If you’ve followed me for a while, you know I love my blueberries. I make a raft of things with blueberries including pies, crisps, coffee cakes and muffins. But blueberries on steak? Well, that was a revelation when I had it.
I created this sauce after having it at a restaurant one night. I never really had a real recipe, but I told my mom about it and she asked me to give her the recipe, so then I had to make a recipe. It’s really good stuff.
Grilled Sirloin with Spicy Blueberry Sauce
- 2 cups frozen blueberries (unsweetened)
- 1/4 cup sugar + 1 tbsp
- 2 tsp white wine vinegar
- 1/2 to 1 tsp red pepper flakes (depending on how hot you want it)
- pinch of chili powder
- 1lb Sirloin, cut into 4 pieces
- Fresh ground pepper and salt to taste
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I don’t often prepare flank steak. I’m not fond of the texture. But I got a good deal and went about looking at how best to prepare it. I decided, since we had our first 50-degree F day since early Dec, we’d celebrate with grilling.
I pounded it with a flat mallet (between plastic wrap) before marinating it in a basic marinade and then grilling it. Continue reading →
Got a good deal on a bone-in turkey breast this week, so I spatchcocked it and grilled it.
Rubbed it with olive oil, salt, pepper, poultry seasoning and extra sage. Put it in the wood pellet grill at 400º F for 15 minutes, then turned down the temp to 350º F for an additional hour. Came out at about 162 º F and was about 165º after resting for 15 minutes.
Made cranberry sauce (recipe here) and gravy, served with fresh tomatoes from the garden.
I seem to have an abundance of Kentucky bourbon in the house these days. Unusual. I always have Canadian whiskey (I prefer cooking with whiskey over wine). So I went looking through the archives for some recipes with bourbon. I had forgotten about this one, with is always a hit at cookouts.
Because it’s a kabob style, it’s a bit labor intensive, but you can prepare all of it the day before. If you want your chicken even drunker, you can soak it in the extra bourbon overnight.
Grilled Bourbon Chicken Appetizers
- 1- 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
- 1/4 cup chopped Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- Bourbon (how much you use and what you do with the leftover is between you and your bottle)
- 8 oz pineapple chunks
- 12 strips of sliced bacon (should be a pound)
- 12 short wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes before assembling and grilling*
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This recipe is a family favorite!
At the last minute yesterday, I decided we needed potato salad at our cookout. Luckily, electric pressure cooker to the rescue! Four minutes cooking time, about 10 minutes prep. I left potatoes and eggs in the fridge to cool while we ran around. Added mayo, mustard, some dill pickle juice just before dinner and served with grilled hamburgers and corn. Yum.
Perfect Picnic Potato Salad
- 6 large potatoes, peeled, cubed
- 4 large eggs
- 1/2 small yellow onion, finely diced
- mayo and yellow mustard to taste – I used less than a cup of mayo and about 1/4 cup mustard – but I know some people like a lot more. I added a 1/4 cup of dill pickle juice
- salt and pepper to taste
Add the steaming basket to the pressure cooker and add enough water to come to bottom of the basket. Add cubed potatoes (and you don’t need to be too fancy with cutting the pieces – just relatively same size for uniform cooking). Place washed eggs on top of the potatoes. Close the unit, set to steam for 4 minutes. When finished, use the rapid release method to ensure eggs don’t over cook and potatoes stay firm.
Add eggs to a cold water ice bath. Remove potatoes and drain excess water. Add to large serving bowl. Peel eggs, wash and cube. Add to potatoes. Let cool completely before mixing so as not to turn the potatoes into mush.
Once cooled, add remaining ingredients and fold until well mixed. Let sit for about 10 minutes before serving.
Serves 6 easily
It snowed yesterday and there was no soup to reheat. I decided if I needed to cook, I’d pull the new cast-iron griddle out and experiment with it for lunch.
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What’s on your plate for this holiday weekend (how did that happen)? Are you sad summer is waning or is fall more your season? Most importantly, whatcha cookin’?
This steak is easy to make in the oven, but I thought I’d try it on the grill this time. Works great – just remember to cook it away from the coals or turn the grill off if it’s electric, like mine.
This steak can be prepped the day before, just wrap each one tightly in plastic wrap. Makes it great for a date night, anniversary or small dinner party. I pan-seared and finished in the oven/on the grill in the same pan, because of the cheese. The reward was great pan drippings when I was finished, which I drizzled over the potatoes before serving.
On the board:
- Flank Steak Pinwheels
- Grilled Sweet Corn
- 4-Minute Potato Salad (recipe here)
- Fresh Sliced Peaches
Flank Steak Pinwheels
- 1 large flank steak, butterflied
- salt and pepper
- crushed garlic (at least 2 cloves)
- 8 oz sliced provolone cheese
- 1 bunch washed and dried spinach leaves
- 8 wooden skewers
- olive oil
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Pictured: Quick and Easy Pasta Salad, recipe here, along with several other summer salad recipes.
One of my favorites:
Chipotle Macaroni Salad
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 2 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
- 1 tablespoon adobo sauce
- 1 tbsp limejuice
Mix together ingredients and set aside while macaroni cooks.
- 1 lb elbow macaroni
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 stalk celery, minced
- 4 green onions, chopped
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 2 tbsp minced parsley
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped (or equivalent)
- 8 oz cubed sharp cheddar cheese
- 4 thick cut bacon strips, cooked and crumbled (optional)
- 1 cup chipotle mayonnaise
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
Bring water to a boil, add 1 tsp salt and macaroni. Cook until al dente (firm to tooth). Immediately drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Do not drain well, allow macaroni to stay wet, remove to bowl. Immediately add garlic, celery, onion, parsley and lemon juice and let sit for 5 minutes. Stir in cheddar cheese, tomatoes, bacon and chipotle mayonnaise. Salt and pepper to taste. Allow to chill 15 – 30 minutes. Serves 8-10.
Next week: Some duck photos, roasted jalapenos, Key Lime bars. Stay tuned…