Thursday, May 28, 2015

Las Vegas Style Food Recipes

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Anyhow, recently someone from Vegas.com (a company that specialises in promoting hotels, restaurants, locations, and other events in Las Vegas) contacted me and asked me to do a take on some of the dishes available in Las Vegas (A copy of the menu is included, https://sites.google.com/site/dtbnguyen/Vegas_EatDrink_v03.pdf)...

More precisely, dishes from the Aria, Caesars Palace, Bellagio, and The Pallazo. I'm going to take a stab at on a take of a few of these dishes in a way that is inexpensive, quick, and hopefully tasty.

http://www.aria.com/
https://www.caesars.com/caesars-palace
http://www.bellagio.com/
http://www.palazzo.com/

The point of these is to also make them more accessible by substituting ingredients as well (A lot of these ingredients quite simply aren't easily available in other parts of the world and to be honest it's hard to be impressed by something you know little about.).

The following three desserts are designed to be eaten like sundaes.

- ice-cream (vanilla, coffee, or rum-raisan will work best for this)
- crushed peanuts or crushed roasted almonds
- chopped up chocolate bar (Snickers, Picnic, or anything which contains nougat/nuts in it's core. Tip - chop it up in a way that the temperature of the ice cream is unlikely to cause it to freeze hard. Texture/perception of the dish can be changed quite a lot by this)(optional)
- strawberries (or another berry) which have been sliced and left in the fridge in a ice/sugar syrup mix (half an hour is enough. We're just trying to get rid of the extreme tartness of many fresh berries)
- a drizzle of caramel/chocolate/coffee sauce
- cocoa/coffee powder (optional)
Scoop ice cream into bowl or cup. Drizzle other ingredients on top.

- ice-cream (vanilla, coffee, or rum-raisan will work best for this)
- raisins which have been drenched in rum overnight
- crushed peanuts or crushed roasted almonds
- drizzle of caramel/chocolate/coffee sauce
- cocoa/coffee powder (optional)
Scoop ice cream into bowl or cup. Drizzle other ingredients on top.

http://www.lifestylefood.com.au/recipes/15383/chocolate-marzipan-cherries
http://www.daringgourmet.com/2014/06/23/how-to-make-marzipan-almond-paste/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marzipan
http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/18597/basic+truffles

- ice-cream (vanilla will work best for this)
- some form of cake (can be made or purchased. My preference is towards something darker such as chocolate or coffee flavour. If cooking please cook it so that it is slightly overcooked as it will be mixed with the ice cream. This will stop it from going soggy too quickly and add a bit of texture to the dish).
- some form of alcohol/liquor (we're targetting aroma here. Use whatever you have here but I think rum, cognac, or something else suitably sweet would do well)
Scoop ice cream into bowl or cup. Break up the cake and drop it around in chunks around the ice cream. Drizzle alcohol/liquor around and over the top.

The following is a dessert which is meant to be eaten/drunk like an 'affogato'.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Affogato
- ice-cream (vanilla will work best for this)
- crushed macaroon biscuits (can be made or purchased. My preference is towards chocolate or coffee flavours. Texture is to be slightly crusty with a chewy interior. Don't bother making the cream if you don't want to)
https://www.howtocookthat.net/public_html/easy-macaron-macaroon-recipe/
http://amazingalmonds.com.au/2012/11/01/almond-macaroons/
- a side drunk of coffee, cappucino, late, Milo (chocolate malt) (I'd probably go for a powdered cappucino/late drink which only requires boiling water to be added to get this done quick and tasty)
- cocoa/coffee powder (optional)
Scoop ice cream into bowl or cup. Drizzle other ingredients on top.

The following is obviously is my take on a deluxe steak sandwich.
- sandwich bread slices
- steak
- onions
- lettuce
- tomatoes
- bacon
- cheese
- egg
- tomato sauce
- balsamic vinegar (optional)
- mayonnaise (optional)
- mustard (optional) 
Toast or grill sandwich slices. Add cheese as first layer. Fry an egg and add this as the next layer. Fry some bacon and add this as the next layer. Fry off steak slices with some onion, garlic, salt, sugar, pepper, and maybe a tiny drop of balsamic vinegar (I would probably caramelise this slightly in a pan to remove some of the tartness before adding it to the sandwich or not add it at all) and add this as the next layer. Slice vegetables and add this as the next layer. Use tomato sauce (mayonnaise and/or mustard are optional depending on your taste) on the top layer as it will stop it from drenching the sandwich prior to your having completing preparing it. Season to taste.

The following is more savoury and is obviously meant to be a main meal.
- roasted chicken (can be made or purchased)
- pasta in a white sauce (the 'Bacon and Mushroom Carbonara with Pasta' recipe from, http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/simple-pasta-recipes.html would work well here)
- asparagus
- cheese
- potatoes (use the recipes at, http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com.au/2015/03/fried-fish-with-butter-fried-potatoes.html or http://dtbnguyen.blogspot.com.au/2012/02/butter-fried-potatoes-with-bacon-bits.html and remove relevant ingredients (bacon, cream, and cheese for me) to suit the dish)
Cook pasta. Fry asparagus with garlic, butter, oil or else blanch it. Put it in a microwave for a few seconds with a slice of cheese on top to give it a bit of extra flavour (optional). Serve with roasted chicken and fried potatoes. Season dish to taste. You may need to serve this dish with a salad as it can be very rich or fatty depending on your interpretation.

http://www.taste.com.au/recipes/8071/basic+roast+chicken
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/kellers_roast_chicken/
http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/classic_baked_chicken/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arroz_con_pollo
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Refried_beans
http://www.foodterms.com/encyclopedia/broccoli-rabe/index.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vin_jaune
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fleur-de-lis
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tomatillo

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