Only in Asheville

Foodtopians believe in a shorter route from farm-to-table. Check out these recipes using some of the area's finest local ingredients.

Micro Brew Beer Battered Onion Rings Recipe

  • January 1, 2011

Have fun making this micro brew beer battered onion recipe from local brewery Highland Brewing Company. Ingredients 1/2 cup Highland Brewing Company Oatmeal Porter 1/2 cup seltzer water or club soda 1 tbsp. oil 1 egg 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper 1 tsp. kosher or sea salt 1 cup cake or pastry flour 1/4 tsp. mustard powder Preparation Combine all ingredients except flour, using whisk, stick blender or...

Sun-Dried Apricot Canapé

  • January 1, 2011

Ingredients 12 sun-dried apricots, split in half 12 oz. Spinning Spider Creamery chevre cheese ½ tsp. ground cinnamon ½ tsp. ground ginger ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper salt to taste 24 candied pecans, or your favorite nut, pistachios would be beautiful! Preparation With a hand or stand up mixer, whip chevre and spices with paddle attachment on low speed until creamy and well blended...

Ramps, Smoked Bacon and Arugula Salad

  • January 1, 2011

Ingredients 2 ounces of bacon cut into short sticks, about 1/4" x 1/4" x 1" A healthy bunch of ramps, properly harvested*, cleaned and cut into 1" lengths Salt Pepper 1 teaspoon brown sugar 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar 4 handfuls of fresh arugula Preparation In a heavy iron skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until it renders its fat and becomes crispy. Toss in the...

Sweet Potato Salad Recipe

  • January 1, 2011

Enjoy sampling this sweet potato salad with popular Asheville area ingredients. Ingredients 5 pounds medium diced sweet potatoes 2 1/2 cups julienne shiitake mushroom 2 cups red onion finely diced 1 cup celery finely diced 2 Granny Smith Apples - fine julienne 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar 1 cup olive oil 2 tbsp. dry mustard 1 tbsp. curry powder 1 tsp. cayenne pepper 2 cups pumpkin seeds toasted 1/4...