Mashed Potato Casserole

June 15, 2016
by Curt

Mashed Potato CasseroleMy sister and brother-in-law were visiting over the Christmas holidays this year and brought the fixins for one of the meals while they were here. My brother-in-law grilled 4 bacon wrapped filet mignon steaks, and my sister-in-law prepared a mashed potato casserole to go with them.

We’ll feature the potato casserole in this article. While it’s not my own personal recipe, it was certainly tasty enough to want to share with my readers.

Give it a try, I’m sure you’re gonna love it. I know we did!

Mashed Potato Casserole

Ingredients

  • 14 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened, and more for the pan
  • 6 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons finely chopped chives
  • 2/3 cup bread crumbs
  • 2/3 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

Preparation

  1. Lightly grease a 9 inch by 13 inch baking pan.
  2. In a large pot, bring the potatoes, 4 quarts water and 2 tablespoons salt to a boil. Boil potatoes until fork tender, about 20 minutes. Drain.
  3. Mash potatoes with 10 tablespoons butter, sour cream, 1 tablespoon salt and 1 teaspoon black pepper. Mash in the chives. Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Spread potatoes into the prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate for up to 3 days. (3 days is optional).
  4. In a small bowl, combine the remaining 4 tablespoons butter, bread crumbs and cheese. Mix together until it forms coarse crumbs. (Crumbs can be refrigerated for 3 days).
  5. Heat the oven to 400° F. Sprinkle crumbs over the top of the potato casserole and bake until golden and crisp, 30 to 40 minutes.
  6. Easily serves 8.
http://www.smokedngrilled.com/mashed-potato-casserole/

Pulled Pork Finishing Sauce

May 25, 2016
by Curt

Pulled Pork Finishing SauceThis sauce recipe is for those of you like myself who don’t like vinegar based sauces. I looked at a lot of different recipe ingredients in the non-tomato vinegar based sauces that are commonly used for pulled pork and put together what I thought was the perfect combination for me. Sometimes you just hit a winner on the first try!

I created this because my pulled pork came out a bit on the dry side. I don’t like using the traditional tomato based BBQ sauces, and I don’t like smoking the traditional shoulder roast for pulled pork because it’s so fatty! I use a pork loin, but the problem with that is it does tend to dry out a bit.

The butter in the recipe is what helps keep the meat moist, but a little bit goes a long way, so mix the sauce in a little at a time until you have it the way you want it.

After saucing the pulled pork I smoked with this recipe, I shared the pork with some friends. I got a lot of compliments. I’ll be using this from now on when I smoke a pork loin!

Pulled Pork Finishing Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper

Preparation

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan.
  2. Add Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in the apple juice. Allow to cool.
  4. NOTE: This yields 2 cups. Should be more than enough for 1 large pork loin. A little bit goes a long way, so mix it in a little at a time.
http://www.smokedngrilled.com/pulled-pork-finishing-sauce/

Southwest Spiced Grilled Tilapia

April 24, 2016
by Curt

Southwest Spiced Grilled TilapiaThis seasoning blend really works well with fish. I was very pleased with the flavor when I took it off the grill, put it on my plate, and took my first bite!

It doesn’t get much simpler than this. Mix the spices, spice the fillets, and grill them up.

Southwest Spiced Grilled Tilapia

Ingredients

  • 6 Tilapia Fillets
  • Spice Blend
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced onions
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon lemon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon smoked paprika

Preparation

  1. Get a medium hot grill going. (Note: leave a cool spot without coals in case things get too hot!)
  2. Mix all of the spice blend ingredients together in a spice shaker container.
  3. Generously sprinkle both sides of the fillets with the spice blend and place on a grill plate or grill screen directly above the coals.
  4. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, then flip the fillets over and cook approximately another 5 minutes, or until done. NOTE: The internal temperature should be 135° F to be done.
http://www.smokedngrilled.com/southwest-spiced-grilled-tilapia/

Pot of Texas Chili – No Beans

March 19, 2016
by Curt

Pot of Texas Chili – No BeansThere will always be the argument as to whether Texas chili is with, or without beans. Personally, I like it both ways. It just depends on what I’m feeling like when I decide to make a pot of beans. Right now, I’m not feeling the beans!

One thing is for sure though, Texas chili DOES NOT have noodles in it.

So, give this recipe a try, and I believe it’s going to end up being your go to chili recipe form now on!

Pot of Texas Chili – No Beans

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 1/2 large red onion (chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 2 jalapeno peppers (seeded and minced)
  • 1 small green bell pepper (finely chopped)
  • 1 celery stick (chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 3 Tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato soup (without the added water) - I used Campbells
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (29 oz.) can pureed tomato

Preparation

  1. In a large stock pot, lightly brown the ground beef. Drain any grease off and then add in the onion and garlic and mix this together. Continue browning the meat.
  2. Add the rest of the ingredients and bring it to a boil.
  3. Once it boils, reduce the heat and simmer for an hour covered.
  4. This should easily serve 8.
http://www.smokedngrilled.com/pot-of-texas-chili-no-beans/