fine food - Chef Dean Fearing
Written by Oryx
Dean Fearing is chef and partner at Fearing’s Restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Dallas. Current menu highlights include his flavourful Tortilla Soup, which you can recreate at home using his recipe.
Creator of the award-winning Fearing’s Restaurant in Dallas, and author of The Texas Food Bible, Chef Dean Fearing grew up with grandmothers who appreciated the finer details of Southern cooking and barbecue, and he still uses and treasures their recipes. He is also known to spend his spare time searching the countryside for Texas culinary inspiration.
Since opening in 2007, Fearing’s has been named Restaurant of the Year and Table of the Year by Esquire Magazine, as well as .1 in Hotel Dining in the US by the prestigious Zagat Survey.
Chef Fearing has won the James Beard Foundation Restaurant Award for Best Chef in the Southwest, and diners from across the country flock to the city to experience his signature dishes.
Dean’s Tortilla Soup with South of the Border Flavours
Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add tortillas and garlic and sauté until tortillas are crisp and garlic is golden brown, about 4 to 5 minutes. Add onion purée and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally until reduced by half. Add tomato purée, roasted chillies, jalapeños, cumin, coriander, epazote, and chicken stock. Bring to a boil. Lower heat and simmer for approximately 40 minutes. Skim fat from surface, if necessary. Process through a food mill to attain the perfect consistency or use a blender (soup may become thick: thin out with additional chicken stock). Season to taste with salt, lemon, and cayenne.
Ingredients - Serves 4
Garnish each warm soup bowl with smoked chicken breast, avocado, shredded Boyacá (Latin Cheddar) cheese, green cabbage, red radish, jalapeño pepper, and corn tortillas. Ladle Tortilla Soup over the garnish. Serve immediately.
The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes to New Classics
by Chef Dean Fearing
In The Texas Food Bible, Dean Fearing takes readers through the culinary heritage of Texas, explaining the classic preparations involved, and the expansion and fusion of foods that have been combined to develop original Southwestern cuisine.
Recipes include everything from simple burritos and salsas to traditional Texas foods such as Navajo Fry Bread and Sweet Potato Spoon Bread and to culinary treasures that make Fearing’s cooking so popular, including Enchiladas with Griddled Jalapeño Potatoes and Charred Corn, and Chorizo Street Tacos with Avocado Fries.