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January 2021

Food Review: Bremer Gyros Sandwich Kit

By Mike Thayer

20201219_133251Who doesn't like a good Gyro, right?

The warm pita, the tzatziki sauce, that delicious meat sliced so thin but piled thick and everything topped with juicy, red tomato, and a little onion....  It's another does of YUM!

But finding a good restaurant that serves them can be a challenge, especially with this COVID-19 crap going on with restaurant hours and access not always being convenient.  You can try to piece together everything you need to make gyros at home, but that can be a challenge to, not every grocery store carries the beef/lamb sliced meat that makes the gyro, the gyro, let alone finding a decent package of pita bread.

Enter Aldi and the Bremer Gyro Sandwich Kit

Available at my favorite grocery store, this kit comes with all the base ingredients you need to craft a rather tasty Gryo, all you need to do is add some tomato and onion.  Priced at just $7.49, that breaks down to only $1.50 a sandwich!  You can't get a good gyro that cheap at a restaurant.

20201219_133406This kit is super convenient, you can prepare these in the microwave or stove top, I recommend that latter, giving the meat slices that ever-so-slight crispy edge you're looking for as if the meat was just sliced from the spit.  The ingredients by Bremer are quality ingredients making this kit a repeat buy, I'm giving the Bremer Gyros Sandwich Kit 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars - DEFINITELY a repeat buy!  The meat is seasoned well and the pita is soft and 'pillowy' when warmed.  The only knock I have is the tzatziki sauce is a bit bland, some doctoring is in order, I added more garlic, a bit of dill and a drizzle of olive oil.

4 stars

$pend Wisely My Friends.....

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Take Your Big Game Spread to the Next Level with Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Taco Family Meals

Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has teamed up with Avocados From Mexico to offer guests complimentary guacamole with any purchase of a Taco Family Meal or Chips & Queso Party Tray

WHAT: 

 

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Fuzzy’s Taco Shop’s Baja-inspired family meals are sure to score big for any Big Game watch party. The taco shop’s Taco Family Meals offer generous portions of the guest’s choice of meat, sides, fixings and more, and the Chips & Queso Party Tray is a guaranteed way to be the MVP of the day. After all, who doesn’t love football with a side of Baja?

To take your tailgate to championship level, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has teamed up with Avocados From Mexico to offer guests FREE guacamole with the purchase of any Taco Family Meal or Chips & Queso Party Tray. Fuzzy’s guacamole is made in-house daily with fresh Avocados From Mexico so you won’t want to miss out on this delicious addition to your gameday. The promotion is available Saturday, February 6 and Sunday, February 7.  For orders placed online or through the app, please use code SUPERGUAC at checkout. 

The Taco Family Meal is available in two sizes; regular (serves 4-6, $35) and large (serves 6-8, $50), and includes:

  • Choice of two meats – shredded chicken, seasoned ground beef, spicy pork or grilled veggies (fajita beef, fajita chicken, or shredded brisket are available for an additional charge) 
  • Choice of two sides – borracho beans, black beans, refried beans, cilantro-lime rice, Mix-Mex rice
  • Chips, salsa and Fuzzy’s famous queso
  • All fixings – tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, feta, garlic sauce, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop Butt Burnin’ Hot Sauce®

 The family meals are available at participating locations and pricing may vary by location. Place your order online at www.FuzzysTacoShop.com or by contacting your local shop by phone.

WHERE:

Find your neighborhood Fuzzy’s Taco Shop here

ABOUT:

Founded in 2003 near the Texas Christian University campus in Fort Worth, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop® is a fast casual restaurant serving Mexican favorites with a splash of Baja. The laid-back atmosphere pairs perfectly with signature Baja-style tacos, famous chips and queso and icy-cold beverages always served at a chill price. With nearly 150 corporate- and franchise-owned locations in 16 states, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop was named Nation’s Restaurant News’ #10 “Fastest Growing Chains” of 2018, was included on Franchise Business Review’s “Top Franchises” list in 2017 and was one of QSR magazine’s Top 6 “Best Franchise Deals by Franchisee Satisfaction” in 2016. For franchising information, visit www.MyFuzzys.com


When you don't have off-the-shelf fajita seasoning on hand

By Mike Thayer

Mike's Fajita Seasonin
Mike's Fajita Seasoning

Here's a great little fajita seasoning you can quickly put together if you find yourself without an off-the-shelfer in your cabinet....

Mike's Fajita Seasoning

  • 1-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

This will be more than enough to season about two pounds of flank steak or whatever cut of meat you've chose to use for your fajitas.  Bottle the rest for later use!

And if you haven't already enjoyed my Flank Steak Fajita recipe, here 'ya go!

http://www.grillinggoodeats.com/ch-4-beef-recipes/

It's the second recipe on the page.  It's another dose of YUM!

Related:  Essential must haves for stocking your pantry and fridge

$pend Wisely My Friends.....


Enjoy grilled terriyaki salmon without emptying your wallet

By Mike Thayer

Fremont Pink Salmon
Salmon that doesn't break the bank

I try to eat fish once a week and salmon is something I always have on hand in my freezer, but salmon can be a bit pricey, especially if you prefer wild caught, no skin fillets and pin bone removed.  Depending where you shop and how you prefer your salmon, you can pay anywhere from $6 to $20 a pound.

Fremont Pink Salmon, a product available at Aldi for just $3.99, is a wild caught salmon product that provides quality fillets for a very reasonable price.  Coming in a one pound package, the fillets are individually wrapped and average about 4 ounces per fillet.  That works out to less than $4 a pound for salmon, I'll take it!

I'm giving Fremont Pink Salmon 4 out of 5 Bachelor on the Cheap stars.  It's convenient, nicely packaged and the price is right, but it is budget salmon.  You're not getting thick, robust fillets with this product, but they take on marinade well and delivers good salmon flavor.

4 stars

Below is a super easy and delicious way to prepare salmon on the grill.

Doing fish on the grill adds another layer of flavor!  Smoke does A LOT for fish, so does the kind of heat you get from a grill. The texture of fish changes when placed directly over a fire and it absorbs smoke flavor readily. Fish and the grill are a perfect pairing because what turns out to be mush in a poached offering, becomes crispy on the outside but tender on the inside deliciousness in a perfect bite delivered from the coals...... What is bland in a baked preparation becomes, "I didn't know salmon could taste this good!" in a grilled preparation.  And I don't care how much seasoning and pretty decorative parsley is placed on a fillet, baked fish sucks.

Teriyaki Salmon

Here's a fantastic marinade for about two pounds of salmon:

Fremont Pink Salmon
Individually wrapped fillets, no freezer burn!

Marinade ingredients

  • Half cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup teriyaki sauce
  • The juice from half a lime
  • One Tablespoon of dried, minced onion
  • One teaspoon of garlic powder
  • One Tablespoon of light brown sugar
  • Couple dashes of balsamic vinegar

Directions
Mix all ingredients for the marinade in a bowl or big measuring cup, set aside. Cut your salmon into four equal pieces (optional), place in a Tupperware bowl or a big zip lock bag, pour in the marinade. Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Fish does not need a lot of time to marinate, don't marinade more than four hours, or your fish will turn to mush.  Salmon is great for the grill, remember to take the fish out of the fridge about 20-30 minutes prior to placing over the coals. You’re doing this to inspect the fish and make sure it‘s well covered in the marinade. It’s not about letting the protein come up to room temperature like you hear some of the cooking show talking heads say, that’s just yada, yada talk to kill air time. The truth is, refrigerated meats and/or fish won’t come up to room temperature in just 30 minutes, not even close. OK, back to the salmon…..

Put the fish over direct heat, fish side down at first if your fillets came with skin.  If your fillets do not have skin, you may need a basket to prevent breakage.  Let those fillets sizzle for about two minutes to get some nice grill marks, do NOT cover. Flip to the skin side after two minutes, keeping it over direct heat to get that skin crispy.  Now you can put a lid on it, for about another 3-5 minutes to get that nice charcoal flavor.  Remove from the grill and let them rest.

This recipe is a real crowd pleaser and it's easier on the wallet than you might think!