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Chopped Apple Salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette {Celebration at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain}

by Jeanette on November 16, 2012 · 10 Comments
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Bobby Flay's Bar Americain

The weekend right before before Hurricane Sandy hit, my husband and I took a trip up to Mohegan Sun with two other couples to celebrate a few big birthdays (ahem, me included), and a big anniversary (my hubby and I just celebrated our 25th anniversary!). Meatloaf was playing (now I’m really showing my age) and the six of us wanted to see him again – we had seen him in concert at Mohegan Sun nearly ten years ago.

For those of you who’ve never heard of Mohegan Sun, it’s an all-in-one destination in Connecticut that combines entertainment, gourmet dining, premier shopping, a casino, and luxury hotel all under one roof.

Although we’ve been to Mohegan Sun a few times over the years, we’ve never actually eaten at any of the nicer restaurants, which is a true shame as there are a lot of good places to eat there, including Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain, Todd English’s Tuscany, BALLO Italian Restaurant and Social Club and Michael Jordan’s Steak House. This time around since it was a special occasion, we decided to treat ourselves to a nice dinner at Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain.

Bobby Flay's Bar Americain

The best part of eating with a group of good friends is that they don’t mind sharing. I love it when everyone orders something different and we all get a taste – it’s so much more fun and it gives me a better idea of all the menu offerings.

As a foodie, I love good food and I love eating out. I rarely eat out, so when I do, it is a real treat, and while I try to choose some of the healthier options on the menu, ultimately, I usually make my menu selections based on what pops out at me (usually something I would not typically make at home) while trying not to go overboard. After all, going out is a special occasion, and this particular evening was a a time of celebration with some really good friends..

So, let me preface the following by saying that these are not necessarily the healthiest options. In fact, some of these dishes were down right decadent. You’ve been warned…

To start our dinner off, we shared a few appetizers (I think we also had the Red Pepper Crab Cake, but it must have been devoured before I could snap a picture).

Gala Apple Salad, Blue Cheese, Walnuts, Spinach with Pomegranate Dressing

Bar Americain Gala Apple Salad

Gala Apple Salad, Blue Cheese, Walnuts, and Spinach with Pomegranate Dressing

Gulf Shrimp & Grits

Bar Americain Shrimp and Grits

Gulf Shrimp and Grits

For dinner, we all ordered something different. I had the Fulton Fish Market Cioppino.

Bar Americain Cioppino

Fulton Fish Market Cioppino

My friend Nancy had the Cedar Planked Pacific Salmon.

Bar Americain Cedar Planked Pacific Salmon

Cedar Planked Pacific Salmon, Wild Mushrooms, Pinot Noir

Another friend ordered the Mahi Mahi, Florida Style.

Bar Americain Mahi Mahi Florida Style

Mahi Mahi Florida Style

For the side dishes, we shared the Sweet Potato Gratin and Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Gratin

Bar Americain Sweet Potato GratinBar Americain Sweet Potato Gratin and Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Gratin

Sweet Potato Gratin and Cauliflower & Goat Cheese Gratin

and the Asparagus, with Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette

Bar Americain Asparagus with Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette

Asparagus with Green Peppercorn Vinaigrette

And for the grand finale, we indulged ourselves with a tasting of three desserts.

Mocha Mascarpone Eclair Rum Espresso Sauce

Bar Americain Mocha Mascarpone Eclair

Mocha Mascarpone Eclair

Blueberry Lemon Crepes

Bar Americain Blueberry Lemon Crepes

Blueberry Lemon Crepes

Deep Dish Chocolate Cream Pie

Bar Americain Deep Dish Chocolate Cream Pie

Deep Dish Chocolate Cream Pie

After our bellies were full, we were off to see the Meatloaf concert.  Meatloaf put on a great performance –  I can’t believe Meatloaf is 65! Although my hubby was hoping to play a little Black Jack, the rest of us were ready to head home – maybe next time. I’d love to try Todd English’s Tuscany restaurant next time.

Needless to say, we had an amazing time with our friends that evening! There’s nothing better than celebrating some special moments with good friends.

Now, you didn’t think I’d leave you without a recipe did you? Bar Americain graciously provided this recipe for their Chopped Apple Salad which would be perfect for the holidays. I know I can’t wait to try it.  It must have been good because I didn’t even get a taste that night ;).
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Chopped Apple Salad with Toasted Walnuts, Blue Cheese and Pomegranate Vinaigrette
 
Serves: 6-8
Ingredients
Chopped Apple Salad
  • 4 apples, such as Granny Smith, Gala or Fuji, cored and cut into ½ inch dice
  • 2 ounces baby spinach
  • 2 large heads of Belgian endive, thinly sliced crosswise
  • 1½ cups coarsely chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 2 cups blue cheese such as Maytag, crumbled
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
Pomegranate vinaigrette
  • 3 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey, or more to taste
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ⅔ cup extra virgin olive oil
Directions
  1. Combine the apples, spinach, endive, walnuts and blue cheese in a large bowl.
  2. Make Pomegranate Vinaigrette by whisking together pomegranate molasses, vinegar, mustard and honey in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Slowly whisk in the olive oil until emulsified.
  3. Add the vinaigrette to the salad and toss to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Notes
Published with permission from Bar Americain.

Disclosure: Mohegan Sun provided us with a discount at Bar Americain which was very much appreciated.

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Comments

  1. Jeanette ALL the dishes look fabulous! I want to go!!

  2. Everything looks marvelous!

  3. Those desserts! Those sides! It all looks so amazing! And that salad is beautiful–I wish I could get mine plated so perfectly. :)

  4. Happy Belated Birthday and what a special Anniversary – congrats!!! That food looks amazing :)

  5. Sounds and looks like it was an exceptional meal!

  6. All the foods look mouthwatering! And these desserts…..irresistible!

  7. Thanks you all – we had a great time! The food was fantastic and we had a fun night out with our friends celebrating.

  8. Looks awesome, Jeanette!! Those shrimp & grits look especially amazing too!

  9. It’s always fun when everyone’s willing to share so you can taste a little bit of everything. It sounds like you had a fun trip. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

  10. Wow they all look delicious. I’m actually surprised how well the pictures turned out. Usually the lighting sucks in those places. I’m sure your talent had a lot to do with it! I’m in love with your salad! Fabulous flavors. I haven’t ha blue cheese in ages and I heart blue cheese!

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