It all started innocently enough. While boasting about cooking skills one day, I made the proclamation I could “cook a gourmet meal using nothing but a propane torch.” Even at that moment, I knew that I was using the word gourmet pretty loosely – but believed it could be done. My co-workers, always up for it, accepted my challenge. And in one, Marty McFly moment – I found myself planning a three course meal, cooked outdoors, using nothing but a Bernzomatic propane torch.
See below for the three courses of my Torched Gourmet Lunch.
Appetizer : Seared Prosciutto Fig Newton with Blue Cheese
- 1 Package Fig Newtons
- 1 4oz. Container Blue Cheese
- 1 3oz. Package Prosciutto
- Slice each piece of prosciutto into two long halves, lengthwise. You'll need one half for each piece you plan to make.
- Place Fig Newton in the center of each prosciutto halve.
- Top each Fig Newton with a few crumbles of blue cheese.
- Wrap the prosciutto up and over the top, wrapping over the top of the blue cheese.
- Place each wrapped Newton onto a piece of aluminum foil.
- Using a Bernzomatic torch, on low setting, gently flame the exterior of the prosciutto.
Main Course : Beer Can Ginger Cilantro Tilapia
- Tilapia Filets
- Green Onion
- Fresh Ginger Bulb
- Salt & Pepper
- 1 Tbs Vegetable Oil
- 1 Tbs Soy Sauce
- 2 tbs Water
- Season each Tilapia filet with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Thinly slice the green onion, using only the white and light green portions.
- Julienne the ginger into thin strips.
- Separate the cilantro into individual sprigs.
- Sprinkle the onion, ginger and cilantro down the center of the fish filet.
- Fold the fish filet onto itself, creating a "taco" shape.
- Stuff the fish into the beer can, length-wise.
- Add the vegetable oil, soy sauce and water.
- Cover the can with aluminum foil
- Suspend the beer can over a Bernzomatic torch for 10-15 minutes.
- Evenly heat the can all the way around, until steam consistently streams from the top.
- Carefully remove the can from heat (it'll be hot!)
Dessert : Banana-Raspberry-Peanut Butter Bites
- Peanut Butter (creamy works best)
- Slice bananas into thick, even chunks.
- Using a spoon , place a dollop of peanut butter on top of each banana chunk.
- Place topped chunks on top of aluminum foil.
- Using a Bernzomatic torch, sear the peanut butter, creating a roasted exterior.
- Top each peanut butter - banana chunk with a fresh raspberry.