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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Farfalle with Roasted Red Tomato Sauce

Guys like juicy food and why not juicy pasta. This recipe is the juiciest by far. I love the farfalle pasta. Why? Because, the juice stays in the crevices. Take one pound of ground pork and one pound of ground breakfast sausage. I buy it at the meat counter, freshly mixed, not packaged in a tube. Mix these meats, save 1 pound for another meal. Take the mixed one pound and set aside while you chop a whole onion and chop as well as one large clove of garlic.

In a covered skillet, drizzle in 3 tbs of olive oil, turn the flame to med. and add your onion and garlic. Saute til edges are brown. Add your ground meat ~ 1 pound of the mixture saving the other pound. I also had a few slices of left over bacon that I diced and added. My wife's nonna would do that, whatever was leftover and she thought could be added so as not to waste, she just put it in. Stir, breaking up the ground meat. Now add your can of roasted diced tomatoes and stir, cover and simmer for 20 min. If you like it extra juicy, you may want to add another can of tomatoes. And, don't forget any amount of dried herb seasoning *rosemary, mint, oregano or basil.

Boil water for the pasta. Once it rolls, add the farfalle, stirring occasionally. Once it is tender, drain and pour onto to large platter, pour your juicy sauce on top, grate some parmesan and yowsa!... which only means Mmmm Whew!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Monti Cristo ~ Its all Guy Food

I discovered that most bread has a short shelf life. And, I discovered that you can make a quick gourmet meal using up that one or two day old bread - The Monte Cristo Sandwich!

If you haven't heard of the Monte Cristo, then you are being introduced. The traditional Monte Cristo is a ham or turkey sandwich that is battered and fried. For a light crispy batter, add 12 ounces of beer, 1 cup club soda water and 1 tbs baking powder to 1 cup cornstarch and 2 cups flour.

Make your sandwich like you would normally (plenty of meat and cheese)... though, do not put fresh tomato or greens on at this point since you will be frying in hot oil.  In a large skillet, heat your cooking oil (1inch deep). Batter up your sandwiches, and fry, turning then over to get both sides.  Once brown on both sides, transfer the sandwiches to a warm oven and keep going til you have as many as you need.

These little lovelies are a brainy guy's gourmet. I suggest staking them on a plate and drizzling both savory and sweet oils/dressings (Smoky Hot Raspberry Chipotle) over the top and around the plate edges, toss on a sprig of fresh green. Or, put out a small dish of creamy garlic sauce for dipping.

Amazing as in Awesome ~ Exceptionnelle!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Guy Food Can't Get any Better

When it comes to guy food, I am talkin meat and cheese and giardiniera relish. I have to say that Potbellies has a good one unless I am makin it myself. As soon as I make some, I will let you know. When it comes to cookin, I am kind of a loose cannon in the kitchen which means that its gets wild and though the results are awesomely good, its after I am done that looks bad.

I have lots of surface to clean up, spills to wipe and jars of sauce to put away. It is kind of kitchen brawl between me and the ingredients. I want just about everything hot and spicy to go in and the hesitation I have at the get go is eventually done away with.

It comes down to this, you will need a hot skillet (using a tbs of coconut oil), good quality ground beef and bacon which all gets blackened as you sear the meat; finishing with melted cheese. Lay that daddy on a toasted Kaiser roll or my new fashion for using organic rosemary and garlic bread sliced thick.

Finally, a generous topping of hot sauce (s), and lots of giardiniera relish. That's it except for a cold beer to wash it all down.

Here's to ya~