Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Brussel Hash

As you can guess I have been spending a lot of time in Nashville lately which means I get to try new restaurants and find inspiration! Nashville is quickly becoming a hub of food culture. With all the different districts(The Gulch, East Nashville, Germantown, etc.) and the identities within each district some really talented chefs have made their way into their niche market and are making their mark. One restaurant in particular I tried recently was the Eastland Cafe. Everything I had there was delicious but one bit of inspiration I walked away with? The idea of brussel hash.  I was introduced to this incredible Charred Brussel Hash which featured brussel sprouts, asparagus and potato. What I loved about it is that potatoes were the featured ingredient in the side dish, the veggies were, which still allowed me to feel good about eating them all, which ofcourse I did. I tried my hardest to tell everyone at the table how awful they were so I didn't have to share. "Trust me...You don't want to try them, their just terrible...I hate to waste them so I'll just MAKE myself"  Just kidding, I'm a good food-sharer and if you don't think you'll like something I want to share...I'm a great force-feeder! I come by it honestly. 

1 lb brussel sprouts chopped
1/2lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/2lb potatoes (baby or fingerling)
1/4 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup chopped bacon
1-2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp minced garlic
1/4 cup water
salt and pepper

Saute onion, garlic and potatoes over medium-high heat for 3-5 minutes. Add in brussel sprouts and asparagus, salt and pepper and toss. Let cook, stirring occassionally, for 7-8 minutes. Allow sprouts to char a bit before stirring and allowing to char again. Add water and let steam for 5 more minutes or until potatoes and brussel sprouts are cooked through. The brussel sprouts should be tender but should remain bright green - aside from the charred bits ofcourse!

Side Note:
I made these as a side dish for Beef Wellington when I made dinner for my friend Sloane from Sweat and Sequins and her husband Invisible Dave - You might remember his name from my Simple Cinnamon Roll post. They loved them as much as I knew they would!

Pair your Brussel Hash with any of the following for a perfect meal:

Patsy's Halibut

Seared Ahi Tuna

Balsamic Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Monday, June 9, 2014

The Barnyard Bistro Top Ten Dishes

Whew! If you have been following my Instagram, Twitter and Facebook you'll notice that life has been quite busy. I haven't been home in two weeks and as you can imagine it's not easy to cook on the road when all you have access to in your down time is clif bars, almonds, bottled water and beer! I feel like a slacker on here while the rest of my life has been a whirlwind of work and productivity! I have so many amazing and exciting things coming up and I can't wait to share them with you.  We kicked off the Shut Up and Hold On tour where me and the band are on as the opening act for the one and only Toby Keith as well as Colt Ford. We have been designing merchandise, rehearsing, traveling and preparing and we finally got to step out on stage for the first weekend in California and it was an absolute BLAST!  Check out our tour schedule and plan on making a show and hangin' out with us! We also just wrapped up the CMT Awards (see pic below) and CMA Fest where I had 3 performances!

I walked the Red Carpet this year! 
Speaking of CMA Fest...If you have been hanging out in the barnyard from day one, you may remember that my first post (Baked Crab Cakes) was during CMA Fest 2013, which would make this past week, the official One Year Anniversary of The Barnyard Bistro.  Sharing with you guys on here has been one of the most rewarding experiences I can think of. Everywhere I go and every interview I do, I am asked about the blog and hear stories of happy husbands and delicious adventures. I thought in honor of the anniversary, I would take a look back at the recipes that you guys used the most!

The Barnyard Bistro Top Ten:

Coming in at Number Ten on the list of most popular recipes posted on The Barnyard Bistro:

The Ninth most popular recipe:

The Eighth most popular dish:

The SEVENTH most popular recipe:

The SIXTH most popular dish:

The FIFTH most popular recipe posted:

The FOURTH most popular recipe posted: 

The THIRD most popular dish posted:

The SECOND most popular recipe posted:

And the Number 1 most popular recipe on The Barnyard Bistro to date: (drumroll please....) 

I hope you learned about some recipes you missed, or got reminded of a few favorites and enjoyed the trip down memory lane! Don't forget to send pics my way of any recipes you try. I love seeing that you guys are enjoying all the good eats.

XOXO~ Krystal