Cooking with Sun King: Holiday Treats

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Impress your friends and your family this holiday season with these delicious holiday treats!  Chef Steven Unrue has been busy in the kitchen bringing you not one but TWO Cooking with Sun King recipes that will be sure to delight all of your guests over the holidays.


Start your evening with The Velvet Fog Bacon Wrapped Dates.  They've got a bit of a kick to them that will be sure to make your taste buds happy.  Close out our dinner party with something sweet.  Java Mac Chocolate Chip Cookies!



The Velvet Fog Bacon Wrapped Dates

Servings: 6 / Active Prep Time: 20 min / Total Time: 1 hr 10 min


Ingredients for Bacon Wrapped Dates:


2 lbs Medjool dates (about 24)

1 lb Mexican style chorizo sausage

12 strips Smoking Goose Applewood smoked bacon

2 jars piquillo peppers (most jars are around 7.6 ounces)

1 14.5-oz can good-quality tomatoes

8 oz (about 1 cup) The Velvet Fog Beer

Salt to taste


Directions for Bacon Wrapped Dates:


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.


Using a paring knife, make a small slit in each of the dates, then push out the pit.


Fill each date with chorizo, but not so much that the meat is overflowing.


Slice the bacon strips in half crosswise to create two pieces out of each strip. Wrap each date with one of the half-slice segments of bacon. Place on a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 40 minutes. Once the chorizo has cooked through (you can slice a date in half to test), crank up the temperature to broil and transfer the tray to the broiler for a couple of minutes to crisp up the bacon, keeping an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t burn.


While the dates are baking, make the sauce. Add the peppers, tomatoes, and beer together in a medium saucepan and cook slowly over medium-low heat for the entire time the dates bake. Season with salt to taste, then puree the sauce until almost smooth but still with some body; think thin salsa texture. (A handheld immersion blender works great, but a countertop blender is fine.)


Once the bacon is crispy, divide the sauce among six plates and top with four dates each.



Java Mac Chocolate Chip Cookies

Servings: 3 doz / Active Prep Time: 20 min / Total Time: 1 hr 30 min


Ingredients for Cookies:


6 ounces Java Mac

1 stick butter, softened

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 cups chocolate chips

1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1/4 cup sugar

1 Tbsp molasses

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 egg

1/2 teaspoon espresso powder


Directions for Cookies:


Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a baking sheet with parchment.


In a medium bowl whisk together the flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder and toffee chips.


In a larger bowl beat the butter with the sugars until light and fluffy. Add the molasses, vanilla and egg and beat well.


Alternate the flour and the beer with the egg mixture until combined.


Chill the dough for about 30 minutes, or until it has firmed up enough to scoop out cookies.


Scoop on the prepared baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes or until the top springs back lightly when touched.


Cool completely.

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