The Bacon Caprese Bite is mash up of concepts, Caprese salad into BLT to Flat Bread. Sounds crazy but has all the summer favorites in one bite. With layered with fresh Foccicia Bread as base topped with garden fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese, fresh basil and crispy bacon. The goal is to make these into bite size portions, that only one to two bites.
BBQ Pineapple Pork Chops with some Polynesian flair, that’s moist and tender. The key is all in the marinating. by using fresh pineapple’s enzymes to tenderize the pork. This is a quick and easy BBQ Pork that can be done in less then 20 minutes.
It’s all about the sauce, a hybrid of teriyaki sauce with tropical profile. The fresh pineapple is one of the key ingredients giving more tropical flavor profile. What makes this different is use of ketchup as supporting flavor profile. Still holding true to key components of teriyaki sauce with soy sauce, brown sugar, ginger, garlic and vinegar. A simple short cut would be to use western dressing with garlic and crushed pineapple which works very well. But I found that making your own sauce can tweak flavors and build more unique profile. Two simple tweaks to Polynesian Sauce was canola oil and crushed hot chili flakes. Adding these two additional ingredients really boosted flavors. Of course the amount of chili flakes and type of chilies flakes can be adjust to your likings. This sauce can be used as marinate and dipping or brushing sauce.
Broccoli Tots a much better way to get your Tater Tots fix, with more healthily ingredients and good way to sneak in some healthy vegetables and cheese. Totally love tater tots, growing up on these tasty treats in 60’s and 70’s, eating them by handfuls. Only problem is gaining weight especially now that I am over 60 years old, and child at heart. But my waist expanding, and pants size changing, my belt doesn’t fit, and ran out of notches. It’s now time to find an alternate fix to my Tater Tot craving.
Broccoli is great vegetable to use, and marries very well with cheese, it’s very nutritious too. So how do I go about getting these Tots to work? Broccoli is going to be the main ingredient, so what is going to be the binder? Bread crumbs is one of better binders along with eggs. But you have to be careful not to put too many eggs and too much bread crumbs, which defeat the whole purpose of reducing calories and but still making them tasty too. Of course cheese could be used also as another binder and add good flavor too. By adding a little crisp bacon would but it over the top. With out the bacon would take away all the good flavors and leave a bland uneatable Broccoli Tots, which would be a total bummer. So how do you get them into a Tot form efficiently? I am thinking using the gnocchi techniques in forming them into long rope then cutting them into Tot size shapes about 1″ long and 3/4″ wide.
Now that we figured out how to shape them will they become nice and crunchy on out side like a good Tot should be? I am thinking breading them with a light coat of panko bread crumbs. Then Air Fry them with just a few spritz of vegetable spray in 350°F setting, this should take about 8 minutes in good Air Fryer. Then dipping them into Spicy Sriracha Ranch Dressing.
These are going to be so good and my tummy might even get thinner, well hopefully so.
Classic Irish Dinner is corn beef brisket braised to perfection. Well why not make a corned beef steak? So this recipe uses a brined petit sirloin steaks which are about 6 oz portions in size. Allow the steak to brine in a Pickle solution for about one week. I am using a vacuum container to speed up the process along with cutting channels into the steak with meat tenderizer, which also breaks down some of connective tissue too.
After meat has brined, be sure to rinse off all the brine, then pat the meat dry. Now it’s ready to be grilled, smoke or pan-fry your corned beef steaks. Producing a wonderful corn beef steak, along with potato colcannon and glazed baby dill carrots. Move over boiled corned beef dinner to the new steak in town. May the Luck of Irish be with you, and tasty too.
Braised Chicken Thighs thicken by Spanish Picada was inspired by Cook’s Illustrated Recipe Spanish Braised Chicken with Sherry and Saffron (Pollo en Pepitoria)
Baked beans are the standard side for many BBQ’s, and all to often we use easy short cuts. The BBQ Five Beans recipe is a all out full flavored baked beans side dish, using no short cuts. All beans used in this recipe are started from dried beans and soaked for 12 hours and slow cooked before making them into BBQ Five Beans. Then smoked on the Green Egg for 4 hours at 300°F with apple wood chunks. The result was spicy and smokey BBQ Five Beans, two thumbs up with “Oh Ya” end! This was tested out at Wright’s famous BBQ no fire extinguisher was needed.