Archive for the ‘Grilling’ Category

Chimichurri

Friday, July 13th, 2007

My sister, aka the Socially Responsible One, has a summer internship in Buenos Aires working as an HIV researcher, and she recently graffiti’d me a recipe for the regional sauce called “chimichurri.”

The internet tells me that the ingredients and preparation are open to some interpretation, but knowing my sister for a fabulous palate and a great cook, I decided to make only the barest irresistable adjustment of adding the zest and juice of a lemon.

This recipe makes more than a cup — good for a few days’ use on pretty much anything, but especially grilled steak rubbed with spices, and scrambled eggs. It has a zesty bright flavor that tastes great with some hot July weather.

Chimichurri

All quantities are up to personal taste and can and should be eyeballed:

1 cup parsley leaves, washed and dried
1 cup cilantro leaves, washed and dried
zest and juice of 1 lemon
1 tbsp chili flakes
4-5 cloves of garlic, peeled
1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt

Add cilantro, parsley, lemon juice and zest, chili and garlic to blender. Pulse on (my blender only does on/off) a few times to start chopping, then gradually add olive oil and salt and continue to pulse until mostly puréed.

Black Bean Salad

Sunday, June 3rd, 2007

This is a classic Southwest-flavored recipe, but the proportions here worked out particularly well — the results were zesty, colorful, smoky, and tangy. It’s a great easy no-cook side for anything grilled. Be sure to rinse the beans very well, and to wash and thoroughly dry the other ingredients, particularly the scallions and cilantro, since those have nooks and crannies where creepy germs can hang out.

2 cans black beans (or a combination of black beans, chick peas, black eyed peas, etc)

2 ears of corn, kernels sliced off the cobs

1 bunch scallions, green stems removed and chopped fine

1 red, yellow, or orange bell pepper, diced

½ bunch cilantro, washed thoroughly and chopped fine

1 lime

1 tsp cumin powder

3 tbsp red wine vinegar

3-4 tbsp olive oil

1 tsp chipotle pepper sauce

Salt to taste

 

In a medium bowl, combine black beans, corn, scallions, bell pepper, and cilantro. Zest the lime directly into the bean mixture, then slice the lime in half and squeeze the juice over the top. Add remaining ingredients, taste and adjust.

Garlicky Grilled Shrimp

Saturday, June 2nd, 2007

This is one of my favorite things to throw on the grill in the summertime. They’re super easy to make and they cook in just a few minutes. Great with a hefeweissen or a very cold sancerre.

1 lb large shrimp (large = 15-20 shrimp per lb), shell on but cleaned (“vein” removed)

3-5 cloves garlic, chopped very fine

½ tsp chili flakes

2 tbsp olive oil

½ cup parsley, chopped

½ tsp sea salt

Lemon wedges

 

Combine garlic, chili flakes, olive oil, parsley and salt in a medium bowl. Add shrimp and toss to coat. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Remove and thread shrimp onto wooden skewers. Be sure to thread the skewers through both ends of the shrimp so they’re stable and won’t spin around on the skewers.

 

Prepare a medium-hot grill. Grill shrimp approximately 3-4 minutes on each side, until pink and shells begin to char. Serve immediately with lemon wedges.

Serves 4.