Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Prime Rib on a Hamburger Budget

Prime Rib in a 2010 World.

Recently I've done some experimenting with the salt crust cooking method. I've wanted to find some alternatives to the Prime Rib roast that taste great but aren't as expensive. I've had good and bad times and I know what it's like to not be able to afford Prime Rib roast even for Christmas. (I remember not being able to afford meat for long periods of time.)

So here are two options.

Watch this video to learn about cooking with a salt crust (great taste and not salty) and then try it with these options.

Advanced Prime Rib Video

Chuck Roast: $3.26 a pound or less.

As you can see it came out great. The taste and texture was wonderful although you have to cut around some of the fattier, tougher parts. Easy to do and you can save a lot.

Bottom Round Roast $2.86 a pound:

This worked well when it was cut thin and was hot, but once it cooled it got tough.

So those are some options for a nice tender roast for that big meal that won't break the bank.

Cook well and have a Happy New Year.

Rob Barrett


Monday, December 21, 2009

Fast and Easy Christmas Appetizer recipes

I was recently asked to come up with some fast and easy Christmas appetizers for a TV appearance. These are really delicious and couldn’t be easier. Best of all they can be made ahead and don’t need to be served hot. Give them a try and let me know what you think.

Cucumber, Pomegranate and Bacon Canape

Thinly sliced Cucumber

thin spread of low fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese

cover with Pomegranate seeds

Sprinkle with bacon bits.

serve chilled.

Raspberry Pecan Canape

Rice Cracker

thin spread of low fat Philadelphia Cream Cheese

a dab of Raspberry Jelly

one pecan.

Serve and enjoy

Kiwi and Raspberry Canape

Thinly sliced Kiwi

a dab of sour cream

one raspberry

serve and enjoy.

Whatever you make, have a great Christmas and a wonderful New Years.

Rob Barrett