(From left) Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, U.S. Strategic Command senior enlisted leader; Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief; and Chief Master Sgt. Frank Fidani, 341st Missile Wing command chief, watch as Airman 1st Class Gina Douglas, 12th Missile Squadron missile chef, cracks an egg to make pumpkin, mushroom and squash ravioli. Douglas and her teammate, Senior Airman Lashauna Dowdy, became the eventual winners of the 3rd Quarter Warrior Chef Competition at the Elkhorn Dining Facility on Oct. 15. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen)
Tech. Sgt. Darnell Samuel, 819th RED HORSE Squadron NCO in charge of material control, and his teammate, Tech. Sgt. Cinnamon Calloway-Fuller, 819th RHS member, sauté onions as they prepare their signature dish of grilled butter spice chicken with pumpkin, mash potatoes and green beans. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen)
Chief Master Sgt. Frank Fidani, 341st Missile Wing command chief, left, and Col. H.B. Brual, 341st MW commander, observe Airman 1st Class Dimitris Griffin, 10th Missile Squadron missile chef, as he butters a pan. Griffin’s partner was Airman 1st Class Justin Ruiz, and their signature dish was pumpkin macaroni and cheese, and cheesecake cupcakes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen)
Staff Sgt. Breyson Robinson, 341st Force Support Squadron food service accountant, right, hands Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, U.S. Strategic Command senior enlisted leader, chili during the quarterly competition. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen)
Staff Sgt. Brian Vasvary, 341st Force Support Squadron storeroom manager, explains to Chief Master Sgt. Frank Fidani, 341st Missile Wing command chief, the ingredients in his chili and the cooking process. Although Vasvary and his teammate, Staff Sgt. Breyson Robinson, 341st FSS food service accountant, didn’t win the competition, they earned top honors in the competition with their pumpkin chili and sweet pumpkin shooter. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen)
by Airman 1st Class Katrina Heikkinen
341st Missile Wing Pubilc Affairs
10/18/2012 - MALMSTROM AIR FORCE BASE, Mont. -- Pumpkin aromas filled the Elkhorn Dining Facility as five teams from the 10th, 12th and 490th Missile Squadrons, 341st Force Support Squadron and 819th RED HORSE Squadron raced to complete a dish in only 60 minutes, all in hopes of winning the 3rd Quarter Warrior Chef Competition on Oct. 15.
Representing the 10th MS were Airmen 1st Class Justin Ruiz and Dimitris Griffin. From the 490th MS were Airman 1st Class Courtney Goulet and Airman 1st Class Jasmine Williams. From the 341st FSS were Staff Sgts. Breyson Robinson and Brian Vasvary. From the 819th RHS were Tech. Sgts. Cinnamon Calloway-Fuller and Darnell Samuel.
But it was the 12th MS representatives - Airman 1st Class Gina Douglas and Senior Airman Lashauna Dowdy who wowed judges with their pumpkin, mushroom and squash ravioli, and pumpkin bread pudding.
Judging the competition were Chief Master Sgt. Brian Hornback, Air Force Global Strike Command command chief; Chief Master Sgt. Frank Fidani, 341st Missile Wing command chief; and Command Sgt. Maj. Patrick Alston, U.S. Strategic Command senior enlisted leader.
The winning recipe is listed below:
Pumpkin, mushroom and squash ravioli (makes 4 to 6 servings) Ingredients:
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
16 shitake mushrooms
2 shallots, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teapspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon minced sage leaves
1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
½ cup squash puree
¾ cup parmesan cheese
½ cup dried bread crumbs
Salt and pepper for taste
2 egg whites
2 packages (48) wonton wrappers
In a large skillet, sauté olive oil, mushrooms, shallots and garlic for 10 minutes or until tender at medium to high heat. Stir in soy sauce and sage; raise heat to high and cook, stirring constantly, for 3 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms start to darken. Remove and transfer to a large bowl to let cool.
Stir in pumpkin puree, squash puree, parmesan cheese and bread crumbs. Season with salt and pepper. Blend in egg white.
Unwrap wonton wrappers and place 1 teaspoon of the pumpkin filling in the center of each wrapper. Moisten edges of the wrappers with egg white. Fold the wrappers diagonally so it forms a triangle. Work out the air between the wrapper and the filling. Fold the side corners into the center and press firmly or fold as desired.
Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add salt to taste. Add ravioli and cook for 3 to 4 minutes or until they float to the surface.
Pumpkin Bread Pudding
Makes 4 servings
1 loaf French bread
4 egg yolks
1 can (15 ounces) Pumpkin puree
1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
8 tablespoons butter, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Butter an 8-inch square or 2-quart shallow glass baking dish; set aside.
In a large skillet, simmer whole milk and heavy cream at medium heat, don't let boil.
Remove crusts from French bread. Cube it and place in baking dish. Pour milk mixture over the bread.
In a separate bowl, whisk 7 tablespoons of butter, ¼ cup brown sugar, pinch of nutmeg, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon and egg yolks. Mix for 5 minutes or until smooth. Mix pumpkin puree into bowl. Combine with bread mixture. Dust with cinnamon and sugar. Cook for 20 minutes.