January 21, 2020
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Savoring Our Faith (Season 1) – Holy Communion

One of the greatest celebrations that a family can have is First Holy Communion, but it sure takes a lot of time for preparation. And I’m not talking about all of the party planning for the reception, because I’m going to give you some tips for that. Really, the greatest preparation is helping our young people understand that even though they are eating bread, they really are eating the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. So these recipes will help you to at least talk about it with your young people. And it definitely will be savory food to help you savor your faith. [music] So this menu is going to be all about helping young people to understand substantial bread which is– “super-substantial” bread is the technical term, because the substance–even though it is bread in form, the substance is the Body and Blood of Christ. So we’re going to be using a lot of ingredients to help young people and parents talk it out with each other. I’m using some bread, some meat, some red wine, and we’re going to put it all together so that you can have a celebration with your family–creamy, savory Texas toast. And we’re also make little Pinwheels with a little bit of meat inside layered. It’s going to be kind of neat to actually kind of put it all together. We’re also going to be making a Red Wine Mushroom Sauce. And for dessert for this First Communion reception, we’re going to make for everyone a White Chocolate Chip and Peaches, and that’s going to be put together in a bread pudding. So good. First, though, we need to get this going. This is going to be a pinwheel, pretty simple to make, actually. I am going to be wrapping this in a phyllo dough, but rolling it out in a way so that when you finally cut into it, you kind of get like a little pinwheel action going. And all I’m doing is using a little bit of a New York strip steak. I’m going to cut this down very thin, against the grain, because this is actually going to be layered in this pastry. Kind of explaining First Communion, it’s not easy. Let’s just admit. And it really does require a sense of faith. And, you know, if your child is celebrating First Holy Communion, you know what that means? It means that your child is developing a supernatural faith, trying to understand bread becoming flesh. And so this recipe might be a way to talk it out. I’ve got some puff pastry here, and the fact that I am using puff pastry is slightly a miracle, because I am not a baker. But I’m going to actually make this into a savory kind of presentation. So puff pastry is layered just like this. And what I’m going to do is just kind of pull it out a little bit, because I want to eventually put enough space so that I can put enough meat on here. Be careful–you don’t want to break this up. Here I am going to simply take some of… you know what, we don’t want the fat on here. Some of this flat meat that we’ve cut down, again, just removing some of the bigger pieces of fat because we don’t want it to be greasy. And you can see what I am doing. I’m just simply trying to cover up all of the pieces of the puff pastry with the meat, even if I’m splitting it around a little bit. I know, you’re going to have guests coming over. And you’re going to have a good time with your family and your friends. And then that’s what we want you to do. We want you to make sure that it is a celebration of sort. So I am going to season this up with a little bit of salt, a little bit of pepper, and then at the same time I’m going to throw in some Italian herbs onto it. Let’s use a little garlic as well. A little garlic powder definitely will help. And then a little bit of oregano. All right, just shaking that all on there. You can see that I’m just putting it all on a flat board so that it would be easier to clean up at the end of the day. Now we roll it. And this will create the pinwheel effect. Simply just going to take the meat and begin rolling it down. Depending on the puff pastry, some parts might be lumpier than others. Don’t you worry because we’re going to be cutting it down into little sections. It will be perfect appetizers, bite-sized, flavorful meals. It’s kind of nice because, you know, it doesn’t mean that you have to have a create a big sit-down dinner. You can kind of just walk around, and the appetizers will definitely be substantial–not super- substantial–but substantial enough that it will just make everyone say, “This really is a celebration.” A celebration with a menu based on what? Bread and meat. I’ve got this here wrapped up. If you’ve got a little piece of the meat sticking out just use the dough, the puff pastry. The puff pastry is an extremely difficult process to make. So if you want to do this by hand, give yourself a couple of days. What I am doing right now is just kind of spreading it all out, because it’s going to basically now sit in a sheet pan. And I’m going to spray this down with a little bit of just non-stick spray to help it not stick and hopefully make things real simple for clean-up. So we’re going to put this down in here. I’ve got my oven preheated at 450 degrees, kind of nice. You’ll see the little magic that occurs once this bakes for about 30-35-40 minutes. Into the oven it goes. The oven is going to be used actually quite a bit. I’m going to actually clean this knife down because I’m going to use it again. And also give my hands a quick wash. While I do that, it’s kind of fun to be able to at least ask people, “How do you describe Holy Communion to young people? How exactly is that done?” Well, we’re going to find ways to do that as I prepare the next dish, which is going to be our bread pudding. [music] Fr. Leo: Receptions for Holy Communions are kind of funny, because it’s all about giving gifts to the child who received Holy Communion. What might be a good idea is to ask your child what gift are they going to give to God as a result of proving that God is now beautifully present in their soul. [music] Fr. Leo: You’re probably going to think, “Oh my gosh, that baguette has seen better days,” but actually I let, from a different dinner party, let this sit out. I didn’t need it all, because I want to use it again. And this is a great way to let young people know that even though it’s just bread, if you add the right things to it, namely grace, it changes it. And so what we’re going to use is this bread, to talk about the transformative property, actually Transubstantial, the changing of the substance property, by making sure grace is part of the prayer. So what I’m going to use is this hard, crusty bread. You can see I’m actually putting effort into cutting it up. And this is obviously something you want to do instead of your kids doing it. And I’m just going to cut them up into smaller section pieces, because this is going to be the base for super-tasty bread pudding. And the bread pudding I’m going to make is going to be a little more unique. I’m going to actually make a white chocolate chip and peaches bread pudding. And it’s a very simple process to make. It always sounds so fancy, but really just adding the right ingredients makes it easy. And anyway, we got this little pan here. And it’s about maybe a 9-inch circular pan. And what we’re going to do is just layer it all out. That had the gap filled that perfectly. Now we’re going to make the addition. We’ll call this the graceful part. We’re going to use 4 to 5 eggs. One, two, three, and then we’ll use four. I think four will cover it for this one. Great. So 4 eggs. I am now going to whisk this up adding to it about half a cup of just regular milk perfectly measured. You can see something here about this. Even though I’m making a desert and everybody laughs at the fact that I don’t always make dessert, because this is an easy dessert. (chuckle) Half a cup of heavy whipping cream. I’m going to add maybe ¼ cup of just regular cane sugar. Maybe even less than a quarter, maybe just like 2-3 tablespoons. And then a pinch of salt, believe it or not. We’re also going to give this an extra flavor by adding just a drop of some lemon extract. There you go. Nice, bright, and we’re going to whisk this up. And we’re going to also add to it as well some peaches, some canned peaches, cubed canned peaches. You know, when talking out faith with young people they need analogies. And frankly, the only way we can talk about the Eucharist is analogously, which basically means by way of stories, examples. We’re never going to be able to figure it out 100% completely, and that’s where faith is different from fact. I think people say, “Show me the proof. Show me the proof.” You know, there have been Eucharistic miracles, great stories–and not even stories–factual events that kind of show how the grace of transubstantiation really did reveal the Body and Blood aspect of the Eucharist. Okay, here’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to add just a small handful of chocolate chips, white chocolate chips, to keep kind of the integrity of it all. Here I am also going to add some canned peaches, peach chunks with its natural juices. Why? Because it’s going to help add a natural sweetness to aid some of the cane sugar that we put in. There you go. And we are now going to mix this all up. So here’s a simple process ready. Dump that all in there. Let that soak all up as I spray this pan. And then you’re going to see that I actually put another cookie sheet out here so that if it starts to bubble over, it’s going to catch, won’t make a mess– keep things clean. Spray this down liberally so that nothing sticks. I want to get this moist. I want to get this moist but not soggy. And here’s where you can explain to young children that you see the substance, the actual change is occurring by adding ingredients to it. The ingredient that we add to regular bread, unleavened bread in the Eucharist is the faith. It’s prayer. And that is something substantial, and that’s something that young people need to know about– faith changes everything. And that’s what we’re going to do. Change old bread into a delicious, awesome, super- tasty dessert. Add this all in here and you can see what’s going to happen. It will kind of overflow just slightly–not a big deal. The colors are amazing. It would be great with a little bit of ice cream. Fantastic, simple dessert for receptions where you’re doing bite-size appetizers. So let me just put all of this in here. We’re in good shape. We want to make sure that all of the bread pieces are kind of spread out a little bit, kind of incorporating it all in here. Since I’ve got on one of these pens I think we’ll be okay, won’t make too much of a mess. Open this door up, another 400 degree oven. We’re still working on our pinwheel puff pastry with meat inside of it. Not bad at all. There’s definitely plenty of room here for this, as we say “see you later” to some super delicious dessert. [music] Fr. Leo: Faith is very different from fact. Fact basically means that I can prove it. Two plus two equals four, but basically, how do you prove that? There are just some things we take for granted in the factual world. Unfortunately, we do have to have a credible reason why we can believe in the Eucharist. And if you were to look at all of the Eucharistic miracles and all of the ways that Christ and the church talk about Holy Communion and the Eucharist, you don’t need any fact. The fact is you will have true supernatural faith. And more importantly you will know Who that Eucharist really is. It’s Jesus. [music] Fr Leo: You know, the Eucharist is just bread and wine adding special graces to it and it just changes it all around. And what I’m going do is I’m going to take regular, regular Italian loaf just like this, super simple. I’m going to turn them into Texas toast. And the Texas toast is really just all about adding some savory and some creaminess to it. And this is a simple recipe that your kids will definitely enjoy, something that is fun and easy to make. It begins with a little bit of mayonnaise. And it also needs some seasoning to it, so we’re talking some garlic powder. We’re talking a little bit of black pepper. And we’re not going to add too much salt to this. Why? Because the salt is going to come from this really delicious Parmesan cheese. So what I’m going to do is I’m just going to grate a little bit of this in here now. We’re going to put it all together, mix it all together. Such a big piece, here’s what I’m going to do. Watch! That makes it much easier and I’m using a fine micro- grater simply because I want this to be thinner–not shaved, but really shreds. Yeah, that’s great. That’s perfect. Your ratios are easy to find for what we want is the consistency. Let me show you what the consistency is. We’ve got the mayonnaise going and the garlic, and it’s going to basically just look like chunky mayonnaise. That’s the consistency. Not a problem. You know, what why don’t we just add a little bit of Italian herbs to this as well, because it will go well, basically, with the pinwheels. All right, beautiful. We’ve got some toast here actually, just some regular Italian loaf. And I’m just going to put just a little bit on each one and smear it down, super-simple. And this is something your kids can help you with in preparation for their First Holy Communion. Just telling them that, you know, regular bread can become Texas toast if you add the right things to it. Bread can become the Body and Blood of Christ if you add the right things to it. You see it’s all about making sure young people get a chance to talk about the faith. You know, there is a statistic out there that basically says that there are so few people that understand the real presence of Jesus. And why? We don’t talk about the Eucharist enough. I mean, honestly, when was the last time you really did, maybe, outside Mass? This gives you a chance with your family, as they’re helping you out, to talk about it. It’s kind of nice to know that First Holy Communion just gives young people a chance to show adults a childlike faith. And a reception afterwards is more really, it’s really about the celebrating of the communion that is extended from the communion shared around the Lord’s Table. We’re not supposed to stop there. We’re supposed to continue that communion in a holy fellowship with one another. I made just enough so that I can get all of these out here. That’s what I’m going to do. I’m going to do some checking on what’s in the oven. And I needed to do that. Why? Because in all my excitement about changing the old loaf into something super delicious, namely the, namely this bread pudding, I forgot to do something to it–add some butter. So what I did is just add a few pats of butter to it as well, maybe about two tablespoons of butter. You can melt that down or cube it up and just put it all in there. I mixed it all up again so that would have a nice creaminess to it. I’m going to actually share this dish here to keep everything kind of organized. So far we’re doing pretty good but I can see that this will eventually lump up. Not a big deal. I’m not scared of that. Because I just know that eventually it will be delicious especially when we cut it all up. Hey just enough room in there for everything. Keep that all together because by the time the puff pastry is done, the Texas toast will be done too. Put this back in here. Now that the bread pudding is all buttered up, Texas toasts are cooking, along with all of the other beautiful ingredients for this nice reception of Holy Communion. Let’s add a little bit of class to it now by making a little red wine Merlot sauce. I’m going to begin by just adding about a tablespoon of butter. We’re going to get this heated up and as soon as that is melted, I am going to add just some portabello mushrooms. This would be a great little thing to pour on top of the pinwheels. You’ll see how the plating is going to be when we bring it all together. And that bringing it all together is again is exactly what communion is all about. You know, food and faith just go great together. And I just think that if we talked more about faith at the dinner table, we’d understand each other’s viewpoint a little bit more. You know, I actually did some radio as well. And the show is called, Stirring the Pot. And the Stirring the Pot is basically reminding families, unlike the famous phrase “You can’t talk about politics, religion or sports at the dinner table.” I say, “No, talk about it. But talk about it in a way that will bring about conversion.” Because you know what happens when you have a good conversation? You have CON-VER-SION. Hear it? Converse…conversation… conversion–as opposed to controversy. And if there’s one thing that can be controversial to talk about it is the Faith. And in particular, an aspect of the faith– the wine we use. So look, the butter is melted well. I’m just going to add about a cup of these portabella mushrooms just so that they kind of sauté out. I’m going to add some Italian herbs to it, as well. I am going to put a little bit of black pepper and a little bit of garlic powder also. Put my salt box here so I’m going to make sure that I get some salt into this as well. And I’m going to throw in just a nice little aromatic, which would be a nice sprig of this rosemary. So let’s get that heating all up all together. You know, the use of alcohol in our Church–there are all different faith groups that basically say, you know, we shouldn’t drink any alcohol, and alcohol is a sin. You know what First Communion gives you an opportunity to do? Talk about it. Talk about how alcohol is used in aspects of faith, so that young people don’t wind up abusing it, but really respecting it. Kind of the way they approach the Precious Blood in the Eucharist–the properties of alcohol are still there. In fact, a really fun study would be to talk about what makes sacramental wines, which is why I actually lead retreats, of all places, Napa Valley. You’re probably thinking, “That’s a tough life, Father.” Well, you know what’s been fascinating about those retreat experiences gives people a holy forum to talk about wine, which we use. It is absolutely essential. In fact, I can’t have Mass as a priest unless I have wine. It’s just part of the requirements in order for me to celebrate the Holy Eucharist. So here’s what we got going, it’s actually smelling so good right now. This is beautiful. The aromas are coming through. And now to kind of give you young people a chance to talk about wine, we’re going to add a little bit of Merlot from the Napa Valley region. And what’s kind interesting to is that a lot of your original vineyards and wineries in Napa Valley, they’re Catholic. It’s kind of nice to know that. When I went there, people were so surprised to see the connection of wine, culture and faith all wrapped around a desire to understand and appreciate just wine in general. So we’re going to add about 2 cups of red wine. We’re going to let this reduce down, and we’re just going to wait for this to reduce, wait for that to finish cooking. I’m going to show you the delicious way you can plate this in a super, super beautiful way to have a reception for your young people who made their First Holy Communion. [music] Fr. Leo: Preparing children for Holy Communion is one of the greatest responsibilities that the Church has as a universal family, and Moms and Dads have as a domestic Church family. And it is one of the greatest gifts that you can give to your children, knowing that even when they’ve grown up and they’ve outgrown all of their childlike toys, there’s one thing that will always stay with them, and that is their love and their knowledge of who Jesus is in the Eucharist. [music] Fr. Leo: Our reception for Holy Communion is just about ready. We put the Texas Toast in just when it needed to go in so that it would cook it at the exact same time as this Pinwheel. These are really hot, so you’ve got to be careful. Let this rest for just a moment. And then I’m also going to pull out the bread pudding as well. The bread pudding is looking good, and I’m so glad that with good preparation we had this little tray underneath it so that it could catch some of the drippings in the baking process. Let’s start with the bread pudding first. A nice little trick, you’ve got this cup here with just some warm water. This will actually help you to scoop some ice-cream. Oh my gosh! This is…hello… delicious, super-delicious. That’s a bit substantial but super-delicious. But it’s bread that was basically brought back to new life because of all the things that we put into it. White chocolate chips. We got some of the peaches in there as well. So tasty! I added the butter, remember, to kind of help cream things up. This little thing could just get put in here, helps to scoop some of the ice cream out and make these beautiful balls for it. Oh, my goodness, your kids will be thinking to themselves. Yeah, you know, it’s not the Eucharist–it’s not the Bread of Life, but that sure is good bread done right. I’m going to take one of these, put these down just like such. There’s our Texas Toast cooked up beautifully. All right now… hot! (? ) Ah, great, look at that. You see the pinwheel effect in all of that? Got the bread, and then we also have the meat. Super-delicious. And let me put this on the side. I’m going to put a little bit of this Merlot reduction with mushrooms on it. And what you have is not only delicious reception food–you also have a great dinner conversation. So I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe here. Raise a glass to our First Holy Communicant. You’re watching “Savoring Our Faith” on EWTN. [music]

Otis Rodgers