Archive for September, 2012

CINNAMON GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH BOURBON GLAZE

What a wonderful dessert!  It’s simple to do, looks great and it’s not bad on calories!  What more can you ask for!  Again, we prepared this at our last cooking class and it was a hit!  At least it was as much of a hit as any dessert can be after an afternoon of cooking and eating.  But really, it was perfect for that because it it is not too heavy and will work well as the final chapter to any meal.

CINNAMON GRILLED PINEAPPLE WITH BOURBON GLAZE

PREP: 15 MINUTES

GRILL TIME: 12 – 16 MINUTES
SERVES – 8 TO 12

Ingredients:
FRESH PINEAPPLE CUT INTO 2 INCH CHUNKS
8-12 CINNAMON STICKS

Directions:
Using a metal skewer, made a starter hole in the center of each piece of the pineapple, skewer 2-3 pineapple chunks on each cinnamon stick.

BOURBON GLAZE

Ingredients:
½ STICK (4 TABLESPOONS) UNSALTED BUTTER
¼ CUP DARK BROWN SUGAR
¼ CUP BOURBON
½ TEASPOON GROUND CINNAMON
¼ TEASPOON GROUND CLOVES
PINCH OF SALT

Directions:
Combine the butter, sugar, bourbon, ground cinnamon, cloves and salt in a saucepan and boil until thick and syrupy, about 5 minutes.

ON THE GRILL

Preheat the grill to high.  Clean and oil the grate. Grill the pineapple until nicely browned on both sides, 3 to 4 minutes per side, basting with the bourbon glaze.  Serve at once over vanilla ice cream.

ENJOY!

Thank you for reading!

Kris

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GRILLED SHRIMP COCKTAIL WITH CHIPOTLE ORANGE COCKTAIL SAUCE

This is a relatively simple but fabulous tasting grilling recipe we learned about while attending a cooking class at “Our House” in San Juan Capistrano, California.  This is great as an appetizer or if you be sure to make enough of them, they would be great as a main event!

GRILLED SHRIMP COCKTAIL WITH
CHIPOTLE ORANGE COCKTAIL SAUCE

PREP: 15 MINUTES FOR SHRIMP, 10 MINUTES FOR SAUCE
INACTIVE PREP TIME: 30 MINUTES FOR MARINATING
GRILL TIME: 3-4 MINUTES
SERVES – 8

Ingredients for THE SHRIMP:
1 ½ POUND JUMBO SHRIMP
2 TABLESPOONS CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO OR PARSLEY
2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
1 TEASPOON MINCED CANNED CHIPOTLE CHILE IN ADOBO, PLUS 1 – 2 TEASPOONS SAUCE FROM THE CAN
COARSE SALT AND CRACKED BLACK PEPPER
2 TABLESPOONS OLIVE OIL
2 TABLESPOONS FRESH LIME JUICE

Directions for THE SHRIMP:
Place the shrimp, cilantro or parsley, garlic, minced chipotle with juices, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl and toss to mix.  Stir in the oil and lime juice and let marinate for 30 minutes.
Grill on hot fire in grill basket for 3-4 minutes until shrimp turns pink.

Ingredients for THE COCKTAIL SAUCE:
1 CUP KETCHUP
6 TABLESPOONS FRESH ORANGE JUICE
2 TABLESPOONS FRESH LIME JUICE
1 TABLESPOON WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE
1-2 CHIPOTLE CHILIES, MINCED, PLUS 1 TO 2 TEASPOONS JUICE FROM CAN
SALT AND GROUND BLACK PEPPER

Directions for THE COCKTAIL SAUCE:
Place all of the above ingredients in a mixing bowl and whisk to combine.  Correct the seasoning, adding salt and/or lime juice to taste.  Serve with the shrimp.

You can have a lot of fun with the presentation of shrimp; hook one over the edge of a small cocktail glass filled with cocktail sauce, or hook several around the edge of a small bowl (tulip or similar) filled with coctail sauce.  Or something else I have done for large groups is to arrange the shrimp decoratively on a large platter with a small bowl of the cocktail sauce in the center or on the side.  This allows for your guests to serve themselves.

Have fun with this!

As always thank you for your support!

Kris

 

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MOM’S MARINATED TOMATO SALAD

This is a fabulous recipe we did at our last grilling class.  I know, this is the second recipe from that grilling class and nothing yet has been grilled!  Well, the grilled stuff is coming.  With our weather so gloriously changing to fall and, our good tomato supply rapidly depleting, I wanted to get this recipe to you as soon as possible.  This tomato salad has a rich flavor but not rich body.  Actually, it is very light but packed with flavor.

Well, before your tomatoes go bad, let’s get started!

MOM’S MARINATED TOMATO SALAD

PREP:15 MINUTES
INACTIVE PREP TIME: 2 HOURS MARINATING TIME
SERVES –10

Ingredients:
¼ CUP MINCED SHALLOTS
2 GARLIC CLOVES, MINCED
¼ CUP RED WINE VINEGAR
KOSHER SALT
¼ CUP FRESH LEMON JUICE
FRESHLY GROUND PEPPER
2 BASIL SPRINGS, PLUS ¼ CUP CHOPPED LEAVES
1 CUP EXTRA-VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
3 POUNDS RIPE TOMATOES, SLICED ¼ INCH THICK
6 OUNCES PROVOLONE CHEESE

Directions:
1.    In a medium bowl, combine the shallots, garlic, vinegar and 1 teaspoon of salt; let stand for 5 minutes.
2.    Add the lemon juice and season with pepper.  Break up the basil springs and add them to the bowl.
3.    Whisk in the oil and let stand for 10 minutes, discard the basil springs.
4.    Spoon one-quarter of the vinaigrette onto a large shallow platter. Arrange half of the tomato slices in overlapping circles on the platter and season with salt and pepper.
5.    Using a sturdy vegetable peeler, shave half of the provolone over the tomatoes.
6.    Spoon half of the remaining vinaigrette on top and sprinkle with half of the chopped basil.
7.    Repeat with the remaining tomatoes, cheese vinaigrette and basil, seasoning with salt and pepper between layers.
8.    Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

And there you have it!  This is excellent just by itself on a plate for for you tomato sandwich lovers out there, try it on some savory toasted bread.

Enjoy!!

As always, thank you for following and for your support!

Kris

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STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES (DOLMAS)

I know it seems funny but at our last “grilling” class one of our main menu items was stuffed grape leaves . . . NON-Grilled!  Several years ago, my cousin married a man whose family tradition it is to make stuffed grape leaves.  Just a bit of education here; though there are little differences, Stuffed Grape Leaves is how the Persian culture refers to these  and Dolmas is what the Greek culture calls them.  Anyway, through the years I have spent many an hour with family members gathered around a kitchen table rolling grape leaves and just catching up.  It is really a a wonderful way to spend an afternoon.  Then . . . you get to enjoy eating them!!

In our class we made our stuffed grape leaves with ground beef.  Depending where you live and your availability to ground lamb I would suggest that you try that also.  My favorite is a 50/50 mixture of ground beef and ground lamb.

Let’s get rolling!

STUFFED GRAPE LEAVES (DOLMAS)

 

PREP:    45 Minutes

COOK TIME: 2 Hours

SERVES – 6 to 8

 Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef or ground lamb
  • 3/4 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 jar grape leaves, or about 50 fresh grape leaves
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound pork or lamb chops
  • 1 tomato, sliced
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 40 garlic cloves
  • Greek Yogurt

Directions:

In a large mixing bowl, mix together the ground beef, rice, garlic powder, allspice, salt, pepper, and cinnamon, and set aside.

Rinse grape leaves several times. If the leaves are small, leave them intact, but cut out the large center vein. If the leaves are large, cut them in half vertically, cutting out the large vein in the process. Place a small amount of the ground meat mixture at the end of each leaf. Roll up egg-roll style.

Pour the oil into the bottom of a large Dutch oven. Lay the chops over the oil. Lay the tomato slices over the chops.

Place the stuffed grape leaves seam-side down on top of the chops. Pack the leaves tightly and begin a second layer when necessary. Place whole garlic cloves randomly between the rolled leaves; plenty of garlic on each layer.

When you are done stacking, pour the lemon juice over the leaves, and add water to the pot to about 2-inches above the rolled leaves. To prevent the leaves from unrolling during cooking, place a plate on top of the stack of leaves and place a heavy object on top of the plate.

Simmer the leaves over low heat for about 2 hours.

Alternate Cooking Method:

Follow the directions above but in a pressure cooker.  After all of the rolled grape leaves are placed into the pressure cooker with all the other ingredients, fit the lid into place tightly and place over high heat.  Heat until steam begins to escape from the steam vent and lower heat to simmer.  Simmer for 20 – 25  minutes making sure that steam continues to escape from the vent during the simmer time.
Grapes leaves are wonderful to eat just by themselves.  But if you want to add some variety, serve your grape leaves with Greek yogurt.

Now for the best part; Serve and Enjoy!

As always, thank you for following and reading!

Kris

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