While visiting with Chef Dewey we learned some great tips and techniques for honing your skills in the kitchen.
Plugrá® Chef Secret Butter Tip:
When adding butter to a sauce, be sure to turn the heat off to allow emulsification to take place, otherwise the butter will separate. Emulsification, or an "emulsion," occurs when different liquids are combined by whisking or stirring rapidly so that each maintains its own characteristics. This causes dispersion so that the "fat" can be incorporated for more viscosity and stability.
A quick reminder: Plugrá European-Style Butter is available both in a salted and unsalted option. The unsalted product, found in the gold package, is the perfect choice for cooking and baking, while the salted product, in the silver package, is ideal for spreading.
Preparing the Yucca-Crusted Red Snapper:
Red snapper is available year-round at most major grocery retailers. The same rules apply for purchasing red snapper as with most other fish— red snapper fillets are often sold with skin on to ensure you are getting a cut with its reddish-pink color. The meat should be moist and reflective, and overall, it should not have a fishy smell.
If you cannot find red snapper in your area, it is okay to substitute salmon or tilapia for the main entrée. You can also substitute the more common potato or sweet potato in this dish if yucca is unavailable.
Want to master the technique of flipping your fish like Chef Dewey without having the fillet end up on the floor? Practice flipping a slice of bread first. Flip your wrist in a circular motion with the pan first moving away and then back towards you.
Purchasing the Perfect Mango:
Nothing beats the sweet, tropical taste of a fresh, ripened mango—however, choosing one isn't always a simple task. Chef Dewey shared his three-step test for picking the perfect mangoes to use for the Caramelized Mango-Mint Gloss on the Brown Butter Macadamia Pound Cake.
1. Smell – should be sweet, fruity, and not overly strong
2. Feel – should yield slightly to the touch
3. Look – the skin should be a yellow-red color
You can store fresh mangoes for about 1-2 weeks. If you're having trouble finding fresh mangos, check out the frozen food section at your local retailer.