Comfort Foods With a Twist
Culinary expert Colleen Miner tells how to update classic comfort food recipes.
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Culinary expert Colleen Miner shares some of her favorite updated recipes for classic comfort foods.
Pistachio-Crusted Walleye Ingredients:
1 lb. walleye fillets
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup fresh bread crumbs
1 cup chopped pistachios
2 Tbs. olive oil
Dip the fish fillets in the beaten egg and dredge in the crumbled nut mixture. Heat oil in a large fry pan, add the fish and saute the fillets until golden, turning once, for a total of about 10 minutes. Instead of heating the oil, you can spread butter spray in the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
Red Pepper Sauce Ingredients:
one 12-oz. jar roasted red peppers, drained
one 8-oz. pkg. low-fat cream cheese
Place ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Serve cold as a dip for chips or vegetables or hot as a sauce over chicken or fish.
Sweet-Potato Fries Ingredients:
4 sweet potatoes
butter-flavored cooking spray
Wash the skins and cut in half and then into six wedges. Coat the fries with butter flavored spray, place on a cookie sheet and bake in a 400-degree oven for 20 minutes.
Asian Cole Slaw Ingredients:
1 lb. pkg. shredded cabbage
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1/2 cup chopped scallions
1/2 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
Combine salad ingredients in a large bowl, then toss with the dressing (recipe below).
1/2 cup rice vinegar
2 Tbs. sesame oil
1 Tbs. soy sauce
2 Tbs. honey
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
Chocolate Creme Brulee Ingredients:
2 cups cream
4 oz. milk chocolate
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla
5 egg yolks beaten
Combine the first four ingredients and heat until chocolate is nearly boiling. Add egg yolks. Caution: If it is too hot it will scramble the eggs.
Pour into six-ounce ramekins. Place ramekins into larger pan. Pour water into large pan until it comes halfway up the sides of ramekins. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool. Sprinkle tops with sugar and put under broiler or use blow torch until sugar is hardened.
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