Thursday, April 24, 2008

Grilled Steak and Onions with Rosemary-balsamic Butter Sauce


INGREDIENTS

(1 1/4-inch-thick) New York strip steaks (each about 6 ounces)
8 tablespoons (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, divided
1 large shallot, minced
1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
2 large fresh rosemary sprigs
2 pounds mixed sweet onions, large shallots, baby leeks, and green onions
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons orange juice


DIRECTIONS

Melt 6 tablespoons butter in heavy small saucepan over medium heat. Add minced shallot and cook until translucent, about 2 minutes. Add vinegar and rosemary and simmer until syrupy and reduced to 1/2 cup, about 6 minutes. Remove from heat (balsamic sauce will separate as it stands).

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Peel sweet onions, then cut into 1/2-inch-thick rounds. Skewer horizontally with toothpicks to keep intact. Peel shallots; cut in half lengthwise. Trim root ends and tops of leeks. Cut in half lengthwise; rinse to remove any dirt. Trim root ends of green onions. Place sweet onions, shallots, leeks, and green onions on rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with oil; toss. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Grill sweet onions, shallots, leeks, and green onions until tender, turning often, about 5 minutes for green onions and 10 minutes for sweet onions, shallots, and leeks. Move onions to cooler part of grill to keep warm. Grill steaks to desired doneness, about 7 minutes per side for medium-rare. Transfer steaks and onions to platter; cover.

Remove rosemary sprigs from balsamic sauce; add orange juice and bring to simmer. Remove saucepan from heat; add remaining 2 tablespoons chilled butter and whisk until melted and sauce is smooth. Season sauce to taste with salt and pepper. Drizzle some of sauce over steaks and onions. Serve, passing remaining sauce separately.

Grilled Lamb Chops with Herbs


INGREDIENTS

6 (1 1/4-inch-thick) loin lamb chops (2 to 2 1/2 lb total)
1 12/ teaspoons cumin seeds, toasted and cooled
3 fresh lemongrass stalks, root ends trimmed and 1 or 2 tough outer leaves discarded from each
2 large shallots, chopped (1/2 cup)
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons chopped peeled fresh ginger
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
3 tablespoons water
1/4 cup plus 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/4 teaspoon finely grated fresh lime zest
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1/2 cup small fresh basil leaves
1/4 cup small fresh mint leaves
1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves


DIRECTIONS

Finely grind cumin seeds in an electric coffee/spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle.

Thinly slice bottom 6 inches of lemongrass, discarding remainder. Purée lemongrass, shallots, garlic, ginger, cumin, sugar, salt, turmeric, cayenne, and water in a food processor, scraping down side occasionally, until as smooth as possible, about 2 minutes. (Paste will not be completely smooth.)

Heat 3 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch heavy skillet over moderate heat until hot but not smoking. Add lemongrass paste, then reduce heat to moderately low and cook, stirring constantly, until paste begins to stick to bottom of skillet and is very thick, 8 to 12 minutes. Transfer paste to a bowl and cool to room temperature, about 10 minutes.

Pat lamb chops dry and rub lemongrass paste all over them, then arrange in 1 layer in a 13- by 9-inch dish. Marinate, covered and chilled, at least 12 and up to 24 hours.

Prepare grill for cooking over direct heat with medium-hot charcoal.

Grill lamb on a lightly oiled grill rack, covered only if using a gas grill, loosening lamb from grill with a metal spatula, turning over occasionally, and moving around on grill when flare-ups occur, 9 to 11 minutes total for medium-rare. (Some of lemongrass paste will fall off.) Transfer chops to a platter and let stand, loosely covered with foil, 10 minutes. Discard wooden picks.

Whisk together lime zest and juice, remaining 1/4 cup oil, and salt and pepper to taste. Spoon over chops and sprinkle with herbs.

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Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Pipian Sauce


INGREDIENTS

1 1- to 1 1/4-pound pork tenderloin, cut into 1/2-inch-thick medallions
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
3/4 cup pumpkin seeds (pepitas)
1/4 cup peanuts (1 1/2 ounces)
1/4 cup sesame seeds (1 1/2 ounces)
2 garlic cloves, minced
4 cups water
12 ounces tomatillo,* husked
2 teaspoons coarsely chopped seeded jalapeño chili
1 1/2 cups fresh cilantro leaves
1 1/2 cups torn romaine leaves
1 1/4 cups low-salt chicken broth
3 radishes, trimmed, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Place pork between 2 sheets of waxed paper. Pound to 1/4- to 1/2-inch thickness. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)

Heat 2 tablespoons oil in heavy large skillet over medium heat. Add next 5 ingredients. Sauté until seeds are lightly browned, about 4 minutes. Set aside.

Place 4 cups water, tomatillos, and jalapeño in small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until tomatillos are soft and olive-green color, about 15 minutes. Drain, reserving 1/4 cup cooking liquid. Transfer tomatillos, jalapeño, reserved 1/4 cup liquid, cilantro, lettuce, broth, radishes, and seed mixture to blender. Blend sauce until smooth, stopping occasionally to push down ingredients.

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add sauce; cook until thickened, about 4 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Sprinkle pork with salt and pepper. Grill until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Divide among 4 plates. Stir sauce over medium heat until heated through. Spoon sauce over pork.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Grilled Lobster and Potatoes With Basil Vinaigrette


INGREDIENTS

4 (1 1/4- to 1 1/2-pound) live lobsters
2 pounds small (1 1/2- to 2-inch) boiling potatoes (preferably yellow-fleshed)
3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
5 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
3 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried hot red-pepper flakes, or to taste
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 pound baby arugula (about 10 cups loosely packed)

DIRECTIONS

Plunge lobsters headfirst into a 12-quart pot of boiling salted water. Cook, covered, over high heat 4 minutes (for 1 1/4-lb lobster) to 5 minutes (for 1 1/2-lb lobster) from time they enter water. Transfer with tongs to a large colander to drain and cool. (Lobsters will not be fully cooked.) Return cooking water to a boil.

Add potatoes to boiling water and simmer, uncovered, until just tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain in a colander.

When lobsters are cool enough to handle, twist off claws (including knuckles) and crack with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Halve lobsters lengthwise using a large heavy knife. Reserve green tomalley and any orange roe from bodies for another use if desired.

Prepare grill for direct-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (moderately high heat for gas).

While grill heats, whisk together vinegar, lemon juice, garlic, red-pepper flakes, sugar, and salt in a bowl. Add oil in a slow stream, whisking until well blended, then stir in basil.

Halve potatoes. Oil grill rack, then grill potatoes, cut sides down, covered only if using a gas grill, turning over once, until grill marks appear, about 4 minutes total. Transfer to a bowl and toss with 2 tablespoons vinaigrette. Keep potatoes warm, covered.

Oil grill rack, then grill 4 lobster halves, cut sides down, and all of claws, covered only if using a gas grill, until grill marks appear on meat, about 4 minutes. Turn over bodies and claws and grill in same manner 4 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with 1/4 cup vinaigrette, then keep warm, covered. Grill remaining lobster halves in same manner and add to same bowl, tossing to coat.

Arrange arugula on a large platter and top with grilled lobster and potatoes. Drizzle with 1/2 cup vinaigrette and serve remaining vinaigrette on the side.

Grilled Lamb With Thyme and Allspice


INGREDIENTS

6 1/2- to 7-lb bone-in leg of lamb
4 large garlic cloves
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon fresh lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
5 teaspoons minced fresh thyme
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

DIRECTIONS

Mince garlic, then mash to a paste with salt. Stir together garlic paste, oil, lemon zest and juice, thyme, pepper, and allspice. Put lamb, fat side up, in a large ceramic or glass dish. Using a paring knife, make 1 1/2-inch-long slits (about 2 inches deep) 2 inches apart all over leg. Reserve 1 teaspoon thyme mixture and push remainder into slits, then rub all over with reserved teaspoon of mixture. Marinate lamb, covered and chilled, 12 hours.

Prepare grill for indirect-heat cooking over medium-hot charcoal (high heat for gas). If using a gas grill, preheat all burners on high, covered, 10 minutes, then turn off all burners except burner closest to you.

Oil grill rack, then grill lamb over area with no coals (or over turned-off burner or burners), covered, without turning, until thermometer inserted into thickest part of roast. To maintain medium-hot charcoal, add more charcoal (about 2 cups) every 15 minutes.

Let lamb stand on a cutting board, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Grilled Beef Skirt With Blue Cheese Dressing.


INGREDIENTS

2 pounds beef skirt steak
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1/3 cup prepared spicy brown mustard
1 pinch salt and pepper to taste
1 cup blue cheese dressing

DIRECTIONS

In a small bowl, stir together the lemon juice and mustard. Trim away most of the fat from the steaks, and rub with the mustard marinade. Place into a resealable bag, and marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour, and up to 24 hours.

Preheat a grill or large skillet for medium-high heat.

Grill or fry steaks for about 5 minutes per side, or to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from the heat, and let the meat rest for 5 to 10 minutes to let the juices settle. Cut each steak along the grain into 3 or 4 pieces. Serve with blue cheese dressing.

Grilled Salmon with Savory Blueberry Sauce


INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup chicken stock
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup orange juice
1 teaspoon honey
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1/4 cup chicken stock
1 cup fresh blueberries
2 teaspoons chopped fresh chives
4 (6 ounce) salmon steaks
2 tablespoons olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Pour 1/2 cup chicken stock, vinegar, orange juice, and honey into a saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium. Dissolve cornstarch in 1/4 cup of chicken stock, and stir into the simmering sauce. Cook and stir until the sauce thickens and turns clear, 1 to 2 minutes.

Stir in the blueberries and chives, and keep warm over low heat.


Preheat grill to medium high-heat.


Brush salmon with oil, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Grill until the fish flakes easily with a fork, about 3 to 4 minutes per side. Serve with blueberry sauce.

Grilled Hickory Pork Chops


INGREDIENTS

2 boneless pork chops
1/2 cup white wine
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 clove garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon dried sage
2 teaspoons dried parsley
Pepper, to taste
Hickory wood chips

DIRECTIONS

Mix wine, oil, lemon juice, garlic, sage, parsley, and pepper in a small bowl. Place pork chops in a plastic bag or shallow dish and cover with marinade. Refrigerate the pork, covered, for 2 to 4 hours.

Meanwhile, soak the hickory chips in a bowl of water for at least 30 minutes.

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat and lightly oil grate. Put the soaked hickory chips over the coals.

Cook the pork chops on the grill for 10 to 15 minutes, or until desired doneness is achieved. For best results, cover the grill while cooking so that the meat is infused with the smoke flavor.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Grilled Lamb Chops


INGREDIENTS

1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 onion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds lamb chops

DIRECTIONS

Mix together the vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and olive oil in a large resealable bag until the salt has dissolved. Add lamb, toss until coated, and marinate in refrigerator for 2 hours.

Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat.

Remove lamb from the marinade and leave any onions on that stick to the meat. Discard any remaining marinade. Wrap the exposed ends of the bones with aluminum foil to keep them from burning. Grill to desired doneness, about 3 minutes per side for medium. The chops may also be broiled in the oven about 5 minutes per side for medium.

Grilled Pork Back Ribs


INGREDIENTS

3 slabs pork back ribs
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup paprika
3 tablespoons seasoned salt
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon celery salt
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 teaspoons ground sage
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce
1/2 cup honey

DIRECTIONS

In pint-jar with tight-fitting lid, combine sugar, paprika, seasoned salt, chili powder, black pepper, celery salt, onion powder, garlic powder, ground sage and dry mustard. Place lid on jar and shake jar to combine thoroughly. Set spice rub aside. Makes about 1 1/2 cups.

In small saucepan over low heat, stir together barbecue sauce and honey. Heat through, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes. Set barbecue glaze aside, keep warm or at room temperature before using. (If storing for more than 2 hours, cover and refrigerate. Reheat gently before using).


Pat ribs dry with paper towels and season generously with spice rub, using about 4-6 tablespoons for each slab of ribs. Grill over indirect heat in a covered grill or smoker for 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Turn ribs once during cooking, about halfway through. Ribs are done when the meat is very tender (insert a paring knife between ribs to determine); they will pull apart fairly easily. About 20 minutes before ribs are done, baste heavily with barbecue glaze. If you like your ribs extra sticky, baste again 10 minutes before removing from the grill.

Grilled Pork Spare Ribs


INGREDIENTS

6 pounds pork spareribs
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons chili powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon cayenne
1 teaspoon jalapeno seasoning salt (optional)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mop Sauce:
1 cup apple cider
3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon garlic powder
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 jalapeno pepper, finely chopped (optional)
3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste
2 cups wood chips, soaked


DIRECTIONS

In a medium bowl, mix together the brown sugar, chili powder, paprika, black pepper, 2 tablespoons garlic powder, 2 teaspoons onion powder, kosher salt, cumin, cinnamon, jalapeno seasoning, and cayenne pepper. Rub generously onto the pork spareribs. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight.

Prepare an outdoor grill for indirect heat, or preheat a smoker to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). While the grill heats up, prepare the mop sauce. In a medium bowl, stir together the apple cider, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon onion powder, 1 tablespoon garlic powder, lemon juice, jalapeno, hot pepper sauce, salt and pepper.

When the coals are gray and ashed over, place 2 handfuls of soaked woodchips directly on them. Place the ribs on the grill grate bone side down. Cover, and cook for 3 1/2 to 4 hours. Add more coals as needed. Baste with the mop sauce, and throw handfuls of soaked woodchips onto the coals every hour. Keep the temperature of the grill or smoker from going below 225 degrees F (110 degrees C). Ribs are done when the rub has created a wonderful crispy blackened 'bark', and the meat has pulled away from the bone. Discard any leftover mop sauce.

Grilled Caribbean Pork and Couscous Salad


INGREDIENTS

2 boneless pork chops, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 tablespoon Caribbean-style rub
1 (10 ounce) package couscous
1/2 cup dried cheries
2 cups boiling water
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 green onions, sliced
2 oranges, peeled and sliced
1 medium cucumber, sliced
2 tablespoons orange juice
Zest of 1 orange
2 tablespoons chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
Salt and pepper, to taste

DIRECTIONS

In plastic bag, shake together the pork cubes and Caribbean rub to evenly coat the pork. Skewer pork and grill over medium-hot fire for 8 minutes, turning occasionally to brown evenly.

Meanwhile, in large bowl combine couscous and boiling water and 1/2 teaspoon salt; let sit 5 minutes. Stir cherries and green onions into couscous. Arrange cucumber slices around the edge of four dinner plates; equally portion couscous mixture onto plates; topping with orange slices and pork cubes.


Stir together oil, orange juice, orange zest, brown sugar; season with salt and pepper. Drizzle over salads and garnish each salad with some chopped pecans.

Grilled Pork Ribs


INGREDIENTS

5 pounds pork spareribs, cut into serving size pieces
1/2 cup butter
1 medium onion, chopped
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup water
1 cup ketchup
1 cup hickory smoke flavored barbeque sauce
1 lemon, juiced
salt and pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

Place ribs in large skillet or roasting pan. Cover with lightly salted water, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 1 hour, or until meat is tender, but not quite falling off the bone. Remove from heat, and drain.

Place the boiled ribs in a roasting pan, and cover with sauce. Cover, and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.


Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion and garlic in butter until the onion is tender; remove from heat. In a blender, combine 1 cup water, vinegar, ketchup, barbeque sauce, and lemon juice. Pour in the melted butter mixture, and puree for 1 minute. Pour into a saucepan, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then remove from heat.


Preheat grill for medium-high heat.


Brush grill grate with oil. Grill ribs for 10 to 20 minutes, or until well browned, basting with sauce and turning frequently.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Grilled Tuna With Honey Mustard Marinade


INGREDIENTS

1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon spicy brown mustard
1 tablespoon honey
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Dash garlic herb seasoning
1 to 1 1/2 pounds fresh tuna steaks

DIRECTIONS

Grill these delicious tuna steaks on the charcoal or gas grill or use a stovetop grill pan.

Serve with roasted new potatoes or rice, along with salad greens for a delicious and light summer meal. Use sushi-grade tuna for the very best flavor.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a jar or covered container; shake to mix well. Put tuna in a food storage bag; add about 4 tablespoons of the mustard mixture. Seal the bag and let marinate for about 20 minutes.

Grilled Chicken With Black Beans and Rice


INGREDIENTS

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced bell peppers, red, yellow, and green
3 medium cloves garlic, finely minced
1 cup brown rice
1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups chicken broth
1 can (15 ounces) petite diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
1 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels
1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley
4 to 6 boneless chicken breast halves
Light balsamic vinaigrette
1 tablespoon honey
Dash cayenne pepper
Juice of 1 lime

DIRECTIONS

Wash chicken and pat dry.

In a food storage bag, combine the chicken, vinaigrette, honey, cayenne, and lime juice. Marinate for 2 to 4 hours.

Heat olive oil and butter over medium heat; add onion and sauté until tender.

Add diced peppers and garlic. Continue simmering until tender. Add the rice, Cajun seasoning, pepper, salt, and chicken broth. Bring to a simmer; cover and simmer over low heat for about 12 minutes, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Add a little more chicken broth or water if needed. Add the black beans, tomatoes, corn, and parsley. Continue cooking until rice is tender, about 10 minutes longer.

Grill the marinated chicken over hot coals for about 10 to 12 minutes on each side, or until cooked through. The time will depend on thickness. Juices will run clear when pierced with a fork.
Serve grilled chicken with the rice with black beans.

Grilled Chicken with Spinach, Feta and Red Pepper Sauce Recipe


INGREDIENTS

Grilled Chicken:
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
4 teaspoons kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Roasted Red Pepper Sauce:
2 grilled red bell peppers (about 2 pounds)
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
¼ teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese
12 ounces spinach

DIRECTIONS

To prepare chicken, place chicken, olive oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a zip-top plastic bag; place in refrigerator and marinate 2 to 24 hours.

To prepare sauce, place 2 grilled peppers, oil, vinegar, salt and pepper in a food processor; purée until smooth.

Remove chicken from marinade; discard marinade. Grill chicken 7 minutes, turn, top with feta and cook 7 more minutes or until cooked through.

Arrange spinach on serving plate, top with chicken and serve with red pepper sauce. Serves 4.

Grilled Chicken and Watercress Salad with Canadian Bacon


INGREDIENTS

2 garlic cloves, minced
1 teaspoon minced rosemary
3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
Freshly ground pepper
Four 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/2 cup diced whole wheat bread (1/2-inch)
1 1/2 ounces Canadian bacon, cut into 1/2-inch dice (1/2 cup)
1/4 cup golden raisins
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
Salt
Two 6-ounce bunches of watercress, thick stems discarded
1/4 cup walnut pieces

DIRECTIONS

Preheat the oven to 400°. In a large dish, combine the garlic with the rosemary, 1 tablespoon of the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Add the chicken and turn to coat. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Spread the diced bread on a pie plate and bake for 5 minutes. In a small nonstick skillet, heat 1 teaspoon of the olive oil. Add the Canadian bacon and raisins and cook over moderately high heat until the bacon is browned, 1 minute. Transfer to a small plate. Add 1 tablespoon of the vinegar to the skillet, then scrape it onto the plate.

In a small bowl, mix the mustard with the lemon juice, remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of vinegar; season with salt and pepper.

Season the chicken with salt and grill over a hot fire until lightly charred and just cooked, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a carving board.

In a large bowl, combine the watercress, walnuts, croutons, Canadian bacon and raisins. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cut each breast into 3 crosswise pieces on the bias. Mound the salad on plates, top with the chicken and serve.