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