Grilled Pizza

June 7th, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in food - (1 Comments)

I’ve been wanting to grill pizza for a while now and finally got around to it last weekend.  I decided it would be a nice treat for Chanin’s birthday since she loves pizza.  So, I had her pick her favorite toppings and this is what we ended up with.

Toppings:

  • Feta Cheese
  • Pepperoni
  • Spicy Sausage
  • Roasted Red Peppers
  • Caramelized Onions
  • Kalmata Olives
  • Fresh Mozarella
  • Fresh Basil

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I made the basic pizza dough from Chow.com which can be found here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/24529.

And made the basic pizza sauce from Chow.com which can be found here: http://www.chow.com/recipes/24531.

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Then I grilled them all up and we enjoyed them!

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The pizzas turned out soooooooo good!  We’ll definitly be making these again.

Grilled Lime Shrimp

March 23rd, 2009 | Posted by james - the dad in food - (2 Comments)

During lent Chanin forces likes me to avoid red meat. 😉  We both love seafood so it’s not a difficult thing to do.  Last Friday I decided to cook dinner and found a promising shrimp recipe on recipezaar.com.  The recipe is really simple to prepare and VERY tasty.  To go with the shrimp I grilled some veggies as well.

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Grilled Lime Shrimp

Directions

  1. Mix together the first 8 ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Add shrimp; toss to coat.
  3. Let stand at room temperature for 10 minutes to marinate. – We let it marinade for at least an hour.
  4. Thread shrimp on metal skewers; reserve marinade.
  5. Place skewered shrimp on grill over medium heat.
  6. Cook 3-7 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once and brushing with marinade occasionally.

Grilled Veggies

  • 2 zucchinis
  • 1 yellow squash
  • 1 red onion
  • 1 green pepper

Directions

  1. Slice along the long side of the zucchini and squash, slice red onion, slick green pepper into strips
  2. Grill veggies on medium-hot grill and brush with olive oil, lime juice, and salt/pepper mixture.  Cook until done.  We like ’em a little “blackened.”
Enjoy!!

More Grilling Fun

May 18th, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (0 Comments)

Here are a few pictures from some of our recent grill experiences. These were taken a little while ago but I’ve been slackin’ on the website duties.

First up is our rotisserie chicken. This was actually our second attempt. Both times it turned out really good but next time we think we’re going to brine the bird first. That should give it some more flavor internally. The meat turned out really tender and juicy but just not a ton of flavor, except for the skin.

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To accompany the chicken I decided to try grilling some artichokes.  I was inspired by the recipe I saw in my new grilling cookbook (Thanks Phil and Angela!).  Well, it didn’t work.  They looked pretty good but were really rubbery and tough.  Actually, I couldn’t even pull a leaf off to eat.  Oh well, I may try again but cook them longer and make sure they have enough moisture in them.

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Next, we have some beef and veggie kebabs.  Chanin made a really good marinade for the meat (london broil) and we added different types of peppers, onions, and pineapple (Thanks Phil and Angela again!).  They were “da bomb” as the kids say these days (do they still say that?).

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Mmmmmm…Grilled (BBQ’d) Food

April 12th, 2008 | Posted by james - the dad in Uncategorized - (3 Comments)

To go along with our nice new backyard we finally went out and bought a new grill. After a lot of research I had the choice narrowed down to a Weber gas grill or one from Sam’s Club. They both had good reviews but the grill from Sam’s came with more features for the price.

I’ll get a picture of our grill soon but for now here’s a picture from the Sam’s website.

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Here are some of the important “deets:”

  • Large 1,065 sq. in. total cooking area
  • Large 72 sq. in. infrared searing burner
  • Infrared rotisserie burner
  • Stainless steel Savor Plates
  • 72,000 total BTU performance
  • Side burner with griddle
  • Push button ignition system
  • Halogen grill light on rotisserie motor
  • Includes grill cover
  • To “break in” the new grill we bought some T-bone steaks, potatos, zucchini, and squash. I seared those bad boys on the infrared sear burner but wasn’t successful with the grill marks. I’ll have to keep working on that. I also grilled up the veggies to eat on the side. Everything was really good and it make a perfect first meal for our grill.

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    Since then we’ve cooked fish a few times, chicken, pork, and some more steaks. Everything has turned out pretty darn good and I’m having fun learning how to cook on a gas grill. In the past I’ve only cooked on a charcoal grill but cooking with gas is just so much easier. I’ll still go back to the charcoal for some things but probably not too often. I’ll post more about my grilling adventures as they happen.

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