In our version of the classic
New Orleans po'boy,
chewy ciabatta replaces the
usual French bread. These
crisp oysters fry for a few
seconds per side; anchovy
fillets amplify the oysters'
Leftover batter may be reserved for other vegetables such as red bell pepper strips, zucchini spears, steamed broccoli florets, or very thinly sliced sweet potato. Batter and fry in batches until crisp and cooked through, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain on paper towels and season with salt.
To make your own tostada shells, heat 1/2 inch of safflower oil to 350 degrees in a straight-sided skillet. Fry corn tortillas, turning them every 30 seconds, until crisp and golden, about 2 minutes total. Drain on paper towels; sprinkle with coarse salt.
This fried chicken is soaked in a mix of buttermilk, onion, and garlic before being battered and fried. It is then finished with lavender flowers and drizzled with honey from Wyebrook (which produces only a small amount each year) or surrounding farms.
Make way for little squares of heaven -- these fried morsels are sure to be voted most popular at any party. You can (and should) prepare the stovetop macaroni and cheese a few days ahead, since it will firm up in the refrigerator, for easier cutting. Then follow a two-step breading process, using panko instead of regular breadcrumbs for a crust that's crisp yet light. Don't be put off by the yield; the squares fry quickly, in three or four batches, and you can reheat replenishments over the course of the evening -- whenever the platter is wiped clean (which will be often).This recipe originally appeared in Martha Stewart's Appetizers (Clarkson Potter).