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February 1st, 2006, 08:55 AM
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Kitchen Witch
February 1st, 2006, 10:06 AM
Macaroni Grill's Scaloppine di Pollo

Ingredients
Lemon Butter Sauce:
4 ounces lemon juice
2 ounces white wine
4 ounces heavy cream
1 pound (4 sticks) butter

Chicken & Pasta:
6 to 8 (3-ounce) chicken breasts, pounded thin
Oil and butter for sauteing chicken
1/2 to 3/4 cup flour, seasoned with salt and pepper, for dredging
6 ounces pancetta, cooked
12 ounces mushrooms, sliced
12 ounces artichoke hearts, sliced
1 tablespoon capers
1 pound cappellini pasta, cooked
Chopped parsley, for garnish

Instructions
To make the sauce:
Heat the lemon juice and white wine in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and reduce by one-third. Add cream and simmer until mixture thickens (3 to 4 minutes). Slowly add butter until completely incorporated. Season with salt and pepper. Remove from heat and keep warm.

To make chicken and pasta:
Cook pasta and drain. Heat a small amount of oil and two tablespoons butter in a large skillet. Dredge chicken in flour and saute in pan, turning once, until brown and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan and add to pan remaining ingredients. Heat until mushrooms soften and are cooked; add chicken back to pan.

To serve:
Place cooked pasta on each plate. Add half of butter sauce to chicken mixture and toss. Taste and adjust, adding more sauce if needed. Place chicken mixture over pasta. Garnish with parsley. Alternately, mix pasta and chicken mixture together. Toss with butter sauce.

Yield: 10 servings




Macaroni Grill Bread

1 Tbsp. Dry Yeast
1 Tbsp. Sugar
1 Cup warm water (105 - 115 degrees)
2 1/2 Cup white flour
1 tsp. salt
2 Tbsp. fresh rosemary, chopped
1 Tbsp. canola oil, peanut oil or olive oil
nonstick cooking spray
2 Tbsp. butter

Place yeast, sugar and water in large bowl or food processor and allow mixture to become bubbly.

Mix in 2 cups of flour and the salt. Add one tablespoon of
the fresh chopped rosemary. Knead for about 10 minutes by hand or in food processor about 30 seconds until smooth and elastic. add flour if necessary. Oil a bowl, put dough in it and cover with a towel. Let dough rise in a warm place for one hour until doubled.

Punch down dough and divide in half. Let dough rest about 5-10 minutes.

Spray baking pan or cookie sheet with cooking spray. Shape the dough into 2 small rounded oval loaves.

Melt margarine or butter. Brush over the top of the loaves. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tabelspoon of rosemary over the loaves and press lightly into the surface. Let loaves rise again until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.

Lightly sprinkle course salt over the loaves. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until lightly browned.




MACARONI GRILL INSALATA FLORENTINE (Spinach, Orzo and Chicken Salad)

3 ounces julienne-shredded fresh spinach
3 ounces grilled chicken, sliced and chilled
1 ounce ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 ounce pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 ounce sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut
1/2 ounce capers
1/2 ounce sliced black olives
1/2 ounce julienne-cut radicchio
5 ounces orzo pasta, cooked and chilled
3 ounces roasted, garlic lemon vinaigrette
1/4 ounce shaved Grana Padana Parmesan
Fresh cracked pepper, for garnish

In the order listed, place all ingredients, except Parmesan cheese, in a chilled mixing bowl.
Toss and serve on a decorative wide bowl. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and fresh cracked pepper. Note: Radicchio is a red-leafed Italian chicory.




Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica

Gratinata Sauce

2 Tbsp Butter
2 Tbsp chopped garlic
1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
1 tsp salt
1 tsp chopped rosemary
1 cup Marsala wine
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
8 cups heavy cream

Saute butter, garlic , and rosemary until garlic begins to brown. Add
Marsala wine and reduce by one-third. Add remaining ingredients and
reduce
by half of original volume. Set aside

Penne Rustica

1 oz pancetta or bacon
18 each shrimp peeled and deveined
12 oz grilled chicken breast, sliced
4 1/2 cups of granita sauce
48 oz Penne Pasta, precooked
3 Tbsp pimentos
6 oz butter
1 Tbsp chopped shallots
1 pinch of salt and pepper
1 cups Parmesan cheese
1/2 tsp paprika
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary.

Saute pancetta until begins to brown. Add butter, shallots, and
shrimp. Cook until shrimp are evenly pick but still translucent.
Add chicken, salt, pepper, and mix thoroughly. Add granita sauce
and 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese and simmer until sauce thickens.
In a large bowl, combine shrimp and chicken mixture with precooked
pasta. Place this mixture into single serving dishes or one large
casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and pimentos and
sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 475 for 10-15 minutes. Remove and
garnish with fresh rosemary sprig. Serves six.




Macaroni Grill Shrimp Pignoli Pasta Recipe
Serves/Makes: 4

* 24 Jumbo Shrimp, peeled and deveined
* 3 cups sliced mushrooms, washed and sliced -- 1/4 inch thick
* 1 1/2 tablespoon roasted pine nuts
* 6 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
* 6 cups cooked vermicelli pasta
* 4 tablespoons Butter
* 2 tablespoons fresh Garlic, minced

***Lemon Butter Sauce: ***

* 1 tablespoon shallots, minced
* 1 tablespoon fresh garlic minced
* 1/2 cup dry white wine
* 1 cup Heavy Cream
* 1/2 cup Lemon juice, freshly squeezed
* 1/8 teaspoon White pepper
* 1 pound lightly salted butter, cut into -- tablespoons

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash spinach and remove stems before drying leaves between paper towels. Set aside. Spread pine nuts over bottom of sheet pan and place pan in oven on top rack. Roast until golden brown, approximately 2 to 4 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside. Peel and devein shrimp. Set aside. Wash and slice fresh mushrooms. Set aside. Boil pasta in large pot of water to al dente stage according to directions on package. Set Aside.

Prepare lemon butter sauce: Melt 1 tablespoon butter in large skillet over medium-high heat. Saute shallots and garlic until translucent. Add white wine and reduce slightly more than ?, whisking occasionally. Add cream and reduce by ?. Add lemon juice and reduce by ?. Add white pepper. Reduce heat to low. Add remaining butter 2 tablespoons at a time, whisking continuously after each addition to completely incorporate butter. Continue to simmer, whisking until sauce just coats spoon.

In large skillet over medium-high heat melt the 4 tablespoons of butter. Add garlic and saute until garlic is translucent. Stir in mushrooms, shrimp, and pine nuts. Saute several minutes or until shrimp are done and show color. Remove skillet from heat and gently stir in spinach. Place warm pasta on plate with shrimp mixture to the side. Pour lemon sauce over pasta, permitting a bit of sauce onto shrimp.

This recipe for Macaroni Grill Shrimp Pignoli Pasta serves/makes 4.




Romano's Macaroni Grill Foccacia Recipe
Serves/Makes: 6


* 9 tablespoons Olive oil (divided use)
* 3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup unsifted semolina flour
* 1/2 teaspoon salt (divided)
* 1 1/2 tablespoon quick-rising dry yeast
* 1 1/2 cup hot (between 120 and 130 degrees) milk
* 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

Directions:

Pour a scant tablespoon of the olive oil into a 9"-square cake pan; spread evenly to cover bottom and sides. Place all-purpose flour, semolina flour, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and all of the yeast in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. (The mixing can be done by hand as well.) Blend ingredients on medium speed. Reduce speed to low and slowly add hot milk. Raise the speed to medium and continue mixing for 5 minutes (knead about 8 to 10 minutes by hand). Sprinkle bottom of cake pan with a little flour.

Remove dough from bowl and spread out evenly in pan. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove towel. Brush dough with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sprinkle top with additional salt and rosemary. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining oil.

This recipe for Romano's Macaroni Grill Foccacia serves/makes 6.





Macaroni Grill Baked Creamy Seafood

4 tablespoons butter
1 cup baby scallops, rinsed and drained ( about 8 ounce)
3 tablespoons flour
2 cups half-and-half
1 1/2 cups Asiago cheese
2 cups medium, peeled, shelled and deveined cooked shrimp
1 (6 ounce) can chopped clams, well drained
1 to 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Oil for deep frying
1/2 of a 12 ounce package wonton skins

In a large skillet, melt 1 tablespoon butter. Add scallops and stir fry over high heat until just cooked through; set aside in bowl. In same skillet, melt remaining 3 tablespoons butter over medium heat. Whisk in flour until smooth and bubbly. Cook and stir 1 minute. Whisk in half-and-half and continue whisking until mixture comes to a boil. Boil 1 minute, whisking, until bubbly. Turn off the heat. Add Asiago cheese, stirring until melted. Stir in the scallops, shrimp and clams. Spoon into a 9-inch glass pie plate. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese. Bake in a preheated 350 degree F oven for about 15 minutes, until the top is golden brown.

Meanwhile, heat plenty of oil in a wok or deep fryer to 375 degrees F. Fry 3 or 4 wonton skins at a time, a few seconds on each side, until just golden. Drain on paper towels. Use wontons as chips for dipping into baked sea-food appetizer.

NOTE: If you don't feel inclined to fry the wonton skins to make chips, the seafood appetizer is also delicious served with tortilla or pita chips or crackers of your choice.

Kitchen Witch
February 1st, 2006, 10:06 AM
Macaroni Grill Bella Napoli


1/2 pound pasta sheets, may substitute won tons
Oil, for deep-frying

Asiago Cream Sauce
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/16 teaspoon chicken soup base
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon Asiago cheese
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ounce water
2 to 3 cups mozzarella cheese
Kalamata olive, sliced
Banana peppers, sliced
Chopped tomato
1/2 to 1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 piece cooked Italian sausage
1 piece cooked, sweet Italian sausage

Make cream sauce first by heating the cream until very hot and just bubbly, but not to a boil. Add the chicken base and cheese. Stir constantly with a wire whisk and bring temperature back to just bubbly.

Dissolve cornstarch in the cold water and add to the sauce. Bring to a slow simmer to cook out starchy taste. Transfer sauce to a container for use later. (May be refrigerated.)

Cut the pasta sheets into triangles and deep-fry in oil, heated to 375 degrees F. Fry to a nice chip color. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Assembly: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and put rack at top of oven. Put half of the chips onto an oven safe plate. Pour cream sauce of the chips then top with the remaining chips. Sprinkle with sausage, tomatoes, peppers, olives, mozzarella, and more Asiago. Put it the oven and bake until cheese just starts to brown.

Yield: 4 servings




Macaroni Grill Bella Napoli

1/2 pound pasta sheets, may substitute won tons
Oil, for deep-frying

Asiago Cream Sauce
2 cups heavy whipping cream
1/16 teaspoon chicken soup base
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoon Asiago cheese
1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
1 ounce water
2 to 3 cups mozzarella cheese
Kalamata olive, sliced
Banana peppers, sliced
Chopped tomato
1/2 to 1 cup Asiago cheese, grated
1 piece cooked Italian sausage
1 piece cooked, sweet Italian sausage

Make cream sauce first by heating the cream until very hot and just bubbly, but not to a boil. Add the chicken base and cheese. Stir constantly with a wire whisk and bring temperature back to just bubbly.

Dissolve cornstarch in the cold water and add to the sauce. Bring to a slow simmer to cook out starchy taste. Transfer sauce to a container for use later. (May be refrigerated.)

Cut the pasta sheets into triangles and deep-fry in oil, heated to 375 degrees F. Fry to a nice chip color. Drain on paper towels and sprinkle with Asiago cheese.

Assembly: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and put rack at top of oven. Put half of the chips onto an oven safe plate. Pour cream sauce of the chips then top with the remaining chips. Sprinkle with sausage, tomatoes, peppers, olives, mozzarella, and more Asiago. Put it the oven and bake until cheese just starts to brown.

Yield: 4 servings




Macaroni Grill Chick l'Orange

8 to 10 ounces sliced thin boneless, skinless chicken breast
1/4 ounce diced Andouille or smoked sausage
1/4 ounce diced carrots
1/4 ounce diced red bell pepper
1/4 ounce diced celery
1/4 ounce diced onion
1 clove crushed garlic
1/2 ounce olive oil
2 ounces soy sauce
1 splash white wine
1 cup orange juice

Cut whole breast in half, and then from side to side, yielding 4 breast shaped slices of chicken. Dip in the soy sauce. In a hot pan, start with olive oil, then add carrots, red bell peppers, and andouille; saute for 2 minutes. Add celery and onion; saute for 2 minutes. Look for clear onions, and slight burning on edges of vegetables. Add chicken to pan, searing both sides, while scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent burning. Add garlic. De-glaze with white wine; add orange juice and reduce by half. The sauce should have a rich brown color, with a slight hint of orange. Serve with white rice and steamed broccoli.

Servings: 4




Macaroni Grill Chicken Cannelloni

Cannelloni Filling
8 ounces chicken breast (about 2), cooked thoroughly
1 ounce fresh spinach, chopped
1 ounce sun-dried tomatoes, sliced
16 ounces ricotta cheese
3 ounces mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/2 teaspoon table-ground black pepper
1 teaspoon salt
12 lasagna pasta sheets, approximate size of 5 x 6 inches

Cannelloni Sauce
16 ounces Asiago cream sauce, or your favorite Alfredo sauce
16 ounces Macaroni Grill tomato sauce, or your favorite
tomato-based pasta sauce
3 ounces Parmesan cheese, grated

Once the chicken breast has been cooked thoroughly, allow it to cool to an internal temperature of 45 degrees F.

Dice the cooled chicken breast into 1/2-inch pieces and place into a large mixing bowl. Add spinach, tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella, pepper and salt, and mix thoroughly.

Arrange precooked pasta sheets on a cutting board and place two or three rounded tablespoons of filling mixture down the center of each pasta sheet and carefully roll pasta around filling in a cigar fashion. Place the rolled cannelloni, side by side, into an ovenproof shallow baking dish. Place Asiago sauce (or Alfredo sauce) and tomato sauce in bowl and mix until well incorporated. Pour sauce over cannelloni covering completely. Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese over top of sauce. Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes.

Remove foil and continue to bake for an additional 20 minutes, or until an internal temperature of 165 degrees F is reached. Remove from oven and serve family style or on individual plates garnished with fresh diced tomatoes, and basil or Italian parsley.

Serves 6.

Kitchen Witch
February 1st, 2006, 10:09 AM
Macaroni Grill Focaccia

9 tablespoons olive oil, divided use
3 cups unsifted all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsifted semolina flour
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 1/2 tablespoons quick-rising dry yeast
1 1/2 cups hot milk (between 120 to 130 degrees F)
1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves

Pour a scant tablespoon of the olive oil into a 9-inch square cake pan; spread evenly to cover bottom and sides. Place all-purpose flour, semolina flour, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and all of the yeast in the bowl of a mixer fitted with a dough hook. (The mixing can be done by hand as well.) Blend ingredients on medium speed. Reduce speed to low and slowly add hot milk. Raise the speed to medium and continue mixing for 5 minutes (knead about 8 to 10 minutes by hand).

Sprinkle bottom of cake pan with a little flour. Remove dough from bowl and spread out evenly in pan. Cover with a towel and let rest for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Remove towel. Brush dough with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Sprinkle top with additional salt and rosemary. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining oil.

Yields 6 to 8 servings.




Macaroni Grill Fonduta Gamberi


2 cups half-and-half
1 tablespoon clam juice
2 tablespoons dry white wine
3 tablespoons butter
1 shallot, finely chopped
2 tablespoons flour
4 cups rough chopped spinach
1 cup canned artichoke hearts, chopped
8 large shrimp, peeled, cleaned and chopped
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (more to taste)
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup shredded Mozzarella cheese, optional

In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine half-and-half, clam juice and white wine. In a separate saucepan, melt butter. Add shallots and saute until translucent. Add flour to butter mixture, stirring until flour is absorbed. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 to 3 minutes.

Add heated half-and-half mixture all at once to the shallot mix, stirring constantly with a wire whip to remove any lumps. Add spinach, artichokes, shrimp, cayenne and black pepper and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 minutes, stirring occasionally, so the mixture does not scorch. Remove mixture from heat, and stir in cheese, if desired.

Pour dip into bowl and serve hot.





Macaroni Grill Insalata Florentine (Spinach, Orzo and Chicken Salad)


3 ounces julienne-shredded fresh spinach
3 ounces grilled chicken, sliced and chilled
1 ounce ripe Roma tomatoes, diced
1/2 ounce pine nuts, lightly toasted
1/2 ounce sun-dried tomatoes, julienne cut
1/2 ounce capers
1/2 ounce sliced black olives
1/2 ounce julienne-cut radicchio
5 ounces orzo pasta, cooked and chilled
3 ounces roasted, garlic lemon vinaigrette
1/4 ounce shaved Grana Padana Parmesan
Fresh cracked pepper, for garnish

In the order listed, place all ingredients, except Parmesan cheese, in a chilled mixing bowl.

Toss and serve on a decorative wide bowl. Garnish with shaved Parmesan cheese and fresh cracked pepper.

NOTE: Radicchio is a red-leafed Italian chicory





Macaroni Grill Italian Butter

3 ounces extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon cracked pepper, fresh

Pour olive oil into a saucer, then add fresh ground pepper.

NOTE: for best results, use first, cold-press Genesio, extra-virgin olive oil from Italy.

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Kitchen Witch
February 1st, 2006, 10:13 AM
Macaroni Grill Penne Rustica

The penne is easy, the sauce is the key: heavy cream, parmesan cheese, wine, etc. with chicken and shrimp. Cut the recipe in half and it was still way too much.

Gratinata Sauce
2 teaspoons butter
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary
1 cup Marsala wine
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
8 cups heavy cream

Penne Rustica
1 ounce pancetta or bacon
18 shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 ounces grilled chicken breast, sliced
4 1/2 cups Granita Sauce
48 ounces penne pasta, precooked
3 teaspoons pimientos
6 ounces butter
1 teaspoon chopped shallots
1 pinch salt and pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese
1/2 teaspoon paprika
6 sprigs fresh rosemary

Gratinata Sauce: Saute butter, garlic , and rosemary until garlic begins to brown. Add Marsala wine and reduce by one-third. Add remaining ingredients and reduce by half of original volume. Set aside.

Penne Rustica: Saute pancetta until begins to brown. Add butter, shallots, and shrimp. Cook until shrimp are evenly pick but still translucent. Add chicken, salt, pepper, and mix thoroughly. Add granita sauce and 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese and simmer until sauce thickens.

In a large bowl, combine shrimp and chicken mixture with precooked pasta. Place this mixture into single serving dishes or one large casserole dish. Top with remaining cheese and pimientos and sprinkle with paprika. Bake at 475 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes. Remove and garnish with fresh rosemary sprig.

Serves six.





Macaroni Grill Pesto and Garlic Shrimp

2 ounces garlic butter
6 shrimp
2 ounces diced red bell peppers
1 ounce pine nuts
1 ounce white wine
3 ounces pesto
2 ounces heavy cream
2 ounces Parmesan cheese
6 ounces angel hair pasta

Saute shrimp, bell peppers, pine nuts, and white wine until cooked, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add pesto, heavy cream and Parmesan cheese and cook for 1 minute. Place the cooked pasta in the center of the plate. Stand the 6 shrimp around the pasta and top with the garlic/pesto sauce. Garnish pasta with parsley.

Servings: 1




Macaroni Grill Roasted Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette

1/4 cup red wine vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 ounce roasted garlic
3/4 cup virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon, juiced (no seeds)

Place vinegar, honey, salt and roasted garlic in a food processor. Puree until garlic is chopped very fine. With the food processor still running, add olive oil and lemon juice. Refrigerate until ready to use.




Macaroni Grill Sesame Shrimp

1/2 ounce oil
1/4 cup diced carrots
1/4 cup diced onions
1/4 cup diced celery
1/2 cup diced mushrooms
6 large shrimp (16 to 20 count)
1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds
1 ounce soy sauce
1 ounce white wine

Saute carrots, onions, celery and mushrooms in the oil on medium heat until soft. Add the shrimp and cook for 2 to 3 minutes. Then add sesame seeds, soy sauce and white wine. Stir and serve.

Servings: 1





Macaroni Grill Shrimp Portofino

Serves/Makes: 4

16 medium mushrooms
2 teaspoons chopped garlic
1/2 cup butter, melted
16 large shrimp, cleaned
1/2 teaspoon pepper
3 cloves fresh garlic, crushed, peeled, minced
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 jar marinated artichoke hearts
4 slices lemon
2 tablespoons parsley

Saute mushrooms and garlic in butter until almost tender. Add shrimp and saute until shrimp is cooked, about 3 minutes (do not overcook!). Add remaining ingredients except lemon and parsley and heat through.

Serve over pasta or rice. Garnish with lemon slices and parsley.

Kitchen Witch
February 1st, 2006, 10:16 AM
Macaroni Grill's Pasta di Polla al Sugo Bianco


***Asiago Sauce***
4 Cups heavy cream -- (whipping cream)
1/8 Teaspoon chicken base
1 1/4 Cups asiago cheese
1 Tablespoon cornstarch
2 Ounces water
***For the Pasta***
1/2 Stick butter
1/2 Cup red onions -- diced
1/2 Cup pancetta -- chopped
1 Tablespoon garlic -- chopped
3/4 Cup green onion -- tops only
3/4 Pound chicken -- grilled and sliced
2 Pounds farfalle -- cooked
8 Ounces heavy cream -- (whipping cream)
1 Tablespoon chopped parsley

To Make the Sauce: Heat cream to very hot and just bubbly (but not a boil).
Add chicken base and cheese. Stir constantly with a wire whip and bring
temperature back to just bubbly. Dissolve cornstarch in the cold water and
add to sauce. Bring to a slow simmer to cook out starch. Transfer sauce to
a container, cover and refrigerate until needed.

To Make the Pasta Dish: Saute red onion in butter for a few seconds then
add pancetta and garlic. Add chicken, green onions and pasta. Deglaze the
pan with the cream. Add asiago cream sauce. Heat thoroughly. Garnish with
parsley and serve. Makes four servings.

Kitchen Witch
March 21st, 2009, 08:32 PM
Macaroni Grill Caffe Latte Cheesecake

Be sure the cream cheese and eggs are at room temperature, and bake the cake at least 24 hrs before serving to allow the flavors to develop fully.

CRUST:
2/3 cup, plus 1/4 cup graham crackers crumbs to set aside
5 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
FILLING:
1 1/2 lbs Philadelphia cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temp.
1 tablespoon very hot water
1 1/2 tablespoons instant espresso powder

MAKE THE CRUST:
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Mix together graham cracker crumbs, sugar, espresso powder and cinnamon. Pour the melted butter over the crumbs and mix well. Press the mixture firmly and evenly in the bottom of an 8x3-inch springform pan.

Bake for 10-15 minutes, until the crust begin to color. Cool on a wire rack.

Lower the oven temperature to 325 degrees. Lightly grease the sides of the pan.

MAKE THE FILLING:
Beat the cream cheese until smooth. Gradually beat in the 1 1/4 cups sugar at high speed until fluffy. Beat in the lemon juice and vanilla, then the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.

Pour 1 1/2 cups of the batter into a glass measure. Pour the remaining batter into the cooked crust.

In a small bowl, combine the hot water, espresso powder, and remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Stir this mixture into the 1 1/2 cups of batter.

Using a spoon, dollop the espresso-flavored batter in a thick ring on top of the plain batter about 1/2 inch in from the edge of the pan. Swirl, or marble, the batters together with the spoon. Do not overblend.

Bake in the lower third of the oven for one hour, until set.

Remove from the oven. To prevent it from cracking as it cools, run a thin sharp knife carefully around the edge of the pan to loosen the cake; transfer the pan to a rack and cover with a large inverted bowl. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight or for up to 4 days.

TO SERVE:
Remove the sides of the pan. With your palm, gently pat the reserved 1/4 graham cracker crumbs around the side of the cake, being careful not to get any crumbs on top. Transfer to a platter and serve.