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Magic salmon, no-bake cheesecake

As a pioneer of Southern cooking, Chef Paul Prudhomme has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting, new American and international dishes. In addition to the title chef, he’s also a successful author, restaurateur and businessman. On NBC’s “Today” show, he shares a taste for some light s
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As a pioneer of Southern cooking, Chef Paul Prudhomme has propelled the distinctive cuisine of his native Louisiana into the international spotlight and continues to push the limits by creating exciting, new American and international dishes. In addition to the title chef, he’s also a successful author, restaurateur and businessman. On NBC’s “Today” show, he shares a taste for some light summer recipes sure to satisfy even the pickiest palettes. Check out the recipes below.

MAGIC SALMONPaul Prudhomme

1 serving

Oven Preparation:

-Preheat the oven to 450.

-Lightly brush 1 teaspoon of the butter onto the center of a baking sheet, covering an area large enough for the salmon fillet. Place the Salmon Magic on a flat plate and lightly roll the salmon fillet in the seasoning until all the sides are covered and all the seasoning has been applied. Place the fillet, flat side down, on the buttered baking sheet. Spoon the remaining two teaspoons of the butter over the top of the fillet.

-Place the fillet in the preheated oven and bake until the surface is golden brown and the fillet is cooked, but still soft and pink on the inside, about five minutes.

Microwave Preparation:

-Place the Salmon Magic on a flat plate and lightly roll the salmon fillet in the seasoning until all the sides are covered and all the seasoning has been applied. Place the fillet, flat side down, on a microwave safe plate.

-Place the fillet in the microwave oven and cook until the temperature in the thickest part of the fillet reaches 140, about two minutes

Microwaves vary considerably in power, and the size, shape and temperature of the fillet can affect the cooking time. So, it is best to use the temperature as a guide instead of the cooking time. Use a reliable thermometer.

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Makes about five cups

-Combine the seasoning mix ingredients in a small bowl.

-Melt the butter in a 4-quart pot over high heat. As soon as the butter begins to sizzle, add the mushrooms, lemon grass, garlic, serranos and the seasoning mix. Cook, stirring frequently, and when the mixture begins to stick — about 2 minutes — add the lemon juice, lime juice, and fish sauce. Cook for 5 minutes over high heat until the liquid barely covers the bottom of the pan and is thick. Add the chicken stock, cover, and bring to a full boil. Add the shrimp and parsley, return to a full, rolling boil, remove from the heat and serve immediately.

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Chef Paul’s Fish Sauce:Paul Prudhomme

Combine all the ingredients and refrigerate for at least one hour, preferably four, and serve at room temperature. Refrigerate any leftover sauce.

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Makes 8 servings

Toss the red cabbage, green cabbage, and spring greens together with the Wasabi Sun Dried Tomato Dressing until lightly coated. Divide into equal portions on salad plates, about 2 cups each. Top with 2 tablespoons of the candied pecans and 2 tablespoons of the roasted nuts.

Use a combination of your favorite nuts. We like to use: almonds, cashews, filberts, and pumpkin seeds. But use whatever is freshest and available in your area. Roast the nuts in 350 oven until they are golden brown, but not burned. Allow the roasted nuts to cool before using.

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Wasabi Sun Dried Tomato Dressing:Paul Prudhomme

Makes 4 cups

Combine all ingredients and blend in a food processor until smooth. Serve with your favorite salad greens. Refrigerate until ready to use.

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Candied Pecans:Paul Prudhomme

Makes 1 1/2 pounds

Combine the seasoning mix ingredients and mix well.

Toast the pecans in a skillet, or roast in the oven until golden brown. Combine the butter, cream and sugar in a skillet over high heat. Stir until melted. Add half of the seasoning. Stir in well. Cook until the mixture is thick and bubbling and foaming heavily, about 4 minutes. Add the pecans and stir until thoroughly coated. Cook until the sugar is sticky and caramelized. Remove the pecans with a slotted spoon and place on a sheet pan in a single layer to cool. While still warm, sprinkle on both sides with the remaining seasoning mix. Then, sprinkle lightly with chipotle chile.

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Makes about 8 cups, enough for 4 main-course or 8 side servings.

Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over high heat just until it begins to smoke, about 3 to 4 minutes. Add everything (including the Meat Magic) except the penne, tomato, ham, salami, Swiss cheese and Mortadella. Cook, stirring frequently, for 4 minutes and remove from the heat. Combine with the pasta, tomato, ham, salami, Swiss cheese, and Mortadella in a large serving bowl and toss well. Serve at room temperature.

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Makes one 10-inch round cake

-Pulverize the graham crackers in a food processor. Add the sour cream and mayonnaise, and pulse until blended. Press the mixture evenly over the bottom and up the sides of a 10-inch round cake pan, preferably a spring-form pan, and refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

-Drain off any excess liquid from the cottage cheese, then purée it in a blender or food processor until smooth. Add the softened cream cheese, yogurt, White Grape Syrup, and vanilla, and process until smooth and creamy. You may have to do this in batches if your appliance will not hold the entire amount. -With the appliance running, slowly add the instant pudding and the artificial sweetener to the mixture. -Every so often stop and stir in the pudding mix with a rubber spatula, then continue blending. If you’ve done this step in batches, thoroughly blend the batches together.

-Pour the mixture into the graham cracker mold and refrigerate until set, at least 4 hours, or preferably overnight. If you would like the cake firmer, place in the freezer at least 1 hour, watching that it does not reach a hard freeze. If you used a spring-form pan, carefully remove the side ring before serving.

Place each slice on 1/4 cup of strawberry purée on a dessert plate; top with a sliced fresh strawberry or a teaspoon of purée. A drizzle of the White Grape Syrup is a delicious alternative.

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White Grape SyrupPaul Prudhomme

Makes 1 1/2 cups

Try this syrup over pancakes or waffles, plain cake, or fresh fruit — wherever you want an unusual, sweet accent. I don’t want to mention names, but I know someone who sometimes “accidentally” spills some so she can scrape it up and lick the spatula.

Place 2 (12-ounce) cans of frozen white grape juice concentrate in a 10-inch nonstick skillet over high heat and cook until the juice comes to a boil and foamy bubbles cover the entire surface, about 10 to 15 minutes. Caution: Once the juice starts to foam, the bubbles will rise above the level of the skillet. Immediately reduce the heat to medium, and continue to cook until the juice is reduced to 1 1/2 cups, about 20 minutes more. Let cool, then place in a covered container and refrigerate.

Before using the syrup in a recipe, remove it from the refrigerator as you start your preparation, so it will have time to come to room temperature. The syrup will be thinner and easier to pour and measure.


Recipes provided by Chef Paul Prudhomme. Copyright 2003. All rights reserved. For more information about Chef Paul Prudhomme, you can visit his Web site at: