Fried Chicken Livers with Sriracha Aioli

Fried Chicken Livers with Sriracha Aioli

Fried Chicken Livers

While cold weather grips most of our Nation this week and temps in Houston dip below freezing I can’t help but crave some of my Southern-fried favorite recipes. Chicken liver is easier to come by here in the Houston metro area so today I’m getting my TEXAS on and reposting my recipe for Fried Chicken Livers from the blog 2013.  My family isn’t impressed by liver of any kind so I might be eating these beauties all by myself. 

Do you love chicken livers as much as I do? If so, let me know in the comment section below. 

My taste buds did a double take this month, when I read the September 2013 edition of Food and Wine Magazine; a common occurrence for me when flipping through the deftly published pages. Truly, one of my favorite periodicals.

James Holmes, Chicken Fried-Chicken Livers just about jumped off the page. Like Pavlov’s dogs, I was in full tilt salivation mode, and couldn’t wait to try the recipe.  James is the chef at Lucy’s Fried Chicken in Austin TX, where the fried dishes are down home, country-style, comfort foods. I know where I’m eating the next time I’m passing through Austin!

Creamy and pungent, coated with a crisp batter and served up piping hot; the taste of fried chicken livers take me back to moms kitchen and my childhood. Mom also made pan-fried calves liver with sautéed onions, a dish I grew to love.  

Several years ago, my grocery deli sold fried chicken livers perfect for me to nibble while I shopped for groceries. Sadly, fried chicken livers are a relic of the past and rarely seen on the menu at local restaurants. This week I searched my local market to find, no chicken livers! You would think that markets stocking tripe and cows tongue would also have a choice of chicken liver? Sadly, I only found cows liver. I finally found a few small containers, in the frozen meat department at Whole Foods market; freshly frozen, they were nicely cleaned and plump.

The French have eaten liver, Pâté made from duck, calves, and pig livers for centuries. It’s delicious, and healthful if cooked properly. One of my favorite liver dishes, Pâté de foie gras

Pâté de foie gras is considered an ultimate culinary delight, the king of pâtés. Along with its pedigree comes a hefty price tag. Foie gras is French for “fat liver,” and this pâté is made from the livers of specially fattened geese or duck. There’s nothing better than a crisp loaf of french bread, a plate of Pâté , and a bottle of wine.

Some health benefits: The vitamin A found in liver is beneficial to you in a number of ways. It contributes to healthy fertility and proper embryo development. It also helps children to avoid developing asthma, prevents kidney stones, regulates blood sugar and fats. Additionally, the vitamin A found in liver can protect you from some environmental toxins and helps to promote proper development during puberty, according to SteadyHealth.com. The vitamin A and arachidonic acid in liver can improve the health and appearance of your hair and skin. Arachidonic acid also contributes to hydration, intestinal health and growth.

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Old Fashion Fried Chicken Livers

Old Fashion Fried Chicken Livers SO DELICIOUS

I have adapted James Holmes recipe, omitting the ground cumin from the seasoned flour mixture, substituting my fresh Sriracha Aioli instead of James adobo seasoned mayo; and pared the rich and creamy livers with my Spicy Cauliflower Pickles.  The perfect trio of flavors!

Fried Chicken Livers
Yields 2
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 1/2 cups buttermilk
  2. 1/3 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce, such as Crystal
  3. 1 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
  4. 1 pound chicken livers, trimmed
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 3 large eggs
  7. 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  8. 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  9. Vegetable or peanut oil, for frying
  10. salt
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk 2 cups of the buttermilk with the hot sauce and soy sauce. Add the trimmed chicken livers and turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Make aioli sauce; refrigerate.
  3. Set a rack over a baking sheet. Spread 1 1/2 cups of the flour in a shallow bowl. In another shallow bowl, beat the eggs with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk. In a third shallow bowl, mix the remaining 1 1/2 cups of flour, the cayenne, black pepper, and garlic salt.
  4. Remove the livers from the buttermilk, then dredge them in the plain flour. Dip the livers in the egg mixture, then dredge in the seasoned flour. Transfer to the rack.
  5. In a large saucepan, heat 2 inches of oil to 350°. Set another rack over a rimmed baking sheet. Add half of the livers to the hot oil and fry over moderately high heat, turning once, until barely pink inside, 3 to 5 minutes. Transfer to the clean rack and season lightly with salt. Repeat with the remaining livers. Serve hot, with Spicy Sriracha Aioli
Notes
  1. Livers are tough little buggers to fry; they can, and will explode! I suggest using a fry daddy or a very deep saucepan to keep the mess to a minimum, and you safe from oil spatters.
Adapted from James Holms, Food and Wine Magazine
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How to Trim Chicken Livers

Trim Livers

Step #1 dust with plain flour

Step #1 dust with plain flour

Step #2 egg wash

Step #2 egg wash

Step #3 dust with seasoned flour mix

Step #3 dust with seasoned flour mix

Fried chicken Livers

Sriracha Aioli

Sriracha Aioli
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. Ingredients
  2. 1 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  3. 1/2 cup Grapeseed or sunflower oil
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 3 fresh garlic cloves
  6. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  7. 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  8. 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce
  9. salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. In a tall mixing cup, using a blender or hand held emulsifier, combine eggs, garlic, lemon juice, blend until combined
  2. slowly drizzle oil into egg mixture until all oil is used and mixture is thick and creamy
  3. add sriracha and blend until just combined
  4. season with salt and pepper
Notes
  1. Recipe can be made a day ahead, stored in an airtight container, and refrigerated
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Pork and Peppers UDON Soup with Sesame Rice Sticks

Pork and Peppers UDON Soup with Sesame Rice SticksPork and Pepper Udon Soup with Sesame Rice Sticks

Here’s my first entry for the Fortune Noodle Company Soup Contest 2017 – Pork and Peppers UDON Soup with Sesame Rice Sticks.

East meets West in this hearty soup recipe with inspiration from of one of my favorite American classics, stuffed pepper soup. Married to Eastern flavors this dish features Fortune Noodle UDON Soup Original Flavor noodles and classic Asian seasonings. 

This easy to make recipe is whipped up in no time for a delicious dinner for two or a hearty BIG bowl for one. The perfect blend of flavors with a mild-slow heat from the jalapeño peppers enhanced by the rich broth while the ground meat brings a hearty bite balanced by sweet red and green peppers. Garnish with cilantro and green onion for a satisfying East meets West UDON soup. 

The rice sticks are the perfect complement and just as easy to prepare using prepackaged cooked rice. Pre-cooked rice can be found in your local grocer near the rice isle. 

Pork and Pepper Udon Soup with Sesame Rice Sticks
Serves 2
Fortune Noodle Soup Contest 2017 - Pork and Pepper Udon Soup with Sesame Rice Sticks
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 package Fortune Udon Noodles Original flavor
  2. 1/2 pound ground pork
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  4. 1/4 teaspoon ground Chinese five spice
  5. 1 package Fortune Noodle seasoning, divided
  6. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  7. 1 cup green bell pepper
  8. 1 cup red bell pepper
  9. 1 medium tomato, chopped with seeds
  10. 2 jalapeño peppers
  11. 1 cup chopped onion
  12. 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  13. 4 cups chicken stock
  14. 3 tablespoons gochujang sauce (or sriracha)
  15. 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  16. 1 10.6 ounce package prepared jasmine rice (grocery store rice isle)
  17. 1/2 cup sesame seeds
  18. 1 egg
  19. 1 tablespoon rice flour
  20. 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  21. salt and pepper to taste
  22. 1 bunch Cilantro
  23. 1/2 cup sliced green onion
For the Soup
  1. Place 1/2 pound ground pork in a medium stock pot. Cook over medium high heat stirring frequently to break up meat until browned. Add 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  2. 1/4 teaspoon ground Chinese five spice, 1/2 package Fortune Noodle Original Flavor seasoning packet and stir to combine.
  3. Remove ground meat from stock pot to a medium bowl. Set aside.
  4. Remove seeds from 1 jalapeño pepper and chop into small pieces. Slice remaining jalapeño into thin pieces for garnish
  5. Wash and remove seeds and ribs from green and red bell peppers. Chop onions and tomato. Add 1 tablespoon vegetable oil to stock pot then add jalapeño peppers, minced garlic, onion and tomato. Sauté mixture for 2-3 minutes or until onions are translucent.
  6. Return cooked meat to the stock pot.
  7. Add 4 cups chicken stock, gochujang, remaining 1/2 packet Fortune Noodle Original seasoning packet, and soy sauce. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat to medium and Cook for 30 minutes stirring occasionally. Add Fortune Udon Noodles (don't break apart) to the soup and allow them to soften in the hot broth for 3 minutes before stirring. Stir to distribute noodles evenly into soup. Serve with rice sticks
For the Sesame Rice Sticks
  1. Open prepared rice package. Remove cooked rice taking care to keep the block of rice whole. Using a sharp knife, slice rice into 2 inch sticks.
  2. Beat egg in a shallow bowl. Put rice flour and sesame seeds into a shallow bowls for easy dipping. Dip rice sticks into rice flour on both sides, shaking off excess flour then dip each side into egg mixture. Finally, coat each side of rice with sesame seeds and keep on a plate until ready to cook.
  3. Heat sesame oil in a sauté pan until very hot. Place sticks in hot oil and cook for 2-3 minutes on both sides. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel
Notes
  1. Garnish with jalapeño slices, cilantro, sliced green onion, and serve with sesame rice sticks
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Making Sesame Rice Sticks

Sesame Rice Sticks

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Pork and Pepper Udon Soup with Sesame Rice Sticks

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Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine – WFC 2017-Structure Build

Three Cheese Quiche Lorraine WFC 2017

Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine – WFC 2017-Structure Build

It’s time to share my Bacon World Food Championship Structure Build recipe, Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine.  I was so busy competing this year that I only had the opportunity to get one photo of my completed dish (see below). The photo above was taken of my final practice dish before competing in the Bacon World Championships on November 9, 2017.

Let me first thank my wonderful sponsor Saucy Mama. Suzie Barhyte and her wonderful company allowed me the pleasure to compete on Team Saucy Mama and use their amazing products in my recipes.  Also, Thank you Mary Alice and Collette for your support and love throughout the competition. 

Competing at such a large and prestigious event requires a lot of preparation and planning. One very important element in competing is adhering to the official rules. Below are a few of the details about the official rules for the opening round(s). 

OPENING ROUND
STRUCTURED BUILD:
The Structured Build for the Bacon World Championship is “Quiche Lorraine.” Competitors
are not required to use a specific bacon brand. Competitors will need to bring their own
bacon for this build. The Structured Build creates an even “playing field” by requiring all competitors to create the same type of dish. The competitors who set themselves apart from the field will have proven their culinary skills in creativity and execution within this structured requirement.

As defined, a Quiché Lorraine is savory open crust pie, filled with custard flavored with, but not limited to, bacon and cheese. Source: World Food Championships 2017 Competitor Packet

I love that professional chefs have to make the same dishes as home cooks just as much as I love that I have to cook like a professional chef to bring a restaurant worthy dish to win.

Competitors are also instructed to write a brief description that best showcases our recipe for the judges. Here’s mine. 

My Quiché Lorraine recipe is the perfect blend of French Gruyère, Applewood smoked cheddar, and goats milk white cheddar cheeses. The Gruyère satisfies with its traditional nutty and assertive flavors while the fruity, sweet aroma of Applewood smoked cheddar complements the hickory smoked flavors of thick cut bacon. The goats milk cheddar lends a certain and familiar tang; while a mixture of heavy cream and eggs create a creamy custard that rests atop a black and white toasted sesame seed and smoky bacon dust infused pie crust. For added depth of flavor, champagne honey mustard is infused into the filling and the crust receives a light brushing of the mustard before baking. Fresh snipped chives finish the Quiche adding color and mild onion flavor.

Without a doubt this is the best Quiché I’ve ever made or eaten. One of my competitors, Two Smokin Guys, NY (Galuski, Dave) made a perfect rendition of Quiché Lorraine. WOW! I need a slice of that pie!

Rebecka Evans Bacon World Championships 2017

Rebecka Evans Bacon World Championships 2017 First Round-Structure Build Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine

Three Cheese Quiche Lorraine Recipe

Three Cheese Quiché Lorraine Saucy Mama products used: Champagne Honey Mustard 

Three Cheese Quiche Lorraine
Serves 4
Bacon World Food Championships Required Structure Build
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
36 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
36 min
Ingredients
  1. PREHEAT OVEN: 350 F.
INGREDIENTS
FOR THE PIE DOUGH
  1. 3 CUPS FLOUR
  2. ¼ TEASPOON SEA SALT
  3. 20 TABLESPOONS COLD BUTTER
  4. 2 EGGS
  5. ¼ CUP BACON DUST MADE FROM PRE-PACKAGED “REAL BACON” BITES OR COOKED CHOPPED BACON
  6. ½ CUP SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD (TO BRUSH PIE CRUST)
  7. 4 TABLESPOONS WHITE SESAME SEEDS (1 ½ TABLESPOONS PER PIE)
  8. 1 ½ TABLESPOONS BLACK SESAME SEEDS (1/2 TABLESPOON PER PIE)
FOR THE FILLING
  1. 1 - 4 LB PACKAGE THICK SLICED BACON (ABOUT 24 BACON SLICES), CHOPPED ½ INCH THICK, COOKED AND DRAINED ON PAPER TOWEL
  2. 4 WHOLE LARGE EGGS
  3. 4 EGG YOLKS
  4. 3 CUPS HEAVY CREAM (1 CUP KROGER THICK STYLE, 2 CUPS LAND O LAKES)
  5. 1 TEASPOON SALT
  6. ½ TEASPOON WHITE PEPPER
  7. 2 TABLESPOONS SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD
  8. 1 CUP APPLE SMOKED CHEDDAR CHEESE, GRATED
  9. 1 CUP Gruyère CHEESE, SHREDDED
  10. ½ CUP GOATS MILK WHITE CHEDDAR, GRATED
  11. 1 TEASPOON FLOUR(TO TOSS CHEESES)
  12. 4 TABLESPOONS ½ INCH LENGTH SNIPPED CHIVES
FOR THE BACON
  1. 1. CHOP BACON INTO ½ INCH PIECES. DIVIDE IN HALF AND COOK IN 2 LARGE SKILLETS UNITL JUST BROWNED. DON’T OVER COOK. DRAIN ON PAPER TOWEL UNTIL READY TO ASSEMBLE PIES.
  2. 2. PLACE ¼ CUP PRE-PACKAGED “REAL BACON” BITES INTO COFFEE GRINDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR. BLEND UNTIL FINE DUST (OR USE PREPACKAGED BACON DUST)
FOR THE FILLING
  1. 1. IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL WHISK TOGETHER, 4 WHOLE LARGE EGGS, 4 EGG YOLKS, 1 CUP KROGER BRAND HEAVY CREAM, 2 CUPS LAND O LAKES HEAVY CREAM, (USE 3 CUPS FAVORITE BRAND HEAVY CREAM IF KROEGER IS NOT AVAIBLE) 1 SEA TEASPOON SALT, ½ TEASPOON WHITE PEPPER, 2 TABLESPOONS SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD
  2. 2. IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL, COMBINE 3 PRE-GRATED CHEESES TOGETHER SPRINKLE 1 TEASPOON FLOUR OVER CHEESE. TOSS TO COMBINE. THIS KEEPS CHEESE FROM STICKING TOGETHER AND MAKES FOR EASIER SPREADING OVER CRUST
FOR THE CRUST
  1. 1. IN A SMALL FOOD PROCESSOR OR COFFEE MILE, PULSE ¼ CUP COOKED CRUMBLED BACON UNITL IT REMESBLES FINE SAND
  2. 2. IN A LARGE FOOD PROCESSOR COMBINE, 3 CUPS FLOUR, ¼ TEASPOON SALT, 20 TABLESPOON COLD BUTTER, 2 EGGS, AND ¼ CUP BACON DUST
  3. 3. PULSE UNTIL DOUGH JUST COMES TOGETHER. DOUGH WILL BE CRUMBLY
  4. 4. POUR CRUST OUT ONTO A FLOURED SURFACE AND GENTLY PRESS DOUGH INTO A BALL. CUT DOUGH INTO THIRDS. PLACE ONE DOUGH IN THE MIDDLE OF EACH 8” FLUTED TART PANS. GENTLY START PRESSING DOUGH FROM MIDDLE TO EDGES WITH FINGERS UNITL ¼ INCH THICK.
  5. 5. USING A PASTRY BRUSH, LIGHLTY BRUSH THE 3 PIE CRUSTS WITH ½ CUP SAUCY MAMA CHAMPAGNE HONEY MUSTARD. (ABOUT ¼ CUP EACH SHELL) BE SURE TO BRUSH ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP FLUTED EDGES
  6. 6. SPRINKLE EACH PIE EVENLY WITH SESAME SEEDS, MAKING SURE TO SPRINKLE ALL THE WAY TO THE FLUTED EDGES
  7. 7. EVENLY DISTRIBUTE COOKED CRUMBLED BACON OVER THE BOTTOM OF EACH PIE SHELLS
  8. 8. DISTRIBUTE MIXED SHREDDED CHEESES EVENLY OVER PIES
  9. 9. POUR FILLING EQUALLY INTO PIES, LEAVING ABOUT ¼ INCH HEAD SPACE
  10. 10. SPRINKLE SNIPPED CHIVES EVENLY OVER TOP OF EACH PIE
  11. 11. BAKE FOR 28-36 MINUTES OR UNTIL KNIFE INSERTED INTO MIDDLE OF PIE COMES OUT CLEAN.
  12. ASSEMBLE: CUT ONE PIE INTO 6 TRIANGLE SLICES. ARRANGE ON PLATES AND GARNISH WITH FANED STRAWBERRY AND MINT SPRIGS.
GARNISH
  1. OPTIONAL: CHIVES, CHIVE BLOSSOMS, FRESH STRAWBERRIES SLICED AND FANED OUT, MINTS SPRINGS, EDIBLE FLOWERS
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BACON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Place Competitor Structured Build Signature Dish Round 1 Top 10 Final Score
1.    Team Saucy Mama-At Home with Rebecka (Evans, Rebecka) 92.375 91.625 92 93.8889 93.13334
2. farleys (Trumpold, Elizabeth ) 99.625 84.75 92.1875 92.0556 92.10836
3. Bob’s BBQ Emporium (Brumley, Robert) 95.875 87 91.4375 91.4444 91.44164
4. Culinary Assault (Coe, Stephen) 98 90.5 94.25 89.4444 91.36664
5. Maximum Chefort (Hurst, AJ) 93.875 94 93.9375 89.3333 91.17498
6. Blazin’ Blues BBQ (Richard, Dan) 89.625 96.375 93 89.4444 90.86664
7. Two Smokin Guys,NY (Galuski, Dave) 100 94.125 97.0625 86.3889 90.65834
8. Croix Valley Foods (Holter, Lu) 88.75 93.75 91.25 87.5556 89.03336
9. Lowcountry Wild Child (Kohn, Shannon) 96.25 92.375 94.3125 81.2778 86.49168
10. Jonathan (Giovannoni, Jonathan) 92 95 93.5 80.1111 85.46666
11. Sugarfire Smokehouse (Johnson, Mike) 95.875 86.375 91.125
12. pitmasterIQ BBQ (Kennington, John) 89.75 92.125 90.9375
13. Taste Of Wisconsin (Medes, Lorraine) 91.25 90.25 90.75
14. Fork and Company (Little, Chera) 96.25 83.75 90
15. Smokey Treats Bbq (Beranek, Matthew) 87.875 91.625 89.75
16. Cuisine with Colleen (Curley, Colleen) 89.875 89.375 89.625
17. Buzzcatz coffee & sweets (Hendrix, Juanita) 85.625 93.375 89.5
18. Yard Lobster BBQ (Lampkin, Craig) 84.375 94.125 89.25
19. Flora-Bama Ole River Grill (Gibson, Jon) 87.75 90 88.875
20. Fivestar Nacho MKE (Gonzalez, Nichole) 87.125 90.5 88.8125
21. Culinary Cartel (Griffitt, Elisha) 84.375 92.375 88.375
22. The Promo Addict (Bird, Russell) 92.125 84.5 88.3125
23. GastreauxNomica (Rivera, Sean) 87 88.375 87.6875
24. Wind Creek Montgomery Casino &Hotel (Hargroves, Kelly) 90 84.875 87.4375
25. Oink-A-Doodle-Moo 1559 (Bayless, Mark) 91.25 83.125 87.1875
26. Bowers, Jason 83.125 90.625 86.875
27. Sean Streete (Streete, Sean) 82.875 90.5 86.6875
28. Team Spruytte (Spruytte, Lois) 90.875 82.375 86.625
29. STI COLLEGE – Philippines (Montojo, Rhealyn) 91.625 81.5 86.5625
30. Workaholics Services (Talley , Jeremy ) 84.625 88.25 86.4375
31. My-Big-Fat-Greek-Kitchen (Geise, Andreann) 87 85.375 86.1875
32. Spice Your Life Rub Your Meat BBQ (Hogan, Michael ) 86.125 85.75 85.9375
33. Forrest Dilmore (Dilmore, Forrest) 88.625 81.875 85.25
34. the lamb and the wolf (athanasopoulos, michael) 88.75 77.375 83.0625

 

Team Saucy Mama 2017

First Round Top Ten Front Left: Rebecka Evans Bacon and Kim Banick Seafood with our sponsors Saucy Mama Suzie Barhyte and Mary Alice.

 

 At Home with Rebecka-Team Saucy Mama

From Left: Lynn Beamer, Rebecka Evans, Renee Robinson




2017 Bacon World Champion Rebecka Evans

2017 Bacon World Champion Rebecka Evans

2017 Bacon World Champion Rebecka Evans

This Home Cook is the 2017 Bacon World Champion!! 

I’m so blessed to take home top honors at the 2017 World Food Championships held in Orange Beach, Al November 8-12. I beat out professional chefs and some very seasoned home cooks with my Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes and won $10 thousand dollars in cash and prizes.  Stay tuned for the Final Table, April 2018 where I will battle it out to win 100 Grand.

Thank you Team Saucy Mama for believing in me and being the best sponsor in the world!! 

Team Saucy Mama 2017

Dutch Crunch Baby Winner Bacon WFC 2017

The group, which includes one returning champion and an international professional cook team, will now battle it out for a $100,000 prize package in the Spring of 2018 at WFC’s Final Table. The winners who emerged from the main event were crowned 2017 champions in the following categories: BBQ, Bacon, Burger, Chef, Chili, Dessert, Recipe, Sandwich, Seafood and Steak. They came from all types of culinary backgrounds, proving once again that WFC’s E.A.T. methodology is providing a level playing field for Food Sport enthusiasts.

The 2017 World Food Champions Include:

  • Chef Tommy Shive from Memphis, Tenn., who won the World Burger Championship with a Benedict Bubba Burger on Brioche.

  • Chef Acie Vincent from Oviedo, Fla., who won the World Sandwich Championship with a Smokey Lionfish Crabcake Sandwich with Bacon Tomato Jam.  

  • Canadian and Pro Team Cook Mike Callaghan from London, ON, who won the World Recipe Championship with a Bao Springin’ Chicken Wow.

  • Home Cook Rebecka Evans from Houston, Tex., who won the World Bacon Championship with Dutch Crunch Baby Pancakes.

  • Home Cook Kim Banick from Salem, Ore., who won the World Seafood Championship with Alabama Crawfish Thai Bowl with Coconut Gulf Shrimp.

  • Home Cook Liz Kraatz, from St. Louis, Mo., who defended her title as the World Open Chili Champion with a Creamy Ancho White Chili.

  • Home Cook Ann Jones from Browns Summit, N.C.,  who won the World Dessert Championship with her Dutch Apple Pie with Apple Brandy Sauce.

  • Chef Craig Baker from Indianapolis, Ind., who won the World Chef Championship with Berries & Cream with Candied Nuts and Strawberry Basil.

  • Home Cook Lisa Gwatney of Memphis, Tenn., who won the World Steak Championship Steak Africana Oscar with Asparagus.

  • Pro Cook Team Fred Robles from Weslaco, Texas, who advanced through the first Dual Duel BBQ Sanctioned Challenge at WFC to win the WFC World Barbeque Championship.

The 10 Champions will now start preparing for the dish of their lives, as they will be featured in a live-streaming, timed cooking challenge for a shot at a $100,000 prize purse. The location for the Final Table has not yet been announced, but the date will be the weekend of April 21st/22nd. Source:World Food Championships

To review all the 2017 World Food Championship scores and results, visit https://worldfoodchampionships.com/scores or like the event’s Facebook page. Click HERE for more information about World Food Championships

Rebecka Evans 2017 Bacon World Champion

Interview with “Bacon Babe” Jodi Taffel

Rebecka Evans 2017 Bacon World Champion

Celebrating with Donna Bardocz, Jodi Taffel, Renee Robinson and Sharon Sorenson

Kim Banick and Rebecka Evans win World Food Championships 2017

Sharing 10 thousand dollar victory with my sweet friend Kim Banick @theprizeofcooking.com also pictured: Jonathan Giovanni Winner Canada Next Food Network Star Jr. 




Grilled Cheese Waffle Sandwich with Onion-Fig Jam and Havarti

Grilled Waffle Sandwich Recipe

Savory Grilled Cheese Waffle Sandwich with Onion-Fig Jam and Havarti

This delicious sweet and savory waffle grilled cheese sandwich was entered into a few cooking contest the past two years unfortunately, the recipe didn’t take home any prizes and has sat in my drafts folder since then. I decided my grilled recipe creation is just to yummy not to share so, I’m dusting off the cobwebs and finally publishing it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. 

 

Savory Waffle with Bacon and Fig Jam
Serves 6
The savory waffles burst with flavor prepared with a mixture of fresh herbs, spring onions and garlic paste. The Waffles are cooked to perfection then smeared with caramelized onion-fig jam, thick slices of Havarti cheese, and then loaded with sliced off-the bone ham, tender roast beef and smoked bacon. Served with a spicy mayonnaise, this loaded grilled cheese sandwich will leave you wanting more.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 lb Havarti Cheese, thick sliced
  2. 1 lb sliced off the bone ham
  3. 1 lb sliced roast beef
  4. 1/2 pound thick cut bacon (about 8 slices)
  5. 2 1/2 cups flour
  6. 4 tablespoons sugar
  7. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  8. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  9. 3 Eggs
  10. 2 cups milk
  11. ¼ cup vegetable oil
  12. ¼ tsp thyme
  13. ¼ tsp rosemary
  14. ¼ tsp chives
  15. ½ tablespoon prepared garlic
  16. ½ teaspoon spring onion
  17. 1 medium onion
  18. 5 dried figs
  19. 1 tablespoon Champagne Honey Mustard
  20. ½ cup ketchup
  21. 2 tablespoon mayonnaise
  22. 1 tablespoon Cracked Pepper Marinade (see note in Spicy Mayonnaise below)
  23. ¼ cup butter
Instructions
  1. Heat Oven 400 degrees F.
  2. Place 8 slices thick cut bacon onto a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Remove from oven and set aside until ready to build sandwich. Reduce oven to 300 degrees F.
Caramelized Onion-Fig Jam
  1. Slice onions thinly and chop figs
  2. In a medium sauté pan, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until just begin to caramelize, about 10 minutes, add dried figs and continue to cook, stirring regularly until thick and dark brown in color. About 20-25 minutes. Add a few tablespoons of water if jam gets dry.
Waffle Batter
  1. In a bowl sift together, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt
  2. In another bowl beat eggs until creamy, add the milk and chopped herbs, spring onion, oil and garlic paste. Whisk until ingredients are well blended, then add the sifted dry ingredients.
  3. Cook waffles until crisp. Set cooked waffles aside until ready to assemble the sandwich
Spicy Mayonnaise
  1. In a small bowl combine, ketchup, mayonnaise and hot pepper sauce. Blend well and set aside until ready to serve sandwiches. (any pepper sauce will do, sriracha, Thai chili, peppercorn paste, etc)
  2. To Assemble Sandwich: begin building the sandwiches by adding thick sliced Havarti cheese, about three slices for each bottom half of waffle sandwich. (makes 4 sandwiches or 8 waffles) then layer a few slices of ham, roast beef and cooked bacon on-top of the cheese. Add a dollop of Onion-Jam and another layer of Havarti cheese. Top sandwich with another waffle.
Once Sandwiches are assembled
  1. Heat a cast iron skillet to medium. Melt 1 tablespoon butter in skillet and cook one sandwich at a time until cheese is melted. Carefully, flip sandwich once during the cooking process. Transfer cooked sandwich to a plate and keep warm in oven. Continue process until all sandwiches are made
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Press Release: Oregon State Fair – Award winning home cook, ‘Rebecka Evans

Oregon State Fair-Red Beet Risotto with Hazelnut Encrusted Goat Cheese

Media Press Release: Look who will be at the Oregon State Fair in four weeks doing a cooking demonstration…- 

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Come visit the Explore Oregon Stage in the Columbia Hall building on September 4th, 2017 and watch as Rebecka shares about her Rose Petal Jelly and makes a stunning dish, RED BEET RISOTTO with HAZELNUT ENCRUSTED GOAT CHEESE

Rebecka Evans is an award-winning home cook, food blogger, and an avid food and nature photographer. Rebecka lives in the Houston suburb of Pearland and is happily married to her sweet husband Blake. Blessed with five children, this proud “Papa and Gamma” also have four beautiful granddaughters, and one grandson. Rebecka began entering food competitions at the age of twenty-five and began her food blogging journey seven years ago on her website athomewithrebecka.com. Rebecka will be returing to WFC 2017 as the newest memeber of Team Saucy Mama after winning First Place in the Elite Qualifyer Sponsored by Barhyte Foods; and will be competing in the Bacon catagory. Rebecka recently won Food Network’s Clash of the Grandmas “Home Sweet Grandma,” taking home her largest cash prize of $10,000. Rebecka is also the winner of the Gilroy Garlic Recipe Cook-Off, taking 1st Place at Gilroy Garlic Festival 2016 with her Garlic Goat Cheese and Bacon Soufflés. Total cash prize $5000.00 and the coveted Gilroy Garlic Crown! Rebecka holds the title of 4th Place Bacon World Food Championship 2015 and is the First Place winner of the 2015 World Food Championships Blogger Summit “Food Fight Write!” Total cash prizes equaling $3000.00 World Food Championships Food Network Saucy Mama

The Oregon State Fair is rated 8th in the Country by Huffington Post. It will be such a joy to experience it in person. Stay Tuned for my updated recipe for Red Beet Risotto with Hazelnut Encrusted Goat Cheese featuring locally sourced produce, goat cheese, hazelnuts, and Saucy Mama’s Champagne Honey Mustard. If you can’t wait to make the recipe check out this one: Red Beet Risotto with Grilled Chicken and Roasted Vegetables