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Thu Sep 28, 2017

Smoked Porchetta Sandwiches

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Smoked Porchetta

When I decided to make smoked porchetta, the impetus was really to have these very specific sandwiches. See, the week prior to that Meatwave I was in Vancouver for a conference and right next to the venue was a sandwich shop I had read about and always wanted to try—Meat & Bread. They're signature item is a sandwich that combines porchetta meat, crackling pork skin, and Italian salsa verde together on a toasty ciabatta roll. Of course, I had to get this while there, and while the sandwich looks and sounds seemingly simple, it was an incredible powerhouse of flavors and textures that left me craving more after finishing the last bite. So what was the best way to get more once 3000 miles away from the restaurant? Make it at home!

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Tue Aug 29, 2017

Meataly

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Meataly

Summer Meatwaves in Durham are tricky—the odds are good that you'll be facing some oppressive heat, the question is will that heat be the marginally tolerable type, or the type where even considering venturing outdoors is unthinkable. Because of this, I've shifted Meatwave season to happen more in spring and fall, but I can't go all summer without having a cookout, so I scheduled just one in the dead of summer and hoped for the best. To help alleviate the probability of extreme heat discomfort, I made it an evening affair and decided on a fairly light and refreshing Italian menu (if you discount the huge chunk of pork belly). Of course, this particular Saturday ended up being an unseasonable cool, 80-degree day, but that stroke of good luck just made it all the better.

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Thu Aug 17, 2017

Smoked Porchetta

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Smoked Porchetta

I had it all planned out, the centerpiece of my Italian-themed Meatwave was going to be a massive pork loin that I was going to butterfly, stuff with prosciutto, sopressata, provolone, and basil, then roll close and grill. I'm sure it would have been impressive and excellent, but a slight wrench was thrown into my plans—I was given a BBQ Guru CyberQ Cloud to take for a spin, and with a lot time away from home recently, if I didn't try it out on that Meatwave weekend, I probably wouldn't get to it until at least a couple months later. I could have chosen to smoke the pork loin in order to make use of the device, but the rather fat-devoid loin isn't ripe fodder for low and slow cooking, which favors fattier cuts. Then the perfect idea came into my head—ditch the stuffed loin and do a smoked porchetta. The fat-laden pork belly required for porchetta is perfect smoking, and a porchetta would be equally worthy to serve as the centerpiece meat for the day.

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Tue Mar 17, 2015

Grilled Eggplant Rollatini

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Eggplant Rollatini

Italians have a way with eggplant and cheese—it seems like there's endless variations on the theme, all of them incredibly delicious. I had an idea to make one of my favorite incarnations, eggplant parm, on the grill, but while collecting ingredients, had a bit of a change of heart and went another route with grilled eggplant rollantini. I thought this would be a better use of the flames since tender, grilled eggplant are the perfect medium for stuffing and rolling.

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Tue Aug 19, 2014

Prosciutto-Wrapped Shrimp with Mozzarella and Basil

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Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

Longtime readers already know I'm a bit seafood averse. I feel like I'm doing a disservice to all of you by not taking advantage of how great the grill is at cooking up fish, shellfish, and more, but when it comes down it, I'm probably never going to opt for any of those over meat. In order to make seafood a more appealing prospect to me, I need to doctor it up in a way that's appetizing to my taste buds, and sometimes when I do this, I surprise myself by actually liking the dish a lot. That was certainly the case with bacon-wrapped, jalapeño and cheese-stuffed shrimp, where a little Tex-Mex love did a lot to entice my appetite for these little crustaceans. Trying to replicate some of that success, I took the same method I employed in that recipe and gave it an Italian influence to make these prosciutto-wrapped shrimp with mozzarella and basil.

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