Grilling season for me, starts when the outside thermometer reads about 40 degrees. And chicken is often the most frequent grilling choice. Not only does the grill give chicken breasts a great flavor (and very cool grill marks if you follow my technique), but the it makes kitchen clean up so much easier…and as a lazy man at heart, I appreciate that more than anything.
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The secret to perfectly baked pork chops is to throw away the concept of traditional baking! Pork chops are lean, which means they dry out quickly. To make sure your baked chops stay tender, juicy, and have a ton of flavor you need to cook them very quickly, on high heat to sear the outside, without over cooking the center.
I realize the subject of grilling steaks is a big topic. With the numerous cuts of beef available plus different desired levels of cooking, instructions could span several pages. But for our purposes, I will focus on grilling two popular cuts: filet mignon and New York, with a medium-rare result as our goal. The New York is also known as “strip steak” and comes from the short loin of the cow.
Filet mignon, or “dainty fillet” is among the most coveted cuts from the cow due its lovely, tender texture and subtle flavor. Despite the title of our dish, filet mignon should not be fully cooked in the oven. I first sear the steak on the stove top, then transfer to the oven to finish. This method is my favorite, due to the crispy outside crust and perfectly cooked center, beautifully rare.
Sometimes, in my more reflective moments, I feel a bit bad for the humble chicken thigh. The thigh is one of the most flavorful, tender, and juicy parts of the chicken, but damn if those breasts don’t get all the love. Now, I’ll say up front, I’ve got nothing against the breast.
Knowing How to Roast a Chicken is something everyone should know, and frankly I’d advocate that it be taught in school as part of the standard curriculum.
A Porterhouse steak is a thing of beauty. Part Filet Mignon. Part New York Strip. It’s the most delicious Frankenstein you’ll ever cook. In this video, I show you how to cook a Porterhouse steak insdie on a pan/in the oven. Of course, even those I'm using the oven, the same techniques used here, apply to the grill as well, which I also love to use.
Growing up, the only way I knew how to cook steak was on the grill. And I gotta admit that bringing flame to meat was, and still is, a satisfyingly primal expression of the culinary arts. However, over the years, I've found that great steaks can indeed be cooked on the grill, and so each time it's time to cook a steak, I gotta make the grill or not to grill call.