Mango infused Pork Spare Ribs

It’s mango season my friends just in time for Memorial weekend I hope you all have a safe one and enjoy a cook-out or two with your family and friends and try out my ribs it’s a new twist on the traditional pork Spare ribs. that I promise you all are going to love! Bon Appetit!Island Style Ribs
Island Style Ribs
3 pounds pork spare ribs
3 tablespoons Grill Mates Barbecue seasoning
2 tablespoons Badia Complete seasoning
1 large onion chopped
12oz beer
Sauce-
2 garlic cloves
1 small jalapeno
¼ cup cilantro
½ cup onion
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
1 cup chopped mango
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon soya sauce
½ cup ketchup
½ cup water
1oz. apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons agave nectar.
2 green onions chopped
Preheat oven 325 degrees. Incorporate both barbecue seasoning and badia complete seasoning together season generously both sides of sparerib rack.
In a large baking pan add chopped onions place rib rack on top of the onions and pour beer around the ribs. Cover with foil tightly and bake for 45 minutes.
While ribs are baking to a food processor add all of the sauce ingredients except for ¼ cup of mango to use for garnish. Pulse all ingredients in food processor until all is well blended and you have a sauce consistency. Add sauce to a pot and cook on low for 30 minutes.
Remove ribs from oven drain all of the liquid cut ribs into portion size. Generously coat ribs on both sides with sauce. Return to oven uncovered and bake an additional 20 minutes. Remove ribs from oven and brush with the remaining sauce again on both sides. Turn oven to broil and place ribs on top rack and broil 3 to 4 minutes. Plate ribs and garnish with green onions and remaining ¼ cup mango.

Just a quick idea for the summer grilling months

I love grilling here in Florida it’s all year round but the summers are brutal and I refuse to heat up the house even when I want roasted vegetables as a side I just add the veggies I want as side to go with my gilled meats in a aluminum pouch and place it directly on the grill about 10 minutes before you grilled the meat especially if you have multiple layers of vegetable like I do that way I get the feel of roasted vegetables without heating up my kitchen. Tips make sure if you do not want to use oil to tossed your veggies because you are watching your calories like I am just don’t forget to coat the foil with your favorite non-stick cooking spray an also on top of the veggies. To test if the veggies are cooked take a sharp knife and poke the veggies right thru the foil if they are slightly tender they are done open the foil packet so they stop cooking becareful there will be a lot of steam coming. Enjoy!!
Vegetable pouch

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Perfect Super Bowl Appetizer! Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Buffalo chicken stuffed jalapeno peppers
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers
1 ½ cup cooked chicken chopped fine
¾ cup sharp cheddar shredded cheese
2 tablespoons hot sauce
3 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
8 large jalapeno peppers cut in half and seeds removed
1 cup plain Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons cilantro chopped fine
1 lime juiced & zest
Pinch Salt & Pepper
2 cup canola oil
2 eggs beaten
1 ½ cup Italian bread crumbs
Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and set aside. In a mixing bowl add first four ingredients and mix well. Stuffed each jalapeno halves with chicken mixture nice and tight until out of chicken mixture. Place stuffed jalapeno n cookie sheet and place in freezer for 20 minutes.
Add the Flour in one bowl, the eggs in a second bowl and the Italian bread crumbs in a third bowl. Take the stuffed jalapeno out of the freezer and dip in flour than in egg mixture and than in Italian bread crumbs to form a nice crust all the way around the jalapenos.
On stovetop in a frying pan add oil and heat to 365 degrees. Place half of the jalapeño peppers stuffing side down in oil and fry for about 7 minutes turn and fry an additional 5 minutes until nice and golden on both side places on paper towel to drain excess fat. Repeat for second batch. Let jalapeno rest for 5 minutes.
In a small mixing bowl mix 1 cup yogurt, cilantro and lime juice, zest, salt & pepper. Serve with jalapenos as a dipping sauce

Savory Chicken Stew

Hi everyone cold and windy weekend after weekend so no fishing rough seas out there so stew it is to warm us up this is a lighter stew because I use chicken and white wine but very filing and will most definitely warm your bellies up!!
Savory stew
Chicken Rosemary Wine Stew
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
1 pound boneless chicken breast cubed
½ cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 ½ tablespoon tomato paste
3 carrots peeled and sliced
5 small potatoes cubed any kind you like
1 cup rutabaga cubed
8 oz. mushrooms
1 small onion finely chopped
¼ cup fresh parsley
2 rosemary springs
2 ½ cups low sodium chicken broth
2 ½ cup dry white wine
On medium high heat on stove top add ¼ cup oil to a Dutch oven. In mixing bowl mix flour, salt and pepper add chicken cubes to flour and coat chicken well.
Add chicken cubes to the Dutch oven but do not crowd the pan and braise chicken cubes in olive oil on both sides just until a nice crust forms on the chicken you may want to do this in two batches.
To the braise chicken add tomato paste, carrots, potatoes, mushrooms, rutabaga, onion and parsley. Mix until chicken and veggies are well coated with the tomato paste. Add chicken broth, wine and rosemary. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook for 2 hours or until vegetables are fork tender.

Easy French Onion Soup

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr no fish recipe today we need soup to warm us up during this super cold weather!French onion soup

Simple French Onion Soup
This is a traditional French soup I grew up with that I love so much. With today’s busy life I made it into a simple anytime of the week dinner served with a salad. Even though it’s done in 30 minutes or less you still smell that wonderful long cooked French onion soup that we all love so much! Bon Appetit!
1 onion recipe soup & dip mix
3 cups water
1 cup dry red wine
2 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons butter
1 large yellow onion sliced julienne
2 garlic cloves minced
1 ½ teaspoon fresh oregano finely chopped
1 cups cheddar cheese flavor croutons
2 cup shredded mozzarella
On stove top on medium high add to a medium pot onion soup mix, water and dry red wine. Simmer for 10 minutes.
While soup is simmering on medium heat in a non stick frying pan add oil, butter, 1 teaspoon oregano, onions and garlic sauté until they become translucent. Add to broth and simmer additional 10 minutes.
In 4 small crock separate the soup equally top each with equal amount crouton and mozzarella cheese sprinkle with remaining oregano.
Place soup under the broiler just until cheese is melted and started to golden

New Year’s Party Appetizers look no further!

Tropical Ceviche
This one screams fresh and in season. We are spoiled here in Florida with our fresh seafood and tropical fruit and citrus locally grown and I fully take advantage of it call me spoiled. This recipe is very special to me as I actually caught the snappers and grew the pineapple so I decided to give a good old ceviche some Florida flair.
2 pounds red snapper filets chopped small
1/3 cup chopped red onions
½ cup chopped tomatoes
1 Serrano chili pepper deseeded and chopped fine
1 teaspoon dried oregano
Pinch sea salt
4 limes juiced
¼ cup cilantro
½ cup pineapple
¼ cup green bell pepper
In a Pyrex glass dish mix together the first 7 ingredients cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. After an hour mix once to coat all sides of fish cover and leave in refrigerator for 4 hours. Mix in cilantro pineapple and bell pepper before serving. Serves 6 large or 8 small portions.
Tropical Ceviche
Tropical Smoked Salmon Crostini
Bring the Tropical Islands to your party with these scrumptious creamy smoked salmon crostini top with fresh mango and lime flavors. These little crostini are perfect party appetizer whether you are having an outdoor party by the pool or an elegant indoor evening party and yet simple to make. Making them the perfect appetizer! These pair up with a simple crisp Pinot Grigio or bubbly Champagne sure to impress everyone!
1 French baguette
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 oz smoked salmon
4 oz Philadelphia cream cheese onion & chives
1 mango
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon fresh cilantro
Put oven on broil. Slice baguette in 1/8 thick slices to make 20 crostinis and place on a line cookie sheet drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt toss to coat well and arrange crostini so none over lap. Broil two to three minutes turn and broil another minute or two, make sure you do not burn them.
Peel and chop mango in small cubes and add to a mixing bowl add lemon juice and finely chopped cilantro season with fresh cracked black pepper mix well and set aside.
Chopped salmon in fine pieces and add to separate mixing bowl add cream cheese mix until well blended. Spread a thin layer of creamy salmon mixture over each cooled crostini utilizing entire mixture top each with a half teaspoon chopped mango. Enjoy!
Tropical Smoked Salmon Crostini 1
Fire Cracker Shrimp with Spicy Mango Ramoulade
Serves: 6
1 1/2 pound jumbo shrimp peeled and deveined
2 eggs
1 tablespoon water
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 cup instant potato flakes
1 cup crushed Ritz Crackers reduced Fat
Canola oil
1/2 cup mayonnaise
½ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1 teaspoon Creole mustard
1 green onion chopped fine
½ mango peeled and chopped small
Pinch Salt & pepper
Preheat oil to 375 degrees F.
In a bowl beat egg, water and cayenne pepper together. Toss shrimp in egg mixture and let sit 15 minutes. In a separate bowl combine potato flakes and Ritz crackers. Next toss shrimp in Ritz cracker crumbs to coat well.
Deep-fry in batches, but do not overload the fryer. Fry for 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oil with a slotted spoon and drain on the paper towel lined baking tray.
In a small mixing bowl add remaining ingredients and mix well. Serve shrimp with mango roulade while shrimp are still warm.
Fire Cracker Shrimp with Spicy Mango Ramoulade

Beer and Smoked Gouda Seafood Bisque

Beer and Smoke Gouda Seafood Bisque

1 pound cod
1 pound crab meat
½ pound piece of slab bacon, sliced 1/3 inch thick and cut into 1/3-inch dice
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 carrot peeled and finely chopped
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 large jalapeño, seeded and chopped
2 large garlic cloves, minced
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
12-ounce bottle lager such as Warsteiner Premium Dunkel
2 1/4 cups seafood stock
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup heavy cream
4 ounces sharp yellow cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
4 ounces smoked cheddar cheese, coarsely shredded
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Garlic-rubbed baguette toasts, for serving
If fish and crab is frozen in a large pot with water bring to a boil place a steam basket in pot and steam crab and cod for 8 minutes remove crab legs keep steaming the cod an additional 7 minutes remove meat from crab legs and coarsely chop fish and crab. Set aside.
In a large saucepan, cook the bacon over moderate heat until the fat is rendered and the bacon is crisp, 7 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to a bowl. Add the celery, carrot, onion, jalapeño, garlic and thyme to the saucepan and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 8 minutes. Add half of the beer and cook until reduced by half, 5 minutes. Add 2 1/4 cups of seafood stock and bring to a simmer.
In a small skillet, melt the butter. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes. Whisk this roux into the soup until incorporated and bring to a simmer. Cook until thickened, about 8 minutes. Add the heavy cream, cheddar cheeses and the remaining beer and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thick and creamy, about 5 minutes season with salt and pepper add seafood stir. Top soup with bacon. Serve the soup with garlic toasts.