A Grilled Soup!

Yes, no one know how it goes; a grilled soup? Its truly funny to pouring a can of soup on your cooking grate. Making a grilled soup is about adding a real grill flavor to your soup. Did that set things straight? 🙂

Another way to enjoy grilled soup is any grilled food like meat or fish that’s added to the soup or stew. Everything that you put on your grill grate is a great idea of extra flavors to impart on your favorite soup.

Here’s a wonderful grilled soup recipe from the great Scandinavian cooking. You might also want to try the following “grilled soup.”

Grilled Vidalia Onion Soup

Grilled Asparagus Soup

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What to Do When Your Tilapia Flakes During Grilling

One of the my favorite fish to grill is tilapia. I love the white flavorful meat still oozy hot for dinner. But I never thought tilapia would flake so easily and would fall off the grates, that’s often the problem with this fish. If I only had one entire tilapia fish that keeps falling off the grates as it cooks, I wonder what would happen to the fish the moment I serve it. 🙂 Tilapia is a tender fish with meat that is firm enough to get a nice grill without flaking – that’s what I know!

Now that we know that tilapia can be delicate when grilled, it’s just ideal to always brush a little oil (sesame oil is best) around it before putting on the grill, or grease the grill properly to prevent the flesh from sticking into the grates.

Image from deliciousdishesrecipes.com

I also have began putting my tilapia in a foil before grilling. This way, you’re 100% sure the fish will come out whole and will be served intact.

Enjoy!

The Simplest Grilling Recipes Every Man Should Know

Men may be excused if they can’t make desserts, but I think not if  they can’t prepare a classic meaty meal or even the simplest burger.

The simplest and most delicious meal a man should always  be ready to make with his two hands is a burger. There’s something really nice about a man who can prepare patties,  and throw them on the grill and cooking them to bleeding perfection.

Spicing is a man thing and throwing some spices in there while you’re at it is a skill. Anything from chili powder to BBQ sauce works.  There are grilling recipes that can be made with just a pan. Some guys I know don’t consider cooking a worthwhile venture. Besides the occasional stint behind the grill, they’d rather bask in blissful ignorance than feed themselves in more than 3 steps: stab, chew, swallow.

So ANYTHING tastes better after being cooked on an open flame, meat, chicken, steak, tacos, candy…ANYTHING. So whether you’re married or single, treating yourself to some home cooked goodness on the grill is always a manly thing.

 

 

Types of Grills – Which One Should I Get

Planning for a new grill? I too want to be able to grill, both for my own personal cooking and for parties and such, and so I need a grill. I have seen a myriad many different grills, but I honestly can’t tell what would be best for me.

My neighbors use a charcoal grill, some biggish Weber variety, and a chimney charcoal starter which we debated for some stupid reason and have been totally happy with. While charcoal and gas grills are the most popular, one of the most common alternatives is an electric grill which is typically portable, and most are small enough to place on a table or countertop. Unlike gas or charcoal grills, electric grills can be used indoors.

Side burners

A Grill with Side Burner

You will love the side burner with the flip down cover so that you can still use it as a table/landing pad/staging area if you don’t want to use the burner. Its a great thing to be able to warm up or recude a sauce or to cook a side (beans or rice or whatever) while grilling. So, given the options I’d definitely get a grill with a side burner.

Rotisserie

Is very classic. This is a long metal rod suspended horizontally above the fuel source and rotated slowly, usually by an electric motor. It is used primarily for slow-roasting poultry or vegetables.

Rotisserie Cooking

Cooking meat on a rotisserie creates succulent and tender meats because the meat is roasted, not grilled over direct heat. As the spit rotates, the meat cooks while being basted in its own juices. Meats prepared on a rotisserie are lower in fat because the natural fat drips off into a drip pan during the cooking process. The method of cooking meats on a rotisserie allows for an evenly brown and crunchy outside, and moist and flavorful inside.

Multi-tier grills

A multi-tier rotary grill for grilling and heating food items such as hot dogs, sausages, metts and similar food items.  Because the temperature drops considerably as the distance between the cooking surface and fuel source increases, the second cooking surface is typically used for things like steaming vegetables and keeping cooked meat warm.

A Multi-Tier Grill

Some Grilling Mistakes You Should Be Aware Of

Don’t Keep a Dirty Grill
Always remember that residue accumulates over time and settles into the nooks and crannies of your grill grates, causing the sticking that can tear off the beautiful crust you worked so hard to create. A wire brush is all you need to get rid of these residues right after you’re finished grilling and the coals are still hot. Then you can apply a light coating of oil to protect the grates until the next use. This what’s makes dirty grill a good grill.

Don’t Fear the Flame
There’s a difference between good flames and bad flames. Flare ups, when controlled, can help add flavor to your food. That acrid black smoke coming from a brisket with barbecue sauce that’s been on too long? That’s bad. Drippings from a naturally fatty piece of meat or fish that cause flames to briefly leap? That’s fine. Resist the urge to move the meat to a section of the grill away from the flames.

Don’t skimp on sauce
Dunk your meat in barbecue sauce after it cooks and you’re missing an opportunity to heighten the flavors of the sauce. Instead, apply the sauce throughout the cooking process if the meat begins to look dry. If you’re constantly coating the piece of meat in sauce, you’re adding layer upon layer of flavor, and the sauce won’t burn. Let the sauce reduce.

Don’t slice your meat in a hurry
Let your meat rest. The meat will continue to cook after you remove it from the grill. It’s a gentle, more delicate heat that tempers the taste and the tenderness. As a general rule, the thicker the cut of meat, the longer it needs to rest—thin steaks rest five minutes, a whole pork butt rests 30.

Don’t under-season
No matter how well seasoned the outside of your meat is, the inside may be bland. Avoid this with “board dressing,” says Lang. Combine 6 tablespoons of olive oil with 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley, and kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste. Let you meat rest on this board, flipping once, and when you slice as well. The juices from the meat will mingle with the board dressing, heightening flavor. And don’t forget to season your meat once more after you slice it and before serving.

Source : The Men’s Health BBQ Center

A Grill – Still a Kitchen Basic Year By the Year

While everyone seems to ask what pots and pan do I need for a fully functioning kitchen in the new year, a grill is never out of the list .  This is still among the useful tools that make tasks in the kitchen and cooking much easier.  Some are quite versatile and have multiple purposes while others are pretty specific in what they do – still the basic grilling.

You can have a three burner that’s heated perfectly evenly, resisted flare-ups, and cooked chicken without charring to the most ordinary old-fashioned dirty grill, still their one main purpose goes back to grilling your food. Still there’s nothing better that I enjoy old-fashioned grilled dishes. I have with me and still has been using my Cameron’s stovetop and Cast Iron Grills from Chasseur for quite sometime now, and we frequently enjoy perfect family outdoor get-togethers whenever we get an opportunity. Its steel body and legs haven’t got corroded even a little bit, in spite of leaving it out in our garden for days.

You can even go for classic BBQ flavor. Cameron has chips available. A small mound in the middle  and sprinkled a little bit around the pan for good measure, is a really fabulous thing.

Christmas Grilling Stories

Have you heard of grilled alligator?

It’s just one of the most unusual grilled recipe for Christmas. One girl from New Orleans shared her family’s menu – grilled alligator, sauteed shrimp and mushrooms and salad. Here’s more – salad, raw oysters with cocktail sauce, grilled scallops and her own dish – creamy-less broccoli. Sounds different?

Grilled Gator

Another story is the 12 days BBQ celebration. Rod and Sheri have spent years perfecting the art of barbecue and are ready to teach their their secrets. The two day Pellet Envy Competition BBQ Class will take you through their entire competition cooking process and end with you tasting some of the best Que in the business and truly having the knowledge to reach the point in years to come where you have forgotten more about barbecue than most ever knew.

Among the most important tool in any cook’s toolbox is a great knife. For pitmasters few things are more important to their craft than an affordable and reliable slicing knife to use when cutting slabs of ribs or slicing brisket. High-carbon stainless steel blade with an edge to prevent food from sticking and meets both requirements of affordability and reliability.

So even if you’ve stretched your shopping till the last minute that you don’t have time for elaborated cooking, hit the grill and make any special menu for the Christmas celebration.

How to Throw a Holiday Grilling Party

It’s tradition everywhere that holiday meals should always come extra special. So you set the dinner banquet table with all the tray of fruits, vases of flowers and little candles to dazzle up the whole scene. Others simply don’t care for the standard dishes that are usually on the holiday dining table. If this rings true for you, then maybe you should consider trying something new out of the olden tradition – throw a holiday grilling party!

Grilling the usual chicken or turkey can top your list, but why not consider grilling out a nice piece of pork or beef instead? You’re throwing a grilling party so you want your guests to enjoy the outdoors too. Aside from the same chicken breasts on the grill, a nice beef or pork tenderloin is another favorite everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget the holiday herbs and spices, of course. Have thyme and rosemary ready so you’re sure they stay in tune with your theme.

Even if it’s a chilly night, you can still have a good time with it. It’s your party so you can create your own style to make it fun. Tell your guests you’re taking it outside so they should be ready with the right gear. Remind everyone to bring coats, scarves and mittens, and you can always invite them to stand around the grill to keep warm.

Cold is not a hindrance

Who would not love this!

Sounds impossible? It’s not! It only takes courage to believe you can do it and let everyone know there is no limit when it comes to grilling:-)

BBQ Grill – Best Gift Suggestion for Men

Not just for the summer cookout, bbq grills also make wonderful winter and Christmas gift for men! In fact, with premium grill accessories they sure would want to be grilling year-round. Because whether they’re serious about all things cooking or just love to barbecue, grills make the perfect gift for men like no other.  Plus, if you’re inside the store, you’ll find everything from skewers to smoke boxes, cutting boards, thermometers and much more – things that you too would find useful for your own grilling escapade.

Cast Iron Round Grill Pan - Your Smart Kitchen

If your family enjoys kabobs, then a grill fits the menu… and if you’re searching for something for a real foodie, you won’t be disappointed either. There are also cedar grilling planks perfect for infusing men’s favorite meat or fish dishes with an unbeatable all-natural smoky flavor.

Cedar Grilling Planks - Fire and Flavor

I suggest that you choose personalized grill tools for him from online stores. Shopping online has a lot more to offer than going to department stores. It can make a unique statement with accessories he will savor using every time he hits the grill. These make great gifts for grandparents who enjoy sentimental gifts, culinary items, and grilling in general.

The next thing you’ll be thinking would be a unique gift wrapper to surprise him!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 😉

What to Cook for the Holidays – Tips to Newly-Weds

Families get together during Christmas eve, it’s a tradition done every year where Christmas dinner is celebrated by millions of families throughout the world. Some cooks find it the best season to show off their best recipes and the most delicious desserts. Depending upon your sense of cooking adventure and time constraints there are many recipes for Christmas dinner.

If you’re the beginner cook, or the newly-wed, a traditional seafood meal can make your first Christmas eve more romantic and flavored. Shrimps, calamari, scungilli, baccala, mussels, clams and some delicious fish can make you a wonderful meal together. Don’t worry too much of complexity, simply prepare any of your choices in the manner you two would enjoy. Grill them, cook them on a clay terracotta and serve it right from the stove on your terracotta, or bake them in the oven with lemon wedges.

Don’t forget a good roasting rub for a taste that’s so savory. Simply roast vegetables with colorful bell peppers in a pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil and sea salt to serve with the main course.

Think of any dessert along with your favorite wine. But see to it the dessert should not be sweeter than wine. It still pays a lot enjoying both your wine and dessert.

If you want to put some challenge to your holiday cooking, a roasted monkfish is a good beginning. The wonderful taste of the fish will make things all flavorful. You can enhance it with balsamic for olive sauce, or a plain lemon mash. I tell you, it will not be your last.

Bring that love to ooze on the holidays. Goodluck!