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Open-face Cuban sandwiches

Lately we’ve been watching a lot of cooking shows, like 30 minute meals, Iron Chef America and Five ingredient Fix. A few days ago we were watching 30 minute meals with Rachel Ray and she made open-face Cuban sandwiches. With a few alterations, we decided to recreate these for dinner with some friends. Everyone loved them! (For reference: Rachel Ray also added yellow mustard and a pickle on top.)

Ingredients:

Equal parts ground pork and chorizo
1/3 of an onion, chopped
6 cloves of garlic
sweet rolls (cut in half)
Cumin, red pepper flakes and red cayenne pepper
1/2 cup beer (we used a blonde ale)
A little Ketchup or 1/4 cup tomato paste
Swiss cheese slices for topping 

Recipe:

1. Begin cooking your ground pork, preheat oven to 350 degrees, and cut up rolls.

2. Cut up your onion and garlic, cook in separate pot/pan.

3. Add chorizo and cook on medium heat for a few minutes.

4. Add your ketchup or tomato paste and cook for a few minutes.

5. Add your beer and cook off excess liquid.

6. Bake your rolls in the oven for 5-10 minutes (until crispy)

7. Place mixture on sandwich rolls, leave open. Add cheese to tops.

8. Heat a few minutes in oven, or until cheese melts.

9. Enjoy!

Photos by: Colin and Melissa
Post by: Melissa


Grilled Pepperoni Pizzas

I had pizza three days in a row over the last weekend. And let me tell you, it was totally worth it. I’ve never endeavored into making pizza from scratch before, so I’m glad Colin was so enthusiastic about trying something new!

Ingredients:

2.5 cups of flour
1/2  Tablespoon sugar
1.2 Tablespoon salt
1 Teaspoon yeast
.875 cup water
1.5 Cups pizza sauce
1/4 cup chopped garlic
1/2 cup chopped onions
2/3 pound grated mozzarella cheese (or less…)
Pepperoni (or your preference of meat)
Spices for sauce: red pepper flakes, pepper,  dried cilantro, ground cayenne pepper
Your choice of toppings (we used garlic, pepperoni, mozzarella, mushrooms, you can add peppers, etc.) 


Recipe:

1. Mix the flour, salt, sugar and yeast together in a large bowl.

2. Add the water and oil and stir until dough forms a ball.

3. Wet your hand with water and work the dough into a smooth ball (IF DOUGH BECOMES STICKY, FLOUR HANDS AND BALL INSTEAD)

4. Let dough sit for about 15 minutes.

5. Place dough on floured surface and knead for about 5 minutes. Dough should be soft and no longer sticky.

6. Section off dough into 5 balls, roughly the same size.

7. Coat the dough balls in olive oil and place in tray. Let sit at room temp. for 30 minutes.

8. Cover with plastic wrap and place in fridge for 3 hours. Remove dough 90 minutes prior to when you want to cook.

9. Roll out dough with rolling pin to desired size/shape.

10. Sautee your veggies and prepare your cheese, etc.

11. Combine spices in sauce and mix.

12. Place dough on grill on medium heat till it is cooked on one side. Turn the heat down low before flipping.

13. Flip dough and cover in sauce, veggies, cheese, and other toppings.

14. Enjoy your pizzas! Repeat steps for additional grilled pizzas.

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Melissa Rook and Colin Diltz


Seasoned Summer Steak Frites

Summer provides so many great opportunities for grilling. Even if the morning is cloudy it often clears up right around dinnertime.

This is a quick and easy meal for a summer day. 🙂

The steaks were seasoned with a dry-rub consisting of black pepper, red pepper flakes, cumin and smoked paprika.

Then, we stuck them on the grill.

Grill marks!

After they were cooked we plated them and finished them off with store-bought fries. Yum!

What do you like to eat with your steak? How do you season it?

Post by: Melissa Rook
Photos by: Colin Diltz