Short ribs also have a ton of flavor, so they are a personal favorite of mine. They also are usually pretty inexpensive (today they were less per pound than ground beef at Safeway). If I have a busy day I throw them in the crock pot, but if I have the time there is no better way to cook them than a nice slow braise. You can use any liquid to braise meat with, from broth to beer to water. I prefer something that is going to add to the flavor of the meat, so I use beer most often. Coating the meat with seasoned flour allows the flavor of the spices to stay on the meat, and the flour thickens up the braising liquid over the cooking time to make a nice tight topping. I hope you enjoy as much as we did.Read More
I have always loved French onion soup, but it has always been missing something no matter how good it was or where I had it. So I decided to start the year off by taking French onion soup and making it a Fat Boy original by completely changing it while still leaving enough of the traditional elements there for its roots to be recognizable. How is that possible you ask? Well, lets break down traditional French Onion Soup first and see what it had to have to be recognized.Read More
The holiday season is full of big meals and family gatherings, but that means it is also full of leftovers. One of the hardest things to reuse around our house has always been left over mashed potatoes.
i came across a recipe for mashed potato soup from Rachael Ray and decided to take it to the next level to make it a Fat Boy recipe instead of just a family friendly one. The biggest changes are adding more bacon and switching to beef broth instead of chicken. Both changes make for a deeper and richer soup, trust me, your family will love the changes.
- A drizzle of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
- 1 lb. bacon, chopped
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 4 tablespoons flour
- 1 quart beef stock
- 2 cups leftover mashed potatoes
- 8 ounces sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
- Chopped chives, for garnish
In a medium pot or Dutch oven, heat a drizzle of EVOO over medium-high heat. Add bacon and cook until crispy. Remove bacon with a slotted spoon to a paper towel-lined plate and reserve.
Drain off excess bacon fat from the pot and add butter. When it is melted, add the onion and cook until softened, about five minutes. Sprinkle flour into the pot and cook with a wooden spoon for one minute. Whisk in the beef stock and bring to a bubble. Cook until slightly thickened, about 2-3 minutes.
Whisk in mashed potatoes, then stir in the cheddar cheese with a wooden spoon and cook until the potatoes are hot and the cheese is melted. Add half the bacon and let cook for 3-5 minutes to allow flavor to combine.
Transfer to a serving bowl and garnish with the reserved bacon and chopped chives. Instant Fat Boy Heaven.
To my mind there isn't much better than a thick stew or chowder on a cold winters night. I've done quite a few variations on corn chowder over the years, but got to thinking that throwing some edamame into the pot instead of green beans or peas as the green veg and dumping some curry powder in might make for an interesting twist.Read More
Sometimes I just don't know what I want to make for dinner. I love to cook, but especially when my wife is out of town for extended periods of time (she has been gone since last Wednesday at this point) and I know the kids would be just as happy with Hot Pockets or McDonalds as they are with anything fancy I decide to make for dinner it is difficult to find inspiration. It is times like this that have brought me to an interesting realization. No matter what mood I am in, if I can't decide what to make for dinner beef stew or corned beef hash always work and never disappoint. Really. A big bowl of a thick beef stew made from scratch and cooked the right way for hours in the oven with a good whole wheat roll is NEVER the wrong answer.
Click the link to see my recipe and understand why it is easy enough to make this anytime you aren't sure what to make for dinner.Read More
One of my favorite things in the world is a nice thick beef short rib, and I'm always trying new ways to prepare them. I decided to cut the normally long cooking time by doing them in my pressure cooker tonight. Using a sugar based soda as the foundation of this braising liquid not only caramelizes onto the outside of the meat but also helps break through the salt and work with the spices to make an amazing pan sauce.Read More
There is nothing more comforting to many than spaghetti and meatballs, and many spend years working to perfect their meatball recipe. I have spent years working on my recipe, and finally have it right. Give this one a try, you'll love it.Read More
I love a good chili, and love pork even more. I was trying to decide what to do for dinner tonight and decided my own variation on a Chile Verde might be fun. Instead of just green chiles I also added some sweet yellow, red, and orange chiles to the dish for some flavor balance and color.Read More
I received an interesting new kitchen appliance from the folks at WOOT yesterday, and decided to give it a try tonight. They sent me an Indoor BBQ Pressure Smoker, something that I had no idea even existed before they told me it was on it's way. It promises to smoke and cook a piece of meat in 1/4 the normal time or less, and if it works as advertised it will change much about the way I barbecue.Read More
Growing up, St. Patrick's Day was "boiled dinner". Corned Beef and Cabbage cooked all day on the stove, allowing flavors to mix and make a delicious dinner to serve the whole family. If we were lucky and weren't very hungry that night, there were enough left over potatoes and corned beef for Dad to make hash the next morning. Twelve years after Dad has passed away, it is still the dinner I fall back to on St. Paddy's Day.Read More
My kids were out of school today, and my son asked for fettuccine alfredo for dinner. I didn't want to do it with chicken like we normally do, but as I was thinking about it I realized that I had never posted my Alfredo recipe here.Read More
Like any Fat Boy, I love biscuits and gravy. I sometimes get tired of the same old thing though, so I decided to try taking biscuits and gravy up a level. In place of biscuits I went with a savory scone filled with ham and cheddar cheese, and I smothered it in a classic bacon gravy.Read More
I was trying to decide how to use some chicken that had been sitting in the fridge all weekend, and decided a nice rustic cacciatore would be perfect on this cold winter night.Read More
I had some chorizo in the fridge and was trying to come up with a way to use it when I started thinking that it has been a long time since I had made Mac and Cheese. I picked up some gluten-free pasta made from quinoa flour and threw this together. It got rave reviews from the family, and I loved it as well.Read More
I was trying to decide what to do for dinner tonight, and Wednesday are always hard with church, school activities and work schedules for everyone to eat together. I decided I needed to find something that would be easy for everyone to eat or re-heat as they got home this evening, and started thinking about the burrito bowls at one of my favorite Mexican restaurants. One of the things I decided right away was that I would do carnitas in the crock-pot so I wouldn't need to keep an eye on it all afternoon, and the next thought was "maybe quinoa would work instead of rice to make this more nutritious and gluten free".Read More
I was looking for something different tonight for dinner and ran across this great recipe for a spicy potato ghoulash. The smoky spice of paprika dominates, but also works well with the kielbasa sausage and the wonderful sauce created by the combination of broth and the starch from potatoes cooking down. A wonderful meal when served with a nice crusty bread.Read More
Carrie has been wanting Corn Chowder for days, and I finally didn't have anything else planned for dinner tonight, so she got her wish. There are lots of ways people make corn chowder. Some thicken it with a traditional rue. Some Use canned corn (and that nastiest of all canned vegetables, creamed corn). I take a few shortcuts with mine, but the important thing is using good corn. Mine was cut fresh from the cob this summer and frozen for just such an occasion. Good sweet corn has a taste and texture that makes all the difference here.Read More
I love a good beef stew, but was wanting to make it a little lighter (and the kids are tired of me cooking with beer), so I went with a well crafted Ginger Beer from Reed's as the flavor base. The ginger zip is an amazing addition that cuts through all of the heaviness of the beef and marries quite well with the flavors. Give this a try, you'll love it.Read More
I've been feeling under the weather this week, and wanted something that was warming and satisfying without being too heavy. I decided on yams and chicken because the yams are a lighter and more complex carb than white potatoes, and I thought that apple would go well with them and the chicken. Ginger and curry along with these flavors and garlic made the perfect blend without being over seasoned. Give this one a try on a cold winters night, you won't be sorry.Read More
I love this time of year. Blustery and rainy days, temperatures cooling, and great squash and apples coming into season at grocers all over the North West. There is something timeless about the combination of apple and pork, and this stew pulls those flavors together with the help of a bit of rosemary, sage, and a whole lot of butternut squash.Read More