Gourmet

Escargot Sous Vide

escargot sous videServes 4

For the snails

  • 24 large (about 200 g) French helix snails, canned, and their shells
  • 1 ½ cup (320 ml) mushroom stock, frozen*
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced small
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and diced small
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) coarse salt
  • ¼ teaspoon (0.6 ml) black pepper
  • 1 or 2 sprigs thyme, stripped for leaves


For serving

  • ½ stick (56g) butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) shallot, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) minced roasted garlic (jarred)
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.25 ml) sea salt
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) very dry white wine
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) parsley, finely chopped

DIRECTIONS

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 154F/68C.
  2. Soak the snails to clean and trim away and discard the stomach and intestines, if present.
  3. Put snails and all remaining ingredients into a cooking pouch and vacuum seal.
  4. Submerge in the water oven to cook for 5 to 6 hours.
  5. Remove the pouch, open, and drain the pouch juices into a bowl. Reserve juices.
  6. Separate the snails from the vegetables; discard the vegetables.

To finish

  1. In a sauté pan, melt the butter over medium heat.
  2. Add the shallot and garlic and cook until the shallot is translucent.
  3. Deglaze the pan with the white wine.
  4. Add the parsley and the snails and toss to coat with the butter.
  5. Put the snails back into their shells for serving. Drizzle a bit of the remaining herbed butter from the pan onto each one.
  6. Serve with crusty bread.

Grass-fed Beef Tenderloin Steaks with Morel Cream

Beef Tenderloin with Morel Cream Sous Vide Supreme…and Morel Pomegranate Sauce
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the steaks

  • ¼ ounce (7 g) porcini powder or dried porcini mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.3 ml) truffle salt (we suggest 10% truffle salt)
  • 4 grass-fed beef tenderloin steaks

For the morel cream

  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • ¼ pound (113 g) fresh morels (or ½ ounce (14 g) dried morels, rehydrated)
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) salt
  • 1/4 cup + ½ teaspoon (62.5 ml) sweet Marsala wine
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) mushroom stock (or the rehydration liquid)
  • 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 ml) sherry vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.3 ml) freshly ground black pepper


For the morel and pomegranate pan sauce

  • 3 tablespoons (57 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 g) minced shallots
  • ¼ teaspoon (1.3 ml) truffle salt, or to taste (we suggest 10% truffle salt)
  • ¼ pound (450 g) fresh morels (or ½ ounce (14 g) dried morels, rehydrated)
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) unsweetened pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) Marsala wine
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) mushroom stock (or the rehydration liquid)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh pomegranate arils (seeds), for garnish

Recommended Side: Orange and Garlic Wilted Spinach

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme water oven to 134F/56.5C for medium rare or your preferred temperature for steak.
  2. If using dried porcinis instead of powder, grind them into a fine powder in a spice grinder or clean coffee grinder.
  3. If using dried morels instead of fresh, rehydrate the morels for both the cream and pan sauce in 1 cup (240 ml) of water for 2 to 4 hours. Strain and reserve the rehydration liquid, if needed.
  4. Mix the truffle salt with the porcini powder and season the tenderloin steaks on all sides with mixture
  5. Put the steaks into cooking pouches and vacuum seal.
  6. Submerge the pouch(es) in the water oven to cook for at least 2 hours and up to 6 hours for grass-fed beef. (Minimum cooking times should be based on thickness of the tenderloin, according to the Time and Temperature chart.)
  7. Meanwhile make the Morel Cream:
    1. Thinly slice the morels.
    2. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat, add the extra virgin olive oil, morels, black pepper and salt.
    3. Cook the morels until they release their liquid and begin to brown (about 5 to 6 minutes.)
    4. Deglaze the pan with ¼ cup (60 ml) of the Marsala wine and cook until all liquid has evaporated.
    5. Add the cream and the mushroom stock (or rehydration liquid) and continue to cook for 1 to 2 more minutes.
    6. Transfer the morel mixture to a blender. Add the sherry vinegar, remaining ½ teaspoon of Marsala, and blend until smooth. Taste, then add salt and pepper, as necessary.
    7. Reserve the finished morel cream in a small saucepan to reheat when needed or pour into a small zip-closure cooking pouch, evacuate the air using the displacement method (Archimedes’ Principle) and zip the seal. Keep warm or reheat in the water oven along with the steaks.

Finish the steaks and make the Morel & Pomegranate Pan Sauce

  1. Slice the morels into thin rings.
  2. Remove the pouches from the water bath, take the steaks from the pouches, and using paper towels, dry off any surface moisture.
  3. On the stovetop, heat a sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add one teaspoon (5 ml/4 g) each of the olive oil and butter.
  4. Quickly sear the steaks on all sides until they develop a brown crust. They’re already perfectly cooked on the inside; you just want that crust. Remove the steaks to a plate and cover them loosely with aluminum foil.
  5. Add a tablespoon (14 g/15 ml) each of butter and olive oil to the same pan; add the shallots and cook them for 2 to 3 minutes, until they soften.
  6. Add the morels, truffle salt, and black pepper. Sauté gently until the morels are tender and caramelized (about 6 to 8 minutes).
  7. Add the pomegranate juice, Marsala, and mushroom stock. Simmer the liquid, scraping any bits off the bottom of the pan, until the sauce has reduced enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 3 to 5 minutes).
  8. Stir in the last tablespoon (14 g) of butter.
  9. Taste the sauce and add additional truffle salt, if desired.
  10. Reheat the truffle cream, if needed.

To plate

  1. Put a spoonful of the morel cream onto the plate.
  2. Arrange steak slices on top.
  3. Finish with the pan sauce and pomegranate arils.
  4. Serve with Orange and Wilted Spinach Salad or your choice of sides.

20-Hour Sous Vide Oxtail Stew on Creamy Mustard Mash

20-Hour SousVide Oxtail Stew on Creamy Mustard Mash

Courtesy of Cook Sister www.cooksister.com
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the oxtail

  • 4 pounds (1.8 kg) oxtail pieces
  • 8 small to medium whole onions, unpeeled
  • 1 full bulb (head) garlic, unpeeled
  • 1/2 cup (100g) Demerara Sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) white wine
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon (0.5 ml) ground cloves
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

For the sauce

  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon (20 g) butter
  • 2 sticks of celery, finely diced
  • 1 medium leek, well washed and thinly sliced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into half-moons
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) English mustard
  • 15 ounces (450 g) cooking liquid from the oxtail
  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) onion puree from the oxtail
  • 10 closed cup mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • A pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) cornstarch, for thickening, only if needed

For serving

  • 2 cups (480 ml) prepared mashed potatoes, made with plenty of butter, and a tablespoon (15 ml) of English mustard stirred in

 

INSTRUCTIONS

First roast the onions and garlic

  1. Preheat the traditional oven to 400F/200C.
  2. Rinse and dry the whole onions and garlic but do not peel them.
  3. Place them on a lined baking tray in the preheated oven and roast for 15 minutes.
  4. Remove the garlic and allow the onions to roast for a further 35 minutes.
  5. Allow the onions and garlic to cool until they are easy to handle, then squeeze the roasted garlic pulp and onion pulp from the skins into a small saucepan; you will find it comes our very easily.
  6. Add the wine, sugar, and seasonings and bring to the boil; reduce heat and simmer for 10 to15 minutes.
  7. Using an immersion blender, puree the onion mixture to a thick pulp and allow it to cool completely. (Alternatively, use a jar blender, but let the mixture cool a bit before blending.)

Cook the oxtails

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 180F/82C.
  2. Put the oxtail pieces in two small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the onion puree to each pouch, fold and clip the open ends, and put into the freezer for 15 minutes, so that the onion mix begins to solidify to prevent its being sucked up into the suction portal when sealing the pouch)
  4. Vacuum seal the pouches and submerge in the water oven to cook for 20 hours.
  5. After 20 hours, remove the oxtail from the vacuum pouches, pass the accumulated pouch liquid through a sieve, and set aside to cool (in a rush, put into the refrigerator.)
  6. Once the liquid cools, scoop the solidified fat off the top, leaving the rest of the sauce, which should have set to a jelly.
  7. Flake the meat from the bones, while still warm, and pull it apart with a pair of forks. Remove any large chunks of fat.

Make the sauce and finish

  1. In a large saucepan, on the stovetop, melt the butter and sauté the leeks, carrots and celery until beginning to soften.
  2. Add the flaked oxtail meat, cooking jelly, mustard, and onion puree. Bring to the boil and then reduce heat to simmer, covered, for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Add the mushrooms only in the last 5 minutes.
  4. Check for seasoning and add salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste. (If the sauce is a little too thin, stir in a little cornstarch mixed with cold water.)

Serve on mashed potatoes made with plenty of butter and a tablespoon of English mustard stirred in.

Chef Raymond Blanc’s “Grilled” Turbot

With Caramelised Fennel and Red Wine Sauce
Courtesy of Chef Raymond Blanc

Chef Raymond Blanc's “Grilled” Turbot

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the turbot

  • 4 (5 ounce/150g) turbot steaks, cut through the bone
  • 3 pinches (3 g) sea salt
  • 2 pinches (2 g) white pepper, freshly ground

For the fennel flames

  • 1 small fennel bulb, cut into quarters through the root
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 pod star anise
  • 2 pods cardamom
  • 2 pinches (2 g) salt
  • 1 pinch (1 g) black pepper

For the red wine sauce

  • 4 ounces (120g) flat fish bones, chopped to 1-1/2 inches (3 cm)
  • 2 tablespoons (28 g) butter, unsalted
  • 1 small (about 60g) banana shallot, peeled and finely sliced
  • 1-1/2 cups (100g ) button mushrooms, finely sliced
  • 1 cup (250ml) red wine, boiled quickly and reduced by half
  • 12 ounces (350ml) brown chicken stock, boiled quickly and reduced by half (see
  • recipe)
  • ¼ pod star anise
  • ½ licorice root, chopped
  • ½ clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) arrowroot, dissolved in 1 tablespoon (15 ml) water

 

INSTRUCTIONS

For the fennel flames

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 185F/85C.
  2. Put the fennel flames, seasonings, and spices into a cooking pouch and vacuum seal.
  3. Submerge the pouch and cook for 1 hour, until tender.
  4. Remove the pouch from the water bath and set aside to drain and to cool to room temperature before draining on to a tray and pat dry.
  5. In a large frying pan over medium high heat, caramelise the flames in 2 tablespoons of olive oil for 2-3 minutes until golden on one side.
  6. Season and leave them to cool in the pan until needed.

For the turbot

  1. Fill and preheat the water bath to 131F/55C (or if already heated for fennel, cool bath down with ice or cold water).
  2. Season the turbot with the salt and pepper.
  3. On a very hot griddle pan sear the flesh of the turbot for 35-45 seconds on either side to give dark hash marks.
  4. Put the fillets into small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches and vacuum seal.
  5. Submerge the pouch in the water oven and cook the fish for 30 minutes.
  6. While the turbot is cooking, make the red wine sauce.

For the red wine sauce

  1. Over medium heat in a large non-stick sauté pan, fry the fish bones in the butter for 2 minutes until lightly golden.
  2. Add the shallots and mushrooms and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients, bring to the boil, reduce heat to low and gently simmer for 10 minutes, skimming any impurities that rise to the surface.
  4. Stir in the diluted arrowroot, and allow it to thicken for one minute.
  5. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  6. Strain through a fine sieve, and reserve at room temperature until needed.

To finish and serve

  1. Pre-heat the traditional oven to 300F/150C.
  2. Put the fennel flames into the oven for 4 minutes to heat through. Re-warm the red wine sauce in a small sauce pan on the stove.
  3. Remove turbot from the pouch.

To dress the plate

  1. Arrange some of the fennel flames on the plate.
  2. Top with the fish.
  3. Spoon the sauce in and around the plate.

Additional notes from Chef Blanc

  • You could use a cast iron grilling pan on the flesh of the fish, this will give you a lovely criss-cross effect, but this is only optional. It will also introduce a wonderful, smoky flavour. The fish must be completely dry and the grill very hot or it will stick.
  • Tips for roasting the cardamom pods: By roasting the nuts and seeds you accentuate the flavours and also destroy some of the negative nutritional compounds known as phytates that can block the absorption of certain nutrients in the gut. By soaking the seeds and then dry roasting them you increase the flavours and improve the texture.
  • Variation: A simple tomato jus with garlic, basil and thyme would also work very well with this dish in place of the red wine sauce.

Sous Vide Black Pepper and Port Foie Gras

Courtesy of Chef Sean Heather
Serves 4 to 6

1 lobe (400 – 500 g) foie gras
1 tablespoon (16 g) kosher salt
1 ½ teaspoon (8 g) freshly cracked black pepper
2 ounces plus 2 teaspoons (70 ml) tawny port

Directions

1) Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 132F/55.5C
2) Bring foie gras to room temperature and remove all veins to the best of your ability.
3) Season the foie gras with the salt, pepper and port.
4) Form the foie gras into a shape of a log; wrap in plastic wrap (cling film) really tightly and refrigerate overnight.
5) Put the wrapped log into a cooking pouch and vacuum seal. (Do not let the vacuum crush the log.)
6) Submerge the pouch in the water bath and cook for 40 minutes.
7) After the 40 minutes, immediately plunge the pouch into an ice water bath to chill, about 15 to 20 minutes.
8) Remove the foie from the pouch, remove the plastic wrap, and serve.

To serve:
Slice the foie gras and serve with preserved fruits (tart or sweet) , honey or pickled vegetables.

Maple Soy Cured Sous Vide Salmon Belly

Courtesy of Stephane Lemangnen (zencancook.com)
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the cured salmon belly

  • 1 pound (454 g) King salmon belly
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) dark amber maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) soy sauce

For the stir-fry and soy ginger vinaigrette

  • 4 ounces (114 g) soy beans, blanched
  • 4 ounces (114 g) boiled peanuts
  • 4 ounces (114 g) shimeji mushrooms
  • pickled eggplant
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) rice vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) maple syrup
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) soy sauce
  • 1– inch (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger – peeled and finely grated
  • ½ cup (120 ml) peanut oil

To finish the dish

  • 1 charcoal grill
  • Binchō-tan charcoal
  • Fleur de sel

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. First, cure the salmon belly
    1. Combine the soy sauce and the maple syrup in a small bowl.
    2. Put the salmon belly into a cooking pouch or zip-closure bag and pour the mixture over it.
    3. Seal the pouch and marinate, refrigerated, for 24 hours.
  2. When ready to cook, fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 122F/50C.
  3. Remove the salmon from the marinade; discard the marinade.
  4. Put the salmon belly into a clean cooking pouch and vacuum seal. (Vacuum on low if your sealer has this setting.)
  5. Submerge the pouch in the water and cook for 20 minutes.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare the stir-fry and soy ginger vinaigrette:
    1. In a stir-fry pan heat some peanut oil.
    2. In a bowl, combine the blanched soy beans, the boiled peanuts and the shimeji mushrooms.
    3. Season with salt and pepper and stir-fry for 30 seconds.
    4. Add the pickled eggplant (found at Japanese stores) and cook for a few seconds more.
    5. Keep warm.
    6. Combine the rice vinegar, the maple syrup, the soy sauce and the grated ginger in a small bowl. Add the peanut oil and whisk until emulsified. Set aside.

To finish the dish:

  1. Prepare a charcoal grill outdoors or in a very well-ventilated place.
  2. When the fire has subsided and the coals are red hot place a grill on top.
  3. Grill the salmon on the hot coals until nicely caramelized on the outside.
  4. Sprinkle with fleur de sel.
  5. Serve with the soy bean stir-fry and the soy-ginger vinaigrette on the side.

Halibut Beurre Rouge

…with Shaved Asparagus, Morels, and Heirloom Potatoes
Courtesy of Chef Phillip Foss, EL Ideas, Chicago, Illinois

Serves 4

Halibut Beurre Rouge

Cooking time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS

  • 4 (6 oz/180 g each) halibut fillets
  • 1 stick (4 oz/113 g) unsalted butter
  • Salt, to taste
  • 4 sprigs thyme

For the plating

  • Heirloom Potatoes (recipe follows)
  • Shaved Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • Morels (recipe follows)
  • Beurre Rouge (recipe follows)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

For the halibut

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme water oven to 132°F (55.5C).
  2. Season the halibut on both sides with salt.
  3. Put the fillets, two to a pouch, into small (1 quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches, along with the butter and sprigs of thyme and vacuum seal.
  4. Submerge the pouches in the water bath and cook for 20 minutes.
  5. Remove and keep warm.

Chef’s Recommended Plating

  1. Arrange the heirloom potatoes in the center of heated plates and spoon the beurre rouge around them.
  2. Scatter a few morels around the dish.
  3. Remove the halibut from the pouch and very gently place a fillet atop the potatoes.
  4. Gently position a pile of shaved asparagus atop the halibut and serve.

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Thai Glazed Pork Ribs

with Watermelon Jicama Salsa

Watch the Sous Vide Gourmet Cooking Video Series to see how to prepare this dish.Thai Glazed Pork Ribs

Courtesy of Chef Jason Wilson, Crush, Seattle, WA
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds (1.5 kg) baby back pork ribs

For the glaze

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) peeled, sliced garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) chopped lemongrass
  • 1 cup (240 ml) soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) finely chopped ginger
  • 10 kaffir lime leaves (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt

For the salsa

  • 1/2 pound (227 g) fresh jicama, peeled and diced
  • 2 pods star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) finely chopped red jalapenos
  • 2 cups (300 g) fresh watermelon, peeled and diced
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) Chinese five spice powder
  • 10 leaves fresh mint, roughly chopped

For fresh herb garnish

  • 10 leaves fresh Thai basil, roughly chopped
  • 10 stems fresh cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 scallions, green and white parts, chopped
  • 10 leaves fresh mint, finely chopped

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 160F/71C.
  2. Separate the pork rack into individual ribs and reserve refrigerated.
  3. In a non-reactive saucepan over medium heat, whisk together the hoisin, garlic, lemongrass, soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, ginger, kaffir lime leaves and kosher salt and simmer until the sugar has melted, about 15 minutes, to make a glaze.
  4. Put 4 to 6 ribs in an even single layer into several small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches.
  5. Soak the ribs with the glaze mixture to coat them thoroughly, evenly distributing the glaze among the pouches, and vacuum seal them.
  6. Submerge the pouches in the water oven and cook for 18 hours.
  7. When the ribs are cooked, remove the pouches and plunge them into an ice water bath for 30 minutes.
  8. Reset the temperature of the SousVide Supreme to 150F/65C, adding a little cold water to the bath to hasten the cooling.
  9. Meanwhile, open the pouches and pour the sauce and accumulated liquid into a saucepan over medium heat to simmer for 15minutes.
  10. In a bowl, toss the jicama with the star anise, cinnamon, lime juice and jalapenos, pour into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch and vacuum seal.
  11. Submerge the pouch and cook for 15 minutes.
  12. Put the watermelon in an even layer into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch, generously sprinkle all over with the five spice powder, and vacuum seal.
  13. Submerge the pouch and cook alongside the jicama for an additional 5 minutes.
  14. Remove the jicama and watermelon from their pouches, chop more finely if necessary, and toss them with their juices and the finely chopped mint to make the salsa.
  15. Season the salsa with a little of kosher salt to your taste and set aside.
  16. Preheat the traditional oven broiler to high.
  17. Put the ribs on a broiling pan, brush them with the sauce reduction and broil for 8 to 10 minutes to caramelize.
  18. Remove ribs from broiler and serve with the salsa. Garnish the plate with chopped fresh herbs and scallions.

Saffron-scented Halibut

with Tomato Basil Compote and Zucchini

Saffron-scented Halibut

Watch the Sous Vide Gourmet Cooking Video Series to see how to prepare this dish.

Courtesy of Chef Jason Wilson (Crush, Seattle WA)

Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the halibut

  • 4 (5 ounce/150 g) halibut fillets, fresh and boneless
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons (30 to 45 ml) kosher or sea salt, divided use
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) fish (or vegetable) stock
  • 3 tablespoons (15 ml) butter
  • 15 threads Spanish saffron
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) orange zest, chopped well
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil, divided use
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) finely chopped shallots
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) water

For the tomato compote

  • 1/2 cup (120 g) fresh cherry tomatoes, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) fresh chopped basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon (7.5 ml) ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) orange zest, chopped well

For the zucchini

  • 2 whole green zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chopped mint
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon (5 ml) chopped parsley
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) minced chives (for garnish)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 140F/60C.
  2. Cut the halibut into thick, even cubes, season it with a little salt, and set aside.
  3. In a saucepan over low heat, simmer the fish stock, butter, saffron, orange zest, and a pinch of salt and whisk for 3 minutes.
  4. Put the fillets, two to a pouch, into small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches and pour the saffron and butter mixture over the fish, dividing it evenly between the pouches.
  5. Vacuum seal the pouches and set aside.
  6. In a saucepan over medium high heat, warm 2 tablespoons (30 ml) of the olive oil; toast the garlic in the oil until golden, then add the shallots and water and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Add the tomatoes, basil, black pepper and orange zest to the saucepan and stir to combine. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  8. Put the tomato mixture into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch, vacuum seal, and set aside.
  9. Trim the ends from the zucchini and season with the remaining olive oil, a bit of salt, the lemon zest and parsley.
  10. Put the zucchini into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch and vacuum seal.
  11. Submerge all the pouches in the water oven and set the timer for 12 minutes.
  12. Remove the zucchini and tomato compote pouches and reset the timer for 5 minutes to finish cooking the fish.
  13. Meanwhile, using a vegetable peeler, make ‘ribbons’ of zucchini and toss them with the residual liquid from the cooking pouch. Fold the ribbons and arrange them on the serving plate.
  14. Remove the fish and plate it on a bed of zucchini ribbons, topped with the tomato compote and a sprinkling of fresh chives.

Tuscan Rib Eye Steak

With Bacon Potatoes & Balsamic Onions

Courtesy of Chef Jason Wilson (Crush, Seattle)
Serves 4

Watch the Sous Vide Gourmet Cooking Video Series to see how to prepare this dish.

INGREDIENTS

For the potatoes

  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) rendered bacon fat
  • 4 sprigs thyme
  • kosher salt as needed to season
  • 3/4 pound (12 ounces/135g) fingerling potatoes, washed

For the onions

  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) honey
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) orange zest
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt
  • 2/3 cup (5 ounces/87g) sliced red onions

For the steaks

  • 4 tablespoons (60 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) ground fennel
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) chopped anchovies
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) chopped rosemary
  • 4 (10 to 12 ounce/300 to 360 g) natural boneless rib eye steaks

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill and preheat the SousVide Supreme to 168F/75.5C.
  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add the bacon fat, thyme, and 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt and simmer for 2 minutes.
  3. Slice the fingerling potatoes into 1/2-inch (1.25 cm) coins, toss them in bacon fat; put the fat mixture and potatoes into a large (gallon/3.8 liter) cooking pouch and vacuum seal.
  4. Submerge the pouch in the water oven and cook for 40 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, simmer the honey, butter, orange zest, and balsamic vinegar for 5 minutes.
  6. Season the onions with kosher salt, add them to the skillet and toss to coat.
  7. Pour the onions into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch and vacuum seal.
  8. Submerge the pouch of onions in the water oven and cook them, along with the potatoes, for 30 minutes.
  9. When the cooking time for the vegetables has elapsed, reset the temperature of the water oven to 134F/56.5C. Add some cold water or ice cubes to drop the temperature more quickly. (If you have room, you can leave the vegetables in the water along with the steaks. If not, remove and wrap the vegetable pouches in foil to keep warm.)
  10. Meanwhile make the marinade, in a skillet over medium heat; warm 2 tablespoons of the olive oil and simmer the garlic until golden brown, roughly 4 minutes, then add the black pepper, fennel, anchovies, parsley and rosemary. Remove from heat.
  11. Lightly season the steaks with kosher salt and rub the marinade over both sides.
  12. Put the steaks into individual small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches and vacuum seal.
  13. Submerge the steaks in the water oven and cook for 30 minutes.
  14. Heat a lightly oiled grill or cast iron pan to high heat, remove the steaks from the vacuum pouch, and finish them with a quick sear to caramelize the surface.
  15. Warm the potatoes and onions, if needed, and plate the dish.

For presentation: Layer the potatoes on the plate and nest the onions to the side.  Slice the steak and arrange it atop the potatoes and onions.  Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh chives, a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil, a sprinkle of black pepper, and a drizzle of the sauce from the onions.

Herb Roasted Pheasant Breast

With Asparagus & Pickled Mushrooms

Herb Roasted Pheasant Breast #sousvideWatch the Sous Vide Gourmet Cooking Video Series to see how to prepare this dish.

Courtesy of Chef Jason Wilson, Crush, Seattle, WA
Serves 4

INGREDIENTS

For the pheasant

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) butter
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped thyme
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped chives
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped parsley
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped sage
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) finely chopped shallots
  • ½ cup (120 ml) chicken stock
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) kosher salt or sea salt
  • 4 (5-ounce/150 g each) boneless pheasant breasts, skin on (organic chicken can be substituted)
  • Olive oil for final sear

For the asparagus

  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) finely chopped mint
  • 12 spears large fresh asparagus, trimmed and 2/3 length of stalks peeled

For the mushrooms

  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) pickling spice
  • 2 tablespoons (30 ml) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) Champagne vinegar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) apple juice
  • Kosher Salt as needed to season to taste.
  • 1 cup (59 g) gourmet mushrooms (chanterelles, morels, oyster, porcini)

 

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Fill and preheat the Sous Vide Supreme to 146F/63.5C.
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter and add the thyme, chives, parsley, sage, shallots, chicken stock, and salt and simmer for 3 minutes, whisking lightly.
  3. Season the pheasant lightly with salt on both sides and put them, two to a pouch, into small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouches.
  4. Spoon the herb mixture over the pheasant breasts, dividing the mixture evenly between the pouches, and vacuum seal.
  5. Submerge the pouches in the water oven and cook for 35 minutes. (Set the timer.)
  6. Meanwhile, in a skillet over medium heat, simmer the garlic in extra virgin olive oil with a pinch of salt; add the mint and lemon zest and continue to cook for 4 minutes.
  7. Add the asparagus to the skillet and toss to coat with the herbed oil; put the spears, in a single layer, side by side, into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch, and vacuum seal. Set aside.
  8. Next, prepare the pickling brine. In a saucepan, whisk together the pickling spice, sugar, 2 teaspoons of kosher salt, vinegar and apple juice and simmer for 5 minutes.
  9. Put the mushrooms into a small (quart/0.9 liter) cooking pouch, pour the pickling brine over the mushrooms and vacuum seal.
  10. When the timer indicates that the pheasant has cooked for 35 minutes, add the asparagus and mushroom pouches to the water oven and reset timer for 10 minutes.
  11. Remove all items from the water bath when the timer sounds.
  12. To finish, heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Remove the pheasant breast from its pouch and sauté until golden brown on both sides.
  13. Plate the dish.