Best Holiday Gifts for the Chef or Foodie in Your Family

Happy Holidays from your friends at Foodable Network! We all know how stressful the holiday season can be, especially when it comes to gifts: easy to receive, harder to give. In this year’s Holiday Gift Guide for Chefs, we explore three different products that could make a perfect gift for any chef or foodie, whether they’re your friend, family member, or significant other. Check out these fantastic products to master gift-giving this year!

Vitamix Vita-Prep 3

The Vitamix Vita-Prep 3 supports all of the culinary demands of a chef. Its 3-Horsepower Motor with improved thermal capabilities provides the power and dependability in the most demanding cooking processes. It has Variable Speed Control that delivers a full range of precise textures and a Start/Stop switch that automatically returns to a neutral position, helping prevent accidental start-ups. The Vita-Prep 3 also has a removable lid plug, making it easy to add ingredients while still blending. Its motor base is backed by a three-year component warranty and a one-year warranty on labor, blade assembly, and container. Its compact and stylish design compliments any kitchen!

KC Cattle Company

The KC Cattle Company, U.S. veteran-owned and operated, raises and sells hormone-free Wagyu beef. Wagyu cattle were first imported to the United States in 1975, after first being selected by the Japanese for their physical endurance. Animals with more intramuscular fat cells were favored, since a readily available energy source was provided. In premium steaks, intramuscular fat means marbling, and marbling means flavor! Wagyu beef has gained favor in America’s spotlight today. The KC Cattle Co. has many options that offer high-quality steaks and a variety of cuts. They have several packages, including The BBQ Sampler, Ribeye Lover and Fillet Lovers Basket. In addition to their incredibly delicious beef is their cause to give back to veteran organizations. Not only can you give a delightful gift from KC Cattle Co., but you can also feel good about it, too!

Professional Secrets - The Ultimate Kitchen Thermometer

The thermometer is considered one of the most essential tools in the kitchen. Created in close collaboration with professional chefs and designers, it took Professional Secrets three years to perfect The Ultimate Kitchen Thermometer. Some of its features, aside from its speed and accuracy, include a protective sheath that can clip onto a chefs’ apron or jacket and an easy to read display that flips (like a cell phone screen) to adapt to the chef. It also has an extremely thin probe, which leaves unnoticeable puncture marks in food. You can see it in action on Foodable’s Smart Kitchen and Bar.


Wagyu Meat Can Beef Up and Elevate Any Menu

On this episode of Foodable’s Smart Kitchen and Bar, our host and culinarian Andi Tilis will demonstrate for us the best way to cook Wagyu beef, whether it’s for a burger slider or if it’s a sirloin steak, featuring KC Cattle Company.

About Wagyu Beef

There are three types of Wagyu: “In America, we have Fullblood Wagyu, which is 100% Wagyu, Purebred Wagyu, which is 93.75% Wagyu, and F1 Wagyu, which is 50% Wagyu. The percentage is the amount of genetics descended from their original Japanese bloodlines,” explains Patrick Montgomery, KC Cattle Company’s CEO.

KC Cattle Company has Fullblood Wagyu and F1s. The meat the company sells in its website is F1, which are crossed animals of either Wagyu and Hostein or Wagyu and Angus, but Montgomery did share with Foodable that his company is actually getting ready to process it’s first Fullblood Wagyu meat for sell.

Dishes

The two dishes Tilis covers in this episode are Wagyu Beef Sliders and a Chimichurri Sirloin Wagyu Steak, each able to elevate any casual or fine dining menu.

Wagyu Beef Sliders

Ingredients:

  • 3 Wagyu ground beef patties

  • Salt and Pepper

  • Potato slider rolls

  • Goat cheese

  • Cilantro leaves

  • Apple butter

Directions:

Season your ground beef with salt and peeper and then create mini burger patties. Toast your buns and then apply goat cheese, apple butter and cilantro. Begin to sear the mini burger patties and be sure to only flip them once on the pan once you see the intramuscular fat of the wagyu beef begin to melt. Once the mini burgers are cooked, place them on the sliders. Serve three sliders per place and enjoy!

Seared Wagyu Sirloin Steak with Chimichurri

  • Wagyu sirloin steak

  • Salt and Pepper

Chimichurri

  • ½ tsp sweet paprika

  • ½ tsp each ground cumin and coriander

  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice

  • 1 tsp finely chopped dried chilli flakes

  • Salt

  • Freshly ground white pepper

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

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  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh coriander

  • ¼ cup finely chopped fresh oregano

  • 1 finely grated clove garlic

  • ⅓ cup olive oil

Watch the episode above to learn how to cook the Wagyu Sirloin Steak!