Tomato Head’s Knox Benedict

Mahasti’s interpretation of this classic brunch dish is perfect for the upcoming Christmas holiday. Think about preparing the biscuits, country hollandaise sauce, and breakfast sausage a day in advance so you can spend more time with your family on Christmas morning opening presents. Mahasti used sausage from Riverplains Farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee.

Click the photo below to watch Mahasti’s appearance on WBIR from last weekend.

For the Country Hollandaise

1 cup Mayonnaise

1 Tbl + 2 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2 tsp Cider Vinegar

With a whisk, mix all ingredients together in a small bowl, until smooth.

For the Knox Benedict:

4 Biscuits, Baked (can be baked a day ahead)

4 Eggs, Scrambled

Breakfast Sausage

Monterey Jack Cheese, Shredded

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut biscuits in half and place the biscuits on a cookie sheet. Top each half with some of the scrambled eggs, followed by some breakfast sausage, and cheese. Top with about 1 tablespoon of “Mock Hollandaise.” Place the topped biscuits in the preheated oven and bake for 13 – 15 minutes or until hot. Remove from oven and serve immediately.

Tomato Head’s Rye Berry and Winter Greens Salad

December is a wonderful month for using those late-season greens from your CSA, like Swiss chard, mustard greens, arugula and kale. Inspired by our first craft beer dinner, Mahasti visited one of our favorite local farms, Hines Valley Farm, to see what seasonal greens were available and what would pair best with a selection of beers from Oskar Blues Brewery.

The fine folks at Hines Valley had a great selection of tasty kale and collard greens. Both greens partner well with the tartness of the cranberries and the sweetness of the reduced balsamic vinegar. Rye berries offer health benefits such as being low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. They also serve as a source of fiber and Vitamin B6. Although we served this salad as a side to English-style bangers, it could work very well as an entree on its own.

1.5 cups Rye berries

3 cups Water

3 cups Kale

3 cups Collards

½ cup Onion

2 Tbl Vegetable Oil

½ cup + 1 Tbl Balsamic Vinegar

1 Tbl Olive Oil

1.5 tsp Salt

1 ½ cup Dried Cranberries

Soak rye in 3 cups of water overnight. Bring 2 cups of water to boil, drain the rye berries and add to boiling water. Boil berries for 5 minutes, drain , run under cold water and set aside in a large bowl.

Meanwhile dice onions. Cut greens in half lengthwise then into thin strips.

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over high heat. Add onion and sauté for 1-2 minutes. Add ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, bring to boil, and boil for 2 – 3 minutes until reduced by ½ . Add greens and lightly sauté. Add  sautéed greens to bowl with rye berries. Add remaining tablespoon of balsamic vinegar, olive oil, 1.5 tsp salt and dried cranberries. Toss until all ingredients are mixed together well.

Serve at room temperature – or refrigerate and serve cold.

Mahasti Vafaie, owner of The Tomato Head and Flour Head Bakery, shows us how to make a healthy lunch option: Rye Berry and Winter Greens Salad.

Tomato Head Rye Berry and Winter Greens Salad

Tomato Head’s Honey Glazed Turnips and Greens

Mahasti’s most recent appearance on WBIR had her using a seasonal vegetable widely available at most Knoxville area farmers’ markets – turnips. For this recipe, Mahasti bought her turnips from Mountain Meadows Farm in Norris, TN. (Be sure to stop by their booth at the Market Square Farmers’ Market before it closes for the season on November 23.)

The popular root vegetable is a good source of calcium, vitamin C and potassium while being very low in saturated fat and cholesterol. By keeping the greens, you’ll retain the nutrition found in them such as vitamin A, vitamin K and beta carotene.

While popular in many fall soups and crock pots, Mahasti decided to create an enjoyable side dish that might accompany a grilled cheese sandwich and a cup of soup on a cold day. The next time your family needs an excellent side dish, think TURNIPS!

4 cups turnip root, diced

4-6 cups turnip greens and stems, cut into ½ inch strips

¾ cup onion, diced

¼ cup oil

¼ cup honey

4 Tbl cider vinegar

1 tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

Turnips usually come in a bunch of 3 or 4 turnips with greens attached – one bunch should yield the above measurements.

Cut turnip greens from bulbs, keeping the stems. Cut the greens from the stems. Wash the stems, and roots under running cold water. Wash the greens by submerging them in a large bowl of water, removing to a colander and repeating as necessary until no sand or dirt remains in your bowl after lifting the greens out.

Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add onions and sauté for 2 minutes. Add diced turnip root and stems. Stir the vegetables, then pat them into a single layer and cover the skillet with a large lid. Turn the heat down to medium low and leave the turnips undisturbed and covered for 5 minutes. Remove the lid, stir and repeat the process above leaving the turnips covered for another 5 minutes.

Remove lid, add honey, vinegar, salt and black pepper. Increase heat to high – stirring only once or twice. Cook turnips for another 5 minutes. Add the greens, stirring to wilt the greens then leave turnips undisturbed until all of the moisture has evaporated and been absorbed into the vegetables.

Serve hot or at room temperature as a side dish.

Mahasti's Fall Turnip Recipe

Turnips found at the Market Square Farmers’ Market from Mountain Meadows Farm and Colvin Family Farm.

Tomato Head’s Collard Greens with Spiced Bosc Pears.

Good afternoon! Mahasti would like us to share the recipe from the most recent appearance on her twice monthly cooking segment, hosted by WBIR every first and third Saturday of each month. We think this is the perfect recipe for the beginning of fall.

The onions and pears in this dish lend a sweetness to your plate that balances the savoriness of the collard greens. You’ll also notice the arrival of those popular fall spices – cinnamon, clove and allspice. Besides being delicious, those three spices offer a few health benefits as well. Cinnamon helps prevent inflammation and regulates blood sugar; Cloves contain antioxidants; and allspice has anti-inflammatory properties.

Try this recipe at home and share your successes with us on Instagram. Use the hashtag #tomatohead so we can find you.

3 pears, peeled, cored and sliced

¼ tsp black pepper

½ tsp ground cinnamon

¼ tsp ground clove

¼ tsp ground allspice

1 tsp sugar

¼ cup onion, diced

¼ cup oil

8 cups packed, Collard Greens

½ tsp salt

1 Tbl Balsamic Vinegar

In a medium bowl toss pears with black pepper, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and sugar. Heat oil a large

skillet over high heat. When oil is shimmering add onions and pears and sauté for 3-4 minutes until

pears are soft. Add Collards and sauté for 1-2 minutes until the greens begin to soften. Add salt and

balsamic vinegar. Continue to sauté until collards are soft – approximately another 3 minutes.

Serve immediately as a side with Chicken or steak.

Tomato Head’s Okra Fritters

Good morning! We’re sharing the recipe for the okra fritter brunch special we had over the weekend. It’s a delicious idea for any okra you might have from this year’s CSA. Be sure to catch Mahasti every first and third Saturday morning on WBIR for more great recipes using seasonal ingredients.

Here’s the link to last weekend’s segment.

½ cup red onion, finely chopped

1 cup fresh okra, trimmed and thinly sliced

1 large egg

1.5 cup well-shaken buttermilk

1 cup yellow cornmeal

¼ cup flour

1 tespoon sugar

1/2 tespoon cayenne

1 tsp salt

About 1 cup vegetable oil for frying

Whisk egg in a medium bowl, then whisk in buttermilk, cornmeal, sugar, cayenne, and salt until smooth. Stir in okra and onion mix until everything is well incorporated.

Add enough oil to skillet to measure 1/4 inch and heat over medium heat until it shimmers. Cook rounded tablespoons of batter (6 to 7 fritters per batch), turning once, until golden, 2 to 3 minutes per batch. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

Serve with a side of ranch dressing.

 

Tomato Head’s Benedictine

We’ve got the perfect sandwich for summertime picnics – Mahasti’s Benedictine. Spread a generous amount of Benedictine on a slice of Flour Head Bakery Everyday White bread, top with Benton’s bacon, lettuce and tomato. You can also serve it as a dip with Flour Head Bakery pita crisps. Yum Yum Yum!

8 oz cream cheese, soft

1 cup cucumber, grated

¼ cup onion, grated

2 – 3 tsp jalapeno

¼ cup sour cream

¼ tsp plus a pinch of salt

Mix all ingredients together until well combined.

Hot or Not Dogs with spicy mayo, Asian slaw and fried egg on a Flour Head Bakery hot dog bun

Mahasti’s Hot or Not Dog recipe adds a sweet and tasty crunch that you typically don’t find with a grilled frankfurter. Plus, any reason to find another use for Sriracha is alright in our book. Flour Head Bakery’s hot dog buns will be for sale on Wednesday (and only Wednesday) at four Kroger locations (Farragut, Cedar Bluff, Bearden and Northshore), Three Rivers Market in Happy Holler and Butler & Bailey Market in Rocky Hill. Go get you some.

Be safe and enjoy our National Independence Day.

For the Slaw:

1 cup shredded Carrots

1 cup Daikon Radish

½ cup sliced Onion

1 Tbl Rice Vinegar

2 tsp Sesame Oil

¼ tsp Salt

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl, until well combined.

For the Spicy Mayo :

½ cup Mayo or Veganaise

1 Tbl Sriracha Sauce

1 Tbl Soy Sauce

Mix the ingredients together in a small bowl, until well combined.

To assemble:

Spread spicy mayo on bun. Top with dog of choice, followed by slaw and an over easy egg (optional).

Hot Dog Buns

 

 

Tomato Head’s Sweetwater Valley Smoked Cheddar and Onion Pie

The fourth annual International Biscuit Festival was held a few weeks ago in downtown Knoxville. Over 20,000 folks meandered around Market Street and Krutch Park sampling twenty varieties of biscuits from participants such as Southern Living and Rel Maples Institute of Culinary Arts to Pillsbury. There were many types of biscuits ranging from the deep fried to smothered in gravy.

This year’s event marked the first time we entered the festival. Flour Head Bakery made a Sweetwater Valley Farm Smoked Cheddar and Onion Biscuit Pie. And, we’re proud to say Mahasti took second place in this year’s competition for her creation. The response was overwhelmingly positive and many of you have asked for the recipe. We’re happy to now share our winning recipe with you.

As always, share your results with us on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy!

For the biscuit:

1.5 cups all purpose flour

1 tbl sugar

¼ tsp. Salt

¼ tsp baking soda

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ stick unsalted butter

¾ cup buttermilk

In a medium bowl, mix all dry ingredients together. Cut butter into dry ingredients with a pastry cutter or 2 knives. Stir in buttermilk until a soft dough forms. Pat dough down into a greased 11 inch pie dish. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

For the topping:

2 cups sliced onion

½ tsp salt

¼ tsp black pepper

1 ½ cup heavy cream

1 cup bread crumbs

¼ cup unsalted butter, melted

1 cup Sweetwater Valley smoked cheddar cheese, shredded.

Cook onions in ¼ cup of vegetable oil over medium heat stirring occasionally until caramelized about 8- 10 minutes. Add heavy cream to pan and cook until cream thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

Melt ¼ cup butter over low heat. Mix bread crumbs with melted butter. Set aside.

To assemble pie:

Spread onion mixture over biscuit. Cover with shredded cheese followed by bread crumbs. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 10 – 12 minutes, until golden brown and cheese has melted. Serve with a side salad as a meal, or as a side dish with chicken or steak.

Serves 6 – 8

(Photo courtesy of Kara and Remington Brown from http://www.kandradventures.com/)

International Biscuit Festival entry from The Tomato Head

 

Tomato Head’s Tuna Salad

Our menu experienced some changes last fall. The tuna salad is no longer available but that doesn’t mean you still can’t enjoy this classic lunchtime sandwich. A few of our customers have since asked for the tuna salad recipe and today’s the day we share it with everyone. In Mahasti’s simple to follow recipe, she’s substituted sour cream for mayonnaise, thus lowering the calorie count. The addition of Sriracha lends some tanginess, while chipotle sauce adds a smoky profile. The bells peppers, relish and onion add a nice crunch.

Enjoy!

1 – 12 oz Can Tuna in water

2 Tbl Onion, chopped

¼ cup Red Bell Pepper, diced

2 Tbl Cider Vinegar

1 tsp Fresh Lemon Juice

2  heaping Tbl sweet pickle relish

2 heaping Tbl Dill Pickle, chopped

Scant ¼ cup sour cream

1/8 tsp Sriracha Sauce

1 tsp chipotle sauce (from a can of chipotle en adobo)

1/8 tsp garlic powder

1/8 tsp plus a pinch salt

Drain Tuna and squeeze out all of the water.  Transfer Tuna to a large bowl, add remaining ingredients and toss well with a spoon till everything is well distributed.

Serve on Flour Head Bakery Every Day White sliced sandwich bread.

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