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Schwenkbraten Sandwiches

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Schwenkbraten

I'm no master of German cuisine, and when I decided to host an Oktoberfest cookout of sorts, my first, and only, recipes I thought of were all of the wurst variety. I felt like I both wanted to cook and offer more than sausages to my guest, so did some research on other ubiquitous German grilled meats and came across schwenkbraten—marinated and grilled pork neck steaks. It seemed like schwenkbraten consisted of three things, all dubbed schwenker—the unique suspended swinging grill over a live fire for cooking, the person actually doing the grilling (or most correctly, the swinging), and the meat itself. Seeing as I had two out of three and, having never had schwenkbraten before, I was freed a bit of the confines of authenticity, it seemed like a decent choice to help fill out the menu with at least one thing that fit the theme was not an encased meat.

Schwenkbraten

To start this recipe off, I attempted to get some true pork neck steaks, and while pork neck wasn't all that difficult to find, procuring it in a steak fashion, and not cut into little pieces, was. So I did what I figured was the next best, and closet thing. I trimmed off half-inch thick steaks from a pork shoulder I was also using to make sausages. Seeing as the shoulder is pretty close to the neck and the steaks had a similar amount of fat and connective tissue, I felt good that this was the right direction.

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The flavoring of the marinade seemed a little bit like a cook's choice. I read recipes and watched some German Youtube video for research and what went into the sauce was wide and varied. Most everyone had oil (of course), garlic, juniper berries, and mustard. So I began there added in dried thyme and oregano for the herbal component that looked common, as well as paprika and cayenne for a touch of spice and heat.

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Onions also seemed a must, so I tossed one sliced onion into the marinade and coated it, along with the pork, in the liquid. My plan later was to make use of those onions by grilling them and using them as a topping for the sandwiches.

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Another hallmark of schwenkbraten recipes was a long marinade time. Seeing as there wasn't a whole lot in the marinade that would actually react with the meat to make significant changes over time, I question if that is really a necessity, scientifically speaking. I did marinate mine almost 24 hours since I prepared it the afternoon before the event, but I would imagine less time wouldn't produce dramatically different results. For good measure though, I left he ideal timing from overnight to two days in the final recipe.

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My major area of concern in making these was how they would turn out cooked over high heat. Pork shoulder, and neck, is full of fat and connective tissue that is chewy and tough when cooked quickly, but renders when cooked low and slow. If using a traditional schwenker, I assume the grilling is a bit slower than on a grill since the coals are further from the grill grate, but it's still hot and fast cooking and not what I was used to for shoulder meat.

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I must say though, they did grill up to be really beautiful. In just a few minutes per side, the thin steaks developed a nice sear with attractive browning and were also just cooked through, without being over done—so the hot fire did its job in this respect.

Schwenkbraten

Once the steaks were done and I had room on the grill again, I put a cast iron skillet over the coals and let it preheat for a few minutes. I then took the onions from the marinade and cooked them in the hot skillet until they were crisp-tender, which took about five minutes.

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And now for what's become a standard PSA of mine—if you're making sandwiches on the grill, use that massive space and heat source to grill your bread! That bread in this scenario were Kaiser rolls, which I toasted over direct heat until lightly browned, warmed through, and a bit crusty.

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I then turned my three grilled elements into sandwiches by topping each bun with a pork steak or two and a portion of the onions. Whether they tasted good was still a question, but they certainly looked great and very meat forward, which is how I imagine a lot of German dishes are.

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And the flavor was pretty great too. The marinade was powerful and lent a nice pungent and herbal profile to the meat and onions, along with a slight hit of heat. The pork itself was well cooked, but as I expected, there was a bit more chew to it than I'm used to. That's not to say that's a bad thing—there was no bit of this sandwich that was inedible—it was just different, and what I assume is all part of the experience. My main point of contention was the sandwiches felt a tad dry when taken altogether, but that's something a little spread of mustard or mayo could easily fix, and I would add that in if I were making these again. All-in-all though, they provided the non-wurst dish I was looking for and introduced me to something new that I now must seek out and try to see what real deal schwenkbraten is all about.

Schwenkbraten Sandwiches

A long stint in a herbed and spiced mustard marinade gives these German pork steak sandwiches an immense flavor.

  • Prep Time:
  • 10 Minutes
  • Inactive Time:
  • 4 Hours
  • Cook Time:
  • 10 Minutes
  • Total Time:
  • 4 Hours 20 Minutes
  • Yield:
  • 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons spicy mustard
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 4 juniper berries, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2lbs pork neck or shoulder steaks, cut 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 large yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 Kaiser rolls

Procedure

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together oil, mustard, salt, garlic, paprika, juniper berries, thyme, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Add in onion and steak and toss to thoroughly coat. Transfer to a large Ziploc bag, seal, removing as much air as possible, and place in refrigerator overnight to two days.
  2. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place porks steaks on grill and cook until browned and just cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer steaks to a cutting board or platter.
  3. Place a cast iron skillet on grill and let preheat for 2 to 3 minutes. Place onions in skillet and cook until slightly softened, about 5 minutes. Remove skillet from grill and set aside. Place rolls on grill, cut side down, and cook until warmed through and lightly toasted, about 1 minute.
  4. Transfer buns to serving platter or plates, top each bottom half with pork steaks and onions. Serve immediately.

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How Long Do You Leave Dry Rub on Steak?

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How Long Do You Leave Dry Rub on Steak?

A dry rub can be applied to any piece of beef or fish. To get the best flavor from it, leave it on for at least 12 hours. You can leave it on for longer, but the longer it is on the better. You can leave it on overnight. If you're pressed for time, just rub it on the night before grilling. Once you've grilled the steak, let it rest for about 30 minutes before serving. This way, the meat will soak up the seasoning.

To apply a dry rub, spread some on a rimmed baking sheet, then sprinkle it all over the steak. Massage the rub into the meat and refrigerate for several hours or overnight. This will give it more flavor and give it a great charred crust. You can cook the steak right away, or you can let it sit overnight. The longer it is on the steak, the more you'll notice the flavor.

Dry rubs have a strong flavor and are best used on thicker steaks. Make sure to apply them to both sides and make sure to coat the entire piece of meat. Then, you can put it in the fridge or freezer and let it rest for a few hours or overnight. This way, you'll be able to tell if it tastes good or not and you can easily adjust the seasoning.

If you're unsure of the amount of dry rub to apply, it's best to experiment by trying different amounts. Try experimenting with different quantities and compare your results to past results. You can also use dry rub on other meats or vegetables. It is best to experiment with the combination you like and see which one makes the most flavor. If you want to try other combinations, try mixing up your own dry rub.

When applying dry rub, leave it on the steak for 40 minutes to four hours. The longer you leave it on the steak, the better it will taste. A dry rub is not just for steaks. It can also be applied to other kinds of meat. You can also use it on grilled vegetables. You can also use it on other types of meat, too. The best way to apply it is to apply it a few hours before cooking.

You can use the dry rub on the outside of any kind of meat. It adds flavor to the meat and forms a crust on the outside of the meat when grilled. A dry rub can be applied to a thick cut of beef or a pork chop. A beef rib should be wrapped tightly with plastic wrap to prevent it from sweating. However, a slab of ribs can be left on the steak overnight. This way, the dry spice penetrates the meat and enhances the flavor of the meat.

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How to Grill a Steak the Right Way

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How to Grill a Steak the Right Way

There are many ways to cook a steak, but the most important way is by following a basic grilling technique. When cooking steaks, the temperature needs to be around 500 degrees to ensure a good end product. The grilling time can be a bit different for each steak depending on the thickness. Once you've decided how much meat you want, it's time to get started. Start by leaving your steak at room temperature while it gets used to the heat.

When cooking steaks, it's important to follow the proper cooking time and use an instant-read thermometer. This can help you plan your grilling times and ensure that your meat is cooked to the right temperature. Don't guess, as the internal temperature will rise a few degrees after it's removed from the grill. If you're uncertain about the exact temperature of your steak, it's okay to leave it on the grill until it's cooked to your liking. Just make sure that you don't overcook it.

Then, brush the steak with oil about five minutes before cooking it. Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper, then place it on the hot grill (450-500F). When your steak is finished, it should be medium rare, but it may be fully cooked before you finish. If your steak is still raw when you remove it from the grill, let it rest for five to ten minutes. The resting time will help the steak retain its flavor.

Once the steak is grilled, it needs to be allowed to sit for at least 5-10 minutes before serving it. The process releases juices as it cooks, and the juices reappear when it cools down. It is best not to cut it immediately after cooking. Instead, cover it with aluminum foil. Then, cut it on the grain, which means strands of meat running up the steak.

When you grill a steak, there are several steps you should take. First, make sure you have a good grilling temperature. Second, you need to make sure that the steaks are at room temperature. Having room-temperature meat will ensure a more even cook, and if they are not, they will char and fall apart. You can then finish the cooking process by baste the steak with melted herb butter.

The next step in grilling a steak is to determine the temperature. The steak should be at 120-129F for rare, 140-159F for medium, and 160+ degrees for well-done. Once the steak is cooked, it should be firm but have a little give. As long as you can gauge the temperature, you can be confident with the results. After all, you'll be glad you followed this simple tip when cooking steaks.

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Salisbury Steak With Mushroom Gravy Recipe

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Salisbury Steak With Mushroom Gravy Recipe

Salisbury steak is a classic dish that originated in the United States. It is typically made of ground beef and is served with a brown or gravy. In fact, the Salisbury steak is actually a type of Hamburg steak. To learn more about this dish, read on! Listed below are the ingredients and preparation methods. To make the perfect salisbury steak, follow these steps! Enjoy! Listed below are some tips for cooking salisbury steak.

Make the panade: This mixture of starch and liquid helps preserve the meat's texture. As proteins cook, they expand and contract, so the starch in the panade helps lubricate the meat fibers. Refrigerate your Salisbury steak for at least 15 minutes before cooking it. This will keep it moist and tender. Once the steak is cooked, it should be rested for another 15 minutes before serving. In the meantime, you can cut up your salisbury steak into slices and serve it.

Salisbury steak freezes well. Once cooled, place the steak in an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 days. To reheat, wrap the leftovers in aluminum foil and heat at 325 degrees. Remember to stir the remaining gravy before serving. Enjoy your delicious Salisbury steak! If leftovers do not go out, you can freeze them for up to 3 months. The leftovers will thicken due to the flour in the gravy.

The recipe for Salisbury steaks has undergone some changes, but remains mostly the same. Since the name is derived from the town in Massachusetts, the recipe has become synonymous with a bun-less hamburger. During WWI, this was a common term used for burger patties. If yours did, you can consider renaming it as well. If you do, please don't forget to share your results.

To make your Salisbury steaks, start by minced onions. Sliced onions will be used in the gravy. You can use small or large onions, but it's best to use the biggest size you can find. You can also use a large egg. When making the patties, try to cook them for about two minutes per side. Once the patties are cooked, add the onions and garlic. Cook until the onions have softened.

The next step in the preparation of Salisbury Steak is to make the gravy. Chicken bouillon is commonly used in this dish, but you can also substitute beef bouillon or water. Remember to add a bit of salt to the beef broth and avoid adding too much water. Then, use your preferred cooking method and prepare the salisbury steak! Enjoy! You'll be glad you did! With the right ingredients, you'll be ready to serve a delicious meal in less than 30 minutes!

To make a meatloaf, you can use ground beef and seasonings. Then, form the patties into an oval shape. On the stovetop, sear the patty and finish cooking it in a brown mushroom gravy. Although it's a simple dish, it has a lot of flavor! The salisbury steak usually contains a patty of beef that's about 3/4 inch thick. In addition to the meat, it also usually comes with mashed potatoes or noodles. Some families add onions and mushrooms to the gravy.

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