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SUNDAY COOKING WITH CHEF JON ASHTON: MOZZARELLA & PESTO, PLUS THE PERFECT GIN COCKTAIL

Jon Ashton Creamy Mozzarella Appetizer

Prep Your Pantry for this Sunday’s Facebook Live Segment with the Guest Chef

This week’s edition of Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton blends two of our favorite courses into one episode: cheesy appetizers and cocktail hour. Combining simple artisan cheeses of Italy – mozzarella, ricotta and Parmesan – with the herby goodness of fresh pesto and zest of lemon, Jon will demonstrate the ease of creating the perfect snack or hors d’oeuvres for spring evenings. Complementing these flavors: the sweet and tangy tannin of the Gin and Jam cocktail, straight from Crystal ships to your home bar.

Crisp and sweet, savory and satisfying, the flavors featured this week will wrap of your weekend perfectly. Gather your ingredients, then tune in LIVE this Sunday, April 26 at 3 p.m. on the Crystal Cruises Facebook page with Chef Jon Ashton. Together, we’ll reminisce of lively evenings and colorful concoctions enjoyed in the bars and lounges aboard our favorite ships.

Creamy Mozzarella and Pesto

By Chef Jon Ashton

Ingredients:

8 oz. mozzarella cheese
2 tbsp. fresh pesto
3 tbsp. ricotta cheese
3 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
Zest of one lemon

Directions:

In a food processor, combine the mozzarella, pesto, ricotta and lemon zest and process to a coarse paste. Scrape into a bowl. Top with a little extra pesto and Parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve with flatbread crackers.

Makes 4-6 servings

Crystal’s Gin & Jam cocktail

Crystal’s Gin and Jam Cocktail

Ingredients:

2 oz. Gordon’s gin
2 oz. fresh lemon
1 tsp. raspberry jam

To serve:

Shake all ingredients together with ice, then strain into rocks glass with fresh ice. For garnish, take spoon of jam, lay it across the glass to be stirred into the drink for extra sweetness.

Crystal’s new Crystal@Home: A Virtual Cruise Experience program brings several elements of the renowned Crystal Experience directly to guests, wherever in the world they are. “Sunday Cooking with Chef Jon Ashton” represents the culinary excellence found aboard Crystal ships, as some of the greatest travel memories are created over the greatest meals.

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