by Kristin Wilsey
It’s Fair Time! Think fun, think festive, think FOOD. Staying home for the summer? Enjoy your “staycation”. Visit the OC Fair for the festivities and the food. This year, the OC Fair theme is Let’s Eat and we’ve hooked up with local chefs to introduce their versions of “Fair Food”. Join Great Taste on July 24, July 29, Aug 5 and Aug 14 with guest chefs who will be giving demonstrations featuring healthy and sustainable recipes as well as their “Fair Food”.
Chef Francisco Rincon – July 24 – 5:00 pm
Clancy’s Clubhouse, Anaheim
Chef Francisco Rincon is changing guests’ perceptions of a sports bar by building a menu that focuses on using sustainable products and ingredients from local farms whenever possible. Soups, sauces, and dressings are prepared in house daily using their original recipes.
Cheddar Jack cheese
Jalapeno Jack cheese
Mix until a smooth consistency
Roast jalapenos and peel
Stuff jalapenos with filling
Wrap with bacon
Cook in the oven on 375 degrees F until desired crispiness of bacon is reached
Chef James Harris – July 24 – 3:00 pm
Royal Hawaiian, Laguna Beach
Chef James Harris brought his knowledge from the Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts and experience as a Sous Chef at French 75 to Royal Hawaiian in February of this year. He has successfully merged his fine dining style with the quirky and fun style of Royal Hawaiian to create an outstanding menu.
Wahine Weenie “aka Spam Dog”
Cut Spam into 1/2 inch thick slices
Dip into tempura batter
Deep fry 3 minutes
Serve with Teriyaki dipping sauce
Chef Joe Youkhan – July 29 – 3:00 pm
Chef Joe Youkhan’s Tasting Spoon
A self-taught chef, Joseph learned the basics of the culinary industry from his father – a chef and owner of an Italian restaurant in New York. Joseph held his first Sous Chef position at the Saratoga Grill, and then spent three years at the Ritz Carlton. It was during his time at the Ritz Carlton where Chef Youkhan feels that he transformed into a chef. These days you’ll find Chef Joe catering, consulting or working on his food truck concept.
Bacon n cheese Stuffed Burger w/ Onion Jam’
(Yield 4 Burgers)
1 lb75/25 Ground chuck (80/20 fat to meat ratio good too)
½ lbGround pork
1 smallSpanish onion – pureed till smooth
2Garlic cloves – pureed till smooth
1Egg – lightly beaten
¼ CBread crumbs – soaked in water until soft than squeeze dry
2 TTuscan Garlic Spice, Chef Joe’s Signature Blend
1 TWorcestershire sauce
1 tFreshly ground black pepper
1 stickUnsalted butter – softened
¼ CCrispy bacon bits
¼ CCheddar cheese – shredded
4Brioche hamburger buns or any high quality bun – toasted
½ COnion Jam’, see attached recipe
Thoroughly combine first 9 ingredients. Cover and refrigerate.
Combine butter, bacon and cheese. Roll into log about 2 inches thick.
Refrigerate until ready to use.
Evenly distribute meat into 8 thin patties, about 1/4 inch thick.
Cut 1/2 inch piece of butter (remove plastic) and place in middle of patty.
Place another patty on top and mold into a burger. Continue until you have 4.
Salt and pepper both sides of the burgers and cook on a pre-heated greased grill.
About 4 minutes per side until internal temp is 145 degrees. Let rest 5 minutes.
Lightly butter each half of toasted bun, place burger and evenly spread jam.
½ COlive oil
4 small Onions – thinly sliced
1 T Kosher salt
1 tFreshly ground black pepper
2 CDry red wine
½ CBrown sugar
½ CRed wine vinegar
Add oil to medium high heat sauce pan. Add onions, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Cook 30 minutes.
Stir occasionally. Add sugar and stir until dissolves and begins to turn to a caramel.
Add vinegar and let reduce until completely gone. Add wine and simmer on low.
Cook on low until wine evaporates and onions are soft and thick. Remove Bay leaves, stir in ketchup.
Chef Haley Nguyen – July 24 – 11:00 am, July 29 – 1:00 pm, Aug 5 – 1:00 pm
Haley Nguyen is a woman of many talents: She teaches at Saddleback Community College, she leads culinary tours of Little Saigon and her native Vietnam, and she even arranges cooking classes in her restaurant, Xanh Bistro, the most accessible-to-newcomers Viet place in the county.
Chicken or Pork Sate
A classic Southeast Asia street food, Stakes or skewers clad with thin slices of marinated meat, are cooked on charcoal at the market or in sidewalk stalls throughout the city are served hot. The marinade for this dish is so flavorful that dipping sauces are seldom needed. A fatty cut of meat is preferred; for a healthy version, use a leaner cut of meat and add oil in the marinade.
Note: For easy slicing, freeze the meat for 30 minutes until firm.
For the marinade:
3-4Garlic cloves – finely chopped
2 TCilantro stem – finely chopped
½ TSoy sauce
4 TCoconut milk
2 TCanola oil
½ tWhite pepper
1 lb.Pork Loin or Chicken Breast
Soak skewers in warm water
Freeze meat for 30 minutes or until firm but not hard
Slice meat against the grain into long thin pieces, about 2 x 1/4″ wide
Mix all marinade ingredients
Marinate meat for at least 20 minutes
Put one piece of meat on skewers by threading it in and out
Continue until all meat is on skewers
Cook on charcoal grill until slightly charred
Aug 14, 11:00 am – Chef Paul Buchanan
Aug 14, 1:00 pm – ACF Chef Jorge Ramirez
Join the fun at the OC Fair.
July 1 – Aug 14 Visit these restaurants to sample their version of Fair Food and get tickets to the OC Fair.