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Grilled Rosemary Ranch Butterflied Chicken

IMG_8270I love picking up whole chickens when they are on sale. I count myself especially lucky if it is a roaster size. You know, the big 6-8 pounders. I am a huge griller and will grill anything from chicken to romaine lettuce to avocados to cookies. Yes, they all are amazing, surprisingly. First butterfly your chicken by cutting out the backbone with some sharp kitchen shears. If you are unsure how to do this you can find lots of videos on YouTube that will walk you through the step. I press my chicken down to flatten it, but still leave the breast bones in so it doesn’t lay completely flat. This is preference, but you can remove it to make it flatter. Leaving the skin on, but separating the skin from the meat with my fingers on the breasts and thighs, I rubbed a marinade on consisting of Ranch dressing, olive oil, Rosemary, minced garlic, salt, pepper and some fresh lemon. I’ve seen other recipes out there that also use vinegar and various other spices so just put on what you like and make it your own. I don’t really measure, but I usually do close to equal parts dressing and oil. The spices are based on your tastes. I made sure the marinade was everywhere. And, I do mean everywhere… in between skin and meat, on top of skin, you get the picture. I left in fridge overnight to absorb all that yummy goodness. Next, heat your grill up to about 450 and then place your chicken skin-side UP. Immediately, turn off burners under chicken for indirect heat. If you are using charcoal just put it on the side without charcoal. I tweak the burners that are left on so as to maintain a temp of about 300-350 degrees. For a chicken this size I cooked for approximately 1 hr. 50 min – 2 hrs. I’ve done smaller 3-4 lb chickens for 45 minutes. I’ve also used every kind of rub, sauce, etc. Whether you dry-rub or marinate in a liquid I really like leaving it overnight in the fridge. I don’t turn my chicken at all. The skin gets nice and brown just fine on it’s own. I used to start out skin side down for 10 minutes then switch, but it’s not necessary. A lot of other grillers recommend putting skin side down and pressing with a spatula to get all the skin to brown… NO!!!! NEVER squeeze the liquid out of any meat you are grilling. Ever. It is so much juicier leaving all that yummy tasting juice inside the meat and not in the bottom of your grill.

Grilled Vegetable Sandwiches

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It’s summer, and with that comes a huge amount of freshly-grown vegetables from the local farm here in Salem. Each Friday I pick up an obscene amount of gorgeous red, green, and yellow produce. I decided to make sandwiches today for my 16-yr-old daughter and her friend. First, the night before, I made the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 TBL. lemon juice

You don’t have to make it the night before, but I felt it allowed all the flavors to meld together better. This sauce really makes the sandwich. Next, I pre-cut my veggies…

  • Red and yellow peppers
  • Zucchini
  • Purple onion
  • 1 or 2 TBL olive oil
  • Any seasoning you want to add
  • Cheese if desired (I used Swiss)

I put them in a container in the fridge so I could just grab them the next day. Again unnecessary, but I like to cut down on prep-time. Heat grill to medium-high and drizzle olive oil on veggies and mix before placing on grill. I used a lime no-salt seasoning, but pick whatever flavor you like. I think Rosemary would be awesome or maybe even basil… Mmm. Brush your rolls with olive oil and lightly toast on the grill. Remove the buns, and spread your sauce you mixed earlier, then add your veggies, and top with cheese if desired. I used Boar’s Head Baby Swiss. I probably would have put it on the veggies, but thought the picture would come out better if you could still SEE the veggies after the cheese melted. Put back on grill for a minute or just until the cheese melts. You can also use your broiler if you don’t want to grill  🙂

Grilled Avocados

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Not only are they delicious, but they are so pretty on a plate. Yes, grilled avocados. I get asked questions like, “Don’t they melt?” Um, no, no they don’t. I cut one in half, brush with a bit of olive oil and lime then put on a medium-high grill for about 3 or 4 minutes then turn 90 degrees for nice grill marks. Watch for flare-ups. I serve them with A1 steak sauce in the middle. I know, I know, you’re thinking, “What?!?!” But, hold on a second. My mom did this, and even though I don’t really like A1 steak sauce it really does compliment an avocado. Don’t want to use the sauce? Just go for grilling, they look awesome and taste wonderful. Enjoy 🙂

Portobello Mushrooms Stuffed with Baby Spinach and Peppers with Alfredo Sauce

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This idea struck me out of the blue. I LOVE big, juicy portobello mushrooms. A lot. First, I marinated them for a few hours, sans stems, in olive oil, oregano, garlic and a splash of balsamic vinegar. Save the stems, cut, and sauté; they’re awesome and shouldn’t be wasted. Next, I grilled the mushroom concave side up, and then flipping them, I dumped the liquid on the ones I already flipped over. I used the indirect-grilling method so as not to have flare-ups from the olive oil. Then, I spooned in a small amount of Alfredo sauce. You can use homemade or store-bought, your choice. Finally, I topped with a mixture of baby spinach and diced bell peppers. You can just load everything, and grill if you want, or bake, or broil, whatever. I just prefer grilling the mushrooms first; but that’s just one of my little quirks. They taste awesome and make such a pretty and colorful presentation. Marinating the mushrooms really makes this dish though 🙂