Thursday, October 29, 2009

Dinner at Home with Lioni's

While in Brooklyn, Mr. Meat & Potatoes and I like to stock up on some goodies from local shops. We went back to Lioni's but not for their amazing sandwiches but for their products and butcher shop. The first thing on his mind was the slab bacon we saw last time. He wanted it and there was nothing that would stop it. We opted for 6 slices. Two for now, two for later, and two as a present to my sister and family. A quick look at the bacon and it was sliced much thicker than I had originally thought. I was picturing Peter Luger's bacon. So as a test, I resliced one and left the other one whole. Into a hot pan on medium to render some of the fat and to cook it slowly. When I thought it was fully cooked through, I cranked up the heat to get a nice caramelization and crispiness on the outside. The thick piece turned out to be more juicy while the thinner pieces were more crispy. It's personal choice here when it comes to cooking the bacon. Either you like crispy bacon or not. I also had some leftover pork chop pieces that I marinated in soy sauce. I decided to cook these up too in some of the bacon fat. They turned out nice and brown and crispy. The flavor from the soy sauce was really good. I call them pork nuggets. We also grabbed a stick of dry sweet sausage then we sliced at home. You can ask them to slice it on their machine if you like. Also, a ball of smoked mozzarella. We were so impressed by the mozzarella last time that we had to get it again. A beautiful presentation and a feast. The sausage was delicious. The flavors were really good. The cheese stayed pretty soft even though it was in the fridge overnight. The smokiness was nice but we both loved the creaminess of the original fresh mozzarella. Lastly, we picked up a rice ball. It was different from what I was used to. The outside was crunchy (nice), and the inside was nice and creamy but mostly cheesy. It reminded me of mac and cheese. But it was rice and cheese. The stuffing inside was ground beef. This was good but I've had better. And the only healthy thing of our meal (requested by me), some green grapes. It's always nice to have some kind of fruit to refresh the palate when eating a platter of cured meats and cheeses. Yes, this was some major artery clogging, weight gaining, heart stopping food. Good thing we both go to the gym. And this isn't our normal diet. Health aside, what a delicious meal! Lioni Latticini, Inc. 7803 15th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11228 (718) 232-1166 ‎ lionimozzarella.com

2 comments:

  1. First of all, You had me at BACON. Second, my heart skipped a beat at the site of FRESH Smoked Mozz. Geez, you sure can serve up the food porn. And lastly, the rice ball. Oh good lord the rice ball! When I was 16, my best friend worked in Caroll Gardens and her local deli made these... 2 for $1. Rice and cheese, or rice with cheese and meat. those brought me back! I can still taste the crisp skin with the cheesy mush inside.

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  2. @Mo Diva: I can't even reread my own post without drooling.

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