Michael Symon's Carnivore: 120 Recipes for Meat Loversby Michael Symon, Douglas Trattner
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Celebrity chef, restaurateur, and meat lover Michael Symon—of Food Network’s Iron Chef America and ABC’s The Chew—shares his wealth of knowledge and more than 100 killer recipes for steaks, chops, wings, and lesser-known cuts.
Fans across the country adore Michael Symon for his big, charismatic personality and his seriously delicious food. But there's one thing Michael is known for above all else: his unabashed love of meat. A devoted carnivore, Michael calls the cuisine at his six Midwestern restaurants "meat-centric." Now, in Michael Symon's Carnivore, he combines his passion and expertise in one stellar cookbook.
Michael gives home cooks just the right amount of key information on breeds, cuts, and techniques to help them at the meat counter and in the kitchen, and then lets loose with fantastic recipes for beef, pork, poultry, lamb, goat, and game. Favorites include Broiled Porterhouse with Garlic and Lemon, Ribs with Cleveland BBQ Sauce, Braised Chicken Thighs with Kale and Chiles, Lamb Moussaka, and Bacon-Wrapped Rabbit Legs. Recipes for sides that enhance the main event, like Apple and Celeriac Salad and Sicilian Cauliflower, round out the book.
Michael's enthusiasm and warmth permeate the text, and with 75 beautiful color photographs, Michael Symon's Carnivore is a rich and informative cookbook for every meat lover.
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Pot Roast with Carrots, Shallots, Mint & Lemon
Serves 6 to 8
On a blustery winter day in Cleveland, nothing gets my family and friends around the kitchen table faster than a flavorful pot roast. This is the ultimate comfort food, and as it slowly simmers away on the stove, intoxicating aromas fill the entire house. I love to serve this dish on a big platter garnished with all the melted carrots and shallots from the pot. I finish it with lemon zest and mint leaves to brighten it up and cut through the roast’s rich goodness. Try this dish and I’m sure it will become a cold-weather staple in your home like it has in mine.
1 (5-pound) chuck blade roast, silver skin removed
1 pound slab bacon, cut into large dice
8 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
20 shallots, peeled
5 garlic cloves, smashed and peeled
2 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
2 cups apple cider
4 (12-ounce) bottles of wheat beer
10 sprigs fresh thyme
About 2 quarts chicken broth, preferably homemade (page 163)
1 cup fresh mint leaves, torn
Grated zest of 2 lemons
1. Season the roast liberally with 2 tablespoons salt and refrigerate overnight.
2. An hour before cooking, remove the roast from the fridge.
3. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
4. In a large Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until slightly crispy. Remove the bacon and set aside, leaving the drippings in the pan. Dry the roast with a paper towel and begin to brown it in the bacon fat for 2 minutes per side. When browned on all sides, remove the meat and set aside.
5. Add to the pot the carrots, shallots, garlic, and a pinch of salt and cook until the vegetables begin to caramelize, about 4 minutes. Add the coriander and bay leaves and cook for another minute. Deglaze the pot with the apple cider, scraping up the browned bits on the bottom of the pot with a wooden spoon. This gives the dish more depth and richness. Add the beer and thyme and bring to a simmer.
6. Return the roast to the pot along with the cooked bacon and enough broth to cover the meat. The braising liquid will reduce considerably while in the oven. Cover the pot and put in the oven. Cook until the meat is tender, 3 to 4 hours, basting every hour. Remove from the oven and skim off the excess fat.
7. Carefully move the roast to a large platter. Spoon the vegetables and sauce on top, discard the bay leaves and thyme, and garnish with the mint and lemon zest.
Meet the Author
MICHAEL SYMON is a cohost of ABC’s The Chew, an Iron Chef on Food Network’s Iron Chef America, and the host of Cooking Channel’s Symon’s Suppers and Cook Like an Iron Chef. He is the chef and co-owner of the acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Ohio; three B Spot burger restaurants outside Cleveland; and Roast in Detroit, Michigan. Visit him at www.SymonSays.typepad.com.
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Very informative on how to shop and cook different cuts of meat. The side dished are very tasty as well! Recommend for anyone who wants to expand their knowledge of cooking meat the right way!
On a scale of 1-10, I would rate Michael Symon's Carnivore a 20. I have "(N)oodles" of cookbooks, and Carnivore is my best and favorite. All cookbooks should be this well written. My highest compliments to Chef Symon.