I was travelling in Mexico when I got inspired to create this dish. We were sitting out on a patio ordering dinner when the waiter served a tequila flambeed roasted cauliflower. They pulled out this beautiful roasted whole cauliflower from a dish, first they cut it up and then coated it in tequila and then lit it on fire, it may have been one of the coolest table side dishes I’ve ever seen prepared.
Get your taste buds ready because we are going on a peppery adventure! Smoked Shishito peppers are like a mix between a jalapeno pepper and a poblano pepper, so without knowing, most people would assume they are spicy, but they aren’t! Well serendipity set in when I was walking the aisles of my local grocery store in Edmonton and I came across a bag of Shishito peppers, so I had to buy them and give them a try. I bought them intending to blister and smoke them with some flaky salt and the recipe you are about to read is the results of that.
Yorkshire pudding is an incredible side when served with roast beef, but did you know that if you stuff it with sausage and smother it in gravy that it’s a meal in itself! In England they sometimes call this recipe Toad in a Hole. I have seen mini versions of this recipe; muffin tin sized ones and I have seen it where you leave the sausages whole. We are doing a large version where you cut the sausages up into bite sized portions, because it’s easier to serve to my children that way. If you want to try one of the other ways mentioned here, it would only be small changes, let us know how it turns out!
This recipe is so good it will make you cry twice! First when you are chopping the onions and then again when you get a bite of the hot, sticky, gooey ooey cheese and bread with the delectable soup! French onion soup is one of my favorite meals. I love it because it can basically be made with kitchen scraps and yet it’s widely considered to be gourmet. The way the onions release their natural sugars with a little bit of help from the seasonings we are going to add makes this dish absolutely wonderful for a cold winter day.
Nuts and Bolts is one of those time-honored Christmas traditions that everyone loves. I haven’t been able to have nuts and bolts in the house for the last couple of years due to allergies in the house, so this year I decided to come up with a new recipe for nuts and bolts that is gluten free! Let me tell you, they did not disappoint. I got all the crispy, spicy salty goodness of all the ingredients and didn’t feel like it was missing a thing. If you are really into gluten, you can still add your favorite regular nuts and bolts ingredient like Shreddies or regular cheerios, but this one was designed for the Celiacs in my life.
Let’s get this started by telling you that I hate 99% of all shish kebabs. You know what I’m talking about. When people take raw meat and vegetables, thread them onto a skewer with no seasoning and then cook the skewer until the veggies are limp and the meat is like leather? Well, no more! I was tasked with coming up with a super innovative shish kebab recipe that would be “elevated” or world class. No overcooked meat and limp unseasoned vegetables at You Need a BBQ! I tasked myself with finding a vegetable that cooks the same way as meat and then pairing it with some meat and seasoning. My idea came to me with King Oyster Mushrooms and Bacon! Usually when I make King oysters in a frying pan I use sesame oil, so for this recipe I paired it with our sesame BBQ sauce called Samurai Sauce from our friends at BBQ Quebec. The recipe ended up being incredible, so here it is for you to give it a try!