05/16/14

A flavorful roasting tip

Roast Chicken with Onion Sauce

Here’s a quick tip to adds tons of flavor to your next roasting project:Instead of placing your chicken, or beef roast, on a roasting rack, cut thick slices of onion, put them in an oiled pan, then place the chicken or roast on top.

Scatter a few whole garlic cloves (peeled) and maybe some fresh herbs, as well.

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The onion will absorb the meat juices, and onion and garlic, simmering in the released broth, will bathe the roast in rich flavor.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter roasting, let the meat rest while you make a sauce with the onions by adding a little stock or wine to the pan, chopping the cooked onions, and cooking it for about 3 minutes on high heat to reduce.

If roasting pork, try adding a splash of cider vinegar before reducing.

Spoon the sauce over the sliced meats, serve and enjoy!

Oh, and for my fellow BBQ junkies…this method is fantastic for smoking a brisket, as well! Simply place peeled and halved onions directly on the grill, with the meat on top and a drip pan below.

Smoked brisket over onions

Rest your brisket, wrapped in foil, for the last hour or two, along with the onions.

Chef Perry
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01/10/13

America’s most stereotypically hated and reviled food…your thoughts?

Growing up with a chef for a father definitely expanded my culinary horizons. Dinner (and sometimes breakfast) was often whatever the special had been that night, or what had to be moved out of the walk-in to make room for new stock.

Suffice it to say…things that would have sent some kids screaming into the street, were as common as hotdogs and mac-and-cheese at my house.

liver and onions

Photo found at The Nourishing Cook. Click the image for a great recipe that accompanies this image!

One dish that was love at first bite (around the age of 4, I think) was liver and onions, which also happened to be one of Dad’s favorites.

Is there any food that is more stereotypically hated and reviled than the poor ‘ol beef liver? LOL…I don’t think so.

So, given that, due to my background, I may not be a non-partisan judge, I’m bringing the question to you…

Liver & Onions…yes or no?

(and if you have a story, please share it!)

-Chef Perry

PS – My mom once told me, “I didn’t divorce your father for cooking liver…but it didn’t help.”