Pulled Pork on a Weber Kettle Grill

Pulled Pork on a Weber Kettle Grill

I’ve been smoking pork shoulder/butt for a few years on the Weber kettle grill since I don’t have a smoker (yet). The pork is always super moist, flavorful and delicious, but a couple weeks ago, I decided to try the method by “MNLang” he posted on Instructables – wow, amazing!!

Smoked Butt

I followed the instructions very closely and I must admit, it was some of the best pulled pork I’ve had, and god knows I get around a pork butt.

Here are his instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Pulled-pork-on-a-Weber-kettle-grill/

Once I had my cooked/smoked pork, I made several dishes with it, including fabulous pulled pork sandwiches lightly dressed with my World’s Best BBQ Sauce. I also made some pulled pork quesadillas with grilled onions, sharp Cheddar and Jack cheeses, cilantro and salsa verde.

I hope you try this technique if you have a kettle grill. It’s definitely not a “set it and forget it” method, but it produces some of the best smoked pork you’ll be able to make without a smoker.

Cheers,

Veronique

Grilled Turkey Wrap – Not Really a Recipe

Grilled Turkey Wrap – Not Really a Recipe

This is the third post in my new series called “Not Really a Recipe”. These will be non-recipe posts that just give ideas on how to fix meals that are tasty and require very little work.

I make wraps for lunch all the time. I fill them with tasty things like avocado, artichoke hearts, heirloom tomatoes and more…the options are endless. I do get to a point where I’m sick of the same old wraps so when that happens, I grill them in my Panini press!

Today I used spicy humus as my ‘glue’ instead of fatty mayo and topped it with sliced turkey, sliced provolone cheese, dried cranberries and pickles. All the ingredients were tucked inside a sundried tomato wrap. Little veg oil on each side, 2 minutes in the hot Panini press and voila – a crunchy on the outside and melty on the inside hot wrap!

Hope this helps break up your monotone lunches a bit!

Cheers,

Veronique

Double Avocado Toast – Not Really a Recipe

Double Avocado Toast – Not Really a Recipe

This is the second post in my new series called “Not Really a Recipe”. These will be non-recipe posts that just give ideas on how to fix meals that are tasty and require very little work.

This dish is perfect for lunch, brunch or cut into slices for an appetizer. The dish is made using grain-filled bread that’s buttered and lightly toasted then topped with my Zesty Guacamole recipe, slices of avocado, cilantro leaves and edamame. Right before serving, I squeeze some lime juice on. Simple to make and boasting big, perfect flavors.

Let me know if you try this!

Cheers,

Veronique

Pig & Prince Restaurant Duck Fat Grilled Cheese

Pig & Prince Restaurant Duck Fat Grilled Cheese

Today is National Grilled Cheese Day, a day dedicated to celebrating a national favorite: the grilled cheese sandwich. Chef Mike Carrino, of popular restaurant Pig & Prince Restaurant in Montclair, NJ, has masterfully created an elegant and delicious twist on a classic sandwich – the Duck Fat Grilled Cheese.

Duck Fat Grilled Cheese _ pig and princeThis elevated take on the ‘old reliable’ of sandwiches is sure to please die-hard grilled cheese lovers.

Duck Fat Grilled Cheese

  • 8 – ½ inch slices of artisanal rosemary sourdough
  • (or your favorite type of rustic bread)
  • 12 slices of muenster cheese
  • 12 slices of cypress grove, midnight moon cheese
  • 8 large slices of tomato
  • House made boursin cheese (see recipe below)
  • 16 slices of duck bacon (regular pork bacon can also be used)
  • 4 tbls melted butter
  • 4 tbls rendered duck fat (duck confit fat would be best)

Housemade Boursin:

  • 16oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup soft butter
  • 3 cloves garlic (microplane)
  • 1 tbsp chopped herbs
  • ¼ tsp chopped dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp chopped dill
  • ¼ tsp chopped basil
  • Salt and lemon to taste

In a medium bowl, mix all the boursin ingredients together until fully incorporated.

To assemble the grilled cheese:

  1. Spread some melted duck fat on the inside of the bread with a pastry brush.
  2. Smear your homemade boursin on the inside of each slice of bread.
  3. Layer 3 slices of Muenster on one side of the sandwich bread and 3 slices of Midnight Moon on the other side of the sandwich.
  4. Lay the tomato on the Midnight Moon side and then the duck bacon (or bacon) on top of the tomato.
  5. Place Muenster side on top in a large skillet, on medium heat, pour in melted butter and the remaining duck fat.
  6. Cook on each side for about 3 minutes each, moving often to keep the heat equally distributed.
  7. Remove from pan and allow to sit one to two minutes before cutting.

Happy National Grilled Cheese Day!

Veronique

National Taco Day – Villalobos Carne Asada Taco

National Taco Day – Villalobos Carne Asada Taco

Chef Adam Rose

Chef Adam Rose

Villalobos Chef/Owner Adam Rose shares his tasty recipe for the already-popular Carne Asada Tacos in celebration of October 4th National Taco Day.

Carne Asada Taco

  • 1 lb. cleaned outer skirt steak
  • 4 oz. chopped cilantro
  • 8 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ground chipotle morita
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 8 tortillas
  • 1 Spanish onion, chopped for garnish
  • 3 limes quartered

Instructions:

  1. Take cleaned skirt steak, place in shallow pan. Season with cilantro, olive oil, morita, salt & pepper to create a marinade. Cover and let rest for two hours.
  2. Remove skirt steak and grill each side for 5 minutes. Remove from grill and let rest 2 minutes.
  3. While meat is resting, place tortillas on the grill to heat.
  4. Chop steak, assemble on tortillas, and top with the garnish of chopped onion and limes.

Makes 8 tacos.

Best,

Veronique

Beef Short Rib Leftover Ideas

Beef Short Rib Leftover Ideas

Short ribs are at the top of my list of winter comfort foods. The lowly-simmered, decadent beef with its rich sauce and deep flavors warm the body and the soul.

When I take the time to make Make Ahead Short Ribs, I often double the recipe so I have leftovers. While it’s easy and delicious to simply reheat the short ribs and have them with mashed potatoes, here are two of my favorite ways to use leftover short ribs.

Short Rib Soup

Short Rib Soup

Short Rib, Mushroom and Barley Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 pound beef bones (ideally with marrow)
  • 1 medium Spanish onion, chopped into small dice
  • 2 carrots, chopped into small dice
  • 3 celery ribs, chopped into small dice
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper
  • 2 32-ounce cartons of beef broth
  • 1/4 cup dry Marsala wine or white wine (optional)
  • 3/4 cup barley, rinsed in cold water
  • 2 cups shredded leftover beef short ribs
  • 4-inch long piece of Parmesan rind

Directions:

  1. Pour the oil in a large, heavy pot over high heat, and heat up for 30 seconds.  Add the bones and cook for 2 minutes, or until browned.
  2. Add the onion, carrot and celery to the bones in the pot, reduce heat to medium heat and cook the vegetables for 4 minutes.  Add the mushrooms and cook an additional 3 minutes.
  3. Add the spices, the broth and the wine, if using.  Bring the heat to low and simmer partially covered for 20 minutes.
  4. Add the barley, short rib meat and the Parmesan rind, if using, to the pot and simmer partially covered for another 30 minutes over low heat.
  5. Remove and discard the bones and serve.

Makes 6 servings.

Short Rib Panini

Short Rib Panini

Short Rib Panini

Ingredients:

  • 2 Portuguese rolls, or other favorite bread
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 cup shredded leftover short rib
  • 4 slices Gouda cheese, or other melting cheese like Fontina
  • 2 tsp. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup mâche or arugula

Directions:

  1. Warm a Panini press or heavy skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cut the rolls horizontally and brush them with the oil.
  3. Add 1/2 cup of short rib to each roll then top with 2 slices of cheese each. Drizzle the balsamic vinegar over the meat and cheese.
  4. Place the sandwiches on the Panini press, close and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes. If using a skillet, simply weight the sandwich down with a second skillet and flip the sandwich after 1 minute or until the first side is golden brown.
  5. Divide the mâche or arugula between the two sandwiches, cut on an angle and serve.

Makes 2 Panini.

If you have clever short rib leftover ideas, please share them!

Veronique

Annual Quebec Smoked Meat Pilgrimage

Annual Quebec Smoked Meat Pilgrimage

Cruditees

Cruditees

I just got back from making my summer trip up to Quebec and to my delight, my dad hosted us for his famous smoked meat sandwich party.

Smoked Meat Steaming

Smoked Meat Steaming

Steamed smoked meat sandwiches are a special Quebec treat.  Dad used his restaurant-grade food steamer to cook a 10-pound piece of corned beef for about 4 hours. The result was a perfectly moist and fork tender piece of meat. Rye bread was also steamed for a few minutes to create the perfect sandwich.

Smoked Meat Sandwich

Smoked Meat Sandwich

After its steam bath, the meat was sliced thin on an electric meat slicer and piled high on the rye bread. The only condiments the delicious sandwich needed was a little mustard and some crunchy pickles – yum!

Coleslaw

Coleslaw

My step-mom, Rolande, made her creamy, tangy coleslaw and served cold and crisp cruditees for all to enjoy. It was the perfect ending to a great family weekend.

Cheers,

Veronique

Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers by Chef Ariane Duarte

Jumpin’ Turkey Swiss Burgers by Chef Ariane Duarte

Jumpin Turkey Swiss BurgerI’m always on the lookout for a good burger recipe that uses proteins other than beef. I was sent the following recipe for a turkey burger with a kick, and since it’s by Ariane Duarte, Executive Chef of award-winning CulinAriane restaurant in Montclair, NJ and finalist on Bravo’s Top Chef, I knew I wouldn’t be disappointed. Chef Duarte has the following tip for this burger: “I created this recipe using Finlandia cheese due to the incredible robust flavor and great melting quality”.

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds ground turkey
  • 1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, small dice (depending on how much heat you like)
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 Tbsp. ground cumin
  • 1 tsp. chopped garlic
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • Salt & pepper
  • 12 slices Finlandia Swiss or Light Swiss Cheese
  • 6 burger buns of your choice

Directions:

  1. In a bowl, combine all ingredients. Divide equally into 6 balls. Form into patties.
  2. Grill on high heat for four minutes on one side, then flip and cook three to four minutes on the second sider.
  3. Add two slices of Finlandia Swiss and allow to melt.
  4. Place the cheesy patties on then bun and serve with preferred condiments.

Serves 6.

Finlandia cheeses are available in the deli department of local supermarket chains and at high-quality neighborhood delis.

Michael Psilakis Gyro Spiced Sliders

Michael Psilakis Gyro Spiced Sliders

Gyro Spiced SlidersI sampled these sliders at the Morristown Buick Discovery Tour event last weekend. These are by far the most flavorful sliders I’ve ever had and a very good example of how delicious Michael Psilakis’ food is.

Gyro Slider Spice Ingredients:

  • 12 tbsp. Cumin
  • 2 tbsp. Coriander
  • 8 tbsp. Yellow Mustard Seed
  • 2 1/2 tsp. Cloves
  • 2 tbsp. Black Cardamom
  • 4 tbsp. Fennel
  • 2 tbsp. Cinnamon

Tsatziki Ingredients (makes one pint):

  • 1/2 English cucumber, peeled
  • 5 cloves garlic, smashed and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 2 shallots, thickly sliced
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill
  • 1 1/4 cups strained Greek yogurt
  • 1 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and cracked black pepper

Gyro Slider Ingredients:

  • 12 2-ounce beef patties
  • 12 slider potato rolls
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 12 cornichons (optional)
  • 12 frilly toothpicks

Gyro Slider Spice Directions:

  1. Combine all spices in mixing bowl, transfer to airtight container.

Tsatziki Directions:

  1. Cut the cucumber into very small pieces, even dice. Transfer to a mixing bowl.
  1. In a food processor, combine the garlic, vinegar, shallots, and dill. Pulse until finely chopped, but not pureed.
  2. Add the mixture to the cucumbers; add the yogurt. Fold together with a rubber spatula, adding the olive oil and lemon juice.
  3. Season liberally with kosher salt and pepper, starting off with 1 tablespoon salt.
  4. You can store the Tsatziki in a covered, clean jar in the refrigerator for up to one week.

Gyro Slider Directions:

  1. Preheat a large cast iron skillet on medium high heat and coat bottom of pan with olive oil.
  2. Season sliders on both sides with salt and pepper and dredge sliders in Gyro Slider Spice mixture.
  3. In small batches of 3-4 patties sear sliders for approximately 1 minute per side. Allow to rest once cooked.
  4. Remove excess grease with paper towel and repeat until all sliders are cooked.
  5. To serve, place each slider on bottom of potato roll and top with dollop of Tsatziki sauce and cover gently with bun top and cornichon. Spear with toothpick.

Makes one dozen sliders.

Cranberry, Almonds and Cilantro Chicken Salad Melts

Cranberry, Almonds and Cilantro Chicken Salad Melts

Chicken Salad MeltsI love chicken salad and many times after buying a roast chicken for a quick chicken noodle soup, I use some of the white meat to make chicken salad.

This version is a bit dressier and unusual with dried cranberries, slivered almonds and fresh cilantro. The chicken salad gets scooped on a lightly toasted English muffin then topped with sharp cheddar cheese for a couple of minutes under the broiler.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast, either from leftovers or poached, then cut into bit-size pieces
  • Pinch of salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1 celery rib, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. finely chopped onion
  • ¼ cup light mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp. slivered almonds
  • 1Tbsp. dried cranberries
  • 1 English muffin, sliced horizontally then lightly toasted
  • ½ cup shredded sharp cheddar

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, carefully combine the chicken, spices, cilantro, celery, onion, mayo, almonds and cranberries. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  2. Turn the oven broiler on high. Place the English muffin halves, cut side up, on a baking sheet. Scoop the chicken salad onto each muffin half, top with the cheddar cheese then place the baking sheet under the broil. Broil until the cheese is melted, about 2 minutes.
  3. Garnish with a few cilantro leaves and serve hot.

Serves 2.