Dining Outside the Home: Texas Tony’s Rib & Brewhouse in Naples, Florida! Look for the curls of woodsmoke arising from the barbecue smoker along Tamiami Trail. It’s mighty important to slow cook cuts of beef brisket and pork butts so the exterior is browned just right while the interior remains tender and juicy. Barbecuing is an art, after all. Follow the smoke signals to enter Texas Tony’s where the meat is cooked low and slow all day long to achieve perfection. Using orange tree wood seems to be the Floridian secret. Mild, but definitely delicious. Dinners are complemented by homemade corn bread or Texas toast, sweet coleslaw, baked potato, or cowboy beans. And the sauces: sweet, tangy, spicy. Go wild; mix and match. Everything gets washed down easily when drinks are 2 for 1 all day long. Better check out what you might be missing.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Country Casual Cravings: KFC Copycat Coleslaw! Instead of running into town to the local chicken drive-through for the national brand of coleslaw we’re all familiar with, you can make this popular side dish at home. It goes well on pork sliders, stuffed into fish tacos, or layered over sloppy joes. Knowing you made it fresh may ease your mind when it comes to being susceptible to all the germs running rampant right now. A container of coleslaw will last up to 5 days in the refrigerator, leaving you with many options for jazzing up a meal.
KFC COPYCAT COLESLAW
8 cups cabbage, finely chopped (or two bags pre-shredded coleslaw mix)
1/4 cup carrots, shredded
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons white vinegar
2 1/2 teaspoons lemon juice
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 cup milk
Combine the chopped cabbage and shredded carrots in a large bowl. Set aside. In another bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, white vinegar, lemon juice, sugar, sea salt, cayenne pepper, and milk. Pour dressing over cabbage mixture. Refrigerate one hour. Toss and serve.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Country Casual Cravings: Gherkin Pork Sliders! Mini sandwiches are popping up on bar and grill menus all over the place. What that translates to the consumer is unspoken permission to have seconds. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. It’s a way to try creative small bites to match your mood. Did you know the toppings can include creamy coleslaw, mac ’n cheese, crunchy potato chips, pineapple salsa, onion rings, and anything else you find delicious? Just like this recipe. If you prefer dill gherkins to sweet ones, by all means tweak it up. After all, in your kitchen you’re in charge.
GHERKIN PORK SLIDERS
12-count slider buns
3 cups precooked pulled pork
1/2 cup hickory-smoked barbecue sauce
1/4 cup unsalted butter
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion salt
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon poppy seeds
1 pint deli coleslaw
Preheat oven to 375°. Slice the slider buns horizontally in half. Remove the tops and set aside. Transfer the bottom half of the buns to a 9”x13” glass dish. Spread the precooked pulled pork evenly on the buns. Layer with barbecue sauce. Replace the tops of the buns. In a microwave-safe bowl, combine unsalted butter, Worcestershire sauce, onion salt, garlic powder, and poppy seeds. Warm the mixture on 20% for 15 seconds in the microwave. Stir. Repeat, if necessary, until completely melted. Brush the butter mixture over the tops of the buns. Cover the dish with foil. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove foil and bake 5 minutes longer. Once cool, separate sliders. Serve with coleslaw and sweet gherkins.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? Clean Eating: Egg Roll in a Bowl! For once in my life I’m taking the easy route to an old favorite. Making eggs rolls, using store bought wrappers, can be quite a labor-intensive ordeal. There’s the cutting of vegetables, marinating of meat, separating the wrappers and covering them with a moist towel, then heating the oil for deep-fried results. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I just wasn’t up to the task when what I really wanted was more of the amazing filling to devour. Don’t get me wrong, I still drizzled on the duck sauce, probably more than was necessary. But it’s all a matter of individual taste. Lean in and I’ll tell you a secret. I’d do it again.
EGG ROLL IN A BOWL
2 tablespoons sesame oil
1 onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 pound shredded pork, precooked
1/2 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon sriracha sauce
14-ounce bag coleslaw mix
3 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds, for garnish
Drizzle of sriracha
Green onions, for garnish
Duck Sauce, if desired
Warm the sesame oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onions are translucent and the garlic is fragrant. Add the shredded pork, ginger, sea salt, black pepper, and sriracha sauce. Mix well. Cook until the pork is heated through. Add the coleslaw mix, soy sauce, and rice vinegar. Sauté until the coleslaw is slightly tender. Divide into serving bowls. Garnish with toasted sesame seeds, drizzle of sriracha, and chopped green onions. Spoon prepared Duck Sauce over top, if desired.
Dining Outside the Home: Hattie B’s Chicken in Nashville, Tennessee! Chicken places can be a dime a dozen in the South, but Hot Spicy Chicken is a bird of a different color. Hattie B’s is a mom and pop food joint that rolls off the tongue with a southern drawl. Ask anyone on the street and they’ll point you in the direction for fried chicken at its best in Nashville. Five heat levels from no heat crispy chicken to eye-bulging habanero spicy are offered, so be prepared to eat your words. You’re going to need the coleslaw, pickles, and beans to tone things down long enough to finish the basket you ordered. For an explosion of flavor worth bragging about, head over to Hattie B’s. It’s something to crow about.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? All the Buzz: X-ceptional Sesame Slaw! Get set for a roller coaster ride of flavor. Asian-style coleslaw is a lighter alternative for your next potluck or picnic outing. No mayo! It has a distinct taste of pineapple, ginger, sesame, and soy with just a slight kick of red pepper. The recipe has some shortcuts so you can leave the kitchen behind and get on with summertime fun. Throw it together in a flash and watch it become a crowd-pleaser.
X-CEPTIONAL SESAME SLAW
16 ounces cole slaw mix, green cabbage and carrots
3 green onions, snipped
1 cup Sesame Asian dressing
1/4 cup rice vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
1/4 cup almonds, sliced
2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
Combine cole slaw mix and green onions into a large bowl. Whisk together Sesame Asian dressing, rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, and sriracha hot sauce. Toss cabbage/carrots mixture with dressing to coat. Cover and chill one hour. Sprinkle toasted sesame seeds and almond slices over all before serving.
What’s Cooking in Gail’s Kitchen? A Burst of Flavor: Open-Faced Pulled Pork BBQ Sandwiches! Stretch Summer to its limit with this popular sandwich that has maximum flavor on a toasted pretzel bun. Pile it high with tangy cole slaw and a dill pickle spear on the side for a satisfying meal. Once you combine the shredded pork with the barbecue sauce, keep it warm in the crockpot and savor the aromas filling the house.
OPEN-FACED PULLED PORK BBQ SANDWICHES
3-4 pound boneless pork roast prepared as directed from the segment Kalua Pork Roast https://snapshotsincursive.com/2015/05/27
Leftovers can be frozen and used later to make something incredible like today’s special.
Add 1 cup of your favorite bottled barbecue sauce to the shredded pork. Simmer to blend flavors. Or…..make the sauce yourself!
1/4 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon onion powder
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon liquid smoke
In a 2-quart saucepan, heat all ingredients to boiling. Reduce heat. Simmer uncovered for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add more water if needed. Mix with pulled pork to blend flavors. Keep warm.
Dining Outside the Home: Chip-Wrecked Da Kine Nachos in Poipu, Kauai! Ever wonder why we love nachos so much? Might it be the crunch of crispy tortilla chips smothered in a lava flow of melted cheese? Or possibly the mountain of tender spicy meat engulfed in shredded veggies and fresh fruit? Chip Wrecked takes you on a voyage for your bellies. Their secret? I’m told it’s the homemade flour tortilla chips individually dipped into a vat of five gooey cheeses to give your tastebuds explosive flavor in every bite. After all, naked chips are pretty dull. Check out the Black Pearl, Castaway, S.S. Minnow, Hurricane, or Mermaid with Avocado. Aargh! Be brave, mate! Add on the Lilikoi Passion Fruit Habanero sauce for good measure. It’ll make a landlubber out of you!