Bobby Flay’s Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

July 13, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Posted in From the Grill, Potatoes | 136 Comments
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I just discovered grilling potatoes last summer and am loving every crispy smoky slice I’ve plated. Wanting to try grilling sweet potatoes, I Googled and the top recipe was this Bobby Flay Grilled Sweet Potato with Lime and Cilantro recipe.  I saw absolutely no reason to look any further.  Bobby Flay recipes never disappoint and I thought the lime and cilantro were a perfect combination for the sweet flavor. 

This somewhat put me in mind of one of the delicious Mexican snow cones I had in Tucson.  Sweet, salty, spicy and limey. How can you go wrong with that combination? Rather than take the time to parboil I decided to slice the potato lengthwise into big paddles using my mandolin set on 1/4 inch thickness, then I grilled as Bobby’s recipe indicated. They grilled up very nicely. We found these to be a delicious side dish for grilled chicken thighs and a fresh salad.  A wonderful summer meal.  The only thing I would change is to at least double the lime zest and the cayenne. Seemed like there wasn’t enough to go around, and I only used one large sweet potato.  I’d also take the time to wedge and pre-cook before grilling.  That big orange paddle wasn’t as attractive as the white potato paddles I grilled last week.  Let’s take a look.

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro

  • 3 sweet potatoes, unpeeled
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated lime zest
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped fresh cilantro

Directions Parcook the potatoes: Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender; let cool. Slice each potato lengthwise into eighths. Preheat a grill to medium or place a cast-iron grill pan over medium heat. Mix 1 tablespoon salt, the lime zest and cayenne in a small bowl. Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill until golden brown on all sides (including the skin) and just cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer to a platter; immediately season with the salt mixture and sprinkle with cilantro.

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro…It’s What’s for a Summer Side Dish.


Breakfast Hot Dogs

June 4, 2010 at 1:27 am | Posted in Breakfast, eggs, From the Grill, Potatoes | 27 Comments
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A few months ago I watched Ina Garten grill up a Sunday breakfast feast and promptly bookmarked her sausage breakfast hotdogs. Served up with some country fried potatoes on a beautiful sunny Memorial Day morning was a perfect holiday treat.

I started out by thinly slicing some potatoes for some good old-fashioned fried potatoes just like my mom used to do. I fried them in a combination of olive oil and bacon fat and with a dusting of salt and pepper and they needed nothing else. Crispy brown on the outside, tender on the inside. Mmm..waaa!

Meanwhile out on the grill were the sizzling spinach and feta flavored chicken sausages waiting to be drizzled with the star of this meal…Ina’s Mustard and Mayo sauce . It’s a luxurious white creamy mayo, sour cream mixture with a hint of tangy mustard. This sauce would make a shoe taste good.

Before I share the recipe, let’s talk about sour cream. A couple of months ago when posting a recipe that included sour cream, I received an email from Cathy over at Noble Pig saying  “all sour creams are  not created equal”.  Hmm…never really thought about it. She continued that she always buys the high quality Tillamook brand. Not having Tillamook available (darn it), I did indeed study sour creams the next time I was at the market. I bought Wallaby brand and the difference between it and the run of  the mill product from Safeway was  like night and day…and only for about a dollar more. It had a consistency comparable to Greek Yogurt and a  creamy richer flavor.  

Ok, back to the breakfast, here’s Ina’s recipe.

Ina’s Grilled Chicken Sausage with Mustard Mayo:

Good Quality Chicken Sausages, served on buns like a hot dog and topped with mustard mayo.

1 1/2 cups good mayonnaise
3 Tbs Dijon mustard
1 1/2 Tbs whole-grain mustard
1/3 cup sour cream
1/4 tsp kosher salt

1. Whisk the mayonnaise, mustards, sour cream and salt together in a small bowl. Serve at room temperature.

Ok, I’m serving it up, do you want your poached egg on your potatoes?

Or on your hot dog?

Ina’s Chicken Sausage Hot Dogs

They’re What’s For Breakfast.

Chipotle Cheddar Bacon Barbeque Burgers

June 1, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Posted in Beef, From the Grill, Lamb | 27 Comments
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Located on one corner of our beautiful Coors Field baseball stadium in downtown Denver is the Sandlot Brewery and Rounders Pub. Years ago when we had season tickets to the Rockies Games, we’d always stop in at Rounder’s for a pre-game burger. 

Sandlot was a test brewpub for Coors and Rounders served up your pre-game grub. During Rockies games it is closed to the public and only accessible from inside Coors Field for attendees of the baseball game.  Even when we arrived early for those afternoon games, we’d have to wait almost 45 minutes for a table.   Worth it…for both people watching and the food.

My favorite burger on the menu was their buffalo burger. A bison patty with melted cheese, barbeque sauce and topped with a couple of slices of bacon and  onion.  Easy enough to recreate at home! 

This time I used some Chipotle Cheddar cheese that I bought at Smith’s Market  when I was in Kansas. This cheese comes from Jason Wiebe Dairy in Durham, Kansas. It’s  not only delicious but some of the best melting cheese I’ve ever worked with. It worked like a charm grated for some nachos last week and beautiful on these burgers. Not to mention a great and unique flavor addition to both dishes.

Chipotle Cheddar Bacon Barbeque Burgers

 (didn’t use bison this time)

1/3 pound ground lamb

1/3 pound 85-15% ground beef

2 slices yellow sweet onion

2 slices bacon, fried and sliced in half

Your favorite barbeque sauce

Chipotle cheddar cheese

Mix the lamb and beef together then form two hamburger patties. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and a dusting of Canadian Steak Seasoning. Grill up your burgers, brush buns with butter toast them on the grill and add your cheese towards the end to melt. To build your burger, place burger on the bun, add a little barbeque sauce, some onion and dig in.

Serves 2

Chipotle Cheddar Bacon Barbeque Burgers…

It’s What’s For Dinner!

1 year ago Rick Bayless Short Ribs

Grilled Chicken

July 18, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Posted in Chicken, From the Grill | 3 Comments
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I’ll never forget inviting the in-laws over for dinner and my Mother-in-law exclaiming,  “This chicken is pretty good for being burnt”.  Thus started my quest for a recipe that would produce perfectly grilled chicken, EVERY time. 

Don’t you just get flat out grumpy when you’ve slaved over the hot grill, turning,  moving, babying each piece of chicken and just when you think everything is perfect take it to the table and bite into a thigh to find that pinkish, not quite done, weird texture thing going on.  SHUDDER.  And the darn thing looks cooked on the outside. 

Before I go any further, I want to share a simple Montana Vic grilled chicken secret.  Simply baste with Italian Dressing while grilling.  Very good.    Now back to getting each and every piece to come off that grill perfectly cooked without watching it like a hawk. 

Thank you Cathy in Oregon.  I found this recipe on her Noble Pig blog, tried it, and it’s wonderful and I mean “eat like a starved animal” good.  I unwittingly happened upon The Noble Pig blog when I first started my blog and was poking around food blogs to see what other bloggers were doing.    She and her husband have recently moved to Oregon Wine Country and will be starting up their own winery.  I’m loving following her information, a great find for me.  Take a look at  Here”s her recipe and the only thing different is she featured a different bbq sauce:

The Best Grilled Chicken….  Ever!

For the Dry Rub:

1 Tablespoon seasoning salt, any brand
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon chile powder
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground turmeric
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon ground cumin

003For the Basting Sauce:

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1 Tablespoon oil

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
Juice of one lemon
One drop liquid smoke, optional (no more than a drop, it’s concentrated)

007One 4 lb. split-fryer chicken (or one whole chicken cut in half)
Your favorite grilling sauce

My favorite sauce happens to be Bone Suckin Sauce.  You can find it at Whole Foods.  Or go on line:


First, I always buy a split fryer, a whole chicken that has been cut in half.  I never grill different sized, individual pieces, it’s too difficult to vary the cooking times and the pieces dry out too easily.  Forget them.  A split fryer is the answer to your grilling prayers or buy a whole chicken and cut it in half yourself.

Next, make a dry rub.  You do not want a dry rub with sugar in the list of ingredients.  It will burn.  The dry rub should be spread on the chicken, under and on top of the skin and in every nook and cranny.  Do this three hours prior to grilling.

Also, bring the chicken to room temperature.

Preheat the grill to very high heat, about 500 degrees.  I then turn the middle burner completely off and place the chicken in there while lowering the other two burners, bringing the temperature to 350 degrees.

Next, baste the chicken and close the grill.  Set a timer for 15 minutes.

After 15 minutes turn the chicken over and baste again.  Repeat this step every 15 minutes for a total of one hour.  At the last basting, let the chicken cook for only five minutes more.

Using your favorite grilling sauce, baste both sides of the chicken.

After basting with the sauce close the grill and cook for only five minutes.  Not longer, this is when the chicken will burn.  Make sure you have washed your baster or are using a new one to prevent any contamination from residual raw chicken.

Let the chicken rest for at least five minutes before cutting into it.


HEY, wait a minute – how did those olives get in here?    Oh that’s right, I purchase them everytime I’m at Whole Foods.  Plus I wanted to show off that cute little bowl my friend Cauleen gave me.   This is also a test to see if she’s reading my blog.   🙂

Cook Up Some Brats for Oscar Mayer

July 9, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Posted in From the Grill, pork | 1 Comment
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Oscar Mayer died at the age of 95.   So in honor, let’s all cook up some sort of wieners, or make a bologna sandwich or something – well, I’m thinkin brats, since I already had them purchased and planned for dinner:

007Simple. Open up your favorite bottle of beer and pour it into your favorite fry pan, heat the beer and poke a few holes in your favorite brand of brats and let them steep in heated beer for about ten minutes.002

004Throw em on the grill and brown them until crispy on the outside. Make sure to watch them so they don’t burn.  Serve them on your favorite bun and with your favorite summer salad. In this case I made a simple broccoli salad, you know the kind, with a sweet/sour mayonnaise based sauce a combination of broccoli florets, sunflower seeds, raisins,  celery, onion etc.  Just toss in what sounds good.  If anyone wants an exact recipe, I can measure ingredients next time I make it.  It’s just vinegar, sugar, mayo, salt and pepper.  I will note here that I like to use seasoned Rice Vinegar, or plain old cider vinegar.



defaultEnjoy a blast from the past with this Oscar Mayer Television Commercial:

A new twist on grilled chicken skewers

May 17, 2009 at 1:42 pm | Posted in Chicken, From the Grill | 2 Comments
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I found a recipe on that sounded interesting so decided to give it a try it last night.  We’ve been having beautiful weather here in Denver, so can’t get enough of grill time.  I thought this recipe sounded interesting, a new twist with tomatillas on a skewer.  We thought it was delicious.

The vinaigrette is important here.  Use a good quality red-wine vinegar.  And of course fresh mint from the garden.   I couldn’t stop smelling it in the bowl while waiting to brush it on the meat.  Very fresh. 

I don’t like a a gas grill for chicken.  I swear by Whole Foods natural wood and added one Whole Foods Apple Wood chip.   I accidentally thawed out chicken thighs, and they ended up working very well in this recipe.  We loved the skewered tomatillas.  I’ve seen the baby squash at Whole Foods, but couldn’t find any yesterday, so I just used chunks of yellow summer squash.

We paired with an Oregon A to Z Pinot Gris  – yum

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