Cooking a Ribeye

When I travel to California for work, it’s becoming a habit for my friend Karim Marucchi & I to have steaks at least once. I enjoy cooking them, so we’ve begun doing dinners at his house with friends and ribeyes have become the steak of choice. How can you go wrong with that? This recipe is simplicity at its best.

This steak goes great with chimichurri sauce and pairs really well with a bold red wine.

  • 1 ribeye steak
  • 2 pats real butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • sea salt & ground pepper to taste

  • If the steak has been refrigeratorated, place on a counter to warm.
  • Heat a skillet over medium-high flame.
  • When the skillet is warm, add olive oil and 1 pat of butter to the pan to melt and spread.
  • Add steak to skillet. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Season exposed side with salt. IF steak is thicker than an inch, you may want to cook for 7 minutes per side.
  • Turn steak over. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes. Season exposed side with salt & pepper. Top with remaining pat of butter.
  • Remove steak from skillet and let rest undisturbed for 5 minutes.
  • Serve & enjoy. Steak should be medium rare, cooked all the way through but pink and juicy in the middle.

Yield
1 serving

Prep time

5 minutes

Cooking time

10 minutes

Difficulty

Easy

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“Sweet Heat” pulled-pork tacos

After making barbacoa tacos, I wanted to try the same thing but with pork, instead of beef. Pulled pork has a completely different flavor space, from beef, so there’s a lot to play with. I didn’t want traditional pulled pork; my goal was tacos, so I wanted more spiciness, less barbecue.

  • 1 3 & 1/2-pound pork roast (boneless)
  • 4 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup honey

  • Cut the pork roast into manageable pieces, roughly the same size.
  • Sear the pieces of the roast in some olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Turn and sear every side.
  • Turn on the slow cooker to high, to warm it for later.
  • While the roast is searing, whisk all the ingredients in a bowl, creating a thick liquid.
  • Move the seared pieces of roast to the slow cooker. Pour the liquid over the pieces of roast, as evenly as you can. Use a spatula to get as much of it from the bowl as you can.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for around 8 hours.
  • After 8 hours, remove the roast pieces to a large plate. Shred the roast using pullers or two forks.
  • Heat up a dry skillet over medium, medium-high heat. Add pulled pork to it, stirring occasionally to sear it. Do not over-cook. You’re looking to “crisp” it up some.
  • Move all finished pulled pork to a container, ready to serve.
  • For tacos – place a scoop of pork into warmed tortillas. Add shredded cabbage and drizzle with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Yield

easily a dozen tacos

Prep time

15 minutes

Cooking time

8 hours

Difficulty

Easy

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Barbacoa Breakfast Tacos

If you start with this recipe for barbacoa, from Tasty, you can’t really go wrong. The key to a barbacoa taco is the meat and this recipe will give you some succulent, flavorful, shredded beef. When it comes to the tacos, use the directions below as a guide. You’ll probably have your own twist on them: salsa, no salsa, type of cheese, proportion of beef to eggs, etc. Go nuts!

SLow Cooker Barbacoa

  • 1 3 & 1/2-pound chuck roast
  • 4 chipotles in adobo sauce, chopped
  • approx. 5 cloves of garlic (really, can there be too much garlic?)
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 3 teaspoons oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 bay leaves
  • sea salt & pepper to taste

Breakfast tacos

  • 3 to 4 cups of cooked barbacoa beef
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 3 pats real butter
  • sea salt & ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup pico de gallo
  • 1 & 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • warm corn tortillas

Preparing the Barbacoa

  • Cut the roast into manageable pieces, roughly the same size.
  • Sear the pieces of the roast in some olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Turn and sear every side
  • Turn on the slow cooker to high, to warm it for later.
  • While the roast is searing, whisk all the ingredients, except the bay leaves, in a bowl, creating a thick liquid.
  • Move the seared pieces of roast to the slow cooker. Pour the liquid over the pieces of roast, as evenly as you can. Use a spatula to get as much of it from the bowl as you can.
    Add the bay leaves, cover the slow cooker, and cook on high for 8 to 10 hours.
  • When done, remove the roast pieces to a large plate. Shred the roast using pullers or two forks.
  • Move the shredded beef to a container, add in some of the juice from the slow cooker. Don’t drown the meat, but there needs to be some in there. You want that yummy liquid to remain, keeping the beef moist.

Preparing the eggs

  • Scramble the eggs in a bowl, add milk, salt & pepper
  • Add butter to warm 10 or 12-inch pan over medium heat
  • When the butter has melted and spread to cover surface of pan, pour in the eggs
  • After pouring the eggs into the pan, resist the urge to start scrambling them. Let them cook, undisturbed till you see the middle of the eggs start to thicken and solidify.
  • Using a spatula, begin to gently pull the eggs from the edge of the pan toward the center. Go all the way around the pan.
  • As more of the eggs solidify, begin flipping and turning the eggs, doing more of a scramble. Add 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese. Continue to scramble.
  • Once the eggs appear mostly cooked, but while there is just a bit of liquid remaining, turn off the heat. Continue to scramble until you have the desired consistency.
  • Remove from pan, into a bowl.

Taco time!

  • Take 2 warm tortillas. Add a scoop of beef, a scoop of eggs.
  • Add some pico de gallo and shredded cheese.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Yield

5-6 tacos with beef left over

Prep time

30 minutes

Cooking time

8 to 10 hours for beef, 15 minutes for eggs

Difficulty

Medium

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Crawfish boils – more than just the crawdads

The joy of a crawfish boil is not just in the cooking & eating of crawfish. It’s the entirety of the affair: Friends, family & neighbors coming together to socialize around food. It’s an event, not just a meal.

And what an event. Prep time starts days ahead of the first batch of crawfish being ready. Boudin’s been made ahead of time. Regular visits to my favorite seafood counter have been happening for a few weeks, made to learn how the season is shaping up, what have the bugs looked like, is the supply good, how are the prices? Custom crawfish tables have been made; the final step in their construction being the 36-hour curing of the clear epoxy surface under which are photos of boils past.

Now it’s the final turn and the focus turns to the food. The crawfish are already ordered, but like a boil is more than just the meal, what sits in that boiling water is more than just crawfish. There are so many other pieces of food in there, all of which work a wondrous, spicy magic to create that amazing flavor. I’m cooking three sacks ( approximately 100 pounds ) of crawfish in three boils. The list below gets divided into three equal parts of deliciousness:

Dry Spices

2 sacks swamp fire spice mix
2 jars paprika
2 8oz jars cayenne
9 bags coriander / peppercorn sacks
1 jar of curry
24 bay leaves

Liquid spice

1 flagon liquid boil
1 gallon white vinegar

Veggies & Extras

27 lemons
12 yellow onions
9 bell peppers
3 bunches of celery
3 bags new potatoes ( 2 to 2.5lbs each )
36 chopped ears fozen corn
30 heads of garlic
3 trays of mushrooms
3 packages little smokies
1 pineapple, cored, sliced thick & each slice quartered, leave the skin on

You drooling yet? I know I am. How does that list look to you? Anything you would add or change?

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