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Recreate the Winning Dish From Junior Chef Showdown

While the sumptuous Wagyu beef needs no introduction, it does require mouth-watering sidekicks to accompany it for a properly balanced – and extra-flavourful – meal. Luckily for us, this season’s Junior Chef Showdown winner, Audrey, has got us covered.

Don’t be deterred by the amount of ingredients and steps required – you don’t have to be an insanely talented kid chef to make this meal at home. This is a deceptively simple dish packed with complex flavours and textures that are sure to satisfy. Bon appétit!

Watch: Junior Chef Showdown Judges Sound Off on How to Get Your Kids to Cook

Junior Chef Audrey’s Wagyu Steak with Grilled Veggie Salad, Garlic Scape Pesto and Potato Crisps

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes, plus 1 hour soaking time for potatoes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:

Fingerling Potato Chips
2 fingerling or small Yukon gold potatoes, sliced very thin
Salt
Oil for frying

Garlic Scape Pesto
6 garlic scapes
5 Tbsp olive oil, divided
½ cup toasted pine nuts
1 cup packed arugula
1 Tbsp lemon juice
½ tsp salt
1 to 2 Tbsp water

Steak
1 Wagyu strip steak, about ¾-inch thick**
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
1 Tbsp grapeseed oil
1 Tbsp unsalted butter
1 clove garlic, peeled and slice in half
2 sprigs thyme

Grilled Veggie and Peach Medley
8 shiitake mushrooms, stems removed and discarded
2 king oyster mushrooms, sliced lengthwise about ¼-inch thick
1 peach, stoned and cut into 8 wedges
1 bunch of multicoloured radishes, trimmed and cut in half
2 Tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

To serve
2 cups loosely packed arugula

Related: Jordan Andino’s Quick and Comforting Chinese Broccoli & Shrimp Stir-Fry

Directions:

**Remove steak from your fridge 30 minutes to one hour before cooking. This will allow the meat to cook more evenly, yielding a tastier result.

Fingerling Potato Chips
1. Soak potato slices in cold water for 1 hour (optional: if you don’t have time for this step, simply rinse the potatoes once or twice before drying them). Drain, rinse and pat dry thoroughly with a clean kitchen towel.

2. Fit a wire cooling rack over a rimmed baking sheet and set aside. Heat an inch of oil in a medium heavy-bottomed pot or deep fryer until a thermometer reads 325°F.

3. Add potatoes in batches and fry until golden and crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon onto prepared sheet. Sprinkle with salt immediately.

Related: Lynn Crawford’s Bacon and Egg Ramen Soup is the Comfort Food You Didn’t Know You Needed

Garlic Scape Pesto
1. Heat a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Toss scapes with 1 Tbsp olive oil in a medium bowl. Add to pan and cook until charred and tender, about 5 minutes, turning occasionally. Remove from grill and set aside to cool slightly.

3. Roughly chop the scapes and place into the bowl of a food processor. Add remaining ingredients except for the water and pulse until blended. Add water to loosen, if desired. Taste and season with more salt and lemon juice, if desired.

Steak
1. Heat a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Pat steak dry with a paper towel and season with salt and pepper.

3. Add oil to pan and heat until shimmering. Add steak with the fat cap facing towards you and cook until crusted and browned, about 3 minutes per side. Add butter, garlic and thyme in the last minute of cooking; tilt pan gently towards yourself and quickly spoon butter repeatedly over steak to baste. Remove steak from pan, cover loosely with foil and set aside to rest for 8 to 10 minutes. Slice right before serving.

Related: Anna Olson’s Herbed Avocado Dip Will Take Your Sandwiches and Veggies to the Next Level

Grilled Veggie Medley
1. Heat a cast iron grill pan over medium-high heat.

2. Toss veggies and peach with oil, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.

3. Add to grill pan and cook until charred and tender, about 5 to 7 minutes, turning occasionally.

4. To serve, spread some pesto onto two plates (reserve any remaining pesto to toss with your favourite pasta and cherry tomatoes for a delicious meal). Top with a handful of arugula, followed by the grilled veggies and peach. Top with the steak and potatoes. Enjoy!

Watch Junior Chef Showdown and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

Jordan Andino’s Quick and Comforting Chinese Broccoli & Shrimp Stir-Fry

Everyone loves a meal that comes together in no time – especially when we’re all still busy adjusting to our “new normal.” The beauty of this dish, in particular, is that it combines both speed and comfort for a Chinese takeout classic you’ll want to make on repeat.  Packed with succulent shrimp and crispy veggies, you really can’t go wrong.

Related: Anna Olson’s Herbed Avocado Spread is the Secret Ingredient Your Sandwiches Need

Jordan Andino’s Chinese Broccoli & Shrimp in Oyster Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients

1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 Tbsp sesame oil
½ onion, cut into strips
2 cloves garlic, minced
450g medium shrimp, peeled and deveined
5 Tbsp oyster sauce, divided
1/4 tsp chili flakes
12 stalks Chinese broccoli (gai lan)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
4 cups cooked rice, for serving (optional)

Related: How to Get Kids to Enjoy Vegetables

Directions

1. Heat vegetable and sesame oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and cook, stirring often, about 1 minute. Add garlic and shrimp and cook for 1 minute.

2. Add chili flakes, 1 Tbsp of oyster sauce and broccoli. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add rice wine vinegar and toss to combine.

3. Continue to cook until broccoli is tender-crisp and shrimp is pink, about 2 minutes.

4. Drizzle with remaining oyster sauce before serving. Serve with rice, if desired.

Related: The Junior Chefs Describe Their Perfect Cake


Watch Junior Chef Showdown Sundays at 9ep and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

Lynn Crawford’s Bacon and Egg Ramen Soup is the Comfort Food You Didn’t Know You Needed

So many delicious flavours come together in this soup. You’ll be blown away by how simple it is to make, yet how complex the flavours are. It’s the perfect comforting meal for a rainy spring day.

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Lynn Crawford’s Bacon and Egg Ramen

Total Time: 40 minutes
Serves: 4-6 servings

Broth Ingredients:

8 cups water
3 green onions
1 large piece dried kombu
1 cup bonito flakes
1-inch piece ginger, chopped and unpeeled
2 whole, unpeeled garlic cloves
Mushroom stems (see below)

Related: Ask the Junior Chefs: What’s Your Favourite Fancy Food?

Broth Directions:

1. Bring water to a boil in a large pot over high heat. Add remaining ingredients, stir and reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Strain and reserve for later use.

Ramen Soup Ingredients:

4 packages ramen noodles
¼ cup unsalted butter
1 cup thinly sliced white onion
225 g shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps sliced into 1/4-inch strips (save stems, see above)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tsp minced ginger
¼ cup soy sauce
¼ cup light miso
2 Tbsp mirin
1 cup chopped kale, stems removed
4 to 6 slices prosciutto, torn

Garnish:

4-6 eggs, poached
1 small bunch green onions, finely chopped
Shichimi togarashi

Related: Here’s How to Get Kids to Eat More Vegetables

Ramen Soup Directions:

1. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

2. Melt butter in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onions and shiitake mushrooms and cook until softened, about 2 to 3 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3. Add garlic, ginger, soy sauce, miso and mirin. Cook for one minute. Add reserved broth and bring to a simmer. Add kale and prosciutto. Cook until the greens are wilted, about 1 minute. Add noodles and stir to heat through.

4. Divide noodles among 4 to 6 bowls. Ladle hot soup over noodles, top with an egg. Garnish with green onions and togarashi.

Watch Junior Chef Showdown Sundays at 9ep and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

Anna Olson’s Herbed Avocado Dip Will Take Your Sandwiches and Veggies to the Next Level

As we continue to spend more time at home, there’s no time like the present to get kids engaged in meal prep and cooking. And what better way to keep little hands busy than with a versatile homemade spread that they can help you make in the kitchen?

This mouth-watering herbed spread crafted by Junior Chef Showdown judge and mentor Anna Olson is as creamy and decadent as it looks — and we wouldn’t want it any other way!  Use it as a flavourful dip for vegetables, as a sauce for grilled salmon or chicken, as a creamy dressing on salads and potato salads, or even in place of mayo on a sandwich.

Related: Meet the Kid Chefs Competing on Junior Chef Showdown

If you’re looking for more fun activities for the kids, download our latest Junior Chef Showdown colouring page.

Anna Olson’s Healthy Avocado Dip and Dressing

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 15 minutes
Makes: about 1 cup

Ingredients: 

¾ cup Greek yogurt
1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
2 green onions, sliced
½ cup fresh cilantro, basil, mint, dill or any combination, roughly chopped
2 to 6 tbsp rice vinegar (see note)*
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
4 Greek pitas
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 carrots, cut into 4-inch sticks
2 stalks celery, cut into 4-inch sticks
½ English cucumber, but into ¼-inch rounds

Related: Indulge in Dessert for Breakfast With Anna Olson’s Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Directions:

1.Puree yogurt, avocado, green onions, herbs, rice vinegar, salt and pepper until smooth in the bowl of a food processor. Transfer to a bowl and chill until ready to serve.

2. Heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Brush both sides of pitas with olive oil. Grill pitas in batches until golden and charred, about 2 minutes per side. Cut into 8 wedges each.

3. Place veggies and pitas on a serving platter along with dip.

*Add 2 to 3 tbsp vinegar for a dip. Add up to 6 tbsp for a looser mixture to dress salads. This will keep for up to 5 days, refrigerated.


Watch Junior Chef Showdown Tuesdays at 9ep and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.

 

Indulge in Dessert for Breakfast With Anna Olson’s Chocolate Banana Pancakes

With more time at home, now more than ever is the perfect time to introduce kids to cooking. And what better way to get little ones excited about getting in the kitchen than with a brunchtime favourite — pancakes — from Canada’s baking sweetheart?

In this twist on a classic, Junior Chef Showdown judge and mentor Anna Olson gives the classic buttermilk recipe an extra sweet update by adding cocoa powder and tasty ripe bananas that cook to caramelized perfection.

Related: Meet the Kid Chefs Competing on Junior Chef Showdown

If you’re looking for more fun activities for the kids, download our Junior Chef Showdown colouring page and crossword and check back next week for more family-friendly recipes and games.

Anna Olson’s Chocolate Banana Pancakes with Caramel Sauce and Chantilly Cream

Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4

Chantilly Cream Ingredients:

1 cup 35% cream
1 Tbsp instant skim milk powder
1-½ Tbsp icing sugar
½ tsp vanilla extract

Chantilly Cream Directions:

1. Whip cream and skim milk powder in a large bowl using a hand mixer on high until the cream holds a soft peak. Add the sugar and vanilla and whip just to combine. Chill until ready to use.

Butter Caramel Sauce Ingredients:

3 Tbsp water
2 tsp lemon juice
1 cup granulated sugar
½ cup 35% cream
½ cup unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp sea salt

Butter Caramel Sauce Directions:

1. Place water and lemon juice in a medium saucepan and then add the sugar (do not stir). Bring to a full boil on high heat and continue to boil, without stirring, until the sugar becomes amber, about 4 to 6 minutes. As the sugar cooks, occasionally brush the sides of the pot with water to keep the pot clean (this prevents the sugar from crystallizing).

2. Remove the pot from the heat and whisk in cream (avert your face to watch to protect from the steam). Add butter and whisk until melted. Whisk in vanilla and salt and set aside to cool to room temperature in the pot.

3. Pour the cooled sauce into a covered bowl or jar and chill until ready to use. Serve the sauce warm.

Related: Sarah Britton’s Gluten-Free Everything Bagel Loaf is the Easiest Bread Recipe Ever

Pancake Ingredients:

1-¼ cups flour
¼ cup cocoa powder, sifted
2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp fine salt
Pinch cinnamon
1-½ cups buttermilk
1 egg
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted, plus more for the pan
2 Tbsp honey
2 bananas, peeled and sliced into ½-inch thick slices

Garnish:

½ cup chopped, toasted hazelnuts, optional

Pancake Directions:

1. Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cinnamon in a large bowl.  In a separate bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, melted butter and honey.  Add to flour mixture and stir gently, just until combined (a few lumps are fine).

Related: Anna Olson’s Cocoa Powder Tips

2. Heat a griddle or non-stick skillet over medium heat and grease lightly with butter.  Ladle a ¼ cup of batter for each pancake onto griddle. Cook for one minute, then arrange 3 banana slices on top of each pancake.  Cook until surface of pancake takes on a dull finish and bubbles begin to appear, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes.  Remove pancakes to a plate and keep warm while preparing remaining pancakes.

3. Serve your pancakes with a drizzle or caramel sauce and a dollop of whipped cream.  Enjoy immediately.

Watch Junior Chef Showdown Tuesdays at 9ep and stream Live and On Demand on the new Global TV App, and on STACKTV. Food Network Canada is also available through all major TV service providers.