1In a large saucepan over medium-high heat, warm 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the yellow onion, sprinkle with salt, and sear, without stirring, until browned, about 5 minutes. Stir in the leek, garlic, ginger, dried mushrooms, and 6 cups water and deglaze the pan, stirring and scraping up any browned bits from the bottom. Reduce the heat to medium-low, partially cover the pan and simmer until fragrant, about 1 hour. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl and discard the solids.
2Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F. Add the sweet potatoes to a baking sheet and drizzle with a little oil; toss and spread into an even layer. Cut the top quarter of the head of garlic off and discard. Drizzle the cut side of the garlic head with a little oil and wrap with foil. Add to the sheet pan. Roast, stirring the potatoes occasionally, until tender and tinged with brown, and the garlic is very tender. Remove from the oven.
3Squeeze the garlic cloves into a blender and add 1/3 cup of the roasted sweet potatoes with 1/2 cup broth. Puree until smooth and add to the broth.
4In the saucepan over medium heat, add the remaining 1 tablespoon of oil. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring, until tender. Add the broth and season to taste with soy sauce. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover partially, and simmer until warmed through. Whisk in the miso.
5Divide the noodles evenly among individual bowls. Ladle the broth over the noodles, dividing them evenly, then top with the roasted sweet potatoes. Sprinkle with the green onions and serve.
In this episode of Chow-to, Guillermo visits a Greenwich Village institution for all things English, Tea and Sympathy. He meets with Nicky Perry (owner and founder) to learn her family’s easy recipe for beef shepherd’s pie (which technically in modern British English is a cottage pie). No matter what you call it, this quarantine-friendly comfort dish uses some ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, and will make you feel cozy all year round. This is an excellent way to make something delicious and inexpensive (you only need ground meat, potatoes, carrots and frozen peas!) that will last for a couple of days, making it perfect for cooking during lockdown.
In this episode of Chow-To, Guillermo meets with Francesca Chaney, the youngest restaurateur in Brooklyn, at her vegan café Sol Sips. Francesca teaches Guillermo how to make vegan cultured butter using coconut oil , creating not only a healthier and tastier alternative to the commonly found substitutes (looking at you margarine), but also an affordable option compared to store-bought. Cultured vegan butter can be used as a tasty spread or browned and used for baking as well. Francesca was named one of Eater’s Young Guns ’19, as recognition of her culinary talent and her amazing community work out of Bushwick. Her plan is to offer affordable wellness to underserved customers, and make sure her products are accessible to all.
MasterChef and Chopped judge, cookbook author, philanthropist, and owner of Mexican restaurant Johnny Sánchez in New Orleans, chef Aarón Sánchez joins Joey Skladany for a Take 5. Interview The James Beard award-winner shares his favorite pantry staples, nacho tips, and the plant-friendly chef he’s following on social media to get inspired in the kitchen.
We kick off our new mini-season of CHOW-TO with an episode about the Instagram-famous pancakes you've definitely seen in your feed. Back before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered restaurants in New York, senior video producer Guillermo Riveros visited Tom Yang, co-founder of Japanese ice cream shop Taiyaki, to learn how to make their ridiculously fluffy Japanese souffle pancakes. Since you're not able to stand in line to get these dreamy breakfast treats, you may as well make your own copycat creation at home! These are definitely the cure for all the brunch dates you've been missing during quarantine.
Senior video producer Guillermo Riveros is cooking up Colombian dishes while social distancing as a way to find comfort during these difficult times through dishes that remind him of his family and home. Here he shows us how to make an extra cheesy version of traditional white arepas and a super easy sauce to eat them with called hogao.
In this episode of Kitchen Essentials, we visit chef Matt Hyland, at his celebrated pizza restaurant Emmy Squared in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The specialty at Emmy is Detroit-Style pizza, so Matt talks us through his essential tools to make these pies. We start with the squared pan that has roots in the automotive industry, followed by the flat-bottom ladle he uses to create stripes with the sauce. We then look at the clamp the chef uses to bring the pizza out of the oven, finish with his trusty pizza cutter, and a cooling rack, essential for keeping the pies crunchy.