Saturday, October 20, 2012

NBC Segment Monday with Sweet and Savory Fall Recipes and Two classes Tuesday!

Monday morning at 5:50 AM I'll be joining my darling friend Syleste Rodrigez on NBC 12 Morning. Every time I see her I'm reminded why I love her! She's just amazing and completely real. I'm so thankful and excited to be part of the morning show! That will be here in Phoenix for some amazing Fall sweet potato biscuit variations both savory and sweet! We'll be starting with this divine sweet potato biscuit base...

Tess' Sweet potato biscuits 
yield 8 large or 16 small
Dry ingredients:
2 cups all purpose flour (or whole wheat pastry flour)
1/2 cup butter or (organic vegetable shortening)
1/2 tsp salt
2T sugar (or granulated fructose)
5 teaspoons baking powder
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
Wet ingredients:
2/3 cup milk or buttermilk
1/3 cup mashed cooked sweet potatoes
Directions: Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. I cook the sausage gravy at the same time I make the biscuits.
First you will need to mash some sweet potato. It takes about 1/2 a small sweet potato to make 1/3 cup mashed.
Combine the sweet potato with buttermilk or milk (or water if you are vegan). The colder the liquid the better.
In a separate bowl, combine the shortening or butter with the dry ingredients. Mix until the shortening has been cut into tiny pieces, the size of a pea. Once the liquid ingredients are combined, add them to the flour/shortening mixture. Pour wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and mix very gingerly Until a light dough is formed. There will be lumps and pieces of sweet potato. Knead the dough 4-5 times, then roll out on an floured counter top 1 inch thick. Place on ungreased baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes.
While they bake you can make the sausage gravy.

To the savory biscuits I'll be adding some Southwest seasoning, cheese and bacon! Then making this buttermilk chipotle Turkey Gravy.

Tess' buttermilk chipotle Turkey Gravy
1 lb lean mild turkey sausage
1 T minced chipotle pepper (optional)
1/4 cup minced onion
2T minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
2 cups buttermilk
1 tsp baking soda (you only need the baking soda if you use the real buttermilk here...)
2 cups milk (You may need a little more if you prefer a gravy on the thin side.)

In a large 16 inch family skillet with deep sides, cook the sausage over medium heat along with the chipotle pepper onion and garlic. When turkey is cooked through, add the flour and cook 3-4 minutes until dark. Add the soda and buttermilk (soda neutralizes the acid in the buttermilk so it doesn't curdle and you still get that nice slightly tart taste of the buttermilk...nice.) Add the rest of the milk stir constantly. Simmer 10-15 minutes, stir periodically. Serve over hot sweet potato biscuits. Wonderful with cranberry relish, smoked cheddar cheese and jalapeno.

Then I'll be making some sweet shortcakes:

Sweet Potato Breakfast Shortcakes:
Prepare biscuit dough above, using ½ cup sugar in the dry ingredients and 1 ½ tsp cinnamon or pumpkin spice blend. Add ½ cup chopped pecans, hazelnuts or dried fruit of your choice to the biscuits as well as ½ cup chopped dark chocolate.

Sweet Grilled Apple filling:
2 large apples, peeled, cut and cored
¼ cup sugar (optional)
½ tsp cinnamon spice blend
2T melted butter
Mix apples with sugar, spice and butter. Grill on low heat with a grill pan until slightly softened and beautifully grilled. Place apples inside sweet potato breakfast shortcakes and top with a drizzle of caramel sauce, fresh whipped cream and chopped nuts if desired.

I'll be topping ours with this:
Orange Whip Cream
2 cups Fresh whipped cream
1 tsp orange zest
½ tsp almond extract.  

Tuesday's classes will be:
Honeyville Farms
33 S. 56th Street
Chandler, AZ. 85226 Phone:(480) 785-5210
Creative Halloween Decorative Breads and Treats

Tuesday Oct 23rd  10 AM 
What is your favorite Halloween treat? I have some favorites and don't of them is decorative edible spider bread! Plus...we'll be making some spooky popcorn! Come see me! Class is free!

Preparing Wisely 
144 S Mesa Drive Suite D
Mesa, AZ  85210
(480) 964-3077

Homemade Tortilla Tutorial Workshop

Come join me for homemade tortilla basics using corn and flour ingredients as well as some samples of fantastic roasted corn and black bean chicken quesadillas made from 100% food storage! You'll never look at your pantry the same way a good way!

I hope you'll join me!

Always My Very Best,
Your Friend Chef Tess


Anonymous said...

This looks awesome! altho now that I'm working on gluten free in our household, can I substitute a gluten free flour blend for the flour?

Chef Tess said...

Yes! I'd suggest Danelle's Signature All Purpose flour or I also have a full tutorial on whole grain gluten free flour that I use.

Anonymous said...

thank you so much!