Vive le barbecue! French grilling guide
If you're aching to cross the Atlantic but aren't quite ready to brave the airport lines, try incorporating some European flair into your barbecues! Chef Bertrand Bouquin brings some va-va-voom to your outdoor grill with tasty and unique French recipes:
For the risotto:
- 1 cup arborio rice (risotto)
- 1 onion, chopped very thin
- 1 cup dry white wine
- 1 quart chicken stock
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 16 baby fennel
- 2 veal loins (cut in 6-7 oz portion size)
- 2 Tbsp chopped chives
- 4 Tbsp orange marmalade (preferably not too sweet)
- Salt and pepper
For the risotto: In a medium-size pot, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Add the rice and cook it in the oil for about 5 minutes to give the rice a “toasty” flavor. Add the chicken stock, bring to a simmer and cook the rice for about 15 minutes, stirring as often as possible. Don’t overcook the rice; keep it a little crunchy, season with salt and pepper, add the orange marmalade and set aside.Blanch the baby fennel in salted water until tender (about 10 minutes) and set aside. You can also split the fennel in half, toss them in olive oil with butter and grill them.Season the veal with salt and pepper and grill it for 6-7 minutes on each side to desired temperature.Present your plate with first the risotto in the middle of the plate; then place the veal on top of it and organize the fennel around it. You can also drizzle some orange oil around it or some veal jus.
Bertrand Bouquin is the Executive Chef of Summit, which harnesses European finesse to American originality. Bouquin joined The BROADMOOR’s legendary team of chefs in January 2005 after his role as Executive Chef at the exclusive Mobil Five-Star Maisonette in Cincinnati, Ohio, the longest holder of the Mobil Five-Star restaurant award, celebrating 41 consecutive years in 2005.