Main Course

Whole Roasting for the Holidays Traeger Pro 575 pt.4

December 19, 2019

When you have a smoking Traeger Pro 575 loaded up with hickory and some beautiful whole roasting ingredients ready to go, it is truly the most wonderful time of year. I have been using my Traeger for about a year now and I fall in love with it more and more every time I get something new to cook with it…this time its whole roasted prime rib, salmon, and the unbelievably delicious celery root. I’m going to walk you through how I go about whole roasting these three items with my set-up, but if you don’t have a Traeger Pro 575, I’d highly recommend getting one as a early x-mas present because it is truly the gift that keeps giving… PERFECT GIFT FOR THE HUBBY! Also, to make things WAY easier, The Home Depot includes FREE delivery when you purchase from them online, and free-assembly when you purchase in-store…I’m all about that free-assembly life.

One last thing before the recipes! I’m GIVING AWAY a brand new Traeger Pro 575 to one of you lucky folks and all you have to do is comment on this post (or on my Traeger Instagram post) letting me know what would be the first thing you’d cook in your grill if you win! OK, enough said, recipe time.

Salmon – Bone-in Prime Rib – Celery Root

First thing on the list is the Prime Rib and this one is about 6-7 lbs. If you notice there’s almost ZERO moisture on the meat because I let it sit in the fridge uncovered for 24 hours before cooking and I also diligently pat it dry with a few paper towels before seasoning. You can basically tell that the meat is “dry” enough when salt can barely stick to the surface.

Once you start to season the meat and work with it a little, the seasoning will stick to it just fine, but the goal is to try to avoid a soggy cut of meat that will end up wanting to boil rather than caramelize. With a cut this big, you want to heavily season it since there’s actually very little surface area compared to its volume.

Fresh cracked black pepper

So here I’ve seasoned it with kosher salt, fresh cracked black pepper, rosemary leaves, and crushed garlic. I tend to stay away from stuffing the garlic and rosemary into the meat since I really am a stickler for clean slices of prime rib. The more you stuff, the more a cut like this starts to morph into something too complex than it needs to be.

I set my Traeger Pro 575 to 275f˚ with their hickory wood pellets (the aroma is incredible) and will be cooking this for about 1 hour to break the chill and start the “slow and low” cooking process for an even colored slice of prime rib later on. Now its on to my celery root!

I’m sure there’s quite a few of you who know what this awkward looking root is, but I have a feeling that there’s more folks out there that have no clue what this is and even more so, how to cook with it. It’s incredible as a puree, soup, and mashed, but today its all about whole roasting.

Thoroughly wash your celery root before using. Use the tops for stock or broth.

This is about as simple as it gets. Pour a generous amount of kosher salt into a small sheet tray, put the cleaned celery root on top of the salt bed and its time to cook these beauties.

Before you add the celery root to your grill, turn the heat up to 400f˚ and you’re going to cook them for about 2 hours or until they’re fork tender. Just make sure to remove the Prime rib about 1 hour into cooking the celery when the internal temperature is around 120-130f˚ (medium rare – medium). Now it’s salmon time!

For this whole side of salmon, I’m going to do almost like a light curing before I cook it by seasoning it in advance and letting it sit for about an hour or so before cooking. This helps firm up the meat ever so slightly and the sugar gets a chance to even out and melt into the flesh.

Salt, brown sugar, lemon zest, and rosemary for the win.

It’s been about an hour or so since I added my celery root to the grill and it’s time to remove it from the heat and let it rest for at least 20-30 minutes before slicing which will be the perfect amount of time to cook up the salmon.

Resting allows everything inside to even out. Temperature, coloring, and moisture.

I really wish I had a proper wood plank to cook this salmon on, but I improvised with an old pizza stone and it turned out great. Ideally you don’t want to cook a whole filet of salmon like this straight onto the grill because it has a tendency to stick and is a pain to move around after that happens…it can get really ugly, really quick. Also, I had to put the top rack back into my Trager grill to continue cooking the celery root alongside the salmon FYI.

I’ll be cooking this for about 20-30 minutes (depends on thickness) and I’ll be keeping the temperature at 400f˚ throughout.

This 5lb filet took about 25 minutes.

Ok, so everything is off of the grill, rested, and ready to be put onto a plate. Just be carful with the celery root because it retains an insane amount of heat (just like a baked potato), so watch out for a burst of steam if you decide to cut straight into even a few minutes after its been off the grill.

I finished these thick beautiful slices of roasted celery root with some melted butter, parsley, Maldon salt, and cracked black pepper. This will give any whole roasted meats a good run for there money…replace the butter with olive oil and this is a perfect vegan “substitute”.

The salmon can and should be served whole for family and friends to portion as they please, but I wanted to show just how beautiful it is once its on a plate…plus I roasted a few lemons as the prefect company to this whole roasted salmon.

Last but definitely not the least, its time to carve up the prime rib. I will admit that my prime rib was a tad more rare than what I was shooting for, but when that happens, I tend to indulge in its rarity.

I finished the slices with some cracked black pepper, crunchy Maldon salt, and a few rosemary leaves to garnish. Normally I would make some creamy horseradish sauce to dip it in or maybe even some savory beef jus, but I’m also a fan of simplicity. I hope you enjoyed these recipes and like I said at the beginning of this post, if you’re looking to get someone a gift that they’ll use for a lifetime AND that feeds you, go grab a Traeger Pro 575 from your local The Home Depot or online… I promise, you will NOT REGRET IT.

Ingredients:

6-7lb bone in prime rib

3 tbsp cracked black pepper

3 tbsp kosher salt

3 tbsp rosemary leaves

3 cloves garlic

5lb salmon filet (skin on)

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 tbsp salt

2 tbsp chopped rosemary

1 tsp lemon zest

2-3 large celery roots

2 cups salt

1 tbsp butter

1 tbsp chopped parsley

salt and pepper to tast

Main Course

Hot Wings & Herbaceous Drumsticks for Game Day Traeger Pro 575 pt.3

October 17, 2019

IT’S GAME TIME!! I have to say, aside from holiday feasts game days are the absolute BEST excuse to roll out the red carpet for all your favorite snacks, sides, dips, sauces, meats, drinks and everything in between. If there’s any game day traditions that I have, making sure to have PLENTY of sauced-up barbecued things within an arms reach and lots of paper towels ready to go is 100% one of them. In this post I’ll walk you through two recipes that have been on my mind and have my stomach raring for me to finish this post to get back to the game… Before we get into the post, I’d love to know if you guys have any fun game day traditions or tailgating essentials that you would like to share with me and maybe I’ll put it/them in a future game day themed post! leave a comment down below or on my instagram page to let me know! Ok, lets do this!

I present to you the some seriously beautiful chicken.

Hot Wings
Herbaceous Chicken

Ok, now that you’re hooked and have seen just how incredible the chicken is, it’s time to show you how this all came to be with a little help from The Home Depot and my Traeger Pro 575.

We’re first going to tackle the “Herbaceous Chicken”, so start out by slicing up the red onions, cilantro, Italian parsley, and a lime.

Season with a generous amount of salt, cracked black pepper, and a splash of olive oil, then add in the chicken drumsticks and give it a vigorous mixing of flavors with your hands…

After they’re massaged to perfection, lay the seasoned chicken down on a tray and let them sit for 1 hour in the fridge, covered. Repeat this process with the chicken wings and its respective flavors. > check ingredient list

Now that the chicken is ready to go, I’ve fired up my Traeger Pro 575 with their applewood pellets (perfect for bbq ribs btw) to 450f and will be grilling these beauties for about 30-45 minutes. 30 minutes for the wings and about 35-45 minute for the drumsticks depending on their size.

side note: The Traeger Pro 575 has a “WiFIRE” feature that allows you to control the grill through your smartphone! This is very very helpful when game day gets way too exciting to be stuck outside grilling and especially for long cooking times that need adjustment half way through. I knew the future would be delicious…lol

The holland long red peppers are have such an incredible flavor, especially after they’ve been grilled up! You better be ready for that heat though…just saying.

SAUCE TIME! Ok, chicken is on the grill getting all smokey and golden, this is the perfect time to get the tossing sauces RTG (ready to go). First up is the herb sauce for the drumsticks. Both of these sauces are insanely easy btw… For the green sauce, add in the cilantro, parsley, olive oil, avocado, a lime slice, and salt to taste.

Blend on the highest setting on your blender to achieve and smooth green puree.

FYI, add garlic and red pepper to this and you’d have an incredible chimichurri.

Next up is the “Hot Wing” sauce. I’m not even going to make this one difficult because it really shouldn’t have to be for a sauce like this, but I understand that there are people out there that really take hot wing sauce to another level…this sauce is just what the doctor ordered, but won’t win an award with it…OK! Now that that’s over with, get a saucepan on medium heat and add in your apple cider vinegar and reduce by half.

add in the butter, smoked paprika, chili powder, honey, and tobacco sauce. Continue to cook on medium heat for 3-4 for minutes until ingredients blend together.

This will need a bit of salt, so just give the sauce a taste as you season.

Now that the sauces are done, its time to coat up the chicken! The amount of sauce that you put on the chicken is totally up to you and your love for sauce…I tend to go a bit overboard, but that’s just me. Just make sure that every piece of chicken at least gets a solid kiss from the sauce. Hot wings are up first!

Add a little chopped parsley and it really sets these off.
HOT WINGS!

Time for the green sauce! Go green baby!

DONEZO! I love me some hot wings, but these herbed-up drumsticks really are a winner. Imagine this all shredded up and thrown into a taco? Maybe even a tostada OR warm chicken salad? I'm a big fan of versatility in recipes, so this recipe in particular is major keeper for that reason alone. The wings on the other hand are just a downright essential.

Another great day thanks to a little bit of creativity, some elbow grease, hungry friends and family, game day essentials, and my Traeger Pro 575. I also got a chance to play around with the Google Home Hub (on the right) that I got from Home Depot and its perfect to keep track of stats from other games without draining my phone battery! Plus like a million other things, lol. I hope you have a GREAT game day and next time you’re at your local Home Depot for an extra pair of wrenches or roses for the patio, check out what they have to amp up your game day essentials too!

Hot Wings:

  • 4-5lb whole chicken wings
  • 3 holland red pepper split lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp cumin
  • 4 tbsp paprika
  • 4 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp canola or olive oil

Hot Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 5-6 tbsp tobacco sauce
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • salt to taste

Herbaceous Drumsticks:

  • 4-5lb Chicken Legs (Drumsticks)
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 4 tbsp chopped cilantro and Italian parsley
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 3 tbsp salt
  • 3 tbsp canola or olive oil

Herb Sauce:

  • 3 tbsp chopped parsley and cilantro
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 of an avocado
  • 1 lime slice
  • salt to taste
Main Course

Grilled Herb Garden Chicken Sandwich pt.2 Traeger Pro 575

June 10, 2019

 

Grilled Herb Garden Chicken Sandwich

 

 

Well, I’m back at it again with my new Traeger Pro 575 grill from Home Depot and as you can see, the results are quite delicious. Sandwiches are kind of funny because they can almost tell you a little bit about yourself or of someone else if you pay close attention to how it’s ordered. Do they like it saucy or dry? Do they like more meat and cheese or more veggie leaning?…White or Wheat? THERE’S SO MANY CHOICES!! Pickles, oil and vinegar, mustard, or some sort of sour/salty/spicy sauce is always a big one with me personally when it comes to a stellar sammy, but what does it all mean? I have zero clue, but everyone likes their sammy a special way for some special reason and this one has it’s own sort of vibe and feeling to it right? It most likely represents how I love to enjoy food with my family in my backyard to put it simply. This is a super duper simple recipe and is a perfect way to spend Father’s Day afternoon racking up forearm grill marks to brag about later…

 

 

If you don’t know already, I’m sort of an herb fanatic and tend to use lots and lots of them in almost everything I eat other than dessert hence my need for a herb garden…but even then there’s quite a few to choose from if I put my mind to it. Anyways, this sandwich really starts out right here with some beautiful picking from the garden… Garlic (needs a wash), onion tops, cilantro, and thyme (in flowering season!) all ready to be prepped.

 

 

One thing I love to use in my kitchen is a blender… I love, loVE, LOVE a good blender. Maybe it’s just the commercial cook mindset that I still have from the “old days”, but blenders can do things that a mortar and pestle can’t. BUT WITH THAT SAID, a good m&p can do things to ingredients that blenders simply cannot, so I decided to really get the most out of my herbs by grinding them up in my stone m&p with little olive oil and salt.

 

 

The goal is here to grind grind and grind some more. Once the oil is super infused with the green chlorophyll and the garlic cloves start to turn into a paste then you’re on the right track.

 

 

Take almost all of the herb oil and coat a few butterflied chicken breasts (more sandwich friendly) with sliced red on, salt, and a good helping of black pepper 10-15 minutes before you’re ready to grill…This will give you some time to heat up the grill and for this one you’ll want it as hot as you can get it.

 

 

Depending on the size of your chicken breasts, they should only take about 10-12 minutes at 450f on the Traeger Pro 575 (hopefully not as dusty as mine! lol) to cook all the way through, but if you like your charred edges like I do, stretch it out a little to get the desired results. I also threw on a few dogs for my boys because a smokey grill translates into “give me hot dogs NOW” in crazy rapidly growing boy language…plus, I love me a good hot dog loaded with everything you could imagine. 😉

 

 

             

 

As soon as the chicken is at its prime, top it with a good amount of shredded mozzarella or jack and cover the lid with all the buns toasting happily alongside. One thing to note here is that if you’re not comfortable cooking “quickly” at high temperatures, just be mindful that cooking times will run longer the lower the temperature and thin cuts of meat tend to not hold up all that well in those conditions…. if you need a smaller (or larger) heat source to work with, Home Depot actually has a pretty big line-up of Traeger Grills that may suit your comforts a little better.

 

                            

 

One thing I love about this grill is that it’s plug and go, so the only thing to really think about before grilling is what wood (in pellet form) you want to use. There’s quite a few different selections of pellets you can choose from which I love since you can really nail down some solid smoking recipes from salmon to short rib depending on the wood that’s best suited for the ingredients. I used cherry wood pellets this time around which was really nice and I tend to go with mesquite when I go for fast hot grilling, but if you want to check out all the varieties of wood for yourself, click here. Fill, flip switch on, cook, flip switch off, done… doesn’t get any easier folks.

 

 

Everything seems ready to go, so all there’s left to do is set the table, load up the hotdogs for wifey and kiddos, and make one mean chicken sandwich with some leftover herb mixture from the mortar, lime juice, and mayo for a wonderful herb packed sandwich spread.

 

 

Hot dog toppings at the Talbott house always include yellow mustard, ketchup, shredded cheddar/jack, sauerkraut, hand-cut dill pickles, and minced onions…

                       

 

Toasted sourdough, herb garden spread, herb garden marinated grilled chicken, melty jack cheese, perfectly sliced “cado cado” as my 1 year old likes to call it, romaine heart spears, and a dash of olive oil and cracked black pepper to finish….this is a really really good chicken sandwich.

 

     

 

 

 

Pickled red onions (maybe even with some spicy peppers) would be a great addition this sammy….or any savory anything for that matter. Pickled stuff is my weakness.

 

 

This is one heck of a sandwich! I swear, the herb garden spread alone is worth trying out for yourself even if you don’t make the sandwich. It can be use for so many different recipes and would be a really killer pasta salad dressing. I’ll be doing some more grilling through summer with my Traeger Pro 575 and would love to hear from you on what I should use it for next! Drop a comment here or follow me on Instagram and leave your request on a recent pic!

 

 

Ingredients:

Herb Garden Marinade:

2lbs chicken breasts

2-3 green onions

3-4 sprigs of thyme

2 tbsp chopped fennel fronds

1 bunch cilantro

2-3 garlic cloves

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 of a red onion, sliced

salt and black pepper

 

Herb Garden Spread:

2 tbsp reserved herb garden marinade

3 tbsp mayo

1/2 lime, juiced

salt to taste

 

Avacado

Shredded Jack Cheese

Soft sourdough rolls

Romaine spears

 

 

Main Course

Ranchera Steak Salad – pt.1 Traegar Pro 575

April 30, 2019

“Ranchera” Steak Salad

 

I’ve always been a big fan of a good steak salad, but it can be hard to find a really satisfying one at most local places. I’ve ran across a few in my life and its always the ones that are a little off the beaten path and always have a good blend between crisp veggies, cilantro vinaigrette, some element of creaminess, slightly spicy, and whatever meat you choose (in this case I went with Carne de Ranchera) it should have a good amount of salt, cumin, complimenting spices, and grilled to absolute perfection. Another great thing about this recipe is that I had the pleasure to execute it with the new Traegar 575 pro and its one of the best grills I’ve ever come across thanks to my partnership with Home Depot. Aside from being bullet proof (hardware and overall build are great) and very easy to set-up and use, the wood pellet grilling system that Traegar grills are known for are really impressive. I used the mesquite pellets and it gave a really nice light smoke on the meats that turned out to be perfect for what I was going with. Sometimes salads can be a bit boring, but if you load them up with loads of contrasting mouth watering flavors, they can and should become a staple recipe in any kitchen. I called it the “Ranchera Steak Salad” because this would be such an easy lunch to whip up for lunch when the grill is hot, meat is seasoned, and you have fresh veggies and herbs in the garden. Alright, lets dive into the recipe!

 

This is the blend of ingredients I’ll be going with to season the Carne de Ranchera. Sliced yellow onion, Clockwise: Paprika, Ancho chili, Chipotle, chili flakes, cilantro (stems and all), parsley, and thyme. You can tell the herbs are from my garden because my little caterpillar buddy followed me in..lol

 

 

Add the ingredients to a large mixing bowl along with the meat and begin to gently massage it all together.

 

 

 

 

Make sure you really get the seasoning in every nook and cranny and blend the red spices as evenly you can. Also, add in a little olive oil blended with canola oil as well.

 

 

Fire up the grill to your desired grilling temp, in this case I was at the 450f setting on my Traegar 575 pro and preheated it for a good 20 minutes before starting.

 

 

Add in the meat according to its cooking time once the grill its ready to go. Here I also bought some spicy chorizo sausage to go along with the steak and I’m saving some for tomorrow morning for my eggs, but none the less, I gave them a 30 minute head start before I started grilling the steak.

 

 

This meat cooks really fast, but is actually kind of hard to screw up believe it or not… its good rare, well done, or charred, so don’t worry to much about overcooking it per se. I left mine on the grill for about 5 minutes or so on both sides and I was more than happy with the juicy results.

 

 

Always, always, always season your meat with a good amount of salt…that is all

 

 

While the meat is cooking on the grill, its a good time to put together the components to the salad. I just picked this green garlic from one of my beds and it will serve as probably the strongest flavor in my creamy “chimichurri” dressing.

 

 

I reserved some of the herbs (cilantro, parsley, thyme) from the seasoning for my meat to use alongside the green garlic, fresh lime zest & juice, 50/50 olive oil and canola, chili flakes, and a good pinch of salt to forge the dressing.

 

 

After you minced the green garlic, herbs, and chili flakes together, add everything to a mixing bowl along with a few dollops of sour cream and give it a good stir.

 

 

If it gets a little to thick, which mine did, keep adding a little bit of water until it reaches a creamy consistency. This dressing is good for SO MANY THINGS btw.

 

 

For the salad I’m using some baby romaine romaine from the garden along with chunky avocados, vine ripe tomatoes, and sliced red onion. I’m going for a fork and knife feel for this salad since you’re having steak anyway, so splitting the heads down the middle and keeping just a little bit of the root on felt appropriate. Also, the browning on the tips are a result of the warmer weather and me not trimming back the leaves more regularly for new growth…doesn’t really bother me though.

 

 

THE MEAT IS READY!! All in all the total cooking team between the two were about 45 minutes (35 for chorizo / 10 for steak) and its time to assemble the salad,

 

 

 

You can always make this a tossed type of salad if you prefer it that way, but sometimes highlighting the ingredients helps with flavor contrast in my humble opinion. Anyways, start with spreading some of the creamy dressing down…

 

 

Gently toss the romaine, avocados, sliced red onion, and tomatoes with a splash of olive oil, lime juice and salt then place some of the mixed salad down onto the side of the plate.

 

 

Place the sliced steak on the other side of the plate and garnish with a grilled jalapeño and roasted tomatoes that serve as perfectly delicious “condiments”. THAT’S IT! This steak salad will be one to remember, I PROMISE. Big thanks to Traegar Grills and Home Depot for collaborating with me on this recipe and I’ll be showing you a few more recipes with this grill along with some of the digital features it has over the summer, so stay tuned! Brisket Sandwich? Smoked Short Rib Breakfast? Mesquite Salmon for dinner? SO MANY OPTIONS!

 

 

 

Ingredients:

2 lbs Carne de Ranchera

5 tbsp paprika

1 tbsp ground ancho chili, ground chipotle, and chili flakes

1 cup sliced yellow onion

2 tbsp chopped cilantro and parsley

2 tsp chopped thyme

3 tbsp olive oil

3 tbsp canola oil

2 tbsp salt

 

Dressing:

4 tbsp minced green garlic

2 tbsp minced cilantro and parsley

2 tsp chopped thyme

2 tsp chili flakes

1 whole lime zest and juice

2 tbsp sour cream

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup canola oil

1 tbsp salt

water too thin…

 

 

Main Course

Winter Garden Salad

February 8, 2019

I’m sure many of you know this already, but I can’t tell you enough how rewarding it is to grow your own food. I know that it’s not always convenient to do it, I totally get it, BUT if you do have the time, space, and will, do it! I’ve always been fascinated with food in general and now that I have the time and space to work the kinks out a little, I’m taking full advantage. Hopefully, I’ll be able to bring a different angle to my channel with this new journey, but even if you don’t have the garden veggies for this salad, they’re VERY accessible in most grocery store nowadays. Try it out and let me know what you think!

Begin making a sherry & mustard vinaigrette by emulsifying 1/2 cup of olive oil with 1 tbsp of dijon mustard, 3-4 tbsp of sherry vinegar, 1 tbs of chopped thyme, 2 tbsp of chopped parsley, 1 tbsp of brown sugar (optional for sweetness), and 1 tbsp salt. Continue Reading…

Sides

Crispy Baby Potatoes, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, & Kale & Cabbage Salad

February 6, 2019

Hey everybody! Today I’d like you to meet an old chef buddy of mine that goes waaaayy back, Chris Builder! We worked in a few different kitchens a while back and have very similar pallets and attitudes toward food, so it was such a blast to film these recipes with him. He’s new to the social media world so go show him some love on his Instagram!

Begin making the crispy baby potatoes by bringing a pot of water to a simmer and adding 1 lb of baby potatoes. Cook until they are fork tender. Continue Reading…