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Spaghettini with Shrimp and Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

This blog is written by celebrity chef and THOR Kitchen brand advocate Derrick Fox. Each month, Chef Fox will be sharing his favorite recipes with step-by-step directions, pictures and his signature style.

Who doesn’t love a good spaghetti with tomato sauce. Everyone has a go to recipe or a favorite, well… this is going to be your new favorite. A couple reasons this really simple dish sets it apart from the rest. Pasta Water. This is a very underutilized ingredient for home cooks. Whenever you go out to a restaurant and you get the pasta dish and you wonder, “how is it so creamy, perfectly seasoned and delicious?” The answer is Pasta Water.

In this recipe we are mixing Pasta Water with about a cup of fresh grated parmesan cheese and setting it aside to add to our sauce towards the end. This technique adds that creamy smooth texture that you wont get enough of. This technique is used in Caccio y peppe but I have started using it with all my pastas and it takes them to the next level. Follow this recipe and when you get the hang of it, try it with other pastas, and you will be feeling like a certified Thor Chef in no time!

Watch how to make the Shrimp Spaghettini in this video and find the full recipe below!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients
1 lb of shrimp (or more, I like the big shrimp) 2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 pkg of good quality spaghetti salt
1/4 cup white cooking wine pepper
1 can fire roasted tomatoes 2 green onions chopped for garnish
3-4 cloves of fresh garlic 2 tbsp chopped parsley
1 fresno chili 1/2 cup bread crumbs
10 basil leaves chiffonade 1 cup fresh grated parmesan cheese (got to grate yourself, don’t buy pre-grated cheese)
olive oil

First start boiling your water and heavily salt your water. Think like ocean water.

While you’re waiting for your water to boil, in a Sautee pan over medium high heat, add roughly 2 tbsp of olive oil, then add your panko. Keep it moving in the pan until evenly toasted. Toss in your chopped parsley and set aside. Now dice your garlic, chili, basil, and set aside. Grate your parmesan, put one cup of parmesan in a bowl and set by your pasta water, grate some more for topping your pasta.

Spaghettini with Shrimp and Fire Roasted Tomato Sauce

To Prepare the Sauce:

In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, add 2 tbsp olive oil, sauté garlic and red chili. Roughly at the same time drop your spaghetti in the boiling water. Then when garlic and chilis have cooked (be careful, don’t let them burn) hit the pan with ¼ cup white wine, sauté a couple minutes to let the wine cook. Then add your tomatoes. When your pasta is half way cooked, scoop one full ladle of that starchy pasta water over that bowl of parmesan and whisk until cheese is melted and you have a milky looking water. Now add your basil to your tomato sauce and reduce heat to simmer.

Next, the Shrimp:

Season your shrimp with salt and pepper. In a sauté pan over medium-high heat sauté your shrimp with a little olive oil 2 minutes on each side and turn off the heat.

Time to put it all together!

When your pasta is at a Al dente (no all the way cooked), with tongs grab the spaghettini and transfer directly out of the water to the tomato sauce. You want a little of the past water to drip into the tomato sauce. Crank up the heat, mix the past in the sauce getting it nice and coated. Now when the tomato sauce gets to a high simmer, pour in the parmesan pasta water, and start moving your pasta around. Its going to seem very runny at first, but crank that heat and keep it moving and it will thicken up. Once its at the right consistency add your shrimp. Give that a toss to get the shrimp coated and your done. Plate in a deep rimmed plate or large bowl, top with green onions, drizzle of nice olive oil, and shave some fresh parm.

So Good! Enjoy

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Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Pancake Recipe by Chef Brad Miller

This Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Pancake recipe was written by celebrity chef and THOR Kitchen brand ambassador Brad Miller. Chef Miller will be firing things up in the kitchen, using his own suite of THOR Kitchen appliances to create exclusive recipes!

I came up with this recipe because I wanted to have a fun dish for a “Guys Brunch.” I know I know, guys brunch says it all – but hear me out. I wanted to do something that was filling but also insanely delicious. I also wanted to incorporate some sort of bourbon or whiskey into my dish. Boom…. pancakes it is! The flavor of bourbon pairs so well with sweet savory dishes, so I knew this would be perfect with maple syrup. That’s also how the bacon and chocolate were born into this recipe. All the flavors completely match and complement each other. I mean what says “Guys Brunch” more than Bourbon, Bacon and Chocolate?! These should be served hot off the griddle with some room temp butter in between the layers. This dish is also best when you teeter on the line of adding almost too much maple syrup. So, enjoy and make sure you make extra, because these go quick when the mimosas (yes, I do love a mimosa!) are flowing.

 

Chocolate Bacon Bourbon Pancake Ingredients
Pancake Mix Optional
1 cup flour 1 oz softened butter to finish pancakes
2 tbsp sugar Bourbon Maple Syrup
2 tsp baking powder 2 oz bourbon
1 large egg 8 0z maple syrup
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 cup bacon, cooked until crispy
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Equipment
1 saute pan, nonstick (or flat top insert) ladle
1 spatula small bowl to mix eggs
1 small pot medium bowl for mixing batter
1 medium whisk nonstick pan spray

For The Pancakes: Start by mixing the flour, baking powder, sugar and salt together. Add in your milk then your lightly beaten eggs and oil.

Then vigorously whisk the batter. Check the consistency by seeing if a thick stream is made when lifting your whisk out.

Once the consistency is correct, add in your cooked bacon, chocolate chips and stir. 

Bourbon Maple Syrup: While your batter is resting for a couple of minutes, let’s make our bourbon maple syrup. Add your bourbon to a pot and turn on the heat to high. As bourbon gets hot, let it ignite in the pot and flame up. Let the alcohol burn off for about 30 seconds then turn off the heat and add your maple syrup. Let it stand at room temp till ready to use.

Cooking Pancakes: Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot, coat your pan in a nonstick cooking spray. Then ladle a small amount (approximately ¼ cup at a time) of the batter into the skillet.

After about a minute, start to loosen your pancake up around the edges with your spatula. Look for small air pockets releasing around the pancake. The air pockets mean its cooking through. Once a golden color is achieved give it a flip and cook through till fluffy. Repeat this process until you finish your batter.

Transfer your pancakes to a plate and let’s start the fun part. Add a little pat of room temperature butter to each layer of pancake you have. And finish with a top layer of butter.

Now grab your warm maple syrup and go nuts drizzling it on your pancakes.

Enjoy hot and fresh!

Chipotle Spiced Pork Loin with Butternut Squash Puree Recipe by Chef Derrick Fox

This blog is written by celebrity chef and THOR Kitchen brand advocate Derrick Fox. Each month, Chef Fox will be sharing his favorite recipes with step-by-step directions, pictures and his signature style.

I wanted to make a dish that was easy but packed a lot of flavor, and plated properly to be visually stunning. The key to cooking your pork loin perfectly is using a meat thermometer. No judgment here. This dish is also great year round. Have fun with plating this dish. There are so many ways you can go with it.

Watch how to make the Chipotle Spiced Pork Loin in this video and find the full recipe below!

Ingredients
1 whole pork loin 1 bunch heirloom carrots
2 tbsp chipotle seasoning 1 fennel bulb
1 tsp cumin 1/2 cup veggie stock
1 tsp cinnamon 1/4 cup light beer
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper 1 small red apple, diced
1 oz bourbon
2 cups large dice butternut squash 2 tbsp butter
 12 oz heavy cream 1 tbsp maple syrup
4 tbsp unsalted butter

 

Equipment
1 sauce pot small sautee pan
sautee pans blender
cast iron skillet
Making the butternut squash puree:
Place the butternut squash, the heavy cream, a dash of cinnamon, and a pinch of salt and pepper in a medium sauce pot. Bring to a boil and then drop to a simmer and cook until the squash is cooked through. Once cooked through, use a slotted spoon to scoop the squash into a blender. Add the butter and start blending. Slowly pour the remaining cream until the puree is to the desired consistency. Once smooth season to taste with more salt, pepper, and if need more cinnamon. Place the puree back in the pot cover and keep warm on low heat.
Preparing the root vegetables for presentation:
Slice carrots in half or keep whole. This is purely for presentation. Slice the fennel bulb into quarters. In a cast iron pan or sauté pan over medium-high heat. Sear the fennel. Once seared after about a minute add the carrots and sauté until carrots get some color. Now drizzle in the beer, and sauté until beer mostly evaporates. Now add the veg stock, cover with foil, and place in the oven for about 12 minutes on 400ºPreparing the sautéed apples:In a small sauté pan, sauté apples in a tbsp. of grapeseed oil over medium-high heat. After about 2-3 minutes, flambé with the bourbon. Once the bourbon has cooked out, add the butter and sauté until melted. Now add the syrup and sauté until well combined.Last but certainly not least, the pork:

Let pork rest on the counter for 45 minutes. Slice loin in half. Mix spices and coat loin generously.

In a cast iron pan sear the loin on all sides for 2 minutes on each side. The roast in the oven at 400º for 12 minutes or until the pork reaches an internal temp of 140º. Remove from the oven and rest for 10 minutes before slicing.

Now, enjoy!

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Perfect Shrimp Cocktail Recipe by Chef Brad Miller

This Shrimp Cocktail recipe was written by celebrity chef and THOR Kitchen brand ambassador Brad Miller. Chef Miller will be firing things up in the kitchen, using his own suite of THOR Kitchen appliances to create exclusive recipes!

Shrimp cocktail is an old familiar friend for me. Growing up, the only time I could get my hands on this delicious dish was Christmas eve. Every year family and friends would gather around the buffet table filled with chips, dips, and casseroles brought in by different family members who had their signature dish. I would always have my eye on that black plastic platter (which seems to be the go-to for every store’s cocktail shrimp platter) adorned with little soldiers all lined up in a circular pattern. While other kids were begging to have cookies before they ate, I was planning on how many shrimp I could grab without being told: “save some for the guests.”. Now it seems to be on every steakhouse menu across the nation – and rightfully so!

I have eaten and tried many shrimp cocktails and restaurant versions of the classic cocktail sauce all over this planet. I’ve only found a few places doing it the justice and attention to detail it deserves. This is why I have shrimp cocktail on the menu at my restaurant. I wanted to showcase how amazing technique-driven and thoughtfully prepared shrimp cocktail could be. I also wanted an excuse to eat it without waiting till the Holidays!

Perfect Shrimp Cocktail Ingredients
Cocktail Sauce Shrimp
1/2 cup ketchup 12 each raw shrimp (41/45 size, peeled and deveined, tail off)
2 tbsp fresh horseradish (small amount reserved for garnish) Poaching Liquid
1 tsp Worcestershire sauce 1 large carrot, diced
Juice of 1/4 lemon 1 celery branch, diced
Yuzu Aioli 1/2 medium white onion, diced
1/2 cup best foods mayonnaise 1 lemon, quartered
2 tbsp yuzu juice 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
1 tbsp fresh chopped chives 2 tbsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp salt 1 bundle of thyme
Garnish 2 bay leaves
Cut 1 lemon into six slices, remove seeds 2 quarts water
seaweed strands  1 tbsp black peppercorns
horseradish 2 tsp mustard seed
bibb lettuce 1 tsp chili flakes
1 tbsp coriander

 

Equipment
1 medium pot microplane zester
towel slotted spoon
2 small bowls and spoons to mix sauces bowl with ice water
bowl with ice for plating shrimp 2 ramekins for holding sauces

 

For The Poaching Liquid: First thing we want to do before anything else is getting our poaching liquid rocking and rolling. We want to add a large carrot diced, a celery branch diced, and a medium white onion diced.

Squeezed lemon, and remains of lemon go in.

Then the rice wine vinegar, kosher salt, thyme, bay leaves, water, black peppercorns, mustard seeds, chili flakes, and coriander together in a pot.

Now we need to turn our heat on full blast under our pot. This needs to boil at the very least for 20 mins. This will flavor our liquid and make it nice and tasty for our shrimp. While you’re waiting 20 minutes for the poaching liquid, we can make our dipping sauces.

Cocktail Sauce: Peel off the outer skin of the horseradish and grate it with your microplane until you have about 2 tablespoons. Then add it to your ½ cup ketchup, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and the Juice of a ¼ lemon. Stir it up until everything is incorporated. Put in your ramekin for later.

Yuzu Aioli: Combine ½ cup best foods mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons yuzu juice, 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped chives, and ½ teaspoon of salt. Mix it up until everything is incorporated. Place a little sauce in a small ramekin and reserve for plating.

Cooking our Shrimp: Our poaching liquid should be nice and flavorful by now, so let’s turn off the heat and cook our shrimp. After turning off your heat, gently place the shrimp in the liquid and stir. It should take about 3-5 minutes to cook. Once cooked through, remove the shrimp and place in an ice water bath for 5 minutes or till cold.

Once the shrimp are cold, remove them from the ice water bath and pat them dry with a towel

Assembling the dish: Fill up a shallow bowl with ice. Place one of each sauce ramekin in the middle of the ice. Pile your shrimp high with lemons all around and inside the bowl with the shrimp. Garnish your cocktail sauce with more fresh horseradish on top. Place seaweed all over your bowl to garnish the shrimp.

Take little pieces of bibb lettuce and tuck them inside the ice, so a little bit is popping out. Enjoy!

So Perfect. Enjoy!

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