Cooking Techniques

Culinary Knife Skills Video IndexWelcome to Stella Culinary's Cooking Techniques Video Index. If you're a fan of Chef Jacob and his podcasts, you've probably heard him proclaim "technique is king" time and time again. Understanding how a technique is used and executed on a professional level will give you the foundation needed to take you're cooking to the next level.

Once you've mastered various cooking techniques, you can start creating your own dishes and recipes by "painting" flavor structure over the top.

CT 002| How To Sauté

How to Saute Like a Professional Chef - Video Demonstration

Sautéing is a technique in which you cook food very quickly in a small amount of fat, in a skillet or sauté  pan, over very high heat. The word sauté in French means “to jump.” This refers to the sautéing motion of flipping the contents in your pan from front to back, causing them to “jump” out of the pan.

CT 004| How To Pan Roast Fish

How to Pan Roast a Fillet of Fish - Video Technique

Pan roasting at the simplest level is starting a food product in a hot pan on the stove-top and then finishing in the oven. In this video, we pan roast a piece of halibut to give it a great crust and a succulent texture. The number one key to this technique is to never peak at your crust side and trust your judgment.

CT 006| Methods of Cooking and Technique: How to Choose?

Methods of Cooking: How to Choose - Video Lecture

The most important decision one can make in their kitchen is which methods of cooking to apply to any given product. It doesn't matter how expertly a cooking technique is executed, if it's the wrong technique for the end product, you'll never achieve a good result. For example, you would never braise a filet mignon or steam a beef short rib. Understanding how different cuts of meat or even vegetables react to heat and time will allow you to make an informed decision, choosing the best method of cooking to apply; an understanding which is the very foundation of the culinary arts.

CT 008| How to Cook Polenta

How to Make Creamy Polenta - Video Technique

Polenta is coarsely ground yellow corn meal and is a staple of northern Italy. It is served as an everyday starch, either by itself with a little tomato sauce, or as a starch accompaniment to a protein (as part of an entrée). Polenta is extremely versatile and absolutely delicious, making it a must-know addition to any cooks technical repertoire.

CT 009| Fried Polenta Caprese

How to Make Fried Polenta Cakes - Video Technique

In a previous video, we went over how to make a basic version of creamy polenta. In this video, we take the leftover creamy polenta, let it set in a mold overnight, slice and pan fry. The fried polenta cake is then topped with a simple caprese that makes a great summer dish that's perfect for a quick lunch on a sunny patio.

CT 010| Ginger Glazed Carrots with Tumeric and Fresh Thyme

Galzed Carrots with Ginger and Turmeric - Video Technique

In this video, I demonstrate the technique of covered saute and glazing that can be universally applied to most produce, especially root vegetables such as carrots, onions, parsnips and radishes. To demonstrate the glazing technique, we take a trip down "Classic Flavor Lane," using minced ginger, carrots and turmeric as our main flavor profiles.

CT 013| How to Cook Restaurant Style Risotto with Mushrooms

How to Make Risotto - Restaurant Style - Video Demonstration

In this video, I demonstrate the restaurant method of par cooking risotto and then finishing it later on the "pick-up." While the par cooking step is optional, it allows for a faster execution which is necessary in a restaurant environment. It can also be used to make the risotto cooking process more convenient for week night dinners or parties. Risotto can be par cooked and stored in your refrigerator up to three days in advance.

CT 015| When Should I Use Non-Stick Vs Stainless Steel Pann

When should I use stainless steel versus a non-stick pan for cooking?

In this video, I answer a viewer question on when to use, and not use, a non-stick pan:

I don't often see professional chefs using nonstick pans, probably because of the heavy use one would get, resulting in more scratches and throwaways. However, for a home cook, do you have suggestions as to when to use a nonstick pan versus an all-metal pan? I have high quality pans and can't seem to get the food I cook not to stick. Is there a video that addresses this?

James W,
Dutton, Michigan

 

CT 016| Spatchcocked Chicken with Glazed Vegetables

Spatchcocked Chicken with Glazed Vegetabels - Video

When it comes to roasting a whole chicken, this is my absolute favorite method to use. And although this approach is fairly simple, there are some finer points that you may want to examine if you're unfamiliar with process of spatchcocking.

Quick Correction: In this video, I refer to the technique applied to the chicken as Spatchcooking, when it's really Spatchcocking. I feel compelled to make a witty joke here, but I have to remind myself that we're not in a closed kitchen. Feel free to create your own punch lines...

CT 017| Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Brandied Cherries and Basil Reduction Sauce

How to Pan Roast a Pork Tenderloin with a Cherry Pan Reduction Sauce

As Spring transitions into Summer, stone fruits start to ripen and make an appearance at local markets. Since stone fruits and pork have an affinity with one-another, it seemed only natural when I went to cook dinner the other night and saw my favorite stone fruit from a local California farm; cherries! I grabbed a pork tenderloin, some fresh basil, a bottle of brandy and was ready to cook.

CT 021| How To Make Garlic Mashed Potatoes

How to Make Mashed Potatoes - Video Recipe

Mashed potatoes are classic comfort food 101. To the untrained eye they can appear deceivingly simple, but the best mashed potatoes require proper technique, a decent fat to potato ratio, and being aware of common snares that trip up the uninitiated along the way. By the time you're done watching the above video and reading through this article, you'll be able to whip up a great batch of mashed potatoes every time, whether you're creating a simple Sunday Super, or bringing the thunder on Thanksgiving.

CT 022| Restaurant Style Braised Beef Short Ribs - Video Recipe

How to Braise Beef Short Ribs

In it’s most basic form, braising consists of a tough cut of meat with a lot of connective tissue, combined with liquid, aromatic vegetables and fresh herbs; this mixture is then cooked in a low oven until they becomes tender. The connective tissue responsible for the chewy texture is collagen, which is a triple helix of gelatin. When moisture along with slow, steady heat are applied, the triple helix unravels into three individual gelatin strands, leaving gaps in the muscle tissue it used to bind together, giving the impression of tenderness.

CT 025| Spatchcocked Turkey - Better. Faster. Juicier.

How to Spatchcock Cook and Roast a Whole Turkey

In the Stella Culinary School Podcast episode 24, I walked you through the process of spatchcocking a whole turkey. Removing the back-bone, laying the turkey flat, and roasting, allows for more even cooking, juicier meat, and a faster cook time.

In fact, the fourteen pound turkey I spatchcocked in this video was done in 70 minutes! I've done a twenty-four pound turkey in two hours and fifteen minutes! No more waiting around all day for your turkey to cook, on a day where you constantly need more oven space.

CT 026| Turkey Pot Pie with Thanksgiving Day Leftovers

Thanksgiving Day Leftovers: How to Make Turkey Pot Pie

In this video we take our leftover turkey and gravy, and turn it into a delicious pot pie. This is a simple dish that will feed an army and quickly use up all of your Thanksgiving Day leftovers.

The Pie Crust

The crust for this pot pie is a simple 3-2-1 pie dough. This means 3 parts AP flour, 2 parts fat (in this case butter), and 1 part ice cold water.

CT 027| Glazed Baby Root Vegetables

This video will teach you how to make and execute restaurant style glazed baby root vegetables.

Look up a classic recipe for glazed vegetables and it will resemble those demonstrated in my turmeric-glazed carrots video. In this classic approach, root vegetables are covered with water and wine, a knob of butter and a pinch of sugar are added to the pan, and the whole mixture is brought to a simmer. As the liquid simmers and reduces, the starches and sugars contained in the vegetables help to thicken the sauce and emulsify the butter.

CT 028| Salt and Pepper Chicken Necks

A quick, easy, and delicious snack - roasted salt and pepper chicken necks.

When breaking down case after case of chicken for the restaurant, I love nothing more than saving the necks for a quick little scooby snack.

Simply toss the necks with oil, salt, and a generous amount of freshly cracked black pepper, and roast at 425°F/218°C for 20 minutes or until a dark golden brown.

Simple as that. You really don't even need to watch this video, but I thought I'd share it anyways.

These are also great if you dust in a little cornstarch and deep fry!

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