One of America’s Favorite – Grilling

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Grilling is a form of cooking that involves dry heat applied to the surface of food, commonly from above or below. It is sometimes

Hamburgers being grilled

Hamburgers being grilled

referred to as barbecuing but that word can also mean a different cooking technique.
Grilling usually involves a significant amount of direct, radiant heat, and tends to be used for cooking meat quickly. Food to be grilled is cooked on a grill (an open wire grid such as a gridiron with a heat source above or below), a grill pan (similar to a frying pan, but with raised ridges to mimic the wires of an open grill), or griddle (a flat plate heated from below). Heat transfer to the food when using a grill is primarily via thermal radiation. Heat transfer when using a grill pan or griddle is by direct conduction. In the United States and Canada, when the heat source for grilling comes from above, grilling is termed broiling. In this case, the pan that holds the food is called a broiler pan, and heat transfer is by thermal radiation.
Direct heat grilling can expose food to temperatures often in excess of 260 °C (500 °F). Grilled meat acquires a distinctive roast aroma from a chemical process called the Maillard reaction. The Maillard reaction only occurs when foods reach temperatures in excess of 155 °C (310 °F).
Studies have shown that cooking beef, pork, poultry, and fish at high temperatures can lead to the formation of heterocyclic amines, benzopyrenes, and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are carcinogens. Marination may reduce the formation of these compounds. Grilling is often presented as a healthy alternative to cooking with oil, although the fat and juices lost by grilling can contribute to drier food.

 

In the United States, the use of the word grill refers to cooking food directly over a source of dry heat, typically with the food sitting on a metal grate that leaves “grill marks.” Grilling is usually done outdoors on charcoal grills or gas grills, a recent trend is the concept of infrared grilling[citation needed]. Grilling may also be performed using stove-top “grill pans” which have raised metal ridges for the food to sit on, or using an indoor electric grill.
A skewer or brochette, or a rotisserie may be used to cook small pieces of food. The resulting food product is often called a “kabob” or “kebab” which means “to grill” in Persian, which is short for “shish kebab” (shish = skewer)(similar to a “satay” in Asian cuisine, or “alambre” in Mexican-Yucatán cuisine). Shish kebabs have a Persian origin, but are now commonplace in American cuisine.
Mesquite or hickory wood chips (damp) may be added on top of the coals to allow a smoldering effect that provides additional flavor to the food. Other hardwoods such as pecan, apple, maple and oak may also be used.

 

Methods
Gridironing

Gridironing is the cooking of meats or other foods using a grill suspended above a heat source. Grilling is often performed outdoors,

Preparation of Barbecue grill

Preparation of Barbecue grill

using charcoal (real wood or preformed briquettes), wood, or propane gas. Food is cooked using direct radiant heat. Some outdoor grills include a cover so they can be used as smokers or for grill-roasting/barbecue. The suspended metal grate is often referred to as a gridiron.
Outdoor grilling on a gridiron may be referred to as “barbecue”, though in US usage, the term barbecue refers to the cooking of meat by indirect heat and smoke. Barbecue has several meanings and may also be used to refer to the grilled food itself, to a distinct type of cooked meat called Southern barbecue, to the grilling device used to cook the food (a barbecue grill), or to the social event of cooking and eating such food (which may also be called a cook-out or braai).

 

Charcoal kettle-grilling
Charcoal kettle-grilling refers to the process of grilling over a charcoal fire in a kettle, to the point that the edges are charred, or charred grill marks are visible. Some restaurants seek to re-create the charcoal-grilled experience via the use of ceramic lava rocks or infrared heat sources, offering meats that are cooked in this manner as “charcoal-cooked” or “charcoal-grilled”.

 

Grill-baking
By using a baking sheet pan placed above the grill surface, as well as a drip pan below the surface, it is possible to combine grilling and roasting to cook meats that are stuffed or coated with breadcrumbs or batter, as well as to bake breads and even casseroles and desserts. When cooking stuffed or coated meats, the foods can be baked first on the sheet pan, and then placed directly on the grilling surface for char marks, effectively cooking twice; the drip pan will be used to capture any crumbs that fall off from the coating or stuffing.

 

Grill-braising [edit]
It is possible to braise meats and vegetables in a pot on top of a grill. A gas or electric grill would be the best choices for what is known as “barbecue-braising” or “grill-braising”, or combining grilling directly on the surface and braising in a pot. To braise on a grill, put a pot on top of the grill, cover it, and let it simmer for a few hours. There are two advantages to barbecue-braising: the first is that this method now allows for browning the meat directly on the grill before the braising, and the second is that it also allows for glazing the meat with sauce and finishing it directly over the fire after the braising, effectively cooking the meat three times, which results in a soft textured product that falls right off the bone. This method of cooking is slower than regular grilling but faster than pit-smoking, starting out fast, slowing down, and then speeding up again to finish; if a pressure cooker is used, the cooking time will be much faster.

 

Indoor grilling
Many restaurants incorporate an indoor grill as part of their cooking apparatus. These grills resemble outdoor grills, in that they are made up of a grid suspended over a heat source. Indoor grills are more likely to use electric or gas-based heating elements, however. Some manufacturers of residential cooking appliances now offer indoor grills for home use, either incorporated into a stovetop or as standalone electric devices.

 

Stove-top pan grilling

Stove-top pan grilling is an indoor cooking process that uses a grill pan – a cooking pan similar to a frying pan but with raised ridges to

A grill pan

A grill pan

emulate the function or look of a gridiron. In pan grilling, heat is applied directly to the food by the raised ridges, and also indirectly by heat radiating off the lower pan surface via the stove-top flame. Stove-top grill pans can also be used to put sear marks on meat before it is finished via overhead radiant heat. When cooking leaner meats, oil is often applied to the pan ridges to aid in food release.
Some griddles designed for stove-top use also incorporate raised ridges in addition to a flat cooking area. These are either on half of the cooking surface, or, in the case of reversible two-sided griddles, on one side with the flat surface on the other.

 

 

Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta w/ Baked Parm Bread

July 16, 2012 at 5:38 PM | Posted in Aunt Millie's, baking, mushrooms, pasta | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta w/ Baked Parm Bread

For dinner I prepared Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta with Easy Baked Parm Bread. I’ve had this a couple of times now and it’s became one of my favorites. And why not it’s got two of my favorites are in it pasta and pizza! The box contains 1 can of Pizza Sauce w/ Pepperoni and Sausage and 1 Pouch of Rotini Pasta. I also added a few slices of Turkey Pepperoni and Portobello Mushrooms to the mix. For the preparation you can bake it or prepare it on the stove top, which is how I prepared it. Add 1 cup of water, stir and mix, and simmer and you have your dinner! This came out fantastic! Really tasted like a Pizza. The Sauce with Sausage and Pepperoni provides great flavoring. Easily prepared and makes a hearty and delicious meal. The meal prepared by instructions is 280 calories and 46 carbs any additions are very little extra. I left the item description below.

I also made some Easy Baked Parm Bread. It’s real easy and quick to make. Preheat your oven to 335 degrees. Then just take sliced Bread, I used Aunt Millie’s Whole Grain, and butter both pieces completely. Then take Kraft Shredded Parmesan Cheese and sprinkle your bread with it. You can put the amount you want on of the Parm. Then bake it until the bread browns, I baked mine for about 10 minutes. You have your Easy Baked Parm Bread! I’ve this before using Shredded Mozzarella before which turned out real good. For dessert a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.
Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta

*Pepperoni and sausage included
*5 minute preparation oven or stove top

 

Stove Top:

1. Stir Together Can of Sauce and 1 Cup Hot Water In Medium Skillet.
2. Stir In Pasta Until Well Coated. Heat to Boiling.
3. Reduce Heat. Cover and Simmer About 15 Minutes, Or Until Pasta Is Tender, Stirring Occasionally.

 

Nutrition summary:
There are 280 calories and 46 Carbs in a 1 cup serving of Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Pizza Pasta.

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Pasta Dinner Seafood Scampi w/…

June 29, 2012 at 5:07 PM | Posted in Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, low calorie, low carb, scallops, Sea Salt, seafood, shrimp, Zatarain's | Leave a comment
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Today’s Menu: Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Pasta Dinner Seafood Scampi w/ Whole Grain Bread

 

A big thank you to Zatarain’s for a big part of my dinner tonight! I love all their box starter dinner kits. I had Shrimp and Scallop Scampi. For the pasta scampi base I used Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Pasta Dinners Mix. I also used medium size Shelled and Tailless Shrimp that I boiled for about 4 minutes and seasoned with Old Bay Seasoning. While at the same time I lightly fried my Scallops. I fried them about 3 minutes per side seasoning them with Sea Salt and ground Black Pepper. I then cooked the Pasta by the box directions and added in the Shrimp and Scallops as the Pasta was finishing up. I left the info and details at the bottom of the post on the Zatarain’s. The Scampi came out fantastic! Great flavor, seasoned just right with a bit of heat! Real easy to make and the Zatarains Scampi Pasta is only 100 calories and 21 carbs. I left the Zatarain’s product description and instructions at the end of the post. I had a side of Healthy Life Whole Grain Bread. For dessert later a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding.

 

Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Pasta Dinners

Introducing Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Pasta Dinners – the fun of pasta with the flavor of New Orleans! Just add chicken, sausage or shrimp to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love. And you know it has to be good because it’s from Zatarain’s…a New Orleans tradition since 1889.

Product Details

Add meat to make a complete meal. Serves 5. This easy-to-prepare dinner mix has just the right blend of ingredients for a great tasting, authentic New Orleans style meal. Zatarain’s has been the leader in authentic New Orleans style food since 1889. So when you want great flavor, Jazz It Up with Zatarain’s! With Zatarain’s New Orleans Style Pasta Dinners you can enjoy the fun of pasta and the authentic flavor of New Orleans! Just add chicken, hamburger or shrimp to complete this easy-to-prepare dinner your whole family will love.

Directions

All You Need Is: 2 cups water; 3 tbsp margarine, 1 pound of chicken, sausage or shrimp. Range Top: 1. Brown 1 lb precut (diced) chicken, sausage or shrimp (When shrimp is used, reduce water by 1/4 cup and add the shrimp after the first 5 minutes of cooking. Zatarain’s Scampi Pasta Dinner Mix tastes great even when prepared without meat or seafood.) in a two-quart saucepan. 2. Stir in 2 cups cold water, 3 tbsp butter or margarine, and Zatarain’s Scampi Pasta Dinner Mix. Blend Thoroughly. Bring to a boil. 3. Stir, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally. 4. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Stir before serving. Microwave: 1. In a two-quart microwave-safe bowl, cook 1 lb precut (diced) chicken, sausage or shrimp (When shrimp is used, reduce water by 1/4 cup and add the shrimp after the first 5 minutes of cooking. Zatarain’s Scampi Pasta Dinner Mix tastes great even when prepared without meat or seafood.) 3-5 minutes on High or until cooked. 2. Stir in 2 cups water, 3 tbsp butter or margarine and Zatarain’s Scampi Pasta Dinner Mix. Blend thoroughly. 3. Microwave uncovered on High for 15 to 17 minutes. Stir occasionally. 4. Let stand for 5 minutes. Sauce will thicken as it stands. Stir before serving. Caution: Cook time may vary depending on the power of the microwave oven.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1 cup
Servings per container: 5
Nutrient Qty %DV
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 10
Total Fat 1 g 1%
Sodium 400 mg 17%
Total Carbohydrate 21 g 7%
Sugars 1 g
Protein 4 g
Vitamin A 4%
Iron 6%
Is or Contains Flavor
Niacin 8%
Riboflavin 40%
Thiamine 35%

Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta

June 21, 2012 at 5:19 PM | Posted in Food, Healthy Life Whole Grain Breads, mushrooms, pasta | 1 Comment
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Today’s Menu: Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta


For dinner I prepared Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta. I had made this for the first time just last month and it became one of my favorites. Two of my favorites are in it pasta and pizza! The box contains 1 can of Pizza Sauce w/ Pepperoni and Sausage and 1 Pouch of Rotini Pasta. I also added a few slices of Turkey Pepperoni and Portobello Mushrooms to the mix. For the preparation you can bake it or prepare it on the stove top, which is how I prepared it. Add 1 cup of water, stir and mix, and simmer and you have your dinner! This came out fantastic! Really tasted like a Pizza. The Sauce with Sausage and Pepperoni provides great flavoring. As I had said earlier I added Hormel Turkey Pepperoni and sliced Portobello Mushrooms and that turned out to be the right added plus! Easily prepared and makes a hearty and delicious meal. The meal prepared by instructions is 280 calories and 46 carbs any additions are very little extra. I left the item description below. For dessert a Jello Sugar Free Chocolate Pudding topped with Cool Whip Free.

 

Banquet Homestyle Bakes Pizza Pasta

*Pepperoni and sausage included
*5 minute preparation oven or stove top

 

Stove Top:

 

1. Stir Together Can of Sauce and 1 Cup Hot Water In Medium Skillet.
2. Stir In Pasta Until Well Coated. Heat to Boiling.
3. Reduce Heat. Cover and Simmer About 15 Minutes, Or Until Pasta Is Tender, Stirring Occasionally.

 

Nutrition summary:
There are 280 calories and 46 Carbs in a 1 cup serving of Banquet Homestyle Bakes – Pizza Pasta.

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