"Use of these recipes is at your own risk." That's the fitting disclaimer at the beginning of 2 Chainz's new cookbook, "#MealTime." Each recipe comes accompanied with 2 Chainz's outfit and music suggestions, and is only available with purchase of his new album, "B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time." However, we were able to score some recipes and the book's best one-liners. Our favorites ahead.
2 Chainz instructs home cooks to don their Versace apron to make this recipe and encourages everyone to watch Belly on TV while it marinates, then switch over to "blasting 'Hit It With Fork' at an ignorant level" to eat.
Teriyaki Salmon Recipe
1 pound fresh salmon
1-1.5 cups teriyaki sauce
Colored bell peppers, julienne sliced
½ small red onion, sliced thin
Kosher salt or sea salt
Put on your Versace apron.
Slice fresh salmon, drizzle it with olive oil and season it with salt. Marinate salmon in teriyaki sauce and olive oil for 20 to 30 minutes.
While you wait, feel free to watch "Belly" on the big screen.
Before the movie is done, prepare grill or non-stick grill-pan and drizzle olive oil on pan. Place marinated salmon slices on grill (or grill-pan) on medium-high heat. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes while blasting "Hit It With Fork" at an ignorant level. Flip and cook another 2 ½ to 3 minutes, before taking the salmon off the grill.
Add 1 teaspoon of butter to pan and toss in sliced peppers and onions to saute. Plate salmon and garnish with sauteed peppers and onions, using leftover juices for additional flavoring.
|Garlicky Green Beans|
Step one: "Call Fergie, invite her to watch a movie on Netflix. Once she accepts, start making green beans." To make it a perfect night, 2 Chainz even chooses "Shottas" as the movie for you and Fergie Fergs.
Garlicky Green Beans Recipe
Handful (approximately ½ pound) fresh green beans
2 tablespoons minced garlic
Kosher salt, black pepper, garlic powder
1 ½ cups water
2 tablespoons unsalted butter (optional)
Call Fergie, invite her to watch a movie on Netflix. Once she accepts, start making green beans.
Boil lightly salted water in a silver-lined pot with a mahogany handle. Add green beans into the pot. Boil 3 ½ to 4 minutes, or just before tender. Drain green beans.
Heat a marble skillet, and add olive oil and butter. Add green beans to marble skillet and cook them over medium-high heat. Toss for 30 seconds, then add garlic and season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. Cook for 1 to 2 more minutes, and taste for doneness.
After eating a tasty serving, pack up the rest for later and watch "Shottas" on Netflix.
|Beer-Steamed Snow Crab Legs|
"Turn the lights down and light some candles," writes 2 Chainz. "Set the mood by playing 'So We Can Live.' Once the vibe is right, add snow crab legs to large stock pot." You continue on with the cooking until it's time to steam the crab legs, at which point you must, "Light some more candles and meditate. The vibe is so important to this dish that it is worth spending extra time to get it just right." Alright then, 2 Chainz. Meditate we will.
Beer-Steamed Snow Crab Legs Recipe
3 pounds snow crab legs
22 ounces cheap beer
½ stick butter
Old Bay seasoning
Turn the lights down and light some candles. Set the mood by playing "So We Can Live."
Once the vibe is right, add snow crab legs to large stock pot. Pour the cheapest beer in the supermarket over crab legs. Add juice of 1 lemon and put lemon in pot when finished. Season with Old Bay and garlic powder. Bring the pot to a boil and cover, if possible. Let crab legs steam for six minutes.
Light some more candles and meditate. The vibe is so important to this dish that it is worth spending extra time to get it just right.
Turn legs, then steam for an additional five minutes. Serve with melted butter and/or "Me Time" sauce.
|'Me Time' Sauce|
After going to the mall and spending "a handful of racks on a new outfit for the night," 2 Chainz suggests a quick mani-pedi, catching up on old seasons of "The Wire," and. finally, making the sauce.
'Me Time' Sauce Recipe
Old Bay seasoning
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons BBQ sauce
Go to the mall, spend a handful of racks on a new outfit for the night. Get a manicure and pedicure. Spend some more "me time" at the house, catching up on old seasons of "The Wire."
When done, mix all ingredients and sprinkle Old Bay seasoning. Stir until you reach a rich, deep pinkish color. Add "extra" BBQ sauce if desired.
|Mixed Seafood Grill Kebabs|
This one's for a group. Start by calling friends and inviting them over for a cookout. Be sure to mention that "2 Chainz is firing up the grill." Once you're surrounded by the cooked kebabs and your crew, that's what 2 Chainz calls "living."
Mixed Seafood Grill Kebabs Recipe
1 pound scallops
1 pound shrimp (de-veined, butterflied, tail left on)
2 lobster tails
4 long skewer sticks, soaked in water for 1+ hours
Old Bay seasoning
1 stick butter
Kosher salt and black pepper
Call your friends and invite them over for a cookout. Tell them 2 Chainz is firing up the grill.
Use a knife to carefully cut through lobster shells, length-wise, before placing lobster in a pan. Season lobster with Old Bay, lemon juice and salt and pepper. Melt butter and pour over lobster.
Place scallops on cutting board, season with Old bay, black pepper and garlic powder. Take skewers and add two shrimp and two scallops to each, then add to grill. Grill for doneness (approximately 2 to 4 minutes per side for skewers, 3 to 5 minutes for lobster).
Serve with grilled vegetables or rice pilaf, and, of course, "Me Time" sauce.
Now that's "living."
Recipes reprinted with permission from Def Jam Recordings