Porkopolis Eggfest 2014

Porkopolis Eggfest 2014

Today, I’m one of the demo cooks at the Porkopolis Eggfest in Cincinnati. It’s a lot of fun, and there are over 500 people expected!

I’m doing sides, desserts and drinks, and dipping back into some favorites:

  • Browned butter fingerling potatoes
  • Blackberry thyme crisp
  • Grilled peach bourbon iced tea

Sound like a good hour of demo cooking? If not, I may have to grill a pineapple, too!

With the blackberry thyme crisp recipe below, the grilled peach bourbon iced tea can be found here.

Grilled Peach Bourbon Sweet Tea


The potatoes are simple:

Take 2 pounds of fingerling potatoes and boil them for 8 minutes, then immerse them in an ice water batch immediately. Coat with olive oil, adding sea salt and 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh rosemary and add to a grill pan. Put on the grill at 400 degrees and grill to brown all sides until fork-tender (10 minutes). While the potatoes are grilling, brown half a stick of butter. When the potatoes come off the grill, add them to a large bowl and coat with the browned butter, then serve!

Fingerling potatoes

Blackberry Thyme Crisp
A great dessert using fresh ingredients, with less sugar and sweet than many crisps, and the fresh addition of thyme.
Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 2-4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
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  • Filling:
  • 1 quart fresh blackberries
  • 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 2-3 tbsp cane sugar (use more if berries are more tart)
  • 4-5 sprigs thyme, leaves removed from stems
  • juice from ½ lemon
  • Topping:
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • ⅜ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ½ stick butter, melted
  1. Combine filling ingredients gently so as not to break up the berries, and put into small baking dish.
  2. Combine all topping ingredients, and cover the berries in the baking dish
  3. Bake at 375 degrees F for 20-25 minutes, until the top is browned nicely and the filling is deliciously bubbly. Serve as is, or with a dollop of creme fraiche.

About Curt McAdams

I guess I'm a bit of a foodie, learning to cook from my mom, then getting obsessed with outdoor cooking, competition barbecue, bread baking and just about all things food. Lately, I've been trying to upgrade my photography skills a bit, though I still have a long way to go.


  1. I have to try that brown butter potatoes recipe, it sounded so good when you described it.  You did a great job on the demo, at least the parts I saw.

  2. It was great seeing you there! The potatoes are great, and some people said they were the best thing they tried all day.

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