Grilled chicken fajitas. Grill up some off the vine tomatoes, fresh garlic, sweet onion, bell pepper and Anaheim pepper. Once it’s all nice and blackened, blitz it all in the food processor with a handful of fresh cilantro, olive oil, salt and pepper. Makes a really fresh and light salsa that keeps some of the awesome grilled flavours.
For the chicken breasts prepare a rub of smoked paprika, cumin, kosher salt, fresh black pepper and dried cilantro. Rub it liberally all over chicken breasts. Grill it on direct heat for a while and finish on indirect. Grill up some peppers for the fajitas at the same time. Serve it with shredded marble cheddar, black olives, hot peppers, sour cream and hot sauce as required. Wrap it all up in a tortilla. Makes a nice summer meal.
Don’t be intimidated to grill chicken. A couple hours on indirect heat, season with even the most basic store bought chicken seasoning and it will be crisp outside, and moist inside.
Beef stew night. Sweat down sweet onions and garlic, add red wine and the stewing beef and cook well. Add fresh mushrooms, chopped carrots, chopped turnip, beef stock and cook down. Then add some halved nugget potatoes and oregano, basil, parsley, mustard powder, salt and pepper. Let it all cook down and be careful not to add too much salt if you use premise beef broth. Mine tasted good but was too salty unfortunately.
Roast turkey dinner. Surround the bird with white onion, rosemary and garlic. Season with salt, pepper and western seasoning. 300F for around 5h. Low and slow. The jus makes a great base for gravy, the rosemary flavours come through well.
Pork tenderloin and mushroom sauce over rice. Sweat down fresh garlic and red onion, add sliced pork tenderloin and cool through. Add a good amount of white mushrooms, salt and pepper. After cooking down add mushroom soup and cook for 30 min or so. Serve over rice for a quick and easy meal.
German grilled potato salad for the World Cup party. Grill red onion for about 10 min, and grill red potatoes, drizzled with olive oil and seasoned with salt and pepper for about 25min, turning every 5 min or so. For the dressing cook a pound of bacon, then save a little bacon fat and cook a cup of celery in it. Add a half tablespoon of sugar, half cup of apple cider vinegar, salt, pepper and 3 tablespoons of mustard powder. Add the bacon back in and the onion and reduce. Once the potatoes are cooked cut them smaller, dress with the dressing, add a cup of diced dill pickles, and sprinkle with fresh parsley. A great accompaniment to bratwurst.
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Ginger teriyaki pork over rice noodles. Sweat down fresh garlic and red onion in a wok, then add sliced pork tenderloin with salt and pepper. Add white mushrooms, chives and bell pepper. Top with sesame teriyaki sauce and serve with rice noodles. A simple yet tasty meal.
Flank steak seasoned with salt and pepper, and a bottled steak marinade. Grilled hard and finished on indirect heat. Mexican corn is grilled then rubbed in sour cream, mayonnaise, chili powder, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper. Turned out great.
So after a couple hours on the grill I moved the ribs to an aluminum pan with red wine, cider vinegar and BBQ sauce. Cooked for 90 more minutes. They turned out tender and delicious.
Pork ribs. De membrane the back of the ribs for more tenderness. Rub is kosher salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, granulated garlic, cumin, smoked paprika and blackening seasoning. Onto the grill indirect 300F.
Family dinner with some out of town relatives. I put the chicken on the grill first, seasoned liberally with Montreal chicken spice. Indirect heat for about 2.5h total. Crispy skin and moist inside. For an appetizer cooked Italian sausage meat, onions, fresh garlic, plum tomatoes and Italian seasoning. Lightly toasted some baguette slices on the grill, then put them on a tray with the sausage and tomato mix, covered with mozzarella cheese and back on the grill till melted. Cucumber salad was 2 cucumbers seeds removed, fresh dill, olives, sour cream, chili flakes and salt and pepper. Twice baked potatoes were baked, scooped out and mixed with fresh bacon bits, green onions, salt, pepper, sour cream and cheddar cheese melted on top. Everything was a huge hit with the relatives and we served it with a nice Camelot Pinot Noir red wine.
Sear the steaks hard, then move to indirect heat to finish. Don’t forget to rest them for 5 minutes, keeps them juicy.
A couple top sirloin steaks, canada prime. Super nice cut. Rubbed with black pepper, kosher salt, blackening seasoning and granulated garlic.
Easy summer meals. Peppercorn marinated sirloin steak, homemade pasta salad, corn on the Cobb. Easy and fun after a day at the beach.