Category: grill thrills
|May 12, 2021||Posted by Wendy Perry under burgers, Carolina Country, cheesy, fun food, gluten free, griddle cooking, grill thrills, Heritage Pork, low carb, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, party foods, published, sandwiches, skillet cookery|
Published in Carolina Country Magazine May 2015
Smashburgers! or Smash Burgers? No matter which you way you prefer, they’re everywhere these days… but do you know what that actually means?
My definition is a good old ground meat burger, smashed somehow or other, and cooked so that you get a nice, uneven edge from “smashing” that has little nooks and crannies with crunchy little bits and pieces and a crusty bite to them.
The kind we love from our favorite hole-in-the-wall grills and diners!
Most smashburgers are made with ground beef. But y’all know I don’t do “most.” That’s why I made these with good old NC ground pork! If you can’t source from a local farmer, you can find ground pork in any grocery store… it’s what I use in my egg rolls too!
When I was growing up, this is how mama made hamburgers, because she near’bout burnt everything she cooked… and our burgers were no exception. They were crunchy alright! But actually real good. Even if they were shriveled up little things… the steamed buns daddy insisted on (and me too to this day) made them tolerable while lost inside the bun. They just didn’t have a “name” way back then. But now I know, she was cooking smashburgers!
For me, there are 5 things that make up a really great smashburger. The first three… the key to getting that crunch is the right fat ratio (at least 80/20 fat), making them not very big (3-4 ounces) so you can smash big and thin, and a very hot cooking surface… like a preheated cast iron skillet or griddle.
These days, lots of folks have Blackstone griddles… found at varying price points here and there (self included), and I love that thing! It’s perfect for making smashburgers and with this recipe, making the “toasty cheese” alongside them! You can cook these in a hot skillet indoors, but because of the high heat and grease, I highly recommend cooking your smashers outside. If you don’t have a griddle, a cast iron skillet works great!
Number four… as for the cheese, you can use any kind of melty cheese, but I’m a big fan of hoop cheese! (Read about hoop cheese here at North Carolina’s Ashe County Cheese.)
I grew up with it. And it’s often seen… little slices wrapped in “cellophane” with saltine crackers by the register at country stores. Just right to grab for breakfast on the way to work, or a mid-morn or afternoon snack when taking a break from work on the farm. Enough to “tide you over” till lunch or suppertime.
Mama, not being a cook, would sometimes melt hoop cheese in her cast iron skillet and throw some canned biscuits in the oven. Supper would be biscuits and cheese… spoonsful of the ooey gooey melted cheese over top of those split biscuits. I can see that good stuff now… with that little golden orange ring of grease around the edge that cooked out of that melted cheese.
Last but certainly worth special attention… really good rolls are the crowning glory for your burgs. You’ll want something that’s going to hold that luscious burger without it falling to pieces while you savor every crunchy bite! My favorite are potato rolls, that only get better with the brushed-on butter and light grilling inside out, so you get a little soft with a little crisp too.
As for toppings, offer up anything that suits your fancy. I like to keep those simple on my smashburgers, so not one bit of the crunchy goodness is lost.
Memorial day is almost here… and a perfect time to fix a bunch of smashburgers and have a grand ole time with those you love! A Smash Bash… to celebrate and remember those who have served our nation to protect the land of the free… home of the brave!
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Get your burg on y’all!
When the burger craving comes upon us, nothing else will do. Smashburgers: those delectable little patties with a bit of crunch — the kind we seek out at our favorite hole-in-the-wall burger joints. I used NC ground pork for these, topped with hoop cheese.
- 2 pounds ground pork (at least 80/20 fat)
- 2 tablespoons ‘everything bagel’ seasoning
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- salt (optional-due to saltiness in cheese)
- 3/4 cup vegetable oil in bowl
- Buns (potato or brioche)
- 1 stick melted butter
- 1 pound wedge hoop cheese
Place griddle or large cast iron skillet on grate. Preheat grill (or griddle) to highest heat.
Combine pork and seasonings and mix as little as possible. (The more you handle, the tougher the meat will be.)
Divide into 12 balls. Roll in bowl of oil and place onto hot griddle or skillet. Do not move for at least 1 minute. Flip, then using the bottom of a mason jar, “smash” the burger to make it thin. Cook about 2 minutes, turn and cook the other side about the same to get a good sear. Stack in pan to the side to keep warm.
For the buns, brush the insides with melted butter. Grill the buttered sides while the burgers cook. Place burgers onto “ungrilled” outsides of buns (buttered side out).
Put mounds of hoop cheese into hot skillet or on griddle. As it melts, scoop a portion with spatula onto each burger and eat as is or add toppings.
Ahhh… the good ole southern NC pig picking! Here’s all you need to know to host one for yourself. Nothing is much finer than gathering friends and family to pick pork, is there?
|October 8, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under Carolina Country, fun food, gluten free, grill thrills, honey, low carb, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, Thanksgiving|
Published in Carolina Country Magazine November 2017
Well 2020 just keeps giving us disappointment on top of disappointment. Some of us look real forward to our NC State Fair each year, each for our own reasons. I will miss going there several mornings to judge the daily cooking contests… one of my favorite fall culinary adventures. Some go for their favorite foods scattered about the fairgrounds.
Grease! Salt! Sugar! Finger lick’n…
What’s not to love?
You can’t miss folks walking around gnawing on big ole turkey legs! This recipe was part of a few I created several years ago for Carolina Country Magazine for a little twist on Thanksgiving… and when I was thinking about fair foods to share, realized I never put this here on my blog.
We never know what sort of weather we will have here around fair time… or Thanksgiving… it might be brrrrr! cold… or we may be out in shorts and flip flops firing up our grill. Either way, these turkey legs are tasty… and something fun to cook this year during fair week to pretend you’re there! Or to give your Thanksgiving a twist too.
So grab yourself some legs and crank up the grill! Enjoy some of my tasty turkey legs… and come on over to my facebook playground and share your pics and what you think about ’em!
No fair this year... no problem! Grill your own turkey legs at home... or fix some for Thanksgiving this year.
- 5-6 medium size turkey legs
- 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons onion powder
- 4 teaspoons dried oregano
- 4 teaspoons salt
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1/4 cup butter
Combine all marinade ingredients. Place turkey legs into large container with lid. Pour marinade over legs, cover and shake to coat. Refrigerate (up to 2 days), shaking periodically to coat.
To grill: Preheat grill to high heat. Oil grates and place legs onto grill. Sear on all sides several minutes, turning to get good grill marks. Reduce heat to low or move coals to sides (for indirect heat) and continue cooking, covered, for about 50–60 minutes. Turn every few minutes to prevent burning.
Melt butter in honey. Baste legs, turning often, the last few minutes of cooking. Remove legs when temperature reaches 165 degrees by thermometer.
Place legs onto serving tray and pour remaining baste over legs.
|February 17, 2020||Posted by Wendy Perry under cabbage, garden goodness, grill thrills, L&M Produce, product recipe development, sensational sides|
This recipe is for cabbage lovers. You might not find Koolheads cabbage but you can still make this tasty grilled cabbage with what you find at the store!
|August 19, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under blueberries, cook & eat nekkid, dressings, food preservation, garden goodness, gluten free, grill thrills, sensational sides|
Grilled eggplant drizzled with blueberry mustard vinaigrette and fresh herbs
|August 6, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under appetizers, condiments & accompaniments, fish, fish & shellfish, grill thrills, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, published, watermelon, wendy's signature recipes|
This sweet and hot watermelon pico de gallo is the perfect topping for fresh North Carolina fish, shrimp or crab tacos. For the best texture, stir together just before serving.
|July 29, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under cook & eat nekkid, corn, dressings, fish & seafood, garden goodness, grill thrills, low carb, published, salads, slaws and such, sensational sides, shrimp, stick foods, wendy's signature recipes|
Let your grill do the work on this one… dressed up or down as you’d like, grilled southwestern romaine with NC Shrimp is as quick a side as you can fix … but watch it closely, it is ready in a flash!
|July 26, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under Cooking ~ Recipes, gluten free, grill thrills, here chickie!, published|
Arnold Palmers are a refreshing treat on a hot summer’s day. The lemon and tea pairs so well, I created a version for these deelish wings. Tailgate friendly, too!
|June 29, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under condiments & accompaniments, fun food, grill thrills, party foods, published, sandwiches|
Hot dogs are such a fun food for entertaining, and we do love our traditional fixin’s here in the South. But how about a fun twist? Light the Tiki torches and head outside and fix some Aloha Hula Hot Dogs with Mango Slawsa!!
|May 21, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under grill thrills, Grilling Tools, Mindless Mutterings from the Teacher's Lounge, stick foods, Wendy's Worthies|
Avoid those annoying toothpick wooden skewers that burn, even after soaking, with these great 1/2″ wide stainless steel 17″ long skewers! Great for grilling meats, seafood and veggies too. No more flip-floppin and food rolling around on your kabobs! Get some.
|May 19, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under grill thrills, here chickie!, here's the beef!, published, stick foods, wendy's signature recipes|
Fire up the grill and kabob it with these juicy citrus basted steak and chicken kabobs!
|May 18, 2019||Posted by Wendy Perry under bacon & belly, Carolina Country, cook & eat nekkid, foil packet cook'n, garden goodness, grill thrills, Peggy Rose's Jellies, published, sensational sides, wendy's signature recipes|
This Dilled Grilled German Potato Salad will be a “go to” side for your cookouts and gatherings. Make ahead and stack in fridge to throw on a hot grill… sensational side in only 15-20 minutes!