Grill Your Tortillas, Amigos !!

DSCN2004 DSCN2005 DSCN2006 Seasoned pork Fajitas were on the menu tonight. Here is a tasty, easy, delicious and inexpensive recipe to try this season.

I sliced and seasoned a pile of roast pork, bell peppers, and onions. ( use meat of choice)  I placed two Grill N Pals side by side on my grill to covered a 17″ x 24″ area – I call this party size. . After preheating at med. high temp. on went the Fajita mix. It only took a few minutes to thoroughly grill this mixture.

Here is a little trick about Tortillas most people may not know. Tortillas are best when reheated BUT NOT in the microwave ! Reheating in the microwave leaves them undercooked and for me a little doughy. After I moved the Fajita mixture to one Grill N Pal a couple of tortillas where place on the other Grill N Pal over med. heat. Watch them closely – as soon as you see them start to form bubbles – flip and repeat on the other side for a few more seconds.

Reheating tortillas like this changes the flavor and texture – you get a wonderful flavor and will be spoiled for life ! If you have a gas stove you can use the same method on top of the burners. The slight char this imparts is delicious and must be tried.

You can set up an assortment of items to add  to the Fajita mixture on the Tortillas ! How does avocado slices, shredded cheese, salsa, refried beans sound ? Use your imagination !

Justo wore his Mexico sweatshirt for this Fiesta — how appropriate !!

Enjoy in good health http://www.grillnpal.com

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Expand your grilling options this season !

DSCN2001 DSCN2002 DSCN2003 My Grill N Pal was designed to expand grilling options for both gas and charcoal grills without messy foil. Recently I grilled a pile of sweet onions and mushrooms to go with a very large chicken breast. I injected the breast with a super easy and tasty combination of Soy / Worcestershire sauce / garlic powder and then melted provolone / mozzarella cheese on top ! The caramelized onions and mushrooms were added to mashed potatoes and a tasty salad completed this feast. My good friend Justo is a willing taste tester whenever I invite him over for my latest grilling trial.

Another tasty treat is grilling Spinach with sliced garlic seasoned with olive oil / salt and pepper. How about grilling bacon for those burgers ? No problem. Grilling season is just about here – time to think outside the box and expand your options this year.

The Grill N Pal is heavy gauge stainless steel designed to channel grease away from food and flames, easy to clean, durable and affordable ! Check it and other recipes at http://www.grillnpal.com

Grilled Tomato / Bacon, Spinach, Cheese Appetizer !

DSCN1992 DSCN1994 DSCN1995 DSCN1996 DSCN1999 Had to try this recipe I saw on Facebook recently that can be baked in the oven. It calls for sliced tomatoes , spinach, and cheese. I was breaking in some new Grill N Pals and thought this should work on the grill !  Why not grill some bacon, ( from Ted’s Market in Saginaw ) spinach with sliced garlic , 1/4 inch sliced tomatoes topped with shredded mozzarella / provolone cheese ? These could make for easy and tasty grilled appetizers !!

I started grilling the bacon first , when almost crisp the spinach with olive oil / sliced garlic and seasoning went on. Tomato slices brushed with Italian salad dressing went on last. Spinach cooks down quite a bit so don’t be shy – I used about 1/3 of 12 oz. bag.

It was very easy once the spinach cooked down to pile it on the tomato slices – top with bacon / finish with shredded cheese. Closed the grill until the cheese melted. Have to say this is going to be one of my go to recipes . Crispy, juicy, salty and delicious !!

Best of all no messy foil !!  http://www.grillnpal.com

Injected and Grilled Pork Loin !!

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My cart came to a quick stop when I spotted whole boneless pork loins on sale for $1.79 a pound!  I picked up a 4 lb. one – cut it in half and injected it with Soy sauce / Worcestershire sauce and garlic powder. Pork loins have very little fat except for the thin fat cap on one side. They are easy to overcook and be on the dry side so are receptive to injecting for flavor and moisture.

I like to pair my main grill item with a side when I fire up the grill – last night it was mushrooms and onions ! Nothing better than caramelized onions / mushrooms on top of mashed potatoes. I seasoned the loin on both sides and brushed with olive oil before placing on my Grill N Pal at med. high heat. I flipped the loin every 15 min. for total cooking time of 1 hour and added the onions / mushrooms about 20 minutes before loin hit 160 degrees internal temperature.  The loin will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill  to rest – so don’t over cook it !

I love the fact I can do these side grill items without messy foil ! Check out other recipes at http://www.grillnpal.com.

Breaded and Grilled Pork Chops !

DSCN1982 DSCN1979 DSCN1978 I just got back from sunny Florida vacation and decided to try this recipe I saw on Facebook. The recipe is pretty straight  forward. Season chops with salt / pepper, dip in egg wash, dredge in bread crumbs and grill. I spiced up the egg wash with some Cajun seasoning to give it a little kick. After adding bread crumbs I let the coated chops rest for a few minutes as I preheated my Grill N Pal.

This is the first time doing anything breaded on the grill so I wasn’t quite sure how it was going to turn out. I had grill temperature at med. high and heard a little sizzle as the chops went on. Joining the chops were bacon wrapped stuffed mushrooms – what the heck ! Chops and shrooms came from Meats and More in Bay City, Craig always has a nice selection in the meat case for the grill.

Chops were about 3/4 in. thick so I gave them about 10 minutes per side. Always check for proper temperature when grilling meat. I like pork to  have the pink in the center just gone. Chops will continue to cook after removing from grill so don’t over grill and dry them out.

Drum roll please !! Chops were nice and crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside ! Have to admit I ate 1 & 1/2 chops along with green veggies and the stuffed mushrooms. I was the one stuffed after this meal.

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Meats and More Double Stuffed !!

DSCN1898 DSCN1899  How  nice to have a meat market in Bay City that has a nice selection of items for the grill. Had to stop in the other day to Meats and More to pick up something for dinner. I didn’t have a lot of time for preparation because I was getting hungry !!  A quick scan of the meat case for my selections and I was out the door .

Craig always has something new for grill and you can’t beat the convenience of large selection at an affordable price !! I opted for the stuffed burgers and stuffed portabella mushrooms.

Once home it only took a few minutes to preheat my Grill N Pal and get grilling ! Did I mention I was getting hungry ? One feature of the Grill N Pal is once your items are on the grill you can close the lid and walk away without worrying about fires and flare ups !  Flipped the burgers once after 8 minutes ( half the total grill time) and didn’t have to do anything for the mushrooms !

If you are looking for new and delicious items for the grill at affordable prices stop in to Meats and More ! Friend him on Facebook to see monthly specials !!

Check out http://www.grillnpal.com !    Still only $19.95 !!

Internet claim — salt for meat tenderizer – I tried it !!

DSCN1885 DSCN1886Some times things just have to be tried – such was the case when I watched an internet chefs’ claim. The claim was he used salt to tenderize a not so tender beef steak. The claim method was to coat the top of the steak with either kosher  / sea salt and let set for 1 hour per inch of thickness. Rinse salt off the steak thoroughly before grilling.

I chose two chuck steak cub cuts — two in the same package so steaks would be as identical as possible for a fair comparison.

Drum roll please and the results !!

Chuck steak is known to have two different cuts in the same steak – one more tender than the other. Both steaks were grilled the exact same time, over the same temperature on my Grill N Pal. What surprised me is that there was very little discernible difference in the normally tougher portion – not enough to be significant to most people. The surprise was in the more tender portion — there was a discernible difference to me ! Yes more tender.

Was it worth the effort ? Have to be honest and have to say – not really. One note of caution if you try this — although I rinsed the salted steak thoroughly there was a definite salt over taste. If you don’t like salty flavor this may not be for you.

Was my test a fair evaluation ? Try for your self but the old adage ” just because you saw it on the internet doesn’t necessarily make it true” !!

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