LPB Test Kitchen

It took a year to simplify braised short ribs and make them just as delicious as Balthazar in New York but it was worth the effort.

I travel a lot for work and depending on the assignment, projects bring the Sphere team  to many incredible spots, from the Mideast to Vancouver or beyond.  This means a lot of amazing meals at all sorts of restaurants, where we often stumble onto a dish that we try to make at home.  When we try to recreate these dishes, we open up our world-famous Le Poisson Bleu Test Kitchen (same kitchen, just a temporary brand so people know what to expect.) Basically, it’s a party with food that we’ve never made before.

We send out the test kitchen time and date to our friends and away we go. It can be around a pool party or just sitting in the kitchen, with wine flowing.  Or both.

It’s not a formal meal, rather an array of different dishes you’re trying out for the first time and fine-tuning them based on feedback.  It took an entire summer to create the perfect Chicken Salad,which really is a fantastic dish. One thing is key: pushing your guests to give honest feedback because most are inclined to say everything is just great.

  1. Bacon Spinach Salad
  2. Baked Herbed Mussels
  3. Beef Stew
  4. Beef Wellington
  5. Bibb Lettuce Salad
  6. Braised Veal over Creamy Polenta
  7. Breadsticks
  8. Cabbage Pancake
  9. Chicken Croquettes
  10. Chicken Parmesan
  11. Crusty Rustic Bread with Tomato Basil
  12. Fancy Steak Nachos
  13. Fried Eggplant Stack
  14. Fried Green Tomatoes with Pork Belly and Feta
  15. Fried Oyster Sliders with Spicy Cilantro Coleslaw
  16. Fried Risotto Balls
  17. Fried Saganaki Cheese
  18. Grilled Clams & Shrimp with Shallot Basil Butter
  19. Grilled Lobster
  20. Ground Lamb & Pickle Patty Melt
  21. Hash Browns
  22. Herbed Parmasean Fries
  23. Iberico Ham Chorizo Sausages over Potato Crisps
  24. Lamb & Clams
  25. Lobster & Shrimp Raviolis with Herbs
  26. Lobster Gumbo
  27. Marinara Sauce
  28. Mashed Horseradish Yukon Potatoes
  29. Mashed Potatoes
  30. Minestrone Soup
  31. Mini Lobster and Shrimp Rolls
  32. Mushroom Risotto
  33. Parmasean Pancakes
  34. Potatoes Anna
  35. Prosciutto & Basil Baked Scallops
  36. Pureed Sunchokes
  37. Red Velvet Cupcakes
  38. Red Wine Reduction
  39. Red Wine Risotto w/ Braised Beef
  40. Roasted Basil Salmon on Israeli Couscous
  41. Roast Chilean Sea Bass on Pesto Polenta
  42. Roast Chorizo Chips
  43. Roast Garlic Puree
  44. Roast Garlic Shrimp
  45. Roast Halibut with Garlic Spinach
  46. Roast Herbed Feta Cheese
  47. Roast Shrimp with Feta and Marinara Sauce
  48. Scallop Ceviche
  49. Scalloped Potatoes with Morrell Mushrooms
  50. Scallops Provencal
  51. Scrambles Eggs with Shaved White Truffles
  52. Seafood Risotto
  53. Sheppard’s Macaroni & Cheese
  54. Shrimp & Pimento Grits
  55. Shrimp and Yogurt
  56. Shrimp Cocktail
  57. Shrimp Croquettes
  58. Shrimp Ravioli
  59. Spicy Bacon and Onion Dip
  60. Strawberry Water
  61. Stuffed Bell Peppers
  62. Sullivan’s Island Steak and Fries πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
  63. The Cheese board
  64. The Lobster Clam Bake
  65. The Oyster Roast
  66. The Oyster Roast, Northern Style
  67. Tomato Tar Tar
  68. Waffles with Butter Syrup