Saturday, October 18, 2014

Ginger Pumpkin Soup

I served this soup at the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association's Farm to Table event for 2014.  It's a twist on your classic pumpkin soup, filled with Asain flavors.  Quick and easy to make and sure to please. 

Yield :  5 1/2 cups (4 servings)

Pumpkin: 1-15 oz can
Chicken Broth: 1 1/2 can (swanson)
Guava Nector: 6 oz
Peanut Butter:  2 Tablespoons
Ginger, fresh:  1 Tablespoon
Garlic, minced:  2 teaspoons
Scallions, chopped:  1 Tablespoon
Cinnamon:  1/4 teaspoon
Nutmeg:  pinch
All Purpose Seasoning:  1 Tablespoon
Cayenne:  1/8 teaspoon
Lime Juice:  1 1/2 teaspoon
Garlic Powder:  1/4 teaspoon
Light Brown Sugar:  1 Tablespoon

1.  In sauce pot, combine pumpkin, chicken broth & guava nector and bring to a boil over high heat.  Cover, reduce to low heat and simmer for 10 minutes.

2.  Add the peanut butter and 1 cup of the pumpkin mix to a blender and blend until smooth.  Return to the pot and add the remaining ingredients.  Cover the pot, and allow to cook for 10 more minutes over medium heat.

3.  Serve with croutons, toasted pumpkin seeds or a dollop of sour cream.  This soup can be refrigerated and reheated over a low flame. 

Seasoned Fried Shrimp Appetizer

Shrimp, medium, raw, peeled & devained: 1 lb
Egg, large: 1 ea
Milk 2%: 1 cup
All Purpose Flour: 1 cup
Parmesan Cheese, grated: 1/8 cup
All Purpose Seasoning: 1 teaspoon
Frying Oil of your choice

1.  In a large frying pan, pour about 1/2 inch of oil and heat over medium-high heat.  

2.  While the oil is heating, whisk together the milk and the 1 egg in a bowl and set aside.  Mix together the flour, all purpose flour & seasoning with the Parmesan cheese and set aside.

3.  Place all the shrimp into the egg and milk mixture and coat each shrimp and then place in the flour mixture, making sure to cover the shrimp completely.

4.  At this point the oil should be ready to go.  Carefully place the shrimp in the frying pan.  Do not crowd the pan, the shrimp will need to be fried in 2 to 3 batches.  Allow to fry for 2-3 minutes on each side until a golden brown color is achieved.  When ready take shrimp out of the oil, shake off access oil and place on a plate and finish the next batch.

5.  Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.  Enjoy!!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Chef's Top 10

Whenever I can, I spend time out in the dining room with our customers.  One of the most popular questions I get asked is "What should I order?" because lets face it, if the chef doesn't know whats the best thing to order than who knows?  Well to solve this dilemma so many of our wonderful customers are having I created this Top 10 list.  This list is a combination of my favorites and the customers' favorite.  So with that being said, I want to warn you that you may get hungry by the time you get to the end of the list and know that this list in is no specific order.

1.  Cinnaroll Waffle-  all of our waffles are made with a fresh made batter with real butter and if that is not enough for you we have created this Cinnaroll waffle. Right in the waffle maker we swirl in a home made cinnamon sauce and then we topped it with fresh cream cheese icing and sprinkled with powder sugar. Whether or not you put syrup on it is your prerogative.

2.  Irish Benedict-  we took your classic Benedict and put a twist on it for this mind blowing creation.  First we take top of the line corned beef and cook it with our signature spice recipe. Then we hand chop the corned beef and potatoes and cook them with onions and more seasoning and what we get is corned beef hash like you never tried before. You will never go back to the canned stuff.  Anyway, back to the Benedict (I get distracted), we take a sandwich size Thomas English muffin and top it with our delicious hash, poached eggs and hollandaise sauce, sprinkle some paprika and there you go. 

3.  Irish a Skillet-  Since I already went over how good the corned beef hash is, I will spare you having to read it again,  however... this little creation is something for the record books.  Now here we do it a little different.  We start out with fresh home fried potatoes seasoned to absolute perfection and grilled to have a slight crisp, then we top them with our corned beef hash and shredded cheddar jack cheese.  If thats not enough we then top that with 2 eggs over easy and drizzle some hollandaise on top and sprinkle it all with paprika.  Needless to say, your mouth is probably watering by now.

4.  Johnny D's Skillet- This is a combination of a little spice & cheesie goodness.  First we start off with those home fried potatoes I already told you about.  Then with a little oil we cook off the hot italian sausage, onions and peppers, letting those flavors marinate together releasing the flavors.  We then pour the eggs and scramble it all together, topping all that with shredded cheddar jack cheese and sprinkle with a little paprika.  

5.  Poundcake French Toast-  This is just one of those things that no matter what i say about it you have to eat it to understand.  First,  we make this buttery, melt in your mouth pound cake, and if thats not enough we dip the cake in a vanilla bean custard and grill it up on both sides.  Once its nice and hot we top it with fresh strawberries and powdered sugar which adds a burst of sweetness in your mouth, and what you get is a knee buckling experience.  

6.  Crispy Chicken Tacos-  I know what you may be thinking,  "What does a waffle place know about making tacos?"  Well the answer is simple, ALOT.  First, ill tell you a little about our crispy chicken. We start with chicken breast, slice, season and marinate it for up to a day, after we dip the strips in a batter and dredge the chicken in a flavorful cornmeal mixture, created of course in house, and then we fry the chicken in rice bran oil.  While the chicken is frying to perfection we are preparing your tacos.  Three warm flour tortillas filled with lettuce, house made corn salsa, shredded cheddar jack cheese, sour cream & our delicious chipotle sauce for a pop of heat.  Once the chicken is done we chop it up and finish filling up your tortillas, and since we like to spoil our customers, we serve the tacos with a side of fresh salsa for you to sprinkle on at your leisure.

7.  French Dip-  This is just a classic sandwich, going back to who even knows what year.  However, why is ours so good?  Ill explain.... Remember in the old days, before bread had ingredients in it you couldn't pronounce? Well the baguette that this sandwich is served on is made in house.  With regular ingredients and ferments without any chemicals.  You can for sure taste the difference.  We grill the roll with a little garlic butter that we put together with our signature seasoning, grill some premium roast beef and melt some swiss cheese on the bread to create for you a french dip expierence.  Oh and did i mention that you also get au jus sauce for your dipping pleasure?

8.  Enchilada Omelette-  This omelette is so so so good.  We start with a little oil down on the grill and scramble up some onions & peppers with 3 eggs.  Then after the eggs cook for a bit we flip the omelette and add shredded cheddar jack cheese.  Once the omelette is slightly browned and the cheese is melted with close it up and add avocado to the top, drizzle the top with enchilada sauce and sprinkle a little paprika on top.  The first time I made this for myself, I remember not being able to stop eating it.  

9.  Coconut Banana French Toast Waffle-  I know, I know.... "What did you just say?"  Remember way at the beginning when I explained about our waffles?  Ok, well now we have taking that waffle, dipped it in our vanilla bean custard, drizzled cinnamon sauce, sprinkle some coconut and powder sugar.  Oh wait, I almost forgot, in-between the waffles we put some fresh bananas for an over the top flavor burst in your mouth.  

10.  Huevos Rancheros-  I want to start off my letting you know that this is MY number 1.  Im not sure I can fully explain to you how mouth watering delicious this is, unless you have tried it yourself. But for the sake of this Top 10 I am going to try.  We start by taking 2 four tortillas and spreading refried beans, guacamole and sprinkling shredded cheddar jack cheese over it and placing them on the grill to warm up and for the cheese to melt.  Meanwhile, we cook up 2 eggs over medium, you need the runny yolk (it's imperative), and once those are ready we place them right over the cheese.  As if thats not already enough, we then sprinkle our corn salsa right over the top, drizzle with some enchilada sauce and a sprinkle of paprika.  The flavor combination is explosive, there is no other way to describe it.  

Thank you for reading through my Top 10 from Johnny Ds Waffles & Bakery.  I hope this helps you with ordering when you come into the restaurant.  Whether its breakfast or lunch time any of these items are sure to make you happy.  So come with an appetite and maybe order more than one thing, after all "sharing is caring."

Chef Jamie Saunders