Monthly Archives: January 2014

Dark Chocolate Waffles

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Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Courtesy of Bon Appetit

Ok… so waffles are just SO yummy all on their own… throw in some chocolate and they become AWESOME! Need a fun Valentine’s breakfast idea for your main squeeze or the kidos?!? You can even pre-mix the dry ingredients and keep it in the pantry for another time. Check out this recipe from Bon Appetit!

DARK CHOCOLATE WAFFLES

Buttermilk brings slight tang and moisture to the batter, while olive oil offers fruity richness. Choose a mild-flavored (not too peppery) type of oil for this.
SERVINGS: 6

Ingredients

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • ¼ cup (packed) brown sugar
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 3 large eggs, separated
    • 2 cups buttermilk
    • ½ cup olive oil
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 6 oz. bittersweet chocolate (at least 70% cacao), finely chopped
    • Nonstick vegetable oil spray
    • Unsalted butter and warm pure maple syrup (for serving)

Preparation

  • Preheat oven to 250°. Whisk flour, cocoa powder, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla. Blend with a fork, then gradually incorporate dry ingredients, mixing just until combined.
  • Using an electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat egg whites in a small bowl until soft peaks form. Working in 2 batches, fold egg whites into batter just until combined. Fold in chocolate.
  • Heat a waffle iron until very hot; lightly coat with nonstick spray. Working in batches, cook waffles until cooked through. Transfer to a wire rack set inside a baking sheet, cover loosely with foil, and keep warm in oven until ready to serve.
  • Serve waffles with butter and syrup.
  • DO AHEAD: Batter with egg whites can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover and chill.

Nutritional Information

Calories (kcal) 560 Fat (g) 35 Saturated Fat (g) 11 Cholesterol (mg) 115 Carbohydrates (g) 62 Dietary Fiber (g) 5 Total Sugars (g) 25 Protein (g) 13 Sodium (mg) 840
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47 Ronin Sushi Roll

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Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Keanu Reeves makes an explosive return to action-adventure in 47 Ronin.  Inspired by the Universal Pictures film, sushi chef Noé Zarate, created a special sushi roll that is easy to make and devour. Here is your chance to try something new to make at your next dinner party. Taste the delicious “47 Ronin roll” and don’t miss 47 Ronin in theaters NOW!

Courtesy of Universal Pictures

Ingredients

1 cup uncooked short-grain white rice

1 cup of water

1/4 cup of rice vinegar

1 tablespoon white sugar

1/2 cup imitation crab

1/4 cup mayonnaise

8 sheets of nori (dry seaweed)

2 1/2 tablespoons sesame seeds

1 cucumber, cut into thin spears

2 avocados – pitted, peeled, and sliced long way

8 pieces of eel meat

Preparation

  1. Wash the rice in several changes of water until the rinse water is no longer cloudy, drain well, and place in a covered pan or rice cooker with 1 cup water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer, and cover the pan. Allow the rice to simmer until the top looks dry, about 15 minutes. Turn off the heat, and let stand for 10 minutes to absorb the rest of the water.
  2. Mix the rice vinegar and sugar in a small bowl until the sugar has dissolved, and stir the mixture into the cooked rice until well combined. Allow the rice to cool, and set aside.
  3. Mix the imitation crabmeat with mayonnaise in a bowl, and set aside.
  4. Marinate the eel with barbeque sauce then cook on a grill or stove

Directions

  1. To roll the sushi, cover a bamboo rolling mat with plastic wrap. Lay a sheet of nori, shiny side down, on the plastic wrap. With wet fingers, firmly pat a thin, even layer of prepared rice over the nori, leaving 1/4 inch uncovered at the bottom edge of the sheet. Sprinkle the rice with about 1/2 teaspoon of sesame seeds, and gently press them into the rice. Carefully flip the nori sheet over so the seaweed side is up.
  2. Place 2 or 3 long cucumber spears, 2 or 3 slices of avocado, and about 1 tablespoon of imitation crab mixture in a line across the nori sheet, about 1/4 from the uncovered edge. Pick up the edge of the bamboo rolling sheet, fold the bottom edge of the sheet up, enclosing the filling, and tightly roll the sushi into a cylinder about 1 1/2 inch in diameter. Once the sushi is rolled, wrap it in the mat and gently squeeze to compact it tightly.
  3. Place the eel meat on top of the roll and wrap it in bamboo rolling sheet, once again, tightly roll the sushi and gently squeeze.
  4. Cut each roll into 1 inch pieces with a very sharp knife dipped in water.

Courtesy of Universal Pictures