Posted at 10:18 am , on March 1, 2016
Joe took me out recently to a new place called Red Door Grill. We were seated in the dining room right in front of a huge glass window looking into the kitchen area where the staff were preparing delectable wood fired dishes. They were grilling burgers, chicken, steak, and fish. Everything looked so tempting with wood smoke rising and open flames shooting through the huge grilling area. I was so conflicted when it came to ordering but in the end I decided on these Rojo Nachos with a green chile cheese sauce, pico de gallo, guacamole, pickled jalapenos, queso fresco and sour cream. You could also add Ancho Pulled Chicken for a couple dollars more. Yes, please!! Our server brought out a massive mound of fresh corn chips topped with all the afore mentioned favorites. I couldn’t decide where to start it was so gorgeous. It appeared that they pooled some of the cheese sauce on the bottom so that the nachos wouldn’t get soggy so quickly. Everything else was evenly piled on with so many complimenting flavors. There was no way to eat it all even with Joe helping me out. A week went by and I was still craving these nachos so I decided it was time to make my own. So what do you think . . .
Posted at 9:01 am , on October 23, 2015
If you’ve ever been to Detroit you know that there is a Coney Island restaurant located every few blocks. You never have to look far to find one, just go down any street and you will eventually run into one. Each diner has an extensive menu with every kind of hot dog you can imagine plus a full breakfast menu and family style entrees too. The great thing about it is that the food is good and cheap. At least it was during the time that Joe and I lived there. My favorite thing was the Detroit Coney with Cheese Sauce. Oh, that gooey cheese sauce was so good! And finally I’ve found a recipe to make a homemade cheese sauce that captures that smooth and creamy taste. I’ve tried to make it with different cheeses and thickeners but it always came out with a texture that was gritty or chalky. The recipe posted on Serious Eats breaks down the science of how cheese melts. They also tested different variations like milk, cream cheese and mayo to make the perfect cheese sauce. They figured out the components which makes cheese sauce creamy like you might find at a Fuddruckers restaurant. You will find none of the background graininess in this sauce because it doesn’t require flour to thicken it. The scientific key has much to do with the concentration of milk fat. They discovered that evaporated milk is more concentrated with much of its water content removed. Combined with cornstarch to thicken the sauce makes the cheese melt silky smooth. Thanks to Serious Eats I can now make the perfect cheese sauce!