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Grilled Birds, Smashed Potatoes and Burgundy Mushrooms

A few weeks ago I posted this to my Facebook page and neglected to share it with you.  So here goes…

The weather was still in the 3 digits and using the oven to heat the house didn’t sound too good but I had come across a recipe that I couldn’t ignore.

I follow The Pioneer Woman Cooks who had posted a recipe for Burgundy Mushrooms.  Now if you like mushrooms you have to admit these sound more than tempting.

Off the the grocer I went to pick up 2lbs of button mushrooms, pulled 2 gamebirds from the freezer and dug around in the pantry for some potatoes.

We grilled the gamebirds and smashed the potatoes with lots of garlic and olive oil.  The resulting dinner was amazing and thanks to The Pioneer Woman Cooks, Chef Michael Chiarello and Hunter Angler Gardener Cook it was a feast worthy of a blog post!

The internet is truly amazing!  I can find any recipe to fit any desired result.  There’s such an abundance of free information and so many great chefs and cooks out there that are gracious enough to share their secrets with us.  No wonder we are on perpetual diets.

Now my daughter has requested that I post something original the next time I get a chance.  As I think about it… is there anything new under the sun?  Maybe.  I’ve been working on perfecting some javelina recipes.. could be our next adventure.

Pr 25:21 If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

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Grilled Chocolate Ribeye Steaks

A few years ago I made a cooking blunder that turned out to be a major AHA! in my cooking experiences.  You know, a recipe error that turns out to be a good thing?  Like in that peanut butter cup commercial?  “You got chocolate on my peanut butter!”  …. “No, you got peanut butter on my chocolate!”

The plan was to make some BBQ Ribs with this spice rub from a cookbook.  I had mixed a spice rub up a few weeks earlier for another meal and the unused portion was packed away.  The problem was that when I was prepping the ribs, sprinkling  spice rub on them, I realized something was wrong.  It wasn’t spice rub at all….. it was … chocolate?

Yep, I had on another occasion way, way back, taken some stale chocolate biscotti and ground it to a crumbly sprinkle for ice cream and I had put it in the same kind of container as the spice rub.  Foolish me didn’t label them and now I was in a pickle with chocolate biscotti sprinkles on my beef ribs.

“So,” I think to myself, “my husband and I both like chocolate.  Maybe if I rub it off and put enough spice rub on he wont notice.” So that’s what I did and the ribs were wonderful!

Since that day I’ve recreated that great bbq taste and presented it to the twisted brow of a few folks who agree it’s great.  Now I’ll share my little secret with you. Enjoy!

Chocolate Ribeye Steaks

1/3 c packed dark brown sugar
2 Tbls onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
3 tsp kosher salt
1 Tbls fresh ground black pepper
4 Tbls paprika
3 ground chocolate biscotti (I used my food processor)

Ribeye Steaks

Mix all dry ingredients together.  Sprinkle on both sides of your perfect steak, “marinate” for about 30 minutes and grill to your desired result.  I like mine rare.

Store left over Chocolate Spice Rub in an airtight container.  Stays fresh for an extended time in the freezer.  Oh, and don’t forget to put a label on it.  🙂

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I mentioned in an earlier post that we have pounds of wild game in our freezer and today I defrosted some ground “Buffalo.” (North American Bison)  This meat is hormone free, lean and tasty without being too gamey so it makes a great substitute for hamburger.

Here’s the latest creation!~

Shepherds Pie a la Buffalo

1 lb ground buffalo (Turkey or Beef work too)
1/3 cup dry bread crumbs
1/4 cup catsup
1/4 cup chopped onion
1 Tbl Worcestershire sauce
1 egg slightly beaten
1 cup frozen mixed vegetables; thawed

Topping:
*1 1/2 – 2 cups of your own homemade Mashed Potatoes
4 oz grated jack or cheddar cheese

or
1 cup water
3 tbl fresh butter
1 1/2 Mashed Potato Flakes
1/2 cup milk
4 oz grated jack or cheddar cheese

Method:
Heat oven to 350 F. In large bowl, combine all filling ingredients and mix together well. Pat mixture into a 9-10 in pan. (I used a cast iron skillet)

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until center is thoroughtly cooked. Drain excess liquid.

In a medium saucepan, heat water and butter to rolling boil. Remove from heat. Stir in Potato flakes, milk, cheese and egg. Mix well.   *Spoon over filling to cover and sprinkle with paprika. Return to the oven and bake for 10 minutes or until golden.

Serve it up and enjoy!

Proverbs 15:17
Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.

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