Monthly Archives: January 2011

Roasted Chicken…and sides (Bacon Creamed Corn / Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes)

Hey everyone, I know it’s been a few weeks since my last major post or update. I have been absolutely swamped and haven’t made anything other than a quick meal here and there. I would have posted any of those if I thought they were anything post-worthy, since I know it helps to sometimes have recipes for things that take very little time during a work week, but I didn’t even take any pictures along the way.

I wouldn’t claim myself to be a master cook/chef by any means, but besides how expert chefs may make an egg or an omelet, some people also think that one who can make a simple roasted chicken well must also have some skills to pay the bills.

I’ve done this very few times in the past, mainly because before I was a bit nervous that I would end up with an overcooked bird outside, but still clucking inside. Thankfully, none of that happened back then or now. I would say that the major reason is time. This can take a couple hours of prep and cook time, so it’s not really a convenient weeknight meal. I think it’s suitable for people who have those extra hours, or for a family dinner on a weekend. Done well, even with few ingredients, it can amaze and surprise your guests. 

I didn’t do too much with this one. Just gave the chicken a wet spice rub with some butter, paprika, oregano, thyme, rosemary, lemon zest, and salt and pepper. One of the tricks is to not only get the outside skin, but also underneath the skin, so that the seasoning can get into the meat of the bird. I also put some lemons into the cavity, as well as some salt and pepper inside to make sure all parts of the chicken were seasoned well.

 I served the chicken with some roasted garlic mashed potatoes, as well as some bacon creamed corn.

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What You’ll Need:

 Chicken and Spice/Butter Rub

– 1 roasting chicken, about 3-4 lbs

– zest of one lemon

– 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, softened (I accidentally over warmed the butter and melted it, but it was ok)

– 1 Tbsp smoked paprika

– 1 tsp dried oregano

– 1 tsp dried thyme

– 1 tsp dried rosemary

– ½ tsp garlic powder

– 2 tsp Kosher Salt (adjust for your taste)

– 1 tsp ground pepper

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

– 2 lbs red potatoes, cubed into one inch cubes

– 2 heads of garlic, halved horizontally through the cloves (see picture)

– ¾ cup sour cream

– ¼ cup milk (or heavy cream if you really want it to be rich….this measure is approximate depending on how you like the consistency. More milk/cream for thinner potatoes, less for thicker ones)

– 2 Tbsp unsalted butter

– Salt and Pepper to taste

Bacon Creamed Corn

– 2 ears of fresh corn, shucked and corn cut off the cob (approximately 1 ½ cups fresh corn kernels)

– 3 slices of bacon (I used center cut, with less fat in it)

– ¼ cup of heavy cream

– 1 tsp smoked paprika

– small amount of cayenne pepper, depending on your heat preferences

 The How-To:

** Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit while you prepare the chicken

Chicken

1- Place chicken in a baking dish or roasting pan. Season the inside with salt and pepper

2- Combine all of the ingredients listed after the chicken and mix well

3- Using your hands, spread half of the mixture on top of the skin, all over the chicken

4- Use your hands to separate the skin from the chicken breast and spread evenly the rest of the rub mixture under the skin, over the flesh of the chicken. Cut the lemon in half, squeeze some juice into the cavity, and place both halves into the cavity.

5- Tie the chicken legs together as seen in the picture

6- Cook the chicken until the skin is golden, and a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh (not touching a bone) registers 165 degrees Fahrenheit, between 1.5 to 2 hours. If the skin starts to brown or burn before the inside is cooked, cover it with some foil.

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes

1- At the same time you put the chicken into the oven, you can roast the garlic for the first hour. Cut the two entire heads of garlic in half, then place in some foil, sprinkle with salt, and a little oil. Close up the foil packet. Garlic will be done when it is golden brown, soft, and sweet smelling/tasting. 

2- Place the cut potatoes in a saucepot, cover with cold water, and bring to a boil. Cook until a fork goes through the potato with no effort, or taste and see when done.

3- Once the potatoes are done, turn off the heat, drain well, and put the potatoes back into the pot over the warm stove to dry any excess water.

4- Mash or rice the potatoes (I mashed since I had the skins on), then add in salt, pepper, roasted garlic, cream/milk, and sour cream. Season to taste, and make sure the garlic is completely mashed in.

Bacon Creamed Corn

1- Another thing to do while the chicken roasts and the potatoes cook is slice the 3 slices of bacon, and cook in a skillet over medium heat until it starts to render the fat out and begins to become crispy.

2- Shuck and cut the corn, then add to the skillet with the bacon and bacon drippings. Season with salt and pepper. Cook until it begins to soften a little, about 5 minutes.

3- Add the heavy cream, paprika, and cayenne pepper, and cook for another 5-10 minutes. Season appropriately with salt and pepper if needed.

After the chicken was done (it had a pop-up timer, but I didn’t trust it since it was either broken, or will only pop when the chicken is shoe leather), I broke it down by removing the breasts, thighs, and drumsticks. I served it with the sides above, which were great. The corn was awesome, try it out!

I hope this works out for you all. It wasn’t very difficult, and the longest time was the roasting time.

Enjoy!

– Anthony

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Upcoming posts

Okay everyone, hopefully I’ll be back very soon with posts. I have the pictures ready to go, and am writing up the recipes and commentary today and tomorrow.

Coming up:

– Roasted chicken with Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Bacon Creamed Corn

– Parmesan, Rosemary, and Potato Pizza

Check back in a day or two!

– Anthony

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Sorry for the lack of updates

Hello everyone, I know the posts have slowed down in the past week or two. I’m workin on a couple but haven’t had time to get them on here. Lol. I plan on getting them in soon, but I hope you’re all doing well!

– Anthony

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Food TV Host/Chef Pet Peeve

Hey all,

Just wanted to say hello. Oh, and also complain about a gross habit that I see people do on TV…a lot… when they are cooking something. Any guesses?

You got it! It’s tasting food by dipping a finger in whatever, then possibly tasting again. Even if I only see it once it makes me think it’s done several times….appetizing, right? Makes you wanna get those reservations to their restaurant ASAP.

And here’s a Seinfeld clip to reiterate my point…Youtube Disabled Embedding on this one, so click on the link:

Seinfeld – Double Dip

Ok, so we’re all human, I’m sure we’ve all done it while we’re cooking. I make a conscious effort to use tasting spoons, but if i slip, will wash my hands ASAP. But if you’re on a show, as a respected chef, or as a mentor for those learning to cook…at least use a tasting spoon (a clean one!) or wash your hands!

Mentioning cleanliness, I’m still planning on doing an overview of kitchen cleanliness and food safety, but need the time to do so. This post should remind me to do that, lol.

Take care! And keep your fingers out of the pot/bowl/whatever! Haha. Happy cooking!

– Anthony

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Show Me Your Grill: Skirt Steak and Grilled Tarragon Potatoes

In the month and a half it has been “cold” here in South Florida, and probably a little longer before that, I had kinda forgotten that I had a grill sitting outside, being so busy with work and other things. Well, I figured it was time to bring it out of retirement and grill up some skirt steak.

It’s been at least 3 months since I last grilled up skirt steak, as posted in Thrill of the Grill: Sunday, September 19th, 2010. I didn’t have any recipes posted on that though, so here ya go! It’s a very simple recipe, with a quickly assembled dry rub spice mix. I didn’t make a whole lot of it, only lightly coating the steak in the seasoning instead of rubbing a ton of the rub on the steak, barbecue style.

If you want more seasoning, double the spice rub recipe. Add whichever spices you like as well, or take out any you don’t. If you like it a little sweeter, add a little brown sugar…just note that it may burn, leaving a charred taste if you cook it at too high a heat.

Here’s a quick tip, take the steak out about 30 minutes before cooking it to let it come to room temperature. This will help you avoid overcooking the outside and having a raw (not rare, raw) interior.

Also, to get things done fairly quickly, get the potatoes cooking about 10-15 minutes before you start to grilling the steak. This way, you can get them grilling soon after the steak is done. You just want to mark them on the grill over high heat for a couple minutes, then toss them in the tarragon dressing.

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Stuffed Turkey Tenderloins

I know, a turkey post after the holidays? “Ugh, not again!” you must be thinking if you’re a holiday carnivore. But wait, this one is a quick meal, and it didn’t take hours to make. No laboring over the turkey, basting it, etc. It can be made as a fairly quick weeknight dinner.

For this recipe, I used turkey tenderloins. Due to the very low fat content in this cut of meat, it is very easy to dry out, but if cooked properly, is very easy to make, and is fairly tasty and good for you depending on how you season it. I butterflied the tenderloins, stuffed them, seared them, then finished them off in the oven.

Instead of a traditional stale bread or cornbread stuffing, I made a quick stuffing of onions, garlic, spinach, and panko bread crumbs, moistened with some extra virgin olive oil to give the stuffing and the turkey some fat. It was quite delicious, and only took about 5 minutes to throw together, not 45 minutes or more like a traditional stuffing.

Serve it with whatever sides you like. I served with some vegetable rice, seasoned with some garlic powder and a slight amount of butter. But it would be great with mashed potatoes, some roasted mushrooms, asparagus, or whatever else you like.

On another note, the sauce was almost a cooking fail. I attempted to make a sour cream sauce using the pan drippings, but I had the heat too high and it broke, leaving a grainy puddle of a sauce. So I improvised and made a balsamic vinaigrette to spoon over the turkey.

 What You’ll Need:

Turkey / Stuffing:

– 2 turkey tenderloins

– 1 medium onion, chopped

– 1 box of chopped spinach (10 oz), defrosted and pressed to remove all liquid

– 2 cloves of garlic, chopped

– ¾ cup panko bread crumbs

– ¼ cup olive oil

– Garlic Powder

– ½ cup grated parmesan cheese

– Smoked Paprika

– Salt

– Pepper

 Basic Balsamic Vinaigrette:

 – ¾ cup olive oil

– ¼ cup balsamic vinegar

– Garlic powder (or you can use minced garlic)

– Salt

– Pepper

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The How-To:

Turkey & Stuffing:

Note: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit

1: Heat a skillet over medium heat and add some a few teaspoons olive oil

2: Chop the onion and garlic, and then add to the hot oil. Season with some salt and pepper. Stir frequently so garlic does not burn.

3: After about 4 minutes, when onions are soft and begin to become translucent, add the spinach in and season again slightly. After cooking for a couple minutes, add the bread crumbs and the olive oil. Let the crumbs toast slightly in the oil and keep stirring. Turn off the burner and remove from heat to let cool a few minutes.

4: Butterfly the turkey tenderloins (split in half without cutting all the way through) and press it down flat. Season the inside with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

5: Place about 2-3 tablespoons of the stuffing In each tenderloin and flatten into a thin layer. From one end lengthwise, roll up the tenderloin tightly, making sure to keep the stuffing inside.

6: Tie the tenderloin in sections using some butcher twine. This will ensure even cooking.

7: Season the outside liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

8: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and heat up some olive oil (or your favorite type), about 2 Tbps, or enough to coat the bottom if using a stainless steel pain. Sear each side of the tenderloin for a couple of minutes to develop a crust, then slide the entire pan (MAKE SURE it is oven safe, and check how high the pan’s tolerance is) into the oven.

9: Cook until the internal temperature registers about 165 degrees in the thickest part of the meat itself, not the stuffing. You can also do the old knife test, where you cut open the thickest portion to ensure that the inside is cooked through. No Salmonella here!

10: Remove from the oven and tent (cover) with some foil, resting for another few minutes. The turkey will continue to cook another 5 or so degrees to reach the perfect temperature. Cooking to a higher temperature will risk drying it out. Remove the twine, and then slice into rounds. Serve with your desired side.

Vinaigrette:

1: Add ingredients to a small bowl, then whisk until fully emulsified (blended together). Since this isn’t stabilized by any mustard, egg yolk, or mayonnaise, it will separate after a few moments. Just mix again vigorously until re-blended, then spoon over the turkey.

Hope you enjoy!

– Anthony

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Happy New Year!

Hey everyone, Happy New Year! Hopefully this year will be a positive one for all of you. And hopefully you all have a great culinary year as well! Try out new  foods, or try making something adventurous or outside your comfort zone.

New Posts are coming soon. I made some stuffed turkey tenderloins, and also grilled skirt steak with grilled potatoes in tarragon dressing.

All the best! Have a great year.

– Anthony

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