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A nice dinner

My sister reminded me last night that I haven’t written a blog post since October so I thought I would throw one up tonight after I finished making dinner. I even have pictures! 😀

I decided that since it was a beautiful day out today, I would open all the windows in the house and clean. Once I got started, I ended up wanting to cook a nice dinner as well. The spring air makes me so happy 😀 I made cheeseburgers with animal sauce, caramelized onions, pretzel rolls, and salt and vinegar chips. I was intending to grill the burgers and potatoes but the grill ran out of propane after the potatoes were done. I ended up making those in a cast iron skillet instead.

I didn’t really change the recipes that I used for each thing so there aren’t too many comments to make.

Adapted from Bobby Flay’s Salt and Vinegar Grilled Potato “Chips”

I saw Bobby Flay make these on a commercial for his grilling show the other day. They were pretty delicious. I made them with Golden Potatoes that were pretty small but I still cut them in coins before I put them on the grill. Pre-boiling them really does make them cook so much faster!

Ingredients
6 golden potatoes, scrubbed
Canola oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper
Red Wine vinegar (Malt would have been better)
Kosher salt

Heat the grill to medium.
Place potatoes in a pot of cold water, add 1 tablespoon of salt and cook for 10 minutes once it starts boiling. Drain, let cool more than I did and slice into 1/4-inch slices.

Toss the potato pieces in a little oil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Place them on the grill until they are golden brown and cooked all the way through, about 10 minutes.
Take the slices off the grill and move them to a platter in an even layer and immediately drizzle with the vinegar and season with salt.

Pretzel Rolls I have made quite a few times and every time, they are amazing. This time was no exception. They don’t have a lot of ingredients and they are pretty easy. I use my mixer so my recipe varies a bit from what the original says to do. I got the recipe from Serious Eats, along with the ones for the animal style sauce AND the caramelized onions. I highly recommend Serious Eats whenever I can.

Pretzel Rolls

Ingredients
2 3/4 – 3 cups bread flour
2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 cup and 1 tablespoon hot water
1/3 cup baking soda
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal

Place the bread flour, instant yeast, kosher salt, and sugar into a mixing bowl and mix with the beater until it is well combined. Swap to the dough hook and stream the water in while the mixer is on low speed. Once all the water is mixed in, set the mixer on 3-4 and let it mix for a few minutes until the dough forms a ball. Put the dough ball into a greased bowl and let it double in size (30 minutes or more).

Once doubled in size, punch the dough down and separate it into 8 equal pieces (I ended up with 7 this time) and form each piece into a ball. Slash the tops with an X and let them rise for another 30 minutes.

During this time, fill a stock pot with water and let it come to a boil. Heat the oven to 375F. Once it starts to boil add the baking soda and sugar to the water. Do it slowly because the baking soda will make the water froth! Once 30 minutes are up, boil the pretzels for 30 seconds on each side. Place them on a baking sheet that has been greased and sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle the rolls with Kosher salt while they are still wet from their bath. (The original recipe says to use egg whites but I didn’t want to waste an egg)

Bake the rolls for 15-20 minutes, until they are golden brown and look like pretzels!

Next up, the caramelized onions! These are part of the Serious Eats spread on how to make an In-n-Out burger at home. I followed the directions for the onions and also for the animal sauce.
Serious Eats In-n-Out Burger Recipe

Ingredients
2 teaspoons vegetable oil, divided
1 large onion, finely chopped (about 1 1/2 cups)
Kosher salt
2 tablespoons plus 2 teaspoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon ketchup
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

To make the onions:
Heat 1 teaspoon oil in a 10-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add onions and 1/2 teaspoon salt to skillet. Reduce heat to medium low, and cook, tossing and stirring occasionally until onions are well browned, about 15 minutes. Once onions begin to sizzle heavily and appear dry, add 1 tablespoon water to skillet and stir. Continue cooking until water evaporates and onions start sizzling again. Repeat process, adding 1 tablespoon of water with each iteration until onions are meltingly soft and dark brown, about 3 times total. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

To make the sauce:
Put the mayo, ketchup, relish, sugar and vinegar in a bowl and mix until it is combined.

Finally, I made a tomato mozzarella salad with basil, parsley, scallions and vinegar/oil for the dressing. It is something I make in the summer all the time so I thought it would go well with this dinner. This is the recipe I followed originally for it. Tomato Mozzarella Salad is based on a caprese salad. I use a pint of regular red grape tomatoes. Unfortunately, it is not the season for tomatoes so these were a little bit too tart.

The last photo is the best, I think! Everything all finished and ready to eat 😀

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2012 in Meals!

 

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Shrimpies and salad

I was watching “What Would Brian Boitano Make?” on the Food Network this afternoon and I just had to try the panzanella salad that he made. The recipe looked really simple but delicious. It turns out that it really was DELICIOUS. I served it with shrimp cooked in the same mixture that the bread is tossed in (I made a second batch of the butter/garlic/oil mix while the bread was toasting in the oven.) I used regular olives because that’s what I had in the house. I also used Apple Cider vinegar for the same reason.

Ingredients:
* 3 tablespoons olive oil, plus 1/4 cup
* 3 tablespoons butter
* 3 cloves garlic, minced
* 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 1/2 loaf ciabatta bread, cut into small cubes
* 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
* 2 pints red and yellow, grape and pear tomatoes, sliced in 1/2
* 1 cup halved, sliced kalamata olives
* 1/2 pound perlini mozzarella
* 8 basil leaves, chopped

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a small skillet over medium-low heat, add 3 tablespoons olive oil, the butter, garlic, red pepper flakes, and salt and pepper, to taste. Cook to infuse the butter and oil with the garlic, about 4 minutes.

Add the cubed bread to a large bowl, pour the butter and garlic mixture over the bread and toss to coat. Transfer to a sheet tray and bake until crisp, about 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.

In a small bowl whisk together the remaining olive oil and red wine vinegar and set aside.

In a large serving bowl, combine the tomatoes, olives, mozzarella, croutons, basil, and the oil and vinegar mixture. Gently toss to coat all the tomatoes and croutons. Let the salad sit for 10 minutes before serving.

At first I thought the show was going to be lame but he is just so adorable! It is one of those shows that I will just HAVE to see on the weekends now. Incredible!

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2009 in General Food, Meals!

 

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Calzones!

Well, it has been a while since I posted! I made some quick calzones tonight! Courtesy of Rachael Ray and the Food Network!

4 large, crusty Kaiser rolls
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
Salt and pepper
1/4 pound salami, chopped
1/4 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
8 slices fresh mozzarella
8 slices vine ripe tomato
8 fresh basil leaves, torn or sliced


Heat the oven to 325 degrees F.

Split the Kaiser rolls favoring the bottom half a little. Scoop a little of the white soft insides out of the bottoms. Season the ricotta with a little salt and pepper. Stir the salami and grated cheese into ricotta. Fill the rolls with the ricotta and salami. Cover the ricotta with mozzarella, tomato and basil. Set covers in place and bake to heat through 10 to 12 minutes. Cut and serve.

I made a few things different tho. I forgot about the tomato and basil so that didn’t get added on. I also added garlic and some oregano to the ricotta cheese mixture. I also didn’t put in any parmesan cheese. I think they need to cook a bit longer than 10-12 minutes. I had them in for almost 15 minutes and they weren’t heated all the way through. I thought they were delicious tho! 😀 I will probably add the tomatoes and basil next time plus the garlic and oregano I added to taste. The original recipe can be found here:

http://www.foodnetwork.com/food/recipes/recipe/0,1977,FOOD_9936_75377,00.html

Also in this post today, I would like to welcome Solstice! He will be adding his recipes in probably once a week! I hope everyone enjoys it! 😉

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2008 in General Food, Meals!

 

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