You know how annoying it is when a terrible band with only one song you can even remember comes out with a greatest hits album? Well on Sunday, the Jacked Up Grill was that Band. The unbelievable success of this blog and its loyal reader have been so much fun these past few months that I decided we needed to have some of our new friends from our new town over to celebrate. And in true Jacked Up Grill fashion, just throwing a couple dogs on the fire wasn't acceptable. And that is because the grocery store was out of dog. Otherwise, we would have grilled probably a weimaraner.Just kidding.
We wanted to have a greatest hits tasting menu of all the things that we have sort of figured out how to cook this year. And we wanted to go all out. So all out we went. We invited a total of 23 adults and kids to our backyard (the only place in our tiny rental house large enough to seat more than 1.4 people) and we wanted them to come hungry and leave happy....That has a nice ring to it. Someone should write that down.....
My plan was huge, as my plans always are. We needed multiple courses with multiple offerings. There are plenty of vegans round here, and while I don't really know what a vegan is (I think they only eat fruit that has fallen from trees that have fallen from natural causes. Like getting hit by meteors.), I thought we should at least have some vegetarian food. I just threw up in my mouth a little.
As all good huge plans do, we needed a dry erase board.
Pregzilla and I took Jack the Lil' Ripper to the store to stock up on ingredients, and he had his first spin in the Car Shaped Shopping Cart.
Grilled Tomato Soup
Bacon Wrapped Smoked Jalepeno Poppers
Chimichurri Chicken Paillards
Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders
Grilled White Pizza
Homemade Bacon Salt Potato Chips with Chipotle Ketchup and Garlic Aioli
Grilled Corn on the Cob with Lime Sage Butter
Key Lime Pie
Poor Man's Profiteroles with Habanero Blackberry Sauce and Ice Cream
For the soup this time, I used tomatoes given to me by one of my patients at the pharmacy. It was a goal of mine to get to know my patients well enough for someone to bring me produce from their garden and for a little old lady to bake me a pie. Both have happened. Incidentally, it is also a goal of mine for a patient to give me a million dollars in small, non-sequential bills, in case any of you are reading. Then my career will be complete.
We owe a special thanks to Allison for her excellent photography!!
One large Avocado
2 cloves garlic minced
1/4 white onion, finely diced
1 roma tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Juice of 1 lime
Cut meat out of avocado and cut into 1 inch cubes. Cover with lime juice and toss. Mash with a potato masher until its as smooth as you like guacamole. We like ours pretty smooth. then add garlic, onion, salt, cumin and cayenne. Mix thoroughly. Gently fold in tomatoes at the end. Eat with chips. Write me a thank you note for introducing you to the world's best guacamole. Include cash.
Homemade Bacon Salt Potato Chips
1 large baking potato
2 cups vegetable oil
I have a mandolin, which is a small guitar like musical instrument. I also have a mandolin, which is a kitchen tool for slicing things thin. I used the latter to make very thin potato slices. I tossed them into the hot oil until they were crispy and golden brown and then drained them. While still hot, I sprinkled them with Bacon Salt, which is exactly what it sounds like.
Chipotle Peppers in Adobo sauce
Super easy, but watch out, because these peppers will melt your face off. Just portion out about 4 ounces of ketchp for every pepper you add. Puree in a blender until completely smooth. This is excellent stuff.
Garlic Aioli cheater style
1 clove garlic finely minced
Cracked black pepper
I just whipped together all the ingredients until completely smooth and put it in a squeeze bottle. On the potato chips, this was the way to go. Very good. Get your thank you notes back out.....
Poor Man's Profiteroles with Blackberrry Habanero Sauce
1 package Pepperidge Farm Puff Pastry
1 cup blackberries
1 cup granulated sugar
Juice of 1 lime
1 habanero pepper, seeded
Vanilla Ice cream
Roll out puff pastry and cut into half dollar size circles. Using water or an egg wash, (1 egg and about 1/2 teaspoon of water mixe together) stick two of the circles together, then brush the top one with egg wash. Bake at 350 until golden brown and puffed up (about 10 minutes). When cooled, split in two like a biscuit, and place a dollop of ice cream in the middle like a little sandwich. Top with blackberry sauce.
Place berries, lime juice and sugar in a saucepan and stir over medium high heat until liquefied. Finely chop pepper and add to berries. When syruppy, allow to cool and then blend in a blender of food processor until no lumps remain. Refrigerate.