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Beer in Can Chicken – A Special Grilling Challenge

While reading about the fun history or Mardi Gras, I came across this recipe. I’ve thought of sharing this as its true that some of us would hardly think that cooking with beer can qualify as gourmet. Not when you have tried this yourself, as well. This serves 4.

Ingredients

• 1 (4-pound) whole chicken
• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
• 2 tablespoons salt
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 3 tablespoons of your favorite dry spice rub
• 1 can beer

Preparation

1. Remove neck and giblets from chicken and discard.

2. Rinse chicken inside and out, and pat dry with paper towels.

3. Rub chicken lightly with oil then rub inside and out with salt, pepper and dry rub. Set aside.

4. Open beer can and take several gulps (make them big gulps so that the can is half full). Place beer can on a solid surface. Grabbing a chicken leg in each hand, plunk the bird cavity over the beer can.

5. Transfer the bird-on-a-can to your grill and place in the center of the grate, balancing the bird on its 2 legs and the can like a tripod.

6. Cook the chicken over medium-high, indirect heat (i.e. no coals or burners on, or directly under, the bird), with the grill cover on, for approximately 1 1/4 hours or until the internal temperature registers 165 degrees F in the breast area and 180 degrees F in the thigh, or until the thigh juice runs clear when stabbed with a sharp knife.

7. Remove from grill and let rest for 10 minutes before carving.

Recipe source : American Feast’s Sustainable Food Blog

The Mardi Gras Grilled Food Spirit

When we talk about Mardi Gras it is constant that we mean life and fun in Louisiana. It’s all about fun and nothing exemplifies this attitude better than the Mardi Gras! This festival is known worldwide for its lavish party in New Orleans.

Grilled foods stays true to the spirit of Mardi Gras. It denotes abundance of great food and the convenience of old-fashioned grilling that brings a festive atmosphere.

The Mardi Grass grilled food spirit celebrates authentic Cajun specialties such as Crawfish Etouffee, Chicken & Sausage Jambalaya, Crab Boulettes, and Seafood Courtbouillon. If you want to sample other specialties like Seafood Gumbo, Crab Bisque, Blackened Catfish, and Stuffed Flounder loaded with Crabmeat, there’s only one place to go, the Sea Orleans!

The Great American Barbecue has been dubbed the “Mardi Gras of Meat”

Thanks to Mardi Gras Grill for these ideas. Just contact them if you want specialties ordered in. If you want anything that can be grilled and blackened, try these specialties.

Grilling Breaded Pork Chop – Bringing Back Childhood Memories

Most people don’t try grilling a breaded pork chop as the breading mix might just fall off the grates having no use at all. Try this method:

Marinate the chops in the milk along with 2 teaspoons of salt.  Allow to sit for at least 3 hours. While marinating, start making some sauce. If you enjoy the flavor of apple in your meals, here’s a recipe for a good apple sauce for your grilled breaded pork chops.

If you came from a family that loves pork chops, grilling you breaded chops today can bring back some tasty memories, and if you my mother always pan fried pork chops in sauerkraut, then you too can make difference by bringing back the taste of kraut on the flavors from the pan.

I too remember back before all our pork became anorexic, nice thick chops with a ring of fat around the edge. My mother would cook them so the whole chop was a chip. Then we would all dunk the pork chops in katsup and eat out of hand! I wish I could always bring back those memories.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Roasted Chili and Avocado Salsa

Grilled Fish for the Man of the House

  • 1/2 Hass avocado, seeded and flesh removed from peel
  • 2 poblano peppers, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1 jalapeno, roasted, peeled and seeded
  • 1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup chopped yellow onion, divided
  • 3/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves, divided
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 pound amberjack fillet
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • 8 fresh, white or yellow corn tortillas, warmed
  • 4 slices ripe tomato, cut in 1/2
  • 2 limes, halved

Instructions

In a blender, combine the avocado with the roasted poblano and jalapeno peppers, 1/4 cup of the olive oil, 1/4 cup of the chopped onion, 1/4 cup of the cilantro leaves, the lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon of the kosher salt and the water. Puree until smooth and set aside as you prepare the rest of the dish.

Preheat a cast iron grill pan over medium heat. Season the amberjack with the remaining teaspoon of kosher salt and the white pepper. Rub both sides of the fish with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil and place in the grill pan. Sear until just cooked through, about 4 minutes on each side. Remove from the pan and set aside.

To assemble the tacos, divide the fish (in flakes or small chunks) evenly among the tortillas. Place 1 tablespoon of the chopped onion and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro leaves over the fish. Place a half tomato slice over the onions and cilantro and spread some of the Roasted Chile and Avocado Salsa over the tomato and fish. Squeeze some lime juice over the tacos, fold over and eat. Repeat with the remaining tortillas, fish and other ingredients.

Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse

What Emeril Has to Say About Grilling

We know who Emeril is, and every word that comes out of his mouth regarding cooking is surely a hit. Here’s what he has

Emeril at the Grill - A Cook Book for All Seasons

to say about grilling:

“No matter what season you’re in, for any season, and whatever grilling tool you’re using, grilling should be fun be it outdoors or indoors.” If you agree with me, some or most of us consider grilling outdoors a lot much better than grilling indoors. Perhaps we’re thinking of the inconvenience as the smoke fills the whole house, the charcoal mess and all that. But Emeril’s right, perhaps it’s high time that we consider grilling as something to be treated a great adventure be it inside or outside the house.

Emeril’s second tip is to grill like you’re using a stove: “Half of it should be medium-high heat, a third of it should be medium or medium-low and a third of it should be low… and you should rotate things so that everything you cook is not charred and burnt and not properly cooked internally. And invest in a meat thermometer — they’re cheap.”

Emeril Grills

Here’s a full video coverage of Emeril on the grill.

Grill Pans from Simple Eggs to the Hot Romantic Recipes

If you don’t have a grill pan yet and still using your old skillets for pancakes, aren’t you going to give yourself a break? Own a grill pan now. If you get one, you will be amazed how the designed ridges have to do with your cooking and your meals. You may find it a bit difficult to clean but cleaning up is always a part of healthy cooking, take note, and I guess it’s only constant that to love cooking, cleaning up is constant.

You can have fun with your grill pan from the simplest egg meals and grilled vegetables to puffy pancakes and hot spicy romantic recipes!

A Grill-Panned Bonefish with Asian Sauce

Chicken Fajitas in a Ridged Grill Pan

Maybe I’m speaking by experience since I have a round and rectangular grill pan that allowed me to do just about everything that comes out of my mind.

Try this Jerk Chicken Recipe

What’s a better thing than showing someone that you love them enough to prepare deliciously healthy foods? Yes using grill pans is healthy because you get all the fat and oil pooling on the ridges so no need for them to go along your food.

Grilling Tips – Benefits of Using Grill Pans

Often we associate a grill pan with cooking and searing steaks. Little did most of us know, grill pans are recommended over the standard, flat frying pans. Other than getting the appetizing appearance of grill lines or marks on the meat, it is also less in fat.

They rise the meat up out of the oil that its releasing. This gives a burger, for example, more of a grilled texture and flavor as its not sitting in its own fat. On a flat pan, the burger will release fat and then start to fry in the fat. To me, its something different.

Grill-Pan Cooking

Aesthetics wise, those grill marks evoke fond memories for a lot of people, so the food looks better.  However, if grill marks don’t evoke fond memories or you grew up with a griddled burger – then that is what is delicious for you too.

Although for most, they find the taste of steaks cooked in a flat cast iron pan better, still I have to agree I love my grill pan better for some reasons, but I want emphasize the importance of the grill pan being cast iron, as opposed the lightweight aluminum ones which don’t hold their heat as well and warp over time .

Remember the adage, “when food looks better, people think it tastes better.”

Christmas Grilling Stories

Have you heard of grilled alligator?

It’s just one of the most unusual grilled recipe for Christmas. One girl from New Orleans shared her family’s menu – grilled alligator, sauteed shrimp and mushrooms and salad. Here’s more – salad, raw oysters with cocktail sauce, grilled scallops and her own dish – creamy-less broccoli. Sounds different?

Grilled Gator

Another story is the 12 days BBQ celebration. Rod and Sheri have spent years perfecting the art of barbecue and are ready to teach their their secrets. The two day Pellet Envy Competition BBQ Class will take you through their entire competition cooking process and end with you tasting some of the best Que in the business and truly having the knowledge to reach the point in years to come where you have forgotten more about barbecue than most ever knew.

Among the most important tool in any cook’s toolbox is a great knife. For pitmasters few things are more important to their craft than an affordable and reliable slicing knife to use when cutting slabs of ribs or slicing brisket. High-carbon stainless steel blade with an edge to prevent food from sticking and meets both requirements of affordability and reliability.

So even if you’ve stretched your shopping till the last minute that you don’t have time for elaborated cooking, hit the grill and make any special menu for the Christmas celebration.

BBQ Grill – Best Gift Suggestion for Men

Not just for the summer cookout, bbq grills also make wonderful winter and Christmas gift for men! In fact, with premium grill accessories they sure would want to be grilling year-round. Because whether they’re serious about all things cooking or just love to barbecue, grills make the perfect gift for men like no other.  Plus, if you’re inside the store, you’ll find everything from skewers to smoke boxes, cutting boards, thermometers and much more – things that you too would find useful for your own grilling escapade.

Cast Iron Round Grill Pan - Your Smart Kitchen

If your family enjoys kabobs, then a grill fits the menu… and if you’re searching for something for a real foodie, you won’t be disappointed either. There are also cedar grilling planks perfect for infusing men’s favorite meat or fish dishes with an unbeatable all-natural smoky flavor.

Cedar Grilling Planks - Fire and Flavor

I suggest that you choose personalized grill tools for him from online stores. Shopping online has a lot more to offer than going to department stores. It can make a unique statement with accessories he will savor using every time he hits the grill. These make great gifts for grandparents who enjoy sentimental gifts, culinary items, and grilling in general.

The next thing you’ll be thinking would be a unique gift wrapper to surprise him!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 😉

What to Cook for the Holidays – Tips to Newly-Weds

Families get together during Christmas eve, it’s a tradition done every year where Christmas dinner is celebrated by millions of families throughout the world. Some cooks find it the best season to show off their best recipes and the most delicious desserts. Depending upon your sense of cooking adventure and time constraints there are many recipes for Christmas dinner.

If you’re the beginner cook, or the newly-wed, a traditional seafood meal can make your first Christmas eve more romantic and flavored. Shrimps, calamari, scungilli, baccala, mussels, clams and some delicious fish can make you a wonderful meal together. Don’t worry too much of complexity, simply prepare any of your choices in the manner you two would enjoy. Grill them, cook them on a clay terracotta and serve it right from the stove on your terracotta, or bake them in the oven with lemon wedges.

Don’t forget a good roasting rub for a taste that’s so savory. Simply roast vegetables with colorful bell peppers in a pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil and sea salt to serve with the main course.

Think of any dessert along with your favorite wine. But see to it the dessert should not be sweeter than wine. It still pays a lot enjoying both your wine and dessert.

If you want to put some challenge to your holiday cooking, a roasted monkfish is a good beginning. The wonderful taste of the fish will make things all flavorful. You can enhance it with balsamic for olive sauce, or a plain lemon mash. I tell you, it will not be your last.

Bring that love to ooze on the holidays. Goodluck!