Grilling Marinade

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Flank-Steak 2

 

It’s summer time and grilling is in full force, well except if you live here in the Ohio valley we need a canoe to get to the grill ūüôā ¬† It just will not stop raining…but today

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And the Flowers are blooming

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So if you love grilling just as much as I do, then act quick in between the rainy days and make this easy marinade.

This is great on beef, chicken or pork.

All you need is

1/2 cup olive oil
4 green onions, rough chopped
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
1/3 cup soy sauce
2 large garlic cloves
1/2 tsp. red pepper flakes
3 tbsp. dark brown sugar

Place all ingredients in the blender or food processor for 1 minute, pour over meat and let marinate.

If you are using Flank Steak (as I did) or Flat Iron – marinade over night or at least for 6 hours, Chicken or Pork – 4 to 6 hours, or you can leave them overnight as well.

Okay now start your GRILLS!!!!!! ūüėõ

Enjoy!!!

Homemade Goetta!!!! You must try it!!!

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GOETTA…you say WHAT!! ¬†

What is Goetta, that is the question I got the most from my friends that are not from this area (Greater Cincinnati/Northern Ky area) when I told them I was going to blog about Goetta. ¬†Now in my house I felt like when we had Goetta is was a breakfast treat, we didn’t have it all the time and usually only in the wintertime.

This is taken from Wikipedia –¬†

Goetta is a breakfast sausage of likely German-American origin that is popular in the greater Cincinnati area. It is primarily composed of ground meat (pork, or pork and beef) and steel-cut oats. Pronounced gétt-aa, ged-da or get-uh Americanized pronunciation, this dish probably originated with German settlers from the northwestern regions of Oldenburg, Hannover, and Westphalia who emigrated to the Cincinnati area in the 19th century.

The word “Goetta” comes from the Low German word g√∂tte.
Goetta was originally a peasant dish, meant to stretch out servings of meat over several meals to conserve money.

The modern popularity of goetta in Cincinnati has led to it being called “Cincinnati Caviar”. Glier’s Goetta, the largest commercial producer of goetta, produces more than 1,000,000 lb (450 metric tons) annually, around 99% of which is consumed locally in greater Cincinnati.

I must say I’m not a fan of Glier’s or for that fact any other brand except my Mom’s, oh and they have a Fest called Goettafest ūüôā

In the Greater Cincinnati area, there have been annual celebrations since 2004 with the central theme of Goetta.

The “Original Goettafest” is an annual cultural and culinary celebration held in Covington, Kentucky (where my Grandmother grew up), just across the river from Cincinnati, Ohio. Covington has a rich heritage of German immigrants and this festival is held in MainStrasse Village, an area of Covington a few blocks from the Ohio River.¬†

Goetta is typically formed into small loaves, and then cut into squares and fried, often in the oil left over from browning the meats or in bacon drippings. Traditionally a breakfast food, goetta is often served with apple butter, ketchup, mustard, syrup, grape jelly, honey, or eaten by itself.

More recently, goetta has become an all purpose food eaten with any meal. New goetta products in the Cincinnati area include goetta burgers, goetta dogs, and goetta pizza. ¬†Yes Goetta Pizza…one of our local pizza places (Newport Pizza) has a Goetta Pizza, with Goetta, fried potatoes, onions and fried eggs, there might be more on it, I can’t remember, I wanted to try it till then told me they used Glier’s and well NO ūüėõ

Yes I come from a part German background, my Dad’s Mother was actually born in Germany and came to Covington, Ky when she was a baby.

My Mom told me that when my Grandmother would make goetta, she would roast a pork butt then grind it herself with one of those old hand grinders. ¬†I was like what…wow!!!

We didn’t do that in our house, but I must say I think my “Mom’s” is the best, I don’t care if you follow this same recipe, I can tell her’s from anyone else, so I called on her to make this goetta.

Well she didn’t really make it she¬†instructed me and I made it at her house. ¬†

Now my Mom does follow the recipe on the back of the “Dorsel’s Pinhead Oatmeal” bag in some ways, but add’s Jimmy Dean’s Pork sausage. ¬† And she makes her’s in the microwave, now you can make it on the stove or in a slow cooker too it you want.

I do apologize for the making of pictures the lighting in her kitchen was not the best. 

Ingredients 

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She uses this 5 quart glass pot

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She chops her onions (I gave them this chopper one
year for christmas, my Dad loves it!! ūüôā ¬† Add salt, pepper, onions, bay leaves

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then add oats                         then 6 cups of water give a stir add lid

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cooking in microwave for 30 minutes….stirring after 15 minutes

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this is what it looks like after 30 minutes   pork, beef & pork sausage

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Take out bay leaves, this is the tool she used to get all the meat fully incorporated 

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This is fully¬†incorporated…cooking again for 30 minutes

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Stirring after 15 minutes again          then after 30 minutes your done

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We put it into large loaf pans, and refrigerate it for up to 2 months

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I made some small loaves too

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Now in prepation to cook it, really is to each own, I think it depends on how you were introduced to it.

My Mom likes it right after it was made (before you form it into loaves) in a bowl with a drizzle of maple syrup.

My Dad eats this way, this is the way I eat it too ūüôā

Goetta, bread, butter and ketchup (Heinz Ketchup only)
                                                                 Yes I am Ketchup snob!!

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I use a non stick skillet on med       till it get brown and crispy then I add a touch of butter

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I toast my bread                        butter my bread

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then I add the crispy brown goodness!!!

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Then drizzle it with Heinz Ketchup 
usually no fork or knife is needed, just pick it up
                                                              and eat it like pizza

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But I did use a fork and knife this time ¬†ūüôā

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Then it was gone and it was OOOOOO so GOOD!!!!

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This is the recipe on the back of the bag

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My Mom's Goetta

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1 pound lean ground beef
1 pound lean ground pork
1 pound Jimmy Dean’s Hot Pork sausage (she prefers this brand and like it hot, I got the regular not hot and I loved it)
1 med – large onion, diced
3 bay leaves
3 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
2 1/2 cup Dorsel’s Pinhead Oatmeal
6 cups water

To a 5 quart glass microwave pot add onion, salt, pepper, bay leaves and oatmeal, stir in water.
Cook in the microwave for 30 minutes, covered, stirring after 15 minutes, continue to cook just watching so it does not boil over, if it start to boil over just give it another stir.

After the 30 minutes add all the meat and with a potato masher mix in meat and make sure it is fully incorporated. 

Cook another 30 minutes covered in microwave again stirring after 15 minutes.

Then take mixture add it to loaf pans, packing down as you add it, chill then, and wrap with plastic wrap and foil.

Once completely chilled, slice in about 1/2 Р3/4 inch thick pieces and fry.  Serve it up with or however you like!!

And I hope the one’s of you who have never tried this will give it a try!!! Enjoy!!!

 

Beef Carnitas

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This recipe is my easy way of making beef carnitas in the crock pot.  It really is easy and something different that you can have cooking as you are going about your busy day.  You can also serve these at a party on a buffet, have different toppings that your guest can choose.  I made mini flour tortillas to serve, by using a 3.5-4 inch round cookie cutter, you can get 4-5 rounds out of a large tortilla round.

Hope you enjoy!!!

3-4 lb. chuck roast
1 large onion, chopped
4 garlic cloves, chopped
 2 chipotle peppers, chopped
1 cup beef broth
2 can green chilies
1 tsp. cumin
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. salt

In crock pot add half the onions to the bottom, then place roast on top, then rest of the onions.  In a bowl add all the rest of the ingredients and mix together, then pour on top of roast, cook on low for 6-7 hours.

Remove roast, shred and set aside. Add to blender or food processor, all the good bits left in the pot (onions & chilies, leaving the liquid. Add only about ¬Ĺ -1 cup as needed to make a thick sauce, add 1 tbsp. adobo¬†sauce or 1 chipotle¬†chopped if want more heat, blend again to mix. Pour over top of the beef¬†and mix together. ¬†Serve with warm tortillas, pico¬†de gallo, queso fresco cheese, sour cream, cheddar cheese, diced jalapeno¬†etc., really what ever you want.

Guinness Black Lager Irish Stew

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1 tbsp. oil
1 (3lb.) chuck roast, trimmed and cut into 1 Р1 1/2  inch cubes
4 tbsp. flour, divided
1 cup celery, chopped
1 cup onions, chopped
1 cup carrots, chopped
1 bottle Guinness Black Larger
2 bay leaves
3 sprigs fresh thyme, thicker sprigs
1 tsp. salt and pepper
3 garlic cloves, minced
3 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

In a large skillet add oil and brown beef, this may need to be done in 2 batches.  Once all beef is browned on all side put all into crock pot, add flour and toss to coat beef, then add rest of ingredients and stir to combine, then cook on low for 6-7 hours. Stir in Worcestershire Sauce and flour then cook 5 minutes more to thicken. Serve over mashed potatoes or noodles and serve with slice of the Harp Beer Bread.