Saturday, August 11, 2012

Nearly Healthy Dinner

Halibut with Cajun Bowtie Pasta, Spicy Green Beans and Sweet Chili Sauce

Rub that fish with olive oil and Szegd (sp?) fish rub, sear it and finish it in the oven for eight minutes, then lay it down on a bed of Mae Ploy sweet chili sauce.

For the pasta, lay down some butter in a pan with a small amount of chopped onion and garlic, soften that up, then add milk, a healthy amount of parmigiana, and some cayenne and let it reduce a bit.  When your cooked pasta is ready, add it to the pot and stir vigorously.  VIG-OR-OUS-LEE.  Add in some chopped green onions after you take it off the heat.

Beans:  butter, onion, shishito peppers, green beans, cayenne.  Enough said.

Dinner I Don't Know When

Pork Chop and Greens

Had this one a while back and honestly can't remember exactly what it was, but I'm pretty sure I rubbed the pork chop with my favorite pork rub, North Main BBQ, and olive oil, grilled it 3-4 minutes a side, and then let it rest under a foil tent with some butter on it.  Also, fairly certain the greens had something to do with collards, apple cider vinegar, bacon, butter, pepper and onion, but don't hold me to it.

Saturday Lunch

Open-Faced Roast Beef Sandwich with Giardiniara

For this bad boy, I heated up some olive oil in a small pan, and when hot, laid down half a ciabatta in it and grilled until it looked good and crisp.  Took it out, threw some roast beef in the pan, tossed it a bit then topped it with Swiss cheese and covered to melt it.  Put that together with some of Chicago's top contribution to this world and some parmigiana and was good to go.

Healthy Dinner...Kind Of...

Blackened Grouper with Pepperjack Grits

There once was a great man...a fat man...named Paul who perfected blackening seasoning.  Who am I to try to best him.  I rubbed some grouper that My Lovely Wife Mrs. Gordo's Brother (MLWMGB) caught last week with Paul Prudhomme's Blackened Redfish seasoning, then painted it with melted butter and seared the shit out of it in a skillet, finishing it off in the pan in the oven for about ten minutes.

For the grits, start with some butter and a chopped up jalapeƱo and some chopped onion.  Get that going in a pot, then add one cup of grits, two cups of milk, some salt and some white pepper, and cook as instructed by the almighty cardboard box.  While that's going, grate 1/3 to 1/2 cup of pepperjack cheese (I used some made with Hatch chiles) and after the grits are done, stir that in and serve.

The red stuff there?  That's just a dusting of cayenne.  Not necessary, but adds a little bit different heat to the dish and makes it look like I know what I'm doing.

Last Night's Dinner

Beef Tenderloin with Grilled Asparagus Fried Rice

Had this one last night, very good.  Marinated a filet mignon in a combination of chili garlic paste, soy sauce, peanut oil, lime juice and pepper, grilled it and sliced it.

For the rice, throw some asparagus (thinnest you can find) on the grill and drizzle it with some peanut oil to get a char on it.  Once those are done, let them cool and chop it up.  Put some peanut oil in a non-stick pan and add some chopped onion and sliced fresh jalapeƱos and let them sizzle and soften a few minutes, then toss in the asparagus.  Once you've got that going, crack and egg and quickly scramble it, then thrown in cooked rice and some soy sauce, turn to medium high, and let it fry for a few minutes, tossing every once in a while.  When that's done, take it off the heat and add some rough chopped cilantro and green onion, and voila!, you're done.

Paired it with a cucumber, tomato, radish and bibb lettuce salad with a dressing made of equal parts lime juice, rice vinegar, minced ginger, soy sauce, and double part of peanut oil.



Bear with me please, I'm playing catch up and can't remember what this dinner at home was.  All I know is that it was GOOD.