Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Chicken Pizza on the Grill

To make a chicken pizza, take a can of crescent rolls with you in the cooler. Also take 1 cup of mixed shreded cheeses and 1 cup of Parmesan cheese. You will need 1 cup of pizza sauce or catsup to mix with chicken. Add 1/4 cup chopped green and red peppers, 1/4 c onion and 1/4 cup chopped mushrooms. Grill four chicken breasts and chop. Mix chicken, peppers, onions and mushrooms with pizza sauce and set aside. Spread the rolls around the bottom and sides of black skillet because this is a deep dish pizza. Sprinkle cheese on top. Cover and grill/bake about 45-60 minutes. After 30 minutes check for doneness of crust. Grill/ bake on low heat to prevent burning of center of crust. This is a picture of the tasty grilled chicken pizza. Recently some young adults served this on a camp-out and found it easy to prepare and very tasty! Serve with mixed salad greens (that have been washed in salty water before going camping) and dressing to complete the meal.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

Barbeque Sauce with Jelly

Barbeque Sauce with Jelly

1 can tomato paste
1 cup grape jelly
¼ t. garlic
2 T. oil
¼ cup vinegar
¼ t. cayenne pepper
3 t. honey
1 t. Worcestershire sauce

Mix and stir well. Heat all ingredients in microwave for 3 minutes or bring to a boil on stovetop.

Suggested ways to use:

This is delicious to put in a crock-pot with cocktail wieners. Heat for 30 minutes on high. Reduce temperature to warm. Have toothpicks handy for wieners.

May shred a grilled beef or pork roast and mix. Serve warm on buns.
May place over grilled chicken for an appetizing aroma and flavor.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Fire on the Floor Pit

A fire on the floor or Fogo de Chao is easy to build and use for backyard or deck cooking. Just follow these easy steps.

Step 1: On the surface-ground or deck-place a circle of bricks on their sides -one layer thick-without mortar. Place a strap or wire around the brick circle so the bricks will not move when concrete is poured.

Step 2: Mix concrete and pour onto surface up to the top of the layer of bricks. Wait at least one day for the concrete to set and harden.

Step 3: Remove the strap. Stand a row of bricks on end on top of the first layer of sideways bricks-without mortar.

Step 4: Place an 8” diameter stiff plastic bucket in the center of the brick circle. Lay a plastic pipe with ½” diameter against the bucket to extend out a crack between 2 bricks. This will allow water to drain from the pit when the pit is finished. Secure strap around bricks to hold in place to prevent concrete from pushing them out. Mix concrete and pour around the bucket and on top of pipe to the top of the brick circle. Allow to set and harden at least one day.

Step 5: When concrete is hardened, remove strap and bucket.

Step 6: Mix mortar and layer 2 or 3 layers of bricks on top of existing brick rows. Fill gaps of other layers and smooth. Remove excess with a wire brush when hardened.

Step 7: When hardened, fill pit with charcoal and ignite. Wait for coals to become white hot. May use a grill over the top or lay skewers over the coals and slowly cook.

The Fogo de Chao or fire on the floor will be a great conversation piece while cooking and entertaining guests. Serve finger foods and beverages while watching the food cook.

Note: Observe safety rules. Keep fire away from tree limbs or house, yet closer to outside entertainment area.

Saturday, September 02, 2006

Cooking on a skewer

campfire cooking
Place meat, sausage and roast or other meat on skewers. Insert into sides of grate to stand up, yet within range of heat. As the outside of the roast cooks, cut off slices and serve or reserve in a warming dish or warmed slow cooker. Takes approximately 10-15 minutes to cook outer layers, depending on the desired doneness. This is adapted from the Brazilian method of cooking. It is a fun way to entertain guests. Have a buffet table with salad, bread, beverage and condiments arranged for guests. They can eat the barbecue as they talk or play games.