Cheesy, bacon-y, messy, drippy. This kind of food appears all throughout Matt Basile’s debut cookbook Street Food Diaries – Irresistible Recipes Inspired by The Street. It’s also the kind of food he serves at Lisa Marie (the bricks and mortar extension of Priscilla, his food truck) and the kind of food that my Petits Chefs LOVE (to eat and to cook!). A group of Petits Chefs were lucky enough to visit Lisa Marie earlier this year and had a blast making deep-fried mini meatball pizzas. I mean, who wouldn’t love to cook that?
Matt and Kyla were so excited to welcome a (mostly) new group of boys back to cook in the kitchen and I hoped we would make something from the book. Matt did not disappoint – when he emailed to tell me we’d be making “Buffalo Chicken Patty Melts” I knew the boys would be in heaven. I mean, it’s basically a chicken or turkey burger mixed with a little bufflao chicken sauce (topped with cheese and perhaps a little more of the sauce) and served between a grilled cheese sandwich. Heavenly, right?
Certainly the boys seemed to think so and jumped right into the prep. I love how Matt makes mixing ground meat and forming burger patties exciting and somehow cool!
Um, yes, the gloves came out :0 When Matt asked them to check if they had cuts on their fingers, all of a sudden there were a huge amount of boys needing gloves. Well, you know, it IS fun to wear the gloves (and blow into the open end of them to make it look like you have a blow up hand… yes, I saw you guys!). In the end, though we made some pretty respectable looking patties…
Get the recipe for Matt’s Buffalo Chicken Patty Melt here!
Though this was a relatively simple dish to prepare, Matt kept the boys busy with stories of life in a restaurant kitchen. The boys were very interested to hear all about what goes on behind the scenes (and surprised that Matt isn’t the only chef – I am pretty sure he’s up there with super hero status in many of their minds so this didn’t surprise me!).
In Street Food Diaries, Matt says “the act of cooking isn’t about technical skill, but about falling in love with feeding people”. Matt himself is the personification of this – his enthusiasm, warmth and friendliness are infectious and I know the boys could have spent many hours listening to his stories (and eating his food!). Matt, be warned, they’re already planning which terms they will join cooking club based on “when we get to come back to cook with Matt” 😉 THANK YOU. Your generosity is so very appreciated!
1. Leave a comment below telling me which one of the following recipes you would like to try and why?
Roasted Beef Tostadas
Mac N Cheese Arrabiata
Pad Thai Fries
Bacon Jam with Brussels Sprouts and Radicchio
Candied Maple Scallops
Benny and the Baguettes
2. For a bonus entry, tweet the following message:
Enter to win @fidelgastro’s #StreetFoodDiaries on @eatlivtravwrite from @PenguinCanada. Details: http://bit.ly/1zFM4ff
Then come back to leave me a comment telling me you did.
Eligibility and contest rules
- Open to to Canadian residents only.
- No purchase of any product necessary for entry.
- Winner will be chosen using Random.org from all qualified entries on Tuesday November 25th 2014 after 6pm EST.
- Winner will be contacted via email on Wednesday November 26th 2014 and will have 48 hours to respond.
Disclosure: Penguin Canada provided me with a review copy of Street Food Diaries. I was not required to post about this, nor am I being compensated for doing so. All opinions are my own. Plus, Matt and Kyla are awesome 🙂
US/Canadian readers – Win a copy of Mastering the Art of French Eating! Ends November 25th 2014 6pm EST. Details here.
Congrats to Naiddia and Patrick who won a $50 Kraft gift basket from Philly Canada. Check your email!