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The Meat House Guide to Great Grilling

August 14, 2014

The Heat is On!

How Knowing the Differences Between Direct and Indirect Heat Can Improve Your Cooking

Direct Heat

Direct Heat means that the source is directly under the food. Direct heat works great for small, tender pieces of food that cook quickly, such as hamburgers, steaks, chops, boneless chicken pieces, fish fillets, shellfish and sliced vegetables.

<       Preheat the grill with all burners on high.

<       Adjust all burners to the temperature noted in the recipe.

<       Close the lid of the grill and lift only to turn food or to test for doneness at the end of the recommended cooking time.

Indirect Heat

Indirect heat means that the food is between, not directly over, heat sources. Indirect heat works better for larger, tougher food that requires a longer cooking times, such as roasts, whole chickens and ribs. It is also the proper way to finish cooking thicker foods or bone-in cuts that have been seared or browned first over direct heat.

<       Preheat the grill with all burners on high. 

<       Adjust all burners to the temperature noted in the recipe and turn off the burner(s) directly below where the food will be placed.

<       For the best results, place the roasts, poultry, or large cuts of meat on a roasting rack set inside a disposable drip pan. Any drippings can be used to make gravies or sauces.

 

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Make It A Feast For The Family

July 23, 2014

As summer heats up and we move towards the heart of the barbecue season, now is the perfect time to invite the whole family over for a backyard feast. Here at The Meat House, we have the perfect package to cater to such an event.  Our backyard feast includes all aspects of the perfect family barbecue. The feast includes our scrumptious baby-back ribs, our delicious barbecue beef, and our hearty pulled pork. Additionally, you will get a plethora of our best sides, including our creamy macaroni and cheese, our perfect potato salad, our heavenly cornbread, and our fresh mixed green salad. Of course, no backyard barbecue would be complete without summer classics corn on the cob, and watermelon slices, which are also included. So whether you are celebrating a birthday, a graduation, or just the fact that you have a great family that loves to get together, make The Meat House your one-stop shop for barbecue necessities and send everyone home happy. Summer never tasted so good!!!

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Valentine’s Day Recipe: Lover’s Steak

February 11, 2014

Rows of stuffed bears line your pharmacy’s gift aisle.  Reese’s® cups come in the shape of hearts and your favorite candy is wrapped in hues of reds and pinks. While there are thousands of prepackaged and mass produced gifts to get your sweetie, we think there’s nothing more romantic than something homemade, in particular the gift of food. As famous New York Times restaurant critic Craig Claiborne once said, “Cooking is at once child’s play and adult joy. And cooking done with care is an act of love.”

Perhaps one of the most romantic things you can make for your signifgant other this Valentine’s Day is the Porterhouse Steak, also known as the “Lover’s Steak.” Made up of two prized cuts, the sweet tenderloin and the hearty short loin, this cut is ideal for sharing. However, if you have big appetites the Porterhouse can be served whole and left to take on.

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Aside from being very tender, this cut is known for its shorter cook time, due to less collagen, relative to other cuts. This makes it a favorite among restaurants and at home chefs who want to make something special, but not spend hours over a hot grill or stove. For this Valentine’s Day, we put together a recipe that combines classic steak seasonings, with a rich compound butter to elevate both the flavor and presentation.

Porterhouse Steak with Paprika Parmesan Compound Butter

Cooked Porterhouse

Ingredients

Steak

  • 2 3-inch-thick porterhouse steaks
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 10 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 Tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 4 tsp ground black pepper
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped

Butter

  • 6 Tbsp butter, room temperature
  • 4 tsp Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp hot pepper sauce

Directions

  1. Place steak in shallow baking dish. Whisk oil, garlic, thyme, salt and rosemary in small bowl to blend.
  2. Pour half of marinade over steak. Turn steak over; pour remaining marinade over steak. Cover and chill at least 2 hours and up to 1 day. (If marinating more than 6 hours, turn occasionally to distribute marinade)
  3. In the meantime, mix all butter ingredients in small bowl until blended. Place butter mixture on plastic wrap and roll up like cookie dough, in a long cylinder shape, leaving about an inch on ends to tie. (Can be made up to 2 days ahead, but will only take about an hour to harden.)
  4. Preheat grill to medium high heat. Remove steak from marinade; shake off excess and let sit for about 30 minutes before grilling. Place steak on grill and cover.
  5. Grill steak about 15 minutes per side or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of steak reads 125°F to 130°F for medium-rare.
  6. Transfer steak to platter; cover to keep warm. Let stand 5 minutes.
  7. If sharing, cut meat away from bone. Cut each meat section into 1/3-inch-thick slices. Slice butter into 1” thick discs, remove plastic wrap from edges and top steak with butter, allowing it to melt slightly before serving.

Another top tip when cooking the Porterhouse is to always keep the bone in while cooking. The bone will conduct heat, allowing the meat to cook more evenly and of course adds even more flavor to this tender, buttery cut. Pair with your favorite fresh vegetables and a hearty red wine and you’ll have the perfect 5-star Valentine’s Day meal in the comfort of your own home. Remember we provide the steak and recipe, you provide the romance – card and flowers not included.

Recipe adapted from Epicurious.

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National Snack Food Month

February 6, 2014

When we hear “snack”, visions of orange Cheez-Its® and perfectly sandwiched Oreo’s® dance in our head. Whatever your snack of choice, it’s a part of our day to day routines that most of us can’t get away from. However, that may not be a bad thing. According to many popular diet plans including South Beach, Paleo and more, snacking is an essential part of a well-rounded diet plan. In fact, most of these plans recommend snacking every few hours to keep metabolism high – as long as what you’re snacking on is portion controlled and healthy! (Hint: Oreos® don’t count)

So what classifies something as a “snack”? Snack foods are typically made to be portable, quick and satisfying. Many prepackaged snack foods are designed to be less perishable, durable and more portable than prepared foods. At The Meat House, our favorite snacks encompass some of these things, but we prefer do it fresh. Whether it’s perfectly compact stuffed jalapeños or chips and salsa- we’re all about snacking.

In fact, with most locations carrying local fresh salsa, it’s a great option for incorporating healthy snacking into your routine. Not only is it great for curbing cravings in-between meals, it can also be used in some of your courses. Pineapple salsa pairs nicely with our cilantro lime turkey tips or consider a Southwest style omelet with bacon, Mexican cheese and topped with salsa for an extra burst of flavor and texture.

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Another nutritious, filling snack are nuts. The mix of omega-3 fatty acids, protein and fiber help you feel full and suppress your appetite. Not only are they great for an easy grab and go snack during the day, but nuts can add great texture to some of your favorite proteins. If you have a blender or food processor, try grinding nuts to a fine, breadcrumb like consistency and coat chicken or turkey breasts for extra crunch without the carbs. We have a great recipe for this on our website here.

Picture sourced from Laura’s Sweet Spot.

Picture sourced from Laura’s Sweet Spot.

Keep in mind that most of our stores carry a variety of fresh fruit and produce that can also be snacked on and incorporated into your favorite meals. One of the best parts about finding “multitasking” snacks is that you can save on grocery costs, by using ingredients in multiple recipes and reducing potential waste. If you need more healthy and easy snacking ideas, be sure to talk your local butcher. Each Meat House carries hand selected local products, to bring you the most delicious and fresh products. Happy snacking!

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Meat the Butcher: Sirloin

January 22, 2014

It’s no surprise that a steak as popular and well-known at the sirloin steak, would come with a royal back story. According to legend, the sir in sirloin comes from the knighting of this particularly tasty cut.  King James drew his sword and told his staff to bring the beef to him to knight. For years royals continued to use this pun, despite the original name surloine, preexisting these ceremonies and praise.

Wherever it came from, it’s evident this cut is revered around the world for its even marbling and delicious, rich taste.

Cut
The sirloin steak is cut from the back of the animal, continuing off the short loin, from which popular cuts like the T-Bone, Porterhouse and club steaks are cut. Part of the sirloin’s popularity is from the fact that one part of the animal yields several different cuts including the prized top sirloin, the bottom sirloin and the sirloin tip roast. With consistent marbling and large cuts, the sirloin is a great go-to cut for restaurants and at home cooks because it offers a hearty flavor and good value for the size of the steak.

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Cooking
Much like many other popular cuts, simplicity is often best when it comes to cooking sirloin. This particular recipe calls for only a few everyday spices and olive oil, but marinades can also be made if you prefer a saucier jus. The sirloin is also desirable because its larger size allows it to be sliced and easily shared for crowd-pleasing recipes.

Zesty Sirloin Steak

Sirloin Steak

Ingredients

  • 1 sirloin steak (1-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 Tbsp paprika
  • 2 tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ tsp kosher salt
  • 1 ½ tsp brown sugar
  • 1 ½ tsp ground cumin
  • 1 ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine spices and sugar. Rub over both sides of beef. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  2. Remove steak from refrigerator and let sit about 30 minutes before cooking. This will allow the steak to come to room temperature and cook more evenly.
  3. Lightly coat the grill rack with olive oil.
  4. Grill steak, covered, over medium-high heat for 7-8 minutes on each side or until meat reaches desired doneness (for medium-rare, a thermometer should read 145°; medium, 160°; well-done, 170°). Let sit for 5 minutes before slicing and serving

Taste
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With a nice balance of fat and marbling, the sirloin has a delicious, beefy flavor. The taste and texture of the sirloin will depend slightly on the part of the sirloin you choose. For instance, the more expensive top sirloin has a slightly higher fat content and is very tender, while the bottom sirloin tends to be a little meatier and pairs nicely with richer rubs or marinades.

Not sure what cut best suits your needs? Ask your butcher for serving suggestions and seasoning tips to best fit your needs.

Recipe adapted from: Taste of Home

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Grilling for Good: Polar Grill Fest

January 16, 2014

No matter where you live in the U.S., it’s safe to say that the last couple of weeks have brought some serious cold. The words “Polar Vortex” are now a standard term, and states that rarely see frost found themselves in a deep freeze to start the New Year. At our headquarters in New England we’re accustomed to the cold. So much so, that we decided grilling doesn’t have to be just a warm weather hobby.

In 2012, together with Redhook Brewery, The Meat House started Polar Grill Fest, designed to celebrate our chilly New England winters with great food and beer and a little healthy competition. Equipped with puffy jackets, hats and boots, attendees come together for their love of grilling and being outdoors – no matter what the temperature outside!

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The Event
Any Meat House event wouldn’t be complete without delicious food! Along with some of the best restaurants and grillers on the New Hampshire seacoast, we’ll be grilling up everything from turkey legs, bison sausage and wood fired pizza. The participating vendors are vying for the titles of Snow Queen and Best of Show and will be judged by local experts and celebrities, Chuck MacMahon, Deb Weeks and Keith Lemerise.

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Of course with an outdoor winter event, there has to be entertainment.  One of our top tips for a chilly event in New England, never stay still! That’s why we’ve packed the event full of live entertainment, a grilling competition and a giant interactive photo booth.

The Cause
While this event is certainly about fun, The Meat House, at all locations, strives to be a part of and support the communities in which we operate. This year’s Polar Grill Fest supports 3S Artspace, which is a non-profit multidisciplinary contemporary art space, designed to be a hub for local artists in every different medium. Whether it’s supporting the arts, military or local food banks, our stores across the country strive to give back. In the coming year keep an eye on our Butcher’s Wrap newsletter to see how your local Meat House is grilling for good.

If you’re near our headquarters in New Hampshire, we encourage you to check out New England’s coolest grilling festival and competition next Saturday! To buy tickets or volunteer, visit www.PolarGrillFest.com

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Pork Tenderloin

January 10, 2014

How are your resolutions going so far? With the first week of the New Year behind us, we begin reflecting on the goals we set. Whether it’s to lose those extra Holiday pounds or take more time to relax or travel, your ideas for betterment should be in the beginning stages. Like many others, The Meat House resolved to help our customers meat their goals  in 2014, by providing lean meat recipes each day in January. While we have some of our go-to favorites like steak and chicken in the bunch, there’s one lean meat that’s often times overlooked: pork.

Known as “the other white meat”,pork is flavorful but is lower in calories and cholesterol than many other meats and poultry. In fact, pork tenderloin is just as lean as skinless chicken and is considered “extra lean” by government standards. Health benefits aside, it’s downright delicious. With a light texture, yet rich savory taste, pork tenderloin can be paired with a variety of sauces and sides.

To keep up our resolution, we’re offering a lean recipe highlighting pork and a delicious tangy mustard sauce. Enjoy!

Dijon Mustard Pork Loin

Pork Tenderloin

Ingredients

  • 1 (3 to 4 lb) boneless pork tenderloin
  • 3/4 cup Boar’s Head® Delicatessen Mustard (or Dijon)
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 Tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp parsley leaves, freshly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp chives, freshly chopped
  • 1 Tbsp tarragon leaves, freshly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Original Camp Mix

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Season the pork tenderloin with Original Camp Mix.
  3. In a small bowl, mix the vinegar, mustard, garlic and herbs together. Reserve mustard sauce for pork.
  4. In a large ovenproof sauté pan over medium-high heat, warm the vegetable oil. Sear pork loin on all sides. Brush with mustard sauce and roast in the preheated oven until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest for 15 minutes before slicing and serving.

Another reason we love this recipe – it’s simple. Pork tenderloin cooks quickly and is perfect for slicing. Sweet sauces also pair very nicely with pork, so consider using honey mustard instead of Dijon or cook with a few sliced apples, which cook down into your sauce. If you’re cooking for a crowd, plan for about ¾ lb per person.

Running short on time? Several of our Meat House locations offer oven-ready pork rolls stuffed with anything from apple stuffing to a more savory spinach and feta version pictured below :

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Remember this is just the first leg of the resolution race, but we’ll be here until the finish line. Check back on the Butcher’s Blog and Facebook for more lean recipes daily.

Recipe modified from Food Network.
Pork Loin photo from Noble Pig.

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