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You want my recipe? Here it is!

By Sherry Schie, Chef/Owner of Jazzy Cooking

You want my recipe? A recipe!? Well, it’s a little of this, a pinch of that, oh… and a tad of that too! That’s how I would always give out my recipes, until now. Now, I write them down, usually as I’m creating the dish, but at least I write it down. My hubby laughs when I get out “the notebook” (that’s what I call it!)

So, Sunday morning, I woke up hungry and thought about making a little treat for him and I. I wanted to use up some things in the fridge, so out came the sautéed red peppers, a “less than fresh” loaf of bread, my last three eggs and a little pancetta. “Now what?” I thought, as I pondered the small amount of everything sitting in front of me.

That’s the way I cook. That’s the way I roll! That’s the way I create recipes. I look around to see what I have, what needs used up (because I don’t like to waste!), what herbs or spices I have, what kind of flavors I’m in the mood for… OK, usually, it’s just because I’m hungry or someone else is! Anyway, I took all the ingredients and thought about the flavors and textures they would create together. Bingo! A mini soufflé!

I got busy adding everything else, and writing it down as I threw stuff in the bowl. I laughed for a moment as I added the cream, thinking of my grandmother. She NEVER used a recipe. She just threw stuff together, mixed it up, put it in the oven and bam… it was perfect! I used to ask her, “Grandma, where’s your recipe?” Her answer, as she pointed to her head, “It’s right here, honey.”

Times have changed; life is busier. I can’t remember all my recipes… I’m lucky to remember to… see, I already forgot what I was going to say! But, regardless how busy I am, I always write down my recipes as I’m creating them.

Enjoy creating in your kitchen. Have fun pulling out stuff from your fridge or pantry. Get creative with your food, but remember, write it down as you go just in case it turns out pretty good! The family may request the dish again, or a friend may ask you for the recipe.

Here’s the recipe for my Mini Breakfast Soufflés. Enjoy!
Until next time,
Chef Sherry

Mini Breakfast Soufflés
2 slices bread, torn into pieces
3 eggs
3-4 tablespoons heavy cream
1/4 cup red peppers, diced
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 garlic cloves, minced
4-5 fresh basil leaves, torn into pieces
6-8 slices pancetta, diced
1 1/2 tablespoons sriracha hot chili sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In sauté pan, add olive oil, peppers, garlic and vinegar. Cook until soft. Set aside.
In same pan, sauté pancetta until it begins to lightly crisp. Add pepper mixture in the pan with the pancetta. Add basil, sriracha sauce, salt and pepper. Set aside.
In bowl, beat eggs and cream. Set aside.

Spray or butter sides and bottom of 2 (8 ounce) ramekins. Place torn bread in bottom of ramekins. Divide pepper mixture between ramekins.

Pour egg mixture over peppers, dividing it evenly between the two ramekins.
Place ramekins on baking sheet and bake for approximately 25-30 minutes or until done.
Serve immediately!

Tue, May 15th 2012, 15:08

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