Chef Aaron catches up with a beautiful ol' friend from Season Four of The Next Food Network Star - Kelsey Nixon.
Since we all remember Kelsey's amazing Macadamia Encrusted Tilapia recipe from the Next Food Network Star - Big Daddy decided to keep the fresh sea theme going with his own Blackened Salmon with Blue Cheese Sauce, an awesome Lemon Pepper Orzo and a bed of Spicy Swiss Chard greens and an appetizing set of Shrimp Potstickers.
Aaron seasoned the salmon with a rub composed of Italian seasoning, black pepper, paprika, salt and cayenne.
Fish were cooked a coupe of minutes on each side in a large skillet with melted butter and oil. He then transferred the pan into the oven and the happy fish were on their way
Chef created a quick blue cheese sauce by reducing white wine and heavy cream in a medium sauce pan. After adding blue cheese the mixture was whisked until smooth.
He turned off the heat and stirred in grated Parmesan cheese, mascarpone cheese, butter, cream, chives and about a teaspoon of lemon zest.
Chef completed the day by chopping up 1/2 pound of rock shrimp and mixed it in a large bowl with garlic, shallots, parsley, napa cabbage, mascarpone cheese and lemon juice
He then proceeded to lay 12 won ton wrappers on a flat surface and placed 1 tablespoon of the shrimp filling in the center of each wrapper. He then wet edges with an egg wash and brought all sides together with a pinch.
Potstickers were then steamed in a steaming pan for 6-8 minutes and then seared in a large skillet pan slicked with peanut oil. Of course chef wasn't going to leave those potstickers naked so he created a Ponzu dipping sauce composed of soy sauce, orange juice, rice wine vinegar, scallions and some red pepper flakes for heat.
LINKS / RECIPES
WEBSITE- Kelsey's Kitchen
RECIPE - Kelsey's Macadamia Encrusted Tilapia
RECIPE - Chef Aaron's Lemon Pepper Orzo
RECIPE - Chef Aaron's Shrimp Potstickers
RECIPE - Chef Aaron's Spicy Swiss Chard
RECIPE - Chef Aaron's Blackened Salmon with Blue Cheese Sauce