In an effort to create the perfect BBQ, I marinaded my lean beef with a package of Trader Joe's taco seasoning and a can of their Fire Roasted Diced Green Chile for some spice. Obviously burgers need bacon (turkey bacon since I am on a health kick) and guac (because we all need our green vitamins). I made the guac with some crushed garlic, a few ripe avocados (thank you Betty, your avocados are delightful!), a couple table spoons of whatever tasty salsa you happen to have around, salt, fresh cilantro, jalapenos finely chopped (I prefer to grill them first), and a bunch of freshly squeezed lime juice.
Next, I prepared mac and cheese. The best thing about mac and cheese is that you can use pretty much whatever you have in your fridge and can concoct a pretty tasty side dish. I used small shells. Don't they look nice in my bright blue colander?
thekitchen.com and made a few adjustments. After I cooked the macaroni, I threw it back in the same pan. Because I was feeling lazy and did not want to bother dirtying up additional dishes, I added a large pie slice of brie cheese, a heaping handful of swiss and gruyere cheese, a nice chunk of butter, a prolonged dash of white wine, and about 13 mushrooms that I quartered. I let my concoction cook until melted and then I taste tested. It definitely needed salt and was incredibly rich. So, I put it in a baking dish, added some more cheese to the top, more salt, and some bits of sun dried tomatoes to try to liven up the richness. I baked for a few minutes until bubbling.
Not sure why but I heard that if you let corn sit in ice cold water for a bit before cooking it tastes better. Pretty much I believe everything I am told.
|Jalapenos, onions and corn ready for the grill. Hubbs' seasons generously with lime while grilling.|
A burger is not the same without fries. To add some flare to the meal I made sweet potato fries. Yum! Slice them up, throw them in a big pan with a bunch of oil (exact measurement). Let them cook for quite a while. 35 minutes or so. Stirring frequently.
After the fries are cooked thoroughly, drain on a thick paper towel and season generously with thick salt. I used the Palm's Tuscan Sea Salt.
Because I am a health nut (no chuckling), I made a salad made up of micro greens and rocket arugula. I mixed in some olive oil, a 1/3 of a large lemon's juice, and some sea salt. Let sit for 30 mins, then added a bit more arugula. The result is paradise.
What is your favorite type of BBQ?