In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and salt until smooth and combined. In a small saucepan, warm the milk over medium heat. When small bubbles start forming around the edge, slowly pour half of the warm milk into the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Whisk the warm egg mixture back into the remaining hot milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously with a rubber spatula and being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan, for about 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened and the mixture coats the spatula. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and cream. Strain the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface and refrigerate until chilled, about 4 hours. Once cold, stir in the coffee beans and replace the plastic wrap on the surface. Refrigerate for at least 12 hours or overnight.
Prepare the ice cream maker according to the manufacturer¿s instructions. Strain the coffee beans from the gelato base. Pour the base into the prepared ice cream maker and freeze until it is the texture of soft-serve ice cream, about 10 minutes. Remove the gelato from the ice cream maker and transfer to an airtight container. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the gelato before placing the lid on the container. Place in the freezer and freeze for an additional 2 hours before serving. Serve topped with shaved chocolate.
When people think of Vegas, they think of steaks and giant seafood platters. I consider this spaghetti a new way to define indulgence on The Strip.¿
Photograph by Linda Xiao