Sun-Dried Tomato Arugula Pesto

Sun-Dried Tomato & Arugula Pesto

SunDried Tomato Arugula Pesto

SunDried Tomato Arugula Pesto

 

Ingredients:

1 8.5 oz Jar Organic Sundried Tomatoes In Olive Oil
2 Cloves Garlic
1 Organic Lemon (zest and juice)
1 – 1 1/2 Cups Arugula
3 Green Onions (stems only)
Pinch Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (Optional)
1/2 tsp Sea Salt
Fresh Ground Pepper

In a food processor, add Sun Dried Tomatoes in the Olive Oil and Garlic and pulse until roughly chopped.  Season with Salt and Pepper.   Add Arugula and blend until roughly chopped (you may have to take the top on once and scrape down the sides and maybe add a touch more arugula). Add Green Onions and mix until chopped. Season with Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Crushed Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper. Give the food processor another quick pulse to combine. TASTE FOR FLAVOR AND SEASONINGS!!! Adjust as needed.

 

let me break it down for you!

In a food processor, add Sun Dried Tomatoes in the Olive Oil and Garlic and pulse until roughly chopped.

SunDried Tomatoes & Garlic

SunDried Tomatoes, Garlic, Salt & Pepper

 

Add Arugula.

Gorgeous, Green Peppery Arugula

Gorgeous, Green Peppery Arugula

 

Blend until Roughly Chopped.

Always taste for seasoning! Not too much pepper because the arugula is naturally peppery!

Always taste for seasoning! Not too much pepper because the arugula is naturally peppery!

 

Add Green Onions and pulse until chopped.

Green Onion Stems or Scallions are perfection

Green Onion Stems or Scallions add the perfect flavor

 

Season with Lemon Zest, Lemon Juice, Crushed Red Pepper, Salt and Pepper. Give the food processor another quick pulse to combine.

Add Seasonings and adjust as needed

Add Seasonings and adjust as needed

 

Now, you have a simple, mouthwatering, Perfect Pesto!

A Killer Flavor Combination

A Killer Flavor Combination

 

 

ENJOY!!!

ENJOY!!!

 

Perfect with Chicken, Pork, Pasta, or as an appetizer...the possibilities are Endless!!!

Perfect with Chicken, Pork, Pasta, or as an appetizer…the possibilities are Endless!!!

 

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Grilled Pineapple with Honey Sriracha Sauce

Grilled Pineapple with Honey sriracha sauce

 

Fresh Lime Juice and Cilantro really brighten this up!

 

Grilled Fruit.  Any Grilled Fruit.  But, especially grilled PINEAPPLE….

Grilling Fresh Pineapple Rings on my Indoor Grill Pan

Grilling Fresh Pineapple Rings on my Indoor Grill Pan

Fruit.  One of my favorite things to eat in the Summer.  The heat of the grill pulls out the natural sugars in the fruit, letting the flavors come alive with a caramelized sweetness that is explosive.  It’s the best.

Sweet & Simple.

Hit it wish some fresh aromatic Cilantro & acidic Lime……. Perfection.

And the Results are AMAZING!!!

And the Results are AMAZING!!!

 

Ingredients

Ingredients

 

Honey Sriracha Sauce

*Put all Ingredients into a smallMason Jarand Shake It, Baby!!!

 

Grilled Pineapple

  • Preheat Grill Pan Med High
  • Core and Slice Fresh Pineapple into thick rings
  • Lay on paper towel to absorb excess moisture and pat dry
  • When grill is hot, lightly spray sliced Pineapple Ring with Coconut Oil Spray and place spray side DOWN on grill pan
  • Repeat with all slices
  • Let sit 1-2 minutes until char mark has formed and they lift easily off the pan
  • Spray other side with Coconut Oil
  • Flip pineapple rings and grill the other side for a minute
  • When ready, remove and plate immediately (or slice) and drizzle the sauce over so it can absorb into the warm pineapple
  • Garnish with Fresh Cilantro Leaves and Grilled Lime Wedges

 

Fresh off the Grill

Fresh off the Grill

 

I also serve it sliced with Grilled Mushrooms mixed in!!!

I also serve it sliced with Grilled Mushrooms mixed in!!!

This is a super crowd pleaser!!!  Make this dish for your Memorial Day Cookout.  You will NOT be disappointed…..I promise!!!  Even the kids like it.  You can always tone down the heat some by adding less Sriracha.  Always Season to YOUR Taste!

Dinner is Served

Dinner is Served

 

Tonight, I served my Grilled Pineapple along with Grilled Citrus Chicken, Peppers & Onions, Coconut Cardamon Rice and garnished with Fresh Chopped Cilantro and Fresh Grilled Lime.  And, perhaps, just a little extra Honey Sriracha sauce on the side! 🙂

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Karinade

KARINADE

best.

marinade.

ever.

Amazing with PORK

Amazing with PORK

So, this one is for my wonderful brother, Rhett, who thinks that the name of this marinade is fantastic. Or ridiculous. Or fabulous…..or completely ridiculous. Mostly just ridiculous. (but i think deep down he secretly thinks it is absolutely fabulous!!!!)

INGREDIENTS:

Allegro Original Marinade
Worcestershire Sauce
Soy Sauce
Garlic (fresh if possible)
Horseradish
Dijon Mustard and/or Whole Grain Dijon Mustard
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
Sea Salt
Coarse Ground Black Pepper
(Local Honey, Organic Honey or Agave if you want it a bit sweeter)
*Fresh Scallions (if I have them on hand)

 

Guess what….I don’t have measurements.  I did list them in order of largest quantity used.  I make more or less depending on the amount of food marinading and more/less of particular ingredients (i.e.. horseradish, garlic) depending on what protein I am using and what company I am entertaining.

 

Let’s say a basic recipe would be:

1/2 cup Allegro

1/3 cup Worcestershire Sauce

3 T Soy Sauce

5 Cloves Fresh Garlic

2 heaping T Horseradish

2 heaping T Dijon Mustard (or Grainy)

1/2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

salt and pepper to taste

honey, agave  1-3 T optional

Scallions, greens and white

mix it all together and pour, or just toss in the ingredients as you go!

Simple as that!

*try and marinade overnight or at least 4 hours*

 

Marinade the chop at least a day ahead. Tender and delicious. Almost steak-like.

Marinade the chop at least a day ahead. Tender and delicious. Almost steak-like.

yummmmm…..STEAK…..

Delicious on Beef as well!

Delicious on Beef as well!

cuz sometimes you just have to cook inside

cuz sometimes you just have to cook inside in your Cast Iron❤️

Dinner Time!!!

Dinner Time

You can really use

it on a variety of

different proteins.

Choose your Favorite!

Hope you enjoy as much as we have over the years!!!!

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Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

Southern Tomato Gravy

This gravy is to die for.

Seriously.

Literally.

Throw-yourself-under-a-bus.  Jump-off-the-side-of-a-building.  Go-on-a-long-walk-off-a-short-pier.

Killer.

That said, once you make it, you will not be able to stop.

It is addictive.

You will start trying to make up dishes to create just to smother in this groovy gravy.

It’s that ridiculous.

Enough said.

Fair warning..

Here ya go.

 

Over Awesome Thick Bone In Pork Chops

Over Awesome Thick Bone In Pork Chops

 

So….. Yeah….. Underneath all that gorgeous gravy is a HUGE Bone In Pork Chop.  I should have taken the picture BEFORE I put on the actual amount of gravy on that my husband (and I!!!!) used.  Whoops!  I know I should be embarrassed….but I’m not.  Oh, just you wait.  You’ll see….you cant even help it.  Its. Just. That. Good.  On the healthy plus side, I did serve it with a HEAPING portion of super garlicky lemony kale.  Excellent pairing!  Absolutely fantastic.  Oh, and we might, MIGHT have had some fresh sliced local sourdough….with a beautiful plate of oil and vinegar to dip it in.  But, somehow we both ended up moping our plates clean with the bread instead.  Sorry, but Gravy trumps Oil and Vinegar.

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We threw these bad boys on the smoker….and they turned out PERFECT.

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Be sure to let your meat rest for at least 5 mins when it comes off the grill!!!

Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions

Peppers, Tomatoes, Onions

Your Veg getting gorgeous in the Cast Iron Skillet.

It's Gravy, Baby!

It’s Gravy, Baby!

 

Before Serving, Add Parsley and Adjust Seasonings!

There's a whole lotta LOVE on this plate!

There’s a whole lotta LOVE on this plate!

A plateful of southern food at it's finest!

A plateful of southern food at it’s finest!

 

Southern Tomato Gravy

2 tsp Good Organic EVOO

1 Vidalia Onion chopped (white/yellow)

1 Orange Bell Pepper chopped  (red/yellow)

1 Cup Baby Heirloom Tomatoes chopped or quartered (grape/cherry)

2-3 Organic Garlic Cloves minced

1 Jalapeño or Red Chile diced (optional, or 1/2 tsp cayanne)

2 T King Arthur All Purpose Flour

2 T Good Organic Butter (bacon grease!!!!)

4 T Organic Parsley chopped

1/2 Cup White Wine (one that you would drink yourself! Don’t be a cheapie!!)

3/4  Cup Organic Heavy Whipping Cream (half&half/whole milk/combination)

1 T Worcestershire Sauce

Sea Salt

1/2 tsp Coarse Ground Pepper

*Preheat Cast Iron Skillet over Med.  Chop Onion, Pepper(s) and Tomatoes.  Heat 2 tsp EVOO in CI Skillet.  Add Veggie and season with Salt &  Coarse Ground Pepper.  Turn to Med-Low and sauté for 5 mins or until starting to soften.  Add Garlic.  Cook another 2 mins or until garlic is fragrant.  Add 2 TBSP Butter & Flour and cook for 2-3 mins mixing around and stirring with a wooden spoon.  Be sure to do this step or your gravy will not taste as good!!! When the flour is cooked out, add the wine.  Mix and scrape the bottom of the skillet to start to incorporate the liquid.  Let it bubble and add a little more.  Then start to add your Cream slowly.  Mix. Add. Stir. Wait. Mix. Add. Stir. Wait.  Until it starts to get nice and thick. When it gets to the desired consistency, turn to low.  Add Worcestershire and 3 T Parsley. Taste for seasoning. Adjust. Serve.  Garnish with Parsley.

Groovy Gravy Tips

  • As always, make it your own.  If you do not like heat and spice, completely omit the jalapeño, chile or cayenne.  No biggie.  Depending on who and what I am serving it with, I sometimes leave it out myself!
  • Most recipes use Rotel or canned diced tomatoes instead of fresh tomatoes, so that is always an option if you don’t have fresh on hand.  I prefer to use all fresh, organic local or homegrown ingredients whenever possible.  Just be sure to wash and slice your tomatoes first and spread them out on a paper towel.  Sprinkle with SALT and let them sit for a bit to release excess moisture!  It jacks this gravy up to a whole new level of homemade fresh deliciousness!!!
  • If you want to change up the flavor a bit, try adding some fresh basil or thyme to it…….then if you thin it out a tad more….with a little more white wine, it becomes an AMAZING pasta sauce in the summer.  I’d use a nice Red Wine in the winter to make it more of a ragu type sauce!
  • Making a Good Gravy starts with a Roux.  The secret to Roux is super easy.  Equal Parts of FAT and FLOUR.  You can mix this up in different combinations, but basically use:  FAT = butter, oil, grease etc and FLOUR = white, whole wheat, etc  The standard measurements is 2 T each.
  • If ya wanna rock it out and really blow the socks off guests, I highly recommend to try it, what I like to call, Grandma-Style by replacing the 2 T Butter with….wait for it…..BACON GREASE.  That’s right, I said it…  Bacon. Grease.  The fatty goodness that all our grands and great grands and their great great grands would have used.  It adds a HUGE amount of deep sweet smokey flavor that just can’t be matched.  I’m not saying that this might or might not have been the way that I may or may not have prepared it.  But if you happen to keep it bottled up in a mason jar like some kind of prize, use it NOW!
  • As far as the Heavy Whipping Cream….you’re making a Gravy, not a weight-watchers special.  Now, to keep it Grandma-Style…you gotta use the cream.  If your’e making it for company or for a special occasion…cream. But, if you want to cut some calories and still have it jam packed full of flavor use Whole Milk or Half and Half instead and just 2 TBSP of Cream.  Or try and mix them 50/50. I never like Fat Free ingredients because they are usually jacked up full of other harmful fillers and ingredients.  Just my opinion.

 

Buttermilk Biscuits

Buttermilk Biscuits

 

The next morning there may have been some  Grandma- Style Southern Tomato Gravy leftover.

There may have also been some Sausage Gravy left from breakfast a few days ago.

They might have met each other.

They might have liked it.

They might have fallen in love.

 

Groovy Gravy

Groovy Gravy

Yes.  That might have actually happened.

I’m calling it Groovy Gravy.

And, damn, is it GOOD!!!!

Breakfast is Served!

Breakfast is Served!

Groovy Gravy

Groovy Gravy

 

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