Kathie Lee & Hoda: George Mendes Eggs Baked with Peas and Bacon Recipe

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: Top Chef George Mendes Recipes

Kathie Lee and Hoda invited Top Chef Master George Mendes onto the show today but it was on very short notice. He didn’t have much time to describe his dish so he got right to cooking. Check out both of his recipes below.

George Mendes Eggs Baked With Peas and Bacon Recipe

George Mendes Eggs Baked With Peas and Bacon Ingredients: 

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Kathie Lee & Hoda: George Mendes Eggs Baked with Peas and Bacon Recipe

Kathie Lee and Hoda looked on as Chef George Mendes showed them how to make eggs baked with peas and bacon recipe and a mint pea soup recipe.

  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2-inch batons
  • 1/2 white Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1 fresh California bay leaf, torn every 1/2 inch
  • 1 pinch crushed red chile flakes
  • 3 tablespoons strained tomatoes
  • 2 cups frozen petit peas
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup parsley leaves
  • Fresh lemon juice

George Mendes Eggs Baked With Peas and Bacon Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat a 4-quart cocotte over medium heat. Add just enough olive oil to coat the bottom, then add the bacon. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the fat is rendered and the bacon lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a dish.
  • Add the onion, garlic, bay leaf and chile flakes to the cocotte and cook, stirring, until tender but not browned, about 3 minutes. Add the tomatoes and 1 teaspoon olive oil, stirring and scraping down the sides of the pan, for 4 minutes. Stir in the reserved bacon and 1 teaspoon olive oil into the mix. Cook, stirring occasionally, until heated through, about 2 minutes. Stir in the peas and season to taste with salt.
  • Make 4 little nests for the eggs in the mixture, spacing them a few inches apart. Carefully break an egg into each nest, making sure each egg is nestled in the stew and flush with the top.
  • Transfer to the oven and bake about eight minutes.
  • Top with the parsley and season to taste with the lemon juice.

George Mendes Minted Pea Soup Recipe

George Mendes Minted Pea Soup Ingredients:

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  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 onion, small, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 1/4 cups green peas, fresh or frozen
  • 1/4 cup mint leaves, washed
  • 5 cups vegetable stock or water
  • Sea salt and pepper

George Mendes Minted Pea Soup Directions:

  • Place a 2-quart stock pot over medium-low heat. Add the olive oil followed by the sliced onion and garlic. Add a pinch of salt.  Let cook until soft, about 8-10 minutes.
  • Add the peas along with the mint leaves. Let the peas cook until soft and bright green, about 2-3 minutes. Remove ¼ cup peas and reserve for garnish.
  • Add the vegetable stock or water and bring to simmer. Immediately transfer to a blender. Process at medium speed for 30 seconds then at high speed for one minute.
  • Pour the soup through a fine mesh sieve and adjust seasoning to taste.

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