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Crafting culinary comfort: a Q&A with Dan Seidman

In the realm of culinary creativity, few people can weave together flavours, textures, and communities quite like Dan Seidman can. With nearly a decade entrenched in the world of social media and recipe development, Dan has honed his craft into a delightful fusion of approachability and excellence.

Known for his knack for crafting comforting, mouth-watering recipes, Dan’s culinary journey is as savoury as the dishes he concocts. From his humble beginnings to becoming a sought-after content creator, his passion for food and connection shines through in every creation.

We chatted with Dan, asking him to share some of his favourite techniques, flavours, and pairings that are a hit in his kitchen.

Can you share some signature techniques or flavour profiles that define your cooking style, and how do you incorporate them into your menus?       

Dan: I do go through phases depending on what is inspiring me at the moment, but right now I’m on a big Tex-Mex kick. Fresh and bright flavour combinations like chili-lime and cilantro are always in season and they have an inherent familiarity that so many people love. A great way to easily incorporate them into menus and cooking is to prep staples like salsa, pico de gallo, refried beans, and lime crema. With just a few pantry staples and a protein, there are infinite ways to combine these flavours into countless dishes, whether it’s a burrito bowl with grilled steak, huevos rancheros, or a big tray of nachos.              

Can you share some surprising flavour combinations or ingredient pairings that have been a hit in your kitchen recently?            

Dan: Some of my favourite flavours come from a Middle Eastern influence, and spices like cumin, coriander, sumac, and za’atar are often in my repertoire for creating bold dishes and flavour combinations. I recently created a lamb kofta-inspired pizza that exceeded my expectations! The cheesiness paired well with the crisped lamb in a surprising way that combined the bold spices with the nostalgia and approachability of pizza.     

How do you stay ahead of the curve when it comes to discovering new flavours and ingredients for your recipes?                              

Dan: I grew up watching the Food Network and reading cooking magazines, but today, social media is my go-to place when looking for inspiration. There are so many creative people who are putting out incredible cooking content, and it’s amazing that we are all so connected and have the ability to inspire and influence each other in new and exciting ways.

What advice would you give to aspiring chefs who want to create innovative and trendsetting dishes? 

Dan: I’d say to do what feels natural, don’t be afraid to experiment, but at the same time, you don’t need to reinvent the wheel, either. Trends often stem from familiarity, approachability, and a small twist to a comfortable classic, so stick with that.

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What’s one of the key elements of your inspired creation, the Smoked Chorizo Naan Nacho, and how does the dish differ from traditional nachos?

Dan: I did some experimenting and found the perfect neutral vessel to carry the bold and bright flavours of my Smoked Chorizo Naan Nachos with Stonefire® Naan Dippers®. They puff up slightly and get golden brown on the outside but remain soft and buttery on the inside. The dish becomes heartier and more satisfying than traditional nachos due to the robustness of the base and makes for a delicious, super shareable dish that will leave guests satisfied and full.

Follow Dan on Instagram @danseidman for inspiration that transcends the screen. Visit this link to request samples of Stonefire® products.