Butternut Squash and Parsnip Soup with Maple Bacon Crumbles

Personal Chef Austin Texas

The fall is upon us again and you know what that means….. Root veggies. I love the fall as usual as most who follow our blog know that already. It is football season, and usually cooler weather is upon us as well as the holidays are right around the corner too. I love to have a nice hearty soup when the weather gets cooler it is a nice way to warm up and always a comforting dinner after the day is done. Everyone seems to like a good butternut squash soup, I just wanted to ass some parsnips to the recipe but you can go all the way with butternut squash if you prefer to omit the parsnip. I have actually made the soup with carrots and parsnip without the butternut squash it was rather sweet but still tasty.

 

Ingredients:

6 cups chicken broth

2 pounds butternut squash diced

1 pound of rinsed and diced parsnip

1/2 onion small diced

1/2 cup of cooked maple bacon

2-3 sprigs of thyme, stem removed

1/2 – 1 cup of heavy cream

1/2 tsp of allspice

1/4 tsp of ginger

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Sauté 1/2 sliced onion with a pinch of thyme in butter until soft. Add salt, pepper, 2 pounds diced butternut squash, 1 pound of parsnip diced, and 6 cups chicken broth along with the spices. Simmer until tender, then puree.

2. When pureed add the cream and stir until blended, salt and pepper to taste.

3. Top with crumbled bacon and serve.

 

Easy Garlic Ginger Chicken Recipe

GarlicGingerChicken
Personal Chef Austin Texas

Ingredients
4 boneless skinless organic chicken breasts
4 garlic cloves, minced
3 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoons of soy sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 -2 teaspoon of fresh ginger
1 tsp of fresh cilantro or chives to garnish if desired
salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 450°F Line a baking dish or cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with cooking spray or lightly brush with oil.
2. In small saute© pan, add your oil or butter and saute© garlic and ginger until it blooms.
3. Remove from heat and add the brown sugar and soy sauce. I usually add cilantro and even sometimes a curry just depends on my mood.
4. Place chicken breasts in the prepped baking dish and cover with the garlic ginger sugary soy mixture.
5. Add salt and pepper to taste.
6. Convection Roast or Bake uncovered for 15-20 minutes, or until juices run clear. You will want to make sure you do not overcook because it could be dry, but make sure not to under cook either you never want to serve raw chicken. Garnish with chives or cilantro and serve with a rice dish as a side.

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Homemade Cheddar Biscuits

Cheddar Bay Cheese Biscuits YUM
Private Dinner Party Services and Personal Chef Austin Texas

Ingredients:

2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1 cup buttermilk
1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted
1 T sugar
1 T baking powder
2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Butter Dressing for Bisciuts
3 T unsalted butter, melted
1 T chopped fresh parsley leaves
1/2 tsp garlic powder
salt to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. spray lightly with a non-stick spray
2. In a large bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients.
3. Add the butter and cut that in with a fork, add the buttermilk and mix until wet, do not over mix and then gently fold in cheese.
4. Using a 1/4-cup measuring cup, scoop the batter evenly onto the prepared baking sheet and add to the middle rack of the preheated oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.
5. When biscuits are pulled form the oven add the butter dressing, whisk together butter, parsley and garlic powder in a small bowl you will lightly brush the tops of the biscuits with the butter mixture add some coarse sea salt to taste if desired.
6. Eat or serve with meal.

Baked Asparagus Fries

Panko Asparagus Spears
Private Dinner Party Services and Personal Chef Austin Texas

I know that most people are looking for more ways to incorporate veggies into their diet. I have cooked for many people over the years and some people will not eat “green stuff” a.k.a. vegetables, or even fruit for that matter, and some will only eat fried vegetables. This recipe is a great alternative to add a green veggie, and it is baked, not fried. This would be a good recipe to get someone on the fence about eating a green vegetable to try, and I bet there is a good chance that they will actually like it.

Ingredients:
2 cups Panko Japanese style bread crumbs
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 lbs Organic asparagus, trimmed
1 cup all-purpose flour
4 large fresh eggs, beaten

Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with nonstick spray.
2. In a large bowl, combine Panko and Parmesan; set aside.
3. Working in manageable batches, dredge asparagus in flour, dip into eggs, then dredge in Panko mixture, pressing to coat.
4. Place asparagus in a single layer onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown and crisp.
5. Serve immediately.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini Chef Shelley Pogue
Private Dinner Party Services and Personal Chef Austin Texas

Ingredients:
5 to 6 fresh zucchini
1 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano
4 portabella mushrooms, stemmed, chopped
1 medium sweet onion, chopped
3-4 vine ripe tomatoes or Roma tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 slices of bread
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 cloves fresh garlic, chopped
2 egg, beaten
2 T softened butter
2 T of fresh basil
1 T of fresh parsley
1/2 tsp of fresh tarragon
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

Heat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds and soft center flesh with a spoon to hollow out a cavity to hold the stuffing, but save the flesh from inside. Arrange the zucchini canoes or boats into a baking dish, and drizzle with a little olive oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Chop the left over zucchini flesh that was scraped from your zucchini boats and set aside.

Heat the remaining olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the mushrooms, onions and garlic for about 5 minutes. Add in the reserved zucchini and tomatoes, season with salt and pepper, to taste and heat through for a few minutes, then remove from the heat.

While the veggies cook, use the butter, spread it on the bread. Add the buttered bread into your preheated oven until it browns and becomes like croutons or hard toast this will take about 5-10 minutes. When your toast comes out of the oven let it cool for a few minutes and then break them into manageable pieces for your food processor. When the bread pieces are in the food processor you will add your herbs and pulse. I prefer to have some texture with the crumb mixture so I do not pulse until there are no particles left.

Fold your bread crumb mixture into the veggies along with 3/4 of your Parmesan and your egg, remember to reserve some of the Parmesan to use as a topping. Mound the zucchini stuffing in to the zucchini boats and roast for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven, sprinkle the tops with remaining cheese turn your oven to broil, and broil for 2 to 3 minutes or until brown.

Sriracha and Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites

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Private Dinner Party Services and Personal Chef Austin Texas

If you love sweet and savory you are going to love these Sriracha Brown Sugar & Bacon Wrapped Chicken Bites. If you are serving these for your guest they are going to absolutely love them, and you had better make plenty they will be the first to go. So depending on the amount of people you are going to be serving you might need to double or even triple your recipe.

I remember when I thought Sriracha was going to go out of business so I went out and bought a few cases of the spicy garlicicky deliciousness! I have a love for Thai food and I also love spicy flavors so Sraricha was a big hit from the very beginning with me. I have been using that as a back note in many of my dishes for sometime that require a little heat and I have had people comment on how much they loved the dish and it has been my little secret. It seems the whole world now is falling in love with Sriracha. I have many other recipes that I will be sharing at some point it is hard to part with the time to get them added though. I have a great Sriracha and Ginger BBQ sauce that I use on Ribs and Pulled Pork Sandwiches that I will try to get posted in the next day or so. It might be a good one to try for the Fourth of July if you want to heat things up a bit 🙂

Ingredients:
• 1 lb Skin off, Organic Chicken Breast 4-6 pcs depending on the size
• 1 lb Thick Maple Bacon
• 1 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
• 1/2 cup Coconut Oil
• 3 T fresh squeezed Lime Juice
• 3 T Sriracha Sauce
• 2 T of fresh Cilantro
• 1 T fresh minced Garlic
• 1/2 t Salt
Instructions:
1. Whisk together coconut oil, 1/2 c brown sugar, salt, fresh lime juice, minced garlic, cilantro and Sriracha sauce and pour into a large plastic Ziploc bag.
2. Cut the chicken into bite sized pieces and add it to the bag or container with a lid. Once all of the chicken pieces are in the bag, shake the bag to coat the chicken with the marinade and refrigerate for a minimum of 1 hour, I usually like to do it for 3-4 they are much more flavorful.
3. Take 1 pound of bacon and cut each slice into two pieces. Wrap the bacon around the chicken pieces and secure with a wooden skewer or toothpick.
4. There is 1 cup of brown sugar allocated for this step you can use more or less if you like. Coat the bacon wrapped chicken with a liberal coating of brown sugar for each piece and place on a lightly greased sheet pan (I typically use Pam). If you want it extra spicy take some Sriracha and brown sugar and mix it to a paste like consistency and brush on top of the bacon.
5. Convection bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. If you have convection oven you will probably get more browning than the regular ovens, so if you are happy with the browning then you can serve immediately. If you do not have a convection setting on your oven and did not get good carmelization then you might want to turn on the broiler for about 3-5 minutes and watch constantly so you will not burn. Char is good, but burned brown sugar not so much!!!

Herb Coeur a La Creme recipe by Ina Garten

Ina does everything really well in my opinion, and reminds me
of Julia Child in a lot of ways…..by far my favorite current day
chef. This is an easy appetizer for your party or event and will be a hit!

I am always looking for ideas to help out in a pinch for guests or catering events when I am drawing a blank on an appetizer to go with certain menu selections. There are many that like to have a gourmet cheese and fruit plate and this is one to add to the cheese collection. This recipe is very easy and will come in handy when trying to get something to the table for hungry dinner guests. I love how Ina seems to keep it simple, and this is a good recipe for quick and easy appetizers.

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