I had a guest chef help me cook the food in this article and
boy did we choose some pretty ambitious recipes to recreate.
However, lucky for me my guest chef is truly deserving of the
title “chef” as he already knows his way around the kitchen
waaaaay better than I do creating amazing meals left and
right all without much assistance from a recipe (seriously
how do you people cook without recipes?! lol).
Scroll on down to see what we made!
Neither one of us had ever made strudel before, but my guest
was very excited to give it a go. I on the other hand was
procrastinating this daunting endeavor, particularly the part
where we had to stretch out the dough to be paper thin. I was
sooo worried about tearing it (which we did lol).
In the end this
strudel didn’t turn out perfect. We didn’t have as many layers as
I would have liked and the layers we did have, aside from the top
and the bottom, weren’t all that flaky (thinner dough and more
butter was definitely what we were missing), but the flavor was
still good and in the end our strudel was “not so terrible” lol. However, do
be sure to “wait for the cream” because the addition of the whipped
cream really kicked this up a notch.
I might have been un poco loco for trying to tackle this recipe, but
I LOVE the movie Coco and I am dedicated to this cookbook
challenge so I went into this extremely ambitious affair excited
and with a smile on my face. Luckily my guest had a ton of
leftover brisket that needed to be used up so we went ahead
and just let that brisket simmer (instead of the pork shoulder
Babish called for in the recipe) in the homemade chili paste and
rolled with it. (I personally think this took the tamales to the next level.)
There definitely was a lot of trial and error when it came to
determining how much dough and meat to include in each one
(most of the tamales I have had were pretty low on the filling and
this was something I wanted to avoid so we may have added in a
little bit more meat than what the recipe called for lol), but we
eventually got into a really good rhythm and had them ready
in the steamer in no time flat. We did have to do multiple rounds
in the steamer because this recipe made a crap ton of tamales
(seriously we were eating these for days. I even gave away gallon
sized bags of them. lol) In the end these tamales were honestly
some of the best tamales I have ever tried. Will I make them
again? Probably not, unless I am making them for an event or something
like that, because they are A LOT of work and I am a lazy chef, buuuut
they were pretty dang delicious.
Have you made either of these dishes before? What movie/tv show
food are you wanting to recreate or see me recreate?