Monday, June 20, 2016

Ice Cream, Like You've Never Had It Before!


It's true, you might have had fried ice cream or grilled ice cream, but this is really special. Smoked ice cream! Steven Raichlen stopped by Tonia's Kitchen to talk more about this unique and tasty dessert treat.  It's a big part of his new cookbook, Project Smoke.  Steven says this is actually the shocker of his book, but when you get the flavor of it, plain ice cream may never do again.

So how does it work?  Steven told Tonia there's two main ways to smoke your ice cream, but both methods involved placing the ice cream in a bowl over another bowl of ice so it doesn't melt.  The first way is to use a handheld smoker, of which Steven says a popular model is called "The Smoking Gun."  Place hardwood sawdust in one end, and fire wood smoke in the rubber tube of the device. Cover the ice cream bowl with plastic wrap and fill it with smoke from the smoker.  Let the smoke infuse for 5 minutes.  Yum!

The second method, even simpler with the use of a kettle grill.  Place unsoaked wood chips over the grill's coals, light the grill and then add the bowls of ice cream and ice on the griddle. Close the grill for 5 minutes and serve!

1quart high-quality ice cream in a flavor of your choosing
2cups dry hardwood chips
1. Prepare the grill or smoker according to manufacturer’s instructions. For a charcoal grill, set up for indirect grilling and preheat to 400 degrees.
2. Remove the ice cream from its container and place on the baking pan filled with ice. Keep in the freezer until ready to smoke.
3. Place the pan of ice and ice cream on the grill or smoker. Add wood chips. Cover and smoke for 3 to 5 minutes, or until a light patina of smoke is visible. If the ice cream melted too much, return it to the freezer before serving.