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22645 Garrod Rd
Saratoga, CA, 95070

(408) 867-7116

Enjoy wines where the grapes are grown in the Santa Cruz Mountains above Saratoga and overlooking San Francisco Bay and Silicon Valley.

Recipes-2015

Chicken Caprese

Bill Cooper

  • 1 c. fresh basil leaves
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ¼ c. grated parmesan
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 pieces boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1 tomato, sliced thin
  • 3 oz. shredded mozzarella
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded parmesan

Preheat oven to 400.  Pulse basil, garlic, and grated parmesan in food processor until smooth.  While running, slowly add olive oil.  Salt and pepper to finish.  Pat chicken dry; place on baking sheet. Spread 1 Tbsp. pesto over each piece.  Bake 20 minutes (or until no longer pink in the center).  Remove from oven; top with tomato slices, mozzarella and shredded parmesan.  Bake 5 minutes more to melt cheese.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Cherried Pots de Creme

Bill Cooper

Serves 4

  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 6 Tbsp. sugar
  • 4 oz. semisweet chocolate, melted
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 Tbsp. crème de cassis
  • ¾ c. bing cherries (from a can), drained and quartered  

In a food processor, beat butter and sugar until well mixed.  Add chocolate several spoonfuls at a time, mixing well after each addition.  Add eggs one by one, mixing at high speed until well incorporated.  Mix in cassis.  Without the blade, stir in the quartered cherries.  Spoon into 4 ramekins or dessert dishes; cover and chill at least 4 hours.

Accompany with Test Pilot F-86

Cheese Teases

Bill Cooper

  • 1 ½ c. finely grated Gruyere
  • 1 ½ c. finely grated Pecorino Romano
  • 1 ½ c. finely grated Parmigiano-Reggiano(approx. ¼ lb. of each cheese)
  • 1 ½ c. flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 c. Crisco oil
  • 2 Tbsp. milk
  • Dry bread crumbs
  • Butter for greasing pan

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Butter a 9” x 13” baking pan and “dust” with bread crumbs, shaking out any excess.  Combine flour and baking powder in a bowl.  Mix eggs, oil, and milk in a larger bowl before stirring in grated cheeses.  Add flour mixture to cheese mixture, stirring until it cleans the sides of the bowl.  Press evenly into prepared pan, smoothing top with a spatula.  Bake 25 minutes.  Remove from oven; cool 10 minutes before turning out onto a cutting board and turning right side up again.  Cut into 48 bars or 96 squares (4x12-or-24 pieces across).  

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Test Pilot, F-104

Brisket Syrah

Bill Cooper

  • Brisket (about 5 lbs., trimmed)
  • Pepper
  • Lawry’s seasoned salt
  • Brown sugar (1/2 c.)
  • Lemon juice (1/4 c.)
  • Mustard (1/4 c.)
  • Syrah (2 c.)

Pierce multiple holes in both sides of brisket using pointed fork.  Apply pepper, Lawry’s seasoned salt, and brown sugar liberally over meat.  Massage lemon juice and mustard into meat.  Pour wine into Ziploc large enough to hold brisket; add meat.  Marinate 5 hours minimum in refrigerator.  Grill over indirect heat, turning judiciously.  (Wonderful recipe from a wine-loving Weber master who eyeballs ingredient quantities; the parenthesis are our suggestion.  On gas grills, target 300 degrees and approximately 40-50 minutes per pound.)

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Syrah or F-104 Test Pilot

Blue Cheese Marinade for Steaks

Bill Cooper

  • 2 Tbsp. crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ¼ tsp. fresh ground pepper
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. coffee crystals
  • 1 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ c. olive oil
  • 4 sirloin tip steaks (or your choice of cuts)

Pat steaks dry with paper towels and place in a glass container.  Mix marinade ingredients in a blender until smooth.  Pour over steaks, rubbing in.  Cover and marinate 4 hours or overnight, turning occasionally.  Grill or broil according to personal preference for doneness.

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon and Test Pilots

Beer Balls

Bill Cooper

Serves 6-8

Meatballs:

  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 egg ½ cup bread crumbs
  • Salt and freshly-ground pepper

Sauce:

  • 1 cup catsup
  • 1 cup beer
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire
  • Salt and pepper

Combine meatball ingredients.  Shape into miniature meatballs and brown in a small amount of shortening.  Drain on paper towels. Boil sauce ingredients for 10 minutes. Pour over meatballs and simmer 3 hours. Serve hot. It’s easy to make up a multiple batch. Freeze meatballs and sauce in separate containers.  Take out only what you might need and simmer at that time.

The recipe is from A Cooking Affaire, Butcher Block Press, PO Box 6, Medicine Lodge, KS67104.

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Cabernets

Aunt Sadie's Apple Dressing

Bill Cooper

for about an 8 lb. bird

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • a little bit of salt
  • 6-8 cups dry white bread cubes
  • 1 large apple, peeled and chopped
  • 2 cups hot milk (more or less)

In a large bowl, beat together eggs and sugar, adding salt last.  Stir in bread cubes and apple.  Add enough hot milk to moisten well.  Gently fill the bird’s cavity, careful not to overstuff.  The dressing will expand as it cooks.  Bake as directed for the stuffed poultry.  (If baking the dressing separately, spray a 9”x13” pan with Pam before filling.  Dot the top with butter, cover and bake about 50 minutes at 375 degrees.)

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod wines

Partly Paella

Bill Cooper

  • 2 Spanish chorizo sausages, sliced
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • fresh ground pepper
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 each crimini and bella brown mushrooms, cubed
  • ¼ c. + ½ c. dry sherry
  • 1 c. chopped onion
  • ½ cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 14.5 oz can petite diced tomatoes, drained
  • 14.5 oz can chicken broth …./
  • 1 ¼ c. quick-cooking couscous (i.e. Near East)
  • 1 c. frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/4 c. chopped parsley
  • 1/3 c. almond slices

Combine paprika, salt and pepper; rub into chicken pieces and cut into 2” chunks.  Combine ½ c. dry sherry and chicken broth in glass measuring cup.  In a large sauteuse pan, cook the chorizo slices; remove from pan.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil to heat.  Add chicken pieces and cook through; remove from pan.  Add 1 Tbsp. olive oil and stir-fry mushrooms; remove from pan.  Deglaze pan with ¼ c. sherry.  Add onions; cook for 2 minutes before adding red pepper.  Stir and cook until softened before adding garlic.  Stir in tomatoes.  Microwave sherry/broth mixture 2 minutes at full power.  Meanwhile, add peas and return meats + mushrooms to pan; mix in to heat.  Pour couscous over mixture; add hot broth.  Stir to combine well.  Turn off heat, cover, and let stand 5 minutes.  Fluff with a serving fork, garnish with parsley and almonds before serving. 

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

 

A Salad for Chardonnay

Bill Cooper

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 4 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • ¾ c. canola oil
  • 1 tsp. poppy seeds
  • Mixed spring greens
  • 2/3 c. candied walnuts, chopped
  • 2 pears, peeled and cut into ½” pieces
  • Blue Cheese optional

Whisk together vinegar, mustard and honey; gradually whisk in oil, then poppy seeds.  Place greens, walnuts, and pears in salad bowl – also blue cheese if you choose to.  Add enough dressing to toss - you may have extra.  Divide among 8 plates to serve. 

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Miss Grimmett's Cranberry Relish

Bill Cooper

Makes about 4 cups

  • 12 oz. fresh cranberries
  • 2 medium Granny Smith or Pippin apples, peeled, quartered and cored
  • 6 oz. walnuts
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Grand Marnier
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
     

Chop cranberries fine in a food processor fitted with metal blade. Remove to a large bowl.  Chop peeled apples in processor.  Add to cranberries.  Chop walnuts and add with remaining ingredients to cranberries.  Stir to mix well.  Cover tightly and refrigerate overnight - or longer - before serving. 
 

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Pinot Noir

London Broil Marinade

Bill Cooper

London Broil Marinade Serves 6-8

  • 1/4 cup salad oil
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 London broil, about 2 lbs.

Whisk together marinade ingredients. Pour over London broil and refrigerate overnight, turning occasionally.  Drain before grilling or broiling meat, about 7 minutes on first side and 5 minutes on second for medium rare.  Cooking times will vary based on meat thickness and heat source.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Sauvignon

Pate de Campagne

Bill Cooper

  • 1/2 lb. chicken livers
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted
  • butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup brandy
  • 1 yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 cloves garlic, halved
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 lb. ground sausage meat
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Bacon, regular slices

Saute chicken livers in butter until just firm enough to handle. Trim any gristle. In a food processor fitted with steel blade, combine cooked livers, eggs, brandy, onion, garlic, and spices. Process until well-mixed and fairly smooth. Crumble raw sausage meat into a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle with flour and use a strong-handled spoon to stir in processed liver mixture. Line a bread tin or pate mold with bacon slices. Pour in the pâté mixture, cover with a lid or foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until juices are clear. Cool 15 minutes then weight and refrigerate overnight.

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc

Gravad Lax (Swedish Cured Salmon)

Bill Cooper

  • 2-2 1/2 lbs salmon filet, with skin
  • 4 Tablespoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chopped fresh dill
  • Large Ziploc bag

Cut the salmon in half so you have two rather equally-sized portions.  Remove any bones; tweezers are a fine tool!  Mix the salt, sugar, ground pepper, and dill.  Cover one of the filets with the spice mixture and put the other filet on top.  Place stacked filets in Ziploc and seal.  Refrigerate with a weight atop the package.  (Wine bottles work well!)   Turn the filet bag every 8 hours.  After 48 hours, pour out the "juice" to keep the fish from getting too salty.  Serve in thin slices.  (We enjoy it on toast or mini-bagels spread with cream cheese and topped with capers.)

Serve with Cooper-Garrod Chardonnay

Narsai's Rack of Lamb, Assyrian

Bill Cooper

Serves 4 portions of 3 chops each

You will want 1-1/2 lamb racks, each with 8 to 9 ribs.  Ask the butcher to remove the flap of meat and to French cut the rib bones.

Put into a blender and puree:

  • 1 large onion
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp. basil leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice (If pomegranate juice is not readily available, substitute more red wine)

Rub this marinade well into the racks and put the remaining marinade over the racks in a shallow glass or enameled pan. Set to marinate in refrigerator overnight, or at cool room temperature for 6 to 8 hours.  Wipe off excess marinade and roast in 450 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes for medium rare lamb, longer if you like lamb done to a greater degree.

(c) 1994 Narsai Davis

Accompany with Cooper-Garrod Cabernet Franc