Sunday, March 1, 2009

Tyler Florence's Ultimate Ribs & Garlic Mashed Potatoes

NOTE: One of these days I need to shoot new photos for this recipe.  I am a big fan of Tyler Florence's recipes, and I was a fledgling food blogger/photographer.  I cringe that I used flash, and have gotten much better with my photographer.  However, this recipe is worth making. The sauce was awesome!

My husband and son love ribs. Me? I like them, but if given a choice, I'll take a juicy steak as my first choice. Today, I wanted to treat my boys to a special Sunday dinner. They're the two most important men in my life, and they deserve it.

I have watched Tyler Florence make this recipe-- and I am a fan of huge his "Ultimate Show".  This recipe is perfect for a rainy day, because you don't need an outdoor grill.

As directed I slow roasted the ribs in my oven. My brother has converted me from gas grilling to buying a Weber, but the rain prevented me from going that route. Besides, I wanted to try an indoor variation.

The sauce was simple to make-- I was happy to find a jar of molasses in my fridge. Whew! I don't use molasses often, but I try to keep some on hand. The only ingredients I needed to buy were the ribs and peach preserves.

The sauce rocks! Seriously, this sauce is so good-- the sweetness of the peach preserves, the brown sugar and the molasses and paprika, garlic, onion, bacon, thyme. Wow!

The ribs were "good". I wish I could say that they were falling off the bone tender. They were good, for oven cooked. But the sauce is the star of this show!

I can hardly wait for our California warmer weather to come, and longer daylight. I will be firing up the Weber and making this sauce for our ribs.

Now, for the mashed potatoes. I know, mashed potatoes are a no brainer. Are they, really?
Over the decades (yeah, I'm that old) I've used a hand mixer, a food processor (don't ever do that, or you get homemade wallpaper paste). My winning recipe for mashed potatoes is a combination of Emeril Legasse's tip (that changed everything for me), Rachael Ray and Ann Burrell (one of my new and favorite Food Network Chefs).

  • Emeril taught me to return my drained potatoes into the pot, on low heat, to let all of the water evaporate. Hello! No wonder my taters were runny!
  • Rachael Ray got me into using cream cheese, instead of butter. This is the way I prefer to make my mashed potatoes. It's so good!
  • Ann Burrell convinced me to buy a food mill. I bought one from OXO and I've never regretted it. My potato ricer was hand held and hard to work with. It sold that at a garage sale-- though, now, I read a tip that it works well to squeeze water out of spinach. Brilliant! She also gave me the tip of throwing a few cloves of garlic into the water, while cooking the spuds. Her recipe for mashed potatoes uses way too much butter for me. But that's just me...
Last, but not least, my preferred choice of spud are Yukon Gold Potatoes. Red Bliss Potatoes come in second. I don't peel them, either. Tonight, I only had four medium sized Russets. They were delicious, though, I have to admit.

Once the potatoes were cooked, drained and the water was evaporated, I let the food mill do all the hard work.

Then I added about 2-3 Tablespoons of cream cheese, and let it soften from the heat of the potatoes. Last, I added the heavy cream (about 1/2 cup total). I don't usually measure. I go by texture and taste. NOTE: I season my potatoes with salted water.

Using a spatula, I stirred all of the ingredients, and I had creamy yummy potatoes. No lumps, no bumbs. The cooked garlic just mashed right into the potatoes.

My only frustration in making tonight's dinner was racing against natural light. Photographing mashed potatoes isn't easy...especially when you are serving with glass bowls and it's twilight.
The photos don't do justice to how good these were.

I served a new blend of red butter lettuce and baby spinach with a simple vinaigrette. Since I've been taking meds for my headache, I passed on a cold beer.

Boy, that beer would have taken this whole dinner over the top. But my boys were happy, and that's what mattered most.

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Pam said...

You can't beat ribs and mashed potatoes...they look amazing!

Culinarywannabe said...

The rib sauce sounds SO good! I'm sure the guys really appreciated this meal!

Phoo-D said...

I have made a bbq sauce for years that uses peaches and it is the best! These look delicious and I bet the potatoes were wonderful!

chuck said...

Debby, your ribs look amazing! I can't wait to get the BBQ out again. I don't think anything goes better with ribs than good mashed potatoes.

Jo said...

nice! both your ribs and your 'taters look divine! Yummy!

LadyJayPee said...

Debby, this is a great post! There were so many good tips in it, I need to make a list! We have ribs in the freezer; potatoes are my favorite food. I've got to make both of these your way.

A Feast for the Eyes said...

Lady... would love to know how your ribs turn out. The sauce... I could eat it with a spoon!

Donna-FFW said...

Yes, the sauce is so delish!! the ribs certainly werent the type where they fall off the bone, but like you said good for indoor use!!
Your pictures look amazing and the mashed potatoes look yummy!

Maris said...

Mashed potatoes are the ultimate comfort food - macaroni and cheese! Too bad you don't eat them together! :)

MaryBeth said...

That looks wonderful...I must try these both. That is the only way to have Mashed Potatoes. Thanks

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