Bobby Flay's Mesa Grill Cookbook: Explosive Flavors from the Southwestern Kitchen by Bobby Flay

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  • Brussels sprouts with pomegranate and walnuts

    • jflo70 on January 21, 2010

      Delicious! We fried some bacon and used the fat instead of canola oil to coat the Brussels, then added the bacon pieces back in at the end with the pomegranate and walnuts. One pomegranate was plenty.

  • Black bean-mango salsa

    • okcook on February 23, 2015

      This is fantastic. Nice bright flavours with the lime juice and honey. There was a lot of mango to black beans for what I liked so I added another 1/2 cup to the 1 cup of black beans called for. This is a make again.

  • Roasted cauliflower and green chile soup with blue corn-goat cheese taquitos

    • Roweaf on November 05, 2011

      Not very exciting, lacks true depth of flavor. Possibly roast cauliflower longer, add mirepoix.

  • Mesa Grill margarita

    • Chefsherri on March 29, 2015

      THIS is how a Margarita should taste. Quality ingredients = Quality drink.

  • Green onion smashed potatoes

    • Rinshin on September 06, 2014

      All so simple but all so delicious. Autumn calls for new potatoes and this recipe was perfect for small new potatoes. Served with rouladen and carrot salad. Recipe at

    • averythingcooks on November 29, 2020

      These potatoes made a great base for last night’s short rib braise. I used mini Yukon golds, salted butter and sour cream. Easy and delicious.

  • Red chile-honey glazed salmon with black bean sauce and jalapeno crema

    • peaceoutdesign on July 17, 2020

      Left out the jalapeno due to a family member and heat. Served the salmon warm and the sauce cold. I would not recommend putting the sauce on and flipping the salmon it burns too much.

  • Striped bass with roasted poblano vinaigrette and yellow pepper grits

    • peaceoutdesign on July 15, 2023

      I really love the Vinaigrette. The "grits" were not as good as those made with corn meal but overall a good dinner.

    • HalfSmoke on July 07, 2018

      Grilled this with fresh, local Maryland rockfish. Straightforward recipe with big flavors. Home run!

    • FETaylor on June 26, 2021

      This was delicious. I substituted half and half for the heavy cream with no shortage of flavor.

  • Sixteen-spice chicken with cilantro-pumpkin seed sauce

    • peaceoutdesign on April 16, 2023

      Very tasty. I was boneless breasts and finished in the oven using a thermometer and they were perfectly moist. We all loved both the sauces and the seasoning. I only made 1/3 of the rub just because I didn't want any left over and that was the perfect amount for 3 huge breast halves.

    • peaceoutdesign on April 16, 2023

      The cilantro-pumpkin seed sauce is stand-alone good. As is the rub.

  • Grilled rib-eye steaks with chipotle-honey glaze and garlic chips

    • peaceoutdesign on April 13, 2023

      The glaze had good flavor and Imliked the pepper relish with it. All in all, I would probably not make it again though.

  • Queso fundido with roasted poblano vinaigrette

    • peaceoutdesign on July 12, 2023

      I only made the poblano Vinaigreet for the sea Bass recipe and it is a worthy condiment. I would really like to try the whole fundido recipe.

    • Running_with_Wools on November 16, 2020

      This is a fun recipe to serve to a crowd, hot out of the oven in a cast-iron skillet. Instead of making the green salsa to dot on top, I puree a can of pickled jalepenos and use that salsa.

  • Yucatan chicken skewers with red cabbage slaw and peanut-red chile BBQ sauce

    • peaceoutdesign on March 03, 2021

      Love this idea for a taco bar with a couple of modifications. **The chicken: This wasn't as flavorful as I hoped. Regular pollo asada would work well in this recipe instead. *****The sauce : I totally cheated on the BBQ sauce base. I used Sweet Baby Ray's Honey Chipotle instead of making a base of Mesa Grill BBQ sauce and I added the three chili powders, chipotle, pasilla, and Ancho to that. Then I made the recipe per the instructions. I really liked this sauce. It brought an Asian influence to the "taco". ***The Slaw: I used half the onion and soaked in cold H2O to make less stringent. I also sprinkled the cabbage with salt, let it sit then rinsed, and squeezed to get a silkier rather than crisp texture. It was a good topping for a taco.

  • Roasted pepper relish

    • peaceoutdesign on April 13, 2023

      This was okay but would probably not make it again.

  • Smoked red pepper sauce

    • peaceoutdesign on April 16, 2023

      This was good with Flay's sixteen-spice chicken and would be good on polenta

  • New Mexican rubbed pork tenderloin with bourbon-ancho sauce

    • jjhorinek on August 28, 2015

      We have made this recipe multiple times, with very consistent and excellent results. We haven't improvised on the recipe, since it seems fine as is. The only tricky part is not to overcook the tenderloin after it goes into the oven. Leftovers are good as-is, but we mostly end up turning them into tacos.

    • MissKoo on June 12, 2023

      Made by cookbook group member. The sauce is key -- it is just fabulous and so enhances the flavor of the pork. The tenderloin itself was a bit dry -- hard to cook, then transport the roast for 45 minutes to an hour, then keep it in low temperature oven while starter courses are served. The flavors were excellent, so being able to roast the tenderloin, rest it briefly, and immediately cut and serve no doubt would have made a difference. Would definitely add this recipe to my favorite ways to prepare tenderloin.

    • tbocly on April 28, 2021

      Made this numerous times. I think it's all about the sauce. I always freeze the sauce if there is any leftover and use it with fast fry pork.

  • Pan-roasted pork tenderloin filled with sun-dried cranberries

    • MmeFleiss on November 12, 2016

      The sauce is phenomenal although I added a cornstarch slurry to get it to thicken properly. I thought the stuffing had too much clove because it overpowered the rest of the flavors. My picky husband, on the other hand, loved it as is.

    • averythingcooks on December 02, 2020

      I scaled this back for 1 pork tenderloin and because I can’t get frozen cranberry juice concentrate, I took a chance using pomegranate molasses and the resulting sauce (also thickened with a cornstarch slurry) was delicious. The only other changes were to the filling - a pinch of allspice in place of the larger measure of cloves and parsley in place of cilantro (as suggested). Served with the sauce beside a veggie laden rice pilaf, this stuffed and sliced pork “pinwheel” made for a great dinner.

  • Mesa Grill steak sauce

    • averythingcooks on August 06, 2023

      We both agree that this tasted more like a classic shrimp sauce than a steak sauce. We did dip our fries into it but I'm glad I scaled it to 1/3 because I doubt we will bother to finish what's left. I was surprised because we have liked other BF sauces.

  • Mesa Grill BBQ sauce

    • averythingcooks on October 17, 2019

      This is one of 4 homemade BBQ sauces regularly found in my fridge. I typically toast then finely grind whole dried pasilla peppers that I have seeded and torn up as I don't ever seem to have bottled pasilla chili powder on hand. It has a rich "kinda sweet but smoky" taste that we use with all kinds of dishes.

  • Venison and black bean chili with toasted cumin crema

    • averythingcooks on March 28, 2021

      I made a 1/2 recipe using beef instead of venison (as suggested in the head note) and with a plan for the other 1/2 of the Guinness. The issue was that at 40 minutes into the simmer, there was a LOT of liquid still in the pot. I turned the burner up, took the lid off and started raiding my kitchen for add-ins..... more beans, chopped grape tomatoes, a couple of handfuls of corn, diced zucchini and chopped red & orange peppers. The end result was a really delicious & veggie rich bowl of beef chili but next time I will be be very conservative with the stock in the early stages.

  • Spicy yellow rice with red beans

    • averythingcooks on April 19, 2022

      I served this (subbing black beans for red) beside mojo marinated pulled pork and it was really good. The saffron supposedly gives the yellow colour but with ancho chili powder, the rice was actually more red than yellow (and more importantly, with all the add-ins, I'm sure not sure I tasted the expensive saffron at all). I scaled it back to 1/4 (ie 1/2 cup of rice) & that was plenty for 2 people. A repeat for sure but I'll likely save my saffron for something else.

  • Crispy bacon and hash brown quesadillas

    • averythingcooks on June 02, 2023

      These were really good and very filling. I used diced Spanish chorizo in place of the bacon (and T basically raved about it) and the potato, onion & poblano filling was very tasty. I added spicy corn relish to the filling with the cheese and made a salsa/sour cream dip for the side. I skipped the fried egg toppers and we didn't seem to miss it. I really like this "2 layers of filling with 3 tortillas stacked and oven baked" method for quesadillas (1st place I ever saw it was this 2007 book) and I use it with other quesadilla recipes as well. A definite repeat.

  • Southwestern home fries

    • averythingcooks on April 22, 2022

      These were very good with parsley in place of the cilantro and some chopped red & yellow sweet peppers added to the pan but I'm positive I could have cut back on the butter with no harm done.

  • Braised lamb tiwa tacos with ancho chile jam

    • averythingcooks on December 08, 2020

      I made a 1/2 recipe of the ancho chile jam to use as a condiment on some roast pork sandwiches. It was good as written but our palates wanted something a bit sweeter so in went an extra spoonful of brown sugar and a splash of cider vinegar. It was perfect on our sandwiches and I know I will find lots of other uses for it.

  • Southwestern potato salad

    • averythingcooks on December 08, 2020

      I had some red potatoes that NEEDED to be used so I made a 1/2 recipe (with added chopped celery) to serve beside some sandwiches. This was a really good (and different!) version of potato salad but once again 1/2 the dressing recipe was WAY more than we needed for 1 lb of potatoes and all the add-ins. I actually used some of it as a sandwich spread which worked really well.

    • MissKoo on June 12, 2023

      Made by cookbook group member. This was the one recipe from our Mesa Grill Cookbook meal that really had pronounced heat. It was a nice companion dish to the New Mexican Rubbed Pork Tenderloin with Bourbon-Ancho Sauce. The person preparing the dish cut the potatoes in chunks rather than slicing them as recipe directed, and everyone liked her choice. There was a notable amount of the mayonnaise dressing, and not all of it was used to dress the salad. Very good.

  • Chile-rubbed short ribs with creamy polenta and cotija cheese

    • averythingcooks on November 29, 2020

      I had short ribs to use and this was great choice. I used dried chiles to make my own chile powder but I found that the dry rub made LOTS - enough to rub each rib fully (not just on 1 side). The end result was beautifully seasoned fall apart meat in a rich broth. I did have to cool the sauce to remove a LOT of fat and it needed a long reducing time get to the thickness I wanted. This was served over a Bobby Flay smashed potato recipe (instead of the polenta) with a big spoonful of peas. A great Saturday night dinner!

  • Cotija-crusted quesadillas with basil, red chiles, and charred corn relish

    • averythingcooks on January 02, 2023

      I just made the charred corn relish for last night's tacos and it was a great addition. I pan roasted 2 cobs in a grill pan for a 1/2 recipe and I liked the use of balsamic & basil here compared to the more common apple cider vinegar and cilantro. With a bowl of this in the fridge, these quesadillas are on the menu for tomorrow night.

  • Romaine salad with spicy Caesar dressing, hominy, and cheese crisps

    • averythingcooks on June 29, 2022

      I came here for the cheese crisps to garnish a different salad....and wow - these guys are addictive. I used asiago & a 50:50 mix of parmesan & pecorino romano. I should have started in a larger pan (re: ease of getting under them to flip) but that was easily fixed by going with a smaller amt of cheese for subsequent crisps. Other books use an oven method and I will try one of those next time...but these certainly weren't hard to make.

  • Yellow corn pancakes with smoked salmon and mango-serrano crema

    • MissKoo on June 12, 2023

      This was made by a cookbook group member as our starter course. Everyone loved it. It was served as a single pancake per person with the smoked salmon and crema, with additional fresh mango on the side. The serrano chile added just a hint of heat. Several commented that this would make a lovely breakfast or brunch dish.

  • Green pea and green chile soup with crispy serrano ham and mint-cumin crema

    • MissKoo on June 12, 2023

      Made this as soup course for Cookbook Group meal based on this cookbook. The poblano chile puree added to the soup does not add significant heat. I didn't get a very smooth puree with the blender, so used an immersion blender again when all the soup ingredients were combined. When I toasted cumin seeds, ground them, and added them to the creme fraiche for the mint-cumin crema it completely curdled. Not sure if it was the temperature of the spice (still too hot) or oil released from the spice? Made the crema again with sour cream and used ground cumin slightly warmed in fry pan without any problem. Substituted prosciutto for the serrano ham as recipe suggests as an option. All of the elements together provide interesting texture and flavor contrasts. Served 6 easily, with another portion left over.

  • Sweet potato gratin

    • MissKoo on June 12, 2023

      Made by cookbook group member for our Mesa Grill Cookbook meal. This is a lovely dish and it complemented the pork tenderloin main dish perfectly, and added some good color to the plate as well. The heat is there but it is actually quite subtle. Would definitely add this to recipe rotation. Recipe says it serves 4, but it served 6 of us more than adequately, with leftovers.

    • Running_with_Wools on November 16, 2020

      This is simple to make with a mandolin and absolutely delicious. A fun change of pace from a normal potato gratin and complements a south-west inspired main course.

    • GingerFoodLovers on August 12, 2023

      Definitely use a mandolin to get the number of paper-thin layers you want for this dish.

  • Mesa Grill blue and yellow corn muffins

    • MissKoo on May 05, 2023

      Made these just with yellow cornmeal as blue cornmeal was not locally available. These make 12 large and substantial corn muffins. The minced vegetables and cilantro add nice color/eye appeal and texture. Unlike some cornbreads/muffins, these hold together very well and have good degree of moisture without being overly damp. Nor are they overly sweet. Served them with a cold roasted red pepper soup (nice combo), followed by Island Pork Tenderloin Salad (an old Gourmet recipe). Made ahead of time and reheated in the oven. Will definitely make again.

  • Chocolate custard corn pone with freshly whipped cream

    • MissKoo on June 12, 2023

      Made by a cookbook group member for our Mesa Grill Cookbook meal. This was just amazing. Reminded me of molten chocolate cake. We all wanted to just lick our plates. Total winner. Again, the Ancho chile powder was quite subtle and the cornmeal added interesting texture. With freshly whipped cream it was an over-the-top decadent and delicious dessert.

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  • ISBN 10 1299229972
  • ISBN 13 9781299229976
  • Published Jan 01 2010
  • Format eBook
  • Language English
  • Countries United States
  • Publisher Clarkson Potter
  • Imprint Clarkson Potter Publishers

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