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BÉARNAISE BREAD

A super supplement to any meal is this Grilled Bearnaise Bread.  You don’t have to heat it on the grill, an oven will work fine.  It’s got a snappy flavor and will round out most any meal.  We made this at our last grilling class and I usually look forward to some of the left-overs . . . not this bread!

Ready?  Let’s go!

 

 

BÉARNAISE BREAD

PREP: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 15 MINUTES
OVEN TEMP OR GRILL TEMP: 375 DEGREES
SERVES – 12 TO 15

Ingredients:
½ CUP SHERRY VINEGAR
½ CUP DRY VERMOUTH
3 TABLESPOONS MINCED SHALLOTS
2 TABLESPOONS FRESH TARRAGON LEAVES
½ TEASPOON CRACKED PEPPER
1½ CUPS (3 STICKS) UNSALTED BUTTER, CUT INTO ½“ SLICES
SALT TO TASTE

1 BAGUETTE, CUT INTO ½ INCH SLICES

Directions:
1.    Combine the vinegar, vermouth, shallots, tarragon and cracked pepper in a saucepan.
2.    Cook over medium heat until the liquid is almost evaporated and the sauce is reduced, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Let stand until cool.
3.    Combine the cooled sauce and butter in a food processor bowl fitted with a steel blade. Process until smooth. Season with salt.
4.    Spread 1 side of 10 slices of the bread with some of the béarnaise butter.
5.    Arrange the slices together to form a small loaf and wrap lightly in foil.
6.    Repeat the process with the remaining bread slices and remaining butter.
7.    Bake at 375 Degrees for 15 minutes or until heated through.

ENJOY!

As always, thank you for following and reading!

Kris

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“FRED’S RUB” GRILLED LAMB CHOPS

A lot of people think they don’t like lamb.  I don’t either the way some people prepare it!We fixed our “Fred’s Rub” grilled pork chops at a dinner party a couple of months ago and they were a big hit!     At the party , one of our friends walked up to me with lamb chop bone in hand and asked, “what is this?”  I told her it was grilled Fred’s Rub lamb.  She assured me is couldn’t be lamb because she didn’t like lamb and “this is fantastic!”  That’s where we came up with the slogan . . . if you haven’t tried Fred’s Rub Lamb . . . you haven’t really tried lamb!

As for the Fred’s Rub . . . my father-in-law was one of the pioneer grillers back in the 50’s and 60’s.  He came up with a spice mix of garlic powder, seasoned salt and pepper.  To my surprise, it is really quite good on everything from steaks to chops, chicken, veggies and even fish.  You just have to vary the amount you use given the heaviness of the food you are preparing.  In his honor, my husband Pat has put Fred’s Rub together in shaker bottles and labeled it as “Fred’s Rub”.  If you would like to try it, just contact me and for $5.00 plus shipping you too can be a Fred’s Rub addict.

Let’s get grilling!

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “FRED’S RUB” GRILLED LAMB CHOPS

PREP: 10 MINUTES
GRILL TIME: 5 – 10 MINUTES

Ingredients:

Nice Sized Lamb Chops – about 2” across
“Fred’s Rub”

Directions:

Rinse lamb chops with water and dab the excess water off with a paper towel.
Place the lamb Chops on your favorite cookie sheet or pan
Sprinkle a fairly liberal amount of “Fred’s Rub” over the chops, taking care to completely cover them only on one side.
Place the chops over a medium hot grill (around 300 – 350 degrees) with the “Fred’s Rub” side down.
Allow to sear for 3 – 5 minutes and turn.
Grill on second side until the internal temperature of the chop reaches 140 on an instant read meat thermometer.  This will be medium rare and will produce the best flavor.  Overcooked lamb is the reason so many people “don’t like lamb”!
Remove the lamb chops, wrap in foil and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before serving!

That’s it!  Aren’t those simple?!  You amy want to try these at your next tailgating party!

Thank you for reading and enjoy!

Kris

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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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GRILLED POUND CAKE WITH PINEAPPLE SALSA AND TEQUILA WHIPPED CREAM

GRILLED POUND CAKE

WITH

PINEAPPLE SALSA AND TEQUILA WHIPPED CREAM

 

When I was a grilling neophyte I would have never thought about preparing dessert on the grill . . . whodathunkit?!?!  Actually, we are toasting the pound cake on the grill and it’s amazing how much smokey flavor  just a few moments will add to this!  When you add the grilling to this it takes the recipe from great to outstanding!

We have the weekend coming up so let’s not waste time!

 

PREP: 30 MINUTES

Grill time: 2 minutes

SERVES – 8

 

Ingredients:

Purchased pound cake sliced into 8 pieces

3 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

¾ cup heavy cream

3 Tablespoons powdered sugar

¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 Tablespooon Tequila0 (preferably gold)

 

Pineapple Salsa

2 cups fresh pineapple, cut into small cubes

1 jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs removed, small dice

2 Tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 Tablespoon light brown sugar

Mint for garnish

 

 

To Grill (toast) Pound Cake

Lightly brush each slice of pound cake with butter on both sides. Cook until lightly toasted.

For the Whipped Cream Topping

Place the cream in a chilled mixer bowl and beat until soft peaks form, starting on the slow speed and gradually increasing the speed to high.  When soft peaks form, add the sugar, cinnamon and tequila.  Continue beating until stiff peaks form, about 2 minutes more. Refrigerate, covered until ready to serve.

For the Salsa

Place all ingredients (except mint garnish) in a nonreactive bowl, but don’t mix until 5 minutes before you are ready to serve.

To serve:

Place a toasted piece of pound cake on plate, spoon on salsa and dollop with whipped cream.  Add mint garnish on top.

 

Wasn’t that easy.  Now is when the best part always comes . . . tasting . . . oh heck . . . don’t just taste . . . eat and enjoy!!

As always, thank you for reading!

Kris

 

Don’t forget, for info about our full schedule of gourmet grilling and cooking classes, please visit our website.  Also, the guesthouses are filling up for the Fall.  Be sure to book some time for yourself in the gorgeous Flint Hills!

 

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GRILLED PEPPER BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP

Grilled Peppered Bacon Wrapped Shrimp

A great recipe and right in line with my motto . . . keep it simple is our Grilled, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp.  We did this at our last grilling class and it was such a hit that we have been preparing for all kinds of large functions and people just love it!  This is easy and doesn’t take long to grill . . . which is a nice feature especially when the temperatures are still hot!

Let’s grill our shrimp!

PEPPER BACON WRAPPED SHRIMP

 

PREP: 10 MINUTES

GRILL TIME: 5 MINUTES


Ingredients:

JUMBO SIZED SHRIMP-PEELED

PEPPER BACON

SKEWERS

Directions:

SOAK SKEWERS IN WATER FOR A COUPLE OF HOURS – PREFERRABLY OVERNIGHT

PEEL SHRIMP AND RUN SKEWER THROUGH TAIL AND BODY

WRAP WITH SMALL SECTION OF PEPPER BACON

GRILL UNTIL JUST BEYOND PINK ABOUT 5 MINUTES – UNTIL BACON IS COOKED THROUGH

That’s it!!  It’s done and ready to delight anyone who tastes them!
Thank you for following!

Kris

Please visit our website for information about our next gourmet grilling class or a fantastic get-a-way in The Flint Hills of Kansas!

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