December 2019

Crostini con espárrago ahumado delicioso

Crostini con espárrago ahumado delicioso

Crostini con espárrago ahumado

¡Es temporada de espárrago y eso significa que debes aprovechar al máximo este sensacional vegetal mientras está fresco! Asegúrese de visitar nuestra serie sobre el asado de espárrago fresco (ver el blog anterior) para que pueda pasar a nuestras fabulosas recetas. Nuestra receta publicó en esta serie es Crostini con espárrago asado, pimiento y aceituna para untar, una merienda perfecta, un aperitivo, y sin duda, una comida espontánea para el visitante de último momento. ¡Pues, vamos!

Con tus espárrago asado (ver otro blog o Instagram #smokinliciousasparagus) en mano, necesitarás estos ingredientes:

Lista de los ingredientes

  • Baguette u otro pan estrecho (en una pizca, los chips de pita también funcionarán)
  • Aceite para rociar sobre las rebanadas de pan
  • 8 onzas de queso ricotta
  • Espárrago ahumado
  • 2 cucharadas de jugo de lima
  • Rodajas de pimiento aproximadamente 2 onzas
  • Aceitunas verdes aproximadamente 4 onzas
  • Pimiento fresco molido

Mezclando los ingredientes- crostini con espárrago ahumado

Mezclando espárrago picado ahumado en ricotta

Mezclando espárrago picado ahumado en ricotta

Antes de mezclar los ingredientes al untar, corte rodajas de la baguette en 1,27 centímetros y colóquela en una bandeja del horno. Rocíe con aceite: cualquier tipo funcionará, aunque soy parcial a los aceites de sabores. Solo tuesta las rebanadas de pan hasta que estén doradas. En un tazón mediano, agregue la ricotta y mezcle suavemente para descomponer el queso hasta obtener un estado cremoso. Corte el espárrago ahumado ​​en dados y pliegue suavemente en la ricotta con el jugo de lima. Agregue pimiento molido fresco al gusto. Ponga a un lado el tazón y corte el pimiento y la aceituna verde. Coloque en un tazón pequeño.

Ensamblando el Crostini

Ensamblando el Crostini

Ensamblando el Crostini

¡Es hora de ensamblar todos los ingredientes! Tome un crostini, unta una capa gruesa de la mezcla de espárrago asado y ricotta, y complete con el pimiento en dado y la aceituna. Una vez que tenga una bandeja llena, ¡estará listo para servir!

La salobridad de la aceituna mezclada con la cremosidad de la ricotta se combina muy bien con espárrago ahumado. Combina esto con la frescura de los crostini y tiene una combinación perfecta.

Crostini de espárrago asado- solo una de las maravillosas formas de usar espárrago fresco esta estación.

El equipo culinario quiere que sepas …

… que el disfrute de la cocina de brasas ha existido desde los albores de la civilización y aumentará el sabor de la leña con otras verduras frescas de piel gruesa como berenjenas, maíz, calabacín, calabaza de verano y pimientos. Al usar nuestras astillas de madera de cerezo silvestre Grande Sapore® como una cama de ascua, ¡prepárese para experimentar una sensación de sabor único!

¡Buen provecho!


Productos SmokinLicious® utilizados en esta receta:

Astillas de madera- Grande Sapore®

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Dr. Smoke- ¡pruebe crostini con espárrago ahumado!

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Our Cast Iron pan on the gas grill with double filet wood chunks flavoring our smoked peaches into the upside down cake!

Our Cast Iron pan on the gas grill with double filet wood chunks flavoring our smoked peaches into the upside down cake!

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Hopefully, you enjoyed our previous segment on adding smoke flavor to seasonal peaches.  We sure have had fun providing you with different techniques to add the natural flavor of wood. Now is the fun part where you take those smoked fruit pieces and turn them into something great.

I’m going to introduce you to a super flavorful and balanced peach cake done in the style of the traditional pineapple upside down cake – only with peaches!  For this recipe you’ll need three peaches but don’t waste the perfect time to do some extras so you can make all our great smoked peach recipes.

 Skillet Cooking

Our cast Iron pan on the grill


Be sure you follow our posting on how to smoke peaches on a grill with wood or on a traditional smoker.  Our cake recipe starts with 3 tablespoons of butter.  Melt the butter and coat a cast iron skillet with it.  Be sure to get the butter up the sides of the pan as this will be the non-stick guarantee for removing the cake.  Place a ¼ cup of sugar evenly on the bottom of the pan and allow to brown for about 3 minutes.  While the sugar is browning, slice the peach halves into ¾-inch thick slices.  Once the butter/sugar mixture is ready, arrange the peaches around the edge of the pan on top of the sugar.  Then fill the center of the pan with the remaining peach slices.  Cook just for a few minutes until the peaches are sweetened by the butter and sugar mixture.  Remove the skillet from the heat.  Now, time to prepare the cake batter.

 Tasting Notes: Keep in mind, we will be cooking the cake on the grill which means you must use a high heat tolerant cookware.  Cast iron is ideal for this purpose but feel free to use another piece of cookware that will tolerate a grill or smokers heat.

Our upside down cake on the wood fired grill set up for a two zone cooking method.

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 Upside Down Cake Batter

Our dry ingredients ready to become the dough


The cake batter starts with the dry ingredients.  You’ll need a medium bowl for these ingredients.  Start by whisking 1 cup of coarse yellow cornmeal with ¾ cup all-purpose flour.  Keep in mind, you can use polenta if you prefer.  Add 1 teaspoon baking powder, 2 teaspoons chopped fresh lavender or 1-1/2 teaspoons of dried lavender, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl.  Mix well and set aside.  Next, we’ll work on the wet ingredients for our batter.

It’s important to mix the wet ingredients separate from the dry to ensure each ingredient is mixed well.  Start by getting a large bowl.  Add 6 tablespoons of softened butter and ¾ cup sugar to the bowl.  With a hand mixer, beat the sugar and butter until pale and fluffy.  Get 3 large eggs and add one egg to the batter at a time, beating well after each addition.  The batter will slowly become thinner.  Mix in ½ teaspoon vanilla extract and ½ cup heavy cream.  Now, taking the medium bowl of cornmeal mixture, add ½ the dry cornmeal mixture to the large bowl of wet ingredients.  Be sure to use a low setting on the mixer and scrap down the sides of the bowl to get a complete mix.  With the batter ready, we’ll be adding batter to our cast iron pan loaded with peaches.

A Beautiful Finish

Our upside down cake baking in the cast iron pan on the gas grill


What’s great about making cakes in a cast iron pan is generally, the batter is dropped into the pan rather than poured.  Using a large spoon, drop the prepared batter over the peaches and spread with a spatula.  Time to add flavor to the entire cake by cooking it on the grill with wood chunks in a smoker box.

Cook until a tester inserted in the center comes out clean; this should be 20-25 minutes with a steady grill temperature of 350°F.  Transfer the skillet to a wire rack and let stand for 10 minutes.  Run a knife or spatula around the edge of the cake and invert onto a serving platter.  Tap the bottom of the skillet to release the cake and remove the skillet slowly.  Let cool slightly, then serve.

Although this is a sweet cake, I like to add a bit of unsweetened freshly whipped heavy cream.  Feel free to change the fruit in the cake to something else that is in season like plums, strawberries, blueberries – you get the picture.  For all you camp cooking lovers, this is one to try at the camp as well.  Just gather some hot coals and place your cast iron near those coals and you’re on your way!

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SmokinLicious® products used in this recipe:

Wood Chunks- Double & Single Filet

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This simple but delicious recipe combines smoked bananas double bits with chocolate and crushed nuts

Finished smoked banana double bites (combining smoked bananas with chocolate and crushed nuts)

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If you joined us for our series on  a smoking banana , now it’s time to learn just what you can do with this flavorful fruit.  This recipe for Smoked Banana Double Bites makes for a perfect snack, kid loving dessert, or even a sweet party item.  Gather together the following:


You’ll also need a saucepan for melting the chocolate or a microwave safe bowl, Popsicle sticks or similar disposable handle for inserting in the banana segments, and a small cake spatula for spreading the chocolate.  I would also keep on hand some hot water in case the chocolate should seize or harden on you.  If that occurs, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water at a time, mixing well, until you restore the smooth consistency.


It’s important that you get the other ingredients ready prior to melting the chocolate as you want to prevent the chocolate from hardening.  Take your 4 ounces of slivered almonds and add to a storage bag.  I am the old school so I will crush my almonds using a canned good.  You can use a kitchen mallet or rolling pin, whatever is the easiest for you.  Be sure you just crush the almonds – don’t make almond dust or flour!  Then prepare a sheet pan with wax paper and get your popsicle or other wood stick ready for putting the Smoked Banana Double Bites together.  I named this recipe after the average bites it takes to get one of these little flavor explosions into your tummy.

Melt the Chocolate:

Once the other ingredients are at the ready and your sheet pan with wax paper is set, it’s time to melt the semi-sweet chocolate.  You can do this a couple of ways.  In a double boiler which is the preferred method, in a saucepan set to a low temperature, or in a microwave.  Your choice- just be sure you get a consistency that is not too thin or thick so the banana will coat easily.  I add 2 tablespoons of butter to the chocolate to produce a shiny result.  Melt until just smooth being careful not to go beyond that stage or the chocolate will harden.  If you do go too far, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to the mix to thin and recover it.

Assembling the Bites:

With the chocolate melted we are now ready for assembly of our Smoked Banana Double Bites!  Taking your Popsicle stick or similar wooden item, insert into the center of a banana segment.  Remember, I had cut my bananas into 2-inch segments when I did the smoking process.  Now dip into the melted chocolate and begin to spread into an even layer using a small cake spatula.  Just get the top and sides coated so they can roll in the next two ingredients.  Again, if your chocolate should seize or harden on you, simply add 1 teaspoon of hot water to bring it back.

With our banana segment covered in chocolate, we are now ready for “the roll”.  First, place some crushed slivered almond on a piece of wax paper.  Then roll the chocolate covered banana into the almonds being careful not to press down.  Just allow the almonds to stick on their own.  Next, a trip to the shredded coconut.  You can put the coconut on a wax sheet as well or leave in a small container that can accommodate the size of your banana.  Let the coconut fill in all the spaces between the almonds then lay on a sheet pan covered with wax paper.  These will need to harden a bit in the refrigerator.

This simple but delicious recipe combines smoked bananas double bits with chocolate and crushed nuts

The Yummy, Creamy, Chocolate Finish:

So here we are.  The finale!  After taking our bananas to a smoky place using SmokinLicious® Minuto® Wood Chips for smoking, we gave them a bath in luscious dark chocolate.  Then the roll – into the crushed almond and shredded coconut – 2 fantastic flavor pairings for the banana.  Then off to the sheet pan covered with wax paper to set everything up in the refrigerator.  You just need about 45 minutes of setting time then it’s off to the party, or for a snack or that great dessert.

Don’t forget to put your own spin on this recipe by swapping the dark chocolate for white, the almonds for pistachio or pine nuts.  Always keep the holidays in mind too.  Use pastel dyes for the coconut or white chocolate for a great Easter dessert, green and red dyes for Christmas, and blue for Hanukah.   Make this great, simple recipe your own.  You can even do whole bananas, set them up, and then slice them over ice cream or pound cake with a hint of fresh cream.  Get your imagination going and expand on the great use of the smoked banana.

The Culinary Crew wants you to know …

… that you can add a nice smoky twist to just about any fruit easily by using any hand-held food smoking device.  We’ve found that fruits with more of a dense, semi-porous consistency like bananas, peaches or strawberries do very well in accepting wood smoke vapor and retaining superb smoky flavoring.  Go ahead and give your favorite fruit-based holiday desserts a hint of smoky richness!  You won’t be disappointed!

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Wood Chips- Minuto®

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We love this Winter cocktail, because of its smoky twist!

We love this Winter cocktail, because of its smoky twist! Simple ingredients and easy to mix.


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As we wait for warmer days, I have a perfect winter cocktail that will make you content as you bear the cold.  Featuring just 4 ingredients, I’m taking a single ingredient and cold smoking it to give a smoky flavor.  We’ll use a handheld food smoker for a quick, easy means of infusing the smoke flavor.

Ingredients and Smoke

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Our Smoked Winter cocktail has just 4 ingredients:

  • cream of coconut
  • vanilla vodka
  • crème de cocoa
  • ice

By using a handheld food smoker, you can make quick time of smoking the cream of coconut needed for our Winter Wonderland cocktail.  I’m making a full batch of drinks to serve about 6 so I’ve placed 6 ounces of cream of coconut, (I like the CocoLopez brand), into a container.  That container is placed inside a plastic bag.  I’m using The Smoking Gun® by Breville which is a stand-alone, easy to control cold smoke appliance.  I simply place the smoking hose into my container, cinch the bag around the hose, lite my Piccolo® wood chips while the food smoker is turned on, and allow the smoke to fill the container.  I then turn off the unit, remove the hose, cinch the bag tight, and allow the smoke to sit for a few minutes to infuse the coconut cream.  That’s it!  Now time to assemble our Winter Wonderland cocktail.

Tasting Notes: Although I elected to smoke the cream of coconut, you can smoke one of the alcohols or even the water to make the ice cubes.  For those looking for a bolder smokiness, feel free to smoke the entire cocktail mixture before serving over ice.

Quick Shake to Yum

After smoking the cream of coconut, it’s time to mix the cocktail.  This is best done in a shaker.  For a single cocktail, fill the shaker with ice, add 1 ounce of the smoked cream of coconut, 1-1/2 ounces of vanilla vodka, and 1-1/2 ounces of crème de Cocoa.  Shake until well chilled and the flavors marry.  Strain into an ice filled glass and serve.

This is one winter cocktail you’ll enjoy sipping as you wait on those warmer days.

The Culinary Crew wants you to know …

… that the hand-held smoker can do “smoky wonders” to just about any of your favorite cocktails or drinks.  Just make sure that you have the right size of smoking wood chips in the unit and don’t overpack the vessel!  Remember, if you choose to enjoy any alcoholic beverage, drink responsibly!

Do you have a favorite smoked cocktail?  Leave us a comment to let us know and subscribe to our channel to get all the tips, techniques, and recipes we bring your way.  Always eager to share our expertise on all things wood fired, that’s SmokinLicious®!

SmokinLicious® products used in this recipe:

Wood Chips- Piccolo®

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