Thursday, August 21, 2014

Rotisserie Gyros


I'm a little late on posting this one but it's worth it!

A couple of Saturdays ago, we made Gyros on the rotisserie. I bought 2 kg of pork steaks (the cheap ones without bones!) The rub I used was rather simple:

8 Tsp Oregano
4 Tsp Thyme
2 Tsp Paprika, sweet
1 Tsp Cumin
2 Tsp Onion powder
2 Tsp Garlic powder
2 Tsp Rosemary
1 Tsp Ground coriander
3 Tsp Salt
2 Tsp Pepper
3 Tsp Sugar

Take your pork steaks and give them a good rub with the spice mixture and then fold in half and skewer. That's it! Make a good fire and let the rotisserie turn for about 1.5 hours. Once everything is starting to get nice and crispy, take the spit out and start cutting the meat down into a pan. Put the spit back on the grill, repeat.

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In that last photo, you can see that we served them on tortillas with homemade tzaziki, tomatoes, and onions. Juicy and delicious!

καλη ορεξη!

I bid you Peace,

Monday, August 04, 2014

Rib Eye Steaks


The title says everything...

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Grilled to medium-rare perfection with oven wedges and grill tomatoes.

Simply perfect.

I bid you Peace,


Friday, January 24, 2014

Dutch Oven Stew


Hello my hungry readers! Today I want to quickly document the wonderful stew that A and I made on Sunday using veggies we got in our Biokiste.

I took a kilogram of beef and pork goulash meat and cut it into smaller chunks, rolled it in flour that had salt and pepper and a bit of garlic powder. This lets it get good and crispy and it develops a wonderful aroma that will be important later on.

As you can see, my 12" DO (Dutch Oven) fits perfectly into the cutout in the grate in my Weber grill, making the whole cooking process easier and cleaner.

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Once I fired up the necessary number of briquettes, I placed them all at the bottom and began to brown the meat. Once the meat was good and browned, I added 2 large chopped onions.

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After the onions got glassy, I deglazed the whole thing with a 1/2 liter of El Cheapo red wine (this is where the aforementioned aroma comes into play) and allowed things to cook down a bit. I also added the veggies. Lots of goodness in there like carrots, turnips, celery, Brussels sprouts , and parsnips. I also added a bit of spice and some vegetable broth granules.

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Veggies added, it's time to put on the lid and let things simmer for a while - 2 hours should do the trick! 7 coals underneath and 14 on top make for the right amount of heat.

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I should go wash my hands...

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Nothing like a hearty stew on a cold and blustery Sunday evening!

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I bid you Peace,

Thursday, January 16, 2014



Now, I know that all of you outside of Europe (and a few of you within) are asking "WTF is a raclette?" Which is fine, as this post will tell you everything you needed or wanted to know about the subject!

First, let's steal a quote from Wikipedia:

"...the modern way of serving raclette involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as coupelles, to heat slices of raclette cheese in. Generally the grill is surmounted by a hot plate or griddle. The cheese is brought to the table sliced, accompanied by platters of boiled or steamed potatoes, other vegetables and charcuterie. These are then mixed with potatoes and topped with cheese in the small, wedge-shaped coupelles that are placed under the grill to melt and brown the cheese. Alternatively, slices of cheese may be melted and simply poured over food on the plate. The emphasis in raclette dining is on relaxed and sociable eating and drinking, the meal often running to several hours."

This describes, rather clinically, the hours of enjoyment that is raclette. Raclette is also a type of cheese and a specific (Swiss) way of eating it but that isn't the topic.

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The best part about this whole thing is the fun. It's so totally social - everyone sits around the table and has to interact with one another - always asking for some ingredient, talking about the various ways to prep the food, what's good and not so good, etc. I love raclette for this factor alone.

It's also a really great way to eat entirely too much food.

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Seriously, you would think that a bit of potato, cheese and various cold cuts and veggies wouldn't be so filling but after a while, you notice that you are starting to get obscenely full but you don't care because it tastes SOOOOO good and you wanted to try out some other strange combination.

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What goes on the grill is limited by your own imagination. I am a bit of a traditionalist - I melt my cheese in the pan and pour it over my potatoes while others make intricate little pans of food and put those under the grill. Either way, it's delicious.

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If you have the opportunity to buy a raclette, I suggest you do so. Invite good friends over (you know, the kind that you can drink comfortably with) and have a great meal where everyone cooks!

I bid you Peace,