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American Modern: Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble Recipe

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Is there any dessert more quintessentially American than a classic apple pie? This crowd-pleasing dessert is the perfect way to pay homage to America on Independence Day (or any other day!). The height of apple season isn’t until the fall, but apples are (thankfully) available all year-round, so you can make this summery version of the patriotic pie for 4th of July.

For our version, we deconstructed it and took the pie out of its shell, layering the different elements and presenting it in modern, individual size glass jars.  You can use small jam jars, mason jars, or even shot glasses for this apple pie crumble.  Instead of a classic crumble, we added meaty pistachios for a great crunchy texture. You can top it off either with ice cream – a la mode – or whipped cream, depending on how hot the weekend gets!

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Your pistachio crumble should be buttery, crunchy and just a bit salty. Once it’s done, break it apart with your hands into coarse pieces, and make the crumbles as big or as small as you want. If pistachios are not your thing, you could easily substitute for a finally chopped macadamias (yum!), thinly sliced almonds, or just a regular crumble.

 

Dessert: American Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble

Rating: 51

Yield: Serves 6

Dessert: American Apple Pie Shots with Pistachio Crumble

Ingredients

  • 5 Granny Smith Apples, medium
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ cup pistachios, chopped coarsely
  • 2 tbsps. white sugar
  • 2½ tbsps. all-purpose flour
  • ½ stick butter
  • ¼ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Vanilla (or your favorite flavor) ice cream

Instructions

  1. Peel and cube the apples to about ¾ inch wide cubes, and place them in a bowl with water and the juice of ½ lemon. This will prevent the apples for oxidizing.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add the ¼ cup lemon juice with 1 cup orange juice, and incorporate ½ cup sugar, and heat over a hot/medium fire. Once the sugar is fully dissolved, add the apples (previously drained) and cook at medium heat until they’re just tender. Leave in the pan to cool down and get started on your crumble. Note: don’t over stir, so the apple cubes don’t disintegrate and lose their shape.
  3. In a bowl, mix the pistachios, 2 tbsp. sugar, flour, butter, cinnamon and cream and mix with a fork (or your hands), until you get a coarse mix.
  4. Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  5. Spray non-stick spray over a baking sheet, and spread the crumble.
  6. Bake from 8 to 10 minutes, until the crumble is dry and golden. Once cooled, break up the crumble with your hands.
  7. To serve, scoop the apple mix into shot classes or mason jars, then cover with 2 to 3 tablespoons of crumble. Finish with a small scoop of vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.
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9 Amazing Recipes For Your Fourth of July Menu

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Fourth of July is all about celebrating America and the great culinary traditions of this incredible country. But it’s also about summer, that bright, hot and sunny season that always seems to just fly us by entirely too quickly. This Independence Day, we’re making the most of the weather and taking our celebration outside – be it poolside or backyard, beach or park, rooftop or balcony, our 4th of July menu is simple, fresh and delicious. The plan: elevated versions of Americana food classics, like grilled cheese, burgers, corn on the cob, slaw, and more. Plus, a show-stopping perfectly-grilled pork tenderloin, and to finish off, a centerpiece worthy patriotic cake. America rocks!

 

Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin

4th of July Menu

Photo credit: Bev Cooks

This mouthwatering pork tenderloin recipe by Bev of Bev Cooks is the stuff of grilling dreams. It all starts with a spicy (but not mouth-melting) chipotle pepper, brown sugar and lime marinade, and a succulent pork tenderloin (we suggest the buttery Berkshire Pork Tenderloin by Steaks & Game). The trick is to marinade the pork in advance, so all the flavors will soak right into the meat. We love that this only looks like a time-consuming recipe – the pork actually grills in 45 minutes. Which leaves you plenty of time for cocktails and fireworks. Get the Grilled Chipotle Pork Tenderloin Recipe >

 

Sliders with Beer-Glazed Onions and Brie

4th of July Menu

Photo credit: Confections of a Foodie Bride

You’ve invited all your friends and family over and planned everything to the last red-white-and-blue napkin:  now’s the time to dazzle their tastebuds with a super-fancy burger that will leave your neighbors talking about your Fourth of July menu all sumer long. These elegant and delicious sliders (try out our Australian Wagyu sliders) by Confections of A Foodie Bride are just the thing. Topped with brie and craft brew-glazed caramelized onions, you’ll want to make sure you have enough of these to go around – they’re guaranteed to disappear as soon as you set them out.  Get the Sliders with Beer-Glazed Onions and Brie Recipe

 

Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese

4th of July Menu

Photo credit: Foodie Crush

We absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this grilled cheese recipe by Foodie Crush. It’s sophisticated yet super simple, and there’s something about a grilled cheese that just takes us back to our summers at camp. But there’s nothing childish about this sandwich! It has meaty pieces of sweet snow crab and thick slices of avocado, all topped with melted Havarti cheese. It’s also a perfect vegetarian option to your Fourth of July menu. We might suggest adding a flavored mayo, and you can switch up the Havarti for any of your favorites (like Swiss, Gouda, or even Comte) – but just make sure the cheese you pick melts well (see our great selection of melting cheeses). Get the Crab and Avocado Grilled Cheese Recipe >

Fruit & Nuts Blue Cheese Slaw

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Photo credit: Tidymom.net

This coleslaw recipe is a far cry from the traditional mayo-soaked slaw of picnics of yore. First of all, it’s loaded not with mayo but with delicious fruits like strawberries, mandarin oranges and grapes, then sprinkled with meaty pecans and topped with crumbled blue cheese. It’s also really simple to put together (you can even make it ahead the day before your party) AND it’s vegetarian. A great way to class up classic picnic fare! Get the Fruit and Nut Slaw Recipe by Tidy Mom > 

Spicy Shrimp & Avocado Salad

4th of July Menu

Photo credit: Dine and Dish

The riot of colors and flavors in this salad by Dine and Dish completely grabbed us. It combines fabulous (and healthy!) seasonal summer ingredients like juicy tomatoes, meaty avocados and sweet corn, but it goes a step further with the zesty addition of Sriracha grilled shrimp. The contrast of the crisp lettuce, the creamy avocado and the hot shrimp is festive, delicious and hearty.  A drizzle of a great quality olive oil and some good balsamic vinegar, and you’ve got a side dish for your Fourth of July menu that can easily serve as a main course for your vegetarian and/or health conscious guests.  Get the Spicy Sriracha Shrimp and Avocado Salad Recipe >

 

Smoky Parmesan Corn On The Cob

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Photo credit: The Endless Meal

Corn on the cob and summer go together, no question about it. Add Parmesan and a hint of smoked paprika to the equation, and you’ve got a dish worthy of your fireworks! This corn on the cob recipe by The Endless Meal will be your go-to summer staple, guaranteed.  Just brush the butter and parmigiano mix on the corn and wrap in foil (you can do all this and refrigerate up to two days in advance) and then throw on the grill alongside your burgers.  The perfect summer gourmet side dish for your Fourth of July menu! Get the Parmesan Corn on The Cob Recipe >

 

Red, White & Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas

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Photo credit: Mommy’s Kitchen

This patriotic dessert by Mommy’s Kitchen will please kids and adults alike! We’re big fans of adding fresh, seasonal produce to everything, and these “mini pizzas” (actually cookies) are the perfect vehicle to give kids a serving of fresh fruit (sneaky!). You can make your favorite cookie recipe, top it with a cream cheese filling and then add slices of fresh berries – just make sure you have blueberries for that red, white and blue theme. Or, instead of cookies and cream cheese, try some fresh blini and creme fraiche for a savory, grown-up alternative. Get the Red, White and Blue Mini Fruit Pizzas Recipe >

 

Summer Sangria

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Photo credit: Eat Drink Love

What’s a party without a signature cocktail? Our pick this year is this delish fruit-filled sangria byEat Drink Love. It’s sweet, it’s filled with berries, and just like a punch, you can just make a big ol’ pitcher instead of laboring at the bar over individual drinks.  To keep with the patriotic theme, use blueberries and strawberries, and cut out some pineapples (it’s not white, but it’s close enough!) with a star-shaped cutter. Get the Summer Sangria Recipe >

 

Ombre Independence Day Cake

4th of July Menu

Photo credit: Brit + Co.

Does this cake really need an introduction? Don’t you just want to run to the recipe just by looking at it? We did! This is the piece (of cake) de resistance for our Fourth of July menu. The crafty gals at Brit + Co. (their site is a treasure trove of all sorts of ideas – from food, to crafts to fashion – go get lost in the awesomeness!) made the executive decision to use cake mix and ready-made frosting to offset the time it takes to assemble the cake, but more enterprising and expert bakers can definitely use their favorite cake recipe and make their own frosting instead. This is the moment to go BIG, and this cake definitely fits the bill – just make sure you have enough height on your fridge to store it. Get the Ombre Independence Day Recipe > 

 

A big thank you to all the wonderful bloggers who let us share the amazing recipes that make up our Fourth of July menu. We encourage you to visit their blogs and sites for more incredible recipes, menu ideas and general awesomeness.

Happy Fourth of July!

 

Which one of these yummy recipes is your favorites? Do you have any great recipes for the Fourth? Share them in the comments below or on Facebook

 

 

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Video: A Patriotic 4th of July Dessert!

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Juicy peaches, sweet strawberries and plump berries are ripe for the picking – and ready to be the star of your 4th of July desserts.

Need some inspiration for your 4th of July dessert? Joan Nathan’s fruit crisp is our featured pick! It’s filled with strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries, then topped with a large scoop of vanilla ice cream, for the perfect and most delicious red, white and blue patriotic dessert.

There’s nothing more wonderful in the too-short summer season than making the most of the bounty of fruit that is just bursting with flavor and color. Juicy peaches, sweet strawberries and plump berries, to name a few, are ripe for the picking – and ready to be the star of your summer desserts. For this 4th of July dessert “pie”, the concept of tart is turned upside down, with the dough on top, the fruit at the bottom. This way, the juices of the fruit don’t turn the dough soggy, ensuring crisp bites.

Serve in spoonfuls over bowls, or, to give the presentation a more “summery” twist, spoon into mason jars and use long milkshake spoons.

Bonus!  This wonderful recipe is an all-season must – just replace the summer berries and rhubarb with whatever fruit is at the market, like crisp apples in the fall, or citrus fruit in the winter.  If the weather is cooler, top with whipped cream instead of ice cream (although we’re partial to ice cream all year long!).

 

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father's day menu

Celebrating Dad: A Father’s Day Menu In 4 Steps (With Recipes!)

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The weather just calls us out to the great outdoors (or the backyard), so we thought up a Father’s Day menu that’s designed to enjoy al fresco.

Each Dad has a different palate, but a quick poll around the Gourmet Food Store office turned up one unanimous winner – meat. Grilled meats, to be specific. So this year, our Father’s Day menu is about firing up that grill and giving Dad an upscale version of his favorites foods.

And of course, no cookout would be complete without a signature cocktail, something for Dad to sip while he opens his presents. A selection of sweet desserts, a thoughtful, heartfelt card and lots of hugs and kisses, and you have the recipe for his most fantastic Father’s Day ever!

Step 1: Dad’s Upscale Dogs

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Nothing could be easier or more delicious than throwing some delicious franks on the grill. To level things up a bit, try these fabulous Wagyu mini-dogs. Made from all-natural Australian Wagyu beef, they’re a super affordable way to give Dad a taste of the world-famous Kobe beef without breaking your retirement-fund piggy bank. Pair them with a sophisticated honey mustard dipping sauce, which you can make ahead and keep refrigerated – just warm it up when you’re serving the dogs.

Step 2: Cool Caipirinha Cocktail

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He’ll need a refreshing beverage to wash down all this food, and we think he’ll appreciate this one. All Dads love sports, so in honor of the World Cup festivities, we included Brazil’s most popular cocktail to our Father’s Day menu: the citrusy and sweet Caipirinha. Limes, sugar, cachaca (pronouns kah//SHAH/sah) and lots of ice are all you’ll need to craft this cocktail. Need some pointers? This video will show you how to make the perfect Caipirinha.

Step 3: The Father of All Burgers

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This next course is the one that will make you his favorite forever: Grass-Fed Burgers Topped With Foie Gras. Start with great-quality grass-fed beef patties (or grind your own). The secret is in thefoie gras slices – rich and succulent, it adds a layer of delicious decadence to what would otherwise be a regular backyard burger. Keep in mind that this is a relatively heavy dish, so make sure Dad doesn’t load up on lots of chips (or too many of those delicious Wagyu cocktail hot dogs) beforehand. Or, just leave enough time between the appetizer and the burgers!  See the full recipe for this meaty masterpiece below.

Step 4: Dad’s Just Desserts

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After recovering from his food coma, Dad will certainly be ready for his something sweet. Surprise him with a variety of summer-ready mini tarts from Galaxy Dessert. The Tart Sampler includes four Dad-approved tarts: Pecan, Apple, Lemon and Key Lime. The best part? These delicious tarts are pre-made and all ready to go, no cooking required – and after all the work you put into the meal, we’re sure you’ll appreciate this sweet break from the oven!

 

Grass Fed Beef Burgers with Foie Gras

Yield: 4 burgers

Grass Fed Beef Burgers with Foie Gras

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Fire up the grill and get the heat up to high. While the grill is heating up, start on your foie gras.
  3. Season the foie gras slices with salt and pepper.
  4. Preheat a medium non-stick saucepan over very high heat. When it’s smoking hot, place the foie gras slices. Cook for about two minutes – the fat should start rendering immediately – then flip and cook for another 2 minutes.
  5. Remove from the pan (but don’t wash or discard the pan) and bake in the oven for about 5 minutes. While the foie gras is in the oven, start your shitake cream sauce.
  6. In the same pan used to cook the foie gras slices – which should have the rendered fat from the foie gras – add the shiitake mushrooms, 1 tbsp. of balsamic vinegar and a 1/2 tsp. salt, and cook for about 4 minutes over medium heat. Incorporate the heavy cream and cook, stirring, until the cream turns light brown.
  7. Leave the foie gras in a warm place while you cook your burgers.
  8. Season the burgers with salt and pepper and place on the grill over a hot fire – which will get you that nice crust. Grill each side for about 4 to 5 minutes – checking to make sure it’s not burning – then flip, and grill for another 2 minutes or so. To check for doneness, use an instant-read food thermometer: 125°F for medium rare or 135°F for medium.
  9. Serve each burger over a warm roll, topped with a slice of foie gras and drizzle with the shiitake sauce.
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Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp. honey
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. smoked pepper
  • 1 tsp. dry ground mustard
  • 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce

Instructions

  1. In a small pot, mix all ingredients and simmer for 25 minutes on medium-low heat.
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Passion Fruit Pavlovas Recipe

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Sweet, with a dash of fresh citrus flavor, airy pavlovas are the perfect dessert to welcome summer.  

The filling – or topping – of our pavlovas is made with exotic Passion Fruit Frozen Puree, but feel free to give your imagination free rein and use any of the other lush flavors from our incredible Boiron line of French fruit purees – or mix it up and offer a variety.

Pavlovas are a classic European dessert of light and crusty meringue. Named after a Russian ballerina, Anna Pavlova, the dessert is, surprisingly enough, a New Zealand invention (though a hotly contested one) and the New Zealand’s National Dessert.

The stiff meringue “pillows” hold up beautifully and provide the perfect centerpiece for the lush passion fruit cream, with a soft center that melts in your mouth at the first bite. The trick to the pavlova is that once it’s done baking, it should be left to cool down completely in the oven, to avoid deflating.

Passion Fruit Pavlovas

Rating: 51

Serving Size: 8 pavlovas

Passion Fruit Pavlovas

Ingredients

    MERINGUE
  • 4 eggs, separated into whites and yolks
  • ¾ cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. Corn starch
  • PASSIONFRUIT PUREE FILLING
  • ½ cup sugar
  • Grated lime peel
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1 cup Passion Fruit Frozen Puree
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 2 limes, sliced thinly
  • 2 sprigs fresh Rosemary

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven at 275 F.
  2. In a bowl, beat the egg whites into soft peaks, then add the sugar one tablespoon at a time, beat continuously until you stiff peaks forms. Stop beating, incorporate the vinegar and cornstarch, then whip about 30 seconds more until you get a fully combined.
  3. Place a sheet of sheet of parchment paper over a baking sheet, and with a pencil, draw 8 circles of about 3-½ inches diameter.
  4. Drop one or two full tablespoons or 1/3 cup of meringue in the center of each circle. With a spoon, gently press into the center of each circle to create an indent or shallow hollow.
  5. Transfer to oven and reduce the heat to 200 F. Bake for 1 to 1 ½ hours. The meringue circles should be easily lifted from the parchment paper. When it’s done, leave to cool in the oven and then take to a dry place without covering.
  6. While meringue is baking, start your filling.
  7. In a bowl, mix the egg yolks and the 1/2-cup sugar, and add the lime peel and juice.
  8. Place the bowl in a water bath or double boiler – simmering, not boiling – mixing with a wooden spoon until it thickens. Make sure the water doesn’t boil over, or the preparation will spoil. Remove from heat.
  9. Add the yogurt and the Passion Fruit Frozen Puree and transfer the bowl to an ice bath to cool. Use immediately or store in the fridge
  10. Fill the pavlovas with the passion fruit filling and garnish with two half-slices of lemon and a bit of rosemary.
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Spring Risotto Recipes

Spring Risotto Recipes!

Spring Risotto Recipes

A risotto might conjure images of hearty winter dinners, but the beauty of a basic risotto recipe is that you can take it from winter to spring, simply by adding some seasonal vegetables and removing some of the cheese and butter that is so comforting during the colder weather season, but too heavy during the lighter months.

We give you some ideas by extraordinary bloggers, who show you how you can take some humble grains of rice and easily transform them into an amazing, fresh spring and summer gourmet meal. Plus, a great and simple risotto recipe to add to your summer risotto recipe repertoire!

 

Minty Fresh Risotto Recipe

Spring Risotto Recipes

Spring Pea and Mint Risotto by Gratinee Blog

This creamy but fresh risotto recipe starts with the classic Arborio rice and gets a boost of veggies with crunchy sugar peas and a bright flavor from fresh mint. The perfect centerpiece for any spring – or summer – lunch! The original recipe comes from the extraordinary Donna Hay, but it’s really Darina’s wonderful photography over at Gratinee Blog that made this gorgeous risotto make our top five.

 

The Lighter Side of Risotto 

Spring Risotto Recipes

Lighter Spring Risotto by Iowa Girl Eats

We always love finding lighter versions of a classic recipe, as long as it doesn’t skimp on flavor, of course. This fabulous Lighter Spring Risotto recipe by Iowa Girl Eats includes loads of health and flavorful vegetables like asparagus and spring peas, plus meaty mushrooms and of course, Arborio rice. What it doesn’t include: butter and cheese, so you can eat your risotto and still be ready for summer swimming.

 

Put Some Spring In Your Lemon Risotto

Spring Risotto Recipes

Lemon Risotto by LoveandLemons

“Tender yet crunchy green vegetables with bright creamy lemony rice”…we can’t describe it any better ourselves! Jeanine from Love and Lemons uses her favorite ingredient to add some bright citrus flavor to her delicious Lemon Risotto with Asparagus and Peas, loading the dish with spring veggies like peas and asparagus, and finishing it with a secret genius technique – which you can read all about here.

 

Lemon & Dill Risotto

Lemon & Dill Risotto

Ingredients

  • ½ stick of butter, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, chopped
  • 1 ½ cup Arborio rice
  • 4 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 6 cups fish stock (heated)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon rind (finely grated)
  • ¼ cup chopped dill
  • 1 ½ cup parmesan, finely grated

Instructions

  1. In a large heavy saucepan over medium heat, place the butter and the oil.
  2. Add the chopped onion and cook for about 2–5 minutes or until soft.
  3. Next, incorporate the rice and the garlic, and stir continuously for about 1 minute until rice is well coated.
  4. Add the white wine and cook until evaporated, or about 1 minute.
  5. Start adding the stock, one cup at a time, STIRRING continuously, for about 25–30 minutes or until all the liquid absorbed and the rice is al dente. If the liquid evaporates and the rice is not done yet, add more stock until fully cooked and creamy.
  6. Finally, add and stir in the lemon rind, dill and cheese.

Notes

Photo by: LoveandLemons

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Grilling Sausages: The Ultimate Guide

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The perfect grilled sausage! Photo by Steven Depolo

Grilling sausages perfectly can be a tricky endeavor, but it’s an essential skill that all grill lovers should have. The versatile and delicious sausage must be treated with care and respect, finding the perfect balance between heat, fire and timing. Too much fire and you end up with a charred, shrunken and unappetizing lump of coal; cook it too long, and the sausage will dry up; cook it toolittle, and it will not only be raw, but also mushy. The perfect grilled sausage should have a nice char, a crispy skin, loads of juiciness and be cooked throughout.

Impossible? Never! We give you the top three tried-and-true methods for grilling sausages perfectly, every single time, so you’ll be ready come grilling season.

 

GRILLING SAUSAGES: THE TECHNIQUES

There are several methods to getting a sausage to grill perfectly, so take note and sharpen your grill skills.

 

METHOD 1: Straight-Up Grilling 

Grilling over moderate fire is the most straightforward method for grilling sausages.

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Perfect char marks. Photo by: Didriks

What you’ll need: a grill, a food thermometer, patience

How to do it: follow the two-zone fire method by dividing your grill into two sections, one hotter than the other (you control this by the amount of coals on each side). Place the sausages over moderate fire, and using food thermometer, test the temperature of the sausages until it comes up to 150 degrees F, and the exterior is nicely browned.

What to look out for: overcooking – make sure your heat is not too strong, or you’ll end up with a burnt coal. Also, flare-ups are common due to the fat content of sausages.

 

METHOD 2: Poach, Then Grill

This time-honored method is followed by grilling devotees around the world.

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Grilling sausage tip: poach before grilling. Photo by: Austin Keys

What you’ll need: cold water, stove, pan, food thermometer.

How to do it: in a large saucepan, add the sausages and cover with cold water, and bring to boil over low heat. Test the internal temperature of one of the sausages with a probe thermometer – when it reaches 150 F, take them out and place them on the grill to finish cooking.

What to look out for: while this is a fairly fool-proof method, because you’re not grilling the sausage for that long – just enough to get the browning and charring – you won’t get a ton of smoky grill flavor.

 

METHOD 3: The Beer (or Wine) Hot Tub

Poaching or simmering the sausage in a beer, wine or sauce will reduce cooking time and add spectacular flavor.

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Delicious sausages simmering in a bath of beer and spices. Photo by: J. Kenji López-Alt

What you’ll need: a disposable aluminum pan (if you’re doing it directly on the grill) or a large saucepan (if you’re doing this on the stovetop), food thermometer, water or liquid ingredient of your choice (beer, stock, wine), and any other ingredients or seasoning you want (onions, peppers, spices, etc.).

How to do it: place the sausages in the pan and cover with the cold liquid and/or other ingredients, and place it over a hot fire to bring it to a simmer. Once it starts simmering, move it to a low-heat section of the grill (or lower the stove fire), and cook slowly. When the sausage has reached the 150 F (test using a food thermometer), it’s done and can be transferred to the grill for the final char. For more on this method, visit this step-by-step grilling sausage guide the food-loving folks at Serious Eats.

What to look out for: make sure that you don’t boil the liquid, which will cause it to evaporate. If you lose some fluid, make sure you replace it.

 

GRILLING SAUSAGES BONUS TIPS:

  • Before you even start grilling (or poaching), let sausages come to room temperature. They’ll cook much faster.
  • After the sausages have reached the final temperature (150-160 F), let them rest in a warm place (the edge of the grill, for example, or a hot plate) for about 5 to 10 minutes, so the juices have a chance to settle. If you cut or bite into it directly, you’ll lose a lot of moisture. Warning: if the meat is pink, put the sausage back on the grill, it’s raw.

Finally, here’s a video on how to barbecue a Curly Q Sausage:

 

 

Get that grill fired up! We’ve got great sausages to serve up this Memorial Day! Shop Sausages >

Croque Monsieur by Accidental Locavore

Our Favorite 5 Gourmet Sandwiches

An intricate, elaborate meal is great, but with summer just around the corner, light, fresh dishes are the order of the day for the season. The understated (and many times underrated) sandwich is the perfect dish for spring and summer, and it doesn’t have to be boring or plain. We’re here to prove that between (and beyond) two slices of bread can lie a magnificent gourmet dish! The secret lies, as it always does in gourmet cooking, in selecting the best ingredients and using a bit of culinary creativity.

Original vs. Gourmet Sandwiches

  1. Grilled Cheese Sandwich vs The Croque Monsieur
  2. Ham Sandwich vs The Prosciutto Sandwich
  3. Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich vs The Lyonnaise Sandwich
  4. The Steak Sandwich vs Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sandwich
  5. Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich vs Smoked Salmon With Avocado & Egg Sandwich

Grilled Cheese Sandwich vs The Croque Monsieur

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Croque Monsieur by Accidental Locavore

Croque Monsieur by Accidental Locavore

Grilled cheese, French-style! This is perhaps the easiest, albeit oversimplified definition of the Croque Monsieur (a play on the words “crunch” and “mister”). Eaten in France in bars, bistros, and famously originating at the Boulevard des Capucines in Paris, this cheesy sandwich typically uses Emmental or Gruyere cheese, both earthy, nutty cheeses with great melting properties, alongside a good amount of ham. The bread, contrary to expectations, is not the famous baguette, but rather a broad, country loaf-style hefty slice, with the crust cut off. It can’t be too thin, or the melted cheese will overwhelm it. A key ingredient? The sauce. A Croque Monsieur sometimes comes with a béchamel or Mornay sauce, basically a cream-based concoction that is drizzled on top and then broiled. Yum! Anne Mayfield of The Accidental Locavore has been on a personal quest of finding the perfect Croque Monsieur, so we reached out to her for a delicious, easy-to-make at home recipe for an authentic Croque Monsieur

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Ham Sandwich vs The Prosciutto Sandwich

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pen-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich by Sarcastic Cooking

Open-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich by Sarcastic Cooking

You can have a ham and cheese sandwich…or you can have a Prosciutto di Parma and poached egg with arugula sandwich! That’s what Stefanie of Sarcastic Cooking recommends, and just looking at the picture of her trademark Open-Faced Poached Egg Arugula & Prosciutto Sandwich made our mouths start watering. This recipe is perfect for a gourmet brunch or breakfast, combining buttery, gorgeous prosciutto ham with tart arugula leaves, a perfectly cooked poached egg, all with a drizzle of creamy citrusy lemon vinaigrette. Delicious, filling, and sophisticated!

Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich by My Gourmet Connection

Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich by My Gourmet Connection

Not into the just-one-slice thing? If you’re a purist who believes that a sandwich should come with two slices of bread (we beg to differ!), we found this amazing alternative from Lynne Webb of MyGourmetConnection.com. Her hefty Roasted Eggplant, Veggie, Provolone & Prosciutto Sandwich includes: “slices of garlic-balsamic roasted eggplant, topped with warm, buttered tomatoes, wilted spinach, prosciutto and provolone cheese”. We loved the combination of salty and sweet prosciutto with the healthy veggies, and because the sandwich is served warm, it’s guaranteed to be filling.

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Bacon and Egg Breakfast Sandwich vs The Lyonnaise Sandwich

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Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich by A Cozy Kitchen

Salade Lyonnaise Sandwich by A Cozy Kitchen

Crunchy, salty and fatty bacon, trust us, we got hungry just writing this sentence! We had heard of the famed Lyonnaise salad, a dish typical of the city of Lyon, in France, that combined frisse lettuce with bits of fried bacon and a poached egg, and we thought it was genius of Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen to bring the classic salad to a sandwich form. She cooked up bacon with shallots and red wine, mixed with fine Dijon mustard, and tossed it with the frisse. She added the soft poached egg and some tomato slices, and used warm buttery brioche buns to contain the whole shebang.  With bacon, red wine, brioche, oeuf (that’s egg in French), and a French name to boot, the Lyonnaise sandwich is definitely one to add to the repertoire.

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The Steak Sandwich vs Flank Steak and Chimichurri Sandwich

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Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri by Food52

Flank Steak on Texas Toast with Chimichurri by Food52

For a lot of people, a great meal is based on one thing, and one thing only: meat. Steak, specifically. So we thought our list could never be complete without a gourmet steak sandwich. There were many delicious choices out there, but we think our winner deserved it. Meet: The Flank Steak On Texas Toast With Chimichurri Sandwich by Food52 (www.Food52.com)! A very popular seasoning right now, chimichurri is a spicy garlic dressing from South America, made out of several spices mixed in olive oil. It brings out the earthy flavor of the steak without overpowering the meat, giving it a delicious spicy touch. In this sandwich, the Chimichurri sauce is used both to marinate the steak and to craft a deliciously inventive mayonnaise.  The thick and buttery Texas toast is absolutely essential to absorb the weight of the sandwich – and the delicious juices from the steak!

 

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Lox and Cream Cheese Bagel Sandwich vs The Smoked Salmon With Avocado & Egg Sandwich

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Open Face Sandwiches with Avocado, Egg and Smoked Salmon by Framed Cooks

Open Face Sandwiches with Avocado, Egg and Smoked Salmon by Framed Cooks

Disclaimer: I LOVE smoked salmon. Actually, to say I love it is an understatement. I’m a full-blown smoked salmon addict. I will have it on anything and everything, for every and any meal. So nailing the greatest smoked salmon sandwich recipe was a task of personal pride. The winner was the Smoked Salmon, Avocado and Egg Open Faced Sandwich by Kate of Framed Cooks.

We love that she used just one slice of bread, since it allows the smoked salmon flavor and texture to shine through, plus the sweetness of the avocado paired wonderfully and matched the buttery texture of the smoked salmon, and the salty and filling scrambled eggs gave it more substance and extra heft. All in all, a protein-packed, antioxidant rich, super filling and incredibly delicious gourmet sandwich!

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The artichoke’s tough exterior hides a tender and tasty heart. Photo by: Mercedes Palomino

Artichokes: The Spring Produce You Should Be Eating NOW

The artichoke’s tough exterior hides a tender and tasty heart. Photo by: Mercedes Palomino

The artichoke’s tough exterior hides a tender and tasty heart. Photo by: Mercedes Palomino

Early spring is bursting with fresh, colorful produce, and you should be eating it now. A great one to incorporate? The wonderful artichoke. It’s at its peak March through May, so now’s the time to give all your artichoke recipes a try.

About the Artichoke

It might have a tough exterior, but the artichoke has a heart of gold. This round, multi-layered flower of the thistle family is not only delicious, it’s also packed with healthful nutrients.  Super high levels of potassium, calcium, fiber and antioxidants make this a must-eat. Add to that great flavor and incredibly versatility, and you’ve got yourself a veggie winner!

How to Pick An Artichoke

Go for the ones that appear tightly closed and feel heavy – this is a sign of freshness. Also look for an even, olive-hued leaf. If it shows some areas with black streaks, it means it’s been frost-kissed (burned by frost) – these artichokes are actually quite soft and flavorful, if not pretty.

How To Prep An Artichoke

Start by trimming the top off with a bread knife, about 1 to 2 inches. Then, with kitchen shears, cut each exposed thorn by ½ inch. Remove the first couple of layers of leaves, as they will be a bit tough. Finally, cut the stem off – although it’s perfectly edible, it might hinder your presentation. While you’re prepping, place cut artichokes in a bowl with water and lemon juicy, to prevent browning of the leaves (some browning will inevitably occur).

How To Store An Artichoke

Store the artichokes that you won’t be using right away, unwashed, in a perforated plastic bag in the fridge. They will keep for about 4-5 days. Once the leaves open up and appear looser, eat right away.

How To Cook An Artichoke

Since artichoke leaves are fibrous, you should always boil (or steam) them to soften them up. Anywhere from 20-45 minutes should do the trick, depending of the size of the produce. To get to the artichoke heart, cut it across the center, lengthwise, and spoon out the fuzzy, hairy part – that’s the “choke”, and it’s inedible – under that lies the tender, delicious heart.

The possibilities of the artichoke are endless – fabulous in a smooth artichoke dip, and equally incredible when stuffed and baked. You can really have fun and experiment with it, so grab your basket and get yourself to market, stat!

Like artichokes? You’ll love: Artichoke and Truffle Sauce by Urbani

 

Easy Artichoke Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour

Ingredients

  • 4 large artichokes (or 5 medium ones)
  • 1 tbsp. coarse or kosher salt
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Fill a glass bowl with cold water and lemon juice. Set aside.
  2. Prep the artichokes by rinsing them first with cold water. Then with a serrated knife, trim the top by cutting off about 2 inches. Remove the first layer of leaves until you see the lighter colored ones. With kitchen scissors, cut the pointy ends of the remaining leaves, about ½ off. Once you’re done with an artichoke, place it in the bowl with lemon juice while you prepare the next.
  3. Fill a large, heavy pot with about 2/3 full of water, kosher or coarse salt, and lemons. Bring to a boil and add the artichokes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-high, partially cover the pan, and cook until tender, about 40-50 minutes (depending on size of the artichokes) until a sharp knife goes through the base easily - like a baked potato.
  5. Cool the artichokes and serve with your favorite dip or sauce, like Hollandaise.
  6. To eat: pull off each leaf, dip the soft end in your favorite sauce (anything mayo or butter based is amazing), grip the broad end tightly and scrape the fleshy end with your teeth, sucking all that meaty flesh; discard the rest of the leaf.
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Thanksgiving Dinner Menu – 11 Delicious Recipes!

It’s the final countdown to Thanksgiving, so how about some delicious inspiration? We gathered our culinary troops to help you out! We’ve selected our favorite Thanksgiving recipes from genius foodies from all around the web. Spend spend less time researching, and more time enjoying.  Take a look and get cookinspired!

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A THANKSGIVING DINNER MENU

  1. Homemade Cranberry Sauce – My Endless Picnic
  2. Dry Brined High-Heat Roast Turkey – The Galley Gourmet
  3. Turkey Gravy – Cooking Canuck
  4. Apple Cider Turkey Gravy – A Spicy Perspective
  5. Roasted Turkey – Tide & Thyme
  6. Pumpkin And Cheese Spice Bread –  An Edible Mosaic
  7. Cranberry Sauce – The Faux Martha
  8. Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Goat Cheese, Sage and Pepitas – Domesticate ME!
  9. Roasted Sweet Potato With Pecan and Maple – Drizzle & Dip
  10. Pecan Pie – Unexpected Elegance
  11. Buttermilk Biscuits – Simple Gourmet Cooking