Asparagus Soufflé

Asparagus Soufflé

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Asparagus Soufflé

I do love the classic French Soufflé, but here I am suggesting a Soufflé that is much easier to make, prepare ahead and perfect for that large dinner party or luncheon.  This has the basic formula of Strata…but we kick it up a bit.  It won’t fall, is perfect to remove and plate, just a great idea for an elegant appetizer or lunch entrée.  Delicious! 
(However, for Gluten Free, we have you covered, just separate eggs, whip whites until firm,  follow recipe but omit bread….and bake 10 mins less but same method)

SERVES: 6
LEVEL: Intermediate-you got this!

INGREDIENTS
1 lb. asparagus medium chop
1 cup aged sharp cheddar shredded
½ cup shredded Parmesan
½ loaf of a baguette or white bread cubed
1 tsp each of finely minced Parsley and Green Onion (Optional)
6 eggs
1 cup milk
1 cup cream
½ cup butter melted
1 tsp The Amazing Heat
½ tsp dry mustard
2 oz. of dry sherry

DIRECTIONS:
Prepare 6 individual ramekins by greasing with butter. Roast chopped asparagus for 6-8 minutes in 400 degree oven with salt and pepper.

Reserve half of the asparagus pieces to assemble and blend half with milk and cream. Arrange the asparagus, cheese, and bread into layers in the ramekins.

Pour melted butter evenly over each mixture.  Now, In a medium bowl beat the eggs, add the mustard, Amazing Heat, pinch salt/pepper, milk/ cream/blended cooked asparagus.  When well blended add the dry sherry. Pour egg mixture over breaded Ramekins and let sit for minimum 2 hrs (can be overnight) Bake in a 350 degree oven for approx 40 minutes. Can be served in Ramekins or removed and plated on (Asparagus) Béchamel Sauce. 

Béchamel Sauce
3 Tbsp. Butter
3 Tbsp.Flour
2 cups of ½ and ½ Cream
1 cup grated cheddar cheese (I like Vermont white cheddar)
¼ tsp Pummull Spice (KB)
Salt & pepper
Dash of Blazing Belle (KB)

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat, add flour to from Roux. Cook stirring for 2-3 minutes til sizzling but still pale in color. With wire ship stir in ½ and ½ cream; beat well to distribute. Simmer 3-4 mins. Sauce will thicken and become silky. Stir in cheese, Pummull Spice, salt & pepper, and a dash of Blazing Belle spice. That is a great Béchamel but if you want an Asparagus Béchamel, add ½ Cup of Puréed Cooked Asparagus. Viola, either choice is a winner!

Terri 

Blazing Bella’s Smoked Chicken Wings

Blazing Bella’s Smoked Chicken Wings

  • Cut wings into sections (drumettes and flats), discard tips or save for stock.
  • Season with Blazing Belle!
  • Prepare grill for two zone cooking (direct/indirect) at 350°-450°.
  • If desired add some hard woods chunks or chips to coals/hot side. I used apple wood chunks. Cherry or pecan would also work great.
  • When grill is up to temp, place wings on indirect heat side. Cook until 165+ internal temp, 30-40 mins.
  • Switch wings to direct heat side, cook for 4-6 mins until skin is crispy.
  • Watch closely while cooking over direct heat, wings can char easily! Move wings to the indirect zone when they are done to keep warm.
  • When all wings are done, remove from grill. Serve with celery, carrots, blue cheese dressing, and/or ranch (perhaps with some Amazing Herbes mixed in and enjoy!
Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Black Bean, Corn & Avocado Salad with Lime Vinaigrette

*Add Decadence, serve with Avocado Lime Aioli, and Spicy Salsa

These Herb encrusted Baked Sweet Potatoes served warm but stuffed with a cool Black Bean Salad are the bomb! (ESP for Meatless Monday). You get the Ying and Yang from a hot/cold food served together…as well as the perfect vehicle for 

  1. Make Ahead
  2. Add Taco Meat for Thursdays!
  3. Go Pesco with Shrimp on Friday!
  4. Drive in the direction you want…

The natural sweetness of well baked sweet potatoes and the slight spicy bite of the bean salad is perfect. To up your “A” game make the Avocado/Lime Aioli and kick in the spicy cheese sticks and/or Salsa!

Enjoy!

SERVES: 4
LEVEL: Presto-easy!

FIRST: ROASTED HERBED SWEET POTATOES

INGREDIENTS:
4 Medium Sweet Potatoes
Olive for rubbing
Amazing Herbes to coat
Salt & Pepper
Preheat Oven at 425 degrees

Wash and dry sweets. Cut light center in top of each, rub potatoes with olive oil. Roll or sprinkle with AMZ Herbes, salt n pepper. Bake 45 minutes until very soft, crunchy outsides. Set Aside.

SECOND: BLACK BEAN, CORN AND AVOCADO SALAD

INGREDIENTS:
1 15 oz can Black Beans, rinsed and drained
2 ears of fresh corn, kernels cut off or one can of corn drained
1 small red pepper finely diced
1 small red onion finely diced
2 Tbsp Amazing Rub (here is where you get brown sugar/spices)
1 tsp (or more) of Blazing Belle (this controls heat, a great blend of peppers incl. cayenne)
4 Tbsp. Olive Oil
1 lime, fully zested and juiced
½ c fresh cilantro or parsley chopped (whichever you prefer)
1 avocado medium chopped (reserve ¼ for Aioli)

Combine all ingredients (Avocado goes in right before serving) in bowl, mix well.  Cover and chill from an hour to overnight. Before serving salad, add the Avocado and check seasonings.

When Sweet Potatoes are fully cooked, complete the seam slice down the middle (but not through) and separate and squeeze a little to fluff inner potato. Stuff with the Chilled black bean salad.

Serve with Aioli, Salsa (if desired) and maybe some fine spiced cheese!

This dish is also great stuffed first with taco meat, spicy shrimp or any of your favorites!

*Avocado Lime Aioli
1 C mayo
¼ chopped avocado
1 Tbsp Lime Juice with zest
chopped parsley (or cilantro)
finely minced garlic 2 cloves(optional)
salt/pepper to taste.

That’s it!

Terri 

Mini Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaves

Mini Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaves

From the Kitchen of Terri Bergman

Mini Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaves…the best!

So I was looking for a great fun delicious dish for kicking off the Father’s Day Weekend. What guy doesn’t love meatloaf? Okay can we be honest? If you are not a vegetarian, the chances are great that you love meatloaf.  So here is the recipe I love, a basic old world meatloaf, packaged in a mini individual loaf and wrapped in bacon that crisps (with the help of The Amazing Rub) and just sets this dish off!

We are gluten-free on this recipe, because way back when, the Frenchies in my neck of the woods always made meatloaf or meatballs with oatmeal that had been ground…a little like an oat flour.

So tender, so delicious….hope you enjoy! My plating suggestion is the perfect baked potato, maple glazed carrots and KB’s Spicy Ketchup (recipe also below)! 

SERVES: 6
LEVEL: Intermediate – you got this!

INGREDIENTS
1 Tbsp olive oil
1 medium onion
, finely chopped
1 cup of your favorite medium chunky salsa
2 ½ pounds of ground beef/pork (I like 1 ½#  beef, 1 # pork)
1 cup instant oatmeal, I like to buzz in blender to make finer grounds
2 large eggs, beaten with fork
½ C parmesan, or your favorite finely ground cheese
6 thin strips of bacon
2 Tbsp of The Amazing Herbes (this is all flavor)
2 Tbsp of The Amazing Rub (this will enhance and crisp the bacon)
*Options: Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce and 1 tsp beef bouillon or concentrate
(These last 2 ingredients are optional, but I always include!)

DIRECTIONS
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Heat olive oil and sauté chopped onion over med-low heat for about 8 minutes, at the finish add the 2 Tbsp of the Amazing Herbes to allow spices to blossom and warm. Set aside.

In large bowl add ground beef/pork mixture, add onion mixture, salsa, oatmeal, beaten eggs, cheese, and the optional ingredients if desired.  Use a fork to toss and mix, careful not to over mix and do not compress – better to toss to create the tenderness desired.  This mixture can be divided in 6 with 1 generous cup of meat mixture each, and should create 6 mini meatloafs. Use mini loaf pans, or just form mini loaves. When formed loaves, wrap each loaf in the bacon strip and sprinkle the loaf and especially bacon with the Amazing Rub. (This again helps that great taste and crispness of the bacon wrap).  Bake for 45 minutes until cooked through. Serve hot or cold, and kick up your Ketchup as described below!

SAUCE
KB’S Spicy Ketchup 
1 cup ketchup
1 Tbsp The Amazing Rub
1 tsp Blazing Belle
…it’s our heat, folks
1-2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

Combine all ingredients in a small glass bowl, and heat in microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring after each 30 seconds until hot.

Now that will wake the plate up!