Talk Food Festival: Jason Santos

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 10:45am

Chef Jason Santos, Owner and Executive Chef of Blue Inc. in Boston joined the ladies for The Talk Food Festival.  He shared some of his delicious fall comfort recipes that you can make at home.


Pan Seared Salmon
butternut squash puree, bacon seared spinach, maple-cherry jus
serves 4


4 (7oz.) pieces of skin on salmon fillet



Canola oil

Coat a large skillet with canola oil and place over medium heat. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper. When hot, add the fillets to the pan skin side down; Cook for 5 minutes until the skin is nice and brown. Finish in the oven for approximately 5 minutes.


4 cups blanched spinach

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 tablespoon butter

3 oz. bacon, coarsely chopped



Heat the oil in a heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and sauté until beginning to crisp, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and spinach to the same skillet and sauté until heated through. Season.

Butternut Squash Puree

1 ea. Butternut squash, peeled & chopped, seeds removed

4 cups heavy cream



Simmer butternut in heavy cream until soft, strain cream and add squash to blender. Puree and add cream until a smooth puree is achieved. Season.

Maple Cherry jus

1/2 cup maple syrup

2 tablespoon butter

16 amarena cherries

1 tablespoon red onion , minced

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 teaspoon Dried thyme

1 teaspoon white vinegar

Salt, to taste

Pepper, to taste

Bring all to a simmer then remove from heat.


Parsley sprigs for garnish.


Soba Noodle Salad
sesame dressing, toasted peanuts, mango
serves 4

sesame dressing:

4 tablespoon minced scallion

2 tablespoon minced ginger

2 tablespoon minced onion

2 tablespoon minced jalapeno

2 tablespoon minced garlic

4 tablespoon soy sauce

4 tablespoon rice wine vinegar

4 tablespoon sesame oil

4 tablespoon olive oil

1 teaspoon chile flakes

1 teaspoon sugar

  • 12 ounces soba noodles

  • 1 large red bell pepper, julienned

  • 1 large ripe mango, peeled and chopped into cubes

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil

  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh mint

  • 1 cup chopped roasted, salted peanuts


Banana leaves, cut into large square to cover plate

1. Mix well the above sesame dressing ingredients.

2. Cook the noodles in salted water, until al dente, according to the package instructions. Drain and then rinse well under cool water. Transfer the noodles to a large bowl and toss with the dressing.

3. Add the mango, bell pepper, basil and mint. Toss and plate on banana leaves. Serve with chopped peanuts sprinkled over the top.

Creamy Burratta
fig relish , grilled foccaccia, evoo
serves 2

½ pt. fresh figs, 1/4 -inch dice

1 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoons mint, torn into small pieces

1 tablespoon fresh basil, torn into small pieces

1/2 teaspoon lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon honey

Pinch salt

1 tablespoons saba, (can substitute balsamic reduction) for garnish

Combine all.

1 tablespoons good extra virgin olive oil, for garnish

2 oz. piece burratta


Make relish to top burrata then drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and serve with grilled bread.

Doughnut Pancakes 
hazelnut chocolate ice cream, strawberry-coffee salsa


2 ½ glazed doughnuts

1 egg

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 cup milk

½ cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

Place doughnuts, eggs, sugar, and milk in a blender. Blend at high speed until smooth. Add flour and baking powder and blend until just mixed. Ladle or spoon 3-inch rounds onto a hot greased skillet and cook until golden brown.

Hazelnut chocolate ice cream

¾ cup milk

½ cup heavy cream

¼ cup granulated sugar

5 tablespoons hazelnut chocolate spread

Pinch kosher salt

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Put all ingredients in a blender and blend on low speed just until combined. This will take 15 or so seconds. Pour into container for electric ice cream maker and process until frozen, following manufacturer's instructions for your machine. Eat immediately (it will be a soft-serve consistency), or scoop into a container and freeze for several hours to harden it further.

Makes 1 pint.

Strawberry coffee salsa

1 cups strawberries diced

1 single espresso

1 tablespoon sugar

Mix together.

Mint & powdered sugar for garnish.

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