MasterChef Recipes Make You A Five-Star Chef in Your Kitchen

Many cooking lovers dare not miss a single episode of their favorite reality cookery competition shows like “Top Chef”, “MasterChef” and “Iron Chef”. They want to watch these culinary experts closely as they churn out their signature dishes, before downloading the corresponding MasterChef recipes from the TV show’s website and try them out in their own kitchens.

Few, however, are successful in recreating the dishes in their homes. Most find themselves utterly perplexed that they could not get the dish right even if they faithfully followed the recipe.

Master Chefs explain that this problem is due to the fact that every cook perceives the flavors and aroma of food differently. A perfect dish for a chef may be too bland or too salty or spicy for the homemaker and diner. This is why restaurants – including 5-star establishments – always serve seasonings and other condiments on their tables. Also, every cook prefers to prepare their dishes in a certain way. While the ideal roast for chefs is one with the meat tender and juicy, some homemakers prefer their roasts to be well-done. Because of these two factors, Master Chefs recommend that the homemaker simply make the necessary adjustments to the MasterChef recipes in terms of the seasonings and herbs to be used and the method and duration of cooking.

Be the Master Chef of your own five-star kitchen by recreating or developing a delicious variation of the MasterChef recipes that we have for you below…

Crockpot Chicken Fajitas

Ingredients:

2 pounds individually quick-frozen chicken breast tenderloin fillets
1 1.4-ounce package fajita seasonings
2 1/2 cups (1/2 package) frozen-pepper stir-fry
Juice of 1 lime (around 1 1/2 tbsps)
1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
12 fajita-sized flour tortillas
1 cup reduced-fat shredded cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese

For Garnish:

Fat-free sour cream
Shredded lettuce
Diced tomato

Instructions:

1) Arrange frozen chicken tenderloin fillets at the bottom of a crock pot.

2) Sprinkle fajita seasonings on top of the chicken and add frozen pepper stir-fry and lime juice.

3) Pour the chicken broth over your chicken. Cover the crock pot and cook on low heat for 6 to 8 hours. Once cooked, put the chicken mixture inside a bowl.

4) Spoon enough chicken mixture into the tortillas and sprinkle with shredded cheese.

5) Garnish your chicken fajitas with sour cream, shredded lettuce and diced tomato.

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Baked Chicken And Rice

Ingredients:

3 cups water
6 chicken stock cubes
1/2 cube butter or margarine
1 cup uncooked rice
1 small onion, chopped
1/2 green pepper, chopped
1/2 cup celery, chopped
8-10 pieces of chicken

Instructions:

1) Boil water in a Dutch oven. Drop the chicken stock cubes into the water.

2) Except for the chicken, put into the stock and water all of the ingredients. Wait for the rice to be partially cooked.

3) Season the chicken with salt and other seasonings as desired. Arrange the chicken pieces on top of the rice mixture.

4) Bake inside the oven for 1 1/2 hours at 400F.

Cook Like a Chef in Your Home Kitchen

Most people enjoy the experience of eating out. However, spending money to get a meal created by a chef can get expensive, especially if you are splurging regularly. The good news is that you can learn to use techniques in your own kitchen that will give you the same results as eating at a five-star restaurant. These tips and tricks are simple, but can really take your cooking to a whole other level.

Recipes are Key

Even the most experienced chef has recipes that are tried and true, and that they use on a regular basis. Often, these recipes aren’t their own creations, either. While experienced chefs will often adjust and adapt a recipe to their own taste, they still begin with a basic blueprint that gives them the direction is which to take a dish. In order to cook like a chef in your home kitchen, you will need to have a good selection of recipes on hand. Choose one book that features basic recipes, as well as several books with more interesting fare. Don’t be afraid to try new recipes on a regular basis, though it’s best to only serve guests something that you have had time to perfect.

Pay Attention to Details

If a professional chef does anything, it’s pay attention to each detail that goes into their dish. Your ingredients are the foundation of the food that you serve, and you should select and prepare them with care. Chefs have specific ways that they do things, and ingredients that they prefer. For example, dessert chefs prefer unsalted butter. Using this product in your baked goods will give you more control over the final product and result in a higher quality confections. Butter is also an integral ingredient for other types of chefs. Many sauces are made with the assistance or real butter. In order to cook like a chef in your own kitchen, you will need to learn how to clarify butter. This professional technique separates butter solids from the pure fat, and increases the quality of any sauce.

Details also matter when selecting fresh ingredients. When it comes to produce, the fresher you can get your ingredients, the better your final result will be. If you have outside space, grow a garden for ultra-fresh organic produce. Even those that live in apartments or small spaces can grow herbs in a pot on the windowsill. Barring getting produce that you have grown yourself, seek out farmer’s markets, community supported farms or organic fruits and vegetables. Even with conventionally grown items, you can choose the best that is available in your area. For example, vine ripened tomatoes and tree ripened fruit have better flavor than their chemically gassed counterparts. In addition, you will get better results if you buy fresh produce in season. Even chefs hesitate to offer a strawberry dessert in February, because the quality will not be up to par at that time of the year.

Cooking can be a mystery to some people, but it isn’t that difficult. Learning a basic recipe is easy. With practice, and proper technique, you can easily learn to cook like a chef as well. Using the tips, tricks and techniques that chefs use will improve the quality of your food, impressing your family, friends and guests.

Restaurant Recipes – Why Do Restaurant Recipes Really Taste Better?

Does anyone really know why restaurant recipes taste better than conventional recipes? What do professional chefs know that the rest of us don’t know? I will explore these questions to help you recreate many of your favorite restaurant recipes. There are steps you can take at home to achieve the same high quality results that professional chefs achieve.

Restaurant recipes often taste better because of the high quality of ingredients they use. They usually order bulk quantities from wholesale food companies. While it would not be very practical to do this at home, we can mimic the quality of their dishes by shopping only at grocery stores that carry fresh produce, meats, breads and dairy products. A good quality grocery store will have employees in each department available to assist customers with their selections and answer any questions they have.

Restaurant chefs are trained for their jobs. Also remember that they cook the same dishes over and over, so they get a great deal of practise preparing meals with just the right combinations of flavors and textures. We can also achieve perfection at home by testing our restaurant recipes before serving them on special occasions. Then we can make notes on a copy of the original recipe (or even rewrite the original recipe), so we will remember how to prepare it when we serve our special dinner guests.

Many restaurants have signature dishes which are the menu items that have made them famous and help to keep them in business. Usually the chefs perfect these dishes with the finest ingredients and sometimes even acquire trademark names on them so they cannot be copied. We can mimic the quality of signature restaurant dishes by creating our own at home. Just select several of your favorite personal recipes; purchase the freshest ingredients and take notes while cooking them. Perhaps you added more wine or garlic and the end result was a big improvement on the original recipe. Write it down so you can create your own signature dish!