Wednesday, January 28, 2015

roasted garlic fondant potatoes w/ homemade mustard aioli

What is a Fondant Potato? Fondant potatoes are potatoes that are trimmed into the shape of eggs, fried in butter, and then baked. I made mine into the shape of, what I like to call, half of a potato. French cuisine purists, this is where you stop reading. For the rest of you, this new/old potato cooking technique is a tasty and unique way of serving potatoes at the dinner table, while avoiding the commonly mashed, boiled, and baked culprits.  

Traditional fondant potatoes are served plain as a side dish, but, I wanted to put the ol' Chow Creations' spin on the thing and make a homemade mustard aioli to dip them in. My inspiration for this dip is the Spanish dish, Patatas Bravas, which are fried potatoes served with a Tomato Aioli. I thought, though, that a tomato aioli would be too safe, and the combination between garlic and mustard would be perfect to cut through that rich garlicky potato. I'll explain what an aioli is below and how you can turn this delicious side dish into a killer Superbowl Party hors d'oeuvre. Chowtinue Reading. 

Sunday, January 25, 2015

coming soon - roasted garlic fondant potatoes w/ homemade mustard aioli

Oh my goodness you guys are going to love this!!! If you like mashed potatoes and baked potatoes, this is an awesome technique of enjoying both at the same time. Creamy, buttery, crispy, and those roasted garlic cloves add a delicious herbaceous touch that is so good! Check back soon!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

5 minute weeknight alfredo sauce!

Not only should everyone have a quick and easy, go-to, weeknight recipe, but it should be something delicious and not something that comes from a can, bag, cup, or liquor store. Don't deny it. It's close to your house and they have occasionally good sales on stale cookies and offbrand colas. But, that is all in the past, today I'm going to show you how to make a weeknight alfredo sauce which has been rumoured to cure everything from marriages to cancer. However, rumours are rumours and if those claims turn out to be false, rest assured you still have a killer sauce that you can drown pasta and rice in for a quick and easy weeknight dinner. 

Oh, and did I mention this recipe has 50% less heavy cream and 75% less butter than its predecessors. So yeah, it does cure cancer. 

Sunday, January 18, 2015

coming soon - 5 minute weeknight alfredo sauce

Say chowlo (chow + hello) to a quick and delicious weeknight alfredo recipe that you can make in under 10 minutes. Check back soon (and often). Our recipe developers and witty blog writing experts are working hard to bring you dinner and giggles. :-)

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

one-pot red wine braised short ribs

Imagine sitting in front of you is a bowl of rich meaty short ribs atop a mound of buttery mashed potatoes sitting in a velvety pool of red wine jus. Well stop imagining cause we've got pictures! Just look at it. So good! You can do this too, and all in one pot!

Recently, I've been watching a lot of Julia Child. I've been inspired by the Beef Bourguignon, Coq Au Vin, you name it I've watched it, read it, and lived it. Yes, you can live food. And if you asked me, I wouldn't mind living in a pan of this red wine braised short ribs (he said proud of his transitional skills). Believe it or not, that was one of my better transitions on this site. If you've got a pot and you've got meat (it doesn't have to be short ribs), you can implement this easy technique/recipe to make really delicious braised beef. You're family will thank you for it, and so will your taste buds. 

Thursday, January 8, 2015

portuguese egg custard tarts - macau in a tartshell

Did you know that the island of Macau got it's name because the Macanese fisherman couldn't understand a certain Portuguese conquistador's accent. Now, that may seem like a completely arbitrary statement, unless, you are privy to the fact that I just came back from Macau last week. Sorry, after a sixteen hour jet lag my mind isn't working correctly and my twisted sense of humor seems funnier in my head. Although the fisherman thing was really true. Our tour guide said so.

Across the waters from Hong Kong is the exotic casino and custard tart filled island of Macau. And despite the fact that my attempt at these pastry pools of custard gold turned out surprisingly well, especially for a first attempt, it really doesn't beat the fresh piping hot tarts you get halfway across the world. Click the orange button to chowtinue this conversation and learn how to make these delicious little morsels. 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

coming soon - portuguese egg custard tarts

I just got back from Macau where they are famous for their Portuguese Egg Custard Tarts. It was my first time out of the country, my first time in Asia, my first time trying Macanese cuisine, and my first time trying a National delicacy of another nation. On a completely unrelated note I've eaten way too many American hot dogs and hamburgers. But, I had to give these a try, and for a first attempt they actually turned out pretty tasty. Check back soon and I'll have the recipe, or if I already posted it and you scrolled down too far, just press the orange button above. And as always,