Jan 23, 2011

Savory Roasted Sweet Potatoes Recipe

Herb Roasted Sweet Potatoes

The word savory often is not associated with sweet potatoes, especially here in the south. Growing up in California, my upbringing has always lead me to celebrate and highlight a vegetables natural flavors whereas here in the south, most sweet potato recipes seemingly linger on the sweeter side which ultimately masks it's natural beauty. In an effort to show off it's savory side, I have presented a very simplistic recipe that makes every effort to show it's savory side while going to great lengths not to remove it from being the star. It's a great use of the Maillard reaction, simple herbs and spices and henceforth has become one of my favorite firehouse recipes. Indulge!





FHC Episode 6 - Want to have twins? Blamed for giving a fellow Firefighter twins, I pass along the knowledge and empower you to decide whether to either avoid or embrace the savory side of sweet potatoes. One word of caution, they are addictive! Visit www.thefirehousechef.com for the recipe and more.

Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)


*Comfortably feeds 4-6 as a side to an entrée

Fuel:

3-4 Medium sized sweet potatoes
4 Tbs. of EVOO
1-2 tsp of an herb of your choosing (Rosemary or Thyme are recommended)
2 tsp of Smoked Paprika
2 tsp of Sugar
2-3 tsp of Salt
Couple grinds of Pepper

Vessels:

Medium mixing bowl
Cookie Sheet

Tactics:

Preheat oven to 400°.

Place rimmed cookie sheet in oven. Cube the sweet potatoes into ¼” cubes. Roughly chop the Rosemary. Mix the EVOO, Rosemary, Smoked Paprika, Sugar, Salt, and Pepper in separate bowl. Add sweet potatoes and toss till evenly coated (be sure to vigorously shake them so the Kosher salt's sharp edges can score the sweet potatoes). Then place the sweet potatoes on pre-heated cookie sheet and roast for 30-40 minutes making sure to toss every once and while to ensure even browning. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Jan 21, 2011

Subscribers and Donors

Wanted to take this time to recognize those that have made a one time donation and those that have chosen to become monthly subscribers. Thank you for your support! I can not stress how much this helps me. I am very dedicated to continuing the FHC but the time requirements can be overwhelming (I film, act, produce, and edit everything by myself) with the other obligations of life. Improvements have already been made with these donations (new lav microphone and lighting to name a few). Remember, when you become a subscriber/donor of at least $5 a month/$50 one time donation, you receive some cool FHC gear (not available any other way). Become a subscriber/donor of at least $10 a month/$100 one time donation, you'll receive the same cool FHC gear, but also an unreleased, exclusive FHC episode. Thank you again for choosing to spend your valuable time (and money) on The Fire House Chef.

Jan 15, 2011

Banana Pancakes

Episode 5 - Banana Pancakes - What to do when you are snowed in and the grocery store has no more food... Fall back to your 'staples'. With that, all that is needed are some brown bananas and some hungry folks. This is a tried and true firehouse recipe that ;comfortably

Jan 14, 2011

Snowed In Banana Pancakes

Banana Pancakes


*Feeds 6-8 comfortably


Fuel:

2 cups AP Flour

½ cup Sugar

1 Egg

2 Tsp. Baking Powder

2 cups Milk (room temp)

1 Tsp. Nutmeg (freshly ground)

¼ cup Butter (+ some for griddle)

Pinch of Salt

1 Tbs. Vanilla

Bananas (4, the more rotten the better)


Vessels:


Griddle

Mixing bowls

Whisk

Fork

Spatula

Paper Towel

Large Spoon

Hand Mixer

Cookie Sheet

Parchment Paper

Clean Kitchen Towel

Oven


Tactics:


Mix Dry Fuel

Take flour, baking powder, salt, nutmeg and mix. Set aside.


Mix Wet Fuel

Take sugar and 2 bananas and using a hand mixer, mix until a smooth consistency is reached. Take remaining bananas and smash them with a fork until it has a chunky consistency, reserve till later. Take egg and split yoke from white. Mix white with milk. Mix melted butter (cooled) with yoke. Combine milk mixture with vanilla and banana mixture.


Mix dry with wet.

Mix until just incorporated (no more then 15-20 stirs). Let rest for 10 minutes.

Prep Griddle and Oven

While batter is resting, heat oven to 200 degrees. Turn on griddle to 375 degrees. Test with water drops (they should dance on the griddle). Apply butter with paper towel making sure that it is just a light coating.


Apply first batch knowing that it will most likely be lost or reserved for the end. Apply batter, wait 2-3 minutes on first side (topside should be covered with bubbles), 1-2 minutes on second. Remove and place on parchment lined cookie sheet, cover with kitchen towel, and place in pre-heated oven until ready for consumption.


Sit and eat with family or friends...


*Some Notes:


*Make sure your batter is at room temperature. Cold batter will affect the temperature of the cooking surface.

*Because the surface of a griddle or pan is scorched, using butter fills in the holes, making the surface heat more evenly and more nonstick.

*Bet the egg whites to stiff peaks as an alternative which simulates soufflés.

*You can substitute Cinnamon for the Nutmeg

*You can also substitute AP with Self-Rising flour, just be sure to omit the Baking Powder.

*Add a carbonated water or cider as an alternative to milk for lighter and tender pancakes

*Why keep brown bananas? It turns out that the brown is a sign that the antioxidant levels have risen. The brown spots occur when the chlorophyll in the fruit begins to break down and turn into powerful antioxidants called non-fluorescing chlorophyll catabolytes (NCCs, and don't ask me to pronounce that) that are beneficial to the human body.

*Banana Pancakes is the title to one of my favorite songs

*Re-heat them in a toaster, not the microwave, very important! Keeps them from becoming soggy.

Jan 11, 2011

Emergency Knife Skills

Episode 4 - Emergency Knife Skills - A recent incident at the firehouse prompted an interventional episode on knives. Covered are knives to have, how to hold, and very basic knife skills. For more, visit www.thefirehousechef.com.
Formats available: Quicktime (.mov)

iTunes Podcast Page

Just made the front page on iTunes Podcast Page under the New & Noteworthy section! Please go there and review my podcast because the more I get the better. Thank you again for your time and support!

Jan 6, 2011

Officially arrived on iTunes!

The Fire House Chef video cooking podcast was officially accepted on iTunes and will appear on the iTunes Podcast page soon. If you can not wait, simply search for 'The Fire House Chef' in the search bar and select it there. I would love for those of you with iTunes, iPhones, Apple TV's, and the like to subscribe, download, and most importantly of all, review my podcast so that the iTunes staff is forced to take notice. Again, my purpose here is to reach as many people as are willing to learn to love cooking and all that it fuels (the four C's: fueling cuisine, confidence, community, and creativity). Share this with all that you love and thank you again for your support!

Jan 2, 2011

Welcome 2011!

Happy New Year! Here's to hoping you and your family experience good health, happiness, and success all the while surrounded by good food!
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