Chef Ashton Keefe's recipes for the new year

Bubbling Pancakes

Holidays are all about celebrating, enter the New Year with this sinfully sweet and savory pancake recipe that will make you feel like you’re waking up to room service and all the little luxuries 2019 has in store for you. 

Pair and cook with Enza Prosecco, an Italian Prosecco with a slightly sweet finish that marries and mixes well with your morning pancakes. Drink this $15 bottles with notes of citrus and fruit solo or with a dash of orange juice to celebrate the new year. 

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup sparkling wine  
1 egg
3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Raspberry Preserves and Greek Yogurt, garnish

Whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar. Add buttermilk, sparkling wine, egg and 1 tablespoons olive oil, stirring until just combined.

Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium high heat and brush with remaining tablespoon of olive oil, using a bit as you go – not all at once.

Add desired amount of mix, depending on the size of your pancakes, and cook until bubbly on top. Flip and cook for additional minute or two. Serve topped with jam and yogurt.

Breakfast Pasta
Serves 4

The simplest most delicious way to have pork and eggs in the morning – and it works wonders on the handover. Crispy salami will be your new favorite addition to any pasta. 

Pair with Barone Pizzini Animante a $30 bottle from the sparkling wine region, Franciacorta, making luxury sparkling wine. This light straw sparkling wine is an ideal pairing with pasta as it’s finish compliments the creaminess of this breakfast pasta. 

1 lb. bucatini pasta
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 lb. sliced salami 
3-4 shallots, sliced
3 cloves garlic, smashed and sliced
2 egg yolks, 1 whole egg
1 cup grated pecorino cheese
Salt, to taste
Pepper, to taste

Heat olive oil in a large in a large skillet and add salami, cooking until crispy. Add shallots and garlic and cook for another minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside.

Bring a large pot of water to a boil and salt generously (it should be as salty as the sea). Cook pasta until al dente. Reserve extra pasta water for loosening the sauce.

In a large bowl whisk together eggs and cheese. Add hot pasta to the egg mixture and begin to toss. Add crispy salami and toss more, until shiny and amazing looking.

Season with salt and pepper as needed.

Ashton’s Ultimate Cheese Board
Serves 6-8

Pair with Ricci Curbastro Satèn Brut this 100% chardonnay sparkling wine is made in the up-and-coming luxury sparkling wine region, Franciacorta, where bubbles are made in the traditional champagne method. This $50 bottle is the ultimate “cheers” to the new year that should be savored all day long… as you would with this cheeseboard. 

1/2 lb. Cabot clothbound cheddar
1/2 lb. soft triple cream brie
1/2 lb. bayley hazen or similar domestic blue cheese
1 bunch green grapes
1 bunch purple grapes
2 nectarines, peaches, citrus or persimmons depending on the season
1 honey comb
1 package seeded crackers
1/2 pint castelvetrano olives 
1/2 pint caper berries
1/2 lb. thinly slice prosciutto 
1/2 pint marcona or regular almonds 
Edible Flowers
1 bunch rosemary or thyme

Place three pieces of cheese on opposites sides of the board.

Place fruit next to each piece of cheese. Repeat for stone fruit of citrus.

Place honeycomb. Layer in crackers. Place olives in capers in small bowls and nestle between cheeses. Fold and layer in prosciutto.

Pour in marconas or almonds.

Tuck flowers and herbs to fill.

Retox Detox Punch with Sparkling Wine Ice Cubes
Serves 4-6

Pair with Yellow Tail Bubbles, this medium bodied sparkling wine holds it’s own at only $10 a bottle, it is not only an delicious and affordable way to “celebrate” at any occasion but the bottle boasts the only resealable top for sparkling wine on the market. 

2 bottles Yellow Tail Bubbles 
1 bag frozen cranberries
3-4 oranges, sliced
Cranberry Juice

Using 1 bottle, freeze bubbles in ice molds overnight.

In a large pitcher combine frozen cranberries, citrus slices, desired amount of cranberry juice, remaining bottle of bubbles and ice cubes.