Murphy’s | This is Atlanta Cooking | PBA30


Contemporary American cuisine in an upscale setting.

997 Virginia Ave.
Atlanta, GA 30306

Owner: Tom Murphy

Executive Chef: Nicholas Oltarsh

Pastry Chef: John Hamstra

Chef Nick prepared:

  • Roasted Chicken Tomato Soup
  • Goat Cheese and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
  • Sautéed Rainbow Trout with Jicama, Pepper and Cucumber Slaw
  • Grilled Salmon with Beets, Lentils, and Horseradish Cream served with Gaufrettes Potatoes
  • Scallops with Carrot-Ginger Puree

Chef John prepared:

  • Saffron Poached Pears
  • Tollhouse Pie

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Roasted Chicken Tomato Soup

Yield: 1G (6 large servings and some leftover for the next day)


  • 1/2 medium onion, diced fine
  • ½ pound butter
  • 6 oz all-purpose flour
  • 2 ½ quarts chicken stock
  • 1 15-ounce can crushed plum tomatoes
  • ½ roasted chicken (purchased from a supermarket)
  • ¾ cup cream
  • 2 branches each basil and tarragon leaves, picked and roughly chopped
  • salt, pepper
  • 1 roasted chicken
  • 1 branch basil for garnish


  • Heat a large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium high heat
  • Melt the butter
  • Add the flour and stir until emulsified
  • Slowly add the cold chicken stock
  • Make sure the mixture is smooth
  • Cook for 20 minutes at a slow simmer
  • Meanwhile, remove the meat from the cooked chicken
  • Discard the skin and the bones
  • Add the pulled chicken meat and cream to the soup
  • Bring back to a boil
  • Add the can of tomato
  • Stir in the herbs
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Cut basil into chiffonade and garnish soup

Goat Cheese and Beet Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Yield: 6 portions


  • Citrus vinaigrette for 6 (recipe is included above)
  • ¾ pound goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium sized beets
  • 2 oranges, segmented
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • mesclun for 6 (6 small handfuls)
  • salt, pepper


Wash the beets well. Rub them with oil and wrap in foil. Bake at 325ºF on a sheet tray, cooking for 45 minutes or until tender when pierced with a knife. While they are still warm, rub with a towel to remove the skin. Allow to cool. Slice the beets.

Meanwhile, toast the pine nuts on a sheet tray until lightly brown and allow to cool.

Toss all the ingredients together with the vinaigrette, season with salt and pepper.

Sauteed Rainbow Trout with Jicama, Pepper and Cucumber Slaw

Yield: 6 portions


  • 6 8-ounce portions of trout, skin-on
  • oil to grill the trout


  • 1 cucumber, washed
  • 1 small jicama, peeled of skin
  • 1 small red pepper, top and bottom and seeds removed
  • 1 small green pepper, top and bottom and seeds removed
  • 1 small yellow pepper, top and bottom and seeds removed
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro, washed
  • Citrus vinaigrette (recipe follows)
  • Red bliss potatoes, steamed or boiled
  • salt, pepper


  • Julienne the cucumber, jicama, peppers, and onion on a French mandolin
  • Chiffonade the cilantro
  • Mix vegetables with the citrus vinaigrette
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Meanwhile, rub the trout with oil
  • Season with salt and pepper
  • Sauté 3-4 minutes on each side
  • Serve the trout with boiled potatoes and slaw.

Citrus Vinaigrette


  • 1 orange
  • 2 lemons
  • 1 lime
  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • splash red wine vinegar
  • salt, pepper
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  • zest the citrus
  • squeeze the juice
  • mix all together with remaining ingredients.

Grilled Salmon with Beets, Lentils and Horseradish Cream Served with Gaufrettes Potatoes

Yield: 6 portions


  • 3 medium beets and oil to rub them with
  • ¼ cup cream
  • 1 ½ cups beluga or French lentils, examined for pebbles and washed
  • ½ small onion, diced small
  • ½ carrot, diced small
  • 1 stalk celery diced small
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • 2 leeks, cut into dice and washed very well
  • 1 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons white wine
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
  • salt, pepper
  • 6 ea 8 oz portions of salmon, skin-on


Rub the beets with oil and wrap in tinfoil and bake in a 350ºF oven on a sheet tray. Cook for 45 minutes or until tender when peeled with a knife. While still warm, rub with a towel to remove skin. Cut into thick slices, put in a saucepan with cream and keep warm.

For the lentils, put them in a pot with the chicken stock and vegetables. Add enough water to cover them and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until tender.

For the leeks, heat a large sauté pan, add the butter and the leeks and cook until tender, adding drops of water to inhibit coloring. Add the white wine and reduce until dry. Put aside and keep warm

Brush salmon with oil and grill until lightly pink in center. Place on plate beets, lentils, and leeks.

Gaufrettes Potatoes

Yield: 6 portions


  • 2 large Idaho potatoes


  • Cut gaufrettes on French mandolin
  • Soak overnight in ice water
  • Cook in 280º F oil until crisp
  • Make sure to stir the potatoes while they cook in the oil
  • Drain well on paper towels

Scallops with Carrot-Ginger Puree

Yield: 6 portions


  • Carrot-ginger puree for 6 (recipe follows)
  • 2 ½ pounds triple-washed fresh spinach
  • 2 ½ pounds sea scallops
  • oil to sauté the scallops and the spinach
  • salt, pepper
  • Compound garlic butter for 6 (recipe follows)
  • Gaufrettes potatoes for 6 (recipe follows)


  • Gently warm the carrot-ginger puree over low heat in a heavy bottomed pot
  • Heat a large sauté pan for the spinach with a drop of oil
  • Sauté the spinach until it wilts and keep warm
  • Heat another large sauté pan over medium high heat
  • Add enough oil to coat the bottom of the pan
  • Lightly season the scallops with salt and pepper
  • Sautee the scallops 3 minutes on each side or until lightly colored
  • Toss with scallops with the compound butter in a small bowl
  • Serve the scallops on the spinach and the carrot-ginger puree
  • Top with the gaufrettes potatoes.

Carrot-Ginger Puree

Yield: 6 portions


  • 2 ½ pounds carrots
  • 1 small knob ginger, peeled and smashed
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled & smashed
  • pinch cayenne
  • Oil, enough to blend garlic and ginger smooth
  • 3 oz unsalted butter, cubed
  • cream to puree
  • 1/3 cups brown sugar


  • Peel carrots and cut into 1” pieces
  • boil carrots in water until very tender
  • meanwhile puree ginger, garlic and oil in blender
  • cook the mixture with a pinch of cayenne for 3-4 minutes
  • puree the carrots, sugar, butter and the cooked ginger/garlic mixture
  • add just enough cream to make the puree smooth
  • season with salt and pepper
  • the mixture should not taste sweet, just seasoned
  • the mixture should be slightly spicy

Compound Garlic Butter

Yield: 6 portions


  • ½ pound unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon finely diced red onion
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 1 teaspoon white wine
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • salt to taste
  • Soften butter, stir in ingredients, refrigerate and use as needed.

Saffron Poached Pears

For 4 pears:

  • 3 cups White wine
  • 1 cup Water
  • 13oz Sugar
  • 1 Vanilla bean
  • 2 Star anise
  • 1 tsp Saffron
  • ½ of a lemon Lemon juice
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 2 Bay leaves

Put all ingredients in a pan. Heat over medium heat. Peel and core the pears.

Put them in the liquid. Cover so that the pears are all in liquid. Slowly poach until soft. Time depends on the ripeness.

Make one day ahead. Fill next day with pears with ganache. Serve with some almonds, or even an almond cookie.


Bring to a boil :

  • ½ cup Heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Whole milk
  • 1 Tbs Water
  • 10 oz. Semi sweet chocolate

Place small pieces in a bowl; pour the hot liquid over the chocolate; slowly blend until an emulsion. Cool until set; fill pears with a spoon or a pastry bag.

Tollhouse Pie

Oreo Crust:

  • 7 oz Oreo crumbs
  • 2 oz Walnuts
  • 2 oz Butter

Melt the butter and with the crumbs and nuts. Press into a 10” pie tin. Cool until hard.


Blend together with the paddle :

  • 8 oz Light brown sugar
  • 3 oz Granulated sugar
  • 6 oz Bread flour

Add and mix:

  • 4 Eggs

Melt and cool to room temperature:

  • 5 oz Butter

Add and blend until combined:

  • 5 oz Chocolate chips
  • 5 oz White chips
  • 5 oz Walnut pieces

Pour into the prepared crust; bake at 250 degrees for 90 - 110 minutes.