Cajun Shrimp Burgers with Tartar Sauce

Jazz up your next burger with the savory flavors of Louisiana. This mildly-hot recipe for a Cajun shrimp burger has met its match with an equally zesty tartar sauce. Increase the horseradish to suit your taste and let the good times roll!
Cajun shrimp burger recipe
Serves: 4 // Prep time: 30 minutes | Chilling time: 30 minutes to 2 hours | Grilling time: about 8 hours | Special equipment: grill-proof griddle

INGREDIENTS

PATTIES

  • 2 scallions (white and light green parts only)
  • 1 rib celery, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 pound raw shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh Italian parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon Old Bay® Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • ¾ cup panko bread crumbs
  • Extra-virgin olive oil

SAUCE

  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons dill pickle relish
  • 2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
  • ¾ teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 4 hamburger buns, split
  • 4 leaves romaine lettuce
  • 8 very thin slices red onion
  • 8 pepperoncini, thinly sliced into rings (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a food processor combine the scallions and celery and process until finely chopped. Add the remaining patty ingredients, except the bread crumbs, and pulse briefly until the mixture forms a very chunky mixture, about 8 one-second pulses. There should be many pieces of shrimp remaining, each about the size of a pea. Transfer to a bowl. Add the panko to the shrimp mixture and stir gently until just combined. Form into four patties of equal size, each about 4½ inches in diameter and no more than ½ inch thick.
  2. Lightly coat a platter with oil. Arrange the patties on the platter, cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  3. Combine the sauce ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F) and preheat a grill-proof griddle.
  5. Lightly brush the patties on both sides with oil, place on the griddle, and cook over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until golden and firm, about 8 minutes, carefully turning once after 5 minutes. During the last 30 seconds to 1 minute of grilling time, toast the buns on the cooking grates, cut side down, over direct heat. Build each burger on a bun with sauce, lettuce, a patty, onion, and pepperoncini, if using. Serve warm.
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Rib Eyes with Horseradish Butter and Dijon Sweet Potatoes

Grilled to perfection! Rib eye is the richest, beefiest cut available and when grilled properly is flavorful, moist, and melts in your mouth. Top off your rib eye with a  fiery horseradish butter that cuts the richness of the steak and awakens your taste buds.
Pair the savory steak with Dijon sweet potatoes to set this meal apart from any other typical meat and potato dish.
 Serves: 4 // Prep time: 20 minutes | Grilling time: 36 to 43 minutes | Special equipment: perforated grill pan

INGREDIENTS

BUTTER
    • ¼ cup (½ stick) unsalted butter, softened
    • 1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh Italian parsley leaves
    • ½ teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
DIJON SWEET POTATOES
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 sweet potatoes, each about 1 pound, peeled
  • 4 boneless rib eye steaks, each about 12 ounces and 1 inch thick, trimmed of excess fat

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a medium bowl combine the butter ingredients, including ½ teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper, and mix well. Cover and refrigerate until needed.
  2. Prepare the grill for indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F) and preheat a perforated grill pan for about 10 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl whisk the oil, mustard, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Reserve 1 tablespoon of this mixture in a small bowl. Cut each sweet potato lengthwise into quarters, and then cut each quarter into ½-inch-thick slices. Add to the large bowl with the oil-mustard mixture and turn to coat.
  4. Spread the sweet potatoes in a single layer on the grill pan and grill over indirect medium heat, with the lid closed, until tender, 30 to 35 minutes, turning occasionally. Put the potatoes back into the large bowl and toss with the reserved tablespoon oil-mustard mixture. Tent with foil to keep warm.
  5. Season the steaks evenly on both sides with salt and pepper. Allow to stand at room temperature for 15 to 30 minutes before grilling.
  6. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat (400° to 450°F).
  7. Grill the steaks over direct medium-high heat, with the lid closed, until cooked to your desired doneness, 6 to 8 minutes for medium rare, turning once or twice. Remove from the grill, top with a spoonful of the horseradish butter, and let rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Serve warm with the Dijon sweet potatoes.

Recipe Courtesy: http://www.weber.com/recipes

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Bacon-Wrapped Pork Tenderloin with Green Peppercorn Sauce

Everything’s better with bacon! In this recipe the bacon fat helps generate extra flavor and juiciness for the pork tenderloins. Now if that combo isn’t enough to make you salivate try topping it off with an indulgent green peppercorn sauce to add a refreshingly sharp flavor to the entire dish.

                           Serves: 4 // Prep time: 25 minutes | Grilling time: 10 to 13 minutes | Special equipment: toothpicks

INGREDIENTS

2 pork tenderloins, each about 1 pound, silver skin and excess fat removed
8–10 slices bacon (not thick cut)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
SAUCE

1 tablespoon unsalted butter
⅓ cup minced shallots
2 tablespoons dry or brine-packed green peppercorns, drained, if necessary
2 fluid ounces brandy
⅔ cup heavy whipping cream
¼ cup low-sodium beef broth or stock
INSTRUCTIONS

Cut the tenderloins crosswise into 1½- to 1¾-inch long pieces (you should have 8 to 10 pieces total). Gently press down onto each piece to form a disc that is the same thickness as the width of a bacon slice. Wrap a bacon slice around the circumference of each piece of pork and secure it with a toothpick. (Trim the bacon if it overlaps by more than 1 inch.) Season the cut sides of the pork evenly with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.

Prepare the grill for direct and indirect cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F).

In a skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the shallots and cook until slightly softened, 2 to 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the green peppercorns and stir for 1 minute. Add the brandy, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper; increase the heat to medium-high and cook for 1 minute, and then add the cream and broth. Swirl to combine, and then simmer until the mixture thickens to a sauce consistency and is reduced to about ¾ cup, 3 to 5 minutes more. Cover and set aside.

Grill the pork over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until the meat is barely pink in the center and the bacon is fully cooked, 10 to 13 minutes, turning once. During the last few minutes of grilling time, turn the discs of pork on their sides to cook and crisp the bacon directly on the cooking grate (if flare-ups occur, move the pork temporarily over indirect heat). Remove the toothpicks. Serve the pork warm with the sauce spooned on top.

Recipe Courtesy: http://www.weber.com/recipes 

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The 5 Best Building Practices When Installing Wood Burning Stoves & Fireplaces

When building a new home you may want to consider including one of the most popular amenities: a wood burning fireplace or wood stove. Not only will a wood burning fireplace or wood stove provide a luxurious look and the practical benefit of warmth, but it can also add to the value of your home. Fireside shares the 5 best building practices when it comes to installing a wood stove or wood burning fireplace.

new home fireplace installation

1. Install inside the main building structure.

Despite the popularity to conserve interior floor space it is not recommended to locate the fireplace on the outside of exterior walls in a pop out structure. When the chimney is cold on the outside and the home is warm on the inside it creates a “back draft” which almost always guarantees that hard starting, cold drafts and smoking will result.

2. Build at or near the peak of the home and preferably in a central location.

This location is ideal because the surrounding air will help keep the chimney warm which will in turn make it easier start to your fire. Building at or near the peak of the house is effective in reducing the potentially adverse effects of wind as it places the top of the chimney above areas of wind turbulence.

3. Avoid large, uncompensated exhausts.

High-volume exhaust fans, such as those in downdraft kitchen ranges, can depressurize naturally drafting chimneys and draw cold outside air back into the home. To prevent this they should not be used during stove or fireplace start up. This negative pressure competes with the upward flow in a chimney produced by natural draft and can result in the spillage of exhaust products into the home as well as cooling the house by drawing cold air into the home.

4. Avoid very short chimney systems.

A short chimney cannot produce a strong natural draft. The taller the chimney the stronger draft. The stronger the draft the better the fire will burn. An absolute minimum height from floor to chimney top is 15 feet for single story homes.

5. Use straight chimney systems where possible.

The results are a smooth, straight path for the exhaust, quicker fire starting and less smoking when a fire burns. Straight chimneys are also easier and less expensive to clean.

We hope you are able to enjoy the comfort and ambiance of a crackling fire on a cold winter’s night.

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Grilled Pizza with Brie, Caramelized Onions, and Capers

Want the secret to getting pizzeria-quality pizza at home? Make it on the grill! The best pizza is made in the hottest ovens possible and since your grill gets much hotter than the oven it’s the perfect tool for creating a gourmet pizza.

grilled pizza

Serves: 4 to 6 as an appetizer // Prep time: 30 minutes | Grilling time: 11 to 13 minutes per pizza | Special equipment: pizza stone, pizza peel (optional)

INGREDIENTS

1 ball (about 1 pound) premade pizza dough
8 ounces Brie cheese, rind removed, cut into ½-inch chunks
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 large white or yellow onion, halved and thinly sliced
Water
1½ teaspoons minced fresh rosemary leaves
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
All-purpose flour
4 teaspoons capers, drained
1½ cups loosely packed baby arugula

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Remove the dough from the refrigerator, if necessary, about 1 hour before grilling so it will be easier to shape. To easily cut the rind from the Brie and cut the cheese into chunks, place it in the freezer for 30 to 45 minutes until semi-firm before cutting.

2. In a large skillet over medium heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onion and 1 tablespoon water. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring often. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the onion is softened and golden brown, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently and occasionally adding more water, a tablespoon at a time, to prevent scorching. Stir in the rosemary, remove from the heat, and let cool.

3. Prepare the grill for direct cooking over medium heat (350° to 450°F) and preheat a pizza stone, following manufacturer’s instructions.

4. In a small bowl whisk 2 tablespoons oil with the salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper.

5. Divide the dough into two equal balls. On a lightly floured work surface, gently press, stretch, and pull each dough ball into an oval or rectangle about 12 inches at its longest point, about 6 inches at its widest point, and about ⅓ inch thick; don’t worry if the shape is irregular. (If the dough retracts, cover it with a kitchen towel, let it rest for 5 minutes, and then continue.)

6. Transfer your first piece of dough onto a pizza peel (or a rimless baking sheet) lightly coated with flour. Brush the dough with half of the seasoned oil, and then distribute half the onions, half the cheese, and half the capers, leaving a ½-inch border. Slide the first pizza onto the preheated pizza stone and cook over direct medium heat, with the lid closed, until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden brown, 11 to 13 minutes, occasionally rotating the pizza for even cooking.

7. Using a pizza peel or a large spatula, remove the pizza from the stone and immediately top with half of the arugula. Drizzle lightly with oil and season with pepper, if desired. Cut crosswise into slices and serve immediately.

8. Repeat steps 6 and 7 with the remaining dough and toppings.

Recipe Courtesy: http://www.weber.com/recipes

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6 Money Saving Tips To A More Efficient Wood Burning Stove

Bend Fireside wants to pass along 6 great tips to its customers for a better operating wood stove that will in turn save you money and pollute less. Every wood stove user can benefit from knowing more about their stove’s operation and many of these “tips” apply to wood burning fireplaces as well.

1. Keep your wood dry.

Stacked Wood
Seems like a “no-brainer” right? But did you know it can take up to 12 months for cut wood to thoroughly dry? A good rule of thumb is to store your firewood at least six inches off the ground. Cover the top with a tarp but leave the sides exposed so moisture doesn’t get trapped. When every dollar counts, it’s important to get the most heat you can from your firewood. Excess moisture (more than 20%) in firewood produces a less than cozy fire with little heat. Use a wood moisture meter to check how wet your wood is. You can pick one up on-line for less than $20.

2. Use plenty of kindling for a quick, hot start.

Chopped Kindling
Everyone has their own style and technique for building a fire but plenty of kindling starts your stove quickly and minimizes smoke. Fill about a buckets worth of kindling to get a warm glow going for your wood stove or fireplace. Plus, a few minutes of splitting kindling outside on a cold day will warm you up as much as the fire itself.

3. Get your stove really hot when you start it each day.

Hot stoves burn cleanly and save money.  Don’t try to keep a little, smoldering fire going all day. Crank it up! Smoldering fires are dangerous, creates creosote, smell bad and waste your hard earned firewood.

4. Give your stove plenty of air.

Keeping your stove’s air control open and having smaller, hotter fires will result in you getting the most energy our of your stove while you will eliminate visible smoke. Starving stoves of air reduces their combustion temperatures, efficiency, pollutes the neighborhood and wastes your money. You want to have grey ash residue and glass that has no black deposits. Grey ash residue means that your stove is operating efficiently.

5. Remove ashes.

Ashes
Most stoves need to have the grey ash removed after half a cord of wood is burned. If you have a lot of black charcoal it means you are burning your stove too cold and wasting fuel.

6. Have your wood stove and chimney inspected regularly and cleaned by a good chimney sweep.

A clean chimney will make your stove draft better and be much safer to operate. Plus, it will extend the lifetime of your stove and save you money. Chimney sweeps can also tell you a lot about how well you’re operating your wood stove.

We hope you enjoy many cozy Fireside moments this winter!

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