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Trevor Eliason

Trevor Eliason

As Executive Chef, Trevor prepares dishes with fresh, local ingredients that complement our single-vineyard wines.

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Cedar Plank-Roasted Manchego Cheese—and 2010 Nickel & Nickel CC Ranch Cabernet

on August 29, 2013

This easy recipe from Executive Chef Trevor Eliason makes a great hors d’oeuvres course. Pair with our Single-Vineyard Cabernet (we opened C.C. Ranch, but feel free to try with our other Napa Cabernets!) for a delicious start to dinner.

 

Cedar Plank-Roasted Manchego Cheese, 
Brandied Cherries, Charred Onion Jam and Crostini 

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Ingredients

1 yellow onion

1/2 cup olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

1/8 cup toasted almonds,
roughly chopped

1/8 cup brandied cherries, halved

Balsamic vinegar

5 ounces aged Manchego cheese

1 cedar plank, 6″ x 4″,
soaked in water overnight

12 crostini

 

Method

This recipe has two simple parts: the cherry, onion and almond compote and the roasted cheese.

Compote Preparation:
Slice the onion into thick slices, brush with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill both sides of the onion on high heat until dark grill marks appear. Dice the onion once it has cooled and fold in the almonds and brandied cherries. Season with salt and pepper and a splash of balsamic vinegar.

Cheese Preparation:
Remove the rind and place the cheese on the soaked cedar plank. Place the plank in a 300°F oven for about 4 minutes. You want the cheese to be warm all the way through without melting too much. It should appear soft and shiny, but still hold its shape.

Serve the compote and crostini alongside the warm cheese. Enjoy with a glass of  Nickel & Nickel C.C. Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Serves 4

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Brioche Bread Pudding with Berries and Whipped Cream

on June 19, 2013

bread pudding

This is a very simple dessert–just remember to assemble when everything is fresh and warm. This dessert goes great with all kinds of seasonal fruit: in springtime, source ripe strawberries and raspberries; in summer, look for beautiful stone fruit such as peaches or cherries; and in the fall, consider poaching apples or pears. This dish pairs well with Dolce because of the soft textures that come from the pudding and the fruit-forward nature of Dolce.

Brioche Bread Pudding with Berries and Whipped Cream

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Ingredients:

1 loaf brioche, cut into 1-inch cubes

1 quart half-and-half

½ vanilla bean

10 egg yolks

1 cup granulated sugar

Seasonal fruit

Method:

Preheat oven to 220˚F and place the brioche cubes in an 8” X 10” baking pan.

Heat the half-and-half in a heavy-bottomed, medium sauce pan. Scrape the vanilla seeds into the half-and-half and add the bean pod. Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer, but not to a boil.

In a medium bowl, add the egg yolks and sugar. Whisk until combined. Once the half-and-half has simmered, slowly temper into the egg mixture—whisking the egg mixture while adding the hot liquid a little at a time. This process helps infuse flavors without cooking the egg. Discard the vanilla bean pod. Pour hot pudding base over the brioche and cover with plastic wrap. Press the plastic wrap into the mixture to help the brioche absorb the liquid, then cover the plastic wrap with a sheet of foil.

Place an empty jelly roll pan on the center rack of the oven and place the pan of brioche bread pudding on the cookie sheet. Fill the cookie sheet with warm water, forming a water bath around the pan. Bake for 40 minutes at 220˚F. When you check the pudding, the liquid should still be loose and will provide a delicious sauce for the pudding

Serve immediately, or set aside and re-warm when ready to serve with fruit, whipped cream and a glass of Dolce.

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Late Spring Events at Nickel & Nickel

on June 12, 2013

I may have said this last year about this time but I’m going to say it again: I am amazed how alive the valley is during May and June. I know Napa Valley Wine Auction has a lot to do with it—that weekend alone brings in people from all over the world. Nickel & Nickel and Far Niente also have some great events during these months, including the Nickel & Nickel Futures Barrel Tasting is always has a good showing.

We replanted both of our gardens two weeks ago to summer vegetables and we are already reaping the bounty of our labor. We’ll showcase our wines and garden through the summer at our private and winery events. This week’s excitement is Bacchanalia—an extravagant wine club dinner we hold at Nickel & Nickel in the barrel cellar. We will serve a five-course dinner paired with rare, library wines. It’s shaping up to be a great party!

Lamborghini at Nickel & Nickel

 It was a treat to have Lamborghini at Nickel & Nickel during Auction Napa Valley!

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A Springtime Recipe to Enjoy with Nickel & Nickel Harris Vineyard Merlot

on April 17, 2013

With spring in the air we thought we would put together a fun, seasonal recipe that goes great with the 2010 Nickel & Nickel Harris Merlot. This dish really highlights the bright fruits and luxurious structure of the wine. In the kitchen, we tested this dish several times. Not because we needed to work out any recipe flaws, but because we thought it was so delicious.

2010 Nickel & Nickel Harris Merlot

Herb Roasted Organic Chicken Breast

Caramelized Root Vegetables, Dried Cherry and Tarragon Pearl Couscous

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Ingredients

Brine:

2 quarts cold water

¼ cup salt

cup sugar

3 thyme sprigs

1 garlic clove, shelled

1 bay leaf

10 peppercorns

10 coriander seeds

 

2 organic chicken breasts, bone-in

2 tablespoons olive oil

Salt, to taste

White pepper, to taste

 

Pearl Couscous Salad:

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 shallot, diced small

1 cup couscous

2 ½ cup chicken stock

¼ teaspoon salt

½ cup dried tart cherries, cut in half

1 tablespoon fresh tarragon, chopped

½ tablespoon Banyuls vinegar or sherry vinegar

 

 Black Trumpet Mushrooms:

1 cup black trumpet mushrooms, washed and dried

1 tablespoon olive oil

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Caramelized Root Vegetables:

2 tablespoon olive oil

1 large turnip, diced into ½-inch cubes

1 large parsnip, diced into ½-inch cubes

1 large sweet potato, diced into ½-inch cubes

1 large carrot, diced into ½-inch cubes

1 tablespoon butter

Salt and pepper, to taste

 

Method

To make the brine, add a quart of water to a medium-sized pot. Add ¼ cup salt, cup sugar, thyme, garlic, bay leaf, peppercorns and coriander seeds to the pot. Bring to a simmer, then shut off the heat and pour the brine into a container with a tight-fitting lid. Add the remaining quart of cold water to the brine and allow to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, add the raw chicken and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Remove the chicken from the brine and place on a paper towel-lined plate to dry. Discard the brine. Put a cast iron pan on medium heat and season chicken with salt and white pepper. Add olive oil to the pan, then add the chicken breasts skin side down. Sear for 3-5 minutes or until golden. Flip chicken over and place in a 350˚F oven for 15 minutes. Baste chicken, using a spoon to capture the juices and reapply to top of chicken. Repeat a couple of times. Bake for 5 more minutes, or until the juices run clear from the chicken. Let rest for 5 more minutes, then slice the meat off the bone and cut each breast into three equal slices from there.

While chicken is cooking, start making the couscous.  In a medium sauce pot, add olive oil then shallots and sweat for 30 seconds. Add couscous and stir for another 30 seconds. Add 2 ½ cups chicken stock and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir and simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the liquid is absorbed and the couscous is tender. Allow to cool.

Sauté mushrooms in a large pan with olive oil, salt and pepper for about 4-5 minutes. Set aside.

In a large sauté pan, add olive oil, and then add the diced root vegetables. Sauté on medium-high heat, stir and until caramelized, about 4 minutes. Then add 1 tablespoon of butter and set on low heat. Cook for another minute, or until tender.

To assemble, combine cooked couscous, chopped tarragon, halved dried cherries, Banyuls vinegar, black trumpet mushrooms and salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium bowl.

Place a heaping scoop of couscous salad in a strip on each warmed plate. Spoon roasted vegetables parallel to the couscous, then top with sliced chicken. Pop open a bottle of the Nickel & Nickel Harris Merlot and enjoy!

Serves 2

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Beef Filet Slider with Cabbage Slaw

on January 29, 2013

Sliders are favorite appetizers at any occasion and can be prepared in a multitude of ways. In the winery kitchen, we grind beef from the trim of our larger roasts and steaks. Ask your local butcher to grind you specific cuts of beef. For the buns, many grocery stores now carry slider buns, or dinner rolls work just as well.

Pair with 2009 Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, Napa Valley–or your favorite Nickel & Nickel Cabernet.

 

Beef Filet Slider with Cabbage Slaw

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INGREDIENTS

(YIELDS 8 SLIDERS)

1 pound ground beef filet

Salt and pepper, to taste

8 slider buns or dinner rolls

Slaw:

1 head Napa cabbage, chiffonade

1 carrot, julienned

½ red onion, thinly sliced

2 tablespoons parsley, chopped

2 tablespoons chives, chopped

Dressing:

1 cup mayonnaise

2 tablespoons whole grain mustard

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

1 tablespoon sugar

1 garlic clove, minced

Salt and pepper, to taste

Aioli:

1 head garlic

Salt and pepper, to taste

½ cup mayonnaise

Shape ground beef into eight, two-ounce patties. Season liberally with salt and pepper, and sauté on medium heat until the patties have reached desired doneness.

In a large bowl, combine cabbage, carrot, onion, parsley and chives. In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mustard, apple cider vinegar, sugar, garlic, salt and pepper. Mix well, then combine with the cabbage mixture. Taste and add more salt and pepper, if needed.

To create the aioli, preheat the oven to 325ºF. Take a whole head of garlic and cut off the stalk end to expose the top of the garlic cloves. Place in a baking dish, lightly coat with olive oil, salt and pepper. Cover with foil and bake in oven for 1 houruntil the garlic is very tender. Allow to cool, remove cloves from the head and place in a small bowl.

Smash the cloves with the back of a fork then mix with the mayonnaise. To assemble, slice the buns in half, place on a baking pan, and toast in a 325ºF oven for three minutes.

Spread the aioli on both sides of the bun, place cooked beef patty on bun and top with slaw. Then cap with the top bun and enjoy with a glass of Nickel & Nickel Kelham Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon.

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