Chef Egg has been hibernation for the summer but, things are about to get crackin'!!! We are rocking festivals, colleges and even breweries in the next month!
But that's not all. The big news is, Chef Egg is taking it to the streets, and has just released his new web show "Chef Egg Eats Baltimore". Join the chef as he creates tasty meals literally, on the streets of Baltimore. Great locations, groovy tunes and fantastic and easy recipes.
Lastly, Chef Egg has a brand new location in Baltimore and will start hands on cooking classes and events. Check out the schedule for great events and get crackin'!
Chef Egg Live - Hands on Pasta
Blue Moon Cafe Light Street
Wednesday Sept. 2, 7:00p - 9:30p
Tickets and info at www.chefegg23.eventbrite.com
Menu - Gnocchi with Sautéed Mushrooms and Cream; Orecchietti with Bacon, Pan Roasted Cherry Tomato and Wine; Egg Linguini with Garlic, Chilies, Lemon and Anchovies
A heaping bowl of corn grits can be a tasty, filling and inexpensive meal. You can make grits for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serve it with just about anything from bacon and eggs, to shrimp, pork and vegetables. I like my grits with lots of cheese and served with spicy sausage. Check this recipe out below and feel free to mix it up and make this recipe your own.
Italian Sausage and Grits
2 tbsp. Butter or Olive Oil
1 Onion, small dice
3 Garlic Cloves, minced
6 C Water
1.5 C Corn Grits
1/2 C Cheese - Parmesan or Goat Cheese
1 tbsp. Butter or Olive Oil
8 oz. ltalian Sausage, crumbled
1 Bell Pepper, small dice
1 C Tomato, small dice
Salt and Pepper TT
Place a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the oil, then add the onion and garlic and cook for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the water and bring to a boil. Stir in the grits and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often. Mix in the cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.
While the grits are cooking, place a skillet over medium heat, add a little oil to the pan, when it smokes add the sausage. Cook the sausage for 5 minutes, add the bell pepper sand cook for another 5 minutes. 5 minutes. Add the tomato and cook for 10 minutes stirring often, then season with salt and pepper.
Place a portion of the grits into a bowl and top with a heaping scoop of the sausage mixture. Garnish with more cheese, chives and fresh herbs.
Pre heat oven to 375 F and butter an 8-inch baking dish with 1 tablespoon of butter. Mix the peaches with the sugar, lemon juice and cornstarch and place into the baking dish. Mix the butter, brown sugar, flour and oats together until a crumble if formed. Place the crumble over the peaches, lightly top with foil and bake for 40-50 minutes or until golden brown.
Place the chicken in a bowl and toss with the salt, pepper and cornstarch. Pre heat a large skillet over medium heat, add the 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, when it smokes add the chicken in a single layer. Cook the chicken for 3 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook for 3 minutes to brown on all sides and cook through, then remove the chicken from the pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, when it smokes add the onions and peppers. Toss the veggies, cook for 2-3 minutes until lightly browned, then remove from the pan.
Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan, then add the garlic, ginger and chili flakes. Cook this for 15 seconds and then add the soy sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar. Cook for 15 - 30 seconds, then add the chicken and vegetables back to the pan. Toss the mixture to cover in the sauce and cook until thick, about 2 minutes. Toss in the peanuts and serve immediately.
Summer time is the right time for fantastic fruit flavored desserts. Pies, tarts and crumbles are some of my favorite hot weather desserts, but the French galette is a true crowd pleaser and you dont have to be a pro baker to make it. A galette is like a pie without a pan, filled with a fruit filling and topped with ice cream, whipped cream or powdered sugar. I like to make this dessert because the prep is easy and the outcome is wicked awesome!
You can make the dough from scratch or use store bought pie dough, crescent dough and puff pastry. The fruit filling can be made from all types of berries, and other summer fruits like cherries, peaches, plums and even rhubarb. And remember if you can't get fresh fruit, frozen will work great too.
Blueberry Galette (Pan Less Pie)
1 Pie Dough
3 C Blueberry Filling
1/4 C Flour
2 tbsp. Milk
1 tbsp. Sugar
Pre heat the oven to 425 F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. The parchment will keep your baking sheet clean and make the surface non stick.
Remove the dough from the fridge and place on a surface dusted with flour. Roll the dough out into a large circle about 13 inches wide, don't worry about creating a perfect circle. Place the blueberry filling in the middle of the dough, and leave a 2 inch border. Carefully fold the dough up and around the blueberry filling to create crust, overlapping the dough is all good.
Brush the edges of the galette with the milk and then sprinkle with sugar. Bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown, turning halfway through cooking. Remove front he oven and let cool until serving.
1.25 C Flour
1/2 tsp. Salt
1 tbsp. Sugar
1 stick Cold Butter, small dice
2 tbsp. Ice Water
Place the flour, salt and sugar in a bowl and toss to combine. Place the butter chunks into the mixture and press into the flour with your hands until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in the ice water and press the flour mixture into a ball of dough, the mixture will be crumbly. Wrap the dough ball tightly in plastic and flatten to form a disk. Place in fridge and chill for 2 hour or until very firm.
3 C Blueberries, washed and dried
1/3 C Sugar
2 tbsp. Cornstarch
1 tsp. Vanilla
2 tbsp. Lemon Juice
1 tbsp. Lemon Zest
Place all of the ingredients into a bowl and toss to combine.
Enchiladas are a classic baked tortilla dish that is usually filled with cheese, meat, veggies or beans and topped with a red, tomato/chili based sauce. This recipe uses chicken, a mixture of veggies and cheese, and is baked in a green tomatillo sauce.
I like to use rotisserie chicken or leftover baked chicken and then throw in any cooked veggies I have on hand. Start out with onions and peppers and then add anything you like including zucchini, carrots, sweet potatoes, broccoli, spinach, kale, peas, beans, tofu, seitan. You can make this all veggie style with veggies and beans, or super meaty style with a mixture of chopped or shredded beef and pork. You can also add a mixture of cheeses like cheddar, pepper jack, goat or feta, and use fresh or store bought red enchilada sauce or green salsa verde.
1.5 lbs. Chicken, cooked and chopped
1 C Onion, small dice
1/2 C Bell Pepper, small dice
1/2 C Corn, fresh, frozen or canned
3/4 C Sour Cream
1 C Cheddar Cheese, Shredded
1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Chili Powder
15 Corn and Flour Tortillas, small size
3 C Green Sauce or Salsa Verde
1 C Cheddar or Jack Cheese, shredded
Pre heat the oven to 400 F and lightly oil a large casserole dish. Place the first 9 ingredients into a bowl and mix to combine. Place the tortillas on a flat surface, place 1/3 - 1/2 cup of filling in the middle and then roll tightly. Place the rolled tortilla into a large casserole dish, then continue to roll the tortillas with filling and pack tightly in the dish.
Pour the green sauce over the enchiladas, top with cheese, cover tightly with foil and bake for 45 minutes. Remove the foil from the dish and cook for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Serve the hot enchiladas with sour cream and fresh pico de gallo.
Tomatillo - Green Sauce
2 tbsp. Veg or Olive Oil
1 C Onion, small dice
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
1 tbsp. Jalapeño, chopped
1.5 C Tomatillos, chopped
2 C Chicken Stock, no salt
1 tsp. Cumin
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
Place a small pot over medium heat. Add the oil to the pot, and when it smokes, add the onions, garlic and jalapeño. Cook for 5 minutes, then add the tomatillos, chicken stock and seasonings. Stir the mixture and simmer the sauce for 15 minutes. Remove the sauce from the heat and carefully use a hand blender to pulse until smooth. If you do not have a hand blender, place 1 cup of the sauce into a blender at a time, top lightly with a towel and pulse on low power until smooth. Repeat with the rest of the sauce.
I created this recipe while performing a demo at the Baltimore Farmers Market and Bazaar. I arrive early to set up my gear and the farmers bring me the bounty of the day. Usually in the summer months I am rolling in squash, greens and berries. Today was a treat when I greeted with a pile of fresh ripe peaches sweet corn and mint. I figured this would make a great salsa to top the seared tilapia that I was prepped to make. With a little love from the crowd, we prepared a great dish, bursting with colors, flavors, textures and nutrition.
Tilapia with Peach and Corn Salsa
2 tbsp. Olive Oil
4 Tilapia, filets
1 tsp. Salt and Pepper
Place a skillet over medium heat and add the oil to the pan. Dry the tilapia filets with a paper towel and season with the salt and pepper on both sides. When the oil smokes, place the filet into the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes. DO NOT TOUCH THE FISH!!!
When the fish has cooked up the sides, very carefully flip the filets. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until the fish flakes apart easily when touched with a fork.
Serve the tilapia on a platter and serve with a scoop of the peach and corn salsa.
3 Peaches, small dice
2 Corn, cut off the cob
1/3 C Onion, small dice
1 Bell Pepper, small dice
1/4 C Fresh Mint, chopped
1 tbsp. Olive Oil
1 Lemon, juiced
1 pinch Salt and Pepper
Place all of the ingredients into bowl and mix to combine. Season with salt and pepper and store in the fridge until service.
You can throw just about any summer fresh veggies into this mix and have great results. I like to add fresh chopped yellow squash or zucchini, plums, edamame, apple or pears, blueberries and black beans.
Falafel is a staple street food in Middle Eastern countries and throughout Europe. A good falafel is made by stuffing a big pita with fried chickpea fritters, seasoned with warm spices like, cumin, paprika and coriander. These crispy fritters are then topped with salads made from fresh chopped tomato, onions and cucumber as well as a parsley and bulgar wheat salad called tabouleh. A falafel is then finished off with a drizzle of tahini (sesame seed paste) and dollop of greek yogurt tzadziki. If your lucky, some places will top the whole thing off with French fries.
This sandwich is inexpensive to make, has all of the food groups, is vegetarian and bursting with fresh flavors and textures.
Middle Eastern Falafel - Chickpea Fritters
16 oz. Canned Chickpeas, drained
½ Onion, minced
½ C Bread Crumbs
¼ C Parsley, chopped
¼ C Vegetable Oil
Place the first 8 ingredients into a quart sized freezer bag, seal tightly and smash with hands to combine. You can also pulse the all of the ingredients in a food processor until combined. Form 4-8 equal sized balls and then press into patty. Place a large skillet over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil starts to smoke lightly, carefully add the patties to the pan. Fry the patties on one side for 2 minutes and then turn, continue to cook the other side until golden brown. Drain the falafel well on paper towels and season with salt and pepper.
You can serve you falafel on pita bread or any middle easter or greek flat bread. Top your falafel with chopped tomato, cucumber, pickles, greek yogurt, hummus, tabouleh, tahini and even french fries.
Garnish with sliced jalapeño, green onions, limes and fresh cilantro or basil.
Place a large pan over medium heat. Dry the beef very well using paper towels. Season the beef with salt, pepper and garlic. When the oil smokes, place the beef into the pan in a single layer, do not over lap. Cook the beef until browned on one side, about 3 minutes. Turn the beef and cook for another 3 minutes. You can remove the first round of beef and repeat the process with the rest, working in small batches.
At this point the beef should be almost cooked through and browned an all sides. Add the soy sauce, honey and Sriracha to the pan, and toss with the beef until the sauce is thick. Garnish the beef with fresh greens and herbs and serve immediately!