Beef & Lamb

Better Late Than Never

Sliders-Duo Dishes

We always have a hard time getting posts up in a timely fashion.  Usually, it’s a few days (sometimes even weeks) after we’ve actually made it.  Hope you won’t hold that against us!  There’s just so much food and so little time.  We know most of you know exactly what that means.  We’ll keep this one short and sweet, sharing a couple of the dishes we had over the Independence Day weekend.  Hope you had as much fun as we did!

You don’t mind a bit of honesty do you?  OK, well here it goes.  This party started out as a BYO 4th of July fête!  People were going to bring their own food, the grill would be on, and that was it.  At some point–more specifically, about 24 hours before the party’s start–we ended up in the kitchen making a few things.  We’re not sure why we can’t just sit down and let things happen, but we felt the need to have a couple of goodies on hand for the guests, including a batch of amazing sliders that were gobbled up by everyone.  Who can resist a mini burger?  Here’s the recipe, along with a few others you might like.

Sliders (adapted from Noble Pig) – Makes approx. 2 dozen

2 pounds ground beef (70% fat)
1/2 large red onion, minced
1 tablespoon soy sauce*
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons black pepper
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (optional)
24 Hawaiian buns, warmed
Cheddar cheese, sliced

1. In a large bowl, mix beef with onion, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread into a large jelly roll pan on top of parchment paper. Press flat.

2. Bake for 20-25 minutes in a preheated oven at 400 degrees. Remove from oven, top meat with cheese and heat in oven another couple of minutes until melted. Set aside for a few minutes to cool.

3. Remove baking sheet and cut the meat into 24 squares. Assemble burgers as desired (we piled each one with cheese, ketchup and mayo), and brush the tops of the buns with butter.

*We used Braggs Amino Acid. Tastes the same, better for you!

Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes-Duo Dishes

Spicy Grilled Sweet Potatoes – Serves 4 to 6

3 large sweet potatoes, sliced into 1/4″ pieces
4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
3 tablespoons grapeseed oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon maple syrup
Juice of 1/2 orange
Pinch of kosher salt
1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1.  Not including the butter or sweet potatoes, mix all of the other ingredients together in a large bowl until well combined.  Add potatoes, tossing to coat. Cover and place in the fridge to marinate at least two hours.

2.  When ready to cook, lay potatoes slices on hot grill and cook both sides until soft and slightly charred, approx. 4-6 minutes.  (Cooking time of slices will depend on thickness and heat of grill.)  Do not discard marinade.

3.  As potatoes grill, place butter in a small pot.  Once melted, stir in the marinade and cook on medium high heat until bubbly and thickened.  Remove from heat.

4.  Once all the potatoes are done, drizzle them with all of the marinade and toss to coat evenly.

Couscous Fruit Salad-Duo Dishes

Coconut Couscous Fruit Salad – Serves 6 to 8

10 ounces plain couscous
1 1/2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup water
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon maple syrup
1 tablespoon crystallized ginger, minced
4 ounces blueberries
8 ounces strawberries, chopped
1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut
Zest and juice of 1/2 orange
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar

1.  Bring water and coconut milk to a boil.  Drop in butter and salt, then add ginger, stirring to mix.  Add couscous, cooking according to package directions.  Let sit for a few minutes to begin cooling, then transfer to another dish, cover and continue chilling in the fridge.

2.  Toss blueberries and strawberries in a bowl with brown sugar, maple syrup, orange juice and zest.  Place in the fridge to macerate as couscous cools.

3.  Just before you’re ready to finish the salad, use an electric mixer to beat cream, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon until thick like whipped cream.  Fold in couscous.

4.  Serve scoops of the couscous mixture topped with the berries.  Sprinkle with extra coconut if desired.

Key Lime Pie-Duo Dishes

Key Lime Pie – Serves 6 to 8

1 prepared graham cracker crust
2/3 cup key lime juice
Zest of 2 limes, minced
3 egg yolks
14 ounces condensed milk
1 cup whipped cream
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla

1.  Beat egg yolks with zest until fluffy, approximately 3-5 minutes.

2.  Add lime juice and mix well, then fold in condensed milk until smooth.

3.  Pour into prepared crust and bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.  Cool completely, then chill in the fridge.

4.  Use an electric mixer to beat the cream, sugar and vanilla until thick.  Spread over chilled pie and keep in fridge until serving time or eat immediately.

Orange Slice Jello Shots-Duo Dishes

Orange Slice Jello Shots – Makes 18-24

3 medium oranges, halved and slices removed
6 ounces orange Jello
1 cup boiling water
1/2 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/2 cup vodka

1.  Set orange halves tightly in a container just big enough to fit all six.

2.  Whisk together Jello, water, juice and vodka until combined.

3.  Pour into orange halves and carefully transfer the container to the fridge.  Let set at least four hours or overnight.

4.  Slice into thirds or fourths and serve.

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57 thoughts on “Better Late Than Never

  1. The spicy sweet potatoes look like a must try. I am always looking for new and yummy ways to cook sweet potatoes. Not sure why I never thought of this………I also need a slice of that Key Lime Pie, now!

  2. I am a huge fan of sliders… and your heaping plate of sliders is making me salivate. I’ve been meaning to make some myself with Hawaiian bread – so thanks for the reminder!! It looks like you guys had a fabulous feast during ID4 weekend. YUMMY!

  3. I made these, too! They looked so fre@king good, I couldn’t resist. I also have never felt so full in maybe my entire life. But it was worth it. Everything else you’ve made here looks fabulous, too!

  4. Each part of this post looks too, too good! The sliders look great, the potatoes sound delicious and those desserts … mmmmm! But the orange jelly shots, great idea for a party (and I can use one right now @ 2:55 p.m. mind you).

  5. I love sliders! There’s something about having mini hamburgers at barbecues or parties. They are the perfect size because you don’t get overly full. That means there’s more room to chow down on some other dishes.

  6. great job , food looks delicious and i’m very happy to see that your ingredients are natural as well has healthy, keep up the good work and hurry home so dad and I can enjoy some of these beautiful dishes
    lol, verleta

  7. I LOVE the posts with multiple dishes! SERIOUSLY, would you look at all of that food? I would have gobbled up those sweet potatoes in no time!

  8. Looks like a meal to me! LOVE grilled sweet potatoes, and sliders are always so much fun.

    Glad to hear you mention Braggs!! We were so happy to discover Bragg’s liquid aminos… we use them everywhere that you would normally use soy sauce, and I love the fact that it’s lower in sodium (it’s particularly great for brining meats; added with some salt, it really packs a flavor punch without being TOO salty). I do buy naturally fermented shoyu soy sauce too — just because I love the deep, dark, flavor. But, I use that primarily as a condiment.

  9. I love everything and I want it all! In particular, sweet potatoes are irresistible, especially when they’re spiced up and grilled, and your coconut couscous is incredible. I’ve had sweet couscous dishes before but they’re rather syrupy; this dish looks so creamy and luscious. [Salivating]

  10. Not that other things on the menu aren’t fantastic, but – you know me- the coconut couscous salad got my heart pounding. So creative! It’s one of those things you know you like before you actually taste them.

  11. We all really cook more than we can post and I know what you mean. I still have recipes from last year to post. Everything looks fantastic but I have a sweet tooth and that lime pie looks amazing.

  12. Freaking amazing! I’m gonna invite myself over next time, so count yourself warned…
    Oh that spicy grilled sweet potatoes will be turning up in my dreams tonight!

  13. I can’t say I’ve ever had couscous in dessert like that. It looks fantastic! And one could argue that it’s actually a dessert that’s good for you, what with all the fiber. 😉

  14. Those orange slice jello shots are beyond cool! And I think I may have to try out that recipe for key lime pie so I can finally cross that food item off my list (I’ve never had it before!!).

  15. Impossible to resist all the treats savory and sweets 😀

    I adore the idea of couscous in a dessert very original and must match perfect with the coconut!



  16. Wow! An adorable jello shot! And the sweet potatoes look delicious. What a lovely party it must have been!

  17. That buffet of food is just too tempting. I love those sliders!!! Which means that I can eat more than one and still have room for the other dishes. Yum yum!!

  18. Coconut couscous? You are so creative! Your Jello shots are adorable too. I also love your sweet potato idea.

    No worries about a late blog. I neglected my blogs and everyone else’s all weekend. That’s okay. Sometimes life can be more fun than blogging.

  19. Totally understand! I can’t ever sit back and just go with the flow with these types of things either. I always end up in the kitchen!

    Love the orange slices.

  20. Hey, you love food and that’s why you can’t just sit down and let it happen! I think many can relate!

    Everything look so tasty! I love sliders, they’re the perfect party/bbq food…and those jello shots are jewels.

  21. What? Post the same day as the cooking/eating/tasting/drinking!? Who has time for that!!?!?! 🙂

    I’m a sucker for key lime pie! Those orange slice shots are on my short list of things to try. yum!

  22. Such a refreshing feeling to get up in the morning and found this delicious photos. If I have just one of this in my kitchen, I’d have it for breakfast!!!!! There is no rule on what you have to have for breakfast, right?!

  23. haha all your food makes me wish I was at your party! The last two parties I’ve held we’ve whipped up slider and the orange jello shots and they’re always a hit!

  24. It’s in our nature (foodies) to nurture and feed…that is all! I love the dessert couscous…innovative and that key lime pie would hit the spot…even after the 10 sliders I would have had!

  25. Fan-freaking-tastic menu!! Love the sliders, saw them on Cathys site and fell in love too. She is wonderful. And those orange jello shots. I love the thought of using the orange. I am so stealing that, ok borrowing for my next party. LOVE it!

  26. What a feast for the eyes! What a lovely menu! I think that I love to tatse it all! MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,….especially the Key lime pie!

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