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Thu Mar 30, 2017

Chicken Tikka

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Chicken Tikka

When transitioning from a picky eater to my less-than current state, there were a number of "gateway" foods that led me into enjoying cuisines I normally would have shunned. For Indian food, that item was chicken tikka. It's easy to understand why—these boneless chicken chunks marinated in a fairly mildly spiced-yogurt sauce and then cooked in a tandoor were on the spectrum of the usual type of chicken I enjoyed, just with a slightly different flavor profile. It was my go-to at any Indian meal for a long time, but I can't even remember anymore the last time I ordered chicken tikka, or any tandoori chicken for that matter, as I've found more pleasure in dishes like spicy vindaloo or creamy saag paneer. Still, there will always be a fond place in my heart of chicken tikka, and developing a recipe for it recently brought back some comforting memories.

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Thu Mar 23, 2017

Naan

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Naan

A few weeks back you could find me waxing poetics on tender and flaky paratha. Yes, I do love that bread, but when it comes down to it, I don't think I've ever had an Indian meal where I wasn't compelled to order naan. This simple, soft bread customarily baked in tandoors—large, super hot clay ovens—is a creature comfort of mine and was rightfully one of the first breads I ever attempted to make at home. I have had a sordid past with bread baking, and previous tries at naan had left me frustrated with lackluster results, but that relationship has been growing more prosperous and I assumed with more know-how under my belt, I'm finally in a position to make an ideal naan.

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Thu Mar 16, 2017

French Onion Burgers

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French Onion Burger

Having a blog where I commit myself to delivering a new recipe every week requires some deep exploration and thinking to keep the content at least somewhat fresh. This mentality sends me on hunts for grilled goodies the world around with no corner too obscure to become fodder for the collection. In this pursuit, I often become blinded to the more common options sitting right in front of my nose, opting for items like Indian kati rolls over more simple things like sandwiches or hot dogs. So when I decided to make my last Meatwave a hamburger affair, at first I resigned myself to that translating to the production of no new recipes, but then I wised up and realized that burgers themselves are a treasure trove of content as my ideas for dressing them up are limitless. So I present to you what comes out of my head when I pivot to the classics done with a touch of Meatwave flare—French onion burgers.

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Thu Mar 9, 2017

Chili-Rubbed Smoked Ribeye with Cilantro-Lime Butter

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Smoked Ribeye with Cilantro-Lime Butter

I commonly exalt the virtues of the (comparatively) inexpensive and intensely beefy cuts of steak like skirt and hanger, and my previous bovine pursuits are documented proof that, more often than not, these are what I eat and develop recipes for. As much as that has held true over the years, I can't deny that given the opportunity, I'd jump on the high-end stuff like porterhouses and ribeyes. Whenever I do though, my characteristic anxiety kicks in and I worry I will inevitably mess up my meat, laying to waste a prime piece of beef. That leads me to take extra caution to ensure that I really make these steaks count, and man, did everything come together with this chili-rubbed smoked ribeye with cilantro-lime butter.

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Thu Mar 2, 2017

Paneer Kati Rolls

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Paneer Kati Roll

You may have noticed an Indian theme over the last few weeks here with a recipe for paneer skewers followed by one for flaky, tender paratha. While both of those stand as greats on their own, the real purpose for why they were developed was to join them together into one of the greatest of snack foods of all time—kati rolls.

A running thread through the Meatwave since I moved to North Carolina has been creating recipes for things I used to enjoy in New York, but can't get regularly anymore, and kati rolls fall into this category. These stuffed and rolled parathas combine all the excellent and intense flavors of Indian food intoa hand held delight, with one roll being able to satisfy a slight hunger, or multiple eaten together to create a meal. I have found similar items in Durham, but for some reason they're always made with naan, which is a tad too filling and doesn't deliver the textural superiority of paratha. Luckily I feel like I nailed those paneer and paratha recipes, which translated to these kati rolls tasting pretty damn near perfect to me.

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