04.06.2013 personal chef tips, Recipes No Comments

Video: Tray Passed Appetizer Recipe

CCP Jeff Heavey and Ehow put together an excellent video that will show you how to make a tray passed appetizer that will blow your guests away! This quick and easy recipe uses buffalo mozzerella, delicious sausage, fresh oregano and grated parmesan cheese and the marinara sauce to bring together each of the flavor. Take a look at all of convivial catering’s ehow video series for more tips and a fantastic appetizer idea’s.

09.11.2012 Recipes 1 Comment

Holiday Catering tips: Thanksgiving Turkey Brine Recipe

Happy Holidays are almost upon us!  This can be a stressful event for those who insist on cooking for the family and friends.  While we would love to be the ones cooking for you (and we do this sort of thing everyday :)) we also want to give you a few tips that will make your holiday feast a lasting memory and being prepared is the best way to do this without stress.

We had our Chef’s come together and offer a few tips on brining a turkey to guarantee that is moist and delicious and we selected Chef Mike’s recipe as one that you can trust for your bird this year.  Keep in mind you can use this for any poultry and expect great results.

Chef Mike’s Magical Citrus Savory Brine

Convivial Catering’s Chef Mike Hein
has used this brine for years. Brining
a Turkey infuses flavor and helps the
Bird retain moisture for a Moist and
Delicious Thanksgiving Feast!
1 20# Turkey Thawed

2 T Coriander Seeds

1/2 Cup Chopped Garlic

2 T Juniper Berries

2 T Dried Thyme

8 Valencia Oranges Halved

2 T Black Peppercorns

1.5 Gallons Ice Water

1 Gallon Vegetable Stock

1.5 Cups of Kosher Salt

Warm 2 cups of stock and whisk in kosher salt. Combine with all other ingredients. Submerge Turkey and weigh down to fully immerse Turkey for 8-24 Hours. Cook Turkey in your favorite fashion. (Use Compound Butter under skin and stuff cavity with onion, garlic and herbs.)

Alternatively, if you have had enough of the cooking and cleaning already, we will be cooking for 100’s of people this coming Thanksgiving and if you would like to sit back, relax and let the food come to you, Please contact us.  We offer entire Thanksgiving meals at affordable prices with a quality that will not be beat!

Check back for more thanksgiving tips and hints as we will be continuing our series of Holiday catering tips throughout the end of the year!

13.06.2011 Recipes 1 Comment

Summer Time Potato Salad Recipe

The Sun is heating up and it looks as though unlike in 2010, this summer could be a nice one.  That means that once again it’s time to fire up the grill, mix a beverage and entertain.
I hoped to give all my patrons a nice fresh recipe to accompany the main dish and crafted a classic potato salad with an option for a hint of bacon.
While it’s not extremely complex the flavor is a classic and if you follow the few tips that i included, I’m sure that you are going to have a great side to accompany your favorite protein when it comes off the grill.

Jeff’s Potato Salad

2 Pounds Red Bliss Potatoes, peeled, and quartered with skin on 2 Shallots Minced 2 Celery Ribs Diced
1/2 Cup Mayonnaise 3 Tablespoons of Cornichons or Dill Pickles 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard 2 Tablespoons White Wine Vinegar
3 Tablespoons of Chopped Fresh Dill Salt and Pepper to Taste Optional: 4 Ounces of Cooked Chopped Bacon Put potatoes in 6 quarts of salted water (or stock) and bring to boil. Cook until a toothpick can slide through the potato easily but isn’t mushy about 12 minutes. Drain and let cool. Whisk together all remaining ingredients.
Gently toss with potatoes and chill.

Happy Dog Days of Summer! Please Contact Convivial Catering for your catering needs and let us know if you have any questions regarding recipes!