So my work had a Chili Cookoff contest and I decided to join in on the “fun”. I put fun in parenthesis because I had to make the chili on Tuesday after work and didn’t get done until it was 9:00. I then had to wait until it cooled off enough to put it in the fridge. So I’m in bed at 10:15 and the alarm is set for 4:30. This so I can shower and get everything ready and make the drive up to the L.A. area on Wednesday. I made a White Chicken Chili called Chili Blanco. I used a recipe from All Things BBQ. (Here's a link to his video: https://www.atbbq.com/thesauce/chili-blanco/)
I tweaked the recipe a little. Here are the ingredients I used with my tweaks in red.
· 2 lb chicken, boneless breasts or thighs (I used 4 boneless breasts)
· Carne Asada Seasoning (I used Fajita seasoning)
· 2 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
· 1 large yellow onion, diced
· 3 Anaheim chiles, seeded, diced (I used 2 Anaheim and 1 Poblano)
· 1 jalapeno, seeded, diced
· 1 tbsp All Purpose Rub
· 1 tbsp ground cumin
· 1 tsp Mexican oregano
· 4 cloves garlic, minced
· 3 tbsp unsalted butter
· 1/4 cup flour
· 2 (15 oz) cans of great northern beans, drained, rinsed
· 1 quart unsalted chicken stock
· 1 cup heavy cream (I used Caciqui Crema Salvadorena)
· 8 oz cream cheese, cubed
· 1 bunch cilantro, minced
· 4 oz (1 cup) pepper jack cheese, grated
Didn’t have time for a fully documented cook photo spread but here is what I did get. I had taken some chicken I had in the freezer and thawed it out. Assembled most of my spices (some I didn’t use) and the chicken.
Sliced al the breast in half to increase the surface area
and then sprinkled on the fajita seasoning.
I grilled the chicken on my preheated Grill Grates I got from BPS.
Brought then inside to cool
while I started prepping the veggies and other ingredients.
Onion and Poblano diced
and now the Anaheim’s added.
I took all this out and placed it in my 9 Qt. Dutch oven to sauté. This is where I was pushing for time and quit taken all the pictures that slow down the cooking process. I did get one of the final results.
I really liked the flavor and heat profile of it. It had some heat, but the heat was flavorful and not just hot. My wife also liked it but indicated it was just a little to hot. (She still ate it 2 days in a row) I didn’t win the cookoff but came in 3rd. This is a little different that what everyone was used to. The traditional chili’s won but I did get a lot of complements on it.
Thanks for looking
My parents came into town to visit their grandson, so last night was the perfect time to pull out the frozen pork and make some leftovers. I prepped the grill for 350°F and went inside.
To start out, I made the sauce that would cover the entire dish. I used a jar of salsa verde, some large scoops of sour cream, two cloves of garlic, and a handful of cilantro. I wanted to add some fresh onion, but was outvoted. Rules of hospitality demanded I go with my guests' (and wife's) preferences. I blended everything together in the processor, then added a bit more salsa and stirred to combine.
Once the meat was thawed enough, I tossed it into the skillet with a scoop of duck fat. Got it nice and hot with just a hint of crisp, then transferred it into a bowl for later.
The rest of the duck fat tub was put in the skillet to fry the corn tortillas. I think I fried up 16 and used 14 overall.
For assembly, I scooped a good portion of the pork into the tortillas, rolled tightly, and arranged them as neatly as I could. I was worried the skillet would be too hot from the tortilla frying, but it worked out. I really need a second one, though. The sauce was poured over evenly and heaping handfuls of cheese spread on top.
I took the skillet out to the grill and let it go for about 25 minutes. Once the cheese was sufficiently melted, I brought it in and topped with some more cilantro. For serving we had a couple each along with a nice little salad.
I was really happy with my parents response. They aren't great fans of spicy food, but all the cream and cheese let them enjoy the flavor while avoiding most of the heat. Even better, I now have leftovers of the leftovers!
Thanks for reading and happy grilling!
The goal: make an all-in-one meatloaf meal.
The key components: ground chuck from the actual butcher shop, a wheel of brie cheese, an onion, duck fat, herbs, and the tiniest potatoes ever. I mean, look at those things.
Started off by cooking the potatoes and onion in some duck fat with some rub on the grill at 350. Basic idea was to infuse them with smoke so that the flavor would be more uniform throughout. Let them cool when done.
The meat was formed into a shell using the ceramic cast iron pot. The cheese was chilled, sliced, and placed in rind side down (hoping to prevent an oozing mess. This was then layered with half the potatoes and onions, then the other half of the cheese and the remainder of the potatoes. This was all capped with a layer of meat.
The grill was still set to 350. Temp was a tricky thing: the center technically didn't need cooking, but some beef juices that did would certainly drip in there. I went for about 55 minutes, with the center probing at 147. Checking the outside showed a way too high 180, so this beef was done done. The pot kept all the juices in, so it was surprisingly more moist than expected.
For the final shot, this slice was leftovers. Letting it chill overnight helps to show that the layers did in fact stay intact. It was equally tasty with a side of grilled asparagus as it was with these plantains, and the peach cobbler dessert, sadly not pictured, bumps up every meal.
Thanks for reading!
For one spatchcocked chicken that serves two people. The recipe is for enough sauce to marinate and baste two servings, so multiply it by the number of servings (½ chicken per person) you are preparing.
1 fryer chicken per person two people
½ cup soy sauce
½ cup ketchup
¼ cup chicken broth
¼ cup pineapple juice (optional)
4 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 Tbsp fresh ginger minced and smashed to form paste that emulsifies
2 Tbsp garlic minced and smashed to form paste that emulsifies
2 tsp dry Chinese-style mustard
4 tsp lime juice
Huli-Huli is a Hawaiian phrase that roughly translates to “turn-turn.” This recipe is great for just about any grill and will work very well for those who like rotisserie cooking. Some cooks insist that every time they grill chicken, especially whole or half chickens, they brine it for at least 24 hours. If you desire to do this – I say have at it. Sometimes I don’t know what I’m going to grill for dinner at night until I see what’s available in the grocery store meat counter at 5 o’clock, so to brine or marinate overnight is not always an option. This is a recipe that you can cook without a long marinate. You can make it up in about 15 minutes and serve in under an hour or marinate overnight and cook the next day.
1. Mix all marinade ingredients in a non-reactive container and divide in half.
2. Place chicken in plastic bag and add marinade, seal and place in refrigerator for 3 hours or up to overnight.
3. Remove from marinade and pat dry, discard used marinade.
4. Preheat grill to Medium High (350F – 450°F) and make sure the grates are CLEAN.
5. Warm the reserved sauce on a side burner or warming rack.
6. Place the chicken, skin-side up, on grates to allow the bones to heat up the core for a few minutes then turn it and place it on a new section of the grates to sear the skin.
7. After the chicken skin has seared, turn the bird over and baste it with sauce, allowing it to glaze a bit before turning again.
8. Turn it about every 5 minutes, basting it with sauce each time.
9. Remove the chicken from the grill upon reaching the internal temperature of 160°F (instant read thermometer placed in the center of the breast or thickest portion of the meat on thigh – away from bone) and place it on a clean warm plate.
10. Baste it once more and cover it with aluminum foil and let it stand for at least 10 minutes – allowing for the internal temp of the chicken to rise approximately 10 degrees and continue cooking to your desired internal temperature.
NOTE: Use a meat thermometer while cooking to check for doneness – 180°F for whole chicken, 170°F for bone-in parts and 160°F for boneless parts.
ROTISSERIE: This recipe can be used in preparing a whole chicken on the rotisserie. Use the guidelines for heat settings that are appropriate to your grill, basting about every 5 minutes with sauce.
Mostly butter and brown sugar but there was some fruit involved for this cook so I think it counts
baked at about 400 for 35 min ... no smoke this time around lol