More Men Cooking During the Holidays

More Men Cooking During the Holidays

It looks like this Thanksgiving more women will be spending time on the couch watching the Macy’s Parade and not in the kitchen preparing the big feast. According to Today, a growing number of men will be cooking the turkey and preparing the meal. Butterball Turkey Talk-Line director Mary Clingman says that 84 percent of men are involved in the meal and 42 percent are involved with the actual turkey. Rather than roasting the turkey in the oven, it seems as though more men are going to be putting their own take on the traditional Thanksgiving bird by grilling or deep-frying. There is nothing sexier than a man who is confident enough to get creative and try something different, rather than stick to the classic way of cooking the meal!

In the article, T-Man Carlos Faxas, a 31-year-old e-commerce manager for United Airlines in Illinois, talks about his experience with cooking the Thanksgiving turkey. Carlos has been tackling the turkey every year since he was in high school. He brines and roasts, but one year decided to experiment with deep-frying. He mentions that he uses a meat thermometer that links to his iPhone so he can keep an eye on his turkey without having to be in the kitchen. He may be talking about the iGrill®, an app-enabled wireless Bluetooth® meat thermometer, which we list as a gift idea in our Father’s Day post.  The app will alert you on your smart device when your food is cooked to perfection.

More Men Cooking During the HolidaysMaybe these T-Men are taking inspiration from some of the top male chefs who also show confidence and creativity while they heat things up in the kitchen, such as Rocco DiSpirito and Chef Michael Anthony. I spent some time with these talented chefs at the NYC Wine & Food Festival in October (photo left: Debbie with Marc Forgione at the event) and had the chance to enjoy some of their culinary creations. Guys, if you’re still feeling brave after Thanksgiving, maybe you can take on Chef Michael Anthony’s delicious and inventive compressed apple and smoked tomato dish (photo below: Debbie’s favorite dish from the event)!

More Men Cooking During the HolidaysLadies, while your man is taking care of the turkey, whip up some classic side dishes, such as sweet potato casserole or mashed potatoes. Or if you’re feeling creative and untraditional like your T-Man, give these classics a modern makeover. For instance, rather than sweet potato casserole, make sweet potato gratin. Try Chef Robert Irvine’s Home Sweet Potato Home Au Gratin recipe.

This Thanksgiving, we are thankful for confident and creative men who aren’t afraid to take this holiday meal to the next level. We would love to hear what you’ve cooked up for Thanksgiving. Leave us a comment or share your meal with us on the Tastosterone Facebook page!

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Spuds for Studs: T-Men Cook with Potatoes

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Potato, potaaato! Any way you slice it, boil it, mash it, fry it, or bake it, the potato is the crowd-pleasing spud of any meal. As there are so many types of guys, there are as equally as many varieties (5 thousand to be exact!) of potatoes. They are low in cost, long on shelve life, and a snap to make. A few of my favorites include Yukon Gold, Fingerling, Red, Baking and those baby spuds.

5 Men and Five Ways

You may be able to tell a lot about a man by his potato. Men today enjoy many types of foods and are bringing some of that cultural flavor they enjoy in the restaurants into the kitchen. Try these dishes and you may just find your sex appeal à la the spud and some new flavors!

The Pierogi
This Polish T-man loves his potatoes nestled in a bed of buttery dough. He flaunts his European flare for making something so simple, so sexy.

The Roasted Potato
This traditional T-man prefers a simple, classic dish that says it all. Less is more for this guy.

The French Fry
This T-man is an all-American. Nothing tops midnight fries and a coke at the diner, if you didn’t make it yourself. Who knows what fries can lead to?

The Gnocchi
This sexy Italian T-Man uses potatoes to make this delicate classic. Italy may be the land of love, but this T-man brings home the romance.

The Potato Frittata
This Latin T-man tosses up his spuds with cheese, beans and eggs. He heats things up in the home, day or night.

2 Guys and Their “Spudly” Dishes

At Tastosterone, we asked a few of our T-men to give us their favorite potato recipes and here’s what they came up with. We’ll let you be the judge.

Roasted Potatoes from Dan Grotsky, Husband and Dad, Israel

“O.K. Debbie, here it goes. This is a potato recipe I made up, never fails (although it’s the first time it’s actually being written down). Enjoy!”

Post-Dan-2Ingredients

  • 2 lbs. whole new potatoes, unpeeled
  • 8-12 shallots or small onions, peeled
  • 2 whole heads of fresh garlic, halved through all cloves
  • A few nobs of butter
  • 1/3 cup strong extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary, whole
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme, whole
  • 1-2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
  • Lots of salt and freshly ground pepper
  • Chili flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix all ingredients carefully in large dutch oven, preferably ceramic. Arrange sprigs on bottom and oil and butter on top.
  3. Bake for one hour covered.
  4. Gently toss ingredients in juices to keep from drying.
  5. Continue to bake uncovered until nicely browned, approximately half an hour.
  6. Serve piping hot.

Italian Potato Chips from Anthony G. Sarra, Husband and Dad, New Jersey

“Real men say potato Debbie! I recommend you serve this recipe up with grilled Rib Eye Steak and steamed broccoli. DO NOT forget the ice-cold beer! Molte Bene!”

Post-Anthony-2Ingredients

  • 4 large potatoes, sliced thin with skin on
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • Coarse sea salt to taste (the *star ingredient)
  • Freshly ground-cracked pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Place on a foiled lined cookie sheet and coat skins in extra virgin olive oil.
  3. Separate potato slices on sheet and try not to overlap too much.
  4. Sprinkle potatoes with garlic powder, coarse sea salt and freshly ground-cracked black pepper.
  5. Bake for 45 – 50 minutes until crispy brown.
  6. Remove from oven and enjoy.
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