Cook Like A Man

Wednesday, July 13, 2011 - 8:47am

Men are spending more time in the kitchen, and cooking classes are noticing.

More and more men are stepping into the kitchen these days.

Some know what they're doing. Others don't.

So how do you learn the cooking basics?

One way is to take a class like the one taught by chef Chris Brill's "The Man Class".

For many men cooking on a barbecue is a great place to start.

"If you overwork the meat you'll get a more dense, drier product," Brill warns.

When hand forming hamburgers add seasoning like pepper and garlic powder to the meat, but don't get carried away kneading them into the burger.

"That great if you're making a meat loaf or meat ball where you want it to stick together. But if you want a tender and juicy burger just gently massage the seasoning into the meat then form your patty," Brill explains.

Like chicken, a thick steak should be cooked over an indirect heat.

"Push your coals to the side, turn the middle burner off and leave the other two on. Put the lid down so it creates almost an oven effect so it slowly cooks that thick piece of meat," advises Brill.

One of the most common mistakes people make with their steak is overcooking it.

The "Man Class" also teaches something called "Sunday Gravy", sort of a thick spaghetti sauce with pork ribs, chuck roast, italian sausage and more.

"You brown all the meats off. Then you sauté all the garlic and onions, add your tomato product, put the meats back in and then and a low and slow simmer over the course of half a day," Brill says.

The key to getting better in the kitchen? Practice.

Cook what you like and hopefully you will like what you cook.

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