Applewood Smoked Chicken Peanut Curry

unnamedThe recipe is being created on the fly. The concept, as defined by the title of this post, sounds pretty delicious to me. Most of the ingredients being used are pulled because they are currently available in my kitchen and could easily be substituted. This is a Saturday afternoon thing, with no rush to get it done and nothing to do but drink margaritas and do laundry. Best part is that it combines 2 cooking techniques that should never be rushed; Smoking and Curry…

Ingredients

  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 3 Tbsp Flour
  • Curry Powder
  • 2 Cans Chicken Broth
  • 1 lb raw chicken strips
  • 1 medium onion. Coarsely chopped.
  • 1 bell pepper. Coarsely chopped
  • 1 small red apple. coarsely chopped
  • 1 large Carrot. Cut into bite size pieces.
  • 1/4 Cup Raisins
  • 4 servings of cooked white rice.

Direction

  • combine flour, 3 Tbsp curry power and butter and cook over medium heat for about 10 minutes stir regularly
  • Add 1 can of Chicken Broth slowly whisking to mix completely
  • Add 3 Tbsp of Peanut Butter and whisk until peanut butter melts and combines with liquid. Then remove from heat
  • Add salt and pepper to taste.  About 1/2 tsp each
  • Spoon a small amount of sauce onto chicken. Just enough to coat the surface of the chicken.
  • Hot smoke chicken on a prepared smoker for a minimum of 1 hour. Chicken may be grilled instead if smoker is unavailable (cook chicken till slightly blackened).
  • Meanwhile add 1 can of chicken broth to sauce and bring to a simmer.
  • Add Onion, Apple, carrot and bell pepper to sauce and cook over low heat  for 20 minutes stirring ocassionally.
  • Shred Chicken and add to sauce. Note that chicken is most likely still not cooked all the way through and should therefore still be treated as raw chicken.
  • Add Raisins.
  • Return to Boil and then simmer for at least 15 more minutes
  • Serve over rice and Enjoy!

Greek Gyro Sausages

I love Gyros!!! today I am trying to make them in sausage form so that I can freeze them and cook quickly whenever i want.

Ingredients

  • 1lb Fine Ground Hamburger (High Fat)
  • 1lb Ground Lamb
  • 1 Medium Onion Minced
  • 4 Minced Garlic Cloves
  • 2 1/2 t Oregano
  • 2 t Salt
  • 1 t Black pepper
  • 1 t Marjoram
  • 2 T Dried Mint

Directions For Sausage

Combine all ingredients and mix well. Using a sausage suffer attachment or other sausage making method, stuff mixture into medium hog casings and twist into links. Allow to rest for a minimum of 2 hours. Prick the sides of each sausage to allow fat to drain during cooking. Bake at 350F for about 50 minutes.

For serving, slice the sausage into disks and saute for a few minutes to brown. Serve over pita with tatziki sauce and tomatoes or turn into appetizers with a touch of sauce and a cherry tomato.

Came out great as sausage!!

Directions for Loaf (Traditional) And/Or Tzatziki Sauce

Click here for traditional Gyro Post and Tzatziki recipe

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

Chicken Wild Rice Soup. (6 to 8 servings)

  • 2 average-sized chicken breasts, cooked and diced (1 “Dolly Parton”)
  • 2/3 cup wild rice, cooked (about 45 mins), drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
  • 5 strips of bacon, cooked until crisp and broken into bits
  • Soup base:
    • 3 TBS butter
    • 1 cup diced onion
    • 1 cup diced celery
    • 2 cups diced fresh mushrooms
    • 3 TBS flour
    • 6 cups chicken broth
    • Salt and pepper to taste
    • 1/2 cup cream (1/2 & 1/2)

Sauté onions and celery in butter for about 5 mins. Add mushrooms and sauté for about 5 more mins. Stir in flour and cook about 5 more mins checking to make sure it doesn’t brown too much. Slowly stir in broth. Simmer for about 15 mins.

You can prepare all the ingredients ahead of time. About an hour before you are ready to serve, bring the soup base to a low boil and stir in chicken and rice. Right before serving, stir in bacon almonds and cream. Heat through.

Disclaimer: I really don’t measure when I cook, so please use your own judgement! These measurements are my best estimates!

This recipe is courtesy of Martha Best, whom this site is dedicated to.

Mom’s French Toast

Makes about 10 slices

Whisk together:

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 tbsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tbsp cinnamon
  • dash of whole milk

Dip slices of wheat bread in mixture and take directly to griddle.

DO NOT SOAK**

Cook in skillet or on flat top until browned. Slice some strawberries or other favorite fruit, top with maple syrup and ENJOY!!!

Greek Gyro and Tzatziki Sauce

Gyros are by far one of my favorite dishes. This recipe will make about 8 gyros depending on how much meat you like in yours.

Gyro Meat

Ingredients:

  • 1lb Ground Beef
  • 1lb Ground Lamb
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 4 Garlic Cloves
  • 2t Oregano
  • 2t Salt
  • 1t Black Pepper
  • 1t Marjoram
  • 2T Dried Mint

Meat Preparation Directions:

Combine all ingredients but meat in a food processor and blend till very fine.
The next day, bake at 350F for 60 minutes. Allow to cool before slicing thin.Mix everything together very well in a mixing bowl. Compress into a tight loaf and refrigerate overnight.

The meat is now ready and can be stored for later use in the freezer as needed.

Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 8oz yogurt
  • 1 Large Cucumber
  • 1/2t Black Pepper
  • 1t salt
  • 1t sugar
  • 2T dill
  • 2 Garlic Cloves (Minced)
  • Juice of 1/2 Lemon

Sauce Preparation:

This prep method is very unusual the first step is to take all of the water out of the cucumber. First slice the cucumber into quarters down the long way and take out the seeds. Chop and place in a food processor along with the salt. Blend lightly. Take out the cucumber mash and place it on 4-5 Paper towels to let the moisture soak in. After the first set of paper towels are saturated, flip the cucumbers onto a second set of paper towels and allow moisture to soak in. Repeat this process until the paper towels do not saturate completely.

Combine all ingredients and mix completely. Place in refrigerator for at least 24 hours for sauce to re-thicken.

Final Prep and Serving

Ingredients

  • Pitas
  • Tzatziki Sauce
  • Gyro Meat
  • Tomatoes
  • Cucumber
  • Lettuce

Directions:

place 4-5 pieces of sliced gyro meat on a skillet and allow to brown lightly on both sides. Fill a pita with the meat and slices of the tomato, lettuce and cucumber as desired. Cover with a scoop of Tzatziki Sauce and enjoy!

The Challenge!

I have made this reciepe a number of times and have always had the problem of a oil bubble forming in the center of the meat. This doesn’t affect the flavor as it comes out as soon as the meat is sliced. However, it does make the meat slices a little less “perfect” looking than I would like. I have considered a draining tube in the center of the loaf to prevent this issue but I would be interested to hear if anyone has a solution for this or has even run into a similar issue.

Beer Cheese Soup

Beer Cheese soup was something my wife and I discovered during a visit to Wisconsin one summer. We loved it so much that I deconstructed the recipe and added my own little tweaks. The result is a wonderfully rich and hearty soup that is great on a cold winter’s day. Feel free to add your own tweaks as this is by no means perfected yet. In fact every time I make it i do something a little different.

Prep Time: 3 hours (most of which is creating the broth)
Servings: 8-10 adults

Ingredients

  • 1 Ham Bone (optional but produces the best results, If no ham bone, add 2 cans of chicken broth and butter to your shopping list.)
  • 2 Cups Chopped Ham
  • 2 bottles of dark beer (Ale or Lager is your choice. Go with something you like but no light beers!)
  • 4-5 Celery Stalks
  • 2-3 Carrots
  • 4 Large Potatos
  • 2lb Shredded Mild Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • Spices: pepper, paprika, garlic salt

Directions

  1. Chop celery, carrots and onion into small cubes about 1/2 inch. Put ham bone, celery, carrots, and onion in a large 5 qt pan and add just enough water to cover ingredients. (If you do not have a ham bone, you can substitute a half a stick of butter and 2 cans of chicken broth. add enough water to make the pan about half full)
  2. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat and allow to simmer for about 2 hours.
  3. After the broth has been made. Peal and chop potatoes into 1/2 inch cubes and add them to the pot. Remove or add enough water to where the potatoes are just covered by liquid.
  4. Bring back to a boil until potatoes are soft and cooked.
  5. Remove from heat and partially mash the potatoes. I find an immersion blender does this task perfectly but a hand masher can also be used effectively.
  6. Add beer, ham and cheese and stir till melted and well mixed.
  7. Add spices to achieve desired flavor (about a tablespoon of paprika, a table spoon of pepper and a teaspoon of garlic is how I like it.)
  8. Bring soup back to a low simmer then turn off heat and serve with a hearty bread for dipping.

Apple Stuffed Porkloin Roast

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 8 fresh sage leaves
  • 2 cups thick-cut white bread cubes, crusts removed
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chicken broth, plus more if needed
  • 1 (3 pound) pork loin roast, butterflied

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the onion, apples and sage. Saute until softened. Remove from the heat and gently stir in the bread, egg, butter and salt and pepper. Add the chicken broth gradually until everything is moistened. Let the stuffing mixture cool completely before putting it in the pork loin. Spoon the stuffing down the pork, horizontally, in a line. Roll the pork over the stuffing, jelly roll style, ending with the seam down and fat side up. Lightly score the fat, in a diamond pattern, with a sharp knife. Tightly tie the pork roast up with butcher’s twine, season it with more salt and pepper, and transfer to a roasting pan. Roast the pork in a preheated oven for about 90 minutes or until an instant-read thermometer registers 160 degrees F. Remove from the oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing. Garnish with apples and fresh herbs