Summer Anti-Pasti: Emeril’s One-Pot Cooking Party — Win Emeril by Zak!

Got my Box O' Emeril

Here it was Day One of Emeril’s One Pot Cooking Party but Day 6 of over 90 degree temperatures in the, usually temperate, Pacific Northwest. I had planned to make Emeril’s Artichoke Soup with Poached Oysters (sounded so sinful) but after an unusually busy Sunday (seeing our German houseguest off, landing a handful of major writing assignments, dealing with a restless, talkative toddler, and wrestling with  feelings of loss on the 5th anniversary of my father’s death) I was left feeling like a wilted lettuce leaf.

What to do? Do I suck it up, trudge off to the fishmonger and Whole Foods at 6pm on a Sunday night and then come back to work in the heat of the kitchen for another couple of hours?

Nope, not a chance.

This is where I think many busy working moms trying to cook at home make a mistake — they either carry on with their plans, even when the day has been too challenging and after a few days like this, ultimately end up feeling as if cooking at home is unrealistic or say forget it and pop out for fast food. I know my limits — but you won’t find me queuing at McDonald’s anytime soon.

Savory, cool and delish -- anti-pasti

No, on a night like this, I opted for Anti-Pasto. My husband is a fiend for anything deli and toddlers love fingers foods and loads of variety. At my house this makes Anti-Pasti and Ploughman’s big favorites. But alas, Anti-Pasti is not covered in Emeril’s Sizzling Skillets and One-Pot Wonders. In fact, the dishes in this book are wonderfully comforting, hearty and hot –perfect for the fall and winter months. But they just seemed too heavy for a hot summer’s day. So Anti-Pasti it was, served up in these beautiful, Emeril – by zak! Table Art 7-piece Flame-Shaped Serving Bowls (courtesy of Morrow Cookbooks— thanks Morrow!)

Quick and Easy Anti-Pasti

  • 1 package nitrate-free Mortadella
  • 1 package Applegate Farms (nitrate-free) prosciutto
  • 1 package Applegate Farms Organic (nitrate-free) Genoa Salami
  • 7 oz container of Galbani Mozzerella Fresca Medallions (love these!)
  • 1 pt grape tomatoes
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cans Crown Prince smoked oysters in olive oil (or Trader Joe’s version)
  • 1 head organic Romaine lettuce
  • 1/2 pt bleu cheese stuffed olives
  • 1/2 pt garlic stuffed olives
  • 1 loaf crusty olive loaf
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • toothpicks

  • Cut tomatoes in quarters, dice red onion and toss with vinegar and oil — let chill.
  • Rinse and chopped lettuce — chill.
  • Open the oysters and prosciutto, cutting the prosciutto in thirds lengthwise. Wrap each oyster tightly, in a third of prosciutto, covering the oysters completely and placing on a lipped baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes at 400 degrees or until prosciutto is lightly crisp.
  • Plate the meats, olives, cheese.
  • Put lettuce into bowls, topping with the tomato, onion and balsamic mixture.
  • Remove oysters, insert serving toothpicks and plate.
  • Slice olive loaf into chunks.

Manga!

Contest — Win Emeril- by Zak! Flame Serving Bowls!

And so, because I spent my first day of the Cooking Party, barely cooking, but instead assembling and presenting a cool and fun to eat dinner, in serving dishes that made me look good, I thought, maybe we should kick things off with a contest! If you like what you see and you wanna look like a celebrity chef in the kitchen (even on days when you feel like a wilted lettuce leaf) you can enter to win this 7-piece Flame-shaped serving bowl set for yourself.

A set like this could be yours! Enter to win in the comments section.

How to Enter:

In the comments below, share your story about a challenging day, in which you still found a way to cook at home. The winner be drawn at random by my precocious three-year old.

Best of luck and Happy Eating!

UPDATE: The winner of our 7PC Zak! Set is busy, supermom and foodie, Lacey Ferrero. Lacey is a resident of Beaverton, Oregon who spends her days managing a household of 5, including two teen sons and her disabled mother, yet still manages to make a home-cooked meal each day for her family. Congratulations Lacey!

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