Congratulations to Kristin Arena of Plano! Her “Death by Chocolate Cheesecake with Amaretto-spiked Whipped Cream” recipe won in the Dessert category of our Central Market Recipe Contest! Kristin receives a $100 gift card to Central Market! See – and try – her recipe after the jump.
Stay tuned to SideDish, as tomorrow we’ll begin accepting entries for our last category of the Recipe Contest: Wine or Sparkling Wine Cocktail. Yum.
Death by Chocolate Cheesecake with Amaretto-spiked Whipped Cream
Submitted by Kristin Arena, Plano
-20 Oreo cookies
-1/2 stick butter, melted
-2 1/2 packages cream cheese, at room temperature (leave on counter for at least 2 hours prior to baking)
-1 cup of sugar
-1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
-3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
-1 cup of sour cream
-10 ounces of semisweet chocolate chips, melted
-Fresh mint leaves (optional)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
For the crust:
In a food processor, pulse the Oreos until they are crumbs. Add the melted butter and pulse until all the crumbs are coated. Press onto the bottom and about an inch up the side of a spring form pan and set aside.
For the filling:
In a large mixing bowl of an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese on medium speed until light and creamy. Add the sugar and vanilla extract. Mix well and scrape down the sides. Add the flour and beat again until smooth. Add the melted chocolate and sour cream and mix thoroughly. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Take the bowl off the mixer and, with a spatula, scrape down the sides and give it one last good stir, making sure everything on the bottom of the bowl is incorporated.
Pour boiling water into a casserole dish and put into the bottom rack of your oven to help prevent the cheesecake from cracking. Pour batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until the center is just about set, on the middle rack of the oven. When ready, shut off the oven and open the door slightly. Let the cheesecake cool completely in the oven for about an hour. Keep the cheesecake in the spring form pan and refrigerate overnight. Remove from pan after completely after chilled. Garnish with sliced strawberries and mint if desired.
Amaretto-spiked Whipped Cream:
-1 small container heavy whipping cream
-1 teaspoon of vanilla
-1 shot of amaretto
-1/4 to 1/2 cup of powdered sugar
Pour all of the heavy cream into a large bowl. With a mixer on medium speed, begin whipping the cream. When it begins to form, add the vanilla and amaretto and mix well. Add 1/4 of the cup of powdered sugar and keep beating until soft peaks form. If the whipped cream isn’t sweet enough, add more of the powdered sugar until it is to your desired taste. Store in the refrigerator and serve alongside the cheesecake.
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Great work is being done (and created for happy tasters) by the outstanding local chefs who participate in the Chefs for Farmers events, as we have noted previously (in Dallas October 19 and Ft. WorthDecember 5). The organization, started by Chef Matt McCallister (formerly with Stephan Pyles) and his dynamic wife Iris, is designed to raise awareness for using local ingredients from local farmers in the area will give a portion of the proceeds of their next dinner to The Family Place, one of the areas most important centers helping families with the goal to end domestic violence.
This time dinner recognizes one of Dallas’ classic spots - Highland Park Cafeteria, with Dallas chefs creating two dishes, served via the cafeteria line, using farm fresh, local ingredients. While in queue guests will be able to visit with the participating chefs about their dishes while listening to the DJ sounds of Jennifer Miller and Paul Perendes.
The group of chefs participating in the dinner is yet to be released but we do know Chef McCallister will be back in town to participate. The $85 tickets don’t seem to be available yet, but they will be available here shortly. This looks like it will be a great night of food and friendships for a great cause. If you can’t make it out to the dinner, keep the goals of Chefs for Farmers in mind. Regional farmers like Tom Spicer, JT Lemley and the Tassione’s are producing amazing crops from our local Texas soil. The Friends of the Dallas Farmers Market page has a handful of them that participated in their roundtable ealier this year with their locations.2 Comments »
This morning, at the construction site of his new Cane Rosso pizzeria in Deep Ellum, Jay Jerrier took delivery of an oven that’s going to change the way Dallas thinks of pizza. There are only a couple dozen true Neapolitan ovens in the United States. This is the first one in Dallas. Jerrier has been waiting for the thing for months, following its construction in Italy and its long voyage across the sea. When he got it this morning, he had to fight the urge to rip off the shrink wrap. His general contractor told him to leave it on so the shiny red oven wouldn’t get dirty from all the dust kicked up by the workers who are finishing out the space. An authentic Neapolitan oven, so you know, has a much shallower dome than other pizza ovens, giving it better heat-conducting properties. This morning Jerrier also got a special dough-mixing machine that he says will make a big difference in his crusts. He’s shooting to have the place open February 1.16 Comments »
(As always, restaurants are welcome to post their menu in the comments section.)
jump here for the New Year’s Eve menus… Continue reading "Where To Party (and Dine) in Dallas On New Year’s Eve"3 Comments »
If you have a spirits fan that you still need a holiday gift for head over to Sigel’s today and tomorrow for some personalized gifts. Mainly on Thursday at the Greenville location for etched bottles of Knob Creek Bourbon. This is a favorite and one we pour often at home – pick it up for a deal and with a special etched personalization from 6-8pm. Full details from Sigel’s below.
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Gentleman Jack Rare Tennessee Whiskey
Tasting and Bottle Engraving
Wednesday, December 22nd, 5pm – 8pm
Sigel’s - Uptown (3209 N. Fitzhugh)
“Personalize your Gift this year”
Holiday Special – $27.99 , Reg. 31.99
Knob Creek Bourbon
Custom Bottle Engraving
Thursday, December 23rd, 6pm – 8pm
Sigel’s - (57578 Greenville Ave.)
“make your gift unique with a custom engraving”
Holiday Special – $29.99, Reg. 33.99
Grey Goose Vodka
Tasting & Bottle Engraving
Thursday, December 23rd, 1pm – 4pm
Sigel’s - Addison ( 15003 Inwood Rd.)
“Custom engrave your holiday message”
Holiday Special – $28.99, Reg. 33.99
Fast & furious–that’s how we roll this time of year, especially when it comes to posting holiday menus.
(As always, restaurants not listed are welcome to post their menus in the comments box.)
jump for the Christmas Day menus… Continue reading "Hey, Procrastinators! Christmas Day Is Just a Few Days Away; Make Your Brunch Reservations Now."