Recipes

Vadouvan Chicken Sandwich w/Grilled Lemon Aioli

Vadouvan Chicken Sandwich w/Grilled Lemon Aioli 1024 683 Round Pond Estate

The addition of Vadouvan spice to this chicken sandwich is artfully combined with a fantastically versatile Meyer Lemon aioli topping, making this a stellar paring for our Proprietary White Wine.

Ingredients
4 each Roma tomatoes
2 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Olive Oil
1 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp thyme, chopped
½ cup plain yogurt
1 tsp salt
½ tsp harissa paste
3 each lemons, halved, grilled until slightly charred, juiced
2 each egg yolk
1 Tbsp fresh oregano, chopped
1 cup Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
1 Tbsp salt
2 each boneless skinless chicken breast
3 Tbsp vadouvan seasoning
1 tsp salt
1 cup baby arugula
½ each English cucumber, thinly shaved with peeler, no seeds
4 each ciabatta rolls

 

Slice Roma tomatoes into ½ inch thick slices, place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with Italian Varietal Olive Oil, then sprinkle with salt and chopped thyme.  Bake in a 350° oven for about 45 minutes.  While tomatoes are roasting, mix together the yogurt, harissa paste, and salt, set aside.

To make the aioli, combine egg yolks, 2 tsp of grilled lemon juice and chopped oregano.  While whisking slowly start adding the Meyer Lemon Olive Oil to the mixture.  When mixture starts to thicken, add more lemon juice to smooth it out until all the oil and lemon juice are incorporated.  Season with salt, reserve.

Season both sides of chicken breast with salt and the Vadouvan seasoning.  Grill until cooked through.

To assemble, cut open the ciabatta rolls and spread the lemon aioli on the bottom half of the roll.  Top with chicken, then roasted tomatoes and shaved cucumber.  Finish by topping with baby arugula and a drizzle of the harissa yogurt. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Fried Stuffed Green Olives

Fried Stuffed Green Olives 1200 800 Round Pond Estate

 

These garlic and shallot-stuffed fried green olives are absolutely delicious.  They are fantastic as appetizers or served alongside a fresh green salad and paired with our elegant Reserve Sauvignon Blanc.

 

Ingredients
24 whole garlic cloves
1 cup Round Pond Spanish Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 bay leaf
2 tsp chopped thyme
2 Tbsp minced shallot
salt and pepper
36 pitted green olives, such as Castelvetrano, Luques, Picholine
4 eggs, beaten
3 cups panko bread crumbs
4 cups peanut, canola or grapeseed oil

Combine garlic, 1/2 cup of olive oil, bay leaf, thyme, shallot, and salt & pepper, and poach on a very low simmer for approximately 45 min (or until garlic is fork tender).  Remove bay leaf and purée garlic cloves along with ½ cup oil in a food processor.

Fill a pastry bag fitted with a 1/4-inch tip with garlic puree and pipe directly into pitted olives until they are full. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Place eggs in one shallow bowl, the bread crumbs in another.  Dip olives into egg mixture, then bread crumbs. Repeat the process again to double coat all the olives.  Lay on a wax or parchment paper lined pan, and freeze olives for 2-3 hours or overnight.

Heat oil to 400F in a large enough pot to fry safely.  Fry olives in small batches until nicely browned and crispy.  Remove to paper towels to dry and keep warm whilst frying the remaining olives. Enjoy!

Duck Confit Grilled Cheese With Pear Mostarda

Duck Confit Grilled Cheese With Pear Mostarda 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Grilled cheese is the ultimate comfort food, but Chef Jamie has elevated this classic with the addition of smoky, rich duck confit, and the delightfully sweet tang of a pear mostarda. Wonderfully decadent, this sandwich works wonderfully as an appetizer and pairs wonderfully with our Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon.

Ingredients
4 each pears, cut into small cubes
1 1/3 cups sugar
4 Tbsp whole grain Dijon mustard
1 Tbsp yellow mustard seeds
1 Tbsp brown mustard seeds
1 cup water
8 slices whole wheat sourdough
16 slices fontina cheese
¼ lb butter, room temperature
10 ounces duck confit, shredded

For Pear Mostarda: 
Combine pears, sugar, water, Dijon mustard and mustard seeds in a saucepan and bring to a simmer.  Let simmer for about a half an hour or until the liquid has started to thicken.  When thickened to desired consistency, pour the mixture into a shallow baking pan and let cool completely.

For Grilled Cheese:
Begin by spreading butter on one side of all the bread.  Lay buttered side down on a cutting board, and place 2 slices of fontina cheese on each slice of bread.  Layer 2 1/2 ounces of the shredded duck confit on 4 slices of the bread.  Top each slice with another (duckless) slice of bread and cheese.

Get a sauté pan hot, then reduce heat to medium and grill each sandwich for about 2 minutes on each side, until golden brown.  Place them in a 375-degree oven for about 3 or 4 minutes to make sure that the duck is heated through, and cheese is melted well.

When done, cut each sandwich into 8 piece triangles and top each piece with about a teaspoon of the pear mostarda. Enjoy!

Serves 4

Kale Pesto

Kale Pesto 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

A wonderfully vibrant and delicious fresh take on the classic basil pesto, this kale version can be used to top pasta pizzas, flatbreads, or a drizzled over roasted potatoes.

Ingredients
1 bunch Dino Kale
1 tsp salt
2 cloves garlic
1 ½ cups Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra Virgin Olive Oil
½ cup Grated Parmesan
2 Tbsp pine nuts (optional)

In a food processor, combine the kale leaves and salt. Pulse 10 to 12 times, until the kale leaves are finely chopped.  With the motor running, drizzle in the olive oil. Scrape down the sides of the processor. Add the ppinenuts andd garlic and process again, then add the cheese and pulse to combine.  Toss with your favorite pasta or use as a pizza or cracker topping.  Enjoy!

Roasted Garlic & Mushroom Flatbread with Kale Pesto

Roasted Garlic & Mushroom Flatbread with Kale Pesto 2048 1280 Round Pond Estate

This delicious and easy flatbread makes an impressive pairing for our Proprietary Left Bank Blend, and can be easily sliced into bite-sized pieces and served as canapes.

Ingredients
2 each “Stonefire” brand flatbreads or naan breads
3 packs Maitake mushrooms
6 oz. Crescenza cheese
2 heads garlic
1 Tbsp Round Pond Italian Varietal Extra-Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp Salt
½ cup kale pesto
2 Tbsp Round Pond Infused Garlic Oil
micro greens for garnish

Place 2 heads of garlic in a 12”x12” piece of foil, drizzle with olive oil and salt.  Fold it up and then place in a 375-degree oven for 45 minutes.  Once ready, pull the garlic out of the oven and let cool, then squeeze out the cloves of garlic and reserve for the assembly of the flatbread.

Next cut the bottom of the maitake mushrooms off and pull them apart into smaller pieces.  Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until fully cooked.  Before you take the mushrooms out of the pan, season them with salt and pepper.

To assemble, start by mashing and spreading the roasted garlic cloves onto the flatbreads.  Top with the mushrooms and cheese and bake in a 400-degree oven until the cheese is melted and the flatbread becomes a bit crusty and brown.  Once finished, pull the flatbreads out of the oven and drizzle with the kale pesto and Garlic Oil. Sprinkle with micro greens if desired.  Cut into wedges and enjoy!

Achiote-Spiced Grilled Chicken Wings

Achiote-Spiced Grilled Chicken Wings 2048 1280 Round Pond Estate

Just the right amount of spice with the perfect citrus bite, these grilled chicken wings with their mild, peppery achiote marinade are the perfect pairing for our Proprietary Red Wine.

Ingredients
4 oz achiote paste
2 Tbsp Round Pond Meyer Lemon Olive Oil
4 dozen chicken wings
6 each limes or lemons, juices
¼ bunch cilantro, roughly chopped

Combine the achiote paste, Meyer lemon oil, and lime juice and pour over chicken wings.  Toss wings in the marinade and then let them sit for a minimum of 4 hours. Once the wings are fully marinated, grill until fully cooked.  Arrange them on a platter and top with the chopped cilantro.  Enjoy!

What Chefs Bring To Holiday Dinner

What Chefs Bring To Holiday Dinner 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Tis’ the season for gathering en masse and savoring the company of our nearest and dearest over tasty bites and decadent dinners.  Who knows better how to feed the whole clan than the “artists in aprons” called chefs?

We asked a few of our favorite Napa Valley chefs what they bring for the table when they go visiting – and we are loving their responses!  See 7 delicious recipes below, and let us know your top menu picks to serve this holiday.

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1. SWEET POTATOES WITH FERNET MARSHMALLOW

This elevated sweet potato casserole with homemade Fernet Marshmallow comes to us courtesy of Chef Nicholas Jones of the ever-popular local’s spot, Farmstead at Longmeadow Ranch in St. Helena.

2. CHICKEN LIVER MOUSSE

Our Round Pond Executive Chef Jamie Prouten gives us this decadent mousse recipe that he likes to surprise people into tasting and loving.

3. CRAB A CHOUX

These deliciously easy crispy crab puffs are a go-to for long-time Napa Valley Chef Marvin Martin. These are just as easy to make as they are delicious!

4. SESAME AND BUTTERMILK CRACKERS

Chef Marvin shares another winner with these simple but stunning black and white sesame crackers that make the perfect foil to any cheese or charcuterie plate.

5. THYME GOUGÈRE

Round Pond Chef Jamie’s easy baked thyme and parmesan puffs are completely addicting, and pair so well with any type of wine or cocktail.

6. CAULIFLOWER  & POTATO GRATIN

Sous Chef at famed Kitchen Door in Napa, Conor Esser gives us his recipe for an updated version of that comfort-food classic: potatoes au gratin.

Cauliflower and Potato Gratin

Cauliflower and Potato Gratin 1200 750 Round Pond Estate

Chef Conor Esser at Kitchen Door in Napa gives us this fantastic potato au gratin recipe incorporating one of his favorite winter vegetables: cauliflower.  Chef says, “As a child, I always loved when my mom would make potatoes au gratin, often my favorite part of holiday meals…Cheers, and Happy Holidays!”

Ingredients 
1 small head cauliflower, 1.5-2 lbs, washed and cut into florets
5 medium Yukon gold potatoes, washed and cut into 1/3 inch rounds
1/2 white onion, thinly sliced
1 cup cream
1 tsp grated nutmeg
2 tsp kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
2 Tbsp all-purpose flour (optional)
1 cup grated Gruyere or sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
3/4 cup Panko breadcrumbs
2 Tbsp + 2 Tbsp butter (keep separate)
chopped parsley for garnish

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Using 2 tablespoons of butter, grease a casserole dish.  In a medium sauce pot, scald cream with onions, nutmeg, salt, and pepper.  Add cauliflower to cream mixture, simmer gently until al dente (do not overcook).

Remove cauliflower and onion from cream, reserving cream to make gratin.  Add potatoes to cream mixture, and cook potatoes until just tender.

Remove potatoes from cream, and arrange in the buttered casserole dish along with cauliflower and onions. Sprinkle cauliflower, potatoes, and onions with flour (if using), and sprinkle Gruyere or cheddar over top.  Pour remaining cream mixture evenly over casserole, and top with Panko breadcrumbs, Parmesan cheese, and dot with remaining 2 tablespoons of butter.

Bake at 400F for 20-30 minutes until bubbly, golden brown, and crispy on top.  Sprinkle with chopped parsley for color.  Let cool at least 15 minutes before serving.  Enjoy!

Serves 6-8

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

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