AB Good Eats 1


If you have ever watched Good Eats you know that Alton is all about technique and science rather than the actual recipe.  Thank goodness!  Because while I followed the technique for this turnover I wasn’t exactly thrilled with his filling.  Also, thank goodness, he said we could fill these turnovers with anything we wanted.

The recipe is labeled Salmon Turnovers and I love salmon but mixed with sour pickle relish – not so much.  {I did later try one with sweet pickle relish and it was pretty tasty!}

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These made a great lunch.  I also made a couple with steak, cheese, and peppers and eggs and ham and cheese.  It’s all about the puff!

The recipe is from Alton’s Good: Eats The Early Years  on page 247.

The recipe is also on FoodTV – HERE!

This was the last recipe for CookBook Countdown with Alton Brown.  I still have plenty left and four more of his books.  And it’s all GOOD EATS!!

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

I like it when someone makes something ‘out of the box’.  This recipe from Alton Brown is definitely there.  And it is definitely delicious.

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As much as I love eggplant just about any way, I wasn’t sure about this one.  But, as is usual, Alton had it ‘goin’ on!”  This is his answer to eggplant Parmesan.Parmesan deconstructed.  While it takes ages to make eggplant Parm it only takes 10 minutes (once the eggplant has had the moisture removed) to make.

It’s vegetarian.  It’s gluten free.  It’s spicy. It’s repeatable. It’s Good Eats!

1 medium-large eggplant
Kosher salt, for purging
1 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon garlic, minced
1/4 teaspoon chile flakes
2 small tomatoes, seeded and chopped
3 Tbl cup cream
1 tablespoon basil, chiffonade
2 Tbl freshly grated Parmesan

  • Peel the eggplant leaving 1-inch of skin at the top and bottom unpeeled and slice into 1/4″  thick.slices/.
  • Purge the eggplant slices:
    • Lay the 1/4 inch slices over the sink on a cooling rack.
    • Sprinkle one side with Kosher salt.  Let sit for about 15 minutes.  Turn and sprinkle the other side.
    • After they have ‘wept’ rinse with cool water and dry.  Cut into linguini like strips.
  • Heat the oil in a medium skillet then add the garlic and chili flakes and toast. Add the eggplant strips  and toss to coat.
  • Add the tomatoes and toss with the eggplant.
  • Add the cream and toss with the eggplant and tomato.
  • Add the basil and Parmesan and toss to combine.
  • Top with the breadcrumbs and serve immediately.       {The original recipe from FoodTV}

I enjoyed this for lunch but it would make a great side for dinner.  And it IS so much easier than ‘real’ Eggplant Parm.  No coating/frying the eggplant.  No layer after layer and no baking.

Instant gratification!

Recipe is from Alton Brown Good Eats The Early Years. Page 283

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

IF you have read my blog you know that SHRIMP is probably my favorite food.  So now surprise that this shrimp dish from Alton Brown was one of the first things I made when I started to cook from The Early Years for Cookbook Countdown

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Take 1 lb of peeled and deveined shrimp.  Seal in a plastic bag or container with 1/4 cup olive oil, 4 medium minced cloves of garlic  {I added some extra} , 1/4 tsp of kosher salt, and 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper.

Heat a 10″ iron skillet for 5 minutes over medium heat.  Add the shrimp and all the other ingredients to the skillet.  Toss the shrimp etc constantly for about 5 minutes as the shrimp cooks and turns opaque in the center – about 3 or 4 minutes.

Serve immediately.

This is not an ingredient, at this point, to be added to anything.  Like shrimp scampi – good all by itself.

But I had plenty of leftovers since I made a double batch and mixed mine with some additional olive oil and some tan mien – Chinese egg noodles.

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This recipe is from Alton Brown’s The Early Years page 379. Alton suggested using the leftovers in a Garlic Shrimp Casserole

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

aka QUICHE!  And it’s a good one.  AB gives the basics {Software} and then choices for the filling {Secondary Software}  And to make it super simple he suggested a frozen crust.  NICE!

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Use a frozen {or fresh} crust .Mix together 2 large eggs, 1 cup half and half, and a pinch of nutmeg.

Distribute the “secondary software” over the crust.  {8 ounces of just about anything!}

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I used cubed ham, spinach, sauteed onions, and Gruyere cheese.  If I had only had some mushrooms!

Place the pie on a cookie sheet and place partway into a 350 degree oven.  Carefully pour in the filling mix and slide the pie into the oven. Bake for 35 – 45 minutes or until it is still jiggly in the middle but set at the edges.

OH! MY!  Pretty much the best ‘refrigerator pie” I have made in a while.

AB also suggests combos like

  • cheddar with ham and spinach.
  • roasted chicken with chopped sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese.
  • pepperoni with black olives and green peppers.

In other words – anything goes…

The recipe is from Good Eats: The Early years page 152.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

In our back yard there are 4 pear trees. Two with pears just to eat and two for canning. I think the eating pears are better fresh for pies and such because they aren’t quite as hard as the canning pears. I use them fresh as long as I can.

Someone once said if you want to make a great apple pie – use pears. I agree. More texture, often better flavor. I found this recipe for AB‘s Pear pie in Good Eats: The Early Years – the cookbook I am using for September’s Cookbook Countdown.

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What AB made was a galette – a no-pan pie. Perfect!  I always have trouble making the pie look nice by messing up the crust on the way to the pan.  No-pan means it is free form with the crust wrapped up around the filling.  So. Much. Easier!

This one is filled with pears, blueberries and lots of flavor.  The  flavor is enhanced by adding Balsamic vinegar to the mix.  So. Much Flavor!

For the dough:
2 1/2 cups {12 ounces} flour
1/2 cup {2 1/4 ounces} stone ground cornmeal
3 tablespoons {1 1/2 ounces} sugar
1 teaspoon kosher salt
8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter, divided, diced
1/2 cup apple juice

For the filling:
2 Anjou pears, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced {Mine aren’t Anjou!}
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons sugar {2 ounces} {I used Splenda}
1 pinch grated nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon {I used about 1 tsp}
2 tablespoons {1 ounce} butter
1 cup {6 ounces} blueberries
1 teaspoon AP flour
1 1/2 cups pound cake, cubed {I used plain yellow cake}
1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
1/2 teaspoon sugar {I used Turbinado}

  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • DOUGH: In a food processor, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, and salt. Pulse to combine. Place dry ingredients in a mixing bowl and put the bowl into the refrigerator.
  • Remove 1/2 stick of butter from the refrigerator and allow it to come to room temperature.
  • In a food processor, add the 1/2 stick of butter to the flour mixture. Pulse until the fat completely disappears. Add the remaining 1 1/2 sticks butter in separate batches. Pulse until flour mixture resembles the size of a pea.
  • Combine the apple juice concentrate and the cold water. Using a spray bottle, spritz the dough with the apple juice mixture while folding the mixture with a spatula. After about three tablespoons of the liquid, check the dough for consistency. It should hold together when compressed but remain relatively dry to the touch. If it does not bind, add a little more water.
  • Remove from the processor and form the dough into a ball. Wrap the dough in wax paper or parchment paper and rest in refrigerator for 20 minutes.
  • FILLING:  Heat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add pears to the pan and toss for 2 minutes. Add the balsamic vinegar and continue to toss for 30 seconds. Add sugar and cook until the pears have softened. Add the nutmeg, cinnamon, and the butter and melt slowly. Fold in the blueberries. Remove from heat. Sprinkle on the flour and combine well. Allow to cool to room temperature.
  • CONSTRUCTION:  Place dough on a floured piece of parchment and roll out to a 1/4-inch thick disk. Transfer to a baking sheet. Place cubed pound cake in the middle of the dough, leaving a 3-inch margin of crust on all sides. Spoon filling over the cake cubes and top the pears with 1 ounce of cubed butter. Lift excess crust onto filling and repeat in a clockwise fashion until a top lip has formed around the edge of the whole tart. Brush the tart with the egg wash and sprinkle the crust with the sugar.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until the filling begins to bubble and the crust is golden brown.
  • Remove from the sheet pan immediately and cool on pie rack.

This was so good.  I wish I had a picture of the whole pie but I guess it disappeared with the pie! Definitely a repeat – often.  Oh!  And it was good warm from the oven with cinnamon ice cream!

The recipe is from AB’s Good Eats: The Early Years page 100.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

Finally, I’ve had a chance to come back to Cookbook Countdown. How I have missed it. And reading about all the other cookbooks others cook/bake from.

I am a major fan of Alton Brown. When Good Eats was on I would not miss a show. Even now, after the shows are over, I can see them on The Cooking Channel and I have a few faves that I really enjoy –

  • Cheese Cake,
  • Churn, Baby Churn
  • Deep Purple (Eggplant)

and too many more to list here.  After Good Eats was gone AB came out with the cookbooks for the past 14 seasons.  And my family loves me because I have all three volumes.  As much as I love AB I really never cooked from the cookbooks.  So thanks, Cookbook Countdown  for ‘making’ me use another neglected cookbook. Let’s start with

GOOD EATS: THE EARLY YEARS

And with a recipe from Episode 7 – Southern Biscuits

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I make a pretty good biscuit, but I never get much rise out of them {which pleases my husband – for some reason he likes FLAT biscuits!} so I was glad to see these RISE up into nice tall ones.  Lots of layers to add butter, honey, or jam.  Yep!  I do love biscuits.

12 ounces {2 cups flour}
4 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter {1 ounce}, chilled
2 tablespoons shortening {1 ounce}, chilled
1 cup low-fat buttermilk, chilled

  • Heat oven to 450 degrees.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Using your fingertips, rub butter and shortening into dry ingredients until mixture looks like crumbs.
  • Make a well in the center and pour in the chilled buttermilk. Stir just until the dough comes together. The dough will be very sticky.
  • Turn dough onto floured surface, dust top with flour and gently fold dough over on itself 5 or 6 times.
  • Press into a 1-inch thick round. Cut out biscuits with a 2-inch cutter, being sure to push straight down through the dough.
  • Place biscuits on baking sheet so that they just touch. Reform scrap dough, working it as little as possible and continue cutting.
  • Bake until biscuits are tall and light gold on top, 15 to 20 minutes. {Makes 12}
  • Devour!

GOOD EATS!

The recipe is on page 42 of Good Eats: The Early Years.

I’m linking this post with Cookbook Countdown hosted by Kitchen Flavours and Emily’s Cooking (Makan2).

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