It’s that time! As a lot of you know I am a Good Cook (sponsor) Kitchen Expert. One thing I love about this is the challenges that they give us! Well the time is here for a new challenge plus a chance for you to win!
You will have a chance to build your “Ideal Kitchen Drawer” on the GoodCook.com site! Choose up to 15 items you would like to have in your drawer and then enter to win those items! Don’t know what to choose? No worries! The Good Cook Kitchen Experts are on top of it! Some of us have put together our kitchen drawer essentials lists and you will be able to check those out below and on the site! To kick things off, June 2nd-June 7th you can participate on Facebook to win some extra products to add to your drawer. There will be instant winners as well so you can resubmit or select a new drawer daily!
Now- I will not lie, I am pretty sure my drawers are 95% Good Cook items to begin with. I don’t know what prompted to feel the need to add these to be honest. They were just things I didn’t have and thought it would be fun to have or needed anyway. Let’s call this the “Odds & Ends Drawer” just because that is exactly what it was! I had no clue that I would be challenge to make a Signature Dish using at least 7 of my 15 items! So first lets talk about my “Odds & Ends Drawer”and what is in it.
- 5 inch Fine Edge Santoku Knife: with it’s high carbon steel blade you can slice through anything! It is easy to hold and easy to clean.
- 5 1/2 inch Serrated Cook’s Knife: cut, chop, mince, you can do just about anything with this knife. It has a double Stainless Steel serrated edge making it durable and and sharp.
- 6 inch Fine Edge Chef’s Knife: A medium sized wide fine edge blade makes this ideal for any of your chef needs.
- 8 inch Bread Knife: Cuts through breads and bagels easily with a strong and durable 8 inch blade.
- Stainless Steel 9 inch Locking Tongs: The description says it all! The lock closed so they take up less space in the drawer. They are perfect for boiling corn or even for use on the grill. They also would work for things on the skillet. I can not wait to use these more!
- Salad Tongs: These clear plastic tongs are great for salads of most types. We eat a ton of salad around here so I thought these would be nice to have. They work great on pasta salads as well.
- Egg Slicer & Chopper: Oh where have you been! This little gadget is a perfect for cutting up boiled eggs for potato salads or egg salads. I hear it works great on some fruits as well!
- Rolling Pin: Strong and sturdy wood makes this pin. Since gluten soaks into wood I got this to replace my old one that was recently used on gluten accidentally. Now I have one for each use.
- Black 5 piece Measure Cups: All my measuring cups are either gone or the amounts are wearing off. I only know because of the size but my daughter who is learning to cook still needs to see those numbers. The black with the brightly colored measurements make it easy for her to read.
- Safecut 4 in 1 Can Opener: It’s a bottle opener, a cap twister, a tab puller, and cuts a perfectly smooth edge on the canned goods.
- Rotary Grater: Easily grind up some Parmesan cheese! I am in love with this thing! I have used it on several dishes and I may never go back to bagged cheese! Only fresh Parmesan cheese for me for now on.
- Premium Corn Skewers (8ct): If your like me and hate the mess of buttery, salty, peppery fingers from eating corn on the cob these are what you need. Brightly colored, easy to use and easy to clean. I have a feeling I will be using these a lot since we planted sweet corn this year in our garden.
- Digital Timer: This thing has definitely been loved in our house. You can either count up or count down to what you need. I have used this for when giving time limits to the kids’ chores. And when I say loved I mean- fell in the sink loved. Which I would not recommend. However I put it in a bowl covered with dry rice and it started working again! So yay for durability!
- Collapsible Funnel: Living out in the country we buy some things in bulk and just wash out the smaller containers and reuse. Having a funnel to help refill the smaller containers makes it a lot easier. The fact that it collapses is even better for saving drawer space.
- Candy/Deep Fry Thermometer: now you can deep fry chicken, doughnuts, french fries at the perfect temperature. Being gluten free I also am starting to make my own candies so this will help with that.
Whew! Now with all these odds and ends what on earth can I make using 7 of them! It took me forever to think about it then it dawned on me. Anyone who knows me knows that during the summer I am for the most part a grill queen. The only times I will not grill is if it is raining or over 100 degrees (then I have the air on and don’t mind using my stove if I cook). So I thought we haven’t had grilled roast for a while so I will make that and even try my marinade. And since I hate heating up my house I made Grilled Parmesan Corn and Grilled diced Potatoes, to end it, we had root beer shakes. Yum! Now let’s start!
For the meat what you need is:
- 4lbs Round Roast (or any other kind of roast will work)
- 1/2 cup of Teriyaki Sauce
- 2 tbsp honey
- 3 cloves of garlic minced
- Salt to taste
- pepper to taste
To start: In a gallon size zip lock bag use your 1/2 cup measuring cup and pour in the Teriyaki Sauce. Then using your Santoku Knife mince up your garlic and add that. Add in 2 tbsp of honey (their flip measuring spoon works wonderful to help get the honey out) and some salt and pepper. Close up the bag and mix well.
Using your 6 inch Chef’s knife slice up your roast as thin or thick as you would so it looks like a steak. The motion of cutting the meat acts as a tenderizes so it wont be as tough. Once sliced add to the bag of marinade, close, and mix so the marinade is covering all the meat. To help make it really tender let it marinade for at least 2 hours. The longer it marinades the better and the more juicy it will be.
For the Parmesan Corn:
There is not really exact amounts because it just depends on how much you are making. What I have is 5 ears of corn, a brick of parmesan cheese, salt, garlic powder, and paprika, some butter (not pictured) and foil. This is really simple. You take a small piece of foil, put some dabs of butter. Using the Rotary Grater sprinkle some parmesan cheese on it. Then take the corn and rub in garlic powder, salt, and paprika to cover the entire ear. Place on the butter and sprinkle on more fresh parmesan cheese. Roll up and set aside. Once all the corn is dressed in this manner move on to your next side.
Grilled Diced Potatoes:
This is another easy dish. Using your Cook’s Knife, simple dice up the potatoes as if you are going to make a potato salad or fry them up. Again no exact amounts it just depends on how much you need to make. I used 5 potatoes total. Place your diced potatoes in a bowl and toss in onions (or use onion flakes like I did), salt, pepper, and I used my Rescue Rub but a Seasoning Salt will work as well. Take a piece of foil and dab it with butter. Put your potatoes in the foil and top with more butter (this will keep them from sticking to the foil). Take another sheet of foil and cover the potatoes up. Fold up all the sides to seal it up.
Now that all your food is prepped it is time to start the grill. Let it heat up to about 400. Start by placing the potatoes and the corn on the bottom rack. Let the grill for about 15 minutes, rotating the corn with your locking tongs every 5 minutes. Move them to the top rack and throw the roast on.
Cook the roast slices until they are done to your liking. Remove all items from the grill, put the corn skewers in and enjoy!
This is one of our families favorite dishes during the summer. I jokingly call it our poor man’s steaks. The marinade ended up tasting wonderful and I didn’t really need to use any sauce after cooking. I think the marinade would be great on some chicken as well.
All of the utensils I used making this meal came from my “Odds & Ends” Drawer so be sure to add them to your drawer! When you go to GoodCook.com just keep watch for the “Add to your Drawer” sign.
You can check out what the other Kitchen Experts picked out for their drawers as well as some bonus “Signature Dish” recipes below!
~I received the above 15 items to create a meal with and to help promote the Kitchen Drawer Event as a Good Cook Kitchen Expert. No other form of compensation is exchanged. Regardless the above thoughts and recipes are my own. ~