As part of the Burn! Blog’s ongoing pumpkin-related coverage, I decided to fool around with a jar of Chipotle Pumpkin Salsa with Roasted Tomatillo, produced by Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Foods company. Throw it into a slow cooker with a pork tenderloin, and a few hours later you have a great autumn meal.
Building on my happiness with smoked pumpkin, I got a little more ambitious: smoked pumpkin pie with maple syrup. Turning the smoky squash into a soup with bacon was easy; how can you mess up anything that combines smoke with cured pork?
Basically, pastrami is what you get when you smoke a side of corned beef, instead of boiling it. After doing some research online and talking to German friends who had attempted it, we decided to give pastrami-making a try.
Over the next three weeks, we’ll also share ideas for spicy pumpkin seeds, adding recipes for smoked pumpkin, and playing around with Sizzlin’ Sauces’ Howlin’ Hollar Hot Sauce with Pumpkin, too. Be sure to check back in with us every couple of days for ways to heat up Halloween.
Before you hush puppy purists grab the torches and pitchforks and head to Los Angeles for a few days of burning yours truly at the stake, hear me out. I was desperate for an appetizer at this Saturday’s grilling and had no money but plenty of corn masa, garlic, habanero pepper, and vegetable oil. That’s where this tasty violation of southern tradition originated.
Two weeks ago, my niece Jordan ordered me to grind up a batch of my habanero chorizo for the family’s Saturday grill night. What she did not dictate was how I cooked it for the group. Some of you may remember how much I love playing with grilling pizza. I combined the two dishes in this simple little twist on pizza and quesadillas. The only person who ended up hating it was me because it was all gone before I had a chance to fill up on the stuff.
Here’s a blow-by-blow description of how to make classic New Mexico-style chiles rellenos. Creating truly great chiles rellenos requires a bit of effort, but once you’ve had that first cheesy, glorious bite, you’ll be glad you took the time.