Lunch Express @ Whole Foods

Occasionally I have had the opportunity to join my friend Beth at the Whole Foods Culinary Center here in Austin. Their evening classes tend to be a bit pricey, but a couple of times a month they offer the Lunch Express. $15 and you get a three course meal, the recipes for the food, and get to watch them make it while you eat it! Every time it has been absolute incredible (yes, all three times!). I had one such opportunity yesterday. Below are the recipes for the day – they were great and I am so excited to try them out!

Whole Foods Lunch Express with Lance Daughtrey

Warm Frisee Salad with Bacon Dressing
Serves 8

1/2 lb. raw bacon, diced
1 1/2 cups apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt

8 heads frisee, cut in half
1 cup baby arugula
4 tomatoes (24-ish cherry tomatoes)
1 cup hazelnuts, toasted
1 cup pickled red onion
1/4 cup chives
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
Cook bacon, drain on towel. Reserve bacon fat. In a bowl combine apple cider vinegar, sugar and salt. Add mixture to bacon fat. Cook on medium heat until the mixture becomes a syrup consistency.
Place frisee and baby arugula on individual plates. Drizzle with dressing. Add tomatoes, hazelnuts, pickled red onions, chives, bacon and blue cheese.

Mustard Crusted Chicken with Vodka Cream Sauce
Serves 8

4 Tbsp mustard seeds, toasted
4 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
8 boneless chicken breast, pound to 1.2 inch thick
4 tsp butter
4 tsp canola oil
1/2 cup vodka
1 cup cream
salt and pepper to taste
lemon juice to taste

In a shallow bowl combine fresh parsley and mustard seeds. Press both sides of chicken breasts into mixture to coat. In a saute pan heat butter and canola oil over medium-high heat. Saute chicken in pan, until cooked, about 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken and set aside. Add vodka to hot oil mixture and scrape bottom of ban. Add cream and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and stir constantly until mixture is reduced by half. Season and serve.

Warm Chocolate Cake
12 servings

5 egg yolks, room temperature
5 eggs, room temperature
3/4 cup sugar
12 oz chocolate, chopped
1/2 lb butter
2 Tbsp sugar
4 Tbsp flour
2 Tbsp espresso powder
12 chocolate truffles
Powdered sugar and glazed berries for garnish
Preheat oven to 375. in a bowl combine eggs and sugar. Whip together on high speed approximately 15 minutes, then medium speed approximately 5-10 minutes. Mixture should be smooth, shiny and have no air bubbles. Create a double broiler by heating a large saute pan filled 1/2 full with water over medium heat. Set a large bowl on the top of the sauce pan. Place the butter and chocolate in the bowl, stir until melted. Add the chocolate mixture to the whipped eggs/sugar. Mix until combined, scrape the bottom of the bowl while mixing. Add flour and espresso, mix until combined.
Pour batter into individual containers. Place 1 truffle in the center and push down, submerging the truffle in the batter. Bake 8-10 minutes or until batter solidifies and rises slightly.


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  1. Pingback: Mustard Crusted Chicken with Vodka Cream Sauce « elliek

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