12.05.12

FOOD / 30

a while back, we attended a really lovely dinner party over at heirloom LA’s tasting room. they had amazing cocktails, great company, some of the best appetizers i’ve ever had, and they had handsome coffee roasters to seal the deal.

we have used heirloom LA numerous times for our blogshop catering needs (here and here). they really know how to entertain, so i was excited about this little get together.

AND the folks at heirloom wanted to share with you this appetizer recipe from the event!

Harissa Lamb Tartar Crostini with Bacon Aioli
Makes 24 Tray Passed Appetizers

Tartar Mix
• 1/2 lb prime lamb tenderloin, chopped fine
• 1 shallot, minced
• 10 leaves fresh basil, chopped
• 1 lemon, juiced and zest
• 1/4 cup chives, chopped
• 2oz (4 tablespoons) extra virgin olive oil
• 2-3 teaspoons smoked harissa (siracha ok to substitute)
• fresh cracked black pepper and sea salt to taste

 Combine all ingredients reserving the lemon until it is time to serve.

Bacon Aioli
• 1 cup prepared mayonaise
• 3-4 sliced smoked bacon, cooked crispy and chopped (save rendered fat & chill)
• 1 garlic clove chopped fine
• salt & pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients including rendered bacon fat (once it is chilled) in a bowl and reserve.

Rye Toast
• 6 slices thin rye bread
• salt & pepper to taste
• olive oil to drizzle
• 1 small bunch parsley, chopped

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Trim away crust and with small ring cutters cut bread into 4-6 small rounds (cut into squares if you don’t have cutters). Drizzle olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper on toast cut-outs. Toast until fully crispy on lined baking sheet in oven and reserve until time to serve.

To Compose
Arrange toast cut-outs on a platter, spread a small spoonful of bacon aioli on the toast. Now mix the lemon into the lamb tartar as well as a bit more olive oil to coat the chopped lamb tenderloin. Check for seasoning and place a small spoonful of the lamb onto the toast. Garnish with chopped parsley.

nights like these are my favorite.

photos by: max wanger
recipe & event: heirloom LA 

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  • 1. Chick Tyler  |  December 5th, 2012 at 7:21 am

    These are precious pictures :)

  • 2. Ruthie  |  December 5th, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Looks like fun! Those red nails are amazing but they look especially great while holding cocktail glasses :)

  • 3. Kenzie Lee  |  December 5th, 2012 at 8:48 am

    Looks like you had a blast! and the food looks delicious!

    http://www.CaveGirlintheCity.com

  • 4. Rebecca  |  December 5th, 2012 at 11:48 am

    You’re so lovely! Love that last shot of you and your beau.

  • 5. Maria  |  December 6th, 2012 at 6:47 am

    I love all of these! By the way, I love your nail polish, where is it from? (If you don’t mind me asking!)

    <3

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