Romanesco Steaks with Romesco

Romanesco Steaks with Romesco Sauce – Candy Coated Culinista

It’s BBQ season; but what about all on you vegans and vegetarians. Here is one dish that is substantial and you won’t be envious that you aren’t apart of the BBQ season.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 8-10 min. per side
Difficulty level is: Easy

Inspired by: Food 52 Any Night Grilling

Ingredients
• 1 head of Romanesco
• ¼ cup vegetable oil
• 2 large red bell peppers, halved, cored and seeded
• 2 fresh chilies
• ½ red onion, cut into thick wedges
• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
• 2 plum tomatoes, halved
• ¼ cup skinned roasted hazelnuts or almonds
• 1 tsp sherry vinegar, plus more as desired
• 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme or marjoram leaves
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 clove garlic or 1 tsp smoked garlic (from book)
• Kosher salt, to taste
• Ground black pepper, to taste

Assembly
1. Remove leaves and trim stem of the Romanesco leaving the core intact.
2. Place on a cutting board and slice in half.
3. Place on a baking sheet and drizzle with oil and season with salt and pepper.
4. Prepare charcoal grill to medium-high heat and coat the gill pan with extra virgin olive oil over high heat using a paper towel. If you are using a grill basket allow to heat for 5 minutes prior to use.
5. In a bowl lightly toss bell peppers, chilies and onions in olive oil.
6. Place over grill on in grill basket turning and rotating for 6 to 7 minutes for the onions and continue to char the red peppers.
7. Cover peppers in a kitchen towel (to make it easier to remove the skin)
8. Grill tomatoes and when cooled enough remove skin also.
9. Using a food processor add peppers, chilies, onion, tomato along with nuts, thyme and paprika and salt into a thick puree. Drizzle in olive oil as you go.
10. Grill Romanesco rotating them to prevent excessive charring. The exterior should be just tender.
11. Serve in a pool of the romesco sauce and sprinkle with flaky salt id desired.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The original recipe called foe cauliflower; which I’m not fond of. I did plan on using cauliflower; but I came across the Romanesco a cousin to the cauliflower and said maybe this is better. The sauce was also supposed to be a harissa; but another recipe I made had way too much sauce left over and I hate wasting. So this is how I got here; I loved it, a red sauce is very complimentary to the green veg and it all worked out well. Romanesco still tastes like cauliflower to me and it was just ok.

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Spatchocked Chicken with Asparagus & Grilled Lemons

Spatchocked Chicken with Asparagus & Grilled Lemons – Candy Coated Culinista

A simple weeknight grilling dinner, so good it can be served for Sunday dinner.

Yield/Serving: 2 to 4
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 35 min,
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Food 52 Any Night Grilling

Ingredients
• One 4-4 ½ pound chicken, spatchocked (ask your butcher to spatchock it for you
• Extra virgin olive oil, for drizzling
• Kosher salt
• Ground black pepper
• 1 bunch of thyme
• 8 ounces haricots, bottoms trimmed
• 2 spring onion, halved
• 2 lemons
• Flaky salt

Assembly
1. Spatchock chicken by removing the spinal cord and lightly drizzle with olive oil and then sea with salt and pepper.
2. Tuck the wings under the legs making the chicken lie flat.
3. Spread thyme and oregano on a baking sheet and set aside to marinate at room temperature for 30 minutes.
4. Prepare charcoal grill or coat the gill pan with extra virgin olive oil over high heat using a paper towel.
5. Place season chicken, skin side down onto the grill with the thyme & oregano underneath and brown skin for 8 – 10 minutes.
6. Turn chicken, discard any burnt thyme or oregano, and cook until nearly cooked through and cook for another 8-10 minutes.
7. Flip chicken again and cook for another 3-5 minutes until skin is crisp and browned.
8. Transfer to a baking sheets to rest
9. Place asparagus over grill and char for about 5 minutes, ensuring you get grill marks.
10. Cut lemons in half and grill along with the onions.
11. Mix onions with the asparagus.
12. Serve chicken on a platter family style with asparagus and grilled lemons.

Tips
• I added oregano, used white onion instead of green onion and also swapped asparagus for the green beans as its asparagus season.
• Serve with potatoes on the side.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I have been wanting to practice my grilling skills and this book is a great option as these recipes are easy and well good for weeknight grilling. I opted to buy a enamel cast-iron grill pan as I didn’t want to pull out my cumbersome indoor grill. The recipes turned out excellent, the only thing I have to do is get stronger grill marks next time. Otherwise this recipe tasted to healthy and yet so simple. I opted to spatchock my chicken myself as I had never done this before. I found it a little gross removing the spinal cord, and have much respect to butchers getting the job done. All I could think of when I was butchering this chicken was the ritual called the Blood Eagle from Viking lore; which was a tad funny that my mind went there; but it was apt. This recipe is easy to swap out any in season veggies you prefer and get the same amazing results. I have never had a grilled lemon and enjoyed squeezing it over the asparagus and chicken. I served lemon oil gem potatoes with cayenne pepper on the side. I will be making this again. This recipe is visually attractive and will catch your dinner guests or families attention.

BBQ Chicken, Apple, Bacon & Mushroom Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Apple & Bacon Quesdaillas - Candy Coated Culinista

BBQ Chicken Apple & Bacon Quesdaillas – Candy Coated Culinista

I knew I wanted to make quesadillas for dinner this past weekend having a huge craving for it. I knew that even though this recipe was going to be familiar I planned on throwing a wrench into the classic quesadillas with some granny smith apples.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 10 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 5 chicken thighs, cut into pieces
• Vegetable oil
• Sea salt, to taste
• Ground cumin, to taste
• Garlic powder, to taste
• Onion powder, to taste
• Red pepper flakes, to taste
• Paprika, to taste
• 4 slices of bacon, cut into pieces
• 8 button mushroom, sliced
• ½ granny smith apple, cut into matchsticks skin on
• 2 tbsp red onion, finely chopped
• 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
• 2 tbsp garlic BBQ sauce
• 4 tortillas
• Guacamole, optional using fresh avocado’s
• Sour cream, optional

Assembly
1. Using a frying pan over medium heat fry and season chicken thighs with a little vegetable oil until cooked thoroughly.
2. In another frying pan over medium heat fry bacon until crispy.
3. In another frying pan over medium high heat sauté the mushrooms in a little vegetable oil.
4. Cut the granny smith apple and red onion and set aside in a bowl.
5. Shred cheddar cheese and set aside.
6. Once chicken and bacon are finished cooking, cut into pieces and add BBQ sauce to the chicken pieces and coat.
7. Using a clean frying pan the size of the tortilla, start toasting tortillas.
8. Add in a mixture of chicken, bacon, mushrooms, cheese, red onion and apple and let melt.
9. Place the second tortilla on top and flip at least once until tortilla is crispy and cheese is melted.
10. Cut into quarters and serve with guacamole and sour cream on the side.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This dish was an absolute hit! I even had a request to make another portion as it was so well received and of course I had to oblige. I even stole a bite for myself even though I was beyond full at this point I just couldn’t resist. The granny smiths added a tartness and crunch that was enjoyable and balanced well with the sweetness of the BBQ sauce.

BBQ Chicken Whole & Ancient Grain Quesadillas

BBQ Chicken Whole & Ancient Grain Quesadillas - Candy Coated Culinista

BBQ Chicken Whole & Ancient Grain Quesadillas – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 6 chicken thighs
• Sea salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• paprika, to taste
• onion powder, to taste
• garlic powder, to taste
• season salt, , to taste
• ground cumin, to taste
• red chilli flakes, to taste
• 1 orange bell pepper, chopped
• 2 springs green onion, chopped
• 1 tbsp vegetable oil
• 2 handfuls of grape tomatoes, halved
• 1 cup button mushrooms, sliced
• Organic Gluten- free BBQ Sauce
• Cheddar cheese, shredded
• Mozzarella cheese, shredded
• 8 Whole Grain & Ancient Grain Tortilla
• 1 avocado, mashed

Assembly
1. In a frying pan over medium-high heat sprinkle chicken with spices and cook the chicken thighs through, let them rest and finally cut into strips.
2. Cut all the vegetables and set aside the bell peppers and green onions in a bowl.
3. Over medium-high heat and pour olive oil into skillet and sauté the tomatoes and mushrooms until most of the liquid is gone.
4. In the last few minutes of cooking add in BBQ sauce to taste and incorporate.
5. Using a clean frying pan the size of the tortilla, start toasting as many tortillas as needed and set aside on a plate.
6. Once all tortillas have been toasted place one back on the frying pan and add in a mixture of chicken, cheese and all the vegetables.
7. Cook and flip at least once until tortilla in crispy and cheese is melted.
8. Cut into quarters and serve with guacamole on the side.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This isn’t a really great dish to look at but it tastes amazing. I even made them the next day again with the leftovers.

Homemade BBQ Sauce & Apple Coleslaw

Homemade BBQ Sauce & Apple Coleslaw - Candy Coated Culinista

Homemade BBQ Sauce & Apple Coleslaw – Candy Coated Culinista

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Yesterday was Victoria Day and that means BBQ season is officially here. Mr. C. enjoys barbequing like all men and I said let’s get out the grill and have a mini BBQ. I suggested we make cheddar Smokie hot dogs (pork sausage filled with cheese pieces scattered throughout) with coleslaw. I also did another recipe for the Chatelaine Cooking Club, and since it is the Victoria Day weekend BBQ sauce was on the menu. I can’t wait to see how this tastes.

After I uploaded my post I found out I was chossen again for the chatelaine cooking clubs pics. I also got retweeted saying “Per Combo!” from them; which was really cool. See the link.

From Chatelaine

Homemade BBQ Sauce

Yield/Serving: 500 ml
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 tsp vegetable oil
• ¼ cup pureed onion, about ½ small onion
• 1 cup ketchup
• 1 cup tomato sauce
• 3 tbsp brown sugar
• 1 ½ tsp hoisin sauce
• ½ tsp garlic powder
• ½ tsp Worcestershire sauce
• ¼ tsp smoked paprika
• ¼ tsp hot-red-pepper flakes

Assembly
1. Heat a large saucepan over medium. Add oil, then onion
2. Cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 min.
3. Add ketchup, tomato sauce, brown sugar, hoisin, garlic powder, Worcestershire, paprika and pepper flakes.
4. Continue stirring frequently, to keep sauce from splattering, until flavours develop, 5 to 8 min.
5. Ladle into a mason jar. Let cool to room temperature, about 30 min. Wipe rims clean, then twist lids on tightly.
6. Keep refrigerated.

Tips
• Puree onion with a food processor, scraping onion down sides as necessary.

Apple Coleslaw

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 medium cabbage, finely shredded
• 2 large carrots, julienned
• 1 stalk green onions, thinly sliced
• 4 apples, peeled, cored and julienned
• ¼ cup cider vinegar
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1 tbsp mustard
• 1/3 cup honey
• 2tsp kosher salt
• 1 tsp ground black pepper

Assembly/Method
1. Prepare the cabbage, carrots, green onions and apples and put into a large bowl.
2. Add all the remaining ingredients and incorporate until well blended.
3. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Mix once or twice in that time to blend dressing again.

Tips
• It tastes better on the second day when the ingredients have time to marry.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
These were quick and fast recipes and when you’re grilling you need that. The BBQ sauce was tangy sweet and spicy the perfect combination. I can’t wait to use the BBQ sauce on ribs or chicken. The coleslaw was very flavourful and accompanied the Cheddar Smokies well.

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