'Top Chef' Ilan Hall makes 'hoppel poppel' and pancakes

"Top Chef" Ilan Hall shares a simple, one-pot family recipe for hoppel poppel, a sauté of bacon, chicken and rice. For breakfast, serve up Hall's pancakes with blueberries.

Hoppel poppel

Ingredients

    • 1/4 pound bacon, chopped
    • 1 yellow onion, chopped
    • 2 garlic cloves, sliced
    • 1/2 pound leftover cooked chicken (can be beef or pork too), chopped or shredded
    • 2 ears of corn on the cob, cooked and sliced off the cob
    • 2 tomatoes, chopped
    • 1 cup rice cooked
    • 1 egg
    • Salt and pepper
    • Parsley, basil, cilantro or other soft leafy herb, torn

Preparation

Baking Directions:

Sauté the bacon until it's completely rendered. Remove the bacon from the pan and set to the side. Sauté the onion until it is nice and caramelized, about 5 minutes. At 3 minutes, toss in the garlic to sauté, but don't let it brown.Add the chicken, corn, tomatoes and rice and warm through, about 3 minutes. Crack egg over the top, put a lid on the pan and cook until yolk is still runny.  To serve, break yolk and toss through the pan. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with leafy herbs.

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Ingredients

    • 2 large eggs
    • 1 1/4 cups milk
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
    • 3 tablespoons melted butter
    • 1 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
    • 3/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 teaspoons baking powder
    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 3/4 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen

Preparation

Baking Directions:

1. Heat a griddle to 350 degrees. If you don't have a griddle, heat a large frying pan over medium-low to medium heat. Grease the griddle. When it's hot enough, a drop of water will skitter across the surface, evaporating immediately.2. Beat the eggs, milk, and vanilla until light and foamy, about 3 minutes at high speed of a stand or hand mixer. Stir in the melted butter.3. Add the flour, salt, baking powder, and sugar, stirring just to combine. A few lumps are OK. Set the batter aside to rest for a couple of minutes; it'll thicken a bit as it stands.4. Drop the batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto the prepared griddle or pan; a muffin scoop works well here. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon berries atop each pancake.5. Cook the cakes until they're golden brown on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip them over, and cook till the other side is golden, 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.6. Serve the pancakes immediately. Or transfer them to a platter, cover, and keep warm in a 200 degree oven. Enjoy with butter and maple syrup.

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