Flank steak pinwheels- all the ingredients are mixed with the flank steak wrapped and tied for grilling.

Flank steak pinwheels- all the ingredients are mixed with the flank steak wrapped and tied for grilling.

Flank Steak Pinwheels with Ember Roasted Asparagus

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!

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Ingredients:

  •         Ember cooked Asparagus (see our 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!

Preparing the Flank Steak

The idea 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 to marinate overnight.  Once marinated, I can begin to assemble with the other ingredients.

Assembling the Flank Steak 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 ember roasted asparagus.  Other winning combinations include artichoke heart, roasted red peppers, kale, even quinoa if you want to add a grain texture.

Our fully cooked plate of three Flank Steak Pinwheels with Cheese and Roasted Asparagus

Bon Appetit!

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

The Culinary Crew wants you to know …

… that because of its trending popularity and versatility in many recipes, you may have difficulty finding flank steak from time to time at the grocery store or even at your butcher’s.  Flank steak is revered because it is low in fat and very flavorful.  Don’t fret if it isn’t readily available to you, there are substitutes!  Thinly sliced tri tip sirloin or even chuck roasts will offer much the same delight to your taste buds!

Bon Bar B Q

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SmokinLicious Products for this recipe:

Wood Chunks- Double Filet

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Wood flavoured grilled Corn on the Cob Topped with Fresh Parsley

Wood flavoured grilled Corn on the Cob Topped with Fresh Parsley

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

Our culinary team has produced a two-part video series outlining how we Wood flavoured grilled Corn 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:

  • Gas/LP grill
  • 1-2 dozen ears of corn with husks
  • 8-12 double filet Smokinlicious® wood chunks.  (We used Sugar Maple but any species will work- consult the flavour chart)
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1/2 cup of fresh parsley chopped
  • 1 hour of fun grilling time, the noise of the corn popping on the grill is free and will excite your guests!

Video one grill set up

Video two cooking process

BON BAR B Q

The Culinary Team wants you to know …

… that char-grilled corn on the cob has many advantages of adding smoky flavor to your summer and early fall food enjoyment.  Give this simple smoked corn salsa a try.  Slice off the charred kernels of four ears of corn, dice a Spanish onion and a grilled sweet pepper.  Combine the mixture with an 1/8 cup of balsamic vinegar, a teaspoon of olive oil, dash of worcestershire sauce, juice of a lime and a few shots of hot sauce.  It’s that easy and so good! 

SmokinLicious Products Used for the Recipe:

Wood Chunks- Double Filet

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OUR CROSTINI WITH SMOKED ASPARAGUS RECIPE! IS YUMMY!

OUR CROSTINI WITH SMOKED ASPARAGUS RECIPE IS YUMMY!

CROSTINI WITH SMOKED ASPARAGUS

It’s 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 the 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 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 cheese
  • Ember cooked asparagus
  • 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 gently 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 crostini, 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.

The Culinary Team wants you to know…

… that the enjoyment of ember cooking has been around since the dawn of civilization and will heighten wood-fire flavoring with other thick skinned, husked fresh vegetables like eggplant, corn, zucchini, summer squash and peppers.  By using our Grande Sapore® wild cherry wood chips as an ember bed, get ready to experience an unmatched taste sensation!

Enjoy!

Bon Bar B Que

Dr. Smoke-try the Crostini with Smoked Asparagus!

Dr. Smoke-try the Crostini with Smoked Asparagus!

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Wood Chips- Grande Sapore®

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Our wood fired stuffed tomato filled with tuna salad and melted cheese over the top!

Our wood fired stuffed tomato filled with tuna salad and melted cheese over the top!

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Wood fired-stuffed tomato–With tomatoes readily available most any time of the year, I’ve got a great recipe for a stuffed tomato that is healthy on the body and waistline.  But before stuffing these tomatoes, I’m going to introduce them to smoke on my gas grill equipped with wood chunks in cherry and maple, for an added depth of flavor that works so well with acidic tomato.

Get to the farmer’s market, grocery store or your own garden, and pick out some large tomatoes.  Then meet me at the grill kitchen for this great recipe.

No Time at All Prep Then Grill

Two zone cooking smoker box on the right side and tomatoes on the NON heat side

#smokerbox

 For this recipe, you want to be sure you pick or purchase firm tomatoes so they can hold up to the heat when being wood fired.  I’ve selected (6) tomatoes of about equal size to ensure that these will be ready at the same time.

Pre-heat your grill and include a smoker box of wood chunks – mine holds (3) double filet chunks sourced from SmokinLicious®– using a two-zone grilling set up.  Place the smoker box on the side of the grill that is lit.  While the grill is heating up and the chunks have a chance to start smoldering, return to the kitchen and cut the top off each tomato.  Using the knife blade, scrap the membranes and seeds free.  Then using a spoon, scoop out the inside of the tomato.  I like to save the inside for adding to sauces or even a rice dish.  Once all tomatoes are clean, place on a tray with equal spacing and add the tray to the unlit side of the grill.  You should see the wood chunks smoking steadily at this point.

Tasting Notes: There is no rule regarding the type of wood you should use for the smoking.  Just be sure it is only hardwood and not a completely dried out piece of wood or you’ll find it will burn up almost immediately.  Remember, you want smoke not flames from the wood.

Bringing Health to Stuffing

With the tomatoes cleaned and de-seeded, they now will tenderize on the gas grill equipped with the smoker box of wood chunks.  I prefer to use wood chunks in my smoker box to produce a more steady and longer duration of smoke vapor.  While the tomatoes are grilling, I begin on the tuna pesto filling.

ouir albacore tuna in a bowl with spices and peas added ready to mixTaking three cans of all white albacore tuna, I drain these and place the tuna in a bowl.  To that I add ¼ cup thawed peas, ¼ cup medium grated Swiss cheese, 1/3 cup pesto, and fresh ground pepper.  Mix all this together until it just binds.  If needed, add additional pesto.  Now, we’re ready to stuff the tomatoes so back to the grill.

After the tomatoes show some curling in of the cut top and the inside begins to dry a bit, it’s time to remove the tomatoes from the grill and stuff them with our tuna pesto mixture.  I like to mound these tomatoes high with filling and then add two thin slices of Swiss cheese to the tops.  Back on the grill using the unlit side, grill lid down, to allow the cheese to melt fully.  Now you’re ready to serve.

Today, mine our served up with a curry-ginger chicken drumstick.  A simple recipe using a simple grilling technique that lets you enjoy the benefits of fresh tomato.  Just think of all the other stuffing recipes you can use with these wood-fired tomato beauties!

Our pan of wood fired stuffed tomato coming off the grill!

Tasting Notes: I’ve used pesto in this recipe but you certainly can make a traditional tuna salad using mayonnaise, onions, pickle, etc.  Essentially, whatever you like with your tuna.  And of course, you can design other fillings other than tuna.

What’s your favorite stuffed tomato recipe?  Leave us a comment to opine and subscribe to get all our postings on tips, techniques and recipes.  Bringing innovation to wood fired cooking with recipes, techniques and the science behind the fire, smoke, and flavor. That’s SmokinLicious®.

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It’s Pea Season so why not try Smoking Snow Peas recipes!

collage of the steps to our Smoking Snow Peas

Smoking Snow Peas steps covered in this blog

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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 the great wood-fired flavour.

Ingredients-Smoking Snow Peas

  • 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

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 then grate insert off as I will use my vegetable pan to go right over the top of the insert area.

Pea Preparation

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!

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.

Recipe Ideas

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!

First Turn on the Grill

First Turn on the Grill

The Culinary Team wants you to know 

… that when it comes to the forgotten method of direct ember cooking with wood, there are many great food varieties besides your typical meats, poultry and seafoods that offer awesome flavor.  This blog demonstrates how snow peas are one of many tasty garden variety veggies that will tickle your pallet with a great smoky wood-fired taste.  There are many more foods for you to enjoy with this technique!  Go ahead, experiment with your favorite vegetables or fruits and treat yourself to a “world of flavor” possibilities!

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SmokinLicious® Products used for this recipe:

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Dr.Smoke- you have never tasted peas until you do this Smoking Snow Peas recipes

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Our Finished Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with a Smokey Twist!

Our Finished Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with a Smokey Twist!

Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with a Smokey Twist! Click To Tweet

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Strawberry Rhubarb Fool–Fresh rhubarb means great recipes most of which consist of dessert!  This one is no exception.  Not only am I going to use smoked rhubarb but I’m including smoked strawberry as well.

This is the SmokinLicious® version of the Strawberry-Rhubarb Fool a popular dessert in late Spring and Early Summer.  Our creamy version is taking on a new flavor as we add another element: smoked components.  That means you need to smoke the rhubarb and strawberries first, before you make our recipe.  You can find our tips on smoking the strawberries and the rhubarb on our Tips and Techniques Blog.  Don’t be scared!  These are simple techniques you can do on any type of equipment including with a hand held food smoker.

Get smoking your fresh strawberries and rhubarb and then, let’s make the sweetest, creamiest strawberry-rhubarb fool smoker’s style!

 Tame Those Flavors

Our Finished Smoked Strawberry on a try

#smokedstrawberry

 I find it easiest to work with rhubarb and strawberries when they are cut down in size after the smoking.  For me, rhubarb cut into 3-inch lengths and strawberries sliced thin work best for this recipe.  Don’t forget to keep any of the juice that comes off the smoked strawberries both during the smoking process and as you prepare the strawberries.

The combination of the tart rhubarb and the sweetness of the strawberry plus the smoky quality from both will produce a perfect balance.  Let’s get these two flavors combined to make the perfect fool.

Since rhubarb borders on the bitter, it needs to have some additional sweet added to it.  Place your smoked rhubarb cuts which equal about one pound, into a saucepan and add a ½ cup of sugar.  Heat on medium high.  While that is sweetening and tenderizing, place the smoked strawberries (about 8-10 ounces depending on the size) into a bowl and add ¼ cup sugar, allowing this to dissolve completely.    This process will take about 30 minutes.  Feel free to adjust the level of sugar in the strawberries based on the sweetness you feel the raw strawberry already presents with as well as your own personal preference.

Our Rhubarb in the pot with sugar added

#Rhubarb

Once the sugar has dissolved in the smoked strawberries and the rhubarb has begun to shred apart, it’s time to remove the rhubarb from the heat.  Stir in the sweetened smoked strawberries and transfer to a bowl.  Refrigerate this compote uncovered until cold.  This will take about 1-1/2 hours though I prefer to leave this overnight.  Once the compote is in the refrigerator, place a metal bowl in the refrigerator as well.  You will need this to produce the trademark cream-base for our fool dessert.

Tasting Notes: Some find the texture of tenderized rhubarb to be too stringy.  If that’s the case, feel free to process the rhubarb in a food processor or blender before combining with the macerated strawberries.  Also, depending on the size of the strawberries, you may prefer to leave larger chunks, by halving the berries rather than slicing.

 Making a Fool for Me!

Folding the ingredients into a fool

#fool

Time to remove the chilled metal bowl from the refrigerator and add ¾ cup heavy cream and 1 tablespoon confectioner’s sugar.  Whisk this together until soft peaks form.  Be sure you don’t over beat the mixture or you will lose all the air that makes this whipped cream.  Set aside 1/3 cup of the cold smoked compote which will be used for topping the finished dessert servings.  Take the rest of the compote and fold into the whipped cream just until the mixture looks streaky.  Spoon into serving glasses or bowls and refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight.

Whenever I need a simple and quick dessert that looks elegant, I love to make a fool.  If I’m serving a more formal event, I prefer to serve these in stemmed glasses like a martini glass.  For a family barbeque or daily dessert, small bowls work well or even clear throw away cups or bowls.  Once the cream and compote mixture are spooned into the serving vessel, top with about a tablespoon of reserved compote.  I prefer to add mint leaves to finish this off.  Strawberry-Rhubarb Smoked Fool – a simple yet elegant looking treat that everyone is going to love!

Tasting Notes: Here’s a tip: this can be served cold or you can freeze it for a super cold treat on a really hot day.  The frozen rendition will remind you of a semifreddo or frozen yogurt treat.

What’s your favorite fool recipe?  Leave us a comment to opine and subscribe to get all our postings on tips, techniques and recipes.  Bringing innovation to wood fired cooking with recipes, techniques and the science behind the fire, smoke, and flavor. That’s SmokinLicious®.

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Dr. Smoke you must try this Strawberry Rhubarb Fool with a Smokey Twist!

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Our Fresh peas get all smokey for a terrific pea mash

Our Fresh peas get all smokey for a terrific pea mash

A lovely smoky flavor for a fresh pea Mash Click To Tweet

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With the arrival of Spring on the East Coast, we have an opportunity to get some fresh vegetables and one of my favorites to locate are peas.  Today, I’m going to remove fresh peas from their pods and wood-fire them using wood chunks on the gas grill.  Then I’ll produce a tasty pea mash that I plan to serve on toasted bread for a healthy snack or appetizer.  The time consuming part of this recipe is the removal of the peas but this task will be worth it.

Time to get to the store and locate about 2-1/2 pounds of fresh peas and fire up the grill for our flavorful take on pea mash.

The Longest Prep

Fresh peas ready for the grill

#freshpeas

Without question, removing the peas from their pod is the hardest part of making pea mash so be sure you allocate enough time for this task.  My technique includes using a small paring knife inserted in the seam of the pod.  After breaking the seam, simply use your finger to break the growth connection of the pea to the pod.  Place the fresh peas in a colander until all the peas are ready, then rinse, pat dry and place in a vegetable basket or vegetable grill pan designed for grilling temperatures.  Be sure the peas are in a single layer so each pea can get infused with smoke flavor.  Now, we’re off to the grill!

Tasting Notes: Although I’ve elected to use fresh peas, you can make this recipe using frozen.  Simply reserve about 1-1/2 cups of frozen peas for the recipe and start with the peas frozen.

 Two-Zone Grill Smoking

on peas on the cold side of the grill with the flame under our smoker box providing the smokey flavor

#twozonecooking

Peas are delicate so it’s important that you only use an indirect method of cooking to smoke the peas.   First, I’ve preheated my grill to 325°F using just ½ the burners.  For wood flavor, I’ve added three wood chunks to a metal smoker box that’s placed on the half of the grill with the burners on.  Once the grill is holding temperature and the wood chunks have started to smoke, it’s time to add my grill basket of fresh peas.  Since these are so small, there is no need to rotate the basket.  In about 20 minutes, these will be ready to be made into mash.

Tasting Notes: When it comes to selecting the wood type to use for the smoke vapor infusion, there are no rules.  Feel free to use what you like just be sure it is hardwood and not softwood.  I’ve used a combination of cherry, white oak and sugar maple.

Making Mash

our smokey peas and other ingredients in the blender

#peamash

Once the fresh peas have been wood fired on the grill, remove them and start on the ingredients for the mash.  Add ½ cup water to a saucepan and one garlic clove that has been quartered.  Place on medium heat and add ¼ cup flat leaf parsley leaves, one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil, and a pinch of salt.  Allow the mixture to cook and marry the flavors, then add the smoked fresh peas.  Give this a couple of additional minutes of cooking time, then remove from the heat and drain the mixture using a sieve over a bowl, collecting the liquid for later use.  Place the solids into a food processor and pulse until a coarse paste is formed.

Tasting Notes: If you don’t have access to fresh peas and will be using 1-1/2 cups of frozen, leave the peas in their frozen state when they are added to the saucepan and extend the cooking time to 8 minutes.

With our mixture pulsed, it’s time to add additional flavors to balance our pea mash out.  Start by adding 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, ½ tablespoon of finely chopped lemon peel or jarred lemon peel, ¼ teaspoon of Aleppo pepper or crushed red pepper flakes, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, and 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil.  Mix everything together and add a tablespoon at a time of the reserve cooking liquid until you have a thick but spreadable mash.  Season with salt, fresh ground pepper and additional lemon juice.  Be sure to taste and adjust these elements as you see fit.

Serve!

When serving on toasted bread, start with a hearty bread or ciabatta.  Next, drizzle the bread slice with olive oil and spread on the mash. If desired, sprinkle with additional spicy pepper and lemon peel and top with a drizzle of oil.

Don’t stop at just using this as a spread.  This is perfect as a pesto for pasta or rice, topping for fish, chicken and pork, and even a stuffing for mushroom caps, spring roll wrappers, or pork chops.  Spring wood fired pea mash – that you can enjoy all year long.

What’s your favorite use for fresh peas?  Leave us a comment to opine and subscribe to get all our postings on tips, techniques and recipes.  Bringing innovation to wood fired cooking with recipes, techniques and the science behind the fire, smoke, and flavor. That’s SmokinLicious®.

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Dr. Smoke- Smoking fresh peas to be made into a pea mash is a delicious Topenade for any dish

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A must try is this smoked Beet Hummus!

A must try is this smoked Beet Hummus!

Beet Hummus with a smokey flavor is a hit! Click To Tweet

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I’ve got another great recipe for wood fired beets that will provide a quick way to prepare a fabulous beet hummus for guests, bring-a-dish parties, or just as a great snack for your own family.  Wood fired flavor will come from the gas grill equipped with wood chunks using a two-zone cooking method.  The outcome is a full flavor, beautiful beet hummus color to delight all who have the pleasure of partaking in this treat.  Just one good size beet will do the trick but I always do an extra to keep around.

Join me at the grill as we make ricotta and smoked beet hummus.

Beet Preparation

our beets have been washed and clean, wrapped in foil and ready for the grill

#freshbeets

It’s so simple to prepare beets for the grill to roast and smoke.  Simply trim the leaf stalks off and wash the beets well under water.  Pat dry and then wrap in aluminum foil leaving the upper portion of the foil open to allow the smoke vapor in.  That’s it!  I like to put my foil wrapped beets on a ¼ sheet pan to make it easy to add and remove from the grill.  This will be a two-zone grill set up so while I’ve been preparing the beets, I’ve preheated my grill to medium-high using only ½ the burners and added a smoker box with wood chunks to the side that will be hot.  Wait for full temperature and the wood chunks to smoke, and you’re ready to add the beets.

Tasting Notes: It is not necessary to foil wrap the beets but you will need something to put the beets on otherwise you’ll have purple beet juice all over your grill.

Two-Zone Grill Smoking

our foil wrapped beets on the grill with a smoker box added a smoke flavor

#twozonecooking

With the washed fresh beets wrapped in foil, it’s time to let them grill roast as well as smoke.  I’ve placed three hardwood chunks in a metal smoker box to add smoke vapor to the beets.  My beets are placed on the unlit side of the grill while the smoker box is on the hot side.  After about 75 minutes, these are tender and smoky.  Remove them from the grill and allow to cool until they can be handled.  Using a paper towel, begin peeling the skin from the cooked beets.  Using a paper towel will protect your hands from becoming purple from the beet juice, a common problem when working with beets.

Tasting Notes: I’ve elected to use wood chunks as I find the provide for greater smoke vapor and don’t require any additional wood to be added to the smoker box.  You certainly can use wood chips but note, you may need to replenish these during cooking.

A Bright and Flavorful Hummus

putting the smoked beets in the blender and adding ingredients brings out the flavor along with the color

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With the beet grilled and smoked, it’s time to add the ingredients for our hummus.  Start by adding one 15-1/2 ounce can of chickpeas that have been rinsed and drained to a food processor bowl.  Then add 1/3 cup of well mixed tahini, ¼ cup fresh lemon juice, ¼ cup ricotta, 1 garlic clove finely grated, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper, and ¼ teaspoon ground coriander to a food processor and process until smooth.  Remember, the smoked beet will add a sweet flavor so adjust seasonings after that step.

 With the other ingredients processed for the beet hummus it’s time to bring in the wood fired beet flavor.  Cut one smoked beet into 8 pieces and add to the processor bowl and process until well combined and smooth.  Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.  Transfer the hummus to a serving dish, sprinkle with fresh mint and a drizzle of olive oil.  Serve with your choice of sides – vegetables, pita wedges, won-ton chips, crostini, crackers – whatever fits your need.  This is easy to keep on hand for when you need a quick cocktail accompaniment or just want a great, healthy snack.  You’ll love the festiveness of the bright purple-pink hue which makes this a stand out dish.

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Our Grilled Parsnips with added wood smoky flavor taste almost like French Fries!

Our Grilled Parsnips with added wood smoky flavor taste almost like French Fries!

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Your diet likely doesn’t consistent of many root vegetables and I can guarantee that if you have kids, they may not have tried more than a carrot for a root vegetable.  I’m going to introduce you to parsnips which is one root vegetable that when grilled, takes on a flavor very similar to French fries.

That’s why I’m calling this recipe my Smoked Parsnip Fries with Spicy Honey Glaze.  As easy to prepare as it’s cousin the carrot, parsnips take no time at all to prepare and smoke on the grill.  Go to the market and get yourself about 2 pounds of this lesser used vegetable and let’s convert you from the potato to the parsnip!

Got 5 Minutes?

The parsnips have been clean of the outer skin, washed and sliced to size

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Just like carrots, likely the more popular root vegetable, parsnips grow as a tuberous root and can be eaten raw, though most people prefer to cook them.  Once mature, they are harvested and sold in the grocery stores.  I do a simple end trim and peel them with a vegetable peeler.  Next, I cut them into 3-inch lengths and the width of an average potato French fry.  I then toss them with ¼ cup of oil – I’m using avocado oil but you can also use olive, almond, walnut, grape-seed or similar high heat oil – and kosher salt and fresh ground pepper.  Now they’re ready for the grill.

Tasting Notes: When selecting parsnips, it’s important to look for ones that have a smooth surface with no cuts or indentations.  Because they are a root vegetable, it’s important to rinse them well under water before preparing.

 Two-Zone Grill Smoking

Our smoker box is all set on the lite side of the grill and the parsnips on the unlite!

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The best method of cooking our pre-cut parsnips is on a sheet pan.  This will ensure that the cuts of parsnip get equal browning and tenderization.  Just like roasting in your oven, I’ll be using a higher grill temperature of 400-425° F on my gas grill.  Total cooking time should be roughly 45 minutes to tenderize the parsnips.  For added flavor, I’ve included three double filet wood chunks to a metal smoker box.  These usually have wood chips added to them but I’ve found wood chunks much easier with less mess and no need to refill with more wood.

I’m using a traditional two-zone setup that involves using  ½ the burners of my unit set to a medium-high setting and ½ the burners are left off.  The smoker box will go on the hot side of the grill while our sheet pan of pre-cut parsnips will go on the cold side.  Half way through cooking time I rotate the sheet pan to ensure even browning.  That’s it!

Grilled Parsnips Glaze ‘Em for Added Flavor

While the parsnips are turning golden and tender on the grill, it’s time to start on the glaze.  Begin by melting 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter in a small saucepan.  Add two chiles or ¾ teaspoon of crushed red pepper flakes, one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, and 1 tablespoon honey.  Stir the parsnips occasionally until the glaze holds together well.  Set aside and go to the grill and check on the grilled parsnips.  When tender and golden brown, remove from the grill.  The wood chunks will be 100% carbonized.  I’ll like to save these to use in my charcoal grill as a charwood fuel product for a natural charcoal.

pouring the honey sauce over the finished grilled pasnips and ready to serve

#grilledparsnips

With simple trimming and peeling, these grilled parsnips become even more flavorful when wood flavored on the grill.  Two zone cooking makes it easy to step away while the parsnips cook giving you plenty of time to make the great spicy honey glaze to finish off perfectly grilled parsnips.

Remove the parsnips from the grill, place on a serving platter, and drizzle the spicy honey glaze over the parsnips when ready to serve.   Today’s Smoky Grilled Parsnip Fries are going beside a ground chuck burger for more of a traditional taste of burger and fries.

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RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE- it will totally change the taste. Try some in a refreshing salad for extra flavor

RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE- it will totally change the taste. Try some in a refreshing salad for extra flavor

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RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE- The peak season for radishes is April thru July so I’m taking advantage of this great seasonal vegetable and putting them on the gas grill with some wood chunks to smoke up the flavors.   I’ll first provide you my technique for bringing a wood flavor to these red beauties on a traditional gas grill, then I’ll use the finished product in a smoked radish and cannellini bean salad that is perfect as a side dish or for those vegetarians, add some non-animal protein to be a main dish favorite.  Let’s get started!

Turning A Gas Grill Into A Smoker

Using an LP or natural gas grill makes this such an easy yet highly flavorful way to add wood-fired flavor to radishes.  First, I heat my grill using all burners (I have 4 total on my unit).  I add 2 double filet wood chunks from SmokinLicious® to one of the heat tents of the grill.  Heat tents diffuse the heat evenly throughout the grill area.  These also go by names such as flame tamers, diffusers, flavor bars.   Once the grill is to temperature, I will leave the burner with the wood chunks on medium and add my grill pan insert to the grill.  A vegetable pan ensures the radish pieces won’t fall thru traditional grill grates and allow for more even cooking and smoke flavor.

How To Purchase & Clean Radishes

Spring harvested garden radishes in a bowl ready for our RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

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When purchasing radishes look for plump, firm and smooth ones without any cracks or blemishes.  If purchasing with the greens intact, know they should be used within 2 days.  Those purchased in plastic bags remain fresh for up to a week.  My preparation of the radishes is very simple.  I remove the green leaves and stems – remember, these are highly nutritional as well so they can be added to a mix leaf salad or in a smoothie – and cut away the stem head and pointed tip.  Then wash the radishes well in a colander making sure all signs of dirt are removed since these are a root vegetable.  Pat dry and then cut into thin wedges as this sizing will be needed for my smoked radish and cannellini bean salad recipe.  Now, off to the grill which should be hot and ready to go.

True Wood Flavor Even On A Gas Grill

Cut radishes in vegetable pan ready for our RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

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With the radishes cut into thin wedges and placed on a vegetable tray, mine is the vegetable tray insert for the Stōk® grill system, I’m ready to place the insert on the grill.  First, I keep the burner that the wood chunk pieces are on lit as well as the burner next to that one.  The other two burners are turned off as I will use the accumulated heat to cook the radishes in an indirect method.  Closing the grill hood allows the radishes to tenderize and infuse with wood smoke vapor.  I am looking for these to be tender but still have a bit of bite to them.

Gather Your Ingredients for Radish Salad with a Wood-Fired Flare

Now that my radish wedges are tender and full of wood-fired flavor, it’s time to remove them from the grill, allow them to cool and begin assembling our RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE. Here’s what you’ll need for this recipe:

  • 2 anchovy fillets packed in oil, drained
  • ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons drained capers
  • 2-1/2 cups packed fresh flat leaf parsley leaves, divided
  • Kosher salt
  • Fresh ground pepper
  • 2 bunches of radishes that have been smoked in thin wedges
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 3- 15 ounce cans of cannellini beans, rinsed
  • ¾ cup oil cured black olives, pitted & quartered or you can use standard canned  pitted black olives

Blending The Dressing

Homemade dressing is added to the smoked radishes

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In a blender, combine the anchovies, oil, capers, and 1 cup of parsley and blend until a coarse puree forms.  Transfer this blended mixture to a large bowl; mix in ¼ cup vinegar, and season with salt and fresh ground pepper.  You can add more vinegar if the mixture appears dry but usually the recommended amount is perfect.

Bringing It Together for RADISH SALAD WITH A WOOD-FIRED FLARE

Our puree mixture will be the dressing for our salad.  Once the puree mixture is added to a bowl it’s time to bring in all the other aromatics.  First, add the smoked radish wedges followed by the scallions, beans, olives and remaining 1-1/2 cups of parsley and toss well to combine.  Despite having both anchovies and capers in the mix, this is not a salty tasting bean salad so those with sodium concerns can relax and enjoy.

We’ve taken our previously grilled and smoked radish wedges flavored with SmokinLicious® double filet ash wood chunks, and produced a rich, flavorful bean salad packed with the flavors of fresh parsley, olives, and layered in flavors from capers and anchovy.  This salad can be made 4 hours ahead, covered, and chilled until ready to serve.  It is the perfect compliment to fish, poultry, and steak.  For a vegetarian take, add hard-boiled egg or tofu.  We’ve even added seasonal strawberry and grapes, as fruits add a nice sweet level that works very well. Take advantage of seasonal radish’s high nutritional value, and put your take on this great recipe.

Close up of radish salad with beans and parsley leaves

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Dr Smoke- “Smoking changes this vegetable by tempering the licorice flavoring for a more subtle taste edition to a salad.”

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