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Chefs' Cooking Secrets | Mushroom Flautas, with Tom Colicchio and Padma Lakshmi | Video

Compiled by Vicki McClure Davidson


A bit light on the measurements for ingredients used in making the flauta filling, but this video offers an excellent visual of how to properly roll a flauta.

I wish we could hear more from Tom Colicchio, who is the real chef, but since former model and TV hostess Padma Lakshmi is hawking her new cookbook, she is in the spotlight. Flautas are filling and economical for families on a budget. They are yet another way to creatively and frugally use up leftovers and to sneak vegetables into a dish for kids who are finicky eaters.

I was especially interested in the sweet potato filling Padma mentions, but regrettably, no details are given. So, experiment!

This cooking demonstration was conducted at the 2008 Classic in Aspen and produced by Food & Wine. Running time: 4:48.



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