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Product Talk: London Broil


London BroilI’m still blogging from my beach vacation. I know I’ve explained more than once already that in the big family group that congregates at Sandbridge Beach each year, each nuclear family takes a night to cook. For my night this year, I made a delicious and simple London Broil topped with an optional faux chimichurri (spinach instead of parsley, basil instead of oregano).

“London Broil” is a fancy term for top round or flank steak. It’s really just a marinated cut of meat grilled, then cut across the grain into thin strips and served–easy and delicious.

A London Broil isn’t the most tender cut of meat so a marinade is necessary. This is the recipe I used this week and it was yummy. I was unsure about the honey at first, but the sugars help give your cut of meat a beautiful sear.

London Broil
Serves 4

Ingredients:
Large (2 lbs) London Broil
5 large cloves of garlic, minced
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 cup dry red wine
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 tsp honey

Directions:
Puree all ingredients (except London Broil) in a food processor or blender. Place meat in a zipper-locked bag or shallow pan. Cover with marinade. Place in refrigerator for several hours, turning several times.

Bring steak to room temperature before grilling. Place over direct, medium heat and grill about 7-8 minutes per side for medium rare (a London Broil should be pink inside). Let stand for several minutes. Slice diagonally across the grain. Serve immediately.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 344, Calories from Fat: 90, Fat: 10 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (4 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 151 mg, Sodium: 998 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Sugar: 2 g, Protein: 52 g

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Shop the Sale: Ground Chuck Empanadas


Ground Beef Empanadas (Picadillo)

When I found out I was moving to Texas from Virginia all the way back in 1997 when I accepted a spot in the master’s program for journalism at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook ‘em!), my friend Wendy gave me a Tex-Mex cookbook.

“Enjoy your adventures in the Lone Star State and learn to cook some yummy food,” she inscribed in the front cover.

Although my plan was never to stay in Texas after I graduated, I find myself still here 15 years later. I’ve had many adventures, and I’ve learned to cook some delicious food (tamales still elude me so if you want to teach me, please send us a message!).

Empanadas are one of my favorites. A little hand-held pie, an empanada can be either sweet or savory. I love this version with ground chuck and some surprise sweetness in the raisins. Delicious.

Ground Beef Empanadas (Picadillo)
Makes 8 empanadas

Ingredients:
1 Tbsp vegetable oil
8 oz ground beef chuck
1/2 tsp salt
Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup drained green pitted olives, chopped
1/2 cup raisins
1 carrot, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 white onion, finely chopped
1 cup canned tomato puree or sauce
Nonstick cooking spray, for greasing
One 1-lb pkg frozen puff pastry
All purpose flour, for dusting
2 large eggs, beaten with 1 Tbsp water

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 350° F. Heat the oil in a heavy sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add the ground beef chuck and cook until browned, about 7 minutes. Season with the salt and pepper. Add the olives, raisins, carrots and onions and sauté for a couple of minutes until softened. Add the tomato puree and simmer for 10 minutes. Turn the heat off and cool to room temperature before filling the empanadas.

Grease a large baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Unfold one sheet of puff pastry onto a lightly floured surface. Using a floured rolling pin, roll the pastry out to 1/4-to-1/8-inch thickness. With a knife, cut out 4 equal squares measuring 4 1/2-by-5 1/2 inches. Add 2 tablespoons of the cooled beef mixture to the center of the square. Brush the edge of each square with some egg wash and fold to shape into triangles. Crimp the edges with a fork. Transfer the empanadas to the prepared baking sheet and brush them with the remaining egg wash. Bake until golden brown, about 25 minutes.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 172, Calories from Fat: 80, Fat: 9 g, Trans Fat: 0 g (3 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 64 mg, Sodium: 640 mg, Carbohydrates: 15 g, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 12 g, Protein: 7 g.

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Shop the Sale: Sirloin Steak topped with Mustard Herb Butter


It’s hard to resist a good, top sirloin steak.

It’s also hard to resist cooking it over an open flame in the height of summertime.

One of the best things about a juicy, tender sirloin, in my opinion, is that you don’t need to do much to it for it to turn out perfectly. However, every now and then it’s fun to add something like this compound butter to enhance the flavor of the steak.

Compound butter is simply mixing different ingredients into your real butter of choice (I like salted sweet cream). The variations are endless, as with this mustard herb butter. I’d even throw in some garlic for good measure.

With top sirloin steaks on sale this week at Brookshire’s, you can even get enough for a midsummer party.

Sirloin Steak Topped with Mustard Herb Butter

Ingredients
2 boneless top sirloin steaks
2 oz salted butter, room temperature
1 Tbsp finely chopped parsley
1 Tbsp finely chopped chervil
1 Tbsp finely chopped tarragon
2 tsp wholegrain Dijon mustard
cayenne pepper, to taste

Directions
Mix all the ingredients (except the steaks!) in a bowl. Turn the mixture out onto a sheet of greaseproof paper and roll into a sausage shape. Chill the butter mixture for at least one hour. Remove just before serving on top of the steak and cut into rounds.

Cook the steaks to your liking and leave to rest for 2-3 minutes to allow the juices to run back into the meat.

Just before serving, place a couple of rounds/discs of mustard butter on top of the steaks and let melt.

Serves 2

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 1193, Calories from Fat: 817, Fat: 91 g (40 g Saturated Fat), Cholesterol: 355 mg, Sugar: 0 g, Sodium: 418 mg, Carbohydrates: 2 g, Fiber: 1 g, Protein: 88 g



Product Talk: Swai Fillets


Lemon Pepper SwaiPerusing the seafood counter at my local Brookshire’s tonight, I saw something I didn’t recognize: swai fillets.

Nope, not the latest dance craze, but a sweet, mild-tasting fish with a light, flaky texture that can be broiled, grilled or coated with bread crumbs and fried. It also tastes good with sauces.

Loosely, swai is a Vietnamese catfish. A 3.5-ounce serving of swai contains around 90 calories, 4 grams of fat (1.5 saturated), 45 grams of cholesterol and 50 milligrams of sodium.

Plus it’s quite economical. Try it today!

There are so many recipes for Lemon Pepper Swai. This was a good one.

Lemon Pepper Swai
Serves 2

Ingredients
2 swai fillets
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
4 Tbsp lemon pepper seasoning
1 tsp lemon juice (optional)

Directions:
Wash fish fillets and pat dry with a paper towel. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Brush flour over both sides of the fish over a plate.

Season one side of each filet with lemon pepper and quickly flip them lemon pepper side down onto the skillet. Work quickly to ensure the butter does not burn but stays hot enough. Season the top of the filets with lemon pepper and sprinkle lemon juice over them.

Fry each side about 4 minutes on high heat.Fish will be opaque and easily flaked with the spatula when done. The sides should both look golden and crispy.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 211, Calories from Fat: 70, Fat: 8 g, Cholesterol: 45 mg, Sodium: 257 mg, Carbohydrates: 20 g, Fiber: 4 g, Protein: 17 g

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Shop the Sale: Bone in Rib Eye


I once knew a great man who always wore a cowboy hat and boots, never left home without his bolo tie and starched shirts, and was as much a cowboy as the wranglers I’ve met at the rodeo.

Funny thing was, he wasn’t even born in this country. He and his father immigrated to New York state from Sweden when he was just a boy, early in the 20th century. He grew up on Long Island but eventually joined, what was then, the Army Air Corps and was stationed in San Antonio.

That was all it took. 

From that moment on, he was a Texan. He married a yellow rose of Texas, raised his children in Texas, and, eventually, died in the state he’d adopted and loved.

He subscribed to a magazine called “Cowboys and Indians.” He went on “shoots” where the “old-timers” (his words, not mine) would wear old cowboy clothes and compete in feats of accuracy. He handcrafted muzzleloaders, lovingly carving their stocks out of wood and fashioning their barrels. Silversmithing was his hobby, and he made the most gorgeous pieces of jewelry out of silver and often turquoise.

And when I think of him, I think of big, juicy, thick bone-in rib eye steaks. Father’s Day is coming up and this is what we always grilled. Fittingly, the bone-in rib eye is often called the “cowboy steak.”

There aren’t many “recipes” for a bone-in rib eye, per se, because you don’t want to take away from the flavor of the meat.

You DO want to let it sit at room temperature for about 45 minutes before grilling. You DO want to salt and pepper your steak. You DO want to slap it on the grill over a high flame to sear it and seal in the juices, then turn the temperature down or move to indirect heat to finish the cooking process. And you DO want to let it rest for about five minutes before cutting into it. Finally, you DO want to buy a bone-in-rib eye, on sale at Brookshire’s, this week. 



Shop The Sale: Top Sirloin Steak


A top sirloin is a delicious, yet relatively inexpensive, cut of meat.

Culled from the upper back rear of the cattle, a top sirloin is deliciously marbled and easily grilled, braised, broiled, roasted or pan-fried.

This traditional French treatment is a succulent treat you can sink your teeth into, and it’s even better when Top Sirloin Steak is on sale at Brookshires.

Peppered Top Sirloin Steak – Steak au Poivre 

Ingredients:

1 Tbs coarsely ground pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 tsp coarse salt

2 tsp prepared horseradish
2 Tbs olive oil
2 lbs boneless top sirloin steak

Directions:

In a small bowl, mix together the pepper, garlic, salt, horseradish and olive oil.

Place the steaks on a shallow dish and rub the mixture all over the meat. Marinate at room temperature for 1 to 2 hours or, better still, covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Turn the meat from time to time to coat both sides evenly.

Remove the steaks from the refrigerator an hour before cooking.

When ready to grill, heat broiler or grill. Broil or grill steak approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side or until done to your preference.

Nutritional Information: Calories Per Serving: 630g, Calories from Fat: 355g, Fat: 40 g, Cholesterol: 203 mg, Sodium: 1117 mg, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Protein: 65 g.



Product Talk: Buffalo Chicken Meatballs


Buffalo Chicken MeatballsI’m so glad ground chicken isn’t nearly as hard to find any more as it once was. I remember searching for it high and low – or having to special order it from the butcher counter – time and time again. Not so anymore; it’s readily available in the meat department of any Brookshire’s store.

You can use ground chicken for pretty much anything you’d use ground beef for. It’s versatile and healthy, with a lot less fat than ground beef, fitting into a leaner, healthier eating plan for many people. Simply made from ground chicken breasts, this can be used in soups, stews, casseroles, for burgers and for meatballs like these.

We’re going to have them tonight with carrot and celery sticks.

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
Makes 16 meatballs

Ingredients:
1/4 small red onion, minced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 egg white
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1 Tbs dried parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp dried dill
1/4 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp pepper
1 lb 99% fat-free ground chicken breast
4 oz block feta cheese, cut into 24 1/2-inch cubes (will have 6 leftover cubes)
4 Tbs butter
1 cup buffalo wing sauce

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400° F. Add red onion, garlic, egg white, parmesan cheese, bread crumbs and spices in a large bowl then stir with a fork to combine. Add ground chicken then mix until combined – do not over mix or meatballs will be tough. Divide chicken mixture into quarters, then each quarter into four balls. Press a cube of feta into the center of each ball then close mixture around cheese to seal. Place meatballs onto a buttered cooling rack set on top of a baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes.

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat then add buffalo wing sauce and stir to combine. Add cooked meatballs to skillet then use a spoon to coat in sauce. Place a lid on top and turn heat to low to keep warm.

Nutritional Information: Calories per Serving: 85 g, Calories from Fat: 45 g, Fat: 5 g, Cholesterol: 32 mg, Sodium: 256 mg, Carbohydrates: 2g, Sugars: 1 g, Protein: 8g

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Shop The Sale: Bone-In Chicken Breasts


If you are like me, and most people, I think, you’re always looking for a new way to cook chicken. My family loves chicken and it’s on sale at Brookshire’s this week, so I’ll stock up. (You can never have too much chicken in your freezer, in my opinion)

This recipe, for stuffing a bone-in breast, includes two of my other favorite ingredients, spinach and goat cheese. The goat cheese gets all melty and it’s pure deliciousness. I’ve also added about two slices bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled, to the filling mixture as well.

Spinach and Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
 

Ingredients: 
4 cups baby spinach, loosely packed
1 oz sundried tomatoes
1 tsp veg oil
1 garlic clove, minced
2 medium sized mushrooms, chopped
Salt and pepper, to taste
2 oz plain goat cheese
1/4 cup basil, loosely packed and chiffonade
4 chicken breast halves, bone-in (skin is optional)

Directions:

Loosely chop spinach and sundried tomatoes. In a skillet on medium heat, sauté oil, garlic and mushrooms until softened. Add in spinach, tomatoes, salt and pepper. Cook until spinach is completely cooked, about 5 minutes. Remove mixture to bowl. When slightly cooled, add in goat cheese and basil and mix to combine. Set aside.

If you’d like to remove the skin from the chicken, do so now. Cut a 1-inch slice in thickest part of breast, creating a pocket. Stuff each breast with 1 quarter of the filling mixture.

Close completely with toothpicks.

Rub some oil on the outside and a little salt and pepper too.

Bake in a 375° F oven for 45 to 60 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting into it

Serves 4

Nutritional Information: Calories: 380, Calories from Fat: 157, Total Fat: 17 g, Cholesterol: 145 mg, Sodium: 348 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 6 g, Dietary Fiber: 2 g, Sugars: 3 g, Protein: 49 g



Shop The Sale: Balsamic Glazed Baked Spare Ribs


For the longest time, I struggled with cooking spare ribs. Mine always turned out too tough. I tried roasting them, steaming them, grilling them, slow-cooking them and a combination of all of the above. I was never very satisfied with the results.

Then I tried this recipe, which calls for baking them slowly, covered tightly with foil, so you get a little baking action, a little steaming action. What first attracted me to this recipe, however, wasn’t the baking, it was the balsamic vinegar in the sauce – my favorite. I added the liquid smoke because I did hate to lose the flavor of being cooked on the grill.

Balsamic Glazed Baked Spare Ribs

Ingredients:

1 (4 lb) slab of Hormel pork spareribs1 Tbs onion powder
1 Tbs garlic powder
Salt and black pepper, to taste
 
BARBECUE SAUCE:
1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 large lemons)
1 cup bottled barbecue sauce
1/2 cup ketchup
1 Tbs liquid smoke
2 Tbs balsamic vinegar
Hot sauce, to taste (optional)
 
Directions:

Preheat oven to 325°F. Select a large baking pan to fit ribs in one layer. Line with heavy-duty foil. Place baking rack inside lined pan to keep ribs from resting on the bottom of the pan.

Remove the thin membrane from the back side of the ribs if not already done by the butcher. Sprinkle both sides of the spareribs with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Place seasoned ribs on the rack in the baking pan.

Prepare sauce by combining lemon juice, bottled barbecue sauce, ketchup, liquid smoke , balsamic vinegar and hot sauce in a bowl. Stir vigorously until combined.

Pour half of sauce into a separate container and set aside. Drizzle remaining sauce over the top of the ribs, covering all exposed areas.

Cover pan tightly with heavy-duty foil. Bake 1 1/2 to 2 hours, until tender.

Serve spareribs with reserved barbecue sauce. Optional: You can char the ribs on the grill or under the broiler before serving if you wish.

Serves 4-6

Nutritonal Information: Calories: 1,112,  Calories from Fat: 782, Total Fat: 87 g, Cholesterol: 289 mg, Sodium: 1118 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 29 g, Dietary Fiber: 1 g, Sugars: 20 g, Protein: 59 g



Shop The Sale: Tarragon Mustard T-Bone Steaks


Last Saturday was a winter day that gives hope that spring is around the corner. It was warm, sunny and clear; the air hadn’t become laden with heavy humidity yet.

In fact, the report by Punxsutawney Phil, confirmed what Saturday suggested: Spring is near.

With the warm weather and the nice breeze, I had to grill something. I love the flavor of tarragon and, in fact, you can swap out tarragon vinegar for the wine if you wish.  

With T-bone steaks on sale at Brookshire’s this week and the weather temperate, there’s no reason not to stock up and grill a few nights! 

Tarragon Mustard T-Bone Steaks
Serves 4

Ingredients:
4 beef T-bone steaks
1/3 cup dry red wine
3 Tbs Dijon mustard
2 Tbs minced shallots
2 Tbs olive oil
1 1/2 Tbs chopped fresh tarragon or 2 tsp dried tarragon
2 cups tender sprigs watercress (2 oz), rinsed and crisped
Salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

Trim excess surface fat from steaks. Rinse steaks and pat dry.

In a small bowl, mix wine, mustard, shallots, olive oil, and tarragon. Spread mixture thickly on all sides of steaks and stack them on a plate. Let stand at room temperature for at least 30 minutes, or cover and chill up to 1 day.

Lay steaks on an oiled barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook steaks, turning once, until browned on both sides and done to your liking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 10 to 13 minutes for medium-rare.

Transfer steaks to plates. Let rest in a warm place for 3 to 5 minutes. Garnish each with 1/2 cup watercress. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information: Calories: 490, Protein: 57 g, Fat: 26 g, Carbohydrates: 1 g, Fiber: 0 g, Sodium: 342 mg, Cholesterol: 161 mg

 



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