Monday, July 26, 2010

Summer Dinner

Dinner Party Time: Grilled Clams With Garlic Butter Sauce, Marinated Pepper and Tomato Salad, Marinated Grilled Shrimp Skewers with Grilled Tenderloin. This was my first time grilling clams. I think they turned out quite good. The garlic butter sauce was very strong. You have to like garlic to enjoy the sauce. I might cut down a bit from the 12 cloves of garlic next time. The marinated shrimp was really good and the tenderloin was fantastic. My cranberry Margaritas were a hit with some. Some thought they were a little too sweet, some thought they were great. Personally I think it is a good summer drink. The food was great but the company was better. Ricardo, Gail, Lianne, Sylvain always fun having you guys over for some good food and drink!

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Ultimate Burger Recipe

The Arrogant Chef’s Ultimate Burger Recipe

2 lbs of medium ground
½ package of dry onion soup mix
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
2 cloves fresh garlic minced
Worcestershire sauce
one egg beaten
Montreal Chicken Spice
Diane’s Regular BBQ Sauce
3 jalapeno peppers finely chopped
Cream cheese
Red pepper
Red Onion


1. Mix the 2 lbs of hamburger with onion soup mix, egg, onion powder, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce (enough to moisten the hamburger)

2. Finely chop mushrooms, chopped red pepper, and fresh garlic minced and sauté until soft.

3. Make one patty, top with about 1 tablespoon cream cheese, and 1 to two tablespoons of sauté mixture and finely chopped jalapeno peppers cover and seal with another patty. These make quite large burgers.

4. BBQ the burgers. You can’t flip these so BBQ for about 7 minutes on one side and then flip another 7 minutes or so depending on doneness. Once flipped pour on BBQ sauce and sprinkle with Montreal chicken spice.

5. Lightly toast buns, and top with lettuce, thinly sliced red onion, mustard, thinly sliced tomato. (avoid using ketchup)

6. Dig in and enjoy.

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The Ultimate Burger

Continued tonight experimenting with burgers. Used the same basic recipe on this site but this time sauteed chopped mushrooms, garlic, and chopped red peppers and stuffed the burgers with that. Like I said this makes one huge burger but this was truly a taste experience. Topped the burger with BBQ sauce, red onion, and mustard. OUTSTANDING.

Monday, July 12, 2010

Great Meal for Warm Weather

The weather here has been extremely hot. We were treated to a great summer meal by our good friends Sylvain and Lianne. They served lobster rolls with potato salad and of course a variety of tasty drinks. The rolls were huge served in small sub like buns. The basic recipe is as follows:

1 tablespoon butter, softened

4  kaiser rolls, split

leaf lettuce
1 1/2 pounds cooked and cubed lobster meat

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

1 dash hot pepper sauce (e.g. Tabasco™)

2 green onions, chopped

1 stalk celery, finely chopped

salt and pepper to taste

fresh basil, parsley or tarragon or any other favourite seasoning
1.Lightly butter the insides of the buns or rolls and line with lettuce leaves. Set aside.

2.In a medium bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, lime juice, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper until well blended. Mix in the green onion and celery, then lightly mix in the lobster so it just gets coated without falling apart.

3.Stuff the lobster filling into the buns and sprinkle parsley, basil or tarragon lightly over the filling.
These were outstanding rolls and a great treat on a hot summer night. The potato salad was Lianne's and I will have to get the recipe. It was one of the best I have ever had.
On the negative side this supper blew my carb count sky high but was well worth it.