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Thursday, 6 August 2015

A Mixed Grill

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When I first moved over here we didn't have a lot of money for going out to eat.  Todd was working as a parking lot attendant and I worked in a care home.  There was a pub within walking distance however (we didn't have a car) that served up pretty tasty meals for pretty cheap prices.   You could get a mixed grill for about £2.99, which I thought was pretty good and it was really tasty.

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 This wasn't a meal that you could get anywhere in Canada, at least not in my experience.  A plate containing a grilled sausage, a grilled chop, a piece of grilled steak, grilled mushrooms and grilled tomatoes . . .  along with chips and peas.  Meaty and hearty.

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Traditionally, the mixed grill was cooked over charcoal in the chop houses and grill rooms of our cities, but if you have a grill don’t be afraid to use it! Likewise if you have a griddle plate on your cooker, try using it for this dish.

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As always, it's important to use the best quality meats available. It is so disappointing when you realise-from that first bite-that the meat does not match the amount of effort you’ve put in to preparing the meal! Cheap and pasty sausages are a definite NO NO!  This is where your local butcher can become your best friend!

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There really aren't any fixed rules when it comes to the meats you use, but generally speaking it will be steak, chop and sausage . . .  but you can also have ham steaks, bacon chops . . .  lamb's kidney's are also popular.  (Not in this house though.  ugh! I am not a kidney fan!)

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The important thing is to have fun.   If you are a drinking person, a cold ale would go well with this.  The meats needn't be overly large bits.  Just go with what's comfortable.  I guarantee this tasty pub meal will become a favourite, and something your family will ask for again!

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*A Mixed Grill*
Serves 4
 

For the bonafide meat lover!  A great pub meal, especially when served with chips and peas! 
 


4 Lamb chops, trimmed
4 Small rump Steaks
4 thick and meaty Butcher’s sausages
Butter, melted
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
2 Large Tomatoes
2 large onions, peeled and thickly sliced
(You can also grill mushrooms, in which case you will need 8 medium sized mushrooms,
only because one on a place looks odd)
To serve:
chips (french fries)
baby peas 
 


Preheat your grill to it’s hottest. Brush the steaks and chops with some melted butter and sprinkle with some sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 
 


Place the sausages on a rack in a grill pan and grill for about 7 to 8 minutes, turning frequently. Add the lamb chops and the rump steaks. Continue to grill for another 5 to 7 minutes, allowing 3 to 5 minutes per side for medium rare. Remove to a heated plate and keep warm.  
 


Slice the tomatoes in half and brush each half with some melted butter, along with theonions and mushrooms (if using). Place all beneath the grill and grill for about 5 minutes. Remove from the grill and season to taste. 
 

Heat 4 large dinner plates. On each place one lamb chop, one piece of steak, and one sausage.  Top the steak with a thick onion slice.   Place 1/2 grilled tomato on each plate along with 2 mushrooms, if using.   Add chips and peas and serve immediately!

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