08/13/13

Slicing boneless pork safely and easily

Grilling pork

Photo by Robyn Medlin Lindars, http://grillgrrrl.com Use with permission.

When grilling boneless pork ribs, I like to do them Korean style, in long thin planks about 1/2 inch thick.

This allows me to fully cook the pork very quickly, keeping the meat moist and tender on the inside, while forming a nice crust (but not burning) the outside, when cooking directly over very hot coals.

Also, by increasing the grilling area of the pork, I get a lot more flavor from both the fire and any spices I’ve rubbed the meat with.

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However, boneless pork ribs are slippery little suckers, and can be difficult to cut evenly and safely, when raw.

One trick we use often is to unwrap our ribs and place them on a plate or cookie sheet in the freezer for about 10 minutes. Flip and chill another 5 minutes, and the meat will have frozen just enough that it’s no longer slippery, and is firm enough to slice evenly.

Just a note: if you slice your ribs the other direction, into very thin (1/8th inch) squares, let thaw completely, and sprinkle with a little salt, it’s awesome when added raw to hot Asian style soups and hotpots (the boiling broth cooks the meat almost instantly).

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This method will also improve your Cup O’ Noodles or bowl of ramen like you wouldn’t believe!  Just make sure that water is boiling when you add the meat.

Chef Perry
hautemealz.com

04/16/13

Chef Chris’s Mushroom Pan Sauce

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If you joined us for last weekend’s Hautemealz Supper Club party, you know that, for our demonstration of the making of classic sauces, Chef Chris’s Mushroom Pan Sauce totally stole the show!

Giving credit where credit is due, we’re posting that recipe first, and will follow up this week with:

Chef Terry’s Cheese Béchamel (Mornay) Sauce
Chef Perry’s Classis Pomodoro Sauce
Chef Terry’s Lemon Mousse

(These will be live links, as the recipes are posted.)

Thank you everyone for joining us for another fantastic evening, and we look forward to doing it again soon!

-Chef Perry

Chef Chris’s Mushroom Pan Sauce

A lot people, when they sear a nice steak or chop, they take that pan and toss it in the sink to wash. In doing so, they are throwing out some of the best flavor of the meal.

Those nice, crispy bits left in the bottom of the pan…are called the fond. Fond is the residue of the natural sugars that have been cooked out of the meat and caramelized to the bottom of the pan. This fond is the foundation of most of those wonderful sauces that you get at your favorite high-end restaurant, and one the the foundations of fine cooking in almost every cuisine.

Active Time: 5 min.                                                       Total Time: 15 min.


  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1 cup low sodium beef broth
  • 1 ½ tsp. olive oil or butter
  • ½ lb. mushrooms
  • 1 shallot
  • 2 tbsp. Italian parsley
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  •  Salt & pepper to taste

Pan Sauce Mise

For this demonstration, Chef Chris used 8oz of beef short ribs (pictured, but not served) to create his fond.

Mise en Place

Thinly slice the shallot and the mushrooms. Measure out the wine and the broth.

Preparation

After frying your steak or chop, in a pan over high heat, reduce the heat to medium, and add the olive oil or butter to pan. Sauté the mushrooms for about five minutes. Add the shallots and sauté for another two minutes.

Turn heat back up to high, and deglaze* the pan with the red wine and cook until reduced by half. Add the beef broth bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, again. At the end add the butter and allow to thicken slightly.

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Slice the rested meat, across the grain, drizzle with pan sauce, and serve.

Chef Chris served this sauce over a simple zucchini, pan seared briefly in butter, with a dash of salt and pepper.

*Deglaze: loosening the browned bits or “fond” from the bottom of the pan by heating the pan (after removing the meat) and adding water, broth, or wine. Deglazing works best in a cast-iron, or stainless steel pan. “Non-stick” pans do not produce adequate fond to deglaze, or create a pan sauce.

01/28/13

Recipes for an Epic Superbowl Party

“Typically occurring in late January or early February, it is considered a de facto national holiday in the United States. On Super Bowl Sunday many people gather to watch the Super Bowl. Such gatherings are known for the large amount of food that is consumed by attendees.” Wikipedia

Okay, Super Bowl Sunday is coming up, and what better time to get our grub on?

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07/24/12

Garam Masala Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt and Spiced Couscous

hautemealz.com friend and food blogger, Michelle, over at FoodPassionista  saw the photo of this dish on our Facebook page, and kindly asked us for the recipe.

As it was easily my favorite dish from last week (cooked in a campground, no less), I thought, “Why not?”

So, Michelle…and all you other awesome people…enjoy!

– Perry

PS – A few slices of salted and peppered zuke and yellow squash, flash-grilled alongside the pork chops, would be a tasty addition to this meal!

PPS – Just a reminder, you could be getting delicious, nutritious recipes, just like this one, for every night of the week…at less than the cost of a happy meal each month! Sign up here! – P

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Dinner 6

Garam Masala Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt; Spiced Couscous

Garam Masala Pork Chops with Mint Yogurt (6a)

It’s worth seeking out garam masala if you can. This blend of spices is available at many large grocery stores, as well as Asian specialty stores. If you can’t find it, you can use curry powder instead.

Yield: 4 servings                 
Active Time: 10 min.  
Total Time: 8 hr. 10 min. (incl. marinating)


  • 4 6-oz. lean pork loin chops
  • 4 tbsp. garam masala spices*
  • 1/2 cup Greek style yogurt
  • 10 fresh mint leaves

Trim pork chops of excess fat. Rub garam masala into chops (both sides).

Place on a plate, cover and refrigerate for 6-8 hours, to allow flavors to penetrate.

Chop the mint and stir into the yogurt and refrigerate for the same period as the pork chops.

Preheat broiler. Spray broiler rack with nonstick cooking spray. Broil chops for about 5 minutes each side. Alternately, grill chops over direct heat until well marked on both sides, move to indirect heat, cover loosely in foil, and cook until internal temp reaches 145F. Remove from heat and allow to rest 3 minutes.

Serve with mint yogurt.

 Note: *Garam Masala is available in specialty stores and many larger grocery stores. You can use curry powder instead if you wish, or you could even make your own garam masala with this recipe.

 Spiced Couscous (6b)

Yield: 4 servings                  
Active Time: 10 min.  
Total Time: 15 min.


  • 1 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 4 tsp. raisins
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 2 pinches cayenne pepper (opt)
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2/3 cup couscous
  • 1 lemon
  • 2 tsp. sesame seeds

Nutritional facts for this meal

In a medium saucepan bring the broth, raisins, olive oil, cumin, cayenne and salt to a boil. Stir in the couscous, bring back to a boil, cover and remove from the heat. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Juice the lemon and stir into the couscous with the sesame seeds.

Serve.

04/9/12

Guilt Free BBQ Sauce

I may not know much about a science book, and I may not know much about the math I took. I may not know much about what’s false or true, but bruthas and sistas, I know a LOT about my barbeque…

Dana Ramsey, from the hautemealz.com team, created this recipe, and it is, flat out, one of the best sauces I’ve ever slathered on a hunka meat…not even taking into account that it’s crazy low in calories!

Check the specs below, and keep in mind that my favorite store-brand sauce runs almost TEN TIMES the calories and carbs for the same two tablespoons!

You pair this sauce with some good lean beef or pork…and you got a guilt free bbq-feast like you’ve only dreamed of!

Dana’s Sweet n’ Saucy BBQ
Serving size: 2 Tbs
Yield: 40 Servings

4 cup low-salt tomato sauce
1/4 cup balsamic Vinegar
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 cup Stevia
2 Tbs smoked paprika
1 Tbs onion powder
2 tsp liquid smoke (Stubbs Mesquite)
1 tsp each: garlic powder, salt, black pepper, mustard powder, celery seed, thyme

Combine in sauce pan and simmer for 1 hour.

Cool, and store in container in refrigerator.

Enjoy!

-Chef Perry