Our 6 Best Grilling Tips for Summer – Bennyseafood

  • Perfect sunny day
  • Friends and Family
  • Basic ingredients
  • Mood to celebrate

Perfect! You are ready for barbecuing. Grilling and smoking become a priority when it comes to celebrating the day with your near ones. This is the time when you can enjoy and share thoughts together.

Cooking food is no big deal, once you go through the recipe you can cook it easily but with right techniques and tricks, you can become the ultimate chef of your house.

No worries we have some useful tips for the novice also. Who knows you are the next one to shine. Check out some of our tips to make your barbecuing skills better.

1. The foremost thing to do is, get the RIGHT barbecue for the celebrations. Make a choice accordingly, what kind of burner you want. It would be better if you get a charcoal one. Gas grills are also good to do barbecuing but charcoal grills can give you better smoky taste. Try to cover the food with the lid while cooking, it will use less fuel and give better smoke.

2. If you are thinking of getting a charcoal one, be sure that the fuel you bought is the right one because choosing the correct one can bring a lot of difference in your food’s taste. You can opt for pellets because they are made from crushed sawdust that can give the best smoke. Adding a few lumps of wood to the charcoal can be a lit factor in grilling.

3. Once you are done with the ingredients you need, we have a trick to use here also. Marinade with salt 2 hours before grilling, it would surely prove as a pro tip. Take out the vegetables, meat or chicken (whatever you are going to cook) from the fridge 20 minutes before cooking, it will help the food to meet the room temperature and grilling becomes easy.

grilling becomes easy

4. To have the right technique for controlling the temperature is another chef quality you would need if you are serious about learning. You can use moveable grills to shuffle and grill the food. But checking the heat with hands is an ideal way to do.

5. Grilling and flipping may become difficult when you are without proper tools. Get a nice pair of tongs to do the needful or you can go for oven gloves if fish is in your today’s menu. Getting correct tools while barbecuing gives you comfort when cooking.

6. Marinating itself has many techniques to go with when preparing for the barbecue session. Use light olive oil to marinade as it will give better smoke when in contact with the barbecue. Marinating overnight can give some excellent flavors possible (Remember not every type of food is suitable for this method). Once done with cooking keep the meat or chicken (away from barbecue) to dissolve every flavor in it properly. This is the only way you can get maximum flavors.

preparing for the barbecue session

So with the help of these tricky tips, you can show off your hidden cooking talent. We have one more secret to share, try to do the basics one day before (if the gathering is pre-planned). It would lessen your time in doing preparations and increase in giving it to the loved ones. You can check our article on tips for cleaning and maintain your grills to use them in their best condition for the next time.

How to buy the best barbecue? – Bennyseafood

The moment you hear the word ‘barbecue’ thoughts like a weekend with family, camping with friends starts coming in your mind. For some, it is just a cooking vessel to have a rich taste of food and for some barbecue is an emotion that is connected with their closed ones.

Oh, so you were also planning to buy one? Great. We have done some research to help you out in buying a perfect barbecue.

Before buying a barbecue first make yourself clear about some questions, what kind of food you will be grilling?

Do you want it for a regular user or not? What would be the budget for buying it? Where would you keep it (is there any proper space available or not)? And many more. Don’t worry we will help you out with the answers also.

So to start with the selection process, barbecues are basically categorized into two bases: Charcoal and Gas.

Given below are the characteristics of both the types to make the decision easy.

Which one is better- Charcoal or Gas?

The very first point to consider while buying a barbecue is, what do you want, a gas pipeline connection or a sack full of charcoals.

Grilling and smoking with charcoal can take a little longer time to get hot enough to cook the food but as everyone says ‘Fruit of patience is always sweet’. You will definitely get a better taste when charcoal gives the best smoke to your food.

Preparing food with the gas barbecue is good for instant cooking as it ignites on one go and starts grilling the food immediately. But as compared to the charcoal one, you may get multiple burners to cook food but getting an authentic taste is difficult what you generally expect.

Of course, opting the option of charcoal is way cheaper than gas and also it will help you in the long run.

Stop! Think before you pay

Spending money on something is surely your convenience but why not spend for one time and enjoy for a long time.

You may get a no of models in the market at the lowest price that has all the basic features a barbecue should have but is it really worth spending money?

Try to go with branded ones, like the Weber barbecues, they are bit costly than others but you will get the best product with a high-quality material. There is surely more of fun while using these barbecues as you can do a lot of experimenting with grilling and smoking.

We can’t force you to buy a particular kind of barbecue because making a choice clearly depends on you. But try to keep the important factors before having one.

Stop! Think before you pay

Pick the Size Thoughtfully

So once you are done with the above features, buy a barbecue according to the specific reason you are purchasing. If you want to get it for the family (5-6 people) two burner gas or medium sized charcoal barbeque will work and also it would make your work easy.

But you would definitely need a four-burner gas if you are planning to throw a party for the friends because its large grill will allow you to cook food for more people at a time.

An oil drum or half barrel barbecue is a perfect choice if there is a huge quantity of food to be cooked (a huge gathering, for instance).

A portable table-top barbecue is best suited for a small camping as it uses smaller disposable gas canisters but always see what kind of canisters it use and where can you get them from.

Pick the Size Thoughtfully

There’s lot more than grilling

Barbecuing is not just restricted to grilling and smoking. Making hamburgers and sausages are one of the easiest tasks to do on a standard grill.

But do you know some barbecues can even fry, roast, sauté, and bake and roast your food? Interesting right? Now show your hidden chef qualities.

If your barbecue has a tight-fitting hood, kudos, you can even roast whole joints of meat on some barbecues.

Now boiling or steaming vegetables is not a tough task to do if you have a side burner in your barbecue instead of a side storage shelf.

Remember the more features are there the more pricey it gets. So choose your barbecue according to your preferences.

There’s lot more than grilling

Happy Barbecuing.

 

How To Clean and Maintain Your Grill – Bennyseafood

A grill or barbecue whatever you say is used for smoking and grilling food. Barbecuing is one such method where you get all the rich and authentic flavors you wish your food should contain.

It is rightly said, man or machine, everyone needs maintenance. Thus, cleaning and maintaining the grill also becomes equally important. For that, you must know about some basic techniques and tips for how to clean it properly. It is not a burdensome task to perform, all you need some important cleaning essentials and some time.

To do the clean-up job more efficiently, let’s have a look at how to do the same and some buying tips which can help you in future.

Interior Care

  1. So let’s start with the ACE of the grilling tools i.e. the grill grate. Because most of the part is done on the grate so it requires a little extra care. To start with the cleaning process, take an appropriate dry wire brush for brushing the grate. Cleaning it regularly will keep the bacteria away from the food.
  2. Turn off the burners before cleaning a gas grill and a grill stone can be best used to do the job. Charcoal grills can be easily cleaned with a brush because the water distributed to the grate will help to clean it properly. Chrome and cast iron grates should be oiled with vegetable oil after the use to prevent it from rusting.
  3. While cleaning your gas grills always check the fuel connection in case if there is any crack. If any problem found, the very first thing to do is to tighten the connections or change the fuel line (if required).
  4. Keep a regular check on the ignition system to see whether the regulators are properly tightening up. Also, you can use a grill lighter to check. Also, check the ignition switch’s batteries and clean the electrodes (if required you can replace also).

cleaning grill interior

Exterior Care

It is quite obvious that while grilling veggies, oil, grease or some steaks would definitely fall through the grates. Some would recommend that you can clean the grate once in a year or after 6-7 months. But I would recommend that cleaning should be done at least one in a month and if possible do it after every use. You only need to have a good dry brush, soapy water, an empty bucket of debris and of course some time.

Grills are made of different kind of materials and cleaning method to every material is different.

Porcelain coated steel lids are flimsy and can get easily break so they need extra care while cleaning. Try to use mild dishwashing soap and water to clean and further dry with paper towels.

Carry forward the same method with powder coated steel lids and do not try to use stainless steel polish as it may damage the real finish.

Now it’s the time to bring your soapy water in use, for cleaning stainless steel lids clean the stubborn grime and grease using a sponge. Once cleaning is done, remove all the soap with warm water and dry using a cloth or rag.

Sandpaper or scraper can be best used to clean the corrosion of the painted lids. Wash the surface with soapy water and once dry, you can paint the lid as per given in manual’s instructions.

cleaning grill exterior

Some points to remember (Always)

  1. Try to clean your grill after every use to remove extra grease and to keep the grates neat and healthy to use again.
  2. Keep a regular check on fuel lines and ignition system. Also, check the fuel level.
  3. If you love grilling, keep that some love for grills also. Clean the interiors and exteriors timely.
  4. Clean the cooking grates, burner protectors, and venture tubes whenever possible.

4 Types of Barbecue Grills – Bennyseafood

Barbecue grills become a necessity when it comes to spending summer vacations, house parties and family get together. It also becomes a good time to show some of your chef qualities as barbecue grills give you a no of choices to experiment.

Are you planning to have a new grill or thinking of changing your old one?

Though there are several options in the market but don’t do the buying in haste. First, think what your needs are and what kind of grill you want? In order to find the best grill for yourself, you need to check all the features and drawbacks of it.

Before buying a grill, just clear out with some queries, what type of food you will be grilling? Do you want to cook the food quickly? Once done with some of the questions, you can easily decide which one is best according to your preferences. Have a look at our grill guide which may help you to make a decision of getting the best-suited barbecue grill.

 

Types Of Grills

1. Gas Grills:

The one who is always in a hurry, gas grill is a perfect choice for them. For those who want to get their food ready in minimum time, without bothering about the smoky taste, a gas grill would definitely work.

Because you just need to ignite and start cooking. The very first thing you should notice in your gas grill is that the burner should be good enough compared to the size of grill. Make sure that the flame tamer is set properly to give your food even heat.

The downside of a gas grill is that the food can be prepared quickly but you can’t get the real aroma of smoke. There would always be a difference in the taste. Though some grills have small smoker boxes the authentic smoky flavor can be achieved only with the charcoal grill.

The cooking grids are made of either stainless, porcelain coated or cast iron, whatever the material is used always clean the grid properly because then only it can provide a better taste next time. They can be cleaned easily with a wire brush.

Climate is one the major factors to keep in mind while buying a gas grill. However, they make a great option for outdoor grills.

If you live in an area where humidity is high, go for a stainless steel or aluminum one, but if you reside on a coast always choose a copper one otherwise stainless can also get rusted there.

Gas grills range differently, you can make a choice according to the budget.

Gas Grills

 

2. Charcoal Grill:

When it comes to the real authentic smoky taste, most of you would surely prefer a charcoal grill. Of course, gas grills and electric grills provide more comfort but for those whose first priority is smoky flavor, the charcoal grill would remain the best.

The smoke and heat that charcoal provides to the food add a distinctive flavor to it. People with a lot of patience and cooking skills will never get bored of it.

Yes, the charcoal grill takes a long time to start (around 45 minutes) and pre-heat. You can’t just put the food in and leave. Charcoal burns at a higher temperature than gas but once it is done, you can’t get a better crispy taste of meat anywhere. A charcoal grill is not useful for grilling one kind of food but also gives a space for baking bread or pizza.

Types of charcoal grills available in the market are Kettle grills, Barrel grills and smokers and kamado grills. If you’re not sure which type would suit you best, KitchenGuyd has an in-depth review of the best charcoal grills for every user.

If you are looking for an affordable grill, kettle grill would be the best choice. It provides you with a good smoky taste but is used to cook for certain people only.

If a large cooking surface is your first concern then you must go for a barrel one, it won’t cost you too much and can cook for more people.

But a ceramic or kamado grill is the best amongst them because it provides you with the best smoky taste and also uses a large surface area for cooking. Once a person is addicted to the ceramic grill, they can’t get over the taste it provides.

A tight-fitted lid is a must-have thing for the grill because it helps you in controlling the temperature.

Clean-up job is very easy and also important. It should be cleaned and re-oiled after every use. The process depends on what type of grill you are having.

Charcoal Grill

 

3. Electric Grills:

Electric grills are best suited for cooking inside your home. These grills work on electricity and can grill meat, toast, sandwiches and even vegetables. An electric grill is easy to carry as well as easy to use.

To grill something use just need to switch on the button and it heats up with speed.

Though it is easy to use smoky flavor is always lost in the food.

Electric grills come in different ranges, you can choose one according to your budget.

Enjoy grilling in the privacy of your home.

Electric Grill

 

4. Portable Grills:

If you want something you can easily take for a small trip or camping then portable grills are a perfect choice.

The grill works on propane or charcoal and they can be easily taken from one place to other.

A durable and lightweight portable grill is all you need when you are out and needs freshly prepared hot food. But it can cook food for around 4-5 people only. Portable grills are the most affordable one with all the basic features available.

We have discussed basic factors you need to look for while buying a grill. Every grill is good in its own way, you can choose that one deciding factor and enjoy barbecuing.

Portable Grill

Make Homemade Red Enchilada Sauce – Bennyseafood

Today, I will share how to make homemade red enchilada sauce recipe with you.

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Ingredients:

  •  2 teaspoons seasoned oil
  • 1 medium yellow or white onion, cleaved
  • 1 jalapeño, seeds evacuated and cleaved
  • 3 cloves garlic, cleaved
  • 1 tablespoon bean stew powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 ½ teaspoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15 ounces) can tomato sauce
  • 1-2 mugs water

Instructions:

  1. Heat the oil in a skillet or pot over medium hotness. Saute the onions, jalapeño, and garlic until delicate, something like 3-4 minutes. Include the stew powder, cumin, sugar, and salt and blend in the search for a gold moment so the flavors can get marginally toasted and fragrant. Include the tomato sauce and water.* Bring the sauce to a stew and let cook 5 minutes. Taste for flavoring and change salt as required.
  2. Transfer the sauce to a blender and spin until smooth. Store in a jug or an impenetrable compartment for up to 5 days. The sauce can likewise be solidified or canned as you might other tomato-based sauces. This formula makes enough sauce for one 9×13 inch skillet of enchiladas.

Classic Manhattan Clam Chowder- Bennyseafood

Today, I will share my classic Manhattan Clam chowder recipe with you. This is an England version with stock and tomato bases.

Ingredients

  • 6 cans (3.88 oz) ROBINSON CRUSOE Whole Clams, drained, (reserve juice), chopped
  • 2 cans(14oz) Chicken Broth
  • 2 Potatoes; medium, 1/2” diced
  • 4 oz Bacon; chopped
  • 1 cup Onion; chopped
  • 1 each Red or Green Bell Pepper; chopped
  • 2 each Celery Stalk; chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Flour; all-purpose
  • 1 Tbsp Corn Starch
  • 1 can (28 oz) Italian-style Tomatoes; chopped
  • 2 each Tomato; fresh, peeled, seeded, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 each Bay Leaf
  • ½ tsp Thyme; dried
  • ¾ tsp Sea Salt
  • ½ tsp Ground pepper
  • 1 dash Cayenne pepper
  • Parsley; freshly chopped, as needed

Directions

  1. Drain juice from clams, reserve.  Place chicken broth and clams in a large saucepan; bring to boil and add potatoes; cook potatoes for 10 minutes until al dente.  Strain potatoes and clams, reserve with broth.
  2. Place chopped bacon in large saucepan over medium heat and render fat until crispy.  Add onions, peppers, and celery and sauté until translucent.
  3. Add flour and cornstarch; continue sautéing until mixture is combined and slightly blond.
  4. Add reserved clam broth to stock pot slowly whisking frequently.  Slowly add tomatoes, Worcestershire sauce, bay leaf, thyme, salt, pepper and cayenne whisking frequently.  Add potatoes and clams; simmer, covered, 25 minutes.  Add chicken broth if necessary to adjust thickness.
  5. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley.

Welcome

Welcome to our website. Our goal is to give you the opportunity to stay in touch with our restaurant and what we have to offer.

Besides seafood, we also serve beef, pork & chicken, all cooked in an array of ways. Our regular customers particularly value the quality and quantity of our meals.

MOFONGOS areFamous” for being a traditional Puertorrican dish, however, we at Benny’s make our mofongos extra special by using the best and freshest ingredients making the best delightful dish. This consist of the following ingredients; Green plantain smashed with fresh garlic, homemade pork rinds, sea salt & extra virgin olive oil,  this mixture is then served in a wooden mortar with variations of seafood, fried pork, fried chicken, beef steak or simply by itself.

We also have a great selection of Puertorrican dishes like; Asopaos, Pasteles, Rice with pigeon peas, Mondongo and Cuajito to name a few.

When we opened our doors in 1994 our goal was to serve the best Boricua home cooked meal in South Florida. Since then we had been responsible for providing outstanding Puerto Rican food. We have received recognition from the media, however, our most rewarding recognition comes from customers like you that come to visit us repeatedly.

The preparation of our meals is the reflection of our own family traditions and “hand me down” recipes that come from the culinary art of our hometown in Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico.

We are always striving to provide you with a pleasant dining experience every time you visit us. Please allow our friendly staff to enhance your visit, they are here to assist you.

The buyer’s guide to Keurig coffee maker – Bennyseafood

A Keurig coffee maker has become the most popular coffee maker among most people due to its single-serve feature and the ability to use capsules to brew a perfect cup of coffee. It is a cleaner and quicker way to brew coffee and provides you with Starbucks-quality coffee in no time at all.

While we know that Keurig is the best choice to make, it has several models and options which can make it a little overwhelming for the user to choose the best one for themselves.Also, Check best espresso machine.

With this guide, you will be able to choose the perfect Keurig coffee maker for yourself.

 

Features to look out for:

 

  • Timer

The best feature for those people who want their coffee to be ready when they get up or get home. So make sure your Keurig machine has a timer feature so that it brews a coffee itself in the morning and you don’t have to waste any more time.

  • Brew Strength

Always go for a machine which will allow you to set the brew strength and size according to your needs. Many machines come with just one brew settings so it is important to look out for this feature.

  • Reservoir-Style

A lot of machines have a detachable reservoir which makes it easier to fill and clean but these machines are a little more expensive. So choose a reservoir style that suits you. If you want a detachable one, then go for it else you can always choose the traditional reservoir style.

  • Filtration

Now, if you are looking for an unadulterated coffee then you would need to get a water filter to filter your water before you use it for brewing coffee. Many machines come with a built-in water filter too but remember, these machines are expensive.

  • Temperature

Don’t go for a machine which has only one temperature setting and doesn’t allow you to change the setting. Different types of coffee need different temperature settings and your machine should be able to provide that. Temperature is very important in case of home espresso machines. Keurig has a variety of best home espresso machines.

  • Capsule Availability and Variety

It is important to choose a machine whose capsules are easy to find and you have many options to choose from. You don’t want to be searching for your capsule all the time.

  • Size

Another important thing to consider is how big a machine is okay for you and whether you have enough space in your kitchen to keep it. If you don’t have much space, then go for a smaller sized machine.

  • Price

This is an important aspect when choosing a machine. You don’t want an overly expensive machine if you are not a regular drinker but if you want the best quality and if you have a coffee regularly, then it would be good to invest in a decent machine.

  • Capsule Cost and Reusability

Another important aspect to consider before buying a Keurig machine is how much will their capsule cost and if they can be reused or not. K-cups are expensive so it will be always better if you go for reusable capsules.

Island Ceviche with Tropical Fruit Recipe – Bennyseafood

Recipe for delicious tropical Ceviche.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Fresh lime juice (8-10 limes)
  • ¼ cup Pineapple juice, fresh
  • 1 Fillet Seabass (or flounder), diced 1/2”
  • ¼ cup Green onion, sliced thin (include white part)
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro, chopped
  • ¼ cup Pineapple, diced
  • ¼ cup Red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 can ROBINSON CRUSOE Pink Clams, drained
  • 1 can ROBINSON CRUSOE Whole Clams, drained
  • 1 can ROBINSON CRUSOE Mussels, drained
  • 1 can ROBINSON CRUSOE Stone Crab, drained
  • ½ tsp Cumin seed, toasted ground
  • 1 tsp Coriander seed, toasted, ground
  • Sea salt, to taste

Directions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine lime juice, pineapple juice, fish, and green onion: refrigerate for 3 hours.
  2. Remove from refrigerator, and fold in cilantro, pineapple, bell pepper, clams, mussels, and crab; season with cumin, coriander, and sea salt.  Cover and let sit for 1 hour.
  3. Place Ceviche mixture in a martini glass and garnish with fresh basil leaves, star fruit, lime slices.

Seafood Avocado Salad with Ginger – Bennyseafood

Seafood Avocado Salad with Ginger is one of the best salad in the world, by this recipe, you can have it. 🙂

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Lime juice; fresh
  • 1 Tbsp Oregano; fresh chopped
  • 2 Tbsp Cilantro; fresh chopped
  • 1 each Serrano chili; minced
  • 3/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt; fresh ground, to taste
  • Black Pepper; fresh ground, to taste
  • 3 cans (3.88 oz) ROBINSON CRUSOE Whole Pink Clams, drained
  • 1 can (3.88 oz) ROBINSON CRUSOE Whole White Clams, drained
  • 1 can (3.88 oz) ROBINSON CRUSOE Whole Mussels in Oil, drained
  • ¼ cup Red Onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 Red Bell Pepper; finely chopped
  • 3 Avocados; chopped
  • Dash Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp Parsley; chopped

Directions

  1. In mixing bowl combine lime juice, oregano, cilantro, Serrano, olive oil; mix well. Season with salt and pepper; add clams, mussels, onion and bell peppers. Let stand for 45 minutes refrigerated.
  2. Add avocado and garnish with paprika and chopped parsley before serving (optional).