DANA POINT, Calif. September, 2012—Chef Marissa Gerlach is passionate about the food she serves her guests at RAYA. She’s committed to using sustainable and seasonal ingredients for the pan-Latin menu.
Before joining The Ritz-Carlton, Chef Marissa worked in kitchens of some of the best restaurants and hotels in California including Studio at Montage Laguna Beach under Chef James Boyce, Bardessono in Yountville, The Restaurant at Meadowood in Napa Valley under Chef Christopher Kostow, and Cyrus in Healdsburg under Chef Douglas Keane.
She shares this delightful recipe with the contrasting flavors of spicy jalapeño and pickled shallots with the juicy texture of watermelons.
(yield: 3 C)
6 jalapeños, fried, peeled, de-seeded
2 bunches watercress, blanched
1 garlic clove
3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese - grated
2 tablespoons mirin
1/2 cup rice vinegar
3 large egg yolks
1.5 cup s oil blend, olive/corn
2 limes, juiced
Salt and black pepper, to taste
In blender, add everything but oil. Slowly drizzle oil into the blender while running until thick and creamy. Season with salt and pepper. May need a little bit more lime juice.
This should be made every 2 to 3 days to keep color and flavor.
Whipped requeson cheese
(yield: 2 cups)
1 1/4 cups requeson cheese
3/4 cup heavy cream
Salt and black pepper,to taste
Add everything together to a blender until smooth. Taste and season.
(yield: 2 cups)
1/2 cup corn starch
1/2 cup cake flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
Pinch sea salt
Mix all dry ingredients together. Add bubbly water so batter is not too thin or too thick - like pancake batter. Keep cold - on ice or in cooler.
Should be made last minute.
(yield: 1 lb)
1 lb white onions, sliced
2 habaneros,thinly sliced
1 tablespoon Mexican oregano
1 cup sugar
1 cup salt
1.5 qts white vinegar
Mix all together and let sit for 12 hours. We always make them in large batches. The longer they marinate the better they are!
Organic watermelons, as needed
Heirloom tomatoes, as needed
Salt and pepper, to taste
Squash blossoms, garlic flowers, pickled shallots, lemon basil or lime basil, to garnish
1/6 avocado wedge, tempura last minute
Cube watermelons and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper
Spread jalapeño dressing on bottom of plate.
Mix together fresh squash blossoms, garlic flowers, pickled shallots, lemon basil or lime basil if you can find it. Place on top of tomatoes and watermelon.
Add quenelles of requeson as shown and place avocado.
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