Grill Up a Great Picnic Meal!

| December 2, 2011


Spicy Chipotle Grilled Chicken

There’s depth, subtlety, and just the right amount of heat here. Start preparing this dish one day ahead since the chicken needs to marinate overnight.

Ingredients:

1/4 cup canned chipotle chiles in adobo*
3 tablespoons olive oil
2 garlic cloves, pressed
1/2 onion, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt1
3 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
Nonstick vegetable oil spray

Instructions:

Combine chipotles in adobo, olive oil, and garlic cloves in processor; puree until paste forms. Add chopped onion, chopped cilantro, paprika, ground cumin, chili powder, and salt; process until onion is finely chopped. Transfer 1/4 cup chipotle mixture to small bowl; cover and refrigerate. Arrange chicken pieces in 11x7x2-inch glass baking dish. Spread remaining chipotle mixture all over chicken pieces. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Spray grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Grill chicken until cooked through, moving to cooler part of grill as needed to prevent burning and brushing with reserved marinade during last 5 minutes of grilling, about 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to platter and serve.

*Canned chipotle chiles in adobo are available at some supermarkets, at Latin markets, and from mexgrocer.com.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit Magazine, July 2006


Grilled Corn with Citrus Butter

Ingredients:

1 1/2 teaspoons (packed) finely grated orange peel
1 teaspoon (packed) finely grated lemon peel
1 teaspoon (packed) finely grated lime peel
1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
6 ears of corn, husked

Instructions:

Combine first 4 ingredients in small bowl; mash to combine. Mix in butter. Preheat barbecue (medium heat). Spray corn with nonstick spray. Grill until browned in spots, turning often, about 15 minutes. Serve with citrus butter.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit Magazine – Menus, June 2006
Jill Silverman Hough


Carmelized Chocolate, Banana and Marshmallow Sandwiches

This fun, gooey treat makes a great after-school snack. The marshmallows are slightly charred and the bread is cleverly caramelized for double the toasty flavor.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
2 tablespoons (packed) dark brown sugar
4 slices buttermilk bread
8 whole large marshmallows
2 metal skewers
2 tablespoons semisweet chocolate chips
12 banana slices

Instructions:

Mix butter and sugar in small bowl to blend. Spread on one side of bread slices. Place 2 slices, buttered side down, on plate. Skewer 4 marshmallows on each of 2 skewers; hold skewers over open flame and toast until marshmallows are blackened in spots, about 10 seconds. Divide marshmallows between bread slices on plate, leaving 1-inch border. Sprinkle chocolate chips over marshmallows, dividing equally. Top with banana. Cover with remaining bread, buttered side up, pressing slightly.Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add sandwiches; cook until brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Transfer sandwiches to work surface; cool 1 minute. Cut diagonally in half and serve.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit Magazine, April 2006
Bon Appetit Test Kitchen


Monster Shrimp with Orange Chili Glaze

Ingredients:

1/2 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (about 2 oranges)
1/2 cup fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon Asian red chili paste
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 garlic cloves
3 scallions, green parts only, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 chipotle chile in adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 pounds extra-large shrimp (16 to 20-count size), shelled and deveined

Instructions:

1. Put the orange juice, cilantro, chili paste, olive oil, garlic, scallion, chipotle, and salt in a blender or food processor fitted with the metal blade and blend until smooth.
2. Place the shrimp in a resealable freezer bag and pour the orange juice mixture over the shrimp. Chill in a refrigerator or ice-filled cooler for 2 to 3 hours but no longer.
3. Remove the shrimp from the marinade and discard the marinade.
4. Grill the shrimp over medium-high heat until they are opaque in the centers, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
5. Remove from heat and serve immediately — though they still rock at room temperature.

Source: Mario Tailgates NASCAR Style 2006 by Mario Batali
Sporting News Books


Grilled Steaks with Blue Cheese and Chilies

Dana Talusani of Longmont, Colorado, writes: “As the mother of two, I don’t get to spend as much time in the kitchen as I would like. That said, it’s still important for our family to sit down and enjoy a meal together at the end of the day. This is one of my favorite recipes — it’s great for a last-minute dinner.” The classic combination of blue cheese and steak is updated with a kick of jalapeño chiles.

Ingredients:

1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
3 teaspoons minced fresh parsley, divided
2 garlic cloves, minced
6 1-inch-thick beef tenderloin steaks (about 6 ounces each)
2 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup finely crumbled blue cheese (about 1 ounce)
2 tablespoons finely chopped seeded red or green jalapeño chiles
1 shallot, finely chopped
3/4 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Instructions:

Combine olive oil, 2 teaspoons parsley, and garlic in 8x8x2-inch glass dish. Sprinkle steaks with salt and pepper. Add steaks to dish and turn to coat. Marinate steaks 30 minutes or cover and chill up to 1 day. Mix cream cheese, blue cheese, chiles, shallot, vinegar, and remaining 1 teaspoon parsley in medium bowl. Season blue cheese topping to taste with salt and pepper. Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Place steaks on grill rack (some marinade should still cling to meat). Cook 5 minutes. Turn steaks over. Divide blue cheese topping among steaks. Grill until topping softens and steaks are medium-rare, about 5 minutes longer.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Bon Appetit Magazine, April 2005
Dana Talusani, Longmont, CO

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