The Annual 4Memphis Culinary Issue

The Annual 4Memphis

culinary issue

Memphis’ finest chefs dish their seasonal favorites and share professional tips and shortcuts to make your holiday cooking easy and scrumptious!


Roasted Duck Breast with Cherry Gastrique

Season duck breast with salt and pepper. Heat skillet, add a little butter in pan. Once the butter has melted, place seasoned duck breast skin side down for about 8 minutes then flip and continue cooking for about 5 minutes (for medium rare).

Cherry Gastrique
In a pot place 6 ounces of dark cherries (pitted),
1 cup of sugar, 2 cups of red wine vinegar, and
1 sprig of rosemary. Reduce until mixture thickens
enough to coat the back of a spoon

Fingerling Confit Potatoes
In baking dish place 3 cloves of garlic, 1 pound of fingerling potatoes (cut in half), 2 sprigs of thyme, 1 shallot (diced) cover with 2 cups of bacon fat. Cover and bake at 400 degrees for 1 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Bacon Balsamic Brussels Sprouts
In a mixing bowl add 12 ounces of brussels sprouts, ¼ cup of balsamic vinegar and 8 ounces of raw bacon (diced) and toss. Place on a sheet pan and bake in oven at 425 degrees for 20
minutes or until sprouts are tender.

Hot Toddy Drink (on cover)
1 ¼ ounce Buffalo Trace Bourbon
1 ounce honey
Squeeze of lemon juice
Top with hot water and stir
Garnish with an orange peel, a lemon twist, and
a cinnamon stick

Harrison Estes
Owen Brennan's

South of Beale

Seared Duck Breast with Roasted Brussels Sprouts, Braised Cabbage and Blackberry Reduction

Roasted Brussels Sprouts
1 pound brussels trimmed
¼ cup canola oil
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
½ teaspoon salt
4 slices bacon chopped

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Place Brussels sprouts in a single layer in a baking dish.
Drizzle with olive oil and maple syrup; toss to coat.
Sprinkle with bacon; season with salt and black pepper.
Roast in the preheated oven until bacon is crispy and
Brussels sprouts are caramelized, 45 minutes, stirring
halfway through.

Braised Cabbage
1 head napa cabbage
1 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
Brown 1 cup of butter on high heat in a saute pan.
Add chopped cabbage and salt and saute until brown.

Blackberry Reduction
2 quarts beef stock
2 cups red wine
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1 sprig thyme
Add all of the ingredients to a pot and then reduce the
liquid until sauce is sticky or coats the back of a spoon.

Anthony Fenech
South of Beale

“Always rest your turkey before you cut into it. Let the thickest part of the thigh hit a temperature of 175 degrees, and then let the meat rest for at least 45 minutes before you cut it. Have a thermometer handy and don’t overcook. You’ll leave your guests wondering how your turkey is so juicy “

Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Poplar

Maple Bourbon Sweet Potatoes with Walnut Crust

6 pounds sweet potatoes
1 lemon, zested and juiced
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons bourbon
8 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon white pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
Place the sweet potatoes on a foil-lined baking sheet and roast for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until very soft to the touch. Remove from the oven and let cool 20 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel them by hand and put the flesh in the bowl of a mixer. Using a paddle attachment, mix in the lemon zest and juice, maple syrup and brown sugar. Place the bourbon in a small saucepan and place over high heat. Let it come just to the boil and then tilt the pan slightly towards you to set it aflame. Add to the potatoes along with the butter. Mix well. Add salt and pepper and transfer

to a 13 by 9-inch oven-safe casserole dish. (Recipe can be made to this point, cooled to room temperature, tightly covered with plastic wrap and refrigerated for up to 3 days.)

Walnut Crumb Topping
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup packed light brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon ground white pepper
Pinch dried thyme
1/ cup chopped walnut
5 tablespoons butter, chilled and cut into bits

Mix the flour, brown sugar, salt, pepper, thyme and walnuts together in a small bowl. Add the butter and work with your fingers until a crumbly mass forms.  

Bake casserole for 25-30 minutes until warmed through and walnut topping is golden brown. Serve warm.

Bri Rogers
Salud! Cooking School at Whole Foods Poplar

"Use a hand or stand mixer instead of a conventional potato masher when mashing sweet potatoes. A lot of the fibrous strings from the sweet potatoes will get caught up in the beaters/paddle, leaving you with silky smooth sweet potatoes."


Pan Seared Hawaiian Bass, Chantrelle Mushrooms, Roasted Parsnip Puree

10 parsnips whole
¼ pound unsalted butter
Pinch salt
Pinch cayenne pepper
½ cup of vegetable stock

Parsnip Puree
Cut Parsnips in half lengthwise. Place skin side up in convection oven at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. Place cooked roasted parsnips in blender and start machine slowly. Add in cayenne pepper and salt to taste. Blend on high until smooth. Add in softened butter and vegetable stock. Pass through a fine sieve.

Keith Clinton
& Erling Jensen
Erling Jensen

Lucchesi’s Ravioli & Pasta Company

Italian Stuffed Chicken Breast with Wild Rice & Asparagus

Tenderize breast, then season with salt, pepper, Italian seasonings, garlic powder and fresh, chopped garlic. Make stuffing with a mixture of Lucchesi’s Italian Spinach, mozzarella and ricotta chesses, eggs, alfredo sauce, and bread crumbs.

Stuff breast and roll to hold mixture (tie with kitchen twine, if needed). Dip in egg wash and Italian bread crumbs.

Fry to a golden brown but not completely done through; finish cooking for approximately 25 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Top with warm marinara sauce.
Serve with wild rice and roasted asparagus.

Chris Robinson
Lucchesi's Ravioli & Pasta Company

"Before cooking any meats, be sure to let it get to room temperature."

Bleu Restaurant & Lounge

Cranberry Black Pepper Chutney

2/3 cup chopped shallots
2 tablespoon unsalted butter
12 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries (not thawed)
1 cup sugar
2/3 cup water
2 tablespoon raspberry vinegar
1 ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
½ teaspoon salt

Cook shallots in butter in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring occasionally until golden brown. Add in remaining ingredients and simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally until berries have burst and chutney is thickened – about 20 minutes. Cool to room temperature. Chutney can be made a week in advance and held in a covered dish in the refrigerator. Serve with salmon, turkey and pork.

Carrie Ashley, Restaurant Manager
Bleu Restaurant & Lounge

"Don’t be overly ambitious: Limit your menu and stick to it; if you’re trying something new test it out ahead of time; prep vegetables, casseroles, dressing and dessert in advance."


Braised Short Ribs with Sweet Potato, Haricot Vert and Cranberry Demi

Braised Short Ribs
Short ribs
Red Wine
Tomato paste
Minced garlic
Beef stock

Clean excess fat off of short ribs, season with salt and pepper and sear off in hot pan, after short ribs are seared place them in a deep, oven-safe dish and use red wine to deglaze searing pan, with a whisk stir in the tomato paste into the red wine and bring to a boil. Pour the mixture over the short ribs in the deep pan, then add chopped celery, carrots, onions, a few sprigs of thyme, and cover with beef stock until the short ribs are just covered with liquid. Cover with foil and put in the oven at 300 degrees for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. When you check the meat, it should very easily pull apart.

David Todd
Interim Restaurant & Bar

“I enjoy using fresh, local ingredients in creative ways... and I feel the ingredients and flavors should always drive the cuisine and speak for themselves.”

Libro at Laurelwood

Beef Filet and Mushrooms with Cream

4 petite filets, 5-6 ounces each
3 oyster mushrooms, sliced
3 shiitake mushrooms, sliced
2 baby bella mushrooms, quartered
1/2 quart heavy cream
2 pinches salt and pepper
15-20 baby new potatoes
2 sprigs rosemary
4 tablespoons demi glace (or 2 beef bouillon cubes if demi not available)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut and rinse new potatoes, and let dry. Toss with a couple pinches of salt and pepper, and
a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil. Place on a baking sheet, lay sprigs of rosemary on top of the potatoes. Bake for
15-20 minutes until tender but the potatoes should still have a little “bite” in the center.

Mushroom Sauce
In a hot saucepan, add a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, and sear mushrooms until semi soft. Add cream to the
mushrooms, and a few pinches of salt and pepper.
Let the cream come to a strong simmer, then add demi glacé or bouillon. Stir well, and bring heat down to very low. Let
the sauce reduce, while stirring occasionally, until desired thickness (anywhere from 15 minutes for a loose sauce to 30
minutes for a thick sauce)

Take steak out of refrigerator 15-20 minutes before cooking (if you cook a medium-rare steak straight out of the cold box, the center will be chilly when done. Never cook a cold steak)
Get a pan very hot. Season steak liberally with salt and pepper (this will create a beautiful crust on your steak). Sear 2 minutes on each side, including the ends. Place steak in 400 degree oven for 2 minutes for rare, 4-5 for medium rare, and 6 minutes for medium, depending on the thickness of your steak). Remove from oven and let your steak rest on a rack for 3-5 minutes. This will let all the juices in the steak evenly disperse and won’t leave you with a pool of steak juice if you were to cut it straight from the oven.

To serve, slice your filet in 4-5 strips and place over the potatoes. With a small spoon, lightly place the mushrooms over the steak, then drip some of the creamy sauce over the mushrooms and steak.

Armando Gagliano
Libro at Laurelwood

"Always remember, when cooking anything at all, keep it simple. Buy high-quality ingredients and treat them with respect. Let your ingredients be your flavor. Spend the extra few bucks on a quality cut of meat if you are wanting to prepare a rare or mediumrare temperature steak. A lot of times, the only seasoning needed is a little kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. I cannot stress enough how much more important fresh cracked black pepper is compared to the powdered processed stuff."

Itta Bena

Java Crusted Lamb Lollipops

1 rack New Zealand lamb rack
2 tablespoons oil
4 teaspoons dark roast coffee
4 teaspoons black pepper
2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 teaspoons kosher salt

Trim lamb rack of all fat, usually racks can be found already frenched. If not, remove all fat so that the bones are exposed and clean. Slice rack in between each bone to create lollipops.

In a mixing bowl combine coffee and seasonings and mix well. Dip lollipops in seasoning mixture until both sides are coated. Set a sauté pan over high heat, and once hot add oil. Sear lollipops on each side for about a minute. This needs to be very hot so that the exterior of the lamb sears and locks in the juices and flavor. Transfer lamb to a 400 degree oven. Bake 4 to 5 minutes for a mid-rare to medium center. Serve with balsamic reduction and red pepper jelly.

Kevin Quinnell
Itta Bena

’Mise en place’ is French for ‘everything in its place.’ Anytime you're in the kitchen, no matter what you are cooking, you want everything set up and ready to go before you begin. Have your pots, pans, utensils out and ready to go, and have all your ingredients measured and near by. If you have proper preparation you can practically guarantee a successful outcome for any dish you are executing.”

Kooky Canuck

Cretons Frit

1 pound ground pork
1 medium onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
¼ teaspoon allspice
Pinch of ground clove
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon pepper
1 cup milk
¼ cup dry bread crumbs

Cretons Preparation

Place the ground pork, milk, onion and garlic into a large
saucepan. Season with salt, pepper, cloves and allspice.
Cook over medium heat for about 1 hour, then stir in the
bread crumbs. Cook for 10 more minutes. Adjust seasonings
to taste. Transfer to a small container and keep
Once Cretons have been cooled, roll into small balls and
then bread in flour, buttermilk, and panko bread crumbs.
Deep fry until golden brown. Serve with maple mustard.

Shawn Danko
Kooky Canuck
Tennessee Hospitality & Tourism Association, 2018 Restaurateur of the Year

"Reverse seared ribeye steak: heavily coat with kosher salt and let sit at room temperature uncovered for at least 1 hour. Place on a baking rack over a sheet tray then place in oven at 275 degrees F. Cook to medium rare, or preferred temperature; remove and let rest for 10-15 minutes covered under foil. Once steak has rested, sear in a preheated skillet on both sides including the edges; finish with butter, coating the entire steak and serve immediately."

The Annual 4Memphis Culinary Issue