Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Recipes For Bitcoin Shoppers

With holidays preparations undeway, what better way to spend your bitcoin than on speciality groceries for your big dinner?  Regular groceries can now be bought in bitcoin from Walmart or Sam's Club using Gyft, but we guess you already knew that.  What you perhaps didn't know is that you can also buy specialty foods that can be used to make mouthwatering thanksgiving dishes!  Here are some of our favorites:















Item: Ginger infused honey
From: bitdazzle.com
Price: 0.01638 BTC
Saving: 30%

Recipe: Honey Brined Smoked Turkey
Adapted from Alton Brown Recipe on the Food Network

Ingredients:
1 gallon hot water
1 pound kosher salt
2 quarts vegetable broth
1 pound ginger infused honey
1 (7-pound) bag of ice
1 (15 to 20-pound) cleaned turkey
Vegetable oil or butter

Directions:
Dissolve salt in hot water then add the vegetable broth and the ginger infused honey.  Add the ice and stir until the water is cold.  Place the turkey in the brine making sure it is fully submerged.  Leave in the fridge overnight, or up to 12 hours.

Remove the turkey from the brine, rinse in cold water and pat dry. Rub the bird thoroughly with the vegetable oil or butter.

Heat the grill to 400 degrees F.

Using a double thickness of heavy-duty aluminum foil, build a smoker:  Place a cup of hickory or other wood chips in the center of the foil and gather up the edges, to make pouch.  Leave the pouch open at the top and set it directly on the grill's charcoal or on the metal bar over the gas flame.  Set the turkey over indirect heat and insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast meat. Close the lid and cook for approximately 1 hour or until the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.

Once the bird reaches 160 degrees F, remove from grill, cover with aluminum foil, brush with ginger infused honey and allow to rest for 1 hour before serving.

Item: NEFT vodka 
From: Various.  NEFT vodka barrels have the Bitcoin logo on the side, and a mention that the company supports the Bitcoin economy.
Price: Approx. $50

Recipe:  Spiced Vodka Pumpkin Soup 
Adapted from The Vodka Cookbook

This dish can be made with traditional pumpkin, but we prefer butternut squash for a more delicate flavor.

Ingredients:
1 large butternut squash or small pumpkin, peeled and chopped
1 white onion, finely chopped
3 tbsps fresh grated ginger
1tsp salt
Good quality chicken stock
3 rashers bacon, chopped
1 tbsp butter
Heavy cream to garnish
Spice mix
2 tbsp NEFT vodka

Spice mix:
Coriander, white pepper, cumin, curry and cinnamon to taste

Directions:
Melt the butter in a heavy pan and add the chopped onion on a low heat.  When translucent, add the bacon and fry until cooked.  Add the ginger and squash/pumpkin and cover with the stock.  Simmer for approximately half an hour or until the meat is very soft, or cook in a pressure cooker for 10 minutes after pressure has been reached.

Take the pan off the heat and allow to cool slightly before blending to a fine puree.  Push through a sieve to remove lumps and return to the pan.

Cook on a low heat, and add the spice mixture and vodka.  Season to taste and allow soup to cook for about five minutes to allow alcohol to evaporate.

Serve hot with a swirl of heavy cream.

Item: Organic Meat
Meat lovers  in Birmingham Alabama will be pleased to know that Freshfully sells: Benton's bacon, Miller beef, Joyce Farms chicken, and Fudge Farms pork!  Here is a great recipe for Miller's family raised, grass fed beef that lets the meat shine.  This requires a cooking method known as sous vide, which creates the most amazing, perfect steak.  It takes some equipment and patience, but it will yield the best steak you have ever had!

Recipe: Sous Vide Steak

Ingredients:
Beef- choose your favorite steak cut
Butter, melted
Fresh thyme sprig
Salt & pepper
Large, quality ziplock bag
Meat thermometer

Directions:
Choose your preferred doneness and heat a large pan of water to that temperature.  Find a burner setting that keeps the water temperature constant with the help of the thermometer:

For rare: 129 °F
For medium-rare: 135 °F
For medium: 140 °F
For medium-well: 147 °F 

Place the melted butter and thyme into the ziplock bag, season the steak and place that in the bag too. Keeping the bag unzipped, place the bag with the contents into a bowl of cold water to remove the air.  Zip the bag closed when all the air has been removed, making sure no water goes in.

Place the sealed bag into the pan and cook until the internal temperature of the steak reaches the water bath temperature.  Exact times will depend on the steak size and chosen doneness but here is an approximate guide:

For a 0.5 in thick steak - approx. 15 minutes.
For a 1 in thick steak - approx. 45 minutes
For a 1.5 in thick steak t- approx. 90 minutes.
For a 2 in thick steak - approx. 2 hours.

When the steak is done, take it out of the pan and out of the bag.  Heat a frying pan until it is smoking hot and sear the steak, turning every four seconds, until it is nicely browned on the outside.  Rest and serve.

And for dessert...

What thanksgiving dinner would be complete without a little too much wine, and chocolates? http://bitcoinwine.com/ sells top wines and accepts only bitcoin payments, and http://www.intriguechocolate.com/ now take bitcoin for truffles!

Happy holidays!



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