“That outdoor grilling is a manly pursuit has long been beyond question. If this wasn’t firmly understood, you’d never get grown men to put on those aprons with pictures of dancing wienies and things on the front and messages like ‘Come ‘n’ Get It’”
– William Geist, ‘New York Times Magazine’
We have enjoyed several new and fresh main dish recipes in the past couple of weeks. A couple of new potato salad ideas and two salsas that I think will go well with grilled chicken, fish or pork.
Grilled shish kebab with cherry peppers & oregano, grouper, chorizo turkey burgers, main courses all delicious grilling choices. Rainy day meals were my ever-favorite soft shell crabs served with a mandarin orange salsa, chicken with grapes and olives, and a wonderful mushroom ragu adapted from Lidia Bastianich.
Corn on the cob with Cilantro lime chipotle butter, sweet potato salad with lime vinaigrette, and sun-dried tomato potato salad fresh tasting and nice changes from plain corn and potato salads.
Grilled Grouper with Spicy Apricot Glaze
~ Served with Fresh Pineapple, Mango, & Papaya Salsa~
For marinade ½ cup apricot preserves
¼ -1/2 teaspoon green curry paste
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 heaping teaspoon grated fresh ginger pinches of Phillips seafood seasoning
Splashes of soy sauce and 1-teaspoon honey or to taste. Thoroughly blend
Season fish with salt & pepper or Cajun/Creole seasoning.
Grilled indirectly on a very hot seasoned griddle 350° (about 4-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of the fish)…top with butter just after you place the fish on the grill to sear.
Soft shell crabs with a dusting of rice flour seasoned with Phillips Seafood Seasoning and Cajun or Creole seasoning, briefly sautéed and served with a side of Mandarin orange salsa…
Adapted from Fine Cooking #123 ~ Beef kebabs & Chorizo Turkey Burgers~
I made several new potato salad recipes from Debbie Moose’s “Potato Salad” book a very good book for potato lovers. It is hard to choose just one so I’ll mention a few that were fantastic. Tuscan Tater Salad with capers, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh chives, fresh basil with a mayo, sour cream, Dijon dressing or I might go with a white balsamic vinaigrette the next time. A grilled sweet potato salad with lime vinaigrette goes well with pork or chicken. Grilled potatoes and asparagus dressed with Garlic Dijon vinaigrette great with steak.