Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy 4th of July!

Happy Monday readers!
It’s 4th of July and that means one thing, BBQ with family and friends! It’s early in the morning so you still have time to plan food for your BBQ, so let me give you a couple of recipes I have been meaning to try out, they put a spin to the typical American recipe and go perfectly with this occasion. Let me know if you like them.

Jalapeño-Blue Cheese Burgers:

You will need
large bowl


·      2 pounds ground beef
·      6 jalapeño peppers, seeded and chopped
·      8 ounces crumbled blue cheese
·      2 tablespoons onion powder
·      2 tablespoons garlic powder
·      2 tablespoons tamari or soy sauce
·      2 teaspoons salt, or to taste
·      4 slices Swiss cheese
·      4 hamburger buns, split


1.      Preheat a grill for high heat.
2.      In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, jalapeño peppers, blue cheese, onion powder, garlic powder, tamari and salt. Mix well using your hands. Pat lightly into 4 large fat patties.
3.      Place patties on the grill, and cook for about 8 minutes per side, or until well done.
4.      Place a slice of cheese on top of each patty, and cover the grill until the cheese melts.
5.      Serve on buns with your favorite toppings.

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes
·      4 Servings

Found this recipe on Click here!

Spicy-Sweet Chicken Wings:

You will need
large bowl
baking sheet
small saucepan
pastry brush


For The Dipping Sauce
·      2 teaspoons safflower oil
·      3 garlic cloves, minced
·      ½ cup fresh orange juice (from about 2 oranges)
·      2 tablespoons honey
·      2 teaspoons hoisin sauce
·      ¼ teaspoon salt
·      sliced scallions, for garnish

For The Wings
·      2/3 cup hoisin sauce
·      2 tablespoons finely grated orange zest
·      ¼ to ½ cup Sriracha hot-chile sauce, or other hot sauce
·      ¼ cup honey
·      1 teaspoon toasted-sesame oil
·      4 ½ pounds chicken wing drumettes, patted dry with paper towels (35-45 wings)

1. Make the wings: Whisk hoisin, orange zest, hot sauce, honey, and sesame oil in a large bowl. Refrigerate ½ cup marinade. Add wings to remaining marinade, and toss to coat. Cover, and refrigerate, tossing wings occasionally, for at least 2 hours (or overnight).
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Let wings stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Arrange on a rimmed baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes, rotating sheet and brushing with half of reserved marinade halfway through. Increase oven temperature to 425 degrees. Bake wings, brushing with remaining marinade, until golden brown, about 20 minutes more.
3. Make the dipping sauce: Heat safflower oil and garlic in a small saucepan over medium heat for 30 seconds. Add orange juice, honey, hoisin, and salt, and cook for 2 minutes. Let cool.
4. Arrange wings on platter, sprinkle with scallions, and serve with sauce.

*45 wings, 8 servings

Find the Martha Stewart recipe and video here!

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  1. Did you try the recipes? How did it turn out?

  2. I still have yet to try out the recipes, I don't always have the time. But will for sure post my result when I do!



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