Sunday, May 29, 2011

Memorial Day Madness

Good evening fellow bloggers! Welcome to another edition of EMEF. As you have all noticed, I dissappeared for a few days. You can rightfully blame that on a blown tranformer in my apartment complex. It left everyone in the dark for what seemed like forever. Well, lucky for you all, I am back with some amazing recipes for you all to try out. I hope you are ready to do some cooking! If so, grab that shopping list and let's meet back by the grill. See you soon!

Beef Fajita Pie

You will need:

  • 1/2 pound stir-fry beef strips
  • 1 pound frozen pepper stir-fry, thawed
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix
  • 1 pizza crust
  • 1/2 cup lime-garlic salsa
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • Sour cream, for serving
  • Refrigerated guacamole, for serving
  • Fresh cilantro, for garnish

  1. Set up your grill for direct cooking over medium heat. 
  2. Oil the grate when ready to start cooking.
  3. In a bowl, combine the beef strips, pepper stir-fry, oil and taco seasoning. 
  4. Grill the beef and pepper strips on hot oiled grill about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove the pizza crust from its package and place it on the grill. 
  6. Top with salsa, cheese, beef and pepper strips.
  7. Turn the heat down to medium and cook pizza covered for 8 to 10 minutes or until the cheese has melted and starts to bubble.
  8. Serve hot garnished with sour cream, guacamole, and cilantro.

Grilled Caribbean Pork Burgers

You will need:

  • 1 pound lean ground pork 
  • 1 tablespoon grated lime peel 
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves 
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper 
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 medium red onion, cut into 1-inch slices 
  • 8 slices French bread, 1 inch thick 
  • 1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil

  1. Brush the grill rack with vegetable oil. 
  2. Heat coals or gas grill for direct heat.
  3. Mix all the ingredients except onion, bread and oil. 
  4. Shape the mixture into 4 patties, about 3/4 inch thick.
  5. Cover and grill patties 4 to 5 inches from medium heat for 15 to 18 minutes, turning once, until no longer pink in center. 
  6. Add the onion slices to grill for last 8 to 10 minutes of grilling, turning once, until golden brown. 
  7. Brush both sides of the bread slices with oil. 
  8. Add the bread to the grill for last 2 to 3 minutes of grilling, turning once, until golden brown. 
  9. Serve burgers and onion between bread slices.
  10. Enjoy!

 Pictured Above: Caribbean Pork Burgers
Pictured Above: Beef Fajita Pie

Voila! You have a couple of meals that are completely worthy of Memorial Day. Enjoy the extra long holiday and I will see you all soon! Good night!