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Grilling in the New Year

Wow, we have made it past the Christmas holiday!!  If you are like me, the thought of making anymore food just has you wanting to run for the hills.  Well we have started a new tradition in our family for what to make on New Year’s Day. Weather permitting of course, we break out the GRILL. Yes, I said the grill.  I know the thought of grilling in January seems a little odd, but what a nice alternative to the old stand bys of turkey (just had that Christmas day), or ham or even the New Year’s goose.  Why not buy some nice rib eye steaks or T-Bones or  chicken; hey I’m even up for hamburgers.  My family loves the adventure of grilling while it is snowing or shivering in the cold as you smell that one of a kind aroma of grilled meat permeating from those hot coals.  To get you started, I have listed 3 of our favorite recipes below that we include in our first big meal of the New Year or break out your favorites and make all the neighbors want to come over to your house for dinner. Have a great Country New Year and remember to have fun.    Happy GRILLING!!

 See previous post on great meat grilling tips!!

Meat ideas for Grilling

Rib eye steaks

T-Bone Steaks

Chicken Breasts

Pork Chops

Killer Rib eye Steak Recipe

 1/2 cup packed brown sugar

1 (1.25 ounce) package chili seasoning mix

1 (1 ounce) envelope ranch dressing mix

1 teaspoon garlic salt

1 teaspoon onion salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon steak seasoning

Mix all ingredients and rub liberally on four 8oz rib eyes.  There will be left over rub, be sure to store in an air tight container for future use.  See grilling tips to get the perfect results on your steak!

Check out this link for awesome steak grilling tips.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K_-Gvcu0JpU

Twice Baked Potatoes

6 large baking potatoes

1 1/2 sticks of butter

1 cup of sour cream

4 slices of crispy bacon (chopped)

1 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese

2 tsp minced garlic

1/4 cup diced green onions

1/4 tsp. seasoning salt

1/8 tsp. white pepper

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

 Wash, pierce and bake potatoes for 45 min to one hour.  Insert knife to check doneness. 

 Let potatoes cool so that they can be handled.  Once they are cooled scoop out the flesh leaving a small amount around the edge to keep the form of the potato skin.  Put the inside of the potatoes into a large bowl.  Add one stick of butter, sour cream, bacon, 1 cup of cheese, garlic, onion, salt, and pepper.  Mash well together to blend all ingredients.  Once all is mixed well, you have two choices.  You can refill your potato skins, or put the mixture into a medium baking dish.  Cut remaining butter into small cubes.  Place them around the baking dish or one cube per potato.  Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.  Bake for 30 minutes.

  

Black Forest Cake

 1 cup milk

1 tablespoon vinegar

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups white sugar

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1 cup strong brewed coffee, cold

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling

1/2 cup cherry liqueur

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.   Grease and flour two 8 inch cake pans. Make sour milk by combining milk and vinegar. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, oil, coffee and vanilla. Stir in the sour milk. Gradually beat in the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow cake layers to cool completely before filling.

To make the cherry filling: Combine the cherry pie filling and cherry liquor. Refrigerate cherry mixture until chilled; then fill cake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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