Charlotte: Team Jegs chef recipe

zMAX Dragway - Recipe of the Race Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse -- brings his unique recipes to NHRA fans each race with a new installment of "Quarter-mile Cuisine." Morse takes readers step-by-step through many of his award-winning recipes, the ...

zMAX Dragway - Recipe of the Race

Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse -- brings his unique recipes to NHRA fans each race with a new installment of "Quarter-mile Cuisine." Morse takes readers step-by-step through many of his award-winning recipes, the same ones he's prepared for countless racers, movie stars, musicians, athletes, fellow celebrity chefs, and government dignitaries over his career. From the knee of his Italian grandmother, to exhaustive training at Ohio's top French restaurant, to stints as a culinary instructor at Ohio State University, Morse's knowledge of cooking is as varied as the recipes he offers.

Since I am at the track about half of the year, I get to listen to everyone's reasons why they are not eating right. And believe me I have heard it all. But the number one reason is "I don't have time to cook." So, I have decided to share a pretty easy recipe. You don't have to do too much work ahead of time. You can use convenience items, or foods that can be prepared ahead. You will be able to take these foods to the track in your cooler and prepare a gourmet meal at the track in minutes- possibly seconds. Enjoy!

                              Stuffed Baguettes

(6 Portions)

This is a very simple idea. There is a little prep work to do at home. The work can be about as minimal as you want.

Ingredients:
2 baguettes Cut into thirds
6 salads (Your favorite) ¾ cup of each (preferably not high starch salads)

At Home" Procedures:

1. Hollow each 1/3 section of baguette leaving about ½ inch of bread at the bottom not hollowed so that the salad does not fall out the bottom while you are eating. (If you accidentally remove too much bread-------No Problem, just stick a piece of bread that you removed back in the hole. (Put these in a re-sealable plastic bag- put it in your cooler)

2. Have six different salads in different re-sealable plastic bags. (Put these in your cooler- keep chilled!)

"At The Track" Procedure:

1. Stuff each hollowed baguette with one of the prepared salads and enjoy.

A few tips:

1. I understand if you don't want to buy prepared salads, but there are a few good ones out there. If you are going to make your own salads, understand that they sometimes take several ingredients. It is not necessary to buy bulk ingredients for every salad. For example, if you need 3 pieces of broccoli for a salad. Many people buy a whole head, use the 3 pieces and then end up throwing the rest away. Many grocery stores have salad bars. Go through the salad bar and pick the ingredients that you need. It will save cost, waste, and time. And, you don't have to worry about trying to use ingredients that are not fresh later that week.

2. If one of your salads wilts quickly, store the dressing in a separate container until you are ready to eat. Add the dressing to the salad, reseal the bag and shake.

3. Take an extra re-sealable plastic bag to store dirty utensils. Place this bag back into a cold cooler until you get home. You will eliminate odors and unwanted critters.

4. If you want a warm sandwich, throw the bread on the grill and toast it a little before adding your salad. You can even melt cheese in the hollowed bread before adding your salad. Enjoy!

-credit: team jegs

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