Celebrate National Strawberry Parfait Day!

June 25 is National Strawberry Parfait Day and Mahasti wants you to cool off with her version of this classic, summer treat. She recently shared this recipe on her WBIR cooking segment, where you can catch Mahasti every first and third Saturday of the month. You can also find all of those special recipes right here on our blog. bon appetit!

Tomato Head’s Strawberry Parfait

1 quart strawberries, washed, stemmed and quartered

1.5 cup sour cream

1.5 cup heavy cream

1/2 cup plus 2 Tbl powdered sugar

Your favorite Sugar cookie dough

Make your favorite sugar cookie dough. Scoop the cookies out into small balls onto a cookie sheet and bake the cookies for 10 – 12 minutes or until done. Ideally the cookies will bake up to the size of a half dollar. You will need 3 cookies per parfait. Allow cookies to cool.

While the cookies are baking, wash, stem and quarter the strawberries and set aside. In a medium bowl mix the sour cream, heavy cream, and powdered sugar together with a whisk or hand mixer, until smooth.

To assemble the parfaits:

Place 1 small cookie in the bottom of a glass or bowl. Top with about ¼ cup of sliced strawberries followed by ¼ cup of the sour cream mixture. Place another cookie on top of the sour cream mixture and repeat the process.  Place one more cookie on top and top with ¼ cup more of the sour cream mixture. Parfaits can be assembled up to 6 hours before, or can be eaten immediately.

Strawberry Parfait from The Tomato Head

International Biscuit Festival People’s Choice Award Winner!

25,000 people attended the fifth ever-expanding International Biscuit Festival and their taste buds voted our Ms. Pearl Buttermilk Biscuit the People’s Choice Award Winner ahead of 20 other signature biscuit creations. Mahasti shared her biscuit recipe on WBIR recently. In case you missed it, here it is in all its first place glory.

For the biscuit:

2.75 cups all purpose flour

1 tbl sugar

3/4 tsp. Salt

1 Tbl plus 1 tsp baking powder

½ stick unsalted butter

1 1/4 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 12 inch pie dish or cast iron skillet. Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

For the topping:

3/4 cup Mayonnaise

3 Tbl lemon juice

one 16 oz package frozen corn kernels

1 ½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Black Pepper

1 cup Cooked Bacon chopped (In her version, Mahasti used Benton’s bacon.)

6-8 Roma Tomatoes

Salt

Fresh Basil – julienned

Slice tomatoes into ¼ inch slices. Set aside. Combine mayonnaise with lemon juice. Pour mayonnaise mixture over biscuit, spread around with spatula to cover completely. Sprinkle the cheese over the mayo layer, and sprinkle lightly with black pepper. Sprinkle corn over mayonnaise mixture, followed by cooked bacon pieces.

Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until cheese has melted and starting to brown. Remove the biscuit from the oven and overlap tomatoes on top of biscuit. Allow to cool for 5 minutes, sprinkle with fresh basil before serving.

Serves 8 – 10

Ms Pearl International Biscuit Festival People's Choice Award Winner

Tomato Head’s Easy Cinco De Mayo Tacos

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo includes more than just deciding between frozen or on the rocks. Our blog is chock full of great recipes of your favorite Mexican dishes like pambazos, ancho and coffee roasted pork torta, sopes with chorizo and pickled onions, and chicken enchildas.

Enjoy this fun, easy to follow, flavor-packed recipe featuring chorizo sausage during tonight’s festivities.

1 can prepared refried beans

Pickled jalapeno

Chorizo sausage, sliced

Cheddar cheese

Shredded Cabbage

Chipotle Ranch Dressing

Soft Corn Tortillas

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Spread corn tortillas out onto a cookie sheet. Spread each tortilla with the equivalent of 1 tablespoon of refried beans.  Top with chorizo, cheese and jalapenos. Place tacos in the oven until cheese has melted and ingredients are hot, but tortillas are still soft – 5-7 minutes. Remove tacos from oven and top each taco with shredded cabbage and chipotle ranch dressing.

Serve immediately.

Cinco de Mayo Taco recipe

Tomato Head’s Pozole Verde

Mahasti’s variation on pozole verde is a great excuse to visit some of Knoxville’s Mexican and Latin American markets for the tomatillos and poblano peppers called for in this recipe. Share your version with us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

Ingredients

9 cups Water

3 Chicken Breast, bone in with skin

2 Bay Leaves

2 Poblano Peppers

1.5 lb Tomatillo

1 cup Cilantro, leaves and stems

1 cup Onion

3 lg cloves Garlic

¼ cup Oregano

3 – 15.5 oz cans Bush’s Golden Hominy, drained and rinsed

1 Tbl plus 2 tsp Salt

For Serving:

Shredded lettuce

Sliced Radishes

Diced Onion

Cilantro leaves

Thinly Sliced Jalapeno

Sour Cream

Tortilla chips

Rinse chicken breast in cold, clean running water. Place chicken and bay leaves in large pot covered with 9 cups water. In a large pot, bring water to boil. Reduce heat to low and cook chicken for 25 minutes. Remove chicken from pot. Discard bay leaves. When chicken is cool enough to handle discard skin and shred chicken. Reduce heat to low.

While chicken is cooking, rinse, de-stem, and de-seed poblano peppers, set aside. Rinse and de-husk tomatillos, set aside. Wash cilantro, leaving stems attached. Peel and cut onion into medium size pieces. Peel garlic. Pick ¼ cup of oregano leaves. Drain and rinse hominy.

Place poblano peppers, and cilantro in the jar of your blender. Remove 1 cup of cooking liquid from the pot of chicken and add to the blender. Blend the peppers until smooth. Pour most of the blended pepper mixture into a large bowl, leaving about 1 cups worth behind in blender.  Add tomatillos, onions, garlic and oregano to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour tomatillo mixture into poblano mixture.

When Chicken has been removed from pot – add tomatillo-pepper mixture to pot. Add shredded chicken, hominy and salt. Increase heat to medium, stirring occasionally bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer soup for 15 – 20 minutes.

Serve hot with Sides of shredded lettuce, sliced radishes, diced onion, cilantro leaves, jalapeno, sour cream and tortilla chips.

Serves 10 – 12

¡Esperamos que lo disfruten!

Pozole Verde

Tomato Head’s Hummus Tartines with Moroccan Carrot Salad and Curried Cauliflower.

Moroccan Carrot Salad

4 cups Carrots, peeled and sliced

1 Tbl Vegetable Oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Toss carrots with oil, place on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake Carrots for 10 minutes. Place Carrots in a medium bowl.

¼ cup Fresh Squeezed Lemon Juice

1 Tbl Honey

½ cup Raisins

½ tsp Salt

½ tsp Allspice, ground

Add Lemon Juice, Honey, Raisins, Allspice and Salt to Carrots.  Toss until evenly coated.

Curried Cauliflower

3 cups Cauliflower, cut into ½ inch pieces

¼ cup oil

1 tsp Salt

1 ½ tsp Curry Powder

In a medium bowl toss cauliflower with oil, salt and curry powder. Place on a baking sheet in one layer. Bake Cauliflower for 10 minutes.

To assemble Tartines –

Moroccan Carrots

Curried Cauliflower

Tomato Head Hummus

Flour Head Bakery Knoxville Sourdough

Slice Sourdough, and spread slices with Tomato Head Hummus. Sprinkle with Shredded Monterey Jack Cheese. Top with Curried Cauliflower and Moroccan Carrots. Bake in 350 degree oven until cheese has melted and vegetables are heated through.  Serve immediately.

Carrots can be served at room temperature as a side dish with Chicken, Fish or Steak.

Tartine with Hummus and Moroccan Carrots

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

Oskar Blues Brewery Beer Dinner

We’re excited to announce our FIRST beer dinner!

Mahasti and Sam have been busy crafting tasty foods to go with tasty beers from Oskar Blues Brewery.

It takes place at 6PM on Tuesday, December 10 at The Gallery of Knoxville. Be sure to call early for reservations because seating is limited.

First Course

Potato pancakes topped with house pickled beets from Mountain Meadow Farm, sour cream, and sauerkraut. Beer pairing is Mama’s Little Yella Pils.

Main Course

F Nolan and Sons Victuallers Redding English Bangers served on a Flour Head Bakery Stout bun with roasted sweet peppers and onions, and a sour cherry mustard made with Dales’s Deviant IPA. Accompanied by a Rye Berry Winter Green Salad. Beer pairing is Dale’s Pale Ale and Old Chub (Scotch Ale).

Dessert

Bread pudding made with Flour Head Bakery Parker House rolls and Schwab Farm roasted apples topped with a chocolate sauce made with Ten Fidy. Beer pairing is Ten Fidy, a Russian Imperial Stout.

Tickets are only $35 (Tax and gratuity included). Call us at The Gallery location to make your reservation (584-1075).

Craft beer dinner with Oskar Blues Brewery

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.

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