I love cooking this chicken on a charcoal grill. You can use a gas grill or cook in the oven if you like. Cooking time should be between 1 to 2 hours depending on the size of your chicken and how hot your grill is. Be careful not to spill the HOT beer and burn yourself!
1 Large Organic Whole Chicken
1/3 Cup Victoria’s Dry Rub or Your Favorite Spices
2 Fresh Limes
12 Garlic Cloves
4 Ounces Butter
1/2 Can of Beer
Wash and pat dry your whole chicken. Remove any giblets from the cavity. Pour out half of the contents the beer. You can drink it if you’re thirsty and don’t like to waste good beer! Place the chicken over the half full beer can that you placed in the rack. You can get these beer can chicken racks at hardware stores or online. These racks are about $5 in the hardware stores. Williams Sonoma has one for $30 which is a bit much I think. Stuff the neck cavity with the 12 garlic cloves so that you seal in the vapors. Slice two limes and squeeze the lime juice all over the skin. Mix your spices with the butter and smear all over the bird. Place on a prepared grill and cook, covered, for 1 to 2 hours.The juices should run clear. Remove from the grill and transfer to a serving platter. Let sit for 10 minutes and then serve. The one that I made last night was incredibly moist and full of flavor. Serves 4
If you cook in the oven place the chicken on the rack in a pie pan with a cup of water added to the pie pan. Cook at 350° F for 1 to 2 hours. Use a meat thermometer checking the thigh to make sure that the temperature reaches 180° F. When done use tongs and a long fork to carefully transfer the entire rack in its upright position to a serving platter. Let stand for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the chicken from the rack.
These burgers are absolutely EXCELLENT! A nice change of pace, but still satisfies the burger urge.
2 Pounds Ground Chicken
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Cup Grated Asiago Cheese
4 Hamburger Buns
Mix the ground chicken, salt, pepper, garlic powder, olive oil and Asiago cheese in a large size bowl. Form the mixture into 4 patties. Place the patties on a plate. Cover with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator for 2 hours. Preheat your grill. When you are ready to grill the burgers remove from the fridge and let sit out for 10 minutes. You want to take the chill off of the meat before putting on the grill. Cook the burgers on the frill for 5 minutes on each side until well done. Place one burger on the bottom half of each bun. Garnish as you like. Serves 4
Barbecue weekend is here! Here is a tried and true Grilled Flank Steak recipe. The key is the marinade so it takes a little planning ahead.
2 Pounds Flank Steak
2 Chopped Garlic Cloves
1/2 Cup Soy Sauce
4 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
4 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 Tablespoon Toasted Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon Hot Sauce
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
1 Tablespoon Brown Sugar
4 Chopped Shallots
In a large measuring cup or mixing bowl combine the garlic, soy sauce, lime juice, lemon juice, olive oil, toasted sesame oil, hot sauce, kosher salt, brown sugar and chopped shallots. Mix well. Place the steak in a large resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade in the bag over the steak. Press out the excess air and turn the bag around to get the steak coated. Refrigerate overnight turning the bag occasionally. To grill the steak Remove the steak from the refrigerator and remove from the bag. Place on a large plate and let sit for 45 minutes to room temperature. Prepare the grill to a medium hot fire. Grill the steak for 6 minutes on each side for medium rare. Remove from the grill and transfer to a cutting board. Let rest for 10 minutes. Thinly slice against the grain. Transfer to a serving platter. Serves 4
This salad is so easy to make as it really takes little effort to chop tomatoes and cut the kernels off of the ears of corn. The reward is a nice summer salad and very portable to make ahead for picnics and cookouts.
5 Cups Fresh Corn Kernels (10 Large Ears)
1/4 Cup Grape Seed Oil
3 Tablespoons Raspberry Vinegar
Juice of 1 Lime
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
4 Ripe Chopped Tomatoes
10 Chopped Green Onions
1/3 Cup Chopped Cilantro or Italian Parsley
Insert a vegetable steamer into a medium size pot filled with salted water. Bring the water to a boil. Put the corn kernels in the steamer basket. Cover and steam for 5 minutes. If you do not have fresh corn then you may use frozen corn, but do not use canned corn. In a small size bowl whisk together the grape seed oil, vinegar, lime juice, salt and pepper. Core, seed and coarsely chop the tomatoes. Chop both green and white parts of the green onions. Chop the cilantro or Italian parsley. Combine the corn, tomatoes, green onions and cilantro (or Italian parsley) in a large size bowl. Toss with the dressing. Serve either at room temperature or chilled. This salad will keep, covered, in the refrigerator for 3 days. Serves 8
Grilled Teriyaki Pork Chops
This recipe is perfect for a spring or summer menu. These pork chops can be served with asparagus, fried rice or stir fried vegetables. I like to serve iced tea and fruit for dessert to keep the dinner cool.
4 (1 inch thick) Pork Chops
¼ Cup Teriyaki Sauce
¼ Cup White Wine
3 Tablespoons Honey
2 Cloves Minced Garlic
Combine the teriyaki sauce, wine, honey and garlic in a large baking dish. Reserve a bit for basting. Add the pork chops and turn to coat. You want the pork chops to be fully covered in the sauce. Put in the refrigerator for 5 hours or overnight. Prepare your grill or preheat your broiler. I like to broil these pork chops 5 inches from the heat. Baste occasionally with the marinade and turn once. Cook for 15 to 20 minutes until the juices run clear. Serves 4
Is there anyone who doesn’t love a good salsa? This salsa can be made as hot or mild as you want it. Serve it with chips as an appetizer or as an accompaniment to eggs, tacos or grilled meats and fish.
4 Ripe Plum Tomatoes
1 Ripe Slicing Tomato
3/4 Cup Chopped Onion
1/2 Cup Chopped Fresh Cilantro
3 Seeded & Minced Jalapeno Peppers
1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
Coarsely chop the tomatoes and put into a medium size bowl. Chop the onion into fine pieces and add to the tomatoes. Add the cilantro, jalapeno peppers and salt. Toss to mix. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more before serving. Makes 2 cups.
In this recipe I use lamb. Many people use beef, but the shepherds didn’t watch over their cows at night. Make sure to use quality meat and the mashed potatoes seal the deal.
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 Chopped Medium Onion
2 Pounds Ground Lamb
1/2 Cup Water
4 Cups Beef Stock
2 Large Diced Carrots
1/2 Bunch Finely Chopped Thyme
1/2 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper
1 Pound Mashed Potatoes (Enough to Cover Six Pies)
Preheat your oven to 350° F. In a large skillet heat the olive oil and add the chopped onion. Cook for 4 minutes until the onion is tender. Add the ground lamb and sauté for 3 minutes to break up any large pieces. Add the water and then transfer to a baking sheet and put into the oven and cook for 15 to 20 minutes. The lamb should be golden brown. Remove from the oven and drain off the excess fat. Return to the original skillet and add the beef stock. Bring to a boil over a medium heat. Meanwhile, blanch the diced carrots in salted boiling water until they are soft. You do not want them to be mushy. Drain the carrots and place them in a cold water bath and set aside. Turn the skillet with the lamb down to a low heat and add the chopped time, salt, pepper and carrots. Simmer for 10 minutes and then transfer the meat mixture into individual earthenware pie dishes. Press the meat mixture down so that you will have a smooth surface onto which the mashed potatoes can be piped. Using a piping bag with a large nozzle carefully pipe an even layer of potatoes over the surface of the pie. If you do not have a piping bag don’t worry about it. Just do the best you can to neatly cover the pies. Place the individual pies on a baking sheet and put into the oven for 5 minutes. The potatoes should begin to turn golden brown and the pies should be piping hot in the center. Remove from the oven and serve. Makes 6 individual pies.
Coconut Cream Pie
Forget the diner and make your own delicious Coconut Cream Pie. It will be much better than the diner’s…trust me!
6 Ounces Animal Crackers
2 Tablespoons Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1 Tablespoon Raw Sugar
5 Tablespoons Melted & Cooled Unsalted Butter
1 Cup Whole Milk
14 Ounces Coconut Milk
1/2 Cup Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
1/2 Cup Plus 1 Tablespoon Sugar
3/8 Teaspoon Salt
5 Large Egg Yolks
2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter (Cut Into 2 Pieces)
1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
1 1/2 Cups Cold Heavy Whipping Cream
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
1 Tablespoon Toasted Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
Move your oven rack to the lower middle and preheat to 325° F. In a blender or food processor combine the animal crackers, coconut and sugar. Pulse for about 20 seconds until the crumbs are almost powdery. Pour the crumbs into a medium size bowl and add the butter. Stir until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Pour the moistened crumbs into a 9 inch pie plate. Using the bottom of a drinking glass press the crumbs evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pie plate. Bake for 15 minutes until medium brown. Remove from the oven and cool for 30 minutes on a wire rack.
While the crust is cooling make the filling. In a medium saucepan bring the coconut milk, while milk, shredded coconut, 1/2 cup sugar and salt to a simmer over a medium high heat. Stir occasionally to make sure that the sugar dissolves. In a medium size bowl whisk together the egg yolks, cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of sugar until well mixed. Gradually pour about 1 cup of the hot milk mixture over the egg yolk mixture. Whisk constantly and whisk well to combine. Slowly add the remaining milk mixture to the yolk mixture in 4 additions. Make sure to whisk constantly. You don’t want to end up with scrambled eggs! Return the mixture back to the saucepan and cook until thickened and the mixture reached a boil. Whisk constantly for 1 minute. The filling must boil in order to fully thicken. Turn off the heat and whisk in the butter and vanilla until the butter is fully melted. Give a stir and then pour the hot filling into the cooled pie shell. Smooth the surface with a spatula. Press plastic wrap directly against the surface of the filling and refrigerate for 4 hours until firm. You may refrigerate up to 12 hours.
Just before serving you want to make the whipped cream. Beat the cream, sugar and vanilla with an electric mixer for 2 minutes until soft peaks form. Top the pie with the whipped cream. To toast the coconut take a small dry skillet and toast 1 tablespoon of the unsweetened shredded coconut until it turns a golden brown. Sprinkle the whipped cream with the toasted coconut. Cut the pie into wedges and serve. Makes one 9 inch pie – Serves 8