One of the many positive aspects of the CrossFit gym I attend, CrossFit Primal, is the charitable functions they have. This past February they held an awards banquet called the "Woddy Awards". It was a fun night. Dressing up, dinner and dancing. They also held a silent auction to benefit a local charity so I decided to donate a 5 course paleo dinner. The winners and I were finally able to get a date that worked for everyone and this is what I served:
Scallop and Shrimp Tequila Citrus Ceviche
4 sea scallops, rinsed, cleaned and sliced into strips
4 jumbo shrimp, deveined, shelled and sliced in 1/2 inch thin pieces
2 limes, juiced
zest of 1 lime
1/2 orange, juiced, using half of the juice
zest of 1 orange
2 tbsp. quality tequila
salt to taste
Mix the citrus juices, zest, and tequila together. Fold into the scallops and shrimp. Refrigerate, stirring once in a while, until the scallops turn opaque and the shrimp is pink, at least six hours. Salt to taste. Drain most of the liquid and serve with a leaf of cilantro.
Raw Vegetable Salad/Cilantro Dressing
1/2 lb. asparagus, 4 carrots and one jicama, cut into thin strips using a peeler
1/2 c. cilantro, minced
1/2 c. olive oil
3-4 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tbsp. honey
salt and pepper to taste
Whisk all the dressing ingredients together and then, using an immersion blender, mix until the dressing is thick. Fold into vegetables. Salt and pepper to taste.
10-12 Roma tomatoes, seeded
1 red bell pepper, seeded
1 green bell pepper, seeded
1 small cucumber
1/4 red onion
juice of one lime
1/2 coconut milk, canned
Cut all of the vegetables into similar sizes. In a vitamix or food processor, place onions, peppers, cucumber and tomatoes. Use attachment, turn onto low and push down vegetables as they start to blend while gradually increasing speed. Mix until blended to desired consistency. Add lime juice and salt and pepper to taste.
For the crema, mix the avocado and coconut milk with an immersion blender until smooth, but not overly thick. Serve a dollop in the center of the gazpacho.
Chicken/Chipotle Butter Sauce and Roasted Mixed Peppers
2 tbsp. butter
2 tbsp. olive oil
4 chicken breasts, pounded to same thickness
1 c. white wine
1 chipotle in adobo, minced
4 tbsp. butter
salt and pepper to taste
1 lb. variety of mixed peppers and tomatillos (cut into fourths), roasted (Coat each pepper and tomatillo in oil and the grill until charred slightly on each side)
Heat large saute pan over medium high heat until butter oil mix starts to brown. Add chicken, cooking until golden brown, about 5-8 minutes and then turn. Finish cooking and set in a warm oven while you make the sauce.
Increase the heat in the pan to high and add the wine and allow it to reduce by half. Add the chipotle and cook for a few minutes, then slowly whisk in the butter so it mixes into the wine and becomes cohesive. Salt and pepper to taste. Remove the chicken from oven and return it to the pan, as well as any accumulated juices. Turn chicken a few times to coat in sauce. Remove and slice into slices.
While the chicken is cooking, slice the peppers and remove the seeds. Then return to a small saute pan and cook over medium until they are heated again.
Place pepper mixtures on plate, then add chicken slices, and top with a couple of spoonfuls of the butter sauce.
Raspberry Pot de Creme
5 ounces dark chocolate, at least 60%.
6 tbsp. Chambord
3 egg yolks
1/2 c. raw honey
3/4 c. coconut milk
Melt the chocolate with the Chamord in a bowl over a pan of almost boiling water. One the chocolate starts to melt, stir consistently until it is all melted and then remove from heat.
Meanwhile, in a food processor add the egg yolks and honey, mixing well. Scrape down sides and pulse again a time or two. While the processor is going, slowly add the chocolate, scraping down sides about half way through and finish adding remaining chocolate. Slowly add coconut milk until the mixture is blended well.
Pour into serving size dishes (or one large dish, right Yoder?) and refrigerate for about 30 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and continue to refrigerate until they are set, at least four hours. Remove about 15 minutes prior to serving, taking off plastic. Serve with a dollop of coconut whip cream.