My favorite things from HEB
Thought I had started one of these, but it was specific to Thanksgiving turkey sandwiches.
Overall, HEB is the best 'everyday' grocery chain I've experienced, being familiar with the chains in the northeast, southeast, and northwest.
Here's what I'm lovin' now from HEB:
1) Right now, HEB's Wild Alaska Sockeye Salmon is completely delicious and $9.97 / pound. Made 2 fillets today - pan fried and then finished in the toaster oven. Served with Cedar's tzatziki sauce on the side and roasted broccoli. Delicious because:
- it's still moist when I cook it to temp (165F)
- it tastes great
In other times of the year, buying sockeye salmon and then cooking it to temp means dry salmon. Unless it's sushi grade salmon or tuna, I have decided to bring it up to temp after watching those documentaries about getting worms in your brain if you eat undercooked salmon or tuna. I don't want worms in my brain :-).
2) Also right now, organic blueberries are in season and convenient to buy from HEB. (Though the real $ deal in organic blueberries is from Costco .)
3) My favorite whole grain bread these days is from HEB. It goes by something like "Whole Grain Country French" boule (it's round). It tastes of sourdough though I don't believe that word is on the label.
I've seen it the HEB on Braker and 183, and Spicewood Springs and 183. This sounds odd but the top of the boule is a light brown / grey-ish color (they should brush it with butter or something go make it a deeper brown). It's my favorite whole grain bread that doesn't taste like health food, but simply like delicious bread. Great for sandwiches.
4) Duke's Mayonnaise if your HEB has it
5) The Central Market organic arugula
Another delicious HEB bread is the rustic cranberry walnut or cranberry pistachio bread. Toasted HEB cranberry pistachio bread with cream cheese could be the perfect light breakfast before the turkey onset...
Oh, and for dessert, most HEB's carry the Central Market cookie dough near their egg section. Recently I deviated from my Chocolate Chunk cookie addiction and tried their Cranberry Walnut cookie dough Also delicious. Put it in your freezer immediately, and it lasts forever. If you break off 1 and only 1, it's only a 140 calorie debit to your daily calorie budget. I combine it with a skim milk - iced coffee combo, and it's total bliss. 10 minutes @ 350 in the toaster oven. Then wrap it loosely in a folded paper towel to let it cool for a couple minutes.
6) HEB's frozen meatballs are really convenient and the best frozen meatballs I've tried. Then when there's literally nothing in the fridge, I can always make pasta + meatballs + marinara sauce.
The Central Market Hatch Green Chili salsa is back and is my favorite to make homemade enchiladas. I add it to a sour cream sauce recipe and it is so delicious.
We also really like the premixed burgers at the meat counter. My favorite is the poblano and cheddar while the fella's favorite is the black pepper/garlic. I noticed they are also doing turkey and salmon burgers now. We haven't tried those yet.
Thanks for the tip on the frozen meat balls.
I drink a gallon of their Calm Tomato Cocktail a month. It's not quite Clamato, but it's a lot cheaper. Worcestershire, sriracha, celery salt, a slice of crispy cooked bacon sticking out of the top... hold the vodka.
Their frozen potato wedges for frying (HCF brand, IIRC). Awesome.
Creamy Creations Dulce De Leche. A steal at $2.50/quart.
To be continued....
I love their fresh salsas (especially the green- it makes for killer enchiladas), their frozen french bread, the pre-marinated pork tenderloin, and the fresh corn tortillas (b/c they don't go bad for a while... yeah, yeah preservatives- whatever), and right now the nectarines are insanely good.