I love my kids' elementary school. The teachers and staff are fabulous, the parents are super-involved and the atmosphere rocks! This year I've been working with another parent, Shari, to put together the best Community Cookbook ever (OK, it's our first one, but it is pretty great). It's been so much fun collecting and reading the different recipes (and personal stories) from Nettelhorst Families and some Chicago Celebrity Chefs as well!
The different recipes wonderfully reflect the diversity in our school. And the many cuisines represented make this a perfect cookbook to be coming out the week of our Annual International Fest in June. Below is just one of the recipes that can be found in the book.
Rockit Bar and Grill
3700 North Clark Street
Chef James Gottwald
2 lbs. 1/8" sliced top round
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 Tbsp. vegetable oil
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. fresh ground black pepper
8 slices white American cheese
8 each 6" spring roll wrappers
Vegetable oil for frying
Cut the sliced top round into 1/2-inch cubes. Heat a large sauté pan on high heat, and add 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil. Add half the meat, season with salt and pepper, sear until the moisture cooks out.
Add half the sliced onions and begin to caramelize. Continue cooking until moisture is just about cooked out and add garlic powder. Repeat with remaining meat. Allow to cool.
Set up a small dish with water. Working one at a time, place 1/2 slice of cheese (cut as a rectangle) in center of spring wrapper, add 2 ounces of cooked meat and top with the other 1/2 slice of cheese. Wet a small pastry brush and lightly wet the edges of the wrapper fold as you would a spring roll. Repeat with remaining wrappers and meat.
In a deep fry pan, heat vegetable oil to 350 degrees. Fry in batches for approximately 5 minutes, drain and slice with a serrated knife on a biased.
Serve with ketchup for dipping.