Recipes excerpted from "Chef Supreme: Martin Ginsburg," Copyright 2011, by permission of Supreme Court Historical Society
Martin Ginsburg's recipe for "Simple Meatloaf"
1 medium-large yellow onion, finely chopped
1 Tbs. butter (or just a little more)
1 1/2 lbs. ground chuck and round, mixed
2/3 lb. ground pork
3 Tbs. Worcestershire sauce
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
4 Tbs. ketchup
2 Tbs. Dijon mustard
3 Tbs. cracker meal
Salt (to taste)
Freshly ground pepper
Extra ketchup, about 7 tbs.
1. Preheat oven to about 350 degrees.
2. Sauté the onion in the butter, stirring from time to time, over medium heat until lightly browned. Set aside to cool.
3. Mix well the ground meats and Worcestershire Sauce. Then mix in the cooled onions and all of the other ingredients except the "extra ketchup."
4. Place the whole thing in a large loaf pan, smooth the top, and then pour the extra ketchup on the top spreading the cover fairly evenly.
5. Bake 1 hour.
6. Allow the baked meatloaf to sit in the loaf pan outside the oven about 10 minutes. Pour off and throw away the accumulated liquid, which is about 97% fat.
7. Remove from the pan, slice the meatloaf, and serve to the relentless applause of your grandchildren.
Martin Ginsburg's recipe for "Dense Chocolate Mousse with Pralines"
1 lb. high quality semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, in pieces
3 egg yolks
1/2 tsp. instant espresso dissolved in 1 tbs. hot water
1/2 cup Grand Marnier
1 cup heavy cream, well chilled
4 egg whites, at room temperature
4 Tbs. praline powder
1. In a double broiler, or even better in the microwave in a large glass bowl, partly melt the chocolate and then stir it smooth with a wire whip. (If you have used the double-broiler, turn the melted chocolate into a glass bowl.) Allow the chocolate to cool.
2. Add the egg yolks, one at a time, mixing well. Then add the coffee, then add the Grand Marnier.
3. Whip the cream until stiff. Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold the cream into the egg whites.
4. Fold or stir a few tablespoons of the cream-egg white mixture into the chocolate to lighten. Then fold in half the remaining egg white and cream mixture. Then fold in the rest.
5. Finally, fold in the 4 tbs. of praline powder. Spoon the mixture into a glass bowl suitable as a serving bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap (I prefer Saran) and then with heavy aluminum foil. Freeze at least 3 hours, but overnight is better I think.
6. Before serving, place the bowl of mousse in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes so that it will soften somewhat.
7. Serve with sweetened whipped cream, or even better I think, with a few tablespoons of Grand Marnier sauce and, instead of whipped cream, a small bowl of excellent vanilla ice cream. If you have extra praline powder, a small sprinkle of it on top of the chocolate mousse is a nice idea.