Wow. I cannot not stop talking about this soup. It is my favorite soup. Perfect for the cool weather. It’s like eating (my favorite) buffalo chicken wings, with celery and onion, and cheesy. Good, gooey, melted cheese.
I used some leftover fire-eater roasted chicken breast in this soup. The chicken has a nice kick to it, so the soup had a nice little kick to it too. If you use a pre-cooked chicken without any spice to it, you might want to add a bit of cayenne or hot sauce to the soup.
Even better the second day, if it lasts that long.
I love olive salad. I could probably eat muffuletta sandwiches any day, every day. It takes a bit of work, but I prefer my homemade olive salad. But, if time is of the essence, I take no shame in using a great, quality store-bought olive salad like the one from Boscoli. Putting olive salad on a grilled cheese sandwich seemed like not only a good idea, but a great idea.
You can use sliced provolone, but for really big extra flavor, use our smoked provolone cheese sauce instead. It makes for an amazing, oeey-gooey sandwich.
So, the question is… do you flatten your grilled cheese? Many say it’s not a grilled cheese unless you press down on it and make it super thin. I like mine thick. Sorry
You know I love chicken wings. Any time, any way. So I was really looking forward to these chipotle blackberry wings. I made them on my Char-Broil Big Easy with the Wingin’ator 3000, but you can make them in the oven, on a grill, or just deep fry them. The sauce is what makes these wings fantastic. A nice sweetness and a nice smokey heat. Perfect.
To cool off the heat a bit, I served these chipotle blackberry wings with our buffalo wing dipping sauce. Oh, and don’t like blackberry? Try this same recipe with raspberries!
This grilled new potato packet is the perfect side to make on the grill. Like any packet dish, you just toss a few ingredients onto a piece of thick foil, seal it, and toss it on the grill until done. The potatoes in this packet come out very tasty thanks to sun dried tomato dressing. I used Newman’s Own Lite Sun Dried Tomato Dressing, but Kraft’s Sun Dried Tomato Dressing would come out fantastic also. In fact, I think any vinaigrette-like dressing would be just fine.
Nothing is easier than smoking nuts. I use my Weber Smoky Mountain smoker, but you can also smoke them on your gas or charcoal grill using a couple of added wood chunks. Smoking nuts only takes 20-25 minutes.
These smoked southwestern nuts have a fantastic light southwestern flavor with just a little kick.
If you follow this blog, you know I love Buffalo chicken wings. And anything that reminds me of Buffalo chicken wings. Such as these Buffalo potato wedges. You can’t possibly find anything easier to make, and they taste just like Buffalo chicken wings.
I baked the potato wedges, but you could deep fry them also. You could probably also get away with using pre-cooked baked fries. Just toss them in some sauce before serving.
This spiral ham on the Char-Broil Big Easy turned out to be one of the easiest heat-and-eat dishes I’ve ever made. I grabbed a pre-cooked ham on sale at the market, removed it from the bag and put it into the lit cooker. That’s it. I didn’t marinade it, glaze it, talk to it, rub it… nothing. The end result was unbelievably tasty. Still moist and tender, with just a bit of (really yummy) char on the edges. I would (and will) make this again and again. It’s perfect for a crowd and of course, doesn’t take up any room in the oven, making it perfect for a family get-together.
Since this was my first time ‘cooking’ a ham on my Big Easy, I did add stick my Maverick thermometer into the end (not touching the bone) to make sure the ham got to 145 F. The ham rose another 10 degrees after removing it from the fryer and resting. The ham needed 10 minutes per pound to reach the proper temperature.
I did contemplate glazing the ham the last 10 minutes, but I decided against it. My Big Easy was running around 385-390 F, and the ham was already getting a nice char on it. A glaze (particularly one with brown sugar in it) would definitely turn the ham even blacker, so I skipped it. Turns out I didn’t need it at all. From sandwiches, to omlettes, to quesadillas, this ham was great!
If you follow this blog you’ll know that my favorite thing to make and eat is a messy sandwich or po boy. The messier, the better. The kind of sandwiches that you can’t put down once you pick them up. The kind where the sauces run down the front of your arms. LIke these chicken and gravy sandwiches. Tender grilled thin chicken breasts, topped with a gravy that you can make with items you probably already have in your pantry.
I served these chicken and gravy sandwiches with additional gravy on the side, like a French dip…. more like a French drip though!
Oh, how I dread colder days. Not so much because it’s grey and gloomy, but because most food trucks go into hibernation during winter. Fortunately, I took plenty of pics of the food from various Indy food trucks to help get me through. Like the wonderful sliders from the KG Slider Station, which I’ve visited many times.
Although their menu includes dishes other than sliders, I’m all over the sliders. The Cajun Pulled Pork (left) had just the right amount of sauce and spice, with a great slaw to cool it down. The Southern Belle Rosemary Chicken (right) is my favorite. Creamy roasted chicken with a sweet and tart mayonnaise sauce that is really great.
The Station Turkey Burger (left) was a wonderful surprise. Turkey burgers can be tricky, but these are great. Topped with caramelized onions and my other favorite, a blackberry BBQ sauce (which probably should be sold by the bottle). And of course, there’s Grandma’s Old Timer Burger. A slider burger patty with the (fresh) toppings you’d expect from a great diner.
The buns from the KG Slider Station are always sooooo fresh. They’re like little slider pillows. And I know it’s weird, but I really love that they have a TV screen showing the menu items and pictures above the ordering window. It’s very easy to read.
I’m a big fan of the KG Slider Station. As you can tell by my rating of them on the ‘Mater Rater.
One of my favorite food trucks in Indy isn’t a food truck. It’s a little wagon. Er, wagen. Der Pretzel Wagen. You can smell the wonderful pretzel bread as you get closer and closer. Warm, soft, salty… Perfect as buns for sandwiches, and of course, perfect as a pretzel.
My favorite sandwich is probably the Ham Solo. Besides the great bread, there’s Bavarian ham, BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, and a surprise crunch from crumbled Doritos.
I also recommend the Skywalker, The Big Helga, and the Das Fritz. If you’re into horseradish, they have several other sandwiches that are right up your alley. Me, I’m not so much the horseradish guy, but like I was with cilantro years ago, I’m working on it and I’m sure I’ll come to love it too.
You have to grab a pretzel from Der Pretzel Wagen. You can get one with a sandwich (part of the Uber Combo deal), or grab one by itself. They’re soooo good. Available in cinnamoned or salted. Do like I do and grab extras to take home. Pop them in the oven for a few minutes to get them all warm and soft, and then enjoy!
Pretzels. Good. And rated high on the ‘Mater Rater. And make sure to tell the nice folks in the wagen Hi!