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Nikki Cascone, the Princess at 24 Prince

Last week, Top Chef contestant Nikki Cascone almost went home because of a bad batch of mushrooms. However I've been fully assured by several Sugar cohorts that it must have been a fluke because her food is fabulous. After a recent Coutorture cocktail event, my pals told me that the appetizers were delicious and the desserts — specifically the doughnuts with melted chocolate — were to die for. One of the apps that stood out to me was an endive boat filled with apple, pecorino cheese, and chives. With my recent endive fascination, I knew I had to get the recipe. Luckily, the folks at 24 Prince were kind enough to pass it along.

You can check out the recipe, along with other droolicious food photos and photos of Chef Nikki all glammed up; just

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Apple and Endive Boats

Apple and Endive Boats

Apple and Endive Boats

Ingredients

1 Gala Apple
4 Large Endives
1 tbsp Chopped Chives
4 tbsp Citrus Vinaigrette [recipe follows]
1/3 cup shaved Pecorino Cheese
Fresh Mint, chiffonaded

Directions

  1. Julienne the whole apple into a mixing bowl.
  2. Peel off large outer leaves of endives to use as boats to hold the salad. Finely chop the remaining hearts and add to apple.
  3. Add chives to mixing bowl.
  4. Add Citrus Vinaigrette into salad.
  5. Add Pecorino Cheese into mixing bowl with salad.
  6. Mix altogether and place a small amount of salad into each endive boat, garnish with fresh mint.

Citrus Vinaigrette
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
Juice of 1 lemon
Juice of 1 grapefruit
Juice of orange
1/2 cup sugar
salt to taste

Emulsify ingredients together.


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Photos courtesy of Jayne Wexler
Hair and Makeup by Don Rockicki

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topchef1 topchef1 8 years
apart from her lasagna, doesn't seem that talented...wonder what her restaurant's like...all lasagna and one pot dishes
Xandara Xandara 8 years
It's gotta be easier to make something totally awesome when you're in your own environment that you're comfortable with, and also not on a time limit or on TV or under the pressure they've got to be under on that show. She seems like she'd be a great head chef (just judging from seeing her on the show so far) but it's pretty funny for me to see all these chefs trying to work together and they all want to be top dog, because that's what they're used to being. The looks on the two dude's faces she made those mushrooms with just kept making me laugh!
anniekim anniekim 8 years
sounds better than her mac n cheese
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
you kind of have to assume that these guys can REALLY COOK and are something special since they made it to the show, but i think that under pressure things happen and bad food comes out. sometimes you also think that maybe they are trying too hard to be different and that's when mishaps happen too. the mushrooms were a bad thing - that's been decided but i'm glad to hear that there are still great things coming from her kitchen.
mswender mswender 8 years
sounds yummy and easy!
hanako66 hanako66 8 years
mmmmm, that sounds wonderful. I may substitute it in for my outdoor picnic!
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