Live at 9 – Rob’s Favorite Char-Grilled Oysters

I just LOVE taking pictures of my food and then upload them to Facebook.  Some people call this “food porn”….I call it “sweet temptations”.  One of my favorite photos is my char-grilled oysters.  I just wish I enjoyed eating oysters….but we won’t go there.  People always find it funny that I can make something taste so good when I won’t even eat it.  You just need to know which flavors go with what.  I suppose I have been blessed with this ability.

This is a very easy take on the famous “Drago’s Charbroiled Oysters” from New Orleans.  In this recipe, I steam open the oysters.  If you choose this method, be careful not to over steam them.  If possible, open them raw.

Char-Grilled Oysters

Char-Grilled Oysters

1 dozen oysters, steamed open*

Compound Butter

1 ½ sticks butter
⅓ to ½ cup parmesan cheese
¼ cup fresh flat leaf parsley
2 cloves garlic, whole
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Lemon Pepper

Prepare compound butter:

Place butter in the bowl of a food processor and process until smooth.  Add remaining ingredients and process until well combined, scraping down the bowl as needed.  Divide butter into 12 pieces, 1 tablespoon each, for topping on oysters.  Remaining butter can be kept frozen for up to 6 months.
Heat the grill to medium high.

Place oysters on the grill, shell side down.  Cover grill and cook oysters for 2-3 minutes.  Place on tablespoon butter on top of each oyster.  Cover grill and continue cooking an additional 2-3 minutes.

*To clean, place oysters in a colander in and rinse under cold running water.  If necessary, scrub off any mud and debris with a scrub brush.

 

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Char-Grilled Oysters

Char-Grilled Oysters

Buon Appetito!


Friday evening I posted a picture of our dinner on Facebook.  This post was followed by several requests for the recipe; here you go!

Shrimp Scampi

Shrimp Scampi

Scrimp Scampi

Serves: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes

1 pound Italian Capellini
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 cup good quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 small shallot, finely chopped
4-6 cloves garlic, minced
Red pepper flakes, to taste
1 14.5-ounce can petite diced tomatoes, rinsed & drained
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, preferably 25-30 count
Freshly shaved or grated Parmesan or Asiago Cheese

Bring a large stock pot of water to a rapid boil over high heat; add salt and capellini. Cook according to pasta directions, do not overcook pasta.

While pasta is cooking, add extra virgin olive oil to a large sauté pan over medium heat. When oil is hot, about 1-2 minutes, add chopped shallot, garlic and red pepper flakes (if desired). Sauté 2-3 minutes (do not let garlic turn brown), or until shallots are soft. Add drained tomatoes, fresh herbs and shrimp. Cook an additional 4-5 minutes, or until shrimp turns pink, remove from heat.

In a large pasta bowl, toss drained capellini with sauce, top with shaved cheese.

Buon Appetito!!!

Quick & Easy Shrimp Scampi


Turn Your Grill into a Smoker and ROCK these Ribs!!!

Happy Father’s Day! Today is the perfect day to do some outdoor “smoking”.  I have owned a propane grill for years, just love it.  But I have always wanted a charcoal grill to get the real charcoal flavor for some types of food. A few weeks ago, I finally made that leap to a charcoal grill!  Last night I attempted my first ever (yes its true) smoked ribs.

Weber Grill

Weber Grill

This has always been my son’s tradition (I think because it gives him an excuse to drink beer….hehehe)

Rob & Cecile smoking ribs

Rob & Cecile smoking ribs

I found this great blog about smoking ribs without a traditional smoker.  See below.  I prefer to use “baby back ribs” instead of “St. Louis” style, also I love Wickers instead of apple juice, has a LOT more flavor.  And here is my recipe for the “rub”:

2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Smoked Paprika
1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pasilla Chile Powder
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Cayenne Powder
1 tablespoon Webers® Smokey Mesquite Seasoning
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Black Pepper
½ teaspoon Spice Islands® Salt

I also prefer to leave the rub on as long as possible, preferably overnight.  One more thing, I wrap my ribs in foil or the first couple of hours of cooking, this is known as Crunching”.

The Texas Crunch

The Texas Crunch

Memphis Style Smoked Ribs

Memphis Style Smoked Ribs

Buon Appetito!

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The secret to great barbecue in your own backyard isn’t necessarily going out and buying all sorts of special equipment. You don’t require a smoker, and you don’t need the huge barbecue…

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“Live at 9” – 3 Delicious Vegetable Dishes

Spinach, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, grape tomatoes, leeks, butternut squash…oh my…vegetables can be the center of your meal. Check out my latest “WREG Live at 9” demonstration to see how easy these vegetables are to make and just how yummy they are to eat!

Italian Spinach

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound baby spinach, roughly chopped
Salt & pepper, to taste
2 eggs, beaten
1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese

Over medium high heat, melt butter and oil until melted. Add red pepper flakes and garlic. Cook 30 seconds (do not let garlic burn). Add chopped spinach and sauté until wilted. Add beaten eggs and toss until egg is cooked. Stir in parmesan cheese. Serve warm.

Italian Spinach

Italian Spinach

Oven Roasted Vegetables with Weber® Just Add Juice Herb & Garlic Marinade

1 package Weber® Just Add Juice Herb & Garlic Marinade Mix
¼ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and cut into 1-inch pieces
2 leeks, cleaned and sliced into ½-inch pieces
½ cup grape tomatoes, sliced in half
½ pound Brussels sprouts, cut in half

Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or spray with pan spray. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and toss until completely combined. Place vegetables on prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are soft.

Oven Roasted Veggies

Oven Roasted Veggies

Crispy Cauliflower Galette

1 head cauliflower
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 large egg
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
¾ cup Pankos (Japanese-style bread crumbs)
1 tablespoon chives
¼ teaspoon white pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (or less to taste)
2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
2 tablespoons butter, divided
2 tablespoons corn oil, divided
Sour cream, if desired

Cut cauliflower into florets and cook in salted boiling water, until tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and mash cauliflower with vegetable masher. Stir in cheese, pankos, chives, egg, white and cayenne pepper, and parmesan cheese.

Heat 1 tablespoon butter and 1 tablespoon oil in a 10-inch, nonstick sauté pan over medium heat. When butter and oil have heated, press cauliflower mixture into skillet and cover. Cook over medium heat until crisp on the bottom, pressing occasionally with a spatula, about 5-10 minutes.

Place a rimless flat dish on top, large enough to cover pan, and invert the galette onto the dish. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and oil to the same pan, then slide the galette, browned-side up, back into the pan.

Cook until crisp and golden on the second side, about 5 minutes longer. Slide galette into serving dish, cut into wedges, and top with sour cream, if desired.

Crispy Cauliflower Gallete

Crispy Cauliflower Gallete

Buon Appetito!!!


Ossoboco

People always ask me where I like to go out for dinner, what’s my favorite restaurant?That is usually a pretty tuff question, not that we don’t have some great restaurants in the Memphis area, but I am always in search of a great Italian restaurant, and there is only one that I can name, “Pasta Italia”.  Unfortunately the owners packed up the restaurant and headed to Chattanooga a few years back….but this story has a happy ending, the owners decided to returning to this area….great news!!!!   After hearing this news yesterday, I started to think about one of my favorite meals at this restaurant and great Italian restaurants in other cities and I have to admit, one of them is Ossoboco.  Now, this is not a difficult dish to make, so why don’t I make it that often?  Guess this is one that I really like to have out, best part is eating the marrow out of the bone…total yum!

Yesterday I decided to stop at Fresh Market and purchase a couple of “veal shanks”…a little costly, but once again, this is a special dish.  I hope you try this recipe at home.  I served it with some orzo pasta, pre boiled in water, drained, simmered in beef stock with fresh mushrooms, chunks of fresh tomatoes and spinach.  This really was a perfect accompaniment to the Ossoboco.

  • 4 veal shanks, 1 1/2″ thick
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • sea salt & freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/2 cup beef stock
  • 1  container pomi brand chopped tomatoes
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Gremolata – 1/2 cup freshly chopped parsley, 1 clove garlic, minced & zest from 1 lemon

In a large pot over medium heat, add butter and oil.  Place flour in a round cake pan or dish.  Generously season both sides of veal shanks with salt and pepper.

DSC_0008 Dip veal in flour shaking off excess. DSC_0010 Place veal in pan and sear both sides until golden.  Remove from pan.  Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic.  Cook until soft, about 5 minutes.

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Place veal back into pot and add remaining ingredients (except the gremolata).  Cook over very low heat for 2 hours, or until meat is very tender, but not falling off the bone.

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In a small bowl mix the gremolata.  Mix into the ossoboco just before serving.  Pour yourself a nice glass of Pinot Grigio for a job well done….DSC_0025Bon Appetito!DSC_0040