Steamy Kitchen Recipes | RSS Feed Steamy Kitchen Food Blog: fast recipes, simple recipes, with fresh ingredients to create delicious meals. Fri, 26 Jun 2015 12:53:12 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Nutella Chocolate Truffles Tue, 15 Feb 2011 17:18:36 +0000 Recipe and beautiful step by step photography of Nutella Chocolate Truffles from Adam and Joanne of Inspired Taste.

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Do you know what’s more precious than these Nutella Chocolate Truffles?

This adorable, happy couple right here, Adam and Joanne of Inspired Taste Blog. If you’re not familiar with their blog, I dare you to hop over there and check out warm, irresistable Pear Vanilla Muffins or zingy Olives with Lemon Confit and Chili Flakes!

What I love about them is that they make simple, honest food…and no, I don’t mean that these truffles won’t lie!….but that their recipes require few, but quality ingredients. Good food without the fuss.

Oh and did I mention their knack for making food just pop out of the screen?!

I wish they lived next door.

I would wash their car in exchange for dinner.

I’ve asked them to write a guest post for Steamy Kitchen and look what they came up with…..

Nutella. Chocolate. Truffles.

Frozen Nutella surrounded by creamy, milky chocolate.

But hold on. There’s more.

Rolled in crushed hazelnut wafers.

oh. my. buddha-belly.

Nutella Chocolate Truffles

Recipe and photos by Adam and Joanne of  Inspired Taste

Just after the holidays, Joanne and I were lucky enough to take a trip to Paris, France. That was just over a month ago, we are still dreaming about all the food, smells, sights, history and romance the “City of Lights” had to offer. We are also getting used to the fact that back here at home, there really aren’t any street vendors offering up Nutella crepes, a truth that has been most upsetting. We have however, realized that we must move on, so in an attempt to do so, we spent a day in the kitchen turning our frustration into inspiration and making these truffles.

The truffles start with a Nutella center, surrounded with a soft milk chocolate ganache then coated with more milk chocolate and tossed in ground hazelnut wafers and then, as if that was not enough, we coated a few of them with more milk chocolate and rolled them in cocoa powder and hazelnuts. We feel it is safe to say that these will certainly satisfy any chocolate or truffle craving.


Nutella Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Servings: 16 Truffles Prep Time: Cook Time:
Nutella Chocolate Truffles Recipe

Recipe by Adam and Joanne of Inspired Taste Blog.

The process to make the ganache was adapted from “Chocolate Truffles” on


1/2 cup Nutella, divided
4 ounces (1/2 cup) heavy cream
5 ounces milk chocolate, chopped finely or you can use milk chocolate chipsGarnish
8 hazelnut wafers, crushed
8 ounces milk chocolate for coating (or milk chocolate chips)Optional Garnish
Cocoa powder
Finely chopped hazelnuts


1. Nutella Centers: Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. With just half of the Nutella (about 4 tablespoons), fill piping bag (or you can use 2 small spoons) to create 16 Nutella centers, they should be no larger than half a teaspoon. Leave in the freezer for 1 hour, until frozen.

2. Ganache: Heat the cream in a heavy-bottomed saucepan until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan. Place the finely chopped milk chocolate and the remaining Nutella into a medium-sized mixing bowl. Pour half of the hot cream over the milk chocolate; allow it to sit for 30 seconds. Then, slowly whisk until smooth. Add the remaining hot cream gradually and mix until all of the cream has been incorporated and the ganache is smooth. Leave to cool in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.

3. Whip the cold ganache until light and fluffy; place back into the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes or until you are ready to make the truffles.

4. Working quickly, use two spoons to roll the Nutella centers into the whipped ganache. Working in batches may be best in order to prevent any softening of the ganache and centers. For a smoother truffle, you can use powder-free latex gloves to roll them by hand. Place the truffles back onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and leave in the fridge for 15 minutes.

5. Melt 8 ounces of milk chocolate either over a double boiler or in the microwave. To melt the chocolate in the microwave, chop the remaining 8 ounces of milk chocolate and place ¾ of it in a small microwave-safe bowl in the microwave for 20 seconds. Stir the chocolate and continue to microwave for 20 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until the chocolate is smooth and shiny. Add the remaining ¼ of the chocolate and stir until smooth.

6. With two small spoons, pick up each truffle and cover it with the melted chocolate then roll in the ground hazelnut wafers or optional garnishes, allow the truffles to sit for a few minutes until set, serve at room temperature.

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Smoky Sweet Spicy Wings Fri, 21 Jan 2011 11:12:42 +0000 A couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Baltimore Maryland to get school on spices, along with my buds Jenny, Shauna and Nicole. What do you do at spice school? We eat, of course! Their amazing culinary team fed us every couple of hours, in fact, our meeting space was inside McCormick’s Asian kitchen (built-in wok!) and our “class” ...

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Chipotle Cinnamon Grilled Wings RecipeA couple of weeks ago, I headed over to Baltimore Maryland to get school on spices, along with my buds Jenny, Shauna and Nicole. What do you do at spice school? We eat, of course!

Their amazing culinary team fed us every couple of hours, in fact, our meeting space was inside McCormick’s Asian kitchen (built-in wok!) and our “class” was no more than 3 steps left of the kitchen.

Of the dozens of food and drinks that we sampled, my favorite were these Chipotle Chinnamon Baby Back Ribs. See that plate? I polished off half of that myself.

A lot of recipe developers and chef talk about “balancing flavors” – and these ribs are a perfect example of playing with the powerful punch of spice – sort of like the soundtrack to “The Perfect Storm”

::sweet (brown sugar) :: spicy & smoky (chipotle) :: warm (cinnamon and cocoa) :: salty (garlic salt) :: tangy (tomato paste)::

So I’ve re-created those flavors into the form of wings. We even threw them on the grill for more smokiness, but you can bake and broil for same effect.

About Chipotle Chile Pepper

What is Chipotle Chile Pepper? From McCormick’s Enspicelopedia:


When green, this Capsicum annum is called jalapeño, a chile with distinctive sweet and acidic notes, along with a moderate level of heat. But when the pod is dried and smoked, it becomes a different animal altogether and is called chipotle. With a strong, smoky aroma and a deep brown color, chipotle pepper is available ground.


Chipotle pepper is the quick way to put a hit of smoky, spicy, “Howdy Pardner!” flavor into anything from prepared mayonnaise, salsa and rubs to cornbread, bean dips, chili con carne and butter for glazing vegetables. Pair it with chili powder and cinnamon as a rub for the most memorable baby back ribs you’re likely to taste.


Named for its hometown Jalapa in the Mexican state of Veracruz, jalapeño peppers are the raw materials from which chipotle pepper is made.


In the United States, the heat of chilies is measured in Scoville Heat Units. Sweet bell peppers score zero on the scale, while jalapenos hit the 2,500 – 4,000 range. Habaneros are reputedly one of the hottest peppers, reaching 100,000 to 300,000 Scoville Units. Some say, however, that certain varieties of African chilies are even hotter, most especially the tiny green gems known as bird’s eye peppers.

How to Easily Cut Chicken Wings

To easily cut a chicken wing, here’s my method — no wrestling needed.

Prop the wing with the backside facing you. Hold it up so that it forms a “V” on that first joint.  Now take your knife and cut straight down that “V”


If you cut straight down the “V” you shouldn’t meet much resistance at all. It should go through pretty darn smoothly.

Same thing for the wing tip. Hold the wing to form V and cut straight down the middle.

Throw the flappers and the drumsticks in a bag, save the tips for stock. Pour marinade in bag.

Close it up, but keep air in the bag so that the wings can move around. Now SHAKE SHAKE SHAKE! It’s a good flabby arm workout. After the wings are all coated, open just a crack of the bag up, squeeze all the air out and seal.

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Chipotle Cinnamon Grilled Wings Recipe

A recipe so easy, that even Andrew made it on television last week. That’s him right there at the Daytime studio, standing on a box with host Cyndi.


Smoky Sweet Spicy Wings Recipe

Servings: 6 as appetizer Prep Time: 5 Cook Time: 30 minutes

a.k.a Warm Sweet & Spicy Wings. If you're interested in using the same McCormick Gourmet Collection spices, here's what I used: McCormick Gourmet Collection Garlic Salt, McCormick Gourmet Collection Chile Pepper, Chipotle, McCormick Gourmet Collection Cinnamon, Saigon


1/4 cup apple juice
1 tablespoon tomato paste
2 tablespoons firmly packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
3/4 teaspoon chipotle powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3 pounds chicken wings, separated, wing tips saved for another use


In a bowl, mix together all of the ingredients to form a thick marinade. Place wings and marinade into large sealable plastic bag. Toss to coat evenly. Marinate in refrigerator for 45 minutes up to overnight.

To cook on grill: Preheat grill, Turn one side of the grill to high heat, the other side on medium-low heat. Grill wings on high heat until the wings starts to caramelize and you get some
black grill marks, flip the wings and repeat. Move them to the cool
side of the grill, cover and cook for 20 minutes until the wings are cooked through.

To cook in oven: In oven: Preheat oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper
or tin foil (this is an important step unless you want to spend an hour
scrubbing your pan after cooking). Lay wings on parchment paper or tin foil. Bake for 15
minutes, flip the wings and bake for another 15 minutes.

If you want, you can move rack near 8-inches to top and broil the wings for 2 minutes to caramelize even further. Just keep an eye on them to make sure they don't burn.

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