I would like to thank the academy.

She says. Wide-eyed. Hairbrush in hand. Microphone-style.

Don’t mock. A girl’s gotta practice her acceptance speech if she ever plans on doing anything of any import with her life. It’s in the handbook.

So. From the top. Minus the judgment. Yes. You there. In the front row. I’m talking to you.

I would like to thank the academy. Family. Friends.

My roommates for allowing me to destroy the kitchen three times a day. And for never complaining when it sometimes takes me hours to put it back together.

The streets of New York for glittering every so often. For luring me in. For never letting me down.
Michael Symon. For challenging me. With all of his Herculean might. For driving me to the edges of my sanity. And then reeling me back in. With every delicious bite.

Sure. It may take 3 days to make this recipe. (The Trojan War of dishes, in my opinion. You’ve got to sneak up on it with your wooden horse. Get it at from behind. And then, when it leasts suspects it…ATTACK.) And it may not exactly equate to winning an Oscar. But it’s pretty damn tasty. And that, in a way, is its own reward.
I changed this recipe. A lot.

The original recipe called for the crepes to be stuffed with a duck confit. That is to say, duck submerged in pounds of its own fat for many hours while being slow-cooked. Hah.

Yeah. Right.

So instead. I took some chicken legs. Covered them with the spice rub that Symon calls for. And threw them in the crockpot for many hours (5-6?).

That was day one. On day two. I made the coffee barbecue sauce. But instead of using the spicy ketchup I just used tomato sauce with a hint of sriracha. Due to the whole ketchup/gag reflex thing that I have going on.

On day three. I actually made the crepes. And whoa. Were they good. The chicken had the most amazing flavor from the spice rub…something having to do with the coriander/cinnamon/paprika combo. It really shone through, even after smothering it with the coffee barbecue sauce. Which was really tasty as well.

Big flavors all around. Just the way I like them.

Just a word of advice. If you’re going to make this. Plan ahead. Because it can get a little intense. I speak from experience.
Chicken (Not) Confit
8 chicken legs and thighs
3 tbsp salt
1 tsp sugar
1 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted and crushed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp smoked paprika
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 minced shallot
4 bay leaves, crumbled
1/4 cup water

1. Rinse the chicken legs and thighs and pat dry. Transfer to a large ziploc bag. Mix together all of the ingredients through the bay leaves. Coat the legs and thighs all over with the mixture. Close the bag and refrigerate overnight.

2. The next day, put the chicken in the crockpot along with 1/4 cup water. Cook it on low for 5-6 hours or until cooked through and easily shreddable.

Coffee Barbecue Sauce
1 small yellow onion, minced
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted
1/2 cup dark brown sugar
1/2 cup sherry vinegar
1 cup strong coffee
1 1/2 cup tomato sauce
1/2 tbsp chipotle powder
sriracha to taste

1. Sweat the onion in the olive oil with a good pinch of salt in a large saucepan over medium-low heat until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the coriander, brown sugar, vinegar, and coffee and simmer 10 minutes. Add the tomato sauce, chipotle powder, and sriracha. Simmer for 2 hours. Strain, discard the solids and let cool. Store for up to 1 month in the fridge.

Corn Crepes with Barbecue Chicken (Not) Confit
Serves 4 as an appetizer, 2 as a main dish

1/2 cup thawed frozen corn (or fresh)
1/2 cup flour
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
1/4 tsp salt
black pepper
1 orange pepper
1/4 cup RAMPS – I saw these at the farmer’s market and thought they would be great here in place of the scallions. They were.
1 cup shredded chicken (not) confit
1 cup coffee barbecue sauce

1. Combine the corn, flour, eggs, milk, salt, pepper, bell pepper and ramps in the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.

2. Pour a film of oil in a 7 or 8-inch saute pan over medium heat. Ladle in about 2 tbsp of batter and cook until it’s slightly browned. Flip the crepe and continue cooking for another minute until it’s cooked through. Transfer to a plate and repeat to cook the remaining crepes, stacking them on top of one another. There should be 4-6 crepes.

3. Preheat the oven to 400.

4. Wrap 2-3 tbsp of chicken with a tbsp of sauce in each corn crepe to make a cylinder. Arrange the crepes, seam side down, in a baking dish. Bake until heated through, about 10 min.

This is my submission to this week’s Symon Sundays! Be sure to check out the round-up at Ash’s blog on Monday!

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82 Responses to Corn Crepes with BBQ Chicken for Symon Sundays

  1. Barbara says:

    Congratulations!!! Wow. $2000. Fabulous and you deserve it ’cause your recipes are innovative and delicious.
    Take for example this coffee BBQ sauce. I can’t wait to make it! And the corn crepes. I can think of tons of things to stuff in them.

    (I laughed when I read your comment about duck confit. Kate at Serendipity had a great recipe with duck confit and lentils a couple weeks ago. And she MADE the confit from scratch. I’m going to try it, butI ordered it ready-made from D’Artagnan. 😉 I’d screw it up, burn myself, start a kitchen fire or something.)

  2. Congratulations! What a beautiful blog and recipe! 🙂

  3. doggybloggy says:

    CONGRATULATIONS – I scrolled right to the bottom to see what all the hype was about – way to go!

  4. Rachel says:

    Hey, that’s a heck of an announcement. Congratulations! You always have great flavor combinations in your recipes and this is well-deserved.

  5. Congrats joanne, u truely deserve it…and corn crepes looks yum, loved the beautiful presentation too…

  6. $2000 did you say???? You Deserve it Joanne, Congrats!!! I love the coffee bbq sauce. New to me!

  7. Congratulations on winning the contest…that is awesome news!

  8. Congratulations, Joanne! That is really exciting! I wonder how you’ll spend that $2,000…New kitchen gear? A shopping spree in NYC? Rent?

    This recipe sounds delicious too! I actually have some duck confit in the freezer – hmmmm. I love the sound of the coffee BBQ sauce.

  9. Pam says:

    Beautiful dish and Congrats Girl…that is so cool!


  10. Julie says:

    WOW! Wtg! Have fun spending that loot 🙂

  11. Pretty darn Awesome…..gurl its way way more than that…….very very very…
    I aint suprised and u sure need to practice lods of those accptnce speeches , but then maybe u dont, coz as muc as ur a natural winner, am sure the flow will be natural to u too….
    U sure some up with amazing recipes and am very thrilled that a pal of mine , gets recognized and honored…well besides shopping at KAF for some super cool products i wonder ,what i would do…..
    and ur creation around here rocks too, maybe if we had some software to track the amount of bookmarks a blog gets,ud win too…
    Woootttttttt..wooooooottttttt.wottttttttand cingratulations to ya with lods of hugs and love…..

  12. Karine says:

    Oh congrats for your prize!!! You deserve it. :0

    I also discovered ramps 2 weeks ago… my first comment was: “how to eat that”? Anyway, I am making a pesto with it. I just need to go downstairs to buy olive oil (that has mysteriously disappeared from my kitchen).

  13. Pam says:

    Congratulations! You need a standing ovation! You definitely deserve it with all your great cooking! Way to go!

  14. Andreas says:

    Congratulations. Now, $2000 that’s a lot of cook books. 😉

  15. Dana says:

    Congratulations Joanne! That is terrific! $2000 is a LOT of shoes. 🙂

  16. Lea Ann says:

    A big fat congratulations to you Joanne!!!! Wow. Can I have your autograph??? Very cool.

  17. Lori says:

    How fantastic! I heard about that contest. How awesome that you won it! Dude, cash for recipes, it doesn’t get any better than that. What an awesome dish too, you definitely deserved it. I am bookmarking the bbq sauce. Sounds so good!

  18. Tasha says:

    Congrats! That’s awesome!!

  19. Toni says:

    Congratulations! That’s awesome!

    Corn crepes… I could do that… I have a food processor… My food processor is a little scary though. It jumps a bit when you turn it on. Scared the sweet potato out of me the first time I used it. And it’s loud. Like, “Don’t use after 10pm for fear of committing a noise violation” loud. But I should give these a go. In the afternoon.

  20. Shannon says:

    CONGRATS!!! that is awesome 🙂 definitely worth celebrating, especially with these delicious crepes 🙂

  21. Debbi Smith says:

    Excellent on the winning contest entry! That makes me REALLY want to try that sweet potato falafel!

  22. Katerina says:

    Congratulations. It may not be an oscar but it is always very important when some people appreciate your work and give you a prize. I saw the winning recipe and it was really good. I also cannot stand confit, the way you changed the recipe I think fits better my taste as well.

  23. Congrats! I still have that sweet potato falafel recipe bookmarked. =)

    Corn crepes! Be still, my heart. I do have quite the cornmeal-love.

  24. Pam says:

    Congratulations!!! WOW!!!

  25. Catherine says:

    Hey Joanne! I’m giving you an award!
    BTW these corn crepes looks fantastic!

  26. Julie says:

    STOP THIS NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    so you’ll pay for my car repairs?

    hahaha i keed but fa real girl CONGRATS!!!!!!!

  27. A yankee sweet potato queen!!!

    Whoop whoop whoop!

    Think of the damage we could do in St Thomas with that bankroll… But, I suppose you will be sensible and save for a glorious skies the limit future… such short sightedness

  28. polwig says:

    That’s awesome… Congratulations… You Totally Deserve it… and thank you for all the creative recipes you come up with daily…

  29. Faith says:

    A huge CONGRATS, Joanne! That’s pretty amazing! Another reason for me to make your sweet potato falafel. 😉 (Who can pass up an award-winning recipe, right?!) This one looks pretty fantastic too!

  30. Meena says:


    That recipe is truly unique…I would never have thought of falafel w/sweet potato. DO let us know wha u end up doing with all the prize money!!!

  31. Kim says:

    I was so excited for you when I read that you had won! Yay Joanne:D I hope you do something really fun with the money.
    The cor crepes look like they are the bomb! I really want to try that out. I’ve tried duck confit before, and I don’t really care for it much. I like your addition of the bbq chicken. You did a great job adapting the recipe and it looks delicious. I always love the Michael Symon posts. I’m getting ready to email you about the RR Haitian recipes roundup.

  32. Martha says:

    YES!!! Congrats Joanne! Whoo-hoo! 🙂
    The recipes sound so good, a well deserved win!
    ::Big Hugs::

  33. Raina says:

    Congratulations! That is so great! It is definitely good that you are practicing acceptance speeches..LOL..because I think you are going to have quite a few to come in your future. Great looking recipe too..delicious looking. I have to give this one a try, definitely.

  34. Oh congratulations on the moolah! Spend a bit of it on some victory chocolates 🙂

    This looks and sounds a heck of a lot better than the confit version.

    Also, if my roommate didn’t agree with my obscene amount of stove/oven use we’d have real problems.

  35. That is excellent news! I am thrilled for you! And I love the sound of these crepes. Anything that takes three days to make must be good. I have loved every recipe you made from MS. I need this book!

  36. Congratulations – Awesome news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  37. sophia says:

    Was I the first to congratulate you ?! Was I?! Was I?! Please say I was! And I get some prize, right? How abt these corn crepes? Holy mama smoking amazing recipe! THIS is why you totally deserved that $2000…and MORE!

    What are you gonna do with it? I know! COme to LA to visit me…right? And treat me to a fabulous lunch! Oh yea!! Thanks, Joanne!


  38. Amy says:

    $2k…for real??!! AWESOME.

    I haven’t made crepes in a loooong time and now I’m craving them. I actually used to make just the crepes and sprinkle them with powdered sugar. Okay, now I’m really craving them.

  39. sweetlife says:

    CONGRATS!!! breaks into the sprinkler, the robot, the mash potato, the twist–okay I’m tired…I’m so happy for you-I know you were feeling down for missing the marathon…next year the marathong and another winning recipe..great job, you deserve it..thanks for the lovely comment I have also enjoyed meeting you…love the speech and the hairbrush microphone..ya kil me girl really do


  40. PJ says:

    Congrats, Joanne! Thats a wonderful news 🙂

    Ramps are featuring everywhere.. I think its a hint-hint for me now to go and buy some before they go out of season.

  41. Debinhawaii says:

    Congrats again on winning–that is so awesome! These crepes look great–love the changes that you made, the chicken is especially amazing–sounds like it had fabulous flavor.

  42. sra says:

    How nice that you won! And everything here is so creative, coffee BBQ sauce – never saw that coming.

  43. Congrats on winning in the contest dear,,, corn crepes looks great n well presented dear..

  44. Katy ~ says:

    Joanne, I am so THRILLED and DELIGHTED for you. How wonderful and exciting! You are a fabulous cook!

    PS I love the new look of your blog.

  45. Luigi says:

    Well done, hope you don’t spend all the cash at once! Oh actually go on, blow the lot! lol.

    I wish I hadn’t read your recipe though, its an hour before lunch, and I am sat at my desk staring to see if anything on it, is edible. The eraser looks quite tasty. 🙂

  46. aquadaze says:

    Congratulations Joanne. Not surprising that you won, your recipes do stand out!

    Oh and I love love love that cheesecake!

  47. MaryMoh says:

    Congrats, Joanne!You deserve it…very happy for you 😀 Time to go for shopping spree!

  48. Kristen says:

    Woot Woo for You! It is so fun to rub shoulders with such amazing cooks such as yourself. Congratulations. And I’d like a plate of those crepes to go, please.

  49. Congratulations and totally deserved! This meal is -as they say- scrumptious!

  50. congrats girl! you so deserve it….you are a master in the kitchen 🙂
    happy monday!

  51. Stella says:

    Hey Joanne! Coffee BBQ sauce? Nice! Your camera rally captured how rich it is or at least it looks that way…
    Congratulations on the win! It’s so awesome to find something like that out, isn’t it? I love when I see something like that in my inbox. Hope you have fun with your extra shillings, Dearie…

  52. elra says:

    Wow, congratulation Jo, I think you really deserve it.

    Corn crepe sounds really intriguing. Can’t wait to make this once corn start to appear in farmer’s market.

  53. wow wow congrats so proud of you and my state well adopted for choosing you love Rebecca

  54. Pam says:

    What a great acceptance speech – you crack me up. Congrats on your win, WAHOO! The crepes look amazing.

  55. katerina says:

    A 3 day recipe! Wow, that is a serious endeavor.

  56. Mary says:

    I’ve gotta tell you, You should be going for a Nobel rather than the Oscar. I love your acceptance speech. I also love your crepes and confit with coffee sauce. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  57. theUngourmet says:

    Nice! Congrats! I love that you made it more healthy using the chicken instead. This is such a beautiful recipe! 🙂

  58. Bob says:

    Wow, those look wicked good. I’ve never heard of corn crepes before but I can imagine they’re awesome. Heh, I’m not too keen on duck confit either. 😉

  59. Wow, congratulations, this is a fabulous creation! I love every component here!

  60. Cynthia says:

    These look and sound so amazing! I love the idea of the coffee barbecue sauce! I love how creative your recipes always are! I have my nobel prize speech ready too 😉

  61. Juliana says:

    Joanne…CONGRATULATIONS! You for sure deserve it! The corn crepes and the coffee BBQ sauce looks delicious…Love the pictures 🙂

  62. Azita says:

    Congratulations, Joanne! You deserve it and I’m so happy for you! These corn crepes with coffee BBQ sauce look so good!

  63. teresa says:

    excellent job my friend, you impress me everytime! this looks amazing!

  64. Sophie says:

    Congrats, Joanne! You so deserve this awesome amount of money!! A job well done!!

    Your recipes are so versatile & lovely & apart too!

    This combined dish is apart & lovely!!

  65. Gulmohar says:

    Congratulations and a tight hug :D…well deserved, Joanne..way to go girl !

  66. Mari says:

    I wish I was one of your roommates! I would let you hog the kitchen if I could eat your creations lol…

  67. Jessie says:

    Congrats, Joanne!!! I can’t think of anyone who deserves the prize more than you 🙂 Your recipes are always so inventive and full of delicious flavors that I never would have thought go together – but they do! You are amazing.

    (Last year, my husband was gathering duck fat to make his own duck confit. I made him throw it away because it was looking nasty in the fridge 😛 )

  68. kitchenetta says:


    I’d like to try this, but I’m like you – so not a three-day girl. I like to get inspired and make variations, so this one is on my list!

  69. Bridgett says:

    Oh wow, a HUGE congratulations to you! Very well deserved, in my opinion. If you cook this for me, I will gladly do your dishes.

  70. Kelsey says:

    love ur blog!!!!! amazing food and pics <3

  71. Danielle says:

    Am I going insane? or am I just so tired I can’t see? I have read and re-read this (4 times) and everyones congratulating you and I want to too but I wanna know what for! LOL….well, I know what ever it is you deserve it. 🙂
    And…. fabulous recipe!

  72. tigerfish says:

    Your close-up shot on ramps…I thought they were some cables or wires….nice photo 🙂

  73. Michelle says:

    OH my goodness…coffee in BBQ sauce sounds so good! I would have never thought to add coffee!

    Love the idea of the corn crepes too!

  74. Yosha says:

    Congratulations! And oh wow i LOVE LOVE LOVE crepes. Can’t wait to try these!

  75. Chris says:

    Intense huh? I guess you could call them Crepes of Wrath! (boooooooo)

    Yeah, I know. Bad.

  76. Muneeba says:

    3 days??? You deserved more than $2000 missy! Still, I guess devouring this dish was half the reward … man, this is complex .. I probably won’t make it, BUT I’ll happily pay you to *grin*.

  77. Shirley says:

    Gosh a 3-day recipe. My kids would finish it on day1. Congrats!

  78. Karen says:

    Ok, there are 80 posts here offering congrats and I am in. the. dark.

    Please, please, enlighten me. What did you win???

  79. Kerstin says:

    This definitely looks like it was worth the 3 days of preparation – yum!! And I would have definitely done your chicken substitution too.

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