Topper's Grilling Advice!

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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Wed Oct 03, 2012 10:37 am

Get it hot, stove top or oven, and wipe a skiff of oil on it, let cool. Repeat, repeat, repeat.....
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby KeyserSoze » Wed Oct 03, 2012 11:55 am

Thanks.

(I have some baited bear that I want to sizzle up and thought cast iron might be a nice choice)
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Tue Dec 11, 2012 3:09 pm

Last night I cooked a feast for friends.

Appy - crab salad, curried corn bread croutons, pomegranate yogourt dressing

Main - smoked scallops, salmon mousse, dill gnocchi, prawn bisque

Desert - chocolate habanero creme brule, almond biscotti

much wine and beers

good company
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Tanti09 » Thu Dec 13, 2012 12:49 pm

Topper wrote:Last night I cooked a feast for friends.

Appy - crab salad, curried corn bread croutons, pomegranate yogourt dressing

Main - smoked scallops, salmon mousse, dill gnocchi, prawn bisque

Desert - chocolate habanero creme brule, almond biscotti

much wine and beers

good company


Fak that sounds good. And I thought I was "fine dining" on roast potatoes, green beans and grilled pork chops ("organic" from Paradise Valley). Then again, it may have been one of the best pork chops I've ever eaten. I failed on the green beans though.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Thu Dec 13, 2012 1:45 pm

Tweaking the menu a bit for Saturday

Appy - curry salmon blini, horseradish, crab, corn, red pepper quenelle

Main - smoked scallops, prawns, dill gnocchi, snap peas (grown in our garden), prawn bisque

Desert - buttermilk panna cotta, lemon gelee, lemon biscotti

much wine

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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Reefer2 » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:58 pm

Did a fantastic roast on the BBQ on Sunday.

Put some olive oil, herbs and some spices and cooked it.

I get my meat from a farmer who sends it to the butcher for me, best things I ever do, never had a bad piece of meat.

The only thing I did wrong (stupid me) was not make the gravy from scratch - sob - I really messed up there.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Tue Feb 05, 2013 5:06 pm

Good work Reef.

What cut of meat did you use? and unless you had some trimming, you'll have a tough time with gravy.

Get yourself some beef bones and make a big batch of beef stock. Reduce by half (demi glace) and then by half again (glace de viande). Freeze that in ice cube trays and then put in a freezer bag for use whenever you need it.

I made rosemary and juniper crusted pork tenderloin, mushroom creamy polenta, charred corn and red pepper for diner last night.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:46 pm

Making hazelnut turnovers with Benedictine B&B creme for Valentines.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Sat Mar 30, 2013 7:00 am

The Easter Bunny Massacre

I just broke down two rabbits for Easter dinner. The legs and carcass are braising in red wine, I de-boned the loin and will make a roulade with tapenade, season it with juniper and rosemary.

I'll do a pasta with the shredded leg meat, golden raisins, pine nuts and brussel sprout leaves. The sauce with be the reduced braising liquid and I'll top it with slices of the roulade.

Last night was lemon rosemary seasoned grilled salmon, grilled asparagus, rice and cauliflower creme.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Eddy Punch Clock » Sun May 12, 2013 12:21 pm

Gots me a pork loin roast. Never done one before.

What would Topper do?
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Benjo » Sun May 12, 2013 6:36 pm

I've done the pork cuts with rosemary and tapenade that Topper suggested to me many pages back a few times now and I finally nailed it tonight - easily the most delicious thing I've ever made, cheers Topper.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Mon May 13, 2013 6:19 am

Eddy Punch Clock wrote:Gots me a pork loin roast. Never done one before.

What would Topper do?

I'd do a dry rub, wrap tightly in foil and low (~250F) indirect heat for a long time (5hrs +, minimum 3hrs). Lid closed.

Finnish by cranking the heat up and removing the foil to crisp up some of the fat back. Watch out for flames.

I did a whole chicken for Cinco de Mayo. Started with gazpacho then the chx with fresh home made corn and flour tortillas, guacamole, salsa fresca and home made queso fresca. Lemon granita for desert.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Mon Jun 03, 2013 8:32 am

Topped some grilled steaks last night with a paste of roasted red peppers, anchovies, balsamic, garlic and parmesan.

A side of rosemary gnocchi with roasted corn and sage olive oil and some grilled asparagus.
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby KeyserSoze » Tue Jun 04, 2013 10:57 am

I picked up some Copper River salmon and local spot prawns on the weekend. Needless to say it turned into a pretty amazing Sunday dinner :D

Topper - I generally only buy fresh seafood when it's in season...but what are some of the best bets if you have to buy frozen/previously frozen?
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Re: Topper's Grilling Advice!

Postby Topper » Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:08 am

I think frozen at sea may be better than fresh in many cases.

When was that fish caught, how long was it in the hold while the boat returned to port? My personal feeling is that unless you are cookie and eating the fish within an hour of being caught, you may as well have IQF at sea.

I'm glad you used the correct term "Copper" river. Careful of the livers.
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