Lodge Cast Iron-Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks

SW Pasole Cornbread cook-off BEST

The old adage “If you snooze you lose” comes to mind when I look back at 2016 Lodge Cast Iron-National Cornbread Cooking Contest. I won a coveted spot in the 2016 cook-off with my Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeño Cheddar Corn Sticks but had to decline the offer to compete due to prior travel plans the same weekend. Instead, I went to see my grandchildren and grown kids on what I lovingly call my 2016 grand baby tour. It was bittersweet to say “no” to competing at the Cornbread Festival because this grandma loves to compete but loves her sweet grand-babies even more! Just look at their beautiful smiles and tell me you wouldn’t do the same! 

 

I didn’t publish my 2016 recipe to the blog so I could resubmit it for this years contest sadly, my recipe wasn’t chosen as a finalist hence, if you snooze you lose. I’m posting my recipe today in homage to my dear friends that will be competing at the Cornbread Festival this weekend. There names are highlighted below. 

The 2017 finalists are as follows:

  • Robin Kessler, Sarasota, FL; Butternut and Sage Sausage Skillet Tart with Mushrooms and Smoked Gouda
  • Pamela Gelsomini, Wrentham, MA; Cornbread Crusted Catfish Jambalaya
  • Ashlyn Morgan, Englewood, TN; Cornbread Cuban Sandwiches with Mojo Sauce
  • Devon Delaney, Westport, CT; Seared Steakhouse Cornbread Crepes with Horseradish Caper Sauce
  • Felice Bogus, Raleigh, NC; Smokey Chicken Tinga Street Gorditas
  • Hidemi Walsh, Centreville, VA; Chili Shrimp and Coconut Cornbread
  • Sherry Kozlowski, Morgantown, WV; Seafood Pot Pie
  • Shauna Havey, Roy, UT; Steak & Eggs Cornbread Dutch Baby
  • Mary Edwards, Long Beach, CA; Cajun Spoon Bread
  • Michele Kusma, Columbus, OH; Shakshuka-Topped Cornbread Skillet

Each year during the last full weekend in April our hometown of South Pittsburg, Tennessee lights up to celebrate a staple in the Southern kitchen: cornbread. As a part of the National Cornbread Festival, Lodge sponsors the National Cornbread Cook-off, a search for the nation’s best main dish cornbread recipe

I’m sending all my best to each and everyone of you. Happy contesting and may the best recipe WIN!

By the way…these are some of the best Jalapeño Cornbread sticks I’ve ever made! 

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Southwestern Posole Stew with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornsticks
Serves 6
Lodge Cast Iron and Martha White Cornbread Festival Recipe by Rebecka Evans
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. Main Dish
  2. 1 12-inch Lodge Cast Iron Skillet
  3. 1 Lodge Cast Iron Cornstick pan (7 piece)
  4. Utensils: 2 large metal or wooden spoons, Sharp 10-inch chef knife, Sharp 6 inch pairing knife, 3 spatulas, 3 mixing bowls, misc. measuring bowls, cups, and spoons
  5. 2 7-ounce packages Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread Mix
  6. 1/2 cup canned creamed corn
  7. 1 teaspoon minced onion
  8. 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  9. 2 tablespoons fresh diced jalapeño, red and green
  10. 1 cup buttermilk
  11. 1/4 cup vegetable oil, divided
  12. 2 cups cubed pork loin
  13. 1 cup chopped onion
  14. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  15. 1 teaspoon red chili powder
  16. 1 4 ounce-can chopped green chili
  17. 1 tablespoon chicken base
  18. 1 14-ounce white hominy, with liquid
  19. 1/2 cup water
  20. 2-4 tablespoon red tomato salsa
  21. salt and pepper to taste
  22. 1 cup cotija cheese
  23. 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
  24. 1 lime
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven 375 Degrees F.
  2. Pour 2 packages Martha White Sweet Yellow Cornbread mix into a medium mixing bowl, add 1/2 cup canned creamed corn, 1 teaspoon minced onion, 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese, 2 tablespoon diced jalapeño, and 1 cup buttermilk. Mix with a spoon until ingredients are incorporated
  3. Heat Lodge Cast Iron Cornstick Pan in oven at 375 degrees F. for 5 minutes. Using a pastry brush, oil pan liberally with vegetable oil.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons cornbread mixture into oiled pans and bake at 375 Degrees F. for 12-14 minutes, or until golden brown. Gently remove cooked cornsticks to a plate and continue process until batter is all gone. Be sure to brush any excess bread bits out of the pan, and brush with more oil for each batch.
  5. While cornsticks are baking, cube pork into 1/2-inch cube. Season meat with a 1/8 teaspoon of salt and pepper.
  6. Heat 1 teaspoon oil over medium high heat, sauté meat until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove cooked pork to bowl
  7. To the same skillet, add 1 teaspoon oil and sauté onions until translucent, add garlic and sauté for 1 minute more. Add 1 14-ounce can white hominy with liquid to skillet and stir to remove browned bits from the bottom of pan. Add red chili powder, chicken base, red tomato salsa, and canned chopped green chili, stir to combine. Bring to a boil then reduce heat and cook stew for 20-45 minutes. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Add 1/2 cup water if stew gets too thick
  8. Serve Southwestern Pasole with Jalapeno Cheddar Cornsticks. Garnish with, lime wedges, and cotija Mexican cheese
Notes
  1. Alternate preparation: Pour stew into individual size Lodge Cast Iron skillets (6.5 inch), dollop 2 tablespoons uncooked cornstick mixture over the Posole. Bake at 375 F. until cornbread is golden brown
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CFE International Salt Fish Blogger Recipe Challenge 2017


CFE International Salt Fish Blogger Recipe Challenge 2017

CFE International Salt Fish Recipe Challenge 2017

BacalaRico Pollock Fillets with Grilled Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Tarragon-Dill Buttermilk Dressing and Blue Cheese Crumbles

This summer fresh dish is grilled to perfection utilizing my hybrid smoker/grill, adding a depth of smoky flavor to the flaky texture of the grilled BacalaRico-Pollock Fillets. Once platted, the dish is doused with a creamy-herbed buttermilk dressing, a drizzle of aged balsamic vinegar and crumbled blue cheese. The recipe can be served as a side dish in the form of a chopped salad or plated over long slices of grilled romaine lettuce for a more dramatic effect. 

Special thanks to the folks at CFE International for sending me a generous sample of their fine products to test. I was pleasantly surprised at the mild flavor of the salted fish and how well it withstood the heat of cooking. 

BacalaRico Chopped Salad

CFE International carries six varieties of salted and cured fish as well as, on the plank, oven and grill ready entrees. I chose the BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Fillets for the challenge.

BacalaRico brand salted Pollock products, are exclusively sourced premium Pollock from the cold waters of the North Pacific. These products must meet CFE International’s strict quality standards and the finished product is inspected for quality, moisture and salt content to ensure that product specifications are always being met.

CFE International Salt Fish Blogger Recipe Challenge 2017Rehydrating the salted fillets is easy work but requires 24 hours of water bathing, rinsing, and a final rest in milk. The milk bath isn’t necessary when rehydrating the fillets however, it gives the fish a delicate-sweet flavor and further reduces the saltiness of the preserved fish. 

BacalaRico Pollock Fillets

Rehydrated Pollock Fillets

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BalacaRico Pollock Fillets with Grilled Romaine Lettuce, Tomatoes, Tarragon-Dill Buttermilk Dressing and Blue Cheese Crumbles
Serves 4
CFE International Blogger Recipe Challenge 2017
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For the Fillets
  1. 1 package BacalaRico Alaskan Pollock Fillets (package comes with 3 pre-sealed packets, use just one for this recipe)
  2. 2 cups water (just enough to cover fillets)
  3. 2 cups whole milk (just enough to cover fillets)
  4. 1 large shallot, minced
  5. 2 cups mixed cherry tomatoes, cut in half
  6. 1 tablespoons lemon infused olive oil
  7. 1 bunch fresh tarragon, divided
  8. 1 bunch fresh dill, divided
  9. Pepper to taste
For the Vegetables
  1. 2 heads romaine lettuce, sliced in quarters, lengthwise
  2. 1 bunch whole baby carrots, with tops
  3. 1 bunch fresh asparagus (optional)
  4. 1 bunch spring onions, sliced lengthwise
  5. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  6. 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
For The Dressing
  1. 1/2 cup buttermilk
  2. 1/2 cup sour cream
  3. 1 tablespoon fresh tarragon
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh dill
  5. 2 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  6. 2 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  7. 2 cloves garlic, smashed
For the Fillets
  1. Rehydrate fillets by placing 1 pouch of salted fish into a air tight plastic container. Add just enough tap water to submerge fillets. Rest fish for 2-3 hours in the refrigerator. Pour off water and repeat this process 2 times more. For the final rehydration, pour 2 cups whole milk over fillets or just enough to cover the fish. let fillets rest in the milk bath overnight. Before cooking, discard milk and gently rinse fillets. Drain on paper towel.
  2. Season the bottom of a grill style roasting pan with 1/2 teaspoon olive oil, 1/2 of the minced shallot, and cracked black pepper. Arrange fillets evenly in the pan. Sprinkle tops with black pepper to taste, remaining minced shallot, cherry tomatoes, and fresh springs of tarragon and dill.
  3. Cut romaine lettuce into fourths lengthwise and place in a large shallow baking dish. Using a vegetables peeler, remove butter skin from carrots and place in the shallow dish with lettuce, spring onions and asparagus. Drizzle 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste. Toss to coat vegetables evenly.
  4. Heat grill/smoker to highest heat. Place roasting pan with fillets in the middle of the grill rack. Arrange lettuce, cut side down on grill with remaining vegetables. Close the grill lid and cook lettuce for 3 minutes or until charred but not wilted. This keeps the inner part nice and crisp. Remove lettuce to shallow dish and continue cooking the other vegetables until they are al dente and set in the shallow pan until ready to plate. Continue cooking the fillets until they are hot all the way through and tomatoes are wired (about 7 -10 minutes total)
For the Dressing
  1. Process all 7 ingredients in a food processor until smooth. Season with salt and pepper to taste
Notes
  1. Garnish dish with
  2. 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup blue cheese crumbles
  4. Cracked black pepper
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Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork-EASY RECIPE

Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork

Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork is made easy when using leftover cooked pork chops or chicken and store bought stir-fry sauce and rice. This is my go-to recipe when I’m in a hurry to get dinner on the table. Your family will love that this dish looks and tastes like a restaurant quality meal. 

The beautiful clay pot picture above was gifted to me by my sweet friend Chef Ava Marie the Autistic Chef and Owner of Autism Cooks food blog. It’s stunning and the perfect vessel for this satafiying meal. 

Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork-EASY RECIPE
Serves 4
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
6 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 cups cooked rice (from store deli hot foods)
  2. 2 left over cooked pork chops or cooked chicken (I used left over smoked chops from dinner the night before)
  3. 1 cup frozen peas
  4. 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  5. 1/2 cup sweet onion chopped
  6. 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  7. 2 tablespoon sesame oil
  8. 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  9. 2 tablespoon vegetable oil, divided
  10. 2 eggs, beaten
  11. 1/4 cup stir fry sauce (House of Tsang Classic Stir Fry Sauce)
  12. 1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds
  13. 1/2 cup green onion, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Slice leftover pork into thin strips. Prep all vegetables.
  2. Preheat a large skillet or wok over medium high heat.
  3. Pour sesame oil into pan. Cook sweet onion, carrots, peas, and garlic for 2 minutes stirring frequently. Slide mixture to the side of the pan using a spatula. Add eggs and scramble. Once the eggs are done mix with cooked vegetables. Remove mixture from pan and set aside.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to hot pan. Once the oil is hot add 1/4 cup stir fry sauce and sliced pork. Cook for 2 minutes stirring frequently. Add black sesame and toss. Remove cooked pork from pan and set aside until ready to plate.
  5. Add remaining tablespoon of oil to pan. pour in cooked rice and vegetables, and add soy sauce. Toss to combine and heat through.
  6. Taste for seasoning. Add a drizzle more sesame oil and more stir fry sauce to taste.
  7. To plate the dish, scoop out portion into a clay pot. Add slices of cooked pork to each serving and sprinkle with chopped green onion.
  8. Serve and enjoy!
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Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork

Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork




Egg Fu Yung Recipe

Egg Fu Yung with Gravy 

Egg foo Yung is one of my favorite comfort foods and a dish my mother made regularly when I was growing up. I get cravings for this savory meal and because of its versatility and easy preparation, I eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

If you’re wondering why the dish doesn’t look like the traditional Chinese style pancake, I’m still recovering from shoulder surgery and it turns out flipping a full size omelet shaped breakfast is more difficult than I expected with the use of only one good arm. The final dish was delicious but looked more like Egg Fu Yung scramble.

I had a few brussels sprouts in the fridge so I threw them in to add a wonderful crunch and delicious brussels sprout flavor.  In my opinion, Egg Fu Yung is not complete without the signature savory gravy! The sumptuous brown gravy has a silky texture and rounds out the flavor profile of this tasty meal.

Egg Fu Yung with Gravy
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 boneless chicken breast (sliced thinly)
  2. 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  3. 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  4. 1 garlic clove (minced)
  5. 1 green onion (white part only)
  6. 2 cups bean sprouts
  7. 1 medium onion (sliced thin)
  8. 2 cups brussel sprout leaves
  9. 6 large eggs
  10. 3 Tablespoon vegetable oil (divided)
  11. 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper (to taste)
  12. 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds
FOR THE GRAVY
  1. ¼ cup soy sauce
  2. ¼ cup chicken stock
  3. 2 Tablespoon Oyster sauce
  4. ¼ cup cornstarch
Instructions
  1. Marinate chicken in 1 tablespoon soy sauce, ½ teaspoon sesame oil, 1 garlic clove, and minced green onion, white part only. Rest for 5 minutes in marinade.
  2. Cut the ends off Brussel sprouts and separate leaves.
  3. Slice onion thinly
  4. In a medium mixing bowl, beat eggs till fluffy. Add to the bowl, bean sprouts and Brussel sprouts, onion. Toss to combine
  5. Heat a wok on medium high heat. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to wok. Cooked chicken until done. Remove from wok and set aside to cool for 5 minutes. Add chicken to vegetable and egg mixture and toss to combine.
  6. Add 1 tablespoon oil to wok. Place a scoop of egg fu yung mixture in the hot wok and cook for 2 minutes on one side. Flip and continue cooking until egg is set, about 2-3 minutes more. Continue until all mixture is made into pancakes.
To Make the Gravy
  1. In a small mixing bowl combine, soy sauce, chicken stock, oyster sauce and ¼ cup cornstarch. Whisk to combine. Pour ingredients into the wok and cook over medium heat until thick. Add salt pepper to taste. If mixture is too thick, add 1 tablespoon water at a time until desired consistency is reached.
Notes
  1. To Serve: Drizzle gravy over Egg Fu Yung. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and chopped green onion tops. Enjoy this meal with steamed rice.
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Red Beet Risotto-Culinary Fight Club Challenge

Photo by Anthony Martorini

It was an honor to be invited to participate in the Culinary Fight Club Black Box Challenge by Cheferee and Fight Club Host, Anthony Martorini. This very prestigious and coveted cooking challenge was held at the Bay Area Travel and Adventure Show last weekend.  The event hosted two Culinary Fight Club Pro Chef Series Mystery Box Challenge’s. Competitors had 45 minutes to cook live in front of an audience and then create 2 perfect plate ups from the supplied box of ingredients plus one infused ingredient for the judges to taste.

Culinary Fight Club is a national organization that hosts live cooking competitions. At each event, attendees watch as contestants from home cooks to executive chefs race for their pantry in 45 seconds. Contestants get to choose from 15 provided ingredients. From there, contestants have 60 minutes to create the most gourmet dish that represents their take on our monthly theme. The audience and judges vote and decide on a winning dish.

Aside from being an incredibly fun event, Culinary Fight Club events exclusively give back to the 501(c) (3) non profit organization Fight2Feed, an organization that partners top restaurants with food trucks to provide service and support to hungry men, women and children in our communities.

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My competitors were professional chefs, Adam Pechal and Richard Pannell. Chef Pannell pulled out the win with only 4 points separating first place from third. Although I didn’t win, I stood up to the pressure of competitive food sport competing along side the pros. Here’s a photo of Chef Pannell’s winning dish Bourbon Chicken. Our esteemed Judge for the event was 2 Time World Burger Champ Chef Wade Fortin and a random guest judge from the audience. Sponsors, Bull Outdoor Grill and Gunter Wilhelm Knives. More Fight Clubs to follow in Los Angles, San Diego, Denver, Dallas and Philly.

Red Beet Risotto

Red Beet Risotto with Goat Cheese and Honey

When faced with a “Black Box Challenge” it’s always good to have a few recipes tucked away. The official rules allowed for 3 secret ingredients of the chefs choice. Thankfully, I’ve been working on a Red Beet Risotto recipe for the Oregon State Fair 2017 where I’ll be featured as a guest and doing a live demo the last day of the fair, September 3, 2017. I decided to use the base recipe as my secret ingredients for the Culinary Fight Club Challenge. My three secret  ingredients: arborio rice, red beets and organic chicken broth.  My strategy was to have a base for my dish then use the Black Box Pantry to complement the dish. Just a few moments into the challenge we were all given a required featured ingredient to use in our dish Thai Srira Srira Smokey Hot Sauce  .  I opted to add a protein to my recipe using chicken breast from the pantry items and to accompany the dish, I served roasted vegetables and candied Srira Srira bacon. 

 

RED BEET RISOTTO
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup arborio rice (do not rinse)
  2. 4 cups hot organic chicken stock
  3. 1 cup white wine (optional)
  4. 2 cups shredded red beets (peeled)
  5. 1/2 cup fine chopped onion or shallot
  6. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  7. 4 tablespoons butter
  8. 1/4 cup heavy cream
  9. 1 small bunch fresh rosemary
  10. 1 small bunch fresh thyme
  11. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Using a medium stock pot, heat pan to medium, add oil, chopped onion and risotto. Stir to coat all of the rice and cook until onions are translucent. Add shredded red beets and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir to combine. Begin making risotto by adding 1/2 cup hot chicken broth. After each addition of hot liquid, stir constantly until stock is almost absorbed by the rice. Continue adding stock until rice is al dente (about 30 min). Remove herbs stems and discard. Stir in remaining butter and heavy cream. Season to taste.
  2. Optional: If using wine add 1 cup to the hot stock before making the risotto.
  3. Candy Bacon: 1/4-pound bacon cooked. Remove bacon from pan leaving about 1 tablespoon bacon fat. Add 1/4 cup Srira Srira Sauce reduce by half. Return bacon to pan and allow to cook until bacon is caramelized (about 5 minutes)
  4. 1 Chicken breast filleted, seasoned both pieces with salt and pepper and sauté in 1 teaspoon oil. Deglazed pan with 1/2 cup chicken stock and 1/4 cup Srira Srira Sauce. Use to dress chicken when platting dish.
  5. Mixed roasted vegetables: sauté in olive oil, 1/4 cup sliced mushrooms, 1/4 cup chopped carrot, 1/4 cup sliced leeks.
Notes
  1. Arrange chicken near or over risotto, add candy bacon and roasted veggies to plate, and serve
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I was thrilled to have my husband Blake step into the Culinary Fight Club ring as my sous. I’m still in the process of recovering from shoulder surgery so he helped with all the chopping and stirring required. We had an amazing time together. He tells me he a professional sous after helping me win the Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas!! I think he’s right! 

Blake

My sweet Blake looking fine in his apron!

 

 




Ice Cream Depot Review and Matcha Mascarpone Ice Cream Recipe

Ice Cream Depot Review and Matcha Mascarpone Ice Cream Recipe

The folks at Ice Cream Depot gifted me one of their World’s First At-Home Automatic Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine to review right before the holidays. Unfortunately, I had shoulder surgery November 2016 and I’m still suffering with just the use of one arm.

Photo courtesy of Ice Cream Depot

Despite the doctors recommendation, I’m feeling well enough to finally post my review of this amazing machine and an associated recipe Matcha Mascarpone Ice Cream with Homemade Nutty Cinnamon Granola.

My recipe has been submitted to Chef’s Roll Milk Competition and is my take of food trend predictions for 2017 using milk as an ingredient. My prediction and many other food trend enthusiasts agree, we should be eating ice cream for breakfast!

Making the argument for ice cream at breakfast is simple because it’s delicious, and very nutritious. Matcha mascarpone ice cream is made with whole milk and heavy cream and packed with calcium, vitamin D, and protein. Matcha green tea powder is high in antioxidants, loaded with Catechin, EGCg.  It enhances a sense of calm and boosts memory and concentration, it also increases energy levels, and endurance. Another crazy fact, Matcha burns calories and detoxifies the body and fortifies the immune system. This nutritious bowl of ice cream is fortified with more protein and fiber by adding a home-made granola made with an assortment of nuts and whole oats. Mascarpone cheese adds a decadent creaminess to the ice cream as well as, 4 percent of your daily calcium needs. In addition to keeping your bones strong, calcium plays a role in the function of your heart, muscles and nerves, too. Another nutritional plus of mascarpone cheese is the low sodium content. With all the health benefits in a bowl of ice cream, it sounds like a really good choice for breakfast to me.  So skip your morning donut and have some ice cream for breakfast. 

About the competition:

Calling all CALIFORNIA Chefs and Cooks – show us your food trend predictions for 2017 using MILK as an ingredient or in a perfect pairing for a chance to win awesome prizes! From the entries, our panel of judges will pick 12 semi-finalists that will win a custom Got Milk Chef Spoon, then 4 finalists will be chosen and receive a special Got Milk apron by Lost Car Chef Apparel. The selected Grand Prize winner will get a $750 KitchenAid Commercial Blender! The contest is NOW OPEN for submissions until January 22nd 10pm PST!

Enter here: http://bit.ly/CRgotmilkcontest

Matcha Mascarpone Ice Cream

 

My package included, 20 soft serve, milkshake and drink mixes! The professional-quality soft serve ice cream maker can make an assortment of frozen yogurt, sherbet and frozen adult beverages right at home. The good news, the Ice Cream Depot SX1000 Home Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine comes fully assembled, all you need to do is plug it in. It makes batch after batch, in just minutes with no bowls to freeze; just pour in your mix, set the timer and walk away. Dispense when you’re ready, it’ll keep your soft serve cold for hours until you’re ready to enjoy.

The machine makes 35 ounces, (1.125 quarts) of frozen product (roughly 8-10 soft serve cones) Makes either soft serve, slush drinks, milk shakes or adult beverages and weighs approximately 45 pounds. It takes up a bit of counter space but is compact enough to easily store when not in use. 

The first week we had the ice cream maker I had to enlist the help of my husband because of my shoulder. He loved how easy the machine was to use as well as, the ease of using the pre-packaged ice cream mixes. The pre-mixed product is blended with water or milk resulting in a beautiful creamy soft serve.

We tried all of the flavors over the course of a few weeks. Our favorite flavors are Butter Pecan soft serve, Chocolate soft serve, Caramel Macchiato Frappe; the big kids loved the Margarita mix.  The only favor my family didn’t like was the Strawberry. It was just too sweet and had an artificial aftertaste.

I was happy to try home-made recipes next and curious to see the difference in home-made versus the pre mixed packets. I was extremely pleased with the result. 

I tried three home-made recipes to date and all of them have turned out beautifully. My favorite thus far is my contest recipe so I’ve chosen to share it with you.  

Matcha Mascarpone Ice Cream with Home-made Nutty Cinnamon Granola
Serves 6
My take of food trend predictions for 2017 using MILK as an ingredient. Seriously...who wouldn't want to eat ice cream for breakfast?
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
15 min
For the Ice Cream
  1. 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  2. 1/2 cup heavy cream
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered Matcha
  4. 4 large egg yolks
  5. 3/4 cups sugar plus 2 tablespoons
  6. 1 cup mascarpone cheese
  7. 1/2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  8. pinch salt
For the Granola
  1. 3 cups old-fashioned roll oats
  2. ¾ cup slivered almonds
  3. ½ cup pine nuts
  4. ¼ cup sun flower seeds
  5. ¾ cup crushed pecans
  6. 1 cup dried cranberries
  7. ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  8. 5 tablespoons butter
  9. 1/3 cup honey
  10. ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
For the Ice Cream
  1. In a large bowl, combine egg yolks with 3/4 cup sugar and mix with a handheld mixer until fluffy, about 3 minutes.
  2. In a sauce pan, combine milk and cream and remaining 2 tablespoon sugar, bring to a simmer (do not boil). slowly add warm milk to the egg mixture. Return the mixture to the saucepan. Turn heat to medium low and cook stirring constantly, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 5 minutes) again, do not let the mixture boil. Turn off the heat, add the matcha and mascarpone. Blend until smooth. Pour mixture into a glass bowl add lemon juice and salt. Mix to combine.
  3. Cool over an ice bath for about 30 minutes. Be sure to stir the mixture to aid cooling process. Pour custard into ice cream maker and process per the manufacturer's instructions. Serve immediately or transfer soft serve ice cream to an airtight container and freeze until firm. About 2 hours
For the Granola
  1. Pre heat oven 325 degrees F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment
  3. In a large bowl combine oats and nuts. Stir to combine
  4. In a small sauce pan, melt butter with honey. Add cinnamon and vanilla extract. Pour mixture over oat mixture and stir to combine.
  5. Spread granola evenly onto the prepared baking sheet. Bake, stirring every 5 minutes until golden brown. About 20 minutes.
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On a scale of 1-10 (ten being the highest) I give the Ice Cream Depot SX1000 Home Soft Serve Ice Cream Machine a 10! I really love this machine! Thank you Ice Cream Depot for gifting me the machine for review. I’ll be using it for upcoming Birthday parties, office gatherings, anniversaries, ice cream socials. My family and friends are going to love it too!

Ice Cream Depot has generously offered a personalized discount code for At Home with Rebecka blog subscribers ‘ATHOME50’ Visit their website and SAVE $50 on your purchase of an Ice Cream Depot machine.

Here’s another fun idea, make Ice Cream Sandwiches…YUMMY!

matcha Ice Cream sandwiches