Here is a great recipe that I found on MeatWave.com written by Joshua Bousel
As I sat down and started to ponder the best way to introduce this recipe for butternut squash tostadas, I thought I came up with a good segue from how a past foray with BlueApron had led me to learn the virtues of veggie tostada recipes. Then I was like, didn't I write something like that before, and indeed I did, over a year ago, and I also chronicled in that post my failure to cancel the service, even though my wife and I no longer use it. That reminded me that I still have yet to cancel and that I needed to go in and skip the next month of deliveries, but first I perused the current offerings and nothing looked as good or interesting as these tostadas that I devised on my own were, leaving me feeling still more confident in my creative abilities rather than relying on BlueApron, which didn't take long for us to tire of after signing up.
I guess one plus of a meal delivery service is that you'll never put in as much work into a meal as these particular tostadas represent, but at the same time, you may never feel as satisfied with the end result. These tostadas certainly have their fair share of components, which makes it a somewhat lengthy recipe overall, even though no one single piece is that much of a challenge to cook, starting with these black beans that I made by first sautéing onions and garlic in butter, then adding in the beans and cumin before smashing everything into a creamy paste that would serve as the first layer of the final tostadas.
Next I made a green chili avocado salsa whose recipe I found on the very reliable salsa of Homesick Texan. The recipe began by roasting tomatillos and Anaheim peppers until they were soft and charred.
Then, after peeling the skin from the peppers, those two items went into a blender along with an avocado, cilantro, garlic, and lime juice and got pureed until smooth. The final salsa was amazing, with an excellent depth that was tart, spicy, fruity, earthy, creamy, and fresh tasting all at once.
I've seen packaged tostadas in the store before, so you could save a little time on this recipe by picking those up, but if you've ever made freshly fried tortilla chips before, you probably already know the virtues of making your own. Tortillas fry up quickly, so wasn't a huge time suck to cook about 24 street taco-sized tortillas for these, and I think to have to have the crunchiest, freshest tasting tostadas, it's totally worth any hassle frying represents.
We had two or three veggie tostadas over our time as active Blue Apron customers, all of them using orange vegetables, and all tasting incredible. Oven roasting was the method for those, but grilling adds even more flavor, so when I decided to use butternut squash for my recipe, I knew they had to flame-roasted. Prior to cooking though, I tossed my squash slices in oil and a chili-heavy seasoning mixture.
Then to grill them, I placed the rounds over indirect high heat and covered. I knew the squash would take a good 20 to 30 minutes to fully soften and brown, so I went back inside to prepare the rest of the toppings while it cooked.
The remainder of the toppers required me to the slice up some radishes super thin on my mandoline, finely chop up a bit of fresh cilantro, and place sour cream into a squeeze bottle to make application easier and faster later on.
At about the 20 minute mark of cooking, some squash slices were close to being done while others needed more time, so I rearranged them on grill accordingly, moving the more tender pieces further from the fire and the less done ones closer. I also flipped them for more even browning. After another 10 minutes or so, they were all very tender and had attractive caramelization, so I moved the squash slices to a cutting board and roughly diced them up.
Then to assemble the tostadas I first spread a layer of the mashed black beans on each fried tortilla and then topped them all with some pieces of butternut squash. Next I applied squeezes of the salsa and sour cream, then adorned each tostada with radish slices, cilantro, and finely grated cotija cheese.
While Blue Apron led to the idea of crafting some veggie tostadas for the blog, none that I ever got from the subscription meal service tasted as good or fully realized as these did. Taken altogether, these were a symphony of flavors and textures that worked incredibly well with one another. First came the crackling crunch of the corn tortilla which soon contrasted with the creamy beans and sweet squash. The salsa and sour cream next added spiciness and tang to the party while the cotija brought the salt, the radish a crisp and sharp bite, and the cilantro the boost of freshness that was started with by the avocado salsa. I wonder if this same time next year I'll be back saying once again that I have failed to cancel Blue Apron, which served a purpose for time to amp up my own creativity and desire to cook more balanced and veggie-focused meals, but really is no longer needed, even though it's literally been years now that I have failed to actually email them to ask them stop my subscription for good.
Butternut Squash Tostadas
A lot of components combine into one delicious whole in these sweet, creamy, tangy, fresh, and lightly spicy butternut squash tostadas.
- Prep Time:
- 1 Hour
- Inactive Time:
- 15 Minutes
- Cook Time:
- 20 Minutes
- Total Time:
- 1 Hour 35 Minutes
- 12 servings
- For the Black Beans
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2/3 cup finely chopped white onion
- 1 tablespoon finely minced garlic (about 3 medium cloves)
- 1/2 teaspoon cumin
- 3 cups black beans, drained and rinsed
- 1/2 cup water, plus more as needed
- Kosher salt, to taste
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- For the Salsa
- 2 Anaheim and Hatch chiles
- 1/2 pound tomatillos, husked and halved
- 1 avocado, peeled, pitted, and roughly diced
- 2 cloves garlic, peeled
- 1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro leaves
- 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lime juice
- 1/4 cup water
- Kosher salt, to taste
- For the Tostadas
- 2 to 3 cups canola oil
- 24 street taco-size corn tortillas
- For the Butternut Squash
- 1 tablespoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 medium butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch thick rounds or wedges
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1/3 cup cotija cheese, finely grated
- 1/3 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro
- 4 radishes, thinly slices
- To make the beans: Melt butter in a medium saucepan set over medium heat. When foaming subsides, add in onions and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until onions have softened, but have not browned, about 5 minutes. Add cumin and stir until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in beans and cook until warmed, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and, using a fork or potato masher, mash bean to desired consistency, thinning with water as necessary. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.
- To make the salsa: Preheat broiler. Roast chiles over an open flame on a gas stove or grill until skins are completely charred. Place in a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let stand until cooled, 5-10 minutes. Peel off charred skins; remove stems and seed poblanos. Place tomatillos, cut sides down, on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Transfer to broiler and cook until tomatillo skins have charred and flesh has softened completely. Transfer tomatillos to the jar of a blender along with chiles, avocado, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, and water. Puree until smooth. Season with salt to taste. Transfer salsa to a squeeze bottle or airtight container. Set aside.
- To make the tostadas: Heat oil in a 12-inch cast iron skillet, dutch oven, or wok over medium-high heat until it registers 375°F. Adjust flame to maintain temperature. Working in batches, add tortillas and fry until edges just start to brown. Flip tortillas over and continue to cook until crisp and light golden brown. Transfer tostadas to a paper towel lined tray, sprinkle with salt to taste, and let sit for 2 to 3 minutes to drain. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Set aside.
- To make the squash: In a small bowl, mix together chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, and salt. Place squash slices in a large bowl and add in oil and seasoning mixture. Toss to evenly coat squash in oil and seasoning. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and arrange the coals on one side of the charcoal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Place butternut squash rounds on cool side of grill, cover, and cook until tender throughout, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer butternut squash to a cutting board and cut into a medium dice.
- To assemble the tostadas: Spread a layer of black beans on each tostada round. Top each with pieces of squash followed by a squeeze of the avocado salsa and sour cream. Sprinkle on cotija cheese and cilantro. Place a few radish slices on each tostada and serve immediately.
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By: Joshua Bousel
Title: Butternut Squash Tostadas
Sourced From: meatwave.com/blog/grilled-butternut-squash-tostadas-recipe
Published Date: 02/06/20
Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
1 hr 20 mins | Yield 10 | September 5, 2020 | Updated: September 5, 2020 by Kita
Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
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Whether you are prepping for a camping trip or just want to stock the freezer with an easy grab and go breakfast, these make-ahead breakfast burritos are individually wrapped favorites every time!
This post was sponsored by the Idaho Potato Commission. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
I'm not sure if it's the mountain air or sleeping in a tent, but camping makes me hungry! Luckily, the whole crew can fuel up with my favorite make ahead breakfast burritos.
I love making these in big batches because they are perfect to freeze and pack for camping trips. Plus, they are huge. No one complains about being hungry til supper and for me, when camping, the fewer dishes the better.
Oh, and if you really want to stretch your dollar, you can use up leftovers as the meaty fillings! Pretty much my MO in all my camping recipes.
Tips for Making Burritos Ahead of Time
For quick success when making burritos it's important to cook and prep all of your fillings ahead of time. Once you start filling and rolling, you don't want to stop because you forgot an ingredient.
Have all the fillings prepped and a large clean work surface to lay out all of the burritos on and fill in one swoop, like an assembly line. Then you can wrap and store them, making quick work for this recipe and even easier reheating later.
How to keep them from getting soggy
When prepping the burritos for freezing there are a few handy tricks to avoiding anything from getting soft over time.
Cook and cool everything completely before filling. This prevents steam from the hot foods creating moisture that would otherwise get trapped in. Don't add salsas, or sauces, or pretty much anything that comes with a liquid or oil base. Because, over time, that will make things soggy. Don't use fruits or veggies that will soften and release liquid. Like avocados. They just get mushy. Or tomato slices…. you get where I am going with this. Wrap and store well. Any freezer burn, ice crystals, or thaw and freeze is never good when it comes to keeping a good texture in foods. Freezing homemade burritos
Once you have prepped these burritos, tightly wrap them in parchment paper and store them in a resealable bag, with as much air removed as possible.
You can freeze burritos for up to 3 months. But if I am going to keep them that long, I also wrap them in foil to prevent ice crystals forming on them (which is another tip to prevent soggy burritos).
How to cook burritos on the campfire
When you are ready to reheat the burritos at camp, make sure you have a low and even fire going. A blazing fire looks pretty but Smokey the bear doesn't think that's safe, and nor does it create an ideal cooking environment.
Remove them from the baggie and parchment paper. (If you are at home, reheating these in the microwave, parchment paper is no big thing, but at a campfire, it's not the best way to re-heat anything that you don't want to catch on fire).
Rewrap the burritos tightly in aluminum foil before tossing them over the coals. You can toss the burritos right onto the side of the embers, if you have built an offset fire, making sure to rotate them for even cooking. Or place them on a grilling grate above the fire.
Just have someone standing by to rotate them every so often so the heat is hitting all the spots evenly. No one likes that random cold bite of burrito. No one.
Pro tip: If you don't have frozen tots on hand, use up leftovers as the potato filling – like these cast iron fries that are amazing as burrito filling.
Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
This make-ahead recipe has everything set to cook over the campfire with hearty potato and egg filled burritos that are going to fuel you through any hike and all day long.
Cuisine: American, Camping, Fusion
Prep Time45 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Resting Time5 mins
Total Time1 hr 20 mins
InstructionsCook the Crispy Tots:Preheat oven to 400 degrees or to what the directions on the packaged potatoes instruct.
Arrange the potato tots on a baking sheet in a single layer.
Bake until the potato tots are golden and crispy, shaking the tray gently, halfway through cooking time to rotate the tots.
When thoroughly crisped and golden on all sides, remove from oven and allow to cool completely.
Scramble the Eggs:Whisk the eggs in a large bowl.
Preheat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
Pour the eggs in and allow curds to form.
Gently, using a rubber spatula, fold in the eggs, a little at a time as they form.
When the eggs are just set, still showing a glean of moisture, remove them from the heat and season with salt and pepper as desired.
Spoon the eggs onto a plate to prevent them from overcooking in the heat of the skillet and allow them to cool completely.
Toast the Poblano Pepper:Using a flame from a gas range, or over a grill, toast the poblanos over high heat on all sides, rotating as each side begins to blacken and blister.
Place the peppers in foil and wrap.
Allow the peppers to sit for 5 minutes until cool.
By now, the skin will have softened and you can peel it off of the peppers, discarding it.
Chop the now peeled peppers, discarding the seeds, and set aside.
Cook the Sausage:Add 1 tsp of butter to In the now empty skillet, sautee the onion until soft, about 4 minutes.
Add the sausage and cook, breaking up into small pieces and browning thoroughly all over, about 15 minutes.
Add the chopped poblano peppers.
Remove from heat and allow to cool completely.
Assemble the Burritos:On a large clean work surface, arrange all of the tortillas out.
Place 2 slices of cheese down the center of each.
Arrange 12 crispy potato tots in the in rows of 3 on the center over the cheese.
Top with equal portions of eggs, beans, sausage and veggie mix, and bacon.
Carefully fold the edges a burrito up, over the filling, before rolling. Use your thumbs to hold in the filling as you roll.
Place seam side down to keep from opening up while you complete rolling all the burritos.
Wrap Burritos for Freezing:Tightly wrap each burrito in parchment paper.
Then wrap each burrito in an additional layer of heavy-duty aluminum foil.
Line them all up on a baking sheet and allow them to freeze for 1 hour before storing in a resealable bag for up to a month.
Date the bag with a permanent marker for later use.
Place in the freezer until ready to use.
Cook the Burritos:When ready to cook, preheat your grill or campfire for indirect heat. See note.
Place the burritos, in foil, directly on the coals on the cooler side of the campfire or on the cooler side of the grill.
Grill the burritos for about 30-35 minutes.
Rotate every 10 minutes, turning evenly on all sides to ensure even cooking until the burritos are warmed through and the cheese is melted.
NotesThis recipe works best if everything is cooked ahead of time and allowed to cool completely before assembling the burritos. This allows the liquids to evaporate or steam to cool, which would otherwise cause moisture to make the burritos soggy.
When cooking outside, the elements will be a factor for if the burritos need to heat longer before being enjoyed.
Indirect heat is when the fire is built to one side while the other side remains cooler. Do this by stacking the coals of a campfire to one side of the grill pit, or turning one burner to low or off on a gas grill.
Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Title: Camping Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos
Sourced From: girlcarnivore.com/camping-make-ahead-breakfast-burritos/
Published Date: 09/05/20
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Eight Delectable Side Dishes For Grilled Steak
When the pandemic-sponsored dust settles, I truly hope America’s archetypical steakhouses, those beloved palaces of gluttony, will be left standing. I would truly miss New York City’s clubby Delmonico’s, the oldest restaurant in the country. The Palm (multiple locations), with its cartoonish portraits (painted directly on the walls) of celebrities and politicians. The Cut in Los Angeles. Gibson’s Bar and Steakhouse in Chicago, where the martinis are as memorable as the Prime Angus. And all the unassuming family-owned steakhouses in the Heartland with their signature steaks, salad bars, and chatty waitstaffs.
I wouldn’t just miss the steaks, always cooked to sanguine perfection. I’d miss the cocktails, the appetizers and side dishes, the rich desserts—professionally-rendered Manhattans (preferably with Luxardo cherries), deftly dressed Caesar or wedge salads, tiered towers of iced shellfish, loaded baked potatoes, decadent bowls of creamed spinach, sautéed mushrooms, New York-style cheesecake.
But, just as you can cook spectacular steaks on your grill—especially now since Prime meats are often available online—you can replicate some of steakhouses’ most popular accompaniments at home, too. Here are some of our nominees.
Smoky Manhattan: As our friend Dave Stolte says, “A properly made Manhattan is truly a thing of beauty, capturing balance, excitement, and depth in four quick sips while priming your appetite for the evening ahead.” (Dave is the author of the just-released Home Bar Basics. Find more of his inspired grilled and smoked cocktails here.
Smoke-Roasted Oysters and Clams: Bacon, butter, jalapenos, and white wine combine to seduce even people who don’t think they like oysters and clams. Alternatively, serve a grilled shrimp cocktail.
Grilled Caesar Salad: Steven claims a Caesar salad was one of the first recipes he ever learned to make, and his expertise shines through in this recipe, first published in BBQ USA. Romaine lettuce is exposed to live fire just long enough to give it a hauntingly good smoke flavor while leaving it raw and crisp. It’s been a favorite at Barbecue University for years.
Grilled Breadsticks: Serve with the Caesar Salad above, but be sure to make extra as these batons of grilled bread are sure to be a hit.
Anchovy Cream: In the spirit of American steakhouses, long known for their heavy handedness with cream and butter, comes this umami-rich flavor bomb. Drizzle it over your steak (Steven recommends dry-brined rib-eyes) for a truly transcendent experience. Think you don’t like anchovies? We beg you—just try this recipe.
Hasselback Potatoes: Steakhouse potatoes are often large enough to challenge the passing skills of Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes. Hasselbacks, named for the Swedish hotel and restaurant where they were invented, can be—if you want—smaller, but just as sexy. A series of parallel cuts are made through the side of the potato before smoke-roasting with butter and Parm. The outside of the potato is crusty while the inside is creamy. You’ll make these again and again.
Roasted Red Pepper Salad with Feta, Capers, and Pine Nuts: Even if you served a Caesar salad (see above) as one of the first courses in a steakhouse-style meal, this combination looks absolutely stunning on the plate. Especially if your garden, farmers’ market, or supermarket yields an array of colorful bell peppers. Steven first discovered it in Italy, where it’s called“Peperoni ai Ferri con Capperi e Pinoli.”
Smoked Cheesecake with Burnt Sugar Cream Sauce: This swoon-worthy dessert was the crown jewel in a sumptuous dinner we put together on the set of Project Smoke several years ago to celebrate Steven’s March birthday. Cheesecake is usually bake din a pan of simmering water, which cooks the filling while preventing it from cracking or curdling. In other words, low, slow, and moist. So naturally, we baked it in a smoker. The smoke gives the cheesecake an intriguing flavor—familiar, yet exotic.
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By: Molly Kay
Title: Eight Delectable Side Dishes For Grilled Steak
Sourced From: barbecuebible.com/2021/02/19/eight-dishes-grilled-steak/
Published Date: 02/19/21
BACON BUTTERMILK MEATLOAF | Recipe | BBQ Pit Boys
This Bacon Buttermilk Meatloaf is probably the best meatloaf you're ever going to taste, it’s packed with flavor and real easy to make as shown here by the BBQ Pit Boys
By: BBQ Pit Boys
Title: BACON BUTTERMILK MEATLOAF | Recipe | BBQ Pit Boys
Sourced From: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpHecqfEB_o
Published Date: 01/23/21
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