For a sports bar/restaurant, Cover 2 at Hwy. 183 North (Lake Creek Pkwy exit) has delicious food and of the many things on their menu, my favorite by far is the $3.00 coleslaw. You can get a $12 salad if you want to but nothing beats the coleslaw for me. I have tried to dissect it to figure out how to make it at home but there is something that escapes my ability to analyze. The bartender let me know that the dressing is a honey/onion combination so I found a Ken’s onion dressing that I used for my home attempt. The slaw contains candied walnuts which can make anything taste better. Also, there are little bits of blue cheese and thin slices of apple. The cabbage is finely shredded and contains bits of carrot and purple cabbage. To top it off, there is a little cilantro. It is just sweet enough that you will not need to order dessert to be satisfied.
Don’t be judgmental about my entree. I had the Home Wrecker, a foot long all beef hot dog with onions, jalapenos and chili. Since I don’t eat bread, it’s bunless. I couldn’t eat the whole dog but I used my tea spoon to get the last drop of coleslaw out of my bowl.
I love a good hamburger as much as the next person. You don’t have to go out for a delicious hamburger though there are plenty of good hamburger places in Austin. The beef that makes the best burger is 80% lean and 20% fat. Any leaner than that and you end up with a dry burger, and let’s face it: dry and hard is what gives the homemade burger a bad name. Start by sauteing chopped onion in a little fat in a pan, add a clove of garlic and a generous amount of salt and pepper. Add this to the raw meat and form patties to your preferred size. Fry the hamburgers in a dry pan over medium-high heat. The fat in the meat is all you need to get a good sear on the surface of the meat. The onion will keep it moist and add flavor. I love these and have to have one at least once a week. Simple and cheap but long on flavor.
Ground beef, 80/20, enough for 4 ounce burgers, precooked
Bacon fat or butter
Salt and Pepper
Lettuce, Tomato and Carrot
Saute chopped onion over medium heat in a pan 3 or 4 minutes in the fat of choice. Add crushed garlic and saute another 1 minute, stirring. Add softened onion and garlic to raw hamburger along with a generous amount of salt and pepper. Stir until combined well. Form into balls and then into patties approximately four ounces each. Cook in pan over medium high heat about 5 minutes per side. Should be seared brown on each side and no pink in the middle.
Serve with lettuce, tomato slices and carrot sticks. Dressing of choice if desired. I added a few cilantro leaves to mine.
After doing a little Christmas shopping this cool Tuesday morning after Thanksgiving, I headed out with the boys to eat lunch at PF Changs. I had looked on-line and saw that they had 5 or 6 salads on their lunch menu and wanted to try one. On the way there, I suddenly remembered I had a dentist appointment I had to go to instead. Later, when the boys picked me up and brought me home, I was the only one who hadn’t eaten yet. So within a few minutes, I had a delicious salad on the table ready to eat.
All I had to prepare was the bacon: three strips of crispy thin bacon in the frying pan. Thick bacon has its place but for salads, I like thin and crispy. It takes the place of croutons for me since I don’t eat bread. Bacon crunch is reminiscent of Fritos or tortilla chips in my taco salad. There was a little left-over taco meat and black beans from Saturday night to microwave for the protein. Top that off with a little picante sauce and sour cream and voila! Tex-Mex Salad. I like to throw a few Chia seeds on top because they are awesome for anyone who wants to live longer. Look them up.
Use proportions to suit your appetite and your own likes and dislikes. This is salad, not cake! It doesn’t have to be precise. Just add a little of this and a little of that, taste it and see what you think.
Baby Spinach 1-2 Cups
Bell Pepper, any color
Onion, chopped or sliced
Taco meat (ground beef crumbled and browned, seasoned with cumin powder and garlic salt)
Black beans, rinsed
Cheddar Cheese, grated
Ranch Dressing or dressing of choice
Hi I would like to welcome you to my new adventure. I’m in the hunt for the best salads and vegetables Austin has to offer and I thank you for joining me for this journey. I hope to try a lot of good food, share my experiences, and join in conversation with the many people out there I know are looking to eat well and feel well in this beautiful city.
Life is difficult. But cooking is easy!