May 24, 2012 at 12:15 pm
by Jennifer Moncayo
Test Kitchen Sneak Peek gives you a behind the scenes look at what our food editors are cooking in the Family Circle test kitchen, plus their expert tips.
Our food editors packed the July issue with lots of great grilling recipes for summer, plus delicious berry dishes. One recipe is this Grilled Sirloin with Blackberry Sauce, which I caught executive food editor Julie Miltenberger cooking and testing in the Family Circle test kitchen on a Friday morning. Here’s a behind the scenes look at the grilled sirloin recipe and some cooking tips I learned from watching her in action.
Julie started the recipe by prepping for the blackberry sauce, including chopping up onions and prepping herbs.
The recipe calls for fresh thyme. When prepping thyme, Julie says the trick is to pull down by sliding your fingers down the stem to get the leaves off.
Julie also suggests waiting to cut herbs until you’re ready to use them. Fresh is best!
Before cooking meat, it’s important to let meat sit at room temperature. “It helps take the chill off,” says Julie.
Once she started grilling the meat, she went back to the blackberry sauce.
In the test kitchen, the food editors ALWAYS use thermometers to check if meat is cooked properly. You can’t go by the color of meat, says Julie. Also, did you notice the timer in the background? They time everything when testing recipes!
Once the meat was cooked, she went back to preparing the blackberry sauce adding the key ingredient!
She also added honey into the sauce. And I learned an incredible tip for cooking with honey: Before measuring out honey, spray the spoon with non-stick spray and the honey will come right off the spoon! No more slow, sticky mess. It works! Love it.
She added butter to the blackberry sauce. Looks good!
Before you cut grilled meat, it’s best to let it cool for 10 minutes so it doesn’t lose its juices.
For the full Grilled Sirloin with Blackberry Sauce recipe, be sure to pick up the July 2012 issue of Family Circle!
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Jennifer Moncayo is a web assistant at FamilyCircle.com.