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Shop the Sale: Sirloin Steak Tips Au Poivre


Sirloin Steak Tips Au PoivreI think sirloin steak is one of the most underrated cuts of beef.

You can grill it, for sure, but you can also use it in stir-fries, stroganoffs, stews and other dishes like this delicious French-inspired dish that brings up the flavor of the meat with crushed whole peppercorns.

For a long time, I confess, I really thought steak tips were the tip of a particular cut of meat. They aren’t. Steak tips are usually just a sirloin strip steak cut into bite-sized pieces. The name will fool you, or at least it did me.

You get a burst of pepper in this dish, as you press the peppercorns into the meat and sear it that way. The sauce is the perfect complement to the dish, especially when you serve it over rice to soak up all the juices.

This is definitely a meal that your family would love, or a definitive date night dish. Sirloin strip steak is already economical, but it’s on sale this week at Brookshire’s, too.

Sirloin Steak Tips Au Poivre

Ingredients:
4 (6 to 8 oz) sirloin strip steaks
kosher salt
2 Tbs whole peppercorns
1 Tbs unsalted butter
1 tsp olive oil
1/3 cup plus 1 tsp cognac
1 Tbs whole-grain mustard
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:
Bring steaks to room temperature on the kitchen counter, about 1 hour prior to cooking. Cut into bite-sized pieces, and sprinkle with kosher salt.

Crush the whole peppercorns with a mortar and pestle, or with the flat side of a large chef’s knife. Spread the peppercorns into a shallow plate or baking dish. Toss with the steak pieces, turning to coat and pressing peppercorns into meat. Set aside.

In a cast-iron skillet over medium heat, melt the butter and olive oil together. As they become fragrant, place steak in the pan (being careful not to overcrowd), and stir until browned and cooked through. Remove to a plate or bowl; tent with aluminum foil to keep warm.

Remove pan from heat. Drain excess fat, but do not scrape the pan. Add 1/3 cup cognac to the pan; ignite with a long lighter. Gently shake the pan until the flames die. Return the pan to the heat, and add mustard and cream. Bring the sauce to a boil, whisking constantly, whisking constantly. Add the remaining teaspoon of cognac and salt. Add the meat back to the pan; mix with the sauce and heat through. Serve over rice.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 752, Calories from Fat: 516, Fat: 57 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (26 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 217 mg, Sodium: 183 mg, Potassium: 765 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 55 g.

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Shop the Sale: Greek Grilled Pork Chops


Greek Grilled Pork Chops

When I first moved out of the house, one of my mom’s friends gave me a cast iron skillet.

Not only did this cooking vessel weigh enough to take up most of my allotted baggage weight with the moving company, but it came with strict instructions: DO NOT WASH THIS WITH SOAP EVER.

That seemed like one too many rule to me, plus not using soap was just plain gross.

Or so I thought.

My cast iron skillet sat, untouched and unseasoned (yet unwashed with soap) in my cabinet for years, until I had occasion to make a recipe that specifically called for a cast iron skillet. I called my mom.

“What am I supposed to do with this again?” I asked.

She guided me through rubbing it down with vegetable oil and placing it in a hot oven for a few hours, taking it out, letting it cool, rubbing it down with more oil, then using it.

I did all that.

I made something in it. I can’t remember now, but when I finished, there were bits stuck to the bottom of the gleaming cast iron.

I was going to have to use soap, or so I thought until I ran it under hot water and everything washed off easily, no soap required.

From then on, it was true love.

A co-worker is about to get married and, while I don’t know her that well, we threw a shower in her honor a few weeks ago. I decided to get her one of the things that I love most in my kitchen: a cast iron skillet.

Her eyes bulged when she took the bag.

“What do I do with this?” she wanted to know.

So I told her.

Never, EVER wash it with soap.

You can make these Greek-inspired pork chops in your cast iron skillet as well.

This week, boneless pork chops are on sale at Brookshire’s, your grocery oasis right near home, no road trip required and, let me tell you, the prices are great.

Greek Grilled Pork Chops

Ingredients:
4 boneless pork chops, about 1 1/2 lbs

Marinade:
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
2 tsp red wine vinegar
1 tsp lemon zest
2 tsp dried Greek oregano
2 tsp garlic, minced
1 tsp black pepper

Directions:
Whisk together marinade ingredients: olive oil, lemon juice, red wine vinegar, Greek oregano, garlic and black pepper. Pour into a zipper-lock plastic bag; place pork chops inside. Marinate in the refrigerator overnight or at least 4 hours, turning a few times.

When ready to cook, let pork chops come to room temperature in marinade. Preheat the grill pan to medium-high heat. Slap the pork chops onto the grill pan, and let them cook about 3 minutes. Then, rotate 45 degrees to get lovely cross-hatched grill marks. Cook an additional 3 minutes on the first side; flip and cook an additional 8 to 10 minutes or until cooked through.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 361, Calories from Fat: 169, Fat: 19 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 124 mg, Sodium: 101 mg, Potassium: 763 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 45 g.

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Product Talk: Sirloin Strip Steaks


Sirloin Strip SteaksYesterday afternoon, we went to Brookshire’s to pick out something for dinner.

We didn’t have anything particular in mind (except that I wanted mashed potatoes as a side dish), but we tend to lean toward red meat. Specifically, we tend to be ribeye folks.

Yesterday, salivating over the meat case in Brookshire’s, we saw some lovely sirloin strips.

A sirloin strip, also called the Kansas City Strip steak, is a cut of steak from the short loin around the back midsection of the cow. This particular muscle does little work, producing a tender cut of meat, although not quite as tender as a ribeye or tenderloin.

As far as fat content goes, it’s somewhere in between the aforementioned two cuts.

There is no bone in this cut of steak, just some slight marbling and enough fat to add flavor to the meat. As always, you want to bring it to room temperature before grilling or cooking. Season with salt, pepper and, our favorite, David Wade’s Worcestershire Powder.

For a less expensive price, it was a delicious steak, juicy, tender and full of flavor.



Shop the Sale: Spicy Fried Pork Chops


Spicy Fried Pork ChopsThat’s it! I clicked past this picture on Pinterest too many times, and I was just unable to resist opening the link to the crispy, juicy, gravy-smothered delight that was these pork chops.

I did not regret it.

Assorted pork chops are a seriously economical choice for dinner, especially when they are on sale at Brookshire’s.

They are a versatile meat. They can take a variety of seasonings, cooking methods and even sauces, and still come out the shining star of a meal, as they do here.

These pork chops are seriously crunchy and seriously spicy. You can reduce the amount of creole seasoning if necessary, but for those of us who love a spicy kick, have at it!

Spicy Fried Pork Chops

Ingredients:

Pork Chops:
10 (1/4-inch thick) bone-in pork chops
2 cups flour
1/2 cup hot sauce
2 eggs, beaten
1 Tbs creole seasoning
1/2 Tbs black pepper
1/2 Tbs garlic powder
1/2 Tbs onion powder
1/2 Tbs paprika
cooking oil

Gravy:
3 cups low-sodium beef broth
1/2 cup heavy cream
3 Tbs flour
2 Tbs olive oil
2 Tbs butter
2 tsp black pepper
2 tsp creole seasoning
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp onion powder
dash of hot sauce

Directions:
Start by removing pork chops from packaging and patting dry. Place pork chops in a large dish or shallow pan.

Mix creole seasoning, black pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and paprika. Add 1 tablespoon of this mixture to the flour; stir to incorporate.

Beat egg; add hot sauce and remaining seasoning. Pour over pork chops until they are covered, and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

Add oil to a cast-iron skillet; heat to 350° F.

Remove pork from refrigerator, and pour off excess marinade.

Dredge pork chops in seasoned flour and place in hot oil. Fry for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from oil; drain on paper towels.

Place in oven heated to lowest setting to keep warm while remaining pork fries and gravy is prepared.

For the gravy, drain grease from cast-iron skillet. Add butter and olive oil to the skillet; whisk in flour. Stir for about 2 minutes until a thick roux is formed. Add spices and broth, continuing to stir. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer. Stir in cream and hot sauce. Cook for about 5 minutes or until thickened. Serve over pork chops.

Serves 10

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 372, Calories from Fat: 183, Fat: 20 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (7 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 104 mg, Sodium: 1153 mg, Potassium: 161 mg, Carbohydrates: 24 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 29 g.

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Dine In: Cajun-Stuffed Chicken


Cajun-Stuffed ChickenI was talking to a friend last night about dining out.

We both love to cook, and we’ve found that it’s difficult to find restaurants where we think the food is something better, or something different, than we’d prepare in our own kitchens. That’s not to say I don’t love eating out; I do! It’s always nice when someone else does the work…and the dishes.

Often times, I just like cooking at home. Dining in on Friday night is often a special time with friends and family.

This week, we made these Cajun-stuffed chicken breasts, inspired by a prepared dish from the meat counter at Brookshire’s with our own spin on it.

Cajun-Stuffed Chicken

Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
4 Tbs Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning
4 jalapeños
1/4 cup bulk pork sausage
1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
8 slices bacon

Directions:
Place chicken breasts between two sheets of waxed paper, and pound until about 1/2 inch uniform thickness. Sprinkle with Tony Chachere’s Cajun Seasoning on both sides.

Meanwhile, wash jalapeños. Remove stems and ends. Slice through one side of the pepper lengthwise; remove seeds and pith.

Mix sausage with cheddar cheese. Stuff each jalapeño with 1/4 of mixture. Preheat oven to 400° F.

Lay 1 chicken breast at the end of 2 slices of bacon placed side by side. Place stuffed jalapeño at one end and roll up, covering pepper with chicken and bacon. Secure with toothpicks. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts, bacon and stuffed jalapeños.
Place chicken bundles in cast-iron skillet or other baking pan.

Bake at 400° F for about 30 minutes, flipping once, until chicken and sausage are cooked through. Serve immediately.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 651, Calories from Fat: 383, Fat: 42 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (14 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 195 mg, Sodium: 1862 mg, Potassium: 716 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sugar: 1 g, Protein: 61 g.

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Shop the Sale: Smoked Easter Ham


Smoked Easter Ham“What are we going to do for Easter?” my son asked me yesterday.

Do? What do you mean, do? We’re going to celebrate our eternal salvation through the sacrifice Christ made for us; that’s what we’re going to do, I told him.

But celebrate, how will we celebrate?, he wondered.

In past years, I’ve hosted Easter gatherings at my house for up to 40 people. We probably won’t do that this year, but we will celebrate with our family and some local friends.

There’s no need to remind you about my obsession with the smoker, but chances are, we’re going to smoke our ham this year.

Hormel or Brookshire’s spiral-sliced hams are on sale this week at Brookshire’s, just in time for Easter. Did you know that you can, indeed, smoke a precooked ham? Trust me, I plan to!

Since the ham is already precooked, you’re really just introducing it to the smoke and warming it through.

I think we’re going to use Applewood to add some sweetness, and probably fill the pan with apple juice instead of water, to help impart some flavor that way.

The ham has to be heated through to about 145° F. After that, it’s ready to eat!

You can use your grill over indirect heat if you don’t have a smoker, and set a pan of chips over the flame for that good, smoky flavor.



Dine In: Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice


Slow Cooker Chicken and RiceSpringtime means soccer season! (Well, truth be told, so does winter, summer and fall, all but the month of July!)

For some reason, however, soccer season seems more vibrant in the springtime. Maybe it’s the new, neon-colored grass sprouting everywhere, the breeze on the field, the chill of the early morning games or the warmth of the sun on my neck during the afternoon games. Whatever it is, it’s my favorite time for soccer.

Of course, soccer season means a lot of soccer practices and sometimes some really early games (7:30am is too early a lot of Saturdays to be on the field, just sayin’). Often, between multiple practices a week and games, there’s not a lot of time left for cooking. I know a lot of you reading this can relate.

So, that’s where the slow cooker comes in. Whether it’s a practice night, game day or just the end of the work week, it saves me so much work.

The boys love rice dishes. Anything in the slow cooker works for them, and for me, so this has become a family-favorite this spring.

Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice

Ingredients:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 large white onion, diced
1 (8 oz) pkg Zatarain’s Yellow Rice Mix, cooked according to package directions
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
1 (10.5 oz) can cream of chicken soup
1 (15 oz) can whole kernel corn, drained

Directions:
Spray crockery of slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Place chicken on the bottom of the crockery; sprinkle with the onion. Pour the cream of chicken soup over the chicken and onion, and let cook on low for 7 to 8 hours or on high for 3 to 4 hours.

About 30 minutes before serving, stir in the cooked yellow rice, corn and cheese. Stir to combine; warm through and serve hot.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 600, Calories from Fat: 288, Fat: 32 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (15 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 212 mg, Sodium: 685 mg, Potassium: 524 mg, Carbohydrates: 11 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 5 g, Protein: 65 g.

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Shop the Sale: Smoked Chicken


Smoked ChickenIt’s no secret on this blog that I’m obsessed with our smoker. (See how it’s become “OUR” smoker and not just Paul’s smoker? I’m tactical that way.)

I’ve always also loved going into Brookshire’s and getting a rotisserie chicken, with the crackling, golden-brown skin and juicy meat.

I can now recreate that chicken at home with my smoker. Now, a rotisserie and a smoker are not the same. You will end up with a juicier bird from the rotisserie because the fat and other juices drip back onto the birds when they cook in that big, lovely industrial rotisserie. However, the smoker leaves you with a pretty great end result, too, because it never gets hot enough for the chicken to dry out, as is often the pitfall of cooking chicken.

I CRAVE a smoked chicken like no one’s business. It’s so easy, versatile and delicious.

This week, whole chickens are on sale at Brookshire’s, so this would be a great time to try this dish. You can use a traditional smoker or your grill.

Smoked Chicken

Ingredients:
1 whole fryer, washed and patted dry
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil
2 Tbs David Wade’s Worcestershire Powder
2 Tbs paprika
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper

Directions:
Prepare smoker or grill to medium heat. Place Applewood chips in the bottom of the smoker or a pan of chips on the grill.

Rub chicken with minced garlic, placing cloves under the skin of the chicken on top of the breast meat.

Rub with olive oil; season with Worcestershire powder, paprika, salt and pepper.

Place, breast-side up, on the rack of the smoker or on the grill over indirect heat.

Close lid and smoke for about 5 hours, or until juices run clear and the meat is cooked through.

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 407, Calories from Fat: 247, Trans Fat: 0 g (6 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 171 mg, Sodium: 1025 mg, Potassium: 100 mg, Carbohydrates: 3.2 g, Fiber: 2 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 39 g.

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Dine In: Brisket Chili


Brisket ChiliPaul has very definitive ideas about chili, you know, being native Texan and all that.

He says in Texas there’s only one way to eat chili: meat, tomato sauce and spices. No beans, no onions, no beer, no vegetables or anything else. Texas-purist chili is the only way to go, he’ll tell me.

Well, I didn’t grow up in Texas. Any of the aforementioned items are fair game when it comes to chili for me. Let me just say it now, too. I like beans in my chili.

Have you recovered yet? Good, then let’s move on.

Last weekend, we smoked a brisket. A huge brisket. A brisket that fed four people three times, with some to spare.

I froze the rest of the smoked brisket, and it’s been burning a hole in my freezer ever since. I wanted to use it for chili.

Surprisingly, Paul agreed.

He agreed on the condition that it’s still only brisket, ground chuck, tomato sauce and spices. That’s all. No beans, no onions, no beer and no vegetables of any kind.

Deal.

The chili was amazing (even without the beans). It simmered on the stove for a few hours and made the perfect Friday night meal!

Brisket Chili

Ingredients:
1 lb smoked beef brisket, cut into bite-sized chunks
1 lb ground chuck
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
1 pkg Wick Fowler’s 2-Alarm Chili Kit
2 cups water

Directions:
Brown the ground beef and drain the fat. Add brisket and stir until heated through. Add the tomato sauce, water and seasoning packets (except the ones labeled Red Pepper and Masa Flour.)

For hot chili, stir in the red pepper; for medium spice, use half the red pepper. For mild spice, omit the red pepper.

Cover and simmer 30 minutes or until meat is tender.

For thicker chili (the way I like it), stir in the Masa Flour. Simmer 15 to 20 more minutes (or a few hours).

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 189, Calories from Fat: 85, Fat: 10 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 63 mg, Sodium: 501 mg, Potassium: 218 mg, Carbohydrates: 4 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 21 g.

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Shop the Sale: Smoked Rosemary-Garlic Pork Loin Roast


Smoked Rosemary-Garlic Pork Loin RoastI’m slightly obsessed with the smoker. It has a place of honor on my back porch, and I tend to smoke something every weekend and sometimes on weekdays to boot. The smoker is almost like my slow cooker. I can fill it up when I run home at lunch or before I leave in the morning, and it’s ready to go at dinner time.

The other benefit of the smoker is that it smells so wonderful when you’ve got something cooking in it. Seriously, I prefer the smell of smoking meat to any scented wax cube they can invent. I’ll leave the windows cracked so the smell can waft into the house.

A boneless pork loin roast is one of my favorite things to smoke. It stays so moist and full of flavor. I love this recipe not only because it has two of my favorite spices, rosemary and garlic, but also because their value as aromatics is astronomical. This smells so good while smoking!

Of course, you can make this recipe in a traditional smoker, an electric smoker or on your grill over indirect heat.

With boneless pork loin roast on sale this week at Brookshire’s, there’s no reason not to run out and get this smoking!

Smoked Rosemary-Garlic Pork Loin Roast

Ingredients:
4 cups apple or hickory wood chips
1 (2 1/2 lb) boneless pork top-loin roast (single loin)
2 Tbs fresh rosemary
1 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp pepper
1/4 tsp salt
4 sprigs fresh rosemary
1 lemon or lime
aluminum foil

Directions:
Soak the wood chips in water overnight. Drain chips after soaking (you can use the discarded liquid in the drip pan on the smoker for extra oomph.)

To make the rub, combine rosemary, olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper. Massage into the pork loin.

Prepare your smoker. Place the boneless loin roast on the rack and spread rosemary sprigs over the wood chips. Cover and smoke about 2-3 hours or until the roast reaches 155 degrees.

Remove pork from the smoker; squeeze fresh lemon or lime juice over the meat. Tent with foil and let rest for about 10 minutes before slicing.

Serves 8

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 269, Calories from Fat: 98, Fat: 11 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 112 mg, Sodium: 141 mg, Potassium: 536 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 0 g, Protein: 39 g.

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