Amy Jean’s Kitchen: Guest Chef



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!



Strudel (from Inglorious Basterds) – Binging with Babish

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. 



Tamales (from Coco) – Binging with Babish

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?




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