[Recipe] The Pre-Game Show: Ribs & Some Crunchy Sh*t for Super Bowl

Paley walks CBS 4 through three dishes from his Super Sunday menu.

Nothing is more satisfying than a sticky, juicy rib — the contrast of dark caramelized crust and just enough resistance in tender flesh before it gives freely off the bone is pure pleasure.  Chef Michael Paley grasps the concept with irresistible finesse. Hitting all the sweet spots of what you want from a game day plate, his special menu for Amara at Paraiso’s Super Bowl watch party has something everyone can sink their teeth into, especially the rib enthusiast. What’s the key to a great rack?

“Patience,” Paley says. “You can’t rush a rib.  The stages of cooking are really important to not just developing flavor but to get the texture right.  That’s really what distinguishes a good rib from great one.”

Paley joins Chef Schwartz to make Sticky Chimmi Pork Ribs, Grilled Jalapeño & Onion Dip, and Grilled Chicken Wings with CBS 4’s Lisa Petrillo.  The segments which taped yesterday will air on Digital Bite online Saturday and on Sunday morning’s CBS broadcast, also your network for the big game!  Tickets to Amara’s watch party get you access to the full menu at two food stations, two drinks to get you started and Super Bowl viewing throughout the restaurant and on the beach lounge.  Grab them here!  Ribs recipe is below — because Sunday is for relaxing and letting the chefs do the work.  And the clean up!

STICKY CHIMICHURRI PORK RIBS
with chayote squash slaw

Serves 4

2 ½ pounds pork ribs
¼ cup kosher salt
1 cup dry chimichurri spice (recipe follows)
1 pint guajillo chile marinade + 1 extra pint for basting on the grill (recipe follows)
3 chayote squash
1 thinly-shaved serrano chile
1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lime juice
Kosher salt to taste
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
2 limes, halved and grilled

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Rinse and dry the pork ribs, peel and discard the layer of skin under the bones. Liberally rub the with the salt and chimichurri spice. Brush on the guajillo chile marinade. Place the ribs on roasting rack uncovered in the 275 degree oven for 90 minutes or until nicely browned.
Remove ribs from oven and let them cool slightly.

Increase oven temperature to 325 degrees. Wrap the ribs individually in a layer of plastic wrap then aluminum foil. Return the ribs to the oven and cook a further 45 minutes to one hour, or until ribs are tender. Cool ribs completely until ready to finish on grill, or they will fall apart on the grill.

To finish, place the ribs on a medium high grill. Flip and baste every few minutes to develop a nice char. Meanwhile peel the chayote squash and cut out the core. Small chop the squash and in a small mixing bowl combine with serrano, cilantro, lime juice, salt to taste and olive oil. To serve, remove ribs from grill and spoon chayote slaw over the ribs. Serve with grilled lime.

GUAJILLO CHILE MARINADE

Makes 2 ½ quarts

8 cloves minced garlic
1 ¾ cup soy sauce
1 cup aji amarillo paste
1 cup freshly squeezed Lime juice
1 cup jarred aji panca paste
1 cup guajillo chile powder
1 cup Dijon mustard
1 cup ground cumin
3 tablespoons ground black pepper
½ cup Kosher salt
1 pint Grapeseed oil

Combine all in blender or food processor until smooth.

DRY CHIMICHURRI SPICE

Makes 1 cup

2 tablespoons dry Mexican oregano
2 tablespoons dry basil leaves
1 tablespoon dry parsley leaves
1 tablespoon dried thyme leaves
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon red pepper flake

Mix to combine.

[RECIPE] Spring Cleaning the Grill & Your Plate — Lettuce!

Spring is clean up time. No matter where home is, we brush off something — dust from shelves or grimy remains of (so much) snowfall.  While wiping the shmutz from dark corners, we mind what’s inside by eating fresh and clean.  For starters, scrub down the grill and mark some lettuce — escarole to be exact.

“Try to buy lettuce in whole heads,” Michael says.  “The heartier the better, and make sure you cut thick enough on the vein so it holds together. It doesn’t take much time on the grill to get it where you want it — just wilted enough with some good marks, smokey flavor, and still with a nice firm texture.”

It’s always smart if you can to position your grill in a spot with great ventilation, and give yourself some good clearance on all sides. If you’re on wood, you want to light it at least an hour beforehand to get it up to temperature. Watch your fire and use a thermometer — add wood when necessary and have a spray bottle handy for flare ups.  Michael has both an indoor wood grill at home like many of our restaurants, as well as a Lynx gas grill outside — it requires less planning with great results.  Always clean your grill after you’re done eating, not cooking.  Elbow grease with a good brush will do and even a bowl of soapy water with a stainless steel scrubber.

When grilling with lettuce, drizzle liberally with olive oil and season, then use tongs to mark each side of your “steaks”.  Here’s how we serve escarole as a side at Amara at Paraiso, but this is more of a roadmap for running with it, than a recipe.  You can substitute radicchio, endive, romaine — whatever combination you like.  Same goes for the chile and hard to semi-hard cheese.  Just not the lemon, please!  It would make a great entrée salad with grilled shrimp.

Grilled Escarole with Idiazabal, chile, lemon

Serves 4

3/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1 Fresno chile, thinly sliced
2 heads escarole, cleaned and split
1 tablespoon kosher salt
2 lemons, split in half
1/4 cup shaved Idiazabal cheese

Pre-heat the grill to high.  When hot, brush the grill grates with a wire brush, then rub with a paper towel blotted with vegetable oil.

Place small saucepan on the grill and add 1/2 cup of the oil and the chiles. Warm through until the oil begins to simmer.  Remove from heat and set aside.  Drizzle escarole heads with remaining olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Place on open grill, cut side down with the lemon halves. Grill escarole and lemon for 3-5 minutes, without turning.  Watch the lettuce in particular — you just want it wilted enough with some good marks for smokey flavor, but still with a nice firm texture.  Pull off onto a cutting board and cut each piece in half.  Dress on the board or platter you plan to serve on, spooning the chile oil and topping with shaved cheese. Enjoy with grilled lemon on the side to squeeze.

 

Crowd, the Grill | It’s the Fourth of July!

Having people over and cooking for them is one of the joys of any holiday. When it’s all American, like Fourth of July, smoke and fire is a requisite no matter what your rig.  On a recent Sunday, Chef and wife Tamara were at the Lynx grill where the main event wasn’t even the sizzling gorgeous New Yorks.

“It’s no secret we love vegetables in this family,” Chef explains.  “We love meat too, but I think the point is when we light the grill, we do everything on it.”

It is a good point.  Think about all the pluses…  All on the grill, everything it one place. Less running around.  Just stand and tend at your leisure.  Here are some tips from Chef to maximize your time at the grill today and throughout the summer season.

  • Clean your grill and work clean — Please, so it’s not gross.  “You got to love your grill, so it loves you back!”   You don’t want to be stuck cleaning when the food is hot and ready to eat so just make sure to wipe when you are done.  You can clean when you fire up on the next session which entails basic common sense: brush, wipe, scrub and let it burn.  But honestly just do it.  Don’t neglect, or you’ll be sorry!
  • Everything on the grill, please —  It’s not just for meat.  If you’re going to light it, use it. This means the obvious and the less obvious. Grill your vegetables. Check. Cut in even thickness or just cook time them accordingly.  Grill your salad.  A sturdy lettuce like romaine or escarole can be great halved or quartered and given the grill mark treatment.  A little kiss goes a long way, so don’t go too strong or you’ll get more wilt than you want. You can even cut into fresh, crisp raw spears for added texture. Grill your condiments? Try charring leeks, spring onions or scallion to chop into one of our favorite accompaniments to meat and vegetables — salsa verde.  Michael’s base combines parsley, capers, anchovies, garlic, shallot, lemon zest, black pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes and olive oil.

Vidalia onions love the grill thanks to high sugar content (think caramelization!) and thickly-ringed, sturdy structure.

  • Be organized —  One of Chef’s best pieces of advice when his cookbook first came out was reminding readers to read the recipe all the way through before getting started.  Similarly, when getting ready to grill, gather your mise en place.  Set everything out — using a sheet tray or baking sheet is helpful — not as heavy as a cutting board.  Make sure it’s not just food but any equipment you will need.  And bring it all out.  Less running around, more time to chill.
  • Board Sauce is a (beautiful) thing — You already know to let your meat rest.  Once you’ve cut, you have the inevitable runoff.  Vegetarians aside should 1000% chop veggies in it. Don’t waste all that flavor!

 

 

Lick Your Ribs: Chef Justin Smillie’s Slow Fires Cookbook Dinner Menu is Here!

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Chef Justin Smillie is coming to town, and he’s making a stop with Michael Schwartz first! Before the restaurant he opened in NYC with Steven Starr, Upland (named after his hometown in California) opens in Miami Beach’s South of Fifth neighborhood later this fall, we will welcome him for a cookbook dinner and preview of the deliciousness to come. Join us Tuesday, October 25 at 7pm for Slow Fires at Cypress Tavern. We are thrilled to release the menu today, with some of the dishes now pictured here.

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Cookbook Dinner & Taste of Upland Miami
Slow Fires: Mastering New Ways to Braise, Roast & Grill

WELCOME COCKTAIL & CANAPES

Bill Pay Buck – vodka, aperol, ginger, lime
Kaffir Lime Octopus with blistered shishitos
Grilled Sausage charred escarole, spicy brown butter-hazelnut vinaigrette
Veal Meatballs with gingered buttermilk, corn two ways
Crispy Lamb Ribs

ONE
Riviera Salad with oil cured tuna, tomato vinaigrette

TWO
Grilled Quail
 with broccolini, coal-roasted garlic
Clams with avocado-chile butter

THREE
Peppercorn-Crusted Short Ribs
celery, castelvetrano olive, horseradish, walnut
wood grilled hen of the woods mushrooms

FOUR
Chocolate Budino with orange caramel, toasted brioche

Tickets available for purchase exclusively through this link in advance include it all: passed canapes, welcome cocktail and four plated courses each including wine pairings (stay tuned for those!), with a signed cookbook and tax and gratuity.

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Drawing on his rural youth — the rustic elements of the outdoors including regular camping trips, foraging for wild ingredients, and fly-fishing — for inspiration, Smillie worked his way through some pretty incredible kitchens to get where he is today, making his own mark. From Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s Mercer Kitchen to Danny Meyer’s Gramercy Tavern and Jonathan Waxman’s Washington Park and Barbuto, Smillie fell in love with the bold flavors and rustic techniques showcased in the restaurant, and this philosophy would stick with him. We too got bitten by the Smillie bug after many memorable meals at Il Buco Alimentari e Vineria, where he earned three stars from The New York Times.

In November 2015, he released his first cookbook, Slow Fires: Mastering New Ways to Braise, Roast, and Grill, exploring fundamental techniques of braising, roasting, and grilling, so you can learn the rules to break them.

 

Miami Design District x Genuine Summer Series | 3 Months, 3 Events, 3 Genuine Ways to Play in Palm Court

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Friday Night Lights: Palm Court shines with three special events that will have you warming up to the season.

Welcome to our celebration of summer in the neighborhood.  The Miami Design District and Chef Michael Schwartz present a Genuine Summer Series, welcoming an exciting line up of events to Palm Court with food from Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink, presented by Lynx Grills and Wines of Germany.  Tickets are now available to all events, including discounted bundle of three, at the links below:

Season Pass [PURCHASE] 
A bundled package for all three events at a discounted price of $200 ( 15% off regular price).  Guests who purchase this ticket will automatically be added to each event guest list for check-in at the door.

WOG_SummerofRiesling_LogoSundown Grillout [PURCHASE]
Friday, June 10  from  6-9pm 
$85, plus tax and gratuity
– An outdoor feast off the grill in Palm Court featuring pairings by the Wines of Germany to highlight one of our favorite annual rituals… Summer of Riesling!
– Guests will enjoy a cocktail hour with passed bites and sekt Riesling, followed by a 3-course seated dinner at farm-style tables under the palms.
– Chefs will put the meal out from cooking stations including rotisserie grills, asado flattop and pizza oven.
– Live music from Marcus Grant “Mutes & Roots” Jazz Trio.

PASSED HORS D’OEUVRES

– ricotta crostini – apricot thyme jam
– crispy shortrib – romesco, duchilly hazelnuts
– slow roasted pork pizza – fig, grilled onion, fontina, arugula
– wood-grilled florida shrimp – dill aioli
– local fish ceviche
– classic deviled eggs

2014 Blue Fish Original Dry Riesling, Pfalz

FIRST
Florida Mangos
torn herbs, bean sprouts, peanuts, nuoc cham vinaigrette, fried onions

2013 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Riesling Kabinett, Mosel

SECOND, served family style
Rotisserie Leg of Lamb
new potatoes, preserved meyer lemon, salsa verde, watercress
and served with merguez lamb sausage, pickled red onions, cucumbers, yogurt

2012 August Kesseler “N” Pinot Noir, Rheingau

DESSERT
Grilled Peaches
crème fraiche, florida honey, pistachios, thyme

NV Dr. L Sparkling Riesling, Mosel

OMG! LOGOOMG! Picnic & a Movie [PURCHASE]
Friday, July 8 from 6-9pm
$65, plus tax
– A next level outdoor dining and screening experience in the Miami Design District by the folks who brought you OMG! Dinner and a Movie, O Cinema and Michael’s Genuine Food & Drink
– 3 MGFD food stations serving housemade pita bread with hummus, marinated vegetables, Israeli salad and tabouleh; kefte sandwiches with yogurt sauce and cilantro on a potato bun; and chicken & grilled vegetable kebabs with parsley sauce and pickled onions
– Packaged movie snack of Israeli-Spiced Popcorn to satisfy your sweet and salty theater cravings
– Beverage concession with MGFD special bottled cocktail, rosé, beer, water
– Movie beginning at sundown

Genuine Beer Court [PURCHASE]
Friday, August 12 from 6-9pm
$55, plus tax
– Our favorite local breweries pour brews befitting the season at the first ever beer court in the Miami Design District
– 3 MGFD food stations including sausage & onion hoagie with dijon mustard & sauerkraut; broccoli rabe pizza with chiles & garlic; mini burgers with secret sauce, shredded lettuce, extra cheese!
– Housemade chex mix
– Lawn games and giveaways

All menus are subject to change.