Friday, December 19, 2014

#53: The Smoked-Turkey Nachos at Grapeseed

Posted By on Fri, Dec 19, 2014 at 8:00 AM

click to enlarge Smoked-turkey nachos at Grapeseed. | Jennifer Silverberg
  • Smoked-turkey nachos at Grapeseed. | Jennifer Silverberg

When the smoked-turkey nachos arrived at our table there was an audible gasp. We had expected to receive a simple twist on bar food. Instead, chef Ben Anderson and his team at Grapeseed (5400 Nottingham Avenue; 314-925-8525) produced one of the most visually impressive dishes of the year. One bite of a turkey-covered sweet-potato chip later, and it became clear that this dish was much more than a pretty plate.

See Also: Review: Grapeseed Serves Earnest, Seasonal American Cuisine in Southampton

Grapeseed's smoked-turkey nachos are not nachos at all. Instead of tortilla chips, thinly cut, crisp fried sweet potatoes serve as the base for a colorful melange of toppings. Savory smoked turkey is generously heaped on top of the chips then topped with diced red peppers, microgreens and creamy buttermilk dressing. House-brewed cranberry "firecracker" sauce finishes the dish with a sweet-hot punch. This is Thanksgiving turned up to eleven.

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