Pickled Brussels Sprouts

I was wandering around the produce section of our local grocery store when I came across the Brussels sprouts. There they sat, on sale, beckoning me. Normally I’d roast them or sous vide them or grill them, but this time I decided to try something new: pickling. It took no time at all to make a few jars of the sprouts. Unfortunately, because I have no patience, they then have to sit in the fridge for four or so days to get ‘happy;.

Pickled Brussels sprouts are delicious. They remind me a bit of cucumber pickles but with a much different texture. The insides are like tender cabbage. I find it hard to stop eating them. They’re great as a side snack or even chopped onto a pulled pork sandwich.
Pickled Brussels Sprouts

I like a little kick to my pickled vegetables, so I did add a bit more red pepper flake than the recipe calls for. If you prefer yours even hotter, I recommend the four pepper blend from the Flatiron Pepper Company.

You can use this recipe for pickled Brussels sprouts for other vegetables, too.

Pickled Brussels Sprouts

Pickled Brussels sprouts are delicious. They remind me a bit of cucumber pickles but with a much different texture.
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 4 days
Servings 6
Calories 17kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 10 Brussels sprouts trimmed and halved
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon yellow mustard seeds
  • 1 clove clove sliced
  • Pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 fresh bay leaf

Instructions

  • Cook 10 trimmed and halved Brussels sprouts in a large stockpot of boiling water until bright green, about 5 minutes.
  • Drain and rinse under cold running water.
  • Bring 3/4 cup water, 1/4 cup white vinegar, and 1 tsp. coarse kosher salt to a simmer in stockpot over medium; simmer until salt dissolves.
  • Combine 10 black peppercorns, 1/4 tsp. yellow mustard seeds, 1 sliced garlic clove, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and 1 fresh bay leaf in a sterilized pint jar.
  • Place Brussels sprouts in jar; add hot vinegar mixture. (You may have some leftover liquid.)
  • Cool to room temperature. Cover with lid, and chill 4 days or up to 2 weeks before serving.
  • Store covered in refrigerator up to 1 month.

Nutrition

Calories: 17kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 398mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 241IU | Vitamin C: 27mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Garlic-Roasted Potatoes

Oh my goodness I so loved these garlic-roasted potatoes. Tender, almost buttery, yellow potatoes with a hint of garlic and rosemary, drizzled with an incredible balsamic vinegar reduction. I almost added red pepper flake (and you could, really) but I opted for a slightly sweeter no-heat version instead. Red potatoes would work just as well.
Garlic-Roasted Potatoes You can make the reduction ahead of time. I recommend making extra and keeping it on hand. Then, any time you need a quick and easy side when grilling, just toss the potatoes on and in no time you’ll have a big helping of garlic-roasted potatoes.

Garlic-Roasted Potatoes

Oh my goodness I so loved these garlic-roasted potatoes. Tender, almost buttery, yellow potatoes with a hint of garlic and rosemary, drizzled with an incredible balsamic vinegar reduction. 
Course Side
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 1 pound
Calories 539kcal
Author Based on a recipe from the Weber Art of the Grill

Ingredients

  • 1 pound baby potatoes red or yellow, all about the same size (you can cut the larger ones in half if needed)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil divided
  • 1 tablespoon garlic minced
  • Kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary about 6 sprigs, chopped
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Fire up your grill for indirect cooking.
  • Place the potatoes into a large microwavable bowl and microwave on high until just starting to soften, about 10 minutes, stopping to stir every once in a while. Remove the bowl carefully as it will be hot.
  • Combine 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the garlic, salt and pepper and the rosemary. Pour over the potatoes and toss to coat.
  • Transfer potatoes to a grill basket (I put the basket over a plate or bowl to catch any dripping oil mixture), or thread them onto skewers.
  • Place onto the grill and grill until lightly charred, crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, turning occasionally
  • Meanwhile, pour the balsamic vinegar into a small saucepan over high heat and reduce until you are left with two tablespoons, stirring often.
  • Pour remaining olive oil onto a serving platter and spread out evenly. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Add the potatoes.
  • Drizzle with the reduce balsamic vinegar and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 539kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 1099mg | Potassium: 2092mg | Fiber: 13g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 392IU | Vitamin C: 93mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 5mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Cedar Planked Hasselback Potatoes

I’m a big fan of Hasselback potatoes. They’re like a cross between scalloped potatoes and baked potatoes. They look cool and are actually pretty easy to make. This time I took my classic favorite Hasselback potato recipe and threw in a twist: I baked the potatoes on my grill on a cedar plank. The plank added a wonderful aroma and flavor to the potatoes. Not too much, but just enough to make me say “Wow, that’s great and different!”.

Cedar Planked Hasselback Potatoes

Cutting a potato Hasselback-style is actually pretty easy. You can just put a wooden spoon along the potato and slice them manually. The spoon will stop you from going all the way through the potato. Or you can ‘cheat’ like I do and get a Hasselback potato slicer (see below). It holds the potato in place. It also makes sure that each cut is the same thickness. And of course, it prevents you from cutting the potato too far. Hey, who doesn’t need another kitchen gadget!

Also try my cedar planked potato skins, twice baked planked potatoes and garlic-roasted potatoes.

Cedar Planked Hasselback Potatoes

I’m a big fan of Hasselback potatoes. They’re like a cross between scalloped potatoes and baked potatoes. They look cool and are actually pretty easy to make. 
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 168kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 4 Russet potatoes scrubbed clean
  • olive oil
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Soak cedar planks in water for at least 1 hour.
  • Cut the potatoes in Hasselback fashion. I use a tool to do this (link above). You can also lay wooden spoons alongside the potato. As you cut the potato into slices, the spoons will prevent you from cutting all the way through.
  • Gently and carefully lightly spread the potato segments apart.
  • Brush the tops of the potatoes with the oil. Try to get some down inside the segments, but don't over-oil them. You want just a light coating.
  • Generously salt and pepper the potatoes.
  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking. Remove the plank from the water and place over the fire. Char on both sides then remove the plank to indirect cooking. You want a cook temperature of around 400 F.
  • Transfer the potatoes to the plank and cook for 30-40 minutes until a toothpick (I use a thin skewer) inserts easily into the potato. I find it's easier to poke it from the side, into the ends.
  • If you wish to serve with cheese melted over the top, just sprinkle the potatoes with the cheese and cook another 5 minutes.
  • Remove and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 11mg | Potassium: 888mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 2IU | Vitamin C: 12mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Amish Fried Chicken using the Vortex

A Vortex BBQ insert and a charcoal grill is a marriage made in heaven. I cannot tell you how often I use my Vortex, but it’s practically a daily thing for me. Recipes like this Amish fried chicken are why I keep firing up: fantastic, like-fried-in-oil chicken, with crazy good crunchy skin. Every bite is perfect, flavorful and moist. It quickly and easily can become an obsession to make fried chicken using a Vortex. Trust me.

Amish Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Amish fried chicken has that great down-home, grandma-made-it flavor. It’s all about the seasoning… and well, a little bit of butter too. You can’t beat the flavor and you can’t beat the moist, tender meat, thanks to the Vortex. This is a winner recipe, and easy to make to boot. Don’t have marjoram? A little oregano will work just as well. Ditto thyme.

Also try my Vortex honey fried chicken.

Amish Fried Chicken using the Vortex

Amish fried chicken has that great down-home, grandma-made-it flavor. It's all about the seasoning… and well, a little bit of butter too.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 290kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 8 pieces chicken I prefer bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs

Instructions

  • Load up your Vortex with charcoal and light them while preparing the chicken.
  • Add oil to a small skillet over medium heat. Add the butter and belt. Stir well. Remove from heat.
  • Combine the flour, salt, pepper, paprika, garlic salt and marjoram in a large resealable bag or a bowl.
  • Pour half of the oil and butter mixture into a small bowl. Brush onto all sides of the chicken.
  • Working in batches, transfer the chicken to the flour mixture. Seal the bag and shake to coat, or dredge well in the bowl. Remove to a plate and finish coating the remaining pieces.
  • Transfer chicken to around the Vortex (now that the coals are ashed over). Close the grill lid and cook 45 minutes or until the chicken reaches 160 F. Rotate the lid 90 degrees every 15 minutes while cooking.
  • Brush (using a different brush than the one you used on the raw chicken) the reserved oil and butter mixture over the tops of the chicken and cook another 5 minutes or until the chicken reaches 165 F and the skin is crispy.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 290kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 1186mg | Potassium: 83mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

These marinated grilled shrimp were beyond tasty. Beyond fantastic. The marinade adds so much flavor to each and every bite. And the dipping sauce? Perfect. This dish reminded me of an amped-up peel-and-eat shrimp boil. We both enjoyed these shrimp tremendously.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

It’s hard to think of anything I’d change when making these marinated grilled shrimp. Maybe I’d just say it makes one serving, because I certainly could’ve eaten more. I grilled up a few pieces of bread for soppin’ because I knew that the dipping sauce was going to be great long before I even made it.

Also try my easy grilled Cajun shrimp.

Marinated Grilled Shrimp

I recommend doubling the dippin' sauce and serve with some grilled bread for soppin'!
Course Appetizer or Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 387kcal

Ingredients

For the shrimp

  • 1 pound large shrimp shelled, deveined tails on or off

For the marinade

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dry sherry
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 clove garlic minced, smashed

For the dipping sauce

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce or your favorite hot sauce

Instructions

For the marinade

  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients in a large plastic bowl.
  • Add the shrimp, stir, cover, and refrigerate 3-4 hours, turning the shrimp once.

For the dipping sauce

  • Melt the butter in a medium sauce pan over medium heat.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to low and keep warm until ready to serve.

For the shrimp

  • Fire up your grill for direct cooking, 400 F or higher.
  • Remove the shrimp from the marinade (reserving the marinade!), shaking off any excess.
  • Place on the grill and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until done, constantly basting with the marinade.
  • Remove and serve with the dipping sauce.

Notes

You can cook the shrimp directly on the grill or skewer them first.

Nutrition

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 347mg | Sodium: 2984mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 775IU | Vitamin C: 8mg | Calcium: 192mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp in Oyster Shells

It’s not that I needed any more cookware (or grillware). But I couldn’t help myself when I came across stainless steel oyster shells. I love seafood, and I figured hey, I really need to learn more seafood recipes, so why not get some shells and get to it?! Well, by golly these shells are just fun to cook in and I’ve found myself making super-awesome dishes, like these grilled BBQ shrimp. The shrimp cook up perfectly. And oh, the sauce. The sauce is just insane. The shrimp soak up some of that great buttery herby flavor. The rest of the soakin’ is up to you. Pick up the shell and drink it up, or dip a piece of nice crusty bread in it for a few seconds to sop it up. Man, it’s great!

Grilled BBQ Shrimp in Oyster Shells

If you like a bit of a kick, add just a pinch (a small pinch) of red pepper flake on top of the shrimp just before cooking. Don’t go crazy with it, the stars of the show are the perfectly cooked shrimp and fantastic sauce.

Don’t make the mistake I made and only purchase 12 stainless steel oyster shells. Everything I’ve made in them has been so yummy that I’ve always found myself craving more. And for more I’d need more shells. So get extra and you won’t be in the same boat.

Grilled BBQ Shrimp in Oyster Shells

Well, by golly these shells are just fun to cook in and I’ve found myself making super-awesome dishes, like these grilled BBQ shrimp. The shrimp cook up perfectly.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 82kcal
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound large shrimp I used 20-24 count
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 tablespoons beer
  • 12 stainless steel oyster shells

Instructions

  • Note: You can make the butter mix in a small saucepan on your grill or on your indoor stovetop, whichever you prefer.
  • Peel and devein the shrimp. Leave the tail shells on if desired.
  • Fire up your outdoor grill for direct cooking over high heat.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. And remaining ingredients except shells. Stir.
  • Bring mixture to a slow simmer and let simmer until reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Place 2 shrimp into each SOS shell. Place the shells on the grill. Cook until the shrimp begin to turn pink on the outside, 4-5 minutes. Baste each shell with 1 tablespoon of the seasoned butter mixture.
  • Caution: The butter will flame up when added, which gives the shrimp a smoky flavor. Cook just until the shrimp are done, 3-5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 82kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 146mg | Sodium: 502mg | Potassium: 117mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 123mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional values are approximate.