Collage of Smoked broccoli ingredients to finish product

Collage of Smoked broccoli ingredients to finish product-Dr Smoke®

Once you’ve smoked at least one head of broccoli, you’re ready to use it in this wonderfully flavorful creamy dish.  Keep in mind, you can make this a vegan recipe by swapping out all the dairy products for comparable vegan ingredients.

For those looking to make this a main meal, add a protein like chicken or turkey.  Simply include the pre-cooked protein when you spread the other ingredients into the prepared oven safe dish.

 

So, here we go with our smoke broccoli casserole with apples and quinoa.

 

INGREDIENTS:

You will need:

  • 1 cup quinoa, washed
  • 1 head of smoked broccoli, finely chopped
  • 1 cup finely diced apple (like Fiji, Golden)
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/3 cup Panko
  • Salt/fresh ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk (may use coconut, almond, cashew or 2%)
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt

 

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 350° F.  Lightly oil or spray a 9×13 baking dish

 

In a large saucepan, add 2 cups of water and 1 cup of quinoa.  Cook according to package directions.  With roughly 10 minutes left to finished cook, add the diced apple.

 

Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.  Add Panko and cook, stirring constantly, until browned (about 3 minutes); then remove from heat and set aside.

 

Melt butter in the skillet over medium heat.  Whisk in flour until lightly browned.  Gradually whisk in milk and cook, whisking constantly until slightly thickened.  Stir in quinoa/apple mixture, smoked broccoli, 1 cup of cheese, yogurt, salt and pepper.

quinoa, butter and Apples in a skillet

Quinoa, Butter and Apples in a skillet

PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER:

 

Spread broccoli mixture into the prepared baking dish; sprinkle with remaining cheese.  Place in oven and bake until cheese has melted and mixture is warmed through.  Sprinkle with browned Panko and serve.

Mixing all ingredients together and putting in baking dish

Mixing all ingredients together and putting in baking dish

ADD YOUR PERSONAL FAVORITES:

This recipe can be changed to include some of your other favorites like cubed squash, grapes, cranberries.  Or as mentioned earlier, you may add a protein such as chicken or turkey.  Simply cook the meat separately in the oven, on the stove top, or on the grill.

 

You’ll love the balanced smoky flavor of the broccoli with the creaminess of the apple and quinoa.  This is soon to be a Fall favorite as you adjust to the cooler temperatures.

 

Enjoy!

Dr Smoke

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Finished dish of Smoked Broccoli Quina and Apples- Dr Smoke

Finished dish of Smoked Broccoli Quinoa and Apples- Dr Smoke

 

Ember Cooking of Sweet Peppers

Gorgeous Char Marks on the Ember Roasted Sweet Peppers

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There’s nothing better than ember roasted sweet peppers in the outside fireplace or pit.

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • An Outside fireplace or pit that is clean of ashes
  • Cast iron skillet, if you prefer to cook in a container rather than directly on the embers
  • Grande Sapore® Wood Chips from SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products.
  • Sweet peppers- medium to large size, any color though multi colored ones provide for a better presentation, 10-18 quantity

Building The Fire

My plan is to roast the peppers directly on the embers in my outdoor fireplace. So first, I need to clean out the fire box from any ash and debris.  Then I select the hardwood for the actual cooking.  I’m going to use Ash wood because it is one of the best hardwoods for producing evenly sized coals and heat level when it burns.

Preparing the bed of embers for the roast

Preparing the bed of embers for the roast

While I am using pieces of the SmokinLicious wood chunks, the Grande Sapore® ash chips will produce the same great results.  In fact, use of the Ash Wood Chips will likely save some time as their pre-ground state would allow for quicker coal build up due to their faster burn rate.  Remember, the need with ember cooking is to ensure that you have a 2-3” buildup of coals so the cooking process is uninterrupted.

The Ember Bed

I now have a bed of coals establish in the bottom of the fire box.  Spread them out to provide a wider cooking area and facilitate an even heat level.  I will be increasing the depth of the coal bed over the course of my cook by maintaining a perimeter of newly lite wood product.   I would suggest using Grande Sapore® SmokinLicious Gourmet Wood chips for the additions as the bed can be built up much quicker and keep the cooking process moving forward.

Embers spread out and ready for the peppers

Embers spread out and ready for the peppers

Adding The Peppers

Once the Ash Wood develops into a great bed of coals you’ll understand why I love to use Ash Wood for ember cooking.  The uniformity of the coal bed is so precise! Remember, Ash tree is part of the olive family of trees so it is known for its mild smoky flavor making it an ideal choice.

Sweet peppers place on the embers to begin roasting

Sweet peppers place on the embers to begin roasting

I begin adding my peppers to the embers with the stem and seeds intact.  It is so much easier to rid the peppers of its seeds once fully cooked so don’t be concerned about them now.  I seat each pepper well into the hot coals to ensure that the base is enveloped in that consistent heat level.  As the pepper begin the charring process, you’ll see them wrinkle a bit as this is the sign of the dehydration that takes place in this water rich vegetable.

Ember Cooking Technique

Once the pepper are in place, I allow them to cook and char before touching them.  Once I see some char marks develop, I gently rotate each pepper around the coal bed, sliding over some new coals to the cooking area with each rotation.

After about 20-25 minutes of ember roasting, the peppers will begin to tenderize.  Remember there is a lot of moisture in sweet peppers so you may even hear them whistle a bit!  Feel free to pierce them with a knife to release some water/steam.  I like to do that step about ¾ of the way through the cooking process.

see how the peppers are beginning to roast during this unique cooking process

see how the peppers are beginning to roast during this unique cooking process

I want to remind you that this ember cooking technique requires a tempered hand but also some attention throughout the cooking process.  You will need to rotate the peppers frequently to ensure even char.  Remember, our heat generation is developing from the bed of embers and then radiating to the walls of our cooking area as well as the food. Once removed from the heat source, the peppers will have wilted a bit as they enter an immediate change in temperature and humidity.

 THE FINISHING TOUCH

Once the peppers are completely charred and tenderized, remove them to a mesh or other tray to cool.  Then you can use them in a variety of ways – cut into strips and drizzled with a lite coating of extra virgin olive oil, a hint of salt, fresh pepper and fresh mint.  Or, use these beauties whole as a container for a ground turkey, beef, or lamb stuffing that includes fresh ricotta cheese, parsley, a hint of chili pepper flakes, and a topping of fresh mozzarella.  The recipe options are endless so start experimenting or look to your favorite cookbook for inspiration!

  • Ingredients:
  • Fireplace or open pit
  • SmokinLicious® Grande Sapore® wood chips- Ash wood or your favorite wood species
  • ½ bushel of sweet peppers (approximately 16) in multi colors for presentation
  • Herbs – optional
  • Drizzle of Extra Virgin olive oil
  • Patience

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The finished product! Roasting over embers adds a superb wood flavour!

The finished product! Roasting over embers adds a superb wood flavour!

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[Easy steps to roast onions over embers in a fireplace!]

[Easy steps to roast onions over embers in a fireplace!]

Ember Cooking Onions- Fire Place Technique

The one vegetable we can pretty much get all year long is … the onion!  So, why not give this common vegetable a special, no, fabulous flavour infusion. The way to this end? Ember cooking in an outside fireplace or cooking pit.

To reach this end you only need a few items:

  • An outside fireplace or cooking pit that has been cleaned of ash
  • If you prefer, you can use a cast iron skillet within the embers though I prefer to nestle my onions directly in the embers!
  • Grande Sapore® Chips from SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products – I recommend Ash wood.
  • Sweet Onions approximately 10-12

 

Fire Preparation

In preparing to roast onions on the embers in a fire place I need to first clean out the fire box from any ash and debris.  Then I select the hardwood for the actual cooking.  Today, I’ve selected Ash for its great coaling ability and uniformity of coal size while it combusts.

[preparing the bed of embers, keeping extra wood to add during the cooking process]

[preparing the bed of embers, keeping extra wood to add during the cooking process]

I will begin building the bed of coals with the SmokinLicious® Grande Sapore® Ash wood chips.  Since wood chips are already in a pre-ground state, the process of setting up the fire will be quicker than with just wood pieces or lump charcoal.  It is key to keep a large supply of the chips on hand in order to reach the 2-3” depth of embers needed for the cooking process.

 

Preparing the Onions for Roast

While allowing the coal fire to build, I begin preparation of the onions, which is rather simple.  Wash and clean the onions leaving on the outer skin covering as it will be needed to protect the heart of the onion during the ember cooking process.

 

Ember Roasting Process

After building up a bed of coals to 2-3” in depth, we’re ready to add the onions to the coals!  As I position each onion, I gently push down on them to seat them into the coals.   This will allow the coals to completely cover the bottom of the onion as well as allow the heat to radiate completely through the onions.

 

As the onions cook, you’ll start to see the tops turn brown because I left the outer part of the skin on for protection.  Remember, the outer skin of the onion will char during this process.  I want to protect the inner core of the onion as I plan to use them in my recipes.

[The onions are seated into the coals as they begin to cook from their bottoms]

[The onions are seated into the coals as they begin to cook from their bottoms]

It’s important to remember that the coal bed will need to be replenished during the cooking process so a perimeter of additional wood chips should be going at all times up to the half way point of the cooking process.  Generally, it’s best to keep the additional chips burning at the sides of your ember bed.  You can then easily scoop in additional hot embers to the bed to maintain the heat level and flavour infusion.

 

Unlike other vegetables like peppers, the onions don’t need to be turned but rather simply rotated so there is even char and cook.  Onions, like most vegetables, have a high water composition.  Don’t be alarmed by the steam trail coming up thru the top of the onions.  This is a sure sign of the convection process occurring.  Once cooking is about ¾ finished, you may want to pierce the tops of the onions to allow the release of the steam.

Scrumptious Ember Roasted Onions

You simply won’t believe how flavorful and tender ember roasting makes the average onion.  We were able to build the bed of coals by using SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products Ash hardwood.  Remember, we left the outer skin on the onions to protect the inner core while we developed that exceptional char. Once the outer skin is pealed back you will see the perfectly cooked onion core that is infused with a mild wood char flavour.

[Nicely charred onions over a bed of embers adds a great natural flavour]

[Nicely charred onions over a bed of embers adds a great natural flavour]

Now, get ready to use these highly flavored onions in the recipes of your choice and prepare for all the questions on what you did to give the dish such fabulous flavour!

Bon Bar B Q

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Easy and tasty steps for roasting onions over embers in a fireplace!

Easy and tasty steps for roasting onions over embers in a fireplace!

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[collage of steps to roast/cook Cauliflower on the LP/gas grill with with wood chunks]

[collage of steps to roast/cook Cauliflower on the LP/gas grill with with wood chunks]

Cauliflower on the LP/Gas Grill Technique

It’s time to bring your vegetables into grilling season!  Nothing beats the smell of a fresh garden vegetable roasting over wood even on an LP/gas grill.  Make this the time of the year you’ll get great char wood flavour in your seasonal vegetables.

Ingredients:

  • All you’ll need for this easy cooking experience is an LP or gas grill – any brand or size will do.
  • “Double” Filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products.
  •  a couple of heads of cauliflower.  Pick the color you like the best – white, yellow or even purple!

Grill Preparation

If you want to add special wood flavoring to your LP/Gas grill there are easy steps to follow:

  • Make sure your grill is clean from any significant grease build up.
  • Remove the grilling grates and determine how much space is between the diffuser and the grilling grate.
  • The diffuser is the plate covering the unit’s gas burner(s).
  • Don’t remove the cover.

[setting up the wood chunks on the heat Diffuser to develop hot spots for Charring]

[setting up the wood chunks on the heat Diffuser to develop hot spots for Charring]

Once you have the sizing computed, then select the SmokinLicious® wood chunk size that will fit – Single Filet which is ~4 inches or the Double Filet which is ~2 inches.

 

Wood Preparation

Now, let’s set up the wood on the grill.  Remove the cooking grates from the grill then strategically place the wood chunks over the heat diffuser.   This is the metal piece covering the actually gas burners.   If the SmokinLicious® wood chunks are fresh, then you can add them directly to the unit without pre-soaking them.  If not, you may want to consider a lite soaking of about 15 minutes.  Because I’m cooking cauliflower, I am using the chunks in their natural state.  However, feel free to consider a pre-soak in liquid with flavouring such as beer, wine or juice.

 

Now replace the grill grates back on the unit, over the SmokinLicious® wood chunks!  Make sure the grates are securely seated back on the unit.  If there is a lot of space on your unit between the diffuser and the grate you may want to consider a SmokinLicious® single filet or block item.  Now light the unit, set the dials to a low heat setting and bring the unit up to temperature.  Say around 180 degrees.  Do not overheat the unit.

 

Cauliflower Preparation

In preparing my cauliflower for this cook, I’ve elected not to reduce the cauliflower heads into pieces.  I prefer to do the cutting towards the end of my grilling presentation.

After pre-heating the grill to around 180 degrees, I add the cauliflower heads to the grill grates.  Let the wood infusion flavour begin!

[ Fresh heads added to the grill, note the wood has not ignited yet to develop a hot spot]

[ Fresh heads added to the grill, note the wood has not ignited yet to develop a hot spot]

Roasting Process

I position the cauliflower head over the hot spots created by the SmokinLicious®Double” filet wood pieces which are under the grilling grates.  The wood will ignite and begin the charring stage of the heads of cauliflower.  I recommend bunching the wood pieces together to produce a hot spot on the LP/gas grill to allow for a direct char technique.  While I am not using the smoke from the wood, I am still infusing great natural grilling flavour with the wood.

[Now I have hot spots, and look a the char we are putting on the cauliflower. The green is the Parsley I add at the end of the process]

[Now I have hot spots, and look a the char we are putting on the cauliflower. The green is the Parsley I add at the end of the process]

My cooking is taking place with an open lid because I want to char not smoke!  It’s important to keep turning the heads so the flavour will be even.  In the final stage of charring, I add some fresh parsley to the cauliflower heads for final flavour and presentation.  And, of course, I love to drizzle melted butter sometimes infused with paprika, to the finish product.

Remember this is a vegetable, not meat so there is no grease to flare up the LP/gas grill.  This is another example of why using SmokinLicious® Wood Chunks on the diffuser and under the grill grates of your LP/gas unit can generate such exceptional wood-fired flavour. Now, get those head of cauliflower and ENJOY!

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[Finished and ready to serve, nice Char on the outside and a wood cooked flavour]

[Finished and ready to serve, nice Char on the outside and a wood cooked flavour]

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Getting ready for a grilled broccoli extravaganza!

Getting ready for a grilled broccoli extravaganza!

Grilling/Roasting Broccoli on the Grill

Ready to add a new flavour twist to your average Broccoli?  Then get your LP/Gas Grill ready and find out how easy this method is using wood chunks for great char flavour.  All you’ll need for this easy cooking experience is:

Equipment/Ingredients:

  • An LP/Gas grill of any brand or size.
  • Double” Filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious® Gourmet Wood Products
  • 2-3 Heads of Broccoli

Preparing the Grill

Adding special wood flavoring to your LP/Gas grill can be so easy by following these simple steps: make sure your grill is clean from significant grease build up.  Remove the grilling grates and determine how much space is between the diffuser and the grilling grate.  The diffuser is the plate covering the units gas burner (do not remove the cover).

Once you have the measurement select the SmokinLicious® wood chunk size that will best fit the area.  Based on your measurement, select either the Single Filet which is ~4 inches or the Double Filet which is ~2 inches.

Wood Preparation

Remove the cooking grates from the grill.  Then strategically place the wood chunks over the heat diffuser.   This is the metal piece covering the actually gas burner(s).   If the SmokinLicious® wood chunks are fresh, then you can add them directly to the unit without pre-soaking them.  If not, you may want to consider a lite soaking of about 15 minutes.

Wood chunks above diffuser

Wood chunks above diffuser

Today, I want my broccoli to just have the natural flavour of the wood so I’m using them un-soaked.  Know that you can add additional flavouring through the soaking process by soaking the wood in a liquid  like wine, beer, or juice.

Then replace the grills back over the SmokinLicious® wood chunks!  Make sure the grates are securely seated back on the unit.  If there is a lot of space on your unit between the diffuser and the grate you may want to consider a SmokinLicious® single filet or block item.

Now light the unit and set to a low heat setting. Bring the unit up to a temperature of about 180 degrees F.  Do not overheat the unit as the goal is to delay ignition of the wood.

Preparing the Broccoli

I slice up the broccoli head into what I call serving slices (you can get to make individual florets or larger sizes, totally up to you) and add them on the grill grates.  Keep in mind, you want to be able to move the finished product from the grill to the serving dish without too much issue.  The actual sizing of the pieces doesn’t matter as all sizes will take in the natural wood flavour.  It’s best to break down the head into florets in order to ensure charring on all portions of the broccoli.

Then I close the cover of the grill for the cooking/smoking process.

Cooking Process

Open the lid of the LP/gas grill after about 4-5 minutes of cook time.  Remember, your heat setting should remain on low.  You should see that the SmokinLicious®Double” filet wood chunks have ignited!  The burning of the wood will produce heat and smoke within the unit.  Open the lid every 5 minutes or so and move the broccoli florets around to make sure you have an even searing on each piece. 

After 7-10 minutes, the broccoli should be showing a color change due to the wood flavonoids infusion. You should see the charring on the outside of the florets as well as see the smoke being produced by the wood that is burning under the grate. I use these ‘hot” spots to move the food over them which will ensure complete “char” on the outside of each floret.

A great smoky taste to the finished result!

A great smoky taste to the finished result!

Final Product

All that’s left is to move the florets to a serving dish, add  some butter, salt and fresh ground pepper to complete the dish.  Feel free to experiment with different variations on a finish as everything is fair game.  Keep in mind too, that broccoli freezes really well, especially when broken down in to florets.  Be sure to take advantage of the growing season and freeze your finished wood roasted broccoli for use when fresh broccoli is unavailable.

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Great recipe idea with the use of Ember cooked Asparagus and Flank Steak.  While the pinwheels can be cooked on the Charcoal/LP-Gas grill or even in the oven!

Ingredients:
  •         Ember cooked Asparagus (see previous blog)
  •         2-3 lbs of Flank Steak
  •        4 oz of Spinach leaves
  •         Olive Oil or Pesto
  •         4 oz of Mozzarella cheese
  •          Pepper and Sea Salt for taste

If grilling on Charcoal or LP/Gas grill use “Double” Filet wood Chunks to add some additional flavour!

 

Listen:

 

Instructions

Preparing the Flank Steak

The ideal is to pound out the flank steak with a meat mallet to help tenderize it.  I like to coat my flank steak with olive oil, fresh ground pepper and kosher salt and place in plastic wrap to marinate for at least 6 hours but I prefer marinate overnight.  Once marinated, I can begin to assemble with the other ingredients.

Stuffed pinwheel assembly

Stuffed pinwheel assembly

Assembling the Pinwheels

Lay out the flank steak and place the spinach leaves overlapping them as you go.  Now take the halved asparagus stalks and layer them next.  Last, load on the mozzarella cheese and then season with salt and pepper.  Remember, if the mozzarella is not fresh, it will have some salt to it so be careful when adding additional salt. Now, staring on the long end of the steak, begin rolling inward, tucking in the filling as you go.  Once completely rolled, take 6 inch lengths of pre-cut meat twine and tie around the rolled flank steak about every 2-inches.  These sections will become the individual serving sizes.  Cut the steak between the twine ties and lay each cut piece of steak on a baking sheet.

Cooking the Pinwheels

Cook the pinwheels on a baking sheet or pan for approximately 30 minutes.  Flank steak will render a lot of juice so you may want to use a roasting rack in the pan.  Once the mozzarella cheese becomes golden brown, you’ll be ready to remove from the oven.  Let sit for 5-10 minutes then serve.

Serve!

This is just one combination of flavors that work well with the flank steak and

Flank Steak Pinwheels with Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

Bon Appetit!

ember roasted asparagus.  Other winning combinations include artichoke heart, roasted red peppers, kale, even quinoa if you want to added a grain texture.

Flank steak pinwheels with ember roasted asparagus – just one of the wonderful ways to use fresh asparagus this season.

 

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Have you ever thought of roasting fresh corn on your lp/gas grill and adding wood flavouring?

 

Grilled Corn on the Cob Topped with Fresh Parsley

Grilled Corn on the Cob Topped with Fresh Parsley

Our culinary team has produced a two part video series outlining how we did this on the grill!  It is so easy to do, especially this time of year when the corn harvest is abundant!   Add this as a great side to your dinner,  make a wood fired salsa with the corn, freeze the corn for grilling enjoyment in the middle of the winter season.  Unless you are like us and we ate the full dozen just after the grilling and pictures.

Ingredients:

1- gas/lp grill

1-2 dozen ears of corn with husks

8-12 double filet Smokinlicious® wood pieces.  (We used Sugar Maple- any species will work- consult the flavor chart)

1- stick of butter

1/2 cup of fresh parlsey chopped

1 hour of fun grilling time, noise of the corn popping on the grill is free and will excite your guests!

Video one grill set up

Video two the cooking

 

 

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CROSTINI WITH EMBER ROASTED ASPARAGUS

SMOKED ASPARAGUS CROSTINI

SMOKED ASPARAGUS CROSTINI

Its Asparagus season and that means you should get the most out of this sensational vegetable while it’s fresh!  Be sure to visit our series on the ember roasting of fresh asparagus  ( see previous blog) so you can move on to our fabulous recipes.  Our featured recipe in this series is Crostini with Ember Roasted Asparagus, Pimento & Olive Spread, a perfect snack, appetizer, and certainly a spur of the moment food for the pop in visitor.  So, here we go!

 

 

With your ember roasted asparagus (see other blog or instagram #smokinliciousasparagus) in hand, you’ll need these additional ingredients:

Ingredient List

Baguette or other small width bread (in a pinch, pita chips will work as well)

Oil for drizzling on the bread slices

8 oz. of ricotta

2 Tablespoons of lime juice

Pimento slices about 2 oz.

Green olives about 4 oz.

Fresh ground pepper

Combining Ingredients

FOLDING CHOPPED SMOKED ASPARAGUS INTO RICOTTA

FOLDING CHOPPED SMOKED ASPARAGUS INTO RICOTTA

Prior to mixing the ingredients for the spread, cut the baguette into ½ inch slices and place on a cookie sheet. Drizzle with oil – any kind will do though I’m partial to flavored oils. Only toast the bread slices until just golden. In a medium bowl, add the ricotta cheese and gentle mix to break

down the cheese to a creamy state.  Dice up the ember roasted asparagus and gently fold into the ricotta with the lime juice.  Add fresh ground pepper to taste.   Set aside the bowl and chop up the pimento and green olive.  Place in a small bowl.

Assembling the Crostini

ASSEMBLING THE CROSTINI

ASSEMBLING THE CROSTINI

Time to assemble all the ingredients!  Take a crostino, spread a thick coating of the ember roasted asparagus and ricotta mixture, and top with the diced pimento and olive.  Once you have a serving tray full, you’re ready to serve!

The saltiness of the olive mixed in with the creaminess of the ricotta, blend so well with the wood-fired asparagus.  Couple this with the crispness of the crostini and you have a perfect match.

Ember roasted asparagus crostini – just one of the wonderful ways to use fresh asparagus this season.

Enjoy!

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It’s pea season!

Smoked Snow Peas

Smoked Snow Peas

One of the most versatile vegetables is now in season and can be used in both hot and cold side dishes and main courses.     In this series we will be roasting our peas using a hot smoking method to bring great wood fired flavour.

Ingredients

  • At least 1 lb of peas, I like sugar snap peas
  • Almond oil
  • Sea Salt & Fresh Pepper
  • A charcoal smoker, any size will do
  • A disposable foil pan or vegetable pan or basket that is high heat tolerant
  • 3 lbs. of lump hardwood charcoal
  • 1 cup SmokinLicious® Grande Sapore® Wood Chips – I’ll be using Wild Cherry
  • Kitchen torch for easy lighting
ADDING THE GRANDE SAPORE CHERRY CHIPS

ADDING THE GRANDE SAPORE CHERRY CHIPS

I’ll be using my Stok Drum Charcoal Grill for this series.  As the Stok has its own charcoal basket, I won’t need to prepare any additional lump hardwood charcoal. I am using a direct method of cooking.  I place my charcoal in the unit’s charcoal basket leaving my grate insert off for now.  Once the coals turn gray, I will lift the charcoal basket and allow the coals to advance into the cooking drum.  I the grate insert off as I will use my vegetable pan to go right over the top of the insert area.

While the coals have been firing, I start preparation on the peas.  As I am using sugar snap peas for this recipe there is very little preparation that has to be done.  I first will remove all the string membrane that is attached to one side of the snap pea.  If any stems are left on, I will remove those as well.  I then wash the peas in a colander and then allow them to drip dry, shaking my colander occasionally to rid any excess water. If needed, I will pat dry the peas to ensure they are ready for the fire.  Then I sprinkle on some Almond oil, sea salt, and fresh pepper to the peas.  Now, we’re ready to wood fire!

PLACING PEAS ON THE GRILL

PLACING PEAS ON THE GRILL

My coals are hot, the wood chips are smoking, and the peas are ready to be kissed by fire!  I place the vegetable pan on the center of the grill and leave my grill cover off.  When cooking with wood, know that some temperature fluctuation can occur due to the natural variation in combustion so don’t leave the peas unattended.  Once you see the peas start to char, give them a toss with a spoon to ensure an even char cook.

Usually you will see char begin about 4-5 minutes into the cooking cycle.  Once that occurs, you will be looking at another couple of minutes before the peas will be ready to come off the grill.  Be sure you monitor that you don’t go too far with the smoking process.  If the peas begin to shrivel and wrinkle, you went too far.  You can remove them and place in an ice bath or run under cold water to stop any additional cooking from taking place.

FIRST TURN ON THE GRILL

FIRST TURN ON THE GRILL

It’s so hard to explain the aroma that comes from the grill when you wood fire vegetables.  Keep in mind, that even when the vegetables are chilled, they will retain their char flavor.  Here are some tips to finishing these beautiful smoked sugar snow peas: add some crumbled feta cheese and serve, or a splash of lemon juice and dill, or even a dollop of ricotta cheese that’s been whipped with a bit of cream.  You can also check into our next blog on peas where we feature these scrumptious beauties in a Snap Pea and Cucumber Salad, just perfect on a hot summer’s day!

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SMOKED STRAWBERRY NAPOLEON WITH PROSECCO CREAM

Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Take advantage of the short, fresh strawberry season by using your harvest in unique and flavorful recipes.  Up first, this take on strawberry shortcake that is in a league of its own!

INGREDIENT LIST

 Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Packaged Won-Ton wrappers
  • Frying oil (be sure to use one for high heat)
  • 1 quart of smoked strawberries with about 6 whole strawberries reserved for garnish (see our series on smoking strawberries for directions on our blog or Instagram @smokinlicious #smokinliciousmenu) Minuto® chips
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sliced almonds
  • ¾ cup cold Mascarpone cheese
  • 1/3 cup cold heavy cream
  • ¼ cup cold Prosecco
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper

PREPARING THE WON-TONS

Frying the Won Tons

Frying the Won Tons

In a large skillet, heat 1 cup of high heat oil.  When ready, reduce the heat to medium-high and begin adding won-ton wrappers one at a time without crowding the pan. I usually can fit about 4 at a time. This step will take you a bit to do enough wrappers to ensure you have 3 per Napoleon serving.  I like to cook the entire package of won-ton wrappers as these make excellent snacks either alone or for dipping salsa, guacamole or your favorite dip.  Plus, they make a great sweet snack when sprinkled with cinnamon/sugar or powdered sugar. When cooking the won tons, watch for a tan hue and bubbles to begin on the wrapper. Turn once and remove to a paper towel lined plate about 20 seconds after turning, as the won-ton holds a lot of heat and will continue to cook out of the pan.

 

PREPARING THE STRAWBERRY FILLING

Placed the quartered smoked strawberries in a large bowl with 2 tablespoons of sugar and the vanilla; toss to coat.  Set aside until we are ready to assemble everything.

PREPARING THE PROSECCO CREAM

Preheat the oven to 375° F.  Spread the almonds on a baking sheet and bake until golden about 5-7 minutes.  Set aside.

Combine the mascarpone, heavy cream, the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar, ground red pepper, and the prosecco in a medium bowl.  Beat with a mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes.  Be sure not to over beat.  Refrigerate briefly to bind everything.

ASSEMBLING THE NAPOLEON

Assembled Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Assembled Smoked Strawberry Napoleon

Place one cooked won-ton on a serving plate.  Top with a large dollop of Prosecco cream and then cover with smoked strawberries. Repeat this process 2 more times so you have three won-ton layers per plate.  Top with almonds and a whole smoked strawberry on top plus a little extra of your smoked strawberries.

THE ULTIMATE TREAT THAT ISN’T TOO SINFUL!

With the sweetness of the Prosecco cream, the hint of smoke in the strawberries, and that crispy crunch of the won-ton layers, this is a one of kind napoleon that you and your guests won’t soon forget.  Feel free to experiment with different cream fillings and fruits.  I like cannoli cream as well with a hint of cinnamon.  And don’t forget to take picture of your masterpiece and send along to us at SmokinLicious®.

Top with Almond Slivers for an Extra Crunch and Serve!

Top with Almond Slivers for an Extra Crunch and Serve!

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