Posts Tagged ‘Sausage’

zucchini hash browns gluten free

Tonight, I made Brinner – breakfast for dinner.  Some spicy Italian sausage, a sunny side up egg, some skillet vegetables, and (drumroll please) … zucchini hash browns!  Actually, I don’t know what the technical definition of a hash brown is.  Maybe these are more like zucchini pancakes or breakfast patties.  Potatoes are a funny vegetable – you can cut them up and cook them in a hundred different ways, and each result has a totally new name.

Zucchini should be the same way.  Maybe I’ll just start adding the letter Z to foods that I make with zucchini.  Zash Brownz.  Nah, that’s lame.  Nevermind.  😛

paleo zucchini hash browns

Anyways, making paleo zucchini hash browns is easy.  The bare basics of what you’ll need are…

  1. At least one zucchini.  My three patties are made from two very small zucchinis.
  2. A cheese grater.
  3. One egg (or you could use one or two eggs whites, I suppose)
  4. Cheesecloth, paper towels, or a thin clean rag (or a tshirt if you plan to throw it in the wash right away)
  5. A frying pan and some oil/fat
  6. Optional: Salt, pepper, herbs, spices, shredded cheese, minced onion, minced garlic, etc.

Grate your zucchini like it’s a block of cheese and then wrap it up in your piece of cloth and squeeeeeeeeeze as much of the water out of it as possible.  Then mix the shredded zucchini with the egg and any optional ingredients.  Heat your frying pan up to medium, melt your preferred fat on it (just enough to coat the pan is fine but you can use more if you want to), and then start plopping spoonfuls of zucchini mix onto the pan.  Squash them down into thin patties and tuck the edges in with a spatula to get a rounder look.  Start with four minutes on each side, and then add some more time if you need to.  You want both sides to be nicely browned and all the egg throughout the patty to be cooked and firm.

I ate mine with a generous helping of organic marinara sauce on top!

 

jambalaya

Jambalaya isn’t a problem for Paleo at all.  Either make some cauliflower rice or do like me and skip it altogether.  It’s not like that’s where the flavor comes from.  Just make your jambalaya nice and thick!

I treated mine like I was making a thick curry or chili.  Here’s the ingredients you’ll want to get together and put into a big pot for 10 minutes of simmering:

Paleo Jambalaya

Makes 2 very generous portions

  1. cooked MEAT, shredded or chopped (I used one andouille sausage which is a traditional ingredient of jambalaya, one bratwurst, and one chicken leg)
  2. 1 chopped up onion, sauteed until translucent
  3. 3 diced garlic cloves
  4. 1 chopped up bell pepper, sauteed until tender (or a mix of bell pepper slices, like I have frozen)
  5. 1 can of diced tomatoes
  6. The spices that turn this normal typical boring list of ingredients into Jambalaya: 1/4 tsp Cayenne, 1 1/4 tsp Black Pepper, 1/4 tsp Thyme, 1/2 tsp Rubbed Sage, 1/4 tsp Dried Basil, 1 tsp Dried Parsley, and then a bunch more cayenne pepper that I didn’t measure.  Because I like my jambalaya spicy!

That’s it.  Just combine it all in a pan and heat it up for about 10 minutes together.

Other ingredients you should definitely consider adding if you have them:

  • Mushrooms
  • Other Peppers (poblano, jalapeno, etc)
  • Celery

It’s only a flesh wound!

 

Paleo Sliders Big Dinner Plate

Last week sometime, I tried making a full-size eggplant burger bun for my 60z grassfed steakburger.  It worked out pretty well.  Today, we went to the grocery store again and found that they only had normal sized eggplants… which were perfect for homemade sliders!

Eggplant Bun Holds Together Burger Slider

I loved getting to eat two neat little burgers that stayed together so nicely!  Some lettuce, a little onion, one tomato slice, and some spicy mustard per burger is all you need to kick White Castle to the curb.  If you ever even went there to begin with.  I sure as hell didn’t.  😛

If you’re wondering what else is on my dinner plate besides the sliders, I’ve also got a whole grilled jalapeno, half of a cajun style andouille (fancy name for a type of sausage) over sauerkraut, and some grilled asparagus.  My griller man did a supurb job manning the flames today!

Grilling Paleo Sliders with Eggplant Buns

It’s springtime, and Ultimate Evolved Campfire is your Backyard Grill, so get out there and fire it up Paleolithic-Style!  Food always tastes better when it’s real and when it’s cooked outside in the fresh air.