Ever wanted to cook along with master chef Gordon Ramsay? Or just stand and swear back at him in real time?Tonight you get your chance.
Gordon Ramsay Cookalong Live airs Tuesday night at 9/8c on Global and Fox. The potty-mouth host of The F-Word, Hell's Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares is set to tackle a three course dinner at 9 sharp; have a pot of boiling water ready to hurl at the screen.
For more details on the Scotland-born chef, jump to the story I wrote about the Cookalong challenge for The Canadian Press here.
A well behaved (and actually quite funny) Ramsay led critics in a test run last August in Los Angeles at the summer press tour when we were challenged to whip egg whites and sugar into Baked Alaska. Toronto Sun fibber Bill Harris (left with TV Guide Canada's Amber Dowling, who gives her take here) fooled Ramsay into thinking he was a whisk wonder but took a surrogate shortcut (as he finally admits, here). I failed to get my whites into anything resembling a peak; they looked more like slush. Kudos to Ramsay in any event for getting a room full of cranky critics off their asses and stirred up over something.
If you are brave enough to attempt Ramsay's three TV dinner dishes, swing a screen into your kitchen (you can stream along on a laptop at Globaltv.com if your set won't reach) and have the following ingredients handy:
You need to have a pan of boiling water for your pasta ready at the start of the show in order to cook along. Ramsay figures most of us will lag two to three minutes behind but can still pull this off.
1 red chili pepper
5 large garlic cloves, peeled
1 large tomato (heirloom or beefsteak)
Small handful of fresh basil leaves
4 ounces crimini mushrooms, cleaned (can also use button mushrooms instead)
3 shallots, peeled
Small handful of flat-leaf parsley
3 small sprigs of rosemary
1 pound small waxy potatoes (Yukon Gold, cut in half)
2 cups peas, defrosted if using frozen
Meat / Fish
1/2 pound medium-size raw, peeled shrimps
4 small sirloin steaks (approx. 7 ounces each)
1 3/4 cups heavy cream
1 cup mascarpone
2 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
Pasta / Bread
7 ounces angel hair pasta
4 Italian Ladyfingers, or Savoiardi
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean, or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Piece of chocolate (to grate as garnish)
Liquor / Coffee
4 tablespoons Marsala, or sweet dessert wine such as Vin Santo
1/4 cup brandy or cognac
1/4 cup white wine
1 cup cold strong coffee
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard