Friday, July 29, 2011

Rising Sun Quick Flatbread with pesto, bacon, tomatoes and basil.

The Sun is our friend. She gives us tans, life, warmth and helps our bread to rise.  Here's how to make rising sun quick flatbread. Grill it and add traditional pizza toppings or do a pesto one like I did. (you can learn more by watching the Upside down pizza video)

Start with the dough.

Rob's rising sun quick bread
dough ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 spoonful salt
2 spoonfuls sugar
1 spoonful yeast
1 spoonful olive oil
3/4 cups water

shredded cheese
sliced tomatoes
basil leaves

Mix together ingredients for dough, stirring with a fork.
Knead for a couple minutes, adding flour as needed to keep from sticking to your hands.
Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.
Place dough in middle of paper and roll dough out until 1/4 inch thick.
Brush with olive oil or butter until completely covered. 
Set in direct sun for 30 minutes to an hour. 

Let rise for 30-60 minutes.

Dough should double or triple in height. Roll back in to a ball and cut in half. 

Clean, brush and oil grill.
Heat grill to 300 degrees.
Grill bacon, one minute each side.

Roll both dough pieces into 1/4" thick rounds. They don't have to be perfect.
Lay one piece of rolled out dough on grill. Cook for 1-2 minutes or until grill marks appear.

Flip over and immediately with sprinkle cheese. Close lid and grill for 1 minute more, making sure bottom doesn't burn.

Add pesto and spread.
Add tomatoes, basil and bacon. 
remove from grill and cut into small pieces.
Serve to hungry family.

Repeat with other dough.

Serve hot and enjoy.

cook well.
Rob Barrett

Sunday, July 24, 2011

1 steak 3 people, how to stretch a steak for 3 people with balsamic and naan

3 people one strip steak, what's one to do.  

First spiral cut the steak into one long strip. Place in bag with a little olive oil and 3 or 4 spoonfuls or balsamic vinegar. Mix it around and place it in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
Heat your grill to 400 degrees and grill long strip, turning once, about 2 minutes a side or less.
Cut into small pieces and place aside.

Place naan bread (Costco) on grill for 1 minute a side or until warm 

Remove and spread with ranch dressing

Add the steak pieces
Then some tomatoes, these are purple tomatoes but you can use whatever king you'd like.

 Add a little corn relish.  (Recipe at bottom.)

fold over, eat and enjoy, It should  be enough for almost 4 sandwiches of goodness.

Cook well and have a great summer, 

Here's our favorite Corn Salad recipe (inspired by the Barefoot Contessa's version)

in a large bowl combine:

  • 4 cups of frozen corn niblets
  • 1/2 cup small-diced red onion 
  • 4 spoonfuls cider vinegar
  • 4 spoonfuls olive oil
  • 1/2 spoonful coarse kosher salt
  • 1/2 spoonful freshly ground black pepper
  • When ready to serve, add the basil, toss and serve.
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
Rob Barrett

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Cheetos, coconut and beer batter fish, fresh fish ideas for the cabin

Here are some fun ideas for cooking fresh fish.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Lemon Steak, using lemon juice to tenderize your steak

Here's a great way to tenderize your steak and give it a little zip without making it taste lemony. Try it and let me know what you think.  I really like these chuck eye steaks when you can find them.  Make sure it's a chuck eye and not a chuck steak, big difference.

cook well,
Rob Barrett
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