Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Sablefish Mojito Ceviche & Roasted Chicken Leg Lasagna

Marx Foods is a fantastic online gourmet food retailer.  Justin Marx believes in promoting sustainble foods and seafoods.  This sentiment is obviously one that Lazaro Cooks! can wholeheartedly support.   However, being eco-friendly is only one piece of the puzzle, the quality of the products sold at MF is second to none.  They carry grass-fed beef, mushrooms, truffles, chilis, salts, and wonderful oils. 

They also carry exotic meats which you can win some in their Kangaroo Challenge.  Click on the link for the contest details.  You know I am getting on this one.

Marx Foods also carries fresh-to-your-door sustainable seafood.  Here is a chart provided by Marx Foods to further educate consumers on Seafood Sustainability & Mercury Chart.  Bookmark this very useful resource.

Sablefish is one of our most sustainable fish.  Marx Foods carries top-notch sablefish.  I was fortunate to be asked by Justin to guest post on the Marx Foods blog.  If this is your first trip to Justin's blog, say hello, leave a comment, he is a very nice and knowledgable person.  Here's the link to my guest post...

Sablefish Mojito Ceviche

Welcome to Lasagna Tuesday

I have a big problem with wasting food.  As a person who is passionate about sustainable, organic, and eco friendly, I strive to use up every ounce of produce that finds it way into my kitchen.  It is not about the money.  The bigger issue is the mind-blowing amount of people on this earth that are starving and would love to eat any of the leftovers we regularly throw away.  Additionally if we choose to eat animal protein was must honor and respect the food.  This is a topic will be the feature of future posts.

When you cook as much as I do it all comes down to coordination.  If you are a facebook friend you saw this dish last week.  That's because the filling came from the Canelones de Catalunya.  The tomato sauce used was from the La Rataouille post.  NOTHING goes to waste!

Roasted Chicken Leg Lasagna

Organic free-range chicken legs, olive oil, smoked pimenton.

Carrots, Yukon gold potatoes, leeks, onions, celery, rosemary, olive oil, sea salt, black pepper, garlic.

Bake at 450 F for 15 minutes to brown skin.  Then reduce to 325 F, roast for 60 minutes.

The Filling...chopped chicken, veggies, grated Queso Manchego, thyme.

Legalized addiction...Crack on a plate!

For the tomato sauce:
Vine ripened tomatoes
Olive oil
Tomato paste
Riesling Wine
Cinnamon stick
Vanilla Bean - split in half

Herb Bundle
Bay leaf

Note: Quantities are left up to the discretion of the cook's palate.  I would suggest only 1 cinnamon stick and vanilla bean.  Their imprint on the sauce should be subtle.

In a stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Add the onions, celery, carrots cook for 10 minutes.  Add the leeks, garlic, shallots.  Cook for 7 minutes.  Make a well in the center, add the tomato paste.  Brown the tomato paste to reduce raw acidity.  Deglaze with the Riesling wine.  Reduce the wine until almost dry.  Add the tomatoes, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean, and herb bundle.  Simmer for 5 hours.  Adding water as needed, if too reduced.  Check for seasoning.  Add sea salt & black pepper.

Remove the herb bundle, cinnamon stick, vanilla bean.  Puree the sauce with an Cuisinart CSB-76BC SmartStick 200-Watt Immersion Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome .  Strain through a  CIA Masters Collection 5-Inch Very Fine Mesh Strainer.

The cheeses used were  Queso MahonFontina Val d' Aosta.
Click here for my White Wine Pasta.

That's it for now...till we exchange a few words again...Peace!


  1. Something must be circulating in the ether - yours is the second post I've seen that uses leftovers, and I just posted something about leftovers as well! How strange, or should I say connected?

    This is brilliant Laz, and it certainly looks like no dish of leftovers I've ever seen! I would eat this in a heartbeat!

    I wholeheartedly agree about using every bit of food that comes into our kitchens - it's not just money, it bothers me too how many people out there have no clean water to drink, let alone food to eat! Glad to see I'm not alone :)

  2. wow AN ADDICTION FOR SURE! looks fabulous, love the chicken seasoned and fabulous flavors in this one...picture came out scrumpticious!

  3. Awesome! Cheers to sustainable food. I have been making my journey into that direction.

  4. Marx Foods sounds like a great company, I'll have to check out their website! What a great new twist on lasagna...beautiful way to change up a classic dish!

  5. Looks seriously good. Legalized addiction is right! I admire your passion for food. keep up the great work.

  6. wonderful meal and i am with you 100% on all the above principles.

  7. YUM YUM YUM!!! I could SO eat this for breakfast!

    I so agree with you about wasting food and I think any well run kitchen, professional or home, is going to use everything to the best advantage with as little waste as possible. One of the ways I try to avoid waste is by not running to the store for every pantry item and using what I have on hand instead (like using grits to bread fish instead of corn meal!)

    I recently was with family in Michigan and watched as my nephew took two chicken breasts and one whole ear of corn, ate one piece of chicken and took three bites of corn. Then was done. I was furious. His mother allowed this bad behaviour! Then, he goes into the kitchen and comes back with a piece of cake! AY YA YAI! Lazaro, what do you do in those situations? How can you influence kids to eat well and respect food when the parents don't?

    Also, I have bought those veggie bags that help to make them last longer and am finding less waste that way as well. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  8. That DOES look like crack on a plate!! Haha, I'd love some now please :)

  9. Beautiful, A++! I would love a piece of this for dinner tonight:-)

  10. I love your unique recipes=wish I could eat in your kitchen regularly!

  11. You are right -- it does look very addictive. A bit arduous but a very rewarding meal.

  12. I am absolutely in love, what a gorgeous and delicious roasted chicken leg lasagna.
    I have never done anything like this.
    Great job ♥

  13. I've always wanted to try crack on a plate! ;) I'm really wondering about free range chicken, taste a lot better? It all looks delicious and am I dreaming or do you have a new blog header? It looks great!!!

  14. Nice way to use leftovers and looks so delicious.

  15. holy moly man, this looks amazing!! i'm am with ya I hate to waste food any leftovers are used in soups of fillings, great recipe...off to check out your guest post..


  16. Clean bowled!!! Stunning dish and I am addicted...

  17. I hate to waste food too. Especially now that I have kids, I want to teach them not to waste either. This really does look addicting! I love the perfect browning you got on the chicken legs. Definitely some yummy in my tummy! Great pictures too Lazaro!

  18. I too hate wasting my food I cook or order. I eat it all. My husband, on the other hand, thinks if we already cooked or ordered too much, it was already wasted. It's somewhat true, tho. So, note to self to not buy too much food! What am I talking here? blah.

    Congrats on being featured on Marx's!
    PS: Keith would love this and won't leave anything on a plate!

  19. If this be leftovers... let me at them. Waste is just evil. WHen you can do this with a leftover... why would you toss it?

  20. Oh my word, that looks delicious! I love your line, 'Crack on a plate.' Indeed.

  21. Fantastic lasagna, Lazaro!! I love using everything too, absolutely everything!! :-) It's so fun to get creative, especially right before paycheck time when I'm left with the strangest assortment of ingredients. :-)

  22. What a twist on lasagna! I'm also one who hates to see food go to waste, so way to create something great out of leftovers!

  23. I loved the canelones when i saw them and this is delicious looking too. I'm intrigued by the use of cinnamon and vanilla but as you said, it's just a touch.

    I saw the photo of the sable fish but haven't read the post yet. Like most of your work, it's elegant looking.

  24. You are amazing! Love the seafood chart, but wish they included the fish that they don't carry too.

  25. Man... you even make your leftovers look amazing. brilliant! And I can always do with plate crack. OH YEAH!!! ;)

  26. Congratulations on being featured on Marx Foods Blog.
    I don't like wasting food also. I try to cook just enough for us to eat or at least just a little bit left over for next day's lunch.

    Lovely lasagna, I like the way you cooked the chicken, another "must try" on my list.

  27. I love the idea of nothing going to waste! That lasagna has me drooling and craving comfort food!

  28. Hey Lazaro,

    Congrats on your guest post! Your ceviche is the real deal. The Rick Bayless one I posted is a "saucy" variety. It was really good but totally different than yours. Yours looks so so fresh!

    I've been waiting on this post since I saw the photo on Facebook. It looks perfect. "Crack on a plate," for sure!

  29. Yum this looks and sounds great- gives me an idea for a catered event I am doing Saturday! Thanks for such great posts!

  30. I am like you, I hate to waste, I just used some dough leftover for a quiche. This lasagna looks incredibly creamy and unctuous, wonderful use of leftovers, now I will have to go and check the ceviche...but I think it's sounds quite familiar ;o)

  31. I also strive to use sustainable food- you once commented on a post I wrote about looking up fish danger levels- I use an app on my phone and find it very easy to be mindful.

    I am also a huge advocate of using up leftovers and like you said- it's not about the money- it is about reducing waste- I also compost so have less guilt IF something is thrown out-
    I like to make quiche as a 'Use it up pie'
    If you are interested:


  32. i'm with you! it's not about wasting money...it's about wasting FOOD! that hard work farmers put into it, the dedication to sustainability, the commitment to the whole process of food and cooking that makes throwing food away a disgrace!

  33. That chicken dish looks delicious! Tasty way to use lefovers.

  34. Addictive post Lazaro and totally delicious more eco-friendly. Great cooking skills there :)



  35. Looks delicious! How inspiring.

  36. That really looks amazingly delicious- I mean I just want to eat that right now. I've never eaten or made lasagna before so now I want to try ti! Thanks for sharing!


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