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Lamb Kabobs

August 24, 2011

Lamb Kabobs

I love lamb and I love to eat lamb kabobs. Here is an easy recipe for those of you who are lamb fans.

INGREDIENTS

16 Large Shallots

4 Tablespoons Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Tablespoons Chopped Fresh Rosemary

3 Tablespoons Olive Oil

1 ½ Teaspoons Sea Salt

1 ½ Teaspoons Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

2 Pounds Lamb Cubes

2 Peppers Cut Into Slices

In a 3 quart saucepan, heat shallots with water to cover to boiling over high heat. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for 5 minutes and drain. In a medium bowl, mix the lemon juice, rosemary, olive oil, salt and pepper. Add the lamb, peppers and shallots. Toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours. Toss occasionally. Prepare the grill. On skewers, thread the lamb, peppers and shallots. Grill the kabobs over a medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes. Turn occasionally. Remove from grill and serve with a Greek Salad. Serves 4

Tomato And Arugula Salad With Portobello Mushrooms And Grilled Steak

August 22, 2011

Tomato And Arugula Salad With Portobello Mushrooms And Grilled Steak

An easy weeknight dinner. Add some roasted baby potatoes or grilled garlic bread to complete the meal.

INGREDIENTS

1 Large New York Strip Steak

2 Portobello Mushrooms (Stems Removed)

3 Cups Arugula (Remove Stems, Wash & Spin Dry)

2 Tomatoes (Cored & Cut Into Wedges)

Balsamic Vinaigrette

1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic – Divided

5 Tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil – Plus 2 Tablespoons

2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar

1 Teaspoon Lemon Juice

1/8 Teaspoon Sea Salt

1/8 Teaspoon Freshly Ground Pepper

Mix ½ Teaspoon of the garlic and 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a small bowl. Brush some of the olive oil on each side of the mushrooms first and then the rest on the steak. Sprinkle the mushrooms and steak with the sea salt and pepper. Set aside and start the grill.

In another bowl, mix the other ½ teaspoon of garlic with the balsamic vinegar and lemon juice. Whisk in 5 tablespoons of the olive oil. Add 2 pinches of the sea salt and pepper.

Grill the steak and mushrooms. When done remove from the grill. While the steak is resting, add the arugula to the small mixing bowl and moisten with some of the vinaigrette. Turn arugula out onto a serving platter. Top with the tomatoes. Slice the mushrooms thin, place throughout the salad. Slice the steak thinly and cut the pieces in half. Drizzle the steak tomatoes and mushrooms with additional dressing and sprinkle with a little more salt. Add to the salad and serve. Serves 2

Mango Citrus Chicken Kabobs

June 22, 2011

Mango Citrus Chicken Kabobs

INGREDIENTS

5 Pounds Boneless & Skinless Chicken Breasts

1 Large Orange or Red Bell Pepper

MARINADE

½ Pound Peeled/Pitted/Diced Fresh Ripe Mango

1 Pound Spicy Mango Chutney

1 Diced & Cleaned Green Bell Pepper

1 Teaspoon Fresh Cilantro

1 Teaspoon Fresh Chopped Jalapeno Pepper

1 Teaspoon Fresh Lime Juice

4 Teaspoons Teriyaki Sauce

1 Teaspoon Thai Chili Sauce

1 Teaspoon Salt

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a food processor and blend for 20 seconds.  Cut the chicken breasts into 1 ½ inch cubes.  Place chicken cubes in a large zip lock bag or a square pan.  Pour marinade over chicken cubes and place in the refrigerator.  Marinade for at least 3 hours.  In the meantime cut up the bell pepper into pieces.  Soak 10 wood or bamboo skewers in water for 20 minutes.  This prevents the skewers from burning on the grill.  Remove marinated chicken from the refrigerator and arrange the chicken and pepper on the soaked skewers.  Place on a medium-high heat grill and grill for 6 to 8 minutes on each side.  Serve warm.  Serves 4

Santa Fe Burgers

May 29, 2011

Santa Fe Burgers

INGREDIENTS

2 Pounds Ground Sirloin

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

½ Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper

Santa Fe Salsa

Combine the ground sirloin, salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl.  Using your hands mix well.  Form into six patties and refrigerate until ready to grill.  Prepare a charcoal or gas grill and lightly spray the grill rack with vegetable oil cooking spray.  The coals should be hot.  Grill the burgers for about 5 minutes.  Flip the burgers and grill for another 4 or 5 minutes.  Serve with Santa Fe Salsa.  Serves 6

Santa Fe Salsa

INGREDIENTS

1 Pound Chopped Tomatoes

2 Seeded & Chopped Yellow or Red Bell Peppers

1 Cup Cooked Corn Kernels (Fresh or Frozen)

3 Finely Chopped Green Onions

2 Seeded & Chopped Jalapeno or Serrano Chilies

1 Minced Garlic Clove

4 Tablespoons Finley Chopped Cilantro

1 Tablespoon Fresh Lime Juice

2 Teaspoons Malt Vinegar

½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt

Combine the tomatoes, peppers, corn, green onions, chilies, garlic, cilantro, lime juice, vinegar and salt in a glass or ceramic bowl and gently stir to combine.  Let the salsa stand for about an hour to let the flavors blend.  Serve or cover to refrigerate for several hours.  Let the salsa reach room temperature before serving.  Makes 2 cups

Lamb Kebabs

May 10, 2011

Lamb Kebabs

INGREDIENTS

2 Pounds Boneless Lamb

1 Cup Yogurt

¼ Cup Lemon Juice

¼ Teaspoon Salt

To Be Ground Into Paste:

1 Cup Coriander Leaves

1 Cup Mint Leaves

3 Green Chilies

1 ½ Inches Ginger Piece

2 Garlic Cloves

1 Cup Raw Papaya

Grind the coriander leave, mint leaves, chilies, ginger, garlic and papaya into a paste either in a food processor or blender.  Combine paste, yogurt, lemon juice and salt.  Coat the lamb pieces with the sauce and marinate overnight or at least five hours.  I like to marinate in a large zip lock bag.  When you are ready to cook the lamb, remove from marinade and skewer these pieces through a kebab rod and grill over a fire such that they are evenly reddish brown.  Serve with onion pieces, lemon wedges and naan.  Serves 4

Asian Baby Back Ribs

April 8, 2011

Asian Baby Back Ribs

These ribs are delicious served hot or at room temperature.  For juicy, tender ribs, poach them before placing on the grill to barbeque.  Poaching before grilling also reduces the fatty content.

 

INGREDIENTS

2 Racks of Baby Back Ribs

POACHING

4 Tablespoons Chopped Ginger

10 Chopped Garlic Cloves

7 Cups Water

½ Teaspoon Five Spice Powder

MARINADE

10 Ounces Hoisin Sauce

5 Tablespoons Soy Sauce

3 Tablespoons Peeled & Chopped Ginger

5 Diced Garlic Cloves

4 Tablespoons Roasted Sesame Oil

¼ Teaspoons Hot Chile Sesame Oil

3 Tablespoons Dry Mustard

4 Tablespoons Dry Sherry

1 Teaspoon Five Spice Powder

3 Tablespoons Honey

To poach your ribs, use a pan that will fit ribs and your stovetop.  Use two pans if you need to.  Place ribs fatty side down, cover with poaching liquid mixture and bring to a boil.  Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15 minutes.  Do NOT poach at a higher heat or the ribs will come out tough.  Cool the ribs in the poaching liquid for 30 minutes and then discard the liquid and other ingredients.  While the ribs are cooling prepare the marinade.

In a large bowl, mix hoisin sauces, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, roasted sesame oil, hot chile sesame oil, five spice powder, dry mustard, dry sherry and honey.  Combine well.  When ribs are cooled, coat them in the sauce and turn to completely cover.  In a large sealable plastic bag (or bags) marinate in the refrigerator overnight. 

When ready to cook, prepare the grill for indirect cooking over a low heat. 

Remove the ribs from the marinade and reserve remaining marinade.  Cut rib racks into 4 to 6 rib sections and arrange meaty side up on the grill.  Heat marinade to boiling for three minutes and then reserve for basting ribs.  Turn, rotate and baste ribs with marinade every 10 minutes for an hour.  The ribs are done when they begin to pull away from the bone and bone tips are exposed.  Transfer rib racks to a cutting board and cut between bones to separate.  Serve any remaining marinade to use as a dipping sauce.  Serves 4

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