Earlier this week, TNT asked us to create a post inspired by the new food reality show “On the Menu,” led by Emeril Lagasse and Host Ty Pennington and launching tonight. We almost said no because we moved on Saturday, and our new kitchen is currently under construction; despite much progress, we’re still without a working sink. But, because we like Emeril and because this new show sounds interesting and, mostly, because I was at my parents’ place (and kitchen!) in Chicagoland Monday morning (and, then, thanks to my second (!) missed (!) flight in one weekend, Tuesday morning, too), we said yes. My brother Adam pulled out his camera and I pulled out eggs, chocolate, sugar and a tiny bottle of Grand Marnier we picked up at the store, and we whipped up this fancy little dessert from Emeril that is rich, indulgent and precisely the sort of thing I’d want to order at a special dinner out. It seems fitting to celebrate the new show that premiers tonight on TNT at 8/7 central and aims to be a different kind of cooking competition, in that viewers can actually go try each episode’s winning dish, in an actual restaurant, the day right after the show.
Soufflés are one of those desserts that sound and look fancy but are in reality made of simple things and simple techniques (i.e., my favorite kind of desserts). At their most simple, they can be two ingredients (maple syrup + eggs!) (yes, I’ve tried it and yes, it works!), and at their most elaborate can be over a dozen ingredients (like this savory one from Food & Wine). In either case, however, the actual work takes half an hour or less. And in return for that labor you get a hot, inflated, fairly fluffy creation that, in my opinion, is especially nice when it’s made with chocolate. One night in the first few months of our marriage, I was up late meeting a work deadline on my computer in the bedroom while Tim was in the kitchen whipping up something fun—that something fun turned out to be chocolate soufflé and I’ve had a special place for them in my heart ever since. Emeril’s version here is a testament to the trustworthiness of his recipes; even though I forgot to set a timer and only checked on them when my nose said, “Woah!” they were rich, decadent delights that Adam and I ate together in my parents’ dining room. Hope you enjoy, too!?
Here’s a description of Emeril’s new show from TNT:
What if you were tasked with creating your favorite restaurant’s next menu item? Contestants on TNT’s new competition cooking show, On The Menu, will compete to create the next dish to appear on the menu of well-known restaurants. With high anxiety and stiff competition, competitors will duke it out with the guidance of Emeril Lagasse as their seasoned industry insider and Ty Pennington as their confidant and sounding board. Competitors go beyond their home cooking passion and are challenged to create dishes that are not only delicious, but fit the selected restaurants’ current menu offerings. Viewers at home will get to watch the creation of the winning dish from conception to execution, and then the winning item will be on the menu.
Here’s where you can watch previews and trailers for the show:
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of TNT. The opinions and text are all mine.
*special thanks to Adam for shooting most of these pics!