Saucy Mama Inspired Huevos Rancheros: 2017 Recipe Contest Winner!

My Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe is delicious enough that it’s helped me win a Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships!

Rebecka Evans and her Golden Ticket to the World Food Championships. She earned her ticket for her award winning Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe!2017 Recipe Contest Winner: Saucy Mama Inspired Huevos Rancheros

And the winner is…

REBECKA EVANS at @athomewithrebecka! We just couldn’t get over her fantastically made Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros! The Poblano sauce is nearly drinkable! Rebecka will be joining #TeamSaucyMama at the 2017 @worldfoodchampionships and we couldn’t be more excited.

Thank you to ALL who participated in our 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest. We had some of the very best recipes ever this year, and it was stiff competition. We love all you saucy competitors and hope to see you at WFC! Source: Barhyte Speciality Foods

Thank you Suzi, Colette, Team Saucy Mama, and all the staff at Barhyte Speciality Foods for choosing my recipe as the winner of this year’s Saucy Mama Cooking Contest. I’m so honored to be joining Team Saucy Mama and representing Barhyte Speciality Foods / Saucy Mama at the World Food Championships 2017.

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I will be joining an accomplished group of award winning competitive home cooks on Team Saucy Mama. To throw a little icing on an already delicious win, this group of lovely ladies are not only fellow food competitors; they are some of my dearest friends in the world. We are going to have a blast this year at WFC! 

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Bahyte Speciality Foods will sponsor me with a SWEET prize package. 

Our winner will receive:

–    A Golden Ticket, which is entry into the 2017 WFC
–    $1000 Travel Stipend to help winner get to Orange Beach for the WFC event (Nov. 8-14) which will be awarded onsite at the WFC.
–    Team Saucy Mama Dinner with the group in Orange Beach 
–    MAJOR bragging rights, and the opportunity to compete against other cooks (and possibly win massive cash and/or even a TV spot) at the invitation-only WFC event.

 

I am blessed beyond words to have my Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe help me win that Golden Ticket to the World Food Championship.


Saucy Mama inspired Huevous Rancheros, an award winning Mexican breakfast recipe from Rebecka Evans

Visit Barthyte Foods today to order these three delicious products to make my Saucy Mama inspired huevos rancheros recipe:

Poblano Ranch Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, and Hatch Green Chili Mustard.

Make sure to FOLLOW Saucy Mama on Facebook to stay up to date on all the news and happenings from #TeamSaucyMama at WFC 2017. 

Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros
Serves 4
My Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros is a cinch to make and packed with authentic Mexican flavors. By utilizing three (3) Saucy Mama products there is no need to use dried adobo chili as called for in traditional huevos rancheros recipes. Poblano Ranch Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, and Hatch Green Chili Mustard bring all the traditional flavors of Mexico, and more. Adding more dimension to the dishes flavor profile the recipe is balanced by the smokiness and crunch of BACON. The recipe can be made for a family of four (4) or easily double or tripled for a crowd. When making the dish for a large group, prepare the bacon-refried beans and the ranchero sauce the day before. Just reheat these components while cooking up the tortillas and fried eggs. It’s as easy as that!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. You will need: 2 cast iron skillets, 1 medium sauce pan, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 medium mixing bowl, 2 sheet pans lined with parchment, 1 potato masher, immersion blender or standing mixer.
Poblano Ranchero Sauce
  1. ½ cup SM Lime Chipotle Marinade
  2. ¼ SM Poblano Ranch Dressing
  3. ½ pound (about 4) ripe plum tomatoes
  4. 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  5. 1 small onion (about 6 ounces), quartered
  6. 1/2-pound Bacon. Reserve bacon fat
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  9. ¼ cups water
Hatch Green Chili-Bacon Refried Beans
  1. One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained with liquid reserved
  2. ¼ pound cooked crumbled bacon
  3. ¼ cup reserved bacon fat
  4. 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard
  5. 2 tablespoon water
  6. Kosher salt
For Serving
  1. 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. Reserved bacon fat (about 2/3 cups)
  3. 4 corn tortillas
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. Kosher salt
  6. 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese
  7. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, picked or roughly chopped
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet white onion
  9. 1 sliced lime
  10. 2 sliced jalapenos
  11. 1 chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. For the ranchero sauce: Preheat the oven to broil (550) F. and put the tomatoes, peeled garlic cloves and onion on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, turning occasionally, until blistered and charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Watch closely to keep from burning vegetables.
  2. While the vegetables are charring: rough chop bacon and cook in cast iron skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Turn off the heat. Remove ½ the cooked bacon to a plate and set aside for garnish. Leave the remainder in the pan and scoop to one side of the skillet. Using a large chef spoon, remove 2/3 of the hot bacon fat and evenly distribute between the second cast iron skillet and sauté pan. (second cast iron skillet is for frying tortillas and eggs and sauté pan is for cooking ranchero sauce) Add 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard and 2 tablespoons water to the cast iron pan with the cooked bacon. Return to heat, and cook stirring for 2 minutes to deglaze the pan. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to make the refried beans.
  3. Continue with the ranchero sauce: put the charred vegetables and any juices from the baking sheet into the large mixing bowl with ½ cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade, ¼ cup Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing,1/4 cup water, ½ teaspoon salt and blend with an immersion blender until fairly smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender use a standing blender with tight fitting lid. Taste; stir in more Saucy Mama lime chipotle marinade for a spicier sauce.
  4. Heat the tablespoon reserved bacon fat and 1 tablespoon oil in the medium sauté pan, over medium heat. Add the ranchero sauce, and cook stirring, until thickened but pourable, about 5 minutes. NOTE: The sauce will splatter when it hits the hot fat so use caution. Taste and season with salt as necessary. Cover and keep warm over low heat. If the sauce thickens too much, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out.
  5. For the refried beans: Return the cast iron skillet with the chopped bacon to medium heat. Pour half the bean liquid into a small cup and reserve for later. Add the beans to the medium mixing bowl with about half of their reserved liquid and mash with a potato masher until smooth, then add the mashed beans, 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt to the cast iron skillet, and mash again until smooth. Mixture will be bubbly hot. Cook, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon, until heated through. As beans cook with bacon they will become thick, add some more of the reserved liquid until they are creamy. Taste, season with salt if necessary. Using the immersion blender, blend beans and bacon until smooth adding more liquid if necessary, and cover and keep warm over low heat.
  6. If making ahead for a group, this is the time to cool the cooked components and refrigerate in sealed containers. Reheat the components the following day while you are making the tortillas and eggs. Be sure to add a few tablespoon water to the beans before reheating.
  7. For serving: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the bacon fat in the second cast iron skillet over medium high, and add 1 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add 1 tortilla and cook until soft, about 15 seconds. Flip the tortilla with tongs and continue to cook about 15 seconds. NOTE: Tortillas are not fried crunchy, they are cooked just to tenderize and heat through. Remove from the pan and arrange in single file to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas, adding more oil if necessary. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the refried beans on each tortilla and keep warm in the oven.
  8. Using the same cast iron skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoon bacon fat or oil, about 1 minute. Crack 1 egg at a time into the skillet and cook until the edges are crispy and whites are almost set (about 30-45 seconds) Ladle or scoop hot bacon fat over the top of the egg for 1 more minute.
  9. Remove the tortillas from the oven, top tortillas with an egg, then return to the oven and repeat process until all eggs are cooked. Top the remaining tortillas with the remaining eggs.
  10. For Garnish and Build: Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt, some ranchero sauce, Cotija cheese, reserved crumbled-cooked bacon, chopped avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomato, and chopped onion.
  11. Serve immediately. ENJOY
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Huevos Rancheros – 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest Entry

Huevos Rancheros is an easy Mexican breakfast recipe. It is a cinch to make, and packed with authentic Mexican flavors.

Saucy Mama inspired Huevous Rancheros Mexican breakfast

2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest-Huevos Rancheros

The Saucy Mama Recipe Contest is a Super Qualifier for the World Food Championships held in Orange Beach Alabama November 7-14, 2017 and is sponsored by Barthyte Foods.

This will be my third year competing for a spot on Team Saucy Mama for the Bacon World Food Championships Category.
One of the most competitive and highly regarded contests in the food sport world, this contest is also one of the hardest to win. Sadly, there is only one spot available on the Team Saucy Mama, and this year, a mix of twenty-five professional and home cooks competing for the coveted position. Words cannot express how badly I want to earn that last spot. Now it’s up to the panel of judges to cook the 25 submitted recipes and choose a winner.

Here’s my submission for the 2017 Saucy Mama Recipe Contest- Huevos Rancheros

My Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros is a cinch to make and packed with authentic Mexican flavors. By utilizing three (3) Saucy Mama products there is no need to use dried adobo chili as called for in traditional huevos rancheros recipes. Poblano Ranch Dressing, Lime Chipotle Marinade, and Hatch Green Chili Mustard bring all the traditional flavors of Mexico, and more.

Adding more dimension to the dishes flavor profile the recipe is balanced by the smokiness and crunch of BACON. The recipe can be made for a family of four (4) or easily double or tripled for a crowd. When making the dish for a large group, prepare the bacon-refried beans and the ranchero sauce the day before. Just reheat these components while cooking up the tortillas and fried eggs. It’s as easy as that!

 

Saucy Mama inspired Huevos Rancheros
Serves 4
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. You will need: 2 cast iron skillets, 1 medium sauce pan, 1 large mixing bowl, 1 medium mixing bowl, 2 sheet pans lined with parchment, 1 potato masher, immersion blender or standing mixer.
Poblano Ranchero Sauce
  1. ½ cup SM Lime Chipotle Marinade
  2. ¼ SM Poblano Ranch Dressing
  3. ½ pound (about 4) ripe plum tomatoes
  4. 4 large cloves garlic, peeled
  5. 1 small onion (about 6 ounces), quartered
  6. 1/2-pound Bacon. Reserve bacon fat
  7. Kosher salt
  8. 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  9. ¼ cups water
Hatch Green Chili-Bacon Refried Beans
  1. One 15-ounce can pinto beans, drained with liquid reserved
  2. ¼ pound cooked crumbled bacon
  3. ¼ cup reserved bacon fat
  4. 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard
  5. 2 tablespoon water
  6. Kosher salt
For Serving
  1. 2 to 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
  2. Reserved bacon fat (about 2/3 cups)
  3. 4 corn tortillas
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. Kosher salt
  6. 1/2 cup crumbled Mexican Cotija cheese
  7. 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, picked or roughly chopped
  8. 2 tablespoons finely chopped sweet white onion
  9. 1 sliced lime
  10. 2 sliced jalapenos
  11. 1 chopped tomato
Instructions
  1. For the ranchero sauce: Preheat the oven to broil (550) F. and put the tomatoes, peeled garlic cloves and onion on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Roast the vegetables, turning occasionally, until blistered and charred in spots, about 10 minutes. Watch closely to keep from burning vegetables.
  2. While the vegetables are charring: rough chop bacon and cook in cast iron skillet over medium high heat until crisp. Turn off the heat. Remove ½ the cooked bacon to a plate and set aside for garnish. Leave the remainder in the pan and scoop to one side of the skillet. Using a large chef spoon, remove 2/3 of the hot bacon fat and evenly distribute between the second cast iron skillet and sauté pan. (second cast iron skillet is for frying tortillas and eggs and sauté pan is for cooking ranchero sauce) Add 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard and 2 tablespoons water to the cast iron pan with the cooked bacon. Return to heat, and cook stirring for 2 minutes to deglaze the pan. Turn off the heat and set aside until ready to make the refried beans.
  3. Continue with the ranchero sauce: put the charred vegetables and any juices from the baking sheet into the large mixing bowl with ½ cup Saucy Mama Lime Chipotle Marinade, ¼ cup Saucy Mama Poblano Ranch Dressing,1/4 cup water, ½ teaspoon salt and blend with an immersion blender until fairly smooth. If you don’t have an immersion blender use a standing blender with tight fitting lid. Taste; stir in more Saucy Mama lime chipotle marinade for a spicier sauce.
  4. Heat the tablespoon reserved bacon fat and 1 tablespoon oil in the medium sauté pan, over medium heat. Add the ranchero sauce, and cook stirring, until thickened but pourable, about 5 minutes. NOTE: The sauce will splatter when it hits the hot fat so use caution. Taste and season with salt as necessary. Cover and keep warm over low heat. If the sauce thickens too much, add 1 tablespoon of water at a time to thin it out.
  5. For the refried beans: Return the cast iron skillet with the chopped bacon to medium heat. Pour half the bean liquid into a small cup and reserve for later. Add the beans to the medium mixing bowl with about half of their reserved liquid and mash with a potato masher until smooth, then add the mashed beans, 2 tablespoon Saucy Mama Hatch Green Chili Mustard, ¼ teaspoon salt to the cast iron skillet, and mash again until smooth. Mixture will be bubbly hot. Cook, stirring and scraping with a wooden spoon, until heated through. As beans cook with bacon they will become thick, add some more of the reserved liquid until they are creamy. Taste, season with salt if necessary. Using the immersion blender, blend beans and bacon until smooth adding more liquid if necessary, and cover and keep warm over low heat.
  6. If making ahead for a group, this is the time to cool the cooked components and refrigerate in sealed containers. Reheat the components the following day while you are making the tortillas and eggs. Be sure to add a few tablespoon water to the beans before reheating.
  7. For serving: Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Heat the bacon fat in the second cast iron skillet over medium high, and add 1 teaspoons vegetable oil. Add 1 tortilla and cook until soft, about 15 seconds. Flip the tortilla with tongs and continue to cook about 15 seconds. NOTE: Tortillas are not fried crunchy, they are cooked just to tenderize and heat through. Remove from the pan and arrange in single file to the lined baking sheet. Repeat with the remaining 3 tortillas, adding more oil if necessary. Spread about 2 tablespoons of the refried beans on each tortilla and keep warm in the oven.
  8. Using the same cast iron skillet, heat 1-2 tablespoon bacon fat or oil, about 1 minute. Crack 1 egg at a time into the skillet and cook until the edges are crispy and whites are almost set (about 30-45 seconds) Ladle or scoop hot bacon fat over the top of the egg for 1 more minute.
  9. Remove the tortillas from the oven, top tortillas with an egg, then return to the oven and repeat process until all eggs are cooked. Top the remaining tortillas with the remaining eggs.
  10. For Garnish and Build: Sprinkle each with a pinch of salt, some ranchero sauce, Cotija cheese, reserved crumbled-cooked bacon, chopped avocado, cilantro, sliced jalapenos, chopped tomato, and chopped onion.
  11. Serve immediately. ENJOY
At Home with Rebecka http://athomewithrebecka.com/
 

I hope you enjoy this Huevos Rancheros recipe!

Barthyte Foods is offering a SWEET prize package for the winner…

Grand Prize Winner’s Prizes:

Our winner will receive:

–    A Golden Ticket, which is entry into the 2017 WFC
–    $1000 Travel Stipend to help winner get to Orange Beach for the WFC event (Nov. 8-14) which will be awarded onsite at the WFC.
–    Team Saucy Mama Dinner with the group in Orange Beach 
–    MAJOR bragging rights, and the opportunity to compete against other cooks (and possibly win massive cash and/or even a TV spot) at the invitation-only WFC event.

Visit Barthyte Foods today to order these three delicious products to make my huevos rancheros recipe.

Follow Saucy Mama on Facebook to stay up to date on all #TeamSaucyMama news and happenings at WFC 2017. Saucy Mama Huevous Rancheros

 




Black Sesame Pork Fried Rice – EASY RECIPE

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

Black Sesame Pork Fried Rice - an easy Asian dinner recipe

 

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 satisfying meal. 

I hope you enjoy this black sesame pork fried rice recipe!

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!
At Home with Rebecka http://athomewithrebecka.com/
Fried Rice with Black Sesame Pork

 

Black Sesame Pork Fried Rice




Egg Foo Yung Recipe

Egg Foo Yung is a classic and somewhat retro Chinese comfort food dish. This easy Asian recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. 

Egg Foo Yung is a classic and somewhat retro Chinese comfort food dish. This easy Asian recipe can be enjoyed for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  

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 pancakes, I’m still recovering from shoulder surgery. As it turns out, flipping a full size omelet shaped breakfast with the use of only one good arm is more difficult than I expected . The final dish was delicious, but looks more like an Egg Foo Yung scramble.

I had a few Brussels sprouts in the fridge, so I threw them in, adding a wonderful crunch and delicious Brussels sprouts flavor. Some potstickers or egg rolls would be delicious served with this meal. 

In my opinion, Egg Foo 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.

I hope you enjoy this Egg Foo Yung recipe.

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.
At Home with Rebecka http://athomewithrebecka.com/
Egg Foo Yung with Brussels Sprouts

 

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Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé WINS Gilroy Garlic CROWN

Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé is a delicious brunch recipe, and the recipe that awarded me the coveted Gilroy Garlic crown at the 2016 Gilroy Garlic cook-off!

The Great Gilroy Garlic Cook-off 2016 Winner Rebecka Evans

The Gilroy Garlic Cook-off 2016 Winner-Rebecka Evans Photo by Lisa Keys

PRESS RELEASE:

2016 Great Garlic Cook-Off Winner

30 Jul 2016 by Jason
Rebecka Evans Wins Top Honors in 2016 Great Garlic Cook-Off!

Amateur chef Rebecka Evans from Danville, CA claimed the coveted garlic crown – and a $5,000 cash prize – as winner of the 2016 Great Garlic Cook-Off at the 2016 Gilroy Garlic Festival on Saturday, July 30, in Gilroy, CA.

Gilroy Garlic Cook-off 2016 Winner

Photo by Lisa Keys

Evans beat out seven other finalists from around the country with her original recipe for Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé with Creamy Garlic Mustard Sauce.

Second place (and a $2,500 prize) was awarded to Veronica Callaghan for her Roasted Garlic Pizza with Spicy Rosemary Caramelized Onions, Figs and Bacon. Third place (and $1,000) was awarded to Kelly Velasco for her Garlic Risotto Stuffed Mussels with Garlic Herb Toast. The remaining contestants each received $100. All contestants prepared their own original recipes containing at least six cloves of garlic. Source: gilroygarlicfestival.com 

 

The Garlic Court

The Queens of Garlic Court and Winners Great Garlic Cook-off 2016 3Rd Place Kelly Velasco, 1St Place Rebecka Evans, 2ND Place Veronica Callaghan Photo by Lisa Keys

Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé from Rebecka Evans

1St Place Winner: Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé Photo Courtesy of Chef Jason Gronlund 

Covering the Great Garlic Cook-off in 2015 (see the article and past winners here) from the perspective of a blog writer was a pleasure but as a food competitor, not so much! I was itching on the insides to be cooking on that stage and knew at that moment, I had to create a winning recipe for the 38th Annual, 2016 Great Garlic Cook-off

This year, I not only garnered a place as one of the top eight finalists with my recipe, I won the coveted Gilroy Garlic Crown! You could have blown me over with a feather when they announced my name! Thank you esteemed judges, Gilroy Garlic Staff and assistants. I’m honored to be added to the list of Great Garlic Cook-Off Winners

The Great Garlic Cook-Off offers the best set-up I’ve ever seen at a food competition stage.

  • A large stadium with covered seating is beautifully decorated and complete with a Jumbotron so guests don’t miss any of the cooking action
  • A working sink (with hot and cold running water) is situated between an awesome four(4) burner gas range with a full size oven
  • Two large prep stations offer ample room to cook with ease 

Gilroy’s generosity goes even further, offering each food competitor their own personal chaperone/sous chef! This group of talented men and women can wait several years to be chosen as a Cook-Off chaperone. Each Chaperone is eager to offer their undivided attention and “stay calm” presence to the contestant. They are willing to carry heavy boxes of food and cooking paraphernalia to and from the stage, help with food prep, clean up our mess and other miscellaneous jobs, too numerous to count. They even wash all your dishes when your done!! After seeing them in action, I can attest that they are the backbone of the show!

Gilroy Garlic Festival Barbara Orth

Gilroy Garlic Festival Barbara Orth Photo by Lisa Keys

Special thanks to my “Chaperone” Barbara Orth! She was a rock star behind the scenes, helping me create a delicious Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé!

She was super chill under pressure and a blessing from above! I have a new friend and cooking partner for life! xoxo

Gilroy Garlic Festival

Barbara Orth and Rebecka Evans Photo by Lisa Keys 

Gilroy Garlic Festival Barbara Orth Rebecka Evans Photo by Lisa Keys

Mimosas to start the day off right CHEERS! Photo by Lisa Keys

My favorite aspects of Food Sport (besides winning of course) are making new friends, meeting new people, and competing and visiting with friends from across the country.

Meeting my long time Facebook friend, Veronica Callaghan for the first time and sharing top honors in the cook-off was the delightful! Despite our competitive natures and intent to win, we will be… “forever” friends.

Two longtime Facebook friends were also in attendance: Mary Edwards from Long Beach, CA cooked her dynamite dish for the judges: Lamb Tenderloin with Sweet Pea Risotto and Garlic Demi-Glace and Michaela Mercer Rosenthal, previous Great Garlic Cook-Off finalist. I’m so pleased to finally meet them both!!

Veronica Callaghan

Veronica Callaghan

I met Chef Jason Gronlund, Executive Chef and culinary strategist, Vice President of Culinary for Smokey Bones & Fire Grill and Judge for the Great Garlic Cook-off not to mention, Master of Ceremonies for several Gilroy Food Stage events.

Chef Jason was gracious enough to share his professional insights and advice as well as, offer his friendship to our group. He made fast friends with my husband Blake (pretty sure they are now drinking buddies for life) and offered to share his chef wisdom in the future. Believe me, I will be taking him up on the offer!

Last but not least, Lisa Keys, Owner of Good Grief Cook, Winner of Chopped Mother’s Day Edition and my dear friend, attended the Cook-off with media credentials. She covered the event with expertise and was my personal photographer for the day.  

Gilroy Garlic Festival Chef Gronlund and Friends

Veronica Callaghan, Chef Jason Gronlund, Rebecka Evans, Lisa Keys Photo by Blake Evans

The list of other contenders and their delicious recipes (not in any specific order) 

Andre Alban (Coconut Creek, FL)
Black Butter Skirt Steaks with Herb Garlic Mushrooms and Potatoes

Gloria Bradley (Naperville, IL)
Veggie Eggplant Mushroom Stacks, Green Chili Garlic Adobo & Peppadew Vinaigrette

Mary Edwards (Long Beach, CA)
Lamb Tenderloin with Sweet Pea Risotto and Garlic Demi-Glace

Greg Fontenot (The Woodlands, TX)
Beef Short Ribs in Garlic Balsamic Cherry Sauce

Betty Hass (Sanibel, FL)
Wasabi-Glazed Garlic Stuffed Shrimp with Sweet Garlic Rice Crisps

A resounding thank you to my sweet husband Blake, for supporting me in my Food Sport journey, and to my family and friends, for your love and encouragement and eating my mistakes! 

Finally…my winning recipe for Garlic Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflé!! 

Garlic & Goat Cheese Bacon Soufflés with Creamy Garlic Mustard Sauce and Blistered Garlic Plum Tomatoes
Serves 6
Decedent goat cheese souffles served with creamy garlic mustard sauce and blistered garlic grape tomatoes is satisfying and delicious.
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Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Prep Time
25 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
50 min
Ingredients
  1. 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided, plus more for buttering ramekins
  2. 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  3. 1 1/3 cups whole milk
  4. 3 ounces mild fresh goat cheese
  5. 3 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  6. 1 1/2 tablespoon finely chopped thyme
  7. 1 tablespoon snipped chives
  8. Salt and freshly ground white pepper
  9. ¼ cup bread crumbs (for dusting ramekins)
  10. 4 large eggs, separated
  11. Boiling water
  12. 4 heads garlic (about 35 cloves) peeled and separated
  13. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  14. ½ pound bacon, drippings reserved
  15. 1/2 cups heavy cream
  16. 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  17. 2 tablespoons Bourbon (optional)
  18. 1 tablespoon honey
  19. 1 8-ounce package red and yellow grape tomatoes
  20. Salt and white pepper to taste
  21. 1 bunch Mache or baby greens
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter six 1/2-cup ramekins, dust buttered ramekins with bread crumbs, removing any excess by gently tipping upside down, and set them in a large roasting pan.
  2. Make garlic paste: To a small sauce pan, add about 30 cloves garlic and about 1 tablespoon water. Cook over medium high heat until all water is absorbed, stirring occasionally. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil and continue to cook until garlic is caramelized/roasted. Transfer garlic to a food processor. Add ½ tablespoon chopped thyme and a pinch of salt. Process until very smooth. Makes about 4 tablespoons paste. Set aside until ready to use.
  3. Chop bacon and fry until crisp. Remove bacon from grease and set aside. Turn off the heat and keep pan with reserved bacon grease. Cool bacon slightly and chop fine. Set aside until ready to use.
  4. Thinly slice 4 garlic cloves and set aside until ready to fry. Mince 2 remaining garlic cloves. Set aside until ready to make blistered tomatoes.
For the Soufflés
  1. Melt 4 tablespoons butter in a medium saucepan. Whisk in the flour and cook over moderate heat until lightly golden, 1 to 2 minutes. Gradually whisk in the milk and simmer over low heat, whisking constantly, until the white sauce is thick and has lost its floury taste, about 4 minutes. Mixture will be thick and creamy. Stir in the goat cheese, Parmesan, chives, thyme, 2 tablespoons garlic paste and season generously with salt and pepper. Transfer the sauce to a large bowl and let cool slightly. Whisk in the egg yolks one at a time.
  2. In another bowl, beat the egg whites at medium speed until firm peaks form. Stir one-fourth of the egg whites into the white sauce to lighten it, then fold in the remaining whites until no streaks remain. Add about ½ teaspoon crumbled bacon to the bottom of each prepared ramekin. Pour the soufflé mixture into the ramekins, filling them almost to the top. Pour enough boiling water into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until golden and firm. Remove the soufflés from the roasting pan using tongs
For the Sauce and Tomatoes
  1. Re-heat the pan with bacon grease to medium high. Fry the thinly sliced garlic until golden brown. Remove garlic to a small bowl to garnish soufflés leaving bacon grease in pan.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to hot pan. Add tomatoes to hot pan and blister for 1-2 minutes, shaking pan to keep them moving. Add minced garlic and continue to cook for additional 1-2 minutes or until garlic is fragrant but not browned. Remove tomatoes to a bowl. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt
  3. Reduce heat to medium. Deglaze the pan with ¼ cup hot water. Add 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard and 1 tablespoon honey, 2 tablespoon remaining garlic puree, and whisk until incorporated. If using Bourbon…add 2 tablespoons and flame the liquor. When flame subsides, add 2 tablespoon butter and continue whisking until butter is melted. Pour in ½ cup heavy cream and whisk to combine. Add remaining crumbled bacon and cook for 2-3 minutes, and taste for salt. Add more if necessary. Turn off the heat and keep in the pan until ready to use. If sauce becomes too thick, add 1 tablespoon hot water
To Plate
  1. Run a thin sharp knife around the rims of the ramekins and gently remove soufflés, carefully transfer the soufflés to plates. Pour Garlic Mustard sauce over each soufflé and serve blistered tomatoes alongside the soufflés.
Garnish
  1. Top each soufflé with fried garlic chips and Mache or other mini greens. Serve immediately
Notes
  1. You will need six 1/2-cup ramekins and one large shallow roasting pan.
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World Food Championships 2015- PART 2: It’s all about the BACON

World Food Championships 2015- PART 2: It’s all about the BACONDutch Apple Baby RecipeIt was all about the bacon when Janet Tharpe, host for the Just A Pinch® online community, and her Kitchen Crew picked my Dutch Apple Baby with Blackberry Hoisin Bacon recipe, as a Blue Ribbon winner and my Golden Ticket to represent their company at the 2015 World Food Championships, Bacon Category. Blessed to be a part of the competition, I was honored to represent them.

Creating Bacon recipes for the competition was a three month process luckily, I already had a winning recipe for the Signature Dish Round, all I had to do was prefect the execution. 

SIGNATURE DISH:

“The Signature Dish is the competitor’s choice, although it needs to fit the general “theme” of the competition category to be able to receive maximum points in execution. The Signature Dish is intended to allow the cook to put their best culinary foot forward. Show the judges what you do best. It’s your Signature Dish. ” Source: WFC 2015 Competitor Handbook

 

Dutch Apple baby with Blackberry Hoisin Bacon
Serves 6
Dutch Apple Baby meets its best companion with blackberry hoisin bacon, creating the perfect sweet and savory combination. The delicate pancake is married gently to the bacon with just a hint of hoisin and a touch of blackberry to balance out the of flavors…simply delicious.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 1.5 lb thick slice Wright Brand Applewood Smoked, divided
  2. 1 1/4 cups blackberry jam, divided
  3. 1/2 cup hoisin sauce, divided
  4. 2 Tbsp dijon mustard
  5. 3/4 cup brown sugar, divided
  6. 1/2 cup organic apple cider, divided
  7. 2 1/2 cups diced apples, skins on
  8. 1/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  9. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  10. 1 teaspoon nutmeg, divided
  11. 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  12. 1/2 cup unsalted butter, divided
  13. 3/4 c flour
  14. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  15. 1 c milk
  16. 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  17. 5 large eggs
  18. 1 1/2 cups fresh blackberries, divided
  19. 1/4 cup powder sugar for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees F.
  2. You will need parchment paper to line baking sheet
For the Hoisin Marinade
  1. In a small bowl combine, 2 tablespoon mustard, 1 cup blackberry
  2. jam, 1/4 cup hoisin sauce and 2 tablespoon brown sugar, stir to
  3. combine
Blackberry Maple and Hoisin Syrup
  1. In a small saucepan, heat 1 teaspoon hoisin, 1/2 cup apple cider, 1/4 cup blackberry jam, 1 cup fresh blackberries.
  2. Cook over medium heat until thickened
  3. Strain through fine sieve. Keep warm until ready to plate.
  4. Transfer to little syrup mugs during plating
Method for The Hoisin Bacon
  1. In a small bowl combine,
  2. 2 tablespoons mustard, 3/4 cup blackberry jam, 1/4 cup hoisin and 2 tablespoons brown sugar. Mix well
  3. Place 18 slices bacon on parchment lined paper, brush about 1 tablespoon of mixture over each slice and turn and repeat.
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar over all bacon
  5. Cook 400 degrees F. for 2o min.
  6. Cool bacon, reserve out 5 slices for garnish.
  7. Chop remaining bacon into small pieces, reserve 1/2 cup for garnish
Method For the Apple Filling
  1. Cut apples into small dice
  2. In a medium sauté pan, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat
  3. Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  4. Add diced apples and 1 tablespoon apple cider to pan
  5. Stir in sugar mixture
  6. Cook apples until tender but not soft. Remove from heat and set aside.
Prepare cast iron skillet
  1. Cut butter into chunks and place in cast iron skillet. Heat the skillet at 400 degree F. oven for 3-4 minutes, while making pancake batter.
  2. Method for The Batter
  3. Whisk flour, salt, sugar, and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl
  4. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly to avoid lumps
  5. When batter is smooth, beat in vanilla and eggs, one by one, Beat pancake batter, 1-2 minutes with whisk. Let batter rest for 5 minutes
  6. While batter is resting, prepare cast iron skillets.
  7. Place skillets in 400 degree F. oven on parchment lined tray. Heat for 5 minutes
  8. In a small microwave safe bowl, melt butter
  9. Remove skillets from oven and pour butter evenly into each skillet.
  10. Add even amounts of crumbled bacon to skillet bottom
  11. Pour batter over bacon, leaving 1/4 inch headspace
  12. Add cooked apples to middle of skillets
  13. Bake at 400 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Remove small skillets, bake larger for 5-7 minutes longer
  14. Garnish with strip of bacon and fresh blackberries, powdered sugar and mint leaves.
  15. The pancake will puff dramatically while baking but begin to fall within a few minutes after baking.
Garnish
  1. powder sugar
  2. blackberry hoisin syrup
  3. fresh blackberries
  4. strips of hoisin bacon
Notes
  1. Just A Pinch Blue Ribbon Recipe
  2. Winner Top Ten World Food Championships 2015 Category: Bacon
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Dutch Apple Baby

I felt so blessed to be chosen to compete in the 2015 World Food Championships, and then doubly blessed as a fellow competitor Kim Banick, an award winning home cook, owner of The Prize of Cooking, and seasoned World Food Champion, offered to be my sous chef for the opening round. I was moved to tears when I read her message, what an answer to prayer! God knew I needed help competing in such a prestigious event for the very first time. Kim shared her wisdom as a competitive cook as well as, her sweet spirit and gracious attitude. She also, brought with her a team of sous, Mark Banick and Kasey Brown. We cooked together, we prayed together, and we took TOP TEN in the Bacon Category!

Opening Round WFC 2105

The Banick Team spent the following day winning People’s Choice for their Tex-Mex Chili Sundae Split-2015 WFC Chili competition entry. I’m forever grateful for their generosity, hearts for Christ, and shared talent in my kitchen! 

Kim Banick The Prize of CookingThe opportunity to stay with my eldest son, his wife and family while in Orlando, was the icing on the cake. Their support and love gave me strength to carry on each day not to mention, the special morning hugs and kisses from my grand girls.

Grand girls WFC

By the third day of competition I didn’t know which side was up, even calling my friend Lisa Keys by the wrong name for an entire day! As a fellow competitor, and food blogger Lisa understood my memory laps and graciously forgave me!  The 10 day experience was overwhelming, exciting, exhausting, and one of the best experiences in my life.

Lisa Keys

With the help of family and friends, I moved on to compete in the Top Ten and took home 4th in the World in the Bacon Category!

Some of the perks for winning a place at #WFC2015…sponsorship from Hammer Stahl Cutlery, with a awesome set of chefs knives, backpack and carrying case. More about them in my final blog post and filleting American Red Snapper with their stellar filet knife.

Below is a Holiday video with Chef Kevin Gillespie featuring Wright Brand Bacon and several WFC Bacon competitors and….ME! The photo pictured below is my Dutch Apple Baby right before turn into the judges!