Comfort Food Favorites From Chef Babas

Sam Choy
By Sam Choy
Wednesday - May 12, 2010
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The Ranch House Chef Clayton Babas

This week Chef Clayton Babas of The Ranch House visits the show to prepare the following comfort food favorites.


* 3 gallons all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup granulated garlic
* 1/4 cup onion powder
* 1/4 cup kosher salt
* 2 tablespoons ground black pepper
* 1/2 cup thyme
*3 eggs, beaten
* 2 cups buttermilk
* 1 teaspoon Tabasco
* rib eye steak


Combine first six ingredients and stir to combine. In a separate container, mix the eggs, Tabasco and buttermilk. Bread the steak using the standard dry, wet, dry method.

For Country Gravy:

* 1 cup julienne-cut onions
* 2 quarts chicken stock
* 2 quarts milk
* 1/2 teaspoon thyme
* 1 pound butter
* 2 cups flour
* salt and pepper, to taste

Add butter and onions and cook for five minutes. Add the flour and cook for an additional three minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Add the milk and bring to a boil before adding the thyme. Let simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes.

Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.


* 8 quarts sweet bread, cut into 2-inch cubes
* 10 large eggs
* 8 cups milk
* 8 cups heavy cream
* 2 cups granulated sugar
* 4 tablespoons ground cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons vanilla extract
* 1 pound butter, cut into small pieces
* 2 cups fresh seasonal fruits

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat pan with non-stick spray. Lay sweetbread cubes on a sheet pan and put into a 250-degree oven for 15 minutes or until lightly toasted and semi-dry. Remove from oven and allow to cool.

In a large bowl, combine the eggs, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, milk and cream. Add the sweetbread and stir to evenly coat each piece of bread. Let stand to completely soak up the egg mixture. Add the fruit and mix to combine. Pour mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Top with the butter pieces.

Cover with foil, making sure that all the edges are tightly sealed. Bake in oven for one hour or until center of pudding is set but not dried out. During the last 10 minutes of baking, remove foil to allow the top to brown and form a crust.

Remove from the oven and cool to room temperature on a wire rack.


(Watch “Sam Choy’s Kitchen” Saturdays at 6:30 p.m. on KHNL News 8.)

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