Hickory Smoked CAB Prime New York Strip, Compressed Potato, Early Fall Vegetables with Carrot-Coriander Puree

This CAB Prime New York Strip was prepared the same way as the beef tenderloin in the previous post, with a coriander cure, hickory cold smoke and a long and low sous vide process. The compressed potato came out beautiful and flavorful, and it was easily the fastest and least labor-intensive component on this dish. For the compressed potato I began by dicing Idaho potato, … Continue reading Hickory Smoked CAB Prime New York Strip, Compressed Potato, Early Fall Vegetables with Carrot-Coriander Puree

Beef Tenderloin "Pastrami" with Braised Red Cabbage and Apple, Pickled Mustard Seed, Whipped Horseradish Cream, Rye Crisp

Fall is just around the corner and, as much as I enjoy the ingredients of Summer, it’s nice to move back into the rich and complex flavors that smoking and braising offer. This dish was inspired by a dish by Chef Brian Campbell of Johnson and Wales University here in Charlotte, and was featured on our Chef’s Table last week.  It features cured and smoked … Continue reading Beef Tenderloin "Pastrami" with Braised Red Cabbage and Apple, Pickled Mustard Seed, Whipped Horseradish Cream, Rye Crisp

Pork Belly: Braised Bacon, Crispy Pork Skins

Recently we’ve been working with uncured pork belly in the kitchen a little more than usual, with some great results. I start with cutting the pork belly down into several manageable pieces, then carefully remove the skin from the pork belly.  I try to leave as much fat as possible on the belly, since that means there will be less to remove later from the … Continue reading Pork Belly: Braised Bacon, Crispy Pork Skins

Hickory Smoked Prime Beef Tenderloin with Braised Beef Short Rib and Barley Ragout, Summer Vegetables

For this dish I used CAB (Certified Angus Beef) Prime tenderloin, which was cold smoked using hickory shavings with the Polyscience Smoking Gun.  It was prepared sous vide with kosher salt, black pepper, garlic and rosemary and it was cooked for two hours at 137 degrees Fahrenheit.  After it was cooked sous vide, it was finished in a cast iron skillet in a 1600 degree … Continue reading Hickory Smoked Prime Beef Tenderloin with Braised Beef Short Rib and Barley Ragout, Summer Vegetables

Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Quiche, Baby Greens with Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette, Crispy Prosciutto, Spun Potato

The word “quiche” refers to an open-faced tartlet that is filled with a custard that is typically garnished with vegetables, meat or fish.  Although “quiche” is typically identified with classical French cuisine, the dish originated in Germany and the word is a derivative of the German “Kuchen”, which means cake. When preparing quiche, I use a flaky pie dough that is molded in a pie … Continue reading Wild Mushroom and Asparagus Quiche, Baby Greens with Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette, Crispy Prosciutto, Spun Potato