and some salt & pepper. Add the eggs and mix together. Little by little, incorporate the olive oil and warmed milk. Lastly, add the gruyère and mix well.

Add the zucchini, cubed goat cheese and chopped herbs to the batter. Mix gently.

Transfer to a non-stick loaf pan [8inch or 9inch will work] – do not grease it – and bake for 45 minutes, until golden brown. Cool and cut into slices.

Sprinkle each slice with a touch of fleur de sel and enjoy!

Serves 8

Cauliflower Potage

Cauliflower Potage 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Earthy and elegant, this creamy cauliflower soup is a “wow” for a dinner party.  Leave out the roasted apples and it’s easy enough for a weeknight. Pair with our Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients
1 lb Yukon Gold Potatoes, diced
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3 large heads cauliflower, diced
Salt and pepper to taste
2 golden delicious apples, peeled and diced
4 Tbsp butter, divided
8 oz chanterelle mushrooms, cleaned
2 Tbsp tarragon, chopped
1 Tbsp shallot, minced
2 Tbsp Round Pond Extra Virgin Italian Olive Oil

Par-boil potato and garlic together until fully cooked.  Remove potato and garlic and reserve.

Prepare steamer.  In batches, steam all cauliflower until knife tender.  Place immediately into food processor and puree until smooth.  Pass through fine mesh sieve (for consistency).  Add potato if needed to thicken. Season with salt and pepper to taste.  Keep warm over low heat.  Preheat oven to 375F.

Toss apples with butter and salt and pepper and roast in oven for 15 minutes.  Toss and roast 10 minutes more. Keep warm.

Heat a nonstick sauté pan over high heat.  Add 2 tablespoons butter and heat until foamy.  Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon tarragon and cook for 3 minutes, tossing often.  Add shallot and cook 1 minute more. Keep warm.

Place hot soup into bowls.  Add apples, chanterelles, and remaining tarragon as garnishes and drizzle with Italian Olive Oil.  Enjoy!

Serves 6

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken With Beets & Figs

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken With Beets & Figs 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Chef Jamie Prouten’s latest Il Pranzo recipe is a wonderful combination of the sultry flavors and colors of autumn!  Delicious balsamic-glazed chicken is topped by earthy roasted beets and figs tossed in our singular Blood Orange olive oil and crowned with fresh arugula.  Pairs perfectly with our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients
1 whole chicken, cut into 8 (or 2 legs, 2 thighs, 2 breasts but in half)
2 large red beets
¼ cup + 1 tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil 
1 bunch thyme
2 Tbsp salt
2 tsp pepper
¼ cup Round Pond Cabernet-Merlot Blend Red Wine Vinegar
1 cup balsamic vinegar 2 tbsp sugar
2 pints fresh figs, halved
1 cup baby arugula
2 tbsp Round Pond Blood Orange Olive Oil 

Place beets in a roasting pan and add the 1 tablespoon Italian Varietal oil, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and Cabernet-Merlot Red Wine Vinegar.  Toss to mix and then add 1 cup of water.  Cover with foil and roast in a 350 degree oven for about 2 hours.

Next, marinate the chicken in 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, remaining Italian olive oil, and thyme.  Let marinate for a minimum of 2 hours as beets cook.

Once the beets are fork tender, remove from oven and let cool, then peel the skin off them.  Cut into large chunks and set aside.

While the chicken is marinating and beets are cooking, make the balsamic glaze by adding the balsamic vinegar and sugar to a small pot and bring to a simmer.  Cook until the liquid is reduced by half, then remove from heat and let cool.

Once fully marinated, season the chicken with more salt and pepper and then grill on barbecue until cooked through.  Remove from grill and add chicken to a large mixing bowl, tossing with 2 tablespoons of the balsamic glaze.  Place the chicken on a large platter.

Toss the beets and figs in Blood Orange Olive Oil, then place them on top of the chicken.  Top with arugula and then drizzle with more of the balsamic glaze. Enjoy!

Serves 4-6

Classic Bolognese

Classic Bolognese 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This traditional Bolognese recipe comes from our good friend, Joan Stagnaro. She says that just the smell of it simmering in the kitchen all day makes her think of cold weather & sweaters. Paired with our old-world style Proprietary Super Tuscan, this is la ottimo cena (the best dinner)!

Ingredients
1 lb beef stew meat
1 lb lamb shank or lamb steak
1 ½ lbs pork spare ribs
2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ cup chopped pancetta
1 large yellow onion, chopped
3 large carrots, chopped
3 ribs celery, chopped
¼ cup tomato paste
1 cup chicken stock
1 cup white wine
1 cup whole milk
1 bay leaf (fresh if possible)
1 lb fresh pasta, preferably fettuccine or bucatini
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper
2 Tbsp Round Pond Blood Orange Olive Oil (or one long peel of one orange)
freshly-grated parmesan cheese
chopped parsley

Heat Italian olive oil in heavy Dutch oven or large saucepot over medium-high heat. Make sure it doesn’t smoke.  Season the meat with salt and pepper and brown on all sides, about 5 minutes.  Remove the meat to a plate and cover.

Keeping the pot the same heat, add pancetta to the pan and sauté for 2 minutes.  Add the onion, carrots, and celery.  Continue to sauté until caramelized.  Make a hole in the middle of the vegetables and pancetta with your cooking spoon and add the tomato paste, stirring until it bubbles.  Add the wine and simmer for another 2-3 minutes.

Add chicken stock and milk to the pot (this seems weird and it will curdle, but stay with me here…it is traditional and it will change as the sauce cooks).  Add the meat back in and bring the sauce to a boil.  Reduce heat to low and simmer for 2 hours (adding orange peel if you are using one). Check sauce periodically, and if it is getting too thick, add more water or stock if necessary.

After 2 hours, pull out the meat and gently separate it into smaller chunks taking out the bones, fat, etc.  Return the meat back into the sauce and cook for another half hour or more while you cook the pasta.  Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper as needed.  Drizzle with Blood Orange Olive Oil.

Cook the pasta as directed.  Reserve the pasta water to thin the sauce which tends to thicken over the day.  Toss pasta with sauce and garnish with freshly shaved Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.  Enjoy!

Sugo All’Amatriciana

Sugo All’Amatriciana 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This traditional pasta sauce is based on Guanciale (cured pork jowl), Pecorino cheese, and tomato.  Originating from the town of Amartice in mountainous Lazio, the Sugo all’Amatriciana is one of the best-known sauces in Italian cuisine, and pairs wonderfully with our Proprietary Super Tuscan.

Ingredients:
1 lb guanciale or bacon, diced
2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 each garlic cloves, chopped
1 tsp herbs de Provence
28 oz can San Marzano tomatoes, chopped, seeds removed, and juice reserved
4 oz Pecorino Sibillini, grated (Pecorino Romano is an acceptable substitute)
As needed – salt & black pepper
1 box of pasta of your choice (bigger noodles are better)
8 cups water
1 cup parmesan, grated

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, sauté the guanciale in a tablespoon of olive oil until the edges start to crisp and the fat releases, then add the garlic and herbs de Provence.  Allow to become aromatic.  Add the tomatoes and juice; bring the sauce to a simmer; then turn down the heat.  Simmer for 2 hours and stir occasionally.  If the sauce becomes too thick towards the end, add a bit of water.

Meanwhile, bring water to a simmer, then add pasta. Cook until al dente.  Serve a heaping mound of pasta in the middle of a warm bowl and top with spoonfuls of the rich sugo sauce.  Enjoy!

Serves 6

Wine Country Beef Stew

Wine Country Beef Stew

Wine Country Beef Stew 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This simple beef stew is one we love here at Round Pond, using the bounty from the garden to warm our kitchens and tummies on cold days.  Pair it with our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients
1 1/4 lb beef sirloin, diced
1 cup red wine
1/4 cup + 1 tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
4 oz carrot, sliced
8 oz Yukon gold potato, diced
1 large yellow onion, quartered and separated
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp butter
2 Tbsp thyme chopped
1-2 bay leaf
1 cup Lacinato kale, chopped
4 oz cooked bacon
6 cups beef stock

In a medium pan, heat 1 tbsp of Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil and add beef. When beef is cooked add the Cabernet Sauvignon and let reduce by half.

In a separate large pot, heat the remaining oil and the butter. Add potatoes, onion, and carrots and saute for about 3 minutes.  Add the flour to the vegetables and stir until coating all the vegetables.  Next, add the beef stock and bring to a simmer while stirring constantly.  Add beef and wine to the vegetables, then add the thyme, bay leaf, kale, and bacon.  Let cook on low heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Season to taste with salt and pepper, remove bay leaf and serve.  Enjoy!

kale and mushroom

Kale & Mushrooms With Bacon

Kale & Mushrooms With Bacon 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Meaty Lacinato kale teams up with wild mushrooms and applewood-smoked bacon for a vegetable-based side dish that pairs perfectly with a grilled steak and our Rutherford Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients
2 bunches kale, stems removed
8 oz local seasonal mushrooms, chopped
1 Tbsp fresh garlic, chopped
8 oz applewood smoked bacon, medium diced
3 Tbsp shallots, minced
2 Tbsp Thyme, chopped
1 cup chicken stock
2 oz Round Pond Italian or Spanish Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper as needed

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add 1 Tbsp salt per quart. Blanch kale in batches until tender, 3 -4 minutes, then remove and place in ice water bath to shock. Once cooled, remove from ice to drain dry of excess water.

Empty pot and add 1 Tbsp olive oil over high heat. Add Bacon and stir to render until lightly crisp. Remove to paper towels to blot dry.  Drain fat, then add 2 Tbsp fresh olive oil. Sauté mushrooms, in batches if necessary, until fully cooked throughout.  Add shallots and thyme, and season to taste with salt & pepper. Add garlic and sauté until aromatic, 1 min, then add cooked bacon and kale. Toss to coat, add chicken stock to pick up fond in pot.  Check and adjust seasoning if needed.  Plate in a large serving dish and enjoy!

Serves 6

Flammekueche

Grilled Chicken Flatbread

Grilled Chicken Flatbread 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

This barbeque chicken flatbread is baked on the grill for that characteristically crispy, smoky crust that makes good flatbread great.  A perfectly chewy-crisp crust and tangy homemade barbeque sauce create the perfect base for the yummy chicken and creamy goat cheese toppings.  Pairs wonderfully with our Proprietary Red Wine.

Ingredients
2 each boneless, skinless chicken breast
2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
salt & pepper as needed
2 cups Cab-Merlot BBQ Sauce (Recipe on our blog)
½ each red onion, thinly sliced
1 lb fresh pizza dough (from Whole Foods)
½ each fennel, thinly sliced
1 cup shredded Monterey jack cheese
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¼ cup cilantro leaves
8 tbsp fresh goat cheese

For the Chicken:  Season chicken breasts with salt & pepper, then sear on both sides in a sauté pan. Once seared, finish in a 375F oven until cooked through.  Remove and let the chicken cool.  Chop or shred chicken and toss with ¾ of the BBQ sauce, let marinate about an hour.

For the Flatbread:  On a floured surface, dust ½ the pizza dough with flour.  Use a rolling pin to stretch the dough out to 12 inches.  Once stretched, place dough on a piece of floured parchment paper.  Now start grilling!  With the grill on medium-high (about 350-400 degrees), flip the dough onto the grill – dough side down, parchment side up.  Peel off the paper.  Cook covered for 3 – 4 minutes, until the crust puffs on top and gets grill marks on the bottom.  If the dough sprouts any big bubbles, pop them if you can.

Transfer the crust to a cookie sheet or large platter, grilled side up.  Spread half of the remaining BBQ sauce on the pizza dough and top with marinated chicken, red onion, fennel, and then both shredded cheeses.

Turn down the grill heat, and transfer flatbread back to the grill and cook until crust is cooked through, the toppings are hot, and the cheese is bubbly, about 3 – 4 minutes.  If you have a barbecue with a lid, cooking them covered at this stage helps heat the toppings. Remove from the grill to a pizza stone or large baking sheet. Garnish with cilantro and crumble the goat cheese on top.

Cut into wedges and enjoy!

Our Favorite Harvest Recipes

Our Favorite Harvest Recipes 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Autumn is here, and that means one thing…Harvest Season!  We have collected 6 brand-new recipes to share with you, all inspired by this wonderful season.  Enjoy, and happy harvest!


 

Balsamic-Glazed Chicken with Beets & Figs

A seasonal addition to our Il Pranzo menu, this delicious grilled chicken recipe is full of gorgeous autumn colors and flavors.

Charred Pole Bean Salad

This gorgeous salad is another new addition to our Il Pranzo menu and is ripe with colorful beans, late cherry tomatoes, and a fresh lemon-dill vinaigrette.

Balsamic Fig & Feta Spread

Caramelized figs and feta and delectable balsamic make up this creamy spread that is decadent, elegant, and so easy to make.

Harvest Jambalaya

This hearty dish is full of fresh late summer and autumn vegetables with a bit of flavorful heat to warm you up from the inside.

Classic Bolognese

This traditional Bolognese recipe creates a bit of magic as it simmers low and slow for hours resulting in a sauce that is surprisingly delicate in flavor, creamy, and so aromatic.

Greek Walnut Cake

“Karidopita” is a well-loved Greek dessert, full of all kinds of autumn spices.  Drizzled with its honeyed syrup, it’s so delicious and perfect for the upcoming holidays!

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