Recommendations for meals to make ahead
Having houseguests in a couple of days and in the blur of activity have neglected to plan meals. Suddenly find I am so focused on my other work, don't have the bandwith to search and plan. Help! Any favorites out there? I can't do my stand-bys from this site because this group had them last time they were here. They are Chef June's Flambeed Chicken, Smallkitchcara's Secret Ingredient Beef Stew and Lastnightdinners Borrachos.
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Zatarain's Crab boil, Corn on the cob, Beef sausage, New Potatoes, Shell-On Shrimp, Lemon, beer.
Put the beer in stock pot with the spice bag and a lemon cut up. Let it extract the seasonings a bit. Fill with water add salt. Add the cut up sausages, wait for them to float, add potatoes, wait 5 mins, add corn cut into thirds, wait 5-10 mins. Test potatoes and add shrimp when potatoes are almost tender. Cook 2-3 mins..and turn off and test shrimp.
Drain and serve in a big bowl lined with newspaper. Serve with cocktail sauce and butter, and a side salad.
Simple quick and everyone seems to like it.
If you have a vacuum sealer. Steaks.
This sounds strange, but it works great for med rare. Season the steaks with salt pepper, let sit 40 mins. Grill just to get grill marks, making very rare steaks.
Let them rest in the vac bags. Then freeze...then seal.
They'll keep a week or more that way.
Defrost in cool running water. And boil in the bag a few mins to warm and finish cooking. (think of it as a reverse sous vide). Results: Should have chargrilled steaks ready to serve. I was very surprised at this tech, but now use it all the time when camping as the steaks defrost in the cooler..and just need boiling water to deploy.