Almond Breeze Stops at Taste of Chicago for National Homegrown Tour

Almond Breeze Stops at Taste of Chicago for National Homegrown Tour

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“It’s different…it tastes almost like milk.” I heard someone outside the Blue Diamond Almond Breeze Taste of Chicago tent.

“And what is that – is that an almond burger?”

What he was about to eat was a Home Run Chicken Slider with Creamy Breeze Guacamole made with almond milk.

Almond Breeze is halfway through it’s 2017 Homegrown Tour, which is a multi-city national tour featuring recipes made by Food Expert Patty Mastracco. When I usually think of almond milk, I think of it for my smoothies and cereal, and lately I’ve been using it for my protein shakes now that I’m training for the Chicago Marathon. While almond milk is great for those uses, it’s more versatile and can also be a milk substitute for savory foods. Food Expert Patty Mastracco specifically crafted recipes for each city on the tour using Almond Breeze almond milk, and for The Taste of Chicago, it was no different.

“The hardest part was coming up with something for Chicago because when someone thinks of Chicago eats, they think of dishes that aren’t that healthy,” Food Expert Patty Mastracco said. “So I started with classic recipes and gave them a fun twist.”

Food Expert Patty Mastracco at The Taste of Chicago 2017.

Almond Milk for Savory Foods:

For the popular Home Run Chicken Slider, one interesting thing she did was add almond milk to guacamole – something that already has creamy avocados. But, honestly, it really made a difference. It also changed the way I usually eat chicken sliders – which is with cheese instead of guacamole. But as a Chicago foodie, I love to try new things and this was my favorite sample that I tried at The Taste of Chicago food festival. Festival goers enjoyed free samples of a variety of almond milk (including chocolate milk) and almond milk based foods like the Chicago Breeze Ballpark Pretzels.

What’s really great about these is that for most recipes for cooking you can directly substitute almond milk for regular milk without compromising taste or texture. You can also use almond milk for baking, which might call for a shorter bake time. The only time you need extra almond milk is when making custards or puddings because almond milk doesn’t have saturated fat.

Below is my favorite Chicago recipes from Almond Breeze:

Home Run Chicken Sliders at The Taste of Chicago.

Home Run Chicken Slider:

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 6 to 10 minutes

1 lb. ground chicken

1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs

1/4 cup Blue Diamond Original Unsweetened Almond Breeze

1/4 cup finely minced red onion

1/4 cup shredded 4-cheese Mexican blend

2 tablespoons minced pickled jalapeno peppers

1 tablespoon Mexican seasoning blend

1 egg

Olive oil cooking spray

16 small rolls (2-inches in diameter)

Fresh pico de gallo

Mix together chicken, breadcrumbs, Almond Breeze, onion, cheese, peppers, seasoning and egg in a large bowl. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. (May be prepared 1 day ahead and stored tightly covered in the refrigerator.) Using wet hands, shape into 12 flat patties. Coat liberally on both sides with olive oil spray and cook over medium heat in a very large nonstick skillet for 3 to 5 minutes on each side or until nicely browned and cooked through. Spread roll bottoms with Creamy Breeze Guacamole, then sprinkle with pico de gallo. Place a slider and roll top on each. Makes 18 sliders.
Creamy Breeze Guacamole:

Prep time: 5 minutes

1/4 cup Blue Diamond Original Unsweetened Almond Breeze

2 tablespoons lightly packed fresh cilantro leaves

1 tablespoon sliced pickled jalapeno peppers plus 1 tablespoon brine from jar

1/4 teaspoon garlic salt

1 large ripe avocado, peeled and pitted

1 medium green onion, sliced

Puree all ingredients in a small blender or food processor. Serve with Home Run Chicken Sliders. Makes 1 cup. Double recipe to make extra guacamole for dipping, if desired.

Almond Breeze National Tour Stops:

Don’t miss the opportunity to see what dairy-free, savory recipes Food Expert Patty Mastracco has whipped up for your city. After The Taste of Chicago, The Homegrown Tour will make the following stops:

Eat Drink San Francisco, August 24 -27, 2017

Farm-to-Fork Festival Sacramento, September 24, 2017

NYC Wine and Food Festival, October 12-14, 2017

Taste of Atlanta, October 21-23, 2017

Amanda Whitfield
Amanda Whitfield

Amanda Whitfield is a writer and speaker and a relationship builder. She believes that meeting people in person is important. After attending numerous fashion, startup, and creative events, she founded Windy City Cosmo is 2015 to help people make connections in the city as they build their businesses, start and end relationships and see and be seen. Over the past three years, the entrepreneurs she’s interviewed have become the most successful in Chicago and Windy City Cosmo won an award in 2017 for her work for female entrepreneurs.

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