Seafood Pumpkin Gumbo



4 Tbsp              Butter

½ cup               Flour

1 lb                  Andouille Sausage

1 Tbsp              Clarified butter

½ cup               Chopped Onion

½ cup               Chopped Celery

¼ cup               Chopped Red Pepper

1 each             Pumpkin, roasted and pureed

2 tsp                Blackening seasoning

2 tsp                Chopped Garlic

2 Tbsp              Sherry

½ cup               Chopped Clams

2 cups              Clam Juice

2 cups              Chicken Stock

1 cup               Sliced Okra

1 Tbsp              Gumbo Filé Powder

½ tsp                Cayenne Pepper

1 tsp                Chopped Fresh Thyme

1 cup               Chopped Firm Fish, such as grouper or mahi mahi

24                    Mussels

16                    Large Shrimp

Chopped Fresh Parsley

Lemon Zest

Salt & Pepper, to taste



Make a roux by combining the butter and flour in a small oven-proof saucepan and place in a 350º F oven.  After 8-10 minutes, remove and stir then return to the oven.  Repeat this process until the roux is the color of chocolate.  Set aside.  Slice the sausage in half lengthwise then again into ¼ inch pieces.  Heat the clarified butter in a medium saucepan oven medium-high heat and brown the sausage.  Add the chopped onion, celery, red pepper, pumpkin and blackening seasoning.  Reduce the heat to medium to cook for 5 minutes.  Add the garlic and cook for one more minute.  Stir in the roux, cook for one minute, then deglaze the pan with the sherry.  Add the clams, clam juice, chicken stock, okra and season to taste.  Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer and add the gumbo filé, cayenne pepper and thyme.  Simmer for one hour until thick.  Add the chopped fish and cook for 3 to 4 minutes.  Add the mussels and shrimp and cook until the mussels open.  Serve with grilled bread and garnish with parsley and lemon zest.



1 ½ cups                    warm beer

¼ cup                         brown sugar

1 – ( ¼ ounce)           package active dry yeast (about 2 ¼ tsp)

5 cups                          all-purpose flour

½ teaspoon                salt

4 ounces                      unsalted butter, melted

olive oil

3 quarts                       water

¾ cup                          baking soda

2                                   eggs

1 tablespoon              cold water

Coarse sea salt



  1. Make the pretzel dough: combine warm beer (or water) with brown sugar, and stir until the sugar is almost dissolved.
  2. Add yeast, stirring until incorporated. Cover bowl with plastic wrap.  Set aside is a warm place for 10 minutes, or until foamy.
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour and salt. Add melted butter, stirring until well distributed.
  4. Pour in yeast/beer mixture, stirring until well combined. Turn dough out onto a clean surface, knead for a couple of minutes.  Dough should be soft and smooth.
  5. Pour about 1 tablespoon of olive oil into a large, clean metal or glass bowl. Add freshly kneaded dough to the bowl, turning to coat with the oil.
  6. Cover with plastic wrap, set aside in a warm spot to rise for an hour or two, until doubled.
  7. Once the pretzel dough has doubled in size, divide the pretzel dough into approximately 40 chunks.
  8. Preheat oven to 425ºF
  9. Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Add baking soda (BE CAREFUL – it will foam up) and stir until combined.
  10. Boil the pretzels, about 10 at a time, for about a minute
  11. Gently stir as they boil, to ensure that the entire surface of each is in contact with the water at some point.
  12. Use a slotted spoon to transfer each popper to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and/or lightly coated with cooking spray. (You’ll need 2 baking sheets).
  13. For the finishing touch: whisk together eggs and water, and brush this mixture across the tops of the poppers. Generously sprinkle the tops with coarse sea salt.
  14. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until golden brown.

Chef Paul’s Featured Recipe of the Month!

serves 4

· 4 duck breasts, 6-8 oz each

· 3 tablespoons reserved duck fat

· 3 tablespoons sliced shallots

· 4 cups rough cut baby bok choy

· salt and pepper to taste


· 2 Tbsp butter

· 1 diced onion

· 1½ cups Arborio rice

· ½ cup white wine

· 5 cups heated chicken stock

· 2 Tbsp diced roasted sweet potato

· 2 Tbsp puréed roasted sweet potato

· ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese

· 2 Tbsp butter

· 2 tsp chopped fresh thyme


· 1 pint blueberries

· ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

· 1 cup sugar

· ½ cinnamon stick

· ½ star anise

· salt and pepper to taste

Clean and score the duck breasts. Pat both sides completely dry then salt and pepper both sides. Place the breasts in a large sauté pan, skin side down, and place over medium heat. Slowly render out the fat for 10 to 15 minutes, occasionally pouring off and reserving some of the fat for later use. Drain completely then transfer to a 350ºF oven, skin side down, for 8 to 10 minutes or to a temperature of 130ºF for medium.Heat the reserved duck fat over medium heat and sauté the shallots until just tender. Add the bok choy, season to taste and sauté for 1 to 2 minutes. Place on top of the duck breasts and serve with Sweet Potato Risotto. Drizzle plates with Blueberry Gastrique, sweet soy sauce and basil oil.

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat and cook the onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the rice and stir for one minute. Add the wine and stir until almost all of it is absorbed, about one minute. Add one cup of hot stock and simmer for 4 minutes until the stock is almost absorbed, stirring often. Repeat this process, adding one cup of stock each time, being sure the stock is absorbed each time and stirring until the rice mixture is tender and creamy, for about a total of 20 minutes. Stir in the diced and puréed sweet potatoes, cheese, butter and thyme. Season to taste.

Combine all ingredients in a small saucepan and cook over medium-low heat for 20 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick and the star anise and purée in a blender.  Strain through a chinois or a very fine sieve.



· 12 medium tomatoes

· 10 ounces couscous

· 1 teaspoon salt

· 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

· 2 cups very hot water

· 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

· 1 finely diced shallot

· 1/4 teaspoon curry powder

· 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander

· 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin

· pinch of cayenne pepper

· 2 minced garlic cloves

· 1/2 zucchini

· 1/4 cup golden raisins

· 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted pine nuts

· 1 tablespoon chopped Preserved lemons

· 1 seeded, finely diced Roma tomato

· 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley

· 1 cup Yellow Tomato Coulis

· salt and pepper to taste


Core the tomatoes then blanch in boiling water until the skins begin to split. Place in ice water to stop the cooking.  Peel and even the bottoms so the tomatoes stand up.  Combine the couscous, salt and one teaspoon olive oil in a mixing bowl.  Add the water, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 15 minutes.  Heat the remaining olive oil over medium heat in a saute pan.  Add the shallots and the spices and cook for 5 minutes to soften.  Add the garlic and cook for one minute, then reduce heat to low.  Finely dice the skin of the zucchini, add to the pan and cook for 3 minutes until the zucchini is slightly soft.  Remove from heat, stir in the raisins and pine nuts.  Add the lemon rind to the mixture.  Once cooled, stir the mixture into the couscous, fluffing with a fork.  Add the tomatoes and parsley, then season.  Serve with Yellow Tomato Coulis.

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Chef Paul’s Fall Flavor Recipe for Oct 18, 2016 with Chef Judi’s Dish


· 1 5-6-pound piece fresh pork belly, skin on

· 1 (trimmed) 2-3-pound boneless, center-cut pork loin

· 3 tablespoons fennel seeds

· 2 tablespoons crushed red pepper flakes

· 2 tablespoons minced fresh sage

· 1 tablespoon minced fresh rosemary

· 3 garlic cloves, minced

· Kosher salt


Toast fennel seeds and red pepper flakes in a small skillet over medium heat until fragrant, about 1 minute. Tip spices into a bowl; let cool. Finely grind spices in a spice mill and transfer to a small bowl, along with the sage, rosemary, and garlic; set fennel mixture aside.

Set belly skin side down. Using a knife, score the belly flesh in a checkerboard pattern 1/3″ deep

Flip belly skin side up. Using a paring knife, poke dozens of 1/8″-deep holes through skin all over belly.

Using a meat mallet, pound skin all over to tenderize

Turn belly and generously salt both it and loin; rub both with fennel mixture. Arrange loin down middle of belly.

Roll belly around loin; tie crosswise with kitchen twine at 1/2″ intervals. Trim twine. Transfer roast to a wire rack set in a rimmed baking sheet.

Refrigerate roast, uncovered, for 1-2 days to allow skin to air-dry; pat occasionally with paper towels.

Let porchetta sit at room temperature for 2 hours. Preheat oven to 500°F. Season porchetta with salt. Roast on rack in baking sheet, turning once, for 40 minutes. Reduce heat to 300°F and continue roasting, rotating the pan and turning porchetta occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meat registers 145°F, 1 1/2-2 hours more. If skin is not yet deep brown and crisp, increase heat to 500°F and roast for 10 minutes more. Let rest for 30 minutes. Using a serrated knife, slice into 1/2″ rounds. Reserve pan drippings.



2 cups pancetta

¼ cup minced shallots

2 tbsp minced garlic

2 tbsp minced sage

3 cups chicken stock

1 cup demi glaze

Transfer the reserved porchetta drippings from the roasting pan into a small pot. Add dried pancetta and cook slowly over low heat. Render out the fat until the pancetta is crispy. Add minced shallots and cook until translucent. Add garlic and sage and continue to cook until fragrant. Add chicken stock and bring to a simmer. Finish w/demi glaze and salt and pepper to taste.




3cups diced pumpkin

1/3 cup brown sugar

1 tbsp fresh ginger, grated fine

¾ cup maple syrup

½ tbsp cinnamon

Melt the butter and toss the pumpkin and all the other ingredients together. Roast at 300 degrees for approximately 15 minutes or until pumpkin is tender. Serve hot.

(as seen on August 20, 2015 on ABC 7’s  Chef Judi)

2 cups Duck Confit
1 cup Roasted Grapes
1 cup Marinated Goat Cheese
½ cup Toasted Almonds
1cup Chopped Raw Kale
1 Grilled Flatbread

Directions Lightly brush grilled flatbread with olive oil. Evenly spread toppings over grilled flatbread and bake at 300º for 15 minutes. Slice and serve immediately.

Flatbread Dough
Makes 2 # dough enough for 4 large servings
¼ oz active dry yeast(2 packets)
4 ½ to 5 ½ cups all purpose flour plus more for dusting
2 cups warm water(105-115 degrees F)
2 teaspoons salt

1. Whisk together yeast, 2 tablespoons flour, and ½ cup of water in a small bowl. Let mixture stand for 8 – 10 minutes, until it becomes foamy and yeast is activated. ( If this doesn’t happen, yeast might is bad. Start over)
2. Stir together salt and 3 cups of flour in a large bowl. Add yeast mixture and remaining 1 ½ cups of warm water and stir until smooth. Next stir in 1 cup more flour.(up to ¾ cup more) If the dough sticks to your fingers, stir in just enough flour, a little at a time, to make the dough come away from the bowl.
3. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface with floured hands, lightly reflouring work surface and your hand when dough becomes too sticky, until dough is smooth, soft, and elastic, about 10 minutes
4. Divide the dough between 2 balls, then generously dust balls all over with flour and put each in a medium sized bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until the dough has doubled in size. About and hour.
5. Roll out dough and brush with olive oil. Grill both sides over medium heat and set aside.

Duck Confit
Duck cure mix: 3tbl salt
½ tsp sugar
1tsp pepper, black
1tsp coriander, ground
¾ tsp cumin, ground
• Season duck legs with cure mix on both sides. Marinate for 2 hours.

After legs have marinated, place in appropriate sized baking pan. Cover legs with duck fat. Cook the duck legs in a 300 degree oven for 2 -2 ½ hours. Remove from oven and shred meat off of bone. Cool /store remaining duck legs in the fat.

Port Wine Roasted Grapes
Place grapes in a medium size mixing bowl and cover with port wine. Place in refrideraor overnight. Stain grapes and spread grapes evenly on a non-stick cookie sheet. Cook 5-7 minutes at 300º.

Marinated Goat Cheese
Cover 1 cup of goat cheese with olive oil and 2 whole garlic cloves. refrigerate overnight.

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serves eight

Asparagus Velouté Cappuccino
3 cups chicken stock
2 Tbsp white roux
3½ cups blanched
asparagus pieces
salt and pepper to taste

Heat the chicken stock in a small saucepan on medium-high heat. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Whisk in the roux to thicken. Once thickened, cook the sauce, or the velouté, for 5 to 6 minutes until the flour has cooked out. Add the asparagus and cook until just hot. Transfer to a blender and purée on high until bright green. Strain, season then fill glasses close to the top. Pour Truffle Froth on top of each shooter and garnish with a shaved truffle or very thin slice of mushroom.

Truffle Froth
4 egg yolks
1 cup heavy cream
½ tsp kosher salt
2 Tbsp truffle oil
2 Tbsp finely chopped parsley

Lightly froth the egg yolks in a small bowl with a hand held blender. In a heavy saucepan, bring the cream just to a boil then reduce heat to low. Pour a third into the yolks and froth with blender. Slowly add this egg mixture to the saucepan. Immediately begin frothing with the blender in the pan over low heat.


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serves four

½ package rice noodles
¼ cup julienned cucumber skins
2 Tbsp blanched, julienned carrots
2 Tbsp julienned red pepper
¼ cup julienned napa cabbage
1 cup cooked, shredded duck leg or thigh meat
8 spring roll wrappers
1 whisked egg yolk
vegetable oil for deep frying
Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Cook and cool the noodles, then combine them with the vegetables and duck meat. Mix well and divide evenly between the spring roll wrappers. Begin rolling the wrapper lengthwise. After one full roll, fold each side in toward the middle then continue rolling. Brush each spring roll thoroughly with egg yolk and deep fry until golden brown.
Serve with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Sweet Thai Chili Sauce
2 Tbsp sweet soy sauce
2 Tbsp sweet Thai chili
1 Tbsp lite soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
1 Tbsp thinly sliced scallions

Combine all ingredients and mix well.

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Recipe for Chef Paul Mattison’s Tuscan Braised Chicken

Serves 4
From the Kids N’ Chefs event on 30 October, 2014 at Phillippi School Elementary Cafeteria where Chef Paul Mattison and other local celebrity chefs created an evening of combining tastes and talents to offer sampling creations from kid-approved recipes featuring locally grown food. All proceeds benefit Sarasota School Nutrition Association Scholarship fund.

4 each whole chicken legs, cut in ½ (4 thighs, 4 legs)
4oz   olive oil
½ cup  sweet onion (small dice)
½ cup carrots (peeled, small dice)
½ cup celery (small dice)
2 teaspoons fresh rosemary (chopped fine)
2 teaspoons fresh thyme (chopped fine)
1 tablespoon  fresh sage (chopped fine)
4 cloves garlic (chopped fine)
1 ½ cups grape juice
3 cups chicken stock or broth
¼ cup golden raisins
3 tablespoons butter, cold
to taste salt & black pepper

Heat oven to 350° F. Heat a large oven proof sauté pan on medium-high heat. Add olive oil. Season each piece of chicken with salt and black pepper on both sides. Carefully place each piece of chicken in sauté pan skin side down. Let the chicken brown without touching until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Once browned, flip each piece and cook another 2-3 minutes. Take chicken out of pan and reserve. In the same pan add or remove some oil to sauté the onions. Add the onions to the pan and sauté until softened, about 5 minutes. Now add the carrots, celery and herbs. Cook another 5 minutes, then add garlic. Cook garlic just until cooked. Once cooked, place chicken back in pan and deglaze with grape juice. Cook the grape juice until it has reduced by half. Add the stock and raisins next. Carefully cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in the oven for about an hour, or until chicken is tender and almost falling apart. To serve, take the chicken out of the pan. Keep chicken warm. Reduce the sauce and adjust seasoning. Whisk in the cold butter and serve the sauce over the chicken.

Sweet Potato Pumpkin Streusel Serves 40

5 lbs  Sweet Potatoes & Pumpkin
½ lb Butter
1 cup Brown Sugar
To Taste Salt
To Taste Pepper
1 bag  Marshmallows

Roast and mash sweet potatoes, pumpkin and marshmallows. Add brown sugar, butter, salt and pepper and place in baking pan. Add marshmallows on top and bake until golden brown.

Italian Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Olive Oil
Salt & Pepper

Sautée collard greens and garlic in olive oil. Add broth and steam until firmly soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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serves four

2 large, not overly ripe peaches
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp sugar
10-ounce bag of arugula
8 thin slices of prosciutto
1 cup crumbled goat cheese
Honey Thyme Vinaigrette
salt and pepper to taste

Cut each peach into 6 wedges. Combine the olive oil, sugar, salt and pepper in a small bowl and toss the wedges to coat. Place on a clean, greased grill over medium-high heat. Do not touch until you see caramelization around the edges, then flip and grill for 1 to 2 minutes more. Remove and cool. Divide the arugula between 4 salad plates and top with peach wedges, prosciutto, then sprinkle the goat cheese on top. Drizzle with Honey Thyme Vinaigrette.

Honey Thyme Vinaigrette
1 small diced shallot
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
3 Tbsp honey
¼ cup white wine vinegar
2 tsp Dijon mustard
¾ cup olive oil

Mix all ingredients, except the oil, in a blender. On low speed, slowly drizzle in the oil. Blend until well emulsified. Chill until ready to use.


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