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Chefs and Recipes
Chef Jeremiah Matthews....
Fine dining is no longer reserved
for Saturday date nights at white tablecloth establishments. Chef Jeremiah
Matthews offers fresh ingredients and haute cuisine cooking techniques in a
laid-back setting at his new Daphne eatery. Matthews is a familiar face in
Baldwin County, having steered the stoves at The Colony in Fairhope and Jesse’s
in Magnolia Springs. His efforts have earned him a loyal following along the
way. When the opportunity fell in his lap to take over a space on Highway 98
and create a concept from the ground up, he jumped. Southwood Kitchen was born.
Matthews is well traveled and well
educated, culinarily speaking. He got his start in restaurants as a kid,
washing dishes and working the line, then quickly found focus and attended
culinary school at the esteemed le Cordon Bleu in Paris. He worked in
Michelin-starred kitchens there and sharpened his knives in the Burgundy and
Dijon regions as well before settling back in the States. A stint as a
backcountry chef in Wyoming sharpened his creative process — how, in the middle
of the mountains, do you cook a world-class meal with only ingredients that
were packed in on horseback?
Southwood Kitchen melds classic
French preparations with bold creativity, decidedly Southern ingredients and
seafood straight out of the Gulf. Matthews adds that most true Southern dishes
have French ancestry, so it is a natural combination. Every protein listed on
the menu has a farm name printed alongside it, a testament to his goal of
offering fresh, high quality local ingredients. Although the staff takes great
pains with the food, the dining experience is comfortable and casual. The word
“approachable” comes up again and again. There are no tablecloths, no
reservations, no pretension. Prices are also accessible.
The dinner menu changes daily.
Whatever fresh local seafood, meat and vegetables are available that day
inspire his creations, so don’t expect to have your favorite dish every single
time. There is always a prime steak available, although it’s often not printed
on the menu. You need to ask for it, “like a super-secret club, ” he laughs.
This is the kind of place where it pays big to try something new, so go out on
a limb and see what the chef has in store!
Mobile Bay Magazine
January 8, 2018
Elk or Venison Loin with Chimichurri
Bone-in chops make a
striking impression at the table, but boneless works just fine.
8 slices bacon
1 elk or venison loin (back strap) bone-in or boneless,
about 3 pounds
salt and pepper, to taste
1. Lay out bacon as individual
pieces and allow to come up to room temperature. Season loin with salt and
pepper, to taste.
2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Begin wrapping loin with bacon, starting from one end and making sure the edges
of the bacon overlap. Stick it with toothpicks where the bacon ends meet. If
working bone-in, just work around the bones, leaving them exposed.
3. Sear in a large cast-iron pan,
then finish in oven for 15 – 18 minutes, until medium rare. Allow to rest, then
slice and serve with chimichurri. Serves 6
12 cloves pickled garlic,
2 bunch cilantro, chopped
2 bunch parsley, chopped
1/2 red onion
1 ounce red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon fresh oregano
1 cup olive oil
Juice of 2 lemons
1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
1. Combine in small
processor, pulse until smooth but slightly chunky. Serve immediately or store
in an airtight container in the refrigerator until use. Makes 2 cups