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RECIPES: Serving up holiday dishes at Zappone's

Posted at 11:16 AM, Nov 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-11-27 15:16:03-05

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Butternut Squash Soup

1 (2 to 3 pound) butternut squash, peeled and seeded
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 medium onion, chopped
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup cream
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cut squash in dice cut. In large pot melt butter. Add onion and cook until translucent, about 8 minutes. Add squash, cream, and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook until squash is tender, about 15 to 20 minutes. Remove squash chunks with slotted spoon and place in a blender and puree. Return blended squash to pot. Stir and season with nutmeg, salt, and pepper. Serve.

Eggnog Panna Cotta
Makes 12 servings
o    3 1/2 cups milk
o    5 large egg yolks
o    3/4 cup sugar
o    1 cup cold heavy cream
o    2 tablespoons light rum
o    Freshly grated nutmeg
o    1 tablespoon powdered gelatin (1 1/2 envelopes)

1.    Fill a large bowl with ice and water, and set aside. Place 2 cups milk in a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Combine egg yolks and sugar in a medium bowl, and whisk until pale yellow. Pour half of hot milk into egg-yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Return to pan with remaining milk, and cook over low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until thick enough to coat back of the spoon.
2.    Remove from heat, and immediately stir in remaining 1 1/2 cups cold milk and cold cream. Pour through a very fine strainer into a bowl set over the ice bath. Add rum and freshly grated nutmeg to taste.
3.    Sprinkle gelatin over 1/2 cup cold eggnog in a small bowl. Pour remaining eggnog into a medium saucepan, and place over medium heat. Cook until just barely steaming. Add gelatin mixture, and stir to dissolve. Strain through a fine mesh sieve. Pour into 3-ounce ramekins or teacups, and refrigerate until set, 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Zappone's Italian Bistro
1652 N. Higley Rd, suite 103, Gilbert, AZ 85234

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