Nov 182012

Smoked Turkey Breast
4 lb Turkey Breast brined over night
1 C Mayo
1 T Rubbed sage
1 T Hungarian Paprika
½ Lb Apple wood chips soaked in water.
Salt and pepper to taste

Rinse and pat dry brined turkey breast and smear mayo over the turkey breast. Sprinkle skin side with sage, paprika, salt and pepper and set aside. Start smoker. When briquets are ashy, drain the apple wood chips and add to smoking reservoir. Top with the wire rack. Place turkey skin side up on rack. Close smoker and allow turkey to smoke for 3 hours adding additional briquets as needed to keep a temperature of 225 to 240 degrees in the smoker. After 3 hours, use the stick thermometer in the thickest part of the breast. The temperature should be around the 161 to 163 degrees, remove from smoker to a clean cutting board. Allow to stand for 30 minutes or more before carving. Hint, slice parallel to the keel bone to remove the breast then slice across the grain of the flesh. Don’t do it like you may have seen in commercials. Looks pretty but it is the wrong way.

Nov 042012

Stuffed Acorn Squash

2 Medium Acorn Squash cut in half and seeds removed
1 lb Ground pork
1 small red onion peeled and small dice
2 Cloves garlic minced
1 T Fennel seeds
1 T rubbed sage
1 T Hungarian paprika
1 T Chili Powder
1 T Canola Oil plus additional to brush the edges of the squash
Salt and pepper to taste

In dry non stick pan over medium heat, toast fennel seeds and grind seeds. Brown pork in canola over medium low heat. Add onion and garlic. Cook to soften veg. Drain mixture and allow to cool. Add Seasonings to combine. Preheat oven to 350. Arrange the squash cut side up on baking sheet. Brush edges of cut side of squash. Fill squash cavities with sausage mixture and cover with heavy aluminum foil. Bake for 45 minutes or until squash flesh is soft when touched.

Oct 282012

12 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
6 Cloves garlic minced
4 Limes zested and juiced
1 Large white onion diced
2 Jalapeno pepper seeded and minced
1 Serrano pepper seeded and minced
1 bunch Cilantro minced
Kosher Salt to taste

Combine all ingredients in a glass bowl. Chill at least one hour (better next day)