The Fourth of July holiday is drawing near, and grocery lists everywhere are being tweaked as we add and subtract recipe ingredients. The availability of ideas in blogs and on social media platforms is one of the many items I love about online communication in today’s world.
Our favorite television chefs and judges are open with their ideas, recipes and advice. Mystique and glamour has been replaced by reality television and the glimpse we have into their world has changed over the years, and good or bad, it’s what America craves. As for us here at Your Home, we love to watch, pull ideas from the shows and give many recipes a whirl. Today MasterChef judges share a few great ones with us, and we are excited to put Gordon Ramsay’s BBQ sauces through their paces this weekend. We hope you do too!
Celebrate 4th of July with MasterChef’s Holiday dishes:
- Belgian Endive Salad with Walnuts and Clementines by Graham Elliot
- Birthday Cake by Christina Tosi
- Mustard BBQ and Wasabi BBQ Sauces by Gordon Ramsay
- 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
- 6 clementines
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup walnut oil
- 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
- 3 sprigs flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 12 heads Belgian endive, halved lengthwise
Preheat the oven to 350ºF.
Roughly chop the walnuts and spread them on a baking sheet. Bake for 7 to 10 minutes or until they darken a shade and are fragrant. Slide the nuts from the baking sheet onto a plate to cool.
Squeeze the juice from 2 clementines. Divide the remaining 4 into segments. Mix the clementine juice with the olive oil and vinegar. Add the parsley, whisk well and season to taste with salt and pepper.
Arrange 6 endive halves in the center of each serving plate and top each with clementine segments, 1 fruit for each serving. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the endive and top with toasted walnuts.
4 T butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup vegetable shortening
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 T tightly packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup grapeseed oil
2 t clear vanilla extract
2 cups cake flour and 1 1/2 t baking powder
3/4 t kosher salt
1/4 cup rainbow sprinkles
1 cup flour
1 1/2 t baking powder
1 1/2 t kosher salt
2 T rainbow sprinkles
Heat the oven to 350°F.
Combine the butter, shortening and sugars in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and cream together on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the eggs and mix on medium-high for 2 to 3 minutes. Scrape down the sides of the bowl once more.
On low speed, stream in the buttermilk, oil and vanilla. Increase the mixer speed to medium-high and paddle for 4 to 6 minutes, until the mixture is practically white, twice the size of your original fluffy butter-and-sugar mixture and completely homogenous. Don’t rush the process. You’re basically forcing too much liquid into an already fatty mixture that doesn’t want to make room for that liquid. There should be no streaks of fat or liquid. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
On very low speed, add the cake flour, baking powder, salt and the 50 g (1/4 cup) rainbow sprinkles. Mix for 45 to 60 seconds, just until your batter comes together. Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
Pam-spray a quarter sheet pan and line it with parchment. Using a spatula, spread the cake batter in an even layer in the pan. Sprinkle the remaining 25 g (2 tablespoons) rainbow sprinkles evenly on top of the batter.
Bake the cake for 30 to 35 minutes. The cake will rise and puff, doubling in size, but will remain slightly buttery and dense. At 30 minutes, gently poke the edge of the cake with your finger: the cake should bounce back slightly and the center should no longer be jiggly. Leave the cake in the oven for an extra 3 to 5 minutes if it doesn’t pass these tests.
Take the cake out of the oven and cool on a wire rack or, in a pinch, in the fridge or freezer (don’t worry, it’s not cheating). The cooled cake can be stored in the fridge, wrapped in plastic wrap, for up to 5 days.
Yield: 1 quarter sheet pan cake
12 oz. Dijon Mustard
2 oz. Honey
1 T Granulated Garlic
1/2 T Smoked Paprika
1/2 T Chili Powder
1 oz. Banyuls Vinegar
Combine ingredients, whisk until fully incorporated. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Yield: 1 PT
2 Bunch Picked Parsley
1 Bunch Picked Cilantro
2 oz. Chives
8 fl/oz. Water
2 oz. Wasabi Powder
8 oz. Honey
1/2 fl/oz. Yuasa Soy Sauce
1.8 G Xanthan Gum
Blend water and herbs in the blender until smooth. Strain through a fine mesh strainer and allow to settle. Rehydrate the wasabi with the above herb liquid until wasabi is dissolved. Stir in honey and soy. Shear in the xanthan gum.
Yield: 1 PT
We send a hearty Thank you to MasterChef, Gordon, Graham and Christina for the recipes! Be sure and catch the 100th episode tonight at 8/7 C on FOX