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Flank Steak Thinly Sliced over Arugula with Garlic and Lemon Oil

Flank Steak Thinly Sliced over Arugula with Garlic and Lemon Oil

Flank Steak Thinly Sliced over Arugula with Garlic and Lemon Oil

1 (1 1/4 to 1 1/2 pounds) flank steak trimmed of fat

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. minced garlic

Kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

6 oz. baby arugula leaves

1/4 C. lemon-infused extra-virgin olive oil (see Cook’s Note)

Fleur de sel or other finishing salt for sprinkling

 

Prepare a hot fire in a charcoal grill or preheat a gas grill on high. Remove the flank steak from the refrigerator 20 to 30 minutes before grilling and place it on a large, rimmed baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and garlic. Rub the steak on both sides with the mixture and season with salt and pepper. Oil the grill grate. Place the flank steak directly over the hot fire. Cover the grill and sear the steak on one side, 4 minutes for rare or 6 minutes for medium-rare. Turn, re-cover, and cook for 4 minutes more, or until an instant-read thermometer registers 120ºF for rare or 130º to 135°F for medium-rare. Transfer the steak to a carving board and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the meat across the grain into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Scatter an equal amount of arugula on each dinner plate. Arrange overlapping slices of steak over the greens and spoon any accumulated juices over the top. Drizzle 1 T. of the lemon olive oil over each portion of steak and sprinkle with fleur de sel. Serve immediately. Notes:  Citrus-infused extra-virgin olive oils add big flavor to simply prepared foods, such as grilled steak, chicken, and vegetables, making the oils a staple in my grilling pantry.

Beef Fajita Salad with Mango-Serrano Vinaigrette

Beef Fajita Salad with Mango-Serrano Vinaigrette

Beef Fajita Salad with Mango-Serrano Vinaigrette

1 beef Top Sirloin Steak boneless, cut 1 inch thick (about 1 pound)

3 medium mangos, peeled, cut in half

Olive oil

2 medium poblano peppers

1/2 tsp. ground black pepper

1 large red onion (about 11 ounces), cut into 1/2-inch thick slices

1 C. radishes, thinly sliced (about 1 bunch)

2 T. chopped fresh cilantro

Vinaigrette:

3 T. fresh lime juice

3 T. water

1 to 2 serrano peppers

3 T. olive oil

 

Brush mangos lightly with oil. Place mangos and poblano peppers in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals. Grill peppers, covered, 9 to 10 minutes (gas grill times remain the same) or until skins are completely blackened, turning occasionally. Grill mangos 8 to 14 minutes (gas grill times remain the same) or until very tender, turning occasionally. Place peppers in food-safe plastic bag; close bag. Let stand 15 minutes. Set mangos aside. Cook’s Tip: To peel and halve mangoes, remove thin slice from one end so mango stands upright. Working from top to bottom, remove peel with sharp paring knife in thin strips. Cut down lengthwise along each side of flat pit to cut in half. Press black pepper evenly onto beef steak. Brush onion slices lightly with oil. Place steak in center of grid over medium, ash-covered coals; arrange onion slices around steak. Grill steak and onion, covered, 11 to 15 minutes (over medium heat on preheated gas grill, 13 to 16 minutes) or until steak is medium rare (145°F) to medium (160°F) doneness and onion is tender, turning occasionally. Keep warm. Meanwhile, prepare Vinaigrette. Cut grilled mangos into 3/4-inch pieces. Combine 1/2 C. mango, lime juice, water and serrano peppers in food processor container. Cover; process until smooth. With motor running, slowly add oil through opening in cover, processing until well blended. Season with salt, as desired. Set aside. Cook’s Tip: For less heat, remove seeds from Serrano peppers.  Remove and discard skins, stems and seeds from poblano peppers; cut into 3/4-inch pieces. Carve steak into slices. Cut onion slices in half. Place beef, remaining mango pieces, onion, peppers and radishes on serving platter. Season with salt, as desired. Drizzle salad with vinaigrette; toss lightly to coat. Sprinkle with cilantro.

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

 

Note: You need firm outer onion rings, so choose large sweet onions, which will provide this. You will also need wooden toothpicks.

2 large sweet onions such as Vidalias, Walla Wallas, or Texas Sweets

1/2 c. of your favorite hot sauce, such as Sriracha or Frank’s RedHot

1 1/2 lb. thin-sliced bacon

Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate

 

Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-high. Trim the ends off the onions and peel off the thin papery skins. Slice each onion crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Carefully pop the centers out of each slice, keeping the 2 outermost layers together. (Two layers make a sturdier foundation for the bacon.) Set aside the largest onion rings. You should have 8. Save the remaining onion pieces for another use. Pour the hot sauce into a mixing bowl or shallow dish. Brush each onion ring with the sauce. mSpiral each onion ring with bacon, slightly overlapping each strip, until the ring is covered. (You’ll need 2 to 3 strips of bacon for each onion ring.) Use toothpicks to secure the ends of the bacon. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Arrange the onion rings on the grill grate, away from the fire (using indirect heat), and close the lid. Cook until the bacon is golden brown and sizzling, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the onion rings on a wire rack spread with paper towels. Variation: Use barbecue sauce instead of hot sauce, if you prefer. Or brush the onion rings with melted butter and season them with your favorite barbecue rub. Or brush them with warm maple syrup and dredge the onion rings in brown sugar before wrapping them with bacon.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 260

Fat: 6g

Fiber: 1g

Sirloin Steak and Spinach Salad

Sirloin Steak and Spinach Salad

Sirloin Steak and Spinach Salad

 

11/2 pounds sirloin steak

1 T. olive oil

1 tsp. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

1/2 C. pecan pieces

1/2 C. buttermilk

1/4 C. mayonnaise

2 tsp. apple cider vinegar

Dash of salt & pepper

4 C. fresh spinach

1 pear, thinly sliced

1 C. grape or cherry tomatoes, halved

 

Dredge the sirloin steak in a mixture of the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Worcestershire sauce. Let stand for 30 minutes, or up to 8 hours in the fridge. Bring back to room temperature while heating up your grill to 450°. Grill the sirloin steak, about 8-10 minutes each side for medium doneness. If you want to pan fry your steak, heat up a cast iron pan on high heat, and cook the steak 8-10 minutes per side or until desired doneness. Remove steak from heat and let rest for 10-15 minutes.  While steak is cooking, preheat oven to 350°. Place the pecan pieces onto a baking sheet and lightly toast in oven for 5-8 minutes, being careful not to burn. In a bowl, whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, apple cider vinegar, and a dash of salt and pepper into your dressing.  In a large salad bowl, toss spinach, pear slices, cherry tomatoes, and pecan pieces. Cut sirloin steak into 1/4-inch slices and toss into salad. Dress with the buttermilk dressing.

Orange Ginger Pork Chops

Orange Ginger Pork Chops

Orange Ginger Pork Chops

1 tsp. orange zest

Juice of 1/2 of the orange

1 T. olive oil

2 T. gluten-free soy sauce

1 tsp. minced garlic

1 T. fresh ginger, cut into chunks 1/2 tsp. garlic chili paste Salt & pepper

4 bone-in pork chops

 

Place orange zest, juice of half the orange, olive oil, soy sauce, minced garlic, ginger chunks, and chili paste into Vitamix®, blender, or food processor. Pulse for 10-15 seconds until marinade is smooth. Salt and pepper the pork chops, place in a plastic baggie and pour in marinade. Seal and refrigerate chops, letting them marinate for 30 minutes to 8 hours. Heat up a grill to 500°, or bring a cast iron skillet to medium high heat. Cook pork chops 6-8 minutes per side, or until cooked through.

Grilled Maitake Mushrooms

Grilled Maitake Mushrooms

Grilled Maitake Mushrooms

Start this recipe the night before serving so that the mushrooms can marinate overnight. Widely known as “hens of the woods” because of their richness and dense texture, maitakes can look intimidating, like a strange piece of brown coral. But they’re delicious, meaty, and easy to work with. If you’ve never tried maitakes, I encourage you to experiment with them. Portobellos, shiitakes, or any mushroom big enough to grill may also be used.

 

1 C. olive oil

1/2 C. soy sauce

2 scallions, green and white parts separated, and green parts thinly sliced

2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed

2 T. honey

5 T. white wine

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 1/2 lb. maitake mushrooms

1/2 bunch watercress, roots trimmed

 

Put the olive oil, soy sauce, scallion whites, garlic, honey, and 2 T. of the wine in a blender and blend until smooth. Season with salt. Cut the maitake into slices 1 inch thick. It’s important that each slice be attached to the large stem at the bottom; otherwise the slice will fall apart and be hard to handle on the grill. To avoid this problem, simply pick up the mushroom and look at where the stem is. Turn the mushroom on its side while gently slicing, making sure the connection between the frilly part of the mushroom and the stem stays intact. Place the slices in a shallow rimmed dish and coat them with the marinade. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Heat a grill until it’s very hot and arrange the maitakes on the grill, reserving the marinade. Press the slices with a metal spatula to form grill marks and brush them with some of the reserved marinade. Grill for 3 minutes, then turn and press down with the spatula again. Brush with some of the remaining marinade and grill for 2 minutes more. Set the maitakes aside. Heat a sauté pan over high heat and add the reserved marinade and the remaining 3 T. white wine. Bring to a boil and reduce for a few minutes, until the sauce coats the back of a spoon. To serve, arrange a bed of watercress on four individual plates. Slice the maitakes into a few pieces and divide among the plates, arranging them on top of the watercress. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon the sauce over the mushrooms and garnish with the scallion greens.

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Bacon-Grilled Onion Rings

Note: You need firm outer onion rings, so choose large sweet onions, which will provide this. You will also need wooden toothpicks.

 

2 large sweet onions such as Vidalias, Walla Wallas, or Texas Sweets

1/2 c. of your favorite hot sauce, such as Sriracha or Frank’s RedHot

1 1/2 lb. thin-sliced bacon

Vegetable oil for oiling the grill grate

 

Set up your grill for indirect grilling and heat to medium-high. Trim the ends off the onions and peel off the thin papery skins. Slice each onion crosswise into 1/2-inch thick slices. Carefully pop the centers out of each slice, keeping the 2 outermost layers together. (Two layers make a sturdier foundation for the bacon.) Set aside the largest onion rings. You should have 8. Save the remaining onion pieces for another use. Pour the hot sauce into a mixing bowl or shallow dish. Brush each onion ring with the sauce. mSpiral each onion ring with bacon, slightly overlapping each strip, until the ring is covered. (You’ll need 2 to 3 strips of bacon for each onion ring.) Use toothpicks to secure the ends of the bacon. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Arrange the onion rings on the grill grate, away from the fire (using indirect heat), and close the lid. Cook until the bacon is golden brown and sizzling, 20 to 30 minutes. Drain the onion rings on a wire rack spread with paper towels. Variation: Use barbecue sauce instead of hot sauce, if you prefer. Or brush the onion rings with melted butter and season them with your favorite barbecue rub. Or brush them with warm maple syrup and dredge the onion rings in brown sugar before wrapping them with bacon.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 260

Fat: 6g

Fiber: 1g

Garlic Butter Grilled Asparagus

Garlic Butter Grilled Asparagus

Garlic Butter Grilled Asparagus

 

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter

2 cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 tsp. finely grated lemon peel

2 T. fresh lemon juice

1  1/2 pounds asparagus, trimmed

1 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

 

Place the butter in a skillet, and heat over medium heat until melted. Add the garlic and lemon peel to the butter, and cook, stirring constantly, for 1 minute. Remove the skillet from the heat, and then whisk in the lemon juice. Heat the grill to medium-high heat. Place the asparagus in a bowl and toss with the oil, salt, and pepper. Grill for 6 to 8 minutes, rotating every 2 minutes. Toss the asparagus in a bowl with the butter mixture. Serve warm.

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

Balsamic Garlic Grilled Mushroom Skewers

2 lb. mushrooms, sliced 1/4 inch thick

2 T. balsamic vinegar

1 T. soy sauce (or tamari)

3 cloves garlic, chopped

1/2 tsp. thyme, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

Marinate the mushrooms in the mixture of the remaining ingredients for 30 minutes. Skewer the mushrooms and grill over medium-high heat until just tender and slightly charred, about 2-3 minutes per side.

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Polynesian Sauce

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Polynesian Sauce

Grilled Pineapple Chicken Skewers with Polynesian Sauce

1 cup Pineapple juice

½ cup Water

3 tbsp Ketchup

3 tbsp Apple cider vinegar

2 tbsp Cornstarch

2 tbsp Soy sauce

2 tbsp Brown sugar

2 lb. Boneless skinless chicken thighs

1 Onion

1 Yellow bell pepper

1 Orange bell pepper

Fresh pineapple chunks

Wooden skewers, soaked in water for 30 minutes

 

In a small saucepan, whisk together pineapple juice, water, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, cornstarch, soy sauce, and brown sugar until smooth and well combined. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until the sauce thickens. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. While the sauce is cooling, prepare ingredients for the skewers. Cut chicken thighs into 2-3 in. cubes. Chop the onion and bell pepper into thick pieces that will easily slide onto the skewers without breaking. Assemble skewers by threading pieces of onion, peppers, chicken, and pineapple onto your skewers. Place skewers on grill over medium heat. Cook until the chicken is done in the center. Baste the skewers with the prepared Polynesian sauce on both sides as you turn them to cook all sides evenly.

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Mozzarella & Prosciutto

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Mozzarella & Prosciutto

Grilled Asparagus Wrapped in Mozzarella & Prosciutto

20x Asparagus Heads (cut pieces of asparagus)

10x Prosciutto Slices (remove as much visible fat as possible)

Ball Fresh Mozzarella (sliced into 10g pieces – you need 10 pieces)

Ground Pepper (to taste)

Top two pieces of asparagus with 10g of mozzarella. Wrap the asparagus and mozzarella in a piece of prosciutto, making sure to finish at the bottom so as to make sure it doesn’t unwrap. Sprinkle with a bit of ground pepper. Repeat ten times. Spray a griddle, griddle pan or frying pan with Fry Light and heat until the Fry Light is bubbling. Place your asparagus seam side down. If you have something to weigh the asparagus down with you can use this (as per the image above) but it’s not necessary. Grill for 3 – 4 minutes on each side, or until the asparagus is cooked to your liking. Remove from the pan and serve immediately.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Grilled Skirt Steak with Mushroom Gravy

Grilled Skirt Steak with Mushroom Gravy

1 pound Skirt Steak

3 cups Mushrooms (quartered)

1/2 small Onion (thinly sliced)

1 1/2 cups Beef Stock

3 tablespoons Sour Cream

Olive Oil

Kosher Salt

Freshly Ground Black Pepper

2 tablespoons Cornstarch

2 tablespoons Unsalted Butter

1/4 cup Parsley (chopped)

 

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Season the Skirt Steak on both sides with Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Drizzle the Steak with Olive Oil. When the grill is hot, sear the Steak for 3 minutes with the lid down. Then flip and cook for another 2 minutes with the lid down for medium rare (or cook to desired doneness). Remove to a cutting board and set aside. Meanwhile, place a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. When the pan is hot, add a drizzle of Olive Oil along with the Mushrooms and Onions. Cook until the Mushrooms start to brown and the Onions begin to soften. Add the Butter and season with Salt and Freshly Ground Black Pepper. Flip and move the Vegetables around to evenly caramelize and cook. Then, whisk in the Beef Stock. In a separate bowl, whisk together the Sour Cream and Cornstarch.  Bring to a simmer then finish the sauce by whisking in the Sour Cream-Cornstarch Mixture. Thinly slice the Skirt Steak, cutting against the grain. Spoon the Mushroom Gravy on top of the sliced Steak. Garnish with Parsley and serve immediately.

Authentic Carne Asada & Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Authentic Carne Asada & Grilled Mexican Street Corn

Authentic Carne Asada

2 pounds skirt steak, flank steak, or beef flap meat

1/3 C. orange juice

1/4 C. lime juice

2 T. olive oil

2 T. soy sauce

2 T. apple cider vinegar

1 jalapeno, minced with seeds removed

1/2 bunch cilantro, chopped

1/4 C. chopped green onions

6 cloves garlic, minced

2 T. brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp. cumin

1 tsp. chili powder

1 tsp. chipotle chili powder

1 tsp. smoked paprika

1 tsp. oregano

1 tsp. salt

3/4 tsp. pepper

 

Place the meat in a large gallon-size zip-tight bag or glass bowl.  Mix together all of the remaining marinade ingredients, then pour over the meat.  Seal the ziploc bag tightly and squish the marinade around the meat to make sure it is covering all parts of the meat, then place in the refrigerator and allow to marinate for at least 5 hours, up to 12 hours.   Heat a grill to high heat and clean and lightly oil the grates.  When the grill is hot, add the meat and grill to your desired level of doneness, between 5-8 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the meat.   Remove the meat from the grill and let it rest for 5-10 minutes before slicing against the grain into thin slices.  Serve with tortillas, beans, rice, and pico de gallo.

 

Grilled Mexican Street Corn

 

8 medium ears sweet corn, husks removed

1/2 C. sour cream or Mexican crema

1/2 C. mayonnaise

1/2 C. cilantro, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 tsp. chipotle pepper

2 tsp. lime zest, from one lime

2 T. lime juice, from one lime

1 C. cotija cheese, crumbled and divided

Additional chopped cilantro, for garnish

Lime wedges, to serve

 

Heat a gas grill to 400 degrees F or prepare charcoal for a charcoal grill.  Husk the corn. While the grill is heating, mix together the sour cream, mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, chipotle pepper, lime zest, lime juice, and 1/2 C. of the cotija cheese.  Taste and season with salt, if needed. Grill the corn by placing the husked corn directly onto the grill grates.  Grill for about 10 minutes total, turning every 2-3 minutes until the kernels are lightly charred on all sides of the cobs.  Remove from the grill to a large baking dish or plate. Using a brush or spoon, slather each ear of corn with the sauce, then sprinkle with remaining crumbled cojita cheese.  Sprinkle with additional chipotle pepper and chopped cilantro and serve with extra lime wedges, if desired.

Balsamic Grilled Skirt Steak

Balsamic Grilled Skirt Steak

Balsamic Grilled Skirt Steak

 

1 1/2-2 pound Skirt Steak (or Flank; Hanger; Beef Heart)

1 cup Balsamic Vinegar

1/3 cup Brown Sugar

2 Garlic cloves (smashed)

2 sprigs of Rosemary

1 teaspoons Chili Flake

Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Season the steak liberally with salt and pepper. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, garlic, rosemary and chili flakes. Add about 1/3 of a cup of olive oil. Place the steak in a resealable plastic bag and pour the marinade into it. Marinate for a minimum of 2 hours and preferably overnight in the fridge. Remove the steak from the fridge 30 minutes prior to use. Heat a grill over medium-high heat. Wipe off the bits of marinade from the steak and drizzle it with olive oil. Place the steak on the grill and cook 2 to 4 minutes per side, or until the meat has grill marks. Let the steak rest for 10 minutes, then slice across the grain and serve.

Whiskey-Glazed Pork Kebabs

Whiskey-Glazed Pork Kebabs

Whiskey-Glazed Pork Kebabs

1 cup diced onion

3 T. unsalted butter

3/4 cup ketchup

1/2 cup fresh orange juice

1/2 cup cider vinegar

1/2 cup Jack Daniels whiskey

1/3 cup packed brown sugar

1/4 cup molasses

2 T. Worcestershire sauce

Kosher salt and black pepper to taste

2 pork tenderloins, trimmed and cut into 3-inch cubes

2 chicken breasts, cut into cubes

1 large red onion, cut into wedges

1 red bell pepper, cut into small pieces

1 yellow bell pepper, cut into small pieces

Pineapple Chunks, optional

 

Sauté diced onion in butter in a saucepan over medium heat until soft, 4–5 minutes. Stir in ketchup, orange juice, vinegar, whiskey, brown sugar, molasses, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and cook 10 minutes. Let sauce cool slightly, then set aside half the sauce for serving. Thread pork and chicken cubes with peppers and red onion on skewers (pineapple if using); season with salt and pepper. Grill kebabs basting with half the sauce. Serve with remaining sauce.

Skillet Burgers with Shallot-Herb Butter

Skillet Burgers with Shallot-Herb Butter

Skillet Burgers with Shallot-Herb Butter

OK, seriously, this picture makes me want to gobble this recipe RIGHT NOW!

1 large shallot, finely chopped (3 T.)

3 T. butter, softened

2 T. chopped Italian parsley

1/2 tsp. snipped fresh thyme

1/2 tsp. lemon zest

1 1/2 lb. 80% to 85% lean ground beef

1/2 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. black pepper

8 oz. shiitake mushrooms, stemmed and sliced

1 T. olive oil

4 slices Swiss cheese

8 slices small firm square bread (such as English muffin toasting bread), toasted

 

In a small bowl stir together shallot, butter, parsley, thyme, and lemon zest until well combined. Set aside. Shape beef into four square patties about 1/2 inch larger than the bread. Season with salt and pepper.  Heat an extra-large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 T. of the butter mixture to pan. When melted, add mushrooms. Cook and stir 3 minutes or just until tender. Transfer mushrooms to a medium bowl.  Add oil to skillet. When hot but not smoking, add patties to skillet. Cook 3 minutes or until browned and slightly charred. Turn and cook 3 minutes more or until done (i6o°F). Top patties with mushrooms, then cheese. Cover and cook 1 minute or until cheese is melted.  Meanwhile, spread remaining seasoned butter on four slices of toasted bread. Top with burgers and remaining bread.

Za’atar Chicken with Lemon Yogurt

Za’atar Chicken with Lemon Yogurt

Za’atar Chicken with Lemon Yogurt

 

Intensely garlicky and lemony, this Middle Eastern-inspired dish gets an earthy, herbal character from za’atar, a mix of dried herbs, sumac, and sesame seeds that’s rubbed all over the boneless thighs along with garlic, olive oil, and plenty of fresh parsley. Don’t be surprised at the number of garlic cloves called for here. Grated into a puree, they melt into the chicken flesh, thoroughly perfuming it without making it overwhelmingly pungent.  These thighs work best cooked on the grill for maximum blackening at the edges. But they are still excellent under the broiler—just as long as you can get a deep, smoky char on the meat.  Try serving this with the Citrus Salad with Olives.

 

6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)

8 garlic cloves, grated on a Microplane or minced

Grated zest and juice of 2 lemons

1 tablespoon za’atar

3 tablespoons minced fresh parsley, plus more for serving

3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for serving

1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt

2/3 cup plain Greek yogurt, preferably whole-milk

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Parsley leaves, for garnish (optional)

Ground sumac, for garnish (optional)

Pomegranate seeds, for garnish (optional)

Mint leaves, for garnish (optional)

 

In a large bowl, combine the chicken with all but 1 teaspoon of the grated garlic (save that for the yogurt sauce), half of the lemon zest and juice, and the za’atar, parsley, olive oil, and 1 teaspoons of the salt. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 8 hours.  Heat a grill, or arrange a rack in the position closest to the heat source and heat the broiler. Remove the chicken from the bowl, reserving the marinade. If you are grilling, grill the chicken over high heat until it is charred in spots, 4 to 7 minutes. Baste the chicken with some of the reserved marinade, flip the pieces over, and continue cooking until they are just cooked through, another 4 to 7 minutes. If you are broiling, line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spread the chicken out on it in a single layer. Broil the chicken, basting it with some of the reserved marinade and turning the pieces over halfway through, until well colored and charred in spots, 4 to 7 minutes per side. Be careful that the chicken doesn’t burn.  While the chicken cooks, place the yogurt in a small bowl. Stir in the reserved grated garlic, the remaining lemon zest, the pepper, and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt. To serve, drizzle olive oil and the remaining lemon juice, to taste, over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley and ground sumac if using.  Pass yogurt for dipping.

Cuban Flank Steak with Lime and Fresh Mango

Cuban Flank Steak with Lime and Fresh Mango

Cuban Flank Steak with Lime and Fresh Mango

Melissa Clark’s Grilled Skirt Steak with Orange, Oregano and Fresh Mango

1 tsp. lime zest, finely grated

2 T. fresh lime juice

1/2 tsp. orange zest, finely grated

1/4 C.(s) fresh orange juice

2 T. olive oil

2 large garlic clove(s)

1 1/2 T. fresh oregano, packed

1 1/2 tsp. ground cumin

1 1/4 tsp. kosher salt

1/2 tsp. black pepper, freshly ground

1 1/2 pound(s) uncooked lean flank steak

2 mangoes, ripe but firm, sliced

2 fresh limes, cut in 8 wedges

In a blender, combine lime zest and juice, orange zest and juice, oil, garlic, oregano, cumin, salt, and pepper; blend until smooth. Reserve 2 T. marinade for serving. Place steak in a wide, shallow bowl; pour remaining marinade over steak and let sit, uncovered, at room temperature while you heat grill (or cover bowl and refrigerate for several hours or overnight). Heat grill (or broiler) to high. Remove steak from marinade, brushing off any solid bits. Grill over direct heat (or under broiler), turning once, until desired degree of doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Thinly slice steak across grain and drizzle with reserved marinade; serve with mango slices and lime wedges.

Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

Balsamic Grilled Flank Steak

1 1/4 pounds flank steak

1/4 C. balsamic vinegar

1 tsp. salt

2 C. cherry tomatoes, halved

1/4 C. basil leaves, roughly torn

Combine steak, vinegar and salt in a large ziplock bag. Let stand 15 minutes at room temperature.  While steak is marinating, preheat grill to high and oil grates. Grill marinated steak, covered if using a gas grill, turning once, 7 to 10 minutes total for medium rare, depending on thickness.  Transfer steak to a cutting board. Cover loosely with foil and let stand for 10 minutes. Slice steak into 4 portions, place on a platter and pour juices over. Scatter with tomatoes and basil and serve.

Backyard Championship Ribs

Backyard Championship Ribs

Backyard Championship Ribs

3 Slabs of St. Louis-Style Ribs or Baby Back Ribs, cut in half, membrane off and washed
1/2 C. Turbinado sugar
1 C. Big Time Barbecue rub (recipe follows)
1 C. honey
1 1/2 C. apple juice
2 C. Honey BBQ Sauce

About 30 minutes before they go in to the cooker mix the rub and the Turbinado sugar together and rub it on the ribs. Use about 2/3 on the meaty side and 1/3 on the boney side. Much of his will depend on your equipment, but you should cook them slow with a little bit of hickory and cherry wood until they are nicely caramelized and looking great. About 325 degrees with an indirect setup would be a good target temperature. One to one and a half hours is a good time guideline for this step. Use a rib rack if you need it for space. Remove the ribs to a platter or sheet pan and brush them all on both sides with honey. The next step is a tenderizing process. Put the ribs in an aluminum foil pan with a little apple juice in the bottom, about one inch. Stand them on end in the pan if you need to. Cover with foil and cook on low until tender. Again, 325 degrees and indirect would be a good target. If you have a hard time keeping your grill low, you’ll need to check that the apple juice doesn’t all cook off. Replenish it as needed. This step can even be done in the oven. The time for this step is one hour as a guideline; but again, this will vary depending on your equipment. Test the ribs by sticking them with a toothpick to see when they are soft and tender. (*At this point you could cool them down, wrap them separately and reheat later. This is a great way to take ribs to a tailgate party or to prepare ahead for a party at home.) Transfer the cooked ribs to a medium hot grill. Brush with the Big Time BBQ Glaze and flip for a just a few minutes. Cut in to pieces and serve.

Big Time BBQ Rub

1/2 C. salt
1/2 C. Turbinado sugar
1/4 C. granulated brown sugar
1 T. granulated garlic
1 T. granulated onion
2 T. paprika
2 T. chili powder
2 T. freshly ground black pepper
2 tsp. cayenne
1 T. thyme leaves
1 T. ground cumin
1 tsp. ground nutmeg

Combine all ingredients, mix well, and store in an airtight container. Note: For a quick mix, combine all ingredients in a resealable plastic bag, seal securely and toss until blended. Take to the grill with you and use as needed.

Paidaka (Grilled Lamb Cutlets)

Paidaka (Grilled Lamb Cutlets)

2 ¼ lb. Lamb Cutlets, untrimmed
1/4 C. Olive Oil
Juice of 2 Lemons
1 tsp. dried Oregano
1 Garlic clove, crushed
Salt and Pepper
Alatopiperigano for serving (salt, pepper, oregano mix)
Lemon Wedges, for serving

Rinse cutlets and place in a dish. In a small bowl mix the oil, lemon juice, oregano, garlic, salt and pepper. Spoon 4 tsp. over the cutlets, massage into meat, cover with plastic wrap and allow to rest for an hour. Preheat grill to hot. Grill 4 inches from coal until deep brown and crusty looking here and there on both sides, but not dried out, basting often with remaining marinade. Remove to a platter, scatter with alatopiperigano and serve with lemon wedges. For a greek meal, the table should include tzatziki, fava, greek salad, grilled bread, and some spicy feta (tirokaferi).

Carne Asada

Carne Asada

1/4 cup olive Carne Asadaoil
1 cup malt vinegar (red Wine Vinegar, more traditional)
1/3 cup lime juice or lemon juice
1/3 cup orange juice
1 cup water
2 T. peeled fresh garlic, minced
1 T. ground white pepper
1 1/2 T. salt
1 T. ground cumin
1 T. chili powder
1 T. Mexican oregano
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
1 orange, sliced
1/4 bunch cilantro, chopped
5-6 pounds skirt steak

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and whisk to combine. Place meat in gallon sized freezer bag, in the bottom of a shallow baking dish, or a non-reactive (plastic or glass) storage container with a lid. Pour carne asada marinade on top of meat, cover dish or close bag, and marinate overnight up to 48 hours in the refrigerator. Grilling the marinated carne asada: Take meat out of container and grill until just cooked through. (Rare to medium rare.)

One way to serve:  Cut cooked meat into strips. Place meat and favorite toppings (salsa, cheese, guacamole, avocado slices, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, grilled sweet peppers, etc.) in a tortilla to make into tacos or burritos. You can also serve meat over rice for a carne asada bowl.

Slow cooking the marinated carne asada: After marinating for one or two days, place meat and marinade in a slow cooker. Slow cook for 10 to 12 hours on low. Meat should be extra tender and can be shredded with a fork. Place meat and favorite toppings (salsa, cheese, guacamole, avocado slices, tomatoes, shredded cabbage, grilled sweet peppers, etc.) in a tortilla to make into tacos or burritos. You can also serve meat over rice for a carne asada bowl.

Chinatown Veal Riblets

Chinatown Veal Riblets

2 1/2 to 3 pounds veal riblets, well trimmed
2 C. orange juice, divided
1/2 C. dry white wine
2 T. low sodium soy sauce
1 T. honey
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tsp. fresh ginger root, grated
1/2 tsp. orange peel, shredded
1 1/4 tsp. cornstarch
Green onion tops, sliced thin, for garnish

Combine veal riblets, 1 1/2 C. of the orange juice and the wine in Dutch oven. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low. Cover tightly and simmer 45 minutes, turning riblets occasionally. Meanwhile, combine remaining orange juice, soy sauce, honey, garlic, ginger and orange peel in small saucepan. Dissolve cornstarch in 1 T. cold water. Add to saucepan; mix well. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat; set aside. Remove riblets from liquid; let cool 15 minutes. Place riblets on grid over medium coals. Brush with glaze. Grill 12 to 14 minutes or until evenly browned, turning frequently and brushing with glaze. Or, broil 4 inches from heat, turning frequently and brushing with glaze, about 12 minutes. Transfer to platter and sprinkle with green onion. Cut into serving-size portions.

Spice-Glazed Lamb Rib Chops with Pear Chutney

Spice-Glazed Lamb Rib Chops with Pear Chutney

pear chutneyFOR THE GLAZE:
1 tablespoon curry powder
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

FOR THE CHUTNEY:
1 medium yellow onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
1 large ripe Bosc pear, quartered and cored
vegetable oil
1/4 cup raisins
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper

16 rib lamb chops, , about 3/4 inch thick each, trimmed of nearly all fat

TO MAKE THE GLAZE: In a small sauté pan over medium heat, warm the curry powder just until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Whisk in the rest of the glaze ingredients and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and set aside.

TO MAKE THE CHUTNEY: Lightly brush or spray the onion slices and pear pieces on all sides with the vegetable oil. Grill the onion and pear over Direct Medium heat until barely tender, turning once halfway through grilling time. The onion will take 10 to 12 minutes and the pear will take 7 to 9 minutes. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cut into 1/2 inch pieces. In a medium sauté pan combine the onion and pear with the raisins and 1/4 cup of the glaze. Cook over high heat until the mixture starts to boil. Lower the heat and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until the onion and pear are soft, about 10 minutes. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Keep warm over low heat.

Lightly brush or spray both sides of the lamb chops with the reserved glaze. Grill over Direct Medium heat until the lamb is medium rare, 5 to 8 minutes, turning once halfway through grilling time. Serve immediately with the warm chutney.

Marinated Flank Steak with Citrus Salsa

Marinated Flank Steak with Citrus Salsa

Marinated%20Flank%20Steak%20with%20Citrus%20Salsa3/4 cup frozen Orange Juice or Grapefruit Juice Concentrate, thawed
1 or 2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 tsp. black pepper
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 cup water
1 to 1 1/2 pound beef flank steak
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
2 T. snipped parsley
1 T. lime juice
Dash salt
2 Florida Oranges, peeled, seeded and chopped
1 Florida Grapefruit, peeled, seeded and chopped
Jalapeño peppers (optional)
1 Florida Grapefruit, sliced (optional)
6 6-7 inch flour tortillas, warmed

For marinade, in a small bowl combine thawed orange or grapefruit juice concentrate, finely chopped jalapeño pepper, black pepper and paprika. Reserve 2 T. of the mixture of salsa. Add the water to remaining mixture.  Score steak by making shallow cuts at 1-inch intervals diagonally across steak in a diamond pattern. Repeat on second side. Place in a plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over steak; close bag. Marinate in the refrigerator 2 to 24 hours; turn bag occasionally. For salsa, in a nonmetallic bowl stir together the 2 T. juice concentrate mixture, the onions, parsley, lime juice and salt. Add chopped oranges and grapefruit; stir gently. Cover and chill at least 30 minutes to blend flavors. Remove meat from bag. Discard marinade. Place meat on the grill rack of an uncovered grill. Grill directly over medium coals, turning once, allowing 12 to 14 minutes for medium-rare. Thinly slice meat. If desired, garnish with jalapeños and grapefruit slices. Serve with salsa and warmed tortillas. Makes 6 services. To Broil: Place steak on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 3 inches from heat for 6 minutes. Turn and broil 7 to 8 minutes more for medium-rare. Serve as above.

Grilled Peach, Watermelon and Blackberry Salad with Mascarpone Honey Dressing, Toasted Almonds and Mint

Grilled Peach, Watermelon and Blackberry Salad with Mascarpone Honey Dressing, Toasted Almonds and Mint

Grilled Peach, Watermelon and Blackberry Salad with Mascarpone Honey Dressing, Toasted Almonds and Mint1 C. mascarpone cheese (or vanilla yogurt, drained)
2 T. honey, plus 2 T. for drizzling
1 T. fresh lemon juice

Combine mascarpone, 2 T. honey and lemon juice in a small bowl and mix until smooth.

4 peaches, halved and pitted (yellow peaches make the salad more colorful)
2 T. vegetable oil
8 wedges seedless Watermelon
1 pint blackberries or blueberries
1/2 C. toasted sliced or slivered almonds
1/4 C. Mint, chiffonade, plus a few sprigs for garnish
Zest of one lemon

Preheat a gas or charcoal grill (or heat a grill pan on your stove). Brush the peach halves on both sides with oil and grill cut-side down until golden brown and caramelized, 3-4 minutes. Turn over and grill 1-2 minutes more. Arrange all the fruit on a large platter, or in a large bowl. Spoon small portions of mascarpone honey dressing evenly around the fruit. Drizzle top of fruit with honey, and sprinkle with toasted almonds and mint chiffonade. Garnish with lemon zest and a few mint sprigs.

Three Pepper Beef Kabobs

Three Pepper Beef Kabobs

beef kabobs1 pound boneless beef top sirloin steak, cut 1 inch thick
2 T. vegetable oil
1 T. fresh lemon juice
1 T. water
2 tsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. honey
1/2 tsp. dried oregano leaves
1/4 tsp. Pepper
1 green bell pepper, or red or yellow pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
8 large mushrooms

Cut beef steak into 1-inch pieces. Whisk together oil, lemon juice, water, mustard, honey, oregano and pepper in large bowl; add beef, bell pepper and mushrooms, stirring to coat. Alternately thread pieces of beef, bell pepper and mushrooms on each of four 12-inch skewers. Place kabobs on rack in broiler pan so surface of meat is 3 to 4 inches from heat. Broil 9 to 12 minutes for rare to medium, turning occasionally. Season with salt, if desired. Note: Beef kabobs may also be grilled. Place on grid over medium coals. Grill 8 to 11 minutes.

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Corn Sheets with Scallion Vinaigrette

Bobby Flay’s Grilled Corn Sheets with Scallion Vinaigrette

flay8 ears corn, silks removed, husks left on, soaked in cold, salted water for 5 minutes
1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons chopped chives
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 cup thinly sliced scallion, green and pale green part

Heat the grill to high. Remove the corn from the water and shake off the excess water.
Put the corn on the grill, close the cover, and grill, turning every 5 minutes, until the kernels are tender when pieced with a paring knife, about 15 to 20 minutes. While the corn is cooking, whisk together the vinegar, mustard, honey, chives and salt and pepper, to taste, in a medium bowl until combined. Slowly whisk in the oil until emulsified. Stir in the scallions and set aside.
Stand the corn upright on its stalk end and carefully cut down the sides of the cob with a sharp chef’s knife, trying to keep the corn in sheets. Carefully transfer the corn to a platter and drizzle with the vinaigrette.

Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Potent Lemon-Garlic Dipping Sauce

Salt-Crusted Shrimp with Potent Lemon-Garlic Dipping Sauce

Dipping Sauce:
½ cup best-quality extra-virgin olive oil
Juice from 1 large lemon
Zest from ½ lemon
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 stems fresh oregano
Freshly ground pepper to taste

Shrimp:
16 Jumbo or Collosal shrimp in the shell (or frozen black tiger shrimp)
3 tablespoons olive oil
¼ cup Kosher salt

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Make the Dipping Sauce: Whisk together the oil and lemon. Stir in the garlic. Take the leaves off the oregano stems and leave whole, add to oil mixture. Let sit for at least 20 to 30 minutes to marry the flavors—or make up to 12 hours in advance. Set aside. If desired, devein the shrimp with a “shrimp deveiner” or, using a small sharp knife, make a slit about ¼-inch deep down the backs of the shrimp and remove the vein but do not remove the shells. Place the shrimp in a large bowl and toss with the olive oil to coat lightly all over. Just before putting on the grill, sprinkle the salt evenly over the shrimp and toss well to make sure each shrimp is thoroughly coated in a crust of salt. Place the shrimp in the center of the cooking grate, 3 to 4 minutes per side or until the shrimp is pink and the flesh is opaque (white). Serve immediately with dipping sauce. Serving Tip: This is my favorite party “ice breaker” appetizer. I place the oil-tossed shrimp in a bowl on a tray with a small bowl of the kosher salt, my tongs, lots of napkins, a platter and the prepared dipping sauce. Once everyone is armed with a cocktail, we hit the deck to start the party. While we are talking, I toss the shrimp in the salt, grill them and place them on the platter. Then the fun begins, everyone takes a shrimp, peels and dips it in the sauce for a fun, casual and interactive appetizer! By the time the shrimp, and our cocktails are gone we are either fast friends or better friends! Alternatively, you can arrange 4 shrimp on each serving plate and accompany with a small ramekin of the dipping sauce but the girls think serving them hot off the grill is sooo much more fun!

 

Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Basil Chutney

Grilled Pork Chops with Peach Basil Chutney

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3 ripe peaches, peeled, halved
¼ cup bourbon or other whiskey
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1 ½ teaspoons Salt, divided
1 teaspoon Ground Black Pepper, divided
¼ cup fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh basil
4 Center Cut Pork Chops

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Coat grill with cooking spray. Place peaches cut side down and cook until lightly charred, approximately 2 minutes per side. Remove from heat, allow to cool slightly, coarsely chop. In a small pot over medium heat, add the peaches, bourbon, brown sugar, ½ teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon pepper and lemon juice. Reduce heat to low and allow to simmer until thickened, about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in basil. Meanwhile, sprinkle pork chops with remaining salt and pepper. Grill until internal temperature reaches 145°, approximately 6-7 minutes per side. Top with peach chutney

Hawaiian Huli Huli chicken

Hawaiian Huli Huli chicken

12 oz. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1-inch cubes (24 cubes) (about 2 large breasts)
1 C. fresh pineapple, diced (24 pieces) (or canned pineapple chunks in juice)
8 6-inch wooden skewers

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2 T. ketchup
2 T. lite soy sauce
2 T. honey
2 tsp. orange juice
1 tsp. garlic, minced (about 1 clove)
1 tsp. ginger, minced

Preheat a broiler or grill on medium-high heat. Thread three chicken cubes and three pineapple chunks alternately on each skewer. Combine ingredients for sauce and mix well; separate into two bowls and set one aside for later. Grill skewers for 3–5 minutes on each side. Brush or spoon sauce (from the bowl that wasn’t set aside) onto chicken and pineapple about every other minute. Discard the sauce when done with this step. To prevent chicken from drying out, finish cooking skewers in a 350 ºF oven immediately after grilling (to a minimum internal temperature of 165 °F). Using a clean brush or spoon, coat with sauce from the set-aside bowl before serving.

Grilled Chicken with Cherries, Shallots, and Arugula

Grilled Chicken with Cherries, Shallots, and Arugula

161877a312bdb87053e7761100793b329 small shallot, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 pound (2 halves) boneless, skinless chicken breast
Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper
8 ounces (2 cups) sweet cherries, pitted and halved
1 cup baby arugula

Combine shallot, vinegar, and 1 tablespoon oil and set aside. Preheat grill to medium-high. Drizzle remaining oil over chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Grill chicken until cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes per side. Let stand for 5 minutes. Toss shallot mixture, cherries, and arugula in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on top of chicken.

Barbecued Flank Steak with Roasted Vegetables and Corn

Barbecued Flank Steak with Roasted Vegetables and Corn

75147_KRL_K46208V1_OR1_OH_640x4284 ears of corn (with husks)
1/4 cup KRAFT Zesty Italian Dressing
2 T. soy sauce
1 beef flank steak (1 lb.)
2 lb. baby red potatoes, cut in half
1 cup cut-up fresh asparagus (1 inch lengths)
1 T. dried rosemary leaves

Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Pull husks back from each ear of corn, being careful to leave husks attached at bottom end of each ear. Remove silk from corn; discard. Re-wrap ears of corn with the husks. Add to large pan of cold water, making sure corn is completely covered with water. Let stand 10 min. Meanwhile, mix dressing and soy sauce. Pour 2 Tbsp. of the dressing mixture over steak in shallow dish; turn steak over. Let stand 10 min. Meanwhile, place potatoes in large microwaveable dish. Microwave on HIGH 10 min. Add asparagus; mix lightly. Add remaining dressing mixture and the rosemary; toss to evenly coat. Poke small holes in bottom of disposable aluminum foil pan. Add potato mixture. Place on grate of grill; surround with steak and corn. Grill 15 min. or until steak is cooked to medium doneness (160°F) and vegetables are tender, turning steak and corn after 8 min. and stirring potato mixture frequently. (Corn husks will be blackened.)

Crying Tiger (Thai-Style Grilled Steak with Chile Dipping Sauce)

Crying Tiger (Thai-Style Grilled Steak with Chile Dipping Sauce)

20120709-212902-Crying-Tiger-Post4 rib eye or New York strip steaks, about 1 1/2-inches thick (about 12 ounces each)
2 tablespoons dark soy sauce
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar
1 tablespoon plain vegetable oil
One recipe of Jaew (chile dipping Sauce)
2 plum tomatoes

Mix together the soy sauce, oyster sauce, brown sugar, and vegetable oil in a medium mixing bowl. Coat the steaks with the soy sauce mixture and let them marinate while you work on the dipping sauce. Peel and deseed the tomatoes. Chop the pulp finely, and add it to prepared dried chili dipping sauce; set aside. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all the charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover gill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Alternatively, set all the burners on a gas grill to high heat. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill the steaks, turning frequently, until desired doneness is reached (medium-rare is recommended—steaks should register 125°F on an instant read thermometer when removed from grill). Remove from grill and let rest for 5 minutes. Cut the steaks into 1/4-inch slices and serve with the dipping sauce. Warm sticky rice on the side is highly recommended.
Jaew (Thai Dried Chile Dipping Sauce)

1/2 cup fresh juice from 6 to 10 limes
1/2 cup Thai fish sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons finely-chopped fresh cilantro leaves
2 tablespoons finely-chopped green onions
1 1/2 tablespoons toasted rice powder
1 tablespoon dried red pepper powder

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix. Serve.

Beer-Mopped Rib Eye Steaks with Bacon, Onions and Garlic

Beer-Mopped Rib Eye Steaks with Bacon, Onions and Garlic

Use a dark beer to add an extra layer of flavor to this steak dish. And make sure you build your fire under only one side of the grill.

Bsteakseer mop:
12 ounces dark beer
2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
2 tablespoons paprika
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 chipotle chiles, canned in adobo
2 tablespoons adobo from canned chiles
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons red vinegar
1/2 cup peanut oil or extra-virgin olive oil

Bacon, onions and garlic:
1 large or 2 small white onions
4 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 slices bacon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 jalapeño, cut into very thin round slices
1/2 cup Italian parsley, stemmed, loosely packed

2 (16-ounce) rib-eye steaks
Extra-virgin olive oil, for garnish

For the beer mop: Pour the beer into a sauce pot. Bring to a boil and reduce to 1/2 cup. Remove from heat. Add the chile powder, paprika and brown sugar. Stir and transfer the mixture to a blender. Add the chipotle chiles with sauce, salt, pepper, red wine vinegar and oil. Purée until smooth. For the bacon, onions and garlic: Peel the onions and cut into approximately 1/2-inch pieces. Peel the garlic and roughly chop. Cut the bacon into small pieces. In a broad skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the bacon and lightly sauté. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until lightly golden brown. Remove from heat. Prepare a hot charcoal fire to one side of a grill. brush the steaks with the beer mop and grill over the charcoal fire. (For medium rare, about 6 to 8 minutes per side.) Baste occasionally to generate a caramelized and mahogany-colored look. Move the steaks to the side of the grill without charcoal and allow to rest. To serve: Reheat the bacon, onion and garlic mixture until very hot. Add the jalapeño slices and parsley leaves. Slice the steaks on the bias into 1/4-inch slices. Arrange the slices on a platter and spoon the bacon, onion and garlic mixture over the steak. Drizzle with extra-virgin olive oil. Serve with roasted fingerling potatoes.

Skewered Ribeye Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce

Skewered Ribeye Steak Bites with Bloody Mary Dipping Sauce

fa7ece74Good quality beef steak; trimmed of excess fat (and gristle & connective tissue if any). Cut meat into 1-inch cubes.

1 tablespoon olive oil
2 tablespoons minced yellow or white onion
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1-2 teaspoons hot pepper sauce (Such as Tabasco)
1 cup tomato sauce
1 rounded tablespoon prepared horseradish
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Optional: 1/2 cup vodka

In a small saucepan, over medium heat sauté onion in olive oil until translucent. If using vodka add it now and allow to simmer until volume reduces by about half. Stir in remaining ingredients, simmer for a minute or two then reduce heat. Taste for seasonings, and adjust if necessary. (Sauce can be served warm or at room temperature.) Cut meat into approximately 1-inch cubes. If you are going to pan sear them, no need to skewer meat, just salt and pepper the meat and cook in a hot pan, turning as the cubes become brown and done to your liking. Place on a warmed platter with skewers and dipping sauce in a small bowl alongside. To grill or broil, cut meat as directed above, skewer meat, salt & pepper and grill/broil until cooked the way you prefer. I place some dipping sauce on a warm plate/platter, arrange the cooked meat on top, with additional sauce on the side. A shower of minced parsley or chives brightens up the dish.

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Belly

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Belly

Grilled Lemongrass Pork Belly

 

600 grams pork belly (increase to 700 grams if using bone-in pork belly)

 

2 cloves garlic minced

1 shallot peeled and finely chopped

2 large stalks lemongrass minced (peel the outer layers and use only the lower portion of the stalks)

¼ tsp. ground black pepper

1 tsp. light brown sugar

1 T. honey

1 T. light soy sauce (we used Kikkoman)

1 T. fish sauce

1 T. coconut oil

 

2 T. soy sauce

2 T. lime or lemon juice

1 T. white sugar

2 bird’s eye chilies slit and cut up

 

1 to 2 cucumbers

 

Marinate the pork Rinse the pork belly and pat dry with a kitchen towel. Cut into two-inch cubes. Place in a bowl. Using a mortar and pestle ground all the solid ingredients for the marinade to a paste (or use a mini food processor). Stir in the liquid ingredients to make the marinade. Pour the marinade over the pork belly cubes. Mix well. Cover the bowl and keep refrigerated for 24 hours. Cook the pork. Preheat the oven the 475F. Place a rack over a baking tray. Arrange the pork belly cubes on the rack in a single layer. Grill at 475F for 20 minutes or until done and the edges are lightly charred. Prepare the garnish. While the pork cooks, rinse the cucumber and slice into rings. Stir together all the ingredients for the dipping sauce.

Serve the grilled lemongrass pork belly. Arrange the grilled pork on a platter with the cucumber rings and dipping sauce on the side.

Hawaiian Chicken Delight

Hawaiian Chicken Delight

1 package (1 oz.) ranch dressing mix
1 cup canned pineapple juice
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
6 slice fresh pineapple
6 slice sharp white Cheddar cheese

To make the marinade, whisk together first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Place chicken breasts in a gallon-size zip-top bag; pour marinade into bag and seal; shake bag several times to coat chicken evenly. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. Preheat grill to medium-high. When grill is hot, discard marinade and grill chicken breasts 5 to 6 minutes per side, until juices run clear and chicken is cooked through; grill pineapple 2 to 3 minutes per side. Top each chicken breast with one slice of cheese; cover and grill 1 to 2 minutes more until melted. Serve each chicken breast topped with a slice of grilled pineapple.

Shiraz-Soy Tri-Tip

Shiraz-Soy Tri-Tip

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Notes: Brush some of the marinade on bell peppers and onions; grill them next to the meat for about 15 minutes. (Stop brushing on marinade at least 5 minutes before veggies are done, so heat can kill any bacteria from meat.) Prep and cook time: about 35 minutes, plus at least 2 hours to marinate.

 

3/4 cup Shiraz (Syrah) wine

2/3 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup balsamic vinegar

1/4 cup lemon juice

2 tablespoons Worcestershire

2 teaspoons Dijon mustard

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 beef tri-tip (about 2 1/2 lb.), fat trimmed, rinsed and patted dry

 

In a gallon-size zip-lock plastic bag, combine Shiraz, soy sauce, oil, vinegar, lemon juice, Worcestershire, mustard, and garlic. Add tri-tip and seal bag. Chill at least 2 hours or up to 1 day, turning occasionally. Lightly oil a barbecue grill over a solid bed of medium coals or medium heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 4 to 5 seconds). Lift tri-tip from marinade and lay on hot grill; discard marinade. Close lid on gas grill. Cook tri-tip, turning every 5 minutes, until rare in center of thickest part (still pink; cut to test), 125° to 130° on a thermometer, about 25 minutes, or until as done as you like. Let meat rest 5 minutes, then cut across the grain into thin, slanting slices.

 

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Tamarind & Orange Glaze

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Tamarind & Orange Glaze

febe78e5542bcdd8e43e46de365d3776 cup olive oil
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 large clove garlic, chopped
½ tsp kosher salt
½ tsp freshly ground pepper
8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 cans (14 oz.) low-sodium chicken broth
¾ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
¼ cup granulated sugar
3 T. unsalted butter
2 T. tamarind concentrate (paste)
1 T. grated orange peel
1 T. peeled and finely grated fresh ginger
3-4 drops Sriracha sauce (or Tabasco), to taste
Salt and pepper to taste

In a medium bowl, whisk together olive oil, basil, garlic, salt, and pepper. Add chicken thighs to the marinade and mix until the chicken is coated. Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 6 hours, turning occasionally.

In a large saucepan, whisk together chicken broth, orange juice, sugar, butter, tamarind concentrate (paste), orange peel, and ginger. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat and cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture is reduced to ¾ cup and the glaze coats the back of a metal spoon, 25 to 30 minutes. The glaze should remain at a vigorous boil for the entire time to ensure quick reduction. Remove from the heat and add several drops sriracha sauce, as well as salt and pepper, to taste. (The glaze can be made up to 2 days in advance; cover and keep store in the refrigerator. Gently reheat before using.) Spray the grill with nonstick cooking spray. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Pour ¼ cup glaze into a small bowl. This will be used for basting. Reserve the rest of the glaze. Transfer the chicken to the grill and discard the marinade. Grill until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes per side, basting with the glaze on both sides of the chicken. Spoon the reserved glaze over the chicken and serve with rice.