Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Bruschetta, Ribs with Tequila Barbecue Sauce and Sweet Corn on the Cob

It's as tasty as it looks.

I found this rib recipe in the BC Liquor Store publication, Taste, way back in December 2009...I've tried it several times and it's always so delicious!
I put my own spin on the old favourite this time by adding a 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke.
It's a keeper!

Ribs with Tequila Barbecue Sauce

1 lb pork spareribs
Salt and pepper

1/2 cup ketchup
2 tbsp soy sauce
1/4 cup orange juice
zest and juice of 2 limes
1/2 cup tequila
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp liquid smoke

Preheat oven to 375 F.
Rinse ribs and pat dry. Cut into portions of 3 ribs each and season with salt and pepper. Arrange in a single layer in a shallow roasting pan. Cover with foil and bake for 1 1/2 hours.

Combine ingredients for sauce. Refrigerate.

Best BBQ sauce EVER!

Remove pan from oven. Using tongs, dip ribs into BBQ sauce to evenly coat and return to pan.

Bake uncovered, basting with sauce for 30 min.
Serve immediately.

Bruschetta with Tomato and Basil

6 ripe plum tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped.
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 baguette French bread or similar Italian bread
1/4 cup olive oil

Prepare the tomatoes first. Parboil the tomatoes for one minute in boiling water that has just been removed from the burner. Drain. Using a sharp small knife, remove the skins of the tomatoes.
Once the tomatoes are peeled, cut them in halves or quarters and remove the seeds and juice from their centers. Also cut out and discard the stem area.

Make sure there is a top rack in place in your oven. Turn on the oven to 450°F to preheat.

While the oven is heating, chop up the tomatoes finely. Put tomatoes, garlic, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil, vinegar in a bowl and mix. Add the chopped basil. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Slice the baguette on a diagonal about 1/2 inch thick slices. Coat one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush. Place on a cooking sheet, olive oil side

down. You will want to toast them in the top rack in your oven.
Once the oven has reached 450°F, place a tray of bread slices in the oven on the top rack. Toast for 5-6 minutes, until the bread just begins to turn golden brown.

Align the bread on a serving platter, olive oil side up. Either place the tomato topping in a bowl separately with a spoon for people to serve themselves over the bread, or place some topping on each slice of bread and serve.

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