Sous Vide at Home, a Salad and Ahi alla Pesto

Sous Vide  - the device and a book -  my Christmas present to myself.  Cheers!! Fun with a new appliance.  At least it takes up very little room when not in use.  I did try McGivering this technique, without too much success a number of years ago.  There are now amazing  and inexpensive tools for doing sous vide at home, like the restaurants do it.  The handy tool clamps onto a large pot of water, circulating and heating it to an exact temperature, programmed to cook for the set time. You probably know all this, but it was only recently brought to my attention.  Sous-Vide at Home, by Lisa Q. Fetterman, is the bomb!.

So far I've done the poached eggs, beets marinated in various good things and ahi in pesto.  Looking forward to making duck confit without loads of duck fat, tempering chocolate and infusing liqueurs.

Her book is full of very tempting photos, gorgeous actually, which help in encouraging one to press on with mastering a new technique. Lots of great recipes and tips on using the device.

I did poached eggs first just because they are the easiest, and it's something I never seemed to get right.  No need to bag them, they go into the temperature regulated water bath, shell and all, then cook til the timer stops the process.  There was a pretty short learning curve, getting used to programming the instrument correctly.  Some devices have an ap so you can control everything from your iphone.  I like being more hands on myself.

So, to do the Beet Salad with Gouda and Pistachios, I first cooked the beets in a bag with the marinade. When they were done, I let them cool at room temperature, then put in the fridge for serving the next day.

Beet Salad with Gouda and Pistachios

A few substitutions were made, as we were out of ginger, I dug up some galangal.  No fennel fronds, so I used arugula, roasted salted cashews instead of pistachios, and like that.  The marinade cooking along with the beets made for a sweet infusion of flavors.

And, the ahi tuna was perfection. Just the right texture, and softly tender. I zip-locked it in with a pesto marinade, and served over some rice. Very nice.

This post will link up with Beth Fish Reads for her Weekend cooking event and to the January Foodies Read Challenge.  Join in for some good book recommendations and recipes, and or contribute your own.


Debra Eliotseats said...

What a great present to yourself! We've tried a DIY process with just okay results. Can't wait to see what else you dream up with the new gadget.

Mae Travels said...

If the eggs are cooked in the shell what makes them poached, not soft-boiled? I've wondered this for a while.

best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

Beth F said...

I fixed your link!

Beth F said...

Now I've had a chance to read your post: I've been very curious about sous vide and thought of rigging something -- following one of those MacGyver-like tricks. Now you've got me curious about just buying one.

Do you think you'll really use it? That's what I'm worried about. That it'll be a fun toy I'll use a few times only.

Claudia said...

I'm looking forward to trying new uses for the gadget myself Debra.
Mae, as the author says in the book, "I call them poached for lack of a better work (and because it's what they most closely resemble), even though they're actually slowly cooked in their shell."
Beth, thanks for the fix. Hope to use the tool, it's certainly great for getting exact temperature nailed on tricky things (for me anyway) like fish.

Wendy Klik said...

I haven't jumped onto the sous vide band wagon yet. I'm still busy playing with my instant pot that I got for my birthday last year.

Claudia said...

Right Wendy, not instant cooking here, more on the slow cooker side.

Judee Algazi said...

Glad you treated yourself. I did the same with an instant pot.. Once you get past the learning curve, it's so fun.

Carole said...

I didn't know you could get compact sous vide gadgets - I'll look out for them now. Cheers