Grilling Contest Winner: Spiced Pears Recipe

August 27, 2014

We want to thank everyone who entered the Harmons Grilling Recipe Contest. We’re excited to announce the winner, who receives a $200 Harmons Gift Card. Congratulations, Jason G from West Jordan!

Check out his winning recipe below. For more grilling ideas and recipes, check out our Food for Thought Summer Edition.

Grilled Spiced Pears
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Ingredients
  1. 6 large ripe pears
  2. 1/2 lemon
  3. 5 Tbsp. butter, at room temperature
  4. 5 Tbsp. brown sugar
  5. 5 Tbsp. graham cracker crumbs or ground hazelnuts
  6. 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  7. 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  8. 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
  9. 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  10. 1 Tbsp. rum
  11. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Cut a thin slice off the bottom of each pear and remove the tops. Discard the bottom slices and set the tops aside. Core the pears, using a melon baller. Rub the cut bottoms and tops with the cut side of the lemon to prevent browning. Squeeze a few drops of juice into the cavities.
  2. Prepare the filling: Beat the butter and brown sugar in a mixing bowl with a wooden spoon. Beat in the graham cracker crumbs, lemon zest, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, rum and vanilla. Spoon the butter mixture into the pears and loosely place the caps on top. Arrange the pears in the lightly greased aluminum foil pan. (The recipe can be prepared up to this stage several hours ahead.)
  3. Set up the grill for indirect grilling and preheat to medium. If using a gas grill, place the wood chips in the smoker box or in a smoker pouch and preheat on high until you see smoke, then reduce the heat to medium. When ready to cook, place the pan with the pears in the center of the hot grate, away from the heat. If using a charcoal grill, toss the wood chips on the coals. Cover the grill and smoke-roast the pears until nicely browned and soft on the sides, 40 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Serve open faced with whipped cream and a bit of caramel.
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Recipe: Snicker Bar Brownies

July 29, 2014

Yesterday was National Milk Chocolate Day, but it’s never too late to tempt your sweet tooth! We have an delightfully chocolate recipe for you, Snicker Bar Brownies!

Chef Kimberly Larsen prepared this recipe on KUTV’s 2 News This Morning. You can watch it HERE!

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Snicker Bar Brownie
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Brownie Layer Ingredients
  1. 1 1/2 cup peanut butter
  2. 1 1/2 cup milk chocolate
  3. 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  4. 1 cup light brown sugar
  5. 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  6. 1 tsp. vanilla bean paste
  7. 4 eggs
  8. 1 1/4 cup flour
  9. 1/2 tsp. sea salt
Directions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a 9 x 13 baking pan with parchment paper.
  2. 2. In a small saucepan on low heat, melt the peanut butter, milk chocolate and butter.
  3. Stir continuously to melted completely and very smooth.
  4. 3. Pour into stand mixer with whisk attachment or large mixing bowl and use hand beater.
  5. 4. While mixing on medium-low speed add sugars, then add eggs one at a time.
  6. 5. Stop and scrape at least twice.
  7. 6. Add the vanilla bean paste and salt.
  8. 7. Mix well again.
  9. 8. Remove bowl from mixer.
  10. 9. Lightly fold in flour until no white remains.
  11. 10. Spread in the prepared pan and bake in the preheated oven for 45 minutes (or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean). Don’t over bake. This recipe is for fudge like brownies.
Caramel Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/4 cup water
  3. Squeeze of lemon juice
  4. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  5. 1/4 cup butter
  6. 1 teaspoon black sea salt
Directions
  1. 1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, water and lemon juice over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves.
  2. 2. Increase the heat and bring to a boil, without stirring.
  3. 3. Use a wet pastry brush to wash down any crystals on the side of the pan.
  4. 4. Boil until the syrup is a deep amber color, about 5 to 6 minutes.
  5. 5. Remove the sugar from the heat and slowly whisk in the heavy cream. The mixture will bubble.
  6. 6. Stir in the butter.
  7. 7. Allow caramel to cool while you make nougat.
Nougat Layer Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup butter
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1/2 evaporated milk
  4. 2 cups marshmallow crème
  5. 3/4 cup peanut butter
  6. 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  7. 1 1/4 cup roasted salted peanuts
Directions
  1. 1. In medium saucepan whisk together butter, sugar and evaporated milk.
  2. 2. Over medium heat bring mixture to a boil, cook stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Remove saucepan from heat and immediately add in the marshmallow crème, peanut butter and chopped peanuts.
  4. 4. Stir until all ingredients are completely combined.
  5. 5. Spread to cover the brownies in an even layer. Using a flat spatula makes this easier.
  6. 6. Place pan to the freezer to set 10 minutes then spread with caramel. Return to freezer.
Chocolate Layer Ingredients
  1. 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  2. 2 cups peanut butter chip
  3. 1/4 cup butter
Directions
  1. 1. To make the final layer, combine the milk chocolate chips, peanut butter chip and butter in small saucepan.
  2. 2. Melt and stir in medium heat until smooth.
  3. 3. Remove the caramel & nougat covered brownies from the freezer and pour the melted peanut butter chocolate over the top.
  4. 4. Spread to an even layer and refrigerate for at least an hour before cutting.
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Gourmet Dutch Oven Recipes

July 23, 2014

On Saturday, July 19, Harmons was very excited to sponsor a Dutch Oven Cookoff with the Storm Mountain Chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS). Six very talented teams competed for prizes–plus, the winner goes to the 2015 IDOS World Championship!

Each team, several of which have won previous world championships, prepared three courses: Dessert, Main Dish, and Bread.

Wow! Each team’s dishes were gorgeous and delicious. Who knew a cake made in a Dutch oven could look like it came from a fancy French bakery? All six teams created impressive, delicious dishes.

And the winning team is…Matt Pelton and Doug Martin!

Special thanks to Mary’s Chicken for donating whole chickens, Farmland for donating pork butts–and a very large thanks to all the wonderful participants for sharing their fantastic recipes below.

And because life is short, we’ll start with desserts first.

*Need some Dutch Oven Basics? Check out Basic Dutch Oven Cooking Items for Beginners from the International Dutch Oven Society.

Desserts

Harvest Chocolate Pumpkin Cake
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Cake
  1. 1 c. buttermilk
  2. 1 c. water
  3. 2/3 c. oil
  4. 2 c. sugar
  5. 1 tsp. baking soda
  6. ½ tsp. salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 2 c. flour
  9. ¾ c. cocoa
Filling
  1. 2 pkg. 8oz. cream cheese
  2. 2/3 c. canned pumpkin
  3. ½ c. sugar
  4. ½ tsp. cinnamon
Glaze
  1. ½ c. whipping cream
  2. 4 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
Garnish
  1. Fresh berries of your choice, whole almonds, fresh orange peel, grapes
Instructions
  1. Spray 2- 10” Dutch Ovens with Baker’s Joy, line the ovens with parchment paper circles, and spray again. Combine buttermilk, water, oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt in a mixing bowl. Add flour and cocoa, whisk until smooth. Divide evenly between the 2 Dutch ovens. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until they test done. Cool for about 10 minutes, remove to a wire rack to cool completely. Meanwhile, beat the cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon together until smooth. Place one cooled cake layer on the lid of a Dutch oven, then spread with the filling. Top with the next cooled cake layer. Prepare the glaze by pouring the whipped cream into a 5” Dutch oven. Bring just to boiling, and add the chopped chocolate pieces. Do not stir. Let stand for 5 minutes, then stir together. Cool for 15 minutes until it is slightly thickened. Pour over the top of the cake, let some of the glaze drip down the sides if desired. Chill until chocolate is set, about 30 minutes. Top as desired with fresh fruit and nuts.
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Idaho Sunset Cake
An original recipe from the Iron Maiden
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Cake
  1. 6.5 oz. butter
  2. 7 oz. sugar
  3. 4 eggs
  4. 7.5 oz. flour
  5. 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  6. 1 pinch salt
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
For the orange cake
  1. 1 1/3 c. batter
  2. 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  3. ½ orange zest
  4. 1 tsp. orange extract
  5. Orange food coloring, as needed
For the almond cake
  1. 1 c. batter
  2. ¼ tsp. almond extract
For the strawberry cake
  1. ¾ c. batter
  2. 1 tsp. strawberry extract
  3. Red food coloring, as needed
Frosting
  1. 16 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 8 oz. Mascarpone cheese, softened
  3. 3 Tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 1 c. sugar
  5. 1 ½ tsp. orange extract
  6. 1 tsp. orange zest
Instructions
  1. Prepare an 8-in Dutch oven by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Cream the butter until smooth then add the sugar. Add the eggs followed by the flour, salt, and baking powder. Lastly, stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Remove the required amount of batter for each flavor of cake and set aside in separate bowls. For each flavor, mix in the additional ingredients as stated.
  4. Now pour the orange cake first into the Dutch oven followed by the strawberry and almond cake.
  5. Bake the cake at roughly 350F for about 20-30 minutes. (11 coals on the lid / 5 coals underneath).
  6. When done, remove the cake from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cooled, remove the cake from the pan and frost/garnish, as desired.
  7. For frosting, mix the cheeses and butter together until it is smooth and creamy then mix in the sugar. Add the extract and zest. Mix until evenly distributed. Frost the cake, as desired.
Garnishing the Cake
  1. You may garnish this cake any way your heart desires. I like to use combinations of fresh and candied citrus, strawberries and almonds.
Candied Citrus
  1. If you don’t want to use store bought citrus rinds, boil the rinds in a little water for a few minutes and repeat. Then simmer the rinds in simple syrup (1:1 ratio water:sugar) until they are translucent. Remove the rinds and let them dry a bit. Then dust them in sugar, if desired.
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Bumbleberry-Apple-Rhubarb Pie
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Ingredients
  1. Pie crust dough for a double crust pie
  2. 2 c. thinly sliced tart apples (peeled)
  3. 1 Tbsp. lemon juice
  4. 1 tsp. vanilla
  5. 1 ¼ c. fresh strawberries, cut in half
  6. 1 ¼ c. fresh blueberries
  7. 1 ¼ c. fresh raspberries
  8. 1 ¼ c. fresh blackberries
  9. 1 ¼ c. fresh rhubarb (frozen may be used)
  10. 1/2 c. all purpose flour
  11. 1 tsp. ground allspice
  12. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  13. 1 2/3 c. sugar, divided
  14. 3 Tbsp. butter
  15. 1 Tbsp. milk
Instructions
  1. Prepare dough for a double crust pie. On a lightly floured surface, roll out larger portion of dough to fit a deep-dish pie plate. Chill if necessary for easier handling.
  2. For filling, In a large bowl, toss apples with lemon juice and vanilla; add berries and rhubarb. Combine the flour, allspice, cinnamon and sugar (reserve 1 tablespoon); add to apple mixture and toss gently until fruit is coated evenly. Spoon into crust; dot with butter.
  3. Roll out remaining pastry for top crust (can use lattice crust, if desired). Trim, seal and flute edges. Brush milk over lattice top. Sprinkle with remaining sugar.
  4. Bake in dutch oven (16 briquets on top, 8 on bottom) for 15 minutes. Reduce coals to reach a 350 degree temperature and bake 50-60 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and filling is bubbly.
Notes
  1. NOTE: If using frozen rhubarb, measure rhubarb while still frozen, then thaw completely. Drain in a colander.
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Classic Carrot Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c. white sugar
  2. 2 c. flour
  3. 1½ tsp. baking soda
  4. 1½ tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 tsp. salt
  6. 1 tsp. cinnamon
  7. ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  8. 1/8 tsp. ground cloves
  9. 3 eggs
  10. 1 c. milk
  11. ¼ c. vegetable oil
  12. 1 ½ c. carrots, shredded
  13. 1 c. boiling water
  14. Cream cheese frosting and food coloring as desired
Instructions
  1. Mix all dry ingredients well in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, vegetable oil, and carrots to dry ingredients and mix until all ingredients are incorporated. Add boiling water and mix thoroughly. Pour into oiled 10 inch Dutch oven and bake using 10 coals on the bottom and 11 coals on top for 40 – 45 minutes. Do not check on cakes before the time is up or they may fall in the center. Remove the cake from the Dutch oven and allow it to cool before working and decorating.
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Coconut Dream Cake
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Cake
  1. 1 ½ c. sugar
  2. 4 Tbsp. shortening
  3. 4 Tbsp. butter, softened
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 egg yolks
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 2 c. all-purpose flour
  8. 2 tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 tsp. salt
  10. 1 c. 2% milk
Frosting /Filling
  1. 1 c. sugar
  2. 8 tsp. water
  3. 4 tsp. light corn syrup
  4. 2 egg whites
  5. 1/2 tsp. cream of tartar
  6. 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  7. 2 c. cold 2% milk
  8. 1 tsp. coconut extract
  9. 1 c. instant vanilla pudding mix
  10. ¾ c. flaked coconut, divided
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, cream the sugar, shortening and butter until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs and yolks. Add vanilla. Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with milk. Beat just until combined.
  2. Pour into two #10 Dutch Ovens coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.
  3. In a double boiler over simmering water, combine the sugar, water, corn syrup, egg white and cream of tartar. Beat for 1 minute. Continue beating over low heat until frosting reaches 160°, about 5 minutes. Pour into a small bowl; add vanilla. Beat until stiff peaks form, about 7 minutes.
  4. In a bowl, whisk the milk, extract and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Finely chop 1/2 cup coconut; fold into pudding mix.
  5. Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Spread a third of the pudding over one cake layer; repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake. Frost top and sides. Toast remaining coconut; sprinkle over top.
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The Best Ever Carrot Cake
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Cake
  1. 1 lb. finely grated carrots
  2. 1 ¼ c. sugar
  3. 1 c. firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 1 ¼ c. canola oil
  5. 4 extra large eggs, at room temperature
  6. Finely grated zest of 1 large orange
  7. 2 ¼ c. flour
  8. 1 ½ tsp. baking powder
  9. 1 tsp. baking soda
  10. 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  11. ¼ tsp. ground ginger
  12. ½ tsp. sea salt
  13. ¼ tsp. ground cloves
  14. ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  15. 1 ¼ c. sweetened shredded coconut
Cream Cheese Frosting
  1. 12 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. ½ lb. butter, softened (2 sticks of butter)
  3. 2 tsp. vanilla
  4. ¼ tsp. sea salt
  5. 1/3 c. powder buttermilk
  6. 3 c. powder sugar
  7. 2 c. coconut for the sides of the cake.
Cake
  1. Mix the sugars, oil, vanilla and eggs together. Add the grated carrots. Mix in the dry ingredients. Add the coconut. Mix well. Pour into 2 – 10” prepared Dutch ovens. Bake at 350 for about 35-45 minutes. Or until tested with a toothpick it comes out clean.
Frosting
  1. Mix together all the ingredients until smooth. Frost the cake, and pat the coconut around the sides of the cake.
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 Main Dishes

Ultimate Fried Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Whole chicken cut up into quarters or 8 pieces
For the marinade
  1. 1 pint buttermilk
  2. 1 Tbsp. Kosher salt
  3. 1 Tbsp. Texas Pete’s hot sauce
  4. 1 tsp. of brown sugar
For the batter
  1. 1 c. all-purpose flour
  2. ½ c. cornstarch
  3. 4 Tbsp. Mountain Chef brand poultry seasoning
Instructions
  1. Several hours before cooking time, cut up the chicken and place in a re-sealable plastic bag with the marinade ingredients. Let it sit in a fridge or a cooler until you are ready to cook. Heat up some canola oil in a 10” Dutch oven to 400 degrees. While the oil is heating up, let the chicken sit on a cooling rack and allow the buttermilk to drain off. Mix the batter together and roll each piece of chicken into the batter just before placing it in the oil. As soon as the batter is golden in color all around, remove the chicken and place it on a cooling rack. When all the chicken has been fried and the chicken cooled down, place a trivet in the bottom of a 12” Dutch oven and place the chicken on the trivet. Cover the Dutch oven and place 12 coals around the bottom of the Dutch oven with the coals sticking halfway out of the Dutch oven and 14 coals on the top in a checkerboard pattern. Bake for 20 minutes and check the temperature of the meat. The breasts should be pulled at 165 degrees and the thighs and legs pulled at 180 degrees. Let the chicken relax for several minutes before serving.
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Smoked Pork Butt
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“Glue”
  1. 2 Tbsp. brown mustard
  2. 1 Tbsp. honey
Rub
  1. ¾ c. sugar
  2. ½ c. salt
  3. 1/3 c. black pepper
  4. ½ c. paprika
  5. 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  6. 1 Tbsp. onion powder
  7. 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  8. 1 Tbsp. celery salt
  9. 1 tsp. cumin
  10. 1 tsp. sage
  11. ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  12. Apple or hickory chips for smoking
Instructions
  1. Rinse the roast, pat dry. Apply the “Glue” then pat the rub on the roast. Place in a square Dutch oven. Using a dome over the top, smoke for about 1 – 2 hours.
  2. Then transfer the roast to a 12” Dutch Oven and cook with apple juice for about 2 more hours, or until tender.
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Chicken Saltimbocca ala the Iron Maiden
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole chicken, butchered
  2. 1 Tbsp. salt
  3. 2 tsp. pepper
  4. 1 oz. sage
  5. 6 slices dried and cured ham
  6. 6 slices mild white cheese
  7. ¼ c. oil
  8. ½ medium onion, chopped
  9. 1 clove garlic, minced if desired
  10. ½ c. mushrooms, sliced
  11. ¼ c. dry or sweet white wine
  12. ½ c. chicken stock
  13. ¼ c. cream
Instructions
  1. Butcher the chicken by removing the breasts, thighs and legs. Debone the thighs and legs. If desired, remove all the skin on the chicken pieces. Butterfly the breasts and pound out the dark meat so it is an even thickness. In this recipe, you can use the dark meat, white meat or both. It’s up to you.
  2. Stuff the chicken with the sage, meat and cheese then season with salt and pepper. Secure the meat together with either toothpicks or butcher’s twine.
  3. Sear the chicken in hot oil until it is nicely browned using a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Remove the chicken from the heat and set aside. Remove any excess oils from the pan, if any.
  4. Sauté the onions until they are translucent. Add the garlic and cook for just a few minutes. Add the sliced mushrooms and cook until reduced. Deglaze the pan with some wine. Allow the wine to cook down a bit then add some chicken stock. Return the chicken pieces to the pan, cover, and allow it to simmer until the meat is cooked through to 165F.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pan. Add the cream and test for flavor. Adjust as necessary.
  6. Serve the chicken with some of the wine mushroom sauce drizzled over it, with a bowl on the side or both.
  7. * All measurements are estimated
Heating the Dutch oven
  1. If using a 12-in Dutch oven, use about 15-20 coals underneath the pot when searing the meat. When it is simmering, transfer about ¼ of the coals from the bottom to the lid then add about 10 more to the lid. You are aiming for about 325-350F.
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Carnitas
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Ingredients
  1. 2.5-3 pounds boneless pork shoulder or pork butt, cut into 2-inch cubes
  2. 1/2 c. orange juice
  3. 1/4 c. lime juice
  4. 4 cloves garlic, (I used the already chopped and bottled – to save time)
  5. 1 tsp. ground cumin
  6. 1 tsp. salt, plus more to taste
Homemade Corn Tortillas
  1. 2 c. Masa Harina
  2. 1/4 tsp. salt
  3. 1 c. Water + a little
Instructions
  1. Place the pork in a large Dutch Oven. Add the orange juice, lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and enough water to just barely cover the meat. Bring the pot to a boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Simmer uncovered for two hours. Don’t touch the meat. (You could put all this in a Crock pot and let simmer for 4 hours on high. Then transfer to the Dutch Oven for the last step.)
  2. After two hours, increase the heat to medium-high and while occasionally stirring and turning the pieces, continue to cook for about 45 minutes, or until all of the liquid has evaporated, leaving only the rendered pork fat. Let it sizzle in this fat long enough to brown at the edges, turning pieces gently (they’ll be eager to fall apart), only as needed.
  3. When pork has browned on both sides, it’s ready. Adjust seasonings to taste and serve on warmed tortillas with fixings. (See below)
  4. Mix all ingredients to make a stiff dough. Roll the dough into a 1 ¾” ball, flatten it slightly, place in between 2 pieces of plastic, (I cut apart a gallon Ziploc bag and trimmed to fit the tortilla press- Note if you do not have a press, you can use the bottom of a pie plate or heavy skillet)
  5. Press the dough ball out to a small disc, pressing firmly on the press. Cook the tortilla on a flat griddle (or the lid of a Dutch Oven) with a little oil, until the edges dry up and there are brown spots on both sides. Tortillas will be stiff but will soften as they stand.
Notes
  1. Serve with shredded lettuce, cheese, avocado, sautéed onion, and/or salsa. Personally I like the avocado with a little lime juice.
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Cordon Bleu Chicken
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Ingredients
  1. 1 whole roaster chicken (5-7 lbs.)
  2. 1 quart water
  3. ¼ c. kosher salt
  4. ¼ c. brown sugar
  5. 1 tsp. garlic, minced
  6. 1 tsp. onion powder
  7. 1 tsp. black pepper
  8. ½ tsp. ground sage
  9. ½ tsp. ground thyme
Filling
  1. 1/4 lb. Swiss cheese, thinly sliced
  2. 1/4 lb. smoked Ham, thinly sliced
Rice Pilaf
  1. 1 ½ c. long grain rice
  2. 2 Tbsp. butter
  3. ½ c. minced onion
  4. 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  5. ½ tsp. cumin
  6. ½ tsp. coriander
  7. 4 oz. angel hair pasta, broken up
  8. 3 ¼ c. water
  9. 1 ½ tsp. salt
  10. Black pepper to taste
  11. Fresh parsley
Instructions
  1. Mix water, salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion powder, black pepper, sage and thyme. Set aside.
  2. Bone out chicken. Discard rib cage. Reserve wings and legs for another use. Flatten chicken meat to an even thickness with a meat mallet.
  3. Set chicken into brine and allow to brine as time allows, up to 4 hours.
  4. Remove chicken from brine, season with additional black pepper and garlic powder to taste and stuff with filling ingredients.
  5. Roll chicken around the filling ingredients. There is the possibility of additional loose chicken skin which you can wrap it around the roll as well. Tie with kitchen twine. Sprinkle with black pepper, garlic powder and paprika to taste.
  6. Spray Dutch oven with cooking spray. Sear the meat on all sides. Place breast down in the same Dutch oven. Bake at 400 degrees for 45-60 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.
Rice Pilaf
  1. Place the rice in a medium bowl and add enough water to cover by 2 inches; using your hands, gently swish grains to release excess starch. Carefully pour off the water, leaving rice in bowl. Repeat four to five times, until water runs almost clear. Using a colander or fine mesh strainer, drain water from rice and set aside. In a Dutch oven, melt the butter. Add the onion and saute for 3-4 minutes, until softened but not browned. Add the garlic, cumin and coriander and cook for another 30 seconds. Add the rinsed and drained rice and the broken, uncooked noodles. Cook, stirring, for another 2-3 minutes until lightly browned. Stir in the water and salt and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to low, cover, and simmer until all the liquid is absorbed, about 16-18 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Let the rice stand 10 minutes; fluff with a fork and serve. Sprinkle with fresh parsley if desired.
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Sweet Pulled Pork with Lime Rice
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Ingredients
  1. 4-8 lbs. pork roast
  2. 4 (8 oz.) cans tomato sauce
  3. 3 tsp. garlic
  4. 4 tsp. cumin
  5. 1/2 tsp. salt
  6. Pepper to taste
  7. 4 c. Dr. Pepper
  8. 3-4 c. brown sugar
  9. 3 Tbsp. molasses
Lime Rice
  1. 2 1/2 c. rice
  2. 4 Tbsp. butter
  3. 4 1/2 c. chicken broth
  4. Zest and juice of 2-3 small limes
  5. 4 Tbsp. cilantro
  6. 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  7. 1/2 tsp. cumin
  8. A little pepper
Instructions
  1. Sear meat on all sides. Place in 12" Dutch oven. In separate container, mix all ingredients. Pour over roast and cook to desired tenderness (meat should easily fall apart). Pull pork and remove from remaining sauce to serve. (Note: This can be done in a Crock Pot on slow heat. In a Dutch oven, cook it for about 5 hours. Internal meat temperature should be at least 165F. The number of briquettes varies. I usually start with 14 on top and 8 on the bottom. Heat should be adjusted during cooking to maintain the liquid at a slow simmer.)
Lime Rice
  1. Mix all ingredients and cook until all the liquid is absorbed in a 10" Dutch oven. Or, throw everything in the rice cooker and press start.
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 Breads

Scarborough Fair Rolls
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c. warm water (90 °-100 °F)
  2. 2 Tbsp. dry yeast
  3. 2 tsp. salt
  4. 1 tsp. dried sage (or fresh)
  5. 1 tsp. dried rosemary (or fresh)
  6. 1 tsp. dried thyme (or fresh)
  7. 3 Tbsp. dried parsley (or fresh)
  8. 1 egg
  9. 2/3 c. nonfat dry milk powder (instant or non-instant)
  10. 1/4 c. sugar
  11. 1/3 c. butter or 1/3 c. shortening
  12. 5 -5 1/2 c. bread flour (or all-purpose flour)
Instructions
  1. Combine water and milk powder until dissolved. Add yeast, sugar, salt, butter, egg, herbs and 2 cups bread flour. Mix until ingredients are wet. Add 2 cups more flour until mixed (dough will be getting stiff). Add additional flour as needed to acquire desired consistency. Dough should be soft, not overly sticky or stiff.
  2. Cover dough and allow to rise in warm place until double in size. After dough has risen, sprinkle surface with flour and place dough on floured surface. Roll out and cut rolls or shape as desired.
  3. Place shaped rolls in Dutch oven and butter. After rolls have raised, brush rolls with melted butter again.
  4. Place desired amount of coals on top and bottom of Dutch oven and cook until rolls are a deep golden brown on top.
  5. Brush with melted butter while hot.
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Peasant Bread
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ c. sourdough starter
  2. 1 c. warm water (115 degrees)
  3. ¼ c. white sugar
  4. 1 Tbsp. dry yeast
  5. 1 c. white flour
  6. 2 tsp. salt
  7. 5 c. white flour (use only what you need)
Instructions
  1. Begin by mixing the water, starter, sugar, yeast, and 1 cup of flour together well. Let it sit covered for 30-45 minutes until the yeast and gluten have developed well (the batter should be stringy and smell of yeast). Stir in 2 cups of flour and the 2 teaspoons of salt. The batter should be hard to stir. Turn the batter out onto a floured board and begin to work the dough adding flour a little at a time. The dough should be very sticky . After the dough has been worked for about 20 minutes it should bit be as sticky and it should be very stretchy . Only add what flour is necessary to work the dough. Fold the dough into itself and form a ball with the seam side tucked in well (it should be as a balloon when the dough rises expanding up, not out). Lay the dough ball onto a well-floured muslin or linen cloth and place inside of a 9” bowl to rise. When the dough has doubled in size, turn it out onto double layered parchment paper and set inside of a pre-heated 14” Dutch oven with 16 coals around the bottom edge and 20 coals on the top. Slash the top of the dough to allow for expansion and spray the loaf with water. Set the parchment and the dough inside of the Dutch oven and pour ½ cup of water under the parchment paper. Cover the Dutch oven immediately and remove half of the coals from the bottom. Bake the bread for 40 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when you tap it.
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Cracked Wheat Raisin Rolls
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ½ c. uncooked cracked wheat
  2. 1 c. raisins
  3. ½ c. packed brown sugar
  4. 2 tsp. salt
  5. 3 Tbsp. butter
  6. 2 c. BOILING water
  7. 2 pkg. active dry yeast
  8. 2/3 c. warm water
  9. 5-6 c. flour
  10. 1 egg, beaten
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, mix cracked wheat, raisins, brown sugar, salt, butter and boiling water. Cool to 105-115 degrees. In another bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add dissolved yeast and 2 c of flour to the cracked wheat mixture. Mix until moistened, scraping bowl frequently. With spoon, stir in 2 ½-3 c of flour until dough pulls cleanly from side of bowl. On floured work surface, knead in remaining ½-1 c flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Grease large bowl with cooking spray. Place dough in bowl, cover loosely with towel. Let rise in warm place for 45-60 minutes or until light and doubled in size. Punch down to deflate. Roll into balls. Place balls of dough in 12 inch Dutch oven. Let rise until double in size, 45-60 minutes. Brush with beaten egg. Bake 35-45 minutes at 350 degrees until golden.
Notes
  1. 1 12 inch oven = 25 coals: 17 top, 8 bottom. Serves approx. 14
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Multigrain Bread Weave
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Ingredients
  1. 1 ¼ c. 9 –grain hot cereal mix
  2. 2 ½ c. boiling water
  3. 3 c. flour
  4. 1 ½ c. fresh ground whole wheat flour
  5. ¼ c. honey
  6. 4 Tbsp. butter, melted and cooled
  7. 2 ½ tsp. instant yeast
  8. 1 Tbsp. sea salt
  9. ½ c. cut rolled oats (to sprinkle on the top)
Instructions
  1. Place cereal in a bowl with the boiling water, let it stand, stirring occasionally until the mixture cools to 100 degrees, and looks like hot cereal. Mix the flours together in a different bowl.
  2. When the hot cereal has cooled, add honey, butter and yeast and mix it up until combined. Add the flour mixture, ½ cup at a time, and knead until it starts to form, for a couple of minutes. Then cover the dough and let it rest for 20 minutes. Add the salt and continue to knead it until it pulls away from the side of the bowl. Adding a little more flour if needed. (The dough will be sticky). Cover and let it rise until double, about 45-60 minutes.
  3. Divide dough into ropes, and weave the bread. Put into the prepared 12” Dutch Oven. Sprinkle with the rolled oats. Let rise for about 30 more minutes. And bake at 375 for about 35-40 minutes. Or until the bread reaches 200 degrees.
  4. (This will make 2 loaves of bread)
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Italian Cheese Bread
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Bread
  1. 5-6 c. flour
  2. 3 Tbsp. sugar
  3. 2 c. water
  4. 2 tsp. salt
  5. 1 ½ Tbsp. yeast
  6. ¼ c. oil
Filling
  1. 2 Tbsp. flour
  2. 1 tsp. minced garlic
  3. 1 tsp. dehydrated onion
  4. 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  5. 1 Tbsp. dried parsley
  6. 3 Tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
  7. ½ c. shredded Asiago cheese
  8. 1 egg white
  9. 1 tsp. Italian seasoning
Bread
  1. Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Heat water and oil until very warm (120°-130°). Add to flour mixture. Stir in an additional 2 ½ - 3 cups flour until mixture forms a ball. Knead in an additional ½ to 1 cup flour until dough is smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and let rise until double (about 1 hour). Punch down. Knead filling into dough until evenly distributed.
Filling
  1. Combine flour, garlic, onion, Italian seasoning, parsley, parmesan cheese and Asiago cheese in a small bowl. Knead into dough as listed above. Shape dough as desired. Mix egg white and Italian seasoning. Brush all over bread. Bake for 25-35 minutes at 400F or until golden.
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Classic Dinner Rolls
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Ingredients
  1. 2 c. warm water (110 to 115F)
  2. 2/3 c. nonfat dry milk
  3. 2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
  4. 1/4 c. granulated sugar
  5. 2 tsp. salt
  6. 1/3 c. butter, shortening, or margarine
  7. 1 egg
  8. 5 to 5 1/2 c. all-purpose flour or bread flour
  9. 1/2 c. butter, melted
Instructions
  1. In large bowl, combine water and dry milk powder, stirring until milk dissolves. Add yeast, then sugar, salt, butter, egg, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix until ingredients are wet. Mix vigorously for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups flour and mix until ingredients are wet, then for 2 more minutes. Add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, and mix again until dough is soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. (It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour.)
  2. Scrape dough off sides of bowl and pour about one tablespoon of vegetable oil; work oil all around sides of bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so it is covered with oil. (This helps prevent dough from drying out.) Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 1 1/2 hours. Sprinkle cutting board or counter with flour and place dough on floured board. Roll out and shape as desired. Place on a greased or parchment-lined 12” Dutch oven. Cover lightly with plastic wrap. Let rise in warm place until rolls are doubled in size. Bake at 375° F by placing 12 coals around the bottom edge and 16 coals on the top in a checkerboard pattern for 15 to 20 minutes or until browned. Brush with melted butter while hot. Serve with honey butter.
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Recipe: Australian Pavlova

July 21, 2014

Ever tried making Australian Pavlova? Why not try it out by using this recipe from Chef Kimberly Larsen. You can also watch her make this recipe on ABC 4′s Good Things Utah by clicking HERE.

Australian Pavlova
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Ingredients
  1. 8 egg whites, at room temperature
  2. 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  3. ½ teaspoon cream of tartar
  4. 12-15 strawberries, stemmed and quartered
  5. 1 passion fruit, cut into large cubes or slices
  6. 3 kiwis, peeled and med diced
Directions
  1. 1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees F.
  2. 2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lightly brush with oil.
  3. 3. In stand mixer, with whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and cream of tarter on medium-high speed until medium peaks form.
  4. 4. Continue whisking while slowly adding the granulated sugar.
  5. 5. Beat for another 8-10minutes. Sugar will dissolve and egg whites will become shiny and firm.
  6. 6. Scoop mixture into a circle shape on to the middle of cookie sheet.
  7. 7. Use a small spatula to create a decorative design .
  8. 8. Carefully place in oven.
  9. 9. Bake for 1 ½ hours, or until firm to the touch.
  10. 10. Turn off the oven and prop the oven door.
  11. 11. Allow the Pavlova to cool completely in the oven.
  12. 12. When ready to serve place on decorative plate and carefully decorate with fresh fruit.
  13. 13. If desired, Pavlova may be served with fresh whipped cream. Spoon into the center of Pavlova, then decorate with fresh fruit.
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National Sugar Cookie Day

July 9, 2014

July 9th is National Sugar Cookie Day! Today we’re honoring this sweet, delicious and simple treat by learning how to make this popular recipe. Chef Johnny McAdams showed Good Morning Utah how to make classic sugar cookies. To watch this, click HERE.

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Classic Sugar Cookies
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Classic Sugar Cookie Ingredients
  1. 2 ¾ C. all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. ½ tsp. baking powder
  4. 1 C. butter, softened
  5. 1 ½ C. sugar
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  8. ½ tsp. almond extract
Directions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. 2. In a small bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
  3. 3. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until smooth.
  4. 4. Beat in egg, vanilla and almond.
  5. 5. Gradually blend in the dry ingredients.
  6. 6. Roll rounded tsp. of dough into balls, and place onto ungreased cookie sheets.
  7. 7. Bake 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden.
  8. 8. Let stand on cookie sheet two minutes before removing to cool on wire racks.
  9. 9. Decorate with butter cream frosting, candies, sprinkles and more! This is a great summertime activity for your kids.
Decadent Butter Cream Ingredients
  1. 3 C. powder sugar
  2. 1 C. butter
  3. 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  4. 1 tsp. almond extract
  5. 1 to 2 Tbs. whipping cream
  6. 1 pinch salt
Directions
  1. 1. In a mixer with a whisk, combine sugar and butter. Mix on low speed until well blended.
  2. 2. Increase speed to medium and beat for another 3 minutes.
  3. 3. Add vanilla, almond, salt and cream and continue to beat on medium speed for 1 minute, adding more cream if needed for spreading consistency
  4. 4. Use buttercream to decorate your sugar cookies for a classic treat.
  5. If you don’t have time to bake and are looking for some of the best sugar cookies in town, visit your local Harmons Grocery Store! Harmons sugar cookies are baked from scratch every morning, and you can even custom order colors, decorations, monograms and more for your next special occasion. Visit harmonsgrocery.com for a complete list of store locations.
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Recipes Kids Will Love to Prepare

July 7, 2014

SalmonSticksLooking for some fun activities for your kids this summer? How about signing them up for a Gourmet Youth Cooking Class at Harmons? With several class options at Harmons Bangerter Crossing or Station Park this July and August, we have a class for every budget and taste.

Log on to our website HERE to see a full list of classes and to sign up.

Chef Kimberly shared some of the recipes that kids will like to prepare themselves. Watch her prepare these on ABC 4′s News Midday by clicking HERE.

 

Recipes Kids Will Love to Prepare
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Salmon Sticks With Red Pepper Dipping Sauce Ingredients
  1. 1 Lb. salmon
  2. 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  3. ½ cup flour
  4. ½ cup panko bread crumbs, whole wheat
  5. Salt and pepper
Directions
  1. 1. Use standard breading procedure to bread the salmon.
  2. 2. Drag fish strips through flour, covering lightly.
  3. 3. Place in eggs, then put in panko breadcrumbs.
  4. 4. Allow to rest for 10 minutes. This allows the breadcrumbs to stick to salmon.
  5. 5. Lay fish on baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
  6. 6. Serve with roasted red pepper coulis and lemon wedge
Roasted Red Pepper Coulis Ingredients
  1. 2 red peppers, roasted, peeled seeded
  2. 2 cloves garlic
  3. ½ lemon, juice
  4. 1 Tbsp parsley leaves
Directions
  1. 1. Puree ingredients together.
  2. 2. Season lightly with salt.
Raspberry Kiss Parfait Ingredients
  1. 1 cup vanilla yogurt
  2. ½ cup raspberries
  3. ¼ cup Harmon's granola
  4. 2 Tbsp dark chocolate chunk
Directions
  1. 1. Layer cup with a scoop of vanilla yogurt.
  2. 2. Top with 3-5 raspberries.
  3. 3. Sprinkle with a few chocolate chunk pieces
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Recipe: Bananas Foster

March 3, 2014
Bananas Foster
Great for Mardi Gras!
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Ingredients
  1. ¼ cup unsalted butter
  2. 1 c dark brown sugar
  3. ½ c heavy cream
  4. ½ tsp freshly ground nutmeg
  5. ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  6. 2 ripe with a few spots bananas
  7. ½ cup dark rum (I prefer Goslings or Kraken)
  8. Vanilla Ice Cream, for serving
  9. Four pack of Dutch Waffles (stroopwafels)- optional
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, melt butter on medium heat. Add brown sugar and increase heat to high. Stir and cook until it starts to bubble. Add the cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon and combine with sugar and butter. Peel the banana and cut into long pieces on a bias.
  2. Carefully add the rum and bring to a bubble. Slightly pointing the pan away from you, ignite and cook until the fire burns out. Once the flame has gone out, place bananas over a few scoops of vanilla ice cream, pour over rum sauce and garnish with stroopwafels (I like the Dutch waffle brand).
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Recipe: Chocolate S’mores Crème Brûlée

February 12, 2014
Chocolate S’mores Crème Brûlée
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Ingredients
  1. 4 cups heavy cream
  2. 10 egg yolks
  3. 3/4 cup sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
  5. 6-8 oz. good quality dark chocolate
  6. Mini marshmallows
  7. Graham cracker crumbs
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. 2. In medium saucepan, heat cream and half the sugar to a scald (bubbles around the edge). Whisk in dark chocolate.
  3. 3. Whisk egg yolks and sugar together until slightly pale.
  4. 4. Temper the chocolate cream into the egg yolks slowly at first, then quickly.
  5. 5. Place ramekins onto a rimmed baking sheet.
  6. 6. Pour prepared custard into ramekins, filling 2/3 full. Place baking sheet in oven.
  7. 7. Pour hot water into baking pan halfway up the side and cover with foil.
  8. 8. Bake for about 25 minutes or just until set. Careful not to brown or cook at high heat. The eggs will curdle.
  9. 9. Cool ramekins slightly on counter. Cover and cool in refrigerator for 2-3 hours.
  10. 10. To serve, cover the top of Crème Brûlée with graham cracker crumbles.
  11. 11. Layer mini marshmallow over top of graham crackers and Brûlée with torch.
  12. 12. Serve immediately.
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Chocolate Covered Anything Day!

December 17, 2013

Chef Kimberly shared some chocolate dipping tips on ABC4 this morning. What is the oddest thing you’ve ever eaten that was dipped in chocolate? Watch Chef Kimberly’s tips on ABC4 and follow her instructions below for your own chocolate dipping experimenting.

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In medium saucepan slowly heat, 2/3 of chocolate coins, or small chocolate pieces cut from a bar. Stir consistency with wooden spoon or silicone spatula.  This should be done very slowly and on very low heat until chocolate reaches temperature listed below:

DARK CHOCOLATE: 120F/49C
MILK CHOCOLATE: 116F/47C
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Recipes: Black Salted Banana Chocolate Cream Cheese Puff Pastry

December 16, 2013

Black Salted Banana Chocolate Cream Cheese Puff Pastry
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Ingredients
  1. 2 packages puff pastry cups
  2. Cream cheese filling
  3. Chocolate ganache
  4. 3 bananas, sliced thinly
  5. Black salt
Cream Cheese Filling Ingredients
  1. 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  2. 3/4 cup heavy cream
  3. 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  4. 1 teaspoon vanilla bean extract
  5. 1/2 teaspoon black salt
Chocolate Ganache Ingredients
  1. 4 oz. bittersweet chocolate cut in pieces
  2. 1/2 cup heavy cream
Instructions
  1. Brush the rims of the frozen pastry shells with the egg white and sprinkle with 2 tablespoons raw sugar. Prepare the pastry shells according to the package directions.
Filling Directions
  1. Combined all ingredients in stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment.
  2. Whip on low speed for 1 minute.
  3. Increase the speed to high and beat until stiff peaks form. F
  4. fold in ¾ of the chocolate ganache.
  5. Use remaining ¼ to drizzle the top of pastry.
Ganache Directions
  1. In small saucepan heat heavy cream to a simmer.
  2. Remove from heat and add chocolate.
  3. Whisk until chocolate has melted and mixture is smooth.
Assembly Directions
  1. Layer banana slices on bottom of cooked and cooled pastry.
  2. Spoon small amount of cream into cups.
  3. Place several more slices of banana and then again spoon another layer of cream over banana.
  4. Drizzle tops with chocolate Ganache and sprinkle with black salt.
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