"This recipe was handed down from a singer who swears she has stopped numerous sore throats by drinking this tea regularly upon any hint of a cold," says Brenda Roes of Glendale, California. "I've since added to it, and it has helped me combat the winter nasties. It tastes horrible."
In New Mexico, a hamburger isn't worth eating until it's crowned with strips of freshly roasted green chile and gooey melted cheese. In late summer and early fall, when the chiles harvest comes in and vendors set up gas-fired roasters in dirt lots and grocery store parking lots, the sweet, pungent aroma of green chile fills the air and tells us: It's time to make green chile cheeseburgers!
The ultimate green chile cheeseburger is cooked over a hot charcoal fire. I like to add a couple of small chunks of pecan or mesquite wood to the lump charcoal in my grill. The wood infuses the meat with a slightly smoky flavor that's a perfect match for the roasted green chile.
This is a simple recipe, so the ingredients really matter; Using freshly ground beef makes a difference you can taste. Ground chuck that's 85 percent lean delivers excellent flavor and the coarse grind helps keep the patty from becoming too dense. Ask your butcher to coarsely grind some chuck for you, or do it yourself at home with a meat grinder.
To get the most out of the experience you can roast your own fresh green chiles on the grill before cooking the burgers. Pick a handful of long, tapered green chiles (called New Mexico or Anaheim peppers at the market), put them on the grill grate over a hot fire and turn them with tongs until they're lightly charred all over. Put the chiles in a stainless steel bowl, cover it with plastic wrap and let the chiles steam for a few minutes. When they're cool enough to handle, simply wipe the charred skins off.
The flavor of freshly roasted green chiles mingling with a charcoal grilled burger is what we love about New Mexico, and it's what keeps visitors coming back again and again.
This is an exciting blend of fresh, light flavors that makes a great beginning-of-the-meal palate stimulator during the summer. It has beautiful color and a slight bite from the ginger. A thinly sliced lime wheel makes an excellent garnish when floated on the soup with a dollop of sour cream.
There are over 30 varieties of Turkish kebabs which locals call “siskebabi,” “sis kebaps,” or “kebabi. Fish, vegetables, pork, beef, fruit, or fowl, are all put on wood or metal skewers and grilled over open flame or coals. Note: If you want to grill vegetables along with fish, chicken or small cubes of meat it’s best to parboil vegetables such as bell peppers, zucchini, carrots and other dense foods before skewering. Baby new potatoes can be scrubbed and par-boiled in skins or use canned whole potatoes. This recipe is courtesy of Rick Browne. Read more about favorite Superbowl Party dishes from chefs on the Burn! Blog here.
Pancakes as a side dish for dinner? If made from potatoes, they can be served as a crisp accent to a meal in place of bland mashed potatoes. This is another of those basic recipes that can be altered by changing the ingredients added to the potatoes to vary the taste and to complement the entrée with which they are being served. We’ve added horseradish, chiles, cheese, and other seasonings.
The technique of soaking a food in a liquid to flavor it—or in the case of meats, to tenderize the cut—was probably brought to the Caribbean by the Spanish. A marinade is easier to use than a paste, and when grilling your jerk meats, the marinade can also be used as a basting sauce. “In Jamaica,” notes food writer Robb Walsh, “like Texas barbecue, jerk is served on butcher paper and eaten with your hands.” Serve this version of jerk with a salad and grilled plantains.