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Big Game Bash – Bobby Flay

I was just visiting over at the Food Network website when I laid eyes on this pizza. My mouth immediately started watering! (Bobby Flay has that effect on me too!) I knew that I had to share this with my readers. Perfect for Super Bowl Sunday!

Pizza with NY Strip, Blue Cheese and Balsamic Glaze

Recipe courtesy Bobby Flay

Prep Time:
55 min
Inactive Prep Time:
2 hr 20 min
Cook Time:
15 min

Level:
Intermediate

Serves:
4 servings

Ingredients
Balsamic Glaze:

2 cups balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Steak:

1 (12-ounce) NY strip steak
Canola oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Pizza
1/2 recipe Pizza Dough rolled into 2 (10-inch) rounds, recipe follows or 2 store-bought pizza dough
Canola oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese (recommended: Cabrales)
Grilled steak
1 bunch watercress, coarsely chopped
Balsamic Glaze
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano

Directions

For the glaze:

Bring vinegar to a boil in a small nonreactive saucepan and cook, stirring occasionally, until reduced to 1/2 cup. Stir in the honey and season with salt and pepper, to taste.

For the steak:

Heat grill to high. Brush steak on both sides with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown and slightly charred on both sides and cooked to medium-rare doneness, about 5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill to a cutting board, tent lightly with foil and let rest for 10 minutes. Slice into 1/4-inch thick slices.

For the pizza:

Heat the grill to high.

Brush both sides of the pizzas with oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Remove from the grill, divide the Monterey Jack cheese over the top of each one and then sprinkle with the blue cheese. Place back on the grill, close the cover of the grill and grill until the cheese has melted, about 1 minute. Remove to a flat surface, divide the steak between each pizza, then top with the watercress Drizzle with some of the balsamic glaze and sprinkle with some of the shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano.
Pizza Dough:

2/3 cup lukewarm water (105 degrees F to 115 degrees F)
2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for oiling bowl
1 3/4 to 2 cups all-purpose unbleached flour
1/4 cup finely ground yellow cornmeal
2 teaspoons coarse salt

In a large bowl stir together 1/3 cup water, yeast, and sugar and let stand until foamy, about 10 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/3 cup water, 2 tablespoons oil, 1 3/4 cups flour, cornmeal, and salt and blend until the mixture forms a dough. Knead dough on a floured surface, incorporating as much of remaining 1/4 cup flour, as necessary, to prevent dough from sticking, until smooth about 5 to 10 minutes. Form the dough into a ball.

Lightly oil the sides and bottom of a large bowl with oil, add the dough, turn to coat in the oil, cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Gently punch the dough down and divide into 4 equal pieces. Roll each piece on a lightly floured surface into a 10-inch circle that is 1/8-inch thick. Brush off excess flour and transfer the dough to a baking sheet, cover each circle of dough with plastic wrap and continue stacking rolled out pieces on top of each other. Wrap well with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to grill.

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Black Bean and Butternut Chili

Listen. This is one great vegan recipe for chili! So great that I had to smuggle it out of my daughter’s house under dark of night. For real. This is one time I hope she doesn’t read my blog! However, I think daughter #2 reads, so I might have to bribe her not to squeal on me.

I’m telling you, this chili is so good that four adults made waste to an entire pot of the stuff. Daughter #1 (whom we shall refer to by her nickname, Tots) even asked us, “Gee. Would you all like to come out and lick the pot, too?” I was tempted.

Ingredients –

1 small butternut squash, peeled, halved and seeded

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 medium red onion

1 medium carrot, finely chopped

1 medium orange bell pepper, coarsly chopped (optional)

2 – 14.5 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 tablespoons tomato paste

4 cups cooked or 3 (15.5 oz) cans black beans, drained and rinsed

1 chipotle chile in adobo, minced

1 cup apple cider

3 tablespoons chili powder

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cut the squash into 1/4-inch cubes and set aside.

Give your chipotle a whirl in your food processor – a small one like this is you have it.

In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the squash, onion, carrot and bell pepper, if using. Cover and cook until softenend, about 10 minutes.

Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, beans, and chipotle. Stir in the apple juice, chili powder, allspice, sugar, salt and black pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Simmer, covered, until vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes more. Stir occasionally.

Uncover and simmer about 10 minutes longer. Serve immediately.

Eat fast so you can get seconds!!

 

 

 

Steak Fajitas

Last week I received for review two grass-fed flank steaks from Hearst Ranch, located in San Simeon California. I will admit, I like a good steak occasionally but I had never cooked flank steak. After a little research I decided to marinate the steaks and make fajitas. I also researched why exactly “grass fed” is a benefit. There are health, taste, animal welfare and environmental benefits. I encourage you to go take a look at Hearst Ranch’s website. They give details on all of the above-mentioned benefits.

I would like to preface this post by saying, everything went perfectly except the fact that when I had those steaks sizzling, I realized that I had a dead camera battery. So, my daughter Niki took pictures with her phone. They’re not bad at all, but not the quality I would have hoped for! I just hope the food looks half as good as it tasted!

Ingredients –

1 bottle of beer (I used Moose Drool, a brown ale)
1 1/2 tsp. chile powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 Tbs. dried shallots
1 tsp. oregano leaves
dash of salt
1 – 1 1/2 lb. flank steak
1 large yellow onion
2 green bell peppers, 1 red bell pepper
6 to 8 flour tortillas

Condiments –

guacamole
shredded cheddar cheese
sour cream
salsa

Take the first 6 ingredients, mix well and place in a plastic Ziploc bag. Add the steak, refrigerate overnight.
The next day, chop bell peppers and onions into slices. Add a lug of olive oil, and sautee until they are both translucent and slightly browned.

Some people wrap tortillas in foil and heat them up in a slow oven, 275 degrees, but we put them in the microwave for about 15 – 20 seconds and that worked well.

You can grill your marinated steaks, or do as I did and put them directly under the broiler in your oven. Steaks should be turned at 5 or 6 minutes. You’ll want them to be somewhat rare in the middle, so that there are more well-done pieces at the ends of the steak and rarer pieces in the middle. Slice the flank steak against the grain.

To assemble, take a warm tortilla, add some steak, onions and bell peppers. Sprinkle some cheese and add a spoon of guacamole and sour cream and top with salsa.

As soon as we started eating there was an exclamation, “This is GOOD steak!” And indeed it was. One of the reasons I marinated was because I read that flank steak could possibly be tough. With the excellent beef from Hearst Ranch, the marinade and broiling at high heat for a short period of time, these steaks were buttery and practically melted in our  mouths! I have to admit, I was somewhat skeptical about cooking flank steak, but my first experience was a memorable one! I’ll be purchasing beef from Hearst in the future, especially when I need a top-quality cut! Thank you Hearst Ranch, for giving me the opportunity to share your steak with my family, and with my readers! Fajitas

2010 Great Iowa Chili Cookoff!

First of all, congratulations to Melinda Strable of Ankeny, winner of the 2010 Great Iowa Chili Cookoff sponsored by Bolton & Hay restaurant suppliers , Tone’s Spices, Clear Channel Communications (including 100.3 The Bus, 1040 WHO radio, and 1460 KXnO) and Pepsi. The judges said they had a very hard time picking one chili from them all, as they were all different. But Melinda’s chili reigned supreme.

And yes, I… Chef Herman (Stephanie) participated in this chili cook off! When I found out I had been chosen, and that I had less than two days to prepare, I was a little nervous but it turned out to be a very fun experience!

The six finalists started arriving on Thursday, Sept. 9 before 11:00 a.m. Chili cooks participating were Robert Irlbeck, Melinda Strable, Michelle Koeff, Nancy Van Wyk, myself, and Anita Van Gundy.

Totes full of ingredients and cooking utensils were carried in and we were greeted with beautiful stockpots that Bolton & Hay supplied, for us to keep! (And I thank them for that generous gift… I really needed a bigger chili pot!)

The staff at Bolton & Hay, and all the other sponsors’ staff members were so welcoming and professional… that really helped put all the contestants at ease and made it a fun experience. Contestants started socializing, and we soon realized that we were all regular Iowa people who share a passion for cooking. Before we knew it, we were given the okay to begin. A flurry of chopping and preparation followed, and the Bolton & Hay came alive with heavenly smells… meats browning, freshly chopped vegetables, and traditional chili spices provided to each contestant by Tone’s.

Soon we heard someone said, “Lids on!” and it was simmer time. We had down-time of about 3 hours. That time went relatively quickly, with contestants talking with each other, sharing tips, exchanging email addresses and of course, checking on our chili and tweaking the seasonings.

Finally it was judging time. The judges talked and deliberated and after a difficult decision, chose Melinda’s chili as winner! We all went away feeling like winners, though. Bolton & Hay gave us yet another gift… one of their famous jelly roll pans and a 90th anniversary potholder. We had our stockpots, the chili spices gift bag from Tone’s and a $20 gift certificate for beef from the Iowa Beef Council. And still I feel like I’m forgetting something! Maybe just another huge thank-you to all the sponsors who made this such a memorable event for me!

So with all that lead-in, here is my chili recipe, declared by the judges to possess complex flavors, and medium heat and great taste.

2 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. beef chorizo
2 green peppers, diced
1 medium onion, diced
3 cloves finely minced garlic
1-28 oz. can diced tomatoes
2-28 oz. cans crushed tomatoes
1-2 cups V8 juice
2-15 oz. cans red beans, rinsed
1-15 oz. can pinto beans

3-4 T chili powder
1-2 T. dutch cocoa
1 tsp. Hungarian paprika
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. freshly ground pepper

1 T honey
dash of Sriracha hot chili sauce
drizzle olive oil

Brown ground beef and chorizo, add 1 T. chili powder. Take browned meat out of the pan, set aside. Saute onions, green pepper and celery with drizzle of olive oil (in the same pan). Add the beef, tomatoes, tomato juice, salt, pepper, spices and honey. Cook for minimum two hours on low heat, stirring often. Rinse beans, add during last 15 minutes of cooking.

Chili

Buttermilk Pancakes

So last Christmas Eve, my kids were snowed in here at my house. It turned out to be pretty fun, and I made pancakes for breakfast on Christmas morning. My daughter’s boyfriend, Mr. Smith, exclaimed from the living room, “Oh my god! These are awesome!”

Ever since then, he asks (begs) me to make pancakes, and my daughter wants to know what my secret ingredients are. Much like my cookies, I’m willing to put the recipe out for everybody to try… but… I will say up front, I’ve disclosed ALL ingredients. So, if your pancakes aren’t “Oh my god! These are awesome!” good, it isn’t my fault!

Ingredients:

2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
3 Tbsp. sugar
2 tsp. soda
3 Tbsp. oil (I use extra virgin olive oil)
pinch of cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla

Mix flour, salt, sugar and soda together. Beat eggs well and add milk. Blend these together, add cinnamon and vanilla and oil.

Pancakes

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