Pickled Rhubarb

I’ve noticed a handful of restaurants around our area are offering great pickled vegetables as little sides. There is something about the pickled vegetables that really make many of the entrees shine. Something about the pickling that just cuts through the richness of any dish is right up my alley. As I noted in my rhubarb simple syrup post, I had picked up a bunch of rhubarb from my favorite farmers, and with some of the remaining rhubarb, I decided to pickle it and see how it was. Did I mention it was awesome?

Pickled Rhubarb Recipe
Pickled Rhubarb Recipe

Now you can use your favorite pickling recipe, but I find that the one I am going to share works pretty well. Feel free to balance out any sugar, salt, or other seasonings to your liking.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ribs of rhubarb, chopped into spears that will fit into your pickling jar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/4 tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf

Start by adding the sugar, salt, vinegar, and water to saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a simmer, and cook just until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Next, add in the bay leaf, fennel and mustard seeds, and the black peppercorns. Let this come to room temperature.

Pickled Rhubarb Ingredients
Pickled Rhubarb Ingredients

Next, add the rhubarb spears into your pickling jar.

Pour the pickling mixture into the jar and fill to the rim.

Cover with the lid, and place in the refrigerator. Now you can eat these in a few hours, but I think they really begin to shine after a few days. They are a bit sweet and tart which is what you would expect, but then you get the pickled flavor that just goes great with any rich type of food.

Have you tried pickled rhubarb, and if so, do you like it? For me, they were awesome. Hope you enjoy!

Pickled Rhubarb
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Serves: 1 jar
 
Ingredients
  • 3 ribs of rhubarb, chopped into spears that will fit into your pickling jar
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup of water
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • ¼ tsp mustard seeds
  • 1 bay leaf
Instructions
  1. Start by adding the sugar, salt, vinegar, and water to saucepan. On medium heat, bring to a simmer, and cook just until the sugar dissolves, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  2. Next, add in the bay leaf fennel and mustard seeds, and the peppercorns. Let this come to room temperature.
  3. Next, add the rhubarb spears into your pickling jar.
  4. Pour the pickling mixture into the jar and fill to the rim.
  5. Cover with the lid, and place in the refrigerator. Now you can eat these in a few hours, but I think they really begin to shine after a few days. They are a bit sweet and tart which is what you would expect, but then you get the pickled flavor that just goes great with any rich type of food.

 

 

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Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Creamed chipped beef on toast is never going to look pretty, either on the plate in front of you, or in a photo. Well, I think my photo looks pretty darn good. But let’s face it, creamed chipped beef on toast is so, so good. It actually reminds me a lot of the classic biscuits and gravy, and what’s not to love about that one?

Recently I was honored to have Nueske’s deliver some of their delicious products. Everything from sausages, to bacon, and their smoked beef slices. I was floored because I have never seen the Nueske’s smoked beef slices at any grocery store, so I was super excited to give it a try. Grocery stores take note. Order and stock this stuff because it is awesome!

I immediately opened the sliced beef and fell in love with it, as did my kids. It was that great Nueske’s smoke, and just has you wanting more. As I continued to eat another slice, the idea came to mind to make creamed chipped beef on toast. What better could this be but to add some of this great smoked beef flavor to a classic dish.

Creamed Chip Beef on Toast Recipe
Creamed Chip Beef on Toast Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Nueske’s beef slices, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 slices of Texas Toast, toasted
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

That’s it. Pretty darn simple.

Start by melting the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once it begins to melt, toss in the chopped beef slices. Stir, and get the beef a bit crispy along the edges. Once you have that complete then toss in the flour, and continue to stir to incorporate all of the flour and cook it at the same time, about a minute or so.

Ingredients for making Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
Ingredients for making Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Next, pour in the milk, and continue to stir for a few minutes. The sauce will now thicken. Add some cracked pepper. Continue to cook for a few minutes, then you are ready to pour over the toast.

Stack the toast, and pour everything over the toast.

Creamy Chipped Beef on Toast
Creamy Chipped Beef on Toast

This is a stick to your ribs kind of breakfast for sure. The creamy gravy softens the toast, and when cutting into it and swiping up the gravy, well you kind of close your eyes and fall in love. The smokiness of the sliced beef, just lightly caramelized, adds the perfect balance to this recipe. Thanks Nueske’s for inspiring me to make this great recipe! Hope you enjoy!

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Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Burgers and Summertime. What’s not to love? We grill burgers about every two weeks at my house, and the routine is always the same with the family. Two¬†cheeseburgers, one plain with bacon, no burger for my youngest, and well, then there is me and that’s when I started to get creative.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of a simple cheeseburger, a big fan at that, but sometimes you want something a bit off the usual path. That’s when I took a look in my refrigerator and found some good old Mexican chorizo, and hence the idea on this burger recipe. The chorizo and cheese stuffed burger.

Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

The end result was something super delicious, and an explosion of flavor when biting into it. A must make in my opinion.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb ground chuck
  • 1 cup Mexican chorizo, cooked and fat removed
  • 2 slices of American cheese
  • Cooked bacon, optional
  • 1 hamburger bun, good and sturdy, toasted
  • mayonnaise, optional
  • pickles, optional

Start by cooking your Mexican chorizo. During this time, form your hamburger patties.

Divide your ground chuck into 1/4 pound patties. When the chorizo has cooled, take one patty and place on the American cheese. Top with the cooked and cooled chorizo, then top with the other 1/4 pound patty.

Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers
Chorizo and Cheese Stuffed Burgers

Shape and form the patties so that both patties are combined, and sealed. Season with salt and pepper if you desire.

Once your grill is heated, cook over direct heat for a few minutes, then flip, add another slice of the American cheese, and cook for another few minutes before finishing over indirect heat until your desired doneness.

To assemble, take your bottom toasted bun and slather on some mayonnaise. Top with bacon if desired, then the cooked chorizo and cheese stuffed burger, then the top bun. Spear a pickle on top and dig in.

The result is awesome. The creaminess from the mayonnaise, the crunch from the smoky bacon, and then the explosion of the chorizo and cheese. Good? Heck yes. Delicious to say the least and as meaty as it sounds, it was not heavy in feeling. As a matter of fact, it was hard to put down.

So the next time you are firing up the grill to make some burgers, and want something different, give this one a shot. It was a real treat.

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Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Our farmer’s market is in full force right now, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year to visit with my local farmers, especially Paula and Jerry. I normally bike there, first thing, on Saturday morning to see what everyone is offering. After bumping into Jerry at the local baker’s tent, I had asked him if garlic was at his stand yet, and low and behold, he said they just picked it. Their garlic was pretty darn awesome last year, and as I have yet to pull mine from my yard, I decided to get a couple of bulbs from him, along with some great looking rhubarb, among other things.

I had no idea what I was going to do with the rhubarb, and all I knew is that I had a pound of it, only to be created into something delicious. This is one of those delicious recipes. A rhubarb simple syrup.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe
Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe

To say the least, this stuff is pretty darn good, and my daughter and I have been squirting it in all sorts of things, from water, to cocktails, to lemonade. It’s sweet, and just slightly sour and that has us coming back for more.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ribs of rhubarb, cut into sections, and lightly smashed
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water

Simple. Hence the name.

Add everything to a saucepan, and bring to a light boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and then set aside off the heat to let it cool.

Once cooled, go ahead and store it in the refrigerator.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Not only is the color awesome, but the flavor is really great, especially when added to cold drinks on a hot summer day. Hope you enjoy!

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