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Smashed Baked Potato

Posted by Douglas Brown on Thu, Jul, 14, 2016 @ 13:07 PM




Try this recipe for the perfect Smashed Baked Potato!  
It is simple to prepare and delicious every time.  

Keep in mind this recipe is enough for one full meal or a side item for 2 people.

Ingredients:
1 each Large Idaho Potato
2T butter
1t kosher salt
1/4t black pepper
1 clove garlic, minced
1 green onion, minced
1oz chicken stock 

Directions:
1. Clean the potato. 
2. Make 5 slices in the potato lengthwise.  
The slices should be evenly spaced around the potato and go about 3/4's of an inch deep from top to bottom. 
3. Melt the butter in a saucepan and add the minced garlic and green onions.
4. Place the potato in a bowl and pour half the melted butter mixture over the potato.
5. Add the salt and pepper and rub well onto the potato.
6. Wrap the potato completely in foil.
7. Bake the potato for 1 hour and 15 minutes at 350 degrees or until tender to the touch.
8. Add the 1oz of chicken stock to the reserved butter mixture and heat.
9. Remove the potato from the foil and gently press down so the potato crumbles slightly and the white potato is exposed.
10. Pour the butter mixture over the top and serve.

Enjoy!

Warm Texas Peach Cobbler

Posted by Douglas Brown on Thu, Jun, 23, 2016 @ 08:06 AM


It's summertime in Texas which means it's time to think local!  Local Texas peaches can be utilized in so many ways, the most obvious being a delicious Warm Texas Peach Cobbler, of course!

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For The Peach Cobbler Filling

Ingredients:
1.25 lb Fresh Peaches 
2.5 oz Dried Blueberries
2 oz Pecans-Toasted
1.5 oz Caramel Sauce
8 fl oz Water
6.5 oz Granulated Sugar
1/8 oz Cinnamon
Pinch of Nutmeg
Juice of 1/2 Lemon
1 oz of Cornstarch for Slurry

Instructions:
1. Combine the water, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring to a boil
2. Mix the cornstarch with enough water to make a slurry the consistency of heavy cream
3. Thicken the mixture with the slurry and simmer for 5 minutes
4. Add the caramel to the thickened mixture
5. Combine the mixture with the peaches, blueberries and pecans
6. Chill

 

For the Topping

Ingredients:
1 cup Flour
1 cup Granulated Sugar
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
2 oz Butter softened
2 large Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or Extract

Instructions:
1. Cream the Sugar and Butter for 1 minute
2. Gently add the eggs just until incorporated
3. Fold in the dry ingredients
 

To Finish

1. Place the Peach mixture in a 2 or 3 inch baking dish
2. Fill half way with the peaches
3. Fill the rest of the way with the topping
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes until golden brown
5. Top with Vanilla Ice Cream

 

Enjoy!


 

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Charred Tomato Salsa

Posted by Douglas Brown on Wed, Jun, 08, 2016 @ 18:06 PM

Charred Tomato Salsa

 

 You can't go wrong with salsa.  Whether you are at a party or just snacking, it is always a favorite.  Ditch the store bought jars and learn how to make the perfect salsa with this super easy and delicious recipe! 

Ingredients:
4 oz Yellow Onion
1/2 Poblano Pepper
1 Jalapeno Pepper
1 oz Garlic
4 lbs Tomatoes
1.5 tsp Lime Juice
1/2 Bunch Fresh Cilantro
Salt and Pepper to taste 

Instructions:
1. Char the tomatoes, onions and peppers on the grill
2. Add the remaining ingredients and blend
3. Season with salt and pepper


ENJOY!
 

Summer Mixed Grill

Posted by Douglas Brown on Wed, May, 25, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

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This is a great family style mixed grill platter perfect for the summer.  It's pretty easy to prepare and has something for everyone to enjoy.  
This recipe feeds 4 to 6 people.

Ingredients:
1 lb Baby Spinach
1 each Red Onion (sliced in 1/2 inch pieces)
1 cup Red Grape Tomatoes
1 each Medium Cucumber (sliced in half moons)
6 whole Corn on the Cob
6 each Hatch Chile Pepper
1 cup Baby Carrots (cut in 1/2)
1 lb 16/20 Shrimp
1/4 cup Butter (melted)
1 Lemon
1 lb Italian Sausage Links
1.5lb Flat Iron Steak
3 cloves Garlic (minced)
1 cup grated Parmesan Cheese
1 each Gala Apple (sliced)
1.5 Tbs Olive Oil
4 oz Balsamic Vinaigrette 

Instructions:
1. Marinate the steak in 1 tbs of the olive oil and 1/2 of the minced garlic
2. Place the shrimp in the melted butter with the remaining garlic and the juice from the lemon
3. Rub the remaining olive oil on the red onions and hatch chile peppers


START GRILLING
Instructions:
1. Place the Italian sausage links on the grill

(these will take about 20-25 minutes so get them started first for about 7 minutes)
2. Add the corn, hatch chiles, and the onions to the grill
3. Add the flat iron steak and cook until medium rare to medium
4. Remove the items from the grill as they are ready
5. Once everything is done, add the shrimp
(the shrimp will go quickly so let the steak and sausage rest a bit while these are cooking)
6. Peel the corn and cut in 1/2
7. Rough chop the red onion and the chile peppers
8. Slice the sausage and the steak


PLATE
Instructions:
1. On a large platter, place the spinach, tomatoes and carrots
2. Add the red onion, chiles, sliced apples, steak, sausage and shrimp on top
3. Place the corn around the platter
4. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette
5. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese

EAT & ENJOY!

Citrus Pulled Pork with Tex Mex Black Beans and Avocado Butter

Posted by Douglas Brown on Thu, May, 19, 2016 @ 12:05 PM

 

This recipe requires a little more time than our usual posts, but we think you can handle it! Believe us, it's worth it!


 

For The Citrus Pulled Pork
Ingredients:

1 each 5 lb piece of Pork Butt
1 quart Chicken Stock
1 pint Orange Juice
1 cup Freshly Squeezed Lemon Juice
1 cup Freshly Squeezed Lime Juice
1/2 cup Dried Oregano
1/2 cup Ground Cumin
1/4 Cup Ground Coriander
4 oz Fresh Garlic minced
1.5lb Yellow Onion, sliced
3T Salt
1T Black Pepper

Instructions:
1. Combine all of the ingredients except the salt and pepper and marinate for 24 hours

2. Season the pork with the salt and pepper and cover with the marinade
3. Cover with foil and place in the oven for 6-8 hours at 300 degrees until the meat is crumbling

For The Tex Mex Black Beans:
Ingredients:
4 cups Black Beans, cooked
1 T Oil
10 oz Yellow Onion, diced
0.5 each Jalapeno Pepper, minced
 1 oz Garlic, minced
0.25 can Chipotle Peppers
1 T Fresh Lime Juice
Cilantro, fresh chopped
1 Pint Chicken Stock
1 t Onion Powder
1 t Garlic Powder
1 t Chili Powder
1 t Cumin
pinch Cayenne pepper
1/4 t Coriander, ground
1 t Sugar
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Instructions:
1. Heat the oil and sweat the onions, garlic and jalapenos
2. Add the spices and toast them lightly
3. Add the sugar, chicken stock and beans
4. Simmer for 1 hour

For the Avocado Butter:
Ingredients:
Avocados
Lime Juice

Instructions: 
1. Mash Avocado
2. Squeeze in Fresh Lime Juice
3. Mix

 

Plate and Enjoy!

Ham & Cheese Panini Bites

Posted by Douglas Brown on Thu, May, 05, 2016 @ 05:05 AM

 
Try this amazing recipe for the perfect ham & cheese panini!  Delicious whether you are having it as a meal all to yourself or cutting into bite size pieces for the perfect appetizer when catering to guests!

Ingredients:
2 Ounces Shaved Prosciutto
2 Ounces Shaved Manchego Cheese
2 Tablespoons Sweet Tomato Confit
1 Tablespoon Fresh Basil, Chiffonade
1 Each Ciabatta Bread

Instructions:
1. Slice the Ciabatta in half & spread 1 tablespoon of the tomato confit on each side
2. Sprinkle the basil on top of the tomato confit
3. Lay the Prosciutto and Manchego in the bread
4. Place the bread in a standard panini machine until toasted and cheese melts
5. Cut into bite size pieces

Enjoy!

Balsamic Roasted Mushrooms

Posted by Douglas Brown on Thu, Apr, 14, 2016 @ 11:04 AM

 
Try this recipe for the perfect side dish to any meal, or add it on top of your entree for an extra delicious finishing touch!

This recipe serves 6-8 people

Ingredients:
¼ Cup Olive Oil
2 Pounds Small Button Mushrooms
2 Ounces Balsamic Vinegar
2 Tablespoons Red Onion, minced
2 Tablespoons Parsley, chopped
1 Tablespoon Basil, chopped
2 Teaspoons Herb de Provence
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
½ Teaspoon Black Pepper, ground

Instructions:
1. Heat the oil and sauté the mushrooms until tender
2. Add all of the remaining ingredients and toss until hot

Enjoy!

Honey Mustard Roasted Pork Loin

Posted by Douglas Brown on Thu, Mar, 24, 2016 @ 10:03 AM

 
Having some guests over for dinner and really want to impress?  Have no fear!  Try this delicious and super easy pork loin dish.  Your guests will be glad you did!

This recipe serves 8-12 people

Ingredients:
1 Whole Pork Loin (Approx 5-7 Pounds)
½ Cup Honey
½ Cup Whole Grain Mustard
1-16 Ounce Jar Mango Chutney
¼ Cup Vegetable Oil
½ Cup Garlic, minced
¼ Cup Salt
2 Tablespoons Black Pepper

Instructions:
1. Season the Pork Loin with the Salt, Pepper and Rub with Oil
2. Combine the Honey, Garlic, Mustard and Mango Chutney
3. Rub the entire Pork Loin with the Mix and pour any excess over the top
4. Roast the Pork Loin at 350 degrees for about 90 minutes or until an internal temperature of 145 degrees
5. Remove the Pork Loin and let sit for 10 minutes
6. Slice the Pork Loin into ½ inch pieces and serve

Enjoy!

Apricot Glazed Salmon

Posted by Douglas Brown on Fri, Mar, 18, 2016 @ 09:03 AM

 
Who doesn't love a great salmon dish?!  This is a delicious and super easy recipe so don't be scared to give it a try!

This recipe makes 8 ounces of glaze and serves 4 people

Ingredients:
4  6-Ounce Salmon Fillets
2 Ounces Dried Apricots
1 Cup Water
¼ Cup Honey

Instructions:
1. Combine the apricots, water and honey and simmer for 5 minutes until the apricots
    are tender and re-hydrated

2. Puree the mixture in a blender and chill
3. Season the salmon with salt and pepper and pan sear
4. Brush with apricot glaze and finish in the oven until done

Enjoy!

Butternut Squash Soup

Posted by Douglas Brown on Fri, Feb, 19, 2016 @ 10:02 AM

 
Warm yourself up with this delicious Butternut Squash Soup recipe! 

Ingredients:
1 Quart Roasted Butternut Squash (about 2 medium squash)
1 oz Butter
1/4 lb yellow onion, chopped
1 Granny Smith Apple, chopped
1 Quart Apple Cider
1 Cup Heavy Cream
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Nutmeg 
1/8 Teaspoon Ground Clove
Salt and Pepper to taste

*Bonus Tip*: To roast your butternut squash, split the squash length wise and scoop out the seeds.  
Lay the two pieces face down on an oiled pan and roast for about 1 hour until soft.

Instructions:
1. Heat the butter in a heavy bottom sauce pan and sweat the onions and apple
2. Add the apple cider and reduce by half
3. Add the chicken stock, spices and squash
4. Simmer for 30 minutes
5. Add the heavy cream and simmer for 10 more minutes
6. Blend
7. Season to taste with salt and pepper

Enjoy!

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