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