We at Nummy love nothing more than a good sauce. Specifically, a cream sauce. More specifically, a cream sauce that can be slathered atop any variety of meat on a Sister Schubert bun.
I thought The Chef had topped himself a few weeks ago with the Horseradish Cream Sauce, but he says this is the tots on beef tenderloin rolls, and I’m sure he is correct. I am planning a full investigation and will report back post-haste.
1 cup heavy cream, divided in half
4 tbsp blue cheese crumbles
4 tbsp of cream cheese
- Mix 1/2 cup heavy cream, blue cheese crumbles and cream cheese in a mixer with the paddle attachment until smooth.
- Whip 1/2 cup heavy cream until light and stiff. Then gently fold in blue cheese mixture. Salt and pepper to taste.
Like any good Southerner, I love watermelon… Mmkay, you know what? In the spirit of exhaustion and honesty this post-Music Fest week, Imma be real with you: I’m not really a fan.
I’ve choked it down at every Fourth of July catfish fry, I’ve tried it with salt (and if salt can’t help me, honey, I don’t know what can), and I’ve even had the vodka-soaked variety and frankly, I’ll leave it.
But as with so many things I’ve traditionally disliked, The Chef has found a way to make it not only palatable but actually good. Bacon, tomatoes and cheese have a hand in that, but the watermelon itself actually gets a dose of personality here, so go on and get out and proud and pretty with this one. You won’t be sorry.
2 cups watermelon, diced and seeded
2 cups assorted tomatoes, diced
2 tbsp toasted pecans
crumbled goat cheese (or mozzarella or blue cheese)
3 strips bacon, cooked and chopped
- Get mixy and then serve atop spring greens. That’s all folks.
Apparently it’s Bacon Day here at Nummy Num Num, and as days go, that’s not too shabby. The Chef likes to serve this with steak, and I’d like to suggest the Coffee Rubbed variety for your noshing pleasure.
8 bacon slices, chopped
3/4 cup of mayo
2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp honey
16 oz coleslaw mix (cabbage)
1 cup crumbled blue cheese
salt and pepper
- Cook bacon in a large skillet until crisp. Transfer bacon to paper towels to drain.
- Whisk honey, vinegar, and mayo in a large bowl.
- Stir in slaw mix, cheese, and bacon. Season with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Cover and chill for up to 2 hours until ready to serve.
The Chef likes to experiment… wait, that sounds wrong. What I mean to say is that he doesn’t like to cook the same thing twice. Unfortunately he is SOL when it comes to these taters because they are the bomb. (I’m sorry. That term is stupid and incredibly 1998, but it felt right, so I went with it.)
As Alton Brown would say on the hilariously hosted Iron Chef America, “the chef is here to offer his most succulent variations,” and so it is with Nummy. Here The Chef provides both the basics and some extra jazz for when you’re feeling frisky. My personal favorite is the horseradish, but I can lick a bowl clean no matter what kind is on the menu.
Wasabi Mashed Potatoes
6 Idaho potatoes, peeled
2 cup of half and half
8 tablespoons of unsalted butter
4 tablespoons of wasabi paste*
salt to taste
- Cut potatoes in half and place them in a pot of well-salted water. Bring to a boil and cook until potatoes are easily pierced with a knife.
- Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot.
- In a saucepan, heat butter, half and half, and salt until the butter melts. Pour over potatoes and mash together.
- Gently fold in the wasabi paste*. Season with salt.
*To make the other versions, simply substitute the items below for the wasabi. You’ll want to add them a little at a time until you’ve found the perfect amount for your taste. You can also use unpeeled red potatoes for these recipes for added texture and color.
Rosemary garlic mashed red potatoes
- Rosemary and garlic
- Lemon and thyme
- Goat cheese and chives
- Blue cheese
- Pesto (1 tablespoon)
- Dijon mustard
- Truffle oil
- Roasted garlic
- Horseradish and parmesan
- Cooked crawfish tails
- Fresh dill and sour cream
- Caramelized onions
- Green onions, parsley and capers
We used this buttah on our steaks during Snomaggedon 2K11, and it was certifiably nummy. I know some of you out there are skeered to go full fat, but sometimes it just has to be done. See below The Chef’s other variations if you want to get mixy. Some even have fruit in them, so that’s like healthy and stuff, right?
2 sticks of unsalted butter
handful of blue cheese crumbles
2 tablespoons of chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons of chopped sage
- Take butter out of fridge to soften. Once it becomes soft, add herbs and blue cheese.
- Mix very well. You can do this in a food processor or a mixer if you don’t have enough elbow grease (incidentally, that is a totally gross saying)
- Once mixed, reform it into the butter shape and wrap in plastic wrap. Place in fridge and chill until it is firm enough for slicing.
Add lime zest, lime juice, and chili powder – Great for grilled corn on the cob
Add fresh dill and lemon zest – Perfect for fish
Add grated Parmesan cheese, roasted garlic, and parsley – Awesome for garlic bread