No need to fumble over a feast–we’ve got your game day grub on lockdown! With the Super Bowl just around the corner, and a whopping four hours of football on the menu, there’s only so much time for prepping on game day. Fortunately our Head Butcher, Lena Diaz, has got a hands-free recipe for Barbacoa Beef! So you can spend your Sunday letting the big game stir your emotions instead of stirring the pot! Barbacoa is a Mexican-style shredded meat that is great for sandwiches, tacos, burritos, nachos, or even breakfast hash. Made in a snap in your pressure cooker/instant pot, this easy recipe is just as versatile as it is festive!
Makes enough meat to stuff 32- 40 tacos. Total time: 90 minutes·
2 cans of chipotle in adobo sauce
1 bunch of fresh cilantro, coarsely chopped (include stems)
1 bunch of fresh oregano, coarsely chopped
1 large yellow onion, peeled and cut into small chunks
8 garlic cloves, peeled and cloves smashed
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 tablespoons ground cumin
2 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
Juice of 3 limes
1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
4 pounds beef brisket or bottom round
2 cups stock or water
1 tablespoon high temp oil
3 bay leaves
Place the chipotle peppers and their sauce, cilantro, oregano, onion, garlic, clove, cumin, 1 1/2 tablespoons salt, lime juice, and cider vinegar in a blender and put aside. Use the remainder of the salt to season the meat. If necessary, cut the meat into a few pieces to better fit into the pot.
Heat the pressure cooker on the sauté setting. When it’s hot, add the oil and brown the meat. Do not overcrowd the pot. “You want a dark brown sear and you want to avoid steaming the meat ” -says Lena. Add the sauce from the blender and bay leaves, cover and cook on high pressure until the meat is tender and easily shreds—about 1 hour. In the same pot, using 2 forks, pull the meat apart. Do not discard the cooking liquid or the fat; you will need liquid to keep the barbacoa warm and moist (though not swimming in it), the fat is useful for frying up crispy barbacoa in a pan.
Carla Bueno-SandersUp your game with Lena’s Barbacoa Beef recipe!
The holidays are our favorite time of year at the Greene Grape. We love playing a part in all of our customers’ celebrations, and doing what we do best: food. As you’re getting your ducks (and turkeys, chickens, etc.) in a row for Thanksgiving, please keep in mind our revised hours for the holiday:
Thanksgiving, Thursday 11/23
Annex: 8AM – 1PM
Scoops & Sweets: CLOSED
Wine & Spirits: 10AM – 3PM
Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a first time turkey roaster, you may find yourself overwhelmed when planning your holiday menu. We’ll be open until the early afternoon on Thursday to help you cover any last minute bases. We’ll have pies, sides, and that one stick of butter or onion even the best of us can forget. If you find yourself struggling with any more questions, like “How do I select wines for my meal?” or “How do I even cook this turkey?”, our FAQ page can help you out! We hope you have a very happy holiday, Fort Greene!
There’s no time like the present to be menu planning for Thanksgiving! – And what better way to prepare for a celebration than with another celebration? Think of it like a cocktail party where the autumnal hors d’oeuvres will leave you inspired for your own holiday meal planning. Join us at Wine & Spirits for 3 free tastings in November where we’ll pair tastes of domestically made wines with samples of all the fixings and sides from our Thanksgiving Menu.
Our Annual All-American 6-Pack features American made wines in red, white, and rosé. You’re sure to find something for every wine-lover at your gathering. When picking wines, it’s also important to consider what you’ll be pairing them with. Our tasting series is designed to give you the tools to find the perfect wines for your culinary supporting roles.
While the focal point of Thanksgiving may be the turkey, sides are an essential piece of the holiday puzzle. Whether you’re looking for a dish to bring to a dinner party or outsource some of your own cooking, we have a variety of sides to choose from. If you’re looking to spice things up, we’ll have Cornbread and Chorizo Stuffing, as well as a traditional Sausage & Sourdough. If you’re looking for vegetarian-friendly fare, as can be a challenge with the holidays, we’ll have Mushroom & Leek Stuffing made with shiitake, oyster, and trumpet mushrooms. We’ll have classic sides like Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans, and more!
We want your holiday to be better than ever this year, and we want to celebrate it with you! Stop by any of these complementary events to get a taste for the holidays and set the tone for a season of good friends, family, and food.
Save the Dates!
Fridays: November 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Greene Grape Wine & Spirits | 765 Fulton Street
Mike FunkThanksgiving is so close, you can taste it!
Sustainable meats are always on the table at our Butcher counter, and we’ve got a recipe to help you grab goat season by the horns! There’s more to fall feasting than just Turkey, and goat is in season but twice a year. In honor of its return, we thought we’d share a recipe to give you some ideas on how to use this delicious, lean red meat!
Braised Goat with Eggplant & Pomegranate Molasses Sauce
1½ pounds eggplant, peeled
3 lbs goat meat, cut into 2 inch chunks
2 tablespoons ground sumac, divided
1¼ teaspoons salt
½ teaspoon freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
1 large green bell pepper, diced
1 small onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced, divided
5 plum tomatoes, diced
1 cup water
½ cup Goat cheese
3 tablespoon pomegranate molasses
½ cup finely chopped parsley, divided
½ cup Pomegranate seeds
Rub goat meat with 1 tablespoon sumac, salt and pepper. Slice eggplant lengthwise into ½ -inch-wide slices, then crosswise into 1-inch-wide pieces; set aside.
Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 5- to 6-quart pot or large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the goat and cook, turning often, until browned on all sides, 5 to 7 minutes total. Be careful not to overcrowd the pot, and brown in batches if necessary. Transfer to a plate.
Add the remaining tablespoon oil to the pot; add bell pepper, onion, 3 minced garlic cloves and the remaining tablespoon sumac. Cook, stirring often, until the vegetables soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Return the goat to the pot. Stir in the eggplant, tomatoes, pomegranate molasses, and water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook, stirring occasionally and turning the meat over once about halfway through, until the goat is very tender, about 2 hours.
Remove the goat to a plate and tent with foil to keep warm. Increase heat to medium-high and cook sauce until slightly reduced and thickened, 5 to 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in ¼ cup parsley.
Combine the remaining ¼ cup parsley, pomegranate seeds, and goat cheese in a small bowl.
Serve the lamb and vegetable sauce topped with the parsley-garlic mixture.
Mike FunkBraised Goat: An Unfor-goat-able Fall Recipe
The trouble with tasty snacks is they’re just as often unhealthy as they are tedious to make. Scoops & Sweets granola bars are neither, and we’re going to give you the goods on how you can make these power snacks at home. Executive Pastry Chef Caroline Schiff is our resident expert not only for her baking prowess but also for her status as a marathon-running athlete. Her nutty seeded granola bars are packed with protein and contain no refined sugars or dairy, and will keep for up to ten days stored in an airtight container. Bring them along for long bike rides, hiking, camping, or for a quick power-up for your busy schedule!
– And if you don’t have time for baking, we’ll do it for you! Stop by Scoops & Sweets at 680 Fulton St. to pick up some of these seeded homemade granola bars!
• 3 large egg whites -2 ½ cups rolled oats, non-instant, gluten free certified if you prefer
• 1 cup white sesame seeds, toasted -¾ cup golden raisins, packed in -¾ cup creamy peanut butter -½ cup dark maple syrup, B Grade if possible -2 tablespoons ground flaxseed or whole chia seeds -½ cup honey
• 1 teaspoon kosher salt -½ cup dried cranberries, dried cherries or dried blueberries, or use a mixture (try to use ones without any added sugars)!
• 1 cup of toasted nuts of your choice, raw pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds, or use a mixture!
Instructions: Preheat your oven to 315 degrees
1. Lightly oil (you can use cooking spray or a thin coat of olive or canola oil) a 9”x9” square baking dish, and line with a square of parchment paper
2. In a mixing bowl, combine all your ingredients and mix thoroughly
3. Press the mixture into the baking dish in an even, packed layer
4. Bake at 315 degrees for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden
5. Let cool fully
6. Turn the bar out onto a cutting board and cut into squares of your desired size
7. Wrap each square individually in saran wrap or ziplock bags
Have you ever gazed longingly at the Provisions cheese case and wished the delectable dairy within could star at your next book club meeting? Ever peered hungrily at the sandwiches stacked in the deli case and thought how good they’d taste at your coming office lunch? If you have, you’re in luck! We are proud to offer our catering services for any type of event you can dream up. Our chefs, cheesemongers, and bakers lovingly prepare and plate all the food for you, using the same fresh, top quality ingredients we pride ourselves in stocking at the store. We’ll even deliver the food and drinks right to you.
Here at The Greene Grape, we don’t just want to put groceries in your fridge and wine in your glass. We want our food to make your next social gathering spectacular and your corporate events something to look forward to. From artfully plated cheese and charcuterie to customized sweet treats to fresh and colorful salads, we’ve got it all. We’ve also got a spiffy online menu which we think really simplifies the ordering process.
Let us help you make your next party a smash hit, and don’t worry, we promise not to crash.
Provisions Produce Buyer Nailah Griffin is no stranger to over-ripened and underused produce. To make the most of the fruits and veggies that come home from the market, Nailah has prepared some tips and tricks that go beyond snacks and traditional uses. You’ll be wasting less and re-purposing more in no time!
Part 2: Berries
Dandruff Fighter: This one is great for those overripe strawberries you forgot about in the fridge! Mash 2 ripe strawberries and mix with 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1 tbsp of honey. Apply the mixture to your scalp and let sit for 20 minutes before rinsing with cool water. This recipe also helps with fungal growth on the scalp due to the inhibiting properties of the magnesium, copper, and other organic compounds found in strawberries.
Compound Butter: This recipe can work for any overripe berries. Simply take 2 sticks of softened butter and add mashed overripe berries, blending until evenly distributed. In no time flat, you have a spread! Store in the fridge, or place on parchment paper, shape into a log, and freeze for later use.
Provisions Produce Buyer Nailah Griffin is no stranger to over-ripened and underused produce. To make the most of the fruits and veggies that come home from the market, Nailah has prepared some tips and tricks that go beyond snacks and traditional uses. You’ll be wasting less and repurposing more in no time!
For this tried and true cleaning tip you can use any type of citrus peel. Place leftover peels in a jar and cover with white vinegar, making sure peels are covered to prevent rotting. Let sit in the covered jar for 5 days to 2 weeks. Transfer to spray bottle, apply to oven and scrub. For more stuck on stains, add a few spoonfuls of baking soda!
Lemon Pepper Seasoning:
Lemons offer a bright burst of flavor, but you can also use any citrus peel of your preference. This recipe is flexible depending on the number of peels you have around to use. Use a ratio of one grated peel to one tbsp ground pepper. Mix together and spread onto a lined cookie sheet. Place the sheet in the oven at 200 degrees. Check periodically, giving a toss here and there until completely dried (about an hour). To achieve a fine grind, place peels in a spice blender, or use a mortar and pestle for a more coarse blend. Next, season with one tbsp of salt per peel. Mix and enjoy. Stored in a mason jar with a tight lid, this keeps well for about a month in the cabinet.
For a natural alternative, just rub the lemon pulp under your arms! The acid in lemon eats at the bacteria that causes odor.
If you’ve ever stopped by our Whole Animal Butchery counter you may have noticed various animal heads, soap and candles made out of fat, and even jerky specifically for the canine in your life. If it’s not clear by now, we don’t like to let any part of the animal go to waste. In other words, the beauty of a by-product is in the eye of the beholder. Which brings us to chicken feet – the superfood you won’t likely see on the cover of any magazines.
If you have heard of any of the health benefits of bone broth, then you might easily understand why chicken feet are a secret weapon. Unlike other animal bones, chicken feet contain joints and are comprised of tendons and cartilage as well as bone. Chicken feet are chock full of collagen and trace minerals which are readily available to the body when cooked down in a stock. Take home a few and add them to your next pot of stock for an added golden color, rich texture, and of course substantial health benefit.
And if soups and stocks aren’t your thing, Provision’s butcher Demecia gave us a tip from her grandma – roast them in the oven and suck the collagen off yourself! (And for the truly curious, but totally uninspired chef – maybe just head to Chinatown for dim sum and order the Phoenix claws.)
In celebration of our month-long goat special at the Butcher’s counter, we’ve put together a seasonally inspired recipe comprised of ingredients that can all be found in our shop!
Braised Goat with Sunchoke Mashed Potatoes This recipe serves up to 4 people
Braised Goat Ingredients: 2 lbs. of goat for braising (speak to your butcher for recommendations), allow to come to room temperature Mire poix (2 large carrots, 1 large onion, 1 celery stalk) 1 bay leaf 5 large garlic cloves – smashed 1 sprig of rosemary 1 qt of GG housemade chicken stock Salt & pepper – enough to liberally season the full cut of meat (5-10 minutes before cookin Fresh parsley – optional for garnish
Preheat your oven to 325°F.
Heat a cast iron skillet, roasting pan or dutch oven until it is smoking hot on the stove top.
Add 3 tablespoons of high heat oil of your choice (e.g. grapeseed oil or coconut oil).
Brown the meat (already seasoned with salt and pepper). Once you have a rich dark brown crust, remove and place to the side.
Add the mire poix and rosemary, allow to sweat (approximately 8-10 minutes), stirring occasionally.
Pour in chicken stock, allowing it to deglaze and reduce by one third.
Nestle the meat into the braising liquid and cover (if you’re using a roasting pan or skillet, seal tightly with aluminum foil)
Transfer into the oven.
After 2 hours check for tenderness– should be fork tender. If not return to the oven and check periodically.
Once tender, remove the meat and shred using two forks to pull apart the meat.
Puree the braising liquid and veggies, using an immersion blender, or transferring to a food processor.
Mix together the braised meat and pureed vegetables and place in a serving dish of your choice.
Sunchoke Mashed Potatoes Ingredients:
Salt, as needed
1 1/4 lbs sunchokes
1/2 lb Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into 2-inch chunks
1 Tbsp butter
Pepper, as needed
Fill a large saucepan with salted water.
Peel the sunchokes, then cut them into 1-in pieces. As you work, place the peeled sunchokes into the water to prevent browning.
Add the potatoes to the saucepan and bring the mixture to a rolling boil.
Reduce the heat to medium, and allow the sunchokes and potatoes to cook together until fork-tender, about 12 minutes.
Remove the mixture from the heat and drain thoroughly. Transfer the vegetables to a food processor. Add the butter, then puree the mixture until smooth and free of lumps. (This can also be done by hand with a potato masher).
Taste and season with salt and pepper, as desired. Hold warm or gently reheat before serving.
This dish pairs well with a sauteed green such as fresh spigarello and NY Shuk Harissa with preserved lemon!