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Beerbanero Sauce


Essentially what we have here is a barbecue sauce that I made with Guinness and Habanero's. I was quite pleased with how this turned out. Had that classic barbecue sauce flavor with a nice kick to it with the addition of the habanero's. I just threw the sauce on some chicken breasts and baked them in my cast iron. Worked out really well!

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves of garlic, small dice
  • 3 habaneros, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 2/3 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 cup Guinness 
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
Directions

Heat a medium sauce pan over medium high heat. Add the garlic and habanero's, saute until  fragrant and the habaneros are soft. Whisk in the flour to make a roux. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk until combined. Allow to cook until thickened, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes. Use a immersion blender (blender or food processor) and blend the sauce until smooth. Let cool and refrigerate or put it on your favorite protein.



Directions for BBQ Skillet Chicken

Heat oven to 375°F.

Pound the chicken breast thin, to about 1/2" and season both sides with salt & pepper. Heat a cast iron pan over medium high heat and add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Add chicken, skin side down, and saute until brown, about 5 minutes. Flip chicken over and top with BBQ sauce, transfer to the oven and bake until the Thermapen registers 165°F. Remove from oven, slice and drizzle with some more Beerbanero Sauce, Enjoy!



The McJagger


When trying to title this post, I was having some difficulty. I didn't want to call it what it actually is, because what it actually is a Granny Smith Apple, Gorgonzola Cheese, Bacon Lardons, Toasted Walnut Pizza topped with honey...That name just wasn't going to work. Since I cooked the pizza in a cast iron and in my previous post about cast iron care I featured the Rolling Stone song "Satisfaction." I thought BINGO! I'll call it The McJagger! Because this pizza brought me satisfaction on so many levels. Enjoy :)

Ingredients
  • 8 oz. pizza dough, homemade or store bought
  • 2 tablespoons garlic and herb infused EVOO*
  • 1/2 granny smith apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup gorgonzola, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup bacon lardons**
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Honey, for drizzling
Direction

Set oven rack to the highest position and turn broiler on.

Roll out pizza dough into a circle the same diameter as a 12" cast iron pan. Heat your cast iron pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and herb infused EVOO (or just use regular EVOO) to the pan, should shimmer if the pan is hot enough. Add the pizza dough to the pan and cook until gold brown on one side, about 5 min. 

Flip the crust over, while the other side is browning add the toppings. First the apple, then gorgonzola, walnuts and bacon lardons. Transfer pizza to oven and broil until the cheese has melted. If you feel like pizza dough needs to cook a little longer, remove pizza from cast iron, place it directly on the oven rack and turn the oven down to 350℉. Bake until cooked to desired doneness. Remove from oven, slice and drizzle with honey. 

*Garlic and Herb Infused EVOO can be substituted for regular EVOO
**Bacon Lardons can be substituted with regular crumbled bacon


Note: This recipe is just enough for a small 12" pizza (enough for 2 people). You can of course make this into a larger pizza on a regular pizza pan. 






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