July’s Miami Spice Mash-Up

For the second installment of the Summertime Miami Spice Mash-Up Series, presented by the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB), was an ode to good ol’ Southern cooking when Clayton Miller of 50 Eggs and Todd Erickson of HaVen Gastro-Lounge teamed up for a one-night only meal.

Just days before the Miami Spice kick off on July 24, Miller and Erickson took over the kitchen of Swine Southern Kitchen & Bar to create a five-course menu for hungry guests. Starting the meal off was the chef’s take on deviled eggs. Miller’s deviled egg was a combination of pickled mustard, bacon and and chive while Erickson created two variations of the deviled egg one filled with Serrano ham and the other made with salmon gravlox, cream cheese, dill, and capers.

For the first entree, the chefs created dishes that were served side-by-side on the same plate. Miller plated a Crisp Cajun Boudin with creamed leeks and a pickled onion marmalade while Erickson served a “Country” Quail with Indigo potato salad and a Ranch brussel sprout slaw.

Next up was each chefs solo entrée, Erickson created a Pan Seared Snapper with patatas bravas, romanesco and charred scallions while Miller made a Slow Smoked Brisket, that was wood grilled and charred, served with a molasses glaze, stone grits, aged cheddar, pickled corn relish.

Last, but certainly not least, was everyone’s favorite course — dessert. Miller made a twist on a Southern favorite with his Chocolate Texas Toast Bread Pudding with chocolate “dirt,” smoked citrus and coffee ice cream while Erickson served a Fruit Cobbler a la mode with macadamia nut cookie crumble and vanilla whipped cream. To wash all of these courses down, each guest got to enjoy a complimentary Botran Rum Old Fashioned and Stella Artois.

Make sure not to miss the final Miami Spice Mash-Up dinner this Thursday, September 4, when chefs John Iatrellis of Lure Fishbar, Wolfgang Birk of Area 31, and David Bracha of Oak Tavern team up at Lure Fishbar to create a special menu filled with over-the-top seafood dishes and preview each others September Miami Spice menus.

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