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When it comes to cooking, Chef Nikki Soup (Culinary Arts 2015; Culinary Apprenticeship 2016) strikes to find a balance between her traditional roots and the latest food trends. Take the “Crisp Delight” she created for this issue of Wider Horizons. “It starts with a little bit of what I grew up with,” she says – the fried bread, or bannock. To that, she adds two foods she likes – egg and avocado – and tops it off with a food she loves – crisp Italian prosciutto. It makes for a savoury, satisfying meal.

Ingredients

For the fry bread

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1tsp. sugar
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk
1 tbsp. vegetable oil

For the toppings

2 slices prosciutto
2 tsp. brown sugar
1 ripe avocado
1 egg

 

Method

  1. Preheat your oven to 350F. Line a pan with parchment paper.
  2. If you have a deep fryer, fill it with vegetable oil and turn to medium high. If you have a cast iron skillet, fill it with vegetable oil and heat to medium high.
  3. While oil is heating up, assemble the dry ingredients of the bread dough. Then assemble the liquid ingredients of the bread dough.
  4. Pour the liquid into the dry ingredients, kneading a few times to make sure all of the ingredients are incorporated and the dough is soft.
  5. Separate the dough into two balls. Dust your cooking surface with flour. Place the dough down and flatten it with your fingers or palm to make small pancake, about 1/2 inch thick.
  6. Once the oil is heated (you can check by sprinkling a few drops of water in and see if they sizzle), place each piece of dough into the oil carefully. Cook until each side is golden and light brown.
  7. While the bread is frying, place the prosciutto on the parchment-lined pan and sprinkle it with brown sugar. Place the pan in the oven and cook until the prosciutto is crisp. This can take a few minutes to nearly 10, depending on the thickness of the prosciutto. You can also pan-fry the prosciutto.
  8. Peel and slice the avocado. Set aside.
  9. Check on the bread and flip it, if needed, using tongs. Once the bread is cooked, remove it from the oil and place it on a cooling rack with a pan underneath it to collect the oil drippings. Allow it to cool.
  10. While the bread cools, grease the pan and fry the egg to whatever preference you like.
  11. Finally, assemble your sandwich by slicing the bread in half, placing the prosciutto on the bottom half. Add the avocado, and top with the egg.

Enjoy!

Wider Horizons
Recipe by Chef Nikki Soup | Photo by Rob Olson
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