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