Sensational Summer

Chef Rudy Straker

Chef Rudy Straker

Time to get grilling! No need to bore your guests with the usual burgers and hot dogs. Chef Rudy Straker, celebrity chef, executive chef, private chef and businessman, offers up his signature summer dishes to celebrate the arrival of the season.




Chicken & Seafood Paella

2 chorizo sausages
6 chicken cutlets (diced)
4 bottles of your choice of beer (2 for the paella & 2 for the chef)
2 large onions
1 large cans of tomatoes (chopped)
1 cup of olive oil
4 oz. saffron threads
8 garlic cloves (chopped)
8 cups of short grain rice (Bomba rice preferred)
2 quarts of chicken stock
2 cups of green olives
6 roasted red peppers (cut into thin strips)
4 pounds of shrimp
4 pounds of little neck clams
6 pounds of mussels
2 pounds of sea scallops
1 bag of frozen green peas
3 sliced lemons
    Heat paella pan for two minutes on the grill. Add olive oil. Once pan is evenly coated, add chorizo sausage and sauté for two minutes. Add chicken and brown it on all sides. Add onions and cook until translucent. Add the garlic and chopped tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes. Add the chicken stock, saffron threads and two beers. Bring to a rolling boil.
    Stir in the rice. When the rice starts to absorb the liquid, place the clams and mussels into the rice (hinge side down). Add the shrimp, scallops and peas to the pan, cover with foil and cook for 15 minutes. Remove foil, fluff the rice and add the green olives. Cover pan and cook for another five minutes. Take pan off the grill and let paella sit for five minutes. Uncover and garnish with red peppers and lemon slices.

Smoked Baby Back Ribs
Serves 4-5

2 slabs of baby back ribs
2 cups of big red rub (see recipe below)
3 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce

    With the back of a spoon, remove the membrane on the back of the rib slabs. Season ribs with spice rub and let ribs rest for 10-15 minutes.     
    Light charcoal, when coals are white hot, add four wood chunks on one side of your grill. Place a cake pan filled with water in the middle of your grill. Put the lid on the grill.
    When thermometer reaches 225 degrees, place seasoned ribs on grill opposite of the coals (this puts smoke flavor through your ribs). Smoke for 3 hours or until the ribs reach 165 degrees. When done, slather with BBQ sauce and char over hot coals.

Big Red Dry Rub

¾ cup paprika
½ cup turbinado sugar
¼ cup black pepper
2 tablespoons kosher salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 tablespoons onion powder
1 tablespoon cayenne pepper

Shredded Summer Salad

1 head of green cabbage (shredded thin)
½ bunch kale (shredded)
10 Brussels sprouts (quartered)
4 Honey Crisp apples (quartered and sliced thin)
¼ cup of heavy cream
2 cups of mayo
¼ cup of mustard
½ cup of sugar
¼ cup of apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons of poppy seeds

In a large bowl, combine cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts and apple slices. In another bowl, whisk the heavy cream, mayo, mustard, vinegar, sugar and poppy seeds together. Taste and adjust seasoning if needed. Pour over shredded vegetables and toss. Let rest for 20 minutes and enjoy!

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