3 Minute Gourmet
The 3 Minute Gourmet, Hosted by Michael Long of Opus Dine Restaurant. of Denver. Michael shows us how real fine dining is created and the secrets behind preparations and display.
Chef Michael Long makes a wonderful french snack food: Escargot, Butter, Slice Garlic, hand gathered wild Mushrooms, Parsley, and Brie Cheese, from the Burgundy region.
The Denver Restaurant Show visits Opus Restaurant and we talk with award winning executive chef and owner Michael Long and we look at some of the fine dishes he has created like sea scallops, foie gras, ahi tuna, lobster chop. and farm raised king canyon bison. Opus is also one of the top wine list restaurants in the world and we get a peek as some of opus’ current favorites and don’t forget desserts and of course holidays, as Opus is serves lots of tasty desserts and is open on Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and New Years eve serving a selection of special dishes for the occasions.
The Denver Restaurant show visits Opus’ Michael Long new restaurant Michael’s Italian Bistro and Brewery in Littleton to check out the wonderful Italian dishes that pair with the atmosphere, singing and drinks.
This month Chef Michael Long and guest show us how Opus Restaurant and Michael’s Italian Bistro make one of their famous American made desserts, Bananas Foster.
Chef Long makes a seasonal fall dish with Bartlett pear and tender pork loin. Starting with the pork trim off the fat so it’s nice and lean. Next season with salt and pepper on each side add some oil to the pan and sear the loins until their brown on each sides. When the second side of the pork is getting brown, place the pears on top and next the Gorgonzola cheese, then remove the medallions and place them on a sheet pan and in the oven.
For the sauce, deglaze the pan with some apple cider, then scrape the extra pork bits into small piles and then add the au jus sauce. Now pour sauce on plate as a reduction add a small ball of spaghetti squash, cranberry jam, walnuts, and finally place the pork loins down for the final touches in this wonderful fall meal.
Michael Long hosts another edition of the 3 Minute Gourmet, this show Michael introduces his new restaurant Michael’s Italian Bistro just down the road from his Opus Restaurant, also special guest on the show is David Cocetti of Cocetti Wines out of the Napa Valley. The main ingredient in the steamed mussels dish is the cultured Prince Edward Island Mussels, butter, garlic, capers, Italian Parsley, Lemon Juice and White Cocetti wine.
In this special edition of the 3 Minute Gourmet, Chef Michael Long hosts a booth at the Littleton Farmers Market where he puts on a show of his cooking expertise.
As the chef makes the Grilled Heirloom Tomato Sandwich he explains some history about the foods and delights the crowd with a taste of his fine dish.
Chocolate Soup: Chef Long shows us how to make this sweet dish right at home. In a pot mix and simmer brewed coffee, cream, Kahlua, brandy (soaked with cinnamon sticks), and sugar.
In a bowl place fresh berries (raspberries, blueberries, strawberries), mint leaves, and add a cube of chocolate cake (find recipe for chocolate cake at : www.epicurious.com)
Add chocolate to pot and stir with a spoon. Add some cornstarch water mixture and continue simmering.
Next add a thin layer of chocolate to the top of the bowl and top off with more berries, mint leaves and whip cream. Finally pour soup mixture into the bowl and watch the chocolate melt into the final deliciously presented dish of chocolate soup.
Also recommended by Chef Long is the tasteful Chocolate Passport wine by Lido Wine Merchants.
This month Michael brings us to the Opus garden where he shows us how to make an organic spring salad.
Dressing – Add 3 parts olive oil to 1 part sherry vinegar from Spain and whisk, Next add salt and pepper, and just pluck off parsley and chives and mix in to complete dressing.
Salad – Peel the red carrots, dice cucumbers, and place dried tomatoes, pecan halves and sun dried cranberries all on the outsides of a plate. Next, in a bowl mix organic greens and add desired amount of dressing and place salad in middle of the plate and serve.
Ingredients: Dressing – Sherry Vinegar from Spain, Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Pepper, Salt, Parsley and Chives.
Salad – Organic Greens, Red Carrots, Dried Tomatoes, Diced Cucumbers, Toasted Pecans, Sun Dried Cranberries.
Next time on the 3 Minute Gourmet Mr. Long shows us how to make Chocolate Soup.
A Commercial for Opus Fine Dining Restaurant in Littleton, Colorado