Recipe of the Month: Get Toasted

Inspired by the favorite dish of the forty-niners, this snack strikes gold.



Strike gold with this summertime snack inspired by the Hangtown Fry, a dish prized by the forty-niners (miners, not the footballers) and re-imagined by Carlo Espinas, executive chef at Comstock Saloon in San Francisco.

Hangtown Toast

For the pickled eggs:
4 cups white wine vinegar
¼ cup salt
4 whole dried chili pods
1 tablespoon paprika
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon whole mustard seed
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
1 sprig of thyme
1 dozen boiled eggs

For the oyster dressing:
1 sprig of thyme
1 shallot, peeled
1 cup white wine vinegar
1 cup oysters, shucked or jarred
½–1 cup olive oil

To pickle the eggs, place all ingredients, except eggs, in a pot with 4 cups of water and bring to a boil. Simmer for 5 minutes, then let the brine cool.

Place eggs in a jar and pour the cooled brine over the eggs until submerged. Store in the refrigerator for at least a day; the longer the eggs sit in the brine, the more pronounced the flavor will be.

To make the oyster dressing, combine the thyme and shallot with the vinegar in a small saucepan, and season with salt and pepper. Bring the vinegar mixture to a simmer. Poach the oysters in the liquid until slightly firm, about 2 minutes. Remove the oysters and let them cool, reserving the shallot and ¼ cup of poaching liquid. Purée the oysters and shallot in a blender, then add the reserved poaching liquid, to taste. With the blender going, add olive oil to emulsify.

To assemble, slice the eggs and tile them across slices of toasted rye, cut into crust-less squares. Lightly dress with the oyster dressing and garnish with bacon crumbles and tiny sprigs of chervil. Serves 4.

THE PERFECT PAIR

Jonny Raglin, bartender and co-owner of Comstock Saloon, loves to pour Château de Coulaine’s 2010 Bonnaventure Chinon for its ability to harmonize with the recipe’s earthy flavors. “The Chinon’s white-pepper aroma and bone-dry acidity are nice additions to the mix,” says Raglin, “but they don’t get in the way of what’s already a complex dish.”  

Edit Module
Edit Module

Related Articles

Your Ultimate Guide to Steak and Wine Pairings

Chefs and sommeliers from the nation’s top steakhouses share their tips for getting the most out of your favorite cuts.

A Better Super Bowl Menu

For this year's Game Day, we're throwing you a Hail Mary in the form of these upgraded, yet simple, wine-and-food pairings.

Your Wine-Heavy, Yet Healthy Weekend Menu

This lineup won't pack on the pounds or the guilt.

Beef Short Ribs Adobo Recipe

This year, treat your taste buds to two things they rarely (if ever) experience in this mouthwatering mash-up of classic Filipino fare and Cornas wine.
Edit Module Edit Module
Edit Module

Subscribe

You can unsubscribe at any time. View an example of our newsletter.

Edit Module
Edit Module

Shop

Edit Module
>
Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit Module

Related Web Articles