Executive Chef Jeff Alexander Shares his “SIGNATURE” Recipes for Great Gourmet Grilling


Just in time for the summer grilling season and Memorial Day, Chef Jeff Anderson will share his chef-inspired secrets for grilling and creating recipes that will wow a crowd at any summer gathering. He’s out to prove that using quality ingredients are essential for summer entertaining and backyard barbecues – and don’t forget about dessert, too! As the Executive Chef, Jeff Anderson is responsible for developing new product ideas and recipes. The award-winning chef is committed to food excellence, so on May 18 he’ll reveal his newly-developed series of summer recipes – including his Coffee Crusted Burger and Ice Cream & Bacon Parfaits – using ingredients from exclusive product lines, including:

QUALITY COMMITMENT —Consider traditional items that are better-for-you with no added hormones or antibiotics, just delicious flavor that everyone can enjoy
CHEF-INSPIRED — Chef Jeff explains how to create chef-quality dishes at home that will wow your guests – and, it’s easier than you might think!
HAVE FUN! — Chef Jeff’s recipes will appeal to kids, adults and even the pickiest of eaters…and don’t forget to listen up for his summer dessert ideas, too!

Coffee-Crusted Burger

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings Per Recipe: 4 burgers
Serving Size: 1 burger

Coffee Crust:
1/2 cup Signature SELECT™ French roast coffee beans, whole
1 Tbs coriander seed, toasted
1 tsp cumin seed, toasted
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 Tbs sea salt
1 Tbs fresh ground black pepper
2 Tbs brown sugar
1 tsp crushed red chili flake

1 lb Open Nature® ground beef
4 Tbs coffee crust
4 slices sourdough bread (note: burger is served open face, if top is desired add additional 4 slice bread)
6 Tbs mayonnaise
8 thick red onion slices
8 thick heirloom tomato slices
2 cups arugula
8 avocado slices
4 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
non-stick spray

Prepare the coffee crust:
Dry-toast coriander and cumin seed in cast iron pan over low to medium heat, until aromatic.
Grind coffee beans in coffee grinder.
Combine and grind coriander, cumin, sea salt, black pepper and chili flake. Add together coffee, spices, garlic and sugar, reserve for seasoning burgers.
Divide ground beef into four equal portions, shape into uniform patties. Season formed patties with coffee crust on both sides.
Heat grill to medium-high, season grates with non-stick spray or oil.
Place burger onto grill surface and allow to cook for 3-4 minutes per side.
Toast sourdough bread on the grill, toast both sides. Dress bread with mayonnaise, then build burger in the following order: arugula, tomato, burger, onion, avocado and extra virgin olive oil.

Signature Apple-Ginger Soda Spritzer

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Servings Per Recipe: 4
Serving Size: 1 glass of soda spritzer

1/4 cup ginger, peeled and grated
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 cups water
2 cups ice cubes
Signature Kitchens® apple juice
2 Tbs ginger syrup
2 cups soda water
2 Tbs lime juice, fresh-squeezed
4 lime wedges, sliced

To prepare ginger syrup: in a small sauce pot, combine ginger, sugar and water and bring to a boil.
Once syrup is brought to a boil, reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook down to 1/2 cup. Then, strain and reserve.
In a large pitcher, combine ice, apple juice, ginger syrup, soda water and lime juice, then stir to mix.

Divide between 4 large glasses, adding extra ice as desired. Top with sliced lime wedges and enjoy!

Signature Brown Sugar Bacon Parfait

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Servings Per Recipe: 2
Serving Size: 1 parfait

Brown Sugar Bacon:
6 slices Signature Farms® hickory bacon
3 Tbs brown sugar
2 large pinches ground black pepper

4, 2-ounce scoops Signature SELECT™ vanilla ice cream
4 Tbs brown sugar bacon (several whole pieces, several crumbled)
4 Tbs crunchy peanut butter
4 sprigs mint leaf
2 shakes powdered sugar

Steps (Directions):

Preheat oven to 450°. Arrange strips of bacon onto “crinkled” aluminum foil sheet.
Sprinkle brown sugar and black pepper onto each strip. Bake for 6-8 minutes, then check for doneness. The bacon should take 10-12 minutes to get crispy. Once done, remove from oven, cool slightly and use for parfait.
Chill serving glasses prior to preparing the parfait. Scoop out 4, 2-ounce scoops of ice cream.

Layer parfait glass beginning with vanilla ice cream, then peanut butter and crumbled brown sugar bacon. Repeat layers.

Finish each parfait with a large piece of brown sugar bacon and top with a mint leaf and shake of powdered sugar.

Drizzle glaze over warm cake.

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