Man.v.Food.S03e014 Syracuse, NY part 1
Man.v.Food.S03e014 Syracuse, NY part 2
Adam takes on the Frittata Challenge at Mother’s Cupboard-a massive breakfast scramble weighing in at over 6-lbs.
I’ve never understood the fear and mystery that surrounds this thin round of ground flour, milk, and egg. It’s one of the first things you make in culinary school (that works), and probably the first French recipe one commits to memory. It does take a few practice crepes to get a feel for the pan and heat, but once you have a couple successfully finished, you are set for life.
By the way, forget those scenes in movies, and TV, where the “chef” is flipping them in the air to turn them. This is all for show. Just use a spatula and turn them over – sort of like a toasted cheese sandwich. Also, stop being a perfectionist in the kitchen; you’ll have more fun. I know you; if you try these you want them to be perfectly round, perfectly thin, and perfectly colored. Relax, Martha.
Perfect rarely happens in the kitchen – before the food is plated, at least. The most imperfectly shaped crepe once folded up with jam, fried in butter, and eaten with ice cream, is always perfect. As I say in the video, this is just the first step. I will do another demo on what to do with these perfect crepes soon. Stay tuned, and enjoy!
1 cup flour
1 1/4 cup milk
2 tbsp oil
1/4 tsp salt
Bored with breakfast? Huevos rancheros, or ranch-style eggs, is a hearty, healthy, and very delicious breakfast. Watch how easy it is to make a fresh ranchero sauce, the key ingredient in this classic Mexican meal.
Huevos Rancheros simplemeans ranch-style eggs, and if you’ve ever worked on a ranch, like I have (I picked corn one summer), you understand the importance of a hearty breakfast.
There are many variations of this dish, all which includes some kind of eggs topped with some kind of tomato and chili-based sauce. This video recipe shows a fairly traditional preparation with two slight twists. I like my ranchero sauce kind of smooth – where as most classic versions are quite chunky. Also, instead of the plain tortilla base, I slip in a slice of cheese for a little quesadilla action.
If you decide to go ahead and try this (and when you see the money shot at the end, you really won’t have much choice), you should follow my lead and have it with the rice and beans. I love homefries the much as the next ranch hand, but there’s something about the way the egg yolk and ranchero sauce mix together that works so well with frijoles refritos and arroz.
Since this recipe was produced for About, the following video link will take you off the site to watch the video, just don’t forget to come back. Enjoy!
1 tbsp of tomato paste
1 tsp of vegetable oil
1/2 cup diced onions
big pinch of salt
2/3 cup diced green chilies – combination of hot or sweet i.e.jalapeno & Fresno chilies
2 cloves minced garlic
1/2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp oregano
14.5-oz diced tomatoes
1/2 cup of water
salt and cayenne pepper
Pepper jack cheese
I love posting about these regional culinary favorites, especially when no one knows for sure where the name came from. It allows me to put forth my own, often ridiculous, theory. There is indeed a King Ranch in Texas – they say it’s one of the most famous ranches in the world, but as far as claiming credit for inventing this casserole goes, they’re not interested. You can’t really blame them…a legendary cattle ranch the birthplace of a famous chicken recipe? I don’t think so.
Here’s what I bet happened. You don’t build a cattle ranch without making a few enemies along the way. To get revenge, someone invented this dish and called it the King Ranch casserole just to annoy them. It was a brilliant plan. Without firing a shot, or bloodying a knuckle, they inflicted the ultimate cattleman humiliation.
Regarding this recipe, I have a few things to explain. I’m testing it for the cookbook, and so I wanted to stay true to the original formula, which explains the cans of soup. Also, as you’ll hear me say in the video, I tried to add an extra layer of tortilla on the bottom, which was a mistake. It threw off the meat to grain to condensed soup ratio. Two layers are plenty; so if you make it, take note.
Lastly, since condensed soup is dangerously high in sodium, I didn’t add any, but after sampling I decided that it did need some after all. Best to taste the sauce mixture and decide for yourself. Enjoy!
Meat from one cooked chicken
10 corn tortillas
1 white onion, diced
1 red bell pepper, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
8 oz cheddar cheese, grated
1 can of cream of mushroom soup
1 can of cream of chicken soup
1 cup of chicken broth
1 can Ro-Tel diced tomatoes with green chilies
2 tablespoons sour cream
2 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon chipotle
1 teaspoon salt, maybe
I feel kind of guilty. I’ve been publishing this blog for four years now, and I this is the first time I’m letting you in on my magical method for picking the Super Bowl winner. I can’t tell you how or where I learned how to do this (long story short, I’d be killed by a very tall, dreadlocked gypsy if I did), but I can tell you it’s a sure thing.
Normally, I’d never give insane advice like withdraw your children’s college funds, and bet everything on the game, but here, it would be crazy not to. 😉 Enjoy!
I thought this chicken fettuccine Alfredo recipe was going to fit that description. I’m putting this recipe in the cookbook, and I wanted to try one that uses chicken broth, the same one used to poach the breasts, in place of some of the heavy cream.
I was so sure I had the right proportions that I decided to film it without a test. I was wrong, or as the kids say these days…Fail (which by the way, is getting really annoying, so cut it out).
The dish tasted great; the fortified chicken broth worked perfectly as a partial cream substitute, and I also managed to not use any butter or olive oil – another goal of this recipe. The problem, as you’ll see, is I simply had twice as much chicken broth as I needed.
So, in case I’m not clear in the video. You poach the breasts in 2 cups of broth, but before you continue with the recipe, boil that poaching liquid down to 1 cup and you will be in slightly-less-caloric chicken fettuccine Alfredo heaven.
Also, be sure to undercook the pasta by at least a minute, so you can allow it to absorb the sauce at the end, as it rests covered. The last piece of advice you’ve heard before… DO NOT attempt this recipe unless you have a nice hunk of Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. It’s like the main ingredient, so that green can is not going to cut it. Enjoy!
Ingredients for 4 large servings:
2 large chicken breasts
2 cups low sodium organic chicken broth
1 pound fettuccine
2 cups heavy cream
4 cloves garlic, very finely minced
2 large egg yolks
1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley (in summer toss some nice fresh basil in for a little different version)
2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste