The gas grill sputtered empty mid-cook, we had a spare bottle handy but that one is nearly out, too. Maybe a trip to town next week to swap them both out for full. I hate to go during the weekend because crowds. Those delicious Vidalias are in season – I love a thick slice on my burgers.
I say “skillet” corned beef and cabbage but the only things that actually cooks in the pan are the bacon, cabbage and onion. The corned beef was boiled till tender then removed from the pot. I set it aside and boiled the potatoes and carrots in the same water. Cook to desired state and set them aside with the beef. Cube the beef when cool, and chop the carrots and potatoes.Cook a few slices of bacon in a big skillet, I used my wok. Remove the bacon, leave the grease, and add a few tablespoons of butter. Slice a big sweet onion, chop your cabbage, and add them to the pan, toss to coat with the fats.Add back the bacon and continue cooking the veggies until they brown a bit and get tender. I was able to do the chef’s toss to this point but after I added the cooked carrots, potatoes, and corned beef it got too heavy for that.Cover and continue over low heat long enough to rewarm the late additions, correct the seasoning, and serve. I like a touch of red pepper flake added to the dish, YMMV. Variations on the dish might include bell peppers.
Kroger had pork shoulders for 99 cents a pound so I grabbed one. I figured it was past time for a big pot of posole.Mrs J eats hers with crushed nacho chips but I like to go with the traditional garnishes, sans cilantro because reasons. Posole as I made it here is a pork stew with hominy spiced with a sauce made from dried chilies. I soaked the chilies in hot water and then liquified them in a blender. Push the raw sauce through a sieve and saute the result in a shallow pan with a bit of oil to bring out the flavors. Stir it into the pork broth.
This starts out as a braise then continues with a sauté. Start the sausages, potatoes, and onions in a big pan with a cup of water or stock. Add a sprig of thyme and rosemary, cook with a cover until the potatoes are close to done. Remove the cover until the water has boiled off then add a little olive oil and continue until the food browns a bit.
Ribeye is the canonical cheesesteak meat but I nearly always use flat iron steaks. This one was cut thin while semi-frozen and tossed in a bowl with onions, green peppers, and salt and pepper. It marinated for an hour or so – the onions started to wilt a little.That’s provolone starting to melt into the steak and veggies. I turned small stainless bowls upside down over the two piles to help it along.It worked pretty well. This is the closest I’ve come to this particular style of cheesesteak, I usually go with a cheese sauce poured over the meat in the bun, and I think I prefer that method although it is just a touch more trouble.
I didn’t feel like going full on Alton Brown on the little bit of ground lamb I had so I just added a ton of garlic, cumin, ginger, and a store bought Greek seasoning powder and fried it up like a basic burger. I very nearly ruined the tzatziki. Never use a stick blender if you think the cukes are not diced finely enough. Just don’t.